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Art & Music Schedule

SPRING 2018 Art and Music Schedule

Programs on March 14 and April 18 will be held at University Suites, 327 Aiken Street, Lowell, MA from 10 a.m. to Noon. Please note that the March 29 program is on a Thursday. There will sign-up sheets for tours at the March 7 Town Meeting.  If you cannot attend, you may ask someone to put your name on the list for your choice of tours. If there is a cost, payment is now required when you sign up. A 24-hour notice must be given for a refund.

Wednesday, March 14 Vietnam Today - Joe Sheedy

Joe Sheedy will give a slide presentation of his visit to Vietnam in the fall of 2017. Here are the highlights.

  • Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) French influence, the war and the Cu Chi tunnel network
  • Ho Ann Ancient Trading  port, Japanese wooden bridge with a 400 year old history, fishing and boat building, boat trip on the Bon River
  • Hue, the former capital, named Vietnam's forbidden Purple City, Vietnam's version of China's forbidden city, Empirical tombs and the Perfume River, Ha Long Bay, listed by UNESCO Heritage as "One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World."
  • Hanoi - A visit to the infamous Hanoi Hilton and a visit to local market where one can shop ‘til you drop!!
Coordinator: Jean Schott*

Wednesday, March 21 Visit to the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Special Exhibition: "Georgia O’Keefe: Art, Image, Style"

The exhibition focuses on O’Keefe as artist, photographer’s model and designer. It is a self-guided visit. 

  • Museum Admission: Adults $20, seniors (65+) $18, is paid individually at the museum. Library coupons and other discounts are accepted. An optional visit to Yin Yu Tang, the Chinese House adjacent to the museum is $6.
  • Transportation: The bus will leave at 10 a.m. from the back parking lot at Hannaford in Chelmsford and return at 3 p.m. Bus cost is $11 for LIRA members, $16 for non-members (if seats are available). Please send a check for the bus, payable to LIRA, Inc. to Carol McCarthy, 398 Acton Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824 by Thursday, March 15. A 24-hour notice must be given for refund.

The museum has a nice café or bring a snack to eat at the museum or on the bus.

Coordinator: Carol McCarthy*

THURSDAY, March 29 Boston Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal, Boston, MA

Program: Mozart "Symphony No. 23", Jorg Widmann's new work (American premiere), Strauss "Don Quixote"

Conductor - Andris Nelsons, Cello – Yo-Yo Ma, Viola – Steven Ansell

  • Tickets include bus transportation. $30 for LIRA members, $35 for non-members (if tickets are available). The bus leaves promptly at 7:15 a.m. from the back parking lot at Hannaford in Chelmsford. Bring a bag lunch. 
  • Checks are to be made to LIRA Inc. and are due no later than Thursday, March 22, 2018. Send checks to: Jean Rubinstein, 15 Fairbanks Rd, Chelmsford, MA 01824. 978-256-9943/ 978-761-0022

Coordinator: Jean Rubinstein*

Wednesday, April 4 Middlesex Community College Music Student Showcase

A concert given by voice students of Anna Ward and guitar students of Raley Beggs.

  • Location: Middlesex Community College Federal Building, East Merrimack Street, Lowell, next to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.
  • Time: 11 a.m. to Noon No charge for LIRA members!!
  • Parking: You may either park on the street or in one of three lots:  Davidson St. Lot (1-999 Davidson St. just off Merrimack St. for a fee); or at the Lower Locks Garage at 90 Warren Street, or at John St. Garage at 75 John Street. Each of these garages is about a 5 minute walk to the Federal Building. You may also walk from the Tsongas Center if you have a parking tag. It is about a 10 minute walk. 

Coordinator: Jean Schott*

Wednesday, April 11 "ArtWalk in Downtown Lowell" 

On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, join us for a springtime ArtWalk in downtown Lowell. Park at the National Park Visitors Center Parking Lot at 304 Dutton Street, and meet the group at the New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street between 10 - 10:15 a.m.  Please plan to have lunch with us at UnchARTed Gallery.

STOP #1:  10 a.m.

The New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street.  

Exhibit: Quilts Japan: The 13th Quilt Nihon Exhibition from Tokyo

Admission is $ 9 per person. (LIRA will cover the docent fee).

NEW Policy! The Arts & Music committee asks that you pay your admission fee in advance. (We have to give the museum the number of attendees in advance when we request docents).

Make checks- $9 per person- payable to LIRA, Inc. Pay at the Town Meeting or mail to coordinator (see below) before March 21. 

STOP #2:

The ALL Gallery (Arts League of Lowell), 307 Market Street and Gates Block Studios


Also in the Gates Block Building are over 30 artist studios. Several artists have offered to open their studios for anyone who wants to visit.

No Admission, but feel free to make a donation to the ALL.

STOP #3:

UnchARTed Gallery/Arts Venue & Restaurant

103 Market Street - See Lunch menu at their website

Exhibit: At the time of publication, owner Michael Dailey was deciding between two unique artists for UnchARTed's April exhibit. Visit the website in late March to see what he decided.

If you want to continue the ArtWalk on your own, here are some suggestions:

Gallery Z, an Artist Coop and Gallery at 167 Market Street. 


The Brush Gallery, 256 Market Street

Exhibit: Visual Voices (Lowell Public Elementary Schools)

Please SIGN UP IN ADVANCE and pre-pay admission fee for Quilt Museum 

Pay at Town Meeting or mail before March 21 to:

Kathy Cryan-Hicks

47 School Street

West Chelmsford MA 01863

Questions? Contact Kathy at


Coordinator: Kathy Cryan-Hicks*

Wednesday, April 18 Hike across the Northern Coast of Spain on the Camino De Santiago – Meg Holmes

The well-travelled path of thousands of religious pilgrims through the Northern Spanish provinces of Navarre and Galicia became known as El Camino de Santiago, the road to Santiago.  Begun in the Middle Ages, the number of people who took this route increased dramatically after Pope Calixto II conceded the church's greatest privileges to the See of Santiago de Compostela. Those who reached Santiago in those years obtained a plenary indulgence and absolution for one year. 

The shrine became the most important site of Christian pilgrimage after Rome and Jerusalem. The city emerged as a center of art and culture. Today, many "pilgrims" are visitors from around the world who enjoy the scenic route, chance to enjoy the fresh air and perhaps find friendship along the way.

Coordinator: Jean Schott*

Wednesday, April 25 Visit to the Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord, MA

Exhibit: “Fresh Goods” which describes the merchandising in 18th and 19th century Massachusetts when no malls could be found! It is part of a statewide MASS fashion project. What goods and services were available at that time?

The museum opens at 9 a.m. and our tour begins at 11 a.m.

  • Transportation: Meet at Hannaford in Chelmsford to carpool at 10 a.m. Please sign up for carpools at the March 7 Town Meeting.
  • Parking: There is parking in the museum’s lot and there is also some street parking.
  • Admission: Senior admission is $8. Please sign up and pay at the Town Meeting or mail a check made out to LIRA, Inc. to Jean Schott, Box 1628, Westford, MA 01886 by March 15.

Directions will be provided later.

Coordinator: Jean Schott*

Wednesday, May 2 Theater Party at the Merrimack Regional Theatre, 50 E. Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA

On Wednesday, May 2, at 2 p.m., LIRA will be hosting a Theater Party at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) for those who wish to attend a matinee performance of "The Villains' Supper Club," a play by Lila Rose Kaplan, directed by MRT's own Sean Daniels. The play is a comedy about motherhood and villainy Kapow! Galactic Girl fends off multiple dastardly villains. Woosh! She’s home in time to feed her baby and maybe even feed herself. When the last superhero on earth is also a new mom, there's no time to lose. Can she save the planet and call back the pediatrician? Or will she fall victim to her arch rival’s many nefarious schemes? From Lila Rose Kaplan comes an epic, irresistible comedy for anyone who’s ever had to be a superhero.

MRT is located at 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell, next door to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.  You may either park on the street or in one of three lots:  Davidson St. lot (1-999 Davidson St. just off Merrimack St. for a fee); or at the Lower Locks Garage at 90 Warren St. for $5 with ticket stamped at theater, or at John St. Garage for $5 with ticket stamped at theater.  Each of these garages is about a 5 minute walk to the theater.  You may also walk from the Tsongas Center if you have a parking tag there.  It is about a 10 minute walk.

Here are the particulars:  All tickets for this Milk and Cookies performance are $16.  

In order to make sure we get seats, please observe the following deadlines: A check for $16 made out to MRT may be given directly to Joan Kerzner at the LIRA Town Meeting on March 7, or mailed to Joan Kerzner, 130 John St.  Unit 303, Lowell, MA 01852 by March 14.  

Absolutely no reservations will be accepted after March 14. Those LIRA members who are MRT subscribers and wish to exchange their tickets for this performance may call the MRT Box Office directly at 978-654-4678 to change their tickets.  Please ask them to waive the ticket upgrade charge (if there is one) as they are members of the Joan Kerzner LIRA Group.

Coordinator: Joan Kerzner*

*Indicates a LIRA member