Welcome to your Buzz Around Weekender, our regional "what's good" and more!
February 7, 8 & 9
Abington - Comedy Night with Bill Farrell and Guests Sat, Feb 8th, 7p @ Abington Knights of Columbus. Come show your support for the Abington Little League by having some laughs. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. You can also register for a table. Advance tickets: Brian Solimini Sol825@verizon.net . Or Lisa Dezso ljdezso@yahoo.com

Brockton - Brockton Art & Music Series Sat, Feb 8th, 6:30 - 11p @ The Gallery at Enso Flats, 50 Centre St. info: Arnie @ 508.326.9971

Sat, Feb 8, 2p, 304 Main St. Come with your friends to hear the Trident Winds wind trio! This group of BrSO musicians and friends (oboe, clarinet, bassoon) will play some of their favorite classical pieces from the baroque to modern, by Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Tomasi, Ibert, and more! Have you heard of the French composer Joseph Canteloube? You'll want to look up his discography after you hear his Rustiques for wind trio, based on French folk tunes. Have you heard the difference in the sounds an oboe and bassoon reed make when played without the instrument attached? Do you know which of these three instruments has the most independently moving pieces of keywork? The trio will share tidbits about their instruments in between pieces. This is the fifth concert in a series of seven free educational concerts presented by the BrSO Chamber Players and the Brockton Public Library in 2019-2020.

2020 Biennial Members Exhibition Exhibition Feb 8 – Nov 8; Reception: Feb 8, 4 - 6p (free with museum admission), 455 Oak St. Fuller Craft Fuller Craft Museum is proud and privileged to feature 37 Museum members—young students, mid-career makers, and those who have been full-time artists for decades were chosen out of 275 works submitted for this year’s exhibition. Ceramics, furniture, photography, fiber, wood-turning, and other craft media in this year’s show speak to the multidimensional set of ways in which individuals are communicating through material means. Associate Curator Michael McMillan is the lead curator for this exhibition. Fuller Craft Museum would like to thank this year’s juror, Emily Zaiden, Director of the Craft in America Center in Los Angeles, CA, The show wonderfully echoes Fuller Craft’s mission to highlight the joys of the handmade.
Bridgewater - First Parish Players present: "Big Fish" The Musical Thurs - Sat, Feb 6, 7, 8, 7p & Sun, Feb 9, 3p @ First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 50 School St. Bring some joy and southern charm into the middle of winter with the First Parish Players' production of BIG FISH, the Broadway musical based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the hit movie by Tim Burton. Edward Bloom (Joshua McKiernan) has spent his life telling stories. And all of his stories, whether true or not, are the sum of his life; but his son Will (Tony Winters) is determined to learn the truth behind his fantastic tales, including the story of a witch (Chinedu Ibiam), a giant (Tom St. Thomas) and a very lupine carnival hawker (Tricia McGrath). But as Will searches through history, he soon finds that there are certain facts he may not have wanted to know. What is true? What is not? And Does it really matter?

Bridgewater - Dress a Girl Around the World Fri, Feb. 7th, 9:30 - 11:30a @ Bridgewater Senior Center, 10 Wally Kruger Way. The sewing machines will be humming again sewing dresses for girls around the world who have never had one. Please consider joining us to learn how this is done. Call 508-697-0929 for more information.

Bridgewater - Mom & Baby Playgroup Sat, Feb 8, 9 - 10:30a @ Central Square Congregational Church. Bring your baby or toddler and hang with other moms! No agenda or program, just a fabulous play room for the kids and time to be with other moms!

East Bridgewater - Kids Valentine Soap Making Workshop Sat, Feb 8th, 1 - 3p @ My Art & Souls. A fun workshop for kids ages 7-11 in which we explore the art of melt and pour soap making! Safe. No lye will be used. (that part is already done). Each child will leave with beautiful soap art perfect for gift giving. Space is limited to 12 participants for this fun event. For just $25, you can drop your child off for a couple of hours for some "drop and shop time".

East Bridgewater - Open Mic Blues Jam Sat, Feb 8th, 4 - 8p @ East Bridgewater Commercial Club. Please join The Brothers Project for our open mic jam. As usual the band will play an opening and closing set, with lots of talented jammers in between. Musicians and members free. Non-members $5 admission. Jammers, bring your instruments.
Easton - The Original Easton Farmers Market Sat 10a - 2p. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 143 Lincoln St . Support Local! Open year-round.

Easton - Animal World Experience Fri, Feb 7, 10 - 11a @ The Children's Museum in Easton.
Come learn all about some super cool animals with Matt from Animal World Experience!
  
Sun, Feb 9, 9 - 10a @ Borderland State Park. Have you ever wondered why there are stone walls criss-crossing the forests of New England? On this hour long walk with frequent stops, you will learn why we find stone walls everywhere and how the New England landscape has changed over the centuries. Meet at the visitor center. Dress for the weather. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain, snow, icy trails, high winds or any inclement weather will cancel. For more information, please call 508-238-6566.

Middleborough - 4TH ANNUAL SCARE YOUR SWEETHEART AT THE OLIVER HOUSE Sat, Feb 8, 6 - 11p. This 5 hour tour is packed full of history and investigation. Share the evening with someone special for a night the will not be forgotten. If you have your own equipment bring it, if you don't have equipment, we have you covered.
Come out and enjoy this historical venue. One ticket purchase admits two. Puchase tickets here .

Middleborough - Quilting Sat, Feb 8, 9a – 3p @
Soule Homestead Education Center, 46 Soule St.
Quilting Workshop: Are you looking for a fun group to work with to improve your quilting skills? All skill levels are welcome. Bring portable sewing machine & supplies. Fabric requirements will be given upon registration. Members are $15 and Non-members are $20 per session. Registration required @ info@soulehomestead.org or calling 508.947.6744
Middleborough - Honorary Mayor Kick-Off Fundraiser at Boston Tavern Sat, Feb 8, 7- 11p.
Local favorites Dale and the Duds are kicking off this year’s Honorary Mayor contest for the Friends of Middleborough Cemeteries. If you enjoy dancing to songs you know and love, this is the event for you. The Middleboro Cemetery Friends have been running this special fundraiser for the last five years to gather donations to help repair our historic graveyards and to clean and reset the hundreds of classic colonial headstones in local burial grounds. In addition to great music and an opportunity to dance the night away, each table will be provided a large plate of appetizers. Bartender services will be available. Additional appetizers or full meals can be ordered from the waitresses. In addition to great music, food, and drinks, there will be a great supply of raffle items in addition to a 50/50 cash raffle. About 30 raffle items including wine baskets, memberships in local groups, and gift certificates to many local restaurants will be available. Tickets are $25 per person and are available in advance by e mailing  mack.kate47@gmail.com  or by visiting the FOMC web site and going to the “Pay Pal” button. Tables of ten can be reserved. Tickets are technically available at the door, but past dances have been sold out, so purchasing tickets in advance is suggested.

Norwell - Norwell Company Theatre presents Steel Magnolias Fri, - Sun, Feb 7 - 16, 30 Accord Park Dr. Six true southern belles prove that while they are flowery on the outside, they are made of steel on the inside, as they share their hopes and dreams. Beginning on the day of debutante Shelby’s wedding, the play traces this eccentric and lovable cast of characters as they support each other through life’s many challenges. Steel Magnolias is alternately hilarious and touching and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength that binds these women together.
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Pembroke - Coats for Vets Program Friday, February 7th 11a - 1p, 128 Center St, (behind the Pembroke Recreation Center). Local veterans and their families are invited to take advantage of a free program distributing brand new winter coats, food and hygiene supplies to military families in need. State Rep. Josh S. Cutler, Pembroke Veterans’ Agent Robin Kernan and Hanson Veterans’ Agent Tim White are pleased to host the Mass. Military Support Foundation visit. The Mass. Military Support Foundation's "Mobile Empowerment Center" truck will be on hand to provide the supplies. The Coats for Vets event is open to any military personnel, US Coast Guard, veterans and their families in Pembroke & surrounding areas. The Mass. Military Support Foundation Inc. provides the winter coats thanks in part to the Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation. For questions, please contact Gigi in Rep. Cutler’s office at 617-722-2810 or email  gretchen.mirarchi@mahouse.gov .
Mass. Military Support Foundation's Mobile Empowerment Center

Plymouth - Hike or Snowshoe with Malcolm Sun, Feb 9, 10a - 12:30p @ Myles Standish State Forest. Space is limited – please register. Join the Trail Guy on a winter adventure with Wildlands Trust. Malcolm MacGregor, Trail Guy, PhD, and Town of Plymouth Planning Board member, will lead either a 6-mile hike or a 2-3-mile snowshoe, depending on what the weather brings. Enjoy the various habitats in Myles Standish State Forest, protected by the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), including pine barrens, open fields, white pine forests, and more as you follow the Bentley Loop and Reservoir Trail. Malcolm will describe a bit about the history of the landscape here, as well as other interesting facts along the way. We will announce the decision to hike or snowshoe to all registered participants in the days leading up to the program. Please arrive by 9:45a. Meet at Parking Lot 2 in MSSF on Upper College Pond Rd. Download trail map here.

Plymouth - Winter Bash Sat, Feb 8th, 6 - 8p @ Plymouth Memorial Hall. Come dance the night away for an all out Family FUN time! If a night of Dancing wasn't enough we will have games, photo-booth, featured movie room, craft station and more to complete this night out! Refreshments include: Hot Chocolate Bar, Water, Lemonade, and Popcorn! (other items available for purchase)
$25 Family of Four; $7 per additional person.

Rockland - Paint Nite: The Original Paint and Sip Party Fri, Feb 7 @ DoubleTree Boston-Rockland, 929 Hingham St. Paint Nite: New York's Original Paint and Sip Party. We provide all the supplies and a talented and entertaining artist to guide you. Your ticket includes:Everything you need to paint: canvas, paints, brushes, and aprons; Step-by-step instructions and encouragement along the way; A fun and memorable evening! This event is great for:Date night; Girls night out / Friends night out; post Happy Hour activity with coworkers; Team building; Solo night of drinks and creativity. You'll be amazed at what you create, and how much fun you have doing it.
Taunton - Crafternoon: DIY Scrunchies Fri, Feb 7th, 4 - 5p @ Taunton Public Library. This month, the Young Adult craft is DIY Scrunchies! Come learn how to make two different kinds of no-sew scrunchies to wear and take home with you. We provide the supplies, just bring your creativity!
This program is best for those 11 and up!

Taunton - Dance Party - Line and Pattern Partner Fri, Feb 7th, 7 - 11p @ Holy Ghost Society of East Taunton. Silver City Dancers, DJ and Instructor Cindy Agostinho will be playing the music for an all request dance, so you can be sure you'll be dancing to your favorites. Admission is just $10. You are welcome to bring snacks, but no outside beverages, as there is a full bar on the premises to slake your thirst. Come join us on this beautiful hardwood floor with some of the friendliest dancers you'll ever meet!

Taunton - February Flicks Sat, Feb 8th, 1p @ Old Colony History Museum. Our February Flicks series is back and each Saturday we’re showing movie adaptations of titles that we’ve read in our Old Colony Community Book Group! This event is free and open to the public; snacks and drinks are provided! This weeks movie is "Water for Elephants"

Sunday, February 9th, 2p @ Memorial Building, 162 Howard St. Our ancestors moved near and far seeking economic opportunities, religious freedom, and closeness to family. These mobile ancestors can be notoriously difficult to research. When this occurs, we follow the paper trail that our ancestors left behind in the form of deeds, probate records, tax rolls, pension files, and more. This talk will provide strategies on how to use these records to track your ancestors across America and overseas. Presented by Melanie McComb, a staff genealogist for American Ancestors and the New England Historic Genealogical Society. She is also an international lecturer with expertise in Irish genealogy, New England, Prince Edward Island, Jewish genealogy, DNA, social media, and military records. Melanie is a blogger known as The Shamrock Genealogist. Admission is free; a $5 donation is suggested. Light refreshments will be provided. This program has applied for support from the Bridgewater Cultural Council which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency . ( massculturalcouncil.org )

West Bridgewater - Kass Melo: An Acoustic Showcase! Fri, Feb 7, 7p @ The Bridge Coffee House. Join us for an amazing night of great music hosted by Kass Melo, a native songwriter and folk vocalist from the South Shore of Boston!
Kass graduated Berklee College of Music in 2019 with a double major in Songwriting and Vocal Performance. She is currently recording her debut EP, and is performing locally throughout New England. The night's showcase will consist of a blend of classic covers and original songs.

Whitman - Jarheads Meat Raffle Sat, Feb 8th,
2 - 4:30p, Whitman VFW Post 697.
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Bridgewater -  FROM ME TO WE: REFRAMING WHITE-CENTRIC POWER IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Monday, February 10th, 6:30pm. Co-sponsored by Bridgewater State University and the National Association for Multicultural Education. Prof. Mary Earick, from Plymouth State University, will lecture, lead a panel discussion, and promote audience involvement as we look at the issues and challenges underlying racial inclusion and diversity in our communities, especially as they impact public schools. Moakley Center Auditorium, Bridgewater State University. All are welcome. For more information, contact Sam Baumgarten, sbaumgarten@verizon.net

Brockton - BHS ALUMNI MEETING The Brockton High School Alumni Association will hold a meeting on Wed, Feb 12, 6:15p @ the Brockton Main Library, 304 Main St in the Trustee’s Room. Anyone lucky enough to have graduated from BHS is welcome to attend. BHS Alumni Association is a volunteer based non-profit raising funds for BHS scholarships and recognizes a Distinguished Alum every spring. For more information please contact Anne at 774-297-4939.