Buckle up, Weston, What a Weekend! September 24-26

Golden Ball Tavern. The 54th Annual Barn Sale is on Saturday.

Not only is it your last Saturday to chuck everything into the transfer station that you can without limitation (this is not a challenge), but there are MANY other fun social things to do and see in the area. Yeah, there are not markings on the brand new pavement downtown yet, which makes the 4-way-go (ahem, stop) at School and BPR a wild west moment in your day, but you can even park downtown, not hit your passenger side door on the curb AND admire the new light poles which now get lit earlier and earlier and earlier — sigh, I miss daylight.

Enough of my blather, let’s go!

Friday, September 24

Weston Wildcat Football at home against Mashpee Middle/High School. While the ‘cats have had a tough start, they are still slugging it out in front of a positive home town crowd. Support your town and your team. 7 pm at Proctor Field.

Gallery Twist Cool, Calm and Collected Show in Lexington starts today, September 24 and runs through October 17. This is my favorite gallery in the metrowest area, and while I love going in person, you can also get a 360 view on their online page. In person gallery (masks required indoors in Lexington) open 11 am to 5 pm. Go. It’s lovely cool rainy weather stuff. 1963 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington. http://www.gallerytwist.com

September Art Exhibit at the Weston Public Library. Beautiful art, viewing for free at the art gallery (turn left coming through front door). This month is Laurie Levitt, a Holliston-local artist. Library hours are here.

Art by Laurie Levitt

Movie night? Okay, so there is supposed to be an outdoor movie night showing Raya and the Last Dragon at the First Parish Church at 7:30 pm. I have a sneaking suspicion this will be postponed due to weather. Keep an eye on your email or contact the First Parish Church.

Saturday, September 25

Every Mile Counts Walk organized by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Lincoln and Weston. Help your neighbors in need. Walk starts at 9 am at St. Julia Church at 374 Boston Post Road, Weston. The 2-mile walk starts at 9.30 am and there will be an ice cream social afterwards. Pre-registration preferred but can register day-of. Suggested donation $10 per person/$25 per family. For more information go to the website.

Swap Shed Open! The social event of the season. Yeah, whatever, see more here.

54th Annual Barn Sale at the Gibbet. Oh all right, it’s the GBT or the Golden Ball Tavern. Folks, there are TREASURES to be bought and a wonderful nonprofit museum to support. Saddle up and get on down there, especially if you’re a Loyalist. Remember, the JOST opens back up next year, and I hear there are going to be re-enactments of famous GBT-JOST battles*. Choose sides. And buy stuff. Sale is from 9 am to 3 pm. The museum is still closed for tours but on the day of the sale they will be offering 15 minute history talks to introduce visitors to the story of Isaac Jones and the Golden Ball Tavern.  Talks will take place at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. outside the visitors center.  The tavern is located at 662 Boston Post Road in Weston.

50th Annual Colonial Faire and Fife & Drum Muster, Sudbury. 10 am- ? Feeling all historic this weekend? Well, head on over to the grounds of Longfellow’s Wayside Inn for “music, muskets, history and fun!” Faire opens at 10 with encampments and militia demonstrations and “contradancing”. This sounds very negative. How about posi-dancing? 25 Fife and Drum Corps from across NE/NY. Food, parades, good stuff. I love that it’s $3 for entrance unless you dress up Faire style and they you are in free! The fine print is hilarious including this: “At the request of the Inn, all alcohol must be consumed in a mug or “colonial” style drinking cup.” Also, no cannon are allowed but apparently there will be musket fire–if you have a phonophobic in your family, skip it.

West Concord Porchfest, West Concord, 1 -5 pm. The streets surrounding West Concord Village will fill with music for the second annual West Concord Porchfest on September 25, 2021 from 1-5 pm (rain date: Sunday September 26). Porchfest is a free, all-ages grassroots community music festival. The event hub will be the parking lot of the Harvey Wheeler Community Center (park in the MBTA commuter lot), where food vendors will be located. Enjoy a taco, sandwich or ice cream cone and grab a map to guide you around the neighboring streets to hear live music throughout the afternoon. Map of bands and other activities here.

Phantom Gourmet Food Fest Waltham, 12-3 pm. This indoor and outdoor event is on Moody Street in Waltham. Most restaurants & businesses will be open. The entrance is at the bridge near the Charles River Greenway (211 Moody St.) It is 21+ (no minors, infants, or pets (even those geriatric ones, apparently)). Tickets must be bought in advance, and in a weird note at the bottom of the event page: “The Phantom Gourmet requests but does not require, that you wear purple.” Sounds like a cult. Do what you like, I’m skipping it.

Lincoln-Sudbury Boosters Ski and Sport Sale: Have a kid growing like a weed, and you don’t want to buy new sports equipment new every single year? This is just about the best used sports equipment sale in the area, though I must say Fenn might win. Worth a visit if you’re looking for used skis, boots, hockey skates, figure skates or nordic ski equipment. There’s adult stuff too, btw. At the L-S high school cafeteria, 9 am -12 pm.

Hannan Healthy Foods Farmstand in Lincoln open 11-6. I have to mention this again because I loved meeting Mohammed and checking out some new and different fruits and veggies. Ground cherries, Luffa, and my favorite, amaranth! An owlet and I made a Mohammed-recommended dish of shrimp, amaranth and turmerica and ermigod. Go there. Get stuff. Read more here.

*=there is no record of actual battles between taverns but it could have happened. Were you alive back then? Do you know? No. Go with it.

Sunday, September 26

Land’s Sake Pie Festival. PIE. Yeah, I’m done here. Oh all right, more information. There is PIE FESTIVAL at Land’s Sake. As I’ve said there are pie people and there are cake people and I am both. If anyone gets between me and the peach pies, I cannot vouch for your safety. There is also Blue Ribbon BBQ, yum! Now, on a morning check of the LS website, it seems that tickets are no longer available so you’re out of luck. Well, call them if you really want to know. Land’s Sake Farm, 11 am – 2 pm.

Sunday seems to be the best weather day, and I would recommend hitting the road for apple or pumpkin picking at local area farms–Honey Pot is a personal favorite but there are many! Happy last weekend of September!

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