Annual Events

The following is a list of events held each year at The First Religious Society. The list starts with events in September and specific dates can be found on the calendar. Prior to the events, additional information is available on this website, in the newsletter or from the church office.

Local and Organic Potluck Dinner made with organic and locally grown food is an event co-sponsored by the Environmental Action Committee. The dinner showcases locally grown and organic ingredients available to the cooks and gardeners in Carlisle.

Harvest Fair is held in in the fall, and features Silent Auction treasures, houseplants, artisan booths, homemade grape jam, pies, cakes, cookies and a luncheon cafe. The youth of FRS participate and help raise money for groups such as the Heifer Project and The Sharing Foundation








Advent Wreath Workshop is held in Union Hall on the first Sunday afternoon of Advent. Participants assemble local greens and berries are into advent wreaths, then candles are lit and the group joins together in song







Greens Sale and Craft Fair is held annually on the first Saturday of December. Fresh holiday greens, decorated wreaths, gingerbread house kits, Christmas crafts and goodies are among the items sold at the festive event. A delicious lunch is served and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus are available.












Winter Holidays Concert is an informal event held early in December, celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas,the Winter Solstice and Kwanzaa through choral and instrumental music performed by children and adults. The program, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, is suitable for people of all ages and is interactive with audience participation encouraged. All children get to play rhythm instruments. Admission is free and a reception follows the concert.


Womenspirit Retreat takes place one weekend in mid-January at the Senexet House in Connecticut. Women in the community are invited to share in meals, fellowship and a range of activities.

Circle Dinner Extravaganza is sponsored by the Membership Committee. Following appetizers and introductory activities in Union Hall, attendees are invited to members’ homes, (in groups of 6-10) for dinner. This event is usually held in late January.

Soup and Games Night features a variety of interactive games suitable for children and adults of all ages. The evening includes a light supper of delicious, homemade soups. Often held in October and February.

Chili Cook-off is held annually in the winter months. The town is invited and various categories of chili are judged. And everyone gets to eat.

Chili judges 2013

Memory Tea provides an opportunity for children and older members to share photos, artifacts and stories from the past. It is usually held during a coffee hour in March.

Service Auction and Dinner is held every other year on a Saturday night and is one of the biggest FRS fundraisers. Members donate both items and services. The evening includes a live and silent auction as well as a tasty dinner.

Benefit Concert for Children Through the SPARK Program at the Boston Medical Center is an evening of special music in early June coordinated by Minister of Music Marguerite Shaw.

Memorial Day Luncheon is served immediately following the Carlisle Memorial Day Parade. The Carlisle community is invited to traditional fare of ham, beans and homemade desserts.








Strawberry Festival showcases locally grown strawberries, homemade shortcake and freshly whipped cream. It is held each June in the side yard, and the Morris dancers provide entertainment for the community at large.