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 on duty Mondays and Saturdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm 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.

Please wear a face mask when around other people as per the request of the governor.

When we find that other events have been added or have been canceled, we will post them here.

CANCELED
The Governor of Massachusetts has closed all schools for the remainder of the spring.
Go to asrsd.org for grade level information and at-home assignments.
Town Offices are closed to visitors.
Hazen Library is closed to visitors but has many online resources. Please do not return items until notified.
The Post Office is open but is limiting the number of customers at one time.
Banks and some restaurants are open for drive-through,  pick up, and delivery but hours may have changed.

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St. Anthony’s and Trinity Chapel will resume public services on May 30th and 31st, with certain restrictions.  Check with them for specific details.   

 

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.
Saturday, May 2nd Shirley Town Wide Spring Yard Sale Day Postponed until July 11th
Saturday, May 16th Hazel MacKaye, Shirley’s nationally known suffragist POSTPONED to August 22nd 
Sunday, May 17th at 3:00 PM Postponed to a date to be determined Ensemble Lyrae’s Spring 2020 concert, “Still WE Rise: Changing HERstory”, Go to events@shirleymeetinghouse.org for more information.

Tuesday June 2nd 
State Primary Election

7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Absentee ballots may be requested through Bill Oelfke, Town Clerk, by phone at 978-425-2600 X1 or by e-mail at clerk@shirley-ma.gov
Saturday, June 6th at 11 AM – 5 PM Shirley Fest POSTPONED to Saturday September 19th Contact Meredith at email@shirleyarts.info for more information. 
Saturday June 6th 7:00 PM Postponed to a date to be determined Broadway at the Meetinghouse – a Concert by local groups and soloists Go to events@shirleymeetinghouse.org for more information as it becomes available.

June of 2020

 The Shirley Historical Society is sponsoring their second annual en plein air painting fundraiser. Last year, the painters were able to gather on the picturesque Center Common, paint a view of one of the iconic buildings or landscapes and then gather for the evening’s reception and silent auction.

This year’s event will not involve any gatherings and will not limit the subject matter to the Meetinghouse, Town Hall, Trinity Chapel, or the Town Pound in Shirley Center. In the Village area, one could portray the President Building, the Umbagog Building, United Church, old Hazen Library, old Fire Station, old Municipal Building, Fredonian Park, Phoenix Park, St. Anthony’s, Whiteley Park, MBTA depot. Driving up and down Shirley roads, there are many other interesting buildings and beautiful vistas which would make good subjects for a painting.
Artists can work at the day and time of their own convenience, then leave their painting at the Shirley Historical Society Museum, 182 Center Road in Shirley, on Mondays or Saturdays in June, between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. We will take a photo of each work to post for sale on-line. Artwork can be any size. We request the following mediums not be used: photography, 3D sculptures and encaustics. All other media is allowed and encouraged.Artists should state their desired price for the work. Artists will need to sign a document stating that half of the proceeds will go to them and half will benefit The Historical Society. After the work is sold, The Historical Society will pay the artists and give them a receipt for their donation to a 501(c)(3) organization.To indicate your interest and for further information, please contact Meredith at the Museum at mail@shirleyhistory.org.

Tuesday June 23rd

Town Election

7:00 am – 8:00 pm at Town Offices

 

Saturday, July 11th

Shirley Town Wide Spring Yard Sale Day

depending on state guidelines

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

Saturday, August 22nd at 1:30 pm 

Hazel MacKaye Program and Hike

One of the Hidden Treasures in Freedom’s Way Heritage Area. Participants will start at the Shirley Historical Society Museum for background information on Hazel MacKaye and the Suffrage movement. 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.
www.shirleyfest01464
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: 12:30-2:30 pm

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 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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