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The Unicorn Singers and the Broad Cove Chorale

The Unicorn Singers and the Broad Cove Chorale will combine for a Christmas concert in Hingham.

By Robert Knox Globe Correspondent 

STAR SHINE The Hingham-based Unicorn Singers and the Broad Cove Chorale explore the majesty of the night sky, the mystery of the Christmas Star, and the fabled journey of the Magi in a concert titled “Follow the Star!” Michael Theobald of Milton narrates with readings from philosophers, astronomers, and poets, and the choruses sing music by Felix Mendelssohn, Randall Thompson, and Michael Praetorius.

Lutheran House of Prayer, 219 Main St., Hingham; Saturday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10, 4 p.m.; $20, $30, includes Wellspring donation, www.bcc-us.org.

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HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS Pilgrim Festival Chorus performs favorite carols and seasonal music drawn from its previous winter concerts. The program includes the medieval carol “Nowell Sing We,” Philip Dietterich’s arrangement of “People, Look East,” the tender Polish carol “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” John Gardiner’s rambunctious arrangement of “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day,” carols by Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams, and the upbeat Gospel tune “Go Were I Send Thee.”

St. Bonaventure’s Church, 803 State Road, Plymouth; Sunday, Dec. 3, 4 p.m.; $20, $15 students.

BOOK TALKS Walpole library hosts Anna Fahey-Flynn, central library manager of the Boston Public Library, speaking on “Books are Just the Beginning.”

Walpole Public Library, 143 School St.; Monday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Also at the library, storyteller Alan O’Hare speaks on story-telling and encourages people to tell their own stories on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m.

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Beth Knaus of Art Matters illustrates her talk on “Illusion in Art & M.C. Escher” on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m., www.walpolelibraryfriends.org.

KING CHRISTMAS King Caesar House opens for public tours of its Christmas decor inspired by the travels of 19th-century mariners, who navigated local ships around the world.

120 King Caesar Road, Duxbury; Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 9-10, 11-4; $12 adults; $8 students and seniors; children under 6 free.

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Joanna Schaffhausen’s novel.

MYSTERY SPEAKER Local mystery author Joanna Schaffhausen speaks on her prize-winning debut novel “The Vanishing Season.”

Canton Public Library, 786 Washington St.; Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m.

WHITE CHRISTMAS Milton Public Library screens “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.

476 Canton Ave.; Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m.

Library director Will Adamczyk leads a discussion of “Curse of the Narrows” by Laura MacDonald, the story of the 1917 Halifax disaster, on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m.

Expert knitter Nina Zonnevylle leads the knitting group on Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.

EXIT PLAN Local resident, publisher, and lecturer E. Michael Quinlan shares his knowledge and expertise on Brexit, Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. Quinlan, a retired Naval commander and Vietnam veteran, lectures on world affairs topics.

Duxbury Free Library, 77 Alden St.; Sunday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m.; register at www.duxburyfreelibrary.org.

The River Club Music Hall

Entrain and the opening band The Gathering.

ALL ABOARD Entrain, formed by drummer Tom Major in 1993, performs at The River Club Music Hall, along with The Gathering.

78 Border St., Scituate; Friday Dec. 8, 8 p.m.; tickets www.ticketfly.com/event/1518673-entrain-gathering-scituate.

NUTCRACKER The International Ballet Academy of Norwell performs the holiday season favorite “The Nutcracker,” featuring students and special guests.

Hingham Middle School, 1103 Main St.; Sunday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m.; $35, www.ibanorwell.org.

HOLIDAY ARTISANS More than 150 juried artisans and craftsmen will display and sell their handmade work including candles, pottery, scarves, tapestry, jewelry, quilts, photographs, custom knives, shell craft, and dozens of other craft products at the “New England Holiday Craft Spectacular.”

Event Center, Hanover Mall, 1775 Washington St.; Sunday, Dec. 3, 10-4; $7, under 14 free.

CONTRA Bridgewater Community Dance Series features folk, square, and contra dance at the Bridgewater Senior Center.

Wally Krueger Way; Friday, Dec. 8, 7:30-9:30 p.m.; $8, 774-208-2933.

EVERYBODY SINGS Members of the public are invited to join Quincy conductor Delvyn Case in a performance of Part 1 of Handel’s “Messiah.” The concert is a “drop-in” singing event open to everyone (age 15 and over) who has sung “Messiah” in the past. Four professional soloists will perform the arias, and professional musicians accompany the singing.

St. Chrysostom’s Church, 1 Linden St., Quincy; Sunday, Dec. 3, 3 p.m.; www.tinyurl.com/quincymessiahsing.

HAPPY HARBOR Snug Harbor Community Chorus heralds the holiday season with “We Wish You Joy,” a family concert featuring 70 singers from across the South Shore and guest vocalist mezzo-soprano Beth MacLeod.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 17 Church St., Hanover; Sunday, Dec. 3, 3 p.m.; $15 adults, $5 10 and under.

Snug Harbor Community Chorus

The Snug Harbor Community Chorus.

NOURISHING BOOK Local gastronome John F. Carafoli offers tastings and copies of his book “Great Italian American Food in New England: History, Traditions and Memories.”

Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield; Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7-8:30 p.m.; free.

Harpist Nicole Anderson performs a holiday concert at the library on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m.; free.

Ventress Memorial Library

John F. Carafoli and the cover of his book.

VOICE AND TRIO Jazz singer Donna Byrne’s powerful voice and energetic personality lend her music a spiritual feel. She performs with the Marshall Wood Trio.

James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West St., Norwell; Saturday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.; $25, $22 seniors; www.jameslibrary.org.


Send information about events at least two weeks in advance to Robert Knox at rc.knox2@gmail.com.