Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ghost Light Players present Rabbit Hole March 20-22, 2015


Ghost Light Players presents Rabbit Hole, by David Lindsay-Abaire this weekend, March 20-22, 2015 at the First Church in Marlborough, 37 High St., Marlborough MA. 

Rabbit Hole is the story of Becca and Howie, who have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. 

For tickets and more information visit their website at www.ghostlightplayers.com.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

March 2015


Seamus Pender and Eileen Moore Quinn


Four Leaf Clovers, Leprechauns, a Pot of Gold, the Color Green. Yes, we are talking St. Patrick's Day in Appleseed Country this year! We have tons o' fun gong on. Check out some of the events below.

How about Five Days of festivities? Friday the 13th to Tuesday the 17th, it's Gardner Ale House's Five Days of St. Patrick. Corned Beef Melt, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Steak & Stout Pie, Irish Whiskeys, Irish Coffee, Long Ireland, Irish Brunch Buffet from 9am-1pm. For more information, visit www.gardnerale.com.

Have you ever seen Irish dancing? It's pretty unique. On Thursday, March 12th at 6 p.m. check out the Celebration of St. Patrick’s Day with the Irish American Step Dancers at the Gardner Museum, 26 Pearl St., Gardner. Reception at 6, program at 7. Admission $3. Limited seating; call 978-632-3277 to reserve.

On Saturday March 14 it's the 39th Annual Leprechaun Parade and Convention, Clinton MA. Pipers, dancers, raffles, live Irish rebel music, corned beef and cabbage dinner, and a bit of libation. The parade steps off at noon from the Elks Lodge on School Street so get there early for proper nourishment. After a wee-bit of a march, the Convention convenes at 12:30pm. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/TheWeePeople.

And where is all that corned beef? On Saturday the 14th from 4pm-8pm, it's the St. Patrick's Day Dinner/Dance at the Fitchburg Senior Center, 14 Wallace Ave. Traditional corn beef and cabbage dinner catered by Sean Patrick's. Dinner will be buffet style from 4-7. $15 tickets available at city hall and the senior center and must be purchased by March 6th. Music provided by the Sons of Blarney. Cash bar and raffles. Take out available. And on Sunday the 15th from 3pm-5pm, it's The British American Club Corn Beef & Cabbage Dinner, 1 Simond Road, Fitchburg. Open to the Public. Eat-in or Take-outs available. $9.00 per person. Some other great dinner options include Sean Patrick's Restaurant in Lunenburg and The Old Timer Irish Restaurant in Clinton.

And how about some music? Séamus Pender and Eileen Moore Quinn will be playing at McNally’s Grille in Westminster on Sunday, March 15 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. www.mcnallysgrille.net.


On Tuesday the 17th at 6:30pm, it's the St. Patrick’s Day Irish Music Program at the Forbush Memorial Library, 118 Main St., Westminster. Visit forbushlibrary.org.
We hope you enjoy your time in Appleseed Country this St. Patrick's Day!

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.