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FRIDAY, JUNE 18

Town Offices Closed

S.A.F.E. Program for kids: 4 to 8 p.m. A Student Awareness of Fire Education event will be held at the War Memorial Building on Church Street in Shirley, sponsored by the Shirley American Legion Post and the Shirley Fire Department. This will be a fun, as well as an educational event to teach our kids and adults about fire prevention and fire safety. There will also be a “Bouncy House” for the kids, hamburgers, hot-dogs, and other refreshments. The public is encouraged to attend this important public safety event.

Meetings held in Town Offices unless otherwise noted, subject to change with 48-hours posted notice.

SUNDAY, JUNE 20

Father’s Day fishing derby: Ayer Gun & Sportsman’s Club, 255 Snake Hill Rd., Ayer, 978- 772-9748, will host a Father’s Day fishing Derby from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Adults $12, Children 12 and under $6. One pole per admission, 3-fish limit, no license required, open to the public, raffles & prizes. Breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m.; lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fathers eat free.

MONDAY, JUNE 21

Board of Health: 5:30 p.m.

Board of Assessors: 7 p.m.

Board of Selectmen: 7 p.m.

Town Clerk, evening office hours: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Tax Collector, evening office hours: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Recreation Commission: 7 p.m.

TUESDAY, JUNE 22

Veterans Agent: 5:30 p.m.

Town Government Study Committee: 6 to 8 p.m.

Conservation Commission: 7:15 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23

Zoning Board of Appeals: 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 25

Town Offices Closed

Meetings held in Town Offices unless otherwise noted, subject to change with 48-hours posted notice.

BRIEFS

Next up at Shirley Historical Society Museum

The next program and display at the Shirley Historical Society Museum will be all about wedding trousseaus.

The collection of items for a trousseau was a common coming-of-age rite until approximately the 1950’s. It was typically a step on the road to marriage between courting or dating, engagement and the wedding ceremony.

Over changes in historic times and ethnic groups, some women started hand-sewing items for their trousseau before they were even old enough to spend time with a young man. Other young women began collecting housewares as soon as they were engaged.

Many women collected these items into a hope chest that was often made of cedar to discourage damage from moths. The trousseau might include the wedding gown and going away dress; hand-embroidered pillow cases or table cloths. There might be new sets of flatware, crystal or china received as wedding presents.

The most famous maker of hope chests was the Lane Company who was in business from 1912 to 2001. The museum display will include items like these as well as wedding photos and dresses on mannequins.

If anyone would like to loan items to be part of the display, please contact Museum Curator Meredith Marcinkewicz. Meredith is also collecting stories from Shirley women regarding their wedding trousseaus. She would like to interview women who got married at various times over the 20th century and some who can tell of their mother’s or grandmother’s experiences in collecting items for a trousseau. Stop by the Museum any Monday or Saturday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., phone her at 978-425-9328 or e-mail mail@shirleyhistory.org.

The opening program and reception for the new display will be Saturday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. The display will remain up through early September.