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Winter festival


The fourth annual SoWa Winter Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the SoWa Power Station, 540 Harrison Ave.


The weekend festival will feature more than 100 talented local artists showing off their one-of- a-kind handcrafted goods and treats. There will also be musical entertainment, workshops, a photo booth and more.


In addition, in the heated tent on Thayer Street, shoppers can enjoy live holiday music, mulled wine, hot chocolate and raclette cheese specialties. There will also be food trucks, face painting, live ice sculpting from noon to 2:30 p.m., as well as the galleries, artist studios and shops that call SoWa home year round.


Parking and admission is free. Further details can be found at


Open art studios


The artists of the SoWa Artists Guild will host a new event, SoWa Second Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.


More than 80 artists will be in their studios at 450 Harrison Ave., in the SoWa Art + Design District. Visitors can meet the artists, see a wide variety of original art and buy directly from the artists. Works will include paintings, sculpture, jewelry design, ceramics, glass and furniture.


Admission is free and parking is available. For more information, visit


Caroling in the park


The Friends of Hayes Park will host an afternoon of caroling from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the park at the corner of Warren Avenue and West Canton Street.


The community is invited to join in singing favorite carols of the season. Hot cider, cookies and songbooks will be provided. Donations of canned goods for SNAP, the South End Neighborhood Assistance Program’s emergency food pantry, are requested.


Visit or call 617-536- 5557 for further information.


Local author at the library


The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will welcome acclaimed foreign-policy journalist Stephen Kinzer in a talk “Iran and Syria: Our Enemies or Potential Partners?” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11 as part of the South End Writes series.


Kinzer will present his analysis of what the nation’s future relationship with Iran and Syria could be. He is former New York Times bureau chief in Istanbul, Berlin and Nicaragua and Watson Institute senior fellow in International and Public Affairs.


Introducing Kinzer will be WBUR’s “Open Source” radio host Christopher Lydon. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of South End Library. Call 617-536-8241 or visit for more information.