What’s Up South of Boston

What’s Up South of Boston – Events in Cohasset, Weymouth, Hingham, Hull, Scituate, Massachusetts.


Peter brings more than 30 years of marketing and management experience to this role, along with an extensive nautical and maritime background.

 His professional experience has included strategic marketing and advertising for major corporate accounts, growing a sustainable magazine and conference business, and most recently serving as Executive Director of a disease research non-profit. Through these positions he has gained extensive experience in fund development, program development and evaluation, marketing and communications and financial management.

 In addition, Peter has developed and published award-winning video instructional programs related to the sea, such as The Annapolis Book of Seamanship (5 volumes), and has logged over 10,000 blue-water miles as crew on offshore racing sloops in UK and US, and as owner of a 38ft. offshore cruising sloop. A native of England, he has received life-saving awards from the UK’s Royal Life Saving Society, including Instructor, Bronze Cross and Award of Merit. He also is a Triathalon and Offshore Swim Competitor.

 Peter and his wife Kay are relocating to the Boston area from Connecticut.


Through December 5 – Holly Hill Farm Stand at White’s farm will be open /every Saturday from 11-5 pm. Squash, pumpkins and More! Holly Hill Farms is located at 236 Jerusalem Road. www.hollyhillfarm.org 


November 29   6th Annual Holly Day Fair   11 AM – 3 PM

Kick off the holiday season with a visit to our Holly Day Fair. Bring your list and check it twice! Local artisans display their crafts in the greenhouse. Pick up unique gifts for everyone on your list.  Holly Hill swags and a wreath making workshop provide the holiday decor for your home. Children’s activities keep young ones occupied while you shop. And food… great food is never in short supply at Holly Hill Farm!  See you at the Farm!  Holly Hill Farm.  236 Jerusalem Road, Cohasset. 781-383-6565www.hollyhillfarm.org


hollydayscom2Sunday, November 30

Members of the Duxbury Business Association’s Holly Days Committee are finalizing an event-filled schedule, this year from noon until dusk, to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Row 1, Greg Brousseau, Sandy Childs, Debbie Odier, Laura Doherty; Row 2, Sverge Gupta, Nancy Reed, Anne Antonellis, Don Reed and Richard Marsh.

   It was started in 2004 as the brainchild of DBA past President Anne Antonellis of Duxbury Mortgage Services to showcase Duxbury businesses, inspire residents to shop locally and to gather the community together in the holiday spirit. Volunteers from the Duxbury Business Association begin planning in the hot summer months for this now beloved winter occasion

that begins with the festive clang of the trolley bell and ends with the joyous lighting of the Christmas Tree and arrival of Santa on the Town Green. The DBA is proud to present a

day full of fun, laughter, music and joy while providing the opportunity for our local businesses to shine.

     As you travel from one business district to another aboard the Holly Days trolley, be sure to visit as many businesses as possible to receive a holiday greeting and retail inspiration for your holiday and year-round shopping. There will be activities planned to appeal to all age groups.  Many of these are free or at a nominal charge. Stop off at Duxbury Marketplace to hear the high school Pacmen at 1:00 p.m. followed by David Hall, Magician at 1:45 and 2:45 p.m. and face painting and balloon artist at Rock Paper Scissors. Waffles by the Lion’s Club are always a hit. Refreshments will also be available at Cellar D’Or along with Bossanova Guitarist Bill Driver at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Donations for the Lion’s food pantry may be made at Coldwell Banker. 

     At Foodies Plaza, Lady Laura is back with her fun-filled interactive storytelling at 12:30 p.m. Snowflake making will also be offered there from noon until 4 p.m. Demonstrations are offered from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. at Kerry Youngstrom’s “Gotta Dance”. The Post office offers passport applications from noon until 3:00 p.m.

     Take advantage of a free photo with Santa at Duxbury Mortgage Services, at Halls Corner. Mike Halloran will be offering his delicious popcorn; Reeds Jewelers is sponsoring pony rides from noon until 3:00 p.m. Try some hair tinsel at the Beehive. Sample the cookies and hot chocolate at the deli or hot chili by the 99 Restaurant. Make a Christmas craft at Nine Standish.

     A holiday craft fair is scheduled at the Girl Scout House from 2:30 until 4:00 p.m. where the Girl Scout Choir will perform at 3:45 p.m. 

     The Snug Harbor Chorus will add their wonderful musical renditions to the festive spirit at 1:00 p.m. at Snug Harbor. The Rural and Historic Society will hold an Open House at the Nathaniel Winsor House with an opportunity to make a sailing-themed ornament. A children’s activity will be offered at Portside Real Estate or there is face painting from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m. Snug Harbor Fish Market and French Memories will, once again, combine their efforts to offer chowder boules and there will be mulled cider by Snug Harbor Wine. 

      At the student union, there will be hayrides by O’Connor Landscape; magic and juggling by William Flederman at 1:00 p.m.; a coloring contest offered by Conway Real Estate; karoke and a photobooth. The student union is also another Lion’s Food Pantry location.

     At Millbrook, Far Fars is offering amazing caricatures from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. Also offered in the Millbrook area is magic and juggling by William Flederman at 2:15 p.m. and an open house and children’s activity at William Raveis Real Estate.

       All three exhibitions at The Art Complex Museum will be closed on Sunday, November 30. During that time the museum has scheduled two performances of Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” as part of the town-wide event, Holly Days. This popular, free program presented by The Puppet People will take place at 1:30 and 2:45 p.m. Children aged three and above are welcome to attend with an adult.

     A holiday craft fair will be held at the senior center where the boy scouts will sell Christmas trees and wreaths. Cake decorating will be offered for children of all ages. And, the Lion’s Club will offer another opportunity to donate to their food drive.

     Trolleys to connect venues in the various villages will be available at the following locations: Hall’s Corner, Foodies Plaza, The Marketplace, Duxbury Student Union, Millbrook/ Far Fars, The Art Complex Museum and the Senior Center. 

     Important items to remember are: Pick up your free programs; Participate in the annual Holly Days raffle – it’s so easy – all you need is to check of at participating venues and there are some great prizes such as a ski tuneup at Sportsworks and some exciting baskets full of surprises; and, of course, VOTE for the best decorated storefront in town – you have between November 30 and December 6.

      Don’t forget the traditional tree lighting at the town green at 4:30 p.m. hosted by the Rotary Club. And, this year, there will be an evening Christmas concert at 6:00 p.m. at Pilgrim Church.


Friday, December 5

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“Small Paintings Show”  Image 8”x10” oil painting by Dennis Doyle called “Upside Down”

2014 Holiday Showat South Street Gallery begins December 5 and runs through year’s end; opening reception December 5, 6-9pm

 South Street Gallery’s annual Holiday Show will again showcase the work of many local and regional artists.  The focus of this show is to offer small paintings at prices that are effectively priced for Holiday presents. The opening reception will take place on Friday evening, December 5, from 6 to 9 pm while the Christmas In The Square festivities take place downtown Hingham.

 Jack Hobbs, the owner of South Street Gallery, says that the Holiday Shows offer collectors of art an opportunity to purchase original work at an affordable price. “The rationale behind displaying the smaller paintings is that they are affordable and offer collectors the chance to add some names to their collection that they might not otherwise be able to do.”

 All displayed paintings will be only 8”x10”.  The show will feature paintings by invited artists, each submitting only one or two paintings.  In all there will be around 40 paintings or more to choose from.

 About South Street Gallery

South Street Gallery is committed to the advancement of both developing artists and those with established reputations. For well over a decade, this gallery has supported the arts and the artistic community, and has been home to a number of shows by prominent plein-air artists. The Gallery offers many opportunities to meet and learn from artists who display there. Many Gallery artists engage in the plein-air tradition of painting – a blend of a unique combination of fresh color, accurate values, and real life based compositions.

South Street Gallery is located at 149 South Street in Hingham.  Hours are from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information, please call 781-749-0430 or visit www.southstreetgallery.com.


Sunday, December 7, 3 p.m.

Annual Christmas Concert with Braintree Choral Society and Combined Church Choirs

South Congregational Church, 1075 Washington Street, Braintree

Come and enjoy the joyous songs of Christmas! No Charge for admission. Free will offering.

More Info www. Southcong.org


Sunday, December 7

Scituate Arts Association Holiday House Tour

  Come celebrate the SAA’s Ellis House’s Ongoing Restoration!

Scituate Arts Association announces their biennial Holiday House Tour which will be on the xmastree7.th  1:00-4:00Reception to follow at Ellis House, 3:00-5:30.  This event will be a chance to see and celebrate this year’s work on the Ellis which now has historic paint on all four sides!  “Our goal is to provide a jumpstart to your Holiday decorating and spirit with the opportunity to admire art and holiday décor,”   states SAA President, Janet Cornacchio.  She also notes, “We plan a tour of 5-6 houses including  a classic Scituate beachfront cottage,with great harbor view, a Federal style Greek Revival home recommended for National Trust nomination and an very early Dutch-style Cape each reflecting the unique tastes and interests of their owners. And as a bonus, the opportunity to see the ongoing renovation of  the Silias Peirce Homestead  paired with a large selection of Front Street Gallery Artists works. The tour will culminate in a Members’ Show, raffles, live music and a reception at the Art Association’s central jewel and studios—The Ellis House.  There, our guests will have a chance to admire the historic trims on the interior, our entry mural and freshly painted historic colors on all four sides of the house!”

                Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event.  They can be purchased at the SAA’s Front Street Art Gallery, 124 Front St., beginning Friday, November 7, and at the Inn at Scituate Harbor, 7 Beaver Dam Rd., or by mail.  Mail requests must be received no later than Nov 26.th   A ticket purchase brochure is available on the SAA website, at the Front Street Art Gallery and in the Scituate Library gallery.  Or send a check directly to the SAA mailing address:  PO Box 214, Scituate, MA 02066.  Please indicate the number of tickets you would like and enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope so that we can return your ticket receipt.   The tour booklets will be available for pickup on the day of the tour, Dec 7,th  at the Front Street Art Gallery from 11:00 on.  The Gallery is open early so visitors have time to enjoy the Gallery, grab breakfast in the Harbor and then head out on the tour.  The tour will run from 1:00-4:00 with a reception from 3:00 to 5:30.

Funds raised from this event are slated to help with restoration work on the Ellis House as well other SAA sponsored programs. For further information, questions, etc., check the SAA website at scituateart.com or contact Janet Cornacchio at jcornacch@aol.com (preferred) or at 781-545-7613.

Thanks to our Tour Sponsors, Kukstis Woodcarving, Curtis Liquors & Hingham Institue for Saving and our Business Sponsors-Image Resolutions, the Inn at Scituate Harbor, Frame Center of Hanover & Harbour Insurance and  Business Patrons-Janet Cornacchio, Realtor at Jack Conway Scituate & Scituate Federal Savings. 


Sunday, December 7th 


On Sunday December 7th, the 7th annual Scituate North Pole Express will be sponsored by the Scituate CORSE Foundation (Community of Resources for Special Education) and SHORE (Scituate High Opportunities and Resources for Education).  This magical event will be held at the Greenbush Commuter Rail Station with four trains departing at 11:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm or 6:00pm*. Passengers should arrive 30 minutes prior to departure of their scheduled times.  Children and adults alike will enjoy this 60-90 minute train ride which replicates the journey to the North Pole as told in the classic story of “The Polar Express”.  Along the ride the children will be read this holiday story, be served milk and cookies, sing Christmas carols, receive the first gift of Christmas and be greeted by holiday characters including Santa and Mrs. Claus. Tickets for this event are $25; children 1 year of age and under ride free on the lap of an adult. Proceeds from this event go to these two worthy non-profits, CORSE and SHORE.  Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at http://scituatenorthpoleexpress.com

*Estimated times: actual departure times may change slightly due to MBTA schedule, you will be notified well in advance of any minor changes.


Holiday concerts to help people in crisis

through Wellspring’s Edson Fund

 HINGHAM, MA–The Broad Cove Chorale and the Unicorn Singers will present three Christmas concerts to benefit the Diane Edson Fund of Wellspring Multi-Service Center.  All is Calm, All is Bright—The Christmas Truce of 1914 includes readings, poems and music shared by soldiers on the front during WWI. The audience will join in singing the carols traded back and forth in the darkness that Christmas Eve, in 1914, when all fighting stopped for over 24 hours, and the men on both sides discovered their common humanity.

All is Calm, All is Bright—The Christmas Truce of 1914 will be performed three times in the Boston/South Shore area.

Friday, Dec. 12 at 8:00 PM, House of Prayer, Hingham,

Saturday, Dec. 13th, 8:00 PM at St. Michael’s Church, Milton

Sunday, Dec. 14, 4:00 p.m. at the First Parish Meeting House in Cohasset.

Proceeds from the concerts will provide immediate assistance to South Shore residents in crisis facilitated through Wellspring’s Edson Fund.

 Under the direction of Margo Euler of Hingham, the choruses will present musical selections highlighting the poignant and fleeting moments of the Truce which resonated for many and served as a powerful beacon of light and human kindness in an otherwise horrific conflict. Michael Theobald of Milton will deliver the narration and the audience is invited to sing the same carols soldiers exchanged 100 years ago.

 The late Diane Edson of Hingham, founder of Wellspring, sang with the Unicorn Singers for 15 years making these Christmas benefit concerts particularly touching. Fifteen years ago Wellspring established the Diane Edson Fund—to be used for one purpose—to provide immediate aid for people in trouble. Generous support for this fund has enabled Wellspring to assist countless families and individuals in crisis.

Tickets: $20 pp. or $30. for sponsors.

For tickets to the Milton concert go to St. Michael’s website www.stmichaelsmilton.org or  call the church office at 617-698-1813. St. Michael’s is located at 112 Randolph Ave. in Milton and is handicapped accessible.

For tickets to the Hingham or Cohasset concerts send checks payable to Wellspring Multi-Service Center,c/o Kathy Reardon, 9 Steamboat Lane, Hingham, MA 02043, or call 781-749-0162.


Sunday, Dec. 21 


For the Coffeehouse Off the Square Christmas concert, renown Irish harpist Aine Minogue will be playing.  Aine’s renowned harp playing, her beautiful, nearly ethereal voice and her sometimes enchanting guests have made this sell-out event the high point of five recent seasons. From her time as harpist in residence at Ireland’s Bunratty Castle to her playing and teaching here, Aine only gets better. This time she will be playing in the Old Ship Church’s beautiful and evocative sanctuary.  http://www.Minogue.com

The event is at 4 pm on Sunday, December 21.  The coffeehouse is at the Old Ship Parish House, 107 Main Street,  just a few doors up  from the Loring Hall Theater in Hingham Square and right by the MBTA’s 220 bus from Quincy Center or a scenic 1 mile walk from the West Hingham commuter rail station..  Handicap-accessible.  Admission is $15.00 at the door (sorry no reservations).   Proceeds benefit the Unitarian-Universalist Service Committee.  Volunteers (free admission) are always welcome. For information call 781-749-1767  or go to:  www.oldshipchurch.org/coffeehouse-off-the-square.html


January 1 – Annual New Year’s Day Walk with Naturalist Steve Ivas

Celebrate the New Year at Holly Hill Farm. This walk has become an annual tradition for many families and we invite you to join us. Naturalist Steve Ivas will provide a guided tour along the trails. Holly Hill Farm.  236 Jerusalem Road, Cohasset. 781-383-6565www.hollyhillfarm.org


REOCCURING EVENTS___________________________

Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the Brockton based regional agency serving older adults and individuals with disabilities, offers a Caregiver Support Group on the second Tuesday of each month, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Hanson Senior Center, 132 Maquan Street, Library/Senior Center Building, Hanson, MA 02341.

The Caregiver Support Group is for family caregivers of older adults or younger adults with disabilities. Family caregivers are those who are caring for a parent, spouse, relative or friend residing at home, in an assisted living/nursing facility or perhaps even across the country.

The group provides support for one another and participants learn from each other. Several times a year, speakers address the support group. Topics vary and have included elder law, dementia and community services. There is no fee to attend.


The Quincy-South Shore Chess Club meets every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Center in Roche Brothers Supermarket at 101 Falls Blvd in Quincy. Free and open to all from children to seniors. Beginners welcome. www.quincychessclub.com or 857 888 1531. ______________________________________________________

BARE COVE FIRE MUSEUM is open every Wednesday night from 7:30-10 p.m. and by appointment. Call 781-749-0028 for more information or check out the website at barecovefiremuseum.org. The museum is located at 19 Fort Hill Street inside Bare Cove Park, Hingham. ______________________________________________________

Rotary Club of Nantasket-Hull meets every Wednesday evening from 6pm until 8 p.m. at Bridgeman’s.   ________________________________________________                        

Line Dance lessons start Tuesday, 9/10/13 and
continue every Tuesday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the
South Shore Community Center, 3 N Main St.,
Cohasset. Beginner and Beginner plus level for
adult ages, men and women. Line dancing helps you
improve balance and posture, improve memory skills
and your confidence. Learn Waltz, Cha cha, Salsa,
Samba, Mambo, and other dance steps to Country,
Popular and Latin music while having fun exercising.
To sign up call 781-383-9112 or just “drop in”. $5.
Instructor: Nancy Kramer: 781-925-9066


The Quincy-South Shore Chess Club meets every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Center in Roche Brothers Supermarket at 101 Falls Blvd in Quincy. Free and open to all from children to seniors. Beginners welcome. www.quincychessclub.com or 857 888 1531.

BARE COVE FIRE MUSEUM is open every Wednesday night from 7:30-10 p.m. and by appointment. Call 781-749-0028 for more information or check out the website at
barecovefiremuseum.org. The museum is located at 19 Fort Hill Street inside Bare Cove Park, Hingham.  Rotary Club of Nantasket-Hull meets every Wednesday evening from 6pm until 8 p.m. at Bridgeman’s.   Open Studio at The Art Complex Museum has become a popular program for artists with a wide range of abilities and interests. This year, the drop-in activity will be offered from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on second Thursdays of the month.  On September 12, participants will construct fairy houses from natural materials. They gather in the Alden Studio and bring their own lunches and supplies.  The cost is $10. Email Sally @artcomplex.org or call (781) 934-6634, extension 10 to sign up.