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Lexington Arts and Crafts Society presents: New Directions: Polymer Clay/Beaders Guild Show
February 24 – March 11, 2018Reception: Sunday, February 25, 2-4pmWhether it’s the result of a moment of inspiration, a fresh point of reference, a celebratory orchallenging life event, or simply an intriguing new technique or tool… exploring a new artisticdirection means looking forward, not back... taking a risk… letting go of the familiar and not knowingexactly where you will end up.The artists in this exhibit are building on the past and moving in new directions as they explorethemes, techniques, and materials in fresh and innovative ways.The members of the Polymer & Beading Guild invite you to join them at their Spring Exhibition andSale as they celebrate new beginnings in their artistic journeys. Meet the artists at the Reception andlearn about the techniques and inspiration behind their original creations. During Gallery hours, therewill always be a Guild member present to answer questions.Find a gift for yourself or another at the Gallery-to- Go section with many items available for immediatepurchase.Gallery Hours:  Tuesday-Friday, and Sunday from 12 – 4pm. Saturday 10am- 4pmOpen to the public. Free admission and parking.

When: Feb 24, 2018 10am to Feb 24, 2018 4pm in Lexington, MA

Tavern Night

Saturday February 24, 2018
6:30 PM until 9:30 PM
Tavern Night at Buckman Tavern
Saturday, February 24
6:30-9:30 PM at Buckman Tavern

Experience Buckman Tavern as it was in the 18th century! Enjoy a fun talk on beer history and a tasting of a 17th century-style beer with Emerson Baker of Salem State University and Butch Heilshorn of Earth Eagle Brewings. Then, mingle with the 18th century inhabitants of Lexington as you explore the tavern with historic snacks and libations.

$50 Members / $60 Non-members. Space is limited and advanced reservations are required. www.lexingtonhistory.org/store/p192/Tavern_Night_at_Buckman_Tavern

Location: Buckman Tavern

When: Feb 24, 2018 6:30PM to Feb 24, 2018 9:30PMin Lexington, MA

Sound Journey with Nirmal Chandraratna

First Parish welcomes Nirmal Chandraratna, a New York City-based Kirtan artist and composer with a passion for nurturing connection – to spirit, to community, and to one’s deeper self – through music. Using the voice, the harmonium and the cello, he creates music for Kirtan and meditation, and works for communal performance. He will collaborate with our director of music Rip Jackson. In this evening experience, set in a dynamic, meditative environment, you are invited to connect with your intentions, both for yourself and for the world, and to let them take flight using the transformative power of sound. Layered textures of the human voice, cello, and percussion will weave a tapestry of music and mantra. Though sound vibration works on subtle levels, even at the level of human perception, we are able to receive and interact intentionally with vibrations, not only through our ears but also through our bodies: we respond viscerally to beauty in the form of harmonics, rhythm and melody, and we can work in this space to align our lives with our vision for a better world. At the beginning of the evening, we’ll come together as a community, singing together and sharing our intentions. We’ll raise the intensity, and then you’ll be invited to settle into a comfortable position to meditate in a darkened, candle-lit environment as a concert of expansive music and textures unfolds. For more information, call 781-862-8200 or wisit www.fplex.org.

Nirmal Chandraratna was born to Sri Lankan parents in Rochester, New York. He began studying cello at 9 years and continued until the end of his undergraduate years at Brown University.  There he received his BA in Music, led a jazz a cappella group and arranged music for a 24-member cello choir. Nirmal found his passion in music composition and received his Masters in Music in 1998 from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he concentrated on vocal composition and opera, and then further explored dramatic music at the BMI Lehmen Engel Musical Theater workshop in New York City. In 2010, Nirmal discovered Kirtan, a call-and-response practice of singing mantra, and fell in love with Kirtan’s intentionality and immersive nature.  He began studying Sanskrit, Eastern philosophy and mantra, and has been leading Kirtan ever since; he has sung Kirtan in the Netherlands, Quebec, Boston, New England, upstate New York and New York City.   Kirtan and mantra have influenced his other compositions in his desire to continue to include the audience into a musical experience in an intentional manner, and he also offers guided meditations on the chakras, Sound Journeys, live music for yoga classes, and other creative offerings.

Free will offering.

When: Feb 24, 2018 7:30PM in Lexington, MA
Cost: Free Admission. A free will offering will be taken.

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About Lexington, MA
Lexington Massachusetts was settled in 1642 and was incorporated in 1713. Lexington is an affluent community that prides itself on the beauty of its town owned land, as well as the excellence of its public school system and the safety of its residents. The town is home to conservation lands and many parks and also museums and libraries that all provide exceptional opportunities for cultural and recreational activities. The town’s physical location provides easy access to Boston and all of New England.

Lexington’s citizens give particular attention to preserving the town’s rich historical importance as the birthplace of the American Revolution. The annual Patriot’s Day celebration in April is complete with a re-enactment of Paul Revere’s ride and the battle with the British.