Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentine's Day Weekend 2016


"Too often we underestimate the power
of a touch, a smile, 
a kind word, a listening ear, 
an honest compliment,
or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential
to turn a life around."
                                                    Leo Buscaglia 

Friday, February 5, 2016

February 6, 7, 2016



Here are some fun events happening in our area this weekend, including the Keene, NH Ice and Snow Festival.

February 6, 7

6, Saturday – Keene Ice and Snow Festival, Keene NH – 10:00 a.m-4:00 p.m. Downtown Keene. A Free Day of Family Fun is planned for Saturday, February 6, 2016 10am to 4pm Downtown Keene and Central Square. Competitions Include: -Professional and student ice carving, Snow Sculpturing, Family Activities Include: Snowman Central (Childs Craft Making),
Lil' Tot snow slide, Bonfire and s'mores, Train Ride, Fire truck display, Musical performances, Pictures with Snowman, Polar Bear & Ice Princess, and much more!!! www.monadnocktravel.com

6, 7, Saturday and Sunday, Discounts at Wachusett Mountain, Princeton, MA. Get Off The Couch! Now thru February 12th, save 15% on 3-Peat Cards and 3-Day Learn to Ski or Ride packages! Use promo code "COUCH" at checkout. www.wachusett.com

6, Saturday, Winter Carnival 4:00-7:00 p.m. Nara Park, Acton MA
A variety of activities are planned to include: Sledding & Ice Skating (BYO) "Frozen" Dance Party- Firespinner Michael Farrell - Acton Minutemen Winter Encampment - Lowell Spinners Mascot - Snow Broomball - Mix 104.5 "New Health Now" tour stop - Dunkin' Donuts Hot Chocolate and Sausage Sampling - Three Campfires - Food Vendor: Chicken on the Run Food Truck, Dean's Fried Dough & Oreo's - Activities are subject to change. Snow or no snow...it's a go! Free parking available at the upper fields parking area and lower parking lot. Free Admission http://www.acton-ma.gov/events

6, Saturday, Tower Hill presents, Cellissima, with cellists Christine Tsen and Matt Capobianco, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Classical and Celtic music with flair. Christine Tsen is a cellist and chamber musician in the Boston area who has performed both as soloist and in ensembles in America and Europe. In her experience so much of music feels like poetry, and to her one lights up the other! Matthew Capobianco holds a Master of Music with honors in Cello Performance from the Boston Conservatory and an undergraduate degree in Music Performance from the Pennsylvania State University. He has also been a member of the Grammy Award winning Albany Symphony Orchestra since 1998. Cost: free with admission – www.towerhillbg.org

6, Saturday, Winter Hiking Clinic with Jump (Just Understand My Potential), Fruitlands, Harvard, MA 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Hit the trails with educators from Just Understand My Potential (JUMP) and learn critical cold weather hiking and survival skills while enjoying nature in Fruitlands wintery woodlands. Waterproof footwear, gloves, and hats strongly recommended. Free with admission. ~ www.fruitlands.org

6,7 Saturday and Sunday, Winterfest at Fruitlands, Harvard, MA 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. Winter at Fruitlands means outdoor fun and adventure! Bring your sleds, snowshoes, and cross- country skis for some high-energy fun as you explore our snow-covered hills and woodland trails. If you prefer a little quiet contemplation and reflection, make a visit to the Art Gallery to view a selection of objects from the permanent collections or visit our special exhibition: Hidden Hudson. Whatever your preference, hot chocolate and a toasty fire will help to keep you warm this winter season! Admission: Members FREE, Nonmembers $5/person www.fruitlands.org

7, Sunday – Tower Hill presents Harpist,  Rebecca Swett - 3:00-4:00 p.m. Local musician Rebecca Swett inspires listeners with a range of Broadway tunes and classical selections. Her career experiences include performances with orchestras for the Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme concert, the Russian Symphony Orchestra, the exclusive Admirals Cove in Jupiter, and Mar a Lago in Palm Beach. Cost: free with admission ~ www.towerhillbg.org


7, Sunday – Peterborough Players presents Willliam Shakespear’s Coriolanus, on-screen in brilliant HD Digital projection and Dolby Surround Sound. 1:00 p.m.
Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, Coriolanus features an Evening Standard Award-winning performance from Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse (film), BBC’s The Hollow Crown) in the title role, directed by the Donmar Warehouse’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke. When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. $20.00 adults, $15 students. www.pterboroughplayers.org






Tuesday, January 19, 2016

January 23, 24, 2016



Snowshoeing at Fruitlands

Have fun indoors or outdoors this weekend! 

23, 24, Saturday and Sunday- Winterfest at Fruitlands – 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Winter at Fruitlands means outdoor fun and adventure! Bring your sleds, snowshoes, and cross country skis for some high-energy fun as you explore our snow-covered hills and woodland trails. If you prefer a little quiet contemplation and reflection, make a visit to the Art Gallery to view a selection of objects from the permanent collections or visit our special exhibition Hidden Hudson. Whatever your preference, hot chocolate and a toasty fire will help to keep you warm this winter season! Cost: Members Free, Nonmembers $5/person 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard MA – fruitlands.org

23, 24 Saturday, Sunday,  Windblown is open! Welcome to Southern New Hampshire’s Premier Cross Country Ski Area. Since 1972 skiers from all over New England have been returning each year to ski their favorite trails at Windblown. Here in what Thoreau called “The Front Range”, on the beautiful high terrain at the gateway to the Monadnock Region, you will find 40 kilometers of trails with a variety to please every member of your family. We take special care to provide exceptional grooming, the highest quality rental skis and snowshoes, and a family-friendly handcrafted Base Lodge with healthy food and pleasant wood-heated spaces. We hope you take the short drive to discover our scenic trails that undulate and curve with rhythms and landscapes that say, “Ski me one more time”, 1180 Turnpike Rd., New Ipswich NH 603-878-2869, The Lodge and Trails are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. when the snow conditions permit. Rentals and lessons are available and our Café is fully open with hearty soups, chili, sandwiches, drinks and snacks. Most trails are freshly groomed each morning. Rates vary ~ www.windblownxc.com

23, Saturday - Snowshoeing for Families at Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. If you can walk, you can snowshoe! We'll teach you how to use snowshoes and practice in our field before heading out onto the trails. We will teach you how to look for signs of wildlife as we enjoy the beauty of the sanctuary in winter! If Mother Nature does not provide us with enough snow, we will go for a hike. Bring your own snowshoes or rent them for an additional $2 per pair. Please wear boots and other clothing appropriate for winter. Hot chocolate and coffee will be available. 414 Massasoit Ave., Worcester. For ages 5 and older. For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087. Cost: $6 Adult Members, $8 Adult Nonmembers, $3 Child Members, $4 Child Nonmembers – massaudubon.org

23, Saturday, Pot Et Fleur at Tower Hill Botanical Garden, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - Betsy Williams will lead the session on planting a lovely winter garden to grow indoors while you are waiting for the garden to grow outdoors! Combine potted plants with fresh cut flowers in a decorative container. With proper care, the plants will last for many months and the fresh flowers can be replaced when desired. Please bring floral scissors and an apron to class. Plants, flowers, container and mechanics will be supplied by the instructor. 11 French Dr., Boylston MA, 774-230-7153,  http://www.towerhillbg.org

23 Saturday – Full Moon Family Adventure, Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, 99 Millers Falls Road, Northfield, MA – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  - Join Northfield Mountain staff for a fun, family adventure by the light of the moon. Learn how to navigate like nocturnal creatures, pretend to be predators sneaking up on prey and learn about the shocking scientific mysteries rolled up in Wintergreen Lifesavers! A cup of cocoa and snacks around our wood stove will warm us on our return to the Center. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Bring water; wear lightweight waterproof pants, warm socks and dress in warm layers that can be shed as we get moving. If we are open for skiing, snowshoes are required. Warm footwear is essential. All levels of experience are welcome. The program meets inside the cozy, pellet-stove heated yurt behind the Visitor Center. Please call to pre-register at 1-800-859-2960. For ages 7 and older. gdfsuezna.com

23, Saturday - Mechanics Hall Winter Holiday Soiree - 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. An evening of dinner and dancing for small-office staff, families, colleagues, or friends. Come and enjoy a holiday party without having to plan it! $45.00 per person. 508-752-0888 mechanicshall.org.

23, Saturday – Comedy Show at Wachusett Mountain. 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  - Join us in our new Maple Room for dinner, a cash bar and a hilarious comedy show! "Raging Parent" is an act that deals with the comedic ironies of raising kids, being married and getting old. Focusing attention on finding the humor and meaning in being a parent as the kids grow from infants to adults. Dinner from 6:30-7:30pm * Show starts at 8pm, Tickets: $45 per person
Includes: a buffet dinner, cash bar and comedy show. Only 100 tickets available, act fast! Open seating, recommended ages 18+ wachusett.com

23, Saturday – 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. - The Bull Run in Shirley presents, AfterFab: The Beatles Solo Years AfterFab is America’s only tribute to the solo years of all four Beatles and their unique concept has fans buzzing. The genius of The Beatles didn’t stop with Abbey Road, and AfterFab brings the brilliant solo careers of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr to life with high energy and high fidelity to the original recordings. Over 70 hit singles and numerous iconic tracks compose one of the best-loved classic-rock canons ever, from Band on the Run and It Don’t Come Easy to Imagine, What Is Life and dozens more.
Cost: $20 advance; $24 day of show, Website: http://tickets.bullrunrestaurant.com/AfterFab
E-mail:bullrungeorge@gmail.com, Phone: 978-425-4311 – 215 Great Rd., Shirley MA


Monday, January 18, 2016

Winter 2016


"There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself." 
                                                                                       ~ Ruth Stout

Thursday, October 15, 2015

October 16, 17, 18



Fun events happening in our area this weekend:

October 16, 17, 18

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Theatre at the Mount presents Godspell (performed at Monty Tech), Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. 1050 Westminster Street, Fitchburg, MA - Stories of the Bible are brought to life through mime, music, song, and dance in a brand new, up-to-date musical circus! Enjoy all the good gifts in this exuberant, rocking, rolling, and riveting musical. Come sing about love!
Cost: $22.00, Seating will be on a first come, first served basis. http://www.mwcc.edu/tam, Phone: 978-630-9388

Saturday, Sunday, The Publick House 26th Annual Harvest Festival and Scarecrow Contest, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sturbridge Town Common, Main Street, The 26th Annual Harvest Festival on the Sturbridge Town Common and grounds of the Publick House Historic Inn is a family fun tradition. The event includes countless local crafters, artisans, specialty food vendors and farm fresh harvests. The Publick House's Scarecrow Contest is a perennial favorite. Festival hours are 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sunday. Returning Fest Favorites: On Saturday, savor seasonal sensations from the regions non-profit organizations in the big tent and learn more about the vital services they provide for our neighbors and us. On Sunday, The Chefs of the Community take over the big tent offering their specialties and more delectable tastes of the fall season. Take a horse drawn carriage ride around the common (weather permitting). Live music and magic on both days. Check the website for details. Cost: Free Admission & Parking – www.publickhouse.com.

Saturday, Sunday, 32nd Annual Applefest at Wachusett Mountain,
10 a.m.–5 p.m., 499 Mountain Road, Princeton MA, Our most popular fall festival, AppleFest features over 75 Craft Fair & Farmers' Market Booths, Family Entertainment, Scenic Foliage Skyrides to the Summit, Mountainside Barbecue, Pony Rides, Clowns, Climbing Wall, Jugglers & Magicians for the Kids. Applefest will once again feature an Oktoberfest Celebration complete with authentic German cuisine, a multitude of tasty beers in the Beer Garden and LIVE music.
Cost: Advance: Adults $11, Kids (ages 6-12) $6 At door: Adults $14, Kids (ages 6-12) $9 – www.wachusett.com.

Saturday, Sunday - KAT – Keene Art Tour – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
Fall is for art tours in our neck of the woods and you want to be sure not to miss out on the upcoming Keene Art Tour on October 17th and 18th. This compact little tour is something special featuring the fine artists and craftsmen who live and work in Keene, New Hampshire. Tour goers will get a rare peek into the creative work spaces of our local talent–in downtown studios and tucked away in little neighborhoods in spaces you might never have known were there. Much of the tour can be seen on foot or bike and there is a bit of something for everyone from paintings and pottery to jewelry and fiber arts. So grab a friend and come visit your local artists. Take away a one-of-kind treasure as a keepsake or get a jump in your holiday shopping. www.keenearttour.com.


Thursday, October 8, 2015

October 9, 10, 11 12, 2015

Milford Pumpkin Festival, Milford NH

Another fun filled weekend awaits those looking for fall festivals, artisan shows, ski swap, live theatre, apple tasting, and other outdoor fun!

Thursday – Sunday, Wachusett Mountain’s 25th Annual Columbus Day Sale and Swap and Family Fun Days - Our annual equipment extravaganza! Bring in your used equipment to sell for cash or Wachusett Credit, then buy new equipment with the cash or credit you just earned! This is the perfect chance to upgrade your gear for the coming winter. No equipment to sell? That's OK too, we bring in local retailers equipment and gear as well so there are great deals for everyone whether you're looking for new or used items! Want a little more than just a shopping trip? Join us for a Scenic Summit SkyRide and grab lunch at our Mountainside BBQ! Family Fun Days, Saturday, Sunday & Monday
12pm-4pm, Come shop our sale and enjoy a family-friendly outing all at the same time! We'll have tons of activities, including a moonwalk, face painting, volleyball, field games and more! Take a ride on our famous Scenic Summit SkyRide*
and enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch*! SKYRIDE SCHEDULE: Friday 3-6pm, Saturday, Sunday & Monday 10am-5pm, BBQ SCHEDULE: Friday 1pm-8pm (Starbuck's Only), Saturday, Sunday & Monday 12pm-5pm. LIVE MUSIC!
12:30-3:30pm
Saturday, Sunday & Monday - For more information visit wachusett.com

Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 26th Annual Milford Pumpkin Festival, Union Square, Milford NH - Attracting over 35,000 people from the region, the Milford Great Pumpkin Festival is held each year in the fall. Featured are some of the largest pumpkins in New Hampshire on display, musicians and entertainers, food, crafts and lots of events for kids. Other events and activities include: kids can make their own scarecrows, face painting on the Community House Lawn and live music on two stages. If you’re feeling hungry for soup, hot cider, doughnuts, waffles or smoked ribs, there is no shortage of food!! 5:30pm to 9:00pm Friday and 9:30am to 9:00pm on Saturday and 9:30am till 4:30pm on Sunday. www.milfordpumpkinfestival.org.

Friday, Saturday, Theatre at the Mount presents the musical, Godspell (performed at Monty Tech) 8:00 p.m. Stories of the Bible are brought to life through mime, music, song and dance in a brand-new, up-to-date musical circus! Enjoy all the good gifts in this exuberant, rocking, rolling and riveting musical. Come sing about love! Tickets $22.00, Performances held at Monty Tech, 1050 Westminster Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis. www.mwcc.mass.edu/tam, Phone: 978-630-9388

Saturday, Hey Day 2015 at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton MA - Join in for farm-related demonstrations, exhibits, and hands-on activities for people of all ages including cider pressing, hayrides, canoeing, spectacular art show and sale presented by Princeton Arts Society, local produce and home baked goods, local crafters and vendors, mini-maze, farm animals, pumpkin painting and pony rides for children,
live entertainment and much more! 978-464-2712, $10.00 www.wachusettmeadows.org

Saturday, Sunday, - Harvest Fest, Carter & Stevens Farm Store, 500 West St., Barre MA, BBQ 11-4; Hay Rides; 11-3; Cider Pressing, 10-1; Giant Hay Maze 10-4; Pumpkin Catapulting 11-3; Hoot N’ Holler Barn Dance, Sat. 1-3; Green Sisters live music, Sunday 10-3; Face painting, games and more! Parking and admission is free. www.carterandstevensfarm.com

Saturday and Sunday, 20th Annual Open Studio Art Tour, Monadnock Region of NH, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. - Friends of the Dublin Art Colony presents the Art Tour each October during the peak of the colorful foliage season in southwestern New Hampshire. The Tour is self-directed, and it's free for the interested public. Art lovers from all over New England, and beyond, enjoy touring the beautiful countryside, following the distinctive Art Tour signs, and discovering the often tucked-away places where artists work. Studios are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The Tour travels through the towns surrounding the beloved Mount Monadnock: Chesham, Dublin, Hancock, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Marlborough, Peterborough, and Sharon. A remarkable range and diversity of the visual arts is represented through the work of the artists. Visitors tour the workplaces of painters and printmakers, potters and jewelers, sculptors, fiber artists, photographers, woodworkers, glass shapers, and more. Many artists offer work for sale, often specially priced for the Tour. For a look at a sampling of their work, please visit monadnockart.org.

Sunday, Bolshoi Ballet: On Screen at the Peterborough Players, 1:00 p.m.
Yury Grigorovich, music by Adolphe Adam - The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the wilis, vengeful spirits who now turn against Albrecht and condemn him to dance until he dies of exhaustion. This treasure of romantic ballet is one of the oldest and greatest in classical repertoire, touching upon the great romantic themes: a doomed love affair ending in tragedy, a dive into fantasy and ultimate redemption through the power of love. The Bolshoi is renowned for its intimate and emotionally intense interpretation of this beloved drama. Tickets $20.00 55 Hadley Rd., Peterborough NH. peterboroughplayers.org.


Sunday, Heirloom Apple Day at Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Rd., Dummerston VT (All day) On Sunday October 11th, Scott Farm will host its annual Heirloom Apple Day, a celebration of our heirloom apples, fresh, baked and squeezed.  Visit our apple barn at 10, 12 or 2 for a free tasting of some of our 90 varieties of apples and listen to the enlightening history of these unique fruits with our orchardist, Zeke Goodband. Heirloom Apples and cider will be on sale after the tasting.  Whetstone Cider Works will be sampling their hard ciders and Rigani wood fired pizza be making seasonal sensations in their oven. www.scottfarmvermont.com

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

October 2, 3, 2015


Saturday - 40th Annual Horseshed Fair, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., First Church of Christ Unitarian, 725 Main St., Lancaster - The annual Horseshed Fair is a festive, crowd-gathering arts and crafts fair featuring all hand-manufactured items, alongside a roster of foods, White Elephant gifts, and musical entertainment. It is a longstanding tradition in the Lancaster area. Held the first Saturday of October, the fair attracts crafters from throughout New England, offering wares from knitted or hand-sewn clothing to dolls and toys, wood and leather items, jewelry, glass and pottery, floral arrangements, holiday crafts, soaps and much, much more.
Church members serve baked beans, burgers, chili dishes, soups, and baked goods all day, and sell a variety of baked goods in addition. One huge attraction is more than 100 apple, blueberry, cherry and pumpkin pies. They go fast, so come early for your favorites. www.firstchurchlancasterma.org.

Saturday, Sunday - 5th Annual Book Sale at Thayer Memorial Library-9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sunday, noon-4:00 p.m. The Friends of the Thayer Memorial Library will hold its Annual Book Sale at the larger space of Town Hall, 695 Main Street, Lancaster. Also on Friday, October 2nd from 3 – 7 pm, there will be a Members Only Preview Sale. If you would like to attend the Preview Sale and are not already a member, you may become one at the preview. All proceeds benefit books, programs and events at the library. Come support your community library and take home some especially good bargains. Over 700 boxes of books, DVDs and CDs available for sale at this successful event held annually the same weekend as the Horseshed Fair. Credit cards are again accepted this year. Take advantage of reduced prices on Sunday. www.thayermemoriallibrary.org

Saturday, Global Harvest Festival, Heifer International 10:00 am 4:00 pm
Enjoy a festive celebration that features Heifer Farm all dressed up and ready to party! The international homesteads in the Global Village are loaded with fun activities like piñatas, apple cider pressing, potato digging, beeswax candle rolling and scavenger hunts. Meet the farm animals, take a hayride, pick-your-own in the pumpkin patch, milk a goat, get your face painted and enjoy live music and the Dale Perkins Horse Show. Savor a farm-to-table lunch or bring a picnic. Don’t miss this globally themed and one-of-a-kind fall festival!
Admission: Only $10/vehicle, so guests are encouraged to fill a whole busload! 216 Wachusett St., Rutland M

Saturday, Sunday - Wachusett Mountain presents the 6th Annual Great New England BBQFest -
10am-5pm, Join us for the 6th Annual Great New England BBQFest featuring some of the area's best BBQ vendors! Highlights of this year's event include the OYSTERFEST, now featuring Oysters on the half shell, clam chowder and shrimp, along with a daily Oyster Shucking Competition! The PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS will feature Chili on Saturday and Pulled Pork on Sunday, and our traditional Pig Roast will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Then there's the ever-famous Farmers' Market, Craft Fair and Beer Tent throughout the weekend. Live music all weekend! www.wachusett.com for pricing and more details. Mountain Rd., Princeton MA

Ongoing – October 1-12, The Craftworkers’ Guild’s Annual Harvest Fair - 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. With the change of season comes one of the most anticipated fairs of the year. This 12-day event features all the best items our fine craftsmen and artists have to offer. From jewelry to fiber, fine art to home decor, not only will you find items with a Fall Harvest "feel" but creations that can be enjoyed year round.
*NEW- Because of customer demand we are now extending our hours until 5pm daily! We will also have our special gourmet and goodie sales several times during the fair and one night of extended hours.  Oliver Kendall House, 5 Meetinghouse Rd., Bedford NH (behind the Bedford Library). www.thecraftworkersguild.org