Weekend 11.30-12.2: Holiday Shopping, Farmers Market & Open Studios

I thought the weekends near Halloween were stuffed full of fun events happening in Somerville, but the next few days definitely take the cake for busiest weekend yet! Various organizations are making it easy to shop locally this holiday season at markets all over town this weekend. There are also ways to give back to the community, Vernon Street is hosting an Open Studios event and the Slutcracker kicks off its run of performances. And if that weren’t enough, the Winter Farmers Market debuts for the season on Saturday morning. I hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy all of the wonderful events happening in Somerville this weekend!

Note that the T will be closed at Porter, Davis and Alewife on Saturday and Sunday December 1-2 and December 8-9.

Friday

Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a tasting of its December Wines of the Month from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and a Troegs Brews tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Davis Square’s Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts a tasting from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Also in Davis, Dave’s Fresh Pasta (81 Holland St.) hosts a tasting of an Italian white and a Portuguese red from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Sav-Mor Spirits (15 McGrath Highway) hosts a liquor tasting from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Shirt Off My Back: Whats-Nü (67 Holland St.) and Osmium host Shirt Off My Back this Friday at 6 p.m. at the Whats-Nü boutique in Davis Square. Bring a new or gently worn dress shirt to be donated to Career Gear and get 20% off the purchase of any new Osmium shirt. There will be music and entertainment at this event to support a good cause.

Saturday

Winter Farmers Market: The first Winter Farmers Market of the season is this Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.). The market features both vendors old and new this year, like Culinary Cruisers/Ocean Ave Pops, Fiore di Nonno and Taza Chocolate. Expect lots of fresh produce from local farms, fish, meat, eggs, sweet treats, bread and much more!

Library Film Series: The Central Branch (79 Highland Ave.) of the Somerville Public Library hosts the final film in a three-part series tracing the use of classical music in war movies this Saturday. Some scenes will be accompanied by live music from members of the Cambridge Symphony Chamber Players. This week’s film, which is free and begins at 10 a.m., is Platoon.

Fair Trade Artisans Holiday Marketplace: Come to Third Life Studio (33 Union Square) this Saturday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Sunday (noon-5 p.m.) to shop an array of global crafts from India, Africa and Latin America. Libana, a women’s world music and dance ensemble, will be performing as you shop scarves, jewelry, pillow covers and much more.

Mudflat Open Studio and Sale: Stop by Mudflat Studio (81 Broadway) this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (or Monday, December 3-Friday, December 7 from noon-9 p.m.) to view work by 96 artists. All of the proceeds from pottery purchases will go to the Mudflat Building Fund.

Union Square Winter Craft Market: Kick off your holiday shopping at this Saturday’s Union Square Holiday Craft Market at the Precinct and out on the Union Square Plaza from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. In addition to lots of local vendors selling jewelry, soaps and accessories, Black Magic Coffee will be on hand pouring delicious brewed coffee and espresso drinks.

Coffee and Science: Come to Counter Culture Coffee’s Boston Training Center (374 Somerville Ave.) to hear VST’s Vince Fedele discuss the development of the groundbreaking Extract Mojo Universal Refractometer, why it’s important and learn how to use it with the Brewing Control Chart. The event takes place from noon-4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Artisan’s Asylum Open Studios: The collective maker space Artisan’s Asylum (10 Tyler St.) is hosting is first winter open studios this Saturday from noon-5 p.m. All are welcome to visit the space and see more than 20 makers, crafters, engineers, jewelers and artists present at this free event.

Vernon Street Open Studios: Somerville is home to literally hundreds of artists and this weekend, you can visit the 80-plus that work out of Vernon Street Studios (6 and 20 Vernon St.). The space will be open on Saturday and Sunday from noon-6 p.m. as artists display their creations, many of which will be for sale. Vernon Street artists work in a variety of mediums, from sculpture and painting to photography and fiber arts, so there’s truly something to interest everyone!

Wrap Around Sale: The Nave Gallery (155 Powderhouse Blvd.) is hosting its Wrap Around sale of knitted, crocheted or sewed goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition this Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. The sale is open each weekend through December 16.

Holiday Vintage Market: The folks who brought Somerville the Davis Flea are bringing a Holiday Vintage Market to UNIUN Warehouse (3 Sanborn Court, Union Square) this weekend and next. Stop by on Saturday from 1 p.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. to shop vintage and antique furniture, clothing, jewelry and posters, among many other items.

The Slutcracker: Everyone’s favorite burlesque holiday show, the Slutcracker, opens on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square). Tickets are $25 and there are performances throughout the month of the December with a final one on New Year’s Eve. If you’ve never been to this delightfully raucous and raunchy show, I highly recommend it for a wicked good time.

Talk Design: The Central Branch (79 Highland Ave.) of the Somerville Public Library hosts Somerville’s own Cuppow creators Aaron Panone and Josh Resnikoff (plus their packaging collaborator Mike Dacey of Repeat Press) to discuss how they created the product, being a local business and collaboration. A social hour featuring Culinary Cruisers and Q’s Nuts will follow the 3 p.m. event.

Sunday

Holiday Vintage Market: The folks who brought Somerville the Davis Flea are bringing a Holiday Vintage Market to UNIUN Warehouse (3 Sanborn Court, Union Square) this weekend and next. Stop by on Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. to shop vintage and antique furniture, clothing, jewelry and posters, among many other items.

Mudflat Open Studio and Sale: Stop by Mudflat Studio (81 Broadway) this Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (or Monday, December 3-Friday, December 7 from noon-9 p.m.) to view work by 96 artists. All of the proceeds from pottery purchases will go to the Mudflat Building Fund.

Local is for Lovers Market: Somerville Local First is hosting an all-local holiday market at Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) on Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The market is part of the Shift Your Shopping campaign started in Somerville in 2009 that encourages holiday shoppers to spend money in their own communities. There will be a wide variety of vendors, including our own Union Press and Spindler Confections. This family-friendly event will also have kids’ activities and entertainment, a photo booth and a way to give back through the Somerville Stock Exchange.

Fair Trade Artisans Holiday Marketplace: Come to Third Life Studio (33 Union Square) on Sunday from noon-5 p.m. to shop an array of global crafts from India, Africa and Latin America. Libana, a women’s world music and dance ensemble, will be performing as you shop scarves, jewelry, pillow covers and much more.

Vernon Street Open Studios: Somerville is home to literally hundreds of artists and this weekend, you can visit the 80-plus that work out of Vernon Street Studios (6 and 20 Vernon St.). The space will be open on Sunday from noon-6 p.m. as artists display their creations, many of which will be for sale. Vernon Street artists work in a variety of mediums, from sculpture and painting to photography and fiber artists, so there’s truly something to interest everyone!

Wrap Around Sale: The Nave Gallery (155 Powderhouse Blvd.) is hosting its Wrap Around sale of knitted, crocheted or sewed goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition this Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. The sale is open each weekend through December 16.

GiryaScope Kettlebell Open House: Stop by the soon-to-be-open GiyraScope Kettlebell (862 Broadway) from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday to welcome this new business to the neighborhood! The open house will allow people to check out the new space, see demonstrations and have a chance to win door prizes.

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