Calendar: Oct. 5, 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: 10/5/2022 2:04:35 PM
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Thursday, Oct. 6: Annual Veterans Roundtable

GARDNER — The Annual Veterans Roundtable at the Gardner Museum (28 Pearl St.) is not just of interest for veterans, says Museum Coordinator Marion Kroll. Please reserve your seat(s) for the Oct. 6 program at 7 p.m. (with a reception starting at 6:30 pm).

Once again, moderator Alan Dernalowicz will lead the panel discussion. This year's panelists include museum member George Bourque (Vet: navigator), Stephanie Marchetti (Executive Director Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center, Inc), and Robert Curley (President North Quabbin Trails Association; US Army Special Forces Vet).

Curley will talk about efforts to making trails all-inclusive and accessible. Those efforts are particularly interesting for vets with mobility issues. North Quabbin Trails Association develops and maintains easy-to-follow trails to be enjoyed by as many people as possible. They are committed to “accessibility and sociability for all” and bring individuals and groups to repeatedly visit the North Quabbin for a wide variety of outdoor activities.

Call 978-632-3277 to reserve your seat.

Oct. 7: Early bird birding

ATHOL — Join Jeff Johnstone for Early Bird Birding Fridays, Oct. 7 and 14, at 7:30 a.m. 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 Due to construction on Canal Street, Johnstone asks that everyone meet in front of the Center on Main Street while the area is torn up.

Oct. 7-8: Petersham Library book sale

PETERSHAM — The Petersham Memorial Library is holding its annual book sale inside the library this weekend. Preview sale for Petersham residents only: Friday, Oct. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. Sale open to all Saturday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oct. 8: Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club

WINCHESTER, N.H. — The Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club will hold a dance on Saturday, Oct. 8, at ELMM Community Center, 21 Durkee St., Winchester, N.H. from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Live music by “Yvonne and The Reverbs.” Nonalcoholic beverages available; 50/50 raffle. Everyone welcome. $10 Members / $12 Nonmembers. For further information, call Tom: 978-249-6917 / 978-790-9322 or Barbara: 802-722-9205 / 802-376-0317.

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. Join Dale Monette as he debuts his new book “Genius of the Swamp.” Come explore the world of the great blue heron. Explore the lives and follies of this majestic bird and the other inhabitants of our local beaver ponds. You may join in-person or via Zoom. Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Oct. 13: Safe ghost hunting with Diane DiPietro

ATHOL — Join the Athol Public Library at 568 Main St., on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 7 p.m., when the Athol Public Library hosts Diane DiPietro’ s lecture on how to be safe when ghost hunting.

DiPietro, of Tintagels Gate~Flowerland, will present a one-hour lecture on the basics, tips and tricks of how to be safe when ghost hunting and how to best avoid spirits following you home. She will also cover how to bless your home of unwelcoming activity. This will be a fun and entertaining event written just for the Athol Public Library and the spooky season. Free. Registration required. Call 978-249-9515.

Oct. 13: Chili, chowder event

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 Royalston 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. 15: St. Mary’s club 100th anniversary Parish Fair

ORANGE — St. Mary’s Women’s Club in Orange will present the 100th Anniversary Parish Fair on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Center on the corner of West Myrtle and Cheney streets in Orange.

As always, the cash and scratch ticket raffle will be featured, with tickets available in advance after Masses and from members. Prizes are $100 cash, 100 lottery tickets, and $50 cash.

Popcorn, cinnamon rolls, sandwiches, pie and beverages will be available for sale, and the dinner will feature the traditional beef stew and homemade pie. This year, soups will be available also, and the meals will also be available to-go. Pies are available by the slice, as well as entire pies at the baked goods table, along with peanut brittle, fudge, cookies, cakes and garden produce like jams and jellies, pickles, and preserves.

A children’s area will feature games to win prizes, and books and puzzles will be available. Gift baskets and restaurant gift certificates will be raffled, and plants, better gift items, and cemetery or decorative boxes will be on sale. A limited tag sale will include items from several estates.

Oct. 15: South Athol church braised beef supper

ATHOL — The South Athol United Methodist Church (65 Morgan Ave.) invites you to join them for its Oct. 15 supper. The menu this month is braised beef with their popular homemade pies for dessert.

Reservations are required and tickets are $14 each for the 5 and 6 p.m. settings, and are available by calling 978-249-9212.

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

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 Overlook 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. 5: Miller’s Woods Ladies Christmas Fair

ATHOL — The annual Miller's Woods Ladies Christmas Fair returns on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Miller's Woods/Riverbend Clubhouse at 739 Daniel Shays Hwy., Athol. Highlights includetheme baskets, bake table, Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle, gift certificate raffle, homemade holiday gifts from our craft table, high roller raffle, quilt raffle, and the free welcome raffle. Our snack bar will be operated by Athol High School students and advisor.

For more information, call 978-830-4430.

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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