Upcoming at the Old Schwamb Mill

The Old Schwamb Mill Presents an Outdoor Family Concert with Matt & Shannon Heaton Thursday, August 18, 6 pm

Matt and Shannon Heaton

The Old Schwamb Mill is pleased to present a special family friendly concert on Thursday, August 18 at 6 pm in Mill Pond Park in front of the Mill at 17 Mill Lane in Arlington.

The Heatons are an integral part of Boston’s vibrant traditional music scene. Shannon co-founded Boston’s Celtic music fest and served on its board for 15 years, creating performance and mentoring opportunities for hundreds of traditional musicians and dancers.

Matt has performed with countless ensembles, including the Karan Casey Band, Boys of the Lough, and Robbie O’Connell. In addition to his work as an Irish accompanist on guitar and bouzouki, Matt is an active performer for children and families. He has received multiple MCC grants for his engaging sing alongs and rockabilly tinged albums. He also fronts surf-rock band Electric Heaters.

Matt and Shannon are comfortable onstage and have a warm connection with their audiences. They are world class American performers with Irish roots and universal appeal.

All ages will enjoy their traditional and modern Irish music as well as the Thai music Shannon learned as a kid and rootsy Americana sounds that surrounded them during their three years in bluegrass-haven Boulder, Colorado. Admission is $10.00 per person, with everyone under 18 admitted free!

In the Old Schwamb Mill’s Gallery 


The Old Schwamb Mill presents Art & Music

The Artwork of Janice Hayes-Cha: Closing Reception August 25, 5 to 6:30 pm

On Thursday, August 25, the Old Schwamb Mill will present an evening of art and music. At 5 pm, enjoy a Closing Reception for the Collages exhibit by Janice Hayes-Cha. Using recycled greeting cards, Janice has created vibrant, mixed media collages. Her work has depth and texture, and reveals surprises for the astute observer. She captures the complexity of iconic places in both her hometown of Boston, where she lives now, and her second love, Philadelphia, where she launched her art career.

Following the reception at 6:30 pm, the Mill welcomes the musical stylings of Spajazzy, best described as “electric jazz with an Italian flare.” Performing will be Tino D’Agostino on bass, Kristi Scaccia, horn and vocals, and Gaetano Zagami, drums & percussion.

Scaccia has performed with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, Busch Gardens theme parks, College light Opera Company, and many others. Most recently she became a horn player for the Mystic Brass Ensemble in Arlington and Du Bois Orchestra in Cambridge. She has been a marching band instructor for many years, was a visual technician with Ancient City Ensemble indoor percussion, teaches private horn lessons in Arlington, taught English as a second language and is currently on staff with Art & Music Italia.

Zagami’s passion for music started at a very young age. Growing up in Arlington where his musical journey began, Gaetano benefited greatly from Arlington Public School’s widely respected Performing Arts Program. Over the past 15 years, Gaetano has performed across numerous musical projects around  New England and abroad spanning a diverse collection of genres from Indie Rock, Jazz, Funk/R&B, all the way to connecting with his roots performing traditional folk, and contemporary Italian music.

Trained both in Italy and the U.S., D’Agostino brings a wealth of knowledge in traditional music as well as modern Jazz and Pop. As instrumental director at Arlington High School, his ensembles have performed at All-State Conferences and tours of Italy. A noted clinician, he has presented workshops for music educators at Massachusetts Music Educators Conferences and at Drum Festival, Montreal, CanadaBass.

Both of these events are free, with a suggested donation of $5.00. For more information, call 781-643-0554.

Save the Date! Saturday, October 1

Save the Date! Oktoberfest at the Old Schwamb Mill is back for 2022!

After a two-year hiatus due to Covid, we are happy to announce the return of our annual Oktoberfest, a family-friendly event featuring authentic German refreshments (pretzels, bratwurst and beer), live music and hands-on activities for kids of all ages. 

Support the Old Schwamb Mill


Once again, it is time for the Friends of the Mill appeal. We hope that you will join us. Friends receive mailed notice of Mill events and a 10% discount on round and oval frames made at the Mill.


Individual $30 — Family $40 — Sponsor $100 — Business $200 — Patron $500 — Benefactor $1,000


Become a Friend by donating securely online:


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Or send a donation by check. Please make checks payable to Schwamb Mill Preservation Trust, Inc. and mail to Old Schwamb Mill, 17 Mill Lane, Arlington MA 02476  


The Schwamb Mill Preservation Trust Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable educational institution. Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.




The Old Schwamb Mill in Arlington, Massachusetts, is located on the oldest continuously operating mill site in the United States. Mills have been located on the main building site since the late 1600s. In 1971, the Old Schwamb Mill was listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places.


Our wood turner David W. Graf creating a frame.


In 1864, Charles Schwamb purchased a rebuilt, two-and-a-half story wood frame industrial building that had been built three years earlier but never occupied. The Schwambs proceeded to build west and east wing additions in 1869 and the late 1880s, respectively and were still making picture frames on the premises as late as 1969. After 105 years operating as a family-owned business, a remarkable transition from working factory to a living history museum was made possible by the vision and determination of Arlington resident and early preservationist Patricia Cunningham Fitzmaurice.


The Mill’s unique 19th-century elliptical lathes, its original belt-driven shaft-and-pulley machinery, and the original hand-turning process are used to this day to create custom-made oval and circular frames for customers around the world.




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Address: 17 Mill Lane, Arlington, Massachusetts 02476
Telephone: 781-643-0554
Website: https://oldschwambmill.org
Email:     info@oldschwambmill.org


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Before there was an Old Schwamb Mill or even an Arlington, Massachusetts, there was this Land, Water and Woods, the ancestral home of the Indigenous Massachuset People.


We acknowledge and honor these people, their history and their culture.