Past Events

Santa Came to the Dwight-Derby House for Free Photos
Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
7 Frairy Street

Santa made a special appearance at the Dwight-Derby House to continue Medfield’s traditional annual “Free Santa Photo Op.” He  arrived immediately following MEMO’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Baxter Park at 6:30 pm and was available until 9:30 pm. Medfield photographer, Colleen Sullivan, took the photos.


Book Signing with “This Old Town, Remembering Medfield” Author,Richard DeSorgher

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013
10 am – noon
7 Frairy Street
Get your autographed copy of Town Historian Richard DeSorgher’s latest book about Medfield’s history. “This Old Town, Remembering Medfield” — it’s a great gift idea!


Dwight-Derby House Opened for 2nd Annual Holiday Shoppe

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013
10 am – 3 pm
7 Frairy Street

The Holiday Shoppe was filled with fresh new merchandise and seasonal decorative items.


M.E.M.O.’s Medfield Day

Saturday, September 21, 2013
9:00 – 3:00 pm
7 Frairy Street, Medfield

Medfield Day at the Dwight-Derby House

The theme for this year’s event was “A TREE-mendous Medfield Day” in support of the town’s quest to become a Tree City USA community.

Featured were homemade jams, jellies, relishes, ketchup and mustard from Garden Farm and the Beantown Tales series of children’s books by Suzie Canale. A felted soap, a garden soap and a women’s shaving soap by Becky Nolan, local honey from Debbie LaPlante and glass-infused masterpieces by Jessika Jahnsen were also available.

The house, a wonderful example of a mid-century 1700s home, was also open for tours.


The Kitchen Concert Series, held at the Dwight-Derby House at 7 Frairy Street in Medfield from 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm, is a “First Thursdays” event and will help to raise funds for the next phase of restoration of the house: installation of a working kitchen.

Tickets for this fun and intimate evening of jazz are $25 per person and are sold at the door. Ticket price includes everything but the kitchen sink: beer and wine tasting, delicious finger food and outstanding jazz.

The Fathoms — Thursday, November 7

On Thursday, November 7 The Friends of the Dwight-Derby House hosted the fifth of its Kitchen Concert Series featuring Boston’s surf band, The Fathoms.

The Fathoms, a well-known surf band from the Boston area, is known nationally and boasts fans around the world. Leader and song writer Frankie Blandino has been a fixture on the Boston music scene for many years.  Frankie has played and recorded with some of Boston’s coolest musicians and bands, The Cranktones, The Spurs and The Fathoms to name a few.  He has several of his own albums under his belt and has contributed to the soundtracks of several motion pictures. The Fathoms have been around in many incarnations since 1995 and were once voted one of the top instrumental surf bands of all time by Goldmine Magazine.  Their albums include “Fathomless,” “Overboard,” and “Fathom This!” Members Neil Curran, Rob Amaral, and Steve McCrossan have played in many other bands prior to joining The Fathoms.

Jeri Bergonzi — Thursday, September 5

On Thursday, September 5, The Friends of the Dwight-Derby House hosted the fourth of its Kitchen Concert Series featuring Medfield’s stellar pianist and jazz vocalist Jeri Bergonzi and accomplished bassist Barry Smith.

Jeri BergonziJeri grew up singing the songs of her beloved Laura Nyro and Joni Mitchell while listening to the progressive rock bands of the1970s.  After graduating from Boston College with a degree in literature and philosophy she decided to get serious about her piano playing.  She studied jazz improvisation with the legendary Charlie Banacos and followed her newly found career path playing and singing the clubs and hotel venues in Boston.  Stints with Top 40 dance bands, GB groups and solo piano tours in Europe helped pay the rent while honing her jazz skills.  Jeri’s repertoire spans the jazz tradition from the standards of Porter, Gershwin, and Ellington to the contemporary sounds of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner. Today, you are most likely to catch her performing with her jazz vocal trio or playing at the Top of the Hub with Tony Carelli’s quintet, which features two horn charts from the memorable Blue Note years.

Bassist Barry Smith is an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music. He earned his Bachelors of Music at the Manhattan School of Music and his Masters in Music from Julliard. Barry has performed with Al Cohn and Zoot Simms, Double Image with Dave Samuels and David Friedman, the Joe Hunt Group, and the Pat Metheny Quartet. He has toured with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, the Gerry Mulligan Big Band, the Gerry Niewood Quartet, and the Red Rodney/Ira Sullivan Quintet and has recorded with the Alfred Cardim Trio, Lionel Hampton, the Steve Rochinski Quartet, Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan, Ed Saindon, and Danny Weiner.

Doug Olson — Thursday, August 1

On Thursday, August 1,Doug Olsen, Medfield Public Schools Director of Music, led a stellar jazz quintet at the “Kitchen Concert Series,”  performing music from jazz trumpet greats Lee Morgan, Clifford Brown, Roy Hargrove, and much more.

Performing all styles of jazz and world music, Doug has been a freelance trumpeter in the New England area for over 20 years. He has played solo trumpet with the top area bands and has been a featured soloist with the USAF Band of Liberty, the Ryles Jazz Orchestra and the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra. Doug has recorded on pop/rock, swing, jazz, and latin CD’s, including “Prozac Nation” by Bellevue Cadillac (The Sopranos, Shallow Hal) and jazz vocalist Michelle Mailhot’s “A Happy Madness.”

Tom Duprey — June 6

On Thursday, June 6, The Friends of the Dwight-Derby House hosted the second of its Kitchen Concert Series featuring Medfield’s stellar trumpeter Tom Duprey and accomplished jazz guitarist David Hawthorne of Cambridge.

Tom has performed for Dionne Warwick, Johnny Mathis, Robert Goulet, Tommy Tune, Herb Reed and The Platters, as well as various other artists.  Since 1982 he has performed in a variety of musical theatre productions in regional, college and downtown Boston theatres as well as in regional orchestras, jazz, R&B, solo, chamber and other freelance gigs. As an educator, Tom teaches trumpet at his private studio and is band director for Dover-Sherborn middle school and elementary brass instructor for Medfield Public Schools.

David Hawthorne has performed over the years in Boston, New York, Munich, Flagstaff, and many other cities and locales. He has led and participated in many clinics, and his compositions include works for orchestra, string quartet, jazz big band, and his own small bands.

Shane Wood — Thursday, May 2

On Thursday, May 2,The Friends of the Dwight-Derby House kicked off the summer season with the first of its Kitchen Concert Series featuring Shane Wood and Neil Kruszkowski of the Shane Wood Jazz Trio.

Shane, who graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Composition, has over 20 years experience in the music industry. He is a creative piano player who has traveled throughout the United States and Europe playing pop, jazz, funk, and blues in large outdoor concerts, small clubs or private functions.


Saturday, December 8, 2012
10 am – 3 pm
7 Frairy Street, Medfield

Dwight-Derby House

Looking for that unique holiday gift for someone special? Step right up. We have the answer for you. Shop to your heart’s content at the first annual Dwight-Derby House Holiday Shoppe, where the best in local and natural products come to you.

Explore the treasure trove of delightful and creative gift items produced in our own community at prices that are sure to please. Choose from a selection of fine pottery, all natural soaps and personal care products, photo prints, notecards, unique fabric creations, decorative home arts, honey and more.

Give a gift that keeps on giving. Not only will your purchase delight someone special, but you will be supporting local artisans and the ongoing maintenance, preservation and development of the historic Dwight-Derby House.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012
6 pm – 10 pm
Library Courtyard & Zullo Gallery

Join us on Thursday, September 6, for a collaborative First Thursday with partners of the Medfield Cultural District. Zullo Gallery will remain open from 6 – 10 pm with the last week of its exhibition “Four Artists” and continue its popular grilling on the deck. At 6:15 pm, Town Historian Richard DeSorgher and Public Art Consultant Jean Mineo will lead a 45-minute walking tour along Main Street to discuss the poetry installation “Thoughts Are Free” and several historic properties in the District. A brief tour of the Peak House is included.  From 6 – 8 pm, cultural leaders from the Dwight-Derby House, Medfield Green, Medfield TV, Medfield Historic Society, Medfield Cultural Council, M.E.M.O, Friends of the Library, Vine Lake Preservation Trust, and more, will be on hand to preview their upcoming programs.


Saturday, September 15, 2012
9 am – 3 pm
Medfield Center

Mark your calendar! This year’s Medfield Day, sponsored by M.E.M.O., is taking place on Saturday, September 15, 2012. Come visit us at the Dwight-Derby House, where we’ll be featuring house tours and a display of archeological artifacts found on the property. Check out our new line of all natural products crafted by local artisans. While you’re there, be sure to enter our drawing!

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Medfield Cultural DistrictThursdays in June, July & August 2012
Dwight-Derby House
7 Frairy Street, Medfield, MA 

As part of the Medfield’s Cultural District initiative wewill be open every First Thursday during the summer from June through August 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Stop by and visit us!


Saturday, June 9, 2012
Dwight-Derby House
7 Frairy Street, Medfield, MA

Take the annual trolley tour conducted by town historian Richard DeSorgher and stop in for a tour of the Dwight-Derby House! Trolley tours leave hourly from the Dwight Derby House. This year’s theme is “Tragedy, Sorrow, Ghosts and History; Medfield’s Oldest Houses Tell All.” Tickets will be on sale at Lords soon and, if all seats are not sold out, at the Dwight-Derby House on the day of the tour.


Saturday, June 2, 2012
Medfield Historical Society
6 Pleasant Street, Medfield, MA

Paul Royka follows up “Appraisal 101,” which took place at the Dwight-Derby House, with a walk-in “Appraisal Day,” Saturday, June 2, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Medfield Historical Society, 6 Pleasant Street (just behind the library). Bring your treasures!

The event is a free benefit to members of the historical society, though donations to the society will be encouraged. For non-members, the entry fee of $10 will be waived if you pay to join the society at that time.


Saturday, May 19, 2012
Dwight Derby House
7 Derby Street, Medfield, MA

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