The James Library’s Fall Entertainment and Events Series – The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library, presents a fall season of a variety of music, literary programming and art gallery events serving the South Shore community at 24 West Street, Norwell.


~  Fall Entertainment and Events Schedule  ~

Weekend Classics: Boston Duo

Sunday, October 22, 3 pm

Tickets:  $25 Adults, $22 Seniors 65+ up, $10 Students

Noted for their “exemplary artistry” (The Berkshire Eagle), the Boston Duo has been a fixture of the musical scene in Boston and the Berkshires for over 20 years. Performing sonatas by Beethoven, Debussy and Richard Strauss, Boston Symphony Orchestra Violinist Tatiana Dimitriades and Boston Conservatory Piano Department Chair Jonathan Bass are a musical team not to be missed!  Sponsored by Michael and Kathleen Vitale, Jackson Ltd. Real Estate and The Chilman Fund.

Mama Steph: Music, Movement and More!

Saturday, November 4, 10:30 am

First Parish Church of Norwell Parish Hall, 24 River Street (adjacent to the James)

Admission is free, donations appreciated at the do

Bring your little ones and join Stephanie Chase for traditional music, puppets, sing-a-longs, smiles and lots of laughs. This show is best for children up to seven years of age. No charge, but donations at the door are appreciated. Sponsored by the First Parish Preschool of Norwell and the Susan M. Decker Fund for Children’s Literacy.

Mondays at the James: Jazz Legend Duke Ellington

Monday, November 6, 7:00 pm

Led by Alex Gordon

Admission is free, donations appreciated at the door

Jazz legend Duke Ellington influenced millions of people around the world and here in the United States. Over his fifty-year career, he gave American music its own sound for the first time. Join local musician and music teacher Alex Gordon as he discusses and plays the best of jazz musician and band leader Duke Ellington.

As a Psychology student at Harvard, Alex Gordon learned about what makes us tick. He also played piano in the jazz band, shot confetti out of his sousaphone at football games with the marching band and lived with some of the founders of Facebook. He helped teach theory and composition in the music department after that, then travelled a few yards down the street to get a Masters in Modern American Music at the Longy School of Music. He started teaching piano 15 years ago, while in high school, and has continued ever since. Alex currently teaches piano at the South Shore Conservatory and at Sacred Heart in Kingston. Sponsored by the Cordelia Family Foundation and South Shore Music Circus.

Best Books of 2017 for Children

Thursday, November 30, 7:00 pm

Admission is free, donations appreciated at the door

Not sure what the best book for your child is? Norwell Public Library Children’s Librarian Nancy Perry and Inly School Librarian, author and book reviewer Shelley Sommer present their top picks for holiday gifts at this program. These ladies know kids and what they love to read. Buttonwood Books and Toys will be there with the suggested titles. Sponsored by the Susan M. Decker Fund for Children’s Literacy.

The Holiday Marketplace

Saturday, December 2, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Admission is free, donations appreciated at the door

Looking for locally made, one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season? Include the Marketplace when you shop this year. Artisans on three floors of the James offer quality items for holiday gift giving. Each year we feature new craftspeople who create unique gifts. Sponsored by Liz McCarron Team at William Raveis and Bob Melone Team at radius financial group.

Donna Byrne with the Marshall Wood Trio

Saturday, December 9, 7:30 pm

Tickets: $25 Adults, $22 Seniors 65+ up, $10 Students

Jazz singer Donna Byrne’s powerful voice, energetic personality, and life experiences give her music an almost spiritual feel, a soft and subtle charge which has brought admirations from jazz fans and the top artists in the industry. Her performances have entertained audiences from L.A. to London, wowing at venues throughout the world. She’ll perform at the James with Marshall Wood, Tim Ray, and Les Harris, Jr. of the Marshall Wood Trio, who, together, have been honing their craft for over 25 years. Musical selections will include a wide range of American Standards, and perhaps a few holiday classics. Sponsored by Michael and Kathleen Vitale and Old Derby Animal Hospital.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit, or call 781-659-7100.

~  Fall Artist Schedule ~

South Shore Woodturners

Art Gallery Opening Friday, September 15 from 6 to 8 pm

On view September 15 to October 18

Free and open to the public

The South Shore Woodturners return to the James with beautiful, handcrafted wooden items made by local woodworkers. With a membership of over 60, the Woodturners strive to foster awareness and appreciation of the skill and artistry of wood turning through continued education for their members and the public at large. Join them on Friday, September 15 for a free opening reception.

Photographer Stephen Sheffield

Art Gallery Opening Friday, October 20 from 6 to 8 pm

On view October 20 to November 15

Free and open to the public

Influenced by the modern masters of photography and surrealism, specifically, Carrie Mae Weams, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Duane Michals and Rene Magritte, Stephen Sheffield creates images that are often heroic and dreamlike at the same time. Each image could be considered a performance and the dark suited “everyman” is the muse with Sheffield inhabiting the suit or a diminutive stand-in. Using large format black and white film and an antique press camera, the mood of his photos is enhanced by the purposeful and expressive imperfections of age and medium.

Emerging Artist Joy O’Keeffe

Art Gallery Opening Friday, November 17 from 6 to 8 pm

On view November 17 to January 17

Free and open to the public

Local dentist Joy O’Keeffe loves working with her hands, and for the past eight years has become passionate about oil painting. Her works have been in many local juried art shows and can be seen gracing the walls of her office in Pembroke. Support this emerging artist on Friday, November 17 as she opens her first solo show at the James.

For more information about The James Library’s programs and events, please call 781-659-7100, visit or follow our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

Since 1874, The James Library has served the South Shore community as a warm gathering place. Housed in a landmark Victorian in historical Norwell Center, The James is dedicated to serving the community by providing high-quality programs, resources and materials through a concert hall, art gallery and the operation of a free lending library. As an independent, non-profit arts center we foster a mission for the creation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts for residents of all ages on the South Shore, while preserving the historic character of our home. The James Library is located at 24 West Street, Norwell and is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 to 1 pm. For more information, please call 781-659-7100, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.