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Today is December 5, 2016

Hull, MA 02045

Nearby communities: Nantasket Beach

Monday, December 5th, 2016

  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - Celebrate a delicious holiday tradition, host a cookie exchange party this week! Try a new recipe or share personal favorites with others. Easy ideas, recipes, inspiration and instruction are available at click for details.

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - One of the most venerated saints of both Eastern and Western Christian churches, of whose life little is known. Except for the fact that he was a Bishop of Myra (now Turkey) in the fourth century, and that from early times he was noted for his charity. Santa Claus and the presentation of gifts is said to derive from St. Nicholas.

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

  • - On December 7, 1941 at 7:55AM (local time), "a date that will live in infamy," nearly 200 Japanese aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, long considered the US "Gibraltar of the Pacific." The raid, which lasted little more than one hour, left nearly 3,000 dead. Almost the entire US Pacific Fleet was at anchor there, and few ships escaped damage. Several were sunk or disabled, while 200 US aircraft on the ground were destroyed. The attack on Pearl Harbor brought about immediate US entry into WWII, a declaration of war being requested by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and approved by Congress December 8, 1941.

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

  • - Roman Catholic holy day of obligation. A public holiday in Nicaragua.
  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - On this date in 1980 gunman Mark David Chapman shot and killed rock star John Lennon outside of his apartment building as he returned from a recording session. The death of the former Beatle, who was an international peace activist, shocked the world.

Friday, December 9th, 2016

  • | 8:00pm - 11:00pm | Arts and Entertainment, singer/songwriter
    - Amy Black is a touring singer/songwriter originally living in Boston, now based in Nashville, who has received critical acclaim for her original music, soulful vocals and her energetic stage performance.

    Black’s third solo release, “The Muscle Shoals Sessions” (June 2015) was recorded at historic FAME studios in her family’s homeland of Muscle Shoals, AL and features Spooner Oldham, the McCrary Sisters and Will Kimbrough. The result was, "a blend of sultry desire, ardent passion...a sound that’s both tough and tender” (Relix). "To showcase her true potential as a bluesy, R&B heavy hitter, Amy Black had to go home. Black’s soulful chops shine.” (Elmore)

    Recording the album at FAME, Black never fails to nail the spot where gospel, blues and R&B collide — and transform into soul. Blues in Britain wrote, “Black Is blessed with a deeply soulful voice that melds elements of Dusty Springfield, Mavis Staples and Alberta Hunter.” Inspired by Etta James, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples and so many others who recorded some of modern music’s most iconic songs in this little Alabama hamlet, Black’s project pays homage to magic made at both FAME and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, as well as to her beloved grandparents, and the cherished memories she carries of childhood sojourns.
    The Center for Arts in Natick
    14 Summer Street Natick MA 01760
    Kerry Fraser 508.647.0097

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

  • | 11:00am - 12:00pm | Kids, Yo-yo
    - As three-time Guiness World Record Holders, this husband and wife duo know how to impress a crowd with their yo-yo feats. The couple brings back the nostalgic toy, reminding you of old favorite tricks such as Walk the Dog and Rock the Baby, then amazes you with new and bizarre tricks, such as Boingy-Boingy and Iron Whip. You'll see yo-yos attached to bouncy balls, yo-yos with 10-foot strings, and multiple yo-yos looping with hula hoops and unicycles. As seen on David Letterman, the pair also holds a 2008 Yo-Yo World Champion title and have performed in over 25 countries.
    The Center for Arts in Natick
    14 Summer Street Natick MA 01760
    Kerry Fraser 508.647.0097
  • | 8:00pm - 10:00pm | Arts and Entertainment, guitar; holiday
    - Paul Richards (Los Angeles), Bert Lams (Belgium) and Hideyo Moriya (Tokyo), three wise men (from distant lands) with guitars, are gassing up the reindeer for their first North American Holiday Tour!

    The California Guitar Trio kicks off a year of festivities, in celebration of 25 years of their genre–busting partnership, with this magical seasonal offering. Masters of classical compositions and classic rock, surf guitar and sonic experimentation, the California Guitar Trio trims your tree with holiday standards from around the world- timeless, as “Silent Night,” and timely, as John and Yoko’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over).” Unwrap a poignant, passionate rendition of “Greensleeves,” and a hypnotic “Carol of the Bells” which is a favorite on Pandora Radio’s Holiday Music station.

    Of course, the show features CGT’s captivating storytelling and wit, interwoven with intricate, unexpected arrangements, the hallmarks of this instrumental super-group, whose music once awakened the astronauts on the space shuttle Endeavor.

    Fans can expect favorites from California Guitar Trios’ beloved repertoire, as well as an “altogether warmhearted reckoning of Christmas carols and other pleasantries” (iTunes), with selections from their release, A Christmas Album. The recording has racked up an astounding 30 million plays on Pandora, with nearly five million in 2016 alone!

    Forget the shopping and holiday stress! Gather with family, friends and your community for some comfort and joy with a show yule always remember!
    The Center for Arts in Natick
    14 Summer Street Natick MA 01760
    Kerry Fraser 508.647.0097
  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - Register by November 4, 2016.
    For more information visit: click for details

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

  • | 1:00pm - 5:00pm | Community and Civic Groups, Clubs, Holiday, Gardening,
    The Lexington Field and Garden Club’s first house tour, celebrating diverse holiday traditions, is a festive event for family, friends, and visitors. Peek behind the doors of six lovely Lexington homes, each beautifully decorated for the holidays.
    On tour day, pick up your tour map and brochure at the Tour Headquarters The Church of Our Redeemer, 6 Meriam Street, Lexington. Before embarking on the self-guided tour, enjoy light refreshments and peruse our holiday boutique where a selection of holiday decorations, hand-made ornaments, and small gifts made by Garden Club members will be available for purchase.

    Advance tickets: $25 members ~ $30 nonmembers ~ $10 students (5-18 yrs old) at click for details; or by mail (make check payable to LF & GC and send to: P.O. Box 133, Lexington, MA 02420).
    Day of tickets $30 members ~ $35 nonmembers ~ $10 (5-18 yrs old) at the Tour Headquarters

    Bridget Galdes 781.860.7440

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - The December Full Moon. So called by Native American tribes of New England and the Great Lakes because the nights have become long. Also known as the the Long Nights Moon.

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

  • | NATL - Historical
    - On this date in 1791, the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution, known as the Bill Of Rights, became effective following ratification by Virginia.

Friday, December 16th, 2016

  • | NATL - Historical
    - On this date in 1773, the Sons of Liberty, some disguised as Native Americans, boarded three British vessels at Griffin's Wharf, Boston Harbor. Contents of 342 chests of tea were dumped into the harbor as a protest against the Tea Act of 1773 by the American Colonists.

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

  • | 8:00pm - 10:00pm | Arts and Entertainment, singer / songwriter
    - Grammy winner, Grammy nominee, mother, activist Paula Cole has released seven solo albums of original songs, spanning a 20+ year career. Cole has performed with icons in many genres of music from Peter Gabriel to Dolly Parton, Herbie Hancock to Emmylou Harris; Amy Lee of Evanescence to Burt Bacharach. Her compositions have been covered by a diverse range of artists (Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, Katherine McPhee, JoJo, i.e.) and she has sold approximately 3 million albums. From the small town of Rockport, Massachusetts, Paula was raised in a musical family (her father Jim Cole was a professional bass player) with whom she and her daughter Sky remain close. As the first woman in history to solely produce and receive the best Producer Grammy nomination for her work, “This Fire”, Cole has broken boundaries with a searcher’s spirit.

    This year Paula is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of This Fire, the double-platinum album, released on Warner Bros Records in 1996, her sophomore effort, entirely self-produced. It garnered two breakout Billboard charting hits “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” and “I Don’t Want to Wait,” This Fire was nominated for seven awards at the 40th Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Best Pop Album, “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?” for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Cole was also nominated for Producer of the Year (the first woman in Grammy history to be solely nominated as Best Producer) and won the Grammy award for Best New Artist. She will be performing “This Fire” in its entirety this year at select performances.
    The Center for Arts in Natick
    14 Summer Street Natick MA 01760
    Kerry Fraser 508.647.0097
  • - On this date in 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright, after 3 years of experimentations with kites and gliders, achieved the first documented successful powered and controlled flights of an airplane. The flight was sustained for less than a minute but represented man's first powered airplane flight and the beginning of a new form of transportation.

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

  • | 8:00pm - 10:00pm | Arts and Entertainment, singer / songwriter
    - Wintery Songs in Eleventy Part Harmony is a loose collaboration of Boston-based musicians (with some notable Canadian exceptions) organized by veteran singer/songwriter Jennifer Kimball, who celebrate the holiday season with an annual performance of sacred, secular and pop music at Club Passim in Cambridge. Wielding fiddles, cellos, ukes, guitars and glockenspiels, this ensemble re-envisions the sounds of the season by reharmonizing classic songs, reinterpreting pop tunes, composing new songs for the season and bringing unknown pop gems to the lexicon of holiday-ish music.

    From Sinatra to Tchaikovsky, Isaac Watts to Ana Egge, this beautifully eclectic mix of sacred and secular music inspires a reinvention of the holiday experience; one where minor keys are just as familiar as major and the season's darkness as deep as it's festive lights are welcoming.
    The Center for Arts in Natick
    14 Summer Street Natick MA 01760
    Kerry Fraser 508.647.0097

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - Dec 21 - Mar 20. In the Northern Hemisphere winter begins today with the winter solstice, at 5:44am EST.

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - Christmas Eve, which is the day before Christmas Day, is celebrated in many countries worldwide. It is a Christian observance that falls on December 24 in the Gregorian calendar.
    Christmas Eve is celebrated with large family meals featuring traditional dishes. Presents are exchanged and opened, many homes have their Christmas trees lit up, mistletoes hung, and other decorations, such as holly and ivy, at this time of the year.

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

  • | NATL - Religious
    - Chanukah, the Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights, is an eight day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev.

    The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched menorah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night.
  • | NATL - Religious
    - Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.

    Customs include gift giving, completing an Advent calendar or Advent wreath, Christmas music and caroling, exchanging Christmas cards, attending church services, a special meal, and spending time with family and friends.

Monday, December 26th, 2016

  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - Boxing Day is December 26, the day after Christmas, and is celebrated in Great Britain and in most areas settled by the English (the U.S. is the major exception), including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

    Some historians say the holiday developed because servants were required to work on Christmas Day, but took the following day off. As servants prepared to leave to visit their families, their employers would present them with gift boxes.
  • - The holiday schedules for the various exchanges are subject to change if relevant rules, regulations or exchange polices are revised.

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - Moon enters New Moon phase at 1:53AM, EDT.

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale AZ. One of the two College Football Playoff semi-finals to determine the contenders in the 2017 national championship game. For info visit click for details.
  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - The last evening of the Gregorian calendar year, traditionally a night for merrymaking to welcome in the new year.
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