October 3, 4, 5
3-5 Friday-Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm. Anne of Green Gables By Sylvia Ashby Adapted from the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery at Barre Players. Directed by Tim Waite. A refreshing, contemporary telling of the classic story. Stern Marilla and her warm-hearted brother Matthew hoped to adopt a boy to work on their farm. But the orphanage sends young, befreckled Anne by mistake, and their lives will never be the same. Her warmth and wit affects everyone around her - even, eventually, the cold Marilla! We follow Anne through her rebellious years, her transformation into a young woman, and her romantic pairing with Gilbert. This play has been charming audiences around the world. For more information, visit barreplayers.homestead.com.
3-5 Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen by Stratton Players. Considered the most popularly performed play in the entire world, this literary classic comes to Stratton for the first time! A Doll's House tells the story of one married young woman's struggle to not only save her family from an unscrupulous blackmailer, but discover her own sense of worth and identity, outside of the protected "doll's life" of her husband and family. Directed by Rob Hawkins. Tickets: $15. For more information, visit www.strattonplayers.com.
3 Friday 11am-2pm. Take it to the Curator at the Museum of Russian Icons. For more information, visit www.museumofrussianicons.org.
3 Friday 6:30pm. Painting in the Garden Room at the Bull Run Restaurant. Grab some friends and join us for an adult night of creativity, laughs, food and drinks and go home with a masterpiece! Artist Tammy Ricker will lead participants in a fun and casual setting as they explore art without any expectation other than delighting in the joy of discovery and the satisfaction of creating a personal piece that is sure to please no matter what the level of art experience. For details and ticket information, visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.
4-5 Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday noon-4pm. The Friends of the Thayer Memorial Library will hold its Annual Book Sale at the larger space of Town Hall, 695 Main Street, Lancaster. All proceeds benefit books, programs and events at the library. Come support your community library and take home some especially good bargains. We have over 700 boxes of books, DVDs and CDs available for sale at this successful event held annually the same weekend as the Horseshed Fair always the first weekend in October. Credit cards are accepted new this year. Take advantage of reduced prices on Sunday.
4-5 Saturday & Sunday 10am–4pm. Global Harvest Festival at Heifer Farm, 216 Wachusett St., Rutland. Tour Heifer’s Global Village and join the internationally-themed harest celebrations. Hayrides to the organic PYO pumpkin patch; hands-on activities like coffee roasting and making beeswax candles; workshops on goat milking, cheese-making and more. Enjoy a farm-to-table lunch or bring a picnic. Call 508-886-2221 or visit heifer.org/farm.
4 Saturday 8:30am-2pm. The Friends of the Lunenburg Public Library are holding their annual Fall Book & Bake Sale. Stock up on reading materials for the upcoming winter and treat yourself to yummy goodies at the Bake Sale!
4 Saturday 9am-12:30pm. Hawk Watching at Barre Falls Dam. Bring binoculars and/or a spotting scope, if you have them, and a camp chair (optional). Picnic and restroom facilities are available on the property. To get to the site, enter Barre Falls Dam at the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers sign on Route 6 Park on the far left side of the lot. Leaders Dave (508-852-3243) and Donna (firstname.lastname@example.org) have been observing hawks at Barre Falls for fifteen years. Please Note: Rain and/or fog will cancel the event.
4 Saturday 10am-4pm. 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. For more information, visit the website at www.firstchurchlancasterma.org.
4 Saturday 11am-2pm. Fall Foliage Paddle. Reflections of autumn foliage enhance the special beauty of this river. We will paddle along its narrow, meandering channel into areas of lily ponds and woodlands and stop for a scenic picnic along the way. Trip difficulty: Easy, flat-water, 3 miles roundtrip. Cost: $32pp-canoe, $52pp-kayak. (Box lunch available for an additional cost or pack your own). Reservations required. For more information, visit www.nashobapaddler.com.
4 Saturday 11am-3:15pm. Archaeology Day at Fruitlands: Presented in partnership with the New England Native American Institute. FREE with Admission. Discover archaeology, cultural heritage and Native American art during Archaeology Day at Fruitlands Museum. Presented in partnership with the New England Native American Institute, our day will begin with a guided trail walk to view the archaeological sites found deep in the Fruitlands landscape and learn about the many layers of human habitation on the museum campus. For more information, visit www.fruitlands.org.
4 Saturday 11am-5pm. Wachusett Meadow's HEY DAY! Rain date: October 5 – but only in the case of torrential rains. Admission: Mass Audubon members: $6, Non members: $8, Children 3 and under are free. Join in for farm-related demonstrations, exhibits, and hands-on activities for people of all ages including cider pressing, hayrides, and 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, special Preschool Sing with children's musician, Patsy Mollica, 11am-12noon, live entertainment, and much more! Contact Wachusett Meadow at 978-464-2712 for click here for more information.
4 Saturday 1pm-4pm. Paddle and Paint (adults and children 13 and over). River Paddle and Paint. Instructor: Linda Malone. Join local artist and instructor Linda Malone, along with canoe guides from Nashoba Paddler LLC of Groton, for a relaxing fall afternoon exploring the plant and wildlife of the Squannacook River. Bring a sketchbook, paint supplies and/or camera to record scenic view of the river and surrounding landscape. No previous drawing or canoeing experience necessary. Excursion departs from Groton. $60 Fitchburg Art Museum Members, $75NM, Registration required and limited to 12, Rain date Sunday Oct. 12. For more information, visit www.fitchburgartmuseum.org.
4 Saturday 2pm-9pm. Experience the Rhythm & Beat of Africa at Thayer Memorial Library. Come enjoy this African Art and Music Series: 2-3 p.m.: Hands-on Drumming with Issa Coulibaly & Zach Combs This workshop will introduce the basics of African drumming including history, technique, & rhythm. It is open to all ages and levels of experience. 4-5 p.m.: Trinidad 2 Timbuktu Concert Join Crocodile River Music playing music of Mali, Brazil, and Trinidad. This blending of the djembe, balafon, steel drum and 7-string guitar creates a one-of-a-kind experience. 7-8 p.m.: Ron Murray and Vuélo Enjoy the global mix of music this trio calls Bossa Flamenco, with influences from Spain and Brazil. Presented with the group interplays and improvisation of jazz, America’s art form.
4 Saturday 5pm-8pm. A Pop-Up Art Exhibition with live music will take place at Destare, 320 Main St. in Fitchburg presented by the Fitchburg Cultural Council. The event will feature a mixture of creative works from Boston to locally-based artists.
4 Saturday 8pm. The Sweet Remains at Falcon Hub, at Fitchburg State University. Rich Price, Greg Naughton, and Brian Chartrand each contribute to the writing and three-part harmonies that define The Sweet Remains’ sound and simply make your ears smile. $28. Visit www.fitchburgstate.edu.
4 Saturday 8pm. Room-ful of Blues performs at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road (Route 2A), Shirley. If you’re lookin’ to dance, this is the right band and the right place. $18. For details and ticket information, visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.
5 Sunday 12:30pm. Tour the Shirley Shaker Village! There are only a few days each year that people can tour the Shirley Shaker Village and this one of them! Contact the Shirley Historical Society at (978) 425-9328 for more information.
5 Sunday 1pm-4pm. The Townsend Historical Society celebrates autumn with its annual fall Open House at the Reed Homestead, 72 Main St. Tours of the 1809 Reed house will be available, including the beautiful Rufus Porter mural room on the second floor. The Open House is free. (978) 597-2106.
5 Sunday 2pm. The Lincoln Assassination with Historian Christopher Daley at the Leominster Public Library. The assassination of our 16th President stunned a war-weary nation, and this riveting presentation explores how plans to kidnap Lincoln escalated into a plot to assassinate. Daley uses period and modern photographs as well as video footage to tell the tragic tale, including Booth’s escape and capture and the trail and execution of the conspirators.
5 Sunday 4pm. Historic Piano Concert at Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main St., Ashburnham. Violinist Abigail Karr and pianist Yi-heng Yang play compositions from The Life of Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Sonatas from Childhood, Adolescence, and Adulthood with a piano from The Frederick Collection of Historical Grand Pianos. Admission, $10, children and students free. Call 978-827-6232.