September 16, 17, 18
16-18, New Players Theatre Guild presents, Lost in Yonkers, You Can't Take it With You introduces audiences to the freethinking Sycamore family and the mayhem that ensues when their daughter's fiancé brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night. Friday and Saturday 8:00 p.m., Sunday 2:00 p.m. 15 Rollstone St., Fitchburg – visit nptg.org
17, Saturday - 34th Annual Fall Festival on Main Street, Athol. 9:00-3:00, The Fall Festival functions as a block party in downtown Athol, featuring largely local merchandise and fun activities for people of all ages. Face painting and classic cars, parade, pizza-eating contest, magic show, and live auction. Visit northquabbinchamber.com.
17, Saturday - Honey Crisp Weekend at Sholan Farms, 1125 Pleasant St., Leominster. 9:00-5:00, You heard right – Sholan Farms’ most popular new apple will be featured all weekend long! Crunchy, sweet and just plain outstanding! Take a walk or a free wagon ride around the orchard and load up on your favorite apple. You can also enjoy Honeycrisp apples in our baked goods, and fresh pressed apple cider. September also brings a number of other great apple varieties. Pick your own apples or get pre-picked apples from our cooler. Also happening at Sholan farms are the Johnny Applseed Homecrafters. Visit sholanfarms.com for more information.
17, Saturday Fall Festival at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 10 Church St., Westminster. 10:00-6:00, Join us for a day of fun hunting through attic treasures or resurrected books, looking for bargains in the craft room, Jewelry and Gems Room or baked goods. Eddie’s Auction, Wheelbarrow of Groceries, Themed Baskets, Games of Chance, Kid’s Karnival, food. Visit Stedwardconf.org.
17, Apple Fest at Davis Farmland, 11:00-3:00, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. Enjoy fall fun on the farm! U-Pick apples and pumpkins, apple games and more! Visit davisfarmland.com or call 978-422-6666.
17, Saturday - Annual Car Show at Gardner PACC. 12:00-5:00, 171 Kendall Pond Rd., Gardner. At this end-of-the-year car show, awards will be given for cars, trucks and motorcycles. Rain date, September 28. Chicken BBQ and other food items, along with adult and regular beverages available.
17, Saturday, Brewery Tours at the Gardner Ale House, 1:00-4:00, 74 Parker Street, Gardner. Take a tour of the region’s only brewpub. Visit gardnerale.com.
17, Saturday, Angkor Cambodian Dance Troupe performs at Leominster City, 25 West St., Leominster. 3:00-5:00
17, Saturday, Fishing Clinic at Tully Lake Campground, 25 Doane Hill Road, Royalston. 3:00-4:30, Join Ranger Keith for lessons on proper fishing techniques including casting, general fishing tips, fish identification and catch and release. We supply the equipment and bait and will go on a short hike to the fishing hole. Member: $5; Nonmember: $10; Children under 12: free.
17, Saturday - A. R. Gurney’s Love Letters at the Shirley Meetinghouse, 41 Brown Rd., Shirley. Melissa and Andrew have been in love since second grade, yet circumstance and their own crushing insecurities have resulted in this inevitable romance never materializing. Opting instead for the safety of friendship, the pair keep up a constant correspondence through letters, cards, notes and invitations, a 50 year old paper trail which details all of their victories, defeats and dreams. 7:30-8:30, Admission: $15.00. Visit shirleymeetinghouse.org.
17, 18 Saturday and Sunday – 35th Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Fair on the historic town common in Townsend MA at the junction of Route 119 and 13. Enjoy a New England Fall weekend fair on the historic town common! The work of talented artists, artisans and crafters will be on display for viewing and for purchase. Live music on Saturday; on Sunday the Townsend Military Band will hold its final concert for the season. Grilled foods and baked treats will all be available. Saturday, 9:00-4:00, Sunday, 10:00-4:00. For more information, contact email@example.com or visit townsendhistoricalsociety.org
17-18, Saturday and Sunday – Apple Festival and Lanni Orchards, 8:00-6:00, 294 Chase St., Lunenburg MA, 978-582-6246, lanniorchards.com
18, Sunday - Classic Car Cruise & Tori/Marketplace. 10:00-3:00, Show off your vehicle, admire others! Shop for Finnish and Scandinavian wares, jewelry, crafts, baked goods….food! No admission fee. Finnish Center at Saima Park, 67 Scott Rd., Fitchburg, MA 01420. www.saima-park.org.
18, Sunday - Dahlia Show at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 10:00-4:00, 11 French Dr., Boylston. Presented by the New England Dahlia Society. See hundreds of colorful blooms in every size imaginable–from silver dollar to dinner plate–at the first New England Dahlia Show. Floral designs will also be featured. Visit towerhillbg.org.
18, Sunday - Holy Cross Parish Family Festival & Chicken Dinner at the Otter River Sportsman’s Club, 11:00-3:00, 250 Lord Rd., Templeton. Tom’s Famous Chicken Dinner served noon–2 pm. Big money raffle, Chinese auction, bake sale, family games, 50/50 raffle and more. Call the rectory, 978-632-2121.
18, Sunday, Guide Tours of the Shirley Shaker Village, 12:30 pm,
Additional tours may be arranged for groups of eight or more. The site is part of the state prison system and can only be accessed by special arrangement. Our tour begins with a brief illustrated lecture on the history of the Shakers and the Shirley Village. Visitors go inside three Shaker buildings and travel by prison van to various locations around the property. Reservations must be made in advance for a cost of $15.00 per person, or $10 for Historical Society members. Repeats October 2 and 16. shirleyhistory.org, 978-425-9328
18, Sunday, Helicopter Weekend at Davis Farmland, 12:00-6:00, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. Get a bird’s eye view of Davis Mega Maze, Davis Outdoor Laser Tag & Davis Farmland! Helicopter rides available from 12 to 6. Call for rates & times 978-422-8888. davisfarmland.com
18, Sunday, Beatles for Sale performs at Coggshall Park, Electric Avenue, Fitchburg. 2:00-4:00, Enjoy this free outdoor concert by beautiful Mirror Lake.
18, Sunday, Historical Piano Concert at Ashburnham Community Church,4:00-5:00. 84 Main Street (Rt. 12) Ashburnham. Pianist Hsia-Jung Chang, on the Bösendorfer piano, ca. 1830, Vienna Schubert, Impromptus Op. 142, and Beethoven, Sonata Op. 106, the “Hammerklavier.” $10.00, children and students, free. No advance reservations. Visit FrederickCollection.org or call Patricia Frederick, 978-827-6232.
18, Dinner on the Bridge at Bull Run – 4:30-8:00. You’ll be greeted with a glass of wine and a cellist playing live classical music as we gather on Bull Run’s Covered Bridge. You’ll learn the history of our iconic lattice-truss Covered Bridge built from an Eli Whitney design as you enjoy an outstanding meal prepared by our Executive Chef Stephen Barck. By the 4th wine pairing & course, you’ll have made a whole new table full of friends in a truly unique setting! Rain or shine. After all, it’s a Covered Bridge! 215 Great Rd., ShirleyMA Seating Limited. Bullrunrestaurant.com 978-425-4311