Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Columbus Day Weekend, 2016

“What’s Happening”

October 6, 7, 8, 9

6-10, Thurs-Mon. 26th Annual Ski and Snowboard sale and swap at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area - Our annual equipment extravaganza! Bring in your used equipment to sell for cash or Wachusett Credit, then buy new equipment with the cash or credit you just earned! This is the perfect chance to upgrade your gear for the coming winter. No equipment to sell? That's OK too, we bring in local retailers equipment and gear as well so there are great deals for everyone whether you're looking for new or used items! Want a little more than just a shopping trip? Join us for a Scenic Summit SkyRide and grab lunch at our Mountainside BBQ!

7,8, Friday, Saturday, Theatre at the mount presents, Nunsense - When the “Little Hobos” discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidently poisoned 52 of the sisters, they parade their talents in a variety show staged to raise funds so that the last four of the dearly departed can be buried. 444 Green St., Gardner. $22 adult, $5 students.
978-630-9388 or visit Repeats on Oct. 14-16.

7, 8, 9, - 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.

Fall Fest at Tower Hill Botanic Gardens - There's nothing like autumn in New England, and there's no better place than Tower Hill Botanic Garden to take in all the season has to offer. In addition to the panoramic view of Mt. Wachusett and the Reservoir, the Garden displays hundreds of trees and shrubs known for their spectacular fall color. The special weekends in autumn feature heirloom apples, locally made products, and much more. Twisted Pine, Saturday, October 8 Armed with fresh writing, high-octane virtuosity, and endless energy, Twisted Pine challenges its bluegrass roots by effortlessly intertwining innovation with tradition. Eastern Mountain String Band, Sunday, October 9 - The Eastern Mountain String Band is a quartet of bluegrass pickers, who draw on jazz, folk, and rock music to create a distinctive and fresh bluegrass sound. The Great Molasses Flood, Monday, October 10 Folk/Rock with beautiful three-part harmonies. Original songs as well as unique covers that resonate with listeners.

8, Saturday, ArtSmith Festival,10:00-5:00, Vendors/exhibitors, music, and the annual blacksmith festival outdoors in historic Fitchburg’s beautiful Riverfront Park overlooking the Nashua River. In its 13th year, this year’s event will be larger than ever! Our goal is to promote high quality arts from the greater Fitchburg region and beyond, to benefit both arts professionals, and for the cultural benefit of our city and its communities. Riverside Park, Boulder Dr., Fitchburg MA

8, Saturday – Pumpkin Weigh-in and Country Church Fair at Red Apple Farm, 10:00-3:00, A great old-fashioned country festival, sponsored by the Congregational Church of Phillipston. The oldest pumpkin fair in Massachusetts, come to the weigh-in as local farmers bring their hefty beauties by truck and tractor for this friendly competition. Carve a jack-o’lantern, build a scarecrow, shop for crafts and homemade baked goods, take a chance in the quilt raffle. Food available. 455 Highland Ave., Phillipston,

8, Saturday – Fred Marple’s Guide to New England at Peterborough Players, 7:30 p.m. Welcome to Frost Heaves! Yankee comedy, music and assorted nonsense from the most under-appreciated town in New Hampshire. 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, NH $15.00

8, 9, 10 - 8, Saturday – Columbus Day Apple Festival at Lanni Orchards, 294 Chase Rd., Lunenburg. Pick Your Own apples by the pound, not by the bag; hayrides; caramel apples, apple crisp, live entertainment, playland, Island Adventure Maze, bouncy house and more. Visit

8, 9, 10 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Annual Harvest Festival Weekend at Sholan Farms, 1125 Pleasant St., Leominster. Enjoy free live entertainment, free wagon rides, food trucks, free, interactive children’s events and so much more at this fun family festival. Visit

8, 9, 10 – Monadnock Art presents, Open Studio Art Tour - Monadnock Art presents the Art Tour each October during the peak of the colorful foliage season in southwestern New Hampshire. The Tour is self-directed, and it's free for the interested public. Art lovers from all over New England, and beyond, enjoy touring the beautiful countryside, following the distinctive Art Tour signs, and discovering the often tucked-away places where artists work. Studios are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The Tour travels through the towns surrounding the beloved Mount Monadnock: Chesham, Dublin, Hancock, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Marlborough, Peterborough, and Sharon. A remarkable range and diversity of the visual arts is represented through the work of the artists. Visitors tour the workplaces of painters and printmakers, potters and jewelers, sculptors, fiber artists, photographers, woodworkers, glass shapers, and more. Many artists offer work for sale, often specially priced for the Tour. For a look at a sampling of their work, please visit the Artists pages of this site.

9, Sunday – Historical Piano Concert at Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main Street (Rt. 12) Ashburnham. Pianist Vitlaus von Horn on the Bösendorfer piano, c.1830, Vienna: Two Sonatas by Schubert: A-minor, Op. 42, D. 845, and B-Flat Major, Op. Posth., D.960. $10.00, children and students, free. No advance reservations. Visit

9, Harvest Parade and Festival, Orange MA, The parade begins at Pete’s Tire Barn on East Main Street at 1 pm sharp and will head down to the Orange Municipal Airport (route is 2.5 miles long). The festival at the airport features a craft fair, and the North Quabbin Cruisers Car show. Contact Ken Reynolds, parade coordinator, at 978-544-3042.