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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 Shirley Historical Society 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. 
Tuesday, July 20th – 2:00 pm – Henna Workshop at Hazen Library for summer reading participants  shirley@cwmars.org
Friday, July 23rd,  6:30 pm –Shirley Charitable Foundation Concerts on the Common  – The Reminisants – Oldies from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s
Friday August 6th – 4:00 – 6:30 pm – Farmer’s Market at Whiteley Park, shirleyfarmersmarket@gmail.com 
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  
Friday September 10th – 4:00 – 6:30 pm – Farmer’s Market at Whiteley Park, shirleyfarmersmarket@gmail.com 
Saturday September 18th 11:00 am – 5:00 pm – ShirleyFest at the Center Town Common. A community day of crafts, games, entertainment, food, children’s activities, and information booths. Contact Meredith for more information at mmarcinkewicz@shirleyarts.info.
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 – Town Public Safety Day 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – on Town Offices Green including fire trucks, police cars, EMT’s, food, children’s activities. 
Sunday September 26th – 9:00 am – The 2021 Holdenwood Trail Run   Go to  holdenwoodtrailrun@gmail.com for more information.
Friday October 1st – 4:00 – 6:30 pm – Farmer’s Market at Whiteley Park, shirleyfarmersmarket@gmail.com 
Saturday October 2nd – Town Wide Yardsale Day, Contact Rosie at rchrlh@comcast.net to take part.
Saturday November 6th – Friends of Hazen Library Holiday Cookies and Crafts Sale. Details TBA
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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