A reading of the Declaration of Independence takes place today in Fitchburg
A reading of the Declaration of Independence takes place today in Fitchburg (courtesy photo)

Declaring independence

Today, the Fitchburg Historical Society joins with Fitchburg Public Library and Fitchburg First Parish Church to celebrate the Declaration of Independence with a theater piece entitled "Declaring Independence — Then and Now." The free, 45-minute piece will start at 6 p.m., at the church, 923 Main St., Fitchburg. The performance features six costumed re-enactors reading the stirring words of the Declaration line by line with a narrator setting the historic context for the struggle and dramatic declaration. When the United States was founded, each Massachusetts community was required to read the Declaration to the public. The First Parish Church was where the first public reading was held in an earlier building that predated the present 1837 church. A discussion follows the presentation. Call 978-345-1157 or email welcome@fitchburghistoricalsociety.com for info.

The Mikkel Ploug Trio and Mark Turner in special engagement next week at Indian Hill Music in Littleton
The Mikkel Ploug Trio and Mark Turner in special engagement next week at Indian Hill Music in Littleton

What a drag

Put on your lipstick and false eyelashes and get ready to party at Balefire Productions' "Drag Me To The Theatre" fundraiser on Friday, June 21, at 6 p.m. at Gallery Z, 167 Market St., Lowell. Lots of fun stuff is planned, including a runway, lip-synchs, raffles and more. $5 suggested donation.

Summer jazz at Indian Hill

The Mikkel Ploug Trio, one of Europe's hottest jazz acts, performs along with jazz saxophone giant Mark Turner, on Friday, June 28, at Indian Hill Music in Littleton. Their exclusive Massachusetts appearance includes a workshop with Turner at 4:30 p.m., and an on-stage interview with Turner and Ploug, conducted by veteran jazz writer Bob Blumenthal, at 6:30 p.m., then the concert at 7:30. The workshop is $20 advance/$25 at door; concert is $20 advance/$25 at door; workshop and concert are $30 advance/$35 at door. Live interview free with concert tickets. Online at www.indianhillmusic.org or call 978-486-9524.



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