Theater, music and bike ride

The Priscilla Beach Theater presents the musical “Something Rotten!” at his barn step in Plymouth. The show, which focuses on the Bottom brothers’ 16th-century quest to write the first musical, is directed by Ron Fassler and features a New York and South Shore cast. The Priscilla Beach Theater production begins July 28, with evening and matinee performances through August 13 at 800 Rocky Hill Road. Tickets are $35, $32 for those over 65. For more information, visit

Hopkinton is in for a month filled with high-profile theater productions as Enter Stage Left Theater puts on shows for all ages throughout August. “Seussical The Musical, Jr.” will take the stage on August 5 and 6, while “Little Women The Musical” can be seen on August 12, 13, 19 and 20. Finally, “Play, Pint and Pie” will have a one-night-only performance on August 27. Performances are held at 98 Hayden Rowe St. Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit

The melodies of a recorder will fill the halls of of Lincoln St. Anne’s in-the-Fields Episcopal Church. Musician Emily O’Brien brings string compositions to the recorder – and only the recorder – in an exploration of how to use the typically ensemble instrument on its own. The concert, which will take place on July 26 at 8 p.m., will feature works by Boismortier, Bach and contemporary composers, performed at 147 Concord Road. Tickets are $25, $20 for students and seniors. For more information, visit

Historical Newton will end the month with a bike tour of the city. The ride will stretch from Newton Highlands to Chestnut Hill, stopping at Crystal Lake and the Newton Center Playground to highlight the area’s public recreation history. A leisurely 6-mile loop begins and ends at Landry’s Bicycles at 66 Needham St. on July 30. The tour is recommended for cyclists aged 12 and over. Registration is $15, $10 for Historic Newton members. For more information, visit

The Beantown Swing Orchestra performs an outdoor concert at from Ipswich Crane field. The 18-piece big band will bring their collection of vintage instruments to the Castle Hill lawn for a performance on August 4 at 7 p.m. Can’t dance? No problem: there will be a Shim Sham line dancing lesson an hour before the music starts, so everyone is ready to move. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic, blanket and chairs to spread out on the beachfront lawn at 290 Argilla Road. Tickets are $40 per vehicle. For more information, visit

The Brookline Public schools provide free meals to children throughout the summer. Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., lunch from noon to 1 p.m. every day of the week until August 19. Meals are available at the Brookline Avenue Playground at 575 Brookline Ave., alongside summer activities. No registration necessary. For more information, visit

Three students from Haverhill’s Whittier Tech won gold at SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference last month. Class of 2022 students Chloe Simard, Melissa Guillaume and Julia Walsh won medals for their “Spreading the Warmth” project, which involved making and donating blankets to local children’s hospitals. The SkillsUSA National Conference, held in June in Atlanta, focuses on the achievements of middle school, high school and college students in trades. This year, Whittier’s SkillsUSA Chapter was recognized as a national model of excellence in technical skills.

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