Friday, April 26, 2013

Snickerdoodle Bread

Hershey's Cinnamon Chips have to be one of the best kept secrets around. They are a little hard to find as most grocery stores only carry them seasonally but Shaw's carries them year-round. They can always be ordered online from Hershey's as well. This bread is so flavorful. If you love cinnamon you will love this bread!

Snickerdoodle Bread ~ Makes 2 loaves

2 1/2 cups flour plus 1 Tb.
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
1 pkg. Hershey's cinnamon chips

Topping Ingredients:
2 Tb. sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 4 1/2" X 9" loaf pans.
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. 
Add vanilla and sour cream and mix well.
Mix together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in separate bowl.
Add to wet ingredients and mix until well combined.
Coat cinnamon chips in 1 Tb. flour. Stir into batter.
Spoon batter into loaf pans.
Mix 2 Tb. sugar with 2 tsp. cinnamon. Sprinkle over loaves.
Bake for 50 minutes. Let cool before removing from pans.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Art in Bloom at Fitchburg Art Museum

May 3-5, Friday-Sunday. Fitchburg Art Museum presents Art in Bloom. FREE ADMISSION. An annual special event of flower art and design. Come celebrate spring and admire the extraordinary floral arrangements inspired by the Fitchburg Art Museum's collection! Free admission for Art in Bloom is made possible by Community Access Sponsorship funded by Gale Simonds Hurd. For more information, visit

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Patriot's Day 2013

Patriot's Day Reenactment

The Battle on Lexington Green 
Monday, April 15, 2013 at 5:30 am in Lexington center. 
This event recreates the historic skirmish in Lexington on the first day of the American Revolution. Following the ringing of the bell in the Old Belfry, members of the Lexington Training Band (now known as the Minutemen) gather on Lexington Green to await the column of British Regulars as they march into the town center. A shot rings out, the skirmish follows, and the British column marches on towards Concord leaving dead and wounded behind.  Contact: Lexington Minutemen                

Pancake Breakfasts - Monday, April 15, 2013 in Lexington

St. Brigid Church, 2001 Massachusetts Avenue, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 160. 
6:00 am to 10:00 am. Nominal cost. First Baptist Church, 1580 Massachusetts Avenue (across from the police station). 6:00 am to 10:00 am. Nominal cost..
                                Church of Our Redeemer, 6 Meriam Street. 6:00 am to 9:00 am. Nominal cost.
              Isaac Davis March to Concord - Monday, April 15, 2013 at 6:00 am at the Isaac Davis Homestead, 37 Hayward Road, Acton. The Acton Minutemen will make their annual march to the North Bridge in Concord, arriving at 9:00 am, where they will fire a salute from the bridge to honor Isaac Davis and Acton's other fallen heroes. Contact: The Acton Minutemen
Lincoln Minute Men Dawn Tribute and the March to Concord - Monday, April 15, 2013, outside Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Road, Lincoln, 6:40 am. The Lincoln Minute Men will salute the patriots buried in the Old Meetinghouse Cemetery. Roll call is read, fifers play a lament, minute men mysteriously emerge from the morning mists in the cemetery, and a musket salute is fired. The Minute Men begin their march along Sandy Pond Road.toward Concord with colonial music and musket fire. All ages welcome to walk along. The Concord Parade steps off at 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Lincoln Minute Men
Lexington Sunrise Youth Parade - Monday, April 15, 2013 starting at 7:30 am at Munroe Cemetery driveway, Massachusetts Avenue.
Contact: Lexington Town Celebrations Committee, 781 862-0500 x708
Commemoration of the Battle at North Bridge - Monday April 15, 2013, from 8:00 am. The peace of the Concord countryside will once more be shattered by musket fire as British and colonial re-enactors, park rangers and volunteers commemorate the fateful morning of April 19, 1775 - the first time that colonists were ordered to fire upon British soldiers that became known as "the shot heard 'round the world."
Contact: Minute Man National Historical Park
 Mourn Arms Ceremony at British Graves, North Bridge, Concord - Monday April 15, 2013, approximately 8:30 am: Prior to the Concord Parade, British Regulars from the King's Own 4th Regiment of Foot, Tenth Regiment of Foot, and First Foot Guards will Mourn Arms and salute the fallen soldiers of the 4th at Old North Bridge.            Concord's Patriots Day Parade - Monday, April 15, 2013 starting at 9:00 am in Concord Center.
Contact: Concord Chamber of Commerce via email or at 978 369-3120.
Patriots' Day Handbell Concert of American Music - Monday April 15, 2013, 11:15 am to 12 noon, Hancock Church, 1912 Mass Ave, Lexington (the stone church across from the Battle Green). You’ll find yourself swaying to upbeat music of America, including patriotic favorites, spirituals, ragtime, marches and more. The music is rung on 5 octaves of English handbells by ringers of all ages in a program that is light-hearted and family-friendly. Suggested donation is $3 per person. The sanctuary is handicapped accessible. Come sit down and enjoy this fun concert carefully timed to follow the morning Road Race. Contact: 781-862-4220 or
Jason Russell House Battle Open House, April 15, 2013 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Contact the Arlington Historical Society.
                Paul Revere's Arrival at Lexington Green - Monday, April 15, 2013, 1:00 pm in Lexington center
Contact: Lexington Town Celebrations Committee, 781 862-0500 x708
               Ride the Patriots Day Trolley - Monday, April 15, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Park at Acton's Town Hall and ride on one of the three Patriots Day trolley to the Hosmer House, the Jones Tavern and the Faulkner Homestead to a day filled with entertainment, games, crafts, animals, 18th and 19th century demonstrators, storytellers, and tours of historic buildings. $5.00 per adult / $3.00 per child includes admission to historic properties and trolley ride. Contact and more info: Acton Historical Society.

Patriots & Heroes: an American Pantheon in Music - Monday, April 15, 2013, 8:00 pm at the Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church in Cambridge: The Boston Camerata, a historically accurate early music ensemble in Boston will be presenting an anthology of American songs from the young republic in their original forms, around the themes of freedom, union, and renewal in the New World. Anne AzĂ©ma and The Boston Camerata are joined by the Middlesex Volunteers Fife and Drums and members of The Revels.  After the concert, the audience will be invited to participate in traditional early American dances and songs. Further information at

Monday, April 1, 2013

April 2013 Events

SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / BRETT CRAWFORD From left, Fitchburg State University theater professor Richard McElvain of Boston as Vince Cappuzzi and FSU junior Thomas Karner, 20, of Hopkinton as Teddy practice a scene during a dress rehearsal of FSU's play "Saco-Vanzetti," on Saturday.

Below is a list of what is going on in Johnny Appleseed Country during the month of April.

1 Monday 6:30pm. National Poetry Month Kickoff: Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St.; free. Charles Coe will share poems from his latest book. For information call 978-829-1780.

2-7 Tues & Wed 6pm (preview), Thurs-Sat 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm.  (Sacco-Vanzetti) Vince, Al & Teddy at McKay Theater, Fitchburg State University. The Theater Department’s spring production is a world premiere by New York playwright Bruce J. Robinson. Set in a small Massachusetts town in the 1920s, it is a time when Italians were still deported because of their beliefs. It’s about Al and Teddy Capuzzi and their father, Vince—unassimilated and dedicated to Sacco and Vanzetti.  Using Sacco and Vanzetti as its backdrop, this play dramatizes “otherness” in America and the eternal clash between fathers and sons. Call the box office, 978-665-3347.

3 Wednesday. Westminster Farmers' Market Vendor Registration, Training, and Update. For more information, email

3 Wednesday 10am-1pm. Job Fair 2013: Mount Wachusett Community College, 444 Green St., Gardner; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for students and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the general public; free. Event will feature more than two dozen companies and organizations. For information call 1-508-713-3802.
3 Wednesday 6pm.  Scholar Talk at McKay Theater, Fitchburg State University. The reverberations from world-wide protests and cultural upheaval surrounding the 1927 execution of two laborers, provoking anti-Italian, anti-immigrant, and anti-anarchist sentiment still resonate today. Scholar Michael Topp shares insights pre- and post-performance of Vince, Al & Teddy (see April 2-7 listing). Free admission.
4 Thursday 9:30am-noon. Sogetsu Ikebana with Kaye Vosburg at Tower Hill. Classroom A--Stoddard Center - Non-members $35., Members $32. Sogetsu Ikebana is an internationally recognized school of Japanese flower arranging. In these classes, you will learn the essentials of this venerable art from veteran exhibitor and instructor Kaye Vosburgh. Kaye provides the flowers for each class and will have supplies and equipment for purchase by students who wish them. Sign up for one or all four classes. For more information, e-mail or call 508-869-6111x124.
4 Thursday 5:30pm. The NCCES Foundation is holding its 2nd Annual Auction at 171 South Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420. Monies raised for the NCCES Foundation go toward additional programming and ensuring equitable participation in field trips, sports, and after school activities for all NCCES students. There are many ways individuals and corporations can contribute to this worthy cause. For more information please contact Emily Austin-Bruns at (978) 343-2174 /
4 Thursday 6pm. Screening of the Documentary Including Samuel (a film on inclusion) Sheraton Four Points/Leominster no RSVP necessary. Parents, providers, teachers, friends and families are invited to come grab a bag of popcorn and enjoy a free screening of a film about inclusion—Including Samuel. Running time is 55 minutes. For more information please contact Noreen Alves at 978.602.8679 or
4 Thursday 6pm. History of Mount Wachusett Community College with Vincent Ialenti, Dean of Technology, at The Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., Gardner. This is a fast-moving visual tribute to MWCC celebrating its 50th anniversary. Wine and cheese reception from 6-7 pm. Program from 7-8 pm. Admission $3. Call 978-632-3277.
4 Thursday 8pm. Sonny Landreth. Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA.
5 Friday. Eagle and other wildlife enthusiasts are asked to save April 5, 2013 to participate in a new statewide spring eagle count for Mass Wildlife. This effort will include a concentrated survey of the major rivers, lakes, and reservoirs across the Commonwealth. Organized by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) the survey will be conducted by agency staff and volunteers.  Teams will be checking known eagle territories and exploring areas with potential eagle habitat to try to locate “new” eagle nests.  If inclement weather prevents the survey on April 5, the backup date is April 12, 2013.  Additionally, the Division encourages anyone to submit eagle sightings throughout the year by email to by postal service to “Eagle Survey”, MassWildlife, Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston, MA 01583.  
5 Friday 11am-2pm. Take it to the Curator at the Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. Icon specialist Frank Ford will provide visitors with information about the region, date and subject matter of their icons. Monetary evaluations will not be given. Visit
5 Friday 5pm-9pm. Cruise Night at Kimball Farm, 1543 Lunenburg Rd., Lancaster. Oldies music by DJ Kev, music trivia with the famous Ricky, cash prizes, great food and ice cream. Free admission. Call 978-534-9800.
5 Friday 6:30pm-7:30pm. Come hear SteveSongs in Concert! Featuring Mr. Steve from PBS Kids and The Sillies at The Mary Rowlandson Elementary School in Lancaster. With his quirky lyrics and acoustic instrumentals, Mr. Steve - winner of two Parent's Choice GOLD Awards - is sure to entertain listeners of all ages. At the end of the show, get your chance to meet Steve in person! Bring the kids and enjoy a fun-filled hour of song and dance. This concert is brought to you by The Imago School ( Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door (children under 2 are free). Tickets may be purchased in advance at The Imago School or online at
6 Saturday. Wachusett Mountain's Pond Skim. Pull out your favorite costume, find your widest skis and test your balance as you cascade across the man-made pond to cheers from eager on-lookers, waiting patiently for the next big wipe out!
6 SaturdayWachusett Mountain's Closing Day Celebration. Nobody ever likes to see the end of ski season, but go out in style with a big celebration on the back deck with the Chris Fitz Band! Enjoy great food and beer and lively music all afternoon long.
6 Saturday 2pm. The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley at Theater at the Mount. Stanley Lambchop is your ordinary, everyday, normal 10-year-old, with a normal mom, normal dad, and a normal little brother. For Stanley, this is a problem; life is too normal! He wants to travel the world, do something amazing, something no one's ever seen before. One night, the bulletin board on the wall above Stanley's bed comes loose and falls. Right on top of Stanley! And the next morning, Stanley wakes up flat. Not just a little flat- really, REALLY flat! In hopes that he will become a 3D boy again, Stanley puts himself in a big envelope and travels the world, as a human letter. And the adventure begins!" For more information, visit
6 Saturday 3pm-5pm. Concert: Zolotoj Plyos. This concert will take place at the Clinton High School Auditorium at 200 West Boylston Street in Clinton. Advance purchase recommended at (978) 598-5000. Tickets: $15 for Museum members, $18 for nonmembers. $1 off for WOO Card holders. Alexander Solovov, Elena Sadina, and Sergei Grachev make up the folk ensemble “Zolotoj Plyos,” which was founded in 1994 in the city of Saratov, Russia. While students in Russia, the musicians collected old Russian folk songs and bell music in rural villages and towns. The group’s repertoire includes folk songs and instrumental pieces from various parts of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, and other areas, and also features Gypsy music, Russian popular music, and Jewish music. The members of the ensemble play more than thirty Russian folk instruments, including the bayan, chromatic and diatonic accordions, the balalaika, domra, guitar, zhaleika, clarinet, saxophone, various percussion instruments , and Russian bells. For more information, click here.
6 Saturday 6:30pm. Quabbin’s Got Talent coffee house series at First Congregational Parish, Petersham. The talent contest is open to all ages, both individuals and groups. Throughout the series, the competition will be open to the first 10 individuals or groups that sign up. Free admission (donations accepted). Call 978-544-1872.
6 Saturday 8pm. Marty Nestor. Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA.
7 Sunday. Wachusett Mountain's 3rd Annual Up, Down & Around Challenge. Join us for our annual adventure challenge which takes competitors on a run, bike, hike and ski all around the mountain. Stay tuned for further updates as the winter progresses! For more information, visit
7 Sunday. Wachusett Mountain's Closing Day Celebration. Nobody ever likes to see the end of ski season, but we'll go out in style with a big celebration on the back deck with the Chris Fitz Band! Enjoy great food and beer and lively music all afternoon long.  For more information, visit
7 Sunday 10am–4pm. Railfair 2013 model railroad at two locations: The Shirley Middle School, 1 Hospital Rd., will have exhibitors showing various model train exhibits and working model railroads, as well as many dealers selling all types of model train gear of all scales and actual railroad memorabilia; and the Nashua Valley Railroad Association Quarters, 2 Shaker Rd Suite E205, will display a 2,000 sq ft HO scale model railroad layout which depicts the Boston and Maine Railroad running from Portland, Maine to Mechanicville, NY. Admission to both locations): $5 adults, $3 Senior Citizens and Teens, Children under 12 Free.
7 Sunday 2pm. Real Townies are Always Home presented by Sally Cragin at the Winchendon Historical Society, 151 Front St., Winchendon. Sally Cragin, a storyteller, presents an entertaining exploration of aspects of New England seldom considered: boisterous visiting geese, town pounds, the winter beater, the dreaded-but-welcome plowman, the pink plastic flamingo, (a local invention), canoeing by moonlight, the awesome snapping turtle and the soul-reviving qualities of a pond. Call 978-297-2142.
10 Wednesday 3:30pm. Fitchburg Art Museum Director Nick Capasso will discuss contemporary art on Wednesday, April 10, as part of Fitchburg State University’s Humanities Visiting Speaker Series at Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall. His remarks will explain art history and major aesthetic themes in American earthworks and site-specific sculpture from the late 1960s to the present.
12-14 Friday 7pm–9pm; Saturday, 12pm–5pm; Sunday, 12pm–4pm. Spring Art Show and Sale sponsored by the Greater Gardner Artists Association. Exhibition of fine art by members and other area artists. Visit Free admission.
12-14 Friday & Saturday 8pm; Sunday 2pm. Harvey, presented by The New Players Theater Guild at the Center for Performing Arts, 15 Rollstone St., Fitchburg. Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey — whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, one-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. For ticket information, visit
12 Friday 8pm. Siobhan Mangus. Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA. Also playing, Aztec Two-Step.
13 Saturday, 7:30 p.m. – Thayer Symphony Orchestra presents Classics in the Movies. This concert will feature famous works by classical masters that have been used in the soundtracks of equally famous Hollywood films. Among the familiar pieces you'll hear are "The Blue Danube Waltz" by Strauss, the very familiar "Wedding March" from "Midsummer Night's Dream" by Mendelssohn, the Leopold Stokowsky orchestration of Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D minor," and other such familiar favorites.
The complete program can be viewed here. The concert will be held at the Stratos Dukakis Performing Arts Center at the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School ("Monty Tech") on Route 2A in Fitchburg. More details about the program appear on the TSO Web site at this link. Individual ticket prices are as follows:

13 Saturday. New Comedy Shorts at the Fay Club, 620 Main St., Fitchburg, a benefit for Stratton Players. Original short comedies by Sally Cragin and Jeff Van Amburgh. Dinner and a Show, and show-only tickets available. Time to be announced. Call 978-345-4537.
13 Saturday 7am–11am. Fishing Derby at Barrett Park Pond, 40 Barrett Parkway, Leominster, for ages 14 and younger, sponsored by the Leominster Recreation Department. 
13 Saturday 8:30am–2pm. Spring Town-wide Yard Sale in Ayer. Downtown flea market at Depot Square includes vendors. Free to vendors and free to public. For details, call 978-772-8206 weekdays.
13 Saturday 10am-2pm. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Mount Wachusett Community College is hosting Free College Day, an event on Saturday, April 13 featuring more than 50 free workshops and classes, 50 door prizes, career and academic resources, tours and other activities. 10 am to 2 pm, with fitness classes also offered from 8 a.m. to 12:30.
13 Saturday 1pm. 50th Annual River Rat Race on the Millers River between Athol and Orange, starting at the South Main Street bridge in downtown Athol. Hundreds of hardy paddlers take to the often-icy waters of the Millers River to win fame and a little bit of fortune on this six-mile race. Registration fee for paddlers, no charge to watch the race and cheer them on. The town celebrates with a parade starting at 10 am, a pancake breakfast, road race and other events. Visit or call David flint at 978-249-9038. The excitement continues on Sunday with pro-am kayak races.
13 Saturday 7:30pm. Orchestra of Indian Hill Concert. Maestro Bruce Hangen and the Orchestra offer two symphonic masterpieces: Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” with Russian pianist Maxim Mogilevsky, plus Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 2” at Littleton HS Performing Arts Center, 56 King Street (Rte. 495/Exit 30), Littleton. Tickets: $20-48. Call 978-486-9524 x116 or visit
14 Sunday 10am. River Rat Pro Race on the Millers River, from Orange to Athol, followed by kayak races. On this second day of the annual River Rat canoe race extravaganza, men and women paddlers compete for prize money. Visit or call David Flint 978-249-9038 days.
14 Sunday 8pm. Dala. Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA. Doors open at 5 pm for dinner and seating. Tickets, $20 (show only). Duo members Sheila and Amanda make use of their considerable talents on guitar and piano to create a unique brand of acoustic pop. 
16 Tuesday. Westminster Farmers' Market presents Backyard Growing Series: Growing Fruits and Berries. For more information, email
18 Thursday 6pm. Science Magic, a Boston Museum of Science presentation, at The Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., Gardner. Ever wonder how magic tricks really work? This program investigates the science behind the “magic” of several classic magic tricks. Wine and cheese reception from 6-7 pm. Program from 7-8 pm. 
18 Thursday 7pm. Spring Dance Club Shows at Weston Auditorium, Fitchburg State University, Pearl Street, Fitchburg. Admission: $5. The Dance Club — brings a dynamic and diverse show featuring selections from tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and advanced hip hop, modern, contemporary, theatrical/Broadway, street/urban, contemporary ballet, jazz funk, Irish step, video pop, reggae, techno, African and Latin. Repeats April 20. Box office: 978-665-3347.
18 Thursday 7pm. Fitchburg Public Library. Joana Dos Santos, Director of the Cleghorn Neighborhood Center, will introduce and lead the discussion on Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth (2009). "Papers" is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. Approx. 2 million undocumented children were born outside the U.S. and raised in this country. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut. 65,000 undocumented students graduate every year from high school without "papers." It is against the law to work or drive. It is difficult, if not impossible in some states, to attend college. They live at risk of arrest, detention and deportation to countries they may not even remember. Currently, there is no path to citizenship for these young people. Get that group experience and a great discussion. You don't have to talk. You can just watch, listen and learn.
18 Thursday 8pm. Jon Vezner. Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA.
19-21 Friday & Saturday 8pm; Sunday 2pm. Harvey, presented by The New Players Theater Guild at the Center for Performing Arts, 15 Rollstone St., Fitchburg. Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey — whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, one-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. For ticket information, visit
19 Friday 7pm. Survivor, the Musical at Theater at the Mount. Twenty contestants, two tribes, but only one "Survivor!" Watch your favorite Theatre at the Mount performers compete in this take-off on the popular TV reality show as they try to "out sing, out perform, and out shine" in musical theatre challenges. Singing, dancing, acting, puzzles, trivia, and of course the dreaded "tribal council" will provide a full evening of non-stop fun. Who will be the sole Survivor? Get your tickets now to find out. (Please note 7PM start time for this event).
19 Friday 8pm. Livingston Taylor performs at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road (Route 2A), Shirley. Doors open at 6 pm for dinner and seating. Tickets, $35. He toured with major artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffet and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule of over eighty shows a year. Visit
20 Saturday 8am-noon. Leominster City Wide Clean Up. Meet at City Hall – contact Mayor’s office for more info 978-534-7500.
20 Saturday 11am-noon. Museum of Russian Icons presents Stories from Siberia: Storytelling Performance with Bonnie Marshall and Kira Van Deusen. Free with Museum admission. No pre-registration required. Storytellers Bonnie Marshall and Kira Van Deusen will present a performance of Siberian stories from their book Far North Tales: Stories from the Peoples of the Arctic Circle. For more information, click here.
20 Saturday 2pm-4:30pm. Second Annual Charity Concert. NEW ENGLAND BRASS, plus 
SONS OF BLARNEY & INTERNATIONAL VETERANS CHORUS. 3 GROUPS, ONE BIG SHOW. “A SALUTE TO OUR TROOPS”. Dukakis Theater, Monty-Tech, Fitchburg Route 2A. TICKETS - ADULTS - $25, CHILDREN –12 & UNDER FREE, SENIORS - $20, ACTIVE MILITARY - FREE. FOR TICKETS- 978-202-5396 ANYTIME. OR text 978-827-5944. To benefit the Bresnahan Scouting and Community Center, Ashburnham.
20 Saturday 3pm. Museum of Russian Icons presents Russian Vodka Gone Global. Tickets: $7 for members, $10 for non-members. $1 off for WOO Card holders.  Advance registration is recommended at (978) 598-5000. Vodka has been the staple drink in Russia for at least six hundred years and some would claim inextricably bound to its culture. This clear but powerful distilled beverage supplied an alcoholic drink not only for celebrations, but also fueled the Russian and Soviet economy. These days, vodka is blamed for Russia’s soaring death rates. So why has North America embraced this fascinating and versatile drink? How did it happen that vodka has overtaken America’s own native drink, bourbon? Why has vodka gone global? The ways in which vodka distillers have packaged and pitched their product, and the corresponding ways by which consumers have come to define themselves through their choice of brands, reveal as much about vodka as it does our own world. However vodka is drunk, whether straight, infused, flavored or mixed, the history of vodka is a story of an old spirit that has become the perfect postmodern drink. Mysterious in its origin, beguiling in its allure, vodka is a rising star. For more information, click here.
20 Saturday 4pm. Spring Dance Club Shows at Weston Auditorium, Fitchburg State University, 160 Pearl Street, Fitchburg. Admission: $5 general public & students.
20 Saturday 7pm. The Fitchburg Armory goes Hawaiian for Joey and Maria’s Hawaiian honeymoon at the beach in a night of murder, mayhem, and madness! It’s a unique night of whodunit fun, partying, and audience participation, Italian style! Tickets at the Fitchburg senior center, 14 Wallace Ave, Fitchburg, or the mayor’s office in City Hall. Cost: $50. Benefits senior programs. Call 978-829-1790.
20 Saturday 8pm. Anna Popovic Band. Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA.
23 Tuesday 4pm. OLEANNA by David Mamet. Percival Auditorium Fitchburg State University
$7 General Admission. A special one-day event! This April, come see Central Connecticut State University's traveling production of David Mamet's terrifying exploration of gender and power in the modern classroom. All proceeds go to support Fitchburg Theater Company. For more information, visit
26 Friday 8pm. JAY UNGER & MOLLY MASON. Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA.
27 Saturday 8am-10:30am.  Breakfast at the Finnish Center at Saima Park, 61 Scott Rd., Fitchburg. Finnish oven pancake, bacon, sausage, fruit, juice, coffee, Finnish coffee bread. $6. For more information call Maija 978-582-7717 or email
27 Saturday 9:30am. Barry Van Dusen Workshop at Fruitlands. This two class workshop is taught by former Artist-in-Residence, Barry Van Dusen. Second class is Saturday, May 4 - 9:30AM - 1PM. Over the last thirty years, nature artist Barry Van Dusen has filled more than seventy field sketchbooks with thousands of drawings of birds, plants, mammals, landscapes and other nature subjects. Field sketching is Barry’s way of exploring the natural world, and his primary tool for developing his skills as a naturalist and an artist. In this two-part workshop, Barry will discuss the basic tools for field sketching, including drawing and color mediums as well as optical aids. We’ll explore various drawing approaches – schematic, contour, gesture and tonal drawing. You’ll learn how written notes are best for exploring certain types of information, and how your sketchbooks can become a personal nature diary, useful for future reference. You’ll see how your sketchbooks can function as “science lab” – enhancing your knowledge of botany, comparative zoology and more. We’ll also delve into artistic concerns such as developing “touch” and a personal visual vocabulary. You’ll learn how the sketchbook is the perfect place for artistic experimentation and invention, and a great place to learn about pictorial editing and design. A good portion of the workshop will be indoors, but hopefully the weather will allow us to put our skills to work outdoors as well! For more information, visit
27 Saturday 10am–3pm. Earth Day celebration on the town common, Routes 110 and 13, Townsend.  Rain date, Sunday, April 28, noon – 4 pm. Music, crafts, environmental organizations, food and fun as the Townsend Recreation Department and Recycling Committee feature “The B’s: Bats, Bees, Birds and Butterflies.”  Visit
27 Saturday 11am-12:30pm. Ready, Set Russian! at the Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. Join us for a 90-minute workshop with instructor Larissa Dyan that focuses on Russian language basics and conversation. This drop-in class will introduce students to the Russian alphabet, some conversation starters, icon-related terms and useful phrases. Space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance reservation is required.
27 Saturday 7:30pm–10pm. Contra Dance at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Gardner, 66 Elm St., Gardner. Contra dances are traditional social dances where people dance in long lines. Partners are encouraged to switch throughout the evening, and you will dance with everyone in the line (and probably everyone attending the dance) before the night is over. Live music by The No Name Band. Fiddles, flutes, piano, guitar, mandolin are some of the beautiful instruments used in contra. Contra dance lesson offered at 7:15 pm. Suggested donation $7 adults; $5 students; under 12 free.
27 Saturday 8pm. Centerstage at Fitchburg State University Preents AMERICAN IDOL STARS IN CONCERT CELEBRATE BROADWAY!. Broadway presented as only American Idol can! Will it be Frenchie from Season 2 or Matt Giraud from Season 8? Four stars from the past seasons of American Idol will take the Weston stage—accompanied by a live band—belt out solos, duets and ensemble numbers from Mamma Mia!, Wicked, Jersey Boys and more. Broadway never sounded so good! Leading up to the performance is a talent shows for Fitchburg State students. Check out the winners as they perform with American Idol stars! TICKETS: $30/$30/$15 For more information, click here.
27 Saturday 8pm. All-Star Comedy Night. Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA.