August 2018
Summer in the District!
July was a busy month in the district with themed Natick Nights each Thursday evening, and the 11th annual ArtWalk night with over 60 artists displaying their varied works of art!

The month of August will prove to be just as busy when we co-host the first Mass Innovation Nights in Natick Center, along with the Town of Natick, on August 8th at TCAN. We will also host our 2nd Annual Multicultural Day on August 25th on the Natick Common from 11-3:00 pm!

We have a full calendar of events all month long at our website at natickcenter.org.
Little butterflies enjoying ArtWalk on July 19th!
Photo courtesy of Conrad Gees.
Natick Nights in the Summertime
During the month of July it was Natick Nights on Thursday evenings with something each week that all ages could enjoy. It included the popular Kids' Night's with the electric Kids' Rave and downtown merchants providing activities, and deals. There was Vintage night with the intriguing tour of the old train station depot in Dion's basement along with the Natick Masonic building historical tour. Craft Brew night offered locals a time to taste a few new brews at local stops and Bling Quest was a fast-paced scavenger hunt that took teams throughout Natick Center shops completing tasks.

We hosted some new and returning favorite entertainers, local bands and even bag pipes! From shops with weekly specials and new places to explore, Natick Nights offered the community a chance to get to know their downtown.

We hope some of you made a night out of coming downtown and we look forward to Natick Nights next year!
Local musicians along with Lou-Lou's Music Together were a part of Natick Nights 2018!
Pictures with the butterfly installation on Adams St.
are a favorite for many visitors!
Local artists displayed their talented works to the community and the night finished with "Electric Pilgrims" projection event outside TCAN!
ArtWalk 2018
It was the perfect night for the Natick Center Cultural District's ArtWalk which celebrated its 11th season on July 19th!

More than 60 artists were stationed outside local businesses and studios in Natick Center and displayed their work while the public enjoyed strolling around. From exquite oil paintings to needlepoint and even items made from recycled fire hoses, an array of artists were featured in our streets.

There was face painting, entertainment and posing for pictures in front of the brightly painted butterfly on Adams St. Some got lucky and received a coloring book about the mosaic on Court St. by artist Carol Krentzman and reprinted generously by Middlesex Savings Bank.

At dusk the Emerson Urban Arts artists hosted a unique projection event, outside TCAN, featuring a dozen artist's videos projected across the side of the adjacent building. Beginning with an exploding galaxy and concluding with the title piece, Electric Pilgrims.

Thank you to our sponsors, MutualOne Bank and the Mass Cultural Council and to all the artists,merchants, DPW and Natick Police Dept. for helping us host this amazing night!
Mass Innovation Nights
Mass Innovation Nights (MIN) , Massachusetts’ leading new product showcase, is partnering with the  Town of Natick  to hold  Mass Innovation Nights #113 , hosted by  The Natick Center Cultural District  and sponsored by  Middlesex Savings Bank . The event will take place at  The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN )  on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm . The event is free and open to the public. The after party will be held at Buttercup starting at 8:30 pm. 

Be sure to RSVP using this link: http://mass.innovationnights.com/node/add/rsvp  
Natick Center's inaugural Mass Innovation Nights on Wednesday, August 8, 2018
from 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Multicultural Day on August 25th from
11-3:00 pm on the Natick Common
Multicultural Day
The district's 2nd annual Multi-Cultural Day will be held on Saturday, August 25th from 11:00–3:00 pm on Natick Common. This event will celebrate the various food, music and cultures found within the different ethnicities in our community!

If you are a part of a group or organization that would like to be represented please contact: Athena Pandolf, Executive Director, NCCD at  info.natickcenter@gmail.com  or call the office at 508-650-8848. 

Proudly sponsored by  MutualOne Bank .
Call to Artists
The Town of Natick and Natick Center Associates invite you to submit creative concepts to enhance key public spaces in Natick Center’s Cultural District. 

Natick residents, artists, youth, organizations, and other aspiring and professional creative people located in Natick and surrounding communities are invited to apply. 

Selected applicants will receive funding to develop and execute their concepts at a Natick Center creative placemaking demonstration in October 2018 and additional support from artist mentors to refine and execute their concepts.

Sign up to be notified about the Call* at: https://mapc.ma/natickcall .

Learn more about Natick Creative Placemaking: www.mapc.org/natick-creative-placemaking

The Call will be formally released after
August 6th.
Artists in the surrounding towns are invited to be involved in the Natick Center Creative Placemaking initiatives.

Artistic submissions should focus on the three locations noted below:
Clark's Block building was rebuilt in 1874 after the original building was destroyed by a fire downtown.
Photo courtesy of Tim Allik
Merchant's Council Meeting
Our next Merchant's Council meeting will be moved from October to September 27th at 8:00 am. Held in the Town Hall, 3rd floor, School Committee Meeting room. We will discuss up coming events such as; Spooktacular, Small Business Saturday, and other holiday related events.

We hold merchant's council meetings for NCA members or to those interested in becoming members of the cultural district please visit www.natickcenter.org/join-now
Weekend Parking in the Downtown
Leave your quarters at home, parking on weekends in Natick Center doesn't have to be costly! ALL permit and kiosk parking spaces in the municipal parking lots (behind MutualOne Bank, Pond St., Town Hall) on Saturday's and Sunday's are FREE! 
BUT.. on Saturday's, metered street parking IS in effect from 9-1:00 pm.
Saturday, August 4th Maureen Sullivan will be host a historical tour from the gazebo
at 10:00 am
Natick Farmers Market
The Natick Farmers Market has new vendors and crafters each week and is located on the beautiful common each Saturday from 9:00-1:00 pm. From fresh vegetables, fruits, pastries and crafts with weekly music, this market not to be missed!

Please visit  natickfarmersmarket.com   for more information and a weekly list of vendors.

Natick Center Cultural District
20 Main St., Suite 208
 Natick, MA 01760 - 508-650-8848
Check out our Events Calendar on our website for more information about Natick Center activities!

You can also visit our Business Directory for information on our local, downtown merchants,
art classes, organizations and much more!