Calendar: Sept. 28, 2022

  • Left to right: Members of Mahar Classes of 1966 and 1967 on the trampoline during gym classes 50 years ago. Mike Magee, Jim audet, Ron chaisson (on trampoline), Bill Woodcock, Jim Smith, Sandy MacKinnon (in the air), unidentified, Glen Whitney. Contributed photo

Published: 9/27/2022 3:03:23 PM
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Today: Sharing Our Father’s Bread

ATHOL — Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 5 p.m.; sit-down free meals taking place at St. Francis Church in the church hall at 101 Main St. All are welcome.

Sept. 30: ‘Quabbin, Then and Now’

NEW SALEM — On Friday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m., the New Salem Public Library will host “Quabbin, Then and Now” in the Library Community Room.

In this presentation, local photographer Dale Monette uses DCR images from the Quabbin Reservoir Archives taken in the mid-1930s with recreated photographs from the same location in present-day settings. Watch the houses and scenes taken during the 1930s fade on screen to images for an imagined present-day look. Many never-seen-before images from the archives are included in this program. You will also see pictures showing everyday life in the four “lost” towns. Join us for an entertaining and informative look at our local history.

Oct. 1: Comic Book Fest

ATHOL — The Athol Public Library and Hero Shack Press are busy with preparations for the upcoming Comic Book Fest, on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival will take over both floors of the Athol Town Hall as well as the meeting spaces next door in the library. This all-ages event will be a comic book lover’s dream with 12 local artists, workshops, vendors, cosplay, games, crafts and more. For more information and a complete schedule of events, please call the library at 978-249-9515, visit, or check out the Facebook event page.

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. 2: Blessing of the Animals

ATHOL — In honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the Blessing of Animals will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of St. Francis Church, 101 Main St. Refreshments will follow. All pets are welcome.

Oct. 4: Post 650 to meet

ATHOL — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 650 will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in the DAV Hall at 47 Pine St. Members will discuss plans for the coming year.

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.

Oct. 13: Chili, chowder taste-off

PHILLIPSTON — Enjoy the Chili, Chowder Taste Off Thursday, Oct. 13, at 4:30 p.m. at Red Apple Farm, Phillipston. Chili, and chowder served up by local restaurants. This is a family friendly event, and open to the public. Live music, contests and raffles. Register in advance and save $5.

This is a Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce event. To register and for more information:

Oct. 15: Autumn on the Common

ROYALSTON — The Royalston Agricultural Commission invites visitors to “Autumn on the Common,” Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Highlights include hayrides, animals, games, hot apple crisp, live music by Ryan Hood, and a Fire Department Chicken BBQ, 2 p.m., at Town Hall.

Oct. 17: Athol Golden Age Club meets

ATHOL — Monday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m.: Regular business meeting of the Athol Golden Age Club at the Athol Senior Center, 82 Freedom St.

Oct. 19: Quabbin Quills book launch and scholarship awards event

PHILLIPSTON — Quabbin Quills Book Launch and scholarship awards event is set for Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Red Apple Farm at Cidery Pines, 455 Highland Ave, Phillipston, from 6 to 8 p.m. Rain date: Oct. 26. Quabbin Quills, a nonprofit writer’s group, will celebrate their fifth anthology, “Cascades and Currents.” The book includes many talented local writers and authors from all over New England. In addition, QQ will award scholarships to three high school seniors, and their writing will appear in the anthology.

The event will have light refreshments, raffles, and author readings. For more information, contact Steve Piscitello at or 978-503-9856.

Oct. 23: Hiking Hockanum Trail

WARWICK — Hike Hockanum overlook trail with Clare Green Oct. 23 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. This is a moderate hike on Warwick town property. Meet at Hockanum Hill Road parking lot, Warwick. Bring water, snacks, poles if needed, and sense of wonder. It is a sweet trail, with a view to the east, overlooking Wheeler Pond along Rt. 78 and Brush Valley with old stone walls. Questions, and to sign up, call Clare Green, Athol Bird and Nature Club Board Member, trip leader, and local Warwick Trails Group member, 978-544-7421.

Oct. 29: Orange Pumpkin Festival

ORANGE — The first annual Orange Pumpkin Festival is set for Saturday, Oct. 29, at Revival Wheeler Mansion in Orange (rain date Oct. 30) from 4 to 8 p.m. The event will feature kids’ games, pumpkin carving contest, haunted house, craft and food vendors and more.

Nov. 21: Athol Golden Age Club meets

ATHOL — The Athol Golden Age Club meets Monday, Nov. 21, at noon at the Athol Senior Center, 82 Freedom St. Thanksgiving Potluck and Toys for Tots collection. We will also be collecting for Toys for Tots, so please bring a new, unwrapped toy for a donation. As noted, the potluck starts at noon.

Dec. 19: Athol Golden Age Club meets

ATHOL — Monday, Dec. 19, at noon: The Athol Golden Age Club meets for its annual holiday gathering at the Athol Senior Center, 82 Freedom St. Our holiday meal will be catered by Dan Carr once again. The cost is $10 per individual. As noted, the meal starts at noon.

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