German thriller screens Friday in Royalston

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Published: 10/27/2022 5:27:29 PM
Modified: 10/27/2022 5:27:15 PM

ROYALSTON — The Friends of the Phinehas S. Newton Library will present the silent film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, located at 19 On The Common.

Directed by Robert Wiene, the 1920 German expressionist anti-authoritarian thriller is about a hypnotist who guides sleepwalkers to commit murder. The movie is highly regarded for its twisted visual style and angular landscapes, according to the library.

The film will be live scored by multi-instrumentalists Caleb Chase, Kelly Chen, Ben Weatherbee, and friends. The event is free admission and will include popcorn, among other classic movie snacks.

For more information, contact the library at 978-249-3572.

Author Doiron to speak at Athol Public Library

ATHOL — Paul Doiron, author of the Mike Bowditch series of crime novels set in the Maine woods will be at the Athol Public Library Saturday, Oct. 29 at noon.

Doiron will read from and sign copies of “Hatchet Island,” the 13th book in this series. Books will be available for purchase from the Friends of the Library.

A best-selling author of the Mike Bowditch novels, Doiron has won the Barry Award and the Strand Critics Award and was nominated for an Edgar for the Best First Novel for “The Patchers Son,” the first book in the Bowditch series. His second book in the series, “Trespasser,” won the 2012 Maine Literary Award, and the 12th book, “Dead by Dawn” won his second Maine Literary Award and was a finalist for the Barry Award and the New England Society Book Award. All books in the series are available to borrow at the library.

Doiron is editor emeritus of “Down East: The Magazine of Maine” having served as editor-in-chief from 2005 to 2013, before stepping down to write full-time. A native of Maine, he attended Yale University and graduated with a degree in English, and holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. Doiron is also a former member of the Maine Arts Commission and past chair of the Maine Humanities Council.

The event is hosted by the family and friends in memory of Karen McNiff. McNiff was the Children’s Library Assistant for 25 years and led the library’s Mystery Discussion Group for 17 years. Registration for the event is required and can be done by visiting the library’s website at or by calling the library at 978-249-9515.

Endangered reptiles, iNaturalist and citizen science

PETERSHAM — MassWildlife’s Herpetologist Mike Jones will present a workshop on how people can engage with work studying reptiles and amphibians protected under MESA (Massachusetts Endangered Species Act) on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. 

Jones will talk about his work with a new mapping effort in iNaturalist, the Massachusetts Reptile Survey, and how people can get involved as citizen scientists, according to the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust (MGLCT).

The event will be held at a private property in Petersham and costs $10 for non-members and is free for MGLCT members. To register, email

Upcoming classes at art center 

PETERSHAM — The Petersham Art Center is presenting a full schedule of classes in the next few weeks.

On Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon, Sue Morello of Sheldon Farm Baskets will return to offer another basket class. Morello will be helping participants create holiday hostess baskets to carry casseroles, cakes, and other goodies to other upcoming events. According to the Petersham Art Center Facebook page, the class costs $15 for members and $35 for nonmembers, plus a $16 materials fee, payable to the instructor.

Holiday wreath-making classes with Rachel Gonzalez and Lynn Hartman are also scheduled in advance of the holidays.

Gonzalez will present a class on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. to create a wreath made of fresh mixed greens, incorporating ribbons, pinecones, and holiday decorations. The class costs $10 for members and $30 for nonmembers, plus a $25 materials fee, paid directly to the instructor.

Hartman from Hartman’s Herb Farm will teach a class on making a boxwood wreath Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. The class costs $10 for members and $30 for nonmembers, plus a $25 materials fee.

“Painting: Getting to the Nuts and Bolts,” with Jeannette Martin will take place on Nov. 13, 20, and Dec. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. Martin is “a talented artist who has created outstanding artwork in many fine media,” according to the art center. The class will explain some basic techniques using a simple palette and a step-by-step approach to creating and “building” a painting that will “take the mystery out of a blank canvas.” A variety of tools and techniques will be explored including brushes, kinds of paint, canvas, and safety rules. The lessons will be demonstrated using oil paint. The class is meant for beginner and intermediate levels but is open to anyone interested. A supply list will be sent out before the class. The class costs $30 for members and $50 for nonmembers, plus a $10 materials fee.

On Thursday, Nov. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m., Mathilde Duffy, an accomplished fine artist, will teach “Designing Cards Using Colored Pencils.” Duffy will instruct on how to create art cards from her years of experience drawing and painting. The class will cover colored pencil techniques while creating greeting cards for the holidays or any other occasion. All pencils, papers, and design tools will be supplied for class use. The class costs $10 for members and $30 for nonmembers, plus a $5 materials fee to the instructor.

For more information and to register, contact the Petersham Arts Center at 978-734-3415 or email

Roast pork dinner

PETERSHAM — The Orthodox Congregational Church of Petersham will be hold a To-Go Roast Pork Dinner meal on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the church, located at 21, N. Main St. (Rt. 32).

The menu will include roast pork, baby potatoes, carrots for the dinner, and raspberry bars for dessert. Each meal costs $15 and proceeds from the meal will help to repair weather damage at the church.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling Janice Olson at 978-724-3362.

Athol Community Wood Bank

ATHOL — The Athol Community Wood Bank is still accepting applications for those who burn wood as a main source of heat and want to receive free wood from the wood bank.

The wood bank hopes to have enough wood for each applicant but it is not guaranteed. If there’s not enough wood for everyone, the wood bank will choose on a need and or age of household member basis, according to the wood bank.

Applications can be found on the town of Athol’s website or by emailing Bridget Armentrout in the Selectmen’s office at

 ‘Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense’

ATHOL — The Athol Public Library at 568 Main St. will host Frank Mandosa for Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The presentation will include a one-hour slideshow on the master of suspense and Hitchcock’s movies. You’ll hear about Hitchcock’s life and career, view clips from his movies, and hear some behind-the-scenes anecdotes, according to the library.

Hitchcock was known for tapping into his audience’s deepest anxieties, phobias, and fears. The library describes him as, “Brilliant yet neurotic, witty yet droll, he was a showman in every sense of the word.”

Mandosa, the host of the event is a full-time high school English teacher with a lifelong love for cinema. Since 2012, he has been presenting on a wide variety of film-related topics and has hosted an Academy Awards lecture, Bing Crosby: The King of Christmas Crooners, and a Paul Newman lecture at the Athol Public Library. For more information on Mandosa, visit

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required and there will be a sign-in table at the door during the event. One can register by calling 978-249-9515 or online with the library’s calendar at

Those who register will receive an email confirmation and an emailed reminder of the event 24 hours prior. If registering via the online calendar let the library know if you prefer reminder email or reminder phone calls in the special notes section. For more information call the library at 978-249-9515.

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