Happy Friday! Make it happier by attending one of these two family-friendly events…


Fiddle Masters Concert featuring Brian Wicklund
Suzuki School of Newton*
Friday, August 23 at 8pm
DeWitt Hall, Lasell College*

Top musicians from around the country come to teach at Brian Wicklund’s Fiddle Pal Camp. Together they put on a show of enormous talent! This year features fiddlers Brian Wicklund, Katie McNally, and Mariel Vandersteel, cellist Ariel Friedman, and guitarist Flynn Cohen.  Hosted by the Suzuki School of Newton, the concert will take place in air-conditioned DeWitt Hall on the Lasell College campus.  Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Online tix:  http://fiddlemasters2013.brownpapertickets.com/


Summer in the Highlands
Hyde Community Center Bandstand
Friday, August 23 at 6pm | FREE

Go Americana tonight with a performance from the Waltham American Legion Band and a screening of BIG! You’ll surely reminisce about the good ol’ days of the 80s!


Then on Saturday…

Anna Staniszewski: My Epic Fairy Tale Fail & My Very Unfairy Tale Life
New England Mobile Book Fair
Saturday, August 24 at 1pm

Meet local author Anna Staniszewski! In her new book, My Epic Fairy Tale Fail, Jenny has finally accepted her life of magic and mayhem as savior of fairy tale kingdoms, but that doesn’t mean the job’s any easier. Her new mission is to travel to the Land of Tales to defeat an evil witch and complete three Impossible Tasks. Throw in some school friends, a bumbling knight, a rhyming troll, and a giant bird, and happily ever after starts looking far far away. But with her parents’ fate on the line, this is one happy ending Jenny is determined to deliver.

Saturday, August 24th at 1:00 PM, come in and meet Anna! She’ll be here at New England Mobile Book Fair! She’ll be available to chat with you and sign her book for you! Stop on by to meet one of Boston’s own.


On Sunday, walk off the delicious summertime bbq and ice cream:

Historic Newton Walks: Four Centuries on Chestnut Hill
Historic Newton*
Sunday, August 25 at 2pm
Meet at Chestnut Hill School | FREE

Originally settled by the Hammond family in 1655, the Newton portion of Chestnut Hill has flourished over four centuries. With the introduction of railways nearby in the 1850s, what had been a remote and undeveloped area grew rapidly, due in part to the formation of the “Essex Colony” by prominent North Shore families. In the early 1900s, Chestnut Hill changed dramatically as farmland was divided for estates and Boston College broke ground on their new campus. Join local resident Amy Grier for a look at this corner of Newton that still retains a feel of its rural past. Park and meet in the lot at the Chestnut Hill School, 428 Hammond St. Free.

As always, the Newton Culture Fix is just a preview of arts and culture events happening in Newton. If you have another event that you would like to share, please kindly do so in the comments.

*Newton Cultural Alliance Member