Globe West Arts

It’s fall — a season for fairs of many colors

Colonial-era reenactors will tell the story of “Battle Road Heroes’’ at Minute Man National Historical Park on Saturday. Colonial-era reenactors will tell the story of “Battle Road Heroes’’ at Minute Man National Historical Park on Saturday. (Minute Man National Historical Park)
By Nancy Shohet West
October 7, 2010

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Fall is the ideal time of year for craft fairs. Fruits and vegetables are in abundance for food tables and tempting handmade wares make it seem not too early to start holiday shopping. At the same time, Columbus Day inspires museums and cultural institutions to contemplate New England’s roots, both European and Native American. Numerous fairs in the area this weekend highlight these themes:

Tower Hill Botanic Garden hosts Shades of Autumn, an annual weekend celebration of the harvest season. The preserve at 11 French Drive in Boylston will be turned into a farm — complete with animals, beautiful displays of fresh produce, a market, and taste-testing tours of antique and heirloom apples from its orchard, which has 119 pre-20th century varieties. Tower Hill’s Twigs Café will offer a special harvest menu, and Massachusetts products will be for sale throughout the weekend.

Admission is $10; $7 seniors; $5 youths; free to ages 5 and younger. The garden will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday. For information, call 508-869-6111 or go to

Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road in Harvard, celebrates Native American month with a Culture Discovery Weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event includes guided tours of the institution’s Native American museum, talks and demonstrations on Native American history and culture, crafts, games, and a pow-wow activity for children, and a guided hike to the property’s traditional hunting ground.

Admission is $12; $10 seniors, college students; $5 ages 5 to 13; free for museum members and ages 4 and younger. For information, visit

■More than 36 talented crafters and artisans will present a variety of distinctive, high-quality items at the eighth annual Fall Craft Fair organized by the Sudbury Savoyards. The community theatrical troupe’s main beneficiary is the relief of world hunger, with donations to the cause topping $185,000 since its founding 50 years ago.

Admission to the fair, held at Sudbury United Methodist Church, 251 Old Sudbury Road, is free, but donations are accepted. For details, visit or call 978-443-8811.

Sweetwilliam Farm on North Street in Upton celebrates the Columbus Day holiday weekend by combining traditional Americana fun with Native American traditions. The activities, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday through Monday, include hay rides, demonstrations on making cider, butter, and various crafts, carving pumpkins, bobbing for apples, building a wiki-hut, and explanations of Native American culture.

There are fees for some activities. For information, call 508-529-2000 or visit

■On Sunday, Art in the Garden at Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton features artisans exhibiting their wares and demonstrating their crafts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 93 East Main St. (Route 135).

The $1 admission will benefit the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation. For information, call 508-435-3414 or visit

FACING NEW ENGLAND’S HISTORY: Tonight the Myrtle Baptist Church, 21 Curve St. in West Newton, and Historic Newton will host a free presentation by Tom Lincoln, executive director of the Royall House in Medford, titled “Encountering Slavery and Race in New England.’’

The 7 p.m. illustrated talk will highlight the oft-neglected history of slavery in Colonial Massachusetts through archaeological artifacts, architecture, and narrative related to the Royall House, a National Historic Landmark. For details visit

MEET THE MINUTEMEN: On Saturday, travel back in time for a dramatic reenactment, “Battle Road Heroes,’’ at Minute Man National Historical Park’s Hartwell Tavern. Hear stories of residents who lived along the route of the fighting on April 19, 1775.

Tours depart from the Hartwell Tavern parking lot on Route 2A in Lincoln every 15 minutes from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5, or $10 for a family. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Minute Man National Park. For information, visit or call 978-318-7825.

DANCE REVOLUTION: Tomorrow evening Dance Inn Productions presents an eclectic dance extravaganza, “Hip-Hop at The Regent,’’ at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St. in Arlington. Featured dance teams include Static Noyze, the Wondertwins, Floorlords, and the Legacy Dance Company.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door; $12 for groups of 10 or more. Call 781-646-4849 or visit

MAKE JAZZ, NOT WAR: Jazz for Peace, featuring singer/pianist/composer Rick DellaRatta, performs Saturday at the New Art Center in Newton. The performance is a benefit for the Boston Arts After School Organization, which provides art materials, project ideas, and lesson plans to after-school programs in the area.

The show starts at 7 p.m. at the New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville.

TUNES FROM SCOTLAND: Tomorrow North Sea Gas from Edinburgh performs at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury as part of the annual Wayside Music Tent Concert Series. North Sea Gas blends traditional and contemporary Scottish folk music with Celtic rhythms.

Admission is $20 for the 7:30 p.m. show at the inn, 72 Wayside Inn Road (off Route 20). For information, call 978- 443-1776 or go to

SING, SING A SONG: Worcester Group Sings, a troupe that performs folk and acoustic music, will gather at the picnic tables where Route 12 crosses over the west end of the Wachusett Reservoir in West Boylston for an afternoon sing-along Saturday at 2 p.m. Cider and donuts will be available. Admission is free.

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