In our community: Can-It for Christmas, and 'A Christmas Carol' live reading at OCHM – Taunton Daily Gazette

With the return of the Taunton Christmas parade, after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, the canned goods collection along the parade route is also returning.
Taunton-area residents are being asked to bring canned goods when they come to see the city’s annual Christmas parade on Sunday, Dec. 5.
At the beginning of the parade, volunteers will collect the food along the parade route. All collected food is brought to the Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen at St. Thomas Church, where it is sorted and distributed.
Going back to the 1991 parade, more than 160,000 food items have been collected and donated to Our Daily Bread and other food pantries.
The parade kicks off at noon, beginning at Broadway and East Britannia Street, and heads south to Taunton Green, then turns onto Main Street and ends at City Hall.
All are invited to join the Old Colony History Museum for family-friendly events, both in person and virtually for the month of December. To see everything on offer and to register for those that take place on Zoom, visit the museum’s Event Calendar at www.oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org/events.
December Events at the OCHM:
Virtual visit to The Bristol County Natural History Center at Bristol County Agricultural High School 
Friday, Dec. 3, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Virtually “visit” sites to learn about the history of the Old Colony region and beyond. This month, get a special look at the collection belonging to The Bristol County Natural History Center at Bristol County Agricultural High School. This program is free and open to all. Register on the museum’s Eventbrite page at http://oldcolonyhistorymuseum.eventbrite.com to get the Zoom link.
Photo Scanning Day
Saturday, Dec. 4, all day
Bring in your photos taken in the Taunton area (people, events, landmarks, holidays, and more) and let OCHM scan them for their digital collection. You’ll get back the originals and your images will become a part of OCHM’s photographic record of our community. Loose, unframed photos up to 11×17 inches can be scanned. Limit five per person.
M is for Museum Story Time
Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 10:30 a.m.
M is for Museum is OCHM’s sensory-friendly story time to encourage early literacy in future historians, Books will be middle-to-elementary level, with stations for coloring and Legos and fidget boxes available. Families of all ages are welcome. Drop-in or join on Facebook Live.
Crafternoons
Tuesday, Dec. 7 through Saturday, Dec. 11
December’s craft is craft stick snowmen. Drop in any time this week between 1 and 3 p.m. for a fun, easy craft. The museum provides instructions and all the materials. Crafternoons are free with regular museum admission.
Wednesday Workshop: Faux stained glass
Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Learn a DIY technique for making faux stained glass art. Choose from a variety of templates to create a beautiful display for your windows. This 90-minute, hands-on workshop includes all materials and is limited to 20 people, age 10 and up. Each workshop is $5 for OCHM members or $10 for non-members. Register on Eventbrite at http://oldcolonyhistorymuseum.eventbrite.com or give call 508-822-1622.
Beer with Bronson: Medicine and Medical Objects in the Collections
Thursday, Dec. 9, from 5:15 to 6 p.m.
Grab a pour and take a tour with Curator of Collections Bronson Michaud. Hear about the untold stories from OCHM’s collection and take a peek at objects on display just for you. Plus, you’ll receive a Beer with Bronson koozie to keep your beer (or root beer) cold and hands warm. This tour will focus on medicine and medical equipment in the museum’s collection and is free with regular museum admission (OCHM members receive free admission). Drinks will be provided. Register on Eventbrite at http://oldcolonyhistorymuseum.eventbrite.com or call 506-822-1622.
Live reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”
Saturday, Dec. 11, at 4:30 p.m.
Join in the merry-making at the Old Colony History Museum with a live reading of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, « A Christmas Carol, » performed by OCHM staff, board members, and friends. Enjoy coffee, cocoa, and holiday goodies while you watch. The reading will begin at 4:30 p.m. but there is fun to be had all day long. Enjoy a Holiday History slideshow accompanied by your favorite tunes of the season all day, along with shopping in the OCHM Gift Shoppe, a display of ornaments from The Christmas City, crafts and hands-on activities, and don’t miss taking a photo with the museum’s tree! Admission to the reading of « A Christmas Carol » is free but regular admission will be taken during the museum’s normal hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors 65+, OCHM members and all children 12 and under are free.
Lecture: What should I grow in my medicinal herb garden?
Thursday, Dec. 16, at 5:30 p.m.
Mother-daughter duo The Grounded Goodwife will give a presentation about the herbal “superstars” that can help treat all kinds of common ailments, from the common cold and flu to anxiety and insomnia and take the guesswork out of starting your own medicinal herb garden. They will speak virtually via Zoom on the big screen in the museum’s gallery. There are two ways to participate:
A Taste of Old Colony History: Lemon caraway cookies
Thursday, Dec. 23, from 6:30to 8 p.m.
Join the OCHM staff from their home kitchens as they try their hand at historic recipes and local favorites. Once you register on Eventbrite, you’ll have access to the recipe of the month and ingredient list so you can cook along, or just sit back and watch. This month’s recipe is lemon-glazed caraway cookies. For the recipe and to register, visit http://oldcolonyhistorymuseum.eventbrite.com or call 508-822-1622.
Closed for Christmas break
Friday, Dec. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 25
About the Old Colony History Museum
The Old Colony History Museum is located on historic Church Green in Taunton. Regular museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the museum is $5 and free for museum members.
There will be a Christmas Comedy and Night of Mystery fundraiser on Friday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at Middleboro’s Town Hall Ballroom. Tickets are $40 for general admission, which includes buffet from Lorenzo’s, The Hideaway and Coffee Milano, plus cash bar. Tickets can be purchased via EventBrite through www.nemasketriverproductions.com or at the door.
This event features the fabulous Prince of Mystery: Skip Daniels. Daniels is a classically trained magician and has performed his unique brand magic and comedy all over the world.
Some of New England’s favorite comics will also be there:
Stacy Kendro has worked clubs in New York, Florida and Las Vegas, among other cities, and is now producing film shorts that she writes, directs, edits and stars in called « The Albanian Assassin. » Her credits include: Gotham Comedy Live, Ladies of Laughter (winner), and opening for Joan Rivers.
Dan Miller started in 1992 opening for acts such as Lenny Clark and Dave Atel. He’s performed in a variety of different settings, including appearing in « The Departed » and starring in « Mario and Mary’s Italian Comedy Wedding, » as well as Nick’s comedy Stop, fundraisers, clubs and shows all around New England.
Doreen Collins is the first woman inducted into the Rhode Island Comedy Hall of Fame. A comedic actress most of her life, she has produced, directed and hosted three TV shows and multiple comedy productions and has now published her first book, “Confessions of a Working Girl or How to Get Laid (Off).”
John Perotta is known as « the Italian Don Rickles.” He closed a show at the legendary Friars Club in New York City and has opened for Bill Burr. He’s the owner of the Comedy Factory.
Here’s what’s coming up at the Taunton Public Library for the month of November:
Week Nov. 28
Nov. 29
Nov. 30
Dec. 1
Dec. 2
Dec. 3
For the safety of library staff and patrons, masks should be worn during programs by adults and children ages 2 and up.
For Dinovember, the library’s month-long scavenger hunt will be happening as usual.
1,000 books before kindergarten
Sign your child up to read 1,000 books before kindergarten. Log any books (no matter how many times you read them) you read to your child, and they can receive a free book at 500 and 1,000 books read.
After 21 months of being apart due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Taunton Civic Chorus announces that on Sunday, Dec. 5, it will be presenting « Together at Christmas, » a combination of traditional and comical pieces for all ages.
Music Director Matthew Haynes said the concert is the story of hope.
“After the struggles of the past 21 months, the concert embraces the hope, joy, and laughter that was missing from last Christmas,” said Haynes in a press release. “It’s the story of hope that can heal the wounds that have been inflicted on our communities.”
The concert will be held at the chorus’ new rehearsal location, Berkley Congregational Church, with a new accompanist, Christopher Hoskins. He has been a member of the TCC orchestra in the past as well as a guest conductor. Hoskins is a junior at Rhode Island College, majoring in music education.
“I love the opportunity; I love the group,” Hoskins stated. “This is a great group of people who are very hardworking and dedicated.” As for the upcoming concert, Hoskins said, “It is important for the choir and community to see the chorus still thriving. The chorus has new members and is growing [despite the fact] we have not performed in so long. Being in Berkeley, we are reaching a larger audience.”
The Christmas event will be the first solo concert since Dec. 2019.
Some of the pieces to be performed include “Merry Christmas Darling,” “Yes Virginia, There’s a Santa Claus,” “Cartoon Christmas,” “A Bit of Holiday Cheer,” and an audience favorite, “Silent Night.”
Join the TCC on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m., at 13 S. Main St. Berkeley, for a bit of holiday cheer.
Admission to the holiday concert is $15 for adults, and $12 for seniors and children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of the performance, or in advance on Facebook via Paypal, or by check to Taunton Civic Chorus, P.O. Box 217, East Taunton, MA 02718 by Nov. 29. Pre-ordered tickets can be picked up at the Will Call Desk.
For more information, contact TCC at [email protected]
Araujo Farms, 1522 Williams St., Dighton, is hosting the Dighton Garden Club’s annual Festival of Trees.
There are more than a dozen trees, all decorated in different themes, that are being raffled off.
Raffle tickets can be purchased daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Dec. 5. The drawings will be held at 4 p.m. on Dec. 5, with prizes for the winners.
The Newport Navy Choristers, under the direction of Lori McDowell, will present their annual holiday concert on Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church, 1697 E. Main Rd., in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. The concert will benefit the Portsmouth AgInnovation Farm, a project of Eastern Rhode Island Conservation District and Portsmouth Middle School.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 15 and under and can be purchased at easternriconservation.org/events/holiday.
The Choristers’ Chairwoman, Pat McGue, said in a press release, « After having been limited to virtual rehearsals and performances last year due to the pandemic, the Choristers are thrilled to once again be able to perform live and continue our long tradition of helping local non-profit organizations raise money to support programs which improve the quality of life in our community. »
For tickets and more information, visit easternriconservation.org/events/holiday or contact Sara Churgin at [email protected] or 401-225-6033.
At the concert, masks will be required for unvaccinated individuals, and encouraged for all.
The Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus will present its holiday concert, “The Most Wonderful Time,” on Dec. 11 and 12, at Taunton High School.
The chorus will perform a collection of seasonal favorites, including “Let it Snow,” “Merry Christmas, Darling,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Mistletoe and Holly,” “Mele Kalikimaka,” “Marshmallow World/Candy Man,” and more.
The performances will be accompanied by a live, 14-piece orchestra.
SMFC Bronze, the newest addition to the SMFC franchise, will perform several handbell arrangements.
Saturday’s concert will begin at 7 p.m. and the matinee performance on Sunday afternoon is at 2 p.m.
The concert format will be slightly abridged, as a precaution to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. All CDC, state, local, and public school COVID guidelines will be followed regarding masking requirements.
For tickets, more information, or to sign up for the chorus’ mailing list, visit smfconline.org.
The Taunton Animal Shelter is holding its 13th annual Jingle Paws, now through Dec 24. Share some holiday cheer with a pet currently awaiting a home at the shelter. The Taunton Animal Shelter’s website is www.tauntonshelter.petfinder.com.
Make a donation in honor of a particular pet at the shelter and/or deliver a special toy, treat, or gift for the pet of your choice. This can also be done as a special gift for someone or in memory of someone.
Forms will be available at the Taunton Shelter at 821 W. Water St., via e-mail at [email protected], or they can be picked up at Raynham Town Hall and Robin’s Corner Flower Shop. Your name and the name of the pet of your choice will be noted on the Taunton Shelter website and also at the shelter itself. In addition, you will receive a special photo of the pet you have chosen to sponsor.
Lakeville painter Daniel Cooney’s latest exhibition is on display in the Great Ponds Gallery at the Lakeville Public Library.
“Drip-Line Variations and Other Recent Work » is the result of Cooney’s introspection during the COVID-19 pandemic, a revisiting of a small series of paintings he produced in the late 1990s while living in France.
The exhibit will be on display at the Lakeville Public Library, 4 Precinct St., Lakeville, through Dec. 28.
For more information, visit www.lakevillelibrary.org/great-ponds-gallery, or contact Cooney at [email protected]
On Mondays, the pool table is available at 9 a.m., knitting and crocheting club is at 10 a.m., and card games (Pitch) are from 1 to 3 p.m.
Bingo is on Tuesdays, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Scrabble is on Thursdays at 1 p.m.
Art class is on Wednesdays at 9 a.m.
Visit with the podiatrist on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 at 9 a.m. Call Dr. Markowitz for an appointment at 1-401-455-3554.
The COA has a veterans agent. Call the COA for further information.
“20-20-20” classes with Ellie are on Mondays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. behind the COA, rain or shine. Bring water bottle, hand weights and folding chair. Suggested donation is $5.
Call Monday thru Friday to schedule an appointment with the senior van service.
For SHINE, call the COA for an appointment.
The Freetown Council on Aging is located at 227 Chace Road in East Freetown. They are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Fridays, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
For more information, email Barbara at [email protected] or Rosemary at [email protected] or call 508-763-9557.
The Assawompset Ponds Complex and Nemasket River are unique among waterbodies in the diversity of uses that they support, which include recreation and scenic beauty, drinking water supply for 250,000 people in New Bedford, Taunton and beyond, and essential migratory habitat for river herring and endangered species.
The Assawompset Ponds Management Team is seeking the insight and local expertise of the broader APC-Nemasket watershed community to enrich and support an ongoing project to develop a Watershed Management and Climate Action Plan that reduces flood hazards, protects drinking water supplies, improves storm water management, and enhances habitat and recreational access.
Funded by an MVP Action Grant from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, a team of multi-disciplinary specialists has joined with the APC Management Team to serve as a project Steering Committee guiding the development of the Watershed Plan. The Steering Committee includes participants from: Freetown, Lakeville, Middleboro, New Bedford, Rochester, and Taunton.
All residents living in or relying on waters from the APC-Nemasket watersheds are a vital part of the stakeholder network whose actions can support watershed health and climate resilience. Your watershed stewardship efforts can begin or continue with participating in an inclusive community engagement process. Through a series of public workshops, community members are invited to share their personal experience of existing conditions throughout the watershed, and insight into potential management actions.
These public meetings will focus on a particular topic as it relates to the watershed. There are two options for participation — an in-person workshop or a virtual meeting via Zoom. In-person events will be held outdoors, with activities for children and light refreshments available. The in-person and Zoom meetings, while separate, will occur on the same date and time. In the case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held solely on Zoom. Use the registration form available at https://bit.ly/register-apc to receive additional in-person meeting details and Zoom link access.
Ecology and Unique Habitats
Recreation and Stewardship
Land Development
Open House — Meet your Plan!
Visit the project webpage at www.SRPEDD.org/apc-nemasket-plan to take a virtual tour of the watershed, learn more about the plan, sign up for project updates and meeting announcements, register for upcoming events, review past presentations and meeting summaries, and provide additional input via written comments. For those without access to a computer, call the project hotline at 508-938-6031. Leave your name and number, and organizers will follow up with instructions for accessing meetings by phone.
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Taunton Daily Gazette/Herald News copy editor and digital producer Kristina Fontes can be reached at [email protected]. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Herald News and Taunton Daily Gazette today.

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