Published: 8/16/2018 10:07:14 PM
Friday, Aug. 17

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Last day of summer reading at the Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., Athol.

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Story Walk. Take a stroll and read a story in Millers River Park at the Library. Afterwards, make a craft. If rain, story walk will be set up in the library. No registration necessary.

3 to 4 p.m. – Ed the Wizard’s Alchemy Laboratory. Children learn how to change the properties of water, look through solid objects and defy gravity. Children are challenged with questions. Workshop for ages 5 to 12 and requires registration. Funded by the Friends of the Library and Institute of Museum and Library Services. Held in the program room at Athol Public Library. Call 978-249-9515.

5 to 7 p.m. – Athol Public Library birthday party, celebrating 100 years. With live music by Legacy at 5:30, birthday cake at 6:30, Ed The Wizard, hot dogs, crafts, prizes and more. Located at 568 Main Street, Athol. Call 978-249-9515 or visit:

5:30 p.m. – Supper at the 256th Hardwick Community Fair on the Common, Hardwick, with opening ceremony at 7 p.m. at the flagpole. Exhibit halls open, Historical Society opens, antique tractor and implement exhibit, blacksmithing and pottery demonstrations, lumberjack contest (7:15 p.m.), entertainment by The Otters.

7 p.m. — 3-card bingo, Athol-Orange Eagles, 99 Hapgood Street, Athol. Doors open at 6. Braille cards available.

Saturday, Aug. 18

10 a.m to 5 p.m. — 44th Annual Templeton Arts & Crafts Festival. On the Common, Templeton, (exit 20 off Route 2) continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jewelry, dolls, candles, woodwork, farmers market, food tent, entertainment, children’s activities, and raffles. Rain or shine. Free admission, parking available. Proceeds benefit scholarships for local students.

Noon — 25 Sportsman’s Club annual BBQ Raffle, Thrower Road, Athol. Super grand finale, cook pit open for a variety of food.

7:30 a.m. – Pancake breakfast at the Hardwick Community Fair, on the Common in Hardwick. Mountain bike ride/race at 9; cattle judging at 9:30, blacksmith demo, road race, dance demo, timber framing exhibition, stone cutting, hay rides, arts and crafts, scarecrow contest, children’s parade at noon, entertainment by The Otters, craft beer and wine garden, antique tractor and implement parade, chicken BBQ at 12:30, frog jumping contest horseshoe pitching contest, boys and girls sports, antique tractor and garden tractor pull.

7:30 to 10:30 a.m. – Community Breakfast, sponsored by the Friends of the Orange Council on Aging, at 135 East Main Street, Orange. $5 adults/$2.50 for children 5 and under. Proceeds benefit the drive for a new dishwasher at the Orange Senior Center. Call Lynn Price at 978-577-8017.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Phillipston Farmers Market, on the common, Phillipston. Call 978-503-2269 or 978-895-1452.

10 a.m to 2 p.m. — Annual North Orange Village Craft Fair, Community Church of North Orange and Tully, in Goddard Park, corner of Main Street and Creamery Hill Road. Rain or shine. From 7:30 to 10 a.m., breakfast of pancakes, sausage and juice will be served buffet style in the church dining room. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., lunch will be served in the church dining room; menu: hot dogs, baked beans, desserts and beverages. The Legacy Group will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: 978-544-6995.

Tables at the fair are: Crafts, baked goods, homemade candy, fresh produce, vendors, raffles, vendors, raffles, attic treasures and the Heifer Project.

1 to 2 p.m. — The Farley String Band will play at the North Orange Village Fair, in Goddard Park, rain or shine, at the Community Church of North Orange and Tully. The band consists of 11 local musicians playing traditional folk and fiddle tunes, and popular standards.

2 to 8 p.m. – Erving Summerfest, presented by the Erving Recreation Commission, at the Riverfront Park, Arch Street, Erving. Chicken BBQ, Lefty’s Beer Garden, live music by Nice Try Kid, Erving elementary games, water, lemonade and baked goods, giant water slide, talent show, dunk tank, vendors. Info

7 to 9 p.m. — Tool Town Live! Free concert featuring Bradley James, the Boston Piano Kid, at the uptown common in Athol. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on. Refreshments available. All ages. If it rains, concert moves to the Athol Town Hall, 584 Main St.

Sunday, Aug. 19

8 a.m. – Ride of Your Life, motorcycle ride, barbecue, job fair, at the Montachusett Regional Technical School, 1050 Westminster Street., Fitchburg. Rain or shine. Proceeds benefit suicide prevention efforts in the North Central and North Quabbin regions. Door prizes, entertainment and health information. Open to the public.

1 to 4 p.m. — Open house, Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main Street Athol. At 2 p.m. Geology Division - Explore the Quarry’s rocks and minerals in the basement lab. Activities of interest to those of all ages. Larry and Joan Duprey will also be available to explore the native habitat garden at the Center.

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