October 12, 13, 14, 2018
12, 13, 14, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Theatre at the Mount presents Neil Simon’s Rumors, 8:00 p.m. Fri and Sat.; 2:00 Sunday, 444 Green St., Gardner MA – The action is set in a large home just outside of New York City. As the guests arrive to celebrate the tenth wedding anniversary of the deputy mayor and his wife, they find he is in bed with a gunshot wound and she is missing, and so if the kitchen staff. The story gets bigger, weirder, and more hysterical with each arriving guest in a frothy mix of cover-ups, deceptions, and mistaken identities. It’s what Neil Simon does best, creating great characters and making the mundane…insane! For tickets visit mwcc.edu.
12, 13 Friday and Saturday – 35thAnnual AppleFest at Wachusett Mountain, 10:00-5:00, Our most popular fall festival celebration including over 150 craft exhibitors, a farmer’s market, kids entertainment, and peak fall foliage viewing from the SkyRide. Also enjoy live music, Apple Pie Baking and Eating Contests, and more family entertainment. Coming from Boston? Take the Free Shuttle service from Boston! For a list of vendors and a schedule of events visit wachusett.com.
13, Saturday – Ashburnham Conservation Trust presents, Moose Jam 2018! 2:00-6:00, at The Fitchburg Sportsmen’s Club, Rt. 289 Rindge State Rd., (Rt. 119), Ashburnham – Performances by The Darlings, featuring Johnny Girouard; Honky Tonk Hangover, and Jane Fallon. Cornhole tournaments, raffles, snacks, cash bar, and more. Free Parking. For tickets and more information visit ashburnhamconservationtrust.org.
12, 13, 14, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Weekends at the Farm at Hollis Hills – Friday, 7:00-10:00 p.m., Evan Foisy performs; Saturday from 2:00-5:00, The Maniac Loves You performs, and Sunday from 12:00-3:00 Sean Daley performs. Along with live music there will be PYO apples and pumpkins, homemade cider donuts, bar and kitchen, and a whole lot more! For more information visit hollishillsfarm.com.
12, 13, Friday and Saturday – Athol Lions Club presents the 20thAnnual Haunted Hayrides, 5:45-10:00 p.m., Silver Lake Playground, Pequoig Ave., Athol, MA –Family-friendly, tractor-pulled hayrides around the perimeter of Silver Lake to view various Halloween-themed skits put on by Club members and other volunteers. It is one of the Athol Lions Club’s major FUNdraisers held during the year to support various local charities and causes. Food and beverages will be for sale. For more information visit e-clubhouse.org.
12, 13, 14, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – Great Pumpkin Nights at the Ecotarium! 6:00-9:00 p.m., 222 Harrington Way, Worcester MA -Celebrate Halloween at the EcoTarium’s annual family-friendly Great Pumpkin Festival! Wander the EcoTarium grounds to see striking funkin displays of dinosaurs, safari animals and more. Inside, enjoy the museum’s fascinating exhibits while also getting to trick-or-treat. Don’t forget your costume!
Friendly Halloween costumes are encouraged! Bring a flashlight to light your way at night and be sure to dress for the weather. This event takes place rain or shine.
Proceeds benefit EcoTarium. No passes, coupons, or discounts, including the EBT program, apply. Great Pumpkin Festival is a special event to support the museum. For tickets and more information visit ecotarium.org.
13, Saturday – Peak into Peterborough 2018, The Monadnock Region’s Quintessential Fall Festival! 10:00-4:00, Downtown Peterborough, NH – Horse-drawn Hay Rides, Live Music in Putnam Park, Food and Crafter’s Fair in Memorial Park, and a whole lot more! For a list of vendors and more information visit peterboroughchamber.com.
12, 13, Friday and Saturday - Old Sturbridge Village Apple and Agriculture Days, 9:30-4:00 - Celebrate the harvest and the beautiful New England autumn at the peak of fall color. Learn how food makes its way from the farm to the dining room table. Meet our oxen and see multiple guest teams (October 6 – 8 only) demonstrate plowing and field preparation.
Join our costumed interpreters as they harvest apples, potatoes, carrots, and beets, conduct garden, and root cellar tours and discuss food preparation, thresh and winnow grain, and shell corn and beans. One of the most popular items of the fall harvest is apples. In New England, cider making is to autumn what maple sugaring is to spring. However, 19th-century farmers would not recognize the sweet cider we enjoy from farm stands today. Cider in the 1800s was not merely the apple juice, but was fermented “squeezings” from apples, which meant the cider would keep through the spring planting, summer heat and into the harvesting of the next apple season. Throughout the day, our interpreters will be cooking and preserving this special fall fruit and operating the ox-powered Cider Mill. For more information visit osv.org.
14, Sunday – A Celebration of Cider and Music at Old Sturbridge Village, 11:00-4:00, This year Old Sturbridge Village is pleased to announce its first Celebration of Cider and Music Festival. Building on our popular craft beer festival in July, we plan to showcase hard cider as part of our fall . Along with these tastings we will feature several musical acts at multiple stages throughout the event. With paid admission (or an active membership or season pass) to Old Sturbridge Village our guests (who are 21 and older and have shown a valid ID) will be given coupons to sample offerings (2 oz. pour) from 6 of their favorite ciders participating at the festival. They will also have the opportunity to purchase additional sample tickets (6 for $7) or full pours ($7) of each of the ciders featured in the festival. Those with free passes to the Village may purchase sample tickets for $7. While guests enjoy the ciders and tunes they can also tour our historic village learning the importance of cider in early New England and visit our working 19th-century cider mill. For more information visit osv.org.
11, 12, 13, 14, Thursday-Sunday - Brattleboro Literary Festival, 2018, 9:00-6:00, - Brattleboro Literary Festival is a 4-day event held in downtown Brattleboro VT. This event is a celebration of those who read books, those who write books, and of the books themselves. The Festival includes readings, panel discussions, and special events, featuring emerging and established authors. For a schedule of events visit brattleboroliteraryfestival.org.
14, Sunday – Frederick Piano Collection presents Stephen Porter on Piano, 4:00 p.m., Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main St., Ashburnham – Mr. Porter will be performing Spirituel, the Music of Franz Liszt (1811-1886). For tickets and more information visit frederickcollection.org.