Sept. 13: A fond farewell to Fresh Pond Market


A fond farewell to Fresh Pond Market

Fresh Pond Market has been the go-to neighborhood grocer for Julia Child, Yo-Yo Ma, and generations of Cambridge folks for nearly 100 years. This weekend, it’s closing. The family-owned market was bought by Formaggio, their neighbors up Huron Ave, who promise to still sell the essentials like toilet paper and deodorant. It’s a different story down the road in Harvard Square, where Black Ink is the latest of at least 11 businesses to close this year. Although they’ll keep their original Charles St location, the absurdly high rent in the Square was unsustainable. Based replaced other shuttered stores, only a national chain can only be pay the asking price. Blank Ink will be open until the end of the year, and you can celebrate Fresh Pond Market at the store closing party this weekend. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.//free

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The Brookline Booksmith hosts investigative reporter Ben Westhoff to discuss “Fentanyl, Inc.,” his book-length investigation of the epidemic. 7 p.m.//free

For Friday the 13th, you’ve got two scary movie options: “Carrie” at the Video Underground (8 p.m.//$7) and “Friday the 13th,” screened outside in Medfield’s Rocky Woods (8 p.m.//$25)

Reminders: inPUBLIC festival, Why the Wild Things Are

All weekend

Mt. Auburn Cemetery’s first-ever playwright in residence staged “The America Plays,” which unfolds across the cemetery and tells its origin story. Saturday and Sunday, 1 and 5 p.m.//$35


The JP Fix It Clinic is here to empower you to mend, repair, and clean up you stuff instead of tossing it to buy something new. 10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.//free

Nick Cave’s giant inflatable sculpture breaks free of its current home in the BCA to lead the Augment Joy Parade, relocating the work of art to Upham’s Corner. 11 a.m.//free

Multidisciplinary dance theater artist Marsha Parrilla explores the historical and contemporary history of Deer Island in collaboration with local Indigenous communities. 1 p.m.//free but donations accepted

Harvard’s Peabody Museum screens animated short films narrated in some of the 68 Indigenous languages of Mexico. 2-4 p.m.//$15

Take in a dance performance from Studio 550’s Central Square rooftop. BYO snacks, drinks, friends. 8-10:30 p.m.//$10 suggested

Reminders: Very Sherry, future of the Boston Dyke March


Get on your bikes and ride down Storrow Drive with a ton of other bikes but no cars (!) as part of Hub on Wheels.  8 a.m.//$15+

If you really love wild and sour beer, head out to Walpole, where Springdale Beer and Night Shift Brewing are hosting their annual celebration of funky brews from across the country. 12-4 p.m.//$50

Reminders: Open Newbury Street, Boston Local Food Festival