DEC. 7-10

'Always… Patsy Cline' at the Firebarn

What: “Always… Patsy Cline,” Little Theatre’s Firebarn production, is an award-winning tribute to the great country singer who died tragically in a plane crash. It tells the story of Patsy’s friendship with a Texas fan, Louise Seger, who befriended the star and corresponded with her until her untimely death. Musical numbers include the iconic Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams, and Walking After Midnight – 27 songs in total. Bobby Perry is the director/musical director for the production, and he is assisted by Pat Taylor as stage manager. The show stars Shonna Neitz as Patsy and Pamela Morgan as Louise, both show-stopping in their roles.

When: The show opened on Nov. 30 and runs through Dec. 10. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Little Theatre of Fall River performs at The Firebarn, 340 Prospect St., Fall River, MA 02720.

Admission: Single tickets are $20; students and seniors are $18. Order online at littletheatre.net (credit cards are accepted for online ticket purchase only). You can also reserve tickets at (508) 675-1852. $10 Student Rush Tickets (with ID) are available 1/2 hour before the Thursday show, based on availability.

Information: ”Always…Patsy Cline” was created and originally directed by Ted Swindley and is based on a true story. It is licensed by the Family and Estate of Patsy Cline. All rights are reserved. The original cast album is available on MCA Records.

 

FRIDAY, DEC. 8

Shopping at Tiverton Four Corners

What: Join Tiverton Four Corners for an evening of events, workshops and holiday shopping. Participating shops will keep their lights bright amidst a festive, well-lit neighborhood of galleries and shops as patrons enjoy special events, offers and refreshments. Participating business include: Arch Contemporary Ceramics at 18 East Road; Tiffany Peay Jewelry (hosting a reception for oil painter Peter Dickison) at 3851 Main Road; Sakonnet Farm will be at the Arts Center (3851 Main Road); Milk & Honey (3838 Main Road); Gallery 4 at 3848 Main Road; The Cottage at 3847 Main Road; Kathrine Lovell Studio and Gallery at 3895 Main Road; Sakonnet Collective at 3842 Main Road; Patina Studio at 8 Neck Road; Salt at 3845 Main Road; FarmCoast Outfitters at 3879 Main Road; and Nanaquaket Yoga Studios at 3850 Main Road.

When: 4-8 p.m.

Where: Various locations along Main Road, East Road and Neck Road in Tiverton, R.I.

Admission: Arch Contemporary Ceramics will host a pay-as-you-play ornament workshop. Create ornaments to be picked up after they are fired, $20 for 2 or $35 for 4 (includes all materials and firings). Sakonnet Farm will host a workshop to create your own boxwood tree; $15 per person admission includes libations and sampling of gourmet appetizers (no registration necessary).

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 9

The Trustees present 'Shadows of a Garden'

What: The key to an irresistible garden is four-season appeal, and Allen C. Haskell understood this well. Color and leaf texture are the go-to descriptors of a garden, but what about the shadows and silhouettes cast in the winter months? Join Haskell Horticulturalist Kristin McCullin for a special winter tour as we marvel at the beauty of a well-designed cold weather garden and take home ideas for your own garden. Finish the trip with a warm cup of tea in our welcome center.

When: 10-11:30 a.m.

Where: Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens, 787 Shawmut Avenue in New Bedford. On-street parking. Games are on the large field near Loftus Street entrance.

Admission: Members $9, Non-members $15.

Information: Preregistration required. Preregister online at www.thetrustees.org/haskell or contact Maura (mogara@thetrustees.org; 508-668-6136) to register, ask questions, become a member, or check for cancellation due to inclement weather.

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 10

Tri-County Symphonic Band to hold Children's Christmas Concert

What: The Tri-County Symphonic Band, under the direction of Philip Sanborn, celebrates the festive holiday season with its annual Children’s Christmas Concert. The Tri-County Symphonic Band will perform seasonal favorites including “Bells,” “A Christmas Festival,” “An American Christmas,” "Three Moods of Hanukkah," and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” A special part of this year’s concert will feature the Sippican School Concert Choir, under the direction of Patricia Richard performing a lovely setting of “Jingle Bell Rock," "The Little Drummer Boy," and a colorful arrangement of "Feliz Navidad." Also, the youngsters in the audience will enter a drawing with the winners playing the sleigh bells with the Tri-County Symphonic Band in its rendition of Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” The concert will conclude with a “Christmas Sing-a-long” featuring the Sippican School Concert Choir and special guests, followed by a volunteer community band called the "Cottage Street Jam Band" under the direction of Hannah Moore, leading a march from the Sippican School to Island Wharf to greet Santa as he arrives via “water sleigh.”

When: 1:30 p.m.

Where: In the Multi-Purpose Room at the Sippican School, 16 Spring Street in Marion.

Admission: Free, public welcome.

Information: Please call Phil Sanborn (508-748-1808) with questions:

 

'Holiday Interlude' at UMD

What: The Claire T. Carney Library Associates at UMass Dartmouth present an afternoon of literature and music featuring four authors and a musical performance by opera singer Yohji Cantar Daquio. Longtime journalist Jonathan Brickman wrote the novel "The Last Deadline," and his recent play, "Trumpeting in Shakespeare," appeared off Broadway. Former UMD English instructor James E. Marlow has written extensively on Dickens, the Victorian period and semiotics. His latest book is "Once We Were Sioux: Growing Up Dakotan." Dr. Laurie Robertson-Lorant is the author of "Melville: A Biography," and "The Man Who Lived Among the Cannibals: Poems in the Voice of Herman Melville." Brian Glyn Williams has a PhD. in Central Asian Islamic history and is a full professor of Islamic history at UMass Dartmouth. Dr. Williams has traveled extensively in Afghanistan tracking suicide bombers for the CIA’s Counter Terrorism Center and doing Psychological Operations for the U.S. Army’s secretive Joint Information Operations Warfare Command.

When: 2 p.m.

Where: in the recital hall, room 153 in the College of Visual and Performing Arts building on the UMass Dartmouth campus.

Admission: Free.

Information: A Q&A, book-signing and refreshments will follow the talk. For more information please contact Maria Sanguinetti at msanguinetti@umassd.edu or by calling 508-991-5096.