FALL PREVIEW : : Culture & Entertainment 2023

Deertrees Theatre's Salt Lick Cabaret setting, courtesy image
Deertrees Theatre's Salt Lick Cabaret setting, courtesy image

McGRATHPR.com – Fall weather and entertainment will soon arrive on Boston’s South Shore, Cape Cod and across New England, with plenty of incredible opportunities to enjoy the arts, education, and culture. Here’s what’s in store for McGrath PR clients for the autumn of 2023:

The James Library & Center for the Arts


Your Backyard through My Eyes ~ an exhibit of works by Artist Dianne Panarelli Miller

On view from September 7 through October 7, 2023

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 7, 6 to 8 pm

James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell

Admission is free

No one understands and appreciates a landscape quite like someone who was born and raised there. Dianne Panarelli Miller is an award-winning, homegrown artist, celebrating over 40 years of painting across the South Shore and beyond. Her work is included in regional, national, and international collections.

North River Bliss, a painting by Dianne Panerelli Miller, courtesy image

This is Dianne’s first solo show since 2019, showcasing new and intimate paintings of locations spanning Boston to Cape Cod, captured on canvas in Dianne’s signature style.

World renowned Artist Dianne Panarelli Miller is an award-winning, Boston-based “plein air painter” of color and light. She is a signature member of the New England Plein Air Painters, a “Copley Master” at the Copley Society in Boston and a juried member of the Salmagundi Club in New York City.

The History of the Baker Chocolate Company – with Anthony Sammarco

Thursday, October 5, 7 pm

James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell

Tickets: $20, $10 students

Local historian Anthony Sammarco details the delicious saga of Massachusetts’s Baker Chocolate Company, from Hannon’s mysterious disappearance and the famed La Belle Chocolatière advertising campaign to cacao bean smuggling sparked by Revolutionary War blockades.

Both bitter and sweet, this tale is sure to tickle your taste buds. In 1765, Dr. James Baker of Dorchester stumbled upon Irishman John Hannon crying on the banks of the mighty Neponset River. Hannon, though penniless, possessed the rare skills required to create chocolate, a delicacy exclusive to Europe, and Baker, with pockets bursting, wished to make a name for himself Using a mill powered by the same river upon which they met, the duo built America’s oldest and most beloved manufacturer of this rich treat.

What We Carry – photograph by Kayleigh MacDonald, addressing pepper spray, courtesy image

What We Carry ~ An exhibit by Artist Kayleigh MacDonald
On view from October 13 through November 10, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday, October 13, 6 to 8 pm

James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell

Admission is free

What We Carry is an ongoing photographic investigation of sustained vigilance as a source of trauma. Portraits of women and gender non-conforming individuals with what is physically carried for protection serve as a point of entry for conversations surrounding self-preservation, collective trauma, and recent gender-based legislation.

In our current political climate, personal weaponry is a charged and polarizing topic. What We Carry contains difficult images, including portraits of individuals with guns. This project engages with the nuances and subtleties of weapon ownership, including the paradox of purchasing the very weapons used to target your own community.

Quincy-based Artist Kayleigh MacDonald mediums originate in the fields of fine art and documentary photography, performance, and land-based alternative photographic processes. She creates pictures informed by identity and established on a matriarchal memory; “I think everything I make comes back to Her. Working across a range of photographic processes, I use my image-making to confront concepts of feminine history, the body, and nature’s influence through self-portraits, images of family, process-based landscapes, and documentary work.”

Haunted South Shore – with Greater Boston Paranormal Associates

Friday, October 20, 7:30 pm

James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell

Admission is $10, donations gratefully accepted

Learn all about hauntings and the haunted along the South Shore corridor with Greater Boston Paranormal Associates. You’ll hear all about their spookiest investigation experiences and learn just how paranormal investigations work. Participate in a mini investigation, right here at The James Library!  Greater Boston Paranormal Associates’ team of individuals share interest in the paranormal – both believers and skeptics.  Their methods are both technological and spiritual, in the belief that their approach to the field with open minds and hearts leads to the possibility of answering centuries-old investigative questions. 

Borromeo String Quartet

Sunday, October 22, 3 pm

James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell

Tickets: $40 adults, $30 seniors, $20 students

Each visionary performance of the award-winning Borromeo String Quartet strengthens and deepens its reputation as one of the most important ensembles of its time.

Borromeo String Quartet, image by Juergen Frank

Admired and embraced for both fresh interpretations of the classical music canon and championing works by 20th and 21st century composers, the ensemble has been hailed for its “edge-of-the- seat performances,” by the Boston Globe, naming the ensemble “simply the best.”  Performing artists include Nicholas Kitchen, violin, Kristopher Tong, violin, Melissa Reardon, viola, and Yeesun Kim, cello.

Untold Stories of Boston Public Garden with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s Rose Doherty           

Tuesday, October 24, 1 pm       

James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell

Admission is free, donations gratefully accepted

Every Bostonian has walked through the Public Garden and enjoyed the beauty of the first botanical garden in the country. Learn the untold stories of its history and look at both natural and man-made features. The various statues and monuments: Make Way for Ducklings, George Washington, and the Ether Monument will be included in this tour along with a look at the planting design and some of the outstanding plantings. The 19th-century plan for the lagoon and the iconic Swan Boats will be included along with ongoing care and plans for the Public Garden, an oasis of beauty in the middle of our city. Presenter Rose Doherty has been delivering Osher Lifelong Learning Institute presentations since 2015.

Fall Juried Show ~ Showcasing the best in local and regional art
On view from November 17 to December 16, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday, November 17, 6 to 8 pm

James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell

Admission is free

Juried by Misty Flores; Assistant Curator, Rienzi, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Sponsored by The Frame Center, Cordelia Family Foundation and Local Cultural Councils

Deadline for submission: October 29, 2023

Online entries only, open to all mediums, cash and prizes will be awarded to winners.
For more information and a prospectus, visit JamesLibrary.org. Accepted entries will be announced on November 5, 2023.

Heat Wave, a painting by Phillis Wenzel, courtesy image

For more information about The James Library & Center for the Arts lending library, gallery, programs, or performances, visit jameslibrary.org.

To the Moon and Back, Inc.


Come one, come all for a musical spin on the beloved game of bingo, with To the Moon and Back’s “Drag Singo” benefit fundraiser, at Hotel 1620 in Plymouth, MA for Drag Bingo, on Friday, October 13, 6 to 10 pm, at Hotel 1620, 180 Water Street, Plymouth.  All proceeds benefit the Plymouth-based nonprofit, which provides statewide support to children born opiate-dependent with neonatal abstinence syndrome, and their families.

In “Drag Singo,” South Shore Queenz drag artists Genesis, Khloe Glamoure, and Bianca Knight are the nights’ entertainment.  These queens have been performing together for years throughout New England, even winning pageants along the way!  They serve glamour, humor, and a whole lotta sass, making for a fun and entertaining evening out.  DJ Roger Leary lends his sound skills to ramp up the exciting music.

In “Drag Singo,” players receive a bingo card featuring popular song titles.  The drag artist hosts spur DJ Roger to play random song clips of the “recognizable parts” of each tune.  Players are encouraged to sing along, identify and match song titles on their cards, play to win cash!

Founded in 2017, advocacy nonprofit To the Moon and Back, Inc. (TTMAB), is dedicated to supporting children born with in utero substance exposure and their families, founded by Theresa Harmon, RN, LICSW. As a certified 501(c)3, TTMAB has served as the leader in providing support, education, and advocacy for the youngest victims of the opioid epidemic, and those who care for them.  The organization’s mission is committed to forging one voice as advocates for children.

Tickets are $50 each, or $350 for a table of 8, available at eventbrite.com/e/drag-bingo-tickets-675543277127, and include one round of bingo and stationed hors d’oeuvres. Additional bingo card rounds are $10. A cash bar is available.  Cash payout will be made for bingo winnings on site.  All are welcome to purchase tickets and attend, but only attendees age 18+ are eligible for gambling activities.

For more information about the initiatives and mission of To The Moon and Back, Inc., or to donate, visit 2themoonandback.org, or follow To the Moon and Back on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @tothemoonma.

Friends in Song A Cappella Ensemble

Friends for Maui: Starting All Over Benefit Concert

Sunday, October 15, 2 pm

First Trinitarian Congregational Church, 381 Country Way, Scituate

William B. Richter, music director

Admission is $10 per person, payable in cash at the door, additional donations encouraged

In support of the communities affected by the recent Maui wildfire disaster, Friends in Song a cappella vocal ensemble presents a benefit concert. All proceeds directly benefit the Maui Strong Fund, launched by the Hawai’i Community Foundation (#MauiStrongFund).  The concert is sponsored by Michelle McGrath PR.

“Friends for Maui” features a program of uplifting songs selected to inspire hope in the wake of the tragic Maui wildfire devastation, stirring audiences and singers alike.  Diverse repertoire is united by a “hope for the future” mindset, conveyed through inspirational performances.  The concert subtitle, ‘Starting All Over,’ is derived from the recent issued cover tune of Oahu-native American Idol winner Iam Tongi’s original song “Starting All Over Again,” a support anthem to raise awareness for the cause, the charities those in need, and to benefit Tongi’s greater Hawaiian community. Friends in Song performs its own arrangement of this tune during this concert.  Together, we are stronger!

Friends in Song is an ensemble of 15 vocalists, many professional musicians, who have performed together in friendship and harmony for 13 years.  The group is recognized across the region for their tightly woven harmonies and joyous concerts. Singers reside across Boston’s South Shore, including Diana Barnes, Larry Carlson, Brian Dudley, Lynne Hare, Chris Holl, Kate Holl, Anne Jones, Dan Miot, Michelle McGrath, William Richter, Nathaniel Sides, Kay Slater, Sally Tucker, David Tyler, and Lea Tyler.

All concert proceeds and additional donations support the Maui Strong Fund, which provides financial resources to support the immediate and long-term recovery needs for the people and places affected by the devastating Maui wildfires. To date, nearly $6 million has been awarded to more than 60 verified philanthropic, social service and community agencies supporting the cause. 

To learn more about Hawai’i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund, visit hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/maui-strong, or follow the hashtags #MauiStrongFund, #MauiStrong or #hawaiicommunity.  To learn more about First Trinitarian Congregational Church, visit ftccscituate.org.  Free parking is available on site, and across the street in an adjacent parking lot.  FTCC is fully accessible.

For more information about Friends in Song a cappella ensemble, email Michelle McGrath at michelle@mcgrathpr.com.

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra


Bridge & Britten

Sunday, September 17, 3 pm

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Rte. 28, Harwich Port

Matthew Scinto, conductor

Tickets: $35

Join Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra as it kicks off its season six with a magnificent program for strings, featuring Benjamin Britten’s Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge. The composition classes which Britten undertook with Frank Bridge arguably were the greatest influencers of the early growth of his style. The Variations stand as a unique tribute to teacher by pupil, and as a fascinating insight into the musical personality of the developing composer. In parallel, CCCO also performs music of Frank Bridge, and Arvo Pärt’s Cantus, in Memoriam of Benjamin Britten.


Frank Bridge: Two Folk Songs

Cherry Ripe & Sally in the Alley

Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memoriam of Benjamin Britten

Britten: Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge

Rock Guitar Performing Artist Anika Mladineo Franco

Anika’s YouTube Channel

Friday, August 25, with REMY, at The Jungle, Somerville, MA

Friday, September 1, with Walhalla, at No Fun, Albany, NY

Sunday, October 1, with Walhalla, at The Middle East, Cambridge, MA

Friday, November 3, with Walhalla, at The C Note, Hull, MA

Tuesday, November 14, with Jessica Woodlee, at The Mercury Lounge, NYC

Friday, November 17, with Jessica Woodlee, at Grander Canyon, New Brunswick, NJ

Anika Mladineo, image by Ronjue Studio

Concord Women’s Chorus


Director Jane Ring Frank conducts singers in a Concord Women’s Chorus rehearsal, courtesy image

Open Rehearsals & Singer Auditions

Tuesday, September 12, 9:30 am, and Tuesday, September 19, 9:30 am

Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord

Admission to audition is free, membership information is available on site

Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC), fostering the power of women’s voices in song, invites new singers to join its ensemble this fall.  Artistic Director and Conductor Jane Ring Frank welcomes newcomers to visit rehearsal and learn more. 

Auditions will be held after rehearsal on September 19.  Rehearsals continue Tuesday mornings, 9:30 am to 12 noon, also at Trinity Episcopal Church, throughout the 2023-24 season.

CWC welcomes singers with prior choral experience including good sight-reading skills, solid intonation and vocal quality, responsiveness to direction and the ability to blend within an ensemble. For auditions, prospective members may be asked to sight-read a short passage and/or sing a familiar tune, arriving with a prepared solo is not necessary.  An information form is available to be printed in advance and brought to the audition at concordwomenschorus.org/wp/sing-with-us.  Chorus members are expected to attend rehearsals and to participate in performing scheduled concerts. Since CWC values opportunities to collaborate and perform with other musical and cultural groups, additional commitments may become available during the season.

For more information, visit concordwomenschorus.org or email manager@concordwomenschorus.org.

SELA:  The International Private School


Early Global Education Fall-Themed Open House

Saturday, October 21, 9 to 10 am, and 10:30 to 11:30 am

Held concurrently at both SELA campuses, 75 Sgt. William B. Terry Drive, Hingham and 137 Washington Street, Norwell

Attendance is free

Celebrate the beauty of the fall season with SELA’s Schools of Early Global Education, serving children from ages 3 month to 5 years, offering a fun-filled morning of exploration and discovery. Families are welcome to visit, explore classrooms, meet SELA’s dedicated teachers, and engage in hands-on activities that capture the essence of autumn.

SELA’s Open House encourages families to see firsthand how the school fosters a love for learning and provides a global perspective at an early age, connects families with its educational community, and shares more about its innovative approach to early childhood education. 

Kindergarten Information Session

Tuesday, October 24, 5 to 6 pm

Friday, November 3, 9 to 10 am

SELA’s Hingham campus, 75 Sgt. William B. Terry Drive, Hingham

Attendance is free

SELA’s Kindergarten Information Session is a must-attend event for parents and guardians preparing to enroll their child in SELA’s kindergarten. This informative session provides families with all the essential details about SELA’s kindergarten program. Discover curriculum, teaching approaches, and school policies specific to kindergarten. Meet SELA’s dedicated faculty, ask questions, and gain valuable insights into your child’s first year of elementary school.

SELA students enjoy an global-inspired education, courtesy image

General Elementary Information Session – for families of new K through grade 5 students

Friday, November 3,10:30 to 11:30 am

SELA’s Hingham campus, 75 Sgt. William B. Terry Drive, Hingham

Attendance is free

Engaging and informative, SELA’s Elementary Information Session is tailored specifically to parents and guardians of children in Kindergarten through Grade 5, designed to provide valuable insights into the elementary school program, curriculum, and resources offered to ensure every child’s success. During the session, attendees have the opportunity to meet experienced faculty members, guiding families through core subjects, specialized programs, and extracurricular activities. Gain a comprehensive understanding of SELA’s academic approach, teaching methodologies, and how the faculty and staff foster a supportive learning environment.

SELA elementary students at work, courtesy image

To register for any open house program, email Director of Admissions Alexandra Perry at admissions@suescuela.com or visit selaprivateschool.com/open-house.  For more information about SELA: The International Private School, its programs, tuition, and more, visit selaprivateschool.com, call 781-741-5454, and follow SELA on social media.

Composer Rachel Burckardt


Masses and Other Sacred Works ~ A Fall Concert

Saturday, October 14, 8 pm

Saint Cecelia Parish, 18 Belvidere Street, Boston

Tickets:  General Admission $25, Students and Seniors $12

Longtime Cambridge-based sacred musician and composer Rachel Burckardt, together with Wood Harbor Orchestra, conducted by Elijah Langille, present a concert program of Mass excerpts and other sacred works featuring local contemporary composers including Kelvin Koning, Javier Marquez, Mary Casiello, Sam Crosby-Schmidt, Rachel Burckardt, and Amy Beach (and others).  The works feature an orchestra and choir.

Conductor Elijah Langille directing Wood Harbor Orchestra and Chorus, Saint Cecelia Parish, Boston, image by McGrath PR

A featured work on the program is Missa Misceo, a “Mash Mass” in twelve movements, consisting of excerpts from six Mass works originated by five composers.

St. Cecilia Church is fully accessible with a street-level entrance and elevator access to the main sanctuary.  Parking is available at the Hynes Auditorium Garage on Dalton Street for $13 with a ticket obtainable at the church.  Alternate paid parking is available at the Prudential garage. The church building is fully accessible by elevator at both the street level entrance on Belvidere Street, and at the entrance on the corner of St. Cecilia and Scotia Streets.

For more information about Rachel Burckardt, visit woodharbormusic.net.

Saint Paul’s Choir School


Fall Open House

Sunday, October 15, 12 noon to 2 pm

Saint Paul’s Choir School, 29 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge

Free to attend, advance registration recommended

Have a second, third, or fourth grade boy who is academically talented and vocally gifted? Saint Paul’s Choir School is a musically strong and academically integrated program that may be a perfect fit for his education needs.

Saint Paul’s Choir School, named Boston Parents Paper’s Family Favorite, is a school where boys and voices soar!  Students spend 655 minutes weekly on-task in music rehearsals, sung Masses, music theory classes, and piano instruction. Performance tours inspire school students to explore the world, from Mexico City to Munich, Washington D.C. to Rome, New York to Venice. Saint Paul’s academic programming supports and uplifts boy choristers’ education and formation. Graduates of Saint Paul’s go on to excel at Boston College High School, Saint Sebastian’s, Roxbury Latin School and beyond.  To register for the Fall Open House, or for more information, visit saintpaulschoirschool.us.

Massachusetts Cranberries


Cranberry Harvest Bus Tours

Saturdays and Sundays, September 30 through November 5, approximately 10 to 11:30 am, by advance reservation

Massachusetts Cranberries Education Barn, Carver

Custom rates based on group size available on request Cranberry Harvest Bus Tours, open to the public and popular with locals and tourists alike, are held on Saturdays and Sundays every weekend from September 30 through November 5 this season, departing at 10 am. Each (approximately) 90-minute tour explores New England’s distinctive fall harvest season and the sight, sounds and smells of autumn. 

Tours launch from Massachusetts Cranberries’ mini education barn in Carver, allowing visitors to delve into learning about historic farm equipment, educational displays and to purchase fresh cranberries and cranberry products on site. 

Attendees board chartered school buses and travel up close to an active wet cranberry harvest.  Well informed tour guides discuss harvest techniques, farming tactics, and everything there is to know about native cranberries.  Bus tours are popular and sell out early.  Visitors are advised to book early in the season to enjoy this enjoyable experience with powerful red floating berries, Massachusetts’ official state fruit.

Massachusetts Cranberries also offers large group coach tours for tourism groups and school-age tour programs throughout the year, with low group rates and free parking for buses and vehicles on site.

Cranberry Harvest Bus Tour general admission tickets are $20, available at cranberries.org/cranberry-bog-bus-tours. Barn location and additional tour information is issued with ticket purchase confirmation. The education barn’s retail products and fresh berries are available for purchase by cash or major credit cards during tour hours. 

For more information about all Massachusetts Cranberries’ tour programs, email Cranberry Tour and Event Manager Kim Miot at bogtours@cranberries.org.  For more information about cranberries and how they grow, visit cranberries.org, or follow Massachusetts Cranberries as Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Choral Art Society of the South Shore


Choral Art Society of the South Shore in concert, image by McGrath PR

Open Rehearsals

Tuesdays, September 12 and 19, 7 to 9 pm

First Trinitarian Congregational Church, 381 Country Way, Scituate

Choral Art Society of the South Shore (CAS), a welcoming, non-auditioned community chorus, invites new singers to attend the first rehearsals of the fall season. Artistic Director and Conductor Danica A. Buckley welcomes returning members and newcomers of all skill levels to join the first rehearsal and learn about the fall season.

Choral Art Society’s open rehearsals welcome singers in all voice parts. While the chorus is a non-auditioned ensemble, Director Danica Buckley will assist singers with voice part placement. Singers are expected to be able to match pitch, learn and consistently sing their voice part, and balance their voice with other singers.  Rehearsals throughout the fall season are in preparation for a winter concert of seasonal music to be held on Sunday, December 3, 4 pm, at First Parish Duxbury, 842 Tremont Street, Duxbury (Rte. 3A).

To join Choral Art Society, or for more information, email choralartsociety@yahoo.com, visit choralartsociety.org, and follow Choral Art Society of the South Shore on Facebook.

The Company Theatre


Sister’s Back To School Catechism: The Holy Ghost And Other Terrifying Tales

Saturday, September 23, 4 pm (sold out) and 7:30 pm

The Company Theatre, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Tickets: $40

Sister’s Back! Get ready to return to class with a hysterical lesson in which we find out the Church’s take on all the familiar Halloween tales of ghosts and goblins. Full of Sister’s signature class participation, you may get hands-on experience in how to build a Catholic appropriate Halloween costume.


October 13 through 29, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 7:30 pm, Sundays, 3 pm

The Company Theatre, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Tickets: $42 Premium, $36 Standard

Stephen King’s live version of the intense psychological thriller.

A famous romance novelist is rescued from a car crash in the backwoods of Maine by the self-proclaimed number one fan of his novels. He soon comes to realize that the care he is receiving from this woman is only the beginning of an epic nightmare. 

Elf the Musical Jr.

November 10 through 12

Friday 7:30 pm, Saturday, 4 pm and 7 pm; Sunday, 1 pm and 4 pm

The Company Theatre, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell

Tickets: $35 Premium, $28 Standard

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.

Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Pilgrim Festival Chorus


Open Rehearsals and Auditions

Mondays, September 11 and 18, 6:30 pm

Faith Community Church, 29 Carver Road, Plymouth

Auditions attendance is free, membership information is available at rehearsal and on the PFC website Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC), the region’s volunteer not-for-profit community choral ensemble, seeks new singers for its winter concert season. Artistic Directors William B. Richter and Elizabeth Chapman Reilly welcome newcomers of all skill levels to learn about PFC and audition for vocal placement if they wish.  Rehearsals for the fall season from 7 to 9 pm immediately following auditions and continue weekly throughout the season. 

Pilgrim Festival Chorus in concert, 2023, image by Denise Maccaferri Photography

Open Rehearsals and Auditions are welcoming, casual, and free to attend.  Attendees enjoy singing with PFC the first two weeks without commitment.  Membership information is available at rehearsal and at pilgrimfestivalchorus.org.

Since 1999, PFC has been dedicated to presenting diverse choral works that educate, enrich, and engage both its members and South Shore audiences. More than 80 vocalists of all adult ages fill out the ensemble. In addition to the winter concert, PFC presents an annual Messiah Sing in December, a larger choral work in spring, and summer concerts featuring lighter pops-style programming. Members also perform in smaller volunteer groups engaging in community events. PFC members are drawn from diverse skillsets and backgrounds – from amateur hobby and choir singers to music educators and professional choir directors.

For more information about membership and auditions, call William Richter at 781-789-3343 or email director@pilgrimfestivalchorus.org.  For more information about this season’s rehearsal schedule and repertoire, visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, email info@pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.

Sandwich Arts Alliance


Your Daily Practice Writers Group

Wednesdays, September 6 and 20, October 4 and 18, November 1 and 15, 11 am to 12:30 pm

Sandwich Arts Alliance Center, 130 Main Street, Sandwich

A new group meeting on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, gathering writers who desire to establish a daily practice, encouragement, and accountability.

Sandwich Showcase Open Mic

Wednesday, September 6, 7 to 9 pm

Sandwich Arts Alliance Center, 130 Main Street, Sandwich

Walk-in registration, $10 donation requested at the door

​Do you sing? Play an instrument? Can you tell a story, read a poem, do a monologue, improv, stand-up comedy? Consider reading the latest chapter of your new book, play, or screenplay. Dance a little, talk or demonstrate your art, delight us with an opera aria!  Share your talent during our monthly showcase with a kind and appreciative audience. You’ve got five minutes to shine and have fun!

The Writers’ Critique Group

Thursdays, September 7 and 21, October 5 and 19, November 2 and 16, 1 to 2 pm

Sandwich Arts Alliance Center, 130 Main Street, Sandwich

This group of writers meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month.  A chapter of a current project is emailed to members of the group, read, and critiqued, and brought to the meeting where it is read aloud and further discussed.  Supportive, encouraging, and informative.  All are welcome.

Writer’s Networking

Wednesdays, September 13, October 11, November 8, 11 am to 12 noon

Sandwich Arts Alliance Center, 130 Main Street, Sandwich

This exchange, open to all, is held on the second Wednesday of each month. It offers a variety of programs from speakers to casual, convivial information exchanges on writing and publishing. ​

PorchFest 2023

Saturday, September 16, 1 to 4 pm

(Rain Date: Sunday, September 17, 1 to 4 pm)

On public and private porches throughout Sandwich Village

PorchFest 2023 features live unplugged music by local performing artists in 20 sets on 10 public and private porches throughout Sandwich. Come and enjoy free entertainment for the whole family for PorchFest’s 8th consecutive year, a community-wide celebration of local musical talent. Maps are available at Sandwich Arts Alliance’s headquarters at Sandwich Arts Alliance Center, 130 Main Street, Sandwich Chamber of Commerce, online at sandwichartsalliance.org, or on any designated porch the day of the event.

A Gathering of Poets

Tuesdays, September 19, October 17, November 21, 2:30 to 3:30 pm

Sandwich Arts Alliance Center, 130 Main Street, Sandwich

A supportive and informative poetry critique group, meeting monthly on third Tuesdays, All are welcome.  Attendees read their poems aloud each session, consider suggestions, and make observations.

Children’s Book Writers

Thursdays, September 28, October 26, November 30, 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Sandwich Arts Alliance Center, 130 Main Street, Sandwich

A new group of writers who aspire to publish children’s books bring their latest work to read aloud and receive comments and suggestions.

UkeFest 2023

Sunday, October 29, 2 to 3:30 pm

First Church, 136 Main Street, Sandwich

$10 adults, $5 kids

It’s a pre-Hallowe’en party for the whole family! UkeFest serves up some great talent with many local bands and acts under the direction of Mr. UkeFest himself, Steve Gregory of SCORE Music. We’re in for a fun-filled afternoon! Bring the kids; and yes, dancing in the aisles is allowed!

Agnes of God

Featuring Miranda Daniloff, Kelly Kean, and Janet Geist Moore

Friday through Sunday, October 13 through 22; Fridays and Saturdays, 7 pm, Sunday, 2 pm

​​The Glass Town Stage, Sandwich Historic Town Hall, ​130 Main Street, Sandwich

Tickets: $25

John Pielmeier’s provocative drama “Agnes of God” is a gripping and dynamic showcase for three strong actors – a hit on Broadway and on film.  Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a novice accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determinedly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, further arousing Livingstone’s suspicions. Who killed the infant, and who fathered the tiny victim? Livingstone’s questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love, leading to a dramatic, compelling climax. 


Exhibits by SAA Members in our gallery and at community venues

on view during business hours, and are also viewable online at our website

Sandwich Arts Alliance Center’s Gallery,

130 Main Street, Sandwich

June Kershaw Open Exhibit: Sept 1 through Oct 11;

reception and awards: 

Thursday, September 14, 5:30 to 7 pm

Member Exhibit:  Oct 11 through Nov 15; 

reception and awards: 

Thursday, October 19, 5:30 to 7 pm

A previous exhibit by Artist Janice Eve Gursky at Sandwich Public Library’s gallery, courtesy image

Sandwich Public Library, 142 Main Street, Sandwich

September 5 through October 2 – Artist Amy Sullivan

October 3 through November 7 – Artist Joe Gallant

November 7 through December 5 – Artist Arlene Weibel

Fishermen’s View Restaurant, 20 Freezer Rd, Sandwich

SAA artists exhibit works for sale on a rotating basis

For more information about Sandwich Arts Alliance’s gallery, exhibits, programs, events, and membership, visit  sandwichartsalliance.org.

Deertrees Theatre


Kippy – Pray for the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living!
Friday, September 1, 7 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Tickets: $20 A one-woman theatrical imagining of Kip Tiernan, “Kippy – Pray for the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living!” explores the life of social justice hero and founder of Boston’s Rosie’s Place, The Greater Boston Food Bank, Healthcare for the Homeless, The Poor People’s United Fund, and many others.  

Kip Tiernan was an extraordinary character and a force of nature who changed the face of social justice in Boston. Passionate and salty-tongued, she engendered outrage and empathy for the plight of poor and homeless women in crisis.  Kip founded Rosie’s Place in 1974, the first ever homeless shelter for women in the United States.  Written and performed by playwright and Deertrees’ Artistic Director Gail Phaneuf.  Sponsored by Lakes Region Recovery Center.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Friday, September 8, 6:30 pm, and Saturday, September 9, 6:30 pm

Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine

Tickets: $20

A modern staging of this Shakespeare classic, set during 1960’s America – a nation in transition, in the real-world city of Athens, Georgia. Serving today as a safe haven for queer and genderqueer persons, in the 60’s, Athens was full of tight-knit townsfolk in one of the most conservative towns in America. The setting transforms the faerie characters from fey spirits to queer and genderqueer aliens, whose interaction with conservative Athens fundamentally changes the city for the better.​​  From the minds of Shakespeare veterans Rob Faucher and Hal St. Louis comes a night of love, magic, and robots unlike anything you’ve seen before. Brace yourselves to experience something otherworldly – the extraterrestrial universe just got a whole lot bigger in this fabulous frolic!

~  The Salt Lick Café Cabaret Series  ~

Deertrees’ Salt Lick Café opens two hours before each event, and is home to Deertrees Art Gallery curated by Artist Karen Pettengill.  The café offers beer, wine, canned cocktails and a variety of sweet and savory snacks.  The Salt Lick Cabaret space has art gallery table seating for up to 65 people, serving as a cozy, intimate space for Deertrees’ smaller performances. For more information, visit deertrees-theatre.org/salt-lick-series-events.html.

Deertrees Theatre’s ticket prices include a $2 Heritage Fee that supports the ongoing restoration and improvements to Deertrees Theatre.  To purchase tickets, or more information, visit deertrees-theatre.org.

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