Westminster Summer Fun 13 Jun 2013, 12:42 pm
Treasure hunting, finding a great book, and eating ice cream. What could be better?! This Saturday, June 15, Westminster Historical Society is hosting a Town-wide Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Forbush Memorial Library is holding their annual Ice Cream Social and Book Sale. Maps of the yard sales can be picked up at the Historical Society at 110 Main St. for $1.00. The Ice Cream Social and Book Sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 118 Main St. Both events will be held rain or shine. For more information contact the Forbush Library at www.forbushlibrary.org and The Westminster Historical Society at www.westminsterhistory.org.
June 3 Jun 2013, 8:57 am
"So sweet, so sweet the roses in their blowing,
So sweet the daffodils, so fair to see;
So blithe and gay the humming-bird a going
From flower to flower,
a-hunting with the bee."
~Nora Perry, In June
Here's What's Happening in the Month of June:
Here's What's Happening in the Month of June:
5 Wednesday 1:30pm-3:30pm. Fruitlands presents HIVE. HIVE is an ever-evolving community art piece that explores the chemistry between people when they work together. During meetings with several diverse groups of participants - aluminum screen chambers are stitched together with steel wire. Later they’re assembled into a sculpture that grows organically as a representation of community effort and time spent together. Appropriate for ages 10 and up. No experience necessary – come one and all. FREE with Admission. For more information, visit www.fruitlands.org.
5 Wednesday 6pm-7:30pm. Tower Hill's Flying Flowers: Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden. Included with admission. Presenter: Martha Gach, Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. Want to bring butterflies into your landscape? This class will teach you some common New England butterflies and how to structure a butterfly garden to support these beautiful creatures during all stages of their amazing life cycle. If weather is good we will take a garden stroll to look at host and nectar plants, and search for butterflies. Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-869-6111x124 or visit www.towerhillbg.org.
6 Thursday 6pm-7:30pm. PerformanceConcert: Russian Masters with Marianna V. Rashkovetsky. Pianist Marianna V. Rashkovetsky presents a program of Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, and Rachmaninoff at a concert presented in partnership with Indian Hill Music. For more information, visit museumofrussianicons.org.
6 Thursday 6pm-8pm. Foraging for Your Dinner: Wild Edibles Walk at Fruitlands. $10 for Nonmembers, FREE to Fruitlands & HCT Members. For more information, visit fruitlands.org.
6 Thursday 6:35pm. Home Opener for the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs at Doyle Field, 160 Priest St., Leominster. The Dirt Dawgs are a 2012 expansion franchise in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. Season ticket, flex-game packages, and sponsorship information is available by contacting the Dirt Dawgs at 978-965-4404 or at email@example.com.
6 Thursday 8pm. Ken Macy performs at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road (Route 2A), Shirley. For details, visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.
7 Friday 11am–2pm. Take it to the Curator at the Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. Icon specialist Frank Ford will provide visitors with information about the region, date and subject matter of their icons. Monetary evaluations will not be given. Visit www.museumofrussianicons.org.
7 Friday 3pm–6:30pm. Joe Reidy performs at the Westminster Farmers Market, Academy Hill, Westminster. Joe plays a contemporary blues/jazz/light rock continuum that makes for a unique sound and enjoyable listening.
7 Friday 5pm-9pm. Cruise Night at Kimball Farm, 1543 Lunenburg Rd., Lancaster. Oldies music by DJ Kev, Music trivia with The Famous Ricky, Cash prizes, great food and ice cream. Free admission. Call 978-534-9800.
7 Friday 7:30pm. Farren Butcher Inc. performs at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road (Route 2A), Shirley. Sprung from the legendary Boston music scene in the 80’s Jon Butcher and Charlie Farren have had prolific music careers, achieved world-wide recognition and acclaim and fronted two of Boston’s most notorious rock bands, Jon Butcher Axis and The Joe Perry Project. Tickets, $46. Visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.
8-9 Saturday & Sunday 11am–3pm. Old Farm Days – Sheep Shearing at Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Road, Sterling. Remember the Old Farm Days and help shear the woolly coats off our sheep, llamas, and alpacas. There’s spinning demos, make their own sheep craft using real wool, and home-made butter! Call 978-422-6666.
8 Saturday 3pm-4pm. Museum of Russian Icons Lecture: Russian Vodka Gone Global, with Patricia Herlihy, Professor Emerita of History, Brown University, and author of Vodka: A Global History. For more information, visit museumofrussianicons.org.
8 Friday 8am-10am. Orange Historical Society BREAKFAST ON THE PORCH 41 North Main Street Orange. Menu: Quiche, French Toast, Pancakes, Waffles, Donuts, Beverages. Cost: $6.00.
9 Sunday 1pm. Finnish Folk Dance with Instructors from the University of Helsinki and music by Oivan Ilo and Finnish Refreshments (1:00 pm) ($10/Children 12 & under FREE). For more information, visit www.sovittaja.org/Pages/Events.aspx.
9 Sunday 3pm. Gallery Talk: Building a Collection: Photography at the Fitchburg Art Museum. Exhibition currently on view through Spring 2014. How does a museum build a permanent collection? What choices does a curator make when assembling an exhibition? Learn the inside scoop as you tour Building a Collection: Photography at the Fitchburg Art Museum with Stephen Jareckie, organizer of the exhibition. Stephen Jareckie, exhibition curator and photographic historian. Featured in the exhibition are photographs from the late 1800s to the present, including works by Alfred Steiglitz, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott and other luminaries. FREE for members, non-members pay Museum admission fee. This lecture is supported by the Elsie D. Simonds Lecture Fund. For more information, visit www.fitchburgartmuseum.org.
9 Sunday 4:35pm. Home Opening Weekend for the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs at Doyle Field, 160 Priest St., Leominster. The Dirt Dawgs are a 2012 expansion franchise in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. Season ticket and flex-game package information is available by contacting the Dirt Dawgs at 978-965-4404 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
11 Tuesday 2pm–5pm. DPW Day at the Fitchburg Public Works yard, 301 Broad St., Fitchburg. See big trucks, dig in a giant sand pile or an archaeological dig. This kid-friendly DPW Day is free and open to the public. Bring your drawing with a DPW theme for judging in the poster contest. Artwork will be displayed in the Fitchburg Public Library.
12 Wednesday 6:30pm-7:30pm. Tower Hill The Hermit in the Garden. Included with admission. Presenter: Gordon Campbell. Author and historian Gordon Campbell tells the engagingly eccentric tale of the eighteenth century craze for ornamental hermits - the must-have accessory for the grand gardens of Georgian England and beyond. Campbell traces the garden hermit's history from Imperial Rome, to unwashed hired "hermits" in specially built hermitages, to the modern garden gnome. This quirky story is sure to be interesting. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 508-869-6111x124 or visit www.towerhillbg.org.
13 Thursday 4pm-6pm. Fruitlands presents HIVE. HIVE is an ever-evolving community art piece that explores the chemistry between people when they work together. During meetings with several diverse groups of participants - aluminum screen chambers are stitched together with steel wire. Later they’re assembled into a sculpture that grows organically as a representation of community effort and time spent together. Appropriate for ages 10 and up. No experience necessary – come one and all. FREE with Admission. For more information, visit www.fruitlands.org.
13 Thursday 7pm. Harvard Historical Society presents Isaiah Parker, Clerk, Physician, Scribe 1752-1848 Harvard Historical Society, 215 Still River Road, Harvard, MA. 978.456.8285. For more information, visit www.harvardhistory.orgor email firstname.lastname@example.org.
14-15 Friday-Saturday 8pm. Xanadu at Theater at the Mount. Believe in the magic again! Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California, in 1980. Her quest is to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time - the first Roller Disco (hey, it's 1980). So grab your glow sticks and your neon legwarmers for a quirky and zany musical! For more information, visit mwcc.edu/tam/shows.
15 Saturday. Townwide Yard Sale in Westminster. Shop at sales throughout the town; pick up a map at the Westminster Historical Society, 110 Main St., Westminster.
15 Saturday 8am-3:30pm. Tower Hill Garden Photography Workshop with Rich Pomerantz. Non-members, $95., Members, $85. RAIN DATE: JUNE 22. This workshop will explore methods of seeing and photographing, aimed at improving the way you photograph flowers and gardens. Whether you wish to preserve horticulture and natural beauty for posterity, publication or personal enjoyment, this class will expose you to steps that can help you bring your garden photography to a higher level and produce clear photographic visual imagery. Demonstrations and an illustrated lecture will provide the foundation for photography using the light we find, depending on conditions. We will critique students' work during lunch and return to the garden to photograph again. For more information, e-mail email@example.com call 509-869-6111x124 or visit www.towerhillbg.org.
15 Saturday 9am–noon. Yard Sale at The Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., Gardner. Donations of antiques, jewelry and attic treasures are sought. To donate lightly used items call the coordinator at 978-632-3277.
15 Saturday 9am–1pm. Annual Ice Cream Social and Book Sale from at the Forbush Memorial Library, 118 Main St., Westminster.
15 Saturday 10am-1pm. Museum of Russian Icons presents Matryoshka Nesting Doll Workshop. Traditional Russian artist and lecturer Marina Forbes offers a unique three-hour workshop on the rich Russian folk tradition of nested doll painting. For more information, visitmuseumofrussianicons.org.
15 Saturday 1pm-4pm. River Towns. Join Henry David Thoreau/Richard Smith for a walk along the Nashua River. Lancaster Nashua River Festival Festival location: Culley Field, 339 Seven Bridge Road, Lancaster, MA. For more information, visit www.freedomsway.org.
15 Saturday 4:30pm. Starburst at Doyle Field, Priest Street, Leominster. Enjoy an evening of music and fireworks. Performances by a 90-piece concert band of Leominster students; chorus of local students; the Leominster High jazz band and the 40-piece professional Starburst concert band. Presentation of Citizens of the Year awards. The event is capped off with a dazzling fireworks display. Rain date June 16.
16 Sunday 9am-noon. Tower Hill New England Rose Society Rose Show Judging. Included with admission, $12 adult, $9 senior, $7 children 6-18. Rose Show entries must be submitted by 9am, Roses for sale and information from 10-4 outside the show room. Entry Judging ends at 12pm, Rose Show open to Public 12-4. Consulting Rosarians, Manny Mendes, Dave Cannistraro, Teresa Mosher and Craig Dorschel will be available at the show to answer your rose questions. Also, Marci Martin from Connecticutt Rose Society will be doing a talk at 1pm. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.towerhillbg.org.
16 Sunday noon-4:30pm. Tower Hill New England Rose Show. Included with admission, $12 adult, $9 senior, $7 child, under age 6 free. THE ROSE, often considered the "Queen of Flowers," and the U.S. National Flower, will be the subject of a colorful and fragrant one-day exhibit at Tower Hill Botanic Garden on Sunday, June 16, when the New England Rose Society presents its annual summer show. A huge variety of roses will be on display, including Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, Climbers, Grandifloras, and Miniatures, as well as an Arrangements division, showcasing flower arrangements that make use of roses. Interested public are invited to See “The Rose Doctor” to answer questions about growing roses. In addition, rosarian Marci Martin from Connecticutt Rose Society will be doing a talk at 1:00. For more information, e-mail email@example.com call 508-869-6111x146 or visit www.towerhillbg.org.
16 Sunday 9am–1pm. Father’s Day Antique & Classic Car Show at Monty Tech, 1050 Westminster St., Fitchburg. Sponsored by the Mid-State Antique Auto Club. Rain date, June 23.
16 Sunday 2pm. Concert in Coggshall Park, off Electric Avenue, Fitchburg. Enjoy live entertainment on the shores of Mirror Lake. Rain date, July 28. Free admission.
16 Sunday 2pm. “Abigail’s Garden” presented by Laurie Pazzano at the Winchendon Historical Society, 151 Front St., Winchendon. Visitors to the Old House at the Adams National Historic Park in Quincy marvel at the color filled formal garden alongside the historic house and library; but few know its rich presidential history and hidden secrets. The lecture will explore the history of this great American garden from its creation to the present day. Call 978-297-2142.
20 Thursday. Mieka Pauley at Tower Hill. Pauley's powerful alternative style melds together soul, blues, and rock. She is an artist who possesses a voice that flows like good whiskey and a frankness that conjures up a sonic immediacy with driving, yearning melodies. She has performed more than 650 shows in the the past four years, including gigs with Eric Clapton, Wyclef Jean, the Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, and many others. Tickets: $35 Non-members, $30 Members, $26 Students (with ID). $3 Surcharge for tickets purchased on the day of the concert. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
20 Thursday 6pm. Native American Program, a Fruitlands Museum Presentation at The Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., Gardner. Climate, Resources, and Lifeways: Regional differences and the cultural choices of native people. Based on Fruitlands’ Native American collection of genuine artifacts and modern reproductions. Wine and cheese reception from 6-7 pm, Lecture from 7-8 p.m. Admission $5. Call 978-632-3277.
21-23 Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. Xanadu at Theater at the Mount. Believe in the magic again! Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California, in 1980. Her quest is to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time - the first Roller Disco (hey, it's 1980). So grab your glow sticks and your neon legwarmers for a quirky and zany musical! For more information, visit mwcc.edu/tam/shows.
22-23 Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 9am-4pm. Tower Hill Bonsai Weekend. Included with Admission, $12 adult, $9 senior, $7 child ages 6+. Talented Bonsai Artists from New England will display their best Bonsai for the weekend, and compete in this judged show. An impressive display will be presented for you from accomplished individuals, active club members, and professionals. Find out how you, too can grow bonsai. Vendors will sell plant material, pots and accessories. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org call 508-869-6111x146 or visit www.towerhillbg.org.
21 Friday 3pm–6:30pm. Don Rovero performs at the Westminster Farmers Market, Academy Hill, Westminster. Don’s music is a mix of alt-country indie rock, pop, and country songs. Included are tunes from The Beatles, Joe Jackson, The Band, Hank Williams, Nat King Cole and more.
21 Friday 5pm–9pm. Cruise Night at Kimball Farm, 1543 Lunenburg Rd., Lancaster. Oldies music by DJ Kev, Music trivia with The Famous Ricky, Cash prizes, great food and ice cream. Free admission. Call 978-534-9800.
21 Friday 8pm. Chris Duarte performs at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road (Route 2A), Shirley. For details, visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.
22-23 Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm. Fruitland's presents Jodi Colella: Sculptural Fiber 2 Day Workshop. Members $180, Nonmembers $210. This workshop explores material and process in the creation of 3D constructions. We will combine commonplace materials with some age-old ingenious, handwork techniques such as knitting, weaving, felting, and crochet in the fabrication of surfaces and structures. Through class demonstrations and individual exercises, students will gain insight into the potentials of these low-tech and accessible methods and materials, as well as an understanding of some of the elements involved in creating three-dimensional works. Students will explore the innovative use of materials ranging from wire to wool from both manufactured and natural environments. Registration required: email email@example.com or call 978.456.3924 x239. A materials list will be provided. For more information, visit fruitlands.org.
22 Saturday. Leominster Summer Stroll. Rain date is June 23rd. Downtown Leominster ~ Contact Mayor’s office for more info 978-534-7500.
22 Saturday 7:30pm–10pm. Contra Dance at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Gardner, 66 Elm St., Gardner. Traditional social dances where people dance in long lines. Partners are encouraged to switch throughout the evening. Live music by The No Name Band. Fiddles, flutes, piano, guitar, mandolin are some of the many beautiful instruments used in contra. A contra dance lesson is offered at 7:15 pm. Suggested donation $7 adults; $5 students; under 12 free.
22 Saturday 1pm–5pm. Summer Stroll in downtown Leominster. Come “stroll” down memory lane as we celebrate the Leominster of decades past. Parade, classic cars, music, food, sidewalk sales. Visit www.leominsterevents.com.
22, 23 Saturday and Sunday, Gilsum Rock Swap, More than 65 dealers and swappers with gems, jewelry and minerals available for sale or trade in scenic southwestern NH. Pan for minerals, enjoy an old fashioned New England ham and bean dinner with home made pies, sit down for a Chicken Barbeque lunch and more.
Our 49th Annual Show will be held June 22-23, 2013 RAIN OR SHINE! www.gilsum.org/rockswap
23 Sunday 9am–3pm. Flying Irish Spring Feis at the Holiday Inn, Fitchburg. The Flying Irish Dancers present An Irish Dance competition featuring dancers from New England & beyond. See soft & hard shoe dancing at all levels and group dancing. Admission $5 per person. Call 978-386-2325.
23 Sunday 1pm–3pm. Opening Reception for the 78th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 25 Merriam Parkway, Fitchburg. This exhibition represents the best of local talent working in all mediums of artistic expression. Call 978-345-4207.
26 Wednesday, 8 p.m. Say Goodnight Gracie, The Life, Laughter, and Love of George Burns, at Peterborough Players. Joel Rooks, who starred in this show’s national tour and off-Broadway revival is George Burns in an unforgettable multi-media production! Continues until July 7. www.peterboroughplayers.org.
27 Thursday. Leominster Criterium race, the opening event of the Longsjo Classic. This exhibition, non-stage race will be held in downtown Leominster. Visit www.longsjofoundation.orgfor up-to-date details.
27 Thursday 1pm-4pm. Museum of Russian Icons presents Matryoshka Nesting Doll Workshop. Traditional Russian artist and lecturer Marina Forbes offers a unique three-hour workshop on the rich Russian folk tradition of nested doll painting. For more information, visit museumofrussianicons.org.
27 Thursday 6pm-7:30pm. Tower Hill Artist Reception - Jonathan MacAdam. Stoddard Education and Visitors Center - Free. Jonathan David MacAdam is an internationally known artist who was born in London and lived there ten years before coming to the United States. He is a graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, MA where he studied painting, and sculpture with a concentration in painting. MacAdam also studied Italian Renaissance art, literature and architecture in Orvieto, Italy. Recently, he traveled throughout England, Ireland and Scotland where he painted commissioned landscapes. He has many paintings in private collections throughout New England. MacAdam's exhibit will feature recent paintings which are reflections at dusk on gardens and fields. MacAdam focuses on ambiguous moments of movement. The landscape is seen from the perspective of a moment of flux. The images invite contemplation of the subtleties of the land and invoke wonder at the familiar. Meet artist Jonathan MacAdam at this welcoming reception. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org visit www.towerhillbg.org.
28 Friday. Wachusett Hill Climb race starting at the Holiday Inn on Route 31 in Fitchburg. This Stage 1 race marks the second day of the Longsjo Classic bike race. Visit www.longsjofoundation.org for details.
28 Friday 11am. Civic Day Luncheon and Young American Scholarhip presentation at the Senior Center, Wallace Avenue, Fitchburg.
28 Friday 3pm–6:30pm. Joe Reidy performs at the Westminster Farmers Market, Academy Hill, Westminster. Joe plays a contemporary blues/jazz/light rock continuum that makes for a unique sound and enjoyable listening. A vocalist also, he sings in the folk style, including some of his original compositions.
29-30 Saturday & Sunday, 8am. 37th Yankee Engine-Uity Steam Engine Show at the Orange Airport, 80 Airport St., Orange. Antique engines, tractors, cars & trucks, steam engines & machinery, kiddie tractor pull, tractor parade, gas engine raffle, petting zoo, food concessions, live entertainment, flea market. Visit www.cmsgma.com.
29 Saturday. Stage 2 Longsjo Road Race running through Princeton, Hubbardston and Westminster. See www.longsjofoundation.org for up-to-date details.
29 Saturday 2pm. Fitchburg Art Museum's Gallery Talk on the Go: Nora Valdez, sculptor At Fitchburg Public Library and Fitchburg Art Museum. Internationally recognized artist Nora Valdez chisels and carves stone to create elegant and sometimes mysterious figures. We’ll begin at the Library where she’ll introduce us to the sculpture she created as part of the Main Street Art Project grant the City of Fitchburg received from the National Endowment for the Arts. Then we’ll walk to the Museum to see her one-person exhibition, an outcome of her winning the top prize in the Museum’s Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft in 2012. Free for Members, Non-members pay Museum admission fee. This lecture is supported by the Elsie D. Simonds Lecture Fund. For more information, visit www.fitchburgartmuseum.org.
29 Saturday 2pm–8pm. The Nashua River Brewers Festival at Riverfront Park in downtown Fitchburg. Dozens of the finest local and regional brewers will be serving the finest craft beers under a bigtop tent. Live music performed all day on an adjacent stage. (This is a 21+ event.) $15 admission. For more information, visit www.beersforgood.com.
29 Saturday 8pm. Antje Duvekot. Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA.
30 Sunday 8am–6pm. 52nd Longsjo Classic Downtown Criterium on Main Street, Fitchburg. See bike racers from across the country and around the world compete in this long-standing race. Visit www.longsjofoundation.org.
30 Sunday 10am. Kesajuhla, Finnish Summer Festival at the Finnish Center at Saima Park, 61 Scott Road, Fitchburg. Chicken barbecue 11:30. Hot dogs, arctic sundaes from 11 a.m. Coffee and Finnish coffee bread all day. Afternoon program. For information call Maija 978 582-7717 or email email@example.com.
30 Sunday 1pm–3pm. Doll Carriage and Bike Parade at Riverfront Park, 50 Boulder Drive in Fitchburg. It’s time for the kids to decorate their bikes, trikes and doll carriages for this Civic Days tradition! Free event.
30 Sunday 3pm–6pm. Chicken BBQ at Riverfront Park, Boulder Drive, Fitchburg. The Civic Days celebration continues! For information, call 978-829-1801.
30 Sunday 6pm–6:30pm. Fitchburg Duck Race at Riverfront Park, Boulder Drive, Fitchburg. The ducks aren’t real — but the excitement and family fun are! For information, call 978-829-1801.
May 7 May 2013, 1:38 pm
Sweet May hath come to love us,
Flowers, trees, their blossoms don;
And through the blue heavens above us
The very clouds move on.
100 Things To Do and See Within 100 Miles 6 May 2013, 11:25 amLooking for a great hike or a fabulous restaurant? How about seeing a local play at a famous playhouse? Want to view some of the finest artwork in the world? Check out our website under Area Attractions to view 100 Things To Do and See Within 100 Miles (We've posted the listing below as well.) We can help you plan a half or whole day trip including museums, restaurants, outdoor activities, and great shopping. You can head to the mountains, the ocean, the Big City, or historic landmarks throughout New England. Take a different trip every time you visit. Of course, we'd love it if you just stayed here and relaxed too!
1. Do nothing but stay here, relax, and enjoy the view!
2. Historic Piano Museum
3. Fitchburg Art Museum
4. Mt. Watatic and Mid-State Trail
5. Worcester Art Museum
6. Mechanics Hall, Worcester
7. Mt. Wachusett Ski Area
8. Mt. Wachusett State Park
9. Quabbin Reservoir
10. Wachusett Meadows
11. Dunn State Park, Gardner
12. Lake Dennison State Park
13. Wachusett Brewery
14. Thayer Symphony Orchestra
15. Tower Hill Botanical Gardens
16. Leominster State Forest
17. North Quabbin Woods, Orange
18. Nashoba Valley Winery
19. Museum of Russian Icons
20. Skydiving in Pepperell
21. Heifer International, Rutland
22. Hang gliding in MA
23. Purgatory Chasm, Sutton
24. Kimball Farm Ice Cream
25. Davis Farmland and Mega Maze
26. Higgins Armory
27. Butterfly place
28. O'Connors Restaurant
29. Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
30. Nashoba Paddler
31. Priscilla's Chocolates
32. Greater Gardner Furniture Outlets
33. Stratton Players
34. Theatre at the Mount
35. Center Stage at FSU
36. Wachusett Brewery
37. Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center
38. Apple Orchards and Farms
39. Antiques in Townsend
40. Odd Pine Blueberry Farm in Ashburnham
41. Dave's Sugar House, Ashby
42. Delaney Antique Clocks, Townsend
43. Willard House Clock Museum
44. Smith's Country Cheese
45. Willard Brook State Forest
46. Wapack Trail
47. Gardner Ale House, restaurant
48. Gibbet Hill Restaurant, Groton
49. Strand Theatre, Clinton
1. Museum of Fine Arts
2. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
3. Fenway Park Boston Red Socks
4. TD Garden
5. Old North Church
6. Faneuil Hall / Quincy Market
7. Freedom Trail
8. North End
9. Boston Pops
10. Boston Symphony Orchestra
11. Museum of Science
12. New England Aquarium
13. Duck Tours
14. Mike's Pastry
15. Shakespeare on the Common
16. Newbury St. Shopping
17. Opera House
18. Museum of African American History
19. Swan Boats
21. Top of the Hub, restaurant
22. L'Espalier, restaurant
22. Neptune Oyster, seafood restaurant
1. Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough
2. Mt. Monadnock State Park
3. Rhododendron State Park
4. Kimball Farm Ice Cream
5. Windblown Cross country ski area
6. Peterborough Players
7. Covered Bridges of southern NH
8. Cathedral of the Pines
9. Barrett Hill Farm
10. The Pearl restaurant, Peterborough
11. Elm City Brew Pub
12. Pickity Place, restaurant
13. Parkers Maple Barn, restaurant and gift shop
14. Keene Pumpkin Festival
15. Toadstool Bookstore, Keene, Milford, and Peterborough
16. Your Kitchen Store
17. Michele's Ristorante
1. Historic Gloucester
2. Salem Witch Museum
3. Singing Beach, Manchester-By-the-Sea
4. Historic Newburyport
5. Maudslay State Park, Newburyport
6. Plum Island
7. Joppa Flats Education Center, Newburyport
8. Yankee Homecoming Festival, Newburyport
9. Newburyport Literary Festival
10. Friendship of Salem, tall ship
11. House of Seven Gables
12. Witch House (Jonathan Corin House) Salem
13. Salisbury Beach
14. Jewel in the Crown, Indian cuisine, Newburyport
15. Duckworth's Bistro, Gloucester
16. Custom House Rotisserie, Salem
17. 62 Restaurant and Bar, Salem
18. Niko's Roastbeef & Seafood, Salisbury
1. Vermont Artisan Design
2. Brown & Roberts Ace Hardware Store, Brattleboro
3. Amy's Bakery Arts Café, Brattleboro
4. T.J. Buckley's, restaurant
5. Delectable Mountain Cloth, Brattleboro
6. Covered Bridges of southern Vermont
7. Vermont Maple Sugar Makers
8. Three Stones, Mexican restaurant
9. Mocha Joe's Café
Snickerdoodle Bread 26 Apr 2013, 9:42 am
Hershey's Cinnamon Chips have to be one of the best kept secrets around. They are a little hard to find as most grocery stores only carry them seasonally but Shaw's carries them year-round. They can always be ordered online from Hershey's as well. This bread is so flavorful. If you love cinnamon you will love this bread!
Snickerdoodle Bread ~ Makes 2 loaves
2 1/2 cups flour plus 1 Tb.
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
1 pkg. Hershey's cinnamon chips
2 Tb. sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 4 1/2" X 9" loaf pans.
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add vanilla and sour cream and mix well.
Mix together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in separate bowl.
Add to wet ingredients and mix until well combined.
Coat cinnamon chips in 1 Tb. flour. Stir into batter.
Spoon batter into loaf pans.
Mix 2 Tb. sugar with 2 tsp. cinnamon. Sprinkle over loaves.
Bake for 50 minutes. Let cool before removing from pans.
Art in Bloom at Fitchburg Art Museum 24 Apr 2013, 6:15 am
May 3-5, Friday-Sunday. Fitchburg Art Museum presents Art in Bloom. FREE ADMISSION. An annual special event of flower art and design. Come celebrate spring and admire the extraordinary floral arrangements inspired by the Fitchburg Art Museum's collection! Free admission for Art in Bloom is made possible by Community Access Sponsorship funded by Gale Simonds Hurd. For more information, visit www.fitchburgartmuseum.org.
Patriot's Day 2013 14 Apr 2013, 3:43 pm
|Patriot's Day Reenactment|
The Battle on Lexington Green
Monday, April 15, 2013 at 5:30 am in Lexington center.This event recreates the historic skirmish in Lexington on the first day of the American Revolution. Following the ringing of the bell in the Old Belfry, members of the Lexington Training Band (now known as the Minutemen) gather on Lexington Green to await the column of British Regulars as they march into the town center. A shot rings out, the skirmish follows, and the British column marches on towards Concord leaving dead and wounded behind. Contact: Lexington Minutemen
Pancake Breakfasts - Monday, April 15, 2013 in Lexington
St. Brigid Church, 2001 Massachusetts Avenue, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 160.
6:00 am to 10:00 am. Nominal cost. First Baptist Church, 1580 Massachusetts Avenue (across from the police station). 6:00 am to 10:00 am. Nominal cost..
Church of Our Redeemer, 6 Meriam Street. 6:00 am to 9:00 am. Nominal cost.
Isaac Davis March to Concord - Monday, April 15, 2013 at 6:00 am at the Isaac Davis Homestead, 37 Hayward Road, Acton. The Acton Minutemen will make their annual march to the North Bridge in Concord, arriving at 9:00 am, where they will fire a salute from the bridge to honor Isaac Davis and Acton's other fallen heroes. Contact: The Acton Minutemen
Lincoln Minute Men Dawn Tribute and the March to Concord - Monday, April 15, 2013, outside Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Road, Lincoln, 6:40 am. The Lincoln Minute Men will salute the patriots buried in the Old Meetinghouse Cemetery. Roll call is read, fifers play a lament, minute men mysteriously emerge from the morning mists in the cemetery, and a musket salute is fired. The Minute Men begin their march along Sandy Pond Road.toward Concord with colonial music and musket fire. All ages welcome to walk along. The Concord Parade steps off at 9:00 a.m. Contact: Lincoln Minute Men
Lexington Sunrise Youth Parade - Monday, April 15, 2013starting at 7:30 am at Munroe Cemetery driveway, Massachusetts Avenue. Contact: Lexington Town Celebrations Committee, 781 862-0500 x708
Commemoration of the Battle at North Bridge - Monday April 15, 2013, from 8:00 am. The peace of the Concord countryside will once more be shattered by musket fire as British and colonial re-enactors, park rangers and volunteers commemorate the fateful morning of April 19, 1775 - the first time that colonists were ordered to fire upon British soldiers that became known as "the shot heard 'round the world." Contact: Minute Man National Historical Park
Mourn Arms Ceremony at British Graves, North Bridge, Concord - Monday April 15, 2013, approximately 8:30 am: Prior to the Concord Parade, British Regulars from the King's Own 4th Regiment of Foot, Tenth Regiment of Foot, and First Foot Guards will Mourn Arms and salute the fallen soldiers of the 4that Old North Bridge. Concord's Patriots Day Parade - Monday, April 15, 2013starting at 9:00 am in Concord Center. Contact: Concord Chamber of Commerce via email or at 978 369-3120.
Patriots' Day Handbell Concert of American Music - Monday April 15, 2013, 11:15 am to 12 noon, Hancock Church, 1912 Mass Ave, Lexington (the stone church across from the Battle Green). You’ll find yourself swaying to upbeat music of America, including patriotic favorites, spirituals, ragtime, marches and more. The music is rung on 5 octaves of English handbells by ringers of all ages in a program that is light-hearted and family-friendly. Suggested donation is $3 per person. The sanctuary is handicapped accessible. Come sit down and enjoy this fun concert carefully timed to follow the morning Road Race. Contact: 781-862-4220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason Russell House Battle Open House, April 15, 2013 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Contact the Arlington Historical Society.
Paul Revere's Arrival at Lexington Green - Monday, April 15, 2013, 1:00 pm in Lexington center Contact: Lexington Town Celebrations Committee, 781 862-0500 x708
Ride the Patriots Day Trolley - Monday, April 15, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Park at Acton's Town Hall and ride on one of the three Patriots Day trolley to the Hosmer House, the Jones Tavern and the Faulkner Homestead to a day filled with entertainment, games, crafts, animals, 18th and 19th century demonstrators, storytellers, and tours of historic buildings. $5.00 per adult / $3.00 per child includes admission to historic properties and trolley ride. Contact and more info: Acton Historical Society.
Patriots & Heroes: an American Pantheon in Music - Monday, April 15, 2013, 8:00 pm at the Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church in Cambridge: The Boston Camerata, a historically accurate early music ensemble in Boston will be presenting an anthology of American songs from the young republic in their original forms, around the themes of freedom, union, and renewal in the New World. Anne Azéma and The Boston Camerata are joined by the Middlesex Volunteers Fife and Drums and members of The Revels. After the concert, the audience will be invited to participate in traditional early American dances and songs. Further information at www.bostoncarmerat.org.
April 2013 Events 1 Apr 2013, 9:34 am
Below is a list of what is going on in Johnny Appleseed Country during the month of April.
1 Monday 6:30pm. National Poetry Month Kickoff: Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St.; free. Charles Coe will share poems from his latest book. For information call 978-829-1780.
2-7 Tues & Wed 6pm (preview), Thurs-Sat 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm. (Sacco-Vanzetti) Vince, Al & Teddy at McKay Theater, Fitchburg State University. The Theater Department’s spring production is a world premiere by New York playwright Bruce J. Robinson. Set in a small Massachusetts town in the 1920s, it is a time when Italians were still deported because of their beliefs. It’s about Al and Teddy Capuzzi and their father, Vince—unassimilated and dedicated to Sacco and Vanzetti. Using Sacco and Vanzetti as its backdrop, this play dramatizes “otherness” in America and the eternal clash between fathers and sons. Call the box office, 978-665-3347.
3 Wednesday. Westminster Farmers' Market Vendor Registration, Training, and Update. For more information, email email@example.com.
3 Wednesday 10am-1pm. Job Fair 2013: Mount Wachusett Community College, 444 Green St., Gardner; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for students and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the general public; free. Event will feature more than two dozen companies and organizations. For information call 1-508-713-3802.
3 Wednesday 6pm. Scholar Talk at McKay Theater, Fitchburg State University. The reverberations from world-wide protests and cultural upheaval surrounding the 1927 execution of two laborers, provoking anti-Italian, anti-immigrant, and anti-anarchist sentiment still resonate today. Scholar Michael Topp shares insights pre- and post-performance of Vince, Al & Teddy (see April 2-7 listing). Free admission.
4 Thursday 9:30am-noon. Sogetsu Ikebana with Kaye Vosburg at Tower Hill. Classroom A--Stoddard Center - Non-members $35., Members $32. Sogetsu Ikebana is an internationally recognized school of Japanese flower arranging. In these classes, you will learn the essentials of this venerable art from veteran exhibitor and instructor Kaye Vosburgh. Kaye provides the flowers for each class and will have supplies and equipment for purchase by students who wish them. Sign up for one or all four classes. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org call 508-869-6111x124.
4 Thursday 5:30pm. The NCCES Foundation is holding its 2nd Annual Auction at 171 South Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420. Monies raised for the NCCES Foundation go toward additional programming and ensuring equitable participation in field trips, sports, and after school activities for all NCCES students. There are many ways individuals and corporations can contribute to this worthy cause. For more information please contact Emily Austin-Bruns at (978) 343-2174 / email@example.com.
4 Thursday 6pm. Screening of the Documentary Including Samuel (a film on inclusion) Sheraton Four Points/Leominster no RSVP necessary. Parents, providers, teachers, friends and families are invited to come grab a bag of popcorn and enjoy a free screening of a film about inclusion—Including Samuel. Running time is 55 minutes. For more information please contact Noreen Alves at 978.602.8679 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
4 Thursday 6pm. History of Mount Wachusett Community College with Vincent Ialenti, Dean of Technology, at The Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., Gardner. This is a fast-moving visual tribute to MWCC celebrating its 50th anniversary. Wine and cheese reception from 6-7 pm. Program from 7-8 pm. Admission $3. Call 978-632-3277.
4 Thursday 8pm. Sonny Landreth. Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA.
5 Friday. Eagle and other wildlife enthusiasts are asked to save April 5, 2013 to participate in a new statewide spring eagle count for Mass Wildlife. This effort will include a concentrated survey of the major rivers, lakes, and reservoirs across the Commonwealth. Organized by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) the survey will be conducted by agency staff and volunteers. Teams will be checking known eagle territories and exploring areas with potential eagle habitat to try to locate “new” eagle nests. If inclement weather prevents the survey on April 5, the backup date is April 12, 2013. Additionally, the Division encourages anyone to submit eagle sightings throughout the year by email to email@example.com postal service to “Eagle Survey”, MassWildlife, Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston, MA 01583.
5 Friday 11am-2pm. Take it to the Curator at the Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. Icon specialist Frank Ford will provide visitors with information about the region, date and subject matter of their icons. Monetary evaluations will not be given. Visit www.museumofrussianicons.org.
5 Friday 5pm-9pm. Cruise Night at Kimball Farm, 1543 Lunenburg Rd., Lancaster. Oldies music by DJ Kev, music trivia with the famous Ricky, cash prizes, great food and ice cream. Free admission. Call 978-534-9800.
5 Friday 6:30pm-7:30pm. Come hear SteveSongs in Concert! Featuring Mr. Steve from PBS Kids and The Sillies at The Mary Rowlandson Elementary School in Lancaster. With his quirky lyrics and acoustic instrumentals, Mr. Steve - winner of two Parent's Choice GOLD Awards - is sure to entertain listeners of all ages. At the end of the show, get your chance to meet Steve in person! Bring the kids and enjoy a fun-filled hour of song and dance. This concert is brought to you by The Imago School (www.imagoschool.org) Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door (children under 2 are free). Tickets may be purchased in advance at The Imago School or online at www.brownpapertickets.com.
6 Saturday. Wachusett Mountain's Pond Skim. Pull out your favorite costume, find your widest skis and test your balance as you cascade across the man-made pond to cheers from eager on-lookers, waiting patiently for the next big wipe out!
6 Saturday. Wachusett Mountain's Closing Day Celebration. Nobody ever likes to see the end of ski season, but go out in style with a big celebration on the back deck with the Chris Fitz Band! Enjoy great food and beer and lively music all afternoon long.
6 Saturday 2pm. The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley at Theater at the Mount. Stanley Lambchop is your ordinary, everyday, normal 10-year-old, with a normal mom, normal dad, and a normal little brother. For Stanley, this is a problem; life is too normal! He wants to travel the world, do something amazing, something no one's ever seen before. One night, the bulletin board on the wall above Stanley's bed comes loose and falls. Right on top of Stanley! And the next morning, Stanley wakes up flat. Not just a little flat- really, REALLY flat! In hopes that he will become a 3D boy again, Stanley puts himself in a big envelope and travels the world, as a human letter. And the adventure begins!" For more information, visit mwcc.edu/tam/shows.
6 Saturday 3pm-5pm. Concert: Zolotoj Plyos. This concert will take place at the Clinton High School Auditorium at 200 West Boylston Street in Clinton. Advance purchase recommended at (978) 598-5000. Tickets: $15 for Museum members, $18 for nonmembers. $1 off for WOO Card holders. Alexander Solovov, Elena Sadina, and Sergei Grachev make up the folk ensemble “Zolotoj Plyos,” which was founded in 1994 in the city of Saratov, Russia. While students in Russia, the musicians collected old Russian folk songs and bell music in rural villages and towns. The group’s repertoire includes folk songs and instrumental pieces from various parts of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, and other areas, and also features Gypsy music, Russian popular music, and Jewish music. The members of the ensemble play more than thirty Russian folk instruments, including the bayan, chromatic and diatonic accordions, the balalaika, domra, guitar, zhaleika, clarinet, saxophone, various percussion instruments , and Russian bells. For more information, click here.
6 Saturday 6:30pm. Quabbin’s Got Talent coffee house series at First Congregational Parish, Petersham. The talent contest is open to all ages, both individuals and groups. Throughout the series, the competition will be open to the first 10 individuals or groups that sign up. Free admission (donations accepted). Call 978-544-1872.
6 Saturday 8pm. Marty Nestor. Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA.
7 Sunday. Wachusett Mountain's 3rd Annual Up, Down & Around Challenge. Join us for our annual adventure challenge which takes competitors on a run, bike, hike and ski all around the mountain. Stay tuned for further updates as the winter progresses! For more information, visit www.wachusett.com.
7 Sunday. Wachusett Mountain's Closing Day Celebration. Nobody ever likes to see the end of ski season, but we'll go out in style with a big celebration on the back deck with the Chris Fitz Band! Enjoy great food and beer and lively music all afternoon long. For more information, visit www.wachusett.com.
7 Sunday 10am–4pm. Railfair 2013 model railroad at two locations: The Shirley Middle School, 1 Hospital Rd., will have exhibitors showing various model train exhibits and working model railroads, as well as many dealers selling all types of model train gear of all scales and actual railroad memorabilia; and the Nashua Valley Railroad Association Quarters, 2 Shaker Rd Suite E205, will display a 2,000 sq ft HO scale model railroad layout which depicts the Boston and Maine Railroad running from Portland, Maine to Mechanicville, NY. Admission to both locations): $5 adults, $3 Senior Citizens and Teens, Children under 12 Free.
7 Sunday 2pm. Real Townies are Always Home presented by Sally Cragin at the Winchendon Historical Society, 151 Front St., Winchendon. Sally Cragin, a storyteller, presents an entertaining exploration of aspects of New England seldom considered: boisterous visiting geese, town pounds, the winter beater, the dreaded-but-welcome plowman, the pink plastic flamingo, (a local invention), canoeing by moonlight, the awesome snapping turtle and the soul-reviving qualities of a pond. Call 978-297-2142.
10 Wednesday 3:30pm. Fitchburg Art Museum Director Nick Capasso will discuss contemporary art on Wednesday, April 10, as part of Fitchburg State University’s Humanities Visiting Speaker Series at Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall. His remarks will explain art history and major aesthetic themes in American earthworks and site-specific sculpture from the late 1960s to the present.
12-14 Friday 7pm–9pm; Saturday, 12pm–5pm; Sunday, 12pm–4pm. Spring Art Show and Sale sponsored by the Greater Gardner Artists Association. Exhibition of fine art by members and other area artists. Visit www.gardner-ggaaart.org. Free admission.
12-14 Friday & Saturday 8pm; Sunday 2pm. Harvey, presented by The New Players Theater Guild at the Center for Performing Arts, 15 Rollstone St., Fitchburg. Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey — whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, one-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. For ticket information, visit www.nptg.org.
12 Friday 8pm. Siobhan Mangus. Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA. Also playing, Aztec Two-Step.
13 Saturday, 7:30 p.m.– Thayer Symphony Orchestra presents Classics in the Movies. This concert will feature famous works by classical masters that have been used in the soundtracks of equally famous Hollywood films. Among the familiar pieces you'll hear are "The Blue Danube Waltz" by Strauss, the very familiar "Wedding March" from "Midsummer Night's Dream" by Mendelssohn, the Leopold Stokowsky orchestration of Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D minor," and other such familiar favorites.
The complete program can be viewed here. The concert will be held at the Stratos Dukakis Performing Arts Center at the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School ("Monty Tech") on Route 2A in Fitchburg. More details about the program appear on the TSO Web site at this link. Individual ticket prices are as follows:
13 Saturday. New Comedy Shorts at the Fay Club, 620 Main St., Fitchburg, a benefit for Stratton Players. Original short comedies by Sally Cragin and Jeff Van Amburgh. Dinner and a Show, and show-only tickets available. Time to be announced. Call 978-345-4537.
13 Saturday 7am–11am. Fishing Derby at Barrett Park Pond, 40 Barrett Parkway, Leominster, for ages 14 and younger, sponsored by the Leominster Recreation Department.
13 Saturday 8:30am–2pm. Spring Town-wide Yard Sale in Ayer. Downtown flea market at Depot Square includes vendors. Free to vendors and free to public. For details, call 978-772-8206 weekdays.
13 Saturday 10am-2pm. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Mount Wachusett Community College is hosting Free College Day, an event on Saturday, April 13 featuring more than 50 free workshops and classes, 50 door prizes, career and academic resources, tours and other activities. 10 am to 2 pm, with fitness classes also offered from 8 a.m. to 12:30.
13 Saturday 1pm. 50th Annual River Rat Race on the Millers River between Athol and Orange, starting at the South Main Street bridge in downtown Athol. Hundreds of hardy paddlers take to the often-icy waters of the Millers River to win fame and a little bit of fortune on this six-mile race. Registration fee for paddlers, no charge to watch the race and cheer them on. The town celebrates with a parade starting at 10 am, a pancake breakfast, road race and other events. Visit www.riverratrace.com or call David flint at 978-249-9038. The excitement continues on Sunday with pro-am kayak races.
13 Saturday 7:30pm. Orchestra of Indian Hill Concert. Maestro Bruce Hangen and the Orchestra offer two symphonic masterpieces: Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” with Russian pianist Maxim Mogilevsky, plus Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 2” at Littleton HS Performing Arts Center, 56 King Street (Rte. 495/Exit 30), Littleton. Tickets: $20-48. Call 978-486-9524 x116 or visit www.indianhillmusic.org.
14 Sunday 10am. River Rat Pro Race on the Millers River, from Orange to Athol, followed by kayak races. On this second day of the annual River Rat canoe race extravaganza, men and women paddlers compete for prize money. Visit www.riverratrace.comor call David Flint 978-249-9038 days.
14 Sunday 8pm. Dala. Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA. Doors open at 5 pm for dinner and seating. Tickets, $20 (show only). Duo members Sheila and Amanda make use of their considerable talents on guitar and piano to create a unique brand of acoustic pop.
16 Tuesday. Westminster Farmers' Market presents Backyard Growing Series: Growing Fruits and Berries. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
18 Thursday 6pm. Science Magic, a Boston Museum of Science presentation, at The Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., Gardner. Ever wonder how magic tricks really work? This program investigates the science behind the “magic” of several classic magic tricks. Wine and cheese reception from 6-7 pm. Program from 7-8 pm.
18 Thursday 7pm. Spring Dance Club Shows at Weston Auditorium, Fitchburg State University, Pearl Street, Fitchburg. Admission: $5. The Dance Club — brings a dynamic and diverse show featuring selections from tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and advanced hip hop, modern, contemporary, theatrical/Broadway, street/urban, contemporary ballet, jazz funk, Irish step, video pop, reggae, techno, African and Latin. Repeats April 20. Box office: 978-665-3347.
18 Thursday 7pm. Fitchburg Public Library. Joana Dos Santos, Director of the Cleghorn Neighborhood Center, will introduce and lead the discussion on Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth (2009). "Papers" is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. Approx. 2 million undocumented children were born outside the U.S. and raised in this country. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut. 65,000 undocumented students graduate every year from high school without "papers." It is against the law to work or drive. It is difficult, if not impossible in some states, to attend college. They live at risk of arrest, detention and deportation to countries they may not even remember. Currently, there is no path to citizenship for these young people. Get that group experience and a great discussion. You don't have to talk. You can just watch, listen and learn.
18 Thursday 8pm. Jon Vezner. Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA.
19-21 Friday & Saturday 8pm; Sunday 2pm. Harvey, presented by The New Players Theater Guild at the Center for Performing Arts, 15 Rollstone St., Fitchburg. Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey — whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, one-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. For ticket information, visit www.nptg.org.
19 Friday 7pm. Survivor, the Musical at Theater at the Mount. Twenty contestants, two tribes, but only one "Survivor!" Watch your favorite Theatre at the Mount performers compete in this take-off on the popular TV reality show as they try to "out sing, out perform, and out shine" in musical theatre challenges. Singing, dancing, acting, puzzles, trivia, and of course the dreaded "tribal council" will provide a full evening of non-stop fun. Who will be the sole Survivor? Get your tickets now to find out. (Please note 7PM start time for this event).
19 Friday 8pm. Livingston Taylor performs at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road (Route 2A), Shirley. Doors open at 6 pm for dinner and seating. Tickets, $35. He toured with major artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffet and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule of over eighty shows a year. Visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.
20 Saturday 8am-noon. Leominster City Wide Clean Up. Meet at City Hall – contact Mayor’s office for more info 978-534-7500.
20 Saturday 11am-noon. Museum of Russian Icons presents Stories from Siberia: Storytelling Performance with Bonnie Marshall and Kira Van Deusen. Free with Museum admission. No pre-registration required. Storytellers Bonnie Marshall and Kira Van Deusen will present a performance of Siberian stories from their book Far North Tales: Stories from the Peoples of the Arctic Circle. For more information, click here.
20 Saturday 2pm-4:30pm. Second Annual Charity Concert. NEW ENGLAND BRASS, plus SONS OF BLARNEY & INTERNATIONAL VETERANS CHORUS. 3 GROUPS, ONE BIG SHOW. “A SALUTE TO OUR TROOPS”. Dukakis Theater, Monty-Tech, Fitchburg Route 2A. TICKETS - ADULTS - $25, CHILDREN –12 & UNDER FREE, SENIORS - $20, ACTIVE MILITARY - FREE. FOR TICKETS- 978-202-5396 ANYTIME. OR text 978-827-5944. To benefit the Bresnahan Scouting and Community Center, Ashburnham.
20 Saturday 3pm. Museum of Russian Icons presents Russian Vodka Gone Global. Tickets: $7 for members, $10 for non-members. $1 off for WOO Card holders. Advance registration is recommended at (978) 598-5000. Vodka has been the staple drink in Russia for at least six hundred years and some would claim inextricably bound to its culture. This clear but powerful distilled beverage supplied an alcoholic drink not only for celebrations, but also fueled the Russian and Soviet economy. These days, vodka is blamed for Russia’s soaring death rates. So why has North America embraced this fascinating and versatile drink? How did it happen that vodka has overtaken America’s own native drink, bourbon? Why has vodka gone global? The ways in which vodka distillers have packaged and pitched their product, and the corresponding ways by which consumers have come to define themselves through their choice of brands, reveal as much about vodka as it does our own world. However vodka is drunk, whether straight, infused, flavored or mixed, the history of vodka is a story of an old spirit that has become the perfect postmodern drink. Mysterious in its origin, beguiling in its allure, vodka is a rising star. For more information, click here.
20 Saturday 4pm. Spring Dance Club Shows at Weston Auditorium, Fitchburg State University, 160 Pearl Street, Fitchburg. Admission: $5 general public & students.
20 Saturday 7pm. The Fitchburg Armory goes Hawaiian for Joey and Maria’s Hawaiian honeymoon at the beach in a night of murder, mayhem, and madness! It’s a unique night of whodunit fun, partying, and audience participation, Italian style! Tickets at the Fitchburg senior center, 14 Wallace Ave, Fitchburg, or the mayor’s office in City Hall. Cost: $50. Benefits senior programs. Call 978-829-1790.
20 Saturday 8pm. Anna Popovic Band. Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA.
23 Tuesday 4pm. OLEANNA by David Mamet. Percival Auditorium Fitchburg State University $7 General Admission. A special one-day event! This April, come see Central Connecticut State University's traveling production of David Mamet's terrifying exploration of gender and power in the modern classroom. All proceeds go to support Fitchburg Theater Company. For more information, visit www.fitchburgtheatercompany.org.
26 Friday 8pm. JAY UNGER & MOLLY MASON. Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA.
27 Saturday 8am-10:30am. Breakfast at the Finnish Center at Saima Park, 61 Scott Rd., Fitchburg. Finnish oven pancake, bacon, sausage, fruit, juice, coffee, Finnish coffee bread. $6. For more information call Maija 978-582-7717 or email email@example.com.
27 Saturday 9:30am. Barry Van Dusen Workshop at Fruitlands. This two class workshop is taught by former Artist-in-Residence, Barry Van Dusen. Second class is Saturday, May 4 - 9:30AM - 1PM. Over the last thirty years, nature artist Barry Van Dusen has filled more than seventy field sketchbooks with thousands of drawings of birds, plants, mammals, landscapes and other nature subjects. Field sketching is Barry’s way of exploring the natural world, and his primary tool for developing his skills as a naturalist and an artist. In this two-part workshop, Barry will discuss the basic tools for field sketching, including drawing and color mediums as well as optical aids. We’ll explore various drawing approaches – schematic, contour, gesture and tonal drawing. You’ll learn how written notes are best for exploring certain types of information, and how your sketchbooks can become a personal nature diary, useful for future reference. You’ll see how your sketchbooks can function as “science lab” – enhancing your knowledge of botany, comparative zoology and more. We’ll also delve into artistic concerns such as developing “touch” and a personal visual vocabulary. You’ll learn how the sketchbook is the perfect place for artistic experimentation and invention, and a great place to learn about pictorial editing and design. A good portion of the workshop will be indoors, but hopefully the weather will allow us to put our skills to work outdoors as well! For more information, visit fruitlands.org.
27 Saturday 10am–3pm. Earth Day celebration on the town common, Routes 110 and 13, Townsend. Rain date, Sunday, April 28, noon – 4 pm. Music, crafts, environmental organizations, food and fun as the Townsend Recreation Department and Recycling Committee feature “The B’s: Bats, Bees, Birds and Butterflies.” Visit www.townsend.ma.us.
27 Saturday 11am-12:30pm. Ready, Set Russian! at the Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. Join us for a 90-minute workshop with instructor Larissa Dyan that focuses on Russian language basics and conversation. This drop-in class will introduce students to the Russian alphabet, some conversation starters, icon-related terms and useful phrases. Space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance reservation is required.
27 Saturday 7:30pm–10pm. Contra Dance at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Gardner, 66 Elm St., Gardner. Contra dances are traditional social dances where people dance in long lines. Partners are encouraged to switch throughout the evening, and you will dance with everyone in the line (and probably everyone attending the dance) before the night is over. Live music by The No Name Band. Fiddles, flutes, piano, guitar, mandolin are some of the beautiful instruments used in contra. Contra dance lesson offered at 7:15 pm. Suggested donation $7 adults; $5 students; under 12 free.
27 Saturday 8pm. Centerstage at Fitchburg State University Preents AMERICAN IDOL STARS IN CONCERT CELEBRATE BROADWAY!. Broadway presented as only American Idol can! Will it be Frenchie from Season 2 or Matt Giraud from Season 8? Four stars from the past seasons of American Idol will take the Weston stage—accompanied by a live band—belt out solos, duets and ensemble numbers from Mamma Mia!, Wicked, Jersey Boys and more. Broadway never sounded so good! Leading up to the performance is a talent shows for Fitchburg State students. Check out the winners as they perform with American Idol stars! TICKETS: $30/$30/$15 For more information, click here.
27 Saturday 8pm. All-Star Comedy Night. Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA.
Spiced Banana Cake 24 Mar 2013, 4:00 pm
|Spiced Banana Cake|
Spiced Banana Cake with Cinnamon and Walnut Topping
A nice change from banana bread, this spiced banana cake is light and delicious. The walnut topping and glaze add a touch of elegance.
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 -1/3 cups sugar
¼ cup water
2 large bananas, mashed
1- 2/3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ tsp. ground cloves
1 Tb. cinnamon sugar
½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup confectionery sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1-2 Tb. milk (more if necessary)
Beat together first four ingredients until mixture is nicely blended. Stir in the bananas. Combine the next 6 ingredients. Stir gently into batter. Spread batter into a greased 10-inch tube pan and sprinkle top with the cinnamon sugar and walnuts. Press the walnuts lightly into the batter. Bake in a 325 degree oven for about 40 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let cake cool for 10-15 mins. Meanwhile, combine glaze ingredients until smooth, adding more milk if necessary. Drizzle over cake. Cool completely then remove from pan. Serves 10. ~ Adapted from recipe by Renny Darling
Gardner Area League of Artists 14 Mar 2013, 3:05 pm
At Home in Wachusett Meadow by Lori MacDonald
Limited Edition Print