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Concord Museum plans ‘Celebrate the Apple Day’ on Sept. 7

Concord Museum celebrates all things apple, including making apple pies, with a free event Saturday, Sept. 7.
Concord Museum celebrates all things apple, including making apple pies, with a free event Saturday, Sept. 7.

It’s Labor Day weekend — time to trade swimsuits for sweaters. But instead of feeling glum about the end of beach days, get ready for the apple harvest and bright fall days ahead.Apples have been central to the New England harvest since the British first brought apple-tree cuttings across the Atlantic in the 17th century. And Concord Museum commemorates this with the “Celebrate the Apple Day” on Saturday, Sept. 7.

This free community day will be held in the courtyard of the museum’s Rasmussen Education Center and in the Franklin Lyceum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Enjoy hands-on fun, including pressing apples for cider and baking pies from a variety of locally grown — and very delicious — apples. Throughout the day, visitors can contribute to the community art mural, which asks, “What can you add to our apple orchard?”

The apple event is a kickoff to fall programming at the museum. But events really begin two days earlier, on Thursday, Sept. 5, with a family-oriented program starting at 4 p.m., with author Linda Booth Sweeney and illustrator Shawn Fields. The duo recently wrote the kids’ book “Monument Maker,” about the life and art of Concord sculptor Daniel Chester French, creator of the Lincoln Memorial and the Minute Man statue, among other masterpieces. Learn how young French found passion and talent for doing sculptures, and try sculpting your own at the end of the program.

September is full of programs at the Concord Museum, including a walking tour, talks and a screening of “Nature: A Walking Play,” about the friendship between Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

For details on these and other events, visit www.concordmuseum.org or call 978-369-9763, ext. 216.

Big day in the Mill City

The Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race takes place Saturday, Sept. 21.

Saturday, Sept. 21, is a big day in Lowell, with two fun-filled events taking place. First up is the Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race, a quirky happening where human-powered, all-terrain sculptures make their way over cobblestones, through a mud pit, then navigate the Merrimack River. It’s on from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., followed by the official after-party at Warp and Weft on Market Street. The same day, the inaugural Lowell Irish Festival takes place from noon-11 p.m., at Lowell Memorial Auditorium. On tap, besides the craft beer, you’ll find live Irish music and step-dancing, food trucks, heritage events, craft tents, family activities and more.

Lectures from celebrities

Alan Cumming, the acclaimed actor and activist, appears at MFA Boston on Oct. 20 as part of the Shapiro Celebrity Lectures.

Tickets are on sale for the fall season of public programs at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, including the annual Shapiro Celebrity Lectures that bring artists, authors and innovators to the MFA to share their vision, working processes and insights. Featured lectures include Tig Notaro, Oct. 16; Alan Cumming, Oct. 20; Teju Cole, Dec. 4; Thelma Golden, Feb. 5; Maysoon, Zayid, Feb. 26 and Bryan Stevenson, April 1. For tickets and info about other fall public programs, visit www.mfa.org.

Nancye Tuttle’s email address is nancyedt@verizon.net.

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