What a week it’s been here at Beat headquarters! We kicked things off on Monday by launching a major website redesign and introducing our advertising program and have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for the changes ever since. Thanks for all of your feedback and for reading the Beat! Looking ahead to the weekend, there are a lot of pre-Halloween events happening around town to get you in the spooky spirit early. And don’t forget to hit up the Union Square Farmers Market, which is absolutely overflowing with incredible fresh, local produce right now. Have a good one!
Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a Notch Brewing tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Davis Square’s Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts a Commonwealth Wines tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Also in Davis, Dave’s Fresh Pasta (81 Holland St.) hosts a red and white wine tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Ball d’Ville: Slumbrew, Somerville’s very own brewing company, celebrates one year in business on Friday at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to wear stylish-Somerville outfits and come ready to sample Slumbrew beers in a commemorative glass. Sweet and savory food prepared by Somerville businesses like True Bistro, Taza Chocolate, Eat at Jumbo’s, City Chicks Boston, Fiore di Nonno, Pescatore, True Grounds and more will be available for purchase. Tickets for the 21+ event are available here for $20.
Tomes of Terror: This weekend and next week, the Post-Meridian Radio Players are participating in a “staged radio thrillogy,” Tomes of Terror, in honor of Halloween. They will be performing The Shivers on Highway 61, The Crasher and The Red Line, which are sure to delight and thrill audiences. There are several showings in the lead up to Halloween: Friday, October 19 at 8 p.m., Saturday, October 20 at 8 p.m., Thursday, October 25 at 8 p.m., Friday, October 26 at 8 p.m., Saturday, October 27 at 2 p.m. (matinee) and at 8 p.m. All performances will be held at Unity Somerville (6 William St.). Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors.
Union Square Farmers Market: The market is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through November 17. This week’s market special guests are Amaze Face Painting and Shady Oaks Organics Mushrooms. If you’re looking for a way to use up some of the delicious fall produce at the market right now, I’ve got a tasty recipe that you can cook up this weekend! (And don’t forget to check out the Davis Square Farmers Market on Wednesdays from noon-6 p.m. through November 21.)
Counter Culture Brewer Trade Up: This Saturday from noon-4 p.m., stop by the Counter Culture Boston Training Center (374 Somerville Ave.) to trade in your counter-top electric drip coffee maker and get a ceramic pour over cone, a glass server and filters in exchange. There will also be brewing demonstrations and a pop-up shop where you can buy whole-bean coffee and additional brewing gear. Learn more about Counter Culture’s Somerville presence here.
Night Shift Brewing Taproom Hours: Located just over the border in Everett (3 Charlton St.), the Night Shift Brewing Taproom is open on Saturdays from noon-5 p.m. Sample the Night Shift beers and learn about the brewing process from the Somerville residents who own and operate the brewery. Learn more about the brewers behind the beer.
Tour the Proposed Community Path Extension: Friends of the Community Path will be leading two tours (one on foot, one by bike) this Saturday from 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. (rain date is Sunday). The tour meets at East Street and North Point Boulevard in Cambridge (across from the Lechmere T station) and makes it way to Cedar Street in Somerville. The event is free and open to the public.
Live Music: The Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) will host Marina Evans in the cafe on Saturday from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. (doors at 7:30 p.m.). Evans combines jazz vocals with folk and rock influences in her all-original set. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.
Opening of the Milk Row Cemetery: The Milk Row Cemetery (400 Somerville Ave.) will be open to the public on Sunday from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The gates of the small historic site are usually closed (except for a few annual events), but this weekend volunteers in period clothing will be on hand to help the community learn more about the people buried in Milk Row (some dating to Revolutionary times). Stop by to learn more about Somerville’s rich history!
Phantom of the Opera: The Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square) is showing the silent classic version of Phantom of the Opera accompanied by live music on Sunday at 2 p.m. on the big screen. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance here.
P.S. Try something different this weekend and head to Teele Square for dinner or brunch at True Bistro, an upscale vegan eatery that is sure to leave both vegetarians and carnivores satisfied. And looking ahead, don’t forget to get your Harvest Fest tickets for next Saturday’s event or sign up to volunteer and get in free for a few hours!