Weekend 10.12-10.14: Art Opening, Tour de Somerville & Mini-Maker Faire

I hope you all had a great Columbus Day weekend in Somerville and beyond! I was in Minnesota running a marathon, but I’m back now and looking forward to all of the events happening around town this weekend. Saturday is jam-packed, with the Mini-Maker Faire in Union (plus the farmers market), the Tour de Somerville bike ride, a depaving party, chocolate tasting and gala at the Armory! Friday has some yummy wine and beer tastings and an art opening. And Sunday brings the Davis Flea plus brunch, game night and football. Enjoy!

Friday, October 12

Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a tasting of German and Austrian wines from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and a Blue Hills Brewery tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Davis Square’s Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts an Iberian wines tasting from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Also in Davis, Dave’s Fresh Pasta (81 Holland St.) hosts a Mayflower Brewing Co. tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Art Opening: The Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) is hosting an opening for its latest exhibit, Splendid Isolation: Late Summer in Northern Maine, from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. on Friday. The exhibit features the work of photographer Lee Kilpatrick as he explores the beauty of this remote part of Northern New England in the late summer. The exhibit is on view at the gallery on Saturdays until October 27 from noon-4 p.m.

Saturday, October 13

Somerville Mobile Farmers Market: The Somerville Mobile Farmers Market travels around town on Saturdays bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to various neighborhoods. The market accepts EBT, SNAP, WIC, farmers market coupons, cash, credit and debit cards. Find the Mobile Farmers Market at the Mystic Housing Development (530 Mystic Ave.) from 10 a.m.-noon, Glen Park (Glen and Oliver Streets) from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. and Clarendon Hill Housing (North Street/Powderhouse Blvd./Alewife Brook Parkway) from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. (also on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Somerville Council on Aging Activity Center, 167 Holland St.).

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 Sprouted Raw Foods and Magnolia Farm Sprouts. 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.)

Edge of the City Tour de Somerville: This Saturday marks the 20th annual Tour de Somerville and this year’s event is called Edge of the City. The Somerville Bicycle Committee will lead a 15-mile counter-clockwise loop as close as possible to the Somerville city limits. The ride meets at 10 a.m. from Seven Hills Park (behind the Holland St. MBTA station in Davis Square) and will leave promptly at 10:15 a.m. The ride will wind through Boynton Yards and the Inner Belt, Assembly Row, Tufts University, the Mystic River and Alewife Brook (Redbones will provide a light snack at a stop by the Mystic River). In the event of rain, the ride will take place on Sunday at the same time and location.

DePAVE the WAY: Somerville Climate Action is organizing a depaving party on Saturday from noon-4 p.m. at 109 Rogers Ave. near Ball Square. The focus of the event is to remove asphalt and increase Somerville’s green space. You can sign up here for a shift where you can commit to hands-on work with a sledgehammer or to lighter work, like bringing food or music.

Book Signing and Chocolate Tasting: Boston-based La Tartine Gourmand author Beatrice Peltre will be signing copies of her cookbook alongside a tasting of Somerville-based EHChocolatier’s sweets on Saturday from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at Derby Farms (454 Mass. Ave., Arlington).

Image courtesy of ArtsUnion

Mini-Maker Faire: This Saturday from 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Union Square will host the Mini-Maker Faire celebrating arts, crafts, science, engineering and DIY. Artisan’s Asylum is producing the event, which will feature local engineers, hobbyists and tinkerers. There will be workshops and demonstrations on electronics, stop-motion animation and geodesic domes, among other topics.

Annual Walnut Street Center Gala: The Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts the Annual Walnut Street Center Gala this Saturday at 6 p.m. The Walnut Street Center is a nonprofit, human services agency that provides comprehensive support services to adults who have developmental disabilities and their families. The event features both a live and silent auction with prizes like a safari package, a Cape Cod weekend package and a golf package, among other items. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here.

Sunday, October 14

The Davis Flea: Open every Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Davis Flea features vendors selling vintage apparel, antiques, jewelry, food and much more. Located at 52 Holland St. in Davis Square, you never know what you’ll find at the market. And while you’re out treasure hunting, check out The Collector on Highland Ave.!

Ongoing Sunday Events: I recently compiled a big list of fun stuff going on around Somerville each and every day of the week. On Sundays, you’ll find brunch at Johnny D’s, Joshua Tree, Highland Kitchen and The Burren. Bull McCabe’s has 50-cent wings and football on seven screens, Olde Magoun’s Saloon has traditional Sunday roasts, Orleans has game night and the Thirsty Scholar has trivia. Check out the ful listing of what’s going on today and every day in Somerville.

P.S. Did you know Davis Square is getting a brand new wine bar? Read all about, Spoke, the new establishment here. And if you love good coffee, be sure to check out the new Counter Culture Coffee Boston Training Center (374 Somerville Ave.) for their Friday cuppings (coffee tastings) and classes!

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