Friday, August 15, 2014

Music Fest at Wachusett Mountain


Saturday, August 16
12-6 p.m.
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.


Friday, August 1, 2014

August


The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone. ~Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

Monday, July 28, 2014

Massachusetts Wine and Cheese Trail


A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou
                                                 ~Omar Khayy

Wine aficionados, connoisseurs, and oenophiles alike will be delighted to know that the Massachusetts Wine and Cheese Trail has officially expanded, now boasting 29 wineries and 18 cheese businesses from the dunes of Cape Cod to the hills of the Berkshires!
A wine and cheese trail in Massachusetts? That’s right, the Bay State features 40 licensed wineries, producing wine from a collection of locally grown fruits – grapes, apples, cranberries, peaches, and blueberries – across, roughly, a total of 2,200-acres of wine farm land, where 439 acres are devoted exclusively to wine production.
So, with these award-winning wines and notable cheeses, how does one embark on all that the Wine and Cheese Trail has to offer?
Well, it starts with the trail map, where you can discover wine and cheese makers by region, within a detailed, useful, road-trip-inspiring layout of the state. Ultimately, encouraging visitors – in-state and out-of-state – to learn about the art of wine and cheese making; to discover some of Massachusetts’ award-winning tastes; and to explore the bucolic, picturesque farmlands that our wonderful state has to offer.


Here’s a list of the recent additions, which include nine wineries and seven farmstead cheese producers:
                Amherst Farm Winery, Amherst
                Berkshire Blue Cheese, Dalton
                Black Birch Vineyard, Southampton
                Chase Hill Farm Cheese, Warwick
                Cricket Creek Farm Cheese, Williamstown
                Green River Ambrosia, Greenfield
                Mineral Hills Winery, Florence
                Mount Warner Vineyards, Hadley
                Northfield Mount Hermon School Cheese, Mount Hermon
                Sangha Farm Cheese, Plainfield
                The Sheperd’s Gate Dairy Goat Farm, Holland
                Upinngil Farm Cheese, Gill
                Nobscot Artisan Cheese, Framingham
                Robinson Farm Cheese, Hardwick
                Ruggles Hill Creamery, Hardwick
                Still River Winery, Harvard
                Vandervalk Farm and Winery, Mendon
                Boston Winery, Boston
                Valley View Farm, Topsfield
                Grey Barn and Farm Cheese, Martha’s Vineyard
                Mermaid Farm & Dairy, Chilmark



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Rhododendron State Park, Fitzwilliam NH

Just 20 minutes away is the beautiful Rhododendron State Park, which comes alive in mid-July with fragrant rhododendron blossoms, wildflowers, and songbirds. Pack a picnic lunch and walk around the easy trail taking in the sights and sounds.

About the Park:
Rhododendron State Park is named after the 16-acre grove of Rhododendron Maximum, which is the focal point of the park. A 0.6 mile-long universally accessible trail encircles the grove allowing visitors to observe, close up, the fragrant clusters of pink blossoms as they burst into bloom in mid-July.

A wildflower trail, maintained by the Fitzwilliam Garden Club, winds through the forest adjacent to the grove. From early spring to the first frost, wildflowers bloom throughout the 2,723-acre park. The last blooms in the fall are complemented by the forest's brilliant foliage. Visitors exploring the trails are often serenaded by songbirds, which live in the grove.
The rhododendron grove, which is the largest in northern New England, was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1982.

Operating Schedule
This park is always open for recreation unless closed or restricted by posting. During the off-season the park is typically not staffed and comfort stations are not available.

424 Rockwood Pond Rd
Fitzwilliam, NH 03447
Phone: 603-532-8862 (at Monadnock State Park)





Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July 3, 4, 5 Events


Here is a list of some great events happening over the Fourth of July weekend.

3 Thursday 5–11pm. Block Party on Main Street, Fitchburg. Start your Fourth of July celebration, as Fitchburg celebrates its 250th anniversary, with music, dancing, antique cars, food and more — then stick around for the fireworks! DJ AlanHep2the Jive and Dance2Swing Studios will be performing at the Fitchburg Civic Day Block Party. Dancers will be in front of the Fay Club, 658 Main St. in Fitchburg. There will be many local vendors and many food choices at the Block Party. The Friends of the Fitchburg Public Library will also hold their annual Garage book sale during the Civic Days Block Party from 5 to 9 p.m. Lots of books and other items available for $1 a bag. The regular book sale room will also be open at regular prices. On the sidewalk will be bubbles and chalk art for the children. For more information, visit www.fitchburgcivicdays.net or call 978-829-1801.
3 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 Spy Tones, Surf/Instrumental. For more information click here.
3 Thursday 10pm. Fireworks from Rollstone Hill, Fitchburg. Flying from the top of Rollstone Hill, the city’s fireworks display will be visible from many vantage points, including Main Street’s block party. For more information, visit www.fitchburgcivicdays.net or call 978-829-1801
4 Friday 10am. Fourth of July Parade on Summer Street and Main Street, Fitchburg. The city celebrates the 4th —and its 250th anniversary! — with a spectacular parade. Floats, firetrucks, bands, antique cars, clowns and so much more! For more information, visit www.fitchburgcivicdays.net or call 978-829-1801
4 Friday noon. Reading of the Declaration of Independence at First Church on Templeton Common, Routes 2A and 101, Templeton. Hear local residents and elected officials read the document that launched this nation, in a historic church set on a traditional New England common. Enjoy an ice cream social on the common after the reading.
4 Friday 7:30pm. Orange Community Band concert on the bandstand on the Bandstand in Butterfield Park, 83 East River St., Orange.
5 Saturday. The Ayer 4th of July Celebration at Pirone Park. Ayer hosts a top quality Fourth of July including a parade, Family Fun at Pirone Park followed by one of the best fireworks show in Central Mass! Fireworks start at 9:15pm.
5 Saturday 12:30pm. Independence Day celebration in Pepperell. Parade from the Town Hall to the VFW starts at 12:30pm, fireworks at dusk. Visit pepperell4thofjuly.org.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

June 27, 28, 29 Events


Petting Zoo at Ashburnham Downtown Days 2013

Below is a list of some wonderful events happening this weekend in our area, including Ashburnham Downtown Days on Saturday, June 28 at Winchester Park. 
27-29 Friday–Sunday. Longsjo Classic bicycle race. Visit www.longsjo.com for up-to-date details.
27-29 Friday 7pm-10pm, Saturday & Sunday Noon-7pm. Downtown Gardner becomes home to the 1st Annual Up Town Roots music Festival. This all ages weekend long event will feature award winning musical acts from all over New England. For more information, visit www.uptownrootsfest.com.
27 Friday 11am. Civic Day Luncheon and Young American Scholarship. Senior Center, Wallace Ave. Fitchburg. For more information, visit www.fitchburgcivicdays.net or call 978-829-1801
27 Friday 5pm-8:30pm. Longsjo Twilight Criterium Leominster. Four Races. A time-honored, classic American cycling event, the Longsjo is a community celebration of cycling, fitness, and health. Established in 1960 in memory of 2-time Olympian Art Longsjo, the event commemorates the life and achievements of a remarkable athlete and person who left his mark on the Fitchburg community and generations of cycling fans. More than 700 racers are expected to compete on the roads and streets that are icon of American cycling. Thousands of spectators and race fans are once again expected to line the courses and attend the race expo each day. Racers, families, and spectators will throng to the place where racers have gone on to Olympian, World Championship and Tour de France fame. For more information, visit www.longsjo.com.
27 Friday 7:30pm. Orange Community Band concert on the bandstand on the Bandstand in Butterfield Park, 83 East River St., Orange.
27 Friday 8pm. The Outlaws at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley. The Outlaws return with new music, new focus and an uncompromising new mission: It’s about a band of brothers bound together by history, harmony and the road. 
28 –Saturday, Downtown Days in Ashburnham. Downtown Days in Ashburnham, this Saturday, all day events at Winchester Park and behind the Town Hall, Library (don't forget the Book Sale)
28-29 Saturday 8am–5pm & Sunday 8am–1pm. Yankee Engine-uity steam engine show at the Orange Airport, 80 Airport St., Orange. See scores of antique engines, tractors, cars and trucks. Don’t miss the tractor parade or the kiddie tractor pull! The 37th annual event also includes a gas engine raffle, petting zoo, a flea market, live musical entertainment Saturday evening, and more! Visit www.cmsgma.com for details.
28-29 Saturday-Sunday 2pm-dusk. Hubbardston Ham Radio Field Day. The Mohawk Amateur Radio Club will be holding Field Day at the Malone Road Conservation Area on Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29. This is the climax of the week long “Amateur Radio Week.” Amateur radio operators or "hams" across the US and Canada will be trying to contact as many other stations as possible in this contest that serves as an emergency communications exercise. The public is welcome to visit during daylight hours from 2 p.m. Saturday through 2 p.m. Sunday
28 Saturday 10am. The North Country Quad Series Presents The Lake Dennison 5K. A refreshing shaded trail run to kick off the summer! This run is a fast, flat course to get you in the mood for trail running and taking in the beauty of the State Forests in our very own backyard. Click here for more information.
28 Saturday 10am-11am. Native Tree Walk at Tower Hill. Included with Admission. Free for members. Learn to identify native trees with Tower Hill Education Director, Ann Marie Pilch. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
28 Saturday noon-6pm. Strawberry Festival at Clearview Farm 4 Kendall Hill Road, Sterling. Free admission. Fresh strawberries, live music performed by The Friendly Folk Duo, craft beer, wood fired pizza, games for the kids, fun for the whole family! Call (978) 422-0442 or visit www.facebook.com/events/485980318201515 for more information.
28 Saturday 1pm-5pm. Leominster' Summer Stroll. Downtown Leominster. Rain date June 29th. Parade staring at 1:00, classic car show, sand sculpture, pony rides, misting tent, music, remote race car track, food, dancing, face painting and more!
28 Saturday 1pm-7pm. Nashua River Brewers Festival at Riverfront Park, off Route 12, downtown Fitchburg. Dozens of the finest local and regional brewers will be serving great craft beers under a bigtop tent. Live music performed all day. (This is a 21+ event). Visit www.beersforgood.com.
28 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.
28 Saturday 8pm. Al Kooper at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley. Occidental Gypsy will be in the Ballroom.
29 Sunday 9am-5pm. Longsjo Classic Downtown Criterium. Upper Common Main St. Fitchburg. Eight Races. A time-honored, classic American cycling event, the Longsjo is a community celebration of cycling, fitness, and health. Established in 1960 in memory of 2-time Olympian Art Longsjo, the event commemorates the life and achievements of a remarkable athlete and person who left his mark on the Fitchburg community and generations of cycling fans. More than 700 racers are expected to compete on the roads and streets that are icon of American cycling. Thousands of spectators and race fans are once again expected to line the courses and attend the race expo each day. Racers, families, and spectators will throng to the place where racers have gone on to Olympian, World Championship and Tour de France fame. For more information, visit www.longsjo.com.
29 Sunday 10am-4pm. Finnish Summer Festival (“Kesajuhla”) at Saima Park, 67 Scott Road, Fitchburg. Admission $2. Children's games; horseshoes; Sally Cragin speaks about Moomintroll, the most popular children's books in Finland thanks to a grant from the Finlandia Foundation; Finlandia Foundation National Lecturer of the Year Suzanne Jurva; festival artist Patricia Ide; Finnish Folk Dancers; music by Oivan Ilo; Raivaaja Bookstore. Food for sale: chicken barbecue, hot dogs, Arctic berry sundaes; Finnish coffee bread, beverages. Special guest speaker Suzanne Jurva: Finlandia Foundation National proudly presents the documentary "Yoopera!" and its filmmakers, Suzanne Jurva and Erin Smith, as its Lecturer of the Year program for 2014. "Yoopera!" looks at the making of the opera "Rockland", a Finnish and American collaboration about a tragic 1906 mining incident in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and the companion "Story Line" family history project. Visit www.saima-park.org or call 978 582-7717.
29 Sunday 11am–2pm. Doll Carriage and Bicycle Parade at Riverfront Park, off Route 12, Fitchburg. Kids are invited to decorate their vehicles for this pre-4th of July parade. Activities, games and a jump-house for the kids. For more information, visit www.fitchburgcivicdays.net or call 978-829-1801.
29 Sunday 1pm-3pm. Rollstone Studios presents 5th Annual Summer Salon: An exhibit of regional work with a variety of media. 633 Main Street, Fitchburg MA. Call 978.348.ART1 for more information.
29 Sunday 2pm-4pm. Artist-in-Residence Richard Kattman will give a formal presentation and demonstration at Fruitlands on abstract painting. Free with museum admission. For more information, visit www.fruitlands.org.
29 Sunday 3pm–6pm. Civic Days Chicken BBQ at River Front Park in downtown Fitchburg. Enjoy chicken, hamburgers and hotdogs, and listen to the Fitchburg Military Band playing patriotic tunes. Celebrate an Old Fashioned BBQ and help support Fitchburg Civic Days. For more information, visit www.fitchburgcivicdays.net or call 978-829-1801
29 Sunday 6pm. Annual Amazing Duck Race at Riverfront Park, Route 12 off Boulder Drive, Fitchburg. Cheer your rubber ducky on to victory on the Nashua River! Single duck is $5 and a flock is 5/$20. Prizes: 1st place, $1,000; 2nd, $500’ 3rd, $250; 4th, four Red Sox tickets; and more. Get duck forms at www.fitchburgcivicdays.net or the day of the event.