Monday, August 23, 2010


"By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with summer's best of weather and autumn's best of cheer."

As much as I love summer and the frenetic desire to fill every possible moment with fun, fun, and more fun, I am always grateful for the arrival of September. It's as if the whole world takes a collective deep breath and then exhales, slowly. Life gets back to normal. I love everything about September, from apple picking, to hiking, to fall festivals, to doing absolutely nothing. Here are some great ways to spend the Harvest Month:

Apple picking! One of the best things about living in the birthplace of Johnny Appleseed is the abundance of apple orchards. There are over 40 apple orchards in central Massachusetts alone! The best cider donuts can be found at Ashby Apples, Bolton Orchards, and Red Apple Farm. The best Macoun apples I've ever tasted come from Stowe Farm Orchard. Sholan Farms offers Classic Auto Shows and a scarecrow festival. Some orchards offer hayrides, petting zoos, picnic areas, and gift shops while others are strictly pick-your-own. All are delicious!

September 2 - First Thursdays in downtown Fitchburg, 3-9 p.m. Presented monthly by the Fitchburg Cultural Alliance these celebrations include family activities, gallery openings, special sales, music, performances, guest food vendors, free admission to the Fitchburg Art Museum, and more. 978-340-0486

September 2 - The White Heat Orchestra at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens. Dance under the stars to this high energy band featuring 15 pieces playing the swing and jazz of the 1930's and 1940's for dancers of all ages. The White Heat Orchestra, also known as the "Roxy Band", was the house band for almost 5 years at the upscale Roxy nightclub. They play music for both the swing dancers and for those who prefer to sit and tap their toes. Fast or slow, they hit every note without missing a beat. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Adults $22.00. 508-869-6111 ext. 135

September 3-6 - Labor Day Sale at Wachusett Mountain. Awesome value-packed deals await you at Mountainside Ski & Sports Shop. Huge savings on ski and snowboard packages. Blow out prices on winter apparel including parkas and pants.

September 4 and 5 - Art in the Park, Asheulot River Park, Keene NH - 80 + artists will be displaying and selling their artwork! Enjoy a lovely day in the park surrounded by artwork, live music, and refreshments. 10: a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

September 10 - Twilight hikes at Sholan Farms, Leominster Ma, Join us for our twilight hike series which take place on the second Friday of each month. Gathering time is 8:00 p.m. 1 hour hike with a 1 hour campfire. Bring a friend or family member to enjoy the hike. For after the hike bring your favorite treat (hotdogs, marshmallows, etc) to share. Hot chocolate and tea will be provided by the Friends of Sholan Farms. 978-840-3276

September 12 - Historical Piano Concerts, Ashburnham MA- Constantine Finehouse, piano, playing music of Beethoven and Schubert. $10.00, 4:00 p.m. Presented by Frederick Historic Piano Collection See website for additional concerts on Sept. 19 and 26.

September 12 - 13th Annual Music Festival at Wachusett Mountain. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for great music on the mountain. Great food, brews, and our scenic stage area make this a highlight for all music fans.

September 24-26 - Moonlight and Magnolias at the Stratton Playhouse, 60 Wallace Fitchburg. The hysterical behind-the-scenes story of how the beloved novel Gone With the Wind was brought to the big screen. Tickets $12.00. 978-345-6066. 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

September 25 - Orchard House, Home of Louisa May Alcott presents, "Welcome to Our Home", A Living History Tour. Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times. 4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m. Adults $12.00. Space is limited. Reservations and prepayment strongly suggested. 978-369-4118 ext. 106 While in Concord why not also visit the homes of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.

September 25 - Johnny Appleseed Festival in downtown Leominster. A full day of activities, food, music, and of course, apples!