Nov
6
Sat
The Great New England Pumpkin Pie Contest
Nov 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Plimoth Patuxet Museums stirs up fun and prizes to find the best pumpkin pie in the region!

Plimoth Patuxet Museums is delighted to gather the New England region around a very special table this fall that will celebrate pumpkin pie and reward bakers for their prize-winning creations.

The Great New England Pumpkin Pie Contest gives contestants the opportunity to enter their best-baked pies to win one of the top three prizes. A panel of celebrity judges will be on hand at Plimoth Patuxet to taste and cast their vote on Sat, Nov. 6.

“We like to say that history is in the baking,” noted Christina Coleman, Plimoth Patuxet Museums’ Director of Public Programs and Hospitality, and organizer of the contest. “This Museum has a long and respected role in Thanksgiving-related programming and historic foodways, and we’re happy to pay tribute to this classic, popular pie that is enjoyed by many during this wonderful season.”

Contest winners will receive The Creative Table cookbook, by Author Michelle M. McGrath, as part of their prize package

Plimoth Patuxet Museums is delighted to present this contest with supporting partners Libby’s, GBH, and South Shore Home Life & Style. Registration is $6 per contestant and is open to both professional and amateur bakers, as well as bakers-in-the-making (amateur bakers under the age of 18) through October 30, 2021. For more information, including dates, contest rules and a list of celebrity judges, visit: https://plimoth.org/events/the-great-new-england-pumpkin-pie-contest.

This contest is one of a number of special events and programming planned this fall to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Thanksgiving, including the recently opened exhibit focused on the origins of Thanksgiving, We Gather Together: Thanksgiving, Gratitude, and the Making of an American Holiday. A complete list of Thanksgiving experiences can be found at https://plimoth.org/explore/thanksgiving.

About Plimoth Patuxet

Through powerful personal experiences of history, Plimoth Patuxet tells the stories of the Wampanoag people and the English colonists who created a new society – in collaboration and in conflict – in the 1600s. Major exhibits include Mayflower, the historic Patuxet Wampanoag Homesite, the 17th-Century English Village, and the Plimoth Grist Mill. Located less than an hour’s drive south of Boston, and 15 minutes north of Cape Cod, the Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. A private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution, the Museum is supported by admission fees, donations, memberships, and revenue from a variety of educational programming, dining and gift shops. Plimoth Patuxet is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate and receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, private foundations, corporations, and local businesses. For more information, visit www.plimoth.org. Follow the Museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and Mayflower on Facebook and Instagram.

The Creative Table cookbook, by Michelle M. McGrath, was published in 2020 and became a bestseller in just 10 days.
The cookbook features coastal images of Massachusetts and satisfying, colorful New England centered recipes that fortify the soul, courtesy image
Dec
4
Sat
Americana Theatre Company’s It’s a Wonderful Life – a live radio play
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm
It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play, 2017, image by KB Designs of NE HR

It’s a Wonderful Life – a live radio play

Select dates from December 4 through 12, evening and matinee performances available

Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North Street, Plymouth

Tickets:  $35.00 adults, $30.00 students/seniors

Back by popular demand!  The beloved American holiday film classic performed as a live 1940s radio broadcast comes to captivating life as It’s a Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play. Inside the WBFR radio studio, a small ensemble plays out 40+ roles with microphones, sound effects and the quintessential “applause” sign gracing the stage as the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds. The hubbub and excitement of the Christmas Eve broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life lulls as “listeners” tune in, and Bailey contemplates the fate of his future and what his world would be like if he never existed in it.  A story of desperation and miracles finds hope in the prayers of an angel, delivering holiday season entertainment and joy to all those in need.

To purchase tickets, or for more information about Americana Theatre Company, visit americanatheatre.org/tickets, or call 508-591-0282.

winter concert, includes joyous songs of the season.  Highlights include Gwyneth Walker’s “How Can I Keep from Singing?”, Paul Carey’s “A Cradle Song”, movements from Gabriel Fauré’s “Messe Basse”, Z. Randall Stroope’s “Missa”, Nicolas Porpora’s “Magnificat”, Bob Chilcott’s “A Little Jazz Mass” and more.

For more information and tickets, visit americantheatre.org.

Pilgrim Festival Chorus: Remembering Christmas Past Concerts
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 4, 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 5, 4 pm

St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Plymouth

Tickets:  $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $15 for students over 14

Children age of 14 and under are admitted free

Conducted by Co-Artistic Director William B. Richter, with accompaniment by Co-Artistic Director Elizabeth Chapman Reilly

Pilgrim Festival Chorus presents its annual holiday season concert, this year a collection of memories in “Remembering Christmas Past”The program explores five centuries of seasonal music, including favorites from past concerts to ring in the holiday season.

Advance tickets may be purchased online at pilgrimfestivalchorus.org or from PFC members. To reserve tickets by phone, please call PFC President Hannah Woodbury at 781-834-8601.  For more information, visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.

Americana’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm
Americana’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play
in 2017 by Denise Maccaferri

Holiday theatrical classic revived for Americana’s third biennial production

Americana Theatre Company (ATC), Plymouth’s professional theatre company, presents its holiday season biennial tradition “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” on select dates from December 4 through 12, at Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North Street, Plymouth.  “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” is a radio play adaptation by Joe Landry, directed by Marianne Savell.

A beloved American holiday film classic showcasing a live 1940’s radio broadcast comes to captivating life in It’s a Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play”.  Inside the WBFR radio studio, a small ensemble portrays more than 40 roles with microphones, sound effects and the quintessential “applause” sign gracing the stage as the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds. The hubbub and excitement of the Christmas Eve broadcast of  “It’s a Wonderful Life” lulls as the audience as “listeners” tune in, and Bailey contemplates the fate of his future and what his world would be like if he never existed in it.  A story of desperation and miracles finds hope in the prayers of an angel, delivering holiday season entertainment and joy to all those in need.

Award-winning director, actor, teacher and theatre coach Marianne Savell is familiar with Americana audiences as the director of prior productions, including “Grease”, “The Three Musketeers”, “An Inspector Calls” and “Moonlight and Magnolias”.  She has directed multiple premiere productions across the United States, including the west coast premiere of “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”.

It’s a Wonderful Life 2017, image by KB Designs of NE

“It’s A Wonderful Life’s” cast features company members from across the country including Jesse M. Sullivan, David Friday, Joshua Nicholson and Erin Friday. Returning guest performing artists include Johan Woods and Ciera Miller. Americana is excited to welcome Trina Vargas in the role of Mary.  Five of ATC Studio Americana’s local students round out the cast, featuring Alexis Friday, Evelyn Humani, Sadie Metrano, David Savastano and Jude Sullivan.

Tickets for “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” are $35 adults, $30 for students and seniors.  Performances are held on December 4 at 8 pm; December 5 at 2 pm and 7 pm; December 8 at 7 pm; December 9 at 7 pm; December 10 at 8 pm; December 11 at 2 and 8 pm; December 12, 2 pm and 7 pm.

For tickets, or more information about Americana Theatre Company, visit americanatheatre.org, or call 508-591-0282. Advance ticket purchases are recommended, as seating is limited to capacity.  Plymouth Center for the Arts is handicap accessible, and paid public parking is available street side and in nearby public lots.

It’s a Wonderful Life 2017, image by KB Designs of NE

About Americana Theatre Company

Americana Theatre Company (ATC) is a non-profit, professional theatre company serving the Greater Plymouth region. ATC’s leadership team including Artistic Director Jesse Sullivan, Technical Director David Friday, and Director of Education Erin Friday are charged with continuing Founder Derek Martin’s vision of opening a professional theatre organization in America’s Hometown, a dream fulfilled in 2011.  ATC’s audiences find that story is paramount. ATC is committed to hiring directors, actors, and designers of the highest caliber, with an aim to enliven the cultural atmosphere of the Plymouth community by offering excellent, entertaining theatre and theatre education to residents and visitors alike. For more information, visit americanatheatre.org, or call 508-591-0282.

Dec
11
Sat
Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra: Summer Holiday Concerts
Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm

Saturday, December 11, 5 pm – a benefit performance for WE CAN

St. Christopher’s Church, 625 Main St., Chatham

Sunday, December 12, 2021, 3 pm

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 533 Rt. 28, Harwich Port

Matthew Scinto, Conductor

Guess what? Summer has come early. Join CCCO for some mid-winter warmth featuring soprano Sarah Joyce Cooper in Samuel Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915. Barber paints an idyllic, nostalgic picture of Knoxville, Tennessee based on text by James Agee. The work is a simple, dreamlike depiction of an evening in the American South, narrated by a child. The CCCO will also perform the Andante movement from Florence Price’s String Quartet No. 1, concluding with Charles Ives’ trip to camp with his Third Symphony “The Camp Meeting”.

The Saturday evening performance is a benefit for WE CAN, as they celebrate 20 years of empowering women on Cape Cod.  Details and tickets at capecodchamberorchestra.org

 

Dec
17
Fri
Pilgrim Festival Chorus: Messiah and Carol Sing-along Concert
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm

Church at the Green, 6 Plympton Street, Middleborough

Tickets: $10.00 for adults and youth ages 12+, available at the door. Children under age 12 are admitted for free

Conducted by Co-Artistic Director William B. Richter, with accompaniment by Co-Artistic Director Elizabeth Chapman Reilly

Pilgrim Festival Chorus co-director William B. Richter leads the audience in both carols and the familiar choruses from Part I of Handel’s masterpiece, concluding with the Hallelujah Chorus. Solos selected from Part I, the Christmas portion, will be sung by featured local vocalists. Organ accompaniment is performed by PFC accompanist/co-director, Elizabeth Chapman Reilly, music director at the church, often enriched by visiting guest instrumental musicians.

In Messiah Sings, popular throughout the area for more than 40 years, the audience can either sing or listen.  Scores are available to borrow on site, or attendees are welcome to bring their own. Funds raised from this event support the PFC’s yearly operating expenses.

For more information, visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org.

Dec
18
Sat
South Shore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Dec 18 @ 2:00 pm

92 dancers from 24 South Shore communities return to the ballet stage for beloved holiday season tradition

McGRATHPR.com – Celebrating the magic of the holidays through the joy of dance, South Shore Ballet Theatre presents the seasonal classic The Nutcracker, on December 18 and 19, 2 pm, Thayer Academy Center for Performing Arts, 745 Washington Street, Braintree.

For over 13 years, South Shore Ballet Theatre’s full-length production of The Nutcracker has celebrated the magic of the holidays on Boston’s South Shore. Based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” and set to Tchaikovsky’s treasured musical score, The Nutcracker is the dance classic that offers quintessential enchantment in holiday season entertainment.  Be entranced by Clara as she explores a charmed world from her family’s living room on Christmas Eve, adventures through an enchanted forest of dancing snowflakes, into the magical Land of The Sweets led by the Sugar Plum Fairy.

“Resuming live performance is vital to the education and development of our dancers, especially following the limitations of the pandemic. We are very excited to welcome back the community to our annual tradition of The Nutcracker and are very grateful to Thayer Academy and their leadership for our long-term collaborative relationship supporting the arts on the South Shore.” shares SSBT Founding Artistic Director Marthavan McKeon.

Known for its spectacular professional-quality productions, SSBT engages guest artists in The Nutcracker’s leading roles, including Nichola Montt of Hanover as Sugar Plum Fairy, Rachel Smith of Plymouth as Dew Drop, and Haissan Booth of Dorchester as Drosselmeyer. The production also engages 92 student dancers from SSBT ballet training programs, gathered from 24 South Shore communities.

South Shore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker Snow corps, image by Maura Longueil

Founded in 2008, South Shore Ballet Theatre is a pre-professional ballet school with world class faculty, training tomorrow’s dancers today. SSBT administers American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT®) National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough eight-level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.  The National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.

Tickets to The Nutcracker are $22, available for purchase starting November 15, available at buy.tututix.com/southshoreballettheatre. The performance is family-friendly and plays at about 90 minutes. If the scheduled performances are an early sellout, a third performance will be added on Saturday, December 18, 6 pm, visit the website for updates.  To make a donation to support South Shore Ballet Theatre, or for more information about SSBT’s programs, tuition and performances, visit southshoreballettheatre.com, call 781-312-7224, or follow South Shore Ballet Theatre on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest.

A prior SSBT production of The Nutcracker, featuring Clara and Drosselmeyer, image by Maura Longueil
South Shore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker (3 performances)
Dec 18 @ 2:00 pm

The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 18, 2 pm and 6 pm; and Sunday, December 19, 2 pm
Thayer Academy Center for the Arts, 745 Washington Street, Braintree

A welcome sign of the holiday season, South Shore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker celebrates the magic of the holidays through the joy of dance. Come watch as Clara explores a world of magic from her family’s living room on Christmas Eve, through an enchanted forest of dancing snowflakes, and into the magical Land of The Sweets led by the Sugar Plum Fairy.  This exciting, family-friendly production features 90 student dancers from our ballet training programs, representing communities on the South Shore from Plymouth to Quincy.

Tickets are $22 available for purchase starting November 15, available at buy.tututix.com/southshoreballettheatre.

For more information about South Shore Ballet Theatre, its programs and performances, visit southshoreballettheatre.com, call 781-312-7224, or follow South Shore Ballet Theatre on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest.

Dec
19
Sun
South Shore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Dec 19 @ 2:00 pm

92 dancers from 24 South Shore communities return to the ballet stage for beloved holiday season tradition

McGRATHPR.com – Celebrating the magic of the holidays through the joy of dance, South Shore Ballet Theatre presents the seasonal classic The Nutcracker, on December 18 and 19, 2 pm, Thayer Academy Center for Performing Arts, 745 Washington Street, Braintree.

For over 13 years, South Shore Ballet Theatre’s full-length production of The Nutcracker has celebrated the magic of the holidays on Boston’s South Shore. Based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” and set to Tchaikovsky’s treasured musical score, The Nutcracker is the dance classic that offers quintessential enchantment in holiday season entertainment.  Be entranced by Clara as she explores a charmed world from her family’s living room on Christmas Eve, adventures through an enchanted forest of dancing snowflakes, into the magical Land of The Sweets led by the Sugar Plum Fairy.

“Resuming live performance is vital to the education and development of our dancers, especially following the limitations of the pandemic. We are very excited to welcome back the community to our annual tradition of The Nutcracker and are very grateful to Thayer Academy and their leadership for our long-term collaborative relationship supporting the arts on the South Shore.” shares SSBT Founding Artistic Director Marthavan McKeon.

Known for its spectacular professional-quality productions, SSBT engages guest artists in The Nutcracker’s leading roles, including Nichola Montt of Hanover as Sugar Plum Fairy, Rachel Smith of Plymouth as Dew Drop, and Haissan Booth of Dorchester as Drosselmeyer. The production also engages 92 student dancers from SSBT ballet training programs, gathered from 24 South Shore communities.

South Shore Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker Snow corps, image by Maura Longueil

Founded in 2008, South Shore Ballet Theatre is a pre-professional ballet school with world class faculty, training tomorrow’s dancers today. SSBT administers American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT®) National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough eight-level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.  The National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.

Tickets to The Nutcracker are $22, available for purchase starting November 15, available at buy.tututix.com/southshoreballettheatre. The performance is family-friendly and plays at about 90 minutes. If the scheduled performances are an early sellout, a third performance will be added on Saturday, December 18, 6 pm, visit the website for updates.  To make a donation to support South Shore Ballet Theatre, or for more information about SSBT’s programs, tuition and performances, visit southshoreballettheatre.com, call 781-312-7224, or follow South Shore Ballet Theatre on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest.

A prior SSBT production of The Nutcracker, featuring Clara and Drosselmeyer, image by Maura Longueil