Upcoming Events

2017 Meeting House Events

Saturday, March 25th, 7:30 p.m. – My Kingdom: A concert featuring works by New England composers and poets

The Shirley Meeting House opens the 2017 season with Ensemble Lyrae – New England is home to the five core members of Ensemble Lyrae. In crafting their inaugural season, they have chosen to present a program featuring the words and music of New England poets and composers, immediately offering audiences a glimpse into the culture that cultivated these Boston-based artists. Anchoring the program around Louisa May Alcott’s poem, “My Kingdom,” Ensemble Lyrae has commissioned Vartan Aghababian, Eva Conley Kendrick, Brian John, and Charles Tarver, four consummate composers with ties to New England, to set the poem. Other selections include Juliana Hall’s “Syllables of Velvet, Sentences of Plush,” which brings to life Emily Dickinson’s charming and profound letters. Also featured is Theodore Chanler’s masterpiece, the song cycle “Eight Epitaphs.” These pieces will complement the commissioned works, and, combined, will each express the great beauty and diversity of style, wit, and wisdom of this artistically rich region. A reception will follow the concert. Suggested donation: $15.00


Saturday, May 6th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Freedom’s Way 2017 Hidden Treasures  – Open House Tour 


Saturday, June 17th, 7:30 p.m. – Stage Door Canteen

A tribute to the music of World War II. Where could a GI enjoy the best big bands, dance with the ladies, and rub elbows with the stars of Broadway and Hollywood? Only at the Stage Door Canteen. Bette Davis served the desserts. Marlene Dietrich and Lauren Bacall danced the night away. Red Skelton told the jokes and Bing Crosby crooned. The guests were the steady stream of GI’s headed off to war. Many were leaving home for the first time and the Canteen offered a welcome opportunity to forget their anxieties — if only for a time— with entertainment, fellowship and a little American spirit. A reception will follow the performance. Suggested Donation: $10.00


Saturday, September 16th, 7:00 p.m. – Emilie Faucher & Friends
Each year Emilie Faucher brings to the Meeting House innovation programs that includ both the performing arts and the visual arts. She has been steeped in music since childhood, growing up in Shirley with the tunes of Bach, Edith Piaf, the Beatles and the Chieftans. She still plays the LPs from all these greats. She is currently in four bands (The Summertime Jazz Trio, The Response, The Big Little Band and Trinity Chapel Choir. In her own words: “I love the Meeting House with all my heart and voice and would sing anything in this special spot!” Suggested donation for this event: $10.00


Saturday, October 21st, 7:30 p.m. – A Celtic Evening with The Kelly Girls

The Shirley Meeting House welcomes The Kelly Girls  – a lively and talented four piece all female band. Enjoy rousing renditions of songs and tunes rooted in Irish, Scottish, American and Canadian musical traditions. The Kelly Girls play fiddle, banjo, bodhran, tin-whistle, flute, ukulele, accordion, bouzouki, guitar and mandolin. They have been performing in New England, Canada and Ireland for many years for all kinds of parties, weddings, festivals, and special occasions. Come on into the Meeting House, kick up your heels, dance, clap and sing-along with The Kelly Girls!  A reception will follow the concert. Suggested donation: $15.00


Sunday, December 3rd, 6:15 p.m. – Candlelight Vespers – Bringing Christmas Home

Candlelight Vespers has become a tradition for many of those who attend and perform. This year we will offer a program that highlights the varied family traditions of our community during the holiday season. Please join us in the peace of the Meeting House for the 14th Annual Candlelight Vespers.