March 2018
Hello from the Cultural District!
We had some great happenings last month in the district like the Valentine's Day shopping event, a chocolate & tea paring affair, a medley of shows at TCAN and Walnut Hill. As springs arrives soon, the good news is that the fun has just begun!

For a quick peek at our March highlights see below and for a full list of events, please visit natickcenter.org .

Natick is brimming with history. Don't forget you can check out our online, informational walking tours from your couch until spring officially arrives.
A drone photo of the downtown taken b y Juergen Roth Photograph y after a light, nighttime snowfall.
Discover Natick's Hidden Talents
People you meet each day in Natick Center, from business owners to bank tellers, have talents that might surprise you. We think it's time to showcase our town's hidden talents for all to see and celebrate!

Our yearly fundraiser will feature some amazing entertainers, with a cocktail hour beginning at 7:00 pm and take advantage of the opportunity to win some great raffle prizes before the show at 8:00 pm. The event will be held at the Delbridge Center at Walnut Hill School for the Arts.
Save the Date for Saturday,
April 14th
Electrical Boxes on North Main St. (top) and Clarendon St. (bottom)
will be receiving a new paint job this spring
More Electrical Box Make-Overs in 2018
We've had such a great response to our Electrical Box Paint Program that we're adding more artistic flair to the downtown in 2018!

We've painted seven boxes in the downtown area, from the common to 135 within the past two years. Our dream is to transform every one in the cultural district reflecting our downtown's vibrant center. We strive to provide public art for all to enjoy.

The boxes, shown on the left, will be receiving a much needed face lift in the coming months and are located on N. Main and Clarendon St. If you know of an artist who would be interested in painting an electrical box with a public safety theme, please have them visit HERE for more info.

We're excited to paint these boxes in the spring and have them ready for the Artwalk celebration in July. But we're not done yet, two more will be painted at the end of the summer.

Stay tuned for more updates on this project in our upcoming newsletters!
CRASH-aversary at Calliope
It was a very strange and sad Sunday when a car crashed into Calliope Paperie's front window in March of 2017. In true CP style, Kristina is putting the past behind her once and for all with a CRASH-aversary shindig on March 18th beginning at 10:00 am.

Be sure to swing by for some great snacks, wonderful cards and cool stuff, plus goody bags for the first 25 customers!

She's also thanking Natick for their support and generously donating 10% of sales to Maggie Webster who is running the Boston Marathon for the cultural district. How wonderful is that?! Muchas gracias CP!
CRASH-aversary at Calliope Paperie on
March 18th at 10:00 am

Stop in at Lemon Tree Goods and say "hello" as they open at 29 Main Street on March 1st
Lemon Tree Goods Moves Downtown
Moving on down from north on Rt. 27, Lemon Tree Goods will make it's new home in the downtown. They're an award-winning consignment and on-line boutique specializing in the "upscale casual" style.

We're thrilled to have them in Natick Center, so if you're around, please stop by and welcome them. Visit them online at https://www.lemontreegoods.com/
Lodging in Wigwams
The Natick Historical Society hosts an illustrated talk led by Thomas M. Paine, "Lodging in Wigwams; the Redemption of Daniel Gookin". This talk will unveil the story of the Englishman who championed and chronicled the Praying Indians of Natick.

Thomas Paine, a descendant of Daniel Gookin, is the founder of Boston !NSP!RES, a consultancy focusing on the intersection of local history and historic preservation and public space design. His forthcoming book, American Pluck: Unsung Boston Heroes Who Shaped Our World, offers a fresh take on Boston’s extraordinary legacy of courage and innovation.
"Lodging in Wigwams; the Redemption
of Daniel Gookin"
At the Eliot Church on Monday, March 19th from 
7 pm - 8 pm. Free to me mbers
and $5 for non-members
ArtWeek Events will take place in
April 27 - May 6th in Natick Center
ArtWeek
The Natick Center Cultural District is a proud partner of ArtWeek this year, bringing us many new and exciting events. There will be collaborations between dance and drumming groups, artists murals, and events where music and art join together. All this and more when ArtWeek comes to town!

ArtWeek, f.k.a. ArtWeek Boston, is an award-winning innovative festival featuring hundreds of unique and experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture, and the creative process. Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center , ArtWeek offers fresh ways to experience art, culture, and creativity.

A list of ArtWeek events will be available at the beginning of April. To learn more visit ArtWeek's website.
Pop - Up Dinner
The Common Cafe and Kitchen will be hosting another fabulous three-course Pop-Up Dinner on Saturday, March 24th at 6:30 pm. Seats sell out quickly so don't delay in making your reservation by messaging them on Facebook, asking about it at the cafe or calling (508) 655-3498 for reservations!
We Have a Runner!
The Cultural District has it's first ever runner in the Boston Marathon, Natick native, Maggie Webster! She's helping to raise funds for the cultural district and offering some exciting donation incentives, such as...

A $25 donation let's you choose a song for her race day playlist
A $50 donation you can choose 3 songs for her race day playlist.
A $100 donation you get a personalized training plan for the race distance of your choice
A $200 - She will wear your face (or a face of your choosing) on her race day shirt.

If Maggie reaches her fundraising goal before race day, April 16th, 2018- Maggie will donate her pony tail to charity!

If you'd like to donate and claim a prize, please let us know in the comments
section on our Crowdrise funding page!
Farmers Market
Every week it's something new at the Natick Farmers Market located inside the Common St. Spiritual Center on Saturday's from 9:00-1:00 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.

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!