Thursday, September 29, 2016

September 30, October 1, 2, 2016

“What’s Happening”

September 30, October 1, 2

30, 1, 2, - Stratton Players present, Don’t Drink the Water by Woody Allen, A cascade of comedy and a solid hit on Broadway, this affair takes place inside an American embassy behind the Iron Curtain. An American tourist, a caterer by trade, and his wife and daughter rush into the embassy two steps ahead of the police who suspect them of spying and picture taking. It's not much of a refuge, for the ambassador is absent and his son, now in charge, has been expelled from a dozen countries and the continent of Africa. Nevertheless, they carefully and frantically plot their escape, and the ambassador's son and the caterer's daughter even have time to fall in love. $13/$15, Performances held at the Applewild School, 98 Prospect St., Fitchburg MA, Showtimes: Friday and Saturday, 8:00 p.m., Sunday, 2:00 p.m. Repeats October 7,8, and 9 - visit

30, Friday, Monadnock Center for History and Culture presents, Music in Bass Hall: Hiroya Tsukamoto – 7:30 p.m., Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one of a kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after. In 1994, Hiroya entered The Osaka University and while at college in Japan, Hiroya was introduced to a musical and social movement in South America called Nueva Cancion headed by musical legends such as Victor Jara and Violeta Parra. Tickets $15/$18, 19 Grove St., Peterborough NH,

1, 2 Saturday and Sunday – Taste of Local at Lanni Orchards – 10:00-6:00, It's that time again, our monthly Taste of Local! October is Apple Month so not only will you be able to taste all of our local Massachusetts products but also our different kinds of apples absolutely free! This is a great event to try, before you buy as well as enjoy amazing samples. Hope to see you there! 294 Chase Rd., Lunenburg MA

1, Saturday – Horseshed Fair at the First Church of Christ Unitarian, Lancaster, MA – 10:00-5:00, Horseshed Fair at the First Church of Christ Unitarian (the Bullfinch Church) on the common, Route 117, Lancaster. Now in its 38th year, the Horseshed Fair is a festive arts and crafts fair featuring hand-manufactured items by crafters from throughout New England, as well as foods, white elephant table, gifts and music. Visit

1, Saturday – Our Lady Immaculate Parish Fair at the Athol-Orange Elks – 9:00-3:00, Food, raffles, crafts and more. 92 New Athol Rd., Orange MA

1, Saturday – Touchstone Farm’s FarmTastic Fall Fundraiser, 5:30-9:00 p.m.,
We are going to have a PARTY!  It will start at the Homestead, the newly renovated Colonial Farmhouse which began being built in 1754 and is about to get designation for the Nat. Register of Historic Places. We will have seasonal Cocktails, as well as MockTails for those who do not want to imbibe! Peter Robinson of Roy's Market is going to provide the appetizers and a full Chicken BBQ with all the fixings and a Fall Veggie Option...We will also have Connolly's Ice Cream with a fun dessert.
The actual dinner and festivities will take place in the center aisle of the 2nd floor of the barn. Wait until you see the twinkling lights and beautiful decorations being planned.  We will have live music, a live auction of a few very cool items, a Heads or Tail Silly Auction, and a Wine Pull of nice bottles of wine.  We will also have a couple of our actual students, veterans and/or family members with us to speak about what the farm means to them. Touchstone Farm, 13 pony Farm Lane, Temple NH $50.00/person,

1, Saturday – Harvest Fair in Orange, MA – 9:30-2:00, Homemade donuts, country store (with Cabot cheddar cheese, jams, jellies, pickles, vegetables), handcrafts, fall items, fudge, candy, fresh-made apple pies, other baked goods, balloon game, large tag sale, hot dogs, hand-cut fries, chili and beverages. Orange United Methodist Church, 104 South Main St., Orange MA

1, Saturday – Monadnock Fall Festival, 10:00-7:00, The Monadnock Fall Festival celebrates all the things that make our community special.  Join us for a day of art, music, food, dance, crafts and theatre from local towns and your neighborhood. There will be a car show and one-mile road race. In and around downtown Keene, NH

1, 2 Saturday and Sunday – Cheshire Craftsmen Fair – 9:00-3:00 - Juried arts & crafts fair featuring more than 30 regional vendors. Goods on display and for sale will include handmade quilts, jewelry, soaps & lotions, pottery, and seasonal décor. Also available are wooden toys, painted antiques. Primitives, scrapbooks, decorative metal work, hand painted silk scarves, dried florals and much more. Shoppers are encouraged to come prepared to get a good start on their holiday shopping needs. Visitors at the fair may also wish to enjoy breakfast or lunch, both served by a local charitable organization. Admission and ample parking are both free. Keene NH Recreation Center, 312 Washington St., Keene NH

1, 2, Saturday and Sunday, Wachusett Mountain presents, the 7th Annual Great New England BBQFest 10:00-5:00, This event is to help support the Greg Hill Foundation. Additional highlights of this year's event include the OYSTERFEST, now featuring Oysters on the half shell, clam chowder and shrimp, along with a daily Oyster Shucking Competition! The PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS will feature Chili on Saturday and Pulled Pork on Sunday! Then there's the ever-famous Farmers' Market and Craft Fair (including more than 75 vendors), and Beer Tent throughout the weekend. We will also have fun things for the kids, like face painting, clowns and moon bounces!
We've expanded our number of vendors! Visit our website for more information and pricing at

1, 2 Saturday and Sunday, Heifer International’s Global Harvest Festival 10:00-4:00 Heifer Farm's annual Global Harvest Festival is a fun -packed cultural celebration for the all ages! This festive weekend features international crafts and Games in the Global Village, live music, delicious food, hay rides to the pumpkin patch and, of course, all the farm animals. Live bands will play on the main stage throughout the festival and the Dale Perkins Horse Show will perform daily at 1pm. Bands include Boston-based Kat Kennedy, and local groups The Hip Swayers, Hard to Say, Lalla Rookh, and Fernside. 216 Wachusett St., Rutland MA 508-886-2221,

1, 2 Saturday and Sunday, - Vermont Crafts Council’s Fall Open Studio Weekends, 10:00-5:00, Typically the first weekend in October, the Vermont Craft Council’s 2016 Fall Open Studio Weekends Oct. 1-2 and 8-9 will take place across the state, coinciding with the national American Craft Week. Locally, the event will include the work of 14 artists from 11 studios and one gallery in Brattleboro, West Brattleboro and Marlboro. Please note that half of the participating studios will be open only the first weekend; the rest will be open both weekends. For more details visit

1, 2 Saturday and Sunday – Apple Days at Old Sturbridge Village, 9:30-5:00 Ripe and redolent apples are a favorite sign of fall in New England. Enjoy the crisp autumn days at Old Sturbridge Village with special events throughout our Apple Days celebration. Come tour the orchards, help us pick apples, and taste some nearly forgotten heirloom apple varieties. Throughout the day our interpreters will be cooking and preserving this special fall fruit. Then, try your hand at cider making, and see the ox-powered Cider Mill in operation. You can even make your own sachet of mulling spices to take home. General admission prices are $28 for Adults, $26 for Seniors (+55), $14 for Youths (3-14), and children 2 and under are FREE.

2, Sunday – Historical Piano Concert, Ashburnham, 4:00-5:00 - Maksim Shtrykov, clarinet and Misuzu Tanaka (on piano to be chosen from the collection). Works by Jesús de Monasterio, Antonio Romero y Andía, Carlos Guastavino, Claude Debussy, Darius Milhaud, and Francis Poulenc. $10.00, children and students, free.  No advance reservations. Visit or call Patricia Frederick, 978-827-6232.

2, Sunday – Guided Tours of the Shirley Shaker Village Site – 12: 5:00, 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.