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 13, 2020 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 is open and following COVID 19 health and safety guidelines. We will be here 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. 
Go to the following page for our COVID 19 Museum Guidelines for workers and visitors. https://shirleyhistory.org/new-normal/
Shirley Town Offices are re-opening.
Shirley banks have re-opened.
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. There is also  limited indoor seating and some outdoor seating at various locations.
St. Anthony’s Church has resumed public services with certain restrictions.  They also are live streaming every Sunday morning. Check with them for specific details.   
Trinity Chapel will resume outdoor services at 11:00 am on Sundays beginning April 18, 2021.  They also offer Sunday morning prayer on their website.
Shirley Christian Fellowship is holding services inside, following social distancing guidelines.  


2021 Outdoor All Town Yard Sales
The Historical Society will be participating.  We need donations, volunteers, and customers.
Saturday May 1st – Thank you to everyone who donated items, helped move and sell or came and bought items. We appreciate your support.
Saturday July 10th 
Saturday October 2nd  
Contact Rosie at rchrlh@comcast.net to take part. 
Town Events
Sunday May 30th – 2:00 pm – Memorial Day Commemoration at Whiteley Park 
Shirley Charitable Foundation Concerts on the Common
Depending on newest COVID guidelines.
Snacks will go on sale at 5:30  each evening.
Friday, July 2nd, 6:00 pm – Nashoba Valley Concert Band – Patriotic tunes and  show tunes
Friday, July 16th, 6:00 pm – The American Rogues – Celtic and rock music
Friday, July 23rd,  6:00 pm – The Reminisants – Oldies from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s
Friday, August 20th, 6:00 pm – Beatles for Sale – Beatles tribute band
Friday, August 27th, 6:00 pm  – Pan Nubean Steel Band – Reggae & Calypso music  
Historical Society Events 
Depending on newest COVID guidelines.
Current Historical Society Museum display on the part of Shirley that became part of Ayer 150 years ago.
Saturday May 29th – 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm – Illustrated talk about Nonacoicus land which was part of Groton, then Shirley, and now Ayer.  Reservations will be required.  This is one of Freedom’s Way Heritage Area’s Hidden Treasures. 
Saturday June 12th – Re-dedication of Civil War monument in Shirley Center.  
Saturday August 7th – 1:30 pm – Program about Shirley’s Benton MacKaye and his proposal to create the Appalachian Trail. Guest speakers will be two people who have hiked the whole trail. 
Saturday, September 11th – 7:00 pm – Presentation about Nahum Gardner Hazard, a Shirley boy who was kidnapped and sold south as a slave in 1839. 
Sunday September 19th – 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Historical Society Garden Party Fundraiser at the Bull Run
Saturday, November 6th – Historical Society Annual Meeting and supper with program featuring readings from historic local letters.

Guided Tours of

the Site of The Shirley Shaker Village

If possible, these will return in the fall.

Sundays: September 26th 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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