The James Library’s Spring Events & Entertainment Series

The James Library by Dianne Panarelli Miller cover 2
The James Library by Dianne Panarelli Miller cover 2
The James Library, excerpt of a painting by Artist Dianne Panarelli Miller – The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library, presents a spring season of a variety of music, literary programming and art gallery events serving the South Shore community at 24 West Street, Norwell.  The James is also home to a beautiful community art gallery featuring the works of local and regional artists for monthly gallery openings and exhibits. Visitors are welcome to attend the openings, or view the works on display during business hours.

~  Spring Entertainment and Events Schedule  ~

High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition

Opening Reception: January 31, 6 to 8 pm (Snow Date: February 7)

Exhibition Dates: January 31 through February 28

Admission:  Free, on view during business hours

A juried art exhibit of 11th and 12th grade student works from artists residing on the South Shore. Awards will be given for Best in Show, second and third place and four honorable mentions. The exhibition is sponsored by the Church Hillers of Norwell.

Exhibit Juror Nancy Colella is an award-winning, full time artist and art instructor. She has a degree in secondary art education and has juried art shows for all ages, for many years.  Colella earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Muskingum University, then studied painting at the Aegean School of Fine Arts in Paros, Greece, and at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel, Mexico. After a successful career in the hospitality business and while raising two children, she resumed her studies at Mass College of Art.  She is currently a member of the National Association of Women Artists and a Copley Master of the Copley Society of Art in Boston, Massachusetts. She is currently a faculty member at the North River Arts Society in Marshfield, Massachusetts, and teaches numerous workshops throughout New England. 

Mondays at The James: The Genius of Frank Lloyd Wright

Monday, February 10, 1:30 pm

Admission:  Free, RSVP by emailing

Join local architect Jim Kelliher of Axiom Architects as he talks about the history of architect, designer, writer, and educator Frank Lloyd Wright’s genius, and compares his work to that of the architecture during the same time being built around Norwell and Boston. Mondays at the James is made possible by the generosity of the Cordelia Family Foundation and South Shore Music Circus.

Blue Heron Concert: Songs About Hope

Sunday, February 23, 3 pm

Tickets:  $35 adults, $30 seniors, $25 students

Blue Heron Vocal Ensemble, image by Liz Linder

Winners of the 2018 Gramophone Classical Music Award for Early Music, Blue Heron offers an intoxicating afternoon of songs about Hope (Esperance), the allegorical character from the world of the Romance of the Rose, who sustains a courtly lover through the thousand pains of lovesickness and teaches him to find delight instead of suffering. The program presents a complex variety of 14th-century songs which draw from each other’s words and music, including “En amer a douce vie”, which is sung by Esperance in Machaut’s Remede de Fortune; the anonymous Esperance qui en mon cuer s’embat, which was one of the century’s popular hits; and a trio of interrelated songs by Jacob de Senleches, Philippus de Caserta, and Johannes Galiot in the hypnotic late medieval style dubbed the Ars subtilior or “more subtle art” and transmitted by the celebrated Chantilly Codex.  Songs About Hope is sponsored by The Monahan Family, Lynch Marini & Associates, Elise and Jeremy Warhaftig, The Douglas N. Perry Fund, with support by Hingham, Norwell and Scituate Cultural Councils, local agencies of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The James Library & Center for the Arts Spring Juried Exhibition 

Opening Reception: March 13, 6 pm to 8 pm

Exhibition dates:  March 13 to April 18

Admission:  Free, on view during business hours

The James Library welcomes artists from the South Shore and beyond for this Spring Juried Exhibition featuring art work of all mediums. Best in Show, second place, third place and four honorable mentions will be awarded with cash prizes for the top three selections. For more information on this exhibition, the juror, and how to participate, please go to Sponsored by The Frame Center, Hanover, Massachusetts.

Mondays at the James: Italianate Architecture Around the South Shore

Monday, March 16, 7 pm

Admission:  Free, RSVP by emailing

The Italianate style of architecture was a distinct 19th-century phase in the history of Classical architecture. Join local architect Jim Kelliher of Axiom Architects as he talks about the history of Italianate architecture, and its popularity across the United States, particularly in New England, from the 1840s to 1890. Mondays at the James is made possible by the generosity of the Cordelia Family Foundation and South Shore Music Circus.

I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone, Living History Performance

Sunday, March 22, 3 pm

Tickets:  $20 adults, $10 students

Judith Kalaora as Lucy Stone, courtesy image

Celebrate 100 years of Women’s Suffrage at the James! Challenging discrimination is not easy, but Lucy Stone was never one to take the easy road. The first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree, Lucy was an ardent supporter of human rights. Always fierce, her belief that women and men be equal was evident in both her political and personal endeavors. Her message inspired thousands to join the suffrage movement; even Susan B. Anthony credits Lucy’s impassioned speeches for her involvement. As a scholar, Lucy studied Greek and Hebrew, insisting that ancient scriptures had been mistranslated to objectify women. As a wife, Lucy refused to take her husband’s name, becoming the first to do so in the nation.

In this fiery presentation, Lucy describes the tension of Antebellum Boston. Her discussion touches on the gender caste system and also encompasses the fierce abolitionist movement. Women were evolving from successful abolitionists to struggling suffragists, and their fight was ferocious, so come along for the ride!  I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone is sponsored by the Edward and Estelle Mosher Memorial Fund and Bob Melone team at Radius Financial Group. This program is also supported in part by grants from the Hingham, Norwell, and Scituate Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Mass Cultural Council.

History At Play was founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Judith Kalaora. Offering solo and ensemble programs with an emphasis on women’s history, H.A.P. is woman-owned and operated, with a commitment to employ artists from the region. Kalaora is a professional educator, writer and living historian. She graduated from Syracuse University.

Mondays at the James: Duxbury’s Women at Sea

Monday, March 30, 7 pm

Admission:  Free, RSVP by emailing

Between the late 18th and early 19th centuries, hundreds of ships were built in Duxbury, Massachusetts. The resulting economic boom resonated throughout the community and contributed to a rise in both employment and population.

For all the history that has been examined and celebrated, however, very little has been said of the women, other than to mention the obvious – that they were the mothers, wives and sisters of the male shipbuilders and sailors. This project puts them not only into the narrative, but directly on to the ships.

Duxbury Rural and Historical Society Archivist & Historian, Carolyn Ravenscroft, embarked on a journey to find the names of other women who made voyages and to discover their stories. Although it is still a work in progress, to date, Ravenscroft has discovered 33 Duxbury women who sailed from 1809-1890. Many of these women came from Duxbury’s maritime families, and were related to each other as well. Ravenscroft was also able, in many instances, to personalize their stories.

Mondays at the James is made possible by the generosity of the Cordelia Family Foundation and South Shore Music Circus.

Jazz Pianist Laszlo Gardony

Saturday, April 4, 7:30 pm

Tickets:  $30 adults, $25 seniors, $15 students

Laszlo Gardony, courtesy image

Acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, and James Library favorite Laszlo Gardony returns to celebrate his live solo album La Marseillaise (Sunnyside Records) with a solo piano concert. This concert is sponsored by Gordon Atlantic Insurance and Karen Mullaney, CPA.

Hailed by Jazz Times as “one of contemporary music’s truly original voices,” Laszlo’s performances convey the joy of inspired creation, audience connection, and moving spontaneous improvisations. Gardony’s concerts are one-of-a-kind performances drawing from deep feeling, prodigious technique, and a playful curiosity that thrives on interpreting each unique moment. He will perform new compositions, his own arrangements of standards, a classic Italian song, a re-imagination of an iconic French revolutionary song and spontaneously created pieces. Gardony has said, “Music has a direct effect on our emotions and also on our well-being.” Not to be missed!

Railroad Magic!

Saturday, April 11, 10:30 am

Admission is free, donations are gratefully appreciated

Everyone loves trains and magic shows! Magician Debbie O’Carroll, in the role of a magical engineer, weaves colorful stage magic and zany comedy with fanciful yarns of people, places and creatures. Join the fun and imagine yourself on Debbie’s magic train as you learn about some amazing locations on the map of the United States!  Sponsored by Church Hillers of Norwell and Susan M. Decker Fund for Children’s Literacy.

Mondays at The James: Pianist Jack Craig

Monday, April 13, 2 pm

Admission:  Free, RSVP by emailing

Celebrate a kind of ‘best of’ songwriting by singing along with two dozen cherished songs from the American Songbook. From a few Roaring 20’s hits on to some classic Broadway and movie musical tunes . . . and even a few more modern classics, performer Jack Craig explores the songs that remind us of all the wonderful years of music in our lives. Mondays at the James is made possible by the generosity of the Cordelia Family Foundation and South Shore Music Circus.

Mondays at The James: Creative Collage Class

Monday, April 27, 7 pm

Admission:  Free, RSVP by emailing

Join us for a one-night class at the James where you will create your own unique piece of collage art. Presented by award-winning Artist Karen Baker.  This class is free, but space is limited.  Mondays at the James is made possible by the generosity of the Cordelia Family Foundation and South Shore Music Circus.

Author Stephen Puleo: Voyage of Mercy

Wednesday, April 29, 7 pm

Tickets:  $20 adults, $10 students

Join author Stephen Puleo as he discusses his latest book, which details the remarkable story of the mission that inspired a nation to donate massive relief to Ireland during the potato famine and began America’s tradition of providing humanitarian aid around the world. More than 5,000 ships left Ireland during the great potato famine in the late 1840s, transporting the starving and the destitute away from their stricken homeland. The first vessel to sail in the other direction, to help the millions unable to escape, was the USS Jamestown, a converted warship, which left Boston in March 1847 loaded with precious food for Ireland. In Voyage of Mercy, Stephen Puleo tells the incredible story of the famine, the Jamestown voyage, and the commitment of thousands of ordinary Americans to offer relief to Ireland, a groundswell that provided the collaborative blueprint for future relief efforts, and established the United States as the leader in international aid. Sponsored by HUB International and U.S. Wealth Management.

Mondays at The James: Tenor David Won and Pianist Timothy Steele

Monday, May 11, 7 pm

Admission:  Free, RSVP by emailing

Tenor David Won by Axie Breen Photography

Live music performed by popular concert singer and tenor David Won and New England Conservatory faculty member and pianist Timothy Steele. This event is free and open to the public.  Mondays at the James is made possible by the generosity of the Cordelia Family Foundation and South Shore Music Circus.

Mondays at The James: History of Paragon Park

Monday, May 18, 7 pm

Admission:  Free, RSVP by emailing

Author Chris Haraden recounts the history of our beloved Paragon Park in Hull. He’ll bring you into the past, into the pages of his new coffee table book, the first comprehensive book on the history of the beloved amusement park that opened on the shores of Nantasket Beach in 1905. Come learn all about the beginning and the end of this cherished park, share your memories, and ask Chris questions you’ve longed to have answered.  Mondays at the James is made possible by the generosity of the Cordelia Family Foundation and South Shore Music Circus.

For more information about The James Library’s programs and events, please call 781-659-7100, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

Since 1874, The James Library has served the South Shore community as a warm gathering place. Housed in a landmark Victorian in historical Norwell Center, The James is dedicated to serving the community by providing high-quality programs, resources and materials through a concert hall, art gallery and the operation of a free lending library. As an independent, non-profit arts center we foster a mission for the creation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts for residents of all ages on the South Shore, while preserving the historic character of our home. The James Library is located at 24 West Street, Norwell and is open to the public Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 5 pm, Thursday and Friday from 12 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 to 2 pm. For more information, please call 781-659-7100, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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