Weekend 4.12-4.14: Markets Galore

I spent the majority of last Saturday at the Winter Farmers Market doing community outreach for the Beat. It was a great experience to spread the word and meet so many of you. Thanks to everyone who came out and said hello! Speaking of farmers markets, this is the final week of the season for both the Winter Farmers Market and Somerville Mobile Farmers Market. This weekend also marks the second Local is for Lovers Market, which was rescheduled from way back in February when a snowstorm walloped Somerville. There’s a lot to do in the next few days in the city and I hope you get out to enjoy it all!

This post is brought to you by Whats-Nü

kathryn necklaceSpring is finally here! Join Whats-Nü (67 Holland St.) on Thursday, April 18, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. for a springtime celebration and opening reception for artist Kathryn Hansis. Hansis creates jewelry and art from pre-used objects under the name RESOUL’D. Her current jewelry line features repurposed clock pieces: internal gears, faces and parts that aren’t usually seen. The result is surprisingly delicate and feminine.

Enjoy spring treats like lemon bars (made with local Greek yogurt!) and bubbly while taking advantage of a 10% storewide discount. Meet the artist and hear about the inspiration behind both her visual art and jewelry.

Really, this event is just an excuse to have a neighborhood party in celebration of warmer temperatures. Come check out our spring arrivals, socialize and introduce yourself; we can’t wait to meet you! [Update: In light of the tragic events at the Boston Marathon on Monday, Whats-Nü has added some fundraising components to the event. Full details here.]

Friday

Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a tasting of classic wines from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m and a Harpoon tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. In Davis Square, Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts a Dunc’s Mill Rum tasting from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and Dave’s Fresh Pasta hosts a wine tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. In Magoun Square, the new K2 Beer and Wine hosts a wine tasting from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Somerville Songwriter Series: The Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts the Somerville Songwriter Series, featuring Josh Harty, Danielle Miraglia and Ryan Fitzsimmons, this Friday night. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., the show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10.

Spring Sci-Fi Spectacular: The Post-Meridian Radio Players continue their spring sci-fi spectacular this weekend with performances of Crisis of the Cuddlykins and Them! on Friday and Saturday. The 8 p.m. shows take place at Responsible Grace Church of Somerville (204 Elm St.). Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors.

Foss Park

Saturday

Winter Farmers Market: This is the last weekend of the Winter Farmers Market, which runs from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) on Saturday. In addition to the regular vendors, you’ll find Valicenti Organico selling pasta, Nobscot selling cheese and 7ate9 selling mini-cheesecakes. For those looking ahead, the Union Square Farmers Market begins June 1.

Somerville Mobile Farmers Market: This is also the last Mobile Farmers Market of the season. It runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday at the Clarendon Hill Community Room (268 Powderhouse Blvd.). The Somerville Mobile Farmers Market is a collaboration among the city’s Shape Up Somerville program, Enterprise Farm, The Welcome Project, Somerville Housing Authority, Groundwork Somerville, the Somerville Council on Aging and more. The market accepts EBT, SNAP, WIC, Farmers’ Market Coupons, cash, credit and debit cards. All items are fresh, delicious and cheap!

Mayor’s Fitness Challenge: The kick-off event and registration for the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge is this Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Somerville High School Gym and Atrium (81 Highland Ave.). The family-friendly event will include fitness demonstrations, food trucks with healthy options, a chance to join a Fitness Challenge Team and create a fitness pledge.

Author Reading: The Book Shop (694 Broadway) hosts Erin Thorne, author of Behind the Wheel: And Other Stories, on Saturday at 1 p.m. Thorne, a lifelong Massachusetts resident, will read from her book, which is about a family who buys a car that drives itself.

Spring Sci-Fi Spectacular: The Post-Meridian Radio Players continue their spring sci-fi spectacular tonight with a performance of Crisis of the Cuddlykins and Them!. The 8 p.m. show takes place at Responsible Grace Church of Somerville (204 Elm St.). Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors.

Spring

Sunday

Local is for Lovers Market 2.1: This Somerville Local First market was supposed to take place back in February, but a wintery squall had other plans. So now Local is for Lovers 2.1 is coming to you this Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.). Stop by to shop locally made goods, like Union Press prints, sip some Black Magic Coffee and pick up some Somerville-made chocolate from Spindler Confections.

Artisan’s Asylum Open House and DIY Festival: Artisan’s Asylum (10 Tyler St.) is opening its doors to the public on Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. Stop by to see balloon-powered cars, learn how to solder and make a mosaic from used computer parts.

Early Music Afternoons: Stop by the Somerville Museum (1 Westwood Road) this Sunday at 3 p.m. for an afternoon of music from late renaissance Italy. This performance features recorder virtuoso John Tyson, El Dorado Ensemble (Carol Lewis, Janet Haas, Mai-Lan Broekman, Paul Johnson and Alice Mroszczyk, violas da gamba; Olav Chris Henriksen, lute and theorbo) showcasing the dazzling art of embellishment in Italian renaissance music, with canzonas, madrigals, fantasias and court dances (and a twist of commedia dell’arte) by Bassano, Dalla Casa, Rognoni, Terzi, Kapsberger and others. General admission is $19 and students, seniors and museum members get in for $14.

Sunrise

Monday

Patriot’s Day Ceremonies: Celebrate Patriot’s Day with festivities at Foss Park on Monday from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. There will be live music from the Somerville High School Band, poetry readings, Colonial songs and games and a visit from Paul Revere on horseback. Attendees are encouraged to dress in traditional Colonial attire.

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Kathryn Hansis photo courtesy of Whats-Nü.

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