Boston-area to do list

Ripening apples hang from a tree.
Toby TalbotAP
Ripening apples hang from a tree.


A slice of life In the old days, kids checked the apple barrels in the root cellar to make sure “one bad apple” didn’t “spoil the bunch.” Learn about the bunch at Apple Days at Old Sturbridge Village, where you’ll find out how they were grown, picked, preserved, stored, and used in cooking and cider making. And your apple trivia for today is that Thomas Jefferson liked an apple dessert called “Esopus Spitzenburg,” made from a variety discovered in Esopus, N.Y. Sept. 29 and 30 from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $8 ages 3-17 (free return visit within 10 days). Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830.


What’s nova? There’s a new professional training orchestra that gives recent conservatory and university grads an opportunity to get advanced professional training. The Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra is now Symphony Nova, and Friday’s program features
16-year-old cellist and pianist Sarina Zhang.  8 p.m. $25. Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Copley Square, Boston. 781-381-3300.

Orton is a who Today’s word is trip-hop, which, in Merriam-Webster, is “electronic dance music usually based on a slow hip-hop beat and incorporating hypnotic synthesized and prerecorded sounds.” Seeing is believing and you can see singer-songwriter Beth Orton in Somerville (story, Page 24). 7:30 p.m. $25. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 800-745-3000.



Bring mints This no-vampire zone called the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival (affectionately known as “The Festival That Stinks”) is two days of music, poetry, kids’ activities, chef demos, and education about renewable energy and the healing-arts. Sept. 29 and 30 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5, $8 weekend pass, free under 13. Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange.

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Festival of females Women in jazz are the stars of this year’s Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Block Party where Berklee College of Music faculty, students, and alums make beautiful jazz, Latin, blues, and soul music. Featured are Grammy-winning Terri Lyne Carrington, Paula Cole, Hailey Niswanger, and Lalah Hathaway. Sept. 29 from noon-6 p.m. Free. Columbus Avenue between Burke Street and Massachusetts Avenue, South End, Boston.


Wedding pitch Fenway Park wasn’t a successful place this year for our Red Sox, but it will be for wedding planning at the Fenway Park Bridal Festival. Sept. 30 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $15. Fenway Park,
4 Yawkey Way, Boston. 877-733-7699.