Friday, April 24, 2015

Center Stage at Fitchburg State University

Anne Heaton

Center Stage at FSU presents, Anne Heaton, Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. A simply lovely blend of soft pop, smooth blues and porch folk - singer-songwriter and classically trained pianist Anne Heaton’s songs are “tender, barbed and spiritual” (Washington Post). Known for the infectious energy of her live performances — “a natural performer with a rich, soaring voice” (Seattle Times)—her graceful, vulnerable and sometimes humorous pop-folk songs will capture your imagination and soul. Tickets: $28.00 adults, $25.00, alumni, seniors and staff, $5.00 students. Contact 978-665-3347, Fitchburg State

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Historic Piano Concert, April 26, 2015

Rebecca Hartka, Cellist
Alys Terrien-Queen, Pianist

This Sunday, April 26, the Frederick Historic Piano Collection presents cellist, Rebecca Hartka and pianist, Alys Terrien-Queen, performing Sonata for Cello and Piano in C by Sergei Prokofiev and Sonata for Cello and Piano in g by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Alys will be performing on the Blüthner piano, Leipzig, 1877. The concert will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the Community Church on Main St., Ashburnham. Admission is $10.00 for adults. Students and children are free. For more information visit:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bull Run presents Pure Prairie League, April 11, 2015

This Saturday, April 11, the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley will present Pure Prairie League. 

Pure Prairie League's biggest hits include “Aimee," “Two Lane Highway," "Falling in and out of Love," "Early Morning Riser" and the musically less-representative pop song, “Let Me Love You Tonight.” In the '70s and '80s they rode the same country-tinged rock wave that carried the Eagles, Buffalo Springfield, Poco and The Band to popularity. Vince Gill, later to become one of Nashville’s biggest solo stars, sang and played guitar with the band in the early 1980s and recorded an updated version of “Aimee” for their greatest hits album.

Influenced by bluesy drive of the Byrds and the seamless fusing of country and rock first introduced by bands like the Flying Burrito Brothers, PPL benefits from tight slide guitar, dueling solos and plenty of jammy Americana, mixing country rock, southern boogie, bluegrass and blues. Whether they are “Pickin To Beat The Devil” or taking you for a ride down a “Two Lane Highway,” PPL is a sure fire good time.

The current long-time lineup is: John David Call (pedal steel, vocal), Mike Reilly (guitar, vocals), Rick Schell (bass) and Scott Thompson (drums).

“PPL does what it's always done: they remain true to themselves, creating a sound that doesn't compromise their vision, yet manages to capture the ears of their adoring faithful "prairiedog" fans, as well as a new legion of listeners. If there is a formula to PPL's longevity and success that may very well be it.” - Country Music Online

Tickets are $42.00 each in advance or $46.00 at the door (if available). For more information visit or call 978-425-4311 or toll free 877-536-7190.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Old Sturbridge Village

Dyeing the yarn at Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village, in Sturbridge MA, is a living, breathing, vibrant village depicting life in New England from 1790-1840. Meet historians in costume and tour 40 antique buildings, including a country store, school, and water-powered mills. Ride the stagecoach, learn to plow, make crafts, dip candles, and help the printer, potter and blacksmith at work. And at our 19th-century Freeman Farm, watch historians demonstrate farm work through the seasons: planting, harvesting, milking cows, churning butter, and cooking over the hearth. Don't forget to meet our heritage breed sheep, oxen, chickens and pigs!

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

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

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

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.

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
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
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 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
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
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
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
7 Saturday 2pm-4pm. Valentines Day Card Making with Deana Mezoued at Leominster Art Center. Visit for more information.
7 Saturday 8pm. Rory Block, five time Blues Music Award winner, at the Bull Run. For more information, visit
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