Local Events

Upcoming Special Events in Shirley, Massachusetts

Listing is updated weekly at the Shirley Historical Society Museum.
Please contact us to have your event added to the list – mail@shirleyhistory.org

As of March 13th, Massachusetts is under a state of emergency and people are asked to avoid gathering in groups for the sake of their own health and that of their neighbors. Everyone is asked to continue wearing a mask when within six feet of others.
The Shirley Historical Society Museum will re-open on Monday July 6th and will be following COVID 19 health and safety guidelines. We will be here most Mondays and Saturdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and also many Wednesdays. You may phone ahead to double check or to make an appointment 978-425-9328.
Go to this page for our COVID 19 Guidelines for visitors. https://shirleyhistory.org/new-normal/
Shirley Town Offices have opened. Be sure to wear your mask.
Shirley banks are open for drive-through and appointments
Hazen Library is closed to visitors but has many online resources. You may now order books and other materials for pick-up. You may return borrowed items to the book drop. The library is not accepting donated books at this time. 
The Post Office is open but is limiting the number of customers at one time.
Many restaurants are open for pick up, and delivery but days and hours may have changed. Some restaurants have added outdoor seating. There is also now some limited indoor seating at some locations.
St. Anthony’s Church has resumed public services with certain restrictions.  Check with them for specific details.   
Trinity Chapel will continue posting services online through the summer.
Shirley Christian Fellowship continues to post services on line. 


Saturday, July 18th

Shirley Town Wide Yard Sale Day

A map of locations will be printed in the Ayer-Shirley Tracker newspaper.  Be sure to wear your masks and practice social distancing. 

Friday August 14th 6:00 pm

Summer Concert on the Common in Shirley Center

featuring Beatles for Sale.
Bring your own chair or blanket and please wear your mask and abide by social distancing guidelines. 

Saturday, August 22nd at 1:30 pm 

Hazel MacKaye Program and Hike

There will be appropriate modifications with COVID19 guidelines

This is one of the Freedom’s Way Heritage Area Connecting Communities Walks and Talks. Participants will start at the Shirley Historical Society Museum for background information on Hazel MacKaye and the Suffrage movement. Then they will walk to the Cemetery, Center Town Hall, Meetinghouse, and MacKaye cottage.
Inquire at mail@shirleyhistory.org for more information.

Friday August 28th 6:00 pm

Summer Concert on the Common in Shirley Center

featuring The Reminisants
Bring your own chair or blanket and please wear your mask and abide by social distancing guidelines. 
NOT Saturday, September 19th, 11 AM – 5 PM 

NO Shirley Fest  this year

There seemed to be no way to enjoy this annual event in a way that would be safe for everyone.

Sunday September 27th at 8:00 AM

Holdenwood Trail Run to benefit Ayer Shirley Education Foundation

The Committee is working on Covid-19 safety guidelines. Stay tuned for further details.

Races include a 2K, 5K, and 10K. All races are professionally timed and awards given for top overall and age group finishers. Come enjoy early fall in the “Wimbledon of Trail Runs”  
For registration information, Go to holdenwoodtrailrun@gmail.com

Saturday, October 3rd 

Annual Autumn Town-Wide Yard Sale
Add your location and items for sale by contacting Rosie at RCHRLH@comcast.net
The Historical Society has not yet decided whether or not to take part, depending on COVID19 guidelines
The Museum always welcomes donations of books, and flea market items. 
Please notice new and vintage items from local estates that the Historical Society is already selling are listed at  https://shirleyhistory.org/summer-sale/  These items are payable by cash, check, or paypal. 
Check the Ayer-Shirley Tracker newspaper to see where all the other yard sales will be.

Sunday October 11th

Piano and Organ Concert at Historic Meetinghouse
To Be Decided, depending on COVID19 guidelines
Go to events@shirleymeetinghouse.org for more information as it becomes available.

Saturday, November 14th at 6 PM

Historical Society Pot Luck Supper and Annual Meeting
To Be Decided depending on COVID19 guidelines
In Shepherd’s Hall at Trinity Chapel.
The program will feature readings from historic Shirley letter-writers.
For more information, go to mail@shirleyhistory.org.

Sunday, November 29th at 4 PM – 6 PM

Town Tree Lighting   
Depending on COVID19 guidelines
Town Tree Lighting at Whiteley Park with music, hot chocolate, marshmallow toasting, and Santa arriving on a fire truck.
Go to mail@shirleyarts.org with questions or to volunteer.

Sunday December 6th 

At Historic Meetinghouse.
Depending on COVID19 guidelines
Candlelight Vespers – Tales of Christmases Long Ago
Go to events@shirleymeetinghouse.org for more information as it becomes available.

Guided Tours of

the Site of The Shirley Shaker Village

Canceled for this year

The site is part of the state prison system and it can only be accessed by special arrangement. Our tour begins with a brief illustrated lecture on the history of the Shakers and the Shirley Village. Visitors go inside three Shaker buildings and travel by prison van to various locations around the property.
Reservations much be made in advance for a cost of $15 per person, or $10 for Historical Society members. Mail a check or charge it at Paypal.


Historic Shirley

Pub Crawls

Canceled for this year

Make arrangements to start at the Museum for a slide talk explanation of early New England taverns, the effects of prohibition, and the growth of local drinking clubs. Then load your car with the tour leader and your guests and visit the sites of 21 Shirley drinking establishments. Cost is $75 per car for the private two hour talk and tour.

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