What’s Up South of Boston

New Proactive Outdoor Watering Restrictions through October

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At our urging and to reduce the likelihood of completely drying out the Weir River as happened last summer  Aquarion Water Company is implementing proactive outdoor watering restrictions beginning May 1st – October 15th.

The watering restrictions allow 2 day a week watering outside of the hours of 10 am – 6 pm on an odd/even schedule for automatic irrigation systems and end of hose sprinklers. Hand held is allowed anytime. More info on watering restrictions can be found here. Aquarion is also hosting an Open House May 9th 9:30 am-Noon. Aquarion is also offering discounted rain barrels that can be pre-ordered and picked up at the Open House.

By proactively reducing consumption we can minimize our impact on the river and the species that rely on it and ensure we have enough water for fire, safety and other essential needs. Please help conserve by following the restrictions and talk with your friends and neighbors about why this is important.​


Saturday, May 9, 1:30 p.m.

The South Shore Genealogical Society May meeting will be held Saturday, May 9th at 1:30 p.m. at the John Curtis Free Library, Rt. 139, 534 Hanover St. Hanover, MA. The featured speaker is Mr. Ric Murphy, who will speak about his family’s Massachusetts history and its connection to Cuffee Lane in Norwell.

RicMurphypngRic Murphy is an educator, businessman, philanthropist, political analyst and accomplished author of several historical publications. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His family lineage dates to the earliest colonial periods of Plymouth, Massachusetts, and of Jamestown, Virginia. Murphy’s lineage has been evaluated and accepted by the Daughters of the American Revolution, the National Society of the Sons of Colonial New England, the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. In his writings, Murphy explores the roles and rich contributions made by African Americans in United States history.

Murphy was formerly a teacher, principal, Assistant Community Superintendent and on the Superintendent’s Executive Staff for the Boston Public Schools. He was the former State Purchasing Agent of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Director of the Department of Procurement and Adminstrative Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and was the Director of Administrative Services for the District of Columbia. He currently is the President of North American Management. Mr. Murphy was a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government; and has a Masters in Urban Affairs from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Massachusetts. Mr. Murphy has served on numerous national, local and not-for-profit Boards of Directors including hospital and federally qualified community health centers, as well as Advisory Boards to community and educational based organizations. He lives and works in metropolitan Washington, D.C.

He can be reached at www.ricmurphy.com


Spring Bird Walk

Saturday, May 9   8 – 9:30 am

Join locally renowned bird caller and enthusiast Sally Avery for “Spring Birding” in the woods and trails at Holly Hill Farm. Sally has led numerous tours for Mass Audubon, as well as for the Friends of Holly Hill Farm. Sally has a local and statewide following who delight in her expertise and program presentation. Bring good walking shoes and keen ears and eyes as we delight in this lovely rite of spring.  Pre-registration is encouraged.  Free for members of the Friends of Holly Hill Farm and $5 for non-members.  Holly Hill Farm is located at 236 Jerusalem Road, Cohasset. For directions and more information, call 781-383-6565 or visit www.hollyhillfarm.org


Saturday, May 9, 7:30pm

NBSO Presents Enchanted Places on May 9

The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra concludes its spellbinding 2014-2015 season with “Enchanted Places” on Saturday, May 9. This unforgettable concert-journey features four blockbusters in one night! Edward Elgar’s poignant and noble Cello Concerto in E Minor features internationally acclaimed cellist Jesus Castro-Balbi. Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia, and Resphigi’s The Pines of Rome complete the program.

The season finale concert will take place on May 9 at 7:30pm at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in downtown New Bedford. Tickets are $25‒$60, with $10 student tickets (not available online). Purchase tickets through the Z box office, 508-994-2900, or online at www.nbsymphony.org. Free and convenient concert parking is available in the Z garage. Please join us in the Penler Space (adjoining The Z) at 6:30 pm for Dr. David MacKenzie’s pre-concert talk, which is free and open to the public.

The NBSO will return in September when it celebrates its Centennial Season!

You deserve a symphony in your life—the New Bedford Symphony! The NBSO is a professional orchestra that annually presents a 7-concert series of classical and pops music with prize-winning guest artists from around the world, as well as a 4-concert chamber music series. In addition, the NBSO’s innovative and highly regarded educational programs reach 30,000 students each year. The NBSO is dedicated to building a community of music in the South Coast. Visit www.nbsymphony.org for more information.



Sunday, May 17, 4pm

Community Voices Choruses Present Spring Concert

South Shore Conservatory’s adult ensembles for individuals with developmental delays present tunes from stage, film and television

. South Shore Conservatory’s SSC Community Voices and SSC Community Voices Too! present a spring concert on Sunday, May 17, 4 pm at South Shore Conservatory’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 Saint George Street, Duxbury. Both choruses are adult ensembles for individuals with developmental delays serving the South Shore area.

SSC Community Voices and SSC Community Voices Too! are non-auditioned choruses that provide joyful ensemble singing and performance opportunities to over 30 adults and young adults with developmental delays. Directed by Eve Montague and Amanda Goff, accompanied by Karen Ji, SSC Community Voices begins their seventh season this September. The popular Duxbury-based original ensemble prompted expansion to second Hingham-based group “Too!” in 2012, directed by Emily Browder Melville and Kari O’Briant, and accompanied by Jennifer Boyd. Both ensembles begin their next session in September and welcome new singers and peer mentors.

The concert features repertoire performing repertoire with a stage, film, and television theme. The program offers popular tunes including Fiddler On The Roof, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Day By Day, and Can’t Help Falling In Love, Singing in the Rain, When You Wish Upon A Star, Do Re Mi and Happy.

The concert is free and open to the public. Audience members are invited to join the chorus members for a complimentary reception following the concert. For more information on SSC Community Voices Too! or South Shore Conservatory Music Therapy Programs, please contact Eve Montague, Director of Creative Arts Therapies, at 781-934-2731 ext. 20, email e.montague@sscmusic.org, or visit www.sscmusic.org.



Sunday, May 17, 1pm

Company Theatre to Hold Open Auditions for 1776 the Musical

The award-winning Company Theatre Center for the Performing Arts announces open auditions for their upcoming production of 1776 the Musical on Sunday, May 17 at 1 pm at The Company Theatre, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell. 1776 the Musical book is by Peter Stone, with music, lyrics and concept by Sherman Edwards. All roles are open for casting. The production will be directed by Zoe Bradford and Jordie Saucerman, choreographed by Sally Forrest, with music direction by Michael Joseph. Further information and a rehearsal schedule will be available at auditions.

A rousing piece of legendary theatre, 1776 the Musical puts a human face to the pages of history. It’s the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence…if only our founding fathers could agree to do it! Freedom and humanity ring true as John Adams of Massachusetts leads the way with legendary characters Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to break the shackles of British monarchy and sign a declaration of independence. 1776 is funny, insightful and compelling—come and witness the birth of a nation.

Character Descriptions and Voice Ranges:

Abigail Adams – Loving wife to John Adams. Intelligent, quick-witted, and talented with a pen, Abigail is a radiant and shapely beauty. Every bit as bright as her husband. Female, 32 yrs old Range: Db4 – F5

Benjamin Franklin – Delegate from Pennsylvania. Franklin is intelligent, well-traveled, and pleasantly cunning. A jolly and admirable fellow with whom one would desire to have a friendship. Male, 60-70 yrs old Range: Ab2 – Eb4

Col. Thomas McKean – Delegate from Delaware. McKean is florid and likable with a charming, yet commanding, Scottish Brogue. Male, 42 yrs old Range: C3 – Eb4

Courier – The message runner between General Washington’s army and the Continental Congress. He has witnessed the hardships of war firsthand, although his innocent disposition and appearance may imply otherwise. Male, 15-20 yrs old Range: C3 – Db4

Edward Rutledge – Delegate from South Carolina. Despite his good looks, Rutledge is haunting and somewhat ominous as the youngest member of the Continental Congress. There is a serpent-like quality to him. Male, 26 yrs old Range: C3 – A4

John Adams – Delegate from Massachusetts. John is a dutiful husband. Opinionated, passionate, and a bit boisterous, he wears his age with pride. Starving for independence from England. Male, 41 yrs old Range: C3 – F#4

John Dickinson – Delegate from Pennsylvania. A thin, hawkish gentleman. He is sharp-tongued and a touch detestable. Male, 44 yrs old Range: A2 – E4

Martha Jefferson – Thomas Jefferson’s very-much-in-love wife. Her looks are striking, her dancing delightful, and her humor appealing. She doesn’t shy away from a good time. Joy radiates from her. Female, 27 yrs old Range: Bb3 – D5

Richard Henry Lee – Delegate from Virginia, Lee is a willowy aristocrat. His flamboyancy is intoxicating and borderline infuriating. Male, 45 yrs. old Range: C3 – G4

Robert Livingston – Delegate from New York. Recently a father, Livingston’s disposition has become one of humility and graciousness. He has changed considerably over the years. Male, 30 yrs. old Range: Bb2 – F4

Roger Sherman – Delegate from Connecticut. A coffee drinker with a penchant for hyperactivity, Sherman is a simple and balding cobbler. Male, 55 yrs. old Range: C3 – Bb4

Stephen Hopkins – Delegate from Rhode Island. Hopkins’ drinking has led to an appearance befitting of the 2nd oldest in the Continental Congress. He has a dirty old man playfulness about him. Male, 70 yrs old Range: C3 – Eb4

Thomas Jefferson – Delegate from Virginia. Though noticeably tall, Jefferson is mild-mannered and sweet. Along with being a well-read man, he is very much in love with his wife. Male, 33 yrs. old Range: C3 – G4

Audition candidates should be age 17+, strong singers, and arrive prepared to sing a song from the show in the show key, or a song in a similar musical theater style. The score will be available, and an audition accompanist will be provided. Audition candidates may bring their own sheet music, and should also bring a headshot or snapshot. A resume is helpful, but not required.

Rehearsal throughout the production season are held Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 10 pm beginning Thursday, May 21.

Performances of 1776 the Musical will be held from July 24 through August 16, with show times at 7:30 or 8:00 pm from Wednesday through Saturday. Sunday matinée performances are held at 3:00 pm. Tickets are available for $37.00 to $39.00. For a complete performance schedule or to order tickets, please visit www.companytheatre.com.

For more information about auditions, please call the box office at 781-871-2787 or email Sally at Sally@companytheatre.com. For more information about The Company Theatre, please visit www.companytheatre.com, or follow The Company Theatre Centre for the Arts on Facebook.


Tuesday, May 19 – 2pm to 7pm

Knights of Columbus Blood Drive, 440 Nantasket Ave., Hull.

Please call 1-800-REDCROSS (733-2767) or visit REDCROSSBLOOD.ORG TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.


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Saturday, May 16, 8 p.m.

Monica Rizzio was last heard as the compelling leading voice in
Tripping Lily during a recent season. Now she is with the Old
King’s Highway and bridges memorable folk, country, and
bluegrass. She is also song writing with songs such as “Luckier
than You,” an infectious love anthem, and “Falling” a young
woman‘s search for her voice. Monica grew up on a ranch in Texas
and has taken root on Cape Cod. The two suggest the range of her
singing and song writing and the versatility and depth of the Old
Kings Highway. http://www.MonicaRizzio.com
The event is at 8:00 pm on Saturday, May 16, and starts with an
open mic from 8:00 to 8:30. Come and be discovered. 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) and desserts and beverages are $1.00. 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-offthe-




Farm-to-Table Annual Asparagus Dinner
Saturday, May 23 6pm – 10 pm

Our Asparagus Dinner has been moved ahead by two weeks due to local weather conditions. Join us for our annual Asparagus Dinner with Chef Maryann Saporito from Hola! in Marshfield who will take advantage of the early season farm offerings to prepare a five-course prix fixe menu. $125 per person for Friends of Holly Hill Farm Members, $150 per person non-members. Wine and beer pairings are included. Evening includes a tour of the asparagus field to understand how this perennial crop is organically grown and harvested. Proceeds will support educational programs at the Farm and at local schools. Holly Hill Farm. 236 Jerusalem Road, Cohasset. 781-383-6565 www.hollyhillfarm.org


Wellness Retreat at Holly Hill Farm
Saturday, May 30 8:30am – 4:00 pm

Mark your calendars and plan to join Linda Storm and Darlene Bradlee for a day of Wellness. Highlights include a nature hike followed by freshly prepared smoothies, yoga workshop for spring detoxification, organic vegetarian lunch, afternoon meditation & restorative yoga and a hands-on creative “Soul Map” art collage. Full day, morning half day or afternoon half day options. Holly Hill Farm. 236 Jerusalem Road, Cohasset. Questions and registration call 781-383-6565 www.hollyhillfarm.org


Summer Programs at Holly Hill Farm: Dig, Grow, Harvest   June 8 – August 28

Come to Holly Hill Farm for a Summer Program! There is much to discover, taste and enjoy at Holly Hill and our farm teachers aim to create a memorable experience for all. With 12-weeks of programming designed for kids ages 3 – teens, options abound. Visit our website for all of the details. Don’t delay – many of our programs fill quickly. Holly Hill Farm. 236 Jerusalem Road, Cohasset. 781-383-6565 www.hollyhillfarm.org


Saturday, June 13, 7pm

The Hull Knights of Columbus is having its annual Scholarship Dinner Dance Saturday evening, June 13 at 7 P:M with dinner being served at 7:30pm at the K of C hall 440 Nantasket Ave., Hull. Music will be provided by DJ Bob Caldera. The menu consist of steak or lobster dinner at $35 per person. For reservations call 781-925-1712 or e-mail me at divitojr@aol.com with you choice of steak or lobster.


Friday, June 19-Sunday, June 21



Juried Exhibition, Members’ Show, Young Artists’ Show

INFO: www.ssac.org


Holly Hill Farm-to-Table Dinner
Saturday, June 20

Mark your calendar and join us for our Farm-to-Table Dinner with Chef Sam Cabral Curtis from The Corner Stop Eatery in Hingham. Details to follow. Holly Hill Farm. 236 Jerusalem Road, Cohasset. 781-383-6565 www.hollyhillfarm.org