Boiler House Jazz: Jenny Herzog/Jim Guttman Duo
Apr
22
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Jenny Herzog/Jim Guttman Duo

Performance begins at 7:30, doors open 30 minutes prior.

JENNY HERZOG/JIM GUTTMANN DUO
Jenny Herzog is a classically trained, jazz-loving tap dancer, vocalist, and improvisational musician based in Boston. She grew up on the Great American Songbook, musical theater, Thelonious Monk, and the Nicholas Brothers. Her belief is that the voice and body are intertwined; voice informs body informs voice. Improvisation is an essential ingredient to who she is and what she does. She received a Masters degree in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory where she sang and tapped her way through genres, structures, and ideas. She also has extensive knowledge of Yiddish Theater music and klezmer tunes. She is presently the founder and executive director of Moving Stories, an organization that partners with local organizations to create live, full-length performances integrating storytelling, music, and dance. To sum it up, Ms. Herzog is truly an eclectically adventurous artist and her vibrant personality and her sheer originality has delighted audiences especially those seeing her for the first time.
http://www.jennyherzog.com/

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From smoky dives to Carnegie Hall, Jim Guttmann’s career spans 40 years and many musical idioms. As a founding member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, he has toured the world and has performed & recorded with Itzhak Perlman and Joel Grey. He has worked with Eartha Kitt, Mark Murphy, western swing legend Tiny Moore, blues masters Johnny Shines and James Cotton, the new acoustic music stars Matt Glaser and Russ Barenberg, Jaki Byard’s Apollo Stompers and the Artie Shaw Band.

He spent many years with Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and in 1999, with the young Peter Evans, premiered Gunther Schuller’s “Fantastical Colloquy,” a duet for trumpet & contrabass.  Along with Richard Stolzman and Dan Stepner he was part of the Grammy Award winning ensemble on Yehudi Wyner’s “The Mirror.”

In 2010 he released his first album as a leader, “Bessarabian Breakdown” a culmination of his experience to date, playing traditional klezmer music with small and large ensembles, and creating fusions of klezmer with traditional Afro-Cuban guajira and guaguanco, a nod to Tower of Power and calypso, a swinging jazz trio and a brief hip hop interlude. 


http://www.jimguttmann.com/

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For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

Consider having Dinner and a Show, and enjoy a great night out in Downtown Waltham!

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Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

2nd Shift Concert: Dan Bern

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Doors open at 7:30 with the performance beginning at 8:00 PM.

Dan Bern

*We're pleased to share that, despite a recent injury, Dan is committed to making this performance, most likely with a special guest guitarist accompanying him. In addition, 2018 2nd Shift Music Series Curator Mark Erelli is now scheduled as a special guest this night!* 

One of the marks of a great artist is to absorb all the tags that critics try to hurl at you and, despite the long odds against anyone who creates for a living, simply endure. Dan Bern has sloughed off comparisons to Dylan and Guthrie, teamed up with Ani DiFranco and Judd Apatow, and generally followed his own road for over 20 years and 26 albums. Bern is a master at threading the artistic needle, effortlessly balancing immediacy and timelessness, humor and poignancy. He’s one guy with a guitar, and you may think you know what that sounds like, but Dan Bern will make you think again.

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For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

Consider having Dinner and a Show, and enjoy a great night out in Downtown Waltham!

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Boiler House Jazz: Zach Mayer/Utsav Lal Duo
Apr
29
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Zach Mayer/Utsav Lal Duo

Performance begins at 7:30 with doors opening 30 minutes prior

ZACH MAYER/UTSAV LAL DUO
This will be the debut collaboration between two outstanding musicians who met while attending the New England Conservatory.

Zach Mayer is a baritone & soprano saxophonist , composer and singer from New York City who currently resides in Boston after attending the New England Conservatory. He is a member of the very inventive Boston based band Night Tree who have been creating quite a buzz in the Northeast and beyond performing music infused with elements of Celtic, Swedish, Jewish, Afro-Cuban, jazz & classical influences while incorporating a healthy dose of improvisation. Zach has contributed many of his own compositions to the group. He is interested in music from around the world and has sat in with groups from other cultures whenever he has the opportunity. While at NEC he performed with musicians from Seoul, Korea.

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https://www.facebook.com/zachmayermusicnyc/ 
https://soundcloud.com/zach-mayer-music 

Utsav Lal is an extraordinary musician who has set a precedent in the world of music by performing the tradition of Indian ragas on the piano often accompanied by a tabla player. Choosing to perform on an instrument that has traditionally been considered unsuitable for Hindustani Classical Music, Utsav's innovative handling of a raga blends his diverse musical influences and has left listeners spellbound. Utsav also experiments with a number of other music forms including Irish & Scottish traditional music, jazz, and free form improvisation. He has performed with the great Irish fiddler Martin Hayes and more recently collaborated with Irish-American fiddler and educator Winnie Horan (Solas).

http://www.indianragapianist.com/ 
https://www.facebook.com/utsavlalragapianist/ 

Zach Mayer and Utsav Lal come from very different backgrounds yet both are true music explorers so this collaboration should prove to be an exciting and adventurous one.

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

Consider having Dinner and a Show, and enjoy a great night out in Downtown Waltham!

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May
3
5:30 PM17:30

Charles River Museum 30th Anniversary Gala

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The Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation's
30th Anniversary Gala...
 

...will take place on Thursday evening, May 3, 2018, at the Museum, located at 154 Moody Street, Waltham, MA, in the historic Francis Cabot Lowell Mill, the cornerstone of the American Industrial Revolution.

in addition to celebrating the 30 years since opening to visitors in 1988, we will be honoring with a new exhibit "The Boston Associates," America's first industrial dynasty, whose work led the transformation of the United States into a strong, industrialized nation. 

The evening schedule is as follows:

5:30pm: Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and exhibit viewing
7:00pm: Dinner and program in the Jackson Room

The enticing dinner menu includes an Arugula Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette to start, with an entrée choice of Roasted Chicken with Mushroom Demi-glace or Crab Cake and Remoulade with Roasted Potatoes and Sautéed Greens, and a vegan option of Quinoa Stuffed Squash.

Please join us for an evening of excitement and celebration at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation! 

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Boiler House Jazz: Ryan Lee Crosby/Danny Mekonnen Duo with guest Koushik Chakrabarty
May
6
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Ryan Lee Crosby/Danny Mekonnen Duo with guest Koushik Chakrabarty

Performance begins at 7:30, with doors opening 30 minutes prior.

THE RYAN LEE CROSBY/DANNY MEKONNEN DUO with guest Koushik Chakrabarty

Another exciting first time collaboration, this one between Ryan Lee Crosby, a Boston based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has grown from punk rock roots to develop a personal guitar approach that finds inspiration in traditional folk and blues sounds of the American south and in the classical music of north India, and Danny Mekonnen, an Ethiopian-American saxophonist and founder and leader of Debo Band whose self titled debut was included on NPR's 50 Favorite Albums of 2012. This led to performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center, South by Southwest and the Ethiopian Music Festival in Addis Ababa. He is also a member of the Nile Project, an international coalition of musicians from every country bordering the Nile River.

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When asked to describe what the audience should expect in this project, Ryan Lee Crosby stated "I anticipate that it will be a mix of American and African sounds, played on 12 and 22 string guitars, saxophone, and calabash. While the emphasis will be on improvisation, I imagine we will may use some songs or song fragments as spring boards to blast off from."
https://www.ryanleecrosby.com/
http://nileproject.org/danny-mekonnen/

Koushik Chakrabarty has been trained in Lucknow gharana (lineage) of Indian classical tradition. He is a percussionist for Boston area band Philomela and regularly performs in greater Boston area. He has been collaborating with Ryan Lee Crosby for the last few years to create a unique blues-raga sound with tabla and Chaturangui.

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Consider having Dinner and a Show, and enjoy a great night out in Downtown Waltham!

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The Waltham Sound: opera & classical w/soprano Molly Jo Rivelli w/Stephen Steiner, and the Waltham Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet
May
10
7:30 PM19:30

The Waltham Sound: opera & classical w/soprano Molly Jo Rivelli w/Stephen Steiner, and the Waltham Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet

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The Waltham Sound: opera & classical featuring: soprano Molly Jo Rivelli w/Stephen Steiner, and the Waltham Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet

Doors open at 7:00 with the first performance beginning at 7:30.

Soprano MOLLY JO RIVELLI
A Waltham resident for 20 years, Soprano Molly Jo Rivelli, has impressed audiences throughout New England with “one, incredible voice and great stage presence.” Singing many times with Boston Lyric Opera, Ms. Rivelli portrayed the role of Bianca in their production of La Rondine. Additional opera roles include Frasquita in Carmen with Granite State Opera, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Opera Providence, Adele in Die Fledermaus with Longwood Opera, and both Sandman and Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel with Opera New England. An active recitalist, Ms. Rivelli has sung numerous times for “Friends of the Marlborough Public Library” series and Opera Providence, programming varied repertoire covering Opera, Baroque, Music Theatre, and the American Songbook.

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Additional operatic performances include singing with the Fine Arts Chorale and Orchestra as Lucia in excerpts from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Ms. Rivelli also premiered the role of Constance for Granite State Opera in the world premiere of Oscar, a new opera by composer Thomas Oboe Lee. Ms. Rivelli has performed frequently with Raylynmor Opera in roles such as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Micaela in Carmen and as Violetta in La Traviata . Additional roles with Raylynmor Opera include Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, and Adina in L’elisire d’amore.

Ms. Rivelli’s various concert performances include singing as soloists for the Waltham Symphony’s Holiday Pops concert, Handel’s Messiah with the Nashua Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem with the Waltham Philharmonic and the Wellesley Choral Society, both the world premier of Requiem for September 11 by Germani and Handel’s Messiah with the Scituate Choral Arts Society Orchestra, and the Poulenc Gloria with Central Congregational Orchestra.

A long-time teacher, she is the owner of MJ’s Music School in Waltham, MA, where she has taught voice and piano for over 15 years. She is also the Classical Vocal Instructor and co-Choral director at the Boston Arts Academy for the Boston Public Schools. In addition to preparing students for entrance to various music conservatories and operatic careers, Molly Jo is passionate about early music education and working with students of all levels. She has spent years working on ways to adapt standard teaching methods to use successfully with students with disabilities, especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Accompanying pianist STEPHEN STEINER
Stephen Steiner has enjoyed a wide-ranging career as a teacher, performer and arts administrator. For many years, he served in a number of capacities for Boston Lyric Opera, including director of productions and chorus master. He has also been closely associated with many other opera companies around the country. He was head of music staff for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where he also was supervisor of its young artist ensemble program. For Houston Grand Opera, he was engaged as guest principal coach, working on a variety of productions, later returning to work with the singers in the Houston Opera Studio. Other affiliations have included the Michigan Opera Theatre and Opera Saratoga.

One of Boston’s most respected coaches, Mr. Steiner has served on the faculties of Boston University and The Boston Conservatory, his extensive work with aspiring young singers also taking him to the Chautauqua Institution as Principal Coach for its Summer Vocal Program.

Mr. Steiner is frequently asked to sit on a number of panels, and has also been involved as an adjudicator for a variety of vocal competitions for organizations including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

He currently maintains an active coaching studio in the Boston area

THE WALTHAM PHILHARMONIC WOODWIND QUINTET
The Waltham Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet is made up of wind players from the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra. These musicians have been together as a chamber ensemble for over 12 years. They have performed concerts at venues throughout Waltham including Waltham Library, Government Center, and Bentley University.

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They frequently perform works composed for woodwind sextet- the quintet plus piano.

The group members are: Jane Pollack- flute, Haig Iskenderian- oboe, Richard Yospin- clarinet, Nancy Rosen- horn, Rachel Kos- bassoon, and David Salstein- piano.
www.wphil.org

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

Consider having Dinner and a Show, and enjoy a great night out in Downtown Waltham!

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May
17
8:00 PM20:00

2nd Shift Concert: The Suitcase Junket

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Doors open at 7:30 with the performance beginning at 8:00 PM.

The Suitcase Junket

If there’s another artist who better embodies the industrial spirit celebrated here at the museum in such a fiercely independent and creative way, we haven’t heard of them. Matt Lorenz, aka The Suitcase Junket, is a one-man band who can entertain with the spectacle of a single guy playing four instruments and singing multiple notes at once. But whether he’s wringing salvation from a salvaged guitar or the blues from a box of bones, it is his songs that leave the most memorable impression.

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For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

Consider having Dinner and a Show, and enjoy a great night out in Downtown Waltham!

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Boiler House Jazz: Jason Palmer/Boujemaa Razgui Duo
May
20
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Jason Palmer/Boujemaa Razgui Duo

The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior.

Jason Palmer & Boujemaa Razgui
Unique improvisations, and a first-ever collaboration, from award winning jazz trumpeter Jason Palmer and Moroccan multi-instrumentalist Boujemaa Razgui.

Trumpeter/Composer/Educator Jason Palmer is becoming one of the most in demand musicians of his generation. He has performed with Roy Haynes, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith (the organist), Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ravi Coltrane, Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Common, Roy Hargrove, Lewis Nash, etc. Jason was recently named to the inaugural class of the Boston Artist in Residence Fellowship for Music Composition. Jason was a recipient of the 2014 French American Cultural Exchange Jazz Fellowship and was named a Fellow in Music Composition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2011 and 2017. Jason took 1st Place in the 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition and the June 2007 issue of Downbeat Magazine cited Jason as one of the “Top 25 trumpeters of the Future”. In addition to performing on over forty albums as a sideman, Jason has recorded ten albums under his own name and is currently a Steeplechase Records Recording artist (three of his recordings receiving 4 stars or better in Downbeat Magazine). Jason is has toured over 30 countries with saxophonists Greg Osby, Grace Kelly, Matana Roberts, as well as a featured guest artist on multiple projects.
http://jasonpalmermusic.com

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Boujemaa Razgui was born in Marrakech, a city known for its percussive musical culture. Since 1975, he has been performing internationally with different groups and in numerous festivals across the United States, Canada, Morocco and Europe. His proficiency of many different instruments makes him a musician appreciated for his versatility. Boujemaa has often been called to perform using the ney (a middle eastern bamboo flute), oud, kamanja, and a variety of flutes, percussion, singning voice and more. His vast knowledge of oriental, african and Andalusian music and his considerable scene experience got him to perform with groups like Boston Camerata, Al-Andalus, the Sharq Ensemble and Atlas Soul. Boujemaa was also called for various recording sessions, including a collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, the song Beautiful Liar by Beyoncé and Shakira and appearances on major channels like Fox News, Radio-Canada and Boston NPR.
https://razgui.com

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For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

Consider having Dinner and a Show, and enjoy a great night out in Downtown Waltham!

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The Waltham Sound: Latin with Mariachi Internacional Boston and Jorge Omar
May
24
7:30 PM19:30

The Waltham Sound: Latin with Mariachi Internacional Boston and Jorge Omar

The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior. 
Online sales end at 6PM day of the show. Tickets available at the door unless sold out.

Consider having Dinner and a Show, and enjoy a great night out in Downtown Waltham!

MARIACHI INTERNACIONAL BOSTON
In 2000, Mariachi Internacional Boston was founded by Guatamalan-born Carlos Alfredo. Alfredo has vast experience working with musicians from Mexico and renowned mariachis. He has worked with "Mariach Mujer 2000” from Los Angeles CA, and Jose Hernandez with members of "Vargas de Vargas de Tecalitlan" at the New Mexico Mariachi Festival.

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JORGE OMAR
Jorge Omar
 is a Colombian-born singer, musician and composer. He has toured the United States with his music, as well as countries in South and Central America. His style is derived from using ancestral instruments and rhythms from the Central and South America.

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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May
31
8:00 PM20:00

2nd Shift Concert: Ana Egge

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Doors open at 7:30 with the performance beginning at 8:00 PM.

Ana Egge

Growing up as the daughter of wheat farmers in a 50-person North Dakota town, Egge came by her independent streak honestly and at a young age. She’s worked with songwriting legends like Steve Earle and Ron Sexsmith, cut collaborative albums with bands like The Stray Birds and The Sentimentals, but no matter the musical context it’s the quiet strength of her spirit and her singular voice that shine through. Egge will close out our spring season in a rare Boston-area appearance with her acoustic trio.

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For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

Consider having Dinner and a Show, and enjoy a great night out in Downtown Waltham!

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Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest
Dec
14
to Dec 16

Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest

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This two-day, inaugural film festival is hosted by the Waltham Film Factory, a community-based collaboration residing at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation.

Logistical details on the Festival itself will be announced in early March, 2018. In the meantime, full details for filmmakers, including instructions and deadlines for submissions, are available on FilmFreeway.

The core of the Museum's mission is to encourage and inspire future innovation in America. The Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest has been created to celebrate the filmmaking industry and the art and science that it manifests. The short film genre was chosen because of its inclusiveness; more films can be viewed in the time available, and more aspiring filmmakers are able to complete high quality short projects than feature-length films—a truth that will inspire—in a very inspiring place.

The Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest welcomes films of up to 25 minutes in length. Festival categories are:

• Animation
• Documentary
• Narrative, and
• Experimental.

English-language subtitled Foreign Language submissions are welcome.

Refreshments will be available. There will be panel discussions that explore the art, science, and technology of filmmaking. The Festival will include a family-friendly track.

The Inaugural Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest offers filmmaker awards in several different categories and more than $3,000 in cash and prizes. The Grand Prize is $1,000.

NOW TAKING SUBMISSIONS!

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The Waltham Sound: rock with Rolling Nectar and Background Orcs
Apr
19
7:30 PM19:30

The Waltham Sound: rock with Rolling Nectar and Background Orcs

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Doors open at 7:00pm and the first performance begins at approximately 7:30pm.

ROLLING NECTAR
Boston-based ROLLING NECTAR embraces vintage to modern rock 'n roll influences- creating a uniquely honest and gritty modern rock sound. Their music is laced with psychedelic overtones, Americana, old-school blues, and soul.

The band won the Boston Hard Rock Rising competition in 2016, was nominated for the 2016 "Rock Act Of The Year" by the New England Music Awards, and was a 2015 finalist in the "Last Band Standing" competition at the Hard Rock Cafe. They opened for international touring act Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, the legendary Rusted Root, and a special tribute featuring members of Foghat and Badfinger. They are a personal local rock favorite of the Boston Red Sox organization- having been invited to perform before games on several occasions.

ROLLING NECTAR is fronted Kevin J. Graham lead vocals and guitar. He is backed by rhythm section of bruising drummer Tony St. Cyr, and bassist Aaron Haynes and rhythm guitarist Nick Moreira. They are also accompanied onstage by backing vocalists Leah Hinton and Christine Moser, known as the "Nectarines". 
www.rollingnectar.com
https://m.facebook.com/RollingNectar/
 

BACKGROUND ORCS
With a unique sound that defies normal categorization, Background Orcs combine musical styles and feels from around the globe to deliver a high-energy atmosphere for listeners as well as keep them on their toes. While some have attempted to package the Orcs' sound with brands such as "deep pocket immersive groove" or "heady psychedelic jazz fusion", one must experience the group first hand to grasp their diverse musical directions. Regardless of genre, constant craftsmanship by all four members has been a hallmark of Background Orcs from the very beginning.

The band has a strong presence in the Northeast music scene, sharing stages with artists such as Bernie Worrell, Dopapod, Consider The Source, The New Mastersounds, Rebirth Brass Band, The Nth Power, and many more. In 2014, the Orcs dropped their first full length album Villains. The Orcs have set their sights on world domination.
www.backgroundorcs.com

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

Consider having Dinner and a Show, and enjoy a great night out in Downtown Waltham!

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Mill Talk: Civil War Massachusetts
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Mill Talk: Civil War Massachusetts

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This Mill Talk begins at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30.

This talk is free, and light refreshments will be served.

Massachusetts recruited over sixty regiments during the Civil War and their records are preserved in the Massachusetts Archives.  Highlighting original materials from the files of the "Great War Governor,"  John Albion Andrew, the lecture presents the stories of three unique regiments:  the 20th "Harvard Regiment," the " Irish-American" 28th Regiment, and the  "African-American" 54th Regiment, featured in the motion picture Glory!  It also includes material on the technology that made the Civil War so devastating.

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Our speaker, Stephen Kenney, has been Director of the Commonwealth Museum, the Massachusetts state history museum, since 2002.  He has a Ph.D. from Boston University and has been a faculty member and administrator at several colleges including service as Interim President at Quincy College. He has been curator for several exhibits at the Commonwealth Museum, including Civil War Massachusetts, Sacco and Vanzetti, Road to Revolution: the Stamp Tax Crisis of 1765, and Freedom's Agenda: African-American Petitions to the Massachusetts Government.

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This Mill Talk begins at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30.

This talk is free, and light refreshments will be served.

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Boiler House Jazz: Maria Finkelmeier/Tim Hall Duo
Apr
8
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Maria Finkelmeier/Tim Hall Duo

Performance begins at 7:30 with doors opening 30 minutes prior

MARIA FINKELMEIER/TIM HALL DUO

Cincinnati native Maria Finkelmeier has been called a "one-woman" dynamo" by the Boston Globe. She is a percussionist, composer, educator, and arts entrepreneur based in Boston. She founded and directs Kadence Arts, a non-profit devoted to incubating artistic projects, curating performances and engaging local communities through music making. A nuanced interpreter and creator of new music, Maria is also a co-founder of the artist collective Massary Studios and has been commissioned to create works for several different projects. She also finds time to tour with the Swedish-American band, Quartet Kalos who re-work traditional folk music with unique arrangements and instrumentation as well as perform original compositions and commissioned works. She also got lots of attention for a project she did with Illumininus for HubWeek in 2015, where she turned Fenway Park's Green Monster into an instrument and projection canvas combining music performance with triggered animation.
http://www.mariafinkelmeier.com/

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Detroit born Tim Hall is an educator, saxophonist, writer, and producer who has performed all around the country. He began playing music at the age of 10, and found poetry in college as a way to share his thoughts on paper. Tim Hall draws inspiration from his lived experiences, charting the nuances of blackness, masculinity, and the beauties of life. He has performed in spaces all around the Midwest and Greater Boston areas, and has opened for artists such as Neiel Israel, Regie Gibson, the Asia Project of BET’s Def Poetry Jam, and soul singer Lalah Hathaway. 
http://hipstory.org/timhall/

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For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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26th annual WALTHAM FOOD WINE & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL at the Waltham Westin Hotel
Apr
5
5:30 PM17:30

26th annual WALTHAM FOOD WINE & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL at the Waltham Westin Hotel

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The 26th Annual Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival will take place on Thursday evening, April 5, 2018, from 5:30-8:30pm in the Eden Vale Ballroom at the Westin Waltham Boston Hotel.

Located at 70 3rd Avenue in Waltham, Massachusetts, this wonderful venue is easily accessible from all points in the Greater Boston Metro West.

This great event, now an annual tradition, is an excellent opportunity to go on a culinary tour of one of the most celebrated American food towns: Waltham, Massachusetts. 

Famous for its ethnic diversity, Waltham’s dynamic food scene will be on elegant display at the 2018 Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival where you can embark on your personal city food tour through American,Cuban, Italian, Greek, Mexican, Spanish, Persian, and more ----- or thematically through baking, barbecuing, braising, grilling, roasting, sauteing and and stir-frying, and more. 

Of course you’ll want to enjoy choice beverages, too! Local breweries will be serving samples of their latest creations and the connoisseurs at Gordon’s Fine Wines & Liquors will be serving samples of an array of noteworthy and delicious wines to complete the evening’s gourmet experience. — Whether you want to pursue your newest culinary curiosities or established passions, this is the event for you! 

As if all the delicious food, wine, and craft beer weren’t enough to make for a great evening out, there will also be live jazz and blues by Session450, as well as a Silent Auction featuring a diverse selection of great lifestyle prizes, including (of course!) restaurant meals, hotel stays, theatre and sporting event tickets, and many more great experiences. 

The Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival is a fundraiser for the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, a Museum of the American Industrial Revolution located in the historic Francis Cabot Lowell Mill, just off Moody Street. All proceeds of this event support the Museum, its exhibits and programs. 

The Museum is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization.

PARTICIPATING WALTHAM RESTAURANTS

Check back soon! MORE RESTAURANT ANNOUNCEMENTS TO COME!

The Charles River Museum would like to thank the following for their support of this year's Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival


MASTER CHEF LEVEL: Hobbs Brook Management


TOP CHEF LEVEL: Waltham Tourism Council
IRON CHEF LEVEL: The Nelson Companies, Park Lodge Hotel Group
SOMMELIER LEVEL:Dinner and Company, Watertown Savings Bank, Carol & Jack O'Neil
SOUS CHEF LEVEL: Boston Properties, Stanton Insurance, Anchor Line Partners, Joyce Funeral Home, Waltham Chamber of Commerce, Saltbox Kitchen

If you are interested in joining the fine businesses below as a sponsor of the 26th annual Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival, please visit here for full details on sponsorship levels.

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Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

2nd Shift Concert: Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers

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Doors open at 7:30 with the performance beginning at 8:00 PM.

Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers

What do you get when you cross mandolin, guitar, upright bass, accordion and percussion with an accomplished Americana instrumentalist who has studied meditation and violin with masters in India? Our second act of the season, Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers, answer this riddle with a unique and kaleidoscopic take on roots music. Sometimes shimmering and hypnotic, sometimes rhythmic and brassy, we are proud to welcome Phoebe Hunt and her band to the 2nd Shift series.

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For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Mill Talk — Liberty Street: Anti-Slavery Activists in Waltham
Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Mill Talk — Liberty Street: Anti-Slavery Activists in Waltham

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM THE ORIGINAL DATE OF MARCH 21st.

Mill Talk begins at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30.

This talk is free, and light refreshments will be served.

In the 1830s, Waltham's first middle-class residents built a neighborhood near the Common that came to include some of the town's most radical abolitionists. Starting as a small group, they became a force in the antislavery movement and drew abolitionist leaders to Waltham, including Frederick Douglass and Ralph Waldo Emerson. In a house at the corner of Main and Liberty Streets, one man also harbored runaway slaves.

With the discovery of a largely untouched room papered with Civil War images from Harper's Magazine, historian Alex Green uncovered Waltham's hidden role in the Underground Railroad. Green will share his findings and what they mean for Waltham residents today.

 Author Alex Green

Author Alex Green

Alex Green is a Fellow at Harvard Law School. A longtime Waltham resident, he is the former chairperson of the Waltham Historical Commission. His writing has appeared in The AtlanticThe Huffington Post, and Lapham's Quarterly, and he is a contributor to WBUR-NPR's Cognoscenti.

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This Mill Talk begins at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30.

This talk is free, and light refreshments will be served.

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Boiler House Jazz: Mike Rivard/Dave Tronzo Duo
Mar
25
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Mike Rivard/Dave Tronzo Duo

The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior.

Mike Rivard & Dave Tronzo
An evening of exciting improvised duos from two internationally-acclaimed musicians.

Composer/bassist Mike Rivard has brought his skills on acoustic and electric bass to a diverse roster of artists including John Medeski, Billy Martin, Hassan Hakmoun, Ryan Montbleau, Either/Orchestra, Jonatha Brooke, Aimee Mann, Mark Sandman & Morphine, and many others. He leads the award-winning dub-jazz-trance group Club d'Elf, recipient of the Boston Music Award in 2007 for Outstanding Jazz Act. He performs with Indo-jazz group Natraj, the Boston Pops Orchestra, as well as Broadway tours of Wicked, Disney's The Lion King, The Color Purple, Mary Poppins & many others. Rivard has a passion for Moroccan trance music, particularly that of the Gnawa and Amazigh (Berber) people of the Atlas mountains, becoming one of the few non-Moroccans to master the sintir, a camel-skin covered bass lute. In 2009 he served as musical ambassador during a cultural exchange to Morocco, and has since led workshops on the sintir and Gnawa music at Berklee, South Shore Conservatory, Northeastern University and Wellesley College.

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David Tronzo is a master slide guitarist, improviser, and composer. He has been voted among the “Top 100 Guitarists of the 20th Century” and the “Top Ten Jazz Guitarists” by Musician Magazine; “Best Guitarist in NYC” by the New York Press; Tronzo was one of thirty musicians worldwide to receive a nomination for the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts for music. Tronzo’s unique playing style has resulted in an innovative body of extended techniques for the slide guitar: fluid single lines, finger-behind-the-slide chords and harmonic slaps, using plastic cups, rags, pencils, and wires.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Tronzo

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The Waltham Sound: world music with Steve Oundo and Afro Diamonds
Mar
22
7:30 PM19:30

The Waltham Sound: world music with Steve Oundo and Afro Diamonds

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THE WALTHAM SOUND: world music with Steve Oundo and Afro Diamonds

The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior.

STEVE OUNDO
Born and raised in Africa Uganda Jinja Town. A singer, song-writer, producer, voice teacher, and a multi-Instrumentalist.

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"I use music to share my heart with the world, to inspire thoughts and ideas of love, unity, peace and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I write and create music taking inspiration from my very near surrounding ,world events and also as the Holy Spirit puts it on my heart. When words are not enough, I chant and scat that unspoken spontaneous message. I would call my genre world music!

"A great friend and mentor Tshaka Winston Mayanja once said to me - 'a good song is a good song and there is enough room in this world for all musicians to be heard'."

AFRO DIAMONDS
Afro Diamonds is a group of talented young passionate dancers who love to express the beauty of Africa through dancing. We are a part of the Africano center (African Cultural Services Inc.) that is located at 703 Main Street Waltham Massachusetts. Our main motive is to bring cultural awareness to whoever is willing to listen. We love to connect with different people through the energy and passion we give while we dance. We perform at many cultural events, universities, shows, churches, competitions etc. We want to dominate the world and spread love through the positiveness of our dances.

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Aside from dancing, Afro Diamonds is a team of inspiration. We are a family that cultivates each other’s gifts. We believe that the future belongs to anybody who believes in the beauty of their dreams. Afro Diamonds’ dream is help individual pursue their dreams.

 

 

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Boiler House Jazz: Allan Chase/Ted Reichman Duo
Mar
18
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Allan Chase/Ted Reichman Duo

The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior.

Allan Chase (soprano, alto, bari saxes) & Ted Reichman (accordion with electronics)Saxophonist Allan Chase and accordionist Ted Reichman will explore sounds in time and space, extended techniques and unusual textures and timbral combinations, and free approaches to melody, harmony, and rhythm, in a series of structured and free duets (and short solos).

Allan Chase is a jazz saxophonist and composer. Since 2008, he has chaired the Ear Training department at Berklee College of Music. He appears as a soloist on over 40 jazz, pop, and classical recordings, in addition to several movie scores. Chase has taught a wide range of college courses in ear training, transcription and analysis, harmony, counterpoint, music theory, and music history, as well as ensembles and private lessons. He began his teaching career at Berklee in 1981, and has also taught at Tufts University and New England Conservatory, where he served as chair of jazz studies and dean of the faculty. From 1992 to 2000, he performed and recorded with John Coltrane's former drummer Rashied Ali, and he has been a member of Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet since 1981. Chase studied music theory and composition at Arizona State University (BM, 1978) and ethnomusicology at Tufts University (MA, 1992). He also did graduate study in music theory and jazz at New England Conservatory and studied new music improvisation for two summers at the Creative Music Studio.
http://allanchase.com

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Ted Reichman is an accordionist, keyboard player, and composer, focusing on connections between improvisation and various forms of folk, popular music, and jazz. He works as a film composer and record producer, in addition to performing worldwide in John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet, and other jazz and rock bands.
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For more information on these and other Boiler House Jazz Series artists, please visit the Charles River Museum webpage: charlesrivermuseum.org/boiler-house-jazz-series

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Vintage Irish Dance Night
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Vintage Irish Dance Night

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Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day mill-style! 

  Instructor Ruth Benson Levin

Instructor Ruth Benson Levin

Join us as we dance three 19th century Irish Ceili dances in the period setting of our 1901 Engine House. These group pattern dances are fun and easy to learn.  The dances, with great names such as “The Siege of Ennis,” will be taught by vintage dance instructor Ruth Benson Levin, who will have everyone gleefully dancing within minutes.

Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes and, of course, feel free to emphasize the color green!

Costumes are welcomed!

Light refreshments will be served.

Admission:

$15 for General Public
$10 for Museum Members

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Mar
15
8:00 PM20:00

2nd Shift Concert: Joyce Andersen

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Doors open at 7:30 with the performance beginning at 8:00 PM.

Joyce Andersen

Equally at home with a fiddle tune, a spare country waltz or an intricately woven tapestry of violin and percussion loops, Andersen is a versatile and beguiling musician. She’s a modern artist hailing from the Maine seacoast, but when her crystalline voice harmonizes with her fiddle playing, pedestrian concerns like time and place fall away. Andersen’s blend of original songs, Celtic ballads and transformative covers of everyone from Steve Winwood to Jimi Hendrix makes her the perfect choice to kick off our 3rd season.

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For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Exhibit/Artist Opening - The Industrial Folk Art of Abraham Megerdichian
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Exhibit/Artist Opening - The Industrial Folk Art of Abraham Megerdichian

This event, hosted by Mr. Robert Megerdichian, is really a full-throated expression of a son's love for his father, Abraham, sharing with all of us his machinist father's love for his work.

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Abraham Megerdichian

Abraham Megerdichian was born in 1923 to Armenian immigrants. After completing a special machinists' technical training secondary education and serving in the United States Navy in World War II, he then worked a full career at General Electric in Lynn, Massachusetts.

During the early 1960s, Mr. Megerdichian began using his 20 minute breaks to craft precious keepsakes for family and fiends. His earliest items were utilitarian, domestic, and full size. As his technical proficiency increased, however, his works became more intricate, smaller, and often included many very small parts.

Among these items created entirely out of metal to please and amuse were jewelry, doll house furniture, a cash register, a miniature vacuum cleaner, a tool box with individual tools to scale, toy trucks and cars, and a train set. Over the course of his working life, Abraham Megerdichian created over 400 metal art objects.

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A wagon with a keg

Please join us for a special evening hosted by Abraham Megerdichian's son, Robert, who will give a short talk about his father's life, art, and legacy, and will be on hand to discuss Abraham's work and what it was like to grow up the son of such a talented and generous tradesman-artist.

This event runs from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Admission is free. Please RSVP by clicking the button below.

We hope to see you on March 14th!

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A machinist's toolbox

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Archery at the Museum
Mar
3
10:45 AM10:45

Archery at the Museum

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Want to try your hand at archery? Come join us on Saturday, March 3rd to participate in the live archery range that will be open from 10:45 am – 1:00 pm inside the Museum's historic 1901 Engine House.

This timeless activity is one that can be enjoyed at all levels regardless of athletic ability or skill and it is quickly becoming a favorite sport across Massachusetts. The certified instructors from On The Mark Archery will teach the fundamentals of recurve shooting in small group classes, in 30 minute accelerated sessions.

All equipment is provided.

Program hosted by On the Mark Archery
$20 Class Enrollment Fee, includes Museum admission
Participants must be age 9 or older to shoot on the range

Online registration is available at www.onthemarkarchery.com/charlesrivermuseum.

Schedule (limited to 10 participants each slot):

Class 1: 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM 

Class 2: 11:20 AM - 11:50 AM

Class 3: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM 

Class 4: 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

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The Waltham Sound: jazz with The Fringe w/Dave Fox Trio
Mar
1
7:30 PM19:30

The Waltham Sound: jazz with The Fringe w/Dave Fox Trio

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Doors open at 7:00 with the first performance beginning at 7:300.

The Fringe
Starting in 1972, The Fringe is one of America’s longest running and working bands. This award-winning jazz trio formed while still students at Berklee College of Music. The trio has performed at many international jazz festivals including: Red Sea Jazz Festival, Bergin Jazz Festival, Melbourne Jazz, San Paulo Jazz Festival and Newport Jazz Festival. With 15 recordings to date, The Fringe has had a Monday night residency in Boston for over 40 years! All three members are currently professors at Berklee College of Music.
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Dave Fox Trio
The Dave Fox Trio is an acoustic, modern jazz trio that draws from a deep repertoire of classic jazz standards as well as arrangements of modern jazz and original compositions. Featuring Bruno Raberg on bass and Bill Jones on saxophone, The Trio has extensive experience performing at numerous hotels and high-end corporate events in the Boston area and its members have also performed in Boston’s finest Jazz Clubs such as The Regattabar, Ryles Jazz Club, Wally’s Jazz Café, The Beehive, The Beat Hotel, Devlin’s and The LilyPad. Since 2014, The Trio has hosted a bi-weekly Jazz Brunch at The Fairmount Grille in Hyde Park, MA.
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For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Feb
17
10:00 AM10:00

22nd Annual NEMES New England Model Engineering Show

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See Operating Scale:

Steam Engines
Gasoline Engines
Aircraft Engines
Stirling Cycle Engine
Clocks
Machinist’s Tools and Fixtures
Locomotives Traction Engines
Model Boats – Steam and Gas

And Meet the Craftsmen Who Built Them

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General museum admission applies for spectators.

Exhibitors Setup Starts At 8:00 Am

Compressed Air for Running Models

Gas Engines Allowed

Non-Member Exhibitors Welcome

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Jan
14
10:00 AM10:00

MassDestruction

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Metal versus Metal!

Engineers versus Engineers!

ROBOT versus ROBOT!

 

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returns to the Charles River Museum!

Fighting Robots return to the Charles River Museum! Come watch as talented engineers, designers, and programmers pit metal against metal in our ninth robot MassDestruction. Robots range from 3lb highly-kinetic destruction machines to sumo-style 12lbers, as well as a specialty 3D printed-only class!

This event is fun for the whole family as all the destruction is contained inside of our sealed bulletproof-glass box and robots are operated by their talented builders!

Standard Museum admission rates apply for spectators.

If you're interested in getting involved in this event,
please register at:

 and check out our Facebook page here.

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Jan
13
10:00 AM10:00

MassDestruction

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Metal versus Metal!

Engineers versus Engineers!

ROBOT versus ROBOT!

 

MassDestruction
returns to the Charles River Museum!

Fighting Robots return to the Charles River Museum! Come watch as talented engineers, designers, and programmers pit metal against metal in our ninth robot MassDestruction. Robots range from 3lb highly-kinetic destruction machines to sumo-style 12lbers, as well as a specialty 3D printed-only class!

This event is fun for the whole family as all the destruction is contained inside of our sealed bulletproof-glass box and robots are operated by their talented builders!

Standard Museum admission rates apply for spectators.

If you're interested in getting involved in this event,
please register at:

 and check out our Facebook page here.

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Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

2nd Shift Concert: The Tarbox Ramblers

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The performance begins at 8:00; doors open 30 minutes prior.

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THE TARBOX RAMBLERS
Taking listeners to a place where Appalachian music, backwoods blues and gospel meet in powerful, unexpected combinations, The Tarbox Ramblers have drawn raves from Rolling Stone, All Things Considered and more. The band’s rough-hewn sound goes right to the heart of American traditional music, and in a live setting they’re a force of nature. 

The New Yorker says “Between the fiddle, string bass, drums and slide guitar, you won't know what hit you.” If you’re a fan of roots music that’s real and uncompromising, this is a must-see show.

“Homemade rock ‘n’ roll with a dose of rattlesnake venom and gospel-drenched howling.” — All Things Considered

Videos:
Shake ‘Em On Down

Hey Mr. Starlight 

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Dec
10
10:00 AM10:00

Dickens Holiday Festival

Dickens Holiday Festival

Sunday, December 10, 2017

From 10AM to 4:30PM.  

This year the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation will pay homage to the holiday spirit and Charles Dickens with its Dickens Holiday Festival on Sunday, December 10, from 10am to 4:30pm.  

Housed in the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution — the site of Francis Cabot Lowell’s first manufacturing Mill — the Museum is the perfect backdrop to showcase Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and "Tea with Mrs. Dickens."  In the Museum’s Main Gallery, which once functioned as the last boiler house for the Boston Manufacturing Company, costumed actors will be reading scenes from the classic holiday tale.  Additionally Catherine Dickens (as portrayed by actress Marci Diamond) shares stories about her life, Victorian Christmas and culinary traditions, and what it's like to be married to the most famous author in the world.

The holiday merriment continues upstairs in the old engine room of the Boston Manufacturing Company.  Now a ballroom, this space will be filled with musical performances by carolers, bell ringers and a fiddler.   For your shopping needs, vendors will be hawking holiday wares for near future seasonal celebrations. There will be soap makers, handmade lace, fantastic art, unique jewelry and so much more!

All this to be enjoyed in the decked out halls of the Museum for standard Museum admission of: $10 for Adults, $5 for Seniors (65+) and Students, Free for Kids under 5, Members, and Active Duty Military


2017 Craft Vendors:

A Few of My Favorite Strings  •  A Passion Fur Paws  •  Art By Rosie

Crow's Castle  •  Diamonds And Dinosaurs

Doll Clothes by Janet  •  E.N.D. Bakery • Freedom Jewelry

Geeks Bearing Gifts  •  Glass Monkey Arts

Hames & Axle Farm's Surfing  •  Goat Soaps  •  HyBrasil Arts

Moon Glory Gears  •  Robinwoods Design  •  Sand, Sea & Steam

Scrapped and Found  •  Silver Owl Creations  •  Storyteller Jewelry

Tatted Webs  •  The Steampunk Unicorn
 

2017 Performance Schedule

In the Main Gallery:

11:30 AM - Merry Band of Players - A Christmas Carol/Staves 1-2

1:00 PM - The Actors Company/Marci Diamond - Tea With Mrs. Dickens

2:30 PM - The Merry Band of Players - A Christmas Carol/Staves 3-5


In the Jackson Room (2nd Floor):

10:20 AM  - The Victorian Carollers - Carols

11:00 AM - The Sasanach - Fiddler

11:40 AM - The Victorian Carollers - Carols

1:30 PM - The Very Merry Dickens Carolers - Carols

2:10 PM - Merrimack Valley Ringers - Bell Ringers

2:50 PM - The Very Merry Dickens Carolers - Carols

3:30 PM - Merrimack Valley Ringers - Bell Ringers
 

Contact elana.winkler@charlesrivermuseum.org with any questions. 

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Dec
3
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Çeşni Duo

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The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior.

ÇEŞNI DUO

Turkish improvisational music with Tev Stevig - tanbur, fretless guitar, oud, alterna-telli, laouto; Michael K. Harrist - contrabass, yayli tanbur, ney

At turns romantic and elegant, vivacious and playful, the music of Çeşni Duo is grounded in the flavors (çeşniler) of Turkish makam music while remaining deeply personal and contemporary. The ensemble guides the listener from dove-tailing contemplative melodies to odd-metered tunes that throw caution to the wind. A well placed breath opens the ceiling, an evocative ornament opens the heart. Stevig and Harrist first met in Istanbul in 2010. Back home in Boston, MA they found themselves playing and studying Ottoman art music together in Orkestra Marhaba. A modal music tradition, Türk sanat müziği (Turkish art music) developed in the urban areas of the Ottoman Empire and has a history of over 500 years. The tradition includes a wide range of repertoire, composers, and practitioners. Çeşni Duo draws from this great tradition and the more modern stylings of contemporary musician-composers such as Erkan Oğur, Ross Daly, Murat Aydemir, and Efrén López.

The New York Music Daily calls Tev Stevig, "one of the world's most brilliantly individualistic guitarists" and the Boston Globe says of his most recent solo release, "he initiates something new by connecting and combining seemingly disparate cultures." Aside from the guitar, Tev specializes in plucked string instruments from around the world and leads the world-Americana duo Jeni Jol and his Balkan surf rock and spaghetti western group Ivo & the Wave Wranglers. Tev also appears regularly with The Late Risers, Klezwoods, Cordis, Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica, and Orkestra Marhaba, amongst many others.

Michael K. Harrist is a musician and educator based in Watertown, MA. Michael performs and works with artists in a wide array of world traditions including Turkish art music, Hindustani music, Jazz, Western art music and American roots music. He has performed throughout North America, Europe and Turkey with various ensembles including Ameranouche, Cesni Trio, Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma, Sol & Kiel, and Capillary Action. Michael teaches workshops and private lessons in world music traditions, monophonic and polyphonic composition, and instrumental practice and performance.

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

2nd Shift Concert: The Out Louds: Mary Halvorson (guitar) & Ben Goldberg (clarinet) & Tomas Fujiwara (drums)

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The performance begins at 8:00; doors open 30 minutes prior.

THE OUT LOUDS:
MARY HALVORSON, guitar; TOMAS FUJIWARA, drums; BEN GOLDBERG, clarinet

Guitarist MARY HALVORSON has been making waves in the jazz world for the better part of a decade now. One of the finest improvisational musicians of her generation, she has established herself as a groundbreaking artist in a variety of settings. Her work draws on influences that include Jimi Hendrix, post-bop and post-punk. The New York Times calls her “an unflinching original who has revealed new possibilities within the music.”  She has performed with John Zorn, Mark Ribot, Susan Alcorn, Tomeka Reid and Ingrid Laubrock, to name a few.

TOMAS FUJIWARA is a Brooklyn-based drummer and composer. Described as “a ubiquitous presence in the New York scene…an artist whose urbane writing is equal to his impressively nuanced drumming” (Troy Collins, Point of Departure)… The New York Times writes, “Drummer Tomas Fuijwara works with rhythm as a pliable substance, solid but ever shifting. His style is forward-driving but rarely blunt or aggressive, and never random. He has a way of spreading out the center of a pulse while setting up a rigorous scaffolding of restraint...A conception of the drum set as a full-canvas instrument, almost orchestral in its scope.”

Since 1992, when his group New Klezmer Trio "kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music" (SF Chronicle), clarinetist BEN GOLDBERG has established himself as “one of the most vibrant, flexible, and inventive clarinetists in jazz and improvised music” (Downbeat), “an artist who seems to find beautiful melodies at the end of every path." (NPR). The New York Times noted Ben’s music for “a feeling of joyous research into the basics of polyphony and collective improvising,” and he was named #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in the Downbeat Critics Poll in both 2011 and 2013.

 For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

 MARY HALVORSON PRESS:

Mary Halvorson: Unflinching and Full of Grace
By Nate Chinen, New York Times

 “There’s no other sound in music precisely like Mary Halvorson’s guitar, which she plays with a flinty attack, a spidery finesse and a shiver of wobbly delay… sleek phrasing and a snarl of distortion, merging elements of postbop and postpunk… In the last dozen years, Ms. Halvorson has turned this sort of startling, off-kilter fluency

into a strong aesthetic signature. She is the most critically acclaimed jazz guitarist to emerge in that span, an unflinching original who has revealed new possibilities within the music.”  –– Nate Chinen, The New York Times

“A strong and inspiring bandleader, a brilliant soloist with a unique, often quirky approach and a beautiful guitar tone that reaches back to tradition.”  –– John Zorn

OUT LOUDS VIDEO:
Pink Home Run

LIVE at SEEDS, October 2015

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Nov
12
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Kit Demos/Pat Battstone Duo

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The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior.

KIT DEMOS/PAT BATTSTONE DUO

This bass/piano duo will present an evening of freely improvised music inspired by the unique acoustics of the CRMII boiler room.

Kit Demos performs & records on modular synthesizer and bass for various new jazz projects throughout New England. He is a member of the Blue Note Big Band, Lars Vegas, and The Jazz Committee, but often performs with more experimental groups in Boston's free jazz scene such as Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club, The David Haas Group, Modern Sounds/Jeff Platz Group, and the PEK Orchestra.

A rocket scientist by day, Pat Battstone began performing music professionally at the age of 14, playing in various rock, blues, and R&B bands in southwestern Ohio. By the time he was 18, he had received lessons from Stan Kenton and Gary Burton, had been mentored by Oscar Treadwell, and had played with James Brown’s recording sidemen as well as musicians from the musical “Hair”. After attending Berklee College of Music, he was a student of legendary teachers Mme Chaloff and Charlie Banacos, and he subsequently studied with NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen for 6 years.

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Waltham Film Factory Screening: Linotype: The Film
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Waltham Film Factory Screening: Linotype: The Film

We are very pleased to be hosting this screening of a great documentary about one of the most intricate and transformative innovations in any industry: the Linotype machine!

From the film's website:

"Linotype: The Film is a feature-length documentary centered on the Linotype type casting machine. Called the "Eighth Wonder of the World" by Thomas Edison, it revolutionized printing and society. The film tells the charming and emotional story of the people connected to the Linotype and how it impacted the world.

The Linotype (pronounced "line-o-type") completely transformed the communication of information similarly to how the internet is now changing communication again. Although these machines were revolutionary, technology began to supersede the Linotype and they were scrapped and melted-down by the thousands. Today, very few machines are still in existence."

We, at the Charles River Museum have in our collection and on display the two Linotype machines that were in use at the City of Boston's Print Shop until they were rendered obsolete and superseded by modern desktop publishing technology. ONE of these two Linotype machines is fully functional and will be demonstrated at the conclusion of the film by John Kristensen of Allston's Firefly Press, an experienced operator at the conclusion of the film!

Tickets are $10.

Screening begins at 7PM. Doors open a half hour prior to the screening.

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WORKSHOP: Create & Share a One Minute Promotional Video in Fifteen Minutes!
Nov
7
5:30 PM17:30

WORKSHOP: Create & Share a One Minute Promotional Video in Fifteen Minutes!

This workshop is being hosted by Waltham Local First and the Waltham Film Factory, a project of the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation.

Inbound Marketing, often referred to as "content marketing," is promoting your business or nonprofit by creating interesting blogs, podcasts, eBooks, eNewsletters and, of course, VIDEO to attract customers or visitors.

From Wikipedia: "Inbound marketing refers to marketing activities that bring vistors in, rather than marketers having to go out and get prospects' attention.... In contrast, buying attention, cold calling, direct paper mail, radio, TV advertisements, sales flyers, spam, telemarketing, and traditional advertising are considered 'outbound marketing.'" - And we know Outbound Marketing is often very expensive and, at least as often, not very effective.

Video is arguably the most compelling marketing medium. And most of us carry very powerful smartphones with us throughout our daily life. In this workshop you will learn how to use your smartphone to capture still and moving pictures, add some narration, and upload a finished one minute video to YouTube that takes a mere 15 minutes to produce, start-to-finish!

This is a hands-on workshop that is divided into three sections:

In the first section, the workshop leader, Bob Perry, will briefly discuss inbound marketing and video’s importance in that paradigm, and then demonstrate, start-to-finish, how to create and share a one-minute video in just 15 minutes.

In Section 2, attendees will create and share their own sample one-minute promotional videos, with coaching from Bob.

Then, in Section 3, all of the videos created in Section 2 will be viewed and evaluated by the the group.

Although this workshop will be taught using an iPhone, the principles and methods covered in this workshop will translate well to the Android platform with similar Apps installed.

All workshop attendees should bring their smartphones! It is recommended that iPhone users have iMovie and YouTube apps installed.

(And, yes, tablet users: You’re welcome to bring your iPads or Android tablets if you like!).

This workshop will take place from 5:30pm to 7:00pm on Tuesday evening, November 7, 2017 at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation located at 154 Moody Street, Waltham.

This workshop is strictly limited to 8 participants. The fee is $10 for members of either the Charles River Museum or Waltham Local First, and $20 for non-members.

This Workshop is led by Bob Perry, Co-Founder of Waltham Local First, and Executive Director of the Charles River Museum - a proud Waltham Local First Member!

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New Fangled Contraptions
Nov
5
2:30 PM14:30

New Fangled Contraptions

This performance is included with your paid Museum admission on November 5, 2017, but you're also welcome to come just for this performance! - This performance begins at 2:30pm.

Eventbrite - New-Fangled Contraptions: Ingenious Inventions Through Popular Song
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Join Diane Taraz for a wide-ranging trip through centuries of ingenious inventions, viewed through the lens of popular song. People have always sung about their experiences, and the intersection of music and technology is fascinating.

Diane explores household “labor-saving” devices, mills filled with machinery for creating cloth and other goods, innovations in weaponry that drove the evolution of military tactics, and innovations such as the telegraph, telephone, bicycle, and automobile that ushered in the modern age.

Diane accompanies her singing on guitar and dulcimer, and wears appropriately antique clothing.

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This is Diane's second performance at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. She delighted her first audience here last December with her program "Factory Maids: Songs of the Mill Girls," where the delightful videos below were recorded. 

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Nov
1
7:30 PM19:30

Boston Typewriter Orchestra Concert

Q: What is the Boston Typewriter Orchestra, you ask?...

A: "A collective endeavor which engages in rhythmic
typewriter manipulation combined with elements of performance, comedy
and satire."

More from their website: BTO aims to entertain the masses while providing an outlet for the creative urges of its members. *BTO promises to protect customer confidentiality with the utmost vigilance while remaining irreverent at all times.

You may have enjoyed our long-running typewriter exhibit at the Museum (which we'll be taking down soon after this concert takes place). Well, this is your chance to come and see and hear typewriters make music! - For those of you who've enjoyed a concert in our Main Gallery before, just imagine what the Boston Typewriter Orchestra is going to sound like in that amazing space!

Join us for an evening of creative, irreverent fun on Wednesday, November 1st!

The show begins at 7:30, with doors opening a half hour before the show.

Tickets are $20 and available at Eventbrite.com

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Oct
22
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Basel Zayed/Andrew Blickenderfer Duo

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The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior.

BASEL ZAYED/ANDREW BLICKENDERFER DUO

Vocalist & oud master Basel Zayed is an experienced Middle Eastern and Arabic music composer and performer, and bassist Andrew Blickenderfer brings a rich background in western music. In this debut duet performance Andrew and Basel will improvise across both styles to reflect the beauty and potential of their shared musical experiences.

Native Palestinian Basel Zayed is a virtuoso oud player and vocalist skilled in classical and contemporary Arabic music. He is a trained pianist with a unique and diverse style, and has composed and arranged music for a number of artistic projects and performing groups. He has created original soundtracks for movies, plays, and dance groups. Also an accomplished conductor, Zayed has more recently focused on incorporating improvisational jazz elements into his music. http://baselzayed.com/

Bassist and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Blickenderfer has performed with a variety of ensembles for CDs, radio, TV, webcasts, film, clubs, and concert halls across North America. You’d be just as likely to catch him laying down “a bass solo that owes a lot to Jimi Hendrix” (Fanfare Magazine) with one of his bands as you would playing cello at a house concert, strolling violin, Italian mandolin, Klezmer banjo, Bach continuo, or an improv jam session.

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Puerto Rico Rises! - A Benefit for Hurricane Relief
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Puerto Rico Rises! - A Benefit for Hurricane Relief

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Please join in this fundraiser for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief and help the resilient Puerto Rican people rise again!

At this spirited evening event you will enjoy delicious Latin food and drink and fantastic live Latin music, all in a festive atmosphere of hope!

In an addition to contributing your ticket price, you will get to join in a silent auction of great prizes donated by generous area businesses and private citizens, and a 50/50 raffle, too!

Come celebrate Puerto Rican spirit and the best of our local community that is our coming together when we are most needed!

Proceeds of this event will benefit Latinos en Acción de Waltham Mass, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which will distribute all funds to active relief organizations in Puerto Rico.

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Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

2nd Shift Concert: Mark Erelli

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The performance begins at 8:00; doors open 30 minutes prior.

MARK ERELLI
Mark Erelli is an accomplished songwriter whose work been compared to that of Paul Simon and Jackson Browne. He’s also an acclaimed sideman who has worked with artists like Grammy-winner Lori McKenna and Josh Ritter. His travels have taken him from local listening rooms to major folk festivals to the Grand Old Opry and The Royal Albert Hall.

Erelli’s songs are rooted in the great storytelling tradition of American folk music. He can weave tale with a vividness and mastery of detail few can match, and his songs have a powerful emotional core that resonates with audiences wherever he plays. It’s no coincidence that Erelli released a moving tribute album to the late songwriter Bill Morrissey, whose unflinching ability to tell hard truths has long inspired him. Further afield, Erelli’s diverse catalog, and work with the band Barnstar!, reflect his love of western swing and bluegrass.

Mark Erelli has worked tirelessly for the last 18 years, playing countless shows, establishing himself as a sought-after accompanist and evolving as a writer and performer. We’re excited to welcome him to The Charles River Museum. 

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

MARK ERELLI PRESS
"Erelli flexes his songwriter’s muscle and proves his timelessness again and again...For a Song genuinely stands among the best." – PopMatters

“Erelli always brings craft and class to his work but he has outdone himself on the wonderful For a Song. The compositions are full of depth and emotion and his musicianship (guitar, vocals, harmonica) is top class. ★★★★★” -The Telegraph (UK)

MARK ERELLI VIDEO
“Netherlands”  

Lori McKenna & Mark Erelli – “Make Every Word Hurt”

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Mill Talk: Before Waltham: the Lost Mills of Spot Pond Brook
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Mill Talk: Before Waltham: the Lost Mills of Spot Pond Brook

This Mill Talk begins at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30

This talk is free, and light refreshments will be served!

Eventbrite - Mill Talk: The Lost Mill Village of Middlesex Fells

Have you ever wondered what came before the big brick mills in Waltham, Lawrence, and Lowell? Local Historians Douglas L. Heath and Alison C. Simcox trace the history of a nearby mill community that began in the 17th century and prospered until the mid-19th century.

One of the earliest mill communities in the Massachusetts Bay Colony formed along Spot Pond Brook,which flowed out of Spot Pond in Stoneham, MA. Thomas Coytmore built the first mill in 1640 at the brook’s downstream end in “Mistick Side” (present-day Malden). Other mills sprung up along the brook as well. Today, most of Spot Pond Brook is hidden in culverts beneath the busy streets of Malden and Melrose. However, remnants of the lost mill village of Haywardville - foundations, mill runs and ponds and waterfalls – are preserved within Middlesex Fells Reservation, part of Boston’s world-famous Metropolitan Park System.

With the waterpower from Spot Pond and its ravine, five mills were established, including one for the vulcanization of rubber, leading to Converse sneakers.  The area is replete with legendary events, including the first murder/bank robbery in the United States, grave robbing, warring parties protecting their dams with armed sentries.  It also boasts the first park in the world--Virginia Woods--donated to a private conservation group.

Douglas Heath was born in New Jersey and grew up in Taos, New Mexico, and New York City. He worked as a hydrogeologist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 30 years, where he specialized in protecting drinking-water supplies in New England. As well as his work as a scientist, he is an experienced genealogist, local historian, and photographer using 19th century glass-plate methods.

Alison Simcox was born in London, England, and grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. In 1998, she was the second woman to earn a doctorate in Engineering from Tufts University. She currently works in EPA’s air-quality program as a specialist in particle pollution and biomass energy. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, bicycling, running and ocean kayaking.

In addition to this latest book on one of America’s earliest mill communities, Doug and Alison are authors of three books in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series: Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart Reservation,and Middlesex Fells.

A book signing will follow the talk!

This Mill Talk begins at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30

This talk is free, and light refreshments will be served!

Eventbrite - Mill Talk: The Lost Mill Village of Middlesex Fells
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