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The Guide to

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North Central

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In This Issue...

Plastic City Comic Con

The Beat Goes On

Take a Walk in the Wilderness

Calendar of Events

Johnny Appleseed Country Spring/Summer 2020


„ U-Pick Apples, Peaches

Raspberries & Blueberries

Fresh Cider Donuts • Cider Slushies „ Homemade Fudge

„ Old Fashioned Fruit-Topped Ice Cream

„ Petting Farm Animals „ The Country Store

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Sunflower Festival, August 8-9 Appleseed Country Fair September 5, 6, 7 Thanksgiving Harvest Festival November 21-22

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IN THIS ISSUE... 3 Where's Johnny? 4 Celebrate the Centennial! 6 It's the Plastic City Comic Con!

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• FARMS & FOOD 8 Garden Delights and More 10 When You Need a Jolt of Joe 12 Nostalgia on the Menu 13 Keep on (Food) Trucking 15 The Season to Scream for Ice Cream 16 Fruit of the Vine ... and Beyond

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The Guide to North Central Massachusetts is published semi-annually to help visitors discover the pleasures of the region. This complimentary publication is distributed through the state tourist information center; AAA offices in CT, MA & RI; and sponsoring member locations serving visitors and newcomers to North Central Massachusetts. Write to us at 1000 Route 2 Westbound, Lancaster, MA 01523.

• GREAT OUTDOORS 18 Talk About Farm Fresh 20 Take a Walk in the Wilderness 23 Hooked on the Outdoors 24 It's a Wild, Wild Life

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• THINGS TO DO 26 Can You Feel the Flower Power? 28 Quick Picks 31 Meet Me at The Fair 32 The Beat Goes On 52 Art From Near and Far

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Where’s Johnny? S

o you made the trip from near or far, landing smack in the middle of North Central Massachusetts. You’re in Johnny Appleseed Country. But where’s Johnny? Of course, John Chapman — who gained legendary status as a sower of seeds and planter of apple orchards — has faded into history. Born in Leominster in 1774, Johnny spent his youth here before heading west as the fledgling nation expanded. A youthful version of Johnny welcomes travelers to the Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center on Route 2. Stop by for a selfie! But wait, there’s more! You can see where the legend began, just about a mile from the Visitor Center. Johnny’s birthplace is marked by a plaque and miniature cabin, located — appropriately enough — on Johnny Appleseed Lane. It’s a modest recognition of a national legend — but that certainly doesn’t mean that the city of his birth has forgotten him. Parks, schools and streets bear Johnny’s name, and a bigger-thanlife-size statue, carved

from wood, stands in City Hall, on West Street in downtown Leominster. And throughout the year, you’re likely to run into Johnny — in the form of a local re-enactor — who is known to stop by fairs and festivals, chatting with visitors and sharing the story of Leominster’s hometown legend. Want to learn more about Johnny? The Visitor Center on Route 2 Westbound in Lancaster has a number of books about his life and times, geared to all ages! §

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Celebrate the Centennial!

Photo of Lucy Stone, 1818-1893.

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re you planning to vote in the November election? If you’re a woman, set aside a moment on election day to think about Lucy Stone and a handful of her strongwilled contemporaries who fought to gain that right for you. Yes, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. With its ratification, women were able to vote in the fall elections, including the 1920 Presidential election, for the very first time. The drive for equality at the ballot box began when Lucy Stone and Julia Ward Howe founded the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA), and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and Susan B. Anthony founded the 4

National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA). Although split on other issues of the day, the two organizations worked tirelessly for decades for woman suffrage. While 1848 is generally acknowledged as the beginning of the suffrage movement, Lucy Stone — who was born in West Brookfield, Massachusetts — gave her first public speech on women's rights in October 1847. That speech was presented right here in Gardner, at the Evangelical Congregational Church where her brother, the Rev. William Bowman Stone, was pastor. Although she didn’t reside in this area, Lucy visited her sister, Sarah, and brother-in-law, Deacon Henry Lawrence, many times between 1852 and 1893 at their home on

Elm Street in Gardner. Unfortunately, Lucy died in 1893, long before the goal of gaining women the right to vote was achieved. But many others continued the battle and attained success in August of 1920. This centennial year will include numerous observances across the country — including some here in North Central Massachusetts. On June 27, the Narragansett Historical Society presents “Tea with Lucy Stone” in its garden, complete with a Lucy Stone re-enactor. Women of the Catholic churches in Templeton are hosting the event, and visitors are invited to celebrate the centennial — while enjoying the beautiful garden, along with tea, tiny sandwiches and

Lucy Stone Statue at the Women's Memorial on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.

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pastries befitting a quiet summer afternoon. The Historical Society building at 1 Boynton Rd., is on the Templeton Common. Stop by for a chat with “Lucy” and learn about the suffrage movement and its success! On September 10, the Gardner Museum will host a “Meet Lucy Stone” program at 7 pm, and other events reflecting the suffrage achievement. To learn more about those plans as they evolve, check the website, gardnermuseuminc.com. And when you take that ballot into the polling booth, give a little nod of acknowledgement to Lucy Stone and the many suffragists who stood up for women’s rights so long ago. §


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March

June

3/15 to 3/21 Pizza Crawl at participating restaurants in town 3/17 Kate Chadbourne Irish Music Concert 2pm Leominster Library

6/1 Kids Rock! Music Concert with Monument Square Community Music School! Children ages 5 and under and their caregiver. No registration required

April

6/13 Summer Stroll 3-7pm, Downtown (Rain Date 6/14)

4/10 Easter Funday 10am-2pm, City Hall

6/23 Pink Flamingo Day 5-7pm, Downtown

July

4/11 Annual Fishing Derby 7am-11am, Barrett Park 4/21 Magic By Scott Jameson, Magician & Juggler! 3pm, Leominster Library, All ages. No registration required 4/22 Science Show With Kosmic Kelly 10am, Leominster Library, For all ages. No registration required

7/9 ImagArena® The Ultimate Imagination Experience 10am, Library, Ages 6-13. Registration Starts 7/2 . 7/14 The Magic of Jason Purdy Illusionist! 3pm, Library, No registration required 7/29 Li Liu Acrobat! 3pm, Library, No registration required

4/23 Bot! The Secret World Of Robots 3pm, Leominster Library, Ages K-6. No registration required

August

4/29 Taste of Leominster 5-8pm, City Hall

8/13 Ladies’ Night Out 5-8pm, Downtown (Rain date 8/20)

May� 5/7 Light the Town Purple 6:30pm, City Hall 5/16 Spring Citywide Yard Sale 8am-3pm

8/8 Johnny Appleseed Craft Beer Festival 3-7pm, Downtown

8/22 Kid’s Day 4-7pm, Downtown

September�

9/2 Dining Under The Stars 6pm-10pm (Rain date 9/3) 9/11 Food Truck Festival 5-9 pm, Downtown (Rain date 9/18) 9/12 Fall Citywide Yard Sale 8am-3pm

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P o w! ! m a B It’s the Plastic City Comic Con!

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ave you seen Batman lately? Or Aquaman, Cyborg or Wonder Woman?

Head to Fitchburg on August 1 — and you’re likely to see these familiar characters, and more, at the Plastic City Comic Con! It’s a one-day, family- and wallet-friendly gathering of comics artists, vendors, collectors and more. After a decade of attending conventions around the country — and seeing many of them get larger and increasingly expensive for vendors and visitors alike — Keith and Amy Gleason launched the local convention four years ago. Their goal: to offer an affordable option for New England comics fans. “Costs kept going up” at the larger conventions,

Keith said in a YouTube interview, “and smaller vendors were not getting as much attention.” As vendors (Keith’s a writer and artist; Amy’s an artist), they felt a need for a smaller, more affordable convention that would benefit both the vendors and attendees. The couple decided to create a “celebration of comics” in a family-friendly atmosphere — and what better spot than the easilyaccessible center of New England? Their first venture was held in the Leominster Senior Center (basing its name on the city’s Plastics City moniker), but quickly needed more space. The current venue — the Wallace Civic Center at 1000 John Fitch Highway in Fitchburg — offers a

large arena, plenty of casual seating for visitors to rest or chat, room for kids’ workshops, and a snack bar provided by the Civic Center. What more could you want?

Check this list: Over 150 comic book artists, writers, crafters, sellers and celebrity guests like Roy Thomas, who was the successor to Stan Lee at Marvel and created huge characters such as Wolverine, Captain Marvel, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, among others. Lots — and lots — of comic books (new, vintage and rare); opportunities to take photos with your favorite characters; great prints to buy (some of them signed on the spot by the artists); games; toys and more! Costumed characters — include a variety of authentically-attired attendees — from the pages of your favorite Marvel, DC and other comic books, ready to meet and chat with you. And don’t forget the price: Just $5 per person — and kids 12 and under get in for free! Oh, and did we mention the free parking?

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Mark your calendar now: Saturday, August 1, 10 am – 6 pm. Then hop in your Batmobile and head over to the Wallace Civic Center for a full day of comic adventure! §

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A City on the Move!

May to Oct. Farmers Market at Monument Park, Thursdays, 8:30 -12:30, June 13 4th Annual Food Truck Festival 4-8:30 featuring Moon Hill Brewing June 27 Small Business Saturday Sidewalk Sale June, July, August Youth Commission Movies in the Park: Fridays at dusk • Monument Park Summer Series, Saturdays at 6pm September 26 Fabulous Fall Festival & Gardner Chair Luge Visit Gardner Museum • Open March to December Wednesday to Sunday

Enjoy Gardner Recreation at... The Municipal Golf Course Dunn Pond State Park Gardner Veterans Skating Rink North Central Pathway Gardner Ten Pins

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Shop Downtown Gardner, and have lunch at one of downtown Gardner’s 12 lunch spots including the historic Blue Moon Diner, Paramount Café, Suzette’s Breakfast & Lunch Shop, Cruisers Malt Shoppe, and the Gardner Ale House — the area’s only menu brew pub. Springfull | Summer 2020

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Garden Delights — and More! A bunch of beets. Finnish coffee bread. Grassfed beef. Hand-crafted bracelets. And a medley of country tunes wafting from a white-painted bandstand. You just never know what you might find at a local farmers’ market! From sometime in the spring — as soon as farms and gardens shed the winter chill — right through the fall, these New England treasures pop up on town commons, in parks, on library lawns, tempting visitors with fresh produce and so much more. Whether a handful of tables or a mini-festival, these warm-weather gatherings mark the passage of the season, from bright spring salad greens through glossy purple eggplants, luscious red tomatoes and big orange pumpkins that hint at autumn’s arrival. The Friday afternoon market on Petersham’s

Farmer's Markets ASHBURNHAM Last Saturday of the Month, 9 am-1 pm, Meeting House Hill ATHOL Saturday, 9 am–noon, 100 Main Street BARRE Saturday, 9 am-noon, on the Common CLINTON Sunday, 10 am-2 pm, Depot Square Park FITCHBURG Thursday, 3-6 pm, Upper Common; Fridays, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, Wallace Civic Center, John Fitch Highway GARDNER Wednesday, 11 am-2 pm at Heywood Hospital, Green Street; Thursdays, 8:30 am - 12:30 at Monument Park, Park Street

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picturesque common features music by local bands. Westminster’s weekly gathering often includes special events, from informative gardening programs to barbecues, kids’ games and veggie contests, along with regular visits from farm animals and other attractions. Looking for a taste of North Central Massachusetts? There’s no better way to experience the countryside than to take a tour of these hometown markets. §

GROTON Friday, 3-7 pm, Williams Barn, Chicopee Row LEOMINSTER Saturday, 9 am-noon, Monument Park LUNENBURG Sunday, 10 am- 1 pm, the Ritter Building, 960 Mass Avenue ORANGE Thursday, 3-6 pm, Armory Parking Lot, East Main Street PETERSHAM Friday, 3-6 pm, May 29 - October 23, Town Common SHIRLEY Thursday, 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Town Hall, Hospital Road STERLING Friday, 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm, Butterick Building, 1 Park Street TEMPLETON Thursdays, 4-7 pm, Boynton Library, Town Common WINCHENDON Thursday, 4 -7 pm and Saturday, 10 am-1 pm, 128 Central Street WESTMINSTER Friday afternoons, 3-6:30 pm, Academy Hill * Information provided by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and subject to change. For up-to-date opening dates and hours of operation, visit mass.gov/agr/ or check them on Facebook.

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City of March 5 – May 7, 3 – 7pm, First Thursdays. Fitchburg Art Museum, enjoy an art tour and relax with fun, drop-in art activity & Farmers Market. Admission is Free after 3pm. March 7, 5-10pm, Emerald Society “Irish Night” Fitchburg Senior Center, 14 Wallace Ave. March 14, 6 -9pm, A Night at the Museum: Steampunk Masquerade, Fitchburg Art Museum, $50 per ticket. March 21 & 22, 8am – 1pm, Mass. Maple Weekend, Maple Breakfast, Live Music, Sugar Shack Open House, Hollis Hill Farm, 340 Marshall Road. April 2, 6:30pm, 15th Annual Benefit Drag Show, the Gayest Showman, Fitchburg State Recreation Center. For more information – 978-665-3163. April 18, 10am, Patriots Day 5k, River Styx Brewing, 166 Boulder Drive. April 23 – April 26, Fitchburg Art Museum Art in Bloom. For four days, FAM features 40 Flower arrangements created by local artists. May 8, 4:30-9pm, Fitchburg Spring Food Truck Fest In front of River Styx Brewing, 166 Boulder Drive

May 29, October 12, Weekend Summer Concert Series, Hollis Hill Farm, LiveMusic, BBQ, Outdoor Bar, Family-Friendly. Fridays 6-9pm, Saturdays 2-9pm, & Sundays 1-4pm, 340 Marshall Road. June – October, 4-7pm, Every Thursday, Fitchburg Farmers Market, Upper Common. June 14 , 10:30am, Firefighter Memorial Day and Re-Dedication of Monument, Upper Common. June 17, 2-5pm, Fitchburg DPW Day, 301 Broad Street. June 27, 1-6pm, Nashua River Brewers Fest (Age 21 plus), Riverfront Park. June 28, 1-6pm, Longsjo Bike Race (Part of USA Cycling National Race Series) Main Street. July 1, August 26, 6:30-8:30pm, Concerts on the Common, every Wednesday, Upper Common. July 3 – 5, 10pm, Civic Days Block Party, Main Street.· Civic Days fireworks, 10pm, off of Rollstone Hill. July 4, 5:30am, 4th of July Cannon Firing, Listening event only, off of Rollstone Hill.

May 16, 10am, Narrated and Historic “Rock Walk” to picturesque Rollstone Hill, begins at Boulder Art Gallery, 960 Main Street.

July 4, 10am, 4th of July Parade. From Summer Street to Upper Common.

May 24, 6:00pm, White Cross Ceremony, Monument Park.

July 18, 4-6:30pm, 13th Annual Amazing Duck Race, Riverfront Park. Ducks drop for the race at 6pm.

May 25, 10:30am, Memorial Day Ceremony, Upper Common.

August 4, 6-8pm, Police National Night Out, RiverfrontPark.

The Massachusetts Military History Exposition joined city officials to fire off the city’s newly restored Civil War 12lb Napoleon cannons at dawn on Thursday, July 4, 2019. Photo by Ashley Greene for the T&G. The font for the city's name,"Fitchburg" is an authentic Civil War era font. Spring | Summer 2020

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When You Need a Jolt of Joe…

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t’s a busy day, and you’re starting to slow down. You’re aching for a good cup of coffee, steaming hot and strong enough to awaken your taste buds. Skip the line in front of the barrista. Forget about the donut display. What you need is a cuppa the good stuff — locally roasted, if possible, with an aroma that gets your senses tingling. We’ve got just the spot for you! In fact, we’ve got a number of local cafés where you can get a jolt of caffeine, grab a quick bite, and hook up with free wifi to see what’s happening in your world. Of course, it’s great to find one of the familiar chain coffee shops when you’re on the go and need a pick-me-up or a box of donut holes to satisfy the munchies — but when you’re in the mood for something special, check out one of these local specialty coffee spots: Central Cup in Leominster — also known for its “cupcakery” — offers fresh, organic, fair trade coffee and espresso drinks that are roasted in nearby Worcester, along with locally-roasted nitro brew and cold brew. (If coffee isn’t your thing, 10

A creamy dream from Smoke Stack Roasters.

they also have over a dozen flavors of local teas, including matcha and chai.) Hungry? How about a warm breakfast sandwich, fresh muffin, or scrumptious scone? Check them out at 1039 Central St., Leominster, six days a week (closed Sundays). Smokestack Roasters in Lunenburg, an organic coffee shop and roaster, is open from 7 am – 3 pm daily. This café offers amazing espresso drinks (along with locally made baked goods, chocolate & candy). On the shop shelves, you’ll find offerings like Big Boss Breakfast Blend, Bold & In the Way Blend, and Peruvian Swiss

Process Decaf Organic & Fair Trade by Café Femenino. Each batch is hand-roasted daily right here in Lunenburg, and they package their coffee in compostable bags. Bring your own reusable cup or bean container, and you’ll get a discount and a high five! Smokestack Roaster is at 39 Mass Avenue in Lunenburg. Union Coffee Roaster in downtown Ayer is a micro-coffee roaster that specializes in small batch, high-quality coffee beans & brews, espresso beverages, house baked pastries, and a wide organic loose leaf tea selection. Find them at 25 Main St., Ayer, six days a week. Strong Style Coffee in downtown Fitchburg is a bit of a change-up from most local coffee shops. First, check the hours: the place is open from 7 am to 11 pm most days (opens at 8 am on weekends, closes at 9 pm on Sundays and Mondays). It holds open mic nights, hosts live music and offers a venue for creatives — from dancers to occasional cellists. If you’re looking for a different kind of place to sip your java, head to 13 Cushing St., Fitchburg. §

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Nostalgia on the Menu

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ell-worn wooden booths. Red vinyltopped counter stools. Table-top jukeboxes playing 45 records. The aroma of home fries sizzling on the griddle. You’ve just stepped back in time, into comfort food heaven. There’s nothing like a visit to a good oldfashioned diner. Tile floors. Arched ceilings. Gleaming metal cooktops on the other side of the well-populated counter. A cup of steaming coffee in hand, you study the menu, check the chalkboard for daily specials. Roast beef hash? Meatloaf ? Shepherd’s Pie? Oh, wait! It’s too early to think about lunch. How about a stack of blueberry pancakes, topped with strawberries and whipped cream….or an “everything but the kitchen sink” omelet? And if you’re in Johnny Appleseed Country, you’re in luck. The region has a generous helping of real

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diners, built in the heyday of these railroad car-styled lunchrooms. Hungry? Hit the road and check out these trips back into the past:

Not Just Once in a Blue Moon Tucked into a tiny space next to a bike shop in downtown Gardner, the Blue Moon Diner is a classic. Originally located in Winchendon, Worcester Lunch’s No. 815 was known as the Miss Toy Town until it landed in Gardner in the 1980s. Placing it in a spot formerly occupied by the Blue Moon Coffee Shop, its then-owner renamed it the Blue Moon. Today, owner Jamie Floyd mans the grill, keeps the coffee flowing and chats up regulars and newcomers alike with a smile. Want to explore more Worcester Lunch Car originals? Other locals listed in a nifty

paperback guide, Classic Diners of Massachusetts (American Palate), include KJ’s Airport Diner in Shirley (built in 1933), and the 50-50 Diner in Fitchburg. Two other Fitchburg diners, the Moran Square Diner and the East Side Diner are quietly waiting for new owners — each offering a great opportunity for a diner lover to create a new chapter in lunch car history! For more information about the manufacturer of these dining icons, check out The Worcester Lunch Company, a photo-packed paperback published by Images of America.

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Of course, other manufacturing companies hopped on the diner bandwagon in the 1920s and ‘30s. The Peterson Wagon Company in New Jersey, later known as Paterson Vehicle Company, churned them out from 1926 right into the ‘60s. Tim’s Diner, Silk City #4921, was built in 1949 and remains at its original location, just a block off Main Street in downtown Leominster. You’ll have to use a little imagination, though, since brickwork that was added to its exterior to repair damage from two vehicle impacts hides the familiar diner look. It’s small — one of the smallest made by Silk City — but size isn’t everything. Tim’s has been a favorite with locals for generations, and it’s easy to see why. Take your appetite for a ride, touring some great diners in the cities and towns of North Central Massachusetts. §


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The Cars, Coffee & Summer Food Truck Fest on July 12 at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton is a day filled with food trucks, live music, and craft beer. Take a scenic SkyRide to the summit! For event updates, visit wachusett.com

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passion? Corn dogs? Pizza? Tacos? Loaded baked potato? Chicken wings? Kabobs? The possibilities seem endless … and you can try lots of options when food trucks roll into the region. But how do you choose from all the mouthwatering choices you’ll face? The answer: Hit more than one event (and bring your appetite). Here are a few foodie opportunities this season:

The Food Truck Festival on June 13 in downtown Gardner comes hard on the heels of the 24-hour Greater Gardner Relay for Life, held just a few miles away at Mt. Wachusett Community College. Swing by Pleasant Street to enjoy foods from a variety of traveling eateries from 4 to 8:30 pm. Visit gardner-ma.gov for details.

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Fitchburg’s Civic Days Block Party on July 3 is a lively celebration of Independence Day, with live entertainment, classic cars, games … and, of course, food trucks! The fun runs from 5 to 10 pm on Main Street. Visit fitchburgma.gov/civic-days for details.

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The Season to Scream for Ice Cream T

he sun is out. The air is warm. Ice cream season has arrived, and it’s time to celebrate! What’s your favorite? One of the classics like chocolate, coffee or strawberry? Or are you a bit more adventurous, drooling over salty caramel pretzel, or maybe a Kahlua Crunch? Or would you go a step farther, opting for Gingersnap Molasses, Heavenly Mash or Chocolate Caramel Whiskey? They’re just a few of the dozens of flavors available at Kimball Farm, where the ice cream is made locally and served in awe-inspiring portions. The Kimball Farm location on Route 70 in Lancaster is open from spring through Christmas each year — and you’ll want to check in often to see what new flavors have been churned up onto the menu! Need more to choose from? Check out Cherry Hill Ice Cream in Lunenburg or its relative, Cherry Hill

Too in Townsend. Of course, you’ll find Cherry Hill Cherry on the menu, along with Bubble Gum, Caramel Cashew Crunch and Cotton Candy — and many more!

Next stop on the ice cream tour: Meola’s Wayside Ice cream in Sterling. Try the Caramel Caribou, Maine Black Bear, or Totally Turtle while you’re there. Or maybe the Peanut Butter Iditarod, Banana, or Chocolate Walnut Fudge. Are we in heaven yet? Keep on going, to Rota Spring Farm, also in Sterling (this town loves ice cream!). Try a farmfresh scoop of Java Lava, Cowabunga Crunch or Red Raspberry rage — and go back another day to check out the Moo Tracks,

Apple Pie or Ginger flavors! We’re not done yet! Head out to Kay’s Dairy Bar in Westminster, a local landmark, where soft-serve and hard ice cream share popularity with classic New England foods including the shop’s famous lobster rolls. There’s home-made ice cream, too — and plenty of it! — at Lickity Splitz on Route 202 in Winchendon. But be prepared! It takes a hearty appetite to handle one the cones scooped up here! Continuing on, don’t forget the ice cream dairy bar at the King Philip

Restaurant on Route 2A in Phillipston, where you can enjoy a waffle cone, sundae, banana split or other treats featuring Gifford’s ice cream, holder of several “World’s Best” awards. Last stop: Red Apple Farm in Phillipston. Not surprisingly, you can get old fashioned fruittopped ice cream at the rustic shop set at the entrance to acres and acres and acres of orchards! Summer time, and the lickin’ is easy at the ice cream shops of North Central Massachusetts! §

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Fruit of the Vine

ine country. North Central Massachusetts. Yes, you’re in the right place.

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Sure, you won’t see the vast expanses of vineyards associated with California. But there’s some fine wine being produced right here in New England, from Chardonnays to Cabernets and Rieslings. But that’s just the beginning. New England is known for its orchards — after, the Johnny Appleseed legend began right here in Leominster. While Johnny (whose real name, for you trivia buffs, was John Chapman) spent his life launching apple orchards across a growing nation, today’s local orchards are home 16

to a wide variety of fruits, from apples to peaches and pears — and don’t forget the blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and yes, even grapes, that are grown on the region’s hillsides. It’s not surprising, then, that wineries have cropped up in the small towns scattered throughout this farm country. Here are a few for you to check out as you travel through Johnny’s backyard. The best-known of these is Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton — a beautiful location any time of the year, and well worth a visit. Of course, you can find familiar wines like Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Merlot here — but you might just want to

try something a bit more adventurous (and “New England-y”), like the Strawberry Rhubarb Wine! The winery is open daily for tastings of its popular grape and fruit wines. Nashoba, incidentally, also received the first farmer-distiller license in Massachusetts, and offers a wide selection of distilled spirits in addition to wines and craft beers. You can learn more at nashobawinery.com.

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Kalon Farm in Ashburnham is a bit off the beaten track, but makes for a beautiful country ride when you’re touring the region. Owner Keith Kopley imports some grapes and grows others to produce his small-batch products. (The farm, incidentally, also offers grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork and poultry, and free range eggs at both its Ashburnham and


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Lancaster locations — and is home to Bull Spit Brewing Company, too!) Visit Kalon at kalonfarm.com, or on facebook. Hardwick Vineyard and Winery, set on 150 picturesque acres in a tiny town at the edge of the Quabbin Reservoir, is a family operation. Its wines bear names reflecting its history and location, from Yankee Girl Blush

to Massetts. Cranberry, Bay State Blueberry, and Quabbin Native, a “bright, fresh and fruity rose.” Looking for something more creative? How about a bottle of Pioneer Pumpkin, Harvest Maple or Valley Asparagus? The farm — which hosts events like concerts, painting parties and, in March, maple barn breakfasts — is open Fridays, Saturdays,

Home Fruit Wine in Orange is just what its name implies — a small producer of fruit-based wines, “made with quality succulent fruit and plump juicy berries” that are grown locally. Consider these: Strawberry Peach, Blueberry Sunrise, and Caramel Apple. Have you tried wine made from tomatoes or dandelions? Stop in for a tasting; visit the winery on facebook or at homefruitwine.com. Taste, and enjoy. You’re in wine country. §

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orchards here. Take the kids into the fields for an experience they’ll remember long, long after the last home-baked muffin or slice of pie has disappeared at the kitchen table. Where to begin? How about Carlson Orchards in Harvard,

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Hollis Hills Farm in Fitchburg, Meadowbrook Orchards in Sterling, Sholan Farms in Leominster, Lanni Orchard in Lunenburg, Red Apple Farm in Phillipston? No matter where you are in the region, there’s a farm or orchard nearby, ready to welcome visitors looking for a pickyour-own adventure. No time to do it yourself ? Stop at the farmstand at one of those spots, or at Bolton Orchards in Bolton, for an effortless enjoyment of the freshest produce available. Forget the fruits that have travelled for miles, and miles … and miles … by air or highway from who-knowswhere. Once you’ve plucked a fresh peach from the tree, letting the juice drip down your chin, you’ll want to head out to the farm again, and again, and again, till the harvest season ends. §


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s you tour North Central Massachusetts, you’ll find an abundance of fabulous events and family-friendly activities — from concerts to food truck festivals, craft fairs and theater performances. But sometimes, you just want to get away, to unwind and enjoy some quiet time in the great outdoors. And you’re in luck! The region is replete with forests, meadows, lakes and streams that will transport you from the hustle and bustle of daily life into quiet havens that are perfect for relaxation and reflection. Some of them are easy to spot on any map — expanses of green that are easy to find and easy to reach while following main

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traffic routes. Here’s a tip: In addition to popular destinations such as Wachusett Mountain, Mount Watatic, and the state forests, many less-known places off the beaten path offer a break from the crowds and the opportunity to discover many hidden gems. Thanks to the ongoing efforts of land trusts and conservation organizations, the region’s protected land and recreation opportunities continue to expand annually. Here are a few conservation areas — some of which opened just recently — that are well worth a visit.

Bearsden Conservation Area, located east of downtown Athol, is a 1000-acre expanse of wooded hills, wetlands, and unbroken forests in the Millers River valley. 1278-foot Round Top Hill, the highest of five summits within the property, offers fine views of Wachusett Mountain and the surrounding forested countryside. An observation tower at Sheep Rock overlooks the valley’s densely wooded slopes. The eastern portion is home to the scenic Newton Reservoir and the cascades of Thousand Acre Brook and Buckman Brook. Spring highlights include woodland wildflowers such as red and painted trilliums, and migratory songbirds which arrive in April and May.

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The trail network, comprised of forest paths and old woods roads, offers many possibilities ranging from easy outings to rugged half to full-day treks. Round Top Trail is a steep but short half-mile route from the Bearsden Road entrance to Round Top’s summit. At the South Royalston Road entrance (reached from Route 2A opposite the Market Basket plaza), several trails form an easy 1.5-mile loop around Newton Reservoir. Old Stage Road leads from the reservoir dam along Buckman Brook to an oxbow bend in the Millers River. Royalston’s Eagle Reserve, named for its resident breeding bald eagles, features a pristine 83-acre wetland buffered


by forests and fields. Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust protected the 140-acre property in 2016. The pond and bogs, formed by a giant beaver dam, provide habitat for wood ducks and other migratory waterfowl, moose, river otters, and muskrats. Rare species, including a juvenile golden eagle and a flock of sandhill cranes, have also visited the area. From the entrance on Winchendon Road, the half-mile Peninsula Trail leads over knolls to the tip of a narrow strip of land extending out of the south side of the wetland. The David H. Small Community Trail provides visitors of all abilities opportunities to enjoy scenic views and watch for wildlife. Cummings Otter River Conservation Area protects 123 acres of the Otter River watershed at the GardnerTempleton town line. The diverse natural habitats include an excellent example of an esker, a low ridge of sand and gravel deposited by glaciers during the last ice age, wetlands, and kettle ponds. Bailey Brook, a cold-water stream that provides habitat for brook trout, winds through evergreen hemlocks near the main entrance. The trails, though mostly unmarked as of this writing, are prominent and easy to follow. From the information sign at

the Bridge Street entrance (0.25 mile south of Route 68 at the GardnerTempleton town line), follow Hemlock Hollow Trail upstream along Bailey Brook to a junction at the esker. Here you can turn left to follow Esker Ridge Trail (look for blue flagging) southeast along the top of the esker, with views down into the wooded ravine. Vernal Pool Trail branches off Esker Ridge Trail and loops back to Hemlock Trail, passing seasonal pools used by breeding frogs and salamanders in spring. Pepperell Springs, once the site of springs used by a water company, is part of a large network of town conservation land and trails in Pepperell. The property is home to the dramatic Gulf Brook Ravine, part of a long geologic fault that runs from Worcester north to New Hampshire. The blue-blazed Jeff Smith Trail, a seven-

mile long-distance trail that links several town conservation areas, leads to fine views of the chasm and Gulf Brook from atop the rocky ridge (use caution around steep drop-offs). It combines with the Red and Gold trails to form a 1.5-mile loop that includes a portion of adjacent Heald Pond Conservation Area. You can find a detailed trail guide to Pepperell Springs and 15 other properties, available for download at town. pepperell.ma.us and nashobatrust.org. The town of Shirley features more than 800 acres of public land, including the Holden and Ronchetti conservation areas near the Lunenburg town line. This mosaic of woodlands, low rolling hills, and wetlands provides many recreational opportunities and habitats for wildlife. Visitors can explore seven blazed trails and connecting paths to

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adjacent conservation areas, including Valley Farm and Robb Hill. At the Holden Conservation Land entrance on Holden Road, a 1.5-mile, oneway trail runs south along the wetlands and ravine of Spruce Swamp Brook. The 1.4-mile Marsh Loop, reached from the nearby Ronchetti Conservation Area trailhead, connects with several other trails. Other trailheads are on Catacunemaug Road at the Lunenburg town line, and at the Birchwood Hills Town Homes on Brook Drive Road. Groton Memorial Town Forest encompasses 513 acres at the confluence of the scenic Nashua and Squannacook rivers. The 14-mile trail system, featuring old cart roads, footpaths, and single track trails, offers many options for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and other activities. These routes lead along rivers, over glacial hills and ridges, and past kettle ponds and meadows. The entrance is on Town Forest Road off Route 225. No matter where your travels take you in North Central Massachusetts, peaceful conservation lands await your visit. ยง 21


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et out your rod and reel. Grab your tackle box, hang out the “Gone Fishin’” sign — and don’t forget to pack the insect repellent. With its wealth of rivers, streams, lakes and ponds, North Central Massachusetts is an angler’s dream! Large- and small- mouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, sunfish and pickerel; brown, brook and rainbow trout; even freshwater salmon can be found in the waters of Johnny Appleseed Country. Consider these spots: The Nissitissit River in Pepperell is home to the state’s first

catch and release fly fishing area. The Stillwater River in Princeton and Sterling hosts a population of reproducing landlocked Atlantic Salmon, averaging two to four pounds. And local sportsmen’s associations and rod & gun clubs often open their properties for fishing derbies, making it easy for kids to try their hand at the sport. Head out to the Royalston Fish & Game Club on May 12, for example, for a youth fishing derby complete with lots of family fun, prizes and snacks. You can find the club on facebook — and plenty of trout in the pond! You can get hooked on

a fishing derby sponsored by the city’s Recreation Department. Check the calendar in this Guide for details. To boost the fishing experience, both private organizations and the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife stock waterways throughout the region in the spring (and some sites are stocked again in the fall)! Check out the website at mass.gov/eea for details.

the sport in the city, too! Stop by Barrett Pond in Leominster on April 11 for

But where to begin? Wherever you happen to be today, the chart below will help you find the perfect spot to drop a line. §

Stocking Up The following waterways are stocked by the state each year: ASHBURNHAM: Phillips Brook, Whitman River

LEOMINSTER: Barrett’s Pond, Crow Hill Pond

ASHBY: Locke Brook, South Branch Souhegan River, Trapfall Brook, Willard Brook, Upper Wrights Pond

LUNENBURG: Whalom Lake, Mulpus Brook PEPPERELL: Nissitissit River (SF), Sucker Brook, Unkety Brook

ATHOL: Ellinwood Brook, West Brook, Tully River, Millers, Silver Lake

PETERSHAM: Swift River East Branch, Connor’s Pond (SF*), Fever Brook West Branch

AYER: Bennett’s Brook, Sandy Pond

PRINCETON: Ware River East Branch, Keyes Brook, Stillwater River, Justice Brook

BARRE: Ware River (SF*), Burnshirt River, Canesto Brook, Prince River, East Branch Ware River

ROYALSTON: Millers River (SF*), Lawrence Brook, Priest Brook, Scott Brook

FITCHBURG: Fallulah Brook, Phillips Brook

SHIRLEY: Catacoonamug Brook, Mulpus Brook, Squannacook River (SF*)

GARDNER: Dunn Pond (SF*), Otter River, Perley Brook Reservoir, Kendall Pond

TOWNSEND: Bixby Brook, Mason Brook, Pearl Hill Brook, Squannacook River (SF*), Walker Brook, Willard Brook, Witch Brook

GROTON: Baddacook Pond (SF*), Cow Pond Brook, Knops Pond (SF*), Squannacook River (SF*), Unkety Brook

WESTMINSTER: Crow Hill Pond, Wyman Pond Brook, Phillips Brook

HARVARD: Mirror Lake

WINCHENDON: Millers River (SF*), Lake Dennison (SF*), Priest Brook, Tarbell Brook

HUBBARDSTON: Asnacomet Pond (SF*), Natty Pond Brook, Burnshirt River, Canesto Brook, Joslin Brook, Ware River

* SF= Spring & Fall To learn more about local fishing and fish stocking, visit www.mass.gov/orgs/division-offisheries-and-wildlife and www.mass.gov/masswildlife-trout-stocking-program.

LANCASTER: Fort Pond (SF*), Spectacle Pond

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It’s a Wild, Wild Life

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“If you go down in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise … Today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic.”

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ell, the lyrics of this popular old children’s song might be a bit whimsical. It’s unlikely you’ll see any Teddy Bears sitting on checkered blankets in the forests of North Central Massachusetts. But there’s certainly lots of wildlife for you to see in the woods, fields, streams and lakes of the region! Beavers, eagles, turtles, deer, owls … the woodlands are teeming with wildlife for you to see — if you know how and where to look! But where to begin? Although it’s easy enough to follow any of the myriad marked trails in local parks, conservation areas and sanctuaries on your own, there are also a number of local professionals and organizations ready to get you started with some confidence on the wildlife path.

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Nashoba Paddler in Groton (nashobapaddler. com) not only rents canoes, kayaks and related equipment, but also offers guided tours on the Nashua and Squannacook rivers designed to help you discover the world around you. June events, for example, include a “Paddling with Beavers” trip with an up-close look at a beaver lodge. You may even be surprised by the loud noise of a beaver slapping its tail on the water to scare visitors away. A “Family Paddling with Turtles” tour in July heads into a pond area filled with painted turtles and a couple of elusive snappers. Are you fascinated by birds? Mass Audubon’s Wachusett Meadow staff will hold Woodcock Watch programs in late March and early April. You

won’t want to skip this opportunity to learn about the American woodcocks, inland relatives of coastal shorebirds. They favor the kind of wet forests and fields found here, and spend much of their time incredibly well-hidden by their cryptic plumage. However, from late March to late April, woodcocks put on incredible courtship flight displays during their mating season, spiraling 300 feet into the air before descending rapidly to the ground. You can witness this not-to-be-missed sunset display; just hop onto the web (massaudubon.org/ wachusettmeadow) to register for this one! And that’s just one of Wachusett Meadow’s wildlife exploration events. In June, you can learn to identify spring birds, including physical and

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behavioral characteristics to watch for, and learn how to use habitat, songs, and calls as field aids — then return throughout the season for Sunday morning bird walks. In April, you can explore a vernal pool and learn to spot the wildlife there, and in May, learn about salamanders and frogs. Want more bird adventures? Join Jeff Johnstone at the Miller’s River Environmental Center, 100 Main Street Athol, on Friday mornings in April and May to search the North Quabbin area for Spring migrant birds. These “Early Birding” programs (yes, early — they start at 7 am!) are great opportunties for the novice birder to learn from an experienced field naturalist and member of the Athol Bird and Nature Club.


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Wildlife activities don’t end when the sun goes down — and neither do opportunities to look for local critters. North County Land Trust, which owns over 640 acres of conservation land and holds conservation restrictions on an additional 383 acres in this region, offers a host of outdoor programs to introduce visitors to the great outdoors (and the animals that reside there). An owl prowl, says NCLT’s Lisa Adams, is a unique experience. “We begin the owl prowl just at dusk when the sun is starting to set and the moon is out. We begin by learning owl facts (where their ears are, how well they see with their big eyes, how quiet their wings/feathers are especially when compared to other birds, etc.) We then venture out on the trails stopping along the way to call out to the barred owls hoping to hear a reply and see the owls themselves.

“It’s a special thing to be quiet and listen to the night world come alive. Being still in the dark night, not disturbed by phones, street lights, or the TV’s noise, we strengthen our own night senses and truly appreciate what nature can provide us in the stillness of night. As we walk, always stopping to call to the owls and listen carefully for their reply, we notice how our eyes change, too. No longer do you see color, only shades of grey. We become part of nature ourselves when we learn to appreciate the magic of night hiking by moonlight.” Intrigued? You can sign up for one of these special evening treks at the organization’s website, northcountylandtrust.org. And don’t forget to come back to North Central Massachusetts in the winter, for programs on wildlife tracking and other outdoors-y experiences offered by these and other local organizations. §

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yellow sunflowers waving gently in the breeze. And yes! You can pick them! If you can’t wait for the sunflowers to bloom, Hollis Hills Farm in Fitchburg welcomes visitors to its fields of flowers, to pick fresh bouquets as they blossom throughout the season — and then return, of course, when the sunflowers rise and shine in late summer. Last year, Red Apple Farm in Phillipston held its inaugural Sunflower Festival, welcoming visitors to the fields for a weekend of food, fun and flowers! The Rose family is at it again this August, with even more fun and more fields of sunflowers. Pick one, pick a

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Sample a variety of events in Johnny’s backyard!

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he Calendar in this issue of The Guide to North Central Massachusetts is chock-full of terrific events for all ages, from apple festivals to craft shows and concerts performed on historic pianos. No matter when you’re visiting the region, you’re sure to find something fun for the family to do. Here’s a sampling from the great buffet of events on tap this season.

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ere’s a chance to honor veterans and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Allied Victory in World War II: Head over to Shirley for a World War II Victory Dance!

This 1940s-themed dance — held on March 7 in the historic War Memorial Building at 8 Church St. — will have a live band, hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar. Civilian and military period dress is encouraged. There’s free admission for World War II veterans; other tickets are $30 per person, or $25 for active or retired military members. (Singles and couples are invited)

Do you need some more encouragement? There’s a free period dance lesson at 6 pm … then show off those steps from 7 to 10 pm, to the music of the GreenLight Jazz Orchestra! New England weather can be finicky; in case of snow, the dance will be held on March 8. For tickets and more information, visit fortdevensmuseum. org/events.

Sterling on June 20, at the Orange Drag Strip Reunion. For one thrilling day, the Sterling Airport will be filled with pre-1974 vehicles, dealers of automotive parts, plenty of eats… and, of course, nostalgia drag racing! The Reunion, featuring the 8th annual

330 Nationals, runs from 10 am till about 4 pm. It’s a family-friendly event; its organizers request that you “leave your alcohol, pot and profanity home.” But bring a lawn chair, sunscreen, even a shade tent to keep you comfortable as you cheer

on your favorite cars and drivers. The reunion welcomes cars, racers and memorabilia that were part of New England's racing history! Want to know more? Visit dragreunion.com. So dust off those cars, trophies and photo albums … and join the reunion.

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our toes were probably tapping while watching Mary Poppins on the big screen. How could you avoid feeling cheerful when the Banks family and friends sang? “Up through the atmosphere, up where the air is clear, let’s all go fly a kite!” There’s certainly something special about seeing colorful kites floating, dipping, soaring against a bright blue sky. Want to give it a try? Head out to Baldwinville Road in Templeton

on August 2, when the Narragansett Historical Society holds its annual Kite Festival. This event has it all: an open field, live entertainment, food, wagon rides, tractor pulls, free craft activities for the kids. Don’t know the ins and outs of kite flying? You can learn about how kites and made — and flown — here. Check it out on facebook; look for Templeton Museum (Narr Hist Society)…and keep your fingers crossed for a good, stiff breeze!

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You can find details, including directions and hours, about these and many other great family-friendly events in the Calendar section on Pages 34-46 of this issue of The Guide. Explore! Enjoy!

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ou’ve probably heard of National Plant a Flower Day (March 12), National Burrito Day (the first Thursday in April), and National Scrapbook Day (the first Saturday in May). You haven’t? Well, there are a lot of special days to celebrate throughout the year.

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sanctuary at 13 Goodnow Road to meet Finch, Willow, Hickory, and the rest of the flock for this fun and educational festival. Learn how sheep are sheared, and how their fleeces eventually become warm hats and mittens. Local vendors and crafters, kids' activities, and more will make this a fun weekend event for all.

How about National Flamingo Day? In 2007, Leominster mayor Dean Mazzarella declared the holiday to mark the 50th anniversary of the pink plastic flamingo — the creation of local designer Don Featherstone. This kitschy lawn ornament produced by Union Products made

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its 1957 debut right here in the Plastics Capital of the World in 1957. Five decades later, Mayor Mazzarella launched the national day of recognition for the bright pink bird that brings a smile to faces of all ages. How do you observe this great day? Put a bird on your front lawn. Better yet, put a pair — or a whole flock — of them out there for all to see. And be sure to stop by downtown Leominster from 5-7 pm on June 23 to join Leominster officials, residents, children and visitors — and lots of plastic flamingoes — to celebrate this national treasure.

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ou don’t need a calendar to know what season it is in North Central Massachusetts — it’s always Fair Season! From the opening of the first apple blossoms to the last pumpkin harvest, local folks find something to celebrate just about every weekend. Apples. Art. Music. Ethnic heritage. It’s easy to find a reason to party here! This is, of course, Johnny Appleseed Country, birthplace of that great American legend, John Chapman. It’s fitting, then, that Sholan Farms in Johnny’s hometown of Leominster, welcomes spring with an Apple

Blossom Festival, filled with music, food, fun, and even a butterfly release. For more information about this mid-May event, visit sholanfarms.com. You’ve gotta have art! And you’ll find it in the great outdoors at the Lunenburg Arts Festival in June, the Art & Craft Festival at Kimball Farm in Lancaster in July, and the Festival on the Common (formerly called the Templeton Arts & Crafts Fair) in August. These family-friendly events bring together artists, crafts people, musicians and more in picturesque small-town settings. Local folks of Finnish descent hold their

Kesajuhla, or summer festival, in June at Saima Park in Fitchburg. And if you love kielbasa, pierogi and Polka music, plan a visit to the Polish American Citizens Club (PACC) in Gardner for their Polish Picnic in August, or the Around the World Festival at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, both in August. All that fair-going making you thirsty? Check out a beerfest! Taste a variety of craft beers from around the region at the Nashua River Brewers Festival in Fitchburg in June, or the Appleseed Craft Beer Festival in Leominster and Beer Fest of Ale at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, both in August. New England has a long agricultural history, and the Bolton Fair, held at The

Fairgrounds in Lancaster in August, showcases everything from livestock to competitions for homemade pickles and canned veggies. The Appleseed Country Fair in Phillipston and the Sterling Fair, both in September, combine the harvest of fresh food with great music, events like tractor pulls, and lots of family fun. Let’s face it: You don’t need a reason — every day is a day to celebrate in North Central Massachusetts! §

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f you love music — any kind of music, from hard rock to swing, blues, and military marches — you’ve come to the right place.

Like to tap your toes to fiddle tunes? We’ve got it. Are piano compositions by Brahms, Schubert and Beethoven more your style? Check. Do you long for a replay of the Beatles era? You guessed it: A Beatles tribute band will be on stage here.

Massachusetts throughout the year. Weekends, weeknights, at afternoon farmers’ markets — the opportunities to enjoy a variety of music are endless. Pick your favorites, and enjoy!

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On grassy town commons, Traveling through the in brew pubs and even region, you can’t help but stately church settings, music notice the bandstands fills the air in North Central standing proudly on town commons and parklands. Generally quiet in the winter, the bandstands come alive when the weather warms, providing a stage for a broad range of performers.

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On weekend afternoons and weekday evenings, crowds gather on blankets and in lawn chairs to enjoy free —Yes! They’re free! —concerts. Check this sampling of the 2020 season lineup: the Leominster Colonial Band, performing music in the American tradition; Beatles for Sale, a tribute band playing songs that are ingrained in our collective memory; Tropical Sensations steel drum band, bringing a lively taste of the islands to New England; or Starburst, a Leominster tradition. Grab a blanket. Pack a lunch. Dance if the spirit moves you! The outdoor concert season always feels too short — enjoy it while you can!

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Find a Festival Here’s an easy one. Pick a weekend — any weekend — and odds are good that somewhere in the region there’s an outdoor fair or festival (or two, or three) underway. A Brewers’ Festival in Fitchburg, Food Truck Fest at Wachusett Mountain, Art & Craft Festival in Lancaster, The Civic Days Block Party in Fitchburg, casual weekend festivals at Hollis Hills Farm in Fitchburg, the Appleseed Country Fair in Phillipston … the list goes on and on. You can find these, and other fairs and festivals listed in the Calendar section of this Guide. And you can bet that when you find a festival, you’ll find music! From country sounds to rock ‘n roll, music keeps fair-goers energized on warm summer days.

Night Life In the mood for the Blues? Longing for some piano bar tunes? Looking for some national names on stage? Of course you’ll find it all here! The Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley is known for

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bringing well-known artists (including some blasts from the past) to its dining and ballroom venues. The Gardner Ale House in downtown Gardner serves up blues, rock, country and pop music throughout the week, along with a great selection of its own Moon Hill craft beers. While we’re talking beer … you won’t want to miss the beer — or the music — at Wachusett Brewing in Westminster. And if you’ve been here before, be sure to come back, because this place has grown! The Brew Yard is not to be missed! From line dancing to rock and acoustic sounds, there’s always something happening. StoneCow Brewery in Barre combines weekend music and BBQs. The Brew Barn at Red Apple Farm in Phillipston offers a twist on the music scene, with its weekly “fiddlers’ loft” featuring folks with fiddles producing down-home country, or folk, sounds while you sip a cold beer or locally-brewed hard cider. Gotta dance? Head out to the Elks Lodge in Leominster on Sundays

evenings and dance to Big Band sounds. Feeling rusty? Dance2Swing offers lessons at the beginning of the night, and all visitors, from beginners to experienced dancers, are welcome to strut their stuff. But wait! There’s more! On any night of the week, check out The Mill City Pub, Legends Bar & Grill, or Strong Style Coffee, all in Fitchburg for evening entertainment served along with super food.

Classical Acts If you think a piano is a piano is a piano, you haven’t heard music streaming from the keyboards of instruments in the Frederick Historic Piano Collection. These pianos, manufactured in Vienna, Paris, Leipzig, London — and, closer to home, Boston — date from 1795 to1928, and are amazingly different in sound. Attend one of the

Historic Piano Concerts on Sunday afternoons in April through May in the Ashburnham Community Church, and you’ll hear music the way the composers — Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin and other classical masters — would have heard it. The town of Winchendon has become a classical hot spot of late, and well worth a visit! The Winchendon Music Festival in June brings international musicians to town for a series of concerts featuring classical, world, and jazz programs. The town is also host to Winchendon Winds, a 40-piece professional concert band, and its free, family-friendly summer concert series at the Unitarian Universalist Church in the downtown district. The concerts encompass a wide variety of traditional, popular and contemporary music. §

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EXHIBITIONS & RECEPTIONS THROUGH MARCH 22. Artworks from The Arc of Opportunity in the Community Gallery at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. Visit fitchburgartmuseum.org. THROUGH MARCH 31. Orchid Show at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. Inspired by street art, this inaugural show is spectacular and immersive. In the Limonaia, visitors are greeted with incredible and lush displays of orchids and tropical plants, integrated seamlessly with custom-made graffiti art by local Worcester artist Croc. Colorful art displays continue throughout the Milton Gallery. Visit towerhillbg.org. THROUGH JUNE 7. Scenes in Circulation: Winslow Homer’s America at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. During the mid-19th century’s “Golden Age of Illustration,” Winslow Homer produced hundreds of images for the pages of popular periodicals like Harper’s Weekly. A collection of 46 recently acquired Winslow Homer wood engravings dating from 1858–1875 will be on view at FAM, offering a rare glimpse of the prints as a collective body. Homer’s illustrations provide insight into the production and circulation of images that sought to capture American life in the mid-19th century. THROUGH JUNE 7. Jo Sandman: The Photographic Work at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. Jo Sandman is one of New England’s most important artists, recognized for her consistent spirit of innovation. Explore her photographic work, grounded in images of the human figure, mortality, and the tensions between the material and the spiritual. Sandman’s photography employs antique 19th-century photographic processes alongside contemporary medical and digital imaging techniques to create her beautiful, poetic, and disquieting images. THROUGH JUNE 7. After Spiritualism: Loss and Transcendence in Contemporary Art at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. This group exhibition offers an occasion to reflect on personal and shared losses through contemporary art. The works on view reflect on trauma and mourning, at times confronting historical conflicts and seeking to overcome long-standing divisions. MARCH 5–MAY 24. Astrophotography by the Aldrich Astronomical Society at the Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., Gardner. Open 1-4 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Opening reception, March 5, 6:30-8 pm; no reservation needed. Visit gardnermuseuminc.com. MARCH 19–AUGUST 2. The Art of Lesia Sochor at the Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. Lesia Sochor is an artist of Ukrainian descent. Her paintings are narratives prompted by personal experiences. Visit museumofrussianicons.org. MARCH 20–MAY 6. Atomic Alert! Confronting “The Bomb” in the New Atomic Age at the Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. The Soviet Union’s detonation of its first atomic bomb on August 29, 1949, thrust the United States into a new and more precarious

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era. Just four years after celebrating victory in World War II as the only nation with an atomic bomb, American now found themselves confronting the probability of an atomic ar. This exhibition explores the government’s efforts to educate Americans about what to do before before, during and after an atomic blast. Visit museumofrussianicons.org for more information.

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MARCH 20–SEPTEMBER 20. Fighting Pencils Fighting Faith at the Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Central St., Clinton.

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MARCH 21–AUGUST 2. Pysanka: Symbol of Renewal at the Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. Showcasing works by artist Lesia Sochor. Opening Lecture, March 21.

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MARCH 26–APRIL 26. Amazing Quilts by The Material Girls in the Community Gallery at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. APRIL 7–AUGUST 7. Tradition and Opulence: Easter in Imperial Russia at the Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. APRIL 19–JUNE 27. Visions exhibition at the Hammond Hall Art Gallery, Fitchburg State University, 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg. APRIL 29–MAY 24. The Wonderful Works and Words of Allah from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the Community Gallery at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. MAY 14–JUNE 14. Long Way Home: Photographs of Gordon Lankton at the Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. JUNE 4–AUGUST 23. Art by Michelle Vezina Peterlin and Patricia Ide at the Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., Gardner. Michelle has been a professional artist for over 20 years. During her college years, she was a student under John Grillo, considered the Father of American Expressionism. The exhibit will run until August 23rd during regular museum opening hours. Opening reception, June 4, 6:30–8 pm. Visit gardnermuseuminc.com. JUNE 6–NOVEMBER 8. Darling Godsonny: Ivan the Terrible Advises the Infant Stalin at the Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Cinton. JUNE 26–SEPTEMBER 6. Call and Response: In Transition a collaboration between ARTSWorcester and FAM in the Community Gallery at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. JUNE 26–SEPTEMBER 6. 85th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. The Regional Exhibition is one of the oldest juried exhibitions in New England. This annual summer tradition strives to discover, encourage, and celebrate the artists and crafters of our region. The Regional Exhibition provides our artist community a museum environment to exhibit their artwork and opportunities to connect with fellow artists, patrons, and enthusiasts. JULY 1–AUGUST 29. Treasures from Fitchburg’s Bicycle Years, Historic Iver Johnson Bicycles Exhibition, at the Fitchburg Historical Society, 781 Main St., Fitchburg. Preview on June 28, 10 am-4 pm during the Longsjo Race on June 28. Visit fitchburghistoricalsociety.org

THURSDAY, 7:30 PM. Los Lobos performs at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Rd., Shirley. Visit bullrunrestaurant.com. FRIDAY, 5:30 PM. Annual Soup & Bread Supper in Holy Cross Hall, 25 Lake Ave., East Templeton. A variety of meatless soups and chowders, bread and crackers will be served. A free will donation will be accepted and donated to “Food for the Poor.”

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FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 8 PM; SUNDAY, 2 PM. The Drowsy Chaperone at Theatre at the Mount, 444 Green St., Gardner. A modern-day musical theater addict drops the needle on his favorite LP – the 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of his hi-fi, the musical magically bursts to life onstage! Tickets at mwcc.edu/tam.

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SATURDAY, 5-10 PM. Emerald Society “Irish Night” at the Fitchburg Senior Center, 14 Wallace Ave., Fitchburg. Music from Boston’s Erin Og, Anne O’Connell’s Irish American Step Dancers, selections from the Westford and District Pipes & Drums and the Police Pipes & Drums of Worcester. Enjoy traditional fare from Sean Patrick’s Restaurant. Advance tickets at irishfestival.ticketbud.com/2019

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SATURDAY, 5 PM. Billy Walsh returns to the Old Timers Restaurant for the inaugural “Dinner and a Show with the Leprechauns.” The Clinton Leprechaun Society hosts an evening of Irish Music, Irish Food and Irish Fun. Hear Bagpiper Phil Klibansky, and Clinton›s own Thomas Beirne will start the evening singing in Gaelic. Billy Walsh, his wife Mary and band members Joyce Anderson, Tommy Megan, and Jim Whitney will perform 6 to 10 pm. Liz Dowd Narbonne a Leprechaun favorite will make a guest appearance. Reserved seating will begin at 5:00 pm. Dinner orders accepted 5 to 8 pm. Corn Beef and Cabbage is on the menu. The Leprechauns are aiming to make this Dinner Show an annual Irish event. Call 978-733-4373.

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SATURDAY, 2 PM. The Life and Times of Clara Endicott Sears at the First Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, on the town green, Lancaster. Presented by the Fruitlands Museum.

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THURSDAY, 5-7 PM. Family Ice Fishing Clinic at the Lancaster Town beach on Spec Pond, Old Turnpike Road, Lancaster. This is a free, family friendly learn to ice fish event. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours; equipment and bait will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Lancaster Recreation Department, at lancaster.ma.us. Note: Less than 6” of safe ice, rain, or heavy snow will cancel this event.

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FRIDAY, 7:30 PM. St. Patrick’s Day with the Kelly Girls at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Rd., Shirley. St. Patrick’s Day is all about having fun and this lively and talented, four-piece, all female band are all about kicking up you heels and having fun. Visit bullrunrestaurant.com.

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SATURDAY, NOON. 44th Annual Parade and Leprechaun Convention in Clinton, hosted by the Clinton Leprechaun Society. Wear your green, display Irish pride, recognize Doo Gooders, and celebrate community service, family fun and lots of laughs. The public is welcome to march behind Bagpiper Phil Klibansky while the kids hold the golden rope to corral the Leprechauns. Clinton native and Irish musician Seamus Pender will keep you entertained at the Town Hall from 11 am to 12:30 pm, when the Leprechaun Convention begins, with Clinton Irish Step Dancers, Shillelagh and Scholarship awards. Bring the kids, stuff yourself with corned beef and have fun. At 2 pm, the Clinton Ancient Order of Hibernians Club will host their annual Corned Beef Dinner at the Elks Lodge.

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SUNDAY, 11 AM–NOON. The Flying Irish Dancers perform at the Townsend Public Library, 12 Dudley Rd., Townsend. Watch these talented dancers, learn some basics of Irish dancing, and hear stories about Irish culture. Visit townsendlibrary.org.

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SATURDAY, 6-9 PM. A Night at the Museum: Steampunk Masquerade at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. Enjoy Neo-Victorian music, food, & themed cocktails. Put on your best bib and tucker. Steampunk attire encouraged. Tickets $50. Call 978-345-4207.

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SATURDAY, 6-10 PM. Fort Devens Museum WWII Victory Dance fundraiser at the War Memorial Building, 8 Church St., Shirley. Party like it’s 1945! Honor our Veterans and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Allied Victory in World War II. Live band, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. (Snow date, March 8.) Civilian & military period dress is encouraged. Singles & Couples invited. 6 pm, free period dance lesson; 7-10 pm, music by GreenLight Jazz Orchestra.Tickets: fortdevensmuseum.org/ events.

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SATURDAY, 7:30 PM. John Davidson performs at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Rd., Shirley. Visit bullrunrestaurant.com.

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See the Flying Irish dancers perform at the Townsend Library on March 14 — and don’t miss the Spring Feis on April 18 in Leominster!

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SUNDAY, NOON. Doris Kearns Goodwin at the Bull Run Speaker Series, 215 Great Rd., Shirley. Doris Kearns Goodwin is a worldrenowned presidential historian, public speaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times #1 best-selling author. Doors open at 10 am for brunch and seating; program begins at noon. Visit bullrunrestaurant.com for tickets.

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SUNDAY-SATURDAY. Pizza Crawl at participating restaurants in Leominster, starting at Leominster City Hall, 25 West St., Leominster. Sample pizzas at local restaurants around town and vote for your favorite.

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THURSDAY, 7-9 PM. The Original Paint Nite: Rustic Tulips at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton. Unleash your inner artist, going from a blank canvas to a masterpiece of your own, with plenty of laughs along the way. Guided by a talented and entertaining artist, you’ll be amazed at what you create. $35; $10 off with code YayWachusett. Register at wachusett.com.

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SATURDAY, 11 AM-3 PM. Sample Social at Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave., Phillipston. Here’s your chance to sample anything in the store. Take part in a game for an entry into a drawing for merchandise. Visit redapplefarm.com for details.

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SATURDAY, 2-4 PM. Artist Lecture and Pysanka Exhibition Opening at the Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. The paintings of Lesia Sochor are narratives told in paint prompted by personal experiences, evolved from her annual spring ritual of creating intricately decorated Ukrainian eggs known as pysanky. Lesia will explore the egg as the embodiment of the life principle that is associated with mythical and religious ceremonies from the earliest pagan times. Visit museumofrussianicons.org.

Local artists can have their work critiqued at the GALA gallery on March 21.

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SATURDAY, 8 PM. Troy Gonyea Band performs at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Rd., Shirley. Troy Gonyea is an emerging American artist; a musical descendant of the original Blues lineage. Visit bullrunrestaurant.com for tickets.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 5:30 PM. A Taste of Sardinia—A Dinner with Fred Plotkin at The Falcon Hub, Hammond Hall at Fitchburg State University, 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg. CenterStage again welcomes renowned author and gourmand Fred Plotkin to campus to lead a culinary tour of Italy. This year’s event will focus on the Italian region of Sardinia. Plotkin will enlighten guests about the history, culture and cuisine of this island that serves up plenty of sea, sand, and history. An authentic menu of specialty dishes will accompany the verbal tour. $50; advance purchase required. Visit fitchburgstate.edu.

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THURSDAY, 6-8 PM. Atomic Alert! Exhibition opening at the Museum, of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. Admission, $15. Visit museumofrussianicons.org.

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FRIDAY, 7 PM. The Wake of Timothy O’Toole, Dinner Theater Mystery Comedy at the Old Mill Restaurant, 69 State Rd. East (Rt. 2A), Westmnster. Poor Timothy...a rich Irish inventor, killed in the prime of his life. Help us find out whodunnit, and have some laughs along the way!Buffet Dinner & Show, $40 Tickets: 978-8745941.

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FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 7:30 PM; SUNDAY, 2 PM. “Run for Your Wife” at New Players Theatre Guild Center for the Performing Arts, 15 Rollstone St., Fitchburg. A London cab driver, John Smith, literally has two lives, complete with two different wives, in different areas of London. Somehow, he manages to juggle them both without arousing suspicion…for a while. For tickets, visit nptg.org. Repeats March 27-29.

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SATURDAY, 10 AM–NOON. Gardner Area League of Artists Art Critiques at the Beals Memorial Library, 50 Pleasant Street, Winchendon. Artists are invited to attend, enjoy coffee and snacks and bring up to 3 art pieces to critique. For details, visit galagardner.org.

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SATURDAY, 6-10 PM. St. Urho’s Dinner Dance at the Finnish Center at Saima Park, 67 Scott Rd., Fitchburg. For reservations, email visit saima-park.org.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 8AM– 1PM. Mass. Maple Weekend at Hollis Hill Farm, 340 Marshall Rd., Fitchburg. Maple breakfast, live music, sugar shack open house, Visit hollishillsfarm.com. WEDNESDAY, 6:30 -8 PM. Wine Down Wednesday at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton. Join us for an evening of relaxing yoga followed by an informational wine tasting! Treat yourself to a healthy indulgence and a night of fun with friends. $25. Visit wachusett.com to register. THURSDAY, 7-8 PM. Woodcock Watch at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. From late March to late April, woodcocks put on incredible courtship flight displays during their mating season, spiraling 300 feet into the air before descending rapidly to the ground. Registration required; visit massaudubon. org/wachusettmeadow.

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THURSDAY, 7 PM. Glimpses of the White-tailed Deer at the Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., Gardner. Do you love Bambi? Get to know the graceful creature that inspired her! Acclaimed wildlife photographer Bill Fournier will share his experiences with the smallest members of the North American deer family. Reception at 6:30, program from 7-8 pm. Reservations required; visit gardnermuseuminc.com.

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FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 8 PM. Lifeblood by Erik Nikander, a staged reading at Kent Recital Hall, Conlon Fine Arts Building at Fitchburg State University, 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg. Visit fitchburgstate.edu. FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 7:30 PM; SUNDAY, 2 PM. Mary Poppins performed by The Narragansett Theatre Company at Narragansett Regional High School’s Safka Auditorium, 464 Baldwinville Rd., Templeton. Tickets are available online in the weeks preceeding the show at Showtix4u.com. FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 7:30 PM; SUNDAY, 2 PM. “Run for Your Wife” at New Players Theatre Guild Center for the Performing Arts, 15 Rollstone St., Fitchburg. See March 20-22 listing for details. Visit nptg.org for tickets.

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SATURDAY. Cardboard Box Race at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton. It’s simple: just create a vehicle in which at least one person can successfully make it to the bottom of a short downhill course using only cardboard, duct tape, paint and decorations and you could win some really cool prizes. Visit wachusett.com for details . SATURDAY, 8-10 AM. Pannukakku Breakfast at the Finnish Center at Saima Park, 67 Scott Rd., Fitchburg. Finnish oven pancake, bacon, sausage, Finnish coffee bread, fruit, juice, coffee/tea/cocoa. $8. (Price subject to change.) Finnish Center at Saima Park, 67 Scott Rd., Fitchburg. Visit saima-park.org.

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SATURDAY, 9:30 AM-4 PM. Botanical Embroidery at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston. Love plants and botanical


illustrations? Or wish to dive into the art of embroidery? That is all you need for this class! Start with sketching your favorite plant, or corner of the botanic garden. Simplify the drawing into color blocks, then transfer the design onto the fabric. Embroider the design using basic stitches. Then move on to more complex groups of stitches to create textural effects, to finish your botanical drawing. Visit towerhillbg.org.

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SATURDAY, 2-3:30 PM. Signs of Spring at Kirby Conservation Area, Byfield Road, Ashburnham. Join the North County Land Trust for this welcoming of springtime with Naturalist Laurie Nehring. We will walk and observe signs of spring as the thaw begins to show signs of life all around! Bring water and a snack. Suitable for all ages. No dogs, please. Rain date, March 29. Registration requested at northcountylandtrust.org.

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SATURDAY, 8 PM. The Jon Butcher Axis performs at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Rd., Shirley. Visit bullrunrestaurant.com.

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SUNDAY, 1-2 PM. Sacred Space, Sacred Time lecture at the Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. Visit museumofrussianicons.org.

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SUNDAY, 1:30-3:30 PM. Memories as Muse Workshop at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg, with Instructor Krista Bebezas. Create a tribute to a loved one in an artwork. Bring photos, writing, and other mementos to memorialize your special friend, family member, or pet. We’ll supply paint, brushes, collage materials, paper and canvas board. Program for ages 15-adult, and ages 10-14 accompanied by an adult. $30, $25 museum members. Visit fitchburgartmuseum.org.

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SUNDAY, 2 PM. Animal Farm, a staged reading of George Orwell’s classic, featuring Stratton Players and Rep. Natalie Higgins, at the Leominster Public Library, 40 West St., Leominster.

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THURSDAY, 6:30 PM. 15th Annual Benefit Drag Show, the Gayest Showman, Fitchburg State Recreation Center. For more information, call 978-665-3163.

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THURSDAY, 7 PM. Massachusetts at Gettysburg at the Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., Gardner. This presentation by local history buffs Dave and Sue Gallagher will discuss how the Bay State helped turn the tide of the Civil War at Gettysburg. Reservations required; visit gardnermuseuminc.com.

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FRIDAY, 7-8:30PM. Owl Prowl Night Hike at the Crocker Conservation Area, Flat Rock Road, Fitchburg. Looking for a unique experience? North County Land Trust invites you to learn about and head into the woods in search of owls! Visit northcountylandtrust.org to register.

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FRIDAY, 10 AM & 1 PM; SATURDAY, 10 AM & 1 PM. Ukrainian Egg Decorating with artist Lesia Sochor at the Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. Members, $30, nonmember $35; to register, visit museumofrussianicons.org. The 10 am class on Saturday is a family class, $45 per family, ages 10+. Register by March 27.

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SATURDAY, 8 PM. The Willie J. Laws Band performs at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Rd., Shirley. Over the past 25 years Willie has performed as the house band at The House of Blues in both Las Vegas and New Orleans as well as Margaritaville in the “Crescent City.” Visit bullrunrestaurant.com for tickets.

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SUNDAY. Pond Skim closing day at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton. Pull out your favorite costume, find your widest skis and test your balance as you cascade across our man-made pond to cheers from eager on-lookers. Registration will take place in the lobby before the event. (Weather dependent, date may change). Visit wachusett.com.

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SUNDAY, 1:30 PM. Spiritualism and Espiritismo at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. Learn about the historical roots of Spiritualism and Espiritismo and their contemporary manifestations with scholars Susan Aberth and Jason Baumann Montilla, artist Julie K. Gray, and Spiritualist and Certified Medium Sirry Berndsen. Free for all FAM members and free with admission.

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TUESDAY, 6 PM. Tuesday Night at the Museum, at the the Narragansett Historical Society, 1 Boynton Rd. Join us each Tuesday to research, explore or lend a helping hand. This is partially weather dependent; email nh1924society@gmail.com or on Facebook at Templeton Museum (Narr Hist Society).

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THURSDAY, 7 PM. Birds of New England and the Quabbin Reservoir at the Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., Gardner. Dale Monette, local birder and nature photographer, and retired educator and naturalist with the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, will present wildlife images, focusing on birds that visit New England, and birds and mammals that live here and call New England home. Both of his books, Secret Lives of the Quabbin Watershed and Voyagers, Visitors and Home, will be available for purchase tonight, signed on request by the author. Reservations required; visit gardnermuseuminc.com.

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FRIDAY, 7 AM-NOON. Early Bird Birding with Jeff at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main St., Athol. Head out to explore the North Quabbin area for Spring migrant birds. These are great events for the novice birder to learn from one of our best field naturalists. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Severe weather cancels. Info: Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052. Atholbirdclub.org.

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FRIDAY, 10 AM-2 PM. Easter Funday at Tata Auditorium, Leominster City Hall, 25 West St., Leominster. Make a craft, visit the live bunnies & chicks, and take your picture with the Easter Bunny (Don’t forget your camera).

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SATURDAY, 7-11 AM. Annual Fishing Derby at Barrett Park Pond, 40 Barrett Parkway, Leominster, for ages 14 and under. For information, call the Leominster Recreation Department, 978-534-7529.

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SATURDAY, 8 AM-1PM. Easter’s Great Gathering at Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave., Phillipston. This Congregational Church of Phillipston event includes egg hunts for children at 9, 10 and 11 am, a teen egg hunt with prizes at 12:30 pm, and an adult egg hunt at noon, along with Easter basket raffles, fresh cider donuts and coffee, face painting, baby animals and more. Enjoy brunch with the Easter Bunny! Visit redapplefarm.com.

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SATURDAY 9:30 AM–3 PM. Annual River Rat Race in downtown Athol and Orange. The Athol Lions Club hosts this wet and wild day of canoe racing. When the cannon booms at 1 pm, about 300 canoes will compete in the 56th River Rat Race on the Millers River. Don’t miss the Parade at 9:30, featuring community bands, floats, and fire trucks as they wind their way down a short route along Main Street. The promenade ends at Lord Plaza with a carnival. The canoe racing starts at 1 pm. Because April 12 is Easter, there are no races on Sunday this year. For a full schedule, visit riverratrace.com.

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FRIDAY, 1-3 PM. Hands On With Fiber Arts. Dye Wool with Natural Materials at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. Learn techniques for dyeing wool with natural materials, such as rock tripe, walnut hulls, and goldenrod. Practice dyeing unspun and spun wool to experiment with different effects. $10 fee. Registration required; visit massaudubon.org/wachusettmeadow.

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SATURDAY, 9 AM-3:30 PM. Flying Irish Spring Feis at the Leominster Elks Lodge, 134 N. Main Street, Leominster. The Flying Irish’s annual spring Irish Dance competition is a treat to watch. Dancers of all ages showcase their skills in front of a judge to determine the best in each category & level. Visit flyingirish.com to learn more.

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SATURDAY, 10 AM. 5th Annual Patriots Day 5k Run/Walk in Fitchburg. Sponsored by the Fitchburg Veterans Council, the race starts at River Styx Brewing, 166 Boulder Drive., Fitchburg. Register at the Veterans Services Department, 14 Wallace Ave. or call 978-829-1797.

reception and awards on Friday evening, artist demonstrations and music throughout Saturday and Sunday. Raffles, Chinese auction, refreshments. Visit GALA on Facebook.

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SATURDAY, 8-10 AM. Pannukakku Breakfast at the Finnish Center at Saima Park, 67 Scott Rd., Fitchburg. Finnish oven pancake, bacon, sausage, Finnish coffee bread, fruit, juice, coffee/tea/cocoa. $8. (Price subject to change.) Visitsaima-park.org.

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SATURDAY, 11 AM-3 PM. Sample Social at Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave., Phillipston.Here’s your chance to sample anything in the store. Take part in a game for an entry into a drawing for merchandise. Visit redapplefarm. com for details.

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SATURDAY, 1-4 PM. Sheep & Wool Festival at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. Sheep grazing led to the development of many meadows on the sanctuary. Today, our team of woolly grazers helps us maintain open habitats for wildlife. Come meet Finch, Willow, Hickory, and the rest of the flock. Learn how sheep are sheared, and how their fleeces eventually become warm hats and mittens. Local vendors and crafters, kids’ activities, and more will make this a fun weekend event for all. Adult $10, Child $5. Rain date, April 19.

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SUNDAY, 8 AM-5 PM. ATA Trap Shoot Competition at the Royalston Fish & Game Club, 55 Baldwinville Rd., Phillipston. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before the competition. Follow the club on Facebook for details.

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SUNDAY, 4 PM. Historical Piano Concert featuring Yuan Sheng, pianist, at the Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main Street (Rte. 12), Ashburnham, presented by Historical Piano Concerts, Inc. Piano by Streicher of Vienna, 1846. Music by Robert Schumann: Kreisleriana, Arabesque Op. 18, Humoresque. Admission $15 per adult; children and students, free. VisitFrederickCollection.org

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TUESDAY, 3 PM. Magic by Scott Jameson at the Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. Families are invited to join us for an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and the audience will travel through time. Suitable for all ages.

Jerilyn Jorgensen, violin, Cullan Bryant, piano, perform in Ashburnham on April 26.

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THURSDAY, 10 AM–NOON. Birds in Flight Mobile for ages 5–8 at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. Draw and paint birds, then hang them as a mobile. Visit fitchburgartmuseum.org to register.

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THURSDAY, 10 AM-NOON. Drawing Close-up: Plant Life for ages 9–12 at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. Work from leaves, flowers, and branches to draw two ways: realistically and abstractly with pencil and watercolor pencils. Visit fitchburgartmuseum. org to register.

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THURSDAY, 3 PM. BOT! The Secret World of Robots from Mobile Ed Productions, Inc. at the Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. Join us for an amazing robotics showcase! Kids will take a closer look at how robots impact our lives today and tomorrow and they will explore the emerging field of robotics through audience participation, humor and fun facts! The show’s co-star is a “wacky” virtual character named Cozmo that will help lead the kids on a high-tech adventure! Suitable for grades K-6.

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WEDNESDAY, 10 AM. Spectacular Science Show with Kosmic Kelly at the Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. There will be a fizzy rainbow volcanoes, elephant toothpaste, bubbling beakers, and more! This program is suitable for all ages. No registration required. WEDNESDAY, 10 AM–NOON. Welcome Spring! Workshop at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. For ages 5–8. Paint, collage, and stamp a spring scene. Visit fitchburgartmuseum.org to register. WEDNESDAY, 10 AM-NOON. Your Songscape for ages 9–12 at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. Turn your favorite song into a scene with paint and collage materials. Bring the song and the written lyrics to the workshop. Visit fitchburgartmuseum.org to register.

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THURSDAY & FRIDAY, 124PM; SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11 AM-5 PM. Art in Bloom at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. For four days, the museum features 40 flower arrangements created by local florists, garden clubs, and individuals interpreting the art in our galleries. Visit fitchburgartmuseum.org.

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SATURDAY, 1-2 PM. Panel Discussion with exhibition curators, Tradition and Opulence–Orthodox Easter in Romanov Russia at the Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. Nonmembers $12. Visit museumofrussianicons.org.

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SUNDAY, 4 PM. Historical Piano Concert featuring Jerilyn Jorgensen, violin, Cullan Bryant, piano, at the Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main Street (Rt. 12), Ashburnham, presented by Historical Piano Concerts, Inc. Short pieces by Lili Boulanger; Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2 by Ravel; Sonata No. 3 by Enesco. Piano by Erard of Paris, 1893. Admission $15 per adult; children and students, free. VisitFrederickCollection.org.

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TUESDAY–THURSDAY, 6 PM. Ugly Lies The Bone By Lindsey Ferrentino at the Wallace Center for Performing Arts, Fitchburg State University, 67 Rindge Road, Fitchburg. When newly discharged veteran Jess returns to her native Florida hometown after a disabling third tour in Afghanistan, she discovers that readjusting to life can be painful and disorienting. Through virtual reality video game therapy, Ugly Lies the Bone examines the restoration of one soldier’s life, relationships, and ultimate self. Details at fitchburgstate.edu. Repeats May 1-3.

FRIDAY, 6-8 PM. Art in Bloom Champagne Reception at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. Enjoy an evening of flowers, jazz, art, and champagne. Tickets are $30; $25 for FAM members. Call 978345-4207. FRIDAY 6-9 PM, SATURDAY, 11 AM-5 PM, SUNDAY NOON-4 PM. GALA Annual Spring Art Show at the American Legion Hall, 295 School St (Rt. 12), Winchendon. The Gardner Area League of Artists’ biggest art show of the year! Opening

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WEDNESDAY, 5-8 PM. Taste of Leominster at City Hall, 25 West St., Leominster. Sample offerings from dozens of restaurants as the community spotlights local businesses. Visit Leominster-ma.gov.

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THURSDAY, 10:30 AM-12 PM. Wachusett Meadow Nature Walk: Vernal Pools at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. Enjoy the beautiful trails during these guided, relaxed-pace walks. Our teacher-naturalist guide will help you spot and learn more about a variety of wildlife that live in Central Massachusetts. Fee, $5. Registration required; visit massaudubon.org/ wachusettmeadow.

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SUNDAY, 10 AM-2 PM. Nissitissit River Paddling Tour In Pepperell. Spring is the time to paddle this lovely river as its current carries you though beautiful forests and marshes. Have fun as you maneuver your boat to navigate the meanders and take in the beauty of this very special pristine river. Intermediate moving-water, 6 miles downstream. Cost: $50pp-canoe, $70pp-kayak. (Bring a picnic to enjoy when we take a riverside lunch break.). Registration required online at www. NashobaPaddler.com.

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SUNDAY, 4 PM. Historical Piano Concert featuring Trio Confero: Maksim Shtrykov, clarinet; Julian Langford, cello; Misuzu Tanaka, piano, at the Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main Street (Rt. 12), Ashburnham. Trios for Clarinet, Cello and Piano by Brahms, Wilhelm Berger and Alexander Zemlinsky. Piano by Streicher of Vienna, 1871. Admission $15 per adult; children and students, free. Visit FrederickCollection.org.

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MONDAY, 7 PM. Perseverantia: Music of Struggle and Perseverance at Weston Auditorium, Fitchburg State University, 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg. Visit fitchburgstate.edu for details.

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THURSDAY, 6:30 PM. Light the Town Purple in honor of the Greater Gardner Relay for Life at City Hall, 25 Wet St., Leominster.

Ready for some mud? Don’t miss Muckfest Boston on May 16! Photo courtesy of Gameface Media and MuckFest MS.

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SUNDAY, 10 AM. Youth Fishing Derby at the Royalston Fish & Game Club, 55 Baldwinville Rd., Phillipston. Worms. Crawlers. Trout. Prizes. Family. Good Times. What more can be said? For kids up to age 14. Fee: $5 includes hot dog, beverage, & chips included for youth; burgers & beverages available for purchase. Adults can fish after youth prizes are awarded. Visit the club on Facebook for details.

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SATURDAY, 10 AM-4 PM. Notown Goods First Anniversary Celebration, 23 Village Inn Rd, Westminster. Join us in celebrating a wonderful first year in business! Enjoy prizes, specials, free gifts, and a few special guests. There will be cake! Details at notowngoods.com. SATURDAY, 1 PM. Wingmasters at the Fitchburg Library, 610 Main St., Fitchburg, presented by North County Land Trust. See live owls and birds of prey! SATURDAY, 8 PM. Rust Never Sleeps at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Rd., Shirley. Rust Never Sleeps embraces the Neil Young ethos: follow the muse, in this live Neil Young Retrospective. Visit bullrunrestaurant.com for tickets.

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SATURDAY & SUNDAY. Safety Weekend at Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. Kids can climb on a fire truck, check out the inside of an ambulance, police car and even put out a pretend fire. Visit DavisFarmland.com.

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SATURDAY, 7 PM & SUNDAY, 4 PM. As It Is In Heaven by Arlene Hutton, at the Shirley Meeting House on the Shirley Center Common, 41 Brown Road. The play is a powerful and compelling re-creation of a decisive time in the history of one of the most curious religious communities in America—the Shakers. Similar to Arthur Miller’s classic play about the Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Hutton’s play is infused with an angelic feel, and punctuated by beautiful Shaker songs and dancing. Admission is $15.00. Visit shirleymeetinghouse.org.

THURSDAY, 7 PM. Clara Barton at the Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., Gardner. Doris Forte will impersonate one of the most honored women in American history, Clarissa Harlowe Barton (1821-1912), the pioneering nurse who founded the Red Cross, as she looks back on her life. The event coincides with Red Cross Week. Reservations required at gardnermuseuminc.com. FRIDAY, 4-9 PM. Fitchburg Food Truck Festival at River Styx Brewing, 166 Boulder Drive, Fitchburg. Visit riverstyxbrewing.com for details. FRIDAY, 7-10 PM. Full Moon Canoe Tour in Groton. Set out by canoe at dusk and as darkness approaches, watch the moon rise, being on the lookout for owls, beaver, bats, and other night creatures. After some delicious refreshments, we’ll return following the moon’s ribbon of light. Easy, flat-water, 5 miles roundtrip. Cost: $45 pp-canoes only. Refreshments included. Registration required at NashobaPaddler.com.

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SATURDAY, 8 AM-3PM. Town Wide Yard Sale in Ashburnham. Get your maps to over 50 participants at 150 Center St. For more information: bresnahancenter@yahoo.com.

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SATURDAY, 1-2 PM. Living Easter, Living Liturgically with scholar Nadieszda Kizenko at the Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. Members $6, nonmembers $12. Visit museumofrussianicons.org.

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SATURDAY & SUNDAY. Mothers’ Day Weekend at Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. Kids bring your mom admission free to Davis Farmland on Mother’s Day Weekend and pamper her with a complimentary massage! Visit DavisFarmland.com for more info.

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SUNDAY, 4 PM. Historical Piano Concert featuring Josefina Urraca, piano, at the Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main Street (Rte. 12), Ashburnham, presented by Historical Piano Concerts, Inc. Music by Schubert; The pianist will be joined by Guillermo Laporta, flute, in the “Trockne Blumen” variations. Piano by Tröndlin, Leipzig, ca. 1830. Admission $15 per adult; children and students, free. Visit FrederickCollection.org. THURSDAY, 7 PM. Connecting with the Land at the Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., Gardner. Representatives from the North County Land Trust will highlight ways NCLT is connecting people with the land we live on and suggest ways to better connect with nature in the Gardner area. The talk will be accompanied by a slideshow showcasing local photographers and displaying some of Gardner’s nature and wildlife through the photographers’ lens. Reservations required; visit gardnermuseuminc.com.

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SATURDAY, 9 AM. Muckfest Boston at Willard Athletic Complex, Antietam St. & Sherman Ave., Devens. This is a high-octane blast from start to finish, with mud so thick and obstacles so big and bold that your athleticism will be tested and leave you wanting more. MuckFest features 18 obstacles primed to make you fly and climb higher than you’ve ever gone before. Conquer the 5K course with friends and afterward, proudly wear your new MuckFest t-shirt and hoist your free beer in the MuckFestival as you re-live the adventure and celebrate your accomplishment. Spectators are free, and so is their front-row seat for the Start, Finish and several signature obstacles. Register at nationalmssociety.org.

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SUNDAY, 10 AM-5 PM. Annual CheeseChase 5k and CheeseFest at Smith’s Country Cheese, , 20 Otter River Road, Winchendon. This 5K fun-run route starts and ends at a picturesque dairy farm and takes you through the beautiful back roads of Winchendon. Run it, walk it, skip it — cheese enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate. Kids ages 3-12 can sign up for the Kids’ Holstein Hustle and run an exciting course through the barn! The Cheesefest — complete with food vendors, beer and wine, pony rides, and live music will begin after the 5K! Visit smithscountrycheese.com.

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SATURDAY, 8 AM-3 PM. Spring Citywide Yard Sale in Leominster. Find treasures throughout the city. Maps available at City Hall, 25 West St., Leominster.

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SATURDAY, 10 AM. Narrated and Historic “Rock Walk” to picturesque Rollstone Hill, beginnng at Boulder Art Gallery, 960 Main Street, Fitchburg.

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SATURDAY, 11 AM-5 PM. Founder’s Day at the Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. Enjoy free admission and celebrate the opening of the Long Way Home exhibition. Visit museumofrussianicons.org.

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SATURDAY, 1-5 PM. Saturday Open House begins at the Narragansett Historical Society, 1 Boynton Rd., Templeton. The museum is open for self-guided exploration of our building and gardens, research, inquiry, and storytelling every Saturday. For more information, email nh1924society@gmail.com.

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SATURDAY, 8 AM-1 PM. Plant Sale at the Doyle Community Center, 325 Lindell Ave., Leominster. North County Land Trust offers many different plants from flowering to herbs, perennials and annuals to support the work of land conservation in north central Massachusetts. Visit northcountylandtrust.org.

SUNDAY, 1:30 PM. Memorials and Memory at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. A conversation on memorials and memory with artist Keith Morris Washington in FAM’s galleries and a walking tour with the Friends of the Fitchburg Abolitionist Park to sites in Fitchburg, including Monument Park and the future site of the Fitchburg Abolitionist Park. Program is free with museum admission.

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SUNDAY, 4 PM. Historical Piano Concert featuring Rebecca Hartka, cello, and Barbara Lysakowski, piano, at the Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main Street (Rt. 12), Ashburnham, presented by Historical Piano Concerts, Inc. Works by early 20th-century English and French composers. Piano by Erard, Paris. Admission $15 per adult; children and students, free. Visit FrederickCollection.org.

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THURSDAY, 7 PM. We the People at the Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., Gardner. The Constitution begins with those deceptively simple words. Professor of English Studies and Coordinator of American Studies at Fitchburg State University, Ben Railton’s presentation is about how Americans define that “We.” He will explore and critically examine history to define the question which is vital to understanding America. We the People: The 500-Year Battle over Who is American is the latest of Ben’s five books, published in July 2019. Reservations required; visit gardnermuseuminc.com.

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SATURDAY, 8-10 AM. Pannukakku Breakfast at the Finnish Center at Saima Park, 67 Scott Rd., Fitchburg. Finnish oven pancake, bacon, sausage, Finnish coffee bread, fruit, juice, coffee/tea/cocoa. $8. (Price subject to change.) Visitsaima-park.org.

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SATURDAY, 10 AM-4 PM. Apple Blossom Festival at Sholan Farms, 1125 Pleasant St., Leominster. Live entertainment, food trucks, exhibits, butterfly-release procession with bagpipes, crafters, silent auction, bake sale and fun for the whole family. Free admission. Visit sholanfarms. com. Rain date, May 17.

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SUNDAY, 4 PM. Historical Piano Concert featuring Ignacy Gaydamovich, cello, and Cihan Yücel, piano, at the Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main Street (Rte. 12), Ashburnham, presented by Historical Piano Concerts, Inc. Beethoven’s five sonatas for cello and piano. . Piano by Bösendorfer, Vienna, c.1830. Admission $15 per adult; children and students, free. Visit FrederickCollection.org.

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MONDAY. Memorial Day Ceremonies in Fitchburg. The placement of wreaths at various cemeteries begins at 7:20 am; parade starts on North Street at 9:30 am and proceeds to the Upper Common on Main Street for the ceremony.

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SATURDAY, 1-4 PM. Family comics workshop with artist Marek Bennet at the Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. $45 per family (children ages 11-16 plus one adult), all materials provided. Limited to 20 participants, register by Friday, July 17 at museumofrussianicons.org.

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FRIDAY, 3-6 PM. Opening Day for Petersham Farmers Market, on the Common, Rt. 32. More than a dozen traditional vendors (Organic and locally grown produce, crafters, hot dog vendors and more. Live music; weekly updates available on facebook and petershamcommon.com. Runs every Friday through October 23.

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SUNDAY, 4 PM. Historical Piano Concert Thomas Pandolfi, pianist, at the Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main Street (Rte. 12), Ashburnham, presented by Historical Piano Concerts, Inc. Music by Polish Master Pianist-Composers. Piano by Erard, Paris, 1877. Admission $15 per adult; children and students, free. Visit FrederickCollection.org.

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Veterans are honored at Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the region. Photo by Diane Burnette

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SATURDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY. Machinery Madness at Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. Kids can operate and dig with giant excavators, climb on a bulldozer and backhoe and even drive a real farm tractor! Visit DavisFarmland.com for more info.

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SATURDAY & SUNDAY. Annual City Wide Yard Sale throughout Fitchburg. Visit fitchburgyardsale.com. Email: Fitchburgyardsale@gmail.com.

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FRIDAY, 7:30-10:30 PM. Full Moon Canoe Tour in Groton. Set out by canoe at dusk and as darkness approaches, watch the moon rise, being on the lookout for owls, beaver, bats, and other night creatures. After some delicious refreshments, we’ll return following the moon’s ribbon of light. Easy, flat-water, 5 miles roundtrip. Cost: $45pp-canoes only. Refreshments included. Registration required at NashobaPaddler.com.

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FRIDAY, 4-9 PM; SATURDAY, 12-8 PM; SUNDAY, 12-7 PM. Brew Barn opening weekend at Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave., Phillipston. Enjoy MoonHill Brew and Rick & Al’s Apple Ale on tap, BBQ, live music, lawn games and more.

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FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 7:30 PM; SUNDAY, 2 PM. Musical theater production at New Players Theater Guild Center for the Performing Arts, 15 Rollstone St., Fitchburg. For updates on the show, visit nptg.org. Repeats on June 12-14.

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SATURDAY, 8 PM. James Armstrong Band performs at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Rd., Shirley. James Armstrong started making waves on the California blues circuit in his 20s, becoming the youngest member of Smokey Wilson’s band. Visit bullrunrestaurant.com for tickets.

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SATURDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY. Sheep Shearing Weekend at Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. Kids can help the farmers give our sheep their summer haircuts! Visit DavisFarmland.com for more info.

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SUNDAY, 1:30 PM. Messages to the Beyond at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. In celebration of the closing of After Spiritualism, the curators will be available for conversation in the galleries preceding a ritual send-off of visitors’ written messages to the beyond with artist Imna Arroyo. Program is free with museum admission.

THURSDAY, 7 PM. Plants for Health and Wellness at the Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., Gardner. Certified Aromatherapist and Herbalist Kim Fitzgerald will share her knowledge of local medicinal and edible plants and how to identify them. Did you know that the common plants you use to make food taste good also have benefits to our health and wellness? Tonight, you will learn medicinal uses for herbs and spices most people can find in their spice rack and that are most commonly found in people’s herb gardens for culinary use. Reservations required; visit gardnermuseuminc.com.

SATURDAY. Play & Spray opens at Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. New England’s largest zero-depth water spraypark opens for the summer season! Visit DavisFarmland. com for more info.

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SATURDAY, 3-7 PM. Summer Stroll in downtown Leominster. This annual event is a celebration of Leominster throughout the years with a focus on the ‘50s and ‘60s. Parade, music, dancing in the streets, classic car show, face painting, pony rides, sand sculptures, a misting tent, classic cars and vendors. For details, see Leominster-ma.gov. (Rain date, June 14)

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FRIDAY, 8-9:30 PM. Owl Prowl Night Hike at the Underwood Conservation Area on Underwood Road, Hubbardston. Looking for a unique experience? North County Land Trust invites you to learn about and head into the woods in search of owls! Visit northcountylandtrust.org for details and to register. FRIDAY, 6 PM-SATURDAY, 6 PM. Greater Gardner Relay for Life at Mt. Wachusett Community College, 444 Green St., Gardner. Thousands of area residents walk the track for 24 hours to raise funds for cancer research. Music, raffles, a moving luminaria ceremony. Visit relay.acsevents.org. FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 8 PM. The Honky Tonk Angels at Theatre at the Mount, 444 Green St., Gardner. The creator of “Always…Patsy Cline” combines over 30 classic country tunes with a hilarious story about three gutsy gals who are determined to better their lives and follow their dreams to Nashville. Tickets at mwcc. edu/tam. Repeats June 19-21.

SATURDAY, 4-8:30 PM. Food Truck Festival in downtown Gardner. Enjoy foods from a variety of these traveling eateries parked along Pleasant Street. Visit gardner-ma.gov for details. FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND at Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. Kids bring your dad admission free to Davis Farmland on Father’s Day Weekend and pamper him with a complimentary massage! Visit DavisFarmland.com for more info. WEDNESDAY, 2-5 PM. Fitchburg DPW Day at 301 Broad St., Fitchburg. Little kids love big trucks! See and climb into DPW equipment like excavators, graders and trucks. Play in a gigantic sand pile, and more!

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FRIDAY, 9 AM-5 PM; SATURDAY, 9 AM-3 PM. Material Girls Quilt Guild Quilt Show 2020 at the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, 365 Lindell Avenue, Leominster. Display of 150+ Quilts, yard sale table, gift basket raffle and more. $8 admission fee; Men and children 12 and under free with accompanied paid admission. For details, see materialgirlsquiltguild.org.

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SATURDAY. Reptile Invasion at Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. Reptile Man, Michael Ralbovsky from Rainforest Reptile Shows invades Davis Farmland with giant tortoises, slitherin’ snakes, alligators, lizards and more! Join us for daily, hands-on reptile encounters and shows through Labor Day. Visit DavisFarmland. com for more info. SATURDAY, 10 AM-3 PM. Lunenburg Arts Festival on Memorial Drive, Lunenburg Center. This popular outdoor juried event includes 50 artisan vendors, all selling handmade items, food trucks, and entertainment running all day.

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SUNDAY, 7-10 PM. Paddling with Beavers in Groton. Evening is the best time to spot beavers! As we paddle through their natural habitat, we will get an up-close look at a beaver lodge and may even be surprised by the loud noise of a beaver slapping its tail on the water to scare us away. Easy, flat-water, 4 miles roundtrip. Cost: $40pp-canoe, $60pp-kayak (Bring a picnic to enjoy when we take a riverside dinner break.) Registration required at NashobaPaddler.com

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FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 7:30 PM; SUNDAY, 2 PM. Charlotte’s Web presented by the Stratton Players at the Alumni Center for the Performing Arts, Applewild School, 98 Prospect St., Fitchburg. The whole family will enjoy this show that tells the story of a livestock pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. Visit strattonplayers.com for tickets. Repeats June 26-28. FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 8 PM; SUNDAY, 2 PM. The Honky Tonk Angels at Theatre at the Mount, 444 Green St., Gardner. The creator of “Always…Patsy Cline” combines over 30 classic country tunes with a hilarious story bout three gutsy gals who are determined to better their lives and follow their dreams to Nashville. Tickets at mwcc.edu/tam.

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SATURDAY, 8 AM-1 PM. Town Wide Yard Sale, Ice Cream Social and Book Sale in Westminster. Start your day at the Forbush Memorial Library, 118 Main St., Westminster, to pick up a map and plan your treasure-hunting day … and don’t forget to return to refresh yourself with some sweet, cool ice cream! Visit forbushlibrary.org.

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SUNDAY, 2-4 PM. Summer Concert at Coggshall Park, 65 Electric Ave, Fitchburg, sponsored by the Friends of Coggshall Park. Free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the concert on the shores of Mirror Lake. Visit Friends of Coggshall on Facebook for updated schedule, www. facebook.com/Friends-of-Coggshall-Park.

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TUESDAY, 5-7 PM. Pink Flamingo Day at Monument Square in downtown Leominster. Pink Flamingo Day was declared in 2007 by the mayor of Leominster to honor the creator of the plastic lawn flamingo, Don Featherstone. It is a day to celebrate the icon that is the pink plastic lawn flamingo, so decorate your lawn with a pair — or a flock! — of these kitschy birds.

Beatles for Sale performs at Coggshall Park, Fitchburg on July 12 and in Townsend on July 22.

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SATURDAY, 8 AM-4PM. Solstice Celebration in downtown Winchendon. Summer’s here! Join this celebration hosted by the Clark Memorial YMCA. We will have fun activities all day long with vendors, food, kids games, music and more. Visit clarkymca.org for more information.

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SATURDAY 8:30 AM. Dragstrip Reunion at the Sterling Airport. The World’s Toughest Three Hundred and Thirty Feet. Giant car show, automotive swap meet, memorabilia display and the 330 Nationals drag racing! Admission includes parking and a full day of racing excitement. Visit dragreunion.com. Rain date, June 21.

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SATURDAY. Vanessa Marcotte 5K at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton. Visit wachusett.com for more information.

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SATURDAY, 10 AM-4 PM. Summer Festival/Kesajuhla at the Finnish Center at Saima Park, 67 Scott Rd., Fitchburg. Chess tournament, outdoor games for all ages, chicken barbecue, cultural program. Visit saima-park.org.

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SATURDAY, NOON. Winchendon Winds Band Concert at Unitarian Universalist Church of Winchendon, 126 Central St., Winchendon. Free admission. Winchendon Winds, a 40-piece professional band, will perform a family-friendly concert of audience favorites in the church sanctuary. Refreshments are sold on the lawn before and during the concert. Come hear some of the best wind ensemble playing in Central Massachusetts! Visit winchendonwinds.org.

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THURSDAY, 7 PM. Gardner’s Lost Railroads and Train Stations at the Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., Gardner. A joint presentation by local railroad buffs under the leadership of Chuck Heidorn. Reservations required; visit gardnermuseuminc.com.

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FRIDAY, 6-8 PM. FAM Summer Party at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. Celebrate the opening of new summer exhibitions, including the 85th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft. Explore the galleries. Meet local artists. Enjoy refreshments or a drink from the cash bar. Free for everyone.

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FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 7:30 PM; SUNDAY, 2 PM. Charlotte’s Web presented by the Stratton Players at the Alumni Center for the Performing Arts, Applewild School, 98 Prospect St., Fitchburg. See June 19-21 listing for details.

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SATURDAY, 10 AM. Independence Day Parade in Pepperell, starting on Main Street. Celebrate the Fourth with a full day of activities, capped with fireworks at 9:30 pm. check pepperellfourth2020 on facebook for updated information.

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SATURDAY, 10 AM-3 PM. Hubbardston Fair at Curtis Recreational Fields, Route 68. This family friendly event has something for everyone: Lots of different types of food, local artists, crafters, live music, demonstrations, face painting,

and fun for all ages! And always free parking and free admission! (Rain date 28th) For details contact hubbardston250@gmail.com.

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SATURDAY, 11 AM-6 PM. Nashua River Brewers Festival at Riverfront Park, Boulder Drive, Fitchburg. This is a great opportunity to taste the finest in craft beers and ciders from local breweries and listen to great music along the banks of the Nashua River for a good cause! Admission is $15 in advance ($20 day of the event). A free collectible tasting glass is included at the entrance. This is a 21+ event - bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy the live music. See beersforgood.com for the latest information and tickets.

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SATURDAY, 12-10 PM. Winchenstock 2020 at the Winchendon Rod & Gun Club, 169 Winchendon Rd., Royalston. This dance party and concert to benefit the Winchendon Community Action Committee will feature The Fools, as well as the Big RanDom, Point the Finger, The Beach Zombies and Deacon Express. Also on tap: food vendors, Chicken BBQ at 3:30 pm, free RV/tent camping. Tickets online at showtix4u.com.

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SATURDAY, 2-4:30 PM. Lucy Stone Tea Party at the Narragansett Historical Society on Templeton Common (Routes 2A and 101), Templeton, honoring this early women’s rights activist with local ties and commemorating the 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote. Hosted by members of Templeton’s Catholic churches. For more information, email nh1924society@gmail.com.

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SATURDAY, 9:30 PM. Fourth of July Fireworks behind Varnum Brook School in Pepperell. See pepperelfourth2020 on Facebook for more information.

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SATURDAY, 8 AM – 6 PM; AND SUNDAY, 8AM - 2PM. Yankee Engine-uity Show at the Orange Airport: 80 Airport St. Orange. Antique engines, tractors, cars & trucks, flea market, steam engines & machinery, live steam table, kiddie tractor pull, live band, tractor parade, gas engine raffle, food concessions...and more! Visit cmsgma.com.

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SATURDAY. Rock N’ Laurel Trail Race at North Country Land Trust’s Crocker Conservation Area in Fitchburg for a trail race among the mountain laurel blooms of early summer. There will be a 5K course for avid trail runners and a shorter family friendly trail loop for others. Visit northcountylandtrust.org.

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SUNDAY, 9 AM – 1 PM. Father’s Day Car Show at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, 1050 Westminster St., Fitchburg, sponsored by the Mid-State Antique Auto Club. Attendance prizes drawn all day, 50/50 drawing, Presidents Award, People’s Choice award and more. Details at midstateaac.org.

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Christopher Tourtellot recites a poem on July 4 in Templeton in conjunction with the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Photo by Virginia Strahan

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SATURDAY. Longsjo Bike Race (Part of USA Cycling National Race Series), on Main Street and Boulder Drive, Fitchburg. Watch worldclass racing at this annual event, as cyclists circle downtown Fitchburg. New this year: a community race, for those that are not seasoned racers. Visit longsjo.com for up to date details.

WEDNESDAY, 10 AM-NOON. Kids Club at Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave., Phillipston. Looking for something to do with the kids in the middle of the week this summer? Each Wednesday in July the farm offers free old fashioned field games, simple crafts, visit animals and other surprises. Visit redapplefarm.com for details.

SUNDAY, 2 PM. Winchendon Winds Band Concert at Unitarian Universalist Church of Winchendon, 126 Central St., Winchendon. Free admission. This 40-piece professional band, will perform a family-friendly concert of audience favorites in the church sanctuary. Refreshments are sold on the lawn. Hear some of the best wind ensemble playing in Central Massachusetts! Visit winchendonwinds.org.

WEDNESDAY, 6-8 PM. Concert on the Bandstand, Rt. 12, Sterling, featuring The Holdin’ Back Band. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for an evening of great music suitable for the whole family.

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WEDNESDAY, 10 AM-NOON. Kids Club at Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave., Phillipston. Looking for something to do with the kids in the middle of the week this summer? Each Wednesday in July the farm offers free old fashioned field games, simple crafts, visit animals and other surprises. Visit redapplefarm.com for details.

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WEDNESDAY, 5 PM. Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks at Fruitlands Museum, 100 Wattaquadoc Hill Rd., Harvard. Music by Ashley Jordan Music, Bare Hill and The Barn Burners. There is a $30 fee for parking which includes admission. Additional parking options (and rain date information) are listed on the website, harvard4thofjuly.com. Fireworks at 9:15 pm.

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FRIDAY, 5-10 PM. Civic Days Block Party on the Upper Common, Main Street, Fitchburg. The Civic Days celebration encompasses eight blocks along Main Street, with music, food trucks, vendors, classic cars, games and fun for the whole family. Headliner band performs at 8 pm on the main stage. Visit fitchburgma.gov/civic-days for details.

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FRIDAY, 10 PM. Civic Days Fireworks off Rollstone Hill, Main Street, Fitchburg. With this central location, the fireworks can be seen across the city! Get your “oohs” and “aahhhs” ready for this fabulous show.

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SATURDAY, 5:30 AM. Cannon Firing on Rollstone Hill, Fitchburg. Get out your earplugs if you’re not an early riser! In celebration of Independence Day, the Civil War cannons will boom to start the celebration. This is a “listening only” event.

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SATURDAY, 9 AM. Harvard Fourth of July celebration. This great old-fashioned celebration begins with a bike-decorating , followed by a classic parade at 11 am from Harvard center to the library field —with fire trucks, vintage cars, even bicycles and floats decorated by children of all ages — followed by a patriotic flag-raising ceremony. Field events include pie-eating contest, greased-pole climbing, egg toss, and sack races. Visit harvard4thofjuly.com.

What’s your favorite munchie? Check out a food truck festival this summer and try them all! Photo by Pat Gale.

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SATURDAY, 10 AM. Fourth of July Parade on Main Street in Fitchburg, from Summer Street to the Upper Common. Enjoy a good oldfashioned Independence Day Parade, complete with floats, bands, fire trucks, clowns, and so much more! Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the parade!

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SATURDAY, NOON. Annual Reading of The Declaration of Independence at the First Church of Templeton, Templeton Common, Routes 2A & 101. After this approximately 45 minute program, head outside for an ice cream social and militia demonstration on the town common.

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SUNDAY, 7:30–10:30 PM. Full Moon Canoe Tour in Groton. Set out by canoe at dusk and as darkness approaches, watch the moon rise, being on the lookout for owls, beaver, bats, and other night creatures. After some delicious refreshments, return following the moon’s ribbon of light. Easy, flat-water, 5 miles roundtrip. Cost: $45pp-canoes only. Refreshments included. Registration required; NashobaPaddler.com.

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SUNDAY, 2 PM. Winchendon Winds Band Concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Winchendon, 126 Central St., Winchendon. Free admission. Winchendon Winds, a 40-piece professional band, will perform a familyfriendly concert of audience favorites in the church sanctuary. Refreshments are sold on the lawn. Come hear some of the best wind ensemble playing in Central Massachusetts! Visit winchendonwinds.org.

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WEDNESDAY, 6:30-8:30 PM. Concert on the Upper Common, Main Street, Fitchburg.

THURSDAY, 10 AM. ImagArena® The Ultimate Imagination Experience at the Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. ImagArena® is a new building workshop for kids aged 6-13, designed to awaken the imaginative abilities of every individual. More than a typical building workshop, ImagArena® combines the spirit of an art program, the materials of a building workshop, and the framework of a video game to provide an experience that engages everyone. Participants engage in energetic building challenges featuring over a dozen building materials. Registration is required and begins 7/2. Visit leominsterlibrary. org.

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FRIDAY, 8 PM. The Subdudes perform at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Rd., Shirley. The Subdudes are a true legend in American music. Over the course of 25 years and ten albums, they have quietly become one of America’s national music treasures. Visit bullrunrestaurant.com for tickets.

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SATURDAY, 10 AM-1 PM. Family Paddling with Turtles in Groton. Enjoy a special guided trip up the river and into a pond area filled with painted turtles and a couple of elusive snappers. Spend some time exploring and learning about these creatures and then stop for lunch before heading back. Easy, flat water, 3 miles roundtrip. Cost: $80 per canoe. (Bring a box lunch.) Registration required; NashobaPaddler.com

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TUESDAY, 7:30 PM. Colonial Band Summer Concert Series at Carter Park, Main Street (Rt. 12), Leominster. Enjoy a concert of light classics, pop tunes and music from Broadway and Hollywood performed by this 28-piece concert band made up of the area’s finest musicians. First organized in 1910, this band has performed free summer concerts for over 65 years.

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SATURDAY, 11 AM-4 PM. NCLT Garden Tour. North County Land Trust holds its 3rd annual tour of several local gardens featuring various landscapes. (In the event of inclement weather the rain date will be Sunday, July 12.) Tickets will be available for purchase starting in June. Visit northcountylandtrust.org.

a Beatles tribute band, performs at the Townsend Public Library, 12 Dudley Rd., Townsend. Registration requested; sschuttler@cwmars.org.

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WEDNESDAY, 6:30-8:30 PM. Concert on the Upper Common, Main Street, Fitchburg.

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SUNDAY, 8 AM-5 PM. ATA Trap Shoot Competition at the Royalston Fish & Game Club, 55 Baldwinville Rd., Phillipston. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before the competition. Follow the club on Facebook for details.

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SATURDAY, 8-10 AM. Pannukakku Breakfast at the Finnish Center at Saima Park, 67 Scott Rd., Fitchburg. Finnish oven pancake, bacon, sausage, Finnish coffee bread, fruit, juice, coffee/tea/cocoa. $8. (Price subject to change.) Visit www.saima-park.org.

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SUNDAY. Cars and Coffee & Summer Food Truck Fest at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton. Enjoy a summer day on the mountain filled with food trucks, live music, craft beer, our scenic SkyRide to the summit and an allaround great atmosphere! Bring the whole family for this fun event. Visit wachusett.com.

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SUNDAY, 2-4 PM. Beatles for Sale performs at Coggshall Park, 65 Electric Ave, Fitchburg, sponsored by the Friends of Coggshall Park. Free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the concert on the shores of Mirror Lake.

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SUNDAY, 5-7 PM. Band from U.N.C.L.E. performs at Winchester Park, 20 Memorial Drive, Ashburnham. These musicians have gigged, recorded and toured. Now they’re on a mission to bring 50s-60s rock & roll, garage rock and girl group/soul music to the masses!

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TUESDAY, 7:30 PM. Colonial Band Summer Concert Series at Carter Park, Main Street (Rt. 12), Leominster. Enjoy a concert of light classics, pop tunes and music from Broadway and Hollywood performed by this 28-piece concert band made up of the area’s finest musicians . Series continues through August 11.

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TUESDAY, 3 PM. The Magic of Jason Purdy, Illusionist at the Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. This show features a flair for dramatics and combines a spectacular blend of polished magic and illusions, with witty comedy and toe tapping music. There will be lots of audience participation making this a memorable, magical entertainment experience! Suitable for all ages. No registration required; visit leominsterlibrary.org.

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WEDNESDAY, 10 AM-NOON. Kids Club at Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave., Phillipston. Looking for something to do with the kids in the middle of the week this summer? Each Wednesday in July the farm offers free old fashioned field games, simple crafts, visit animals and other surprises. Visit redapplefarm.com.

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WEDNESDAY, 6:30-8:30 PM. Concert on the Upper Common, Main Street, Fitchburg.

SATURDAY, 10 AM-2 PM. Summer Festival & Chicken BBQ at the Otter River Sportsman’s Club, Lord Road, Otter River. St. Martin’s Church sponsors this annual event featuring raffles, games, music, and, of course, a fabulous chicken dinner served from noon to 1 pm. For BBQ reservations (suggested), call 978-939-5588.

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Cheer on your own rubber duckie at the Amazing Duck Race on July 18 in Fitchburg. Photo by Diane Burnette.

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SATURDAY, 4 PM. Pups in the Air Dog Show at Riverfront Park, off Boulder Drive, Fitchburg. While waiting for the Duck Race to begin, kids (and their families) can enjoy this dog show, along with food trucks, music, a free bouncy house, free popcorn and lots more.

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SATURDAY, 6-7 PM. 13th Annual Amazing Duck Race at Riverfront Park, off Boulder Drive, Fitchburg. Adopt a duck (or two, or a whole flock of them!) and get ready to cheer (or groan) as thousands of yellow duckies float and bob their way down the river. If you’re a “lucky duck,” you could win a great prize. Buy your duckies at Fitchburgma.gov/civic-days.

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SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 10 AM-5 PM. Blueberry Jamberry at Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave., Phillipston; redapplefarm.com.

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SUNDAY, 5-7 PM. The Ashboys perform at Winchester Park, 20 Memorial Drive, Ashburnham. The Ashboys covers a wide variety of music from the ‘60s to the ‘10s! A Genre of Rock, Blues, Pop and more! A two man group that provides the sound of a full 5-8 piece band!

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TUESDAY, 7:30 PM. Colonial Band Summer Concert at Carter Park, Main Street (Rt. 12), Leominster. Enjoy a concert of light classics, pop tunes and music from Broadway and Hollywood performed by this 28-piece concert band made up of the area’s finest musicians Series continues through August 11.

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WEDNESDAY, 10 AM-NOON. Kids Club at Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave., Phillipston. Looking for something to do with the kids in the middle of the week this summer? Each Wednesday in July the farm offers free old fashioned field games, simple crafts, visit animals and other surprises. Visit redapplefarm.com for details.

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SATURDAY, 10 AM-5:30 PM. Fourth Annual Art and Craft Festival at Kimball Farm, 1543 Lunenburg Road, Lancaster. This all day art and crafts festival with artists from all over New England paintings, prints, jewelry, handmade soaps, wood products, sculptures, clothing, children’s toys and books and more. Enjoy live music and food at this event that benefits the Estelle Ford Future Nurses Scholarship Fund. 26 SUNDAY, 5-7 PM. Retro Stew performs at Winchester Park, 20 Memorial Drive, Ashburnham. Central Mass. musicians GS Picard, Donna Russo, Jay Sharron and Kris Lucander come together to perform choice covers and originals in beautiful three and four part harmony (In case of rain, rescheduled to August).

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TUESDAY, 7:30 PM. Colonial Band Summer Concert at Carter Park, Main Street (Rt. 12), Leominster. Enjoy a concert of light classics, pop tunes and music from Broadway and Hollywood performed by this 28-piece concert band made up of the area’s finest musicians, entertaining locals and tourists alike in the American tradition. Series continues through August 11.

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WEDNESDAY, 3 PM. Li Liu Acrobat at the Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. Ms. Liu’s performance includes hand balancing, plate spinning, trick cycling, foot juggling, ribbon dancing and Chinese water bowl manipulation. Ms. Liu has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Africa and Asia with The Liaoning Acrobatic Arts Troupe. She performed with Zirkus Knie in Switzerland, Circus Krone in Germany and with countless other touring shows in Italy, Holland, France, South Africa, Singapore, Japan and Indonesia. No registration required. Suitable for all ages.

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SATURDAY, 10 AM-6 PM. Plastic City Comic Con at the Wallace Civic Center, 1000 John Fitch Highway, Fitchburg. Comics enthusiasts can meet artists, writers, vendors and costumed characters at this familyfriendly convention. Admission $5 adults, free for kids 12 and under. Free parking. Visit plasticcitycomiccon.com.


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FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 8 PM. Newsies at Theatre at the Mount, 444 Green St., Gardner. They delivered the papers, and then they were in them! Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story of the 1899 Newsboys Strike, this musical is packed with nonstop thrills, a timeless message of hope and a Tony-Award winning score. Tickets at mwcc.edu/tam. Repeats August 14-16.

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SATURDAY, 8AM-NOON. Town of Winchendon Town wide Yard Sale, hosted by Ahimsa Haven Animal Rescue. Cost: $10 to be placed on the map. Visit ahimsahaven.org for information.

Craft fairs, like Arts & Crafts Fairin Templeton, abound in North Central Massachusetts. Photo by Pat Gale.

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SATURDAY, 3-7 PM. Johnny Appleseed Craft Beer Festival in downtown Leominster Sample different breweries from around the country. Tickets come with a souvenir tasting glass and unlimited beer samples! Enjoy games, raffles, live music, and more! Visit johnnyappleseedbeerfest.com.

SUNDAY, NOON-5 PM. Kite Festival hosted by the Narragansett Historical Society at 320 Baldwinville Rd. Join us and come fly a kite, enjoy live music, tractor pulls and much more! Follow the Templeton Museum (Narr Hist Society) on Facebook.

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SUNDAY, 5-7 PM. The Nashoba Valley Concert Band performs at Winchester Park, 20 Memorial Drive, Ashburnham. The Nashoba Valley Concert Band is a volunteer, non-profit organization of musicians from surrounding towns dedicated to the preservation of the town band experience through the performance of traditional and modern concert band music. (In case of rain, rescheduled to August).

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SUNDAY, 7:30-10:30 PM. Full Moon Canoe Tour in Groton. Set out by canoe at dusk and as darkness approaches, watch the moon rise, being on the lookout for owls, beaver, bats, and other night creatures. After refreshments, return following the moon’s ribbon of light. Easy, flat-water, 5 miles roundtrip. Cost: $45ppcanoes only. Refreshments included. Registration required at NashobaPaddler.com.

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TUESDAY, 7:30 PM. Colonial Band Summer Concert at Carter Park, Main Street (Rt. 12), Leominster. Enjoy a concert of light classics, pop tunes and music from Broadway and Hollywood performed by this 28-piece concert band made up of the area’s finest musicians.

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WEDNESDAY, 6:30-8:30 PM. Concert on the Upper Common, Main Street, Fitchburg.

THURSDAY, 6 PM. 85th Regional Exhibition Artist Talks at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. As part of First Thursday (free after 3pm), join a few of the Regional Exhibition artists in the galleries for a conversation on their work. Refreshments will be provided.

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FRIDAY, 9 AM-4:30 PM; SATURDAY, 9 AM-4 PM. Used book sale at the Levi Heywood Memorial Library, 55 west Lynde St., Gardner. Members’ night preview Thursday, 4-7 pm.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY. Around the World Festival at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton. Visit wachusett. com for details. SATURDAY & SUNDAY. Sunflower Festival at Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave, Phillipston. Picture it! Fields of bright yellow sunflowers — and yes, you can pick them! Bring the kids for some great photo ops! The weekend also includes food, music, local craft beer, and wagon rides around the farm. Visit redapplefarm.com.

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SUNDAY, 10 AM-2 PM. Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge Paddling Tour in Harvard. This national wildlife refuge was set aside to conserve and protect native wildlife habitats and species. A downstream paddle allows you to explore the river and learn about this refuge, taking a lunch break along the way. Easy, flat water, 5 miles downstream. Cost: $50pp-canoe, $70pp-kayak (Bring a box lunch.) Registration required online at NashobaPaddler.com.

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THURSDAY, 5-8 PM. Ladies’ Night Out at Leominster City Hall, 25 West St., Leominster. Ladies are invited to visit participating businesses, take advantage of exclusive offers and enjoy a fashion show at city Hall at 8 pm. (Rain date, Aug. 20).

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THURSDAY-SUNDAY. The 138th Bolton Fair at The Fairgrounds at Lancaster, Rt. 117, Lancaster. This old-fashioned agricultural fair features animal shows and contests, a demo derby, Clydesdale horses, farmers market, midway rides, entertainment, working craftsmen and so much more! Thursday evening is a preview night for the midway; all other events run from Friday through Sunday. Visit boltonfair.org for prices and updates.

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THURSDAY—SUNDAY. Summer Children’s Workshop musical production (title to be announced) at New Players Theater Guild Center for the Performing Arts, 15 Rollstone St., Fitchburg. For updates on the show, visit nptg.org. FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 8 PM; SUNDAY, 2 PM. Newsies at Theatre at the Mount, 444 Green St., Gardner. They delivered the papers, and then they were in them! Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story of the 1899 Newsboys Strike, this musical is packed with nonstop thrills, a timeless message of hope and a Tony-Award winning score. Tickets at mwcc.edu/tam.

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SATURDAY, 10 AM. Tropical Sensations steel drum band concert on the Common, Routes 2A and 101, Templeton. Start your weekend with the upbeat sounds of the islands, launching the annual Templeton craft fair.

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SUNDAY. Neighbors Helping Neighbors Benefit Fair at the Town Common on Academy Hill, Academy Hill Road, Westminster. Visit westminsterma.gov.

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SUNDAY, 2-4 PM. Summer Concert at Coggshall Park, 65 Electric Ave, Fitchburg, sponsored by the Friends of Coggshall Park. Free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the concert on the shores of Mirror Lake.

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SUNDAY, 5-7 PM. Holdin’ Back Band performs at Winchester Park, 20 Memorial Drive, Ashburnham. Music that appeals to all audiences with a repertoire of "Feel Good" Rock-n-Roll, Oldies, Patriotic tunes, Sing-Alongs, and Classics.

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TUESDAY, 7:30 PM. Colonial Band Summer Concert at Carter Park, Main Street (Rt. 12), Leominster. Enjoy a concert of light classics, pop tunes and music from Broadway and Hollywood.

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You can pick sunflowers at Hollis Hills Farm in Fitchburg, or at the Sunflower Festival at Red Apple Farm in Phillipston! Photo by Diane Burnette.

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SATURDAY, 4-7 PM. Kid’s Day in Downtown Leominster. So school is about to start — why not let the kids have a last fling of fun? Kids Day is filled with fun and inexpensive activities as summer winds to a close. The area around Main and West streets in downtown Leominster become a child’s delight, with a bouncy house, vendors, food and more.

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SATURDAY, 8-10 A.M. Pannukakku Breakfast at the Finnish Center at Saima Park, 67 Scott Rd., Fitchburg. Finnish oven pancake, bacon, sausage, Finnish coffee bread, fruit, juice, coffee/tea/cocoa. $8. Visit www.saima-park.org.

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SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 10 AM-5 PM. Opening Weekend at Sholan Farms, 1125 Pleasant St., Leominster. It’s apple season! Visit sholanfarms.com.

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SATURDAY, 10 AM-5 PM; SUNDAY, 10 AM- 4 PM. Festival on the Common, Routes 2A and 101, Templeton. One of the longest-running craft fairs in New England, the Templeton festival attracts hundreds of crafters and thousands of visitors for a weekend of craft sales, demonstrations, entertainment, food, raffles and more. Visit templetonartsandcraftsfair. com.

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SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 10 AM–4 PM. Peach Festival at Carlson Orchards, 115 Oak Hill Rd., Harvard. Pick your own peaches and other fruits in season, live music, cookout and more! Take hayride out to the orchard! Rain or shine. Visit carlsonorchards.com for details.

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SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 10 AM. Tour the Narragansett Historical Society building during this annual summer festival. Check out the popular “What is It?” table; take a selfguided tour; and be sure to visit the beautiful English garden in full bloom out back. For more information, email nh1924society@gmail.com.

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SUNDAY, NOON TO 4 PM. Polish Picnic at the Polish American Citizens Club (PACC), 171 Kendall Rd., Gardner. Homemade Polish food, Polish music, raffles, an outdoor vendor fair — all in a beautiful country setting! Visit gardnerpacc.com for more information.

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SATURDAY, 10 AM–4 PM; SUNDAY, 10 AM–3 PM. Civil War Camp at Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave., Phillipston, hosted by the Central Massachusetts Civil War Event. Come see recreated American Civil War Camps. View daily life of a soldiers and citizens 1861-1865. View the Civil War battle each day. For updated details, visit The Central Massachusetts Civil War Event on facebook.

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SUNDAY, 5-7 PM. Sidewheel Gambler Dixieland Band performs at Winchester Park in Ashburnham. This 8-piece band will play music from the 1890’s Ragtime Music Era along with Traditional New Orleans and Chicago Dixieland Music from the 1920’s.

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WEDNESDAY, 6:30-8:30 PM. Concert on the Upper Common, Main Street, Fitchburg.

SATURDAY, 10 AM. Dinghy Dash! at Brigham pond, Hubbardston. Come have a day of fun, competition and laughs as we race cardboard boats made out of nothing but cardboard and duct tape. Grand prize of $300. Open to all to enter; see official rules for details and regulations. Rain date, Aug. 30. Registration is $20 per dinghy; hubbardston250@gmail.com.

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SUNDAY. Beer Fest of Ale at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton. Visit wachusett.com.

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SUNDAY, 5-7 PM. Northern Company performs at Winchester Park in Ashburnham. A group of New England ramblers playing original music and covers, based out of North central Massachusetts. (In case of rain, rescheduled to August).

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WEDNESDAY, 5 PM. Welcome Back BBQ at Sholan Farms, 1125 Pleasant St., Leominster. Visit the farm, enjoy its u-pick raspberries and blueberries, and dig into some tasty BBQ! Visit sholanfarms.com.

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SUNDAY, 5-7 PM. Beatles for Sale performs at Winchester Park, 20 Memorial Drive, Ashburnham. With this Beatles Tribute Band you’ll get multi-instrumentalists and multi-vocalists with over 120 year combined musical experience. A fresh show for repeat performances.

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WEDNESDAY, 6-10 PM. Dining Under the Stars in downtown Leominster. (Rain date, Sept. 3).

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FRIDAY, 6:30-9:30 PM. Full Moon Canoe Tour in Groton. Set out by canoe at dusk and as darkness approaches, watch the moon rise, being on the lookout for owls, beaver, bats, and other night creatures. Registration required at www.NashobaPaddler.com.

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FRIDAY – MONDAY. Labor Day Sale/ Party at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton. Visit wachusett. com.

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SATURDAY, SUNDAY, MONDAY. Appleseed Country Fair at Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston. Crafters, vendors, food trucks, music and so much more to see and do! Visit the brew barn, take a hayride, find the perfect pumpkin, pick your own apples! Visit AppleseedCountryFair. com for more details.

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FRIDAY, 5-9 PM. Food Truck Festival in downtown Leominster. (Rain date Sept. 18)

SATURDAY, 8 AM-3PM. Fall Citywide Yard Sale in Leominster. For details, visit Leominster-ma.gov.

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SATURDAY. Pet Rock Festival at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton. Visit wachusett.com.

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SUNDAY, 12-5 PM. Motorpalooza 2020 on the Templeton Common, Routes 2A & 101, hosted by the Narragansett Historical Society. Come enjoy motors, cars, trucks, and anything with an engine of all sizes, shapes, and ages for this annual event. Live music provided by Boothill Express, courtesy of the Templeton Cultural Council. Email nh1924society@gmail.com.


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Ongoing Events

Every day has something to celebrate in Johnny Appleseed Country! While the calendar on Pages 34-48 of this Guide lists a wide array of special events during the fall and winter, there are many activities that repeat on weekends and throughout the week. Here’s a sampling of things you can see and do, whenever you’re traveling through Johnny’s backyard.

BAND CONCERTS

FRIDAYS, 7–10 PM. Sing-Along in the Tavern at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Rd. (Route 2A), Shirley. Visit bullrunrestaurant.com.

SUNDAYS, JUNE 21, JULY 12, AUGUST 9, 2–4 PM. Concerts in Cogghall Park, off Electric Avenue, Fitchburg. coggshallpark.org.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS, 6–9 PM. Music in the Tap Room at Wachusett Brewing Co., 175 State Road East, Westminster. Visit wachusettbew. com.

TUESDAYS, JULY–MID-AUGUST, 6:30–8 PM. Concerts by various bands on the bandstand at the Town Field, Route 111, Pepperell. Rain date, Wednesday.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTS. Live Music at the Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. Visit gardnerale.com. FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTS. Live entertainment at the Southside Grille & Margarita Factory, 242 West Broadway, Gardner. Call 978-632-1057.

TUESDAYS, JULY 12–AUGUST 9, 7–9 PM. The Leominster Colonial Band performs at Carter Park on Rt 12, Leominster. (In case of rain, in City Hall). WEDNESDAYS, JULY AND AUGUST, 7–9 PM. Band Concerts at Academy Hill on Academy Hill Road, Westminster. WEDNESDAYS, JULY AND AUGUST, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Concerts on the Common, Main Street, Fitchburg.

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THURSDAYS, JUNE THROUGH MID-AUGUST, 7:30 PM. Townsend Military Band Concerts on the town common, Route 119. FRIDAYS, MAY 29 THROUGH OCTOBER 23, 3–6 PM. Free Outdoor Music at the Petersham Friday Market on the town common. FRIDAYS, JUNE 26 THROUGH JULY 31, 6:30-8 PM. Summer Concerts at GAR Park, Winchendon. FRIDAYS, JUNE 26–JULY 31, 7:30 PM. Orange Community Band Concerts at the bandstand on Orange town common. FRIDAY NIGHTS IN JUNE AND JULY, 7 PM. Orange Community Band Concerts at Butterfield Park in Orange. SATURDAYS, JULY AND AUGUST, 6 PM. Outdoor Concerts at Monument Park, Central Street, Gardner. SATURDAYS , 7-9 PM. Tool Town Live concerts at Fish Park , Union Street in Athol. SUNDAYS, 2–4 PM, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 15. Concerts in Coggshall Park, off Electric Avenue, Fitchburg. Enjoy music on the banks of Mirror Lake. Visit coggshallpark.org.

SUNDAYS, 4:30-7 PM. Table side entertainment by George, recently named one of Boston’s top rated Magicians. Kids love him and adults will feel like a kid again! at Happy Jack’s Restaurant, 785 North Main St., Leominster. Fun for the whole family. Visit happyjacksrestaurant.com. SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS, NOON, WEDNESDAYS AT 10 AM. Puppet shows at the Drawbridge Puppet Theater, 1135 Massachusetts Ave., Lunenburg. Enjoy a child-friendly show in this little (48-seat) theater. Tickets, $7. Shows change monthly. Visit drawbridgepuppets.com for details. WEDNESDAYS, 7 PM. Team Trivia at Happy Jack’s Restaurant, 785 N. Main St., Leominster. Grab your friends and test your knowledge! You could win prizes and bragging rights! All ages welcome to play.

ENTERTAINMENT SUNDAYS, 1–4 PM. Live music in the Tap Room and Brew Yard at Wachusett Brewing Company, 175 State Road East, Westminster. Brewery open for tours from noon–6 pm. Visit wachusettbrewingcompany.com MONDAYS, 7–10 PM. Blue Mondays at the Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. Call 978-6690122 or visit gardnerale.com.

FRIDAYS, 3–6 PM, THROUGH OCTOBER 25. Free Outdoor Music at the Westminster Farmers Market, Academy Hill Road, Westminster.

FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH, 7 PM–10 PM. “Lose Your Blues” night at Bull Run in Shirley. Visit bullrunrestaurant.com.

FRIDAYS, 3–6 PM, THROUGH OCTOBER 18. Free Outdoor Music at the Petersham Friday Market, on the Petersham common.

SECOND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH, 7 PM–10 PM. “Stormy Wednesday Jazz Jam” at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Rd., Shirley. Vist bullrunrestaurant.com.

SATURDAYS, 5–7 PM, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 26. Free Concerts at Monument Park, Central Street, Gardner.

KIDS & FAMILY THURSDAYS, 3-7 PM. Free First Thursdays at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. Explore the galleries at night and see them in a different light. Enjoy free admission and exhibition tours. Each month features a special activity.

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WEDNESDAYS, 8 PM. Trivia Night at Happy Jack’s, 785 North Main St., Leominster. Call 978-466-3433. THURSDAYS, 9 PM–1 AM. Audio Wasabi at the Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. Visit gardnerale.com. THURSDAYS, 7:30 PM. Trivia Night at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Rd., Shirley. Visit bullrunrestaurant.com. THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTS, 8 PM. Live entertainment at Happy Jack’s, 785 North Main St., Leominster. Call 978-466-3433.

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SATURDAYS, 1 PM. Brewery Tours at the Gardner Ale House, Parker Street, Gardner. Visit gardnerale. com. SATURDAYS, 8 PM. Live Music at Bailey’s Bar & Grille, 18 Main St., Townsend. Call 978-812-0200. SATURDAYS, 2–5 PM. Free music series at the Stone Cow Brewery, 500 B West St. (Rt. 122), Barre. Hear folk, bluegrass, and Irish fiddle bands in a historic Massachusetts barn. Visit stonecowbrewery.com. Saturdays & Sundays, 2–4 pm. Live Music at Hardwick Winery, 3305 Greenwich Rd., Hardwick. 413-967-7763. FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY NIGHTS, Red Apple Brew Barn, Live Music. Visit Red Apple Farm on Facebook for details.

CRUISE NIGHTS SECOND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH, APRIL THROUGH OCTOBER, 8 – 11 AM. Kringle Candle Cars & Coffee - Kringle’s Premier Car Show, 20 South St., Bernardston. kringlecandle.com MONDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER, 5 PM – DARK. North Quabbin Cruisers at at Anne’s Dairy Drive-In, 360 E Main St, Orange, Massachusetts 01364 TUESDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER, 5 PM–DARK at the Westminster VFW, 2 Eaton St., (weather permitting). WEDNESDAYS, 5 PM–DARK. North Quabbin Cruisers at the Market Basket plaza, Route 2A, Athol. Visit them on facebook for details. THIRD WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH, 6 PM. Downtown Ayer (rain date of the following Wednesday) at Depot Square. FRIDAYS THROUGH SEPTEMBER, 5–9 PM. Kimball Farm, Route 70, Lancaster. Visit kimballfarm.com. FRIDAYS, THROUGH OCTOBER 12. 5 PM – DUSK at the Gardner PACC (Polish American Citizens Club). Food, live music, 50/50 raffle


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ith an abundance of restaurants, theaters, and entertainment spots, North Central Massachusetts offers great opportunities for an enjoyable night out. But the region’s star really shines when families are looking for places to spend some “quality time” together. Youngsters — and the young at heart — will be enthralled with the boundless family-friendly spots in Johnny’s backyard. Here’s a sampling of fun things to do and places to visit, for visitors of all ages.

Cute & Cuddly ids and animals. They just go Kchildren together. And if you want your to meet some interesting

critters up close and personal, you’ve come to the right place! You won’t want to miss Davis Farmland in Sterling! Besides being a super place for kids to have fun (in the zero-depth spray park, jumbo jump pad, super slide and more), Farmland is home to North America’s largest collection of endangered farm animals! Be sure to check out the Reptile Ranch, too!

At Red Apple Farm in Phillipston, there’s a whole barnyard of cuties that provide great photo opps and love the attention they get from visitors. Learn more about the farm and its inhabitants at redapplefarm.com. Met any alpacas lately? They are sooooooo soft, and you’ll swear they’re smiling at you when your family stops by to visit at Plain View Farm in Hubbardston. You may be surprised, too, by the wide array of beautiful scarves, hats and other products made from alpaca fiber, available in the farm store.

you love the great Syouure, outdoors. But sometimes, just need some indoor time.

Not the “sit around with the kids glued to a screen” kind of indoor time, but some good old family having fun indoor time. How about going roller skating? So you haven’t been on wheels in a while — the kids will get a kick out of seeing you wobble your way around the rink. Fun America at Roll On America in Lancaster has open skating hours (and you can play a great Laser Tag game!); check the website rollonamerica.com for details. Or you could roll a ball down a lane! Challenge the kids to a game of bowling — and in North Central Massachusetts, you have two great options: your traditional ten pin game or that popular New England spin on the game, candlepin bowling!

Free Flicks! icture it: A drive-in movie P … without the cars. For a family-friendly evening that will

evoke memories of yesteryear for Boomers and create new memories for the kids, head to Gardner on a Friday night in June, July or August. Bring a blanket and some munchies, and settle in to watch a free movie in Monument Park. The city’s Youth Commission picks the flicks, so they’re sure to be suitable for all ages. Breathe in that fresh air, visit with friends, and when dusk falls, the screen lights up for the evening’s entertainment. Forget Hulu, Netflix, and Disney — the movies are free, and you’re out enjoying a great New England summer. It’s a great deal all around!

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Here are a few spots to try: Playaway Lanes in Winchendon or Gardner Ten Pins for the familiar game. For candlepin bowling try Mason Bowling Center in Leominster, Putnam Street Lanes in Fitchburg, Brian’s Bowlaway in Gardner, or Harvard Bowling Lanes in Harvard.

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MUSEUM OF RUSSIAN ICONS

The Murdock-Whitney House 151 Front St. • Winchendon, MA

Toy Town Museum 135 Front St. • Winchendon, MA

Explore the Murdock Whitney Mansion and Toy Town Toy Museum, Gift

Tues.–Fri. 11am-4pm | Sat.–Sun. 11am-5pm | Closed Mondays Free admission the first Sunday of each month 203 Union Street, Clinton, MA 01510

Shop and Ice Cream Parlor at the Winchendon History and Cultural Center. Call 978-833-3025 to schedule.

winchendonhistory.com Open Wed. 10-4, Sun 1-4 and by appointment.

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Something for every collector’s taste! Browse through this friendly and relaxed shop, offering the most eclectic and ever changing inventory of antiques & collectibles. Come and find that unique Antique.

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Open 7 Days 10 – 5 Wednesday nights ‘til 8 pm

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Tradition How many times does an event have to be held before it becomes a tradition? Five years? Ten years? Twenty? Consider this: The Fitchburg Art Museum has been inviting artists to show their talent in its Regional Exhibition for 85 years! This venerable juried show attracts submissions from hundreds of artists each summer — all hoping to see their watercolors, oils, photography, or sculpture displayed in the museum's galleries. When the Museum launched this show so many decades ago, the entire facility was housed in a single ivy-covered building; today, the Fitchburg Art Museum is a complex of four interconnected buildings, with over 20,000 square feet of exhibition space. This annual summer tradition strives to discover, encourage, and celebrate the artists and crafters 52

of our region — and a highlight of the show is the “people’s choice” award, an opportunity for visitors to cast a ballot for their favorite work. The Regional Exhibition runs from June 26 through September 6, so there’s plenty of opportunity to stop in to see what’s happening in the local artist community. Of course, there’s more to the Fitchburg Art Museum than this longstanding tradition! The kids will love to explore FAM’s Egyptian gallery — including a real mummy. The Museum is noted for its changing exhibitions of contemporary art, and if you’re here in the spring, be sure to stop in to see the group exhibition, “After Spiritualism,” inspired by Spiritualism’s aim to connect the living with the dead for comfort, guidance, and enlightenment. Or the photographic works of Jo Sandman, one of New England’s most important artists.

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An Uneasy Era Halfway around the world, and more than half a century ago, the Soviet Union detonated its first atomic bomb — launching a precarious era in which Americans found themselves confronting the probability of an atomic war. Are you old enough to remember, the “Atomic Age” — when bomb shelters were built, and students in the United States held drills to prepare children in case “the bomb” were to fall. This spring, the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton presents Atomic Alert: Confronting “The Bomb” in the New Atomic Age. The exhibition explores the government’s efforts to educate Americans about what to do before an atomic attack; how to react to a sudden, blinding flash; and what action to take in the aftermath of an atomic blast.


For those who didn’t live through that era, the exhibition offers a unique opportunity to revisit the early atomic age when the world was divided between two atomic-armed adversaries: the United States and the Soviet Union. A true gem in the North Central Massachusetts Region, the Museum of Russian Icons houses one of the world's largest collections of Russian icons — sacred paintings used for veneration in the Orthodox tradition. With more than 1,000 icons and related artifacts spanning six centuries, the Museum offers a unique and personalized experience rich with art, history, and culture. There’s always something new to see at the Museum, so be sure to stop by often to explore this truly unique treasure. §

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After Spiritualism:

Loss and Transcendence in Contemporary Art

56 Main Street (Rt. 12) Ashburnham, Massachusetts (978) 827-6211 • ccgiftgallery.com Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-6pm

Artisan Quality Gifts & Original Art

On view February 8–June 7, 2020 fitchburgartmuseum.org Image: Allison Maria Rodriguez, In the Presence of Absence – José María & Ike (video still), 2017–2019, multi-channel video installation. Courtesy of the artist.

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ANTIQUES Hobart Village Antique Mall

Hobart Village Antique Mall.

445 Main St., W. Townsend, MA 01474 978-597-0332 hobartvillage.com An antique mall featuring 80 dealers; re-creation rooms with new country furniture, farm tables and Amishmade oak furniture; and furniture and collectables from local estates.

Jeffrey’s Antique Co-op Mall

54 Chase Rd., Lunenburg, MA 01564 978-582-7831 jeffreysantiquecoopmall.com Large multi-dealer antique shop offering an eclectic and ever-changing stock of antiques and collectables, furniture, country décor, vintage toys, and more.

ART GALLERIES Artist in Hue

Jeffrey's Antique Co-op Mall.

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24 Church St., Suite 30, Leominster, MA 01453 978-549-7315 artistinhue.com A unique & fun creative art studio. VisitNorthCentral.com

Gardner Area League of Artists (GALA).

Gardner Area League of Artists (GALA)

135 Front St., Winchendon, MA 01475 Galagardner.org Visit GALA’s unique Art Gallery and immerse yourself in artwork in various mediums and affordable prices. Rotating art shows, workshops, gift shop.

ATTRACTIONS Davis Farmland Children’s Discovery Farm

145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling, MA 01564 978-422-6666 DavisFarmland.com The largest sanctuary of endangered farm animals in North America, Imagine-Acres and Adventureland; and U-Pick apples & pumpkins in the fall. Open weather permitting mid-April – October.

Davis Mega Farm Festival

145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling, MA 01564 DavisMegaMaze.com Put your navigational skills to the test in 8 acres of twists and turns that come alive with music, games, puzzles, interactive Adventure Zones, and the world’s only double-decker bridge.

Great Wolf Lodge

50 Great Wolf Dr., Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-343-9653 greatwolf.com /newengland Great Wolf Lodge redefines yearround, weatherproof family fun, with a massive 84-degree indoor waterpark, exclusive to resort guests; MagiQuest; indoor ropes course and more.


Tower Hill Botanic Garden

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11 French Dr., Boylston, MA 01505-0598 508-869-6111 towerhillbg.org A 132-acre year-round, living museum of plants, with fifteen gardens, woodland trails, educational classes, gift shop, art exhibits and farm-totable restaurant.

BAKERIES Wachusett Brewing Company Inc..

Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections, Inc.

16 Central St., Leominster, MA 01453 978-537-5675 Auntyellenscakes.com Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections is an award winning bakery

BANKING Avidia Bank

Workers' Credit Union.

470 Lancaster St., Leominster, MA 01453 978-567-3663 800-508-2265 avidiabank.com Avidia Bank is a $1 Billion mutual community bank, headquartered in Hudson, MA with branch offices in Hudson, Westborough, Clinton, Leominster, Marlborough, Northborough and Shrewsbury.

BankHometown

Great Wolf Lodge.

9 Sack Blvd., Leominster, MA 01453 888-307-5887 bankhometown.com For over 125 years, we have believed the best approach to a people business is always doing the right thing. Investing in what matters. For us, that’s our customers and communities.

Enterprise Bank and Trust Company

420 John Fitch HWY, Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-656-5689 enterprisebanking.com Personalized, comprehensive banking solutions.

Gardner Ale Moon Hill Brewing.

9 Leominster Connector, Leominster, MA 01453 800-581-5363 fidelitybankonline.com We’ve made it our business to become experts of Personal Finance. Fidelity Bank provides financial services to help our customers get where they want to be.

GFA Credit Union

229 Parker St., Gardner, MA 01440 978-632-2542 gfafcu.com As a member of GFA, you are an owner. Your deposits help others in our community who need financing for their first home or to expand a small local businesses.

Leominster Credit Union

20 Adams St., Leominster, MA 01453 978-537-8021 leominstercu.com LCU is a member-owned, not-forprofit financial cooperative with seven branches in Clinton, Holden, Leominster, Sterling and Worcester.

Rollstone Bank & Trust 780 Main St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-345-1061 rollstonebank.com RBT is a full-service community bank specializing in commercial banking and wealth management since 1846.

TD Bank

470 Main St., Worcester, MA 01608 800-322-3264 tdbank.com TD Bank Massachusetts, a division of Bank, N.A., has 160 branches in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, including Fitchburg, Leominster, Gardner, Athol and Orange.

Workers’ Credit Union

815 Main St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-345-1021 wcu.com Workers Credit Union is a fullservice financial institution offering competitive deposit and loan products. Founded in 1914 with 16 branches.

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BREWERIES & WINERIES

Bull Spit Brewing Co.

339 Seven Bridge Rd., Lancaster, MA 01523 978-878-3239 bullspitbrewing.com Brewery Pouring Beer and Wine Wed— Sun. only. Check out our web site for times and Events.

Gardner Ale House

74 Parker St., Gardner, MA 01440 978-669-0122 gardnerale.com Started by home brewer Rick Walton in 2006, Gardner Ale House is a familyoriented brewpub and restaurant, with a casual, bistro style menu, 12 to 14 award-winning beers on tap and live music.

Hardwick Vineyard & Winery, LLC

3305 Greenwich Rd., Hardwick, MA 01082 413-967-7763 hardwickwinery.com This Vineyard & Winery is home to a Federal style mansion and a 5,000 sq. ft. timber frame barn. Six varietals of French hybrid grapes are used to make our award-winning wines.

River Styx Brewing LLC 166 Boulder Dr., Suite 112, Fitchburg, MA 01420 805-807-4238 riverstyxbrewing.com We are focused on creating a family friendly environment.

Wachusett Brewing Company, Inc.

175 State Rd. E, Westminster, MA 01473 978-874-9965 wachusettbrew.com Wachusett Brew Yard is open 7 days a week for you to enjoy our great food, live music, and our award-winning beers. Visit us online for up to date information!

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CAMPING

City of Gardner

Lamb City Campground

Pine Acres Family Camping Resort.

85 Royalston Rd., Phillipston, MA 01331 978-249-2049 wachusettbrew.com Family owned and operated for over 30 years. Over 200 sites, full hookups, 17 pull thru, tenting, RV rentals, cabins, sewage disposal, full-service store, 2 recreation halls, 3 pools, more.

City of Leominster

Pine Acres Family Camping Resort

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203 Bechan Rd., Oakham, MA 01068 508-882-9509 facebook.com/pineacres Twice voted Park of the Year nationally! We offer a variety of options – from tenting to waterfront sites, rustic cabins, RV rentals. Big rig friendly! Boating, fishing, pool, kids splash pad. Friends of Coggshall.

The Pines Campground

39 Davis Rd., Ashby, MA 01431 978-386-7702 thepinescampground.com A four-season family campground with swimming pool, hot showers, planned weekend activities, store, heated bathroom, firewood, ice, picnic areas, fishing, and recreation hall.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Town of Ashburnham

32 Main St., Ashburnham, MA 01430 978-827-4100 Ashburnham-ma.gov The “Town of Many Lakes” is home to Mount Watatic with its stunning views and the multi-state Midstate Trail. Enjoy vibrant arts and agricultural communities, shops, and dining.

City of Fitchburg

Bolton Orchards.

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Gardner City Hall, 95 Pleasant St., Gardner, MA 01440 978-257-4136 gardner-ma.gov The Chair City’s is on the horizon! Our downtown is evolving, manufacturing is growing, technology companies are expanding, and new businesses are opening, in the heart of Massachusetts.

Office of the Mayor, City Hall 166 Boulder Dr., Fitchburg 01420 978-829-1801 Fitchburgma.gov Enjoy attractions ranging from Fitchburg State University to historic downtown architecture and the Fitchburg Art Museum. Visit fitchburgma.gov to learn more!

Office of the Mayor, 25 West St., Leominster, MA 01453 978-534-7500 leominster-ma.gov Leominster’s boundaries encompass the very essence of New England, from a hilltop apple orchard to a lively downtown, 26 miles of trails, 12 annual events, and unique local shops and restaurants.

Friends of Coggshall

159 Electric Avenue, Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-829-1815 fitchburgma.gov/354/ Parks-Recreation Coggshall Park, the Crown Jewel of the Fitchburg park network, is approximately 250 acres centrally located near downtown. Featuring a gazebo on Mirror Lake, a stone house facing the lake, a playground, softball field, disc golf and walking trails, Coggshall Park is the perfect place for a birthday parties, weddings, receptions or just a day experiencing the natural beauty of New England.

Nashua River Watershed Association

592 Main St., Groton, MA 01450 978-448-0299 nashuariverwatershed.org Conserve open spaces for water quality, wildlife habitat, farms, forests, and recreation.

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Town of Westminster

Town Hall, 11 South St., Westminster, MA 01473 westminster-ma.gov With easy access to Wachusett Mountain, Leominster State Forest and the Midstate Trail, Westminster is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Spend the day touring scenic farms and historic buildings.

Town of Winchendon

109 Front St., Winchendon, MA 01475 Townofwinchendon.com Is a rule city – in North Center Massachusetts near the NH boarder. Winchendon is filled with places to hike and enjoy nature, and open spaces.

EDUCATION Applewild School

120 Prospect St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-342-6053 applewild.org It provides excellent, affordable education to families in North Central Massachusetts.

Fitchburg State University

160 Pearl St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-345-2151 fitchburgstate.edu FSU offers undergraduate and graduate programs with an emphasis on career-orientated learning that’s firmly grounded in the liberal arts, and selected majors in traditional arts and sciences.

Mount Wachusett Community College

444 Green St., Gardner, MA 01440 978-632-6600 mwcc.edu Offering quality education at affordable prices, MWCC offers several degree and certificate program options to fit your life goals.


FARMS

Meadowbrook Orchards The Harrington Farm 209 Chace Hill Rd., Country Inn & Rest

Bolton Orchards

Carlson Orchards.

125 Still River Rd., Bolton, MA 01740 978-779-2733 boltonorchards.com Specialty food store with local apples and cider available year round. Full-service deli and produce departments; bakery; flowers; gift baskets; old-fashioned ice cream and coffee café.

Carlson Orchards, Inc

115 Oak Hill Rd., Harvard, MA 01451 978-456-3916 carlsonorchards.com Open from July to November. Pick your own fruit in season from apples, peaches, nectarines, blueberries, and raspberries. Over 100 acres of apple orchards for friends and family to enjoy.

Friends of Sholan Farms, Inc.

Sholan Farms.

1125 Pleasant St., Leominster, MA 01453 978-840-3276 sholanfarms.com The last working apple orchard in Leominster, birthplace of Johnny Appleseed, offers walking-hiking trails, picnic area, cross-country skiing, and cultural events; U-Pick fruits; Christmas trees.

Hollis Hills Farm

Rota Springs.

340 Marshall Rd., Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-696-3130 hollishillsfarm.com Hollis Hills is a 100-acre farm. Our store offers home-grown beef, bacon, chicken, fresh eggs, local honey and maple syrup; apple picking; pumpkins; Hay rides; cider; Sugar Shack.

Kalon Farm

LaChance Interiors, Inc..

339 Seven Bridge Rd., Lancaster, MA 01523 28 Corey Hill Rd., Ashburnham, MA 01430 978-878-3239 kalonfarm.com Kalon Farm has two retail locations, with a winery in Ashburnham. Grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork, chickens & eggs, raw honey and maple syrup. Group tours and wine tastings.

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One hundred acres of rolling farmland, owned and operated by the Chandler family since 1912. We harvest apples, blueberries, pumpkins, nectarines and raspberries. Farmstore and bakery.

Plain View Farm

130 Gardner Rd., Hubbardston, MA 01452 978-820-1199 plainviewfarmalpacas.com Stop by to see and meet the alpacas! Visit the gift shop for quality items made from alpaca fiber – yarn, socks, hats, gloves, scarves, sweaters and more!

Red Apple Farm

455 Highland Ave., Phillipston, MA 01331 800-628-4851 redapplefarm.com Our farmstand and country store are filled with pies, dumplings, cider donuts, fudge, fresh produce. Pick apples, peaches, berries, pears, pumpkins, and potatoes. Visit the animals, enjoy our fall BBQ pit. Don't forget to visit the brew barn while you're here!

Rota Spring Farm

117 Chace Hill Rd., Sterling MA 01564 978-365-9710 RotaSpringFarm.com Delicious, good old-fashioned homemade ice cream/made on the premises! Watch the cows grazing, and our goat petting zoo. Stop by the Farm Store for fresh produce and grass-fed beef.

FUNCTION FACILITIES

The 228 in Sterling

228 Leominster Rd., Sterling, MA 01564 978-870-0605 the228insterling.com Formal indoor seating area accommodating up to 95; covered patio; barbecue/picnic area; covered shelter; and a beautiful gazebo for your onsite wedding ceremony and pictures.

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178 Westminster Rd., Princeton, MA 01541 978-464-5600 www.harringtonfarm.com Harrington Farm is a full-service event venue providing the most elegant and detailed experiences in Central Massachusetts.

FURNITURE

Gariepy Furniture

91 Central St., Leominster, MA 01453 978-537-4383 gariepyfurniture.com We treat you the way we’d want to be treated!

Winchendon Furniture

13 Railroad St., Winchendon, MA 01475 978-297-0131 winchendonfurniture.com A higher end, fine furniture resource showcasing 80% domestic products, including cherry bedroom, dining room and occasional furniture designed and manufactured right here in Winchendon.

LaChance Interiors, Inc. 25 Kraft St (Classic) 978-632-1930 501 W. Broadway (Loft) 978-630-3299 Gardner, MA 01440 lachancefurniture.com Nearly 70 years offering Americanmade solid wood and finely crafted upholstered furniture. Offering everything from classic traditional styles to the soft-modern designs of today.

GOLF

Gardner Municipal Golf

152 Eaton St., Gardner, MA 01440 978-632-9703 Gardnergoldcourse.com Four sets of tees await golfers of all abilities. Beginner can shorten the course or you can challenge yourself and step back to the tips, 6131 yards. Call to set up your tee time today.

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Settlers Crossing Golf Course

994 Northfield Rd., Lunenburg, MA 01462 978-582-6694 www.settlersgolf.com Nine-hole golf course featuring rolling hills, stone walls, tree lined fairways and views of Mt. Wachusett. Maguire House Bed & Breakfast.

Sterling National Country Club

33 Albright Rd., Sterling, MA 01564 978-422-0275 www.sterlingcc.com With an unparalleled natural setting, outstanding course and elegant dining.

HEALTH CARE

UMass Memorial Health Alliance Clinton

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Chocksett Inn.

60 Hospital Rd., Leominster, MA 01453-2205 978-466-2000 healthalliance.com A not-for-profit, full service, acute care hospital and member of UMass Memorial Health Care, offers direct access to advanced medical technology and specialty services.

133 Old Road to Nine Acre Cnr., Concord, MA 01742 978-369-1400 emersonhospital.org At Emerson, we believe quality health care is as much about your overall experience as a patient as it is about expert clinical care.

Nashoba Valley Medical Center

59 Laurelwood Rd., Sterling, MA 01564-0828 978-422-3355 chocksettinn.com A 25-room, all-suite hotel. All rooms have full kitchens. Meeting rooms and function spaces, both indoors and outdoors. Specializing in relocations and long-term stays.

College Town Inn 12 Old Common Rd., Lancaster, MA 01523 978-368-7000

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Colonial Hotel

625 Betty Spring Rd., Gardner, MA 01442 978-630-2500 colonial-hotel.com The Colonial Hotel, is one of Central Massachusetts’ most romantic hotels & wedding venues. This 112 room hotel, idealizes New England charm & quintessential hospitality.

Days Inn

Emerson Hospital

Boundless Adventures.

Chocksett Inn

200 Groton Rd., Ayer, MA 01432 978-784-9000 nashobamed.org We dedicate ourselves to the communities we serve to deliver affordable health care to all and being responsible partners.

North Main St. (Rt. 12), Leominster, MA 01453 978-537-2800 DaysInn/massachusetts/ leominster.com Spacious guest rooms, including choice of king or double-sized beds and non-smoking rooms. Free morning coffee, cable, free local calls, largevehicle parking, and free USA Today.

The Groton Inn

128 Main St., Groton, MA 01450 978-448-6600 thegrotoninn.com Situated on the footprint of the original Groton Inn, the new TGI offers professionally designed guest rooms, public spaces, meeting and banquet rooms and the Forge & Vine restaurant.

Sterling National Country Club.

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DoubleTree by Hilton 99 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453 978-534-9000

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Easy access North Central Massachusetts communities and attractions in Boston, Providence, beyond. Spacious accommodations, modern amenities, indoor pool, fitness center.

Great Wolf Lodge

150 Great Wolf Dr., Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-343-9653 greatwolf.com /newengland Massive 84-degree indoor waterpark, exclusive to resort guests. Battle a dragon while playing MagiQuest, enjoy a pedicure in Scooops Kid Spa, challenge the climbing wall.

Maguire House Bed & Breakfast

30 Cobb Rd., Ashburnham MA 01430 978-827-5053 maguirehouse.com The Maguire House is an awardwinning bed and breakfast, surrounded by over 44 private acres with a spectacular view of Mt. Monadnock, Upper Naukeag Lake, and surrounding hills. Enjoy queen-sized beds, private baths, fresh flowers, gourmet chocolates, full breakfast, afternoon refreshments and free Wi-Fi.

Motel 6

48 Commercial Rd., Leominster, MA 01453 978-537-8161 motel6.com Lowest price Nationwide and affordable comfortable rooms. Free morning coffee, kids under 17 stay free, free local calls, no long distance fees, and truck parking. Guest laundry on site.

MUSEUMS

Fitchburg Art Museum 185 Elm St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-345-4207

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Twelve galleries of American and European paintings, prints, sculptures, and decorative arts; Egyptian and African antiquities; changing exhibitions of New England Contemporary Art.


Fruitlands Museum

102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard, MA 01451 978-456-3924 fruitlands.org Discover the stories of Louisa May Alcott’s family; Hudson River school landscape paintings; Shakers; and contemporary art. 210 acres of hiking. Dine at our farm-to-table café!

Leominster Historical Society Bay State Brawlers.

17 School St., Leominster, MA 01453 978-537-5424 leominsterhistorical.org Since 1906, the nonprofit Leominster Historical Society has preserved items and records going back to the settlement of the city, housed in an 1870 brick schoolhouse.

Museum of Russian Icons

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Founded in 2006 by Nypro plastics industrialist Gordon B. Lankton. The largest collection of its kind in North America – and one of the largest private collections outside Russia.

RB Racing Museum

Apple Hill Farm.

300 Lunenburg St. (rear), Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-345-7227 Ronbouchardautostores.com/ rb-racing-museum.html Start your engines — and head to the RB Racing Museum, honoring the memory of local NASCAR legend Ron Bouchard. See Ron’s 1981 Talladega winning #47 car.

NIGHTCLUBS Miranda’s Pub

Winchendon History and Cultural Center 151 Front St., Winchendon, MA 01475 978-297-2142

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The Center, founded in 1930, exhibits its large collection at the 22-room Murdock-Whitney House Museum. A new Toy Museum features Converse Toys.

Boundless Adventures

154 River Rd., Berlin, MA 01503 978-592-0017 boundlessadventures.net An “aerial adventure park” consisting of over 110 platforms installed in the trees and connected by various configurations of cable, wood, and rope to form bridges and zip lines.

Bay State Brawlers Roller Derby

203 Union St., Clinton, MA 01510 978-598-5000

Ron Bouchard's Racing Museum.

RECREATION

488 Lancaster St., Leominster, MA 01453 978-537-4726 Good Music and good times.

499 Electric Ave., #164, Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-728-3995 baystatebrawlers.com The Brawlers hold new skater classes year ‘round at Roll On America, 90 Duval Rd., Lancaster. No prior skating experience necessary. Cheer them on at a game at the Wallace Civic Center in Fitchburg.

Nashoba Paddler, LLC

398 West Main St., Groton, MA 01450 978-448-8699 nashobapaddler.com Canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard rentals, tours, and instruction on the Nashua River. Easy paddling on a beautiful, forested river. Group discounts. Open May - October.

RC Excitement

208 Bemis Rd., Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-342-3374 RCexcitement.com The premier racing complex in the northeast, RC Excitement is home to family racing fun, with indoor and outdoor tracks to challenge all skill levels. Hobby and RC repair shop.

Winchendon History and Cultural Center, The Murdock-Whitney House.

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Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary

113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton, MA 01541 978-464-2712 massaudubon.org/wachusett A former farmstead with historic buildings, barns, spectacular scenery, woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. 12 miles of trails; facility rentals, snowshoe/canoe rentals.

Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

499 Mountain Rd., Princeton, MA 01541-1105 978-464-2300 wachusett.com With a 1,000-foot vertical drop and 2,006-foot elevation, Wachusett Mt. offers big mountain skiing in southern New England: 26 trails, 110 acres for all abilities and 8 lifts.

RESTAURANTS 110 Grill

7 Mill St., Leominster, MA 01453 110grill.com Modern American cuisine in a trendy, casual atmosphere. Exceptional service, a seasonal menu, a scratch kitchen with the freshest ingredients, and a strong commitment to allergy awareness.

Apple Hill Farm

143 Joslin St., Leominster, MA 01453 978-466-7804 applehillcc.com A family-owned restaurant & event venue hosting events from 10-200 guests with 3 unique spaces; The Parlor & Screened in Porch, The Library & Conservatory, and The Ballroom.

Arisu Korean Restaurant

704 N. Main St., Leominster, MA 01453 978-466-8688 Easygoing, compact option whipping up a selection of traditional Korean cuisine.

Aroma Joe’s

200 New Lancaster Rd., Leominster, MA 01453 719-649-7190 aromajoes.com Fueling the modern world by focusing daily on the customer. 59


Buffalo Wild Wings

150 Whalon St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-343-9464 buffalowildwings.com Lively sports-bar chain dishing up wings & other American pub grub.

Bull Run Restaurant

Kimball Farm in Lancaster.

215 Great Rd., Shirley, MA 01464 978-425-4311 bullrunrestaurant.com A full service restaurant and entertainment venue set in an historic 1740 Tavern. Top name entertainment, trivia night, Musical Bingo, Friendly Friday sing-along and Saturday Jazz. Function space up to 300.

Comeketo Brazilian Steakhouse

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23 Sack Blvd., Leominster, MA 01453 978-466-1224 comeketo.com At Comeketo we are pleased to bring Brazilian-style Rodízio to our friends and family.

Legends Bar & Grille.

Dario’s Ristorante & Brick Oven

187 River St., Fitchburg, MA 01420, 978-627-3974 310 Mass Ave., Lunenburg, MA 01462, 978-582-4300 dariosbrickoven.com One step through the door and guests will feel right at home, and they'll find that whether its the staff or Dario's loving patrons, that everyone has a great story to tell.

Gardner Ale House Mezcal Tequila Cantina.

74 Parker St., Gardner, MA 01440 978-669-0122 gardnerale.com A family-oriented brewpub and restaurant. Everything on our casual, bistro style menu, with 12 to 14 award-winning beers on tap. Open 7 days a week. Sunday brunch buffet, 9 am-1 pm.

GazBar Sports Grill, The 1045 Central St., Leominster, MA 01453 978-534-6600 thegazbar.com The GazBar offers a dining experience that Leominster has never seen before.

Happy Jack’s Restaurant 785 N. Main St., Leominster, MA 01453 978-466-3433 happyjacksrestaurant.com

A full-service restaurant and bar serving fine Southwestern food. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Rt. 2 to exit 31B.

Il Forno Restaurant

27 Airport Rd., Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-345-2511 il-forno.com Bustling family-run eatery featuring wood-fired pizzas & other classic Italian dishes plus BYOB.

Kimball Farm in Lancaster

1543 Lunenburg Rd., (Rt. 70), Lancaster, MA 01523 978-534-9800 kimballfarm.com For over 75 years, Kimball Farm has served its famous, homemade ice cream. Fresh seafood at the Seafood and Grill Shack (April-October). Country Store, April-December.

Legends Bar & Grille 68 Airport Rd., Suite 10, Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-342-6500 legendsbarandgrille.com

Come and enjoy the great variety of menu items for you!

Mezcal Tequila Cantina 20 Central St., Leominster, MA 01453 978-728-4084 mezcalcantina.com Fresh made-to-order guacamole, expertly crafted margaritas and an unrivaled tequila.

Smokestack Roasters.

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Moe’s Southwest Grill 865 Merriam Ave., Leominster, MA 01453 978-401-2657

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You'll feel welcomed from the second you walk through the doors. And that's bound to continue as you get a fresher than fresh burrito, bowl or whatever you're craving made just for you from our 20+ fresh and flavorful ingredients.

Old Mill Restaurant & Country Store

69 State Rd. E, (Rte. 2A East), Westminster, MA 01473 978-874-5941 1761oldmill.com Full-service family restaurant serving delicious meals with old-fashioned hospitality. Sunday breakfast and brunch. Luncheon buffet and dinner menu daily. Country Store and Gift Shop.

Rye & Thyme

14 Monument Sq., Leominster, MA 01453 978-534-5900 ryeandthyme.com Rye & Thyme has all the charm of a classic New England tavern.

Slattery’s Restaurant

106 Lunenburg St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-342-8880 slatterysrestaurant.com Cozy, long-standing pub with outdoor seating offering a large American menu & numerous draft beers.

Smokestack Roasters 39 Mass Ave. (Route 2A), Lunenburg, MA 01462 Smokestackroasters.com

Freshly roasted organic coffees. Organic, fresh beans roasted on-site, amazing coffee and espresso drinks, locally made pastries.

The Central Cup, Coffee & Cupcakery

139 Central St., Leominster, MA 01453 thecentralcup.com At Central Cup, we make our orders from scratch, daily, with the finest ingredients. Besides our desserts, we offer fresh, high quality coffee and espresso drinks.


The Devens Grill

4 Ryans Way, Devens, MA 01434 978-862-0060 devensgrill.com Serving home cooked comfort food with many gluten free options in a family oriented setting. You’ll love the Devens Grill’s staff, our great food and our full-service bar with creative drink specials. Zapata Mexican Cocina.

Farm at Baptist Common.

The International Golf Club

159 Ballville Rd., Bolton, MA 01740 978-779-1339 theinternational.com Fireplace Room restaurant is open year round, featuring great food, music and service. Our 50 room Lodge & Conference Center offers spacious rooms and event space.

Zapata Mexican Cocina 23 Lunenburg St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-696-5144 zapatamexicancocina.com Experience authentic Mexican cuisine with a modern twist! Each dish is a culinary work of art and will always leave you wanting “mas!”

Roots Natural Foods.

RETAIL

American Harley Davidson, Inc. 1437 Central St., Leominster, MA 01453 978-537-6919

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American Harley Davidson is an authorized, full service, family run Harley-Davidson® dealership.

Mill No. 3 Farmstand.

W. E. Aubuchon Company, Inc.

95 Aubuchon Dr., Westminster, MA 01473-0473 978-874-0521 hardwarestore.com The oldest family owned and managed chain of hardware stores in America operates over 118 stores throughout New England and Upstate New York, plus HardwareStore.com.

Be More Design

Be More Design features jewelry created by a local artisan can be found at the Johnny Appleseed Visitor on Route 2 Westbound in Lancaster and at Mia Bella Spa on Main Street in Leominster.

Creative Connections

56 Main St., Ashburnham, MA 01430 978-827-6211 ccgiftgallery.com An extensive collection of gifts, from soy candles to blown glass, pottery, hand-crafted jewelry and fine audio gear. Foodies will appreciate our gourmet items, confections, whole bean coffees and teas.

Cutie Patuties Consignment

1021 Central St., Leominster, MA 01453 978 534-6604 cutiepatuties.com Your Central Mass headquarters for gently loved clothing, shoes, and accessories for kids, teens and ladies. Huge selection of favorite brands and styles with over 50,000 items available every day.

Farm at Baptist Common

342 Baldwinville Rd., PO Box 157, Templeton, MA 01468 978-939-8146 Forty delicious flavors of homemade fudge. Many seasonal themes great for all occasions. We sell our famous fudge at craft shows, fairs, festivals and at the Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center.

Golden Girl Granola

2 Shaker Rd., Suite C205, Shirley, MA 01464 978-425-5058 goldengirlgranola.com Golden Girl Granola™ produces gourmet products for consumers who appreciate good taste. Flavors including Forest Maple and Chocolate Decadence, can be found in grocery and specialty stores.

Kringle Candle

31 Kringle Dr., Bernardston, MA 01337 413-648-3077 kringlecandle.com Kringle Candle offers more than 200 fragrances, all in décor-friendly white wax. Country Barn shopping; Farm Table Restaurant; and Chocolate Cottage, featuring sweet treats.

Mill No. 3 Farmstand

85 Westminster St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-345-1100 millno3.com The business has grown to include a deli, beer & wine, groceries, flowers, coffee, pastries and the list goes on. Stop in and try our specialty oils and vinegars.

MooseHill Provisions LLC P.O. Box 116, Londonderry, NH 03053 603-432-7687 moosehillprovisions.com Distributing maple syrup, maple candy, honey, salad dressings, fruit spreads, old fashioned relishes and pickles and other fine country foods. Find our products at the Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center.

Notown Goods

23 Village Inn Rd, Unit B, Westminster, MA 01473 978-352-0800 notowngoods.com An American craft gallery and gift shop featuring more than 75 local and national artists, artisans, and apothecaries.

Roots Natural Foods

100 Crawford St., Leominster, MA 01453 978-534-7668 facebook.com/ rootsnaturalfoods Organic produce, vitamins & herbs, natural body care, organic & natural grocery, bulk foods & spices – and our new creation, the Roots Kitchen! Get healthy food on the go or have a seat!

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Smith’s Country Cheese 20 Otter River Rd., Winchendon, MA 01475 978-939-5738 smithscountrycheese.com Old fashioned family traditions and hard work are combined to produce our Farmstead Cheeses. Anyone who recognizes the appeal of farm fresh milk will enjoy the rich and creamy flavor of our Gouda, Havarti, and cheddar cheeses. We also carry a variety of gifts: gourmet local food items, home décor, candles, and more!

Squirrel-Eze & Friends

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18 Highland St. (Rte. 13), Evans Bldg., Townsend, MA 01469 978-597-0075 squirreleze.com An artisan-owned boutique offering unique, useful, and affordable goods by award-winning artisans: Jewelry, textiles, handmade soaps, pottery, original art, carvings, fossils, and more.

The Kitchen Garden

268 Baldwinville Rd., Templeton, MA 01468 978-939-8558 templetonkitchgarden.com Baked goods, including Finnish coffee bread, made daily in our kitchen. Ice cream shop open May-October. New England gifts, specialty foods, Scandinavian gifts and books, and more.

The Mall at Whitney Field

100 Commercial Rd., Leominster, MA 01453 978-537-7500

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The Mall at Whitney Field, located in Leominster, Massachusetts, features Burlington, JCPenney, Old Navy as well as more than 60 specialty shops. There’s plenty to do at whether it’s having fun with your kids at Chuck E. Cheese’s or enjoying lunch at Panera. Come stop by and check us out!

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Black Bear Coatings & Concrete

644 River St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-405-0017 blackbearconcrete.com The leading resinous coatings contractor in the Northeast, specializing in decorative and designer epoxy, urethane mortars, cementitious coatings, and concrete polishing.

SERVICES AAA Northeast

36 Watertower Plaza #7, Leominster, MA 01453 978-537-4000 AAA.com AAA Northeast offers world-class 24-hour emergency road service, plus travel, insurance and financial services.

Fitchburg Municipal Airport

WPKZ Radio

978-343-3766 sales@kzone1053.com WPKZ 105.3FM & AM1280 is your local community radio station and Sox affiliate. Our weekday co-hosts will get your day off to a winning start with local news, traffic, and more from 6am-9am.

WXLO

250 Commercial St., Worcester, MA 01608 508-752-1045 wxlo.com Owned by Cumulus Media, 104.5 XLO serves the Worcester market with Hot Adult Contemporary music; our signal spans over 100 miles, covering all of Central New England.

Squirrel-Eze.

THEATERS

Stratton Players

567 Crawford St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-345-9580 fitchburgairport.com We are a General aviation airport serving North-Central Massachusetts since 1929.

Fitchburg Public Library

98 Prospect St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-345-6066 Strattonplayers.com For 96 years Stratton Players has been a warm and inviting place where friends and family can come and see wonderful theatrical productions. Performances currently at Applewild School.

610 Main St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 978-829-1780 fitchburgpubliclibrary.org Since 1859 the Fitchburg Public Library connects with your world.

Morin Real Estate

70 Front St., Winchendon, MA 01475 978-297-0961 morinrealestate.com We serve our clients' real estate needs from Mountain to Metro; Licensed in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. All of our agents are all active and invested in the community.

Morin Real Estate.

Polar Beverages

1001 Southbridge St., Worcester, MA 01615 508-749-2382 polarbev.com Polar Beverages, New England’s largest independent soft drink bottler, is a fourth-generation, family-owned business that traces its roots back to 1882.

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