December at Arts at the  Armory Somerville 

December at the Armory

Boy oh boy, even a quick glance at our events calendar for December will reinforce that it really is the most wonderful time of the year! So many opportunities to celebrate the arts and shine a spotlight on local businesses and organizations that support our community-at-large. Speaking of spotlights….we’re launching our own campaign to raise the funds to update the performance lighting both in the Hall and in the cafe. Read on for more information about that as well as a sampling of the other truly awesome things coming up this month.
Cambridge Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert

Saturday, December 10th, 8pm-9:30pm in the Hall
A favorite annual event for many, the CSO will fill the Hall with all of your holiday favorites, this year featuring soprano Vira Slywotsky and again including students from Perkins School for the Blind. Maybe, just maybe, even Santa will make a special guest appearance… Tickets are $20/$10 for students and seniors and are available here.
Scout Somerville Holiday Gift Guide

Thursday, December 1st, 5:30pm-8pm in the Hall
Join Scout Somerville for this annual event highlighting all of the hidden gems and local favorites in Somerville and Cambridge. There will be light refreshments from some of these amazing establishments. Scout Somerville will also be accepting donations for the community charity, Toys for Local Children. Admission is free!  
Two Winter Galas
On Thursday, December 8th, the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of Massachusetts will be hosting their annual winter fundraiser in the Hall. Look forward to live music, food & drink, live and silent auctions — and more! Tickets available here.
Then on Saturday, December 17th, Ministries of Aides will be hosting their United for Education Gala in the Hall. Live music, great food, and incredible raffle prizes will round out this night set to celebrate the great work done this year in Haiti.Tickets available here.
Femme Nouveau 2016: Manifesting the Muse

Friday, December 9th, 6pm-10:30pm in the Hall
Join us for the 2nd Annual celebration of local female artists. There will be light refreshments and a cash bar. The silent auction ends at 9pm just in time for the performance to begin! Proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of Greater Boston.
Spotlight on the Armory

On December 10th, we’ll launch a fundraising campaign. Our goal is to raise $1500 to improve event lighting in the Cafe and Performance Hall. We’d appreciate your support… Keep an eye out for a special newsletter highlighting this opportunity to make the Armory a little brighter — help us shed some light on the arts!
Winter Markets are ON!

Weekends in December in the Hall
The Winter Farmers’ Market makes its annual return to Saturdays — look for all the goodies every Saturday in the Hall through the end of March. Sundays in December are equally as local-shop-worthy, featuring a rotation of Somerville Flea and Somerville Local First. Doesn’t it feel great to spend your money on unique things that only your community could create? We agree.  

Rare Gems III

Friday, December 2nd, 8pm-10:30pm in the Hall
With Sylvia Berry on the fortepiano and Leon Schelhase on the harpsichord, this concert will feature the music of J.C. Bach, Mondonville, Schobert, W.F. Bach, and C.P.E. Bach’s Concerto for Fortepiano and Harpsichord. Bring winter clothing items you wish to donate to Second Chances, a local charitable organization that supports the area low-income and homeless. Tickets are $15/$10-students and can be purchased in advance here.
Fossil Free Somerville and Somerville Climate Action 

Tuesday, December 6th, 7pm-9:30pm in the Cafe
Join these two environmentally-conscious groups in the cafe to discuss achievements of the past year and what’s still to come! Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free — anyone interested in learning more about how to keep Somerville environmentally progressive is welcome to attend!

SAC Artists of the Month

Tuesday, December 13th, 7pm-9pm in the Cafe
The Somerville Arts Council would like to honor the 2016 Artists of the Month from the past year at this reception that is free and open to the public with complimentary snacks. Come meet the artists, see their work, and experience the joy of the local arts community.

The Education Corner
Lots happening for students of all ages at The Armory!
Youth Arts Arise 

The fall 2016 session for our FREE after school arts program for students 11-16 continues its Fall Semester Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30pm-5pm through December 14th (excluding November 22 and 23). Stay tuned for info about the Winter Semester, enrolling soon.
The B3 Dance Studio has a wide variety of movement classes for kids and adults alike, including Zumba, pilates, yoga, dance, and even violin.  
For the grownups, we’ve got the tactile and creative offerings of Armory Art as well as *NEW* adult programming for wellness and healing: check out the upcoming classes in Mindfulness and Holistic Living and Topics in Herbalism. We’ve got so many ways for you adults to keep on learning, keep on creating, and keep on keepin’ on… 
We are now accepting donations of art supplies to help support these arts programs. Look for the boxes in the entry hallway of The Armory.
Questions about ANY of these programs, please email

​Finally, if you’re a teacher interested in booking our classroom space for arts and crafts workshops, music lessons, rehearsals, and more, contact for more information.

Click here if you want to register for our Education Newsletter for more updates…

Coming Up in January…

… Boston Philharmonic Funk Foundation … Steve Gunn & Lee Ranaldo … Beyond Wrestling … and more!


As always, keep your eye on all of the upcoming events by liking us on Facebook and visiting our website.

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