Things to do: See a musical, search for owls, see the night sky

Nov 30, 2017

There's a lot happening in Dartmouth on any given week. Visit for your itinerary.

Friday, December 1

Dine and watch a movie.

The Dartmouth Grange’s monthly Farmer Film and Potluck begins at 6 p.m. at the Grange Hall, 1133 Fisher Road. This month’s featured film is “Soul Food Junkies,” which covers the past and future of southern soul food. The potluck begins at 6 p.m. and the film begins at 6:30 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to share. Visit for more information.

See a holiday classic on stage.

Dartmouth High School Theatre Company will open its winter musical, a double feature of Elf Jr. and Last Stop ‘Till Christmas, at 7 p.m. at Dartmouth High School. Performances are also scheduled for December 2 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. A family four pack is also available for $40. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling (508) 971-2258.

Saturday, December 2

Give a hoot.

Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary will invite owl enthusiasts to its 1280 Horseneck Road property for an owl prowl, 4-6 p.m. The event will include an evening hike on Mass Audubon’s trails, through woodlands and grasslands in search of owls. Those attending are asked to dress for an outdoor hike and bring binoculars. Staff will have binoculars on hand to provide for those who do not own any. The cost to attend is $10 for adult and child members and $12 for adult and child non-members. Pre-registration is required; visit or call (508) 636-2437 for more information.

Reach for the stars.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Observatory will be open for public viewings starting at 7 p.m. Staff from the observatory and the Astronomical Society of Southern New England will be on site and will allow visitors to view the night sky through the observatory’s 16-inch telescope, and other telescopes set up at the event. Viewings will only take place if weather permits and the skies are clear. Cancellation announcements will be made at around 5 p.m. the day of an open house. Visit for the announcement or call (508) 999-8715 for a prerecorded message.

Sunday, December 3

Pick up a Christmas tree and support a cause.

The Powel Tree Farm and Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary are teaming up for a tree sale fundraiser. From 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., proceeds from tree sales at the farm will be donated to the sanctuary. Trees are $50 each. One tree and one bunch of greens is $75; and one tree, one bunch of greens, and an entry of five rubber ducks to next year’s Allens Pond Duck Derby is $100. Greens and other holiday items, and food will also be on sale. Visit for more information. The Powel Tree Farm is located on Jordan Road in South Dartmouth.

Learn about Native American history.

The Dartmouth Historical and Arts Society will host Richard W. Gifford for a discussion on his research into the Watuppa Wampanoag Reservation at 2:30 p.m. Gifford will share stories he has uncovered about the lives of those who once called the reservation home, and the reservation’s connection to the King Philip’s War. Light refreshments will be served. A $5 donation is encouraged. The lecture is at the society’s 1205 Russells Mills Road headquarters.

Tuesday, December 5

Listen to holiday classics.

The Dartmouth Grange holiday concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the Grange Hall, 1133 Fisher Road. The concert will feature the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Mental Note a cappella group. The repertoire will include both holiday favorites and contemporary songs suitable for all ages. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will follow the concert. For more information, visit

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