Hoppy Fall Festival Comes to Heritage Museums & Gardens!

September 23– Experience an autumn biergarten at the largest public garden in southern New England! The full day of brew-related and family activities at Heritage Museums & Gardens features beer tastings from some of the best local Massachusetts breweries. When visitors aren’t saying Prost! (Cheers!), they can expand their knowledge at home brewing demos, craft beer workshops, and a talk and book signing with Lauren Clark, author of Crafty Bastards. Families will also enjoy a number of fun activities, including food trucks, games—including Cornhole, Kanjam, and other backyard favorites—crafts, and more.

“Not only is this a great way to celebrate autumn with family and friends, but it’s also a tribute to the centuries-old beer heritage in New England and the creative art of growing hops and craft brewing,” said Ellen Spear, Heritage President and CEO. “Our horticulture staff takes you to the beginning of the brewing process with hops that they’ve grown this season, through brewing and ultimately tasting. The family-friendly festive atmosphere includes great food and activities for children of all ages, and full access to all Heritage has to offer.”

Tickets, which are $30 for non-members and $15 for members, include admission to all gardens and exhibits; six, four-ounce beer tastings from Massachusetts breweries; home brewing demos and talks; and more.  Beer-friendly food is available for purchase. Massachusetts breweries featured include Cape Cod Beer, Cisco Brewers, Independent Fermentations Brewing, Castle Island Brewing Company, Devil’s Purse, Hog Island, and Mayflower Brewing Company.

The tasting happens rain or shine at a beer tent on the Parade Field. Visitors must be 21 years or older to participate in the beer tasting, and a valid ID is required. WBUR, Boston’s NPR Station on the Cape and Islands at 89.1 and 92.7 FM, is the Hoppy Fall Festival media sponsor.

Heritage is open through October 9, 10 am-5 pm daily.

Click here or information and tickets, or call 508-888-3300.

Upcoming events for July:

July 23, 4 p.m.     The Manchurian Candidate Screening And Discussion

The ARTery contributor Joyce Kulhawik will moderate a discussion following a screening of the 1962 classic, “The Manchurian Candidate.”

About The Manchurian Candidate
Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is a Staff Sergeant in the Korean war serving alongside Major Ben Marco (Frank Sinatra) when their patrol is ambushed by Communist soldiers. Having escaped, the squad returns to the U.S. where Raymond is to receive the Medal of Honor for single-handedly saving the lives of his squad. Marco, however, becomes suspicious of Shaw after his recurring nightmares lead him to believe there is more to the rescue than meets the eye, and launches himself into a world of corruption, politics, intrigue, and brainwashing. Tickets are $20, and include complimentary popcorn. 

July 27, 6 p.m.     Boston Book Festival’s Literary Trivia

WBUR reporter and anchor Jack Lepiarz will host the Boston Book Festival’s 6th annual literary pub trivia night at Trident Booksellers & Cafe in Boston. Teams should include no more than 6 members. The teams with the top 3 scores will receive prizes donated by BBF and partners. There will also be a special prize for the best team name. Players without a team are free to join the existing Dickensian Orphans team.
Tickets are $15. Trident food and drinks will be available for purchase.

July 29, 2 p.m.     Woods Hole Film Festival 2017

WBUR is proud to sponsor the 26th Annual Woods Hole Film Festival from Saturday, July 29 through Saturday, August 5, 2017. The Festival is the oldest on Cape Cod and the Islands, and is dedicated to presenting the best independent films from emerging filmmakers. Each summer over 8 days, the Festival presents over 130 films from around the world in Woods Hole and Falmouth. Filmmakers and patrons alike travel to Woods Hole from across the globe to see great films, meet interesting filmmakers, and support the festival’s sponsors.
Ticket prices vary. Click here for more information.
For these and many other scheduled events, please refer to the WBUR calendar page for additional event and ticketing information.



A huge crew from WBUR headed to San Francisco for the PMDMC (Public Media Development and Marketing Conference), public media’s largest conference devoted to issues surrounding revenue generation, marketing, and management.


Our booth was hopping as guests of the conference were able to make GIF’s of themselves in front of an On Point background, complete with Tom Ashbrook’s famous introduction.



Speaking of Tom Ashbrook, he was the special guest at a luncheon in which he interviewed Chris Lehane from Air BnB, which was Facebook Live’d.  Catch the full interview here!


What would a luncheon be without swag?  Guests were treated to an On Point fidget spinner, which was a huge hit as folks were tweeting out pics!  For a full “behind the scenes” recap of the conference, check out our twitter page @WBURExtra!


Heritage Museums & Gardens will be bursting with the aroma of mouth-watering food at the final Food Truck Friday, June 23, from 5-8 pm. A special discount price of $5 per person includes admission to the event, fun family activities, and exclusive access to Heritage exhibits and grounds.

“Food Truck Fridays were launched this season to make Heritage accessible to those who aren’t able to visit during the day,” said Ellen Spear, Heritage president and CEO. “Our first Food Truck Friday was such a great hit with families and our community that we decided to reduce the price of admission to the event to ensure cost would not be a barrier to anyone who wanted to enjoy great food, after-hours access to Heritage, and a fun and festive time.”

Featured food trucks include Cape Cod Cannoli, offering more than 170 flavors of cannoli; The Pineapple Caper Catering, specializing in grilled cheeses; Wolf Pizza, with a variety of homemade pizzas; and The Local Scoop, with homemade frozen yogurt and ice cream with a variety of toppings. The Magnolia Café, the outdoor eatery at Heritage, will have food, beer, and wine for sale, and The Casual Gourmet will offer gourmet-style cookout selection.

The event, which is held rain or shine, provides visitors with a chance to unwind with friends and family during an evening of fun, relaxation, music, tasty food from some of the area’s best trucks, and access to the auto gallery exhibit and this season’s special exhibit, Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views. The event is sponsored by the Arbella Insurance Foundation and Media Sponsor WBUR.

WHAT:           Food Truck Friday

WHEN:           Friday: June 23, 5-8 pm

WHERE:         Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich, MA

COST:             $5 for non-members; free for members (admission does not include food/drinks.)

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