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

Tuesday, March 3rd 7:00 am – 8:00 pm

Election Day at Town Offices

Saturday, March 7th at 2 PM

Benton MacKaye’s Birthday Party

Benton MacKaye’s Birthday Party at the Senior Center. The Senior Center is located at 9 Parker Road in Shirley. Benton is the man who conceived of the Appalachian Trail and summered in Shirley. Enjoy birthday cake while listening to a 1974 auto recording from this 95th birthday. mail@shirleyhistory.org for more information

Friday, March 27th at 7:30 PM

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at St. Anthony’s Church Hall.  Reserved seat tickets on sale at Hazen Library or Eventbrite. Go to mail@shirleyarts.org for more information.

Saturday, March 28th at 7:30 PM

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at St. Anthony’s Church Hall.  Reserved seat tickets on sale at Hazen Library or Eventbrite. Go to mail@shirleyarts.org for more information.

Sunday, March 29th at 2:00 PM

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at St. Anthony’s Church Hall.  Reserved seat tickets on sale at Hazen Library or Eventbrite. Go to mail@shirleyarts.org for more information.

Saturday, April 11th at 1 PM – 5 PM

Historic House Tours

Visit nine 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 

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. 
A map of locations will be printed in the Ayer-Shirley Tracker newspaper.  

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.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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, 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 Museum and then walk to the Cemetery, Center Town Hall, Meetinghouse, and MacKaye cottage. Inquire at mail@shirleyhistory.org.

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 at 7:00 PM

Tin Pan Alley at the Meeting House

Go to events@shirleymeetinghouse.org for more information.

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.

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

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

At Historic Meetinghouse.

Piano and Organ Concert 

Go to events@shirleymeetinghouse.org for more information as it becomes available.

Saturday, October 17th at 7 PM

The Story of Nahum Gardner Hazard

at Shirley Historical Society Museum

The Story of Nahum Gardner Hazard, an African-American Shirley 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

Pot Luck Supper and Shirley Historical Society Annual Meeting at Trinity Chapel.

The program will feature readings from historic Shirley letter-writers. Inquire at 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

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 lectur 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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