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The Yankee Express


Jun 08, 2023 03:09PM ● By Chuck Tashjian

This 1928 Chrysler Model 72 Roadster is part of a stunning collection of classic-era automobiles that will be on display Father’s Day weekend at the American Heritage Museum in Hudson.

NOTE: Community bulletin board-type items are welcome for inclusion in the Happenings! section of the Xpress newspapers. Please allow enough lead time for publication. Email your calendar or event notice to [email protected].

JUNE 1-30
• “Views from a Palace,” paintings and drawings by Jim Palace, will be on display and for sale throughout the month at Booklovers’ Gourmet, 72 E. Main St., Webster. A meet-the-artist reception will take place on Saturday, June 10 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Inspired by landscapes across the eastern coast, Mr. Palace’s watercolors and colored pencil drawings capture views from the past several years involving travels he has made throughout Cape Cod, New Hampshire and North Carolina. Primarily self-taught, he has refined his craft under the tutelage of Ed Turner. Mr. Palace’s skilled application of scumbling, crosshatching and burnishing can be seen in such works as “Taylor’s Crossing” and “Times in the Orchard.” 

• The Sutton Historical Society will host a Brown Bag Picnic Reunion on the Sutton Town Common in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the construction of the General Rufus Putnam Museum building at 4 Uxbridge Road. This Picnic Reunion is for anyone who attended school in the building during its time as both an elementary and a high school. For more information or to share memories about the many uses to which the building has been put, including as a Masonic Hall, a DAR facility, a public school and a library, email Sutton [email protected].
• The Millbury Women’s Club will host “Under the Tent,” a concert with singing sensation Dan the Singing Trooper and his wife Mary Colarusso a coloratura soprano performing, at 6:00 p.m.. There will be a cash bar, raffles and an evening of “incredibly beautiful and inspirational” entertainment. Contact Jane Cheetham for tickets at [email protected]. Space is limited.

• Picnic in the Park, the Whitin Community Center’s popular event with food trucks, live entertainment, community vendors, a doll and pet parade, a dunk tank and more, returns to Whitin Park, 60 Main St., Whitinsville. Visit for further details.
• St. Patrick’s Church’s Spring Recycling Event will take place at 7 East St., Whitinsville, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Profits will benefit upcoming YIA service projects. Accepting gently used books (no encyclopedias), gently used textiles/clothing, electronics for a fee (no propane, batteries, light bulbs), rinsed bottles/cans returnable in MA, paper shredding ($8 a box, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. only). Please keep items for each station separate.  For more information and electronics pricing, call 508-234-5656 or email [email protected].
• The Auburn Historical Society & Museum will host a Yard Sale, 40 South St., Auburn, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. No Early Birds please.
• Soorp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Church, 315 Church St., Whitinsville, will host its annual Community Yard Sale from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Vendor space is available. For reservations, email Jeff at [email protected].
• The Douglas Historical Society’s Rhubarbs Challenge on Main Street is back. Entries will be accepted between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. with judging set to begin at 11:00 a.m.
• Booklovers’ Gourmet, 72 E. Main St., Webster, presents “An Evening of Music with Sam Bowen and Blue Cat Groove,” an award-winning blues band based in New England. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for the 6:30 p.m. show. General admission tickets are limited and can be purchased in person at Booklovers’ Gourmet, by calling 508-949-6232 or online at
• Get The Led Out performs at Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Road, Webster, 7:00 p.m.

• The New England Country Music Club hosts the Rustic Country band for entertainment and dancing at the Progressive Club, 18 Whitin St., Uxbridge. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. with live music from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
• Kip Moore performs at Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Road, Webster, 1:00 p.m.

JUNE 11 & JUNE 24
• The Northbridge Historical Commission in partnership with the Northbridge Historical Society and a funding grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Counci will present a two-part historical event, “Connecting with Our Community through Culture, History and Architecture.” This begins at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 11 in the Northbridge Town Hall Selectmen’s Room. Then on Saturday, June 24, an Historical Trolley Tour of Northbridge will roll with tour times of 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. offered. Reservations are required. Contact Christine Johnson at 508-395-9761 or email [email protected] to register or for more information.

• Blackstone Valley Tech’s 24th annual golf tournament will be held at Highfields Golf & Country Club, 42 Magill Drive, Grafton will proceeds benefitting the school’s Education Foundation and Athletic Department activities and programs. Registration is $150 for individuals and $125 per person for a foursome and includes 18 holes on the championship course, golf cart and a buffet dinner. There will be a silent auction and raffles. To register, support the event as a sponsor or donate a raffle item, visit

• The June Intrepid Readers will meet at the Simon Fairfield Public Library, 290 Main St., Douglas, at 6:30 p.m. Discussion will be about Lara Prior-Palmer’s book “Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Loneliest Horse Race,” which captures the story of the author as a young nineteen-year-old woman who forged ahead against all odds to become the first winner of the Mongol Derby. This race re-creates the horse messenger system developed by Genghis Khan and lasts for ten days. Call 508-476-2695 for a copy of the book, available in print and audio. Homemade treats inspired by the book will be offered.

• Lifelong Whitinsville resident and Telegram & Gazette writer Bill Ballou will present a history of the Whitin family at Plummer Place (the Northbridge Senior Center) from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Sign up in the main office.

• The Dudley Grange’s annual Strawberry Festival will be held on the Grange’s grounds on Dudley Hill at 139 Center Road.
• The New Sound Assembly Barbershop Chorus will perform at Plummer Place (the Northbridge Senior Center) from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Sign up in the main office.

• The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Pewter Pot, 670 Linwood Ave., Whitinsville, at 11:00 a.m. The family-owned store is located in the former Linwood Mill Payroll Building and features old-fashioned primitive country and Amish furniture, décor, housewares, gifts, crafts, candles, soaps, natural dog treats, antiques and collectibles and hometown Americana. In heralding the event, which is free and open to the public, BVCC President and CEO Jeannie Hebert said visitors will delight in The Pewter Pot’s “warm aromas of fresh wood, burning candles and coffee.”

• “Tanks, Wings & Wheels—Featuring American Elegance,” will highlight Father’s Day Weekend at the American Heritage Museum, 568 Main St., Hudson, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Many of the Collings Foundation’s astounding classic automobiles will be out in the sunshine in a grandiose automobile presentation at 1:00 p.m. daily called American Elegance. Accompanying color vintage radio broadcast narration will be sure to entertain. Several other exhibitions and surprises will be afoot. Historic aircraft and tanks will be on display. The AHM will be open along with the two additional annex buildings on the campus: the AHM aircraft hangar and the AHM automobile collection. Visit for further details.
• The Sutton Historical Society will host its Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Participant registration forms can be found at Cost to take part is $10. New this year is the option to pay via UNIPAY. The Society accepts yard sale donations; please not items such as TVs, computers, monitors, upholstered furniture or clothes. Contact [email protected] to donate.
■The Friends of the Sutton Public Library will host a Book Sale from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine. Donations of books can be made the week prior to the event.

• “What’s Up Doc,” a women’s health forum, will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Plummer Place (the Northbridge Senior Center), 20 Highland St., Whitinsville. This workshop will feature an open discussion with a panel including a female psychologist, a female psychiatrist “and our very own Dr. Maggie,” a family medicine provider. Bring your questions, drop them off at the Center or email Amy at [email protected]. Refreshments will be served. Sign up in the main office.
• “The Wonders of Whitinsville” will be presented at 50 Douglas Road in Whitinsville at 6:30 p.m. This program will explore the influence of the Whitin family in financing and managing a community into one of the most successful textile-manufacturing mill villages in New England. Sponsored by the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.

• The New England Country Music Club hosts the Rhode Island Rednecks for entertainment and dancing at the Progressive Club, 18 Whitin St., Uxbridge. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. with live music from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

• Dan Fontaine, an Elvis tribute artist, will return to Plummer Place (the Northbridge Senior Center), 20 Highland St., Whitinsville, for a performance from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. Lunch is a Memphis-themed barbecue. Tickets are $10 each with a limit of two tickets per person.

• Chase Rice performs at Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Road, Webster, 1:00 p.m.

• “Architects and Anarchists: who has the power to make big decisions in your community” a program sponsored by the Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. at 12 Hopedale St. in Hopedale. This is a walkabout and will include a long history of habitation in the area and continue through the construction of large Draper workers’ houses in the late 1800s.

• Daniels Farmstead in Blackstone is open for its 13th season of Farmers’ Markets, every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Email [email protected] for further details or visit the Daniels Farmstead Foundation website at

• Rumours: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show, takes the stage at Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Road, 1:00 p.m.

• “Of Farms and Factories:” Tour a history farm and homestead in beautiful Sutton at Waters Farm, 53 Waters Road, at 6:30 p.m. Presented by the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, this walkabout will show the important role local farmers have played in the evolution of industry in New England. The program is being presented in collaboration with Waters Farm Preservation Inc.

• “Adaptive Reuse in Manchaug:” This program is scheduled for 6:30 at Manchaug Mills, 9 Main St., Sutton, and it will show how the creative adaptation of an old industrial complex can take shape. Attendees will meet local historian Christine Watkins who will discuss the opportunities and challenges of working in a restored mill space. The program is being presented by the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in partnership with Deb Dunleavy of Manchaug Mills Inc.

• The Silver Club of the Uxbridge Senior Center is planning a trip to The Theatre by the Sea to see the show “Jersey Boys.” There will be a sit-down lunch at Bravo by the Sea with meal choices of haddock, chicken or pasta. Bus pickups will be at the Millbury Park and Ride in Millbury and at the Dollar General in Whitinsville. The cost including driver gratuity is $150. Call Sue at 508-476-5820 for more details about this trip and a five-day trip in September to Penn Dutch to see the brand new show “Daniel” at Sight and Sound Theatre.

• The 2nd Annual Parking Lot Craft Fair sponsored by the Auburn Historical Society & Museum will be held at 41 South St., Auburn, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine. Vendors are welcome. Contact Helen at [email protected] to reserve a space for $15.

• The Sutton Historical Society welcomes Andrew Noone, author of “Bathsheba Spooner: A Revolutionary Murder Conspiracy,” at the First Congregational Church, 307 Boston Road, Sutton, at 7:00 p.m. Go to for further info.

• The Sutton Historical Society welcomes Mark Savois of the Thompson Historical Society for the presentation “The Mass 15th of the Civil War and Wilder Holbrook, Sutton,” at the First Congregational Church, 307 Boston Road, at 7:00 p.m. Go to for further info.