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Friday, October 12, A Free Woman, Arlington
Diane explores the life of Elizabeth Freeman, known as Mum Bet, who sued for her freedom from slavery in 1781 in Great Barrington, and won. Her case led to the abolishment of slavery in Massachusetts. Diane includes songs that Bet probably knew, and looks at her world as the American Colonies became a new nation. Though she began her life in bondage, Bet left her daughter and grandchildren an estate that included her own home.
Presented by the Women's Alliance of First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington, at the church, at 630 Mass. Ave. in Arlington Center. The building is accessible. Pot-luck dessert at 7 pm, program at 7:30 pm. Free.
Thursday, November 1, Songs of World War I, Milton
On the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, Diane presents Til We Meet Again, a salute to the songs of World War I. Stirring and poignant, the popular songs of The Great War help us understand what average people experienced during a time of great upheaval.
Many songs of the era are patriotic and upbeat, but others lament the futility of trench warfare or poke cynical fun at those in charge. Diane wears the graceful clothing of the time and accompanies her crystal-clear singing on a parlor guitar. Enjoy, and sing along, to:
Til We Meet Again
It's a Long Way to Tipperary (and a sly variation, That's the Wrong Way
to Tickle Mary!)
Stay Down Here Where You Belong (by Irving Berlin, set in hell!)
Stille Nacht (from the spontaneous Christmas truce of 1914)
Good Morning, Mr. Zip-Zip-Zip! (slip a name of any nationality into the Zip and
get a patriotic American)
Pack Up Your Troubles
You'd Better Be Nice to Them Now (meaning the ladies, who were
taking on many new jobs)
Keep the Home Fires Burning
Presented by the Milton Historical Society. Held at the Milton Library, 476 Canton Ave. 7 pm.
Sunday, November 4, Songs of World War I, Waltham
Another chance to experience Til We Meet Again, a musical voyage through the momentous events of The Great War. Diane sings and plays her parlor guitar, dressed in the clothing of the teens.
Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, 154 Moody Street, Waltham. Visit their website for advice on parking and finding the entrance, which is not on Moody Street. www.charlesrivermuseum.org. 2:30 pm.
Friay, November 9, A Salute to the Songs of World War I, Lexington
Diane leads the Lexington Historical Society Colonial Singers in songs from a later era. Sing along to favorites and hear some that may surprise you! At the Lexington Depot, Depot Square, Lexington Center. Time coming soon.
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Thursday, November 15, A Victorian Christmas, Littleton
Hear carols in their original form, created when the Victorians turned a minor holiday into the extravaganza of today. Diane wears her finest 19th-century gown, accessorized to the teeth with lace gloves, trimmed cap, cameo, and dainty boots. Presented by the Littleton Historical Society. Venue to be announced soon. In the evening.
Thursday, December 6, A Victorian Christmas, Boylston
Diane continues her holiday tour, warbling familiar carols in their original form, draped in lace and brocade. Presented by the Boylston Historical Society, at the Boylston Library. Time coming soon.
Friday, December 7, A Victorian Christmas, Dighton
Another romp through the carols of old, with dulcimer and parlor guitar. Presented by the Dighton Historical Society, 1217 Williams Street. 6 pm.
Sunday, December 9, Dickens Holiday Festival, Waltham
Diane is just one of many joys at the Charles River Museum of Industry's Dickens Holiday Festival. In the main gallery costumed actors will read scenes from A Christmas Carol, and Mrs. Catherine Dickens will share stories of her life married to the most famous author in the world, along with Victorian culinary traditions. Upstairs enjoy music by carolers, bell-ringers, and a fiddler, and shop handmade soaps, unique jewelry, handmade lace, fantastic art, and more.
Presented by the Dighton Historical Society, 1217 Williams Street. 10 am to 4:30 pm. Diane performs at 2:50 pm in the Jackson Room. $10 for adults; $5 for seniors and students; free for kids under five, members of the museum, and active-duty military folks.
Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, 154 Moody St., Waltham. www.charlesrivermuseum.org or call 781-893-5410. Visit the website for advice on parking and locating the entrance (it's not on Moody Street!).
Wednesday, December 12, A Victorian Christmas, Wilbraham
Yet another exploration of beautiful, poignant old carols, some quite surprising in their original form. Wilbraham Public Library, 25 Crane Park Drive. 6 pm. Visit wilbrahamlibrary.org.
Friday, December 14, Embracing the Darkness, Arlington
Diane joins the UUlations to provide music for this annual service acknowledging that, for many, the holiday season is not joyful. First Parish UU of Arlington, 630 Mass. Ave., Arlington Center. The building is accessible. Free. 7 pm.
Saturday, December 15, Carols by Candlelight, Arlington
Diane's annual candlelit concert, with songs old and new, mulled cider, and sugarplums at intermission. Reserve your seat at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-648-3719. Address given upon reservation. Free-will offering. 3 pm.
Sunday, December 16, A Victorian Christmas, Arlington
Your next-to-last chance to hear this show before next year! At First Parish UU of Arlington, 630 Mass. Ave., Arlington Center. The building is accessible. Free-will offering. 3 pm.
Thursday, December 20, A Victorian Christmas, Boston
Your last chance to hear this show this season! At the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street. www.bpl.org. Free. 2 pm.