5 things to do this weekend, including a hydrangea festival and virtual poetry

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“Blue hydrangeas, divine cold silver / Kashmir, cologne and white sun. Lana Del Rey’s lyrics to “Old Money” play in my head every time I see or hear the word hydrangea. In this week’s round of events, you have the option of doing more than just singing about hydrangeas – you can learn to identify species and even buy one if you want to. (Maybe now I’ll learn why I can never keep my hydrangeas alive!) But if you have allergies or don’t like plants, there are also many festivals listed here that celebrate the creativity embedded in our plants. communities.

Saturday July 10-Sunday July 11

The sixth annual festival will take place at various locations in Newton, including the Suzuki School of Newton, the Allen House Center for the Arts, and the Hyde Bandstand. The festival honors artists, storytellers and creators. Jazz singer Debo Ray, opera singer Olga Lisovskaya and 18 other musicians will perform live and bring a range of genres to your ears, including Bengali pop, global soul rock and more. There will even be a story slam where the Newton Nomadic Theater will perform and allow the community to become storytellers. In case of bad weather, the performances will be moved to the covered rooms.

saturday july 10

The inaugural Mission Hill Arts Festival aims to combine a musical experience with visuals. The festival now takes place every two weeks until August. This weekend, Steve Langone and The Jinga Quartet are scheduled to perform. The quartet will bring Caribbean and South American rhythms that will go well with the drummer and real improviser Steve Langone. The music will be accompanied by an art exhibition showcasing the works of Nicholas Milkovich, who has a background in sculpture and engineering and is inspired by the use of reusable materials. If you can, bring a chair!

saturday july 10

For his comeback in person, the Somerville Arts Council is presenting a one-day pop-up ArtBeat festival. Due to COVID-19, organizers have opted for more itinerant artists and less traditional vendors. However, the fun remained the same! With its main stage located in Seven Hills Park in Davis Square, musical acts will be performed starting at 11 a.m., organized in collaboration with ONCE Somerville. Programming includes dance, percussion, visual art exhibits, an opening parade, touring music and more. You can find out more about the Art Beat festival in this preview from ARTery collaborator Mita Kataria.

Sunday July 11

This summer, the New England Poetry Club is hosting a festival that runs from Sunday through August. This weekend, Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola and Boston’s first Young Poet Laureate Alondra Bobadilla will present the festival’s first formal reading. “Creative expression can be a powerful tool for young people to examine their feelings about issues, find their voice and speak out about the changes they want to see for their future,” Bobadilla wrote on the website. ‘event. The festival run promises to offer events that will expand your knowledge of poetry. Registration is compulsory.

From Friday July 9 to Sunday July 18

Cape Cod, an area widely known for its hydrangeas, will celebrate this beautiful flower with a 10-day festival. The annual event includes a self-guided tour that can be downloaded or picked up at the museum and will introduce you to a fascinating discovery of eight species of hydrangeas and over 170 cultivars. In case you fall in love with a plant, they will also have a plant sale. As you explore the garden, you will also come across Lego sculptures created by artist Cody Wells that are part of the museum’s “Bugs, Birds and Bricks” exhibit. Inside the museum is another exhibit called “New England Toy Stories” which examines the history of toy makers past and present.