There are a lot of fun events happening in our area this weekend, including the 5th Annual North Quabbin Arts in Bloom Spring Festival at Butterfield Park (E. River St.), Orange. Lots of Fun for the Whole Family! May Pole Braiding, Food Vendors, Silent Auction, Raffles, Medicinal Hula Hooping, Artisans, Children's Crafts, and more. For more information, visit www.artsinbloom-nq.org or contact Candi Fetzer (978) 633-4302.
1-3 Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. Theater at the Mount presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Take out your dictionaries! This six-time Tony nominated musical tells the story of five quirky kids vying for 1st prize, bragging rights, and most importantly, a trip to the National Spelling Bee Championship. The misfit contestants are joined by 3 or 4 guest spellers from the audience as they learn that a spelling bee is one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time, win or lose. Can you spell i-r-r-e-s-i-s-t-i-b-l-e? For more information, visit mwcc.edu/tam.
1-2 Friday-Saturday 6pm-8pm. Flora's Holiday at Tower Hill. Celebrate spring with a unique story and music journey with master storyteller Diane Edgecomb accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain, heard on NPR. Member $25, Non-member $30. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
1 Friday 6pm-8pm. Artist of the month Deana Mexoued at the Leominster Art Center & Gallery, 45 Main St. Leominster. Open to all ages. Visit leominsterartcenter.com.
1 Friday 7:30pm. GALA Coffee House, A Night Out. Acoustic Music & Song, 205 School Street Gardner. GALA is pleased to feature the music of Linq. We are happy to offer two opening acts: Caleb Wetherbee and Joshua Hill. The first Friday of every month GALA offers acoustic music by local and regional singer-songwriters. This is an alcohol free event. Refreshments will be available.
1 Friday 8pm-10pm. Spring Comedy Night at Wachusett Mountain featuring Steve Sweeney, Orlando Baxter, and Adam Webster. Open seating. Recommended 18+. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Doors open at 7.
2-3 Saturday & Sunday 9am–5pm. Welcome Back Spring: Daffodil and Primrose Shows at Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, 11 French Drive, Boylston. The annual Seven States Daffodil Show features hundreds of flowers cut and gathered from gardens in New England and New York. A floral design competition, talks and tours included. Visit Tower Hill’s signature field of more than 25,000 daffodils and tens of thousands of Narcissus planted throughout the formal gardens. See the American Primrose Society’s National Primrose Show, which includes workshops, lectures, and sales. Admission $12 adults, $9 seniors, $7 youths 6 to 18. Visit www.towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111.
2-3 Saturday & Sunday. Safety Weekend at Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Road, Sterling. Active firefighters, police officers, armed forces members and their families are admitted free with their valid ID. Visit www.davisfarmland.com/dffa_wp for details. Call 978-422-MOOO.
2 Saturday 10am-11:30am. The Art of Growing Food: A Day with Ellen Ecker Ogden (Lecture & Workshop) at Tower Hill. Elevate an ordinary vegetable garden to extraordinary. Ellen Ogden writes about food and gardens for The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living and The Boston Globe. Lecture: Member $15, Non-member $25. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
2 Saturday 11am-5pm. 5th Annual North Quabbin Arts in Bloom Spring Festival at Butterfield Park (E. River St.), Orange. Lots of Fun for the Whole Family! May Pole Braiding, Food Vendors, Silent Auction, Raffles, Medicinal Hula Hooping, Artisans, Children's Crafts, and more. For more information, visit www.artsinbloom-nq.org or contact Candi Fetzer (978) 633-4302.
3 Sunday 10am. Annual Fishing Derby at the Royalston Fish & Game Club, 50 Main Road, Phillipston. The youth (14 and under) derby is held from 10 am-12 pm, and adult derby follows. Prizes will be awards based on length of fish. For details, call 978-249-3004 or check the Facebook page.
3 Sunday 3pm. Church and Town in Lancaster, 1653-1833: “A Church Runs Through It”: Local historian Tim Castner will help untangle the complex relationship between church and town in Lancaster from the town’s founding in 1653, through Indian wars, the American Revolution and the early Republic, to the eventual separation of church and town governance in 1833. In the Bulfinch designed Fifth Meeting House (on the town green) built in 1816 for worship and for town government. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
3 Sunday 4pm. Historic Piano Concert at the Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main Street, Ashburnham. Pianist Stephen Porter. Visit frederickcollection.org or call 978-827-6232.