Arlington Philharmonic offers pops, strawberries June 11

PSA logoThe Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra plans to present its Strawberry and Ice Cream Festival and Pops Concert on Saturday, June 11, with the Arlington-Belmont Chorale and the Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus. 

The evening will begin with strawberries on ice cream in the gardens beside the Town Hall from 5:30 to 7 p.m. (weather permitting), with entertainment by the Liberty Bones Brass Ensemble.  

The concert is at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. This year’s theme is “Music of the Stars.”  The chorale will perform "Moonglow," "Swinging on a Star," "I Got the Sun in the Morning," "It’s Only a Paper Moon," "Rocket Man" by Elton John, "Across the Universe" by John Lennon and more.

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Mystic Chorale's June 10 concert begins farewell to Page

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Arlington's Mystic Chorale invites all to celebrate people's connections to each other in "ARISE!" on Friday, June 10. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. at Cary Hall, 630 Mass. Ave., Lexington. 

In his penultimate season before moving to Missouri next winter after 32 years with Mystic Chorale, much-beloved founder and artistic director, Nick Page will lead a performance that promises to lift the audience members' spirits and souls.

This concert is sure to be both exhilarating and stirring as the group starts to bid Nick farewell.

The program begins with a rousing Glory Glory and closes with a triumphant Pass Me Not. Wonder and joy fill the concert songs ranging from Joseph Shabalala’s Moon is Walking to Nick’s powerful arrangement of Linda Hirschhorn’s setting of Lo V'Chayil (Not By Might, But With Love), with lift-us-to-the-sky percussion.

Drums are also central to a rousing South African Haleluya. Fittingly, the chorus will sing A Parting Glass, a Celtic song of farewell.

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Dallin Museum walking tours underway

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Sculpture + Architecture Walking Tours of Arlington Center, 6 to 7 p.m., May 27, June 23, July 21, Aug. 25 and Sept. 22.

For art and history enthusiasts of all ages, experience the masterful public works created by the celebrated American sculptor Dallin for his adopted hometown.

Learn the stories behind notable memorials and historic buildings, including the "Uncle Sam Memorial Statue" (1976), "Soldiers and Sailors Monument" (1887) and the art deco Arlington Co-operative Bank (1934). Before or after the tour, plan to visit one of the many wonderful restaurants in Arlington Center! 

The tour starts in front of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum, 611 Mass. Ave., Arlington Center. Metered parking is available in the lot behind the building.

The May 27 tour is being offered in conjunction with the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area’s Hidden Treasure’s program. Admission is free. Tickets for subsequent programs are a suggested donation of $10 per person. Register at Dallin.org/events.

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Jason Russell House opening for guided tours Saturday

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The Jason Russell House, the site of brutal fighting on April 19, 1775, plans to open for guided tours from May 28 until Oct. 30. 

Visitors can also view a new exhibit “Menotomy--Road to Revolution,” to learn the stories of Menotomy residents who mobilized to defend their homes and village from retreating British troops.

The house is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.  Masks are required for admission. 

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'Soul of Camera' closes Sunday at Cutter

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UPDATED May 15: The Cutter Gallery is a hidden gem with limited hours, but you can find it on the lowest floor of the Jefferson Cutter House, which houses the Dallin Art Museum and the Chamber of Commerce.

The gallery's May exhibition, "The Soul of a Camera" by Richard Krigstein, continues Sunday, May 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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LGBTQIA+ events: Senior hybrid meet-up Tuesday

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Tuesday, May 31 at 2pm. Arlington & Beyond LGBTQIA+ Seniors hybrid meet-up and check-in. At Arlington Community Center, 20 Academy Street/27 Maple Street, Arlington, and on Zoom. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 781-316-3419 for Zoom registration information.

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Keep singing with Mystic Chorale Tuesday

Together: Fall 2021 concertNick Page directing. / Lee Daum photo

Mystic Chorale continues to welcome all who love to sing to celebrate our connections to each other in "ARISE!," inspired by songwriter Jean Roe’s words, “To a more perfect union we aspire, and lift our voices from the fire.”

Ten weeks of rehearsals begin Tuesday, April 5, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at First Parish Unitarian, 630 Mass. Ave., Arlington Center. Mystic will perform a concert at Carey Hall in Lexington on June 10.

In his penultimate season before moving to Missouri last November, after 32 years with Mystic Chorale, much-beloved founder and artistic director Nick Page will lead a glorious season that promises to lift the spirits and souls of singers and audience alike. 

Page says: “For my last two seasons with the Mystic I want to pull out all the stops.  I want us to go full glory with full compassionate connections to each other, to our audiences and to the universe. We will create magnificence!”

This spring is sure to be both exhilarating and stirring as the chorus begins to bid him farewell.

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Town Day to return Sept. 17; sign up for a booth until Aug. 1

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Delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic since 2019, the Town of Arlington plans to celebrate Town Day, set for Saturday, Sept, 17,

Come and see some familiar faces and make some new acquaintances. The location remains the same: on Mass. Ave., between Jason Street and Pleasant Street. 

If you are a vendor or an organization, and you want to have a booth, you may sign up for one. 

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Boston Festival Orchestra, in 2nd season, lists summer lineup

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From left, Allison Parramore, Alyssa Wang and Evan Khan.

The Boston Festival Orchestra has announced its second season's summer program.

Last June, the orchestra, with direct Arlington connections, opened its initial season as the first ensemble to bring live orchestra back to Boston after a year and a half. Now, season two features:

• Alyssa Wang, principal conductor, leads three performances in Jordan Hall on July 17, 24 and 31;
• The opening Summer Mainstage concert features cellist, Evan Kahn, performing Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme" and concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2;
• BFO flutist Allison Parramore takes center stage on July 24 with Cecile Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute. Parramore is also featured heavily on July 17 in Debussy’s "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun";
• Highlights include Brahms Symphony No. 2 on July 24 and Dvorak Symphony No. 8 on July 31; and
• Venturing into contemporary music, the BFO performs David LePage’s "Sleep Softly" in its finale concert on July 31, featuring solos from concertmaster Jae Cosmos Lee.

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Regent: 'Sweet Baby James' June 2

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Sweet Baby James

America's #1 James Taylor Tribute Artist

Don't miss Nashville’s "Sweet Baby James" - with spot-on JT vocals & guitar playing that have audiences raving: "It's like having James Taylor in your living room!"

Thursday, June 2, at 8 p.m.

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Play, listen to Kickstand open mic remotely June 3

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The Jam'n Java Open Mic and Coffeehouse, open Fridays every month for 13 years, has been on a Covid-19 break from the Kickstand Cafe since March 2020, but shows continue virtually, this time at 7 p.m. Friday, June 3.

Log in to SignupGenius to sign up to perform or attend the Jam'n Java Virtual Open Mic >>

 The deadline to sign up is the end of the day, Thursday, June 2, the day before the virtual open mic.

Read more: Play, listen to Kickstand open mic remotely June 3

Schwamb Mill: Open House June 4

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UPDATED May 25:  On Saturday June 4, the Old Schwamb Mill will hold an open house, with special events to be held throughout the day.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.: Interactive Puppet Show with Margaret Moody: The Trolls & The Tree

Two trolls, Skimpa and Blompa, are excited to stay in a beautiful fairy garden. But they can't imagine a week without their furniture, shopping and cell phone service! Even when the trolls harm the garden, the fairies find ways to teach them the value of nature gently, with help and advice from audience members.

Join Arlington puppeteer Margaret Moody and musicians Ann Wynne and Peter Lehman for this gently humorous tale. Peter Lehman accompanies the puppet show on lute, drawing on music from the Renaissance to Willie Nelson tunes.

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Historical society lecture June 7: 25 years of images show towns changes

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UPDATED May 22: The Arlington Historical Society has released its listing of programs for 2021-22. Its regular location for Tuesday’s 7:30 p.m. programs is the Masonic Temple, 19 Academy St. (access for the disabled is at rear).

Programs are simulcast on YouTube >> To request a link, email the society at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

With "My Story," the society resumes and expands on the 2019-2020 program theme: The Covid-19 pandemic brought an abrupt suspension to our public programming in March 2020 and prevented gathering for the entire 2020-2021 season—a first in the history of the society. Next up, after a scheduling change:

 The event William Wilkins Warren House, 1840 (detail). An image from an early point in a long and fruitful journey interpreting Arlington’s history. (Courtesy Historic New England.)William Wilkins Warren House, 1840 (detail). An image from an early point in a long and fruitful journey interpreting Arlington’s history. (Courtesy Historic New England.)Tuesday, May 24, 7:30 p.m. has been postponed because of Covid-19 protocols and  rescheduled to June 7 at 7:30 p.m. The venue has also changed to the AHS museum on 7 Jason St. 
The Louise Ruma Ivers Memorial Lecture
CONSTANTS AND CHANGES IN SHARING ARLINGTON HISTORY: A 25-YEAR RETROSPECTIVE CONVEYED IN IMAGES
Richard A. Duffy
In my 25-plus years showcasing a vast array of topics on Arlington’s history, the ways of discovery and depth of resources have changed more than in any previous quarter-century.

We’ve been handed golden keys to our past.  How do we use them to properly unlock its secrets?

My story unfolds using familiar and never-before-shown images of Arlington.

Please note that, because of the interactive design of this program, it will be presented in-person only.

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Farmers' market to return June 8

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UPDATED May 25: The Arlington Farmers' Market, managed by Patsy Kraemer, in its 25th year at 29 Mystic St., Russell Common lot, is scheduled to reopen Wednesday, June 8, from 2 to 6:30 p.m.

From the May 25 market newsletter: "Welcome to the new owners of Kimball Fruit Farm, Amanda and David Wadleigh.

"Welcome also to a new vendor, Blisspoint Meadery.

"And to a returning vendor after two years away, Bridges Napoli Cuisine.

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Mystic Brass to return to public performance June 12

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Mystic Brass Ensemble, Arlington’s community brass ensemble, returns to public indoor performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at First Baptist Church, 819 Mass. Ave.

The program, "Liturgical Brass," features soprano Janet Ross in works by Bach and Tomasi, and include additional works inspired by the liturgy.

Under the direction of Andrew Heath, the ensemble explores raw musical passion for the great brass compositions of past and present in traditional and progressive programs.

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Listen as 'Sound on Mystic' flows on

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Now you can hear the Mystic River as you walk along it for two miles in Arlington and Medford.

"Sound on Mystic" is an outdoor audio installation combining sound art, music, spoken word and ambience into an immersive experience.

Listen through Echoes, a free mobile app that uses GPS data to cue different sounds at various sites. The Mystic River Watershed Association provides it.

After downloading the app, put on a pair of headphones, take a walk within the installation’s extensive boundaries and hear a diverse set of sound works that are all united by the river itself, and its complex legacy as a place of history and nature, community and conflict, labor and recreation.

How do I listen? 

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'Fugitive Stories' returning to Kickstand at some point

fugitivestories kickstand 200Until the pandemic shut it down March 15, 2020, Fugitive Productions brought Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local arts community, to share noncompetitive, five- to six-minute, true-life "Fugitive Stories" at Kickstand Cafe. 

In 2015, the effort began producing events in West Acton. The response surpassed expectations. It has been the host for 200-plus shows and sold nearly 14,000 tickets to a wide variety of music, comedy, and storytelling events in Acton, Concord, Arlington, Sudbury, Maynard, Framingham, Stow and Lincoln — and then virtually.

That is ending. The effort has been booking for the past couple of weeks  — music and comedy at Sanctuary in Maynard and a story-telling series at Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard.

Fugitive won’t be booking smaller rooms just yet, including Kickstand Cafe.

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Land trust suggests trails in, near Arlington

Cooped up? The Arlington Land Trust suggests some walking trails in and around Arlington.

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Those at the nonprofit hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy during these difficult times. While social-distancing guidelines remain in place to protect us all from exposure to Covid-19, we also know how important it is to be outdoors and enjoy the bounties of spring in New England.Take a walk logo

The land trust offers the following suggestions for safe walking around Arlington and in other nearby communities where conservation lands and parks are open.

Please check the websites of places you wish to visit ahead of time since many are still closed.

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Kid Care Afterschool registration open for new families

Registration opens to current families, new families

Town of Arlington sealRegistration for Kid Care Afterschool Program 2020-21 opened to new families on Wednesday, April 15. It opened for current families April 8.

"Current family" is defined as having a child registered for the Kid Care Preschool or Afterschool program during April 2020.

The enrollment fee of $50 per child. It is due at the time of registration and may be paid before that.

Because of Covid-19, only the enrollment fee will be due at the time of registration. We will delay the payment of the first month's tuition for September until June 15. 

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Mill Brook via new video: Town reception to be held later


New video by Glenn Litton of Arlington. 

UPDATED, March 11: A high-quality eight-minute video documentary viewable online, just updated, called“Mill Brook Rediscovered,” is part of an adapted version of a 2019 Old Schwamb Mill exhibit scheduled to be shown in Town Hall from March 2 to April 30. A reception was set for Sunday, March 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the second-floor gallery, but that has been postponed in view of the coranvirus. 

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“Mill Brook Rediscovered” was produced and directed by Arlington resident Glenn Litton under the auspices of the Schwamb Mill Preservation Trust. Litton is a former producer and executive producer for WGBH-TV, associated with Emmy-winning programs, including “The Advocates, “ “The Living Planet” and “Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale.” His own production company, DocuThis, based in  Arlington. 

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Department of Children and Family Services seeks volunteers

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More than 9,000 children and young adults are in state custody in Massachusetts under the Department of Children and Family Services. These young people have experienced abuse and/or neglect and are living in temporary situations.

The Foster Care Review Unit makes decisions regarding children who have been in foster care for six months or longer, assessing how well their needs are being met and what progress has been made toward establishing them in a permanent living situation. A volunteer from the Community is one member of the three -person panels that make these decisions.

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