Tree lighting, holiday fairs on tap in North Quabbin

  • The Magical Shutesbury Holiday Shop.  CONTRIBUTED

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Published: 11/23/2022 2:17:44 PM
Modified: 11/23/2022 2:17:34 PM

ROYALSTON — The town’s annual tree lighting will take place Friday, Dec. 2 on the Town Common. Sponsored by the Royalston Cultural Council and First Congregational Church, the event begins at 5 p.m. and will feature Santa and his fire truck, the ACC Bell Choir, Christmas caroling, a wreath sale, as well chowder, cookies and s’mores. After the tree lighting, everyone is invited upstairs for the first Friday Open Mic, starting at 7 p.m., featuring blues and jazz music, and Royalston’s best variety of musicians.

Christmas fair

PETERSHSAM – Petersham Orthodox Congregational Church will hold its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Décor

and handmade items will be for sale, raffles for prize baskets, baked goods, and soup for lunch. The church is located at 21 N. Main St./Route 32.

Holiday shop returns

SHUTESBURY — The Magical Shutesbury Holiday Shop returns for its 10th year on the the first weekend in December.

The three-day event transforms the Shutesbury Athletic Club Function Room into a wonderland of gift-giving options. The pop-up shop will have a wide and affordable array of handcrafted work by local artisans, artists, crafters, authors, and musicians.

The shop will be open Dec. 2, 6 to 9 p.m.; Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Dec. 4, 11 a.m. to 6p.m.

The Shutesbury Holiday Shop was founded in 2011 to provide a welcoming venue for talented local artists, artisans, crafters, authors, and musicians of all ages to show and sell their work and to create a one-stop shopping experience for people who enjoy buying handmade for the holidays.

The Shutesbury Holiday Shop’s inventory of locally handcrafted gifts include jewelry, stuffed animals, gnomes, baskets, microwave cozies, soap, ornaments, herbal body products, felted birds, pottery, mittens, quilted wall hangings, table runners, and placemats. Other items include Mandala stones, candles, preserves, fudge, books for kids and adults, textiles, original paintings, photography, note cards, watercolor prints, silk scarves, un-paper towels, stained glass, fresh evergreen wreaths, and artificial wreaths. The participating artisans and authors are all from Shutesbury or one of its bordering towns.

The Shutesbury Athletic Club is a non-profit community organization located at 282 Wendell Road in Shutesbury. For a complete list of participating artists, artisans, crafters, authors, and musicians, visit or

Golden Age Club holiday gathering

ATHOL — The Athol Golden Age Club will hold its annual holiday gathering on Monday, Dec. 19. The festivities begin at noon at the Athol Senior Center.

The costs for the gathering are $12.99 per member’s meal and $14.99 per non-member’s meal.

“As we strive to recover from past hard times, we have seen price increases across the board, affecting both individuals and companies,” the club said in a statement. “With this in mind, the cost of our meals have consequently increased as well.”

DPW request

ATHOL — As winter approaches, the town’s Department of Public Works is asking all residents to remove all basketball hoops, street hockey nets, skateboard ramps, etc., from roadways and side of roadways so that they do not create an obstruction to plowing and snow storage. The DPW said it will not be responsible for damage done to these recreational items by the plows.

“It is also a good time to evaluate the condition of mailboxes and posts to ensure they can withstand heavy snow as it comes off the plow,” the DPW said in a statement. “We appreciate your cooperation and are in hopes for a mild winter.”

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