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Natick Massachusetts was established in 1650 and is a suburban industrial town located on the upper basin of the Charles and Concord Rivers. It is nestled beside the Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 9 making it very convenient.

Form its earliest colonial days Natick was a prime target for development because it had good agricultural land as well as fish runs and water power. Natick also supported itself with some lumbering and grist and sawmills were established. Local lore claims that several loads of men from Natick journeyed out to the California gold rush in 1849 and returned with enough capital to start their independent businesses. With the first shoe sole maker in 1827 the shoe industry dominated the community by the early 19th century and shoes were shipped to the western and southern markets by 1830. By the 1880’s Natick was the third largest manufacturer of shoes in the country.

Today Natick has become an industrial Boston-oriented suburban community that includes intense strip mall development on Route 9.

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The Rafters
We are honored to be the feature act at the July installment of the TCAN open mic!

When: Jul 22, 2014 6 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18 )
Chronic Wound Management: Advancements in therapeutic options for dogs and cats - IVGMW

Date: Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

Location: IVG MetroWest, Natick, MA

Speaker: Nicole Amato, DVM, DACVS

This lecture will focus on the management of chronic open wounds in canine and feline patients. Examples of such wounds will include distal extremity shear wounds, decubital ulcers, wounds caused by postoperative dehiscence and other traumatic wounds.  Management strategies will focus on initial surgical management and new advances in bandage/dressing choices for healing of wounds by second intention. Closure techniques such as basic skin flap procedures will also be highlighted and reviewed. Advancements in wound dressings and topical treatment will be highlighted. Multi-drug resistant wound infections will be reviewed at the the end of the lecture. A question and answer session will follow the lecture. 

Lecture is pending approval by the MVMA for 2 CE credits.



When: Aug 5, 2014 7 PM to Aug 5, 2014 9 PMin Natick, Massachusetts (Tue, 05 Aug 2014 19 )
Core Brands Roadshow 2014 - Boston Afternoon

Join Core Brands on the Summer Tour 2014. With new gear taking the stage and new programs to announce, this will be a show you don’t want to miss!

On the main stage:

New ELAN System Controllers

New ELAN Ultra-Matrix A/V Switchers

New Multi-Room Controller From Niles

New User Interfaces From Niles

New Power Amplifiers From Speakercraft

New Sunfire Subwoofers

Also taking the stage are our new dealer programs, including our enhanced Add-a-Brand program to make it more profitable for you to work with multiple brands for Core Brands.

We look forward to seeing you at the show.



When: Jul 22, 2014 1 PM to Jul 22, 2014 5 PMin Natick, Massachusetts (Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13 )
Core Brands Roadshow 2014 - Boston Morning

Join Core Brands on the Summer Tour 2014. With new gear taking the stage and new programs to announce, this will be a show you don’t want to miss!

On the main stage:

New ELAN System Controllers

New ELAN Ultra-Matrix A/V Switchers

New Multi-Room Controller From Niles

New User Interfaces From Niles

New Power Amplifiers From Speakercraft

New Sunfire Subwoofers

Also taking the stage are our new dealer programs, including our enhanced Add-a-Brand program to make it more profitable for you to work with multiple brands for Core Brands.

We look forward to seeing you at the show.



When: Jul 22, 2014 8 AM to Jul 22, 2014 12 PMin Natick, Massachusetts (Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08 )
Summer Fruit Pies

Celebrate summer's bounty of fresh fruit with delectable homemade pies. Our instructor will show you how to easily prepare pastry dough from scratch and transform seasonal ingredients into scrumptious fillings. You'll enjoy working alongside classmates learning secrets for making vanilla pastry cream, crumble topping, and even a lattice-top pie. Once you master a few basics, you'll be ready to wow family and friends at your next summertime gathering.


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Aug 3, 2014 11 AM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $69.00 (Sun, 03 Aug 2014 11 )
Secrets of Great Grilling

Join us for this hands-on class and learn how to take grilling to a whole new level. Our instructor will share secrets the pros use to prepare perfectly grilled shrimp, salmon, and chicken every time. You'll practice using a salt slab and cedar plank to enhance flavors and learn to create your own glazes, sauces, and salsas. Plus, we'll show how to transform fresh summer peaches into a decadent grilled dessert. Once you learn how easy and versatile grilling can be, you may want to give your oven the summer off.

*Please note:In most locations, local restrictions require we grill indoors.


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Aug 3, 2014 3 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $79.00 (Sun, 03 Aug 2014 15 )
Easy & Delicious Baking

Join us and discover how easy it can be to transform summer's bountiful fruits into delectable desserts. In this hands-on class, our instructor will walk you through the steps for everything from mixing batters to rolling pastry dough. After mastering a few universal baking techniques, you can easily create a variety of seasonal cakes, cobblers and tarts that are sure to impress.


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Aug 2, 2014 10 AM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $69.00 (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 10 )
Date Night: Summer Chef's Table

When you're ready to spice things up, join us for an evening of fun, laughter and sumptuous food. In this hands-on class, you and your date will work alongside other couples learning the simple yet impressive techniques behind a menu of chef-inspired favorites. You'll learn secrets for perfectly preparing steak, cooking with spices, and creating flavor profiles. Plus, our instructor will show you innovative ways to transform seasonal ingredients into unforgettable dishes. Once you discover how easy and enjoyable cooking together can be, you'll look forward to creating a lifetime of delicious meals.

*Please note: Class price is per person.*


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Aug 1, 2014 6 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $79.00 (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18 )
Date Night: Summer Surf & Turf

In this fun, hands-on class, you and your date will enjoy exploring new twists on a classic pairing. Our instructor will walk you through techniques for creating a surf and turf dinner using the freshest, most flavorful ingredients from land and sea. You'll work alongside other couples learning secrets for grilling steak and cooking shrimp to perfection every time. We'll practice making glazes and sauces from scratch and finish with an unforgettable crisp showcasing seasonal fruit. Once you discover how fun cooking together can be, you'll look forward to creating a lifetime of delicious meals.

*Please note: Class price is per person.*


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Aug 15, 2014 6 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $85.00 (Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18 )
Deliciously Healthy Superfoods

Explore the healthy and delicious side of superfoods like kale, beets, chia, salmon, and more. Join us for this hands-on class and learn how these amazing whole-food ingredients boost energy, enhance health, and support overall well-being. Our instructor will show you some simple techniques for creating tasty dishes packed with antioxidants, fiber, calcium, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Once you learn how to easily incorporate superfoods into your everyday diet, you’ll look forward to sharing a lifetime of healthy meals with family and friends.


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Jul 29, 2014 6 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $69.00 (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18 )
Baking Around the World for Teens

Travel the globe indulging your sweet tooth while learning how to make scrumptious international desserts. In this fun exploration of world treats, you’ll join a group of other teens and an expert Sur La Table chef instructor for a full week of dessert-making instruction. Teens will master core basics of baking to develop creativity for a lifetime foundation of cooking skills and fun in the kitchen, including how to follow recipes, measuring, mixing, monitoring cooking temperatures and timing and kitchen safety. At the end of each class students will eat their creations.

Teens ages 13-17 are welcome to join our popular hands-on camp. Classes run about two hours each and last for five consecutive days, and each teen chef will take home a Sur La Table apron and a packet of the recipes they make. Share your love of cooking with teens through an experience they’ll never forget.

Please note: Classes are only available as a five-day series, no single day enrollments.


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Aug 11, 2014 2 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $250.00 (Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Aug 11, 2014 2 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14 )
Science in the Kitchen for Kids

Calling all kids for a week of mad-delicious food experiments and learning how to cook your favorite foods! All week we’ll get hands-on and cover fundamentals such as basic knife skills, how to read and follow a recipe, measuring and mixing, and the importance of kitchen safety. Best of all, we’ll get into the fun scientific details of cooking, including the importance of using specific amounts of ingredients and cooking times. Along the way, kids will learn how to make great food that will impress their family and friends.

Kids ages 8-12 are welcome to join this popular hands-on camp. Classes run about two hours each and last for five consecutive days, and each young chef will take home a Sur La Table apron and a packet of the recipes they make. Share your love of cooking by giving them a foundation that will benefit them for a lifetime with an experience they’ll never forget.

Please note: Classes are only available as a five-day series, no single day enrollments.


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Aug 11, 2014 10 AM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $250.00 (Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10 )
Jonathan Edwards

"An Edwards performance is an unforgettable roller-coaster ride which combines his remarkable singing, storytelling, and wit." -- Martha's Vineyard Times Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends ? such is a Jonathan Edwards show. With more than four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night ? songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age. His highly respected repertoire that includes such classics as ?Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy,? ?Sometimes,? ?One Day Closer,? ?Don?t Cry Blue,? ?Emma,? ?Everybody Knows Her,? ?Athens County,? and everyone?s favorite ode to putting a good buzz on, ?Shanty.? And then, of course, there?s the anthemic ?Sunshine (Go Away Today),? that fierce proclamation of protest and independence. Almost 40 years later, at show after show, this timeless song continues to be embraced by faithful followers and new fans alike.



When: Jul 26, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $35/$30 (Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20 )
The Meadows Brothers- The Cranks
TCAN's successful Rock Off Main rock music program is an all-ages show that provides a venue for bands in this region to take their eclectic mix of music out of their basements and put it on stage where it belongs, performing for their peers. Shaking the old firehouse for the past fifteen years, Rock Off Main features the best pop, emo, punk, ska, hardcore, and indie bands in the Boston area.

When: Jul 25, 2014 7 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19 )
Date Night: Summer in Tuscany

Take date night to a whole new level by inviting your special someone to a romantic dinner in Tuscany–no passport required! Our instructor will teach you tips and techniques for creating bold, authentic Tuscan flavors with summer's bountiful produce. You'll work alongside your date and other students learning to how to perfectly cook salmon and easily prepare vinaigrette from scratch. Then we'll practice pastry-making skills with a delectable dessert featuring ripe and flavorful summer fruit. Once you discover how easy it is to create a sumptuous Tuscan meal, you'll want to share your passion for cooking with family and friends.

*Please note: Class price is per person.*


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Jul 25, 2014 6 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $69.00 (Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18 )
Preserving Summer

Fragrant, fresh-picked peaches…Sticky-sweet plums…Ripe, juicy blueberries…If you've dreamed of capturing the fresh flavors of summer to enjoy all year long, this is the class for you! You'll work alongside other students as our instructor shows you techniques for macerating fruit, making jams and sauces, pickling, fermenting, and more. We'll walk you step by step through canning basics, from filling and sealing jars to the water-bath process. You'll use these skills over and over again to easily create your own sweet or savory preserves–perfect for gifting or simply treating yourself.


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Jul 22, 2014 6 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $69.00 (Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Sep 8, 2014 2 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14 )
Dana Fuchs

“Imagine a sultry, more emotive Janis Joplin backed by a higher-energy version of the late-’60s Rolling Stones…Rock’n'roll doesn’t get any better.” -- Stereophile Magazine

Whether playing the title role in the hit Janis Joplin musical “Love, Janis,” or taking a turn as Sadie in the highly acclaimed Beatles movie, Across the Universe, Fuchs’ talent and charisma are undeniable. She returns to the stage after the release of her 2013 album, Bliss Avenue. This third album from Fuchs shoots for the stars, runs with fans’ expectations and channels the blues, while simultaneously defying them.



When: Aug 23, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $22 public / $18 members (Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20 )
Treating the Problem Gambler: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Other Evidence- Based Treatment Modalities (Part 2)

The treatment of gambler disorder presents various unique challenges. This training will explore the clinical challenges that are both similar to and different from other disorders. Also, this training will provide an introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a way to treat gambling disorder, and will provide practical information for treatment. 



When: Nov 7, 2014 12 PM to Nov 7, 2014 4 PMin Natick, Massachusetts (Fri, 07 Nov 2014 12 )
Baking Around the World for Kids

Can’t wait for dessert? Become your family’s dessert chef and learn how to make yummy global goodies and baked treat favorites! Join a group of kids and an experienced Sur La Table chef instructor in the kitchen to learn how to make your favorite sweets, snacks and treats from around the world! Kids will master core basics of baking to develop creativity for a lifetime foundation of cooking skills and fun in the kitchen, including how to follow recipes, measuring, mixing, monitoring cooking temperatures and times, and kitchen safety. At the end of each class students will eat their creations.

Kids ages 8-12 are welcome to join our popular hands-on camp. Classes run about two hours each and last for five consecutive days, and each kid chef will take home a Sur La Table apron and a packet of the recipes they make. Share your love of cooking with kids through an experience they’ll never forget.

Please note: Classes are only available as a five-day series, no single day enrollments.


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Aug 4, 2014 10 AM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $250.00 (Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10 )
GI Lecture Series - IVG MetroWest

Date: Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Time: 7pm-9:30pm (please note that this evening runs later than usual)

Location: IVG MetroWest, Natick, MA

Speaker: Marie Chartier, DVM, Internal Medicine

This GI Lecture series consists of 2 one-hour lectures

Canine protein-losing enteropathies:
The first hour of this lecture series will review the most common canine protein-losing enteropathies and the diagnostic approach to gastrointestinal disease. We will briefly discuss some of the current research regarding diagnostic approach to suspected protein-losing enteropathies. The focus of the lecture will be on the treatment and long-term management of inflammatory bowel disease and lymphangiectasia. Prognosis and prognostic factors will also be discussed.

Feline inflammatory bowel disease versus small cell lymphoma:
The second hour of this lecture series will review the most common feline small intestinal diseases. We will discuss common clinical signs and the most recent advances in the diagnostic approach to differentiating cases of inflammatory bowel disease from small cell lymphoma. We will briefly discuss the differences in diagnostic results and prognosis between small cell lymphoma and large cell lymphoma. The focus of the lecture will be on the treatment, long-term management and prognosis for inflammatory bowel disease and small cell lymphoma.

Lecture series approved by the MVMA for 2 CE credits.



When: Aug 19, 2014 7 PM to Aug 19, 2014 9 PMin Natick, Massachusetts (Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19 )
Grilling Made Easy

Get up to speed on the basics of grilling and learn how to transform seasonal ingredients into a variety of crowd-pleasing dishes. Our instructor will walk you through the steps for preparing moist and flavorful grilled steak, chicken, and salmon. We'll show you how to easily create your own salsa and vinaigrette from scratch. Plus, you'll practice using a salt slab to make the most delicious asparagus you've ever tasted. Once you discover how easy, versatile and fun grilling can be, you'll look forward to showing off your skills for family and friends this summer.

*Please note:In most locations, local restrictions require we grill indoors.


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Aug 2, 2014 2 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $79.00 (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 14 )
Date Night: Summer in Tuscany

Take date night to a whole new level by inviting your special someone to a romantic dinner in Tuscany–no passport required! Our instructor will teach you tips and techniques for creating bold, authentic Tuscan flavors with summer's bountiful produce. You'll work alongside your date and other students learning to how to perfectly cook salmon and easily prepare vinaigrette from scratch. Then we'll practice pastry-making skills with a delectable dessert featuring ripe and flavorful summer fruit. Once you discover how easy it is to create a sumptuous Tuscan meal, you'll want to share your passion for cooking with family and friends.

*Please note: Class price is per person.*


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Aug 2, 2014 6 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $69.00 (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 18 )
Harvest Dinner & Auction
Lakeside tasting of sustainable wines, local beer & sodas, oysters, locally-made cheese, tasty hors d'oeuvres--buffet meal of NCOF's finest produce & meats plus offerings from dozens of other Massachusetts farms, dairies, fishermen & producers. silent & live auctions and Fund-the-farm, live music. Due to the generosity of our sponsors and donors, 80% of your reservation directly supports NCOF's mission and is tax-deductible. See the website for the newest information and to make reservations online.

When: Oct 2, 2014 5 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $125 (Thu, 02 Oct 2014 17 )
Date Night: Havana Nights

Spice up date night with an evening of fun, laughter, and sumptuous food–Havana style! Our instructor will show you how to combine fresh summer produce with authentic ingredients and spices to create a menu of delectable Cuban favorites. You'll work alongside your date and other couples learning how to perfectly cook steak and chicken, make your own aioli, and create traditional sofrito rice. We'll finish off on a sweet note with the quintessential Cuban dessert–caramel flan. Join us and ignite your passion for cooking together more often.

*Please note: Class price is per person.*


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Aug 16, 2014 6 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $69.00 (Sat, 16 Aug 2014 18 )
Great Pizza on the Grill

In this fun, hands-on class, you'll learn to make piping hot gourmet pizza right on your own grill. Our instructor will walk you through the steps of preparing dough from scratch and show you secrets for shaping and grilling it. You'll work alongside classmates using seasonal ingredients to create unique flavor combinations. Finally, we'll assemble our pizzas, grill them to perfection, and then dig in! Once you see how easy and delicious grilled pizza can be, you'll never want to settle for delivery again.

*Please note:In most locations, local restrictions require we grill indoors.


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Aug 13, 2014 6 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $69.00 (Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18 )
Summer Drink Essentials Demo

Homemade mixers make summer party drinks more delicious than ever, and our fruity mocktails let everyone join in the fun. In this special demo, we’ll cover the basics for crafting a great cocktail and show you how to easily make your own simple syrup and grenadine. Our instructor will introduce you to shrubs–the hottest trend in mixed drinks, featuring vinegars infused with herbs or flavors. Then we’ll share techniques for transforming these mixers into refreshing mocktails–delicious on their own or as a base for your homemade cocktails. The demo class costs just $5, runs for one hour, and you’ll enjoy a taste of each mocktail.



When: Jul 27, 2014 9 AM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $5.00 (Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09 )
Summer Tomato Canning Workshop

With gorgeous summer tomatoes bursting off the vine, now’s the perfect time to preserve those flavors for the upcoming cooler months. Our instructor will walk you through all the essentials of canning success, including proper methods and key tools. Plus, you’ll learn to enhance the natural flavors of food, creating condiments and sauces that are worlds away from anything found on grocery store shelves.


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Jul 26, 2014 10 AM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $69.00 (Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10 )
Easy Handmade Pastas

If you love fresh pasta but think you could never make it yourself, this class will change your mind. Our instructor demystifies the process, walking you step-by-step through techniques for making perfect dough every time. You'll practice rolling out pasta in a variety of shapes and learn to create simple, delicious sauces that make the most of summer's bountiful produce. Once you learn how easy it is to make fresh pasta at home, you'll want to say ciao to pre-packaged noodles forever.


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Aug 11, 2014 6 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $69.00 (Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18 )
Grilled Seafood Made Easy

Grilling seafood may seem daunting, but this class will show you how simple and satisfying it can be. We'll share tips for taking advantage of what's available at the market, then walk you through the steps for preparing perfectly grilled shrimp, fish, scallops, and fish. Our instructor will introduce you to a variety of techniques from traditional grilling to enhancing flavor with a salt slab or cedar plank. Plus, you'll learn how to take seafood to a whole new level with a homemade vinaigrette, aioli, and relish.

*Please note:In most locations, local restrictions require we grill indoors.


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Aug 10, 2014 3 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $79.00 (Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15 )
Cheesemaking: Ricotta & Mozzarella

If you love fresh cheese but think you could never make it yourself, this class will change your mind. Our instructor will walk you through the steps for creating fresh ricotta and mozzarella right in your own kitchen–from temperature control to making and stretching curds. Then we'll share tips for embellishing cheeses for serving and incorporating them into delicious dishes like a refreshing mozzarella salad and decadent ricotta ice cream.


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Aug 10, 2014 11 AM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $69.00 (Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11 )
GI Lecture Series - IVG MetroWest

Date: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Time: 7pm-9:30pm (please note that this evening runs later than usual)

Location: IVG MetroWest, Natick, MA

Speaker: Marie Chartier, DVM, Internal Medicine

This GI Lecture series consists of 2 one-hour lectures

Canine protein-losing enteropathies:
The first hour of this lecture series will review the most common canine protein-losing enteropathies and the diagnostic approach to gastrointestinal disease. We will briefly discuss some of the current research regarding diagnostic approach to suspected protein-losing enteropathies. The focus of the lecture will be on the treatment and long-term management of inflammatory bowel disease and lymphangiectasia. Prognosis and prognostic factors will also be discussed.

Feline inflammatory bowel disease versus small cell lymphoma:
The second hour of this lecture series will review the most common feline small intestinal diseases. We will discuss common clinical signs and the most recent advances in the diagnostic approach to differentiating cases of inflammatory bowel disease from small cell lymphoma. We will briefly discuss the differences in diagnostic results and prognosis between small cell lymphoma and large cell lymphoma. The focus of the lecture will be on the treatment, long-term management and prognosis for inflammatory bowel disease and small cell lymphoma.

Lecture series approved by the MVMA for 2 CE credits.



When: Nov 4, 2014 7 PM to Nov 4, 2014 9 PMin Natick, Massachusetts (Tue, 04 Nov 2014 19 )
Fresh Berries: Fabulous Desserts

Berry lovers, rejoice! Now's the time to enjoy plump, juicy raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries at their peak of ripeness. In this fun, hands-on class, we'll use fresh summer berries to create decadent desserts sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Our instructor will walk you through the steps of preparing everything from creamy cheesecake to an elegant trifle. Plus, you'll learn the secrets for creating a smooth, refreshing sorbet.


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Aug 9, 2014 10 AM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $69.00 (Sat, 09 Aug 2014 10 )
Date Night: Summer Surf & Turf

In this fun, hands-on class, you and your date will enjoy exploring new twists on a classic pairing. Our instructor will walk you through techniques for creating a surf and turf dinner using the freshest, most flavorful ingredients from land and sea. You'll work alongside other couples learning secrets for grilling steak and cooking shrimp to perfection every time. We'll practice making glazes and sauces from scratch and finish with an unforgettable crisp showcasing seasonal fruit. Once you discover how fun cooking together can be, you'll look forward to creating a lifetime of delicious meals.

*Please note: Class price is per person.*


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Aug 9, 2014 6 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $85.00 (Sat, 09 Aug 2014 18 )
Vegetarian Cooking: Summer Favorites

With summer's bounty of fresh flavors, it's easy to create delicious vegetarian dishes to please even the pickiest eaters. In this hands-on class, you'll learn a variety of techniques for preparing vegetables–from grilled to marinated, fritters to pesto. Our instructor will walk you through the steps of cooking with ancient grains and preparing your own homemade vinaigrette. Plus, we'll explore flavor profiles and show you how to make the most of seasonal produce. Join us and discover how easy it can be to make sure everyone eats their veggies.


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Aug 9, 2014 2 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $69.00 (Sat, 09 Aug 2014 14 )
Girls Night Out: Farmers Market Flavors

Invite your girlfriends for an unforgettable evening of fun, laughter and fresh flavors. In this hands-on class, we'll show you how to make a variety of dishes that highlight the best of this season's produce. You'll work alongside friends and classmates learning the secrets for making everything from creamy panna cotta to homemade tart dough. Once you discover how deliciously simple cooking fresh produce can be, the local farmers market may become your favorite shopping destination.


What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a 10% discount coupon to use the week after the class



When: Aug 7, 2014 6 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $69.00 (Thu, 07 Aug 2014 18 )
The Jazz and Latin Workshops at Coolidge Hill Studio

Berklee Professor of Percussion and five-time GRAMMY winner Mark Walker leads instrumentalists and vocalists in continuing weekly jazz and Latin groups designed to sharpen jazz performance skills.

Students learn basic chart reading, time-keeping, improvisation scales, soloing, phrasing, and improvisation techniques.

What do you need to participate in the Jazz Workshop? Some proficiency on your instrument, a love of jazz! Instruments welcome to participate include drums, bass (electric, acoustic or upright,) piano, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, flute, guitar (electric or acoustic,) vocals and percussion.

The studio will provide drums, percussion, guitar amp, bass amp, piano. Workshops will also be video recorded and available online for participants to review.

Jul 19, 2014: 9 am - 11 am (Sat)



When: Jul 26, 2014 9 AM in Natick, Massachusetts (Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09 )
Seth Glier - Anna Nalick
Age Limit: All Ages

Seth Glier

Anna Nalickwebsite:

When: Oct 31, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $26.00 (Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20 )
Growing Certified Organic Cut Flowers
Workshop Overview April 11: In Part 1 of this 2 part workshop we will explore the planning, seeding, transplanting, soil, support, irrigation, and pest control in certified organic cut flowers for market, wholesale, and weddings. This workshop will cover both annuals and a few perennial flower crops. Workshop Overview August 29: In part 2 of this two-part workshop we will explore harvest and post harvest of certified organic cut flowers, weed management, marketing and selling, and strategies for season extension. Pre-registration is required unless arranged by phone with organizer. For more information, contact Jamie Lombardo, Education Events Coordinator, at Jamie@nofamass.org or 860-966-6368. Refund Policy: Refunds are given up until 10 days prior to the event minus a 15% processing fee. No refunds are provided within 10 days of event.



When: Aug 29, 2014 10 AM to Aug 29, 2014 12 PMin Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: 25 - 55.8 USD (Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10 )
Redbird featuring Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault, Peter Mulvey

"A record made by people who sound like they genuinely enjoy playing together (which can't be said for many groups), and who've found strong common ground." – Minor 7th

The brainchild of folk singers Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault, and Peter Mulvey, Redbird is a real-time, unstaged love letter to the body of American song. Across a collaborative tour that started 10 years ago, the three discovered musical affinity and a shared love of a fairly diverse spectrum of Americana. The diverse singer-songwriters combine their talents into a show filled with spontaneity, complex harmonies, and a warm relatability that only established folk singers can bring.



When: Nov 22, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $30 / 25 (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20 )
David Wax Museum

“Joyful Mexo-Americana fusion, with virtuosic musical skill and virtuous harmonies.”- The New Yorker

Fusing traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock is the specialty of duo of David Wax and Suz Slezak.  On several trips south of the border, David Wax immersed himself in Mexico’s rich traditional music culture, while Suz Slezak was homeschooled by her father on a small farm in rural Virginia.  The two met in 2007 and began blending their unique musical perspectives to form the band.

With the release of Knock Knock Get Up in 2012, David Wax Museum reached a level of cross-cultural integration and musical fluency that now allows them to speak electrifying and heartfelt poetry with a tongue that is wholly their own.   From being ranked #8 on Paste Magazine’s list of the Best Live Acts of 2011, to receiving  a nod from TIME magazine as one of the top ten acts of 2011’s South by Southwest, David Wax Museum has become the hottest of America's indie bands.

David Wax Museum was nominated for three Boston Music Awards in 2012: Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (“Harder Before It Gets Easier”), and Folk Artist of the Year, winning the award for Song of the Year.



When: Aug 15, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20 )
The Swingle Singers

The Swingle Singers celebrate 50 years an an acappella institution and a new album "Weather to Fly."

The a cappella ensemble has pushed the boundaries of what the human voice can achieve. Their vocal agility and blend, combined with captivating showmanship, have thrilled generations of audiences around the globe. Five decades on from their pioneering, Grammy-winning debut album "Jazz Sébastien Bach" in 1963, today’s Swingle Singers are an international a cappella phenomenon. These seven young and versatile voices deliver folk ballads, funk jams and fugues with equal precision and passion. As part of their 50th year celebrations, the Swingles invite you to join them for the next stage of their extraordinary journey.



When: Oct 3, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Fri, 03 Oct 2014 20 )
Beatlejuice and Friends
When: Aug 9, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Sat, 09 Aug 2014 20 )
Yun-Chin Zhou, piano

A native of Shenyang, China, pianist Yun-Chin Zhou, whose given name means pure melody, has been hailed as a “dashing virtuoso … complete with dazzling fingerwork and shapely phrasing” (Cleveland Plain Dealer).  First Prize Winner of the 2013 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Zhou will give major debut recitals in New York and Washington, DC in the 2014-15 Young Concert Artists Series.

This season, Mr. Zhou joins YCA clarinetist Narek Arutyunian in a special program at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, presented by Musical Armenia. Upcoming appearances include educational outreach and recital engagements on the Harriman-Jewell Series, the Friends of Music Series, Saint Vincent’s College, the Lied Center of Kansas, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

At the YCA Auditions, Mr. Zhou was awarded seven concert prizes, including the Sunday Musicale Series, and Vancouver Recital Series, as well as the John Browning Memorial Prize, Ruth Laredo Memorial Award, and the Slomovic Prize, which provides support for his debut in Washington, DC.

The TCAN Young Masters Series is sponsored by the Roy L. Komack Memorial Fund.



When: Sep 14, 2014 3 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15 )
Charlie Farren and Sarah Blacker

Charlie Farren has long been known for great songs, great singing, and for outstanding live solo acoustic performances. Alone onstage with acoustic guitar in hand, Charlie captures an audience with his unique delivery, insightful lyrics, memorable songs, soaring vocal, and subtle yet innovative guitar style. It wasn't always quite so subtle, as Charlie formed this original self-taught style with a history of successful, hard-crunching rock bands throughout the 1980s, including fronting the Joe Perry Project.

“Female Performer of the Year” in the New England Music Awards, Boston-based 2012 Boston Music Award nominee for Singer/Songwriter of the year, Sarah Blacker is also a current nominee for Songwriter of the Year, and Song of the Year for 2013's single, “Shiver,”  in the New England Music Awards.  Sarah was recently called “one of the brighter artists to grab our attention recently,” by No Depression magazine.  The Boston Herald called her, “Boston’s delightful folk nymph,” yet he also said of her, “Sarah Blacker makes some of the most interesting folk music in Boston — mostly by making folk the starting point and reaching out toward rock, Americana and prog.” She is a prolific singer/songwriter currently touring behind her 3rd album in just three years.



When: Sep 5, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20 )
Loudon Wainwright III

"...one of America's most astute lyrical commentators...lyrically compelling and emotionally overpowering." - Mojo Magazine

Loudon Wainwright III has had a long and illustrious career highlighted by 22 album releases, a 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for “High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project,” and two previous Grammy nominations for “I’m Alright,” 1985 and “More Love Songs,” 1986. His most recent recording, “Older Than My Old Man Now” was named one of NPR’s Top 10 Albums of 2012.

Wainwright is perhaps best known for the novelty song “Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)” and for playing Captain Calvin Spalding (the “singing surgeon”) on the American television show, M*A*S*H.

His songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others. He has collaborated with songwriter/producer Joe Henry on the music for Judd Apatow’s hit movie Knocked Up, written music for the British theatrical adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel Lucky You, composed topical songs for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered and ABC's Nightline, and recorded several songs for the soundtrack of HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

As an actor, Wainwright has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, and Judd Apatow.



When: Sep 11, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20 )
Howie Day

“A dazzling gem…exposed and beautifully alive…” – PopMatters

With to 40 hits, including “Collide” and “She Says,” Howie Day’s skillful guitar chops and poignant lyrics have won him a legion of fans who adore the humor and charm speckled throughout his live performances.  

A native of Bangor, Maine, Day began playing piano at age five and guitar at age 12. By 15, he was writing his own songs and performing across New England. He wrote, financed and released his first album, Australia, which was named Best Debut Album at the 2001 Boston Music Awards. He went on to sell over 30,000 copies of Australia as he navigated the independent music scene.

After signing with Epic Records, Day released his major-label debut, Stop All The World Now, which was certified gold in the U.S. and helped pave the way for the success of the emotionally complex Sound the Alarm.   After sales of over a million albums and two Top 10 hits, Day is back on the road showcasing old favorites, as well as new material from his upcoming studio release.

Also appearing: Shayna Leigh



When: Aug 16, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20 )
Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters

"One of the most serious blues guitarists you can find today.  He makes me proud!”...B.B. King

Having performed with such greats as Carlos Santana, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Earl King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and The Allman Brothers, legendary blues guitarist Ronnie Earl performs with an intensity that hasn't cooled in close to four decades of playing.

His discography includes acclaimed albums on Stony Plain, Black Top, Bullseye Blues, Verve, and Telarc. Grateful Heart: Blues and Ballads, his 1996 Bullseye Blues release, won DownBeat's Blues Album of the Year, and in 2004 his song "Hey Jose" won the award for Best Blues/R&B Song at the 3rd Annual Independent Music Awards.

After a period releasing albums on his own in the mid-'00s, Earl reunited with The Broadcasters for his 2009 release Living in the Light. His record, Spread the Love, came out in 2010, and his latest 2013 release, Just for Today, is a sizzling live recording.



When: Sep 12, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20 )
Sustainability for Massachusetts dairies: Grazing, raw milk, and organic certification
This on-farm workshop for dairy farmers and those considering dairying in Massachusetts will include a pasture walk, tour of the farm's dairy and yogurt-processing plant, and conversations with a range of experts in the field, including: Host farmers Amy Klippenstein and Paul Lacinski, who will lead the tour and talk about their grazing practices, their commitment to organic management, their yogurt business, and raw milk sales. More information about their farm can be found at http://www.sidehillfarm.net/. Grazier Ridge Shinn, a pioneer in the modern grass-farming movement, who farms in Hardwick. He has written extensively on how raising livestock on grass can lead to improved human health, energy savings, and an increase in carbon sequestration, soil fertility, and biodiversity. More information about Ridge can be found at http://ridgeshinn.com/. NRCS Agronomist Tom Akin, who will talk about federal programs available to assist farmers with grazing. Winton Pitcoff, Coordinator of the NOFA/Mass Raw Milk Network, who will discuss the regulatory, economic and management issues around producing and selling raw milk in Massachusetts. More information about the Network can be found at http://www.nofamass.org/programs/raw-milk-network. Don Persons from Baystate Organics, who will be on hand to discuss the process of organic transition and certification Representatives of organic dairy cooperatives will be available to answer questions about their contract and marketing processes.



When: Sep 19, 2014 10 AM to Sep 19, 2014 2 PMin Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: 12 - 15 USD (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10 )

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