Calendar: Sept. 8, 2021

Published: 9/7/2021 1:30:58 PM
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Tonight: Athol Historical Society meets

ATHOL — The annual meeting of Athol Historical Society will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, in the society building at 1307 Main St. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m.

Tonight: 7 p.m. ABNC Meeting

You are invited to a Zoom webinar of the Athol Bird and Nature Club meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m. Join club president Dave Small on a recap of this summer’s adventures and sightings. Register in advance for this webinar: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Thursday: Freemasons program

GARDNER — The Gardner Museum (28 Pearl St.) will host a program, “Freemasons: The most well-known ‘secret society,’” Thursday, Sept. 9, from 7 to 8 p.m. Douglas Ellis, past district Grand master, will explain what Freemasonry is and talk about Gardner’s Lodges. Pat Darby, Worthy Matron of the Jessamine Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, will enlighten guests about that Mason appendant body. Reservation is required: 978-632-3277. Admission: $3.

Fridays in September: Early bird birding with Jeff

Fridays, Sept. 10, 17 and 24; Oct. 1, 8 and 15. 7:30 a.m. Early bird birding with Jeff.

Join Jeff Johnstone for this look at our local fall migrating birds. 7:30 a.m. until done. Call to reserve your spot with Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052.

Sept. 11-12: Civil War reenactment and Military History Expo

PHILLIPSTON — The 7th Tennessee Unit will present a Civil War Reenactment as part of the Military History Expo, 555 Highland Avenue, Phillipston, Sept. 11-12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The reenactment will feature an encampment and a battle between the Union and Confederate armies.

Among the veterans speaking at the event will be 97-year-old World War II Veteran Vincent “Bill” Purple, who served in the Army Air Corp from 1942 to 1946.

Tickets available online and at the gate. Facebook: @historyexpo.

Sept. 14: ‘Making a Mystery’

ATHOL — “Making a Mystery” is coming to the Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. Audience participation is encouraged, as four local authors create a mystery in real time. Participants suggest character names, settings, motives and murder weapons and the authors incorporate some of the suggestions into the ongoing story. The authors will also discuss how they choose character names, establish a setting and construct a story. The event is offered both live and via Zoom, so that all can participate. Please call the library at 978-249-9515 to register.

Garlic Saturdays at Seeds of Solidarity

ORANGE — Over a dozen varieties are drying and curing for Garlic Saturdays, held at Seeds of Solidarity from Sept. 11 to Oct. 9.

Organizers explain that Garlic Saturdays began last year in lieu of the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival, which is still on hiatus.

Sept. 18: Electronics and Appliance Recycling Day

ATHOL — Residents of all towns are welcome at Electronics and Appliance Recycling Day at Saint Francis church, 101 Main St., Athol, Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is a small fee for items.

Free is Bicycling Recycling Day.

Sept. 18: Fall fun on the Royalston Common

ROYALSTON — Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon, enjoy Fall Fun on Royalston Common.

Upscale Tag Sale, featuring curated treasures from the community and organized by the Historical Society. To reserve a space to set up a table, call Maureen 978-249-5138. The Historical Society museum will be open.

Hay rides and petting zoo all morning. On the half hour, the hay ride will include a guided historical tour of the Common.

Free children’s books and a nature scavenger hunt with new illustrations by Gordon Morrison, sponsored by the Phinehas Newton Library.

Photo booth, games, and ice cream set up by the Royalston Cultural Council.

Sept. 18: Garlic and Arts Pop-up Marketplace

ORANGE — An outdoor pop-up marketplace for local artists is planned for Saturday, Sept. 18, from noon to 5 p.m. at 60 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange, to coincide with the second of five Garlic Saturdays. The marketplace will feature about 20 local artists familiar to festival goers. Admission and parking are free. An open mic will add casual song and story. Light lunch fare will be available. Stay tuned to the festival website or facebook page for updates.

Sept. 18: Local organic farmers to host workshop

BARRE — Many Hands Organic Farm will be hosting a workshop regarding Poultry Management with Chicken Tractors on Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at the farm in Barre. We will discuss the benefits of a mobile house where chickens can pasture and get some hands-on experience building a new house. Egg collection, feeding and watering, and security from roaming dogs and wildlife will also be discussed. Register at the Many Hands Organic Farm website at

Sept. 19: Shays Rebellion topic of talk

PETERSHAM — Bill Corey will give a short talk entitled “Daniel Shays: the Making of a Rebel” on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the Petersham Unitarian Church (One Common Street).

Sept. 19: Geology meeting

ATHOL — The Athol Bird and Nature Club Geology Division will host a meeting on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Millers River Environmental Center. All are welcome. Everyone should please wear a mask and “social distance” during the meeting in an effort to stay healthy.

Sept. 25: Lake Mattawa Clean-up Day

ORANGE — Shoreline/Community Trash Pickup along shoreline: Meet at the Boat Ramp at 9 a.m.

Sept. 26: Motorpalooza car show

TEMPLETON — The annual Motorpalooza Car Show will be held Sept. 26, on the Common in Templeton.

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