October 24, 25, 26 Events 24 Oct 2014, 7:05 am
Halloween happenings, harvest fairs, a zombie run, a murder mystery show, and BBQ Fest are just some of the fun things going on around our area this weekend:
24-25 Friday & Saturday 6:30pm-10pm. Fright Nights at Davis MegaMaze, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. After dark, our family friendly, world-class adventure corn maze transforms into FRIGHT NIGHTS a terrifying, haunted experience sure to cause blood curdling screams and sleepless nights! Bring your family, friends, flashlight and courage If you DARE! (Geared for adults). Call 978-422-6666. Call 978-422-6666.
24-26 Friday-Sunday 10am-6pm. Lanni Orchard's Taste of Local. Come and celebrate National Food Day on Friday October 24th! In honor of National Food Day we are having our "Taste of Local" all weekend long. Stop by and taste what's local! For more information, visit www.lanniorchards.com.
24 Friday 6:30pm. First Parish Church, 923 Main Street, Fitchburg will host a free screening of the silent movie classic The Phantom of the Opera, with live musical accompaniment by expert organist Robin Dinda. (978) 332-6307
24 Friday 7pm. The Brass Monkey Murder Mystery Show. Doors open at 6:30 pm. $40 buys dinner and show. The Brass Monkey Tavern is a well-known haunt of pirates and other thieves and all sorts of evildoers have gathered at the tavern to find the other half of a treasure map. Lots of fun. Call 978-874-5941 to reserve. Arggh! For more information, visit www.1761oldmill.com.
24 Friday 7pm-midnight. Benefit for Chris D. The Line-Up is huge! Not only do will we have CITY SOUND W/ ERNIE CATALDO & RUTHANN SAWIN on Stage but we now have CHARLEY DEE and JOHNNY GIROUARD on Friday, October 24th @ The British-American Club, 1 Simonds Rd., West Fitchburg.
24 Friday 7:30pm. Sinatra at the Mount! Join us for one night only for the swankiest event of the season! Featuring Chris Jason and The Sinatra Live Big Band, Sinatra at the Mount is a benefit to fund scholarships for deserving students. For more information, visit mwcc.edu/tam.
24 Friday 8pm. David Bromberg & Larry Campbell at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley.Also, Brooks Williams in the Ballroom.
25-26 Saturday-Sunday. 5th Annual New England BBQFest at Wachusett Mountain. The fun continues weekend two with crafters, farmers' market, entertainment-- and the finger-licking great time for the BBQ Fest! Visit www.wachusett.com for more information.
25 Saturday. Fitchburg 250th Gala Masquerade Ball at the Fitchburg Senior Center, 4 Wallace Ave., Fitchburg. Enjoy food, live entertainment, a DJ, and many fun costumes as the city continues its 250th anniversary celebration. Call 978-345-1157.
25 Saturday 9am–6pm. Harvest Fair at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1 Forest St., Baldwinville. Chinese auction, theme baskets, crafts, baked goods, lunch and more, followed by dinner after the 4 pm Mass. Call 978-939-8851, weekdays.
25 Saturday 10am-noon. Saima Crafters. Bring a craft to work on or to share! Finnish Center at Saima Park, 67 Scott Rd., Fitchburg MA. www.saima-park.org
25 Saturday 11am-3pm. Exploring Art at the Fitchburg Art Museum, A daylong program for Girl Scouts ages 7-10. Program includes a guided tour of our interactive ancient Egypt gallery, and ancient Egyptian art activity, a guided tour of a special exhibition, lunch break and exploring galleries on your own. $10 per Girl Scout, $3 per adult. For more information, visit www.fitchburgartmuseum.org.
25 Saturday 11:30am. Zombie Run 5K and Kids' Halloween Party at Clark Memorial YMCA, 155 Central Street, Winchendon, 978-297-0958. Come dressed in your Halloween costume and enjoy a fun filled day for the whole family. Run through the streets of Winchendon, and just when you thought it was safe, you must make it through a 0.8 mile finishing leg filled with Zombies out to get you. After the race is over, join the Y for their annual kid's Halloween party from 1-3 filled with activities like Halloween themed games, a haunted house, and trick or treating. Runners and walkers welcome. Fun for all ages. Register on active.comor at the Clark Memorial YMCA front desk. Zombies wanted!
25 Saturday noon-2pm or 2:30pm-4:30pm. Exploring Hand-Cut Paper at Tower Hill. Member $30, Nonmember $45. There is a rich history across cultures of hand-cut paper art ; multiple examples and techniques will be shown and demonstrated in this class and everyone will leave with a hand-cut creation using archival paper provided by the instructor. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
25 Saturday 12:30pm. Leominster Halloween Parade and treats! Dress in your favorite costume as we parade through downtown, and trick or treat to local businesses. Come show off your costume and see all the creative costumes everyone will be wearing. It is a traditionally safe way to celebrate the day. Line-up will begin at 12:30 pm at Leominster Credit Union, 20 Adams Street for a 1 pm start time. Parade down Main Street to Carter Park, then walk back up Main Street to various businesses.
25 Saturday 3pm. Ghosts and Goblins 5K Fun Run and Walk. Clinton Central Park, 242 Church St., Clinton. The event opens at 2:00 p.m. for race number pick-up and same-day registration. Please come early and enjoy the many family activities and beer garden sponsored by Yuengling. $30 pre-registration is available online through Oct. 23. Early race number and shirt pick up and in-person pre-registrations will be held on 10/24 from 5-8 p.m. at Clinton Middle School, 100 W. Boylston St., Clinton, Mass. Visit www.clintonroadrace.comfor more information.
25 Saturday 3pm-8pm. Pumpkin Festival on the Common in Templeton sponsored by the Narragansett Historical Society. FREE. Pumpkin carving contest -- $2 per entry; prizes awarded for carved pumpkins; all pumpkins must by submitted by 6 p.m. for the grand "Pumpkin Lighting." Food Tents, Games for the kids, Sweet treats, "The Amazing Susan" -- an amusing "fortune teller" (just for fun; not for real), Pie eating contest, tours of the Narragansett Historical Society's Museum, Penny Fund – Bring your Pennies! A fun way to help support the historical society. Try to win a prize with our penny game. For more information, visit www.narragansetthistoricalsociety.org.
25 Saturday 4:30pm. Harvest Dinner, 12 Park Street, Pepperell. Enjoy a "Harvest Dinner" with the Prescott Grange No. 73 and a program entitled "The History of Hard Cider in New England and How to Make It" with cider tasting presented by the Pepperell Historical Society. Learn more of our rich local history. Dinner starts at 5pm, $10. Program and tasting begins at 6 PM - $5.00.
25 Saturday 5pm-7pm. Film at the Museum of Russian Icons: Happy People: A Year in the Taiga. Werner Herzog presents this visually stunning documentary about the people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga. For more information, visit www.museumofrussianicons.org.
25 Saturday 6pm. Halloween Party & Ghost Walk on Shirley Town Common. After dark the spirits of yesteryear inhabit the common; take part in a spooky ghost walk, attend the Halloween Party at the Center Town Hall. You’ll be led by lantern light on a narrated walk and be treated to some local folk lore and ghost stories, then enjoy refreshments and music. Adults $5, Children, $3. Visit shirleymeetinghouse.org.
25 Friday 6pm-8pm. Halloween Night Hike and Hayride at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road, Princeton. Experience the sounds of the night on a guided hike, do a Halloween craft, enjoy a hayride with friends and family, learn about nocturnal wildlife, warm up at the bonfire and join us for some goodies. Suitable for children 0 - 18 years and adults. Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00, Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00. Rain date: Sunday, October 26/6:00-8:00 pm. Registration not required.
25 Saturday 7:15pm–10:30pm. Gardner Contra Dance at Fraternal Order of Eagles, 71 City Hall Ave., Gardner. Social mixer/dance to traditional jigs and reels, with a caller. All ages & abilities welcome! No need to bring a partner. Live Music! Simple, easy to learn dance patterns. Please bring clean suitable dancing shoes. Cost, $8 per person, $5 students. Contact Terry Dattolo, 978-407-6217 or see facebook.com/GardnerContraDances.
25 Saturday 8pm. Bob Martin with friends Sandy Goulet & John Spano perform at the Bull Run Restaurant, 425 Great Road (Rt. 2A), Shirley. Martin hails from Lowell, Massachusetts, the same New England city as Jack Kerouac, who heavily influenced Martin’s writing and career. He’s been called “one of the genius songwriters of the Northeast.” Visit bullrunrestaurant.comfor tickets.
26 Sunday 9am. Flying Irish’s 4th Annual Fall Feis at the Doubletree by Hilton, 99 Erdman Way, Leominster. Watch Irish dangers compete in the New England Championship. The Flying Irish, based in Ashby, hosts this competition. Admission for non-competitors is $5. Dancers compete in light jigs, single jigs, reels, hornpipes and other categories for singles and groups. For details visit irishstepdancing.com.
26 Sunday 10am-noon. Halloween Spooktacular at The Great Play Escape Cafe, 21 Sack Blvd., Leominster. Come for a fun filled morning, with treats, games, face painting, crafts and laughter! Must register. Please visit www.tgeplaycafe.com for more information.
October 17, 18, 19 Events 16 Oct 2014, 11:13 am
|Keene Pumpkin Festival ~ Photo by Mickey Pullen|
October 17, 18, 19
17-18 Friday & Saturday 6:30pm–10pm. Fright Nights at Davis MegaMaze, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. After dark, our family friendly, world class adventure corn maze transforms into FRIGHT NIGHTS a terrifying, haunted experience sure to cause blood curdling screams and sleepless nights! Bring your family, friends, flashlight and courage If you DARE! (Geared for adults). Call 978-422-6666. Repeats Oct 24-25. Call 978-422-6666.
17-18 Friday& Saturday dusk to 11 pm. Athol Lions Club Haunted Hayride at Silver Lake Park. Eight vintage tractors pull hay wagons around Silver Lake. Thrill to skits set up around (and in) the lake. Ride lasts about a half hour and begin at Dusk. Refreshments available. Rides begin at the playground on Pequoig Avenue. Parking at the L.S. Starrett Company parking lots Located on Lake or Fish Streets, Athol. Adults $8.00 Children 12 and Under $5.00. For children too young for the monster ride, a pre-dusk hayride will be given free of charge and the monsters will be less scary as well. Rain Date: Sunday, October 19th. For more information, contact Ricky Misner, 413-522-6899 after 5 pm. Rain date Oct. 19.
17-19 Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. Theater at the Mount presents Les Miserables. The long-awaited international sensation sweeps its audience through an epic tale of passion and destruction in revolutionary France. Peasant Jean Valjean is imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread. After his release he breaks parole and starts life anew, though he is relentlessly pursued by Inspector Javert. As Parisian students revolt against an unjust monarchy, all stories intersect at the barricade one fateful day in 1832. The powerful musical score includes “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” and “Bring Him Home.” For more information, call (978) 632-2403 or visit mwcc.edu/tam.
17 Friday 3:30pm–6pm. October Festival at the Westminster Farmers’ Market, with entertainment by Joe Reidy and Jeff Mendoza, on the town common. Visit westminsterfarmersmarket.com.
17 Friday 8pm. Commander Cody & His Modern Day Airmen perform at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road (Route 2A), Shirley. Harking back to the instrumental virtuosity and spontaneity of the original band, Cody & Co. are still cranking’ down the road. $20. For details and tickets, visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.
18 Saturday, 24th Annual Keene Pumpkin Festival, Main St., Keene NH – Noon – 8:30 p.m. Three hundred and sixty-four days a year Keene, NH, is a quintessential New England community with a pristine church at the head of a welcoming square. On October 18, 2014, that square will abound with jack-o'-lanterns carved by area school children! The bandstand will come alive with entertainment and a tower of pumpkins so spectacular it is called "spell-binding" will rival the church steeple. Delectables in the Food & Craft Court will send forth aromas of apple crisp and maple cotton candy throughout the pumpkin-lined city streets. After reclaiming the WORLD RECORD in 2013, Keene is on top of the world and Keene Pumpkin Festival is the darling of New England events. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per adult plus a carved pumpkin. www.keenepumpkinfestival.com
18-19 Saturday-Sunday 8am-6pm. Lanni Orchard's Pumpkin Festival. Rain date October 25th & 26th. PYO pumpkins in the new pumpkin patch. PYO apples, MYO caramel apples. MYO chocolate apples, hot dogs, warm apple crisp, cider, cider slushies, crafts, sand art, hay rides, cider donuts, and more. For more information, visit www.lanniorchards.com.
18-19 Saturday-Sunday 10am-4pm. Hollis Hills Farm Cider & Sausage Festival, 340 Marshall Rd, Fitchburg. This is a two day event. Equipment Days both on Saturday and Sunday. We will have our farming equipment on display so that you can come up close, sit on the drivers seat and learn from our farmers what the equipment is used for and how it works. Mini Apple Cider press will be on display and there will be apple cider making presentations. For more information, visit www.hollishillsfarm.com.
18-19 Saturday-Sunday 10am-5pm. 31st Annual AppleFest at Wachusett Mountain. Our most popular fall festival celebration including over 70 craft exhibitors, farmers' market, special family fun side shows both weekends! Kids entertainment and peak Fall foliage viewing from the SkyRide. Visit www.wachusett.com for more information.
18 Saturday 10am. Pumpkin Run 5k at Templeton Developmental Center in Templeton. A scenic downhill first mile turning into a beautiful trail run with rolling hills. Along the trail are some exposed rocks and roots - be sure to watch your footing! Coming out of the trail is a nice dirt road stretch that leads you to an uphill challenge for the finish. For more information, visit www.ncquadseries.com/pumpkin-run-5k.
18 Saturday 10am-2pm. Adobe Photoshop for Aspiring Photographers at Tower Hill. Member: $40., Non-member: $55. Instructor: Steve McGrath. This workshop will help participants learn Photoshop techniques and skills, and apply them immediate to their personal photography. Extensive handouts will lead students step-by-step so that skills can be practiced at home. For more information, call 508-869-6111x124.
18 Saturday 10:30am. The final run of the North Quad Series is a great trail run through Wildwood Farm in Westminster! With crisp air, fallen leaves and beautiful foliage this run will put you in a great mood to enjoy the end of series festivities on the farm! Click herefor more information.
18 Saturday 10:30am. Tully Lake Triathlon at Tully Lake Campground, 25 Doane Hill Rd., Royalston. A paddle, run and bike race for individuals and teams, followed by a concert and awards ceremony. For details, visit thetrustees.org.
18 Saturday 11am-noon. Kokedama: Hanging Moss Gardens at Tower Hill. Create unique hanging gardens with Seed to Stem of Worcester and owner Virginia Orlando. All materials included. Member $90, Non-member $115. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
18 Saturday noon–5pm. Pot Luck Fall Feast at the United Native American Cultural Center, 29 Antietam St., Devens (GPS use Ayer, MA). Free family event includes Native American Drumming, dancing, raffles. Pot luck is about 3:30 pm. Call 978-772-1306 Wednesday evenings.
18 Saturday 12:30pm-3:30pm. Introduction to Colored Pencil Workshop (Beginning) at Fitchburg Art Museum. Instructor: Valera Krol Nichols. Colored pencil drawing is an easy art form to carry around and inexpensive to start. Learn stippling, masking, highlighting, and layering and discuss developing your own style. $40M, $55NM. For more information, visit www.fitchburgartmuseum.org.
18 Saturday 1pm. Fort Devens Museum Guided Tour, 94 Jackson Rd #305, Devens. Meet at Lancaster Town Hall at 12:30 pm to carpool to Devens.
18 Saturday 1pm-2pm. Centennial Lecture by Cynthia Barton: History's Daughter at Fruitlands. Biographer Cynthia Barton relates a chronicle of Clara Endicott Sears' life and details the influences leading to the creation of Fruitlands Museum from her book History's Daughter: The Life of Clara Endicott Sears, Founder of Fruitlands Museum. For more information, visit www.fruitlands.org.
18 Saturday 1pm-3pm. Traditional Russian Tea at the Museum of Russian Icons. Learn about the culture and history of Russian tea, and sample some traditional treats. For more information, visit www.museumofrussianicons.org.
18 Saturday 7pm. Comedy Night with Dessert at Hubbardston Rod & Gun Club Williamsville Road. Adults only evening of comedy and confections featuring Comedian Frank Foley From Comedy Safari. Enjoy desserts from local bakeries and restaurants. Doors open at 7 for desserts and cash bar, Comedy starts at 8. Tickets $20.00 available at the door, Barre Savings Bank and at Quabbin Regional High.
18 Saturday 8pm. Sonny Landreth at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley. Also, Grace Morrison in the Ballroom.
19 Sunday 3rd Annual Cider House 5K at Wachusett Mountain. A fun, yet challenging scenic 3.1 mile race that loops throughout the mountain, including fire roads and hiking trails. Visit www.wachusett.com for more information.
19 Sunday 12:30pm. Tour the Shirley Shaker Village! There are only a few days each year that people can tour the Shirley Shaker Village and this one one of them! Contact the Shirley Historical Society at (978) 425-9328 for more information.
19 Sunday 1pm-4pm. Introduction to Zentangle at Tower Hill. Member: $40., Non-member: $55. Instructor: Karen Keefe. Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, meditative method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. This class introduces the basic principles and methodology. Materials included. For more information, call 508-869-6111x124.
19 Sunday 2pm-4pm. Bulb Forcing Workshop: Beyond Paperwhites at Tower Hill. Join plantsman and blogger Matt Mattus for a special workshop on forcing unusual bulbs for your winter windowsill. All materials included. Member $50, Non-member $65. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
Fall Foliage 2014 14 Oct 2014, 6:43 am
October 10, 11, 12, 13 Events 7 Oct 2014, 1:13 pm
|Sholan Farms, Leominster MA
Here is a list of events happening in our area this holiday weekend:
October 10, 11, 12, 13
10-11 Friday & Saturday 7pm–11pm. The Haunting of Barrett Park, 40 Barrett Pkwy., Leominster. Repeats on Oct. 17-18 & 24-25. Tickets $10.
10-12 Friday-Sunday 6:30pm–10pm. Fright Nights at Davis MegaMaze, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. After dark, our family friendly, world-class adventure corn maze transforms into Fright Nights a terrifying, haunted experience sure to cause blood curdling screams and sleepless nights! Bring your family, friends, flashlight and courage if you dare (Geared for adults). Call 978-422-6666. Repeats Oct 17-18 and Oct 24-25. Call 978-422-6666.
10-12 Friday-Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm. Anne of Green Gables By Sylvia Ashby Adapted from the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery at Barre Players. Directed by Tim Waite. A refreshing, contemporary telling of the classic story. Stern Marilla and her warm-hearted brother Matthew hoped to adopt a boy to work on their farm. But the orphanage sends young, befreckled Anne by mistake, and their lives will never be the same. Her warmth and wit affects everyone around her - even, eventually, the cold Marilla! We follow Anne through her rebellious years, her transformation into a young woman, and her romantic pairing with Gilbert. This play has been charming audiences around the world. For more information, visit barreplayers.homestead.com.
10-12 Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. Theater at the Mount presents Les Miserables. The long-awaited international sensation sweeps its audience through an epic tale of passion and destruction in revolutionary France. Peasant Jean Valjean is imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread. After his release he breaks parole and starts life anew, though he is relentlessly pursued by Inspector Javert. As Parisian students revolt against an unjust monarchy, all stories intersect at the barricade one fateful day in 1832. The powerful musical score includes “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” and “Bring Him Home.” For more information, call (978) 632-2403 or visit mwcc.edu/tam.
10 Friday 7pm. Twilight Hike at Sholan Farms, 1125 Pleasant St., Leominster (weather permitting) with warm apple cider and hot chocolate all served around the warmth of a campfire. Dogs are allowed on a leash. Bring marshmallows too. Visit www.sholanfarms.com. Please preregister by calling 978-840-3267.
11-12 Saturday-Sunday 10am–3pm. Phillipston Fall Fair & Pumpkin Weigh-In at the Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston. New location, but the same great old-fashioned country festival, sponsored by the Congregational Church of Phillipston. The oldest pumpkin fair in Massachusetts, the Phillipston event includes a search for the biggest pumpkin. Don’t miss the weigh-in, as local farmers bring their hefty beauties by truck and tractor for this friendly competition. Carve a jack o’lantern, build a scarecrow, shop for crafts and home-made baked goods, take a chance on “Hulda’s Quilt,” hand-made with antique fabrics. Food available. Enjoy a fun fall family outing! The centerpiece of the fair, the annual giant pumpkin weigh-in, will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at the apple farm. Some giant pumpkin growers will have their pumpkins displayed so that visitors can have their pictures taken with them.
11-13 Saturday-Monday. Columbus Day Weekend at Davis Farmlandwith Mike the Music Man, 145 Redstone Hill Road, Sterling. Visit www.davisfarmland.com/dffa_wp or call 978-422-6666.
11-13 Saturday-Monday 10am-4pm. Sholan Farms Harvest Celebration Weekend! Live music, strolling performers, food trucks, fried dough, cider, scarecrow pit, wagon rides, build your own scarecrow (bring clothes, Sholan provides the hay), pumpkin painting, apple picking, cider pressing, guided hikes, old fashioned family fun, and more! Visit sholanfarms.com or call (978) 840-3276 for more information.
11 Saturday. Fun In The Sun Rail Jam at Wachusett Mountain. 1st park event of the season! A great annual tradition and warm-up for the season ahead! Visit www.wachusett.comfor more information.
11 Saturday 9am. Children’s Aid & Family Service Presents A “Strengthening Families” Program Free Event. Apple Picking At Hollis Hills Farm at 340 Marshall Rd., Fitchburg. Please join us at the farm! Children can pick a free quarter peck of apples, enjoy a hay ride, taste some farm fresh cider and tour the beautiful Hollis Hills Farm which is under new ownership after two decades! Please come early, the hay ride starts at 9:00 a.m. sharp and is limited to two adults per child(ren) so there is room for every child to ride. For more information, contact Noreen Alves at 978.602.8657 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.hollishillsfarm.com.
11 Saturday 9am–3pm. Celebrate the Harvest Car Show, Craft Fair and Parade at Butterfield Park in Orange. The Orange Business Association and North Quabbin Cruisers present a 300-plus car show, more than 50-booth craft fair, lots of food, and a parade through downtown Orange. Free admission. Call 978-544-5335.
11 Saturday 10am-4pm. Fitchburg Harvest Fair at Hollis Hill Farm, 340 Marshall Rd., Fitchburg. Hay Rides, Games, Apple Picking, Farmers' Market, Arts and Craft Vendors, Live Music, and More. For more information, call (978) 696-3130 or visit www.hollishillsfarm.com.
11 Saturday noon. Bob's Turkey Farm Open House, 181 Old Common Road, Lancaster. Celebrating 60 years! Farm Tours will be at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. There will be a complimentary taste of Bob's homestyle products.
11 Saturday noon-6pm. Pumpkin Festival at Clearview Farm. Free Admission. For more information, visit www.clearviewfarmstand.com.
11 Saturday 3pm. Food and Forage and Guided Hike at Sholan Farms, 1125 Pleasant St., Leominster (weather permitting). Meet at the Farm Stand area – Guided tours, apple tasting, and wagon ride. The guided tour will last one hour followed by a wagon ride through the orchard. Visit www.sholanfarms.com. Please preregister by calling 978-840-3267.
11 Saturday 8pm. The Tymes at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley.
12 Sunday 1pm-4pm. The Devens Grill will host its 10th annual chili cook-off at 4 Ryans Way. More than 20 varieties of chili, will be available all-you-can-eat, plus fun events for the kids. To enter your chili, fill out a registration form at www.devensgrill.com/register.html. No fee, and prizes are awarded. For those attending the cook-off, a $10 donation is requested, with children under 10 free. Proceeds will benefit the Autism Resource Center of Central Mass.
12 Sunday 4pm. Historic Piano Concert at Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main St., Ashburnham. Soprano Darlene Ann Dobisch performs works by CPE Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, Robert and Clara Schumann, Weber and Donizetti. Her accompanist, Sima Kustanovich, will be playing the c.1830 Trondlin piano of Leipzig, from The Frederick Collection. Admission, $10, children and students free. Call 978-827-6232.
October 3, 4, 5, 2014 2 Oct 2014, 10:05 amThere are so many wonderful events happening in our area this weekend. Here is a list of some of them:
October 3, 4, 5
3-5 Friday-Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm. Anne of Green Gables By Sylvia Ashby Adapted from the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery at Barre Players. Directed by Tim Waite. A refreshing, contemporary telling of the classic story. Stern Marilla and her warm-hearted brother Matthew hoped to adopt a boy to work on their farm. But the orphanage sends young, befreckled Anne by mistake, and their lives will never be the same. Her warmth and wit affects everyone around her - even, eventually, the cold Marilla! We follow Anne through her rebellious years, her transformation into a young woman, and her romantic pairing with Gilbert. This play has been charming audiences around the world. For more information, visit barreplayers.homestead.com.
3-5 Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen by Stratton Players. Considered the most popularly performed play in the entire world, this literary classic comes to Stratton for the first time! A Doll's House tells the story of one married young woman's struggle to not only save her family from an unscrupulous blackmailer, but discover her own sense of worth and identity, outside of the protected "doll's life" of her husband and family. Directed by Rob Hawkins. Tickets: $15. For more information, visit www.strattonplayers.com.
3 Friday 11am-2pm. Take it to the Curator at the Museum of Russian Icons. For more information, visit www.museumofrussianicons.org.
3 Friday 6:30pm. Painting in the Garden Room at the Bull Run Restaurant. Grab some friends and join us for an adult night of creativity, laughs, food and drinks and go home with a masterpiece! Artist Tammy Ricker will lead participants in a fun and casual setting as they explore art without any expectation other than delighting in the joy of discovery and the satisfaction of creating a personal piece that is sure to please no matter what the level of art experience. For details and ticket information, visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.
4-5 Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday noon-4pm. The Friends of the Thayer Memorial Library will hold its Annual Book Sale at the larger space of Town Hall, 695 Main Street, Lancaster. All proceeds benefit books, programs and events at the library. Come support your community library and take home some especially good bargains. We have over 700 boxes of books, DVDs and CDs available for sale at this successful event held annually the same weekend as the Horseshed Fair always the first weekend in October. Credit cards are accepted new this year. Take advantage of reduced prices on Sunday.
4-5 Saturday & Sunday 10am–4pm. Global Harvest Festival at Heifer Farm, 216 Wachusett St., Rutland. Tour Heifer’s Global Village and join the internationally-themed harest celebrations. Hayrides to the organic PYO pumpkin patch; hands-on activities like coffee roasting and making beeswax candles; workshops on goat milking, cheese-making and more. Enjoy a farm-to-table lunch or bring a picnic. Call 508-886-2221 or visit heifer.org/farm.
4 Saturday 8:30am-2pm. The Friends of the Lunenburg Public Library are holding their annual Fall Book & Bake Sale. Stock up on reading materials for the upcoming winter and treat yourself to yummy goodies at the Bake Sale!
4 Saturday 9am-12:30pm. Hawk Watching at Barre Falls Dam. Bring binoculars and/or a spotting scope, if you have them, and a camp chair (optional). Picnic and restroom facilities are available on the property. To get to the site, enter Barre Falls Dam at the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers sign on Route 6 Park on the far left side of the lot. Leaders Dave (508-852-3243) and Donna (email@example.com) have been observing hawks at Barre Falls for fifteen years. Please Note: Rain and/or fog will cancel the event.
4 Saturday 10am-4pm. The annual Horseshed Fair is a festive, crowd-gathering arts and crafts fair featuring all hand-manufactured items, alongside a roster of foods, White Elephant gifts, and musical entertainment. It is a longstanding tradition in the Lancaster area. Held the first Saturday of October, the fair attracts crafters from throughout New England, offering wares from knitted or hand-sewn clothing to dolls and toys, wood and leather items, jewelry, glass and pottery, floral arrangements, holiday crafts, soaps and much, much more. Church members serve baked beans, burgers, chili dishes, soups and baked goods all day, and sell a variety of baked goods in addition. One huge attraction is more than 100 apple, blueberry, cherry and pumpkin pies. They go fast, so come early for your favorites. For more information, visit the website at www.firstchurchlancasterma.org.
4 Saturday 11am-2pm. Fall Foliage Paddle. Reflections of autumn foliage enhance the special beauty of this river. We will paddle along its narrow, meandering channel into areas of lily ponds and woodlands and stop for a scenic picnic along the way. Trip difficulty: Easy, flat-water, 3 miles roundtrip. Cost: $32pp-canoe, $52pp-kayak. (Box lunch available for an additional cost or pack your own). Reservations required. For more information, visit www.nashobapaddler.com.
4 Saturday 11am-3:15pm. Archaeology Day at Fruitlands: Presented in partnership with the New England Native American Institute. FREE with Admission. Discover archaeology, cultural heritage and Native American art during Archaeology Day at Fruitlands Museum. Presented in partnership with the New England Native American Institute, our day will begin with a guided trail walk to view the archaeological sites found deep in the Fruitlands landscape and learn about the many layers of human habitation on the museum campus. For more information, visit www.fruitlands.org.
4 Saturday 11am-5pm. Wachusett Meadow's HEY DAY! Rain date: October 5 – but only in the case of torrential rains. Admission: Mass Audubon members: $6, Non members: $8, Children 3 and under are free. Join in for farm-related demonstrations, exhibits, and hands-on activities for people of all ages including cider pressing, hayrides, and canoeing, spectacular art show and sale presented by Princeton Arts Society, local produce and home baked goods, local crafters and vendors, mini-maze, farm animals, pumpkin painting and pony rides for children, special Preschool Sing with children's musician, Patsy Mollica, 11am-12noon, live entertainment, and much more! Contact Wachusett Meadow at 978-464-2712 for click herefor more information.
4 Saturday 1pm-4pm. Paddle and Paint (adults and children 13 and over). River Paddle and Paint. Instructor: Linda Malone. Join local artist and instructor Linda Malone, along with canoe guides from Nashoba Paddler LLC of Groton, for a relaxing fall afternoon exploring the plant and wildlife of the Squannacook River. Bring a sketchbook, paint supplies and/or camera to record scenic view of the river and surrounding landscape. No previous drawing or canoeing experience necessary. Excursion departs from Groton. $60 Fitchburg Art Museum Members, $75NM, Registration required and limited to 12, Rain date Sunday Oct. 12. For more information, visit www.fitchburgartmuseum.org.
4 Saturday 2pm-9pm. Experience the Rhythm & Beat of Africa at Thayer Memorial Library. Come enjoy this African Art and Music Series: 2-3 p.m.: Hands-on Drumming with Issa Coulibaly & Zach Combs This workshop will introduce the basics of African drumming including history, technique, & rhythm. It is open to all ages and levels of experience. 4-5 p.m.: Trinidad 2 Timbuktu Concert Join Crocodile River Music playing music of Mali, Brazil, and Trinidad. This blending of the djembe, balafon, steel drum and 7-string guitar creates a one-of-a-kind experience. 7-8 p.m.: Ron Murray and Vuélo Enjoy the global mix of music this trio calls Bossa Flamenco, with influences from Spain and Brazil. Presented with the group interplays and improvisation of jazz, America’s art form.
4 Saturday 5pm-8pm. A Pop-Up Art Exhibition with live music will take place at Destare, 320 Main St. in Fitchburg presented by the Fitchburg Cultural Council. The event will feature a mixture of creative works from Boston to locally-based artists.
4 Saturday 8pm. The Sweet Remains at Falcon Hub, at Fitchburg State University. Rich Price, Greg Naughton, and Brian Chartrand each contribute to the writing and three-part harmonies that define The Sweet Remains’ sound and simply make your ears smile. $28. Visit www.fitchburgstate.edu.
4 Saturday 8pm. Room-ful of Blues performs at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road (Route 2A), Shirley. If you’re lookin’ to dance, this is the right band and the right place. $18. For details and ticket information, visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.
5 Sunday 12:30pm. Tour the Shirley Shaker Village! There are only a few days each year that people can tour the Shirley Shaker Village and this one of them! Contact the Shirley Historical Society at (978) 425-9328 for more information.
5 Sunday 1pm-4pm. The Townsend Historical Society celebrates autumn with its annual fall Open House at the Reed Homestead, 72 Main St. Tours of the 1809 Reed house will be available, including the beautiful Rufus Porter mural room on the second floor. The Open House is free. (978) 597-2106.
5 Sunday 2pm. The Lincoln Assassination with Historian Christopher Daley at the Leominster Public Library. The assassination of our 16th President stunned a war-weary nation, and this riveting presentation explores how plans to kidnap Lincoln escalated into a plot to assassinate. Daley uses period and modern photographs as well as video footage to tell the tragic tale, including Booth’s escape and capture and the trail and execution of the conspirators.
5 Sunday 4pm. Historic Piano Concert at Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main St., Ashburnham. Violinist Abigail Karr and pianist Yi-heng Yang play compositions from The Life of Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Sonatas from Childhood, Adolescence, and Adulthood with a piano from The Frederick Collection of Historical Grand Pianos. Admission, $10, children and students free. Call 978-827-6232.
Apple Picking 2014 22 Sep 2014, 12:31 pm
"Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits."
~ Henry David Thoreau, Wild Apples
We were so happy to learn that Jim and Allison Lattanzi recently purchased the former Marshall Farm in Fitchburg. The new Hollis Hills Farm at 340 Marshall Rd. not only has pick-your-own apples, but they also sell their own farm raised beef, chicken, eggs, and pork, as well as cheeses and honey from local farms.
Weekends in September and October go and enjoy traditional fall activities such as apple picking, pumpkin picking, hay rides, fresh produce, apple cider, caramel apples, apple pie and cider donuts. Weekdays 9am-6pm, Weekends 9am - 6pm, 978-696-3130
Here is the Apple Picking Schedule for Sept. and October
Paula Reds. Aug 15-October
If you like tart apples, take a healthy bite of a Paula Red. It's one of our earliest varieties to be harvested, and the first taste of fall for many apple lovers. Pick or shop early, because Paula Reds are only available from late August into October.
McIntosh Sept 1-Columbus day
Nothing evokes fall better than the aromatic fragrance of McIntosh apples. This variety has been enjoyed since 1811 when John McIntosh discovered the first seedling.
Honey Crisp Sept 8- October 1
Sometimes the name of an apple says it all. Honey Crisp apples are honey sweet (with a touch of tart) and amazingly crisp. Kids love the taste, and it’s easy to see why this recent variety has continued to grow in popularity since its 1991 introduction in Minnesota.
Cortland Sept 20-oct 20
Picture a fresh fruit cup featuring beautiful, snow-white apples. It’s likely made with Cortland, the very best Apple Country® salad apple.
Macoun Sept 27-Oct 18
Looking for a perfect, no-fat dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth? Macoun is the answer, but make sure you get yours at the right time, as these special apples are only available in the fall. Macoun was developed at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva in 1932, and is named for a famous Canadian fruit breeder.
Yellow & Red Delicious Sept 27-oct 18
These popular mildly sweet apples are grown across the country, but only our Red Delicious have the slight tartness so characteristic of apples from New York. If you haven't tried an Apple Country® Delicious, you haven't tried what we consider the best Delicious.
Matsu Oct 5-November 1
The Mutsu apple was introduced in 1948 and is a cross between the Golden Delicious and the Indo apple varieties first grown in Japan, and named after the Mutsu Province of Japan, where it was presumably first grown.
Events in September 1 Sep 2014, 9:26 am
Here is a sneak peak at all the upcoming events happening in our area this September. There are almost too many from which to choose!
1 Monday. Labor Day Family Fun Days at Wachusett Mountain. Fun activities for the whole family including moonbounces, music, a BBQ and more! Keep the kids busy while you shop at MTNside! Visit www.wachusett.com for more information.
1 Monday 8am–7pm. The Spencer Fair at the Spencer Fairgrounds, Spencer. Visit traditional agricultural exhibits, see the Great Pumpkin Contest, demolition derby, truck and tractor pulls, pig races, stage shows. Enjoy food and games. Call 508-885-5814 or visit thespencerfair.com. Admission $10 adults, $7 seniors and kids. Free parking.
3 Wednesday 6pm-8pm. Allamende North - Twilight at Twigs Cafe at Tower Hill. Allemande North is a 21st century acoustic band from Massachusetts known for playing strongly melodic and rhythmic traditional and contemporary tunes. For the past 20 years individual members have performed with each other in various combinations before joining together as Allemande North in 2011. Free with regular admission. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
4 Thursday 3pm-6pm. Farmers Market: Riverfront Park, off Boulder Drive in Fitchburg. Choose from locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as locally made arts and crafts -- and more.
4 Thursday 3:30pm-6:30pm. The Lancaster Farmers Market is proud to host a performance by Ron Murray. Bring your tote bag for the local produce and other fine locally produced products and bring your lawn chair for the music. Ron’s career demonstrates his musical eclecticism: he is one of the few professional guitarists specializing in the 7-string guitar, and he performs jazz, classical and flamenco styles. His latest project, Vuelo, is a bossa-flamenco fusion band featuring jazz drummer great Arti Dixson. Lancaster Town Green.
4 Thursday 7pm. Author Ray Raphael speaks about the Worcester Revolution of 1774 at the Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Mass. Ave., Lunenburg. Learn about the first — and bloodless — American Revolution at this program sponsored by the Lunenburg Historical Society. Call Jim Larkin at 978-582-0858.
4 Thursday 7pm-9pm. The Summer Concert Series at Carter Park in downtown Leominster. FREE family fun! Enjoy the sounds of local talent while relaxing under the stars. Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic. Not time to pack a picnic? Visit one of the food vendors. Most importantly….bring your dancing shoes!!! Featuring Side Effect, Classic Rock/Originals. For more information click here.
5-6 Friday 5-10 pm; Saturday 10 am–4 pm. Old Home Days in Clinton. Enjoy entertainment vendors & artisans, amusement, demonstrations, food and more under the “big tent.” Activities include a free family movie in the park, wine tasting, animal show, Crocodile River music, a fire department display and more. Friday night features a “Night at the Museums” event, with information, games, costumed characters from more than a dozen Massachusetts museums. For a listing of events, visit oldehomeday.com.
5 Friday 8pm. Occidental Gypsy performs at the Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A Shirley. Occidental Gypsy plays a high energy, acoustic fusion of gypsy swing, jazz & world music that is like wine and chocolate for your ears. Tickets $17. Visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.
6-7 Saturday 10am–7pm; Sunday 10am–5pm. Appleseed Country Fair at Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave., Phillipston. Sponsored by the Johnny Appleseed Trail Association, Red Apple Farm and the Gardner Ale House, the fair features old fashioned country fun, with live music, great food, local brewers, vendors and artisans, lawn tractor pulls — and the giant zucchini growing contest! Bring your oversized zuke to see how it stacks up against the competition! New this year is a “Fiddle Fest” competition on Sunday. Free admission. The orchard will be open for picking, the farm stand will be stocked with great local produce, the hayride wagon will be touring the orchard.. For details, click here or call 978-534-2302.
6 Saturday 9am. 17th Annual Library 5K Race/Walk Center School Elm St. Entrance. The race starts at the Hubbardston Center School entrance on Elm Street and is an out-and-back 3.1 mile course on Elm Street/Barre Road. Registration is $17 per participant prior to August 2 and $20 after August 2. The first 100 entrants will receive a long sleeve commemorative t-shirt. Awards for winners in sixteen categories and raffle prizes will be award at the Hubbardston Center School at 10:30 am, following the completion of the race. Participants must be present to claim a prize. For more information, visit the library website, or call Mark Wigler at 978-928-5122.
6 Saturday 9am-3pm. Hubbardston Field Day, Curtis Rec Field, Rte 68. Sponsored by Hubbardston LIONS Club (Rain Date Sunday, Sept 7). Planned Events: Cow Flop Contest, Splash Tank, Chicken Barbeque, Live Music, Food, Games, Fun stuff to do for all ages!
6 Saturday 9am-4pm. Fall Bazaar: Townsend Common. Games, local crafts, baked goods, music and food. Take a chance to win themed gift baskets and other raffle prizes. Rain date is Sunday, Sept.7, at noon.
6 Saturday noon-5 pm. The 7th Annual Hilltown Brewfest to benefit the local fire departments, sponsored by the New Salem General Store. Located in a beautiful grassy field at 837 Daniel Shays Highway (Rte 202) in New Salem, this afternoon tasting features more than 30, mostly regional brands offering approximately 100 microbrews of beer, wine, and ciders, along with great local foods, a large wine tent, and live music. Limited tickets available; over-21 only. $22 in advance, $25 at the gate. Visit www.hilltownbrewfest.com.
6 Saturday 7pm–midnight. Casino Royale at the Orange Whitney House in Winchendon. Dress up in your best outfits, and come play the money wheel, blackjack, or roulette. Cash Bar, 50/50 raffle, Silent Auction, hors d’oeuvres. $25 per person. Visit winchendonhistoricalsociety.org.
6 Saturday 7:30pm-10:30pm. Full Moon Canoeing at Nashoba Paddler. Set out by canoe at dusk and as darkness approaches, watch the moon rise, being on the lookout for owls, beaver, bats, and other night life. After some delicious refreshments, we'll return following the moon's ribbon of light. Trip difficulty: Easy, flat-water, 5 miles roundtrip. Cost: $37pp-canoes only. Refreshments included. Reservations required. For more information, visit www.nashobapaddler.com.
6 Saturday 8pm. Will Dailey & Friends in the Ballroom at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley. Joanne Shaw Taylor also performs in the Sawtelle Room.
7 Sunday 10am–4pm. Annual Car Show and New England Barbeque Society Cook-Off at the Otter River Sportsman’s Club, 250 Lord Rd. Templeton. Antique cars on display. Prizes for Car Show participants. BBQ contestants cook ribs and chicken wings for prizes. Public can participate in a People’s Choice category for a fee. Free admission. Contact Tom Berry at 978 248-5060.
7 Sunday 11:30am. 17th Annual MusicFest at Wachusett Mountain. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for great music on the mountain. Great food, brews and our scenic stage area make this a highlight for all music fans. Visit www.wachusett.comfor more information.
7 Sunday 2pm. Rachel and Western Partners Band perform at Coggshall Park, off Electric Avenue, Fitchburg, Enjoy live entertainment on the shores of Mirror Lake.
7 Sunday 4pm. Historic Piano Concert at Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main St., Ashburnham. Clarinet-Piano Duo Maksim Shtrykov, clarinet and Misuzu Tanaka, piano, perform works by Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann and Carl Maria von Weber with a piano to be chosen from The Frederick Collection of Historical Grand Pianos. Admission, $10, children and students free. Call 978-827-6232.
7 Sunday 6:30pm. Swing Dance and Lessons at the Leominster Elks, 134 N. Main St., Leominster, with BJ Magoon & Driving Sideways. Dance2Swing presents beginner jitterbug swing group lessons at 6:30 and a swing dance at 7:30. Admission, $14. Visit dance2swing.com or call 978-263-7220.
7 Sunday 8pm. Jeff Root CD Release at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley.
8 Monday 4pm-8pm. Leominster Moon Truck Festival will take place at Sholan Farms, 1125 Pleasant St. The event will feature face painting, henna tattoos (as a Jimmy Fund fundraiser) and live music. Sholan Farms will have after-hours Pick Your Own apples and hay rides. As for the main event, get ready for some taste sensations from Chicken on the road, offering fresh fried chicken, Vesta’s Wood Fired Pizza, the Five Buck Truck with Tex Mex and tacos, Firebox BBQ, Tiggers Food Truck offering burgers, grinders and hot dogs, Aunties Sweet Shop offering organic shave ices and cotton candy and Sweet Creations By Gloria with cupcakes and pies.
10 Wednesday. The Apple Pie Tree at Tower Hill. It's apple picking time and Tower Hill has a very special collection. Join us as we walk the orchard and learn how apples grow and who was a part of their journey. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
10 Wednesday 6pm-8pm. Luanne Crosby - Twilight at Twigs Cafe at Tower Hill. Songster and guitarist Luanne Crosby performs a repertoire of songs in a wide array of styles from musicals to Motown, from blues to folk, from country to jazz and from pop to rockall on her ukulele. A talented songwriter, she also plays a selection of her original music from her three CDs and beyond, showcasing her talent as a writer of many styles of music for people of all ages and interests. Free with regular admission. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
11 Thursday 6pm-8pm. An Evening with Mike Richard, local writer and historian at the Gardner Museum. You know him from The Gardner News or maybe he was your GHS English teacher. Come to hear him spin his tales of Gardner. Reception from 6pm – 7pm, Program 7pm – 8pm. Members FREE non-members $3.00. For more information, visit www.gardnermuseuminc.com.
11 Thursday 7pm. An Evening with Mike Richard, local writer and historian, at the Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., Gardner. Come to hear him spin his wonderful tales of Gardner’s past. Reception at 6 pm, program 7 pm – 8 pm. $3.00. Call 978-632-3277.
11 Thursday 7pm-9pm. The Summer Concert Series at Carter Park in downtown Leominster. FREE family fun! Enjoy the sounds of local talent while relaxing under the stars. Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic. Not time to pack a picnic? Visit one of the food vendors. Most importantly….bring your dancing shoes!!! Featuring The GS Flair Band, Rock/Pop/Country/Folk/Blues. For more information click here.
12-13 Friday-Saturday. New Players Theatre Guild's Second Anniversary Show. 15 Rollstone St., Fitchburg. For more information, visit www.nptg.org.
12 Friday 8pm. Twilight Hike at Sholan Farms, 1125 Pleasant St., Leominster (weather permitting.). Visit www.sholanfarms.com.
13-14 Saturday & Sunday. Circus Workshop at Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Road, Sterling. Visit www.davisfarmland.com/dffa_wp or call 978-422-6666.
13 Saturday. St. Edward’s Fair at St. Edward’s Parish, Church Street, Westminster. Attic treasures, games for children and adults, silent auction, crafts, bakery booth, entertainment and more. Call 978-874-2362.
13 Saturday 8am–10am. Breakfast on the Porch at the Orange Historical Society, 41 North Main St., Orange. Enjoy Quiche, French toast, pancakes, waffles, and more. Call 978-544-3141.
13 Saturday 9am. Fall Frenzy at the Royalston Fish & Game Club, 50 Main Road, Phillipston. This new fall festival features music, a chicken BBQ, car show, vendors, and more, in a country setting. For information, call 413-249-3004.
13 Saturday 9am-2pm. Hollis Hill Farm Grand Opening! Ribbon cutting with Mayor Lisa Wong at 11am. All guests will receive a free 1/4 peck of apples and samples of the farm's offerings will be available throughout the day. 340 Marshall Rd. Fitchburg. Please RSVP online at www.hollishillsfarm.com.
13 Saturday 9:30am-1pm. Zentangle Class (Introduction Level) at the Museum of Russian Icons. Learn the art of Zentangle, taught by certified trainer Karen Keefe. For more information, visit www.museumofrussianicons.org.
13 Saturday 10am-4pm. Fun with Fungi: Natural Science Drawing and Painting at Tower Hill. Explore the fascinating forms and textures of mushrooms in this natural science art workshop. Instruction will include demonstrations of ways to achieve detailed effects using graphite, colored pencil, and watercolor. All levels welcome! A list of supplies will be sent to participants. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
13 Saturday 11am. Wachusett Valley Music Festival at First Church of Christ Unitarian, 725 Main Street Lancaster Call 978-365-2043. Tickets, $24. Featured Artists: Brother Sun, Charlie Farren, John Flynn, Kim and Reggie Harris, Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli. Showcase Artists: Eric Donaldson, Dale LePage, Dean Stevens.
13 Saturday 7pm-10pm. Enjoy a fine meal, cocktails and hot jazz on the outdoor garden patio! Outdoor space limited. Reserve early! Bull Run Restaurant Rt. 2A, Shirley, MA 978-425-4311. Dinner menu & full bar - No Cover - Reservations required. Visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com for more information.
13 Saturday 7:30pm. Rick Gottlieb performs at The Boulder Coffeehouse, in the Dillon Room, 923 Main Street, First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Fitchburg. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. with an hour of open-mike performances. Enjoy a selection of fair-trade coffees and teas and baked goods in a smoke-free environment. There is a freewill suggested donation of $5, and non-perishable foods are welcome.
14 Sunday 10am-2:30pm. FINNISH TORI/SCANDINAVIAN MARKETPLACE. Vendors, lunch, music, lingonberry sundaes. Enjoy coffee bread, hot dogs, beef stew and ice cream sundaes; Scandinavian gifts and crafts. Finnish Center at Saima Park, 67 Scott Rd., Fitchburg MA. www.saima-park.org or call Maija at 978-582-7717.
14 Sunday 11am–3pm. Holy Cross Family Festival & BBQ at the Otter River Sportsman’s Club, Lord Road, Templeton. Fun for the whole family. Tom’s famous chicken served noon – 2 pm; tickets, $8 adults, children/seniors $7.
14 Sunday 1pm. Benton MacKaye Memorial Walk at Shirley Historical Society Museum. Rain or Shine. Open to the Public. 182 Center Road Shirley.
15 Monday 10am. September Senior Day at Fruitlands. Cost... Free for adults 62 yrs. and over. Fruitlands is partnering with Tufts Health Plan to offer free admission for seniors aged 62 and over on September 15. The Museum will offer a private, guided tour for our senior guests beginning at 10:30AM (the tour is approximately 2 hours in length). The Museum’s Artist-in-Residence, Richard Kattman, will be available to speak with this audience about his work and will be actively painting on-site that day. For more information, visit www.fruitlands.org.
16 Tuesday 6pm-7pm. Online Travel Presentation: Classical Turkey at the Museum of Russian Icons. Online Travel Presentation with Collette about the Museum's March 2015 Classical Turkey tour. For more information, visit www.museumofrussianicons.org.
17 Wednesday 5pm-6pm. Vegetable Garden Tours at Tower Hill. Included with Admission. Free for members. Join staff horticulturist Dawn Davies for a tour of the vegtable gardens at Tower Hill. This year's theme is "Vegging Out" and highlights sustainable garden techniques, physical, mental, and emotional benefits gained from working from working in the garden. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
17 Wednesday 6pm-8pm. Mirror Image - Twilight at Twigs Cafe at Tower Hill. Frequent performers here at Tower Hill's music series, we're very happy to welcome back Mirror Image. Tom Ewart and Jeff Mac are both guitarists. While Jeff plays lefty, Tom plays righty. But together they are on the same musical page ... instrumental jazz with a slight edge. Instrumental styling that lends itself beautifully to cafe dining. Free with regular admission. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
18 Thursday 4pm. Third Thursday Film Screening at the Fitchburg Public Library. Films are presented by Fitchburg State University and the professors will introduce each film and lead a short discussion following the screening. This month is To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).
18 Thursday 6pm. Fitchburg Historical Society Annual Meeting at 781 Main Street, Fitchburg. Learn about the work the Society has been doing and what’s on the horizon in the near future. View the exhibits on display. Free and open to the public.
19-20 Friday & Saturday 6pm–9pm. Flash Light Mazing at Davis MegaMaze, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. Davis Mega Maze, the world’s most complex cornfield maze, dares you to try navigating the twists and turns of this 8-acre colossal land sculpture using only your flashlight! Call 978-422-6666. Repeats Sept. 26-27 and Oct 3-4. For more information, visit www.davisfarmland.com/dffa_wp.
19 Friday 3:30pm–6pm. Westminster Fair and Share: harvest and photo contests, demonstrations of working animals at the Westminster Farmers’ Market, Sally Cragin’s Riverfront Children’s Theatre 4:00-4:30 (kids put on a show!) and more, on the town common.
19 Friday 6pm–9pm. Open Studio Event at the SchoolStreet Art Studios. 205 & 213 School St., Gardner. Meet the artists, tour the studios, see what’s happening in the local art scene. For details, visit facebook.com/theschoolstreetartstudios.
19 Friday 8pm. Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley.
20-21 Saturday-Sunday. 24th Annual KidsFest at Wachusett Mountain. Two days of music, food, and fun! Enjoy tons of interactive games, lively performances and favorite walk-around characters. Enjoy the barbecue and food tents. View the fall foliage from the SkyRide! Visit www.wachusett.com for more information.
20-21 Saturday-Sunday. Sholan Farms Honey Crisp Weekend. 1125 Pleasant St. Leominster. For more information, visit www.sholanfarms.com.
20-21 Saturday-Sunday. Harvest Fest at Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Road, Sterling. Visit www.davisfarmland.com/dffa_wp or call 978-422-6666.
20-21 Saturday & Sundy. Helicopter Weekend at Davis MegaMaze, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. Take flight in an R44 helicopter over Davis Mega Maze, Davis X-treme Outdoor Laser Tag, Davis Farmland and our Solar Farm. Reservations required. Call 978-422-6666. Visit www.davisfarmland.com/dffa_wp.
20-21 Saturday noon-5pm, Sunday 9am-4pm. Begonia and Gesneriad Show and Sale at Tower Hill. See splendid examples of a huge variety of Begonias and Gesneriads sporting a range of color, leaf texture, and patterns in this judged show. Discover a rare find or new variety. Enter your own plants for exhibition. Lectures and programs will run throughout the weekend. Get tips for growing these favorite houseplants, and select from a wide variety of plants for sale. Free with regular admission. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
20 Saturday 9am–3pm. Athol Fall Festival on Main Street, Athol. Rain date, Sept. 27. Dozens of vendors display their work as the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce event closes Main Street for a family event. Games, face painting, street food, hand-crafted jewelry, farmers’ market, music and dance performances throughout the day, along with a live auction of items from local businesses.
20 Saturday 10am-11am. Flower and Leaf Press at Tower Hill. Preserve the beauty of summer with a kid-sized flower press. Children will make and take their very own press and learn the simple technique of pressing flowers, wildflowers, and leaves. Use them to decorate cards, bookmarks and anything else your imagination can think of. For all ages, pre-registration is required. Register early, classes fill up quickly. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
20 Saturday 10am-2pm. Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge Paddle. This national wildlife refuge was set aside to conserve and protect native wildlife habitats and species. A downstream paddle will give us the chance to explore the river and learn about this refuge, taking a lunch break along the way. Trip difficulty: Easy, flat water, 5 miles downstream. Cost: $42pp-canoe, $62pp-kayak (Box lunch available for an additional cost or pack your own). Reservations required. For more information, visit www.nashobapaddler.com.
20 Saturday 10:30am-4pm. Grotonfest on Legion Common in Groton, MA. Free family day with more than 80 Craft, Food, non-profit, artisan demonstrations and business booths. Entertainment all day long, including magic, live animals, dancers, bands and actors. For more information, visit www.grotonfest.com. Raindate 9/21.
20 Saturday noon-6pm. Apple Festival, Family Day at Clearview Farm. Free Admission. For more information, visit www.clearviewfarmstand.com.
20 Saturday 1pm– 4pm. Tour of the Templeton Center Burial Ground, 1 Wellington Rd., Templeton, sponsored by the Narragansett Historical Society. Re-enactors, refreshments. $10. See narragansetthistoricalsociety.org.
20 Saturday 6pm–9pm. Shirley Shines, A Shirley Talent Showcase, at the Meeting House, 41 Brown Road, Shirley, The evening begins with a Variety Show followed by refreshments and time to view the displays at the Center Town Hall. Visit shirleymeetinghouse.org.
20 Saturday 8pm. Roy Book Binder at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley.
21 Sunday 2pm. Paper Airplane Contest at Top Fun Aviation Toy Museum, 21 Prichard ST., Fitchburg. Bring your own best paper airplane creations or come early and fold airplanes at the Museum. But come join in the fun as participants compete in distance and accuracy categories. Prizes are awarded separately to youngsters and adults. Your Museum admission includes your entry fee. Adult admission ($5) also admits one child free.
21 Sunday 2pm. Lancaster Public Library presents Probing the Mysteries of the Earth’s Past: Selected Readings from David Spanagel’s new book: “DeWitt Clinton & Amos Eaton: Geology & Power in Early New York”. David is an Assistant Professor at WPI and is also Lancaster’s Town Moderator. FREE TO THE PUBLIC For more information, contact Karen Silverthorn at 978-368-8928 ext. 4.
21 Sunday 4pm. Historic Piano Concert at Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main St., Ashburnham. Pianist Geoffrey Burleson plays compositions by Saint-Saens, Liszt, Ravel and Rameau on the 1877 Erard of Paris “Extra-grand” piano, from The Frederick Collection of Historical Grand Pianos. Admission, $10, children and students free. Call 978-827-6232.
21 Sunday 4pm-7pm. Opening reception for FAM EXHIBITIONS: One Language is Never Enough: Latino Artists in Southern New England. Un Idioma Nunca es Suficiente:Artistas Latinos en el Sur de Nueva Inglaterra. For more information, visit www.fitchburgartmuseum.org.
24 Wednesday 6:30pm-8:30pm. Vannga Tran - Twilight at Twigs Cafe at Tower Hill. Vannga Tran is a part time professional pianist who resides in Worcester, MA. She is also a full time teacher and part time university instructor. She was born and grew up in Vietnam, moving to the US many years ago as a political refugee. She began playing the piano at age 8, with many years of classical piano lessons. She has self taught how to play modern music since age 10. Free with regular admission. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
24 Wednesday 7pm-8pm. Plant Combinations for a Long Season of Interest at Tower Hill. Member: $15, Non-member: $25. The late season garden is full of dynamic contrasts - melding colorful late blooms, maturing fruit, fiery foliage and the plumes of ornamental grasses. Join Landscape Horticulturist Warren Leach for an in-depth look at exciting plants to add to your late season garden display. Warren will offer design ideas using before and after images of gardens he has designed and planted. Fall is an ideal time for planting and adding glorious fall fireworks to your own garden. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
25 Thursday 6pm-8pm. Smith Country Cheese at the Gardner Museum. This one is Gouda for you. Reception from 6pm – 7pm, Program 7pm – 8pm. Members FREE non-members $3.00. Also, the DOLLHOUSE RAFFLE DRAWING during Smith’s Country Cheese Evening. Tickets are 1 for $5.00 or 3 for $10.00. You could own an 8 room mansion! Fully furnished and electrified! For more information, visit www.gardnermuseuminc.com.
26-27 Friday & Saturday 6pm–9pm. Flash Light Mazing at Davis MegaMaze, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. Davis Mega Maze, the world’s most complex cornfield maze, dares you to try navigating the twists and turns of this 8-acre colossal land sculpture using only your flashlight! Call 978-422-6666. Repeats Oct 3-4.
26-28 Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen by Stratton Players. Considered the most popularly performed play in the entire world, this literary classic comes to Stratton for the first time! A Doll's House tells the story of one married young woman's struggle to not only save her family from an unscrupulous blackmailer, but discover her own sense of worth and identity, outside of the protected "doll's life" of her husband and family. Directed by Rob Hawkins. Tickets: $15. For more information, visit www.strattonplayers.com.
26 Friday 3:30pm–6pm. Westminster Farmers’ Market, with entertainment by Adam Zucker and Dr. B and the Homemade Band, on the town common. Visit westminsterfarmersmarket.com.
27-28 Saturday-Sunday. Sholan Farms Cream of the Crop "Macoun" weekend. Join Sholan while they unveil the finest eating apple in the region, the Macoun. For more information, visit www.sholanfarms.com.
27-28 Saturday-Sunday. Harvest Fest at Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Road, Sterling. Visit www.davisfarmland.com/dffa_wp or call 978-422-6666.
27-28 Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am-4pm. 2014 Craft Festival at Fruitlands. Fruitlands is teaming up with the Worcester Center for Crafts for the fourth year to bring you a juried craft festival. Forty of the most talented artists in New England will be selling their work under the tent at Fruitlands. For more information, visit www.fruitlands.org.
27-28 Saturday & Sunday 10am–5pm. The 16th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival, celebration of the artistic, agricultural and cultural bounty of the region at Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange. Over 100 booths featuring regional artists, farmers, and community organizations; music, performance, spoken word, and dance on solar powered stages and throughout the rolling fields and forest. Exhibitor demos, and new art and adventure activities for kids and families. Get silly with garlic games galore including the famous raw garlic-eating contest. $5 per day for adults, weekend pass $8, kids 12 and under free, free shuttle and parking. Visit garlicandarts.org.
27 Saturday. Shirley Volunteer Town-Wide Yard Sale, starting at the center, one mile north of Exit 36 off Route 2. Families throughout town have cleaned out their cellars and attics! The Shirley Volunteer newspapers will be available free on Wednesday, September 24 at the Johnny Appleseed Visitors Center, and in Shirley, Thursday, September 25 at Hazen Memorial Library and True Value Hardware. Get a map and start treasure-hunting! Rain date Sunday, Sept. 28. 27 Saturday 9am–2pm. Rummage Sale at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 26 West St., Leominster. (next to the library). Children’s, women’s, and men’s clothing. Rain or shine. Call 978-534-5164.
27 Saturday 9am-5pm. Johnny Appleseed Festival. Downtown Leominster. Enjoy a family day filled with music, food, games, and the Best Pizza Contest! Events at Monument Park, City Hall, and Main Street, Leominster. Free admission. Evening concert 6:30pm-10:30pm at City Hall. Rain date September 28th.
27 Saturday 9am-5pm. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines … and come to the Second Annual Vintage Small Engine, Tractor, Car and Truck Show on the historic Common in Templeton, Mass. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 28. This event, which is fun for the whole family, is co-hosted by the Central Massachusetts Steam, Gas and Machinery Association to benefit the Narragansett Historical Society of Templeton, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary. An added attraction this year is The Thousand Acre (Swamp) Band, made possible by a grant from the Templeton Arts Council. The performance will include early jazz, old blues, vintage pop, and standards from the 1920s through the 1940s. Named after the Thousand Acre Swamp in the Quabbin, Mass., the band is led by Stephen Babineau. The historical society’s museum will be open for tours. Hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks and soft drinks will be available. So come and have some fun, get out in the sun, and “ooh and ah” at some fantastic machinery.
27 Saturday 9:30am-11:30am. Youth Garden "Workout" at Tower Hill. Included with Admission. Free for members. Join us as we work outside in the Youth garden to celebrate Take A Child Outside week. Get your hands dirty as we dig for potatoes, harvest some vegetables and empty the compost bin. Even now as the garden is winding down there is still work to be done. See what is still growing and learn about composting for the garden next spring. A snack will be provided and well finish with a garden-inspired craft. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
27 Saturday 10am-noon. Apples, Apples, Apples at Tower Hill. Member: $60., Non-member: $80. Apples aren't just for eating! They have played an important role in Harvest and Winter celebrations for at least two thousand years.. Learn apple history, folklore and magical traditions. Watch a demonstration of apple pomanders and apple cinnamon ornaments, then make an apple candle and a fresh Autumn Apple Potpourri to enjoy at home. Recipe and craft handouts included. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
27 Saturday 10am–4pm. Blacksmith Art & Music Festival at Riverfront Park, Boulder Drive, Fitchburg. Formerly known as the Fitchburg Forge In, this festival is in its 11th year, showcasing blacksmiths of all skills competing against one another. Enjoy music, workshops for families and kids, and more. Visit fitchburgforgein.com.
27 Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm. Second Annual Vintage Small Engine, Tractor, Car and Truck Show; The Common, Templeton Center (Rts. 2A and 101, off Exit 21 of Rt. 2) Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines … and head to the show on the historic Common in Templeton. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 28. This event, which is fun for the whole family, is co-hosted by the Central Massachusetts Steam, Gas and Machinery Association to benefit the Narragansett Historical Society of Templeton, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary. An added attraction this year is The Thousand Acre (Swamp) Band, performing early jazz, old blues, vintage pop, and standards from the 1920s through the 1940s. Named after the Thousand Acre Swamp in the Quabbin reservoir area, the band is led by Stephen Babineau. The historical society’s museum will be open for tours. Hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks and soft drinks will be available. Have some fun, get out in the sun, and “ooh and ah” at some fantastic machinery. For more information, visit narragansetthistoricalsociety.org.
27 Saturday 10:30am. Fitness Concepts and the Gardner Ale House get Octoberfest running with Run for a Beer! This 5K takes you on a challenging jaunt through the streets of Gardner! Taking off from Fitness Concepts, runners head toward downtown Gardner through the cheers of supporters, turning up hill leading to Memorial Park turning right for a quick downhill into the Octoberfest festivities that await at the Gardner Ale House! Click here for more information.
27 Saturday 11am-11pm. Oktoberfest "Party In The Street" at Gardner Ale House. EVENTS INCLUDE Run For A Beer: Tapping of the Oktoberfest Keg, Chair Luge 2pm, World's Largest Chicken Dance, First Ever DIRNDL Contest: Ladies Get Your Dirndls On! 4 Bands: Willie J Laws, Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers, Melanie & The Blue Shots, A Fine Connection. And All of Downtown Gardner is celebrating the Oktoberfest too, for the first time. All the way up the street! Kids' stuff, food, music, everywhere you look! For more information, visit www.gardnerale.com.
27 Saturday 1pm-4pm. Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Free day at the Gardner Museum. For more information, visit www.gardnermuseuminc.com.
27 Saturday 7:15pm–10:30 pm. Gardner Contra Dance at Fraternal Order of Eagles, 71 City Hall Ave., Gardner. Social mixer/dance to traditional jigs and reels, with a caller. All ages & abilities welcome! No need to bring a partner. Live Music! Simple, easy to learn dance patterns. Please bring clean suitable dancing shoes. Cost, $8 per person, $5 students. Contact Terry Dattolo, 978-407-6217 or see facebook.com/GardnerContraDances.
27 Saturday 8pm. Geoff Muldaur at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley.
28 Sunday 4pm. Historic Piano Concert at Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main St., Ashburnham. Pianist Amira Acre Performs works by Franz Liszt on the 1868 Streicher of Vienna piano from The Frederick Collection of Historical Grand Pianos. Admission, $10, children and students free. Call 978-827-6232.
28 Sunday 6:30pm. Swing Dance and Lessons at the Leominster Elks, 134 N. Main St., Leominster, with the Retro Polatin Band. Beginner jitterbug swing group lessons at 6:30, swing dance at 7:30. Admission, $14. Visit dance2swing.comor call 978-263-7220.
Art in the Park 2014 29 Aug 2014, 4:19 pm
|Turnip & Radishes by Robin Frisella|
The Monadnock Area Artists Association will present its 57th annual Art in the Park, Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., at Ashuelot River Park, West St., Keene NH. 85 New England artists, who work in a wide variety of media, will be exhibiting and selling their work in this beautiful setting. Refreshments will be available, and musical performances will be provided by the Keene Music Festival. Free admission. Contact information: 603-357-4382. www.monadnockareaartists.org. For more information on Robin Frisella please visit her website at www.robinfrisella.com
Yankee Street Fair, August 23 19 Aug 2014, 10:19 am
Music Fest at Wachusett Mountain 15 Aug 2014, 9:54 am
Saturday, August 16
Join us for our NEW Country MusicFest, featuring some of the best local and national talent on two stages! Bring your lawn chairs and settle in while enjoying great food and beer to the sounds of country music! Browse through our craft vendor market between sets and take a journey on the SkyRide for 360 degree views from the Wachusett summit!
Schedule of Performers:
Side Stage 12-12:30pm – Houston Bernard Band
Main Stage 12:30-1:15pm – The Herland Brothers
Side Stage 1:15-1:45pm – Houston Bernard Band
Main Stage 1:45-2:45pm – Tim Charron Band
Side Stage 2:45-3:15pm – Houston Bernard Band
Main Stage 3:15-4:15pm – Glenn Stewart
Side Stage 4:15-4:45pm – Houston Bernard Band
Main Stage 4:45-6:00pm – Tom Dixon Band
Click here for more information.