Thursday, January 29, 2015

Comedy for a Cause

Saturday, January 31st

The Alley Theatre, 133 Center St., Middleboro. 7 p.m. The evening of laughter will feature 15 up and coming comedians from the Boston and New England area. Tickets are $20. Bar snacks will be served.  There will be a cash wine and beer bar. For tickets call the box office at 508-946-1071. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Frontotemporal Disorders (FTD) Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Boston's Brattle Book Shop Owner Ken Gloss to Speak

The Middleborough Public Library is pleased to host Kenneth Gloss, owner of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston and a guest appraiser on PBS' Antiques Roadshow, at 6:30 p.m., Tues., Feb. 3. 

In addition to sharing the history of his book shop, Gloss will talk about and show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the "hunt," as well as explain what makes a book increase in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. There also will be a question-and-answer session followed by free verbal appraisals of books that attendees have brought with them.

The Brattle Book Shop is one of America's oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores, and 2015 marks the 66th year of Gloss family ownership. More information about the shop can be found at

Gloss' appearance is supported by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library, and is free and open to the public.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

February Vacation Adventures at Soule Homestead!

Designing natural environmental programs is a specialty and plans are underway for another exciting Fun Farm Vacation Program at the Soule Homestead Education Center. February promises to be another great adventure for children in the five to ten age group.

Explore, discover and experience: BIRDS OF PREY on Tuesday (2/17). Learn how to identify a few local birds of prey and find out what makes these birds different from backyard feathered friends; watch a short power point presentation of "Hawk Mountain" during snack time; join in on a group game of raptor - raptor - prey and make a "birds of prey" craft to take home. On Wednesday (2/18), HIT THE TRAILS on the Whetstone Brook Trail, Soule's newest nature trail. Learn hiking safety tips and how to read the land while identifying tree species. Look for animal signs on a "Have You Spotted" scavenger hunt; work together to build a stick tower along the trail; collect items to make a natural twig weaving loom to share with family and friends and cozy up to the wood stove for a special story. WHO FLEW THE COOP is Thursday's (2/19) theme. Visit a chicken coop to meet the chickens, ducks and geese that live at the farm; learn about nesting boxes, preening feathers and identify different types of eggs. Make a craft, play a game and end the day with a story during snack time. On Friday (2/20), WONDERS OF WEATHER. You will learn about Mother Nature's extraordinary powers and look for clues to determine what type of weather may be on the way. Find out how rain is created and enjoy a simple rain making activity; discover how lightning is created and get all charged up in a shocking experiment! Use your own wind power to create a one of a kind painting, listen to a "Farmer Brown" story and make a 'tornado in a bottle' to take home.

All adventures and learning take place on nature trails and in classrooms at the farm from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The per-day price per child is $13 for members and $15 for non-members; a 4-Day Week is $50 for members and $58 for non-members. Registration and payment is due by Friday, Februaruy 13th. Payment by cash or check (payable to Soule Homestead Education Center) can be dropped off or mailed to Soule Homestead Education Center 46 Soule Street, Middleboro, MA 02346. To register, or obtain more information, please contact Laurie Amberman, 508-947-6744 or email:

Soule Homestead Education Center is an educational non-profit specializing in children's farm-based education, adult craft workshops and family cultural events. Visit and/or for a current calendar of events.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

'Heart & Soule' Valentines Dance

 'Heart & Soule' Valentines Dance Saturday, February 14th

Dale 'n' the Duds will once again provide the entertainment when the Soule Homestead Education Center holds its annual Valentine's Day fundraising dance in the grand ballroom of the Middleboro Town Hall. Tickets are on sale now.

The Soule Homestead Education Center will be hosting its eighth annual "Heart and Soule", a Valentine's fundraising dance featuring Dale and the Duds, on Saturday, February 14th in the grand ballroom of the Middleboro Town Hall, 10 Nickerson Avenue.

Dale and the Duds is a popular area band performing a classic rock 'n' roll mix from the 50s and 60s. The band has been appearing in concerts, night clubs and functions across New England since 1972.

The dance will run from 7 to 11 p.m., with raffles for prizes donated by local businesses and crafters taking place during the band's breaks. Light refreshments will be served, and a full cash bar will be available.

Proceeds from this event will help the Soule Homestead to continue providing its wide variety of low-cost programs and workshops for area residents of all ages.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call the Homestead at 508-947-6744. Tickets are $20 per person and are also available at the following Middleboro businesses: Maria's gift shop (Center St.) Mack's Music (Wareham St.), and Mary Barry Massage Therapy (West Grove St. / Rte. 28) until February 12th or sold out. Tickets may also be picked up at the education center located at 46 Soule Street in Middleboro.

Only a limited number of tickets are available, and this event sold out in previous years, so those planning to attend are advised to purchase their tickets soon.

The Homestead will also be offering one-year memberships at half price during the event.

Visit the website: or facebook page: for more information about yearly events, children's programs and adult craft workshops.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Honorary Mayor of Middleborough fundraiser kicks of Jan. 20

The big day is finally upon us and the first-ever, good-natured Honorary Mayor of Middleborough fundraising event is getting started.

Middleborough residents wanting to run for the prestigious title of the Honorary Mayor of Middleborough can now take out nomination papers. They are available on the Friends of Middleborough Cemeteries’ website or by picking them up from a display rack on the counter of the Middleborough Town Clerk from Jan. 1-20. Each candidate must collect a minimum of 20 signatures from local residents on their nomination papers and either turn them in to a representative of the Friends of Middleborough Cemeteries by Tuesday, Jan. 20 or have them post marked no later than the Jan. 20 and mailed to Friends of Middleborough Cemeteries, PO Box #172, Middleborough, MA 02346.

The campaign season will run from Jan 20 until March 20. There will be at least a couple of group fund raising events during the campaigning season, and hopefully individual ones hosted by candidates. The group fund raisers that are being planned are a candidate’s night and a telethon. More information will be provided on these events over the next few weeks. The winner will be announced on Monday, March 23 and a ceremony will be held on April Fools day for the winner to be announced.

Each dollar a candidates receives during the campaigning season will be a vote for them and the one with the most money/votes raised is the winner. The monies raised will be used by the Friends of Middleborough Cemeteries Inc., a 501C3 tax exempt organization, to fund the cleaning of headstones plus landscaping and revitalization of our cemeteries. Additionally, the monies will be used for matching cemetery grants that are available and to hold historical education forums within the community on cemetery related topics.

To contact the Friends of Middleborough Cemeteries directly you can either call or email Chip Mangio at 508-697=5610, or Paul Provencher 508-958- 3557 or

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Conservation Commission invites proposals for Gibbs property

The Middleborough Conservation Commission is inviting proposals for a lease of an agricultural and/or horticultural opportunity within the historic section of East Middleborough on Thompson Street.

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is for the use of what is known as the Gibbs property and would include agricultural and/or horticultural activity and associated activity that is allowed within the approved conservation restriction. The property comprises 12.54 acres of land at Middleborough Assessors Map 24, Lot 4933 on Thompson Street.

To anyone interested the Request for Proposals is available at the Conservation Commission office at 20 Centre Street, 2nd Floor, from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. The RFP is also available on the Town of Middleborough website, There will be a site visit to view the property on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 am for those wishing to see the property prior to submitting their proposal. Proposals are due by 4 PM, Thursday, February 26th, 2015.

If there are any questions regarding this announcement or if you would like a copy of the RFP, please call the Conservation Department at 508-946-2406.