Concord marks Patriots Day with parades, activities
PARTY LIKE IT’S 1775 Concord, birthplace of the American Revolution, kicks off Patriots Day, Monday, April 17, with its annual parade, which begins on Walden Street in Concord Center at 9 a.m. and proceeds to the North Bridge. Observances continue throughout the day around town. The historic Wright Tavern, headquarters of the Minutemen on the early morning of April 19, 1775, will hold an open house on Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meanwhile, the Concord Museum will host activities including a Colonial crafts workshop, a walking tour of the Hill Burying Ground, and a gallery tour of the Concord Museum’s 1775 period room. For more information on the parade, go to www.concordnet.org/1159/Patriots-Day-Parade. For more information on the Wright Tavern and the Concord Museum events, go to www.concordmuseum.org.
LITERARY SPIRIT Two new exhibitions, both of which examine historical artifacts and contemporary art with a focus on literature, have just opened at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard. “Literary Spirit of Fruitlands Museum,” through Nov. 5, incorporates photographs from Lisa McCarty’s Transcendental Concord series and an interactive installation by Jonathan Gitelson. Four writing stations, one listening station, and Gitelson’s interactive bookshelf provide ways for visitors of all ages to participate. “The Old Manse and Literary Soil,” through Aug. 20, showcases works by Greg Lookerse, the museum’s 2017 artist-in-residence. An opening reception for both exhibitions will be held Sunday, April 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. Lookerse will give an artist’s talk May 5 from 2 to 3 p.m. Fruitlands Museum is at 102 Prospect Hill Road. For hours, admission, and more information, call 978-456-3924 or go to www.fruitlands.org.
DIVINE TREES 6 Bridges Gallery presents “The Forest Through the Trees,” an exhibit featuring photographs by Brent Mathison and sculptures by Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, April 18 to May 27, with an opening reception Saturday, April 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. as part of ArtsNight Maynard. The gallery is at 77 Main St., Maynard. For more information: 978-897-3825 or www.6bridgesgallery.com.
A GENERATION’S MUSIC Celebrate the music and dance of the war generation at “Remembering the ’40s,” an original musical revue conceived and directed by producing artistic director Robert J. Eagle and performed at Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston, 617 Lexington Road, Waltham. This musical timeline recreates the era in living color with the swing sound of the big bands, Rosie the Riveter, the USO, World Renowned Precision Dancers, and a colorful recreation of the Rexall Radio Hour. Veterans of all wars are honored guests with free admission. Performances are Saturday, April 22, at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 23, at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $37 to $65 for adults; youth tickets are $25. Student groups are welcome. Group rates are available for adult groups of 10 or more. Call 781-891-5600 or go to www.reaglemusictheatre.com.
FULL CIRCLE Singer/songwriter Livingston Taylor performs at Circle of Friends Coffeehouse Saturday, April 22, at 8 p.m. Taylor’s longtime collaborator, Berklee College of Music alumna Chelsea Berry, will open the show and join him as a guest during his set. Circle of Friends is at the First Universalist Society Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St., Franklin. Doors open at 7:30. Admission is $35. Call 508-528-2541 or go to www.circlefolk.org/.
MALE VOICES On Sunday, April 23, at 3 p.m., the Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus with internationally acclaimed opera singer Ute Gfrerer performs a 25th gala anniversary concert at Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, with favorite songs from the past 25 years. Tickets are $25 general admission: www.saengerfest.org
SO BAROQUE The Waltham Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players present “A Baroque Chamber Music Concert” Sunday, April 23, at 3 p.m. at First Parish Church, 50 Church St., Waltham, featuring music by Telemann, Vivaldi, and Handel for flute, oboe, violin, bassoon, and continuo. Admission is free (donations accepted): www.walthamsymphony.org.
PLANTING THE SEED Historic Newton explores 19th-century horticulture with “Seeds of Freedom” Sunday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m. In the 19th century, the Kenricks, onetime owners of the Durant-Kenrick House, became world-famous for their commercial nursery on Nonantum Hill. Their commitment to horticulture grew alongside their commitment to ending slavery. Learn about how the Kenricks cultivated plants suited to every corner of the Union at the same time they faced off against the institution that would eventually tear the Union apart. The free presentation takes place at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Ave., Newton. For more information: 617-641-9142.