Calendar: Sept. 7, 2022

Published: 9/6/2022 3:48:41 PM
Modified: 9/6/2022 3:44:53 PM
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Sept. 8: Circle of Song starts rehearsals

BARRE — Circle of Song will start its 22nd season this Thursday, Sept. 8. Rehearsals run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and the first three weeks will take place at the Barre Congregational Church. This is the church at the top (or north end) of the Common that has the tall spire. Park across the street and walk to the left side of the church. The door will be open there.

Circle of Song is a multi-generational chorus that sings in four-part harmony with and without piano accompaniment. Though the music is often demanding, all singers are supported by strong section leaders and good choral practices that build a beautiful and very fulfilling ensemble experience. Contact Julie Rawson, co-director with Nancy Afonso, for more information: 978-257-1192,, or show up at rehearsal.

Friday, Sept. 9: Early Bird Birding

ATHOL — Early Bird Birding with Jeff Johnstone is set for Friday, Sept. 9, and continues Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7 and 14 at 7:30 a.m. Join Johnstone for the traditional look at the local fall bird migration. Meet at the Millers River Environmental Center at 7:30 a.m. Call to reserve your spot with Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052.

Sept. 11: Phillipston museum open

PHILLIPSTON — The Historical Society of Phillipston’s museum is open to the public on Sundays between 1 and 3 p.m. through Sept. 30. It is a free experience for you at 80 State Road, Phillipston (next to the Fire + EMS building).

Sept. 14: Athol Bird and Nature Club meeting

ATHOL — The Athol Bird and Nature Club meetings occur on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., starting with “Seasons of the Loon” by Jillian Whitney, wildlife biologist.

We hope to be providing a hybrid opportunity for most of these webinars where you can participate in person at the Environmental Center or watch online via zoom. January and February are exceptions as our speakers will be joining us from across the country and those of us locally can avoid driving at night in potential snowstorms. A special thanks to all the scientists and naturalists for including ABNC in their lives.

Sept. 17: Junk in the trunk

ATHOL — Join us for our first annual Friends of the Athol Public Library for Junk in the Trunk, a community rummage sale: Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You will be recycling and treasure hunting at the same time.

Oct. 1-2: Garlic & Arts Festival

ORANGE — The 24th annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival in Orange returns Oct. 1-2 for two days of peace, love, and garlic, showcasing art, local farm products, fabulous food, endless entertainment, and “inspiration for a hopeful future.” Held on a historic farm amid fall foliage, the event attracts and unites many thousands locally and from across New England. Family-friendly admission: $10 (good for the weekend); $5 for seniors, students, or EBT cardholders. Kids 12 and under free. Get the whole bulb at including the 2022 schedule of exhibitors, entertainment, volunteering opportunities, and workshops and activities for all ages.

Oct. 1-2: RailFair

BOXBOROUGH — The Nashua Valley Model Railroad Association (NVRRA) announces its 57th annual “Railfair 2022” model train show on Saturday Oct. 1, and Sunday Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The event is geared towards model railroaders (new and experienced), families with children, and anyone who enjoys model railroading. Attractions include model railroad displays, layouts, exhibits, and dealers. It will be held at the Boxboro Regency Hotel, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough. Two-day admission is $8, and children under 12 are free. For more information: or call 978-225-0650.  

Oct. 12: Athol Bird and Nature Club meeting

ATHOL — The Athol Bird and Nature Club meetings occur on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. The Oct. 12 meeting topic is “Genius of the Swamp,” with Dale Monette.

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