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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

The Shirley Historical Society MUSEUM IS OPEN for visitors, researchers, and volunteers.
most Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
You may phone ahead to double check or to make an appointment 978-425-9328. 
Friday Evenings – Fundraising Suppers at the Legion.
Saturday May 7th – All Town Yard Sale Day. Stop by the museum for a map.
Monday May 9th – Town Meeting – 7:15 pm – Ayer Shirley Middle School
Sunday May 29th – Shirley Memorial Day Commemorations. 
Sunday May 29th – Open House at School#8 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
Saturday June 4th – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm – ShirleyFest on Shirley Common. Email mmarcinkewicz@shirleyarts.info for sales information. 
Friday June 10th – 7:30 pm – Concert of Viols at the Meetinghouse.  See www.longaway.com
Sunday June 12th – Concert on the Porch at the Meetinghouse featuring Ellsworth and Hicks with their blend of guitar, clarinet & vocal harmonies – and a whole batch of original songs.
Saturday, June 25th – Strawberry Festival at Trinity Chapel
Friday July 1st at 6:30 pm –  Shirley Charitable Foundation Concert on the Common featuring the Nashoba Valley Concert Band  
Friday July 15th at 6:30 pm –  Shirley Charitable Foundation Concert on the Common featuring the US Navy Band 
Sunday July 17th – Concert on the Porch at the Meetinghouse. Details TBA
Friday July 22nd at 6:30 pm –  Shirley Charitable Foundation Concert on the Common featuring Rico Barr and the Jumpin’ Jive Review
July 22, 23, 24 – ShirleyArts! presents James and the Giant Peach, Jr. at Ayer Shirley Middle School. Go to www.shirleyarts.info for details 
August 5th and 6th – St. Anthony’s Bazaar, Details TBA
Friday August 12th at 6:00 pm –  Shirley Charitable Foundation Concert on the Common featuring The Reminisants
Sunday August 14th – Concert on the Porch at the Meetinghouse with Ukulele J and Stories through Song
Friday August 26th at 6:00 pm –  Shirley Charitable Foundation Concert on the Common featuring Beatles for Sale
Saturday September 17th – 7:00 pm at the Museum – Book release party and discussion of the Bolton family and The Hip Roofed House.
Sunday September 18th – Tour of Shaker Village – See details at www.shirleyhistory.org
Sunday September 18th – Concert on the Porch at the Meetinghouse. Details TBA
Sunday September 25th – Holdenwood Trail Run – Details TBA
October 1st – All Town Yard Sale Day including Museum used book sale. Email Rosie at rchrlh@comcast.net to be added to the map.
Sunday October 9th – Tour of Shaker Village – See details at www.shirleyhistory.org
Saturday October 15th – 7:00 pm – The Great American Songbook at the Meetinghouse
Sunday October 23rd – Tour of Shaker Village – See details at www.shirleyhistory.org
Saturday November 5th – Cookie and Craft Fair to benefit Hazen Library
Saturday, November 5th – 6:00 pm – Pot Luck Supper and Annual Meeting of the Historical Society at the Senior Center. Come celebrate our 50th Anniversary.
Saturday November 5th – 7:00 pm – Storytellers and Poets at the Meetinghouse
Sunday November 27th – 4:00 pm music and then  Town Tree Lighting at Whiteley Park.
Sunday December 4th – 6:30 pm – Candlelight Vespers at the Meetinghouse

Guided Tours of the Site of

The Shirley Shaker Village

Two hour tours in 2022 will be held on Sundays  September 18th, October 9th, October 23rd. 
Private tours may be arranged for groups of 8 on an agreed-upon Sunday afternoon. 
The Shaker Village property is part of the state prison system and it can only be accessed by special arrangement. Our tour begins inside a Shaker building with a brief illustrated lecture on the history of the Shakers and the Shirley Shaker Village. Visitors go inside two other Shaker buildings and travel by prison van to various locations around the property.
Reservations must be made in advance for a cost of $20 per person, or $15 for Historical Society members.
Mail payment and contact information to Shirley Historical Society, PO Box 217, Shirley, MA 01464

 

Historic Shirley

Pub Crawls

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.

Telephone during open hours or Email mail@shirleyhistory.org to make arrangements.

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