There are a lot of fun events happening in our area this weekend, including the 77th Annual Festival and Sidewalk Sale in Gardner.
August 4, 5, 6, 7, 2016
4-14 – Pygmalion at Peterborough Players A comedy by George Bernard Shaw
First presented on stage to the public in 1913, Pygmalion is the story of Professor of phonetics Henry Higgins who makes a bet that he can train a bedraggled Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to pass for a duchess at an ambassador’s garden party. Shaw’s play has been adapted numerous times, most notably as the musical My Fair Lady and the film of the same name. Contact peterboroughplayers.org for prices and information
5, 6, Friday, Saturday - Experience Gardner Friday, 9 am–6 pm & Saturday, 9 am–4 pm. The 77th annual Experience Gardner Festival & Sidewalk Sale is one of Gardner’s biggest events. For two days, during the specified hours, the downtown area is converted to a family-oriented street fair featuring community exhibits and demonstrations, performing artists, parades, Kids’ Zone, and more. Local retail shops, businesses, organizations, and outside vendors feature their merchandise out on the streets. www.gardnersquaretwo.com
5, 6, Friday, Saturday, St. Anthony’s Parish Bazaar, 12 Phoenix St., Shirley. Friday’s menu includes lobster; Saturday’s is barbecued chicken. And don’t forget the hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage and other taste treats both evenings. Games of chance, mid-way games and a giant raffle. Contact Charles Waite days, 978-425-5082.
6, Saturday, Bertozzi Wildlife Management Area Paddling Tour at Nashoba Paddler, 398 W. Main St., Groton. Enjoy the adventure of paddling a narrow, meandering section of the Squannacook River ending just below a small set of rapids. Registration required. Visit www.nashobapaddler.com.
6, Saturday – Tower Hill Botanical Garden - WILD HERBS: GUIDED WALK WITH GUIDO MASE, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Explore the outdoor spaces of Tower Hill Botanic Gardens with an eye to the medicinal value of the plants, both cultivated and weedy, that we find there. Led by Guido Mase, Registered Herbalist, American Herbal Guild, We will discuss folklore and history, chemistry and preparation, as well as safe application tips for using these herbs in everyday life. Rain or Shine so prepare for both. 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA towerhillbg.org
6, Saturday – Johnny Appleseed Craft Beer Festival, 4-8 p.m. The Johnny Appleseed Craft Beer Festival will take place Saturday, August 6, 2016, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, in downtown Leominster, Massachusetts. The Festival is held outdoors, with all brewers under multiple tents and food vendors on the Common. Your admission fee provides you with a 4 oz. souvenir tasting glass, which you get to keep, to commemorate your attendance at this great craft beer event, and to use at home for your own personal tasting sessions with friends! 43 breweries and cideries; Food from local restaurants; music and more. 21+ www.johhnyappleseedbeerfest.com
6, Saturday, Mass State Chili Cook-off and Family Fun Day, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 193, 295 School St. Winchendon, sponsored by the Winchendon Kiwanis Club. Cooks compete in chili and salsa categories, and visitors can taste their creations. Enjoy live music, petting zoo, touch-a-truck event, crafters, more. Admission $8 adults, children 12 and under, free. Contact Bruce Cloutier, 978-297-1815.
7, Sunday – Polish Picnic – 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Otter River Sportsman’s Club, Lord Road, Otter River. Polish food, Polish music and dancing to a Polish band. Food tickets available at the door. Free admission. Visit otteriversportsmanclub.org.