SCOUT PICKS: 5/14/15-5/17/15

porchfestSecond Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band at PorchFest in 2013. Photo by Keith Simmons via Flickr.

Pyrex, popups and Porchfest are here to populate your plans.

Thursday – Saturday
The House of Findings Popup
11-9 p.m. Thursday, 11-7 p.m. other days, Free
Secret Ships
316 Highland Ave.
The House of Findings is a traveling vintage popup that was founded in Miami Beach in 1989. They’ve travelled all over the country to flea markets, bazaars and various shops to vend their one-of-a-kind items from the Victorian era all the way to the 1990s. Check them out this weekend at Secret Ships this weekend and join them for an opening reception Thursday night from 7-9 p.m.

Friday – Sunday
Black Market Vintage Popup
10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Free
Forge Baking Company
626 Somerville Ave.
If you’re not into fashion and are more interested in the vintage world of bar and glassware. We’re talking Pyrex measuring cups and those mid-century flatware with those designs that will remind you of your mom’s house. They’ll also be selling aprons and vintage, US-made pottery “perfect for succulents or indoor annuals and herbs.” While you’re there, check out Forge’s tasty baked treats and Intelligentsia Coffee.

Saturday
Porchfest
12-6 p.m., Free
Citywide
It’s the music festival that needs no introduction, and has grown to be such an area staple that it beat out massive venture Boston Calling for DigBoston’s DigThis Award for Best Music Festival. Registration opened back in March, and since then well over 100 acts have signed up. If you haven’t signed, you can still squeeze in if you register by Friday. Heather Balchunas of the Somerville Arts Council said that it’s hard to get a real headcount, but that she estimates that around 5,000 people turned out last year. “It was packed,” she said, and when that “it” is “the city,” you know that it’s going to be a huge party with all your favorite neighbors.

Sunday
19th Annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle
8 a.m. – 3 p.m., $25
Blessing of the Bay Boathouse
32 Shore Dr.
This intersection of athleticism includes a 5K race (walk or run), three paddling races, educational booths, children’s activities and more. There’s still time to register for the event or volunteer, so check out their site if you’re interested. All proceeds from the race will go to the Mystic River Watershed Association, whose mission is to “protect and restore the Mystic River.”

 

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