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Events at Hale

Earth Day Cleanup
Community Cleanup in Westwood
Supplies Available at Hale Until May 16
Poetry Nights at Hale
Poetry Nights at Hale
June 1
live at hale
Live at Hale Concert Series
June 9
Juneteenth at Hale
Juneteenth at Hale
June 17–19
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Paint Night
July 28
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Upcoming Events

Whether you’d like to go on a night hike, get into trail running, meditate by the pond, learn to paint, or take a canoe out at sunset, you’re sure to find something to do at Hale.

Community Cleanup—Join Westwood Community Trails and volunteer to remove litter from neighborhoods throughout Westwood. Bags may be picked up from Hale until May 16. Free. Claim a site to clean up at your convenience.

June 17–19: Juneteenth—We’ll celebrate with film, theatre, music, poetry, dancing, and more. For detailed information about events, click here.

July 28: Paint Night—Join Shannon Obey and Ally Buff and splash Hale’s pastel colors onto canvas at North Beach! Bring friends, make new ones, and leave with your own personal masterpiece. Materials and supplies are included. Light refreshments will be available. Parking is at Cat Rock and the event is at North Beach. Please note that you must be at least 21 years of age to participate in Paint Night. $35 per painter. Register here.

Annual Events

The Steam Kettle Music Festival returns September 10, 2022. This year’s lineup of artists and ticket information will be available soon.

These events are free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of our sponsors:

  • Hale-o-ween (October 29, 2022)
  • Fall Family Scavenger Hunt (November 25, 2022)
  • Volunteer Days, Senior Soirées, Story Walks® and more

Sponsors

Contact Paula if you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for your organization.

Westwood Community Trails

Enjoy nature near Boston with Community trails in Westwood

Sponsored by Westwood’s Department of Public Works and its Recreation Department, guided by its Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee, and administered by Hale, Westwood Community Trails invites residents to explore the town’s trails and learn more about their importance to the community. Monthly guided hikes (typically on Saturday mornings) vary in distance and topography and explore a number of areas at Hale and beyond. To learn more, email coordinator Rich de Reyna at westwoodcommunitytrails@gmail.com.

Upcoming Hikes

Mark your calendar and join us on our next hike. No registration is required; just show up! All hikes start at 10 AM.

  • Apr. 2—Forest and Field Loop, Twin Post Road, Westwood (3 miles)
  • Apr. 23—Earth Day Cleanup, Martha Jones School, Westwood (2 miles)
  • May 7—Storrow Pond, Old Stone Road, Westwood (3–5 miles)
  • June 4—Rocky Woods, Hartford Street, Medfield (3–5 miles)
  • July 2—Sen Ki, Hartford Street, Westwood (3–5 miles)
  • Aug. 6—Noanet Pond Loop, Old Stone Road, Westwood (3 miles)

Please remember to observe COVID-19 Trail Etiquette:

  • Self quarantine: If you don’t feel well, spent time unmasked with people outside of your bubble, or if you recently traveled, please stay home.
  • Keep your distance: Maintain a distance of at least six feet from others.
  • Bring a mask: As a courtesy, wear it when others may pass through your exhaled air. Feel free to remove it when you’re safely distanced from others.
  • Arrive, hike, and leave: We’ll start hiking 5 minutes after the stated meeting time and depart 5 minutes after the hike is over.

Live Music at Hale

If you enjoy live music, support local singer-songwriters with friends and family at Hale. Join the dedicated fan base of these BYOB 21+ acoustic shows (held once per season) in rustic venues that include the ACLC Barn and Powissett Lodge.

Upcoming Shows

Past Lineups

  • December 7, 2019—Cold Car with Ken Carter, Just Another Guru
  • June 27, 2019—John Hanson, Calvin Mausteller, Zack Bolles
  • August 2, 2018—Cold Car, Jenne Halstead, Conor Ryan Hennessy
  • May 17, 2018—Deb Todd Wheeler, Late Night Thoughts, Lisa Bastoni
  • February 8, 2018—Chris Trapper, Sophia Jane
  • October 26, 2017—Colin O’Dwyer, Emily Theis, Just Another Guru
  • August 10, 2017—Zack Bolles, Sara Colb, Josie Lowder
  • July 13, 2017—Ken Carter, Lynn Bailey and Sean Witty, Andrew O’Keeffe and Hayes Cummings

Poetry Nights at Hale

On the first Wednesday of every month, each Poetry Night at Hale begins with an open mic and ends with a set by a featured poet. Whether you choose to share your own poetry or simply appreciate the work of others, it’s always an exciting night of spoken word. Poetry Nights at Hale are ideal for ages 16+ but younger poets are welcome if they’re accompanied by parents or guardians. Poetry Nights at Hale and other programs coordinated by Hale’s artist-in-residence are made possible by the generosity of The Margaret Stewart Lindsay Foundation.

Upcoming Sets

  • June 1, 6:30–8 PM—Join artist-in-residence Will C., a university professor and international performer, trainer, and administrator of Playback Theatre. He’s a respected poet and creative event planner who engages communities through the arts. His set will include his own poetry as well as poems created on the spot through an interactive storytelling process with the audience. Light refreshments will be available. Parking and the event are at Hale’s Trading Post. Free. Register here.

Past Featured Poets

  • May 2022—Isabel Cristina Legarda and Bianca Thompson
  • April 2022—Dariana Guerrero
  • March 2022—Lexi Wight
  • February 2022—Art Collins
  • January 2022—Kayla Kennedy
  • December 2021—Douglas Bishop
  • November 2021—Will “Will C.” Chalmus