Friday, November 21, 2014

November 21, 22, 23

12th Annual Thanksgiving Harvest Festival at Red Apple Farm, Phillipston MA
Here is a list of events happening this weekend in our area including the 12th Annual Thanksgiving Harvest Festival at Red Apple Farm in Phillipston MA on Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23.

19-22 Wednesday & Thursday 6pm; Friday & Saturday 7:30pm; Sunday 2pm. The Importance of Being Earnest at the Wallace Theater for the Performing Arts at McKay Complex, Fitchburg State University. Free admission. See Nov. 12-16 listing for details.
21 Friday. 4th Annual Winter Fire Celebration at Wachusett Mountain. A showing of the NEW TGR Ski Film, enjoy live music and great food, along with some outdoor fire pits and smores! A great night for the whole family! Visit for more information.
21 Friday 8:30am-noon and 1pm-4pm. Ukrainian Snowflake Eggs at the Museum of Russian Icons. ands-on art workshop decorating Ukrainian Snowflake Eggs (pysanky) for the holiday season. For more information, visit
22-23 Saturday & Sunday 10am–4pm. 12th Annual Thanksgiving Harvest Festival at Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave., Phillipston. Come share and taste New England’s bounty, bring Thanksgiving to your home from the North Quabbin Region, and join in the X Games. $2 admission (1/2 off admission with non-perishable food donation). Visit
22 Saturday. Annual Christmas Fair at the United Church in Shirley.
22 Saturday 8am-4pm. Holiday Fair: St. Bernard's Elementary, 254 Summer St., Fitchburg; Santa arrives at 9 a.m. Raffles, silent auction, games, baskets, pie sale and more.
22 Saturday 8:30am-noon and 1pm-4pm. Ukrainian Snowflake Eggs at the Museum of Russian Icons. ands-on art workshop decorating Ukrainian Snowflake Eggs (pysanky) for the holiday season. For more information, visit
22 Saturday 9am-noon or 1pm-4pm. Animal Tracking in the Field with Sue Morse at Northfield Mountain. Join Sue for a three-hour trek through a diverse setting of woodlands and wetlands in our local Valley. She will share her extensive knowledge of our native mammals, their habits and signs. Fee: $30 Mass Audubon or Hitchcock Center Member, $38 non-members. Pre-registration required by calling the Hitchcock Center at 413-256-6006.
22 Saturday 9am-2pm. Leominster First Baptist Church, at the corner of Church and West streets, will hold its annual New England Village Fair. Bid on great gift items at the Not So Silent Auction starting at 2 p.m. Lunch will be served, and a snack bar will be available.
22 Saturday 9am-2pm. The annual Christmas Fair at the United Church of Shirley will be at 4 Lancaster Road in Shirley. The church is wheelchair accessible. Telephone (978) 425- 4065 with any questions.
22 Saturday 9am-3pm. Townsend United Methodist Church will host a Holiday Fair and tours at the church, 265 Main St., at the corner of routes 13 and 119, in Townsend Center. Tour guides will tell of the 1770 building and take visitors up into the bell tower to view the architecture and point out artifacts of early meetinghouse and church days. Children and adults will enjoy pulling the rope to ring the 1876 bell. For more information, please call (978) 597-2486.
22 Saturday 9am–3pm. Holiday Fair at Holy Cross Church, 25 Lake Ave., East Templeton. Baked goods, craft items, hand-made gifts for sale; raffles; Tea Room open all day; children’s room for Christmas shopping.
22 Saturday 9am-3pm. Holiday Craft Fair: Townsend Congregational Church, 3 Brookline St., Townsend. Santa will be available for photos, silent auction, cash raffle and more.
22 Saturday 9am-3pm. The Ladies Guild Craft Fair will be held at the Leominster Senior Center, 5 Pond St. There will be many handmade items, a Chinese auction and pizza sold at 11:30 a.m.
22 Saturday 9am-3pm. The Friends of the Conant Public Library in Sterling will welcome hundreds of shoppers to its annual juried craft fair at the First Church in Sterling, 6 Meetinghouse Hill Road, Sterling. The craft fair will host a lunch cafĂ© and a bake sale. Proceeds from the craft fair will support the Library Children’s Summer Reading Program, in which about 400 Sterling children participate each year.
22 Saturday 10am–1pm. Westminster Farmers' Market is having a Holiday Market at the Senior Center American Legion Hall, Main St., Westminster (across from the library and the pharmacy). The market will have winter vegetables, fruits, and cheeses, a full array of baked goods, herbs, spices, apples and more… Check out the hand crafted gifts for family, friends, and pets. All will make your year-end holiday parties and dinners special. Come support local agriculture from 10am-1pm.
22 Saturday 10am-4pm. St. Leo School and Parish will host its annual Holiday Fair at 120 Main St. in Leominster. The day will include a free Santa’s story hour from 11 a.m. to noon, and photos with Santa from 12:30-2 p.m.
22 Saturday 11am-noon. Terrariums: Gardens Under Glass at Tower Hill. Member: $110., Non-member: $125. In this class, you will learn how to create and maintain a lush terrarium in a beautiful glass vessel from start to finish. We will also touch on the history of the terrarium from the Victorian Era to the present. All materials included. For more information, visit
22 Saturday noon-6pm. Thanksgiving Festival at Clearview Farm. Free Admission. For more information, visit
22 Saturday 1:15pm. Boston Area Shaker Study group's annual Film Festival in Volunteers Hall of the Harvard Public Library. This is a quirky event where we see videos that feature Shaker themes and historic sites. We will have a short meeting (about 30 minutes) followed by a variety of short videos and the film “Fruitlands 1843,” written and directed by Vasiliki Katsarou. Limited to 15 people to please RSVP to 978.456.8285.
22 Saturday 4pm-6:30pm. A Free Community Skate Day will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Wallace Civic Center, 1000 John Fitch Highway, Fitchburg. Free skate rental, pizza and soda are included (first come, first serve basis). The event is being held in memory of Shelley L’Ecuyer, a longtime employee of LUK, Inc. who was dedicated to improving the lives of children and had a passion for hockey. For more information, call (800) 579-0000.
22 Saturday 6:30pm. American Legion Post 151 will host a Meat Raffle at the Leominster Veterans Center, 100 West St., Leominster. Admission is free. For more information, call (978) 728- 1384.
22 Saturday 7:15pm–10:30pm. Gardner Contra Dance at Fraternal Order of Eagles, 71 City Hall Ave., Gardner. Social mixer/dance to traditional jigs and reels, with a caller. All ages & abilities welcome! No need to bring a partner. Live Music! Simple, easy to learn dance patterns. Please bring clean suitable dancing shoes. Cost, $8 per person, $5 students. Contact Terry Dattolo, 978-407-6217 or see
22 Saturday 8pm. James Montgomery Band with Charlie Farren at the Bull Run Restaurant. The James Montgomery Band will be bringing down the Bull Run house as usual. And making this event an extra special night, this show includes the legendary Charlie Farren, who will, once again, be performing with former Farrenheit band member, David Hull (now in the James Montgomery Band, and formerly of the Joe Perry Project) You don't want to miss this one. For details and ticket information, visit
23 Sunday noon-2:30pm. Thanksgiving Centerpiece at Tower Hill. Member: $75., Non-member: $90. Make a beautiful, long-lasting table arrangement in the Williamsburg tradition, combining fresh fall flowers, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seasonal berries with preserved autumn leaves. For more information, visit
23 Sunday 12:30pm-4:30pm. Fabulous Family or Group Portraits Workshop at Fitchburg Art Museum. Instructor: Norm Eggert. Learn how to create a fabulous photo of your family or a group to send with your holiday cards, post on social media, or display proudly on your mantle. Bring your camera and a notebook to class. $35M, $50NM. For more information, visit
23 Sunday 5:30pm-7:30pm. A Relay for Life Skating Party to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Gardner, sponsored by team Faith, Hope and Laps, will be held at Roll-On-America, 90 Duval Road (Exit 34 off Route 2), Lancaster. The cost is $3 per person or $10 for a family of up to four (one parent must be present). Skate/rollerblade/ scooter rental is an additional $4.50. Bring a canned good or other non-perishable food item and be entered to win a gift basket or gift certificate donated by local vendors; blankets will also be collected. All food items and blankets will be donated to the Gardner Community Action Committee.

23 Sunday 6:30pm. Swing Dance and Lessons at the Leominster Elks, 134 N. Main St., Leominster, with Roger Ceresi All Starz. Dance2Swing presents beginner jitterbug swing group lessons at 6:30 and a swing dance at 7:30. Admission, $14. Visit or call 978-263-7220.