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10+ Things to Know This Week In Tewksbury

Hopefully everyone had a happy and restful Thanksgiving and is ready for tree lightings, Santa photos for kids and pets and a pie social. There’s lots going on this week!

Don’t forget to take a moment to visit our open spaces. The town’s first Winter Tree Walk is ongoing.

Monday, Nov. 28

DJ Dance & Lunch
When: 11:40 a.m.
Where: Senior Center 

The monthly luncheon dance is $8 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the door but may not include lunch, which is provided by AgeSpan’s Traveling Chef. November menu: breaded chicken with Mediterranean sauce, pasta, garlic green beans, Vienna bread and apricot cup. 

Note that next Monday there will be a gingerbread house decorating party at the Senior Center sponsored by the TMHS girls basketball program. Sign up now at the desk or online as space is limited. 

Conservation Commission Wetlands Protection Review
When: Noon – 2 p.m.
Where: Virtual

Tune in to listen to the Tewksbury Conservation Commission review, edit and propose changes to the current Tewksbury Wetland Protection Bylaw and Tewksbury Wetland Protection Regulations. This is a public Teams meeting. Public Meeting ID: 239 263 336 913 Public Meeting Passcode: z5V66B Agenda

Winter Community Roundtable
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Library

Representatives from Tewksbury-based nonprofit organizations are invited to network at the library’s Winter Community Roundtable. Attendees are encouraged to share information about their respective organization’s programs, services and upcoming events and fundraisers. All residents are welcome to listen and learn.

Planning Board
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Town Hall or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (99) or Verizon (33)

The board will hear a sign request from Tree House Brewing. Will the paint color come up? We shall see. Agenda

Tuesday, Nov. 29

USS Constitution Lighting
When: 3:30 – 6 p.m.
Where: Charlestown Navy Yard (not local, but worth the trip)

The public is invited to attend USS Constitution’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, November 29, beginning at 3:30 p.m. on the ship. The free event will include a visit and photo opportunities with Santa Claus, free hot chocolate and cookies, holiday music, ship tours and remarks from the ship’s commanding officer. Guests are invited to view the ship’s gun firing in observance of evening colors, a ceremony for lowering the American Flag on the ship at sunset, which will be at 4:13 p.m. The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. and photos with Santa Claus will be available after the ceremony. Entry to board USS Constitution will end at 5 p.m. and guests will be permitted to remain on the ship for free tours until 6 p.m.

Evening with Cookbook Author Terry Walters
When: 7 – 8:15 p.m.
Where: Library, register here

The Tewksbury Library is thrilled to welcome back friend and award-winning cookbook author Terry Walters with her new cookbook, NOURISH: Plant-Based Recipes To Feed Body, Mind and Soul. Walters will entertain, educate, inspire and empower us with discussion and a cooking demo. Participants will enjoy tasting Terry’s healthy and delicious recipes, with plenty of opportunity for questions and answers. For those interested, there will be a book sale and signing at the end of the evening.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

The Highwaymen — Songs & Stories with Matt York: A Country Music Concert
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Library

Longtime New England singer/songwriter Matt York will perform the songs of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings and tell stories of their careers. The four songwriting legends joined forces in the 1980’s to form the country supergroup “The Highwaymen.” However, prior to that, they’d each established themselves as stars and their careers intersected many times since the 1960’s. York has twice been nominated as Best Male Artist by the New England Music Awards and his latest release was named one of the Boston Globe’s best albums of 2019. This program is supported by a grant from the Tewksbury Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

When: 2 p.m.
Where: Virtual

The Northern Middlesex Council of Governments (NMCOG) will discuss transportation projects in our area as well as the Envision 2050 Long-Range Regional Transportation Plan that is in the works — learn more and connect to the survey here. Agenda

Public meetings may be added after this posts, so check the calendar of events for a full list.

Thursday, Dec. 1

Grand Sparkling Wine & Champagne Tasting
When: 5 – 8 p.m.
Where: 1280 Osgood Street, North Andover

Taste more than 20 options of sparkling wine, Cava, Prosecco and Champagne presented by Horizon Beverage. Just in time for the holidays! 21+ event.

The Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire
When: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Virtual, register here

On November 28, 1942, fire roared through Boston’s famed Cocoanut Grove nightclub during what was supposed to be a high-spirited Saturday night. By midnight, more than five hundred people were dead, dying or maimed for life. Local author Stephanie Schorow probes the club’s history, the circumstances leading to the fire and the tragedy’s lingering impact. 

Friday, Dec. 2

Flu/Covid 19 Clinic
When: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Senior Center

Moderna, Pfizer and high- and low-dose flu shots offered. Call 978-640-4480 x 303 to schedule an appointment.

Tree Lighting
When: 5:30 p.m.
Where: Town Common

The annual tree lighting commences at 5:30 p.m. See a full list of activities here, and please bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the local toy drive. Parking will be available at Town Hall, the Annex, across the street and at Tewksbury Funeral Home (967 Main St.). Town Hall Avenue will be closed to through traffic. 

Free Photos with a Professional Santa & Pie Social
When: 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Tewksbury Congregational Church

Get a photo with a professional Santa with a backdrop of a fireplace and tree. Instead of standing in line, pick up a number and enjoy crafts, movies and activities while you wait. Your number will be called when it’s your turn. This will happen concurrently with the Tewksbury’s Tree Lighting in the town center. Enjoy the lighting and then come visit Santa. Slices of pie, greenery and craft items are available for sale as well.

COA Holiday Party
When: 6 – 10 p.m.
Where:Senior Center 

At last week’s Select Board meeting, Broadway Village Foods dba Village Inn Steakhouse requested and received a one-day liquor license to run the Council on Aging’s Holiday Party at the Tewksbury Senior Center on Dec. 2, from 6 – 10 p.m. Tickets are available now for $30 per person. There will be music, a catered dinner and dancing to The Journey Men. 


Pet Selfies with Santa & Pet Food Drive
When: 2 – 4 p.m.
Where: 1721 Main St.

Please bring a donation for the Wilmington Animal Food Pantry. Don’t know about the work they do in the community? Check out our profile.

Lorna is a U.S. Army veteran and 25-year resident of Tewksbury who has written for organizations ranging from the DIA to InformationWeek to a free weekly in New London that sent her to interview the pastry chef at Foxwoods.

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