Thursday, February 5, 2015

What's Happening Feb. 6, 7, 8, 2015

Floral arrangement at Tower Hill Botanical Garden

Whether you want to play in the snow, or stay warm inside, there is a lot happening in our area this weekend to satisfy just about everyone. Check out the list below which includes a dinner theatre at the Old Mill, free snow-shoeing or cross country skiing at Saima Park, fabulous guitarist at the Bull Run, and a floral arranging class at Tower Hill.  If you have cabin fever, this weekend you might just find the cure and have some fun!

6 Friday 1pm. Talk and Book-Signing at Tower Hill. Join Jan Johnsen, author of Heaven is a Garden, for a talk and learn new ways to create a place of peace and contentment outdoors. Free with admission. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
6 Friday 6pm-8pm. Leominster Art Center & Gallery First Friday Event, free & open to the public! Artist of the month-Amy Vaillancourt. Live music by Local Musician-Ricky Hillson. Visit www.leominsterartcenter.com for more information.
6 Friday 7pm. Fundraiser for New Player's Theater guild at Studio Q - 509 Electric Avenue, Fitchburg. Instructor Julie Quirk has offered her time to teach ZUMBA at her studio. As this is a fundraiser, the hour long class will cost $20. Girls and women aged 12 to 100 are welcome.
6 Friday 7pm. Dinner Theater Mystery Comedy at the Old Mill: Gangsters in Love. Dinner and Show - $40 per person. Please call 978-874-5941 for tickets and reservations. Cash Bar Available. For more information, visit www.1761oldmill.com.
6 Friday 7:30pm. GALA Coffee House, A Night Out. Acoustic Music & Song. The next show will feature Cosmic Moxa. This is an alcohol free event. Refreshments will be available. 205 School Street, Gardner. All are welcome! $5 donation at the door. Facility is wheelchair accessible.
6 Friday 8pm. Albert Lee Band at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley. Eric Clapton called Albert Lee, “The greatest guitarist in the world.” Known for his lightning speed playing, Albert has played with some of the biggest names in the business. Albert is just plain stunning live.
7 Saturday 11am-noon. Floral Arrangement at Tower Hill. Learn the fundamentals with floral designer Marisa McCoy. Free with admission. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
7 Saturday 10am-2pm. Let it snow! Depending on snow conditions, our ski trails will be open FREE to the public. Cross country ski or snowshoe. (A limited supply of ski equipment will be available on a first-come basis.) Refreshments for sale. Saima Park, 67 Scott Rd., Fitchburg. For more information visit www.saima-park.org.
7 Saturday 10am-3pm. Get to know Petersham’s landscapes and its unique history during this snowshoe hike of The Trustees of Reservation’s Swift River Reservation (SRR). Noted local naturalist and historian, Bob Clark, will provide fascinating insights to the property and its history! Children are welcome! Morning Hike, Bonfire Lunch (Bring your own lunch to enjoy around the fire!), and an Afternoon Hike. For more information, contact Dick O’Brien at 978-537-2377.
7 Saturday 1pm. Keepsake Annuals at Tower Hill. Learn about the best old-fashioned annuals with Barbara Pierson of White Flower Farm. Free with admission. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
7 Saturday 2pm-4pm. Valentines Day Card Making with Deana Mezoued at Leominster Art Center. Visit www.leominsterartcenter.com for more information.
7 Saturday 8pm. Rory Block, five time Blues Music Award winner, at the Bull Run. For more information, visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.
8 Sunday 1pm-4pm. Wildlife Tracking with David Brown at Northfield Mountain. For ages 16 and older. Fee: $18 with snowshoe rentals. Pre-register by calling 800-859-2960. Join author and tracker, David Brown for an afternoon delving into the art of wildlife tracking. This program will take place snow or no snow and if we are open for skiing, snowshoes are required. Bring water, snacks, wear wind pants or gaiters and dress in warm layers that can be shed as we get moving. Warm footwear is essential.

Beating the Winter Blues


Sunday, January 18, 2015

What's Happening January 23, 2015


On Friday, January 23, John McEuen performs at the Bull Run Restaurnt in Shirley. Don't miss the opportunity to see this great artist. Visit the Bull Run's website for ticket information: www.bullrunrestaurant.com.

A founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1966, John McEuen brings with him 48 years of worldwide performing with his banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. Often referred to as ‘the String Wizard’, he weaves stories of his travels and family life (he has raised 7 kids), taking us where his musical path has taken him.
In 1972 John instigated what Rolling Stone called “The most important record to come out of Nashville” and what the 2004 ZAGAT survey called “the most important record in country music” – "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," (inducted into the Library of Congress as "one of America’s most important recordings"). John has made over 40 albums that have earned 4 platinum and 5 gold recognitions. He has earned Emmy nominations, Grammy Awards, CMA acclaim, The Western Heritage Award, IBMA record of the year and many other accolades.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Yule


So the shortest day came,
And the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the
Snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing, behind us - listen!
All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This shortest day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends, and hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now - 
This year and every year.
Welcome Yule!

~Susan Cooper

Thursday, December 11, 2014

December 12, 13, 14 Events

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Here is a list of events happening in our area this weekend, including the Glenn Miller Orchestra performing In the Christmas Mood at Fitchburg State University on Saturday, December 13, at 7:00 p.m. For more information visit www.fitchburgstate.edu.
12-14 Friday & Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm. A Christmas Homecoming at the NPTG Center for the Performing Arts, 15 Rollstone St., Fitchburg. The New Players Theater Guild presents a classic homecoming event showcasing iconic Christmas music. Repeats Dec. 19-21. Tickets $15, $12 senior/student. Call 978-345-6570.
12-14 Friday-Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm. Amahl and the Night Visitors at Barre Players. A Christmas Musical by Gian Carlo Menotti. Directed by Sandy Pickens.    Musical Direction by Julie Rawson. The story of a poor, but imaginative young boy and his mother, who are visited one night by three Kings on their way to Bethlehem to give gifts of frankincense, myrrh and gold to the newborn King.  They ask to stay the night. The mother, having nothing to give them to eat, sends Amahl out to call the shepherds and shepherdesses to bring food, gifts and the entertainment of dance.  After the excitement, the mother, Amahl and the Kings settle down for the night.  But, the mother is tempted by the gold and reaches for it, only to be attacked by the Page.  When Amahl sees this, he attacks the attacker.  All is well when both the mother and Amahl want to know more about this King the Kings seek.  Amahl wants desperately to send a gift to this King and offers his most important possession - his crutch.  When he does that, he finds himself able to walk.  “...I walk Mother, I walk Mother". For more information, visit barreplayers.homestead.com.
12-14 Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie at Stratton Players. The 20th century's most popular writer brings her personal favorite character to life in this adaption of the novel. When a murder is announced in the tiny English village of Chipping Cleghorn, most people assume it's simply an excuse for a party. But this party turns deadly when the crasher turns up dead! It's up to kindly innocent spinster Jane Marple to solve the most baffling case of her career.  Directed by John Williams, tickets $15. For more information, visit www.strattonplayers.com.
12 Friday 8pm. Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds at the Bull Run Restaurant. One of the earliest of British blues bands, SAVOY BROWN (with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm) helped launch the UK blues/rock movement that paved the way for such acts as Led Zeppelin, becoming part of the framework that launched the rock and roll music of the 1970’s.  For more information, visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.
13-14 Saturday & Sunday 11am-4pm. Living Gift Market at Heifer Farm, 216 Wachusett St., Rutland. What do you buy the person who has everything? How about a goat, a llama or a water buffalo? At Heifer International’s Living Gift Market, learn how sponsoring animals like these can provide food and income for hungry families. You get a handsome card to give and a hungry family gets hope. Take pictures with the animals and purchase gifts from around the world in our fair-trade Shop@Heifer. Enjoy hot cocoa and cider, make gingerbread animal cookies and warm yourself by a bonfire. Admission: Canned goods which will be donated to a local food bank. Visit heifer.org/farm.
13 Saturday noon-6pm. Clearview Farm Christmas Festival. Free Admission. For more information, visit www.clearviewfarmstand.com.
13 Saturday 3pm. 6th annual Pink the Rink fundraiser at Cushing Academy, 39 School St., Ashburnham. Games feature Cushing Varsity Girls’ Hockey vs. Exeter at 3pm and Cushing Boys’ Varsity Hockey vs. Exeter at 4:30pm. We’ll have t-shirts and other great merchandise, a 50/50 and fabulous raffle prizes. Proceeds to benefit Dana-Farber and the Robin Cook Milligan Inflammatory Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.
13 Saturday 7pm. In the Christmas Mood with the Glenn Miller Orchestra at Fitchburg State University’s Weston Auditorium. With its celebration of swing and jazz, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. Coupled with traditional, holiday jingles like Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells and Let it Snow they will surely get you In the Christmas Mood. Featuring an ensemble of 18 musicians, this holiday concert spectacular brings the season to life with timeless sound and iconic melodies of Miller’s unmistakable music. Tickets: $28 adults, $5 students. www.fitchburgstate.edu.
13 Saturday 7:30pm. Music for the Season at The Boulder Coffeehouse, 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.
13 Saturday 8pm. Bill Kirchen at the Bull Run. For more information, visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.
14 Sunday 8am-1pm. Breakfast and Pictures with Santa at Hollis Hill Farm, 340 Marshall Hill Rd., Fitchburg. Come for their Farm to Table breakfast including pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, and lots of toppings from 8am-1pm. Bring a canned or non perishable food item to be entered to win a Hollis Hill gift certificate and gift basket.
14 Sunday 10am-1pm. Breakfast with Santa at the Bootlegger Restaurant, 50 Mass Ave. Lunenburg. Photos with Santa as well. Call (978) 342-7711 for more information.
14 Sunday 6:30pm. Swing Dance and Lessons at the Leominster Elks, 134 N. Main St., Leominster, with Reminisce Doo Wop Group. 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.
14 Sunday 8pm. John Pizzarelli at the Bull Run. For more information, visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.



Friday, November 21, 2014

November 21, 22, 23

12th Annual Thanksgiving Harvest Festival at Red Apple Farm, Phillipston MA
Here is a list of events happening this weekend in our area including the 12th Annual Thanksgiving Harvest Festival at Red Apple Farm in Phillipston MA on Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23.

19-22 Wednesday & Thursday 6pm; Friday & Saturday 7:30pm; Sunday 2pm. The Importance of Being Earnest at the Wallace Theater for the Performing Arts at McKay Complex, Fitchburg State University. Free admission. See Nov. 12-16 listing for details.
21 Friday. 4th Annual Winter Fire Celebration at Wachusett Mountain. A showing of the NEW TGR Ski Film, enjoy live music and great food, along with some outdoor fire pits and smores! A great night for the whole family! Visit www.wachusett.com for more information.
21 Friday 8:30am-noon and 1pm-4pm. Ukrainian Snowflake Eggs at the Museum of Russian Icons. ands-on art workshop decorating Ukrainian Snowflake Eggs (pysanky) for the holiday season. For more information, visit www.museumofrussianicons.org.
22-23 Saturday & Sunday 10am–4pm. 12th Annual Thanksgiving Harvest Festival at Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave., Phillipston. Come share and taste New England’s bounty, bring Thanksgiving to your home from the North Quabbin Region, and join in the X Games. $2 admission (1/2 off admission with non-perishable food donation). Visit www.redapplefarm.com.
22 Saturday. Annual Christmas Fair at the United Church in Shirley.
22 Saturday 8am-4pm. Holiday Fair: St. Bernard's Elementary, 254 Summer St., Fitchburg; Santa arrives at 9 a.m. Raffles, silent auction, games, baskets, pie sale and more.
22 Saturday 8:30am-noon and 1pm-4pm. Ukrainian Snowflake Eggs at the Museum of Russian Icons. ands-on art workshop decorating Ukrainian Snowflake Eggs (pysanky) for the holiday season. For more information, visit www.museumofrussianicons.org.
22 Saturday 9am-noon or 1pm-4pm. Animal Tracking in the Field with Sue Morse at Northfield Mountain. Join Sue for a three-hour trek through a diverse setting of woodlands and wetlands in our local Valley. She will share her extensive knowledge of our native mammals, their habits and signs. Fee: $30 Mass Audubon or Hitchcock Center Member, $38 non-members. Pre-registration required by calling the Hitchcock Center at 413-256-6006.
22 Saturday 9am-2pm. Leominster First Baptist Church, at the corner of Church and West streets, will hold its annual New England Village Fair. Bid on great gift items at the Not So Silent Auction starting at 2 p.m. Lunch will be served, and a snack bar will be available.
22 Saturday 9am-2pm. The annual Christmas Fair at the United Church of Shirley will be at 4 Lancaster Road in Shirley. The church is wheelchair accessible. Telephone (978) 425- 4065 with any questions.
22 Saturday 9am-3pm. Townsend United Methodist Church will host a Holiday Fair and tours at the church, 265 Main St., at the corner of routes 13 and 119, in Townsend Center. Tour guides will tell of the 1770 building and take visitors up into the bell tower to view the architecture and point out artifacts of early meetinghouse and church days. Children and adults will enjoy pulling the rope to ring the 1876 bell. For more information, please call (978) 597-2486.
22 Saturday 9am–3pm. Holiday Fair at Holy Cross Church, 25 Lake Ave., East Templeton. Baked goods, craft items, hand-made gifts for sale; raffles; Tea Room open all day; children’s room for Christmas shopping.
22 Saturday 9am-3pm. Holiday Craft Fair: Townsend Congregational Church, 3 Brookline St., Townsend. Santa will be available for photos, silent auction, cash raffle and more.
22 Saturday 9am-3pm. The Ladies Guild Craft Fair will be held at the Leominster Senior Center, 5 Pond St. There will be many handmade items, a Chinese auction and pizza sold at 11:30 a.m.
22 Saturday 9am-3pm. The Friends of the Conant Public Library in Sterling will welcome hundreds of shoppers to its annual juried craft fair at the First Church in Sterling, 6 Meetinghouse Hill Road, Sterling. The craft fair will host a lunch café and a bake sale. Proceeds from the craft fair will support the Library Children’s Summer Reading Program, in which about 400 Sterling children participate each year.
22 Saturday 10am–1pm. Westminster Farmers' Market is having a Holiday Market at the Senior Center American Legion Hall, Main St., Westminster (across from the library and the pharmacy). The market will have winter vegetables, fruits, and cheeses, a full array of baked goods, herbs, spices, apples and more… Check out the hand crafted gifts for family, friends, and pets. All will make your year-end holiday parties and dinners special. Come support local agriculture from 10am-1pm.
22 Saturday 10am-4pm. St. Leo School and Parish will host its annual Holiday Fair at 120 Main St. in Leominster. The day will include a free Santa’s story hour from 11 a.m. to noon, and photos with Santa from 12:30-2 p.m.
22 Saturday 11am-noon. Terrariums: Gardens Under Glass at Tower Hill. Member: $110., Non-member: $125. In this class, you will learn how to create and maintain a lush terrarium in a beautiful glass vessel from start to finish. We will also touch on the history of the terrarium from the Victorian Era to the present. All materials included. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
22 Saturday noon-6pm. Thanksgiving Festival at Clearview Farm. Free Admission. For more information, visit www.clearviewfarmstand.com.
22 Saturday 1:15pm. Boston Area Shaker Study group's annual Film Festival in Volunteers Hall of the Harvard Public Library. This is a quirky event where we see videos that feature Shaker themes and historic sites. We will have a short meeting (about 30 minutes) followed by a variety of short videos and the film “Fruitlands 1843,” written and directed by Vasiliki Katsarou. Limited to 15 people to please RSVP to 978.456.8285.
22 Saturday 4pm-6:30pm. A Free Community Skate Day will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Wallace Civic Center, 1000 John Fitch Highway, Fitchburg. Free skate rental, pizza and soda are included (first come, first serve basis). The event is being held in memory of Shelley L’Ecuyer, a longtime employee of LUK, Inc. who was dedicated to improving the lives of children and had a passion for hockey. For more information, call (800) 579-0000.
22 Saturday 6:30pm. American Legion Post 151 will host a Meat Raffle at the Leominster Veterans Center, 100 West St., Leominster. Admission is free. For more information, call (978) 728- 1384.
22 Saturday 7:15pm–10:30pm. 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.
22 Saturday 8pm. James Montgomery Band with Charlie Farren at the Bull Run Restaurant. The James Montgomery Band will be bringing down the Bull Run house as usual. And making this event an extra special night, this show includes the legendary Charlie Farren, who will, once again, be performing with former Farrenheit band member, David Hull (now in the James Montgomery Band, and formerly of the Joe Perry Project) You don't want to miss this one. For details and ticket information, visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.
23 Sunday noon-2:30pm. Thanksgiving Centerpiece at Tower Hill. Member: $75., Non-member: $90. Make a beautiful, long-lasting table arrangement in the Williamsburg tradition, combining fresh fall flowers, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seasonal berries with preserved autumn leaves. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
23 Sunday 12:30pm-4:30pm. Fabulous Family or Group Portraits Workshop at Fitchburg Art Museum. Instructor: Norm Eggert. Learn how to create a fabulous photo of your family or a group to send with your holiday cards, post on social media, or display proudly on your mantle. Bring your camera and a notebook to class. $35M, $50NM. For more information, visit www.fitchburgartmuseum.org.
23 Sunday 5:30pm-7:30pm. A Relay for Life Skating Party to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Gardner, sponsored by team Faith, Hope and Laps, will be held at Roll-On-America, 90 Duval Road (Exit 34 off Route 2), Lancaster. The cost is $3 per person or $10 for a family of up to four (one parent must be present). Skate/rollerblade/ scooter rental is an additional $4.50. Bring a canned good or other non-perishable food item and be entered to win a gift basket or gift certificate donated by local vendors; blankets will also be collected. All food items and blankets will be donated to the Gardner Community Action Committee.

23 Sunday 6:30pm. Swing Dance and Lessons at the Leominster Elks, 134 N. Main St., Leominster, with Roger Ceresi All Starz. 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.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

November 7, 8, 9

Ukrainian Snowflake Eggs at the Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton MA

Here is a list of events happening in our area this weekend, including many craft fairs, live theatre, a Craft beer tasting at Fruitlands, and a hands-on art workshop decorating Ukrainian Snowflake Eggs at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton.

7-8 Friday 4pm–8pm; Saturday 9am–6:30 pm. Pumpkin Patch Food & Craft Fair at the Leominster United Methodist Church, 77 Hall St., Leominster. Enjoy a fried chicken dinner on Friday, roast pork dinner on Saturday — and in between, a fun family fair that includes a visit from Santa from noon to 2 pm on Saturday! Visit leominsterumc.org for details.
7-9 Friday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-4pm. Autumn Joys - Standard Flower Show at Tower Hill. Enjoy color and artistry as garden club members present 60 floral designs, unique botanical arts and crafts, and educational displays. Featuring award winning specimens showing the best examples of plants grown in New England gardens and homes. - Free with regular admission. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
7-9 Friday-Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm. New Players' Theater guild presents Arsenic and Old Lace. Tickets $15 general, $12 senior/student. Call 978-345-6570 or visit www.nptg.org.
7 Friday 8:30am-noon and 1pm-4pm. Ukrainian Snowflake Eggs at the Museum of Russian Icons. Hands-on art workshop decorating Ukrainian Snowflake Eggs (pysanky) for the holiday season. For more information, visit www.museumofrussianicons.org.
7 Friday 6pm-8pm. First Friday Free event! Hosted by Leominster Art Center & Gallery. Meet artist of the month JoAnn Pellecchia & listen to music performed by Ken LeBlanc. Also, come and see the new look of the gallery and start your early Holiday Shopping! Light refreshments and good conversation are supplied. 45 Main St. Leominster.
7 Friday 8pm. Average White Band at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley. Average White Band is widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music. $56.
8-9 Saturday-Sunday. New England Orienteering Club Troll Cup, a 2-Day Orienteering Classic A-meet. Come out and see! It is a competitive sport that combines trail running with a map and compass upon predetermined courses throughout the forest. Some courses are on clearly determined trails with orange and white flagged electronic controls. If you are a beginner please start on the "White Course". For more information, click here.
8 Saturday 9am-3pm. 36th Annual Narragansett Craft Fair at Narragansett Middle School, 464 Baldwinville Rd., Baldwinville. Start your holiday shopping at this popular fair featuring craftspeople from around New England! Take a chance at the coffee can auction and big ticket raffle, enjoy lunch in the café. Free admission, but visitors are invited to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Pantry. Visit NarragansettCraftFair.com.
8 Saturday 8:30am-noon and 1pm-4pm. Ukrainian Snowflake Eggs at the Museum of Russian Icons. Hands-on art workshop decorating Ukrainian Snowflake Eggs (pysanky) for the holiday season. For more information, visit www.museumofrussianicons.org.
8 Saturday 9am-3pm. Craft Fair at the Grover Hermann Certer, 971 Main St., Lancaster. Crafters include pottery, jewelry, wood items, gift baskets, knitted items, Christmas decorations, candles, and more. Also Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, and Mary Kay. Admission is free.
8 Saturday 1pm-3pm. New Traditions for Thanksgiving at Tower Hill. Member: $35., Non-member: $45. Instructor: Liz Barbour. Learn the art of creating a Thanksgiving menu that is easy, artistic, and delicious. Liz will talk you through the best way to select your turkey: store bought or local, traditional turkey or heritage bird. She will then focus on important turkey preparation tips and demonstrate two of her favorite side dish recipes. Each recipe is designed to make your Thanksgiving preparation simple and carefree so you can enjoy feasting with your guests. Tastings included. For more information, call 508-869-6111x124.
8 Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm. Fall Leaf Rose Bouquets at Leominster Art Center. Visit www.leominsterartcenter.com for more information.
8 Saturday 3pm-5pm. Fruitlands' Second Annual Craft Beer Tasting. Taste a range of delicious New England ales and lagers from craft brewers while enjoying stunning autumn views of the Nashua River Valley and munching hors d'oeuvres from Fireside Catering of Gibbet Hill Grill. Arrive early and check out the museum. Stay later to roast marshmallows and gather around the Annual Bonfire. Members $45, Nonmembers $50, Designated Drivers $10. Hors d’oeuvres, museum admission, and bonfire included in ticket price. Must be 21 or older. For more information, visit www.fruitlands.org/beertasting.
8 Saturday 6pm. Shirley Historical Society Annual Meeting at Center Town Hall, Pot Luck Supper, and Contra Dancing Open to the public.
8 Saturday 7pm. A concert honoring Fitchburg’s historical contributions over its 250 years will take place in the Fitchburg Armory, 14 Wallace Ave. Three historical, uniformed bands of the American Revolution, Civil War and World War II will perform music ranging from Revolutionary War marches to big band. Tickets for $10 will be available at the door.
8 Saturday 8pm. Sarah Blacker at the Bull Run in Shirley. For more information, visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.
9 Sunday noon–5pm. Tenth Annual Bear Feast at the United Native American Cultural Center, 29 Antietam St., Devens (GPS use Ayer, MA). This free family-friendly event celebrates the bear going into hibernation. This is a ceremony, so women must wear a long skirt to cover their legs. The ceremony takes about an hour and a half, and the circle must not be broken. Pot luck dinner. For details, visit unacc.org.
9 Sunday 1pm-4pm. Italian Holiday Cooking at Tower Hill. Member: $35., Non-member: $45. The Holidays in an Italian family would not be complete without the traditional cookies served on large platters. The recipes are handed down from generation to generation. In this class you will learn to make, and will taste, Italian White, Chocolate Italian, Paparats (molasses spice) and Pizzelles (thin wafer) cookies. These are a few of Tosches family favorites that must be on that platter. Ciao! For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
9 Sunday 1:30pm. Gallery Talk with Silvia Lopez Chavez and Robert Gallegos at Fitchburg Art Museum. For more information, visit www.fitchburgartmuseum.org.
9 Sunday 6:30pm. Swing Dance and Lessons at the Leominster Elks, 134 N. Main St., Leominster, with The O Tones. 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.

9 Sunday 8pm. Doyle Bromhall II at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley.