January 2018
Happy New Year from the Cultural District!
It was an exciting year in the cultural district with a calendar full of new and yearly favorite events! In early December we wrapped up 2017 with the Holiday Window Contest, the festive downtown windows brought holiday cheer! Next in line was the 'The Holiday Hustle' weekend and this last minute shopping event, hosted by our local businesses, completed a fun, busy and productive year.

We hope you were able to enjoy our events and continue to admire the public art installations around the center. As we plan for the years ahead, we're making sure that Natick remains a lively, and thriving destination for all to enjoy. There are many new and exciting things on the horizon for 2018!

We wish you all a very Happy New Year from all of us at the Natick Center Cultural District!
A look back at the Cultural District's
9 best moments in 2017. #2017bestnine
Check out our complete list of cultural events in the district by visiting  natickcenter.org.  
Holiday Window Contest
In March 2017, holiday windows were the farthest thing from the mind of Kristina Burkey, owner of Calliope Paperie, as a car crashed through the window of her shop on North Main St. After sifting through broken glass and after a few tears, Kristina started to put the store back together. Even before the construction began she received an outpouring of support from the community and the store reopened months later with new colors and energy.

In December, we hosted our annual Holiday Window Contest that ran for two weeks and received nearly 700 votes. After the final count, Calliope Paperie was deemed the winner again by her fans. In second place was Renew Arts & Industry, and third was Orange Theory Fitness of Natick in the holiday window contest.

For the Holiday Window Celebration Rep. David P. Linsky and Athena Pandolf, Director of the district, helped celebrate the second win for Kristina.

As the winner, she will receive a trophy and a free 2018 membership to the Natick Center Cultural District.

Congratulations to all our winners and a big thank you to all those who participated and decorated their windows!
2017 Winning Holiday Window!
Owner of Calliope Paperie, Kristina Burkey,
receiving award from Rep. David P. Linsky.

Article by the Metrowest Daily News about Calliope Paperie's past year.
Second & Third Place
Holiday Windows!
Renew Arts and Industry comes in 2nd place with their mid-century modern displays, artfully crafted by
Virginia Fitzgerald.
Orange Theory Fitness comes in 3rd place with their fitness
inspired holiday window.

Thank you to all the downtown businesses that decorated their windows!

Maggie Webster will be running for the Cultural District in the 2018 Boston Marathon!
Running for the District in 2018
The  Natick Center Cultural District  is thrilled to announce that  Maggie Webster  will be running the  Boston Marathon  in 2018 for the cultural district! Maggie is a Natick native and here's more from Maggie in her own words...

“Hi, I’m Maggie Webster! I am so excited and honored to be running as the Natick Center Cultural District’s first charity runner EVER!
I feel lucky to have grown up in Natick, with my sister and parents who were both born and raised in “The Home of Champions" themselves. The Natick Center Cultural District is working hard to continue to help Natick grow and welcome new families and businesses into our diverse, supportive, creative, and caring community.

This will be my second Boston Marathon and 7th marathon total, and I am looking forward to taking on all of the challenges that Boston presents, while supporting such a wonderful organization! Thank you so much for your support….let’s do this!!“

If you'd like to help by donating, please visit: http://ow.ly/FIFo30hcANs
New Restaurant Coming to Town
Exciting news from   Stonegate West Central  that owner of The F armhouse Restaurant in Needham will be opening at the former American Legion in 2018!

The restaurant will occupy 2 of the front 3 commercial units at 13 W. Central Street.
The restaurant is excited to bring their farm-to-table creations (all made with local ingredients) to Natick Center in Spring, 2018.

We'd like to give them a warm Natick welcome, and we'll keep you posted as the renovations progress next year!

The Farmhouse Needham menus and website can be viewed here:
New Eatery in Natick Center opens in 2018.
Tedx- Natick held on January 20th
at the Natick High School.
The 2018 TEDx Natick organizing committee is proud to present the 3rd annual TEDxNatick event will be held on January 20, 2018, at Natick High School.

This event cannot be missed as the lineup of this year’s preliminary speaker roster include: Deborah Henson- Conant, Seth Rotberg, and Abel Sanchez, and others will be added. MathWorks has generously stepped forward as the lead corporate sponsor. Tickets are on sale NOW at  tedxnatick.org.

Visit their Facebook page for
additional information on the featured speakers appearing at their January event
Annual Fundraiser
Each year, Natick Center Associates, the non-profit that runs the Natick Center Cultural District holds their annual fundraiser. This year we hope to put the spotlight, literally, on the 'hidden' talents that lie within the Natick downtown shops, departments and offices.

On April 14th at 7:00 pm, at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, the district will reveal the stars right within our hometown. It will be a night of fun, entertainment and surprises. More details in the months ahead!
Save the Date for Saturday, April 14th
for the Natick Center Cultural District
Annual Fundraiser.
Natick's MLK Day Community Celebration & Welcoming Event is on January 15th from
10 am - 12 pm at Wilson Middle School.
MLK Celebration
Natick's MLK Day Community Celebration & Welcoming Event is on Monday, January 15 from 10 am - 12 pm at Wilson Middle School with special student presentations, guest speakers, song and dance. 

Immediately following the program at 11 am, the Welcoming Event will begin in the Wilson School Cafeteria. During the Community Welcoming Event there will be a hands-on community service project, organized by Pat Conaway of  Keep Natick Beautiful , and an art activity with  Catching Joy , who will also be collecting hats and mittens for kids and families in need.

Come visit the district and all the other wonderful community tables at the event on the 15th. We hope to see you there!
Farmers Market
Every week it's something new at the Natick Farmers Market located inside the Common St. Spiritual Center on Saturday's from 9-1:00 pm. Fresh produce, donuts, meat, cheese, great vendors, one-of-a-kind crafts and entertainment weekly, it's not to be missed!

Please visit  natickfarmersmarket.com   for more information and a weekly list of vendors.
The talented students at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts have two events in January.
Walnut Hill School for the Arts
The Walnut Hill School for the Arts is hosting two events on January 25th that will showcase the work of their proficient students:

Music Department January Project -Leonard Bernstein at 100, Selections from Candide - William Cutter, Conductor.
Held at the Keiter Center for the Performing Arts from 2:00  - 3:00 pm.

Walnut Hill Art Students will display their art in a Visual Art Show from 3:30 - 6:30 pm at the Dartley Visual Art Center.

For more information visit their website at: Walnut Hill School for the Arts.

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

Also visit the business directory for downtown information on local merchants,
art classes, organizations and much more!