WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Saturday, May 18, 2019:
#1) WHS Lamplighters Presents The Drowsy Chaperone
The WHS Lamplighters present The Drowsy Chaperone on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7pm and Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 2pm and 7pm in Wilmington High’s Joanne Benton Auditorium (159 Church Street). Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students, senior citizens and military. Please note this play is not appropriate for children under 12.
Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperoneis a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.
With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.
Hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical,” The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre.
When arriving for the event, please enter Wilmington High through the right rear event entrance. Free parking is available in the high school parking lot (entrance from Adams Street) and across the street near the 4th of July Building parking lot on Middlesex Avenue.
#2) Lemonade Stand For To Benefit March For Babies
2-year-old Landon Armata will be hosting his first Lemonade Stand from 10am to 1pm at 26 Shady Lane Drive in Wilmington. Proceeds will benefit the The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s NICU and March for Babies. If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation, please visit www.LandonsLemonade.com.
#3) Women’s Roller Derby At Shriners Auditorium
Boston Roller Derby, a Boston-based, female-only roller derby league, returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Doors open at 2:30pm. The action begins at 3pm with Boston Common vs. Central Maine, followed by the Cosmonaughties vs. Wicked Pissahs at 5pm, followed by Nutcrackers vs. Harbor Horrors at 7pm. An After Party will take place at 9pm in the Fez Room. Tickets include admission to the double-header, plus entry into the after party.
Tickets are $12 (advance) and $16 (at the door) for adults; $6 (advance) and $8 (at the door) for kids (6-17); and kids under 6 are free. There is a small fee for online purchases. Discounted tickets are available for large groups, as is a VIP Package. Purchase your tickets HERE. Join the Facebook event HERE. Learn more about the league HERE.
#4) Book Store Next Door Open
The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less! Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.
#5) Town Yard Waste Center Open
The Wilmington Yardwaste Center on Old Main Street will be open from 9am to 3pm for the drop-off of leaves and brush. Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the yardwaste center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.
PLUS: Shawsheen River Clean-Up Day
The Shawsheen River Watershed Association is holding a River Clean-Up Day from 9am to 2pm. Instructions: At the end of Grace Drive in Wilmington, you will see signage for town land. The kayak put-in is several feet into the woods. We will paddle upstream to what remains of the Middlesex Canal aqueducts to create navigable space in areas with downed trees. Wear appropriate clothing. Helpful items: gloves, small hand saws, loppers. Navigable passage in this area will allow for a clear paddle from Akeson Park in Billerica, through Wilmington, to The Shawsheen Launch (2000 Whipple) in Tewksbury. Contact Laurie Hartwick firstname.lastname@example.org or Maria Fleming email@example.com with questions.
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