May 2018
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Spring Has Arrived!
Along with the daffodils and tulips the district has many new events blooming as ArtWeek begins with twenty events to choose from! Mid May premiers our first Holi Festival on the 20th and then Natick Nights begins the first Thursday in June 7th!

We also have an full calendar of events all month long on our website at natickcenter.org .

Our wonderful town is brimming with history and you can check out our online walking tours for some of its great history. Enjoy the tours as you walk around town awaiting our next cultural event!
At TCAN's Summer St. Gallery is the work of artist, Chelsea Sebastian, from now until the end of May.

(The Gallery is open to the general public during box office hours: 12pm-6pm Tuesday through Friday, and 11am -2pm Saturday. TCAN is closed on Mondays and Sundays except for performances.)
 
ArtWeek in Natick
The Natick Center Cultural District is a proud partner of ArtWeek this year, bringing us many new and one-of-a-kind events. There will be collaborations between dance and drumming groups, artist's murals, and events where music and art join together!

See below for just a few highlights but be sure to browse our full list of ArtWeek events at our website HERE!
This one-of-a-kind event for ArtWeek will feature artists, samples from Barleycorn's and Lola's on May 3rd from 5-8:00 pm.
Five Crows Artist Salon
May 3 at 5:00 pm–8:00 pm FREE

Five Crows Gallery & Handcrafted Gifts invites you to spend the evening learning about the inspiration and process behind fine, functional, and wearable art! Guests will be offered a unique look into the methods and mediums of each of our three special guest artists; potter Debra Griffin, metal-smith Wendy Jo New, and painter Denise Girardin. Guests can ask questions, draw inspiration, and experience these mediums as if they were peeking into the artists’ own studios! Also, sample Barleycorn’s Craft Brew and nibbles from Lola’s Italian Groceria. Five Crows represents 150 local and regional artists offering works in a wide variety of mediums. 
Farmers Market takes part in ArtWeek
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. From fresh vegetables, fruits, pastries and crafts with weekly music, this market not to be missed!

The Market moves outside on the common on Saturday, May 12th.

Please visit  natickfarmersmarket.com   for more information and a weekly list of vendors.
During ArtWeek in Natick the Market will be featuring, "Market to Mouth" special farm to table demos on May 5th!
TEDx Natick Salon
May 2 at 6:30 pm–9:00 pm Tickets: $15

Come join some of our favorite speakers from TEDxNatick! The Salon is an opportunity to connect with speakers in a more personal way. There will be some short performances, Q&A forum, and a chance to mingle. Purchase tickets HERE.
Speakers include: 
Jamele Adams (2017) Brandeis Dean, poet, community organizer, Paul Castagno (2016) Sensei
Matthew Dicks (2016) Moth Grand Slam Winner, teacher, author, Abel Sanchez (2018) MIT professor, education innovator, Maeve Sheehy (2017) Natick High School, Dawn Smith (2018) Storyteller, video producer, writer, Julia Spruance (2018) Program Director and Adventure Guide, Maria Milagros Vazquez (2018) Speaker, author, coach
Mass Cultural Council Awards Ceremony
Please join us for a concert showcasing some of this year’s grantees of the Natick Cultural Council (NCC). The event will be held in the beautiful Cinema Room at TCAN and is FREE and open to the community. The NCC welcomes families to attend this concert. 

Join the performers and members of the Natick Cultural Council before hand at an informal meet and greet session beginning at 6:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Stay tuned for a list of performers.
May 16th at 7:00 pm at
The Natick Center for Arts (TCAN).
Save the Date: Natick Center MBTA Station Public Meeting on Wednesday, May 23rd
at 7:00 pm at the Morse
Institute Library
Natick Center MBTA Station Meeting
On Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00 pm at the Morse Institute Library, the MBTA will hold the first public meeting for the Natick Center MBTA Station Accessibility Improvement Project.

This meeting will include a presentation on the updated station prior to submission of the 30% design in June. The MBTA and AECOM, the project design firm, will present, answer questions and take public comment. Materials will be available for viewing after 6pm in the Lebowitz Room on the lower level. A formal announcement from the MBTA will be available in the coming weeks, including contact information for individuals who need accessibility accommodations for this meeting.

This meeting will also be televised on Natick Pegasus. 
Holi Festival
Celebrate the spirit of multiculturalism in our town with Holi, the festival of colors! Holi is a spring festival celebrated on the Indian subcontinent, also known as the "festival of colors" or the "festival of love". The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive!

There will be eco-friendly, dry powdered color available for all, Bollywood music, and delicious Indian food for purchase. 

This is a FREE event (with the exception of the food.)
The Holi Festival will be held on
May 20th from 2-5:00 pm at the Fisk Memorial Methodist Church. (Rain date, May 19th)
Natick Nights begins June 7th!
Natick Nights begins in June!
Natick Nights begins on Thursday June 7th! It takes place in June & July throughout the downtown from 5:00 -8:00 pm. It's a great time to find all the fine stores and gems in Natick Center. We will have musicians, entertainment, dining and merchant specials throughout the evening.

Next month's newsletter will have the full Natick Nights line up!

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!