Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Beyond Exit 17

On September 29, 6 to 9 p.m., the trustees of the Peabody Institute Library will host Starry Night at the Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm, Peabody. The event includes music and food. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and may be purchased at Peabody library location. Call 978.531.0100 for information.

Ten Tumbao
On Wednesday, September 29, at 7 p.m. the Rockport Music Chamber Festival Series presents Ten Tumbao at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, in Rockport, performing instruments and songs of Latin America. Free and open to the public; no reservations required; general admission seating.

Dragon Boats

Want to experience Dragon Boating on the Charles River? Living Root is always looking for men and women to join their team. To try the sport, with hope you'll join the Boston chapter, free Dragon Boat demos will take place on Thursday, September 30, 6-8 p.m. on the docks at Spaulding Rehab Hospital, Boston.

Design Challenge

This live museum offering is designed to introduce students and visitors to the engineering design cycle. Participate in a hands-on activity to design, build and test a prototype solution to a given problem. Visitors have a fun and engaging experience with engineering and the innovation processes.
Challenges vary and are offered in the Science & Technology Center at the Boston Museum of Science. Recommended for children and teens in grades four to 10 as well as for small family groups. College students, especially education majors or those who love art and science, are also invited. Each activity takes about 20 minutes. Friday, October 1, 11:30 a.m.

Topsfield Fair
The fair kicks off this weekend, so get ready to grab a roasted turkey leg, dunk the clown, and see this year's giant pumpkin. For information, maps and shows, click here. October 1–11, Topsfield.

Hay Day
Cider pressing, blacksmithing, hayrides and canoeing are just the start of Hay Day at the Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. For children there will be a mini-maze, farm animals, a vegetable/fruit critter design contest, pumpkin painting and free pony rides. Throughout the afternoon guided nature walks will be offered, and members of the Princeton Arts Society will exhibit farm-related and rural landscape-based artwork.
Saturday, October 2, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Cello and Piano Recital

Sunday, October 3, at 3 p.m., Joshua Gordon, cello, and Randall Hodgkinson, piano, will perform at the Slosberg Recital Hall in Waltham.

Boston Musica Viva
Friday, October 1, at 8 p.m., Boston's Musica Viva will open its season with Chinese-American composers: Lei Liang's Aural Hypothesis and Chou Wen-chung's Ode to Eternal Pine. This rare ensemble performance takes place at the Tsai Performance Center at Boston University.

Ipswich River: Tuesday Afternoon Series
On Tuesday, October 5, join the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary for an autumn leaf walk and admire the beautiful colors of fall. Discover the different shapes, sizes, textures and colors of leaves during a leaf scavenger hunt, and make leaf rubbings.

Corn Maize
Every fall Connors Farm in Danvers creates a massive corn maize on their property. The maize is open daily through October 31. (On Friday and Saturday nights the maize becomes a giant spook-maze with fog and scary treats . . . Friday and Saturday nights not recommended for younger children.) While there, pick your own pumpkins or visit their animal petting zoo. (Photo: This year's theme is Clint Eastwood)

Soar over Australia’s infinite desert, scale the sacred red rock, and sidle up to the Outback's most reclusive creatures in a spellbinding film that explores this fascinating island continent. Outback is playing at the Boston Museum of Science through October 25. For scheduling or to watch a trailer, click HERE.

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