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.






 Sep. 16 rehearsal date

Come Sing with the Choral Art Society of the South Shore!Choral Arts Society

The Choral Art Society of the South Shore, now in its 56th season, begins rehearsals for its fall concert on Tuesday, September 9th and 16th at 7:30—9:30 pm at the First Trinitarian Congregational Church, 381 Country Way, Scituate. Prospective new members are welcome to join us. We are a non-auditioned community chorus. We need voices for all parts – soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. The ability to read music is not essential, but is helpful. You do need to be able to “carry a tune in a bucket.” If you are not sure of your singing abilities, our director can help you determine your voice part. All members grow in musical ability and learn a great deal about healthy vocal technique and choral music.

On December 7th at 4:00pm we will perform “Here We Come A-Caroling”, which will feature Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, accompanied by harp, and Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest, accompanied by instrumental ensemble, and other festive carols, and our ever-popular sing along.

We hope you will stay with us for the spring season, when we perform with full orchestra and professional soloists celebrating our Artistic Director and Conductor’s Danica Buckley’s 10th anniversary with us! We’ll be singing Puccini’s Mass for Four Voices and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy.

Come be a part of a friendly, wonderful, exciting, growing community chorus!

For more details on membership and joining us, please contact Nancy Boehne at 781-925-3638 or go to our website www.choralartsociety.org. You can listen to us and email us. We’re also on Facebook—Choral Art Society of the South Shore.

Choral Art Society of the South Shore—Creativity, Inspiration, Joy, and Service through the performance of choral music!


BeerThursday, September 18, 7 pm
at the Nantasket Beach Resort, 45 Hull Shore Drive, Hull

Since before Patriots like Paul Revere and Sam Adams fermented a revolution in smoky Beantown taverns, beer has been integral to the history of Boston. The city issued its first brewing license in 1630, and breweries like Heffenreffer Brewery and American Brewing Company quickly sprung up. This heady history took a turn for the worse when the American Temperance Movement championed prohibition, nearly wiping out all of the local breweries. In 1984, the amber liquid was revitalized as Jim Koch introduced Samuel Adams craft brews to the Hub and the nation. Shortly after, Harpoon Brewery emerged and became the largest brewery to make all its beers in New England. From the planning of the Boston Tea Party over a pint at Green Dragon Tavern to the renaissance of the burgeoning craft brewing scene, join author and “Beer Nut” Norman Miller as he savors the sudsy history of brewing in the Hub.

  The Nantasket Beach Lecture Series is presented monthly by the Hull Lifesaving Museum, the Friends of Hull Public Library, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation, in partnership with the Nantasket Beach Resort.


fairy houseSaturday, September 20, 10 am to 2 pm
Annual Fairy House Workshop and Exhibit, a free program

Join us and other families to make your own fairy house out of natural materials. Bring your own materials or use ours. Glue guns and tools will be provided. Take yours home or install it on the grounds for the exhibit. Pre- registration required call 781-934-6634 ext. 10

Workshop – Saturday, September 20
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Exhibit and reception – Sunday, September 21, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
All ages welcome (Children must be accompanied by adult)


Saturday, September 20, 2014

South Street Gallery will once again offer its “Art Appraisal Day” Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hingham resident Arthur Garrity, a professional fine art appraiser, will offer verbal appraisals at the Gallery at 149 South Street. Etchings, prints or original oil or watercolor paintings may be submitted for review. There is a fee of $15 per one appraisal, $25 for two appraisals or $33 for three appraisals, with all of the proceeds supporting the fundraising event Roam the Tomes on October 3rd at the Hingham Public Library. There is a limit of three items per customer per visit. Please, call 781-749-0430 to make an appointment.


Sunday, Sept. 21

Rug photoOne of the several openings at The Art Complex Museum on Sunday, September 21, will be for The Duxbury Rug Hookers. Members are a group of twenty women who are passionate about rug hooking. They live in several South Shore towns and meet regularly either at the museum’s Alden Studio or the Alden Barn in Duxbury to hook together and occasionally to exhibit. Individually their rugs have been shown in many museums. Collectively they hook one rug a year for the benefit of the Alden Kindred in Duxbury.

The Duxbury Rug Hookers hook in many different styles, using new and recycled wool fabric cut in strips of varying widths. Their stitches are big and small; their colors bright and muted, hand-dyed or off the bolt; their subjects varied. The exhibit at the museum’s Alden Studio Gallery will run from Sunday, September 21 to Sunday, September 28, Wednesday through Sunday, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Demonstr

Dianne Panarelli Miller_Crow Point_24x30_oil on canvas

“Paint Crow Point” exhibition opens on 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.


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.