Upcoming Special Events
in Shirley, Massachusetts
Listing is updated most Saturdays at the Shirley Historical Society Museum
Please contact us to have your event added to the list - mail@shirleyhistory.org

See also the CELEBRATE SHIRLEY website - http://www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/S/SCF/ek.cfm?curOrg=SCF

The Shirley Historical Society Museum is Open most Mondays and Saturdays
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for visitors, researchers, and volunteers.
Also open many Thursday mornings and other times by appointment or by chance.
Call ahead if you want to be sure.



How did Samson Cordage help Shirley grow?  The display includes a notated slide show, photos, maps, blueprints, and many other Samson Cordage artifacts. It will remain up at the Shirley Historical Society Museum through early May.

Saturday, March 9th 2:00 pm at Shirley Historical Society Museum,  Gravestone Restoration will be explained by Kai Nalenz of Gravestone Services of New England. Kai has restored eight stones in the Shirley Center Cemetery and will describe the process.  www.shirleyhistory.org

Sunday March 10th - 4:00 pm - at Shirley Historical Society Museum ShirleyFest planning meeting - All are welcome.

Sunday March 24th - 5:00 pm - Shirley Historical Society Board Meeting - All paid members are welcome.

Saturday May 4th - ALL TOWN YARD SALE DAY - Contact Rosie at rchrlh@comcast.net to be put on the list of advertised locations.

Sunday, May 5th  - Summertime Jazz Band Concert at the Shirley Meetinghouse   holly@shirleymeetinghouse.org

Tuesday May 7th - Town Elections at Town Offices 7:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday, May 11th 7:00 pm Opening program and reception for Historical Society Museum display
Should children be seen and not heard? 
How did child raising philosophies change over the 20th century? How could this be seen in their clothes, books, and games?  Come to the opening reception and find out. All are welcome. www.shirleyhistory.org 
This event is one of Freedom's Way Hidden Treasures.

Monday May 13th - Annual Town Meeting at Ayer Shirley Middle School 7:15 pm

Thursday May 16th - 6:30 pm - at the Meetinghouse - "Preservation and Partnership" Robert Adam, Preservation Consultant, will illustrate how the Meeting House has evolved from its 1773 roots to its recent adaptation to ADA compliant building codes while preserving its historic features. This event is one of Freedom's Way Hidden Treasures.

Saturday May 18th 7:00 pm - Folk Concert at Shirley Meetinghouse with music, stories, and poetry from local performers  holly@shirleymeetinghouse.org

 Saturday, June 1st 9:00 am – 4:00 pm  En Plein Aire Fundraiser
Painters will be invited to join us on historic Shirley Common 
and paint, out in the fresh air. Visitors are welcome to watch them at work.

That evening, 6:00-8:00 pm, there will be a reception in the Center Town Hall and the paintings will be auctioned off with half the proceeds going to the Historical Society.   www.shirleyhistory.org

 Saturday, June 8th 11:00 am – 5:00 pm  ShirleyFest on the Shirley Center Common   Watch the entertainment, shop the crafts tables, let your children play the games, and enjoy a variety of foods served by local non-profit organizations.  To reserve sales space go to mail@shirleyarts.org.

Saturday June 22nd - 7:00 pm - Broadway at the Meetinghouse Songs that made it and some that didn't  holly@shirleymeetinghouse.org

Saturday, July 13th 4:00 pm  Historic Shirley Pub Crawl  Start at the Bull Run Restaurant for an explanation of early New England taverns, the effects of prohibition, and the growth of local drinking clubs. Then board a bus and visit sites of 22 Shirley drinking establishments with one stop for a libation. All tickets must be purchased in advance for $25 at www.shirleyhistory.org.

July 19th, 20th, 21st - ShirleyArts! Summer Children's Musical at Ayer Shirley Middle School details TBA  www.shirleyarts.org

August 2nd and 3rd - St. Anthony's Bazaar   Details TBA

Saturday, September 14th 4:00 pm Fredonian Park Anniversary To be held at Fredonian Park.
The program will include the history of the area and the park. With the cooperation of the Conservation Commission, we also hope to have food for sale and a band concert in the gazebo. www.shirleyhistory.org

Sunday September 15th - 4:00 pm Seven Times Salt Concert at the Meetinghouse

Sunday September 22nd 12:30 pm Guided Tour of Shirley Shaker Village Site. $15 Reservations must be made and paid for in advance. www.shirleyhistory.org.

Saturday September 28th - Ales and Trails Brewfest on the Common to raise money for the Meetinghouse ron.banay@gmail.com

Sunday September 29th - Holdenwood Trail Run in Shirley Center to benefit Ayer Shirley School District students. http://www.holdenwoodtrailrun.org/

Saturday, October 5th 9:00 am - 2:00 pm  Annual Autumn Yard Sale  on the grounds of the Historical Society Museum Donations of books, baked goods, and flea market items are needed. We will also be selling Shirley souvenirs and chili and will need volunteers to help out.  www.shirleyhistory.org

Sunday, October 6th -
Guided Tour of Shirley Shaker Village Site. $15 Reservations must be made and paid for in advance. www.shirleyhistory.org.

Saturday October 19th - As it is in Heaven - a play about nine Shaker women, at the Meetinghouse  holly@shirleymeetinghouse.org

Sunday, October 20th - Guided Tour of Shirley Shaker Village Site. $15 Reservations must be made and paid for in advance. www.shirleyhistory.org.

Saturday October 26 6:00 - 9:00 pm Halloween Party and Ghost Walk at Center Town Hall holly@shirleymeetinghouse.org

Saturday, November 16th 6:00 pm  Pot Luck Supper and Historical Society Annual Meeting at Trinity Chapel’s Shepherd Hall, 186 Center Road. The program will be on the Fine Art of Letter Writing with many samples from Museum collections. www.shirleyhistory.org

Sunday November 24th - 4:00 - 6:00 pm Town Tree Lighting Festivities at Whiteley Park with music, marshmallows, hot chocolate, and Santa arriving on a fire engine.

Sunday December 8th - Candlelight Vespers at the Meetinghouse  holly@shirleymeetinghouse.org



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