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Dover Historical Society to hold Open House

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Sunday, December 4 is the date of the Dover Historical Society’s Annual Holiday Open House to be held at the Benjamin Caryl House, 107 Dedham Street from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Special feature this year will be John Arcaro, pianist and keyboard artist, who will perform Holiday music and accompany a sing-a-long of Holiday songs from 2:30 to 3:30.

The Caryl House was built in 1774 by Dover’s first minister, Benjamin Caryl, and was home to his family until the death of the last descendent, Ellen Miller, in 1898. The estate was acquired by her executor, George Ellis Chickering, and left by will after his death in 1920 to the Town of Dover with the House to be under the “care and control” of the Historical Society. It has been meticulously restored to reflect the life of the family from its earliest days through the 1800’s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

John Arcaro is a Dover resident and Assistant Professor of piano at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Local audiences will be familiar with his many performances at various gigs around the area. His jazz performances include playing with Boston Musica Viva, Rebecca Parris, and Carol Sloane, among others, and he has accompanied other well-known artists such as Diahann Carroll, Pat Cooper, Vic Damone and Jimmy Tingle. In addition, he has many recordings and jazz festivals listed in an extensive biography.

Traditional refreshments will be provided and all are invited free of charge.

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