Community Events Around The South Shore






locaThe South Shore Locavores Series, a collaboration between the Kingston Public Library and edible South Shore & South Coast magazine, looks at what it means to eat locally. The series has been running since January 2010. This year, the series is also hosted by the Kingston Council on Aging and the Kingston Public Library Foundation. The programs are free, but donations will be gratefully accepted to help cover the program costs. Each program starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Kingston Senior Center, 30 Evergreen Street.  

Programs for the Rest of the Season:

March 16:   Pigs, Glorious Pigs, with Sam and Amy Hainer

April 20:       All about Fermentation, with Linda Davey
May 18:    Backyard Grilling, with Paula Marcoux

The library compiles themed resource lists for each Locavores session and there are always great door prizes. Attendees are invited to bring a dish to share. There will be time at the break and end of the meeting for munching and mingling.

Additional info: email Sia Stewart, visit, or on Facebook – South Shore Locavores.




 ”Marine Life of New England” Underwater Photographer Presentation in Kingston

Imagine exploring the beauty and the mystery of the marine life beneath the sea. The New England seas are home to many of their wonders. The Kingston Public Library will host underwater photographer Robert Michelson for the “Marine Life of New England” talk on Thursday, Feb.23, at 6:30 pm in the library meeting room. This is an in-depth investigation looking at the wide diversity and beautifully colored marine creatures that inhabits New England waters.

This program includes a comparison of underwater habitats and their relationship with the marine species found within. Learn about the delicate ocean food chain following microscopic phytoplankton up to the 50 foot long federally Endangered Northern Right and acrobatic Humpback Whales.

Robert Michelson of Braintree, Massachusetts has been a professional photographer/videographer and owner of Photography By Michelson, Inc. since 1974. 

His photography and articles have appeared in: In-Fisherman, Salt Water Sportsman, Chesapeake Bay, The Island Journal, Aquaculture, Arkansas Wildlife, Massachusetts Wildlife, Rescue, Nor’Easter, Offshore, Alert Diver, Rodales Scuba Diving and Scuba Times magazines, as well as The Gulf of Maine Times and many local newspapers. He was also the senior New England environmental news correspondent for Underwater USA, a national monthly newspaper for SCUBA divers from 1988 through 1992 and a regular science contributor to the Patriot Ledger, a large regional daily newspaper in Massachusetts from 1992 through 1994.

This program is free and open to all. Registration is required and space is limited to 35.To register for this program please call (781)585-0517 ext. 112 or online through the calendar of events on the library website at The Library is open on Mondays from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Finding the First Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse Presentation, Thursday, March 2 in Cohasset

Victor Mastone from the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (BUAR) will give a presentation on finding the first Minot’s Ledge lighthouse at the Cohasset Public Library from 7 – 8 PM. The historic Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse we see today about 1 mile offshore of Cohasset/Scituate was not the first attempt to place a lighthouse in those treacherous waters. The first lighthouse was a unique design lasting a little more than a year when destroyed by a Nor’easter in April 1851. In 2007, the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard and several other partners conducted surveys to locate and identify the remnants of the original lighthouse. The lecture will describe these efforts which included remote sensing surveys technologies, remotely operated vehicle surveys, and diver investigation of the ledge. The goals of the project are to use this information to nominate the archaeological components of the site to the National Register of Historic Places, honor the fallen lighthouse keepers, and to create an underwater archaeological preserve. Free admission. Click Here for more information.


10th Annual Taste of Whitman and Hanson, Thursday, March 2 in Whitman

Whitman & Hanson Dollars for Scholars will be celebrating the 10th Annual “A Taste of Whitman and Hanson” on Thursday, March 2, at the VFW Post #697 in Whitman from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Up to two dozen local restaurants and food service providers will be offering samples from their menu to the general public. Tickets are $15 each with limited capacity. Ticket sales begin on February 15th at Duval’s Pharmacy, Ford’s Insurance, Sandy’s Coffee Corner and the Town Clerk’s Offices in Whitman and Hanson. A list of participating restaurants will also be available at that time. All proceeds from the evening will benefit Dollars for Scholars in the form of scholarships at Awards Night. For more information, please contact Michael Ganshirt at 781-252-9683 or visit their Facebook page.




Thursday, March 9th in Kingston, Spring Author Talks: Nathaniel Philbrick

ValiantAmbitionBookCoverIn September 1776, the Continental Army under an unsure George Washington suffers a devastating defeat by the British Army. Three weeks later, Benedict Arnold miraculously succeeds in postponing a British naval advance that might have ended the war. Four years later, Washington has vanquished his demons and Arnold has fled to the enemy after a foiled attempt to surrender the American fortress at West Point to the British. After four years of war, America is forced to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from within.

Nathaniel Philbrick tells this story in Valiant Ambition, a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation. The focus is on loyalty and personal integrity, evoking a Shakespearean tragedy that unfolds in the key relationship of Washington and Arnold.


Mr. Philbrick will speak about his book at the first of the Kingston Spring Author Talks at the Kingston Senior Center on Thursday, March 9 at 7 p.m.

Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of the New York Times bestseller In the Heart of the Sea, winner of the National Book Award for nonfiction;Sea of Glory, winner of the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize and the Albion-Monroe Award from the National Maritime Historical Society; and Mayflower, finalist for both the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in History and the Los Angeles Times Book Award and winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for nonfiction.

The ongoing author series is sponsored by the Kingston Public Library in cooperation with the Kingston Council on Aging and Kingston Public Library Foundation. The series is sponsored  by WATD 95.9 FM Radio.

Light refreshments will be offered, and although the program is free, registration is requested. For more information or to register, visit the library’s online calendar at, or call the Library at 781-585-0517 x112 or the Council on Aging at 781-585-0512.



St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Miramar Retreat Center in Duxbury

The Miramar Retreat Center in Duxbury will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday evening, March 9 starting with hors d’oeuvres and beverages at 6:00 followed by a corned beef and cabbage dinner prepared by Miramar’s new Irish chef Brendan McCarthy.  Kingston’s own Fran Hoeg will entertain with Irish and Broadway music in her own inimitable style. Fran was the Grand Champion of Boston Pops PopSearch contest in 2005, and she performed with the Pops on the 4th of July at The Hatch Shell. Fran has also performed with the Boston Pops at Wolf Trap in Virginia and Symphony Hall in Boston, and with Michael Buble at the Wang Center and the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra. To reserve your space at the all-inclusive price of $45.00 per person call the Retreat Center at 781-585-2460 ext. 312, or visit the Miramar website:  Visa and Master Card are accepted. Invite your friends and enjoy a wonderful celebration while helping to support the work of the Miramar Retreat Center.






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America’s Most Irish Road Race! Flat, fast, USATF certified 5K ocean course w/ great postrace celebrations! Visit for more information and to register.

Email with questions.

Cash awards ($500, $250, $100) for the top three overall male and female, along with $317 for a new male or female course record (M: 14:46, F: 16:51).

Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in the following age groups:

10 and under, 11-13, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+


The Blue Boat Coffeehouse is Celebrating a Sober St. Patrick’s Day in Scituate

On Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 6:00-9:00 pm, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Scituate is proud to present our fourth Blue Boat Coffeehouse to highlight the incredible talent of local adults and youth while raising funds for a local non-profit organization … and adding a wee touch o’ the Irish in the music and entertainment!

This alcohol-free, substance-free, family-friendly event is open to the public and donations are encouraged to benefit South Shore Peer Recovery, a local group of volunteers who offer support to individuals and families in recovery from substance use disorders.  This group has a small office in Scituate Harbor, offering free meditation, acupuncture and assistance navigating treatment resources.  The long-term goal of the organization is to open a vibrant Recovery Community Center in the heart of our community – where peers in recovery, their family members & friends, can actively work on their recovery and support each other.

Volunteers from South Shore Peer Recovery will be on hand to answer questions about the groups and volunteer opportunities they offer. 

For more information, check out their website :

Suggested Donation is $5.  Irish bread, baked goods and other refreshments will be available for purchase.

First Parish UU Church is handicapped accessible and is located at 330 First Parish Rd., Scituate, MA (near Lawson Tower), 781-545-3324.  For more information, please check our website:



26th Annual Walk for Hospice, Saturday, March 18th in Braintree

To honor and thank our Hospice of the South Shore caregivers, we gather together each year at the Walk for Hospice, where we remember our loved ones and raise funds to allow all families to have this gift. The 26th annual Walk for Hospice is set for Saturday, March 18, 2017, 7 -10 a.m., at South Shore Plaza in Braintree. 

The Walk is a vital way to support the Hospice of the South Shore mission and is a family-oriented fixture on the South Shore event calendar. Thousands of walkers comprising dozens of businesses and families, and all ages and generations, gather at South Shore Plaza to remember loved ones and thank their caregivers.

Walk for Hospice proceeds enable us to continue to care for all patients, regardless of ability to pay,” said Lisa Melchionna, Director, Hospice of the South Shore. “The walk has become more important than ever as the healthcare landscape continues to change and cost constraints tighten.” 

To register your team, ask questions about sponsorship opportunities, or to request information, please contact Angela Floro at (781) 624-8142 or, or visit You can also use the hashtag #walkforhospice to connect with us on social media and help spread the word about this incredible and inspiring event!


South Shore Health System is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable organization that provides a broad range of health services to the 620,000 residents of Southeastern Massachusetts.  South Shore Health System comprises South Shore Hospital, South Shore Medical Center, South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, Health Provider Services Organization, South Shore NeuroSpine, South Shore Physician Hospital Organization, Physician Organization of the South Shore, and South Shore Health System Foundation.  Visit to learn more.

The South Shore Health System Foundation is the philanthropic arm of South Shore Health System. It supports the mission by engaging patients and their families, colleagues and community members in a variety of fundraising and volunteer opportunities. To learn more about giving and special events please visit


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