Events in Neighboring Towns: Art, Music and Gardens


As the Owl starts to shut things down for some electronics-free time, check out the following events in Lincoln and Concord next week and consider buying your Concord Garden Tour tickets asap. They are on sale today and go fast–they’re a fundraiser for the Concord Museum.

If you are stay-cationing next week, or are working from home with some extra time, you may want to consider some of these options. There are also numerous Patriot’s Day events around Lexington and Concord if that is your thing. Oh and a marathon to watch. Enjoy the week!

DeCordova Sculpture Garden, Lincoln – a Trustees property

Note: Although the indoor exhibitions are on a temporary hiatus, the Park grounds, store, and café are all open as usual. You can learn more at

Twilight Tour
Thursday, April 20, 7-8PM
How will the warm glow of the setting sun change the way you see your favorite sculptures at deCordova? Find out in these guided monthly tours, designed for exclusive access to the Sculpture Park after hours. These happen monthly as Twilight Tours in the summer and shift to Full Moon Tours as the days get shorter, so come back for more to see how the Park changes throughout the seasons. Please wear sturdy footwear for this event. All ages welcome. 

To register, visit 

Earth Day Environmental Sculptures Tour

Saturday, April 22, 1-2PM
For Earth Day, enjoy a specialized tour focusing on the intersection between art and nature in the Park. Each tour is a lively conversation about artists, art-making processes, materials, and deCordova’s rich history. Ask about your favorite sculpture, new acquisition, or the history of campus – from the glaciers cutting the landscape to how Julian and Lizzie de Cordova’s home became a Sculpture Park and Museum.

Capacity is limited. Consider purchasing tickets in advance.

To register, visit 

Spring Floral Sculptures: Workshop with Derby Farms
Saturday, April 22, Morning Session: 11AM-12:30PM; Afternoon Session: 1-2:30PM
Learn how to arrange flowers in three-dimensional, sculptural ways using beautiful New England blooms. Create designs that explore aspects of color and shape, honoring the lush beauty of the natural world and working with an assortment of early spring garden flowers. Your instructor will be an experienced designer who will help you explore the nuances of floral design and professional techniques. Derby Farms is a local woman-owned business. All supplies are included.
To register, visit 

The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Garden is located at 51 Sandy Pond Road in Lincoln.

MK, the Arlington eagle killed by ingesting rat poison last month. Prints available for purchase. Photo credit: Save Arlington Wildlife

Reflections: Listening to Nature at the Umbrella Arts Center, Concord

2023 Earth Month Exhibition, April 5-23, 2023, The Umbrella Arts Center Main Gallery

Nature is full of reflections produced by light, water, and rocks. It is often the quality of light on a surface, of saturated color, or the whispers of a breeze that invite moments of personal reflection. Instances of being still and watching animals go about their daily activity. When we spend time in nature, how do the arts help us listen and learn? How do we share this experience with others through the arts? It’s common to feel disconnected from the climate change data, yet rebuilding connections between each other and the natural world is essential to sparking collective action.

The Umbrella Center encouraged community members to submit artworks responding to the theme Reflections for this year’s non-juried Earth Month Exhibit, which will run in The Umbrella Arts Center gallery from April 5 through April 23, 2023. This exhibition featuring more than 100 works was a breathtaking response. The Umbrella Center is located at 40 Stow Street, Concord and you can find out more here:

Tickets on Sale for Concord Garden Tour June 2 and 3

While the Weston Garden Club Tour comes only once every 200 years (I may have an extra “0” in there), the Concord Museum’s Guild of Volunteers presents their 34th Annual Garden Tour on June 2 and 3. This annual fundraiser will showcase six of the finest private gardens in Concord while providing critical support to the fabulous Concord Museum’s education initiatives.

Tickets now on sale. Take advantage of Early Bird Pricing until May 12th!


Don’t forget Tulip Mania is ongoing at Elm Bank, as well and Wicked Tulips farms are wicked open.

Finally, if you are interested in more musical events, the Owl highly recommends this Earth Day concert at her alma mater.

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