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

The Museum will be 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. 
Due to the health status of individuals who both volunteer at and visit the Shirley Historical Museum, we request your patience as we maintain requirements of both masking and social distancing until further notice. We thank you greatly for your patience and understanding.   
Friday, July 2nd, 6:00 pm –Shirley Charitable Foundation Concerts on the Common – Nashoba Valley Concert Band – Patriotic tunes and  show tunes
Saturday July 10th – Town Wide Yardsale Day, Contact Rosie at rchrlh@comcast.net to take part.
Friday, July 16th, 6:00 pm – Shirley Charitable Foundation Concerts on the Common – The American Rogues – Celtic and rock music
Friday, July 23rd,  6:00 pm –Shirley Charitable Foundation Concerts on the Common  – The Reminisants – Oldies from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s
Saturday August 7th – 1:30 pm – Historical Society program about Shirley’s Benton MacKaye and his proposal to create the Appalachian Trail. Guest speakers will be people who have hiked the whole trail. 
Friday, August 20th, 6:00 pm Shirley Charitable Foundation Concerts on the Common –  Beatles for Sale – Beatles tribute band
Friday, August 27th, 6:00 pm  Shirley Charitable Foundation Concerts on the Common – Pan Nubean Steel Band – Reggae & Calypso music  
Sunday September 19th – 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Historical Society Garden Party Fundraiser at the Bull Run. More details will be forthcoming.
Saturday September 25th – ShirleyFest on Center Common. Food booths, crafts, information about local organizations, entertainment and children’s activities. Contact mmarcinkewicz@shirleyarts.info for further information. 
Saturday October 2nd – Town Wide Yardsale Day, Contact Rosie at rchrlh@comcast.net to take part.
Saturday, November 6th – Historical Society Annual Meeting and supper with program featuring readings from historic local letters.
November 12th and 13th – ShirleyArts! will present You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Details TBA

Guided Tours of

the Site of The Shirley Shaker Village

If possible, these will return in the fall.

Sundays: October 10th,  October 24th 

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

If possible, these will return in the fall.

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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