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Lawrence fest commemorates 1912 workers’ strike

A variety of performers will be featured during the 33d Bread & Roses Heritage Festival in Lawrence.
A variety of performers will be featured during the 33d Bread & Roses Heritage Festival in Lawrence. Bread and Roses Committee

LABOR-LESS DAY Bring the family to Lawrence for the 33d Bread & Roses Heritage Festival on the Campagnone Common on Labor Day, Sept. 4.

The free, daylong multicultural celebration commemorates the 1912 Textile Workers’ Strike, a landmark event in American labor history when more than 20,000 mostly immigrant workers walked out of the mills in Lawrence in protest of reduced pay, holding out for nine weeks during a bitterly cold winter until mill owners met most of their demands.

Top-line performers offer wide-ranging musical entertainment, including hip-hop, Latin jazz, honk, merengue, Celtic, spoken word, blues, reggae/soul, and world fusion. There are also a speakers’ tent on Lawrence History Live, a panel discussion/community forum on immigration, walking tours, children’s activities, and free 50-minute trolley tours.


Don’t miss performances by the Bread and Puppet Theater (www.breadandpuppet.org); the Angkor Dance Troupe, now in its 30th year of presenting and innovating Cambodian performance arts (www.angkordance.org); and Tigerman WOAH (www.tigermanwoah.com), a rock-and-roll band with working-class roots from Lynn.

And fans of Catie Curtis, dubbed a “folk-rock goddess” by The New York Times, will want to catch what might be this singer-songwriter’s final show.

The festival kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony at the Strikers’ Monument and ends with a show by the Bread and Puppet Theater from 4:20 to 5:15 p.m. Visit www.breadandrosesheritage.org.

BOYS (AND GIRLS) IN THE BOAT Know someone in middle school or high school who wants to row or is curious to learn how?

The Gentle Giant Rowing Club launches its juniors program for the fall season on the Mystic River in Somerville starting Aug. 28. Practices are Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Drive.

Find out why crew is one of the fastest-growing sports for this age group. Junior rowers won’t be ready to compete in the 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, but they may attend local regattas held on weekends through Oct. 22.


The $550 cost for the season does not include racing fees. Residents of Somerville, Everett, and Malden receive a discount, thanks to a donation by Gentle Giant Moving Co.

For more information and to enroll, visit www.gentlegiantrowing.org.

The Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit begins Sept. 3 at the Pingree School in Hamilton.
The Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit begins Sept. 3 at the Pingree School in Hamilton.Pingree School

AL FRESCO SCULPTURE One of the largest displays of outside art in New England — more than 50 pieces by 47 artists from around New England and upstate New York — opens on Sept. 3 in Hamilton.

Wander around the eighth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit being held through Nov. 5 on the Pingree School campus, 537 Highland St.

New to the exhibit is Steve Heller, a self-taught artist from New York who for 45 years has built furniture, sculptures, and cars. He was featured on HGTV and is the subject of “Dinosaurs and Rocketships,” an award-winning documentary. Actors Robert DeNiro, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Colin Farrell are among collectors of his woodwork.

Salem resident Lillian Hsu, director of public art and exhibitions at the Cambridge Arts Council and this year’s honorary chairwoman, will speak at an artists’ reception held at 1 p.m. in the school’s library on Sunday, Sept. 10. The public is invited.

The free exhibit is open daily to the public during daylight hours. Visit www.pingree.org/sculpture-show.

TOUGH TEXTS Depending upon your beliefs and viewpoint, the Bible can either be a source of divine inspiration, wisdom, and peace, or quite troubling.


Listen as two Marblehead religious leaders, Rabbi David Meyer and pastor James Bixby, wrestle with specific passages from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures during their talk, “Troubling Texts,” on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St.

Meyer, a past president of the North Shore Rabbinical Association and author of “The Rabbinic Driving Manual: A Jewish Guide to Driver’s Education,” will represent Temple Emanu-El. Representing the Clifton Lutheran Church will be Bixby, who is active on the Marblehead Racial Justice Team and the Marblehead Ministerial Association.

A discussion and Q&A session will follow their presentation, along with refreshments.

The free discussion takes place at 7 p.m. in the library’s Reading Room (main level) and is open to all regardless of religious beliefs. Visit www.abbotlibrary.org.

Kathy Shiels Tully can be reached at kathy@kathyshielstully.com.