It’s the first official weekend of summer and that means there’s a ton of fun stuff going on in Somerville. Things kick off tonight with the Somerville Local First’s ’80s prom In the Air Tonight (tickets on sale here). I’m attending and hope to see you all there too! Saturday brings an afternoon of blues and jazz at Powderhouse Park in addition to the Union Square Farmers Market, Assembled market and a summer kick-off yoga workshop. On Sunday, Union Square gets taken over by a market featuring 50 local vendors, musicians, charities and activities. Enjoy!
This post is brought to you by The Book Shop.
Come to The Book Shop (694 Broadway) this Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of poetry. The Book Shop is hosting the Ibbestson Street 33 15th anniversary reading in which all past and present readers are invited to come and read from their work during an open mike that will follow readings by contributors. And if you’re looking for some great summer reads you can purchase right in Somerville, I’ve got three recommendations and a way for you to help support The Book Shop.
Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a Vineyard Road wine tasting from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and a Sierra Nevada tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. In Davis Square, Dave’s Fresh Pasta (81 Holland St.) hosts a wine tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts a Baystate Wine tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. In Magoun Square, K2 Beer and Wine (500 Medford St.) hosts a wine tasting from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
In the Air Tonight ’80s Prom: Somerville Local First is hosting an ’80s-themed prom In the Air Tonight tonight at the Greek Orthodox Church (29 Central St.) from 8 p.m.-midnight. Dress to impress in your ’80s finery and you may be named Best Dressed or enter to be crowned Local King or Queen (prizes from Cuppow, Union Press and Whats-Nü). Somerville establishments like Daddy Jones, Booze Époque, Union Square Donuts and Food for the Band are providing lots of delicious boozy beverages and tasty snacks. Capture the night’s memories in the photo booth while supporting this local nonprofit. Tickets are $30 in advance until noon today and $40 at the door (food and drink included). And if you’re still looking for the perfect outfit, use this coupon to take 20% off at Goodwill.
The Baltimore Waltz: Theatre@First is performing Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel’s The Baltimore Waltz, a tragical-farcical love letter to her brother, Carl, who died of AIDS in 1988. You can see the play tonight or tomorrow at 8 p.m. at Unit Somerville (6 William St.). Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students or seniors.
Union Square Farmers Market: Head down to the Union Square Plaza on Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to stock up on fresh, seasonal produce, baked goods, bread, meat, eggs, fish and so much more at the Union Square Farmers Market. The market runs on Saturday mornings through November 23. Local strawberries are in and if you’re looking for a tasty way to use them, I suggest trying this Strawberry Panzanella Salad.
Harvard Book Store Summer Warehouse Sale: Harvard Book Store is opening its Somerville Warehouse (14 Park St.) this weekend for a giant sale of used, new and collectors titles at low prices. Stop by on Saturday or Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. to stock up on summer reads.
Assembled: Assembled: The Handmade Arts Market at Assembly Row is a free event that runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on most Saturdays throughout the next few months. The market features dozens of local artists, food trucks (Clover starts this week!) and special events. You can view photos from the first market here.
Joe’s Jazz and Blues Fest: Mayor Joe Curtatone’s experience playing trumpet in the Somerville High School Jazz Band inspired him to bring a day of jazz music to the city. Come to Powderhouse Park from noon-6 p.m. this Saturday to hear performances by the Somerville High School Jazz Ensemble, Darrell Nulisch, The Brett Walberg Group, Geoff Bartley & Howie Tarnower, Willie Laws and The Fringe.
Summer Body/Soul Recharge: Bow Street Yoga (34 Bow St.) is offering a special slow flow hatha yoga class focused on restoring the immune system and relieving stress on Saturday from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Jenn Pici will lead the 90-minute class that will both rev-up your body and get you grounded in body and spirit for summer. After the practice, Pici will discuss techniques on how to stay heathy and strong in the hot season including information on nutrition, herbs and teas, meditation and that day’s yoga practice. Open to all levels, though participants should have some yoga experience. The class costs $30.
The Baltimore Waltz: Theatre@First is performing Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel’s The Baltimore Waltz, a tragical-farcical love letter to her brother, Carl, who died of AIDS in 1988. You can see the play tonight at 8 p.m. at Unit Somerville (6 William St.). Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students or seniors.
The Davis Flea: The Davis Flea is open on Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from now through October 27. The market features new and returning vendors selling antiques, vintage goods and more. Stop by the parking lot of the corner of Holland Street and Buena Vista Road to check it out. Rain or shine.
Harvard Book Store Summer Warehouse Sale: Harvard Book Store is opening its Somerville Warehouse (14 Park St.) this weekend for a giant sale of used, new and collectors titles at low prices. Stop by today from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. to stock up on summer reads.
Bazaar Bizarre: Union Made: The Small Craft Advisory and the Somerville Arts Council host Union Made this Sunday from noon-6 p.m. in Union Square. The event features about 50 local vendors, charities, activities and bands selling their handmade goods and providing entertainment throughout the afternoon. Rain date of June 30.
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