Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Photo courtesy of Johnny Appleseed


We ALL scream for ice cream during July in Appleseed Country! So where to find that yummy goodness? Well, we have some great places in the area!

Bolton Orchards
125 Still River Road Bolton
Kimball Farm
1543 Lunenburg Road Lancaster (Also in Jaffrey, NH)
King Phillip Restaurant & Motor Inn
35 State Road Phillipston
978-249-6300 or (978) 249-6263
Lancaster Golf Center
438 Old Union Turnpike Lancaster
Red Apple Farm
455 Highland Avenue Phillipston
Rota Spring Farm
117 Chace Hill Road Sterling
Cafe 873
Main St Ashby
Calico & Creme
53 Williamsville Rd Hubbardston
Carol’s Dairy Bar
310 Summer St Fitchburg,978-342-9675
Cherry Hill Ice Cream
826 Leominster Rd Lunenburg
Cold Stone Creamery
80 Orchard Hill Park Drive Leominster
Dairy Queen
Locations in Clinton & Fitchburg
Dr Davis Ice Cream
67 Hollis St Pepperell
Locations in Gardner & Leominster
Ice Cream Factory
7 Elm St Townsend
Johnson’s Restaurant & Dairy Barn
164 Boston Rd Groton
Lickity Splitz
231 Main St Winchendon
Natalie’s Seafood & Ice Cream
681 Central Street Leominster

For more information visit:

Thursday, July 9, 2015

What's Happening July 9, 10, 11, 12, 2015

Hillsborough Balloon Festival, Hillsborough NH
There are a lot of fun events happening in our area this weekend, including the Hillsborough Balloon Festival in Hillsborough NH. 

July 9, 10, 11 - Hillsborough Balloon Festival and Fair, Hillsborough NH (1 hr. from Ashburnham)
Join us again this year for the Hillsborough Balloon Festival & Fair, a spectacular three-day event beginning at 6:00pm Thursday, July 9th 2015 at Grimes Field in Hillsborough, NH. This weekend event offers something for everyone; carnival rides, entertainment on the community stage, special kids activities, skydivers, an enormous variety of food to tempt your taste buds, merchandise and handmade products are showcased, and of course the incredible hot air balloons. The Saturday evening fireworks extravaganza is one of the premier fireworks displays in all of New Hampshire. The balloons will launch Friday evening at 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 6 am and 6 pm (weather permitting). Reserve your space for a fantastic experience floating over New Hampshire's scenic Monadnock Region with its scenic farms, rivers, lakes, ancient stone bridges, hills and valleys. And don't miss the exciting Balloon Glow on Friday night. The Hillsborough Hometown Parade on Sunday includes many civic groups with marching bands, floats, military personnel and a wide assortment of fire apparatus from all over New Hampshire. An Artist's Fair will also be taking place on July 11th during Balloon Festival weekend, at nearby Butler Park sponsored by the Hillsborough Area Artisans. The Festival Schedule, Attractions, Location Map and Parking pages provide event details regarding this year's festival. Should you have additional questions please call (603) 464-0377

July 9 - Summer Concert Series at Fruitlands, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grounds open for picnics at 5PM, concerts begin at 7:15. The Concord Band is joining us for the 30th season of Summer Concerts on the hillside at Fruitlands! They’ll rock the lawn every Thursday night from June 18 – July 23, followed by The Love Dogs on July 30, and Black Marmot on August 6. Bring a picnic and a blanket or lawn chairs. Beer and wine for sale under the tent. Museum buildings and Store open from 5-7PM with concert admission. Season passes available: $50 for members, $75 for nonmembers. Pick any six concerts to attend. Purchase at the gate. Previous seasons passes are accepted. Members $10/car, Nonmembers $15/car - 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, Massachusetts 01451 | 978.456.3924,

July 9, - Bob Marley at the Bull Run, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bob Marley is a riot. Celebrating 15 years as a stand-up comic, Bob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought-after comedians in the country. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central, and is one of the few comics to do the complete late-night TV circuit: “The Late Show” with David Letterman, “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, “Late Night” with Conan O’Brien and “The Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn. A regular at the Aspen and Montreal comedy festivals, Marley was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” Marley has also appeared in several films, including the cult favorite, “Boondock Saints,” where he played Detective Greenley. $25.00

July 10 - August 7, Monadnock Music 2015 Festival, Peterborough NH
This is a Ticketed Concert
July 10, 7:30 p.m. - The Complete Beethoven Symphonies: Year 1 - Gil Rose, conductor. In celebration of the 50th Season, this concert begins a Five Year Cycle of the Complete Beethoven Symphonies. Tickets: $30 (general admission) 1 Grove St., Peterborough NH.

July 10 - Nick Moss at the Bull Run, 8:00 pm
Whether it’s blistering blues or Allman influenced rock or an apt social commentary set to brilliant music, Nick Moss continues to meld influences and reach into the unknown and experiment with the sounds he finds. And for Nick, it’s not all about his own musical journey. It’s always his desire from his place onstage, to pass along the passion and love of his craft to those who come to see him play. “It’s about the experience,” he says. “A shared love of music and being elevated and enlightened by sound.” $18.00 -

July 11 – The Kennedy’s: 20th Anniversary triple-CD release at the Bull Run – 8:00 p.m.
Pete and Maura Kennedy met at the Continental Club in Austin Texas. Within a few weeks, they went on their first date at Buddy Holly’s grave in Lubbock, TX, and within a year, they were touring together, as part of Nanci Griffith’s band, and as the opening act on Nanci’s two month tour of the British Isles. In a dusty little dressing room on the top floor of Dublin’s Olympia theatre, they penned the songs that would become their first CD, “River of Fallen Stars”. The CD was awarded the “Indie” award in 1995 for “Best Adult Contemporary CD” by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors. Eleven CDs and several side-projects later (The Strangelings, The Stringbusters, and their solo projects), they enjoy loyal followings in both the guitar camp and the singer-songwriter set. Ultimately it’s their tight harmonies, their chemistry, and their unashamedly idealistic outlook that has carved them their own niche in the studio and onstage. - $16.00.

July 11 – Live Entertainment on the patio at Bailey’s Bar and Grille – 7:30-10:00 p.m. Every Saturday night from June to September Bailey’s Bar & Grille will be having live entertainment starting at 7:30pm. 18 Main St., Townsend, MA –

July 12 – 34th Annual Show of the Antique Truck Club of America’s New England Chapter 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 34th Annual Show of the Antique Truck Club of America’s New England Chapter, at the Lancaster Fairgrounds, 318 Seven Bridge Road (Route 117), Lancaster. Hundreds of antique trucks will be proudly displayed by their owners at this popular show. Spectators $5, kids under 12 free. For information call 978-460-0465.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Purgatory Chasm

Purgatory Chasm is a unique natural landmark that runs a for a quarter of a mile between granite walls rising as high as 70 feet. Popular with picnickers and rock-climbers alike, the chasm is believed to have its origin in the sudden release of dammed-up glacial meltwater near the end of the last Ice Age, approximately 14,000 years ago.

Trails lead to a wide variety of rock formations with names such as The Corn Crib, The Pulpit, The Coffin, Lover's Leap and Fat Man's Misery.

Purgatory State Park, Purgatory Rd., Sutton MA 508-234-3733.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

What's Happening May 2, 3, 4, 2015

There are a lot of fun events happening in our area this weekend, including the 5th Annual North Quabbin Arts in Bloom Spring Festival at Butterfield Park (E. River St.), Orange. Lots of Fun for the Whole Family! May Pole Braiding, Food Vendors, Silent Auction, Raffles, Medicinal Hula Hooping, Artisans, Children's Crafts, and more. For more information, visit or contact Candi Fetzer (978) 633-4302. 

1-3 Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. Theater at the Mount presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Take out your dictionaries! This six-time Tony nominated musical tells the story of five quirky kids vying for 1st prize, bragging rights, and most importantly, a trip to the National Spelling Bee Championship. The misfit contestants are joined by 3 or 4 guest spellers from the audience as they learn that a spelling bee is one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time, win or lose. Can you spell i-r-r-e-s-i-s-t-i-b-l-e? For more information, visit
1-2 Friday-Saturday 6pm-8pm. Flora's Holiday at Tower Hill. Celebrate spring with a unique story and music journey with master storyteller Diane Edgecomb accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain, heard on NPR. Member $25, Non-member $30. For more information, visit
1 Friday 6pm-8pm. Artist of the month Deana Mexoued at the Leominster Art Center & Gallery, 45 Main St. Leominster. Open to all ages. Visit
1 Friday 7:30pm. GALA Coffee House, A Night Out. Acoustic Music & Song, 205 School Street Gardner. GALA is pleased to feature the music of Linq. We are happy to offer two opening acts: Caleb Wetherbee and Joshua Hill. The first Friday of every month GALA offers acoustic music by local and regional singer-songwriters. This is an alcohol free event. Refreshments will be available.
1 Friday 8pm-10pm. Spring Comedy Night at Wachusett Mountain featuring Steve Sweeney, Orlando Baxter, and Adam Webster.  Open seating. Recommended 18+. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Doors open at 7.
2-3 Saturday & Sunday 9am–5pm. Welcome Back Spring: Daffodil and Primrose Shows at Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, 11 French Drive, Boylston. The annual Seven States Daffodil Show features hundreds of flowers cut and gathered from gardens in New England and New York. A floral design competition, talks and tours included. Visit Tower Hill’s signature field of more than 25,000 daffodils and tens of thousands of Narcissus planted throughout the formal gardens. See the American Primrose Society’s National Primrose Show, which includes workshops, lectures, and sales. Admission $12 adults, $9 seniors, $7 youths 6 to 18. Visit or call 508-869-6111.
2-3 Saturday & Sunday. Safety Weekend at Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Road, Sterling. Active firefighters, police officers, armed forces members and their families are admitted free with their valid ID. Visit for details. Call 978-422-MOOO.
2 Saturday 10am-11:30am. The Art of Growing Food: A Day with Ellen Ecker Ogden (Lecture & Workshop) at Tower Hill. Elevate an ordinary vegetable garden to extraordinary. Ellen Ogden writes about food and gardens for The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living and The Boston Globe. Lecture: Member $15, Non-member $25. For more information, visit
2 Saturday 11am-5pm. 5th Annual North Quabbin Arts in Bloom Spring Festival at Butterfield Park (E. River St.), Orange. Lots of Fun for the Whole Family! May Pole Braiding, Food Vendors, Silent Auction, Raffles, Medicinal Hula Hooping, Artisans, Children's Crafts, and more. For more information, visit or contact Candi Fetzer (978) 633-4302.
3 Sunday 10am. Annual Fishing Derby at the Royalston Fish & Game Club, 50 Main Road, Phillipston. The youth (14 and under) derby is held from 10 am-12 pm, and adult derby follows. Prizes will be awards based on length of fish. For details, call 978-249-3004 or check the Facebook page.
3 Sunday 3pm. Church and Town in Lancaster, 1653-1833: “A Church Runs Through It”: Local historian Tim Castner will help untangle the complex relationship between church and town in Lancaster from the town’s founding in 1653, through Indian wars, the American Revolution and the early Republic, to the eventual separation of church and town governance in 1833. In the Bulfinch designed Fifth Meeting House (on the town green) built in 1816 for worship and for town government. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
3 Sunday 4pm. Historic Piano Concert at the Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main Street, Ashburnham. Pianist Stephen Porter. Visit or call 978-827-6232.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Center Stage at Fitchburg State University

Anne Heaton

Center Stage at FSU presents, Anne Heaton, Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. A simply lovely blend of soft pop, smooth blues and porch folk - singer-songwriter and classically trained pianist Anne Heaton’s songs are “tender, barbed and spiritual” (Washington Post). Known for the infectious energy of her live performances — “a natural performer with a rich, soaring voice” (Seattle Times)—her graceful, vulnerable and sometimes humorous pop-folk songs will capture your imagination and soul. Tickets: $28.00 adults, $25.00, alumni, seniors and staff, $5.00 students. Contact 978-665-3347, Fitchburg State

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Historic Piano Concert, April 26, 2015

Rebecca Hartka, Cellist
Alys Terrien-Queen, Pianist

This Sunday, April 26, the Frederick Historic Piano Collection presents cellist, Rebecca Hartka and pianist, Alys Terrien-Queen, performing Sonata for Cello and Piano in C by Sergei Prokofiev and Sonata for Cello and Piano in g by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Alys will be performing on the Bl├╝thner piano, Leipzig, 1877. The concert will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the Community Church on Main St., Ashburnham. Admission is $10.00 for adults. Students and children are free. For more information visit:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bull Run presents Pure Prairie League, April 11, 2015

This Saturday, April 11, the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley will present Pure Prairie League. 

Pure Prairie League's biggest hits include “Aimee," “Two Lane Highway," "Falling in and out of Love," "Early Morning Riser" and the musically less-representative pop song, “Let Me Love You Tonight.” In the '70s and '80s they rode the same country-tinged rock wave that carried the Eagles, Buffalo Springfield, Poco and The Band to popularity. Vince Gill, later to become one of Nashville’s biggest solo stars, sang and played guitar with the band in the early 1980s and recorded an updated version of “Aimee” for their greatest hits album.

Influenced by bluesy drive of the Byrds and the seamless fusing of country and rock first introduced by bands like the Flying Burrito Brothers, PPL benefits from tight slide guitar, dueling solos and plenty of jammy Americana, mixing country rock, southern boogie, bluegrass and blues. Whether they are “Pickin To Beat The Devil” or taking you for a ride down a “Two Lane Highway,” PPL is a sure fire good time.

The current long-time lineup is: John David Call (pedal steel, vocal), Mike Reilly (guitar, vocals), Rick Schell (bass) and Scott Thompson (drums).

“PPL does what it's always done: they remain true to themselves, creating a sound that doesn't compromise their vision, yet manages to capture the ears of their adoring faithful "prairiedog" fans, as well as a new legion of listeners. If there is a formula to PPL's longevity and success that may very well be it.” - Country Music Online

Tickets are $42.00 each in advance or $46.00 at the door (if available). For more information visit or call 978-425-4311 or toll free 877-536-7190.