What’s Up South of Boston

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


New pool of volunteers needed for swim program

Swim With A Special Child hopes to expand its pool of volunteers as the program plunges into its 43rd year of weekly swim classes for students with cognitive and developmental disabilities.

Weekly Tuesday classes are scheduled to begin Oct. 14th, from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m. at the DCR Connell Pool, 220 Broad Street, in Weymouth. Training and free child care are provided.

“We have a very dedicated group of volunteers,” said SWASC Director Roberta Mitsch.  “Many have been with the program ten, 15, even 20 years or more.”

“But every year we have a few volunteers who aren’t able to come back for one reason or another,” she said. “And we have some additional students who’d like to come swim each week if we had a few more volunteers.”

Mitsch said swimmers of all ability levels are needed to swim one-on-one with students age 3 to 22.  No special skills are required, and a SWASC staff of class leaders and swim instructors works with each pair of swim buddies.

Volunteers  may swim for one, two, or all three class sessions on Tuesdays from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m., Mitsch said, and “floaters“ and “snowbirds“ are also welcome to come when they can.

SWASC also welcomes non-swimmers to help with equipment and cheerleading on the deck, to serve coffee and refreshments, and to assist with child care for volunteers, she said. All volunteers must pass a CORI (criminal offender record information) check.

For more information on SWASC, contact Roberta Mitsch at 781-331-2877 or June Doherty at 781-335-3785.

Swim With A Special Child, founded in 1971, is an all-volunteer program supported entirely through private contributions.  Students come from public schools, special education collaboratives and mental health programs throughout the South Shore and neighboring towns.







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“Paint Crow Point” exhibition opens Friday, September 26

at South Street Gallery in Hingham

 The October exhibit at South Street Gallery, the area’s premier gallery featuring local, regional and national artists, will feature paintings from and about the seacoast neighborhood of Hingham’s Crow Point by many local and regional plein-air artists.

Artists captured this beautiful neighborhood with breathtaking water views throughout August and September, and then they will submit their paintings to South Street Gallery for the opening event which will take place at the Gallery on Friday, September 26 from 6 to 9 pm. The “Paint Crow Point” exhibition will be on display throughout October 2014.

Many artists have contributed to the Crow Point selection, including Nancy Sargent Howell, Margaret McWethy, Dianne Panarelli Miller, Sergio Roffo, and Vcevy Strekalovsky.

 This “Paint Crow Point” is the latest in a series of neighborhood programs put forth by South Street Gallery. In the past, they have featured “Paint the Center,” “Paint World’s End,” “Paint the Square,” and “Paint the Neighborhoods.” These have been plein-air events, from the French phrase En plein air, meaning “in the open air,” used to describe the act of painting outdoors, blending the unique combination of fresh color, accurate values, and real life based compositions.  Many of the Crow Point paintings on display capture the picturesque seascapes as well as homes. So, it’s possible that visitors to the Gallery might see their own residence in one of the paintings that has been recently produced – or if not, certainly a familiar scene or two! 

South Street Gallery is located at 149 South Street in Hingham.  Hours are from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Saturday, September 27, 6-11 pm.

The award-winning Company Theatre celebrates 35 years as the South Shore’s destination theater with a 35th Anniversary Gala, on Saturday, September 27, from 6 to 11 pm, at Scituate Country Club, 91 Driftway, Scituate. The evening features a cocktail reception, live and silent auction, raffles, dinner, dancing and entertainment by the all-girl band sensation Divas with a Twist.

A pull-out-the-stops celebration, Company’s 35th Anniversary Gala promises to be a premiere extravaganza! Enjoy beautiful Scituate water views while dining on a President’s Cup menu including a raw bar, European cheese station and gourmet buffet dinner. Dancing and entertainment by powerhouse ensemble Divas with a Twist features some of the hottest female vocals in the area, all previous Company Theatre performers, backed by Grammy nominated musicians, performing a mix of rock, Top 40, country and classic rock tunes. A theatrical night wouldn’t be complete without Broadway show tunes playing between live band sets.

Opportunities to support The Company Theatre’s mission abound with silent and live auction and raffles throughout the evening. Hingham Institution for Savings is the generous ensemble sponsor.

Tickets are $125 per person, or tables of 10 may be exclusively reserved for the evening for $1000, and can be purchased by calling The Company Theatre box office at 781-871-2787. Ticket purchases include a complimentary beverage ticket. Event proceeds support the Company Theatre’s operating expenses and continued renovations. The event is handicap accessible. For directions or more information about Scituate Country Club, please visit www.scituatecc.com.

For the latest information on The Company Theatre programs and performances, please visit www.companytheatre.com, or follow The Company Theatre Centre for the Arts on Twitter or Facebook.


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The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury will hold the final tea ceremony presentation of the year at 2 pm, rain or shine. The presentation will be given by Tea Master Glenn Sorei Pereira, a Uransenke School of Tea instructor. He will explain the presentation and answer questions. The ceremony is presented in the Wind in the Pines Hut which was built for the museum in Kyoto, Japan, and reassembled on the museum grounds. Admission is free but seating is limited and available on a first-come basis. Guests are advised to dress with weather conditions in mind. In case of rain, the program will be held inside of the museum. In addition, guests may want to view current museum exhibitions, “Asian Connections”, “19 on Paper: Hidden Worlds” and “Rotations”, works from the collection in various media. The museum is open from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. It is located off Rte 3A at 189 Alden Street and is supported primarily by the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Family Charitable Trusts, and by gifts from friends of the museum.




October 4 & 5th

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Gourd Sculpture class Taught by Leo Dwyer

                 Leo Dwyer, a Gallery artisan and Scituate resident will offer a 2 day workshop in how to make a fine piece of gourd art over the weekend of October 4th & 5th (Saturday & Sunday). Participants will learn how to dye a gourd, then stitch a pine needle rim using the coiling technique. When finished, they’ll have created a fine piece of art.

Leo came to his artistic passion during his assignments at Fort Sill Oklahoma where he was captivated by the southwest gourd art form.  Following retirement, Leo began to study with John Hernandez, an acclaimed artist and curator of the Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton Oklahoma.  The gourds that Leo uses are grown and dried in California. They are then cleaned, cut, and stained before long leaf pine needles are woven into the piece.  Stitching is added to create a unique and fresh bowl or artistic vessel.  Leo continues to study with John and experiments with different mixed media to refine and expand his work.   Leo’s work has twice won first place in the mixed media category at the SSAC’s Art Festival.

The class is being offered by the Scituate Arts Association at the historic Ellis House located at 709 Country Way. Sign ups in advance are required to prepare the materials. The fee is $100 for members and $130 for nonmembers. Materials are included

Questions, etc. : www.scituateart.com or email Janet Cornacchio at jcornacch@aol.com or call 781-608-9691.


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Wednesday, October 15

    A gallery talk by #Alice R.M. Hyland, Curator for “Asian Connections” at The Art Complex Museum is scheduled for October 15. This program provides an opportunity for visitors to meet and discuss this historic exhibition which displays the diversity and range of the museum’s Asian collection and the enticing connections between the objects. Coffee is served at 10:30 a.m., the talk begins at 11:00 a.m. Call (781) 934-6634, extension 10 for further information and to register. All are welcome to attend.



Geoff BartleySaturday, October 18

#Geoff Bartley Returns to the Coffeehouse off the Square

 Geoff Bartley’s rich voice, rollicking guitar, and soulful harmonica have delivered classic blues and imaginative originals  for over 30 years.  As the Boston Globe’s Scott Alarik says he “is a world class guitarist, a resonantly emotional singer and a brilliant songwriter “ who sets provocative personal imagery  “to lovely musical landscapes.”   Well received in past coffeehouses, we are glad to welcome him back on Saturday Oct 18.

 The event is at 8:00  PM  with an open mic from 8:00 to 8:30.  Come and be discovered.  Admission is $15 at the door. Sorry, no reservations.  Volunteers are welcome (Free Admission).  Beverages and desserts -$1.00.  Net proceeds benefit the Unitarian-Universalist Service Committee.

 The Coffeehouse is at the fully accessible Old Ship Church Parish House hall, 107  Main St. Hingham Square, just a few  doors up from the Loring Hall Theater, and on the MBTA’s 220 bus from Quincy  Center. For information call 781-749-1767




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 

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.