Friday, April 29, 2016

What's Happening April 29, 30 and May 1

“What’s Happening”

April 29, 30, May 1

30 - Saturday, May Day Celebration at the Templeton Fish and Game Club, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Make May baskets and Dance around the May Pole. Admission $2.00 – 200 Club Rd., E. Templeton MA - www.templetonfishandgame.org.

30, Saturday – Primrose Show at Tower Hill Botanic Garden – 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Most people probably know Primroses as the ubiquitous potted plants with bright pastel flowers that land in every garden center and grocery store in February and March to brighten winter’s darkest days. However, few gardeners are aware of the amazing versatility in the genus Primula, and the wonderful contribution these plants can make to the home landscape.
There are actually more than 450 species of Primula in the wild, ranging in height from a few millimeters to over a meter tall, and their flowers can be red, blue-purple, yellow, white, and all shades in between. They are attractive to gardeners for their early spring bloom and adaptability to garden and greenhouse cultivation. Many are especially adaptable to shade and rock garden environments. 10am–2pm and 3:30–5pm: Plant sales
10:30am–5pm: View the judged Primula exhibition 2–3:30pm: Lecture “From Early Beginnings”, Ian Christie, Christie’s Nursery, Kirriemuir, Scotland – 11 French Dr., Boylston MA 508-869-6111 www.towerhillbg.org

30 – Saturday, Spring Fling Dinner Dance with Vappu Flavor – 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. “Vappu” is a national spring holiday in Finland for students (in their white caps) and workers, who celebrate with brightly colored balloons, pom-poms, noise makers, whistles, etc., making for a carnival- or festival-like atmosphere. A fun night is planned for Saturday, April 30, at the Finnish Center at Saima Park, with appetizers at 6, a smorgasbord of hot and cold dinner selections at 7, and dancing to the music of the Central Mass Accordion Club until 10 p.m. Tickets are  $15.00. Bruce Blais will offer a pre-party dance lesson at 5:30. Reserve by calling Mauri or Laila at 978-827-4387 or emailing mlauvinen@aol.com. Saima Park is located at 67 Scott Rd. in Fitchburg.

30, 1 – Saturday and Sunday - Art Workshop: Introduction to Digital Photography with Norm Eggert – 10:00 a.m.-4:00p.m. Fruitlands Museum - Learn how to take pictures like a pro! Photographer Norm Eggert leads beginning and intermediate students through the essentials for capturing stunning pictures in the two-day introductory digital photography workshop. Students will learn some basic concepts needed to take great photographs: composition, lighting, and balance as well as key features of a DSLR camera. Students will then venture out into the Fruitlands campus to photograph the grounds and learn to see with a photographer's eye through one-on-one coaching and group tutorials. At the end of day two, students will share their best works in a group critique that will include tips for exercising newly acquired skills after the workshop is complete. Space is limited. To register, contact programming@fruitlands.org
or call (978) 456-3924, ext. 239. www.fruitlands.org

30, Saturday – Cinco de Mayo Rail Jam at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area- 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Join us for the 4th Annual Cinco de Mayo Rail Jam. This epic event gives skiers and riders one more chance to dazzle on the rails before summer break finally kicks in. $10.00- www.wachusett.com

30, Saturday – Arbor Day Celebration at Garden in the Woods, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham, - Come to Garden in the Woods for a family day to celebrate native trees. There will be children’s games, art projects, guided tours, tree-climbing demonstrations, an arborist truck, workshops on planting and pruning, and a native plant sale. Five hundred trees will be given away, on a first-come, first-served basis. Adults age 18-64, $12; seniors, $9; youth age 3-17, $6. 508-877-7630 www.newenglandwild.org

1, Sunday – Historical Piano Concert featuring Randall Love, - 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Historical Piano Concert featuring Randall Love, piano, at Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main Street (Rte.12) Ashburnham. Preludes and fugues by J.S. Bach, Mozart and Clementi, A Capriccio by Clementi, a Nocturne by Field, and Beethoven’s “Tempest” Sonata. Piano by Katholnig, Vienna, c.1805-1810. Admission $10; children and students, free. Visit frederickcollection.org.

30, 1 Saturday and Sunday –MET: Elektra, 1:00 p.m. Peterborough Players – Strauss Shortly after conquering the opera world with his scandalous masterpiece Salome, Richard Strauss turned to Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s recent adaptation of Sophocles’s Electra for his next project. The resulting opera is an intense and still-startling work that unites the commanding impact of Greek tragedy with the unsettling insights of early-20th-century Freudian psychology. The drama unfolds in a single act of rare vocal and orchestral power. The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme — who portrays Elektra’s primal quest. Presented on-screen in brilliant HD Digital projection and Dolby® Surround Sound. $25.00, www.peterboroughplayers.org

1, Sunday – New England Vegfest – 11:00-a.m. – 5:00p.m. DCU Center, Worcester - The New England VegFest is a free festival that brings the local community together to celebrate vegetarianism: an animal-friendly, environmentally sustainable, and healthy lifestyle. 50 Foster St., Worcester MA - For more information, visit the website www.newenglandvegfest.com, 508-755-6800, infor@dcucenter.com

1, Sunday – Demo and book signing: Food, Gift, Love by Maggie Battista, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Maggie Battista, food-gift guru and founder of Eat Boutique, will demonstrate how to make madeleines, a sweet treat included in her book, Food Gift Love. She'll also offer creative guidance on how to wrap food gifts with style, just in time for Mother's Day. Event is free with admission, Pre-registration required. 11 French Dr., Boylston MA - www.towerhillbg.org -774-230-7153





Tuesday, April 19, 2016

What's Happening April 21, 22, 23, 24, 2016



“What’s Happening”

April 21, 22, 23, 24

21 - Thursday, It’s a Girl ~ Documentary film screening and discussion at Fitchburg Public Library ~ In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called "gendercide." Girls who survive infancy are often subject to neglect, and many grow up to face extreme violence and even death at the hands of their own husbands or other family members. The war against girls is rooted in centuries-old tradition and sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics, which, in combination with government policies, accelerate the elimination of girls. Shot on location in India and China, It's a Girl reveals the issue. It asks why this is happening, and why so little is being done to save girls and women. The film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters' lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards change, while collectively lamenting the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice. 4:00 p.m.610 Main St., Fitchburg 978-829-1780 ~ www.fitchburgpubliclibrary.org

22, 23, 24, - Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Stratton Players present Dracula ~ This brand new 2016 adaptation has been commissioned exclusively for the Stratton Players. The 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker receives a fresh and exciting telling by local playwright, Jack Neary. Tickets are $15.00. Performances are 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Repeats April 29, 30, and May 1. All shows will be performed at Applewild School, 98 Prospect St., Fitchburg. For tickets and other information visit www.strattonplayers.com

22, 23, Friday and Saturday ~ Spring Dance Show at Fitchburg State University ~ Weston Auditorium. Friday, 7:00 p.m., Saturday, 4:00 p.m. For tickets call 978-665-3347 or email centerstage@fitchburgstate.edu

23, Saturday, Earth Day Celebration on Townsend Common – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. -  Routes 119 and 13. Rain Date, Sunday April 24, noon-4 pm. Music, crafts, environmental organizations, food and fun. This year’s theme is “Country Farm Living,” organized by the Recycling Committee - visit www.townsend.ma.us or visit on facebook, Townsend Earth Day.

23, Saturday ~ African Violet Show at Tower Hill Botanical Garden - 10:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Guidelines for when to repot, demonstration of how to repot, potting down a neck, removing old leaves and suckers. Propagation of African violets: how to leaf propagate, timetable for growth, and separating baby plantlets. This workshop will also include general care of African violets: identifying types, soil and fertilizer, watering, lights, and schedule for repotting. 11 French Dr., Boylston MA, 508-69-6111 ~ www.towerhillbg.org

23, Saturday ~ Food Truck Festival at Clinton High School – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Breakfast and lunch options will be available to purchase from five food trucks that will be participating (two of whom were voted in the TOP 11 Food Trucks of Boston). Breakfast trucks will be there beginning at 8 am. and lunch starting at 10:00 – 500 West Boylston St., Clinton MA

23, Saturday, Annual Indoor Yard Sale, Gardner Museum – 9:00 a.m. – noon. Find new to you treasures among the antiques, jewelry, linens, decorative, and useful items. 28 Pearl St., Gardner MA, 978-632-3277 www.gardnermuseuminc.com
  
23, Saturday ~ Battle Road Heroes at Hartwell Tavern, Minute Man National Park – 7:00–8:30 p.m., Listen to the personal stories of residents who lived along the Battle Road on April 19, 1775. Join the Guild of Historic Interpreters for a special evening of theater and history. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Admission: $5.00 per person, $10.00 per family. Children wearing their Junior Ranger Badges may attend the program for free. 136 North Great Rd., Lincoln, MA 978-275-1705 www.nps.gov

24, Sunday – Historic Piano Concert featuring Olga Vinokur – 4:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m. - Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main Street (Rte.12) Ashburnham. Music by Scriabin, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. Piano by Erard, Paris, 1893. Adults $10; students, free. Visit frederickcollection.org.







Friday, March 11, 2016

Upside Down Maple Apple Gingerbread Coffeecake




I found this recipe for Upside Down Maple Apple Gingerbread Coffeecake in an old New England cookbook. In honor of the coming spring, and the “liquid gold” sap running from the magnificent maple trees today, I thought I’d share it with my guests and you. Of course, the maple syrup came right from Ashburnham! Welcome spring!

Upside Down Maple Apple Gingerbread Coffeecake

2 Tb. butter, melted
1 cup Pure Maple Syrup, divided
½ cup raisins (I used golden raisins)
2 medium apples, cored, pared, and sliced
½ cup sugar
1 egg
1 ½ cups sifted flour
1 tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup (1stick) melted butter
½ cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9” square cake pan.

Combine 2 Tb. melted butter and ½ cup syrup and pour into pan, covering bottom.
Scatter raisins over the mixture, and arrange the sliced apples on top.

Combine ½ cup syrup and sugar. Beat in egg.

Combine flour, baking soda, spices, and salt and beat into syrup mixture.

Combine melted butter and boiling water. Add to batter and beat well.

Pour batter over apple slices and bake for 35-40 mins. or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on rack. Turn out onto serving plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentine's Day Weekend 2016


"Too often we underestimate the power
of a touch, a smile, 
a kind word, a listening ear, 
an honest compliment,
or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential
to turn a life around."
                                                    Leo Buscaglia 

Friday, February 5, 2016

February 6, 7, 2016



Here are some fun events happening in our area this weekend, including the Keene, NH Ice and Snow Festival.

February 6, 7

6, Saturday – Keene Ice and Snow Festival, Keene NH – 10:00 a.m-4:00 p.m. Downtown Keene. A Free Day of Family Fun is planned for Saturday, February 6, 2016 10am to 4pm Downtown Keene and Central Square. Competitions Include: -Professional and student ice carving, Snow Sculpturing, Family Activities Include: Snowman Central (Childs Craft Making),
Lil' Tot snow slide, Bonfire and s'mores, Train Ride, Fire truck display, Musical performances, Pictures with Snowman, Polar Bear & Ice Princess, and much more!!! www.monadnocktravel.com

6, 7, Saturday and Sunday, Discounts at Wachusett Mountain, Princeton, MA. Get Off The Couch! Now thru February 12th, save 15% on 3-Peat Cards and 3-Day Learn to Ski or Ride packages! Use promo code "COUCH" at checkout. www.wachusett.com

6, Saturday, Winter Carnival 4:00-7:00 p.m. Nara Park, Acton MA
A variety of activities are planned to include: Sledding & Ice Skating (BYO) "Frozen" Dance Party- Firespinner Michael Farrell - Acton Minutemen Winter Encampment - Lowell Spinners Mascot - Snow Broomball - Mix 104.5 "New Health Now" tour stop - Dunkin' Donuts Hot Chocolate and Sausage Sampling - Three Campfires - Food Vendor: Chicken on the Run Food Truck, Dean's Fried Dough & Oreo's - Activities are subject to change. Snow or no snow...it's a go! Free parking available at the upper fields parking area and lower parking lot. Free Admission http://www.acton-ma.gov/events

6, Saturday, Tower Hill presents, Cellissima, with cellists Christine Tsen and Matt Capobianco, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Classical and Celtic music with flair. Christine Tsen is a cellist and chamber musician in the Boston area who has performed both as soloist and in ensembles in America and Europe. In her experience so much of music feels like poetry, and to her one lights up the other! Matthew Capobianco holds a Master of Music with honors in Cello Performance from the Boston Conservatory and an undergraduate degree in Music Performance from the Pennsylvania State University. He has also been a member of the Grammy Award winning Albany Symphony Orchestra since 1998. Cost: free with admission – www.towerhillbg.org

6, Saturday, Winter Hiking Clinic with Jump (Just Understand My Potential), Fruitlands, Harvard, MA 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Hit the trails with educators from Just Understand My Potential (JUMP) and learn critical cold weather hiking and survival skills while enjoying nature in Fruitlands wintery woodlands. Waterproof footwear, gloves, and hats strongly recommended. Free with admission. ~ www.fruitlands.org

6,7 Saturday and Sunday, Winterfest at Fruitlands, Harvard, MA 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. Winter at Fruitlands means outdoor fun and adventure! Bring your sleds, snowshoes, and cross- country skis for some high-energy fun as you explore our snow-covered hills and woodland trails. If you prefer a little quiet contemplation and reflection, make a visit to the Art Gallery to view a selection of objects from the permanent collections or visit our special exhibition: Hidden Hudson. Whatever your preference, hot chocolate and a toasty fire will help to keep you warm this winter season! Admission: Members FREE, Nonmembers $5/person www.fruitlands.org

7, Sunday – Tower Hill presents Harpist,  Rebecca Swett - 3:00-4:00 p.m. Local musician Rebecca Swett inspires listeners with a range of Broadway tunes and classical selections. Her career experiences include performances with orchestras for the Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme concert, the Russian Symphony Orchestra, the exclusive Admirals Cove in Jupiter, and Mar a Lago in Palm Beach. Cost: free with admission ~ www.towerhillbg.org


7, Sunday – Peterborough Players presents Willliam Shakespear’s Coriolanus, on-screen in brilliant HD Digital projection and Dolby Surround Sound. 1:00 p.m.
Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, Coriolanus features an Evening Standard Award-winning performance from Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse (film), BBC’s The Hollow Crown) in the title role, directed by the Donmar Warehouse’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke. When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. $20.00 adults, $15 students. www.pterboroughplayers.org






Tuesday, January 19, 2016

January 23, 24, 2016



Snowshoeing at Fruitlands

Have fun indoors or outdoors this weekend! 

23, 24, Saturday and Sunday- Winterfest at Fruitlands – 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Winter at Fruitlands means outdoor fun and adventure! Bring your sleds, snowshoes, and cross country skis for some high-energy fun as you explore our snow-covered hills and woodland trails. If you prefer a little quiet contemplation and reflection, make a visit to the Art Gallery to view a selection of objects from the permanent collections or visit our special exhibition Hidden Hudson. Whatever your preference, hot chocolate and a toasty fire will help to keep you warm this winter season! Cost: Members Free, Nonmembers $5/person 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard MA – fruitlands.org

23, 24 Saturday, Sunday,  Windblown is open! Welcome to Southern New Hampshire’s Premier Cross Country Ski Area. Since 1972 skiers from all over New England have been returning each year to ski their favorite trails at Windblown. Here in what Thoreau called “The Front Range”, on the beautiful high terrain at the gateway to the Monadnock Region, you will find 40 kilometers of trails with a variety to please every member of your family. We take special care to provide exceptional grooming, the highest quality rental skis and snowshoes, and a family-friendly handcrafted Base Lodge with healthy food and pleasant wood-heated spaces. We hope you take the short drive to discover our scenic trails that undulate and curve with rhythms and landscapes that say, “Ski me one more time”, 1180 Turnpike Rd., New Ipswich NH 603-878-2869, The Lodge and Trails are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. when the snow conditions permit. Rentals and lessons are available and our Café is fully open with hearty soups, chili, sandwiches, drinks and snacks. Most trails are freshly groomed each morning. Rates vary ~ www.windblownxc.com

23, Saturday - Snowshoeing for Families at Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. If you can walk, you can snowshoe! We'll teach you how to use snowshoes and practice in our field before heading out onto the trails. We will teach you how to look for signs of wildlife as we enjoy the beauty of the sanctuary in winter! If Mother Nature does not provide us with enough snow, we will go for a hike. Bring your own snowshoes or rent them for an additional $2 per pair. Please wear boots and other clothing appropriate for winter. Hot chocolate and coffee will be available. 414 Massasoit Ave., Worcester. For ages 5 and older. For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087. Cost: $6 Adult Members, $8 Adult Nonmembers, $3 Child Members, $4 Child Nonmembers – massaudubon.org

23, Saturday, Pot Et Fleur at Tower Hill Botanical Garden, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - Betsy Williams will lead the session on planting a lovely winter garden to grow indoors while you are waiting for the garden to grow outdoors! Combine potted plants with fresh cut flowers in a decorative container. With proper care, the plants will last for many months and the fresh flowers can be replaced when desired. Please bring floral scissors and an apron to class. Plants, flowers, container and mechanics will be supplied by the instructor. 11 French Dr., Boylston MA, 774-230-7153,  http://www.towerhillbg.org

23 Saturday – Full Moon Family Adventure, Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, 99 Millers Falls Road, Northfield, MA – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  - Join Northfield Mountain staff for a fun, family adventure by the light of the moon. Learn how to navigate like nocturnal creatures, pretend to be predators sneaking up on prey and learn about the shocking scientific mysteries rolled up in Wintergreen Lifesavers! A cup of cocoa and snacks around our wood stove will warm us on our return to the Center. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Bring water; wear lightweight waterproof pants, warm socks and dress in warm layers that can be shed as we get moving. If we are open for skiing, snowshoes are required. Warm footwear is essential. All levels of experience are welcome. The program meets inside the cozy, pellet-stove heated yurt behind the Visitor Center. Please call to pre-register at 1-800-859-2960. For ages 7 and older. gdfsuezna.com

23, Saturday - Mechanics Hall Winter Holiday Soiree - 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. An evening of dinner and dancing for small-office staff, families, colleagues, or friends. Come and enjoy a holiday party without having to plan it! $45.00 per person. 508-752-0888 mechanicshall.org.

23, Saturday – Comedy Show at Wachusett Mountain. 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  - Join us in our new Maple Room for dinner, a cash bar and a hilarious comedy show! "Raging Parent" is an act that deals with the comedic ironies of raising kids, being married and getting old. Focusing attention on finding the humor and meaning in being a parent as the kids grow from infants to adults. Dinner from 6:30-7:30pm * Show starts at 8pm, Tickets: $45 per person
Includes: a buffet dinner, cash bar and comedy show. Only 100 tickets available, act fast! Open seating, recommended ages 18+ wachusett.com

23, Saturday – 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. - The Bull Run in Shirley presents, AfterFab: The Beatles Solo Years AfterFab is America’s only tribute to the solo years of all four Beatles and their unique concept has fans buzzing. The genius of The Beatles didn’t stop with Abbey Road, and AfterFab brings the brilliant solo careers of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr to life with high energy and high fidelity to the original recordings. Over 70 hit singles and numerous iconic tracks compose one of the best-loved classic-rock canons ever, from Band on the Run and It Don’t Come Easy to Imagine, What Is Life and dozens more.
Cost: $20 advance; $24 day of show, Website: http://tickets.bullrunrestaurant.com/AfterFab
E-mail:bullrungeorge@gmail.com, Phone: 978-425-4311 – 215 Great Rd., Shirley MA


Monday, January 18, 2016

Winter 2016


"There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself." 
                                                                                       ~ Ruth Stout