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Weekend Agenda: Holiday Concerts, Holiday Sales and High School Drama in Concord

A handful of events to consider before filling in your weekend planner.

'Nation' takes the stage this weekend at Concord-Carlisle High School.
'Nation' takes the stage this weekend at Concord-Carlisle High School.

The weekend has arrived, but you’ve got no idea what you’re going to do? Patch is coming to the rescue with your best bets for the done-work-outta-here time.

Check out our picks for activities you won’t want to miss this weekend: 

1. Holiday Book Sale
Where/When: Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main St, Concord; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8
Why Go: 
Because the library's annual Holiday Book Sale provides an opportunity to give the gift of gently used books while also supporting library programs. 
Pricing: Depends on what you buy

2. 'Nation' Comes to CCHS
Where/When: Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden St., Concord; 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8
Why Go: 
It's the fall production at CCHS, and 'Nation' is a newish play set in an alternate history in which the two main characters are teens carried by a tsunami to the shores of an island where they create a new Nation. 
Pricing: $10, with a portion of proceeds supporting Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts

3. Winter Market at Emerson Umbrella
Where/When: Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts 40 Stow St., Concord; 1 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8
Why Go: 
For a fun opportunity to do some holiday shopping for unique items created by local artists and artisans -- from from paintings, prints and photography to fiber arts, jewelry and sculpture. 
Pricing: Free 'til you buy

4. Concord Orchestra Family Holiday Concert
Where/When: The Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden, Concord; 2 and 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8
Why Go: 
The Concord Orchestra continues its 60th anniversary season with a family holiday concert featuring Joyce Kulhawik narrating The Snowman, a story in pictures by Raymond Briggs set to music by Howard Blake. Other highlights will include Irving Berlin’s "White Christmas," Gene Autry’s "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," Leroy Anderson’s arrangement of "Jingle Bells" and and Georges Bizet’s Farandole from l’Arlésienne Suite No. 2.  
Pricing: $20 for adults and $5 for children 

5. Massachusetts Youth Symphony Project Orchestra Concert
Where/When: The Fenn School, 516 Monument St, Concord; 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8
Why Go: 
Because conductors George Ogata and Spencer Aston will lead the 
Massachusetts Youth Symphony Project Senior and Junior orchestras from Powers Music School in their first performances of the year at the Winter Festival at Fenn School. 
of the year.
Pricing: Free 

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