Events

DSC_1468Miranda’s Hearth hosts a different creative event every week in order to build a community through creativity that is approachable, affordable, and accessible.

Our six monthly series, Hearth Dinners, Waltzdays, Maker Mondays, Hearth to Hearth, Write a Passage, and the Hearth Book Club, take place throughout Cambridge and Somerville and are open to people from all professions.

Whether you’re a professional artist or you’ve never picked up a paintbrush, there’s a place for you in this interdisciplinary creative community.

Check the calendar below to see what’s coming up next.

Mar
26
Sun
Waltzdays @ The Democracy Center
Mar 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Are you ready to WALTZ?

Join the community of Miranda’s Hearth for our monthly Waltzdays! We gather at the Democracy Center in Harvard Square on the fourth Sunday every month for some 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3ing.

Not only are there always splendid folks to dance with, we also have live music and an hour long lesson before the dance.

Details:

Waltzdays every fourth Sunday
Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St. Cambridge, MA
Lesson: 7:00-8:00pm
Dance: 8:00-10:30pm
Admission: $10 general, $7 students
All welcome!

Questions? Reach out to Hearth Member Matthew Reese, Waltzdays organizer, or check out our Facebook events.

We can’t wait to dance with you!

Apr
4
Tue
Write a Passage @ Gallery 263
Apr 4 @ 11:00 pm – Apr 5 @ 12:00 am

A monthly journey towards better health and happiness through expressive and creative writing. This group will meet on the First Tuesday of each month, at Gallery 263 near Central Square, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

The purpose of this group is to give community members and friends a dedicated opportunity to utilize the art of writing and claim potential life benefits including improved mood, improved immune system functioning and better sleep! Each hour-long session will follow this structure: 5min of meet and greet/centering, 5min of gratitude writing, 15min of free writing or journaling, 20min of writing from a given prompt (or prompts), 15min of sharing and discussion. This group is open to the public and will be lead by Miranda’s Hearth Member, Kara Kulpa. Please join us and get in touch with your inner self and your creative mind!

For more information on the scientifically proven benefits of writing, please read the following articles: 
1. Emotional and Physical Health Benefits of Expressive Writing, Karen A. Baikie, Kay Wilhelm, Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, August 2005.
2. 6 Unexpected Ways Writing Can Transform Your Health, Amanda L. Chan, The Huffington Post, November 2013.

 

Apr
9
Sun
Hearth Dinner @ The Democracy Center
Apr 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

hearth-dinnerA family style potluck with art as the appetizer.

Connect with the welcoming, creative people who make up the Hearth Community at our monthly themed community potluck, every Second Sunday from 6:30-8:30 pm. After dinner, join the jam session, try your hand at an art activity, or just digest and hang out with some great people.

Admission: $10 or bring a homemade potluck dish and get in for free! RSVP on Facebook to let us know you’re coming.

Location: The Democracy Center, 45 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

What to bring: A homemade potluck dish (optional). An instrument, if you have one.

Food Restrictions: We welcome food with anything in it!  Whatever you make, please label it to help out our community members with food restrictions. These same folks will really like you if you feel like trying your hand at gluten-free, vegetarian, or dairy-free foods.

The Democracy Center is not wheelchair accessible, please contact info@democracycenter.org or 617 492 8855 to discuss their improvement plans or your accessibility needs.

Can’t wait until the next Second Sunday? We have a Hearth Event every week!  See what’s happening this week at http://mirandashearth.com/events


FEBRUARY 2017 – Cook to Impress Potluck

In honor of Valentine’s day, we’re challenging everyone in the Hearth Community to make their signature date-night dish for our monthly Hearth Dinner. Whether you’re single or taken, make the dish that you cook when you really want to impress. They say the way to the Hearth is through the stomach, after all, and we’re ready to fall in love with you.

After dinner, bring an instrument to jam (sappy and satirical love songs encouraged), sit down for a game, or try your hand at reductive love poetry. We’ve still got pages from the first Harry Potter book left that will make your poetry magical!

Apr
12
Wed
Hearth to Hearth: An Article Discussion Group @ Christopher's
Apr 12 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

An article discussion group

Every month at Hearth to Hearth we read a new article that discusses themes relevant to our creative community. Hearth Ember Matthew Reese facilitates discussions focused on one or more of these themes, but the participants are the driving force behind the direction the conversation goes.

Hearth to Hearth meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 8 pm at Christopher’s in Cambridge. This is a dinner event! Please support our hosts by buying dinner or a drink while we discuss the article.

Apr
17
Mon
Maker Mondays @ Artisan's Asylum
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Every third Monday, Miranda’s Hearth meets from 7:00-9:00 in the social space at Artisan’s Asylum for Maker Mondays.

Bring your latest project, the old project you’ve been ignoring for the past several months, or a brand new idea.  We’ll have a small collection of materials if you just want to come and play. Everyone is welcome!

At Miranda’s Hearth, we believe that when we make things together we are creating the common shared experiences that provide the foundation for real relationships.

So come and create with us!  If you feel like you can’t come because you’re not an artist, remember the Hearth Motto: Don’t Make Art, Just Make Something.

Apr
23
Sun
Waltzdays @ The Democracy Center
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Are you ready to WALTZ?

Join the community of Miranda’s Hearth for our monthly Waltzdays! We gather at the Democracy Center in Harvard Square on the fourth Sunday every month for some 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3ing.

Not only are there always splendid folks to dance with, we also have live music and an hour long lesson before the dance.

Details:

Waltzdays every fourth Sunday
Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St. Cambridge, MA
Lesson: 7:00-8:00pm
Dance: 8:00-10:30pm
Admission: $10 general, $7 students
All welcome!

Questions? Reach out to Hearth Member Matthew Reese, Waltzdays organizer, or check out our Facebook events.

We can’t wait to dance with you!

Apr
26
Wed
Hearth Book Club @ Blue Shirt Cafe
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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After twenty-five readers responded to our Hearth Book Club Survey, we learned that the Hearth Community is evenly interested in fiction and non-fiction books about creativity, communication, individuality versus community, and vulnerability.

Based on your interests and suggestions, Hearth Ember Amy Beth Harrison and Board Member Nina Earley came up with books to read from January through June of 2017.

Take a look, buy a book (from your local bookstore), and join us for a book club discussion that actually talks about books every fourth Wednesday from 7:00-8:30 at Arts at the Armory.


January 2017: The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it For Life by Twyla Tharp
Hearth Book Club  Discussion on January 25 at 7:00 pm

One of the world’s leading creative artists, choreographers, and creator of the smash-hit Broadway show, Movin Out, shares her secrets for developing and honing your creative talents at once prescriptive and inspirational, a book to stand alongside The Artist’s Way and Bird by Bird.All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone. Whether you are a painter, musician, businessperson, or simply an individual yearning to put your creativity to use, The Creative Habit provides you with thirty-two practical exercises based on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned in her remarkable thirty-five-year career.


February 2017: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Hearth Book Club Discussion on February 22 at 7:00 pm
Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local powhitetrash. At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors ( I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare ) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.

March 2017: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Hearth Book Club Discussion on March 22 at 7:00 pm

The acclaimed, bestselling author winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families lives. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how a chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.


April 2017: Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Hearth Book Club Discussion on April 26 at 7:00 pm

Born in 1875, the great German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke published his first collection of poems in 1898 and went on to become renowned for his delicate depiction of the workings of the human heart. Drawn by some sympathetic note in his poems, young people often wrote to Rilke with their problems and hopes. From 1903 to 1908 Rilke wrote a series of remarkable responses to a young, would-be poet on poetry and on surviving as a sensitive observer in a harsh world. Those letters, still a fresh source of inspiration and insight, are accompanied here by a chronicle of Rilke’s life that shows what he was experiencing in his own relationship to life and work when he wrote them.


May 2017: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Hearth Book Club Discussion on May 24 at 7:00 pm

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell. But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents association to their very foundations.


June 2017: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Hearth Book Club Discussion on June 28 at 7:00 pm

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the strange jewels that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.


Check the Book Club category of the Hearth Blog to catch up on our latest discussions.

2016 Reading List

  • January: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  • February: The Tenth of December by George Saunders
  • March: Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
  • April: In the Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • May: Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • June: He, She and It by Marge Piercy
  • July: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  • August: The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
  • September: 10:04 by Ben Lerner
  • October: Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

2015 Reading List

May
2
Tue
Write a Passage @ Gallery 263
May 2 @ 11:00 pm – May 3 @ 12:00 am

A monthly journey towards better health and happiness through expressive and creative writing. This group will meet on the First Tuesday of each month, at Gallery 263 near Central Square, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

The purpose of this group is to give community members and friends a dedicated opportunity to utilize the art of writing and claim potential life benefits including improved mood, improved immune system functioning and better sleep! Each hour-long session will follow this structure: 5min of meet and greet/centering, 5min of gratitude writing, 15min of free writing or journaling, 20min of writing from a given prompt (or prompts), 15min of sharing and discussion. This group is open to the public and will be lead by Miranda’s Hearth Member, Kara Kulpa. Please join us and get in touch with your inner self and your creative mind!

For more information on the scientifically proven benefits of writing, please read the following articles: 
1. Emotional and Physical Health Benefits of Expressive Writing, Karen A. Baikie, Kay Wilhelm, Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, August 2005.
2. 6 Unexpected Ways Writing Can Transform Your Health, Amanda L. Chan, The Huffington Post, November 2013.

 

May
10
Wed
Hearth to Hearth: An Article Discussion Group @ Christopher's
May 10 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

An article discussion group

Every month at Hearth to Hearth we read a new article that discusses themes relevant to our creative community. Hearth Ember Matthew Reese facilitates discussions focused on one or more of these themes, but the participants are the driving force behind the direction the conversation goes.

Hearth to Hearth meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 8 pm at Christopher’s in Cambridge. This is a dinner event! Please support our hosts by buying dinner or a drink while we discuss the article.

May
14
Sun
Hearth Dinner @ The Democracy Center
May 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

hearth-dinnerA family style potluck with art as the appetizer.

Connect with the welcoming, creative people who make up the Hearth Community at our monthly themed community potluck, every Second Sunday from 6:30-8:30 pm. After dinner, join the jam session, try your hand at an art activity, or just digest and hang out with some great people.

Admission: $10 or bring a homemade potluck dish and get in for free! RSVP on Facebook to let us know you’re coming.

Location: The Democracy Center, 45 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

What to bring: A homemade potluck dish (optional). An instrument, if you have one.

Food Restrictions: We welcome food with anything in it!  Whatever you make, please label it to help out our community members with food restrictions. These same folks will really like you if you feel like trying your hand at gluten-free, vegetarian, or dairy-free foods.

The Democracy Center is not wheelchair accessible, please contact info@democracycenter.org or 617 492 8855 to discuss their improvement plans or your accessibility needs.

Can’t wait until the next Second Sunday? We have a Hearth Event every week!  See what’s happening this week at http://mirandashearth.com/events


FEBRUARY 2017 – Cook to Impress Potluck

In honor of Valentine’s day, we’re challenging everyone in the Hearth Community to make their signature date-night dish for our monthly Hearth Dinner. Whether you’re single or taken, make the dish that you cook when you really want to impress. They say the way to the Hearth is through the stomach, after all, and we’re ready to fall in love with you.

After dinner, bring an instrument to jam (sappy and satirical love songs encouraged), sit down for a game, or try your hand at reductive love poetry. We’ve still got pages from the first Harry Potter book left that will make your poetry magical!