September 2017
Celebrating Culture in the District!
The month of August was the perfect time to celebrate our first Multicultural day on the Natick common while two artists painted more electrical boxes in the district. Please read more below about how art and culture is flourishing in the district!

Each week our popular Farmers Market is on the Natick Common with plenty of great food and craft vendors! Visit the Natick Farmers Market Facebook Page for weekly details.

Check out our complete list of cultural events and updates by visiting  natickcenter.org. 
Celebrating the first Multicultural
Day on the common!
Amy Elizabeth from the Littlest Spa representing Germany and the Natick Praying Indians pose together on this special day.
Eve Costarelli taught the crowd how to
Flamenco dance while adding some extra
 "Ole'!" to their dancing!
Colorful and beautiful Dream Dance!
Multicultural Day!
On the afternoon of August 26th, the Natick common was filled with flourishing heritage in the form of dress, food and art from over eight different cultures.

There was a full afternoon of entertainment with Flamenco Dancing, the German Sängerchor, Chinese Dream Dance, the Natick Praying Indians, a Bollywood Medley, and the Electric Soul Band. Each brought a part of their heritage to share with the Natick community.

Eight cultures displayed the word 'Peace' in their native language, as the children embarked on a scavenger hunt visiting each booth. They interacted with each group answering questions unique to each exhibitor and then entered into a raffle featuring donated cultural items.

Joining us on our inaugural event was SPARK Kindness, Natick is United and the Morse Institute Library who encouraged the discovery of the different cultures displayed.

We are grateful to all the groups involved for making this first event a success. To MutualOne Bank for the generous sponsorship and we look forward to next year!
Native dress and culture from the country of Ghana was presented.
High flying red-tailed hawk!
Above, Artist Catherine Gruetzke-Blais is busy painting her woodland creatures.
Artist, Eddie Bruckner paints his Boston Marathon inspired electrical box.
Public Art Unveiled, Pt. II
The Cultural District continues to infuse art into daily life through our Electrical Box Paint Program in Natick Center. We have two more fantastic boxes being painted this month by some wonderful artists.

One of them is located on 135 near the end of Washington Ave. and painted by Catherine Gruetzke-Blais, a local art teacher. Her electrical box comes alive with the red-tailed hawk, the eastern wild turkey, mallard, cardinal, blue jay and other native creatures. Her stylistic flair makes the commute to work or shopping downtown a eye catching treat.

Eddie Bruckner, our second artist, is no stranger to the painting of electrical boxes as he has already painted one near Fenway Park, as well as a travelling piano in Boston.

His electrical box celebrates this Massachusetts tradition that runs through Natick each April. Visit his website for more details at about him and his other projects at: EddieBruckner.com .

These are both works in progress so please make sure to visit the finished boxes by the end of September. We will also have an unveiling ceremony for the artists during Natick Artists Open Studios on Sunday, October 22nd.

We are thankful to the artists for lending their expertise and talent to the blooming art scene in Natick. Also, to the Mass Cultural Council for it's support of the district as well as our Public Art Committee .
Back of Eddie Bruckner's Boston Marathon Electrical Box in progress. Runners and viewers alike will enjoy his artwork along the route!
Natick Days, Sept. 9th
Natick Days will be on Saturday, September 9th from 10-3 pm in Natick Center. It's an annual festival celebrating our community by providing an opportunity for Natick youth groups and non-profit organizations to increase visibility for the great work they do. The rain date will be September 10th beginning at 1:00 pm.

* Please note there will be NO Farmers Market on the Saturday of Natick Days.
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NCCD Fall Gathering
The NCCD Fall Gathering for Members of the Cultural District or those who are considering joining. It will be held at TCAN on September 27th from 5:30-7:30 pm. We will have appetizers from local restaurants in Natick along with great networking opportunities. Please RSVP Athena at info.natickcenter@gmail.com.

To learn more about memberships for individuals, families and artists please visit  natickcenter.org.
Calendar
September :
Natick Days, September 9th
Fall Gathering, September 27th
October:
Natick Artist Open Studios NAOS - October 21 & 22nd
Spooktacular - October 28th
November:
Small Business Saturday - November 25th
Holiday Lighting on the Common - November 26th
Farmers Market
Every week it's something new at the Natick Farmers Market located on beautiful Natick Common from 9-1 pm on Saturday's. 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
 natickcenter.org
 Natick, MA 01760 - 508-650-8848
Please 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!