Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Photo courtesy of Johnny Appleseed


We ALL scream for ice cream during July in Appleseed Country! So where to find that yummy goodness? Well, we have some great places in the area!

Bolton Orchards
125 Still River Road Bolton
Kimball Farm
1543 Lunenburg Road Lancaster (Also in Jaffrey, NH)
King Phillip Restaurant & Motor Inn
35 State Road Phillipston
978-249-6300 or (978) 249-6263
Lancaster Golf Center
438 Old Union Turnpike Lancaster
Red Apple Farm
455 Highland Avenue Phillipston
Rota Spring Farm
117 Chace Hill Road Sterling
Cafe 873
Main St Ashby
Calico & Creme
53 Williamsville Rd Hubbardston
Carol’s Dairy Bar
310 Summer St Fitchburg,978-342-9675
Cherry Hill Ice Cream
826 Leominster Rd Lunenburg
Cold Stone Creamery
80 Orchard Hill Park Drive Leominster
Dairy Queen
Locations in Clinton & Fitchburg
Dr Davis Ice Cream
67 Hollis St Pepperell
Locations in Gardner & Leominster
Ice Cream Factory
7 Elm St Townsend
Johnson’s Restaurant & Dairy Barn
164 Boston Rd Groton
Lickity Splitz
231 Main St Winchendon
Natalie’s Seafood & Ice Cream
681 Central Street Leominster

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

What's Happening July 9, 10, 11, 12, 2015

Hillsborough Balloon Festival, Hillsborough NH
There are a lot of fun events happening in our area this weekend, including the Hillsborough Balloon Festival in Hillsborough NH. 

July 9, 10, 11 - Hillsborough Balloon Festival and Fair, Hillsborough NH (1 hr. from Ashburnham)
Join us again this year for the Hillsborough Balloon Festival & Fair, a spectacular three-day event beginning at 6:00pm Thursday, July 9th 2015 at Grimes Field in Hillsborough, NH. This weekend event offers something for everyone; carnival rides, entertainment on the community stage, special kids activities, skydivers, an enormous variety of food to tempt your taste buds, merchandise and handmade products are showcased, and of course the incredible hot air balloons. The Saturday evening fireworks extravaganza is one of the premier fireworks displays in all of New Hampshire. The balloons will launch Friday evening at 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 6 am and 6 pm (weather permitting). Reserve your space for a fantastic experience floating over New Hampshire's scenic Monadnock Region with its scenic farms, rivers, lakes, ancient stone bridges, hills and valleys. And don't miss the exciting Balloon Glow on Friday night. The Hillsborough Hometown Parade on Sunday includes many civic groups with marching bands, floats, military personnel and a wide assortment of fire apparatus from all over New Hampshire. An Artist's Fair will also be taking place on July 11th during Balloon Festival weekend, at nearby Butler Park sponsored by the Hillsborough Area Artisans. The Festival Schedule, Attractions, Location Map and Parking pages provide event details regarding this year's festival. Should you have additional questions please call (603) 464-0377

July 9 - Summer Concert Series at Fruitlands, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grounds open for picnics at 5PM, concerts begin at 7:15. The Concord Band is joining us for the 30th season of Summer Concerts on the hillside at Fruitlands! They’ll rock the lawn every Thursday night from June 18 – July 23, followed by The Love Dogs on July 30, and Black Marmot on August 6. Bring a picnic and a blanket or lawn chairs. Beer and wine for sale under the tent. Museum buildings and Store open from 5-7PM with concert admission. Season passes available: $50 for members, $75 for nonmembers. Pick any six concerts to attend. Purchase at the gate. Previous seasons passes are accepted. Members $10/car, Nonmembers $15/car - 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, Massachusetts 01451 | 978.456.3924,

July 9, - Bob Marley at the Bull Run, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bob Marley is a riot. Celebrating 15 years as a stand-up comic, Bob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought-after comedians in the country. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central, and is one of the few comics to do the complete late-night TV circuit: “The Late Show” with David Letterman, “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, “Late Night” with Conan O’Brien and “The Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn. A regular at the Aspen and Montreal comedy festivals, Marley was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” Marley has also appeared in several films, including the cult favorite, “Boondock Saints,” where he played Detective Greenley. $25.00

July 10 - August 7, Monadnock Music 2015 Festival, Peterborough NH
This is a Ticketed Concert
July 10, 7:30 p.m. - The Complete Beethoven Symphonies: Year 1 - Gil Rose, conductor. In celebration of the 50th Season, this concert begins a Five Year Cycle of the Complete Beethoven Symphonies. Tickets: $30 (general admission) 1 Grove St., Peterborough NH.

July 10 - Nick Moss at the Bull Run, 8:00 pm
Whether it’s blistering blues or Allman influenced rock or an apt social commentary set to brilliant music, Nick Moss continues to meld influences and reach into the unknown and experiment with the sounds he finds. And for Nick, it’s not all about his own musical journey. It’s always his desire from his place onstage, to pass along the passion and love of his craft to those who come to see him play. “It’s about the experience,” he says. “A shared love of music and being elevated and enlightened by sound.” $18.00 -

July 11 – The Kennedy’s: 20th Anniversary triple-CD release at the Bull Run – 8:00 p.m.
Pete and Maura Kennedy met at the Continental Club in Austin Texas. Within a few weeks, they went on their first date at Buddy Holly’s grave in Lubbock, TX, and within a year, they were touring together, as part of Nanci Griffith’s band, and as the opening act on Nanci’s two month tour of the British Isles. In a dusty little dressing room on the top floor of Dublin’s Olympia theatre, they penned the songs that would become their first CD, “River of Fallen Stars”. The CD was awarded the “Indie” award in 1995 for “Best Adult Contemporary CD” by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors. Eleven CDs and several side-projects later (The Strangelings, The Stringbusters, and their solo projects), they enjoy loyal followings in both the guitar camp and the singer-songwriter set. Ultimately it’s their tight harmonies, their chemistry, and their unashamedly idealistic outlook that has carved them their own niche in the studio and onstage. - $16.00.

July 11 – Live Entertainment on the patio at Bailey’s Bar and Grille – 7:30-10:00 p.m. Every Saturday night from June to September Bailey’s Bar & Grille will be having live entertainment starting at 7:30pm. 18 Main St., Townsend, MA –

July 12 – 34th Annual Show of the Antique Truck Club of America’s New England Chapter 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 34th Annual Show of the Antique Truck Club of America’s New England Chapter, at the Lancaster Fairgrounds, 318 Seven Bridge Road (Route 117), Lancaster. Hundreds of antique trucks will be proudly displayed by their owners at this popular show. Spectators $5, kids under 12 free. For information call 978-460-0465.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Purgatory Chasm

Purgatory Chasm is a unique natural landmark that runs a for a quarter of a mile between granite walls rising as high as 70 feet. Popular with picnickers and rock-climbers alike, the chasm is believed to have its origin in the sudden release of dammed-up glacial meltwater near the end of the last Ice Age, approximately 14,000 years ago.

Trails lead to a wide variety of rock formations with names such as The Corn Crib, The Pulpit, The Coffin, Lover's Leap and Fat Man's Misery.

Purgatory State Park, Purgatory Rd., Sutton MA 508-234-3733.