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Explore Newton’s history on foot or bike tours this month

By Nancy Shohet West
September 4, 2011

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Historic Newton, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the city’s past and honoring its rich cultural heritage, offers a series of free Sunday afternoon events this month. Each one provides an appealing opportunity to learn a bit of local history while also enjoying the outdoors and taking some exercise. Each event begins at 2 p.m.

Next Sunday, local resident and history buff Peter Konde leads a walk through the Bullough’s Pond area. According to Konde, Bullough’s Pond evolved from a “place of production to a venue for pleasure.’’ In the 1800s it was the site of a grist mill and an ice house, but by the mid-1890s its grounds were used for open-air concerts and skating parties.

Meet at the Dexter Road exit weir (across from 96 Dexter Road).

Other events in the series include a bike ride on Sept. 18 (postponed from last month due to Tropical Storm Irene); led by local architect Jane Galli, it highlights several properties that have been featured on WBGH-TV’s antique-home renovation showcase, “This Old House.’’

The biking segment of the tour will cover approximately 8 miles, from the city’s Auburndale neighborhood to Oak Hill, but the group will make many stops along the way to discuss various houses.

Meet in the shady parkway opposite 46 Kingswood Road in Auburndale. Helmets are required.

And on Sept. 24, explore Newton Corner’s Colonial legacy with a stroll through Nonantum Hill led by two Historic Newton staff members.

The trip back in time to the 17th and 18 centuries will explore the complicated history of John Eliot’s “praying Indian’’ settlement, and hear about Newton families who participated in the birth of their new nation.

Meet at the Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Ave.

For more information on these events and other offerings from Historic Newton, go to www.historicnewton.org.

NOSTALGIA ON TAP: Steven SanSoucie presents his new musical revue, “Yesterday Once More,’’ on Friday at the Amazing Things Arts Center in downtown Framingham.

The show explores rock, disco, and pop classics of the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s by an array of performers including Neil Sedaka, Barry Manilow, the Spinners and Pat Benatar, as well as a few that SanSoucie names as his personal favorites, such as Elton John, Stevie Wonder, the Carpenters, and Donna Summer.

SanSoucie will be accompanied by his longtime collaborators, Rob Wendel on keyboard, Randy Cloutier on percussion, Lee Whalen on bass, and Kevin Coyne on guitar.

The doors to the Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., will open at 7:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $18, or $17 for students and seniors, and $15 for Amazing Things members, and can be purchased in advance by calling 508-405-2787 or at www.amazingthings.org.

OLD DOGS, NEW TRICKS: A troupe featuring performing dogs, Johnny Peers & the Muttville Comix, will be featured in a family show Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St.

The performers, all of whom were rescued by Peers from shelters and pounds, have been trained to jump rope, walk the tightrope, and skateboard.

Their skills earned the first-place prize on the Animal Planet cable network’s “Pet Star’’ television show.

Tickets are $12, or $10 for children. For information or tickets, call 508-647-0097 or go to www.natickarts.org.

NAME THAT SHOW TUNE: The performance group Canticle presents a cabaret-style concert called “Name That Show, or Great Songs from Little Known Shows,’’ featuring selections from decades of musical theater, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Performing Arts Center, 150 Main St.

Adding to the fun, audience members win prizes for correctly naming shows.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For tickets or more information, call 508-473-1684.

FOCUS ON BRAZILIAN ARTIST: Acton Memorial Library is featuring the colorful acrylics of Brazilian-born artist Lineu Zadereski in an exhibition in its gallery this month.

His paintings are constructions of shapes that turn in on themselves where the viewer can pick out the parts to make a whole, according to the library’s description of the show, which notes that the images are of figures, but the viewer needs to look closely to put all the parts in place.

Zadereski studied lithography, English, and computer design in Brazil. On moving to Lowell, he received a certificate in graphic design.

Zadereski will be on hand to discuss his works during a reception Saturday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the library, 486 Main St.

For more information, call 978-264-9641 or go to www.actonmemoriallibrary.org.

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