Local Events

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 for more events.

Special Shirley Events in 2020

Starting March 24, 2020, the Shirley Historical Society Museum will be CLOSED to visitors temporarily. However, the Curator will be checking in regularly to pick up messages, answer questions, and try to catch up with some overdue tasks.
Stay well.

It is wonderful that we are living in this age of modern communication and not in the good old days. Please stay in touch.
CANCELED
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. Non-essential businesses are closed.
When we find that other events have been added or have been canceled, we will post them here.
CANCELED
Ayer Shirley School District has canceled all classes and activities at least until May 4th, 2020.
Trinity Chapel, St. Anthony’s, and Shirley Christian Fellowship will not be holding services in their buildings in the near future, but they will be posting videos online.
Town Offices and the Hazen Library are closed to visitors. The March 31st Primary Election has been postponed to June 2nd. Hazen Library has many online resources.
The Post Office is open.
Banks and some restaurants are open for drive-through and pick up but hours may have changed.

Saturday, April 11th 

Historic House Tours

POSTPONED TO A DATE TO BE DETERMINED

Visit  historic Shirley houses. Tickets cost $25 if bought in advance at Museum or Hazen Library and $30 if bought on the day of the tour.
Inquire at mail@shirleyhistory.org.
Saturday, May 2nd

Postponed until July 11th

Shirley Town Wide Spring Yard Sale Day

Saturday, May 2nd at 7:00 PM
As it is in Heaven at Historic Shirley Meetinghouse. One act play about nine Shaker women in Kentucky. Admission $15.  Go to events@shirleymeetinghouse.org for more information.

POSTPONED to a date to be determined.

Sunday, May 3rd at 4:00 PM
As it is in Heaven at Historic Shirley Meetinghouse. One act play about nine Shaker women in Kentucky. Admission $15. Go to events@shirleymeetinghouse.org for more information.
Saturday, May 16th at 7 PM

POSTPONED to a date to be announced later

Hazel MacKaye, Shirley’s nationally known suffragist
This Historical Society Museum Exhibit and Program is one of Freedom’s Way Hidden Treasures. It will trace the history of the suffrage movement and will tell the part played by Shirley’s own Hazel MacKaye.
Inquire at mail@shirleyhistory.org for more information.

Sunday, May 17th at 3:00 PM

TO BE DETERMINED

At Historic Meetinghouse.
Inspired by the words of Maya Angelou, Ensemble Lyrae’s Spring 2020 concert, “Still WE Rise: Changing HERstory”, explores the theme of women throughout history who have persisted in the face of obstacles.
Go to events@shirleymeetinghouse.org for more information.
Saturday, June 6th at 11 AM – 5 PM

POSTPONED to Saturday September 19th

Shirley Fest

Shirley Fest will be on the Shirley Center Common. Watch day long family entertainment, shop the craft tables, buy Shirley  souvenirs, support a variety of local charities at their food booths, take a chance on Cow Chip Bingo, let your kids play games, visit with neighbors, and enjoy being party of this great community.
Contact Meredith at mail@shirleyarts.org for more information. 

Saturday June 6th 7:00 PM

TO BE DETERMINED

At Historic Meetinghouse.
Broadway at the Meetinghouse – a Concert by local groups and soloists
Go to events@shirleymeetinghouse.org for more information as it becomes available.

Saturday, June 13th starting at 9 AM

TO BE DETERMINED depending on state guidelines

En Plein Aire Painting Fundraiser
Painters will be invited to join us to paint out in the fresh air in Shirley Village. That evening, 6 PM – 8 PM, there will be a reception for the artists and the paintings will be auctioned off with half the proceeds going to the Historical Society.
Go to mail@shirleyhistory.org for more details as they become available. 

Saturday, July 11th

depending on state guidelines

Shirley Town Wide Spring Yard Sale Day

Donations, workers, and customers are appreciated st the Museum sale. We will be open 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Others around town may be open earlier and later. 
Add your location and items for sale by contacting Rosie at RCHRLH@comcast.net
A map of locations will be printed in the Ayer-Shirley Tracker newspaper.  July 11th

TO BE DETERMINED depending on state guidelines

Friday, July 17th at 7:00 PM

James and the Giant Peach Jr. at Ayer Shirley Middle School.
Tickets will be on sale at Hazen Library or Eventbrite.

Saturday, July 18th at 7:00 PM

Sunday, July 19th at 2:00 PM

Go to mail@shirleyarts.org for more information.
 

Saturday, August 22nd starting at 1:30 PM

Hazel MacKaye Program and Hike
Hazel MacKaye Program and Hike for Freedom’s Way. Participants will start at the Shirley Historical Society Museum for background information and then they will walk to the Cemetery, Center Town Hall, Meetinghouse, and MacKaye cottage.
Inquire at mail@shirleyhistory.org for more information.

Sunday, September 13th at 4 PM – 7 PM

Garden Party Fundraiser
Garden Party Fundraiser at the Bull Run Restaurant featuring music, appetizers, and silent auctions. Tickets cost $35 and will be available at the Museum and Hazen Library.
Inquire at mail@shirleyhistory.org

Saturday, September 19th, 11 AM – 5 PM

Shirley Fest

Shirley Fest will be on the Shirley Center Common. Watch day-long family entertainment, shop the craft tables, buy Shirley  souvenirs, support a variety of local charities at their food booths, take a chance on Cow Chip Bingo, let your kids play games, visit with neighbors, and enjoy being party of this great community.
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Contact Meredith at mail@shirleyarts.org for more information. 

Saturday September 19th at 7:00 PM

Tin Pan Alley at the Meeting House
Go to events@shirleymeetinghouse.org for more information as it becomes available.

Sunday September 20th at 12:30 PM

Guided Tour of Shirley Shaker Village

Meet on the property for background information and entrance to three Shaker-built structures. $15 reservations must be paid for in advance.
Go to mail@shirleyhistory.org for more information.

Saturday September 26th 

Brewfest on the Common 
to benefit the Meetinghouse
Go to events@shirleymeetinghouse.org for more information as it becomes available.

Sunday September 27th at 8:00 AM

Holdenwood Trail Run to benefit Ayer Shirley Education Foundation
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 Museum needs donations of books, baked goods, and flea market items. They will be open 9:00 am – 2:00 pm selling Shirley souvenirs plus hot chili.
Check the Ayer-Shirley Tracker newspaper to see where all the other yard sales will be.

Sunday October 4th at 12:30 PM

Guided Tour of Shirley Shaker Village

Meet on the property for background information and entrance to three Shaker-built structures. $15 reservations must be paid for in advance.
Go to mail@shirleyhistory.org for more information.

Sunday October 11th

Piano and Organ Concert at Historic Meetinghouse
Go to events@shirleymeetinghouse.org for more information as it becomes available.

Saturday, October 17th at 7 PM

at Shirley Historical Society Museum
The Story of Nahum Gardner Hazard, a Shirley African-American boy who was kidnapped and sold as a slave down south.
Inquire at mail@shirleyhistory.org.

Sunday October 18th at 12:30 PM

Guided Tour of Shirley Shaker Village

Meet on the property for background information and entrance to three Shaker-built structures. $15 reservations must be paid for in advance.
Go to mail@shirleyhistory.org for more information.

Saturday, November 14th at 6 PM

Historical Society Pot Luck Supper and Annual Meeting
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
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.
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

Sundays: September 20th, October 4th
and October 18th

12:30-2:30 pm

Additional tours may be arranged for groups of eight or more.

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

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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