Thursday, February 9, 2017

Snow, beautiful snow!!! Feb. 10, 11, 12, 2017

“What’s Happening”

February 10, 11, 12

10, 11, Friday and Saturday, Mass Appeal, at Peterborough Players - Father Tim Farley, a popular, gregarious priest of a prosperous Catholic congregation, has his well-ordered world turned upside down by the arrival of Mark Dolan, a fiery, idealistic young seminarian. Mark challenges both Fr. Farley’s humorous sermons and some long held traditions of the Church leading to a conflict that raises difficult questions for both men: What is the price of honesty? How far do ends justify means? A close and oftentimes comedic friendship develops between the two, and when Mark faces a personal crisis at the seminary, Father Farley is forced to make a choice that will forever alter both their futures.  “A tender comedy about the meaning and power of both secular and religious love.” -The New York Times, Friday, 7:30, Sat., 2:00 and 7:30, 603-924-7585,

11, Saturday Open House - Cross -Country Skiing/Snow-Shoeing at Saima Park, 10:00am-2:00pm - Groomed trails open to the public for cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing at the Finnish Center at Saima Park, 67 Scott Rd., Fitchburg. No fee. Limited supply of ski equipment available to borrow. Visit

11, 12, Saturday and Sunday – Second Annual Winter Festival at Hollis Hills Farm - 10 AM to 4 PM both days. Join us at the farm for a weekend of winter fun! Come enjoy activities like snowshoeing, sledding, and cross-country skiing on our picturesque property. Enjoy good company and good food while warming up at the bonfire. Live music will be played by Patrick Barber both days for all to enjoy. With all of this snow, enjoying it while it is here is a must!
The menu at the farm this weekend will include:
-Pulled Pork Sandwiches
-Buffalo Chicken, Cheeseburger, and Chili hand pies
-Turkey Pot Pie Soup
-Apple Cider Donuts
-Guinness Beef and Chicken Pot Pie
-Regular Hot Chocolate and "Adult" Hot Chocolate
340 Marshall Rd. Fitchburg MA –
We hope to see you there!

11, Saturday, Full Moon Ski and Snowshoe Night at Windblown -  6:00-10:00 p.m. With new snow and the full moon both on their way this weekend, we're delighted to offer this year's first Full Moon Ski and Snowshoe Night at Windblown. $14.00 trail ticket* Base Lodge with hot food for dinner Open
Ski Shop with ski and snowshoe rentals Open
*50% Discounted Trail Tickets available for those who purchase a day trail ticket on Saturday.

11, 12, Saturday and Sunday – Frozen Fruitlands, 12:00-5:00 p.m, - Winter at Fruitlands means outdoor fun and adventure each weekend! Every Saturday and Sunday, January through March, bring your winter boots, sleds, snowshoes, or cross-country skis for some high energy fun as you explore our frozen hills and woodland trails. Then come warm up with us. There will be a toasty fire outside the visitor center and hot chocolate available inside the building. A Fruitlands staff member will be available to recommend trails and to answer questions. Be sure to check in at the Gift Shop for an admission sticker. Frozen Fruitlands includes admission to the Art Museum. Members are free, non-members $5.00, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard MA - www.fruitlands.orgFrozen Fruitlands join The Trustees at Frozen Fruitlands on Saturdays and Sundays through March, and explore the hills and trails for sledding, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing followed by a warm up with hot chocolate at the fire outside the visitor’s center. Check in at the Gift Shop for admission, which also includes the Art Museum, featuring two exhibitions: “Find Your Park: National Parks in New England,” a photography exhibition celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary and “Comforts, Cures, and Distractions” which invites visitors to reflect on the challenges and also fun and creativity of New England winters before modern conveniences.

11, Saturday, Fitchburg Art Museum - A Curious Nature: Paintings by Shelley Reed bring together a selection of the artist’s magnificent, immersive black and white canvases from the past decade with striking, never-before-seen oils on paper. A gallery filled with her works vibrates between dense accumulations of animal and botanical details, and studies of figures in isolation. Reed purposefully plays with the pulse of her paintings, often juxtaposing raucous, dynamic actions with implied moments of pause. Her subjects stalk, contemplate, attack, parade and preen, all the while leaving viewers to wonder who is watching whom. The curiosity of a hound eyeing a tortoise, for example, or the fierce glare of a tiger over its shoulder are moments that feel astonishingly palpable, prescient, and alive. A Curious Nature will be on view from February 12, 2017 - June 4, 2017, and is organized by Curator Mary M.Tinti and Interim Curator Lisa Crossman. This exhibition is made possible in part by the Simonds Lecture Fund. Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420, Telephone: 978-345-4207 –

11, Saturday – Organ Pipe Oligarchy – The Great Hall at Pakachoag Church, 2:00 p.m.  - This king of instruments teases with music inspired by regal benefactors, as reaction to political extremism, and as expression of national pride.
William Ness, Organ Faculty - Come enjoy the politically neutral ‘king of instruments’:  Pakachoag Church’s Dobson mechanical-action pipe organ, accompanied by: Scott Daugherty, Trumpet; Alice Daugherty, Flute; and the Great Hall chamber setting. Featuring royal fanfares to current day Americana. Great Hall at Pakachoag Church, 203 Pakachoag Street, Auburn, MA, 508-791-8159 –

11, Saturday, 2017 Camp Sunshine
Polar Dip at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area – Freezin’ for a Reason! 1:00 p.m., Registration: 11:00 a.m., Camp Sunshine is pleased to announce the 2017 Wachusett Polar Dip. We believe that together we can send many more children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to our one-of-a-kind retreat in Casco, Maine. With the strength of an event such as the 2017 Wachusett Polar Dip and the resources of Camp Sunshine, it is our goal to raise in excess of $40,000.00. That is enough to send 16 families from Massachusetts to Camp Sunshine. All participants who raise at least $100 will receive a highly coveted "I DID IT" event t-shirt. Too scared or too smart to take the plunge? There’s the option to participate in the “Chicken Dip” – where you’ll only need to dip your toes in! For more information visit: or

11, 12, Saturday and Sunday, Tower Hill Botanical Gardens, 10am–5pm
Our second weekend features floral arrangements by individuals and Garden Clubs. Saturday, February 11, 1pm: A film screening of Portrait of a Garden (in Dutch with English subtitles), Members $5, Non-members $20, includes admission. Registration required.
Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12, 11am-3pm: Hands-On activities. Free with admission.
Saturday, February 11, 10–11:30am: Shadow boxes for ages 10+ with an adult. Member: $25/adult-child pair, Nonmember: $45/adult-child includes cost of admission for child and adult. Fee includes all materials. Pre-registration required.Saturday, February 11, 3pm: Floral Design demo with Erica Jones, Creative Director at O Luxe Design. O Luxe has been featured in The Knot, Boston Weddings and more. Free with admission.
Sunday, February 12, 11:30am: Floral Design demo with Flowers by Justine. Justine is known for creating timeless, classic and lush floral designs. Free with admission.
Sunday, February 12, 1pm: Gardens of Awe and Folly: A Traveler’s Journal on the Meaning of Life & Gardening Talk and Book-Signing. Free with Admission; pre-registration required.Sunday, February 12, 2–3:30pm: Garden Tours. Meet at the Master Plan map at 2pm. 11 French Drive, P.O. Box 598, Boylston, MA 01505-
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