LATE BLOOMERS Colder temperatures have arrived, but if you want to revisit the sights and smells of blooming flowers, you’re in luck.
The 10,000-square-foot greenhouse contains exotic displays of blooming orchids from around the world to showcase this year’s “World of Orchids” theme.
“We are thrilled for this new and convenient location,” said Sasha Crotty, director of the society. “The space is gigantic and will be filled with thousands of rare and unusual orchids, all nestled among a world of green. It will truly be a sight to see.”
The show includes hourly tours of the displays; plant raffles; seminars and educational events; vendors of specialty orchids and growing supplies; orchid art; lessons on how judges award ribbons; and an opportunity to pick up a magnifying glass to study an orchid the size of your thumbnail.
“We are thrilled to introduce our prized plants to the public, and we hope to kindle some new interest into the amazing world of orchids,” said Crotty.
Founded in 1952, the Massachusetts Orchid Society is an educational nonprofit with members whose interests range from simple appreciation of orchids to technical involvement in orchid breeding and taxonomy.
Most are active growers who produce flowers under conditions ranging from window sills to artificial light gardens to automated greenhouses.
The society holds meetings the second Tuesday of each month at the Sons of Italy, 117 Swanton St., Winchester.
The show at Mahoney’s, 242 Cambridge St., runs 1 to 5 p.m. Friday; 9 to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 9 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
WAX ON An exhibition of new works by encaustic painter Nancy Tobey is at downtown Lowell’sMandarin Asian Bistro Monday, Nov. 2 through Jan. 2.
Originally a fused-glass artist, Tobey has recently turned to mixed-media painting and works with found objects, beeswax, wax-based paint, oil, ink, and graphite.
“I am energized by colors and marks made on the surface of the wax,” she said. “I let my mind drift through those colors and marks, and then I let that energy move through to my work.”
Tobey has taught glass bead making throughout New England, New York, and in Ireland and has works in permanent collections at the Sandwich Glass Museum in Massachusetts and the Kobe Lampwork Glass Museum n Japan. She works out of Western Avenue Studios in Lowell.
An opening reception with the artist is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at 24 Market St. Visit mandarinasianbistro.com.
NOTES OF HOPEPennies for Poverty hosts its third annual Music for Change on Saturday, Nov. 7, in Newburyport.
The event features EJ Ouellette & Crazy Maggy, a fiddle-driven, hybrid roots dance band that plays original rock, Americana, and Celtic, Acadian, and Cajun-infused tunes.
Thomas Machine Works Band and Liz Frame each perform opening sets.
Music for Change is the biggest fund-raiser of the year for Pennies for Poverty, a volunteer-run nonprofit that strives to help individuals and families in Newburyport and surrounding areas.
Local restaurants will provide a buffet of small plates, and a silent auction includes items from businesses, artists, craftspeople, and sports organizations.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 25 Low St.
Tickets are $25 in advance and available at Dyno Records, 1 Middle St., Newburyport, or at musicforchange.yapsody.com. Tickets at the door are $30. All proceeds go directly to Pennies for Poverty.
*Source: Boston Globe