Monday, September 1, 2014

Events in September




Here is a sneak peak at all the upcoming events happening in our area this September. There are almost too many from which to choose!

1 Monday. Labor Day Family Fun Days at Wachusett Mountain. Fun activities for the whole family including moonbounces, music, a BBQ and more! Keep the kids busy while you shop at MTNside! Visit www.wachusett.com for more information.
1 Monday 8am–7pm. The Spencer Fair at the Spencer Fairgrounds, Spencer. Visit traditional agricultural exhibits, see the Great Pumpkin Contest, demolition derby, truck and tractor pulls, pig races, stage shows. Enjoy food and games. Call 508-885-5814 or visit thespencerfair.com. Admission $10 adults, $7 seniors and kids. Free parking.
3 Wednesday 6pm-8pm. Allamende North - Twilight at Twigs Cafe at Tower Hill. Allemande North is a 21st century acoustic band from Massachusetts known for playing strongly melodic and rhythmic traditional and contemporary tunes. For the past 20 years individual members have performed with each other in various combinations before joining together as Allemande North in 2011. Free with regular admission. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
4 Thursday 3pm-6pm. Farmers Market: Riverfront Park, off Boulder Drive in Fitchburg. Choose from locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as locally made arts and crafts -- and more.
4 Thursday 3:30pm-6:30pm. The Lancaster Farmers Market is proud to host a performance by Ron Murray. Bring your tote bag for the local produce and other fine locally produced products and bring your lawn chair for the music. Ron’s career demonstrates his musical eclecticism: he is one of the few professional guitarists specializing in the 7-string guitar, and he performs jazz, classical and flamenco styles. His latest project, Vuelo, is a bossa-flamenco fusion band featuring jazz drummer great Arti Dixson. Lancaster Town Green.
4 Thursday 7pm. Author Ray Raphael speaks about the Worcester Revolution of 1774 at the Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Mass. Ave., Lunenburg. Learn about the first — and bloodless — American Revolution at this program sponsored by the Lunenburg Historical Society. Call Jim Larkin at 978-582-0858.
4 Thursday 7pm-9pm. The Summer Concert Series at Carter Park in downtown Leominster. FREE family fun! Enjoy the sounds of local talent while relaxing under the stars. Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic. Not time to pack a picnic? Visit one of the food vendors. Most importantly….bring your dancing shoes!!! Featuring Side Effect, Classic Rock/Originals. For more information click here.
5-6 Friday 5-10 pm; Saturday 10 am–4 pm. Old Home Days in Clinton. Enjoy entertainment vendors & artisans, amusement, demonstrations, food and more under the “big tent.” Activities include a free family movie in the park, wine tasting, animal show, Crocodile River music, a fire department display and more. Friday night features a “Night at the Museums” event, with information, games, costumed characters from more than a dozen Massachusetts museums. For a listing of events, visit oldehomeday.com.
5 Friday 8pm. Occidental Gypsy performs at the Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A Shirley. Occidental Gypsy plays a high energy, acoustic fusion of gypsy swing, jazz & world music that is like wine and chocolate for your ears. Tickets $17. Visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.
6-7 Saturday 10am–7pm; Sunday 10am–5pm. Appleseed Country Fair at Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave., Phillipston. Sponsored by the Johnny Appleseed Trail Association, Red Apple Farm and the Gardner Ale House, the fair features old fashioned country fun, with live music, great food, local brewers, vendors and artisans, lawn tractor pulls — and the giant zucchini growing contest! Bring your oversized zuke to see how it stacks up against the competition! New this year is a “Fiddle Fest” competition on Sunday. Free admission. The orchard will be open for picking, the farm stand will be stocked with great local produce, the hayride wagon will be touring the orchard.. For details, click here or call 978-534-2302.
6 Saturday 9am. 17th Annual Library 5K Race/Walk Center School Elm St. Entrance. The race starts at the Hubbardston Center School entrance on Elm Street and is an out-and-back 3.1 mile course on Elm Street/Barre Road. Registration is $17 per participant prior to August 2 and $20 after August 2.  The first 100 entrants will receive a long sleeve commemorative t-shirt. Awards for winners in sixteen categories and raffle prizes will be award at the Hubbardston Center School at 10:30 am, following the completion of the race. Participants must be present to claim a prize. For more information, visit the library website, or call Mark Wigler at 978-928-5122.
6 Saturday 9am-3pm. Hubbardston Field Day, Curtis Rec Field, Rte 68. Sponsored by Hubbardston LIONS Club  (Rain Date Sunday, Sept 7). Planned Events: Cow Flop Contest, Splash Tank, Chicken Barbeque, Live Music, Food, Games, Fun stuff to do for all ages!
6 Saturday 9am-4pm. Fall Bazaar: Townsend Common. Games, local crafts, baked goods, music and food. Take a chance to win themed gift baskets and other raffle prizes. Rain date is Sunday, Sept.7, at noon.
6 Saturday noon-5 pm. The 7th Annual Hilltown Brewfest to benefit the local fire departments, sponsored by the New Salem General Store. Located in a beautiful grassy field at 837 Daniel Shays Highway (Rte 202) in New Salem, this afternoon tasting features more than 30, mostly regional brands offering approximately 100 microbrews of beer, wine, and ciders, along with great local foods, a large wine tent, and live music. Limited tickets available; over-21 only. $22 in advance, $25 at the gate. Visit www.hilltownbrewfest.com.
6 Saturday 7pm–midnight. Casino Royale at the Orange Whitney House in Winchendon. Dress up in your best outfits, and come play the money wheel, blackjack, or roulette. Cash Bar, 50/50 raffle, Silent Auction, hors d’oeuvres. $25 per person. Visit winchendonhistoricalsociety.org.
6 Saturday 7:30pm-10:30pm. Full Moon Canoeing at Nashoba Paddler. Set out by canoe at dusk and as darkness approaches, watch the moon rise, being on the lookout for owls, beaver, bats, and other night life. After some delicious refreshments, we'll return following the moon's ribbon of light. Trip difficulty: Easy, flat-water, 5 miles roundtrip. Cost: $37pp-canoes only. Refreshments included. Reservations required. For more information, visit www.nashobapaddler.com.
6 Saturday 8pm. Will Dailey & Friends in the Ballroom at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley. Joanne Shaw Taylor also performs in the Sawtelle Room.
7 Sunday 10am–4pm. Annual Car Show and New England Barbeque Society Cook-Off at the Otter River Sportsman’s Club, 250 Lord Rd. Templeton. Antique cars on display. Prizes for Car Show participants. BBQ contestants cook ribs and chicken wings for prizes. Public can participate in a People’s Choice category for a fee. Free admission. Contact Tom Berry at 978 248-5060.
7 Sunday 11:30am. 17th Annual MusicFest at Wachusett Mountain. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for great music on the mountain. Great food, brews and our scenic stage area make this a highlight for all music fans. Visit www.wachusett.com for more information.
7 Sunday 2pm. Rachel and Western Partners Band perform at Coggshall Park, off Electric Avenue, Fitchburg, Enjoy live entertainment on the shores of Mirror Lake.
7 Sunday 4pm. Historic Piano Concert at Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main St., Ashburnham. Clarinet-Piano Duo Maksim Shtrykov, clarinet and Misuzu Tanaka, piano, perform works by Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann and Carl Maria von Weber with a piano to be chosen from The Frederick Collection of Historical Grand Pianos. Admission, $10, children and students free. Call 978-827-6232.
7 Sunday 6:30pm. Swing Dance and Lessons at the Leominster Elks, 134 N. Main St., Leominster, with BJ Magoon & Driving Sideways. Dance2Swing presents beginner jitterbug swing group lessons at 6:30 and a swing dance at 7:30. Admission, $14. Visit dance2swing.com or call 978-263-7220.
7 Sunday 8pm. Jeff Root CD Release at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley. 
8 Monday 4pm-8pm. Leominster Moon Truck Festival will take place at Sholan Farms, 1125 Pleasant St. The event will feature face painting, henna tattoos (as a Jimmy Fund fundraiser) and live music. Sholan Farms will have after-hours Pick Your Own apples and hay rides. As for the main event, get ready for some taste sensations from Chicken on the road, offering fresh fried chicken, Vesta’s Wood Fired Pizza, the Five Buck Truck with Tex Mex and tacos, Firebox BBQ, Tiggers Food Truck offering burgers, grinders and hot dogs, Aunties Sweet Shop offering organic shave ices and cotton candy and Sweet Creations By Gloria with cupcakes and pies.
10 Wednesday. The Apple Pie Tree at Tower Hill. It's apple picking time and Tower Hill has a very special collection. Join us as we walk the orchard and learn how apples grow and who was a part of their journey. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
10 Wednesday 6pm-8pm. Luanne Crosby - Twilight at Twigs Cafe at Tower Hill. Songster and guitarist Luanne Crosby performs a repertoire of songs in a wide array of styles from musicals to Motown, from blues to folk, from country to jazz and from pop to rockall on her ukulele. A talented songwriter, she also plays a selection of her original music from her three CDs and beyond, showcasing her talent as a writer of many styles of music for people of all ages and interests. Free with regular admission. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
11 Thursday 6pm-8pm. An Evening with Mike Richard, local writer and historian at the Gardner Museum. You know him from The Gardner News or maybe he was your GHS English teacher. Come to hear him spin his tales of Gardner. Reception from 6pm – 7pm, Program 7pm – 8pm. Members FREE non-members $3.00. For more information, visit www.gardnermuseuminc.com.
11 Thursday 7pm. An Evening with Mike Richard, local writer and historian, at the Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., Gardner. Come to hear him spin his wonderful tales of Gardner’s past. Reception at 6 pm, program 7 pm – 8 pm. $3.00. Call 978-632-3277.
11 Thursday 7pm-9pm. The Summer Concert Series at Carter Park in downtown Leominster. FREE family fun! Enjoy the sounds of local talent while relaxing under the stars. Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic. Not time to pack a picnic? Visit one of the food vendors. Most importantly….bring your dancing shoes!!! Featuring The GS Flair Band, Rock/Pop/Country/Folk/Blues. For more information click here.
12-13 Friday-Saturday. New Players Theatre Guild's Second Anniversary Show. 15 Rollstone St., Fitchburg. For more information, visit www.nptg.org.
12 Friday 8pm. Twilight Hike at Sholan Farms, 1125 Pleasant St., Leominster (weather permitting.). Visit www.sholanfarms.com.
13-14 Saturday & Sunday. Circus Workshop at Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Road, Sterling. Visit www.davisfarmland.com/dffa_wp or call 978-422-6666.
13 Saturday. St. Edward’s Fair at St. Edward’s Parish, Church Street, Westminster. Attic treasures, games for children and adults, silent auction, crafts, bakery booth, entertainment and more. Call 978-874-2362.
13 Saturday 8am–10am. Breakfast on the Porch at the Orange Historical Society, 41 North Main St., Orange. Enjoy Quiche, French toast, pancakes, waffles, and more. Call 978-544-3141.
13 Saturday 9am. Fall Frenzy at the Royalston Fish & Game Club, 50 Main Road, Phillipston. This new fall festival features music, a chicken BBQ, car show, vendors, and more, in a country setting. For information, call 413-249-3004.
13 Saturday 9am-2pm. Hollis Hill Farm Grand Opening! Ribbon cutting with Mayor Lisa Wong at 11am. All guests will receive a free 1/4 peck of apples and samples of the farm's offerings will be available throughout the day. 340 Marshall Rd. Fitchburg. Please RSVP online at www.hollishillsfarm.com.
13 Saturday 9:30am-1pm. Zentangle Class (Introduction Level) at the Museum of Russian Icons. Learn the art of Zentangle, taught by certified trainer Karen Keefe. For more information, visit www.museumofrussianicons.org.
13 Saturday 10am-4pm. Fun with Fungi: Natural Science Drawing and Painting at Tower Hill. Explore the fascinating forms and textures of mushrooms in this natural science art workshop. Instruction will include demonstrations of ways to achieve detailed effects using graphite, colored pencil, and watercolor. All levels welcome! A list of supplies will be sent to participants. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
13 Saturday 11am. Wachusett Valley Music Festival at First Church of Christ Unitarian, 725 Main Street Lancaster Call 978-365-2043. Tickets, $24. Featured Artists: Brother Sun, Charlie Farren, John Flynn, Kim and Reggie Harris, Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli. Showcase Artists: Eric Donaldson, Dale LePage, Dean Stevens.
13 Saturday 7pm-10pm. Enjoy a fine meal, cocktails and hot jazz on the outdoor garden patio! Outdoor space limited. Reserve early! Bull Run Restaurant Rt. 2A, Shirley, MA 978-425-4311. Dinner menu & full bar - No Cover - Reservations required. Visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com for more information.
13 Saturday 7:30pm. Rick Gottlieb performs at The Boulder Coffeehouse, in the Dillon Room, 923 Main Street, First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Fitchburg. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. with an hour of open-mike performances. Enjoy a selection of fair-trade coffees and teas and baked goods in a smoke-free environment. There is a freewill suggested donation of $5, and non-perishable foods are welcome.
14 Sunday 10am-2:30pm. FINNISH TORI/SCANDINAVIAN MARKETPLACE. Vendors, lunch, music, lingonberry sundaes. Enjoy coffee bread, hot dogs, beef stew and ice cream sundaes; Scandinavian gifts and crafts. Finnish Center at Saima Park, 67 Scott Rd., Fitchburg MA. www.saima-park.org or call Maija at 978-582-7717.
14 Sunday 11am–3pm. Holy Cross Family Festival & BBQ at the Otter River Sportsman’s Club, Lord Road, Templeton. Fun for the whole family. Tom’s famous chicken served noon – 2 pm; tickets, $8 adults, children/seniors $7.
14 Sunday 1pm. Benton MacKaye Memorial Walk at Shirley Historical Society Museum. Rain or Shine. Open to the Public. 182 Center Road Shirley.
15 Monday 10am. September Senior Day at Fruitlands. Cost...  Free for adults 62 yrs. and over. Fruitlands is partnering with Tufts Health Plan to offer free admission for seniors aged 62 and over on September 15. The Museum will offer a private, guided tour for our senior guests beginning at 10:30AM (the tour is approximately 2 hours in length). The Museum’s Artist-in-Residence, Richard Kattman, will be available to speak with this audience about his work and will be actively painting on-site that day. For more information, visit www.fruitlands.org.
16 Tuesday 6pm-7pm. Online Travel Presentation: Classical Turkey at the Museum of Russian Icons. Online Travel Presentation with Collette about the Museum's March 2015 Classical Turkey tour. For more information, visit www.museumofrussianicons.org.
17 Wednesday 5pm-6pm. Vegetable Garden Tours at Tower Hill. Included with Admission. Free for members. Join staff horticulturist Dawn Davies for a tour of the vegtable gardens at Tower Hill. This year's theme is "Vegging Out" and highlights sustainable garden techniques, physical, mental, and emotional benefits gained from working from working in the garden. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
17 Wednesday 6pm-8pm. Mirror Image - Twilight at Twigs Cafe at Tower Hill. Frequent performers here at Tower Hill's music series, we're very happy to welcome back Mirror Image. Tom Ewart and Jeff Mac are both guitarists. While Jeff plays lefty, Tom plays righty. But together they are on the same musical page ... instrumental jazz with a slight edge. Instrumental styling that lends itself beautifully to cafe dining. Free with regular admission. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
18 Thursday 4pm. Third Thursday Film Screening at the Fitchburg Public Library. Films are presented by Fitchburg State University and the professors will introduce each film and lead a short discussion following the screening. This month is To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).
18 Thursday 6pm. Fitchburg Historical Society Annual Meeting at 781 Main Street, Fitchburg. Learn about the work the Society has been doing and what’s on the horizon in the near future. View the exhibits on display. Free and open to the public.
19-20 Friday & Saturday 6pm–9pm. Flash Light Mazing at Davis MegaMaze, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. Davis Mega Maze, the world’s most complex cornfield maze, dares you to try navigating the twists and turns of this 8-acre colossal land sculpture using only your flashlight! Call 978-422-6666. Repeats Sept. 26-27 and Oct 3-4. For more information, visit www.davisfarmland.com/dffa_wp.
19 Friday 3:30pm–6pm. Westminster Fair and Share: harvest and photo contests, demonstrations of working animals at the Westminster Farmers’ Market, Sally Cragin’s Riverfront Children’s Theatre 4:00-4:30 (kids put on a show!) and more, on the town common.
19 Friday 6pm–9pm. Open Studio Event at the SchoolStreet Art Studios. 205 & 213 School St., Gardner. Meet the artists, tour the studios, see what’s happening in the local art scene. For details, visit facebook.com/theschoolstreetartstudios.
19 Friday 8pm. Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley.

20-21 Saturday-Sunday. 24th Annual KidsFest at Wachusett Mountain. Two days of music, food, and fun! Enjoy tons of interactive games, lively performances and favorite walk-around characters. Enjoy the barbecue and food tents. View the fall foliage from the SkyRide! Visit www.wachusett.com for more information.
20-21 Saturday-Sunday. Sholan Farms Honey Crisp Weekend. 1125 Pleasant St. Leominster. For more information, visit www.sholanfarms.com.
20-21 Saturday-Sunday. Harvest Fest at Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Road, Sterling. Visit www.davisfarmland.com/dffa_wp or call 978-422-6666.
20-21 Saturday & Sundy. Helicopter Weekend at Davis MegaMaze, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. Take flight in an R44 helicopter over Davis Mega Maze, Davis X-treme Outdoor Laser Tag, Davis Farmland and our Solar Farm. Reservations required. Call 978-422-6666. Visit www.davisfarmland.com/dffa_wp.
20-21 Saturday noon-5pm, Sunday 9am-4pm. Begonia and Gesneriad Show and Sale at Tower Hill. See splendid examples of a huge variety of Begonias and Gesneriads sporting a range of color, leaf texture, and patterns in this judged show. Discover a rare find or new variety. Enter your own plants for exhibition. Lectures and programs will run throughout the weekend. Get tips for growing these favorite houseplants, and select from a wide variety of plants for sale. Free with regular admission. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
20 Saturday 9am–3pm. Athol Fall Festival on Main Street, Athol. Rain date, Sept. 27. Dozens of vendors display their work as the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce event closes Main Street for a family event. Games, face painting, street food, hand-crafted jewelry, farmers’ market, music and dance performances throughout the day, along with a live auction of items from local businesses.
20 Saturday 10am-11am. Flower and Leaf Press at Tower Hill. Preserve the beauty of summer with a kid-sized flower press. Children will make and take their very own press and learn the simple technique of pressing flowers, wildflowers, and leaves. Use them to decorate cards, bookmarks and anything else your imagination can think of. For all ages, pre-registration is required. Register early, classes fill up quickly. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
20 Saturday 10am-2pm. Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge Paddle. This national wildlife refuge was set aside to conserve and protect native wildlife habitats and species. A downstream paddle will give us the chance to explore the river and learn about this refuge, taking a lunch break along the way. Trip difficulty: Easy, flat water, 5 miles downstream. Cost: $42pp-canoe, $62pp-kayak (Box lunch available for an additional cost or pack your own). Reservations required. For more information, visit www.nashobapaddler.com.
20 Saturday 10:30am-4pm. Grotonfest on Legion Common in Groton, MA. Free family day with more than 80 Craft, Food, non-profit, artisan demonstrations and business booths. Entertainment all day long, including magic, live animals, dancers, bands and actors. For more information, visit www.grotonfest.com. Raindate 9/21.
20 Saturday noon-6pm. Apple Festival, Family Day at Clearview Farm. Free Admission. For more information, visit www.clearviewfarmstand.com.
20 Saturday 1pm– 4pm. Tour of the Templeton Center Burial Ground, 1 Wellington Rd., Templeton, sponsored by the Narragansett Historical Society. Re-enactors, refreshments. $10. See narragansetthistoricalsociety.org.
20 Saturday 6pm–9pm. Shirley Shines, A Shirley Talent Showcase, at the Meeting House, 41 Brown Road, Shirley, The evening begins with a Variety Show followed by refreshments and time to view the displays at the Center Town Hall. Visit shirleymeetinghouse.org.
20 Saturday 8pm. Roy Book Binder at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley.
21 Sunday 2pm. Paper Airplane Contest at Top Fun Aviation Toy Museum, 21 Prichard ST., Fitchburg. Bring your own best paper airplane creations or come early and fold airplanes at the Museum. But come join in the fun as participants compete in distance and accuracy categories. Prizes are awarded separately to youngsters and adults. Your Museum admission includes your entry fee. Adult admission ($5) also admits one child free.
21 Sunday 2pm. Lancaster Public Library presents Probing the Mysteries of the Earth’s Past: Selected Readings from David Spanagel’s new book: “DeWitt Clinton & Amos Eaton: Geology & Power in Early New York”. David is an Assistant Professor at WPI and is also Lancaster’s Town Moderator. FREE TO THE PUBLIC For more information, contact Karen Silverthorn at 978-368-8928 ext. 4.
21 Sunday 4pm. Historic Piano Concert at Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main St., Ashburnham. Pianist Geoffrey Burleson plays compositions by Saint-Saens, Liszt, Ravel and Rameau on the 1877 Erard of Paris “Extra-grand” piano, from The Frederick Collection of Historical Grand Pianos. Admission, $10, children and students free. Call 978-827-6232.
21 Sunday 4pm-7pm. Opening reception for FAM EXHIBITIONS: One Language is Never Enough: Latino Artists in Southern New England. Un Idioma Nunca es Suficiente:Artistas Latinos en el Sur de Nueva Inglaterra. For more information, visit www.fitchburgartmuseum.org.
24 Wednesday 6:30pm-8:30pm. Vannga Tran - Twilight at Twigs Cafe at Tower Hill. Vannga Tran is a part time professional pianist who resides in Worcester, MA. She is also a full time teacher and part time university instructor. She was born and grew up in Vietnam, moving to the US many years ago as a political refugee. She began playing the piano at age 8, with many years of classical piano lessons. She has self taught how to play modern music since age 10. Free with regular admission. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
24 Wednesday 7pm-8pm. Plant Combinations for a Long Season of Interest at Tower Hill. Member: $15, Non-member: $25. The late season garden is full of dynamic contrasts - melding colorful late blooms, maturing fruit, fiery foliage and the plumes of ornamental grasses. Join Landscape Horticulturist Warren Leach for an in-depth look at exciting plants to add to your late season garden display. Warren will offer design ideas using before and after images of gardens he has designed and planted. Fall is an ideal time for planting and adding glorious fall fireworks to your own garden. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
25 Thursday 6pm-8pm. Smith Country Cheese at the Gardner Museum. This one is Gouda for you. Reception from 6pm – 7pm, Program 7pm – 8pm. Members FREE non-members $3.00. Also, the DOLLHOUSE RAFFLE DRAWING during Smith’s Country Cheese Evening. Tickets are 1 for $5.00 or 3 for $10.00. You could own an 8 room mansion! Fully furnished and electrified! For more information, visit www.gardnermuseuminc.com.
26-27 Friday & Saturday 6pm–9pm. Flash Light Mazing at Davis MegaMaze, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. Davis Mega Maze, the world’s most complex cornfield maze, dares you to try navigating the twists and turns of this 8-acre colossal land sculpture using only your flashlight! Call 978-422-6666. Repeats Oct 3-4.
26-28 Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen by Stratton Players.  Considered the most popularly performed play in the entire world, this literary classic comes to Stratton for the first time! A Doll's House tells the story of one married young woman's struggle to not only save her family from an unscrupulous blackmailer, but discover her own sense of worth and identity, outside of the protected "doll's life" of her husband and family. Directed by Rob Hawkins. Tickets: $15. For more information, visit www.strattonplayers.com.
26 Friday 3:30pm–6pm. Westminster Farmers’ Market, with entertainment by Adam Zucker and Dr. B and the Homemade Band, on the town common. Visit westminsterfarmersmarket.com.
27-28 Saturday-Sunday. Sholan Farms Cream of the Crop "Macoun" weekend. Join Sholan while they unveil the finest eating apple in the region, the Macoun. For more information, visit www.sholanfarms.com.
27-28 Saturday-Sunday. Harvest Fest at Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Road, Sterling. Visit www.davisfarmland.com/dffa_wp or call 978-422-6666.
27-28 Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am-4pm. 2014 Craft Festival at Fruitlands. Fruitlands is teaming up with the Worcester Center for Crafts for the fourth year to bring you a juried craft festival. Forty of the most talented artists in New England will be selling their work under the tent at Fruitlands. For more information, visit www.fruitlands.org.
27-28 Saturday & Sunday 10am–5pm. The 16th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival, celebration of the artistic, agricultural and cultural bounty of the region at Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange. Over 100 booths featuring regional artists, farmers, and community organizations; music, performance, spoken word, and dance on solar powered stages and throughout the rolling fields and forest. Exhibitor demos, and new art and adventure activities for kids and families. Get silly with garlic games galore including the famous raw garlic-eating contest. $5 per day for adults, weekend pass $8, kids 12 and under free, free shuttle and parking. Visit garlicandarts.org.
27 Saturday. Shirley Volunteer Town-Wide Yard Sale, starting at the center, one mile north of Exit 36 off Route 2. Families throughout town have cleaned out their cellars and attics! The Shirley Volunteer newspapers will be available free on Wednesday, September 24 at the Johnny Appleseed Visitors Center, and in Shirley, Thursday, September 25 at Hazen Memorial Library and True Value Hardware. Get a map and start treasure-hunting! Rain date Sunday, Sept. 28.

27 Saturday 9am–2pm. Rummage Sale at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 26 West St., Leominster. (next to the library). Children’s, women’s, and men’s clothing. Rain or shine. Call 978-534-5164.
27 Saturday 9am-5pm. Johnny Appleseed Festival. Downtown Leominster. Enjoy a family day filled with music, food, games, and the Best Pizza Contest! Events at Monument Park, City Hall, and Main Street, Leominster. Free admission. Evening concert 6:30pm-10:30pm at City Hall. Rain date September 28th.
27 Saturday 9am-5pm. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines … and come to the Second Annual Vintage Small Engine, Tractor, Car and Truck Show on the historic Common in Templeton, Mass. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 28. This event, which is fun for the whole family, is co-hosted by the Central Massachusetts Steam, Gas and Machinery Association to benefit the Narragansett Historical Society of Templeton, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary. An added attraction this year is The Thousand Acre (Swamp) Band, made possible by a grant from the Templeton Arts Council. The performance will include early jazz, old blues, vintage pop, and standards from the 1920s through the 1940s. Named after the Thousand Acre Swamp in the Quabbin, Mass., the band is led by Stephen Babineau. The historical society’s museum will be open for tours. Hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks and soft drinks will be available. So come and have some fun, get out in the sun, and “ooh and ah” at some fantastic machinery.
27 Saturday 9:30am-11:30am. Youth Garden "Workout" at Tower Hill. Included with Admission. Free for members. Join us as we work outside in the Youth garden to celebrate Take A Child Outside week. Get your hands dirty as we dig for potatoes, harvest some vegetables and empty the compost bin. Even now as the garden is winding down there is still work to be done. See what is still growing and learn about composting for the garden next spring. A snack will be provided and well finish with a garden-inspired craft. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
27 Saturday 10am-noon. Apples, Apples, Apples at Tower Hill. Member: $60., Non-member: $80. Apples aren't just for eating! They have played an important role in Harvest and Winter celebrations for at least two thousand years.. Learn apple history, folklore and magical traditions. Watch a demonstration of apple pomanders and apple cinnamon ornaments, then make an apple candle and a fresh Autumn Apple Potpourri to enjoy at home. Recipe and craft handouts included. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
27 Saturday 10am–4pm. Blacksmith Art & Music Festival at Riverfront Park, Boulder Drive, Fitchburg. Formerly known as the Fitchburg Forge In, this festival is in its 11th year, showcasing blacksmiths of all skills competing against one another. Enjoy music, workshops for families and kids, and more. Visit fitchburgforgein.com.
27 Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm. Second Annual Vintage Small Engine, Tractor, Car and Truck Show; The Common, Templeton Center (Rts. 2A and 101, off Exit 21 of Rt. 2) Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines … and head to the show on the historic Common in Templeton. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 28. This event, which is fun for the whole family, is co-hosted by the Central Massachusetts Steam, Gas and Machinery Association to benefit the Narragansett Historical Society of Templeton, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary. An added attraction this year is The Thousand Acre (Swamp) Band, performing early jazz, old blues, vintage pop, and standards from the 1920s through the 1940s. Named after the Thousand Acre Swamp in the Quabbin reservoir area, the band is led by Stephen Babineau. The historical society’s museum will be open for tours. Hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks and soft drinks will be available. Have some fun, get out in the sun, and “ooh and ah” at some fantastic machinery. For more information, visit narragansetthistoricalsociety.org.
27 Saturday 10:30am. Fitness Concepts and the Gardner Ale House get Octoberfest running with Run for a Beer! This 5K takes you on a challenging jaunt through the streets of Gardner! Taking off from Fitness Concepts, runners head toward downtown Gardner through the cheers of supporters, turning up hill leading to Memorial Park turning right for a quick downhill into the Octoberfest festivities that await at the Gardner Ale House! Click here for more information.
27 Saturday 11am-11pm. Oktoberfest "Party In The Street" at Gardner Ale House. EVENTS INCLUDE Run For A Beer: Tapping of the Oktoberfest Keg, Chair Luge 2pm, World's Largest Chicken Dance, First Ever DIRNDL Contest: Ladies Get Your Dirndls On! 4 Bands: Willie J Laws, Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers, Melanie & The Blue Shots, A Fine Connection. And All of Downtown Gardner is celebrating the Oktoberfest too, for the first time. All the way up the street! Kids' stuff, food, music, everywhere you look! For more information, visit www.gardnerale.com.
27 Saturday 1pm-4pm. Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Free day at the Gardner Museum. For more information, visit www.gardnermuseuminc.com.
27 Saturday 7:15pm–10:30 pm. Gardner Contra Dance at Fraternal Order of Eagles, 71 City Hall Ave., Gardner. Social mixer/dance to traditional jigs and reels, with a caller. All ages & abilities welcome! No need to bring a partner. Live Music! Simple, easy to learn dance patterns. Please bring clean suitable dancing shoes. Cost, $8 per person, $5 students. Contact Terry Dattolo, 978-407-6217 or see facebook.com/GardnerContraDances.
27 Saturday 8pm. Geoff Muldaur at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley.
28 Sunday 4pm. Historic Piano Concert at Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main St., Ashburnham. Pianist Amira Acre Performs works by Franz Liszt on the 1868 Streicher of Vienna piano from The Frederick Collection of Historical Grand Pianos. Admission, $10, children and students free. Call 978-827-6232.
28 Sunday 6:30pm. Swing Dance and Lessons at the Leominster Elks, 134 N. Main St., Leominster, with the Retro Polatin Band. Beginner jitterbug swing group lessons at 6:30, swing dance at 7:30. Admission, $14. Visit dance2swing.com or call 978-263-7220.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Art in the Park 2014

Turnip & Radishes by Robin Frisella

The Monadnock Area Artists Association will present its 57th annual Art in the Park, Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., at Ashuelot River Park, West St., Keene NH. 85 New England artists, who work in a wide variety of media, will be exhibiting and selling their work in this beautiful setting. Refreshments will be available, and musical performances will be provided by the Keene Music Festival. Free admission. Contact information: 603-357-4382. www.monadnockareaartists.org. For more information on Robin Frisella please visit her website at www.robinfrisella.com



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