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SHIRLEY — Whether you’re looking for an innovative way to celebrate Mother’s Day or spend a night out with the girls, come to “Ladies Night Out” at Shirley’s Historic Meetinghouse.

Female musicians and performers will combine their talents for this program slated for May 10 at 7 p.m.

The program is full of songs and performances that speak to the heart of women — and men. It covers different periods in women’s lives, from girlhood to motherhood to the “golden years,” reflecting the universal desire to live a life that’s full and rewarding, that can be looked back on and judged to have been worth living.

Holly Haase, accompanied by Colleen Henry on piano, will sing “Jenny Rebecca,” by Carol Hall, which reflects on the joys of life in store for a 4-day-old girl. Mona Longley will play a George Gershwin piano piece called “Lullaby.” Victoria Landry, accompanied by Silvia Bota on piano, will perform “I Can’t Say No,” from Oklahoma, which is about a young woman who just “can’t resist a Romeo.”

A powerful re-enactment of the life of Margru/Sarah Kinson will be performed by re-enactor Mary Collins. Margru/Sarah Kinson, who was originally born in West Africa, was captured and sold to slave traders before the age of 7. She was sent to Cuba.

One of the children set free as part of slave cargo on the Amistad, she spent her teen and adult years in Africa and in the U.S. Ultimately, she attended school in the U.S., graduated from Oberlin College and returned to Africa as a teacher.

The Meetinghouse Chorale will perform the uproarious song “No Thank You, John.” The song is about a lady’s attempt to politely but firmly refuse the affections of an arduous potential suitor.

Charline Oelfke will present a comical view of Medicare and paperwork, including a parody of the Rogers and Hammerstein song “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music.”

Another part of the evening will feature “Something Simple,” sung by talented soprano Nancy Hoffmann Gerber. Massachusetts composer and conductor Stephen Edward Gerber, who conducted the Meetinghouse’s Vespers program last December and is Nancy’s husband, wrote the piece. It’s “about a woman disillusioned by her career with a deep longing for her family and the simple things in life that hold meaning for her.”

We’ll also hear a reading of Erma Bombeck’s touching piece called “If I Had to Live My Life Over.”

Programs at Shirley’s Historic Meetinghouse are sponsored in part by a grant from the Shirley Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Shirley’s Historic Meetinghouse is located on the Common, 41 Brown Road, Shirley, MA 01464.

Free will donations to benefit the maintenance and upkeep of the Meetinghouse are welcome and appreciated. For information contact Holly Haase at (978) 425-2600, ext. 211, or, or visit

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