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American country music singer and songwriter Jamey Johnson, whose hits include “The Dollar” and “That Lonesome Song,” performs at Indian Ranch in Webster on October 8 at 1:00 p.m.

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Upcoming at Indian Ranch in Webster:
• September 10, The Pike Rock Fest 2023, 12:00 noon. September 11, Nash Icon Local Country Fest, 12:00 noon. October 8, Jamey Johnson Live in Concert, 1:00 p.m.
Tickets are available at, by calling 1-800-514-3849 or at the Indian Ranch Box Office.

• Infinite Groove performs at Andy’s Neighborhood Center, 9 Frederick St., Webster, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

• The Zap the Blackstone Revival, celebrating fifty years of efforts to clean up the Blackstone River, will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Old Slater Mill National Historic Landmark, 67 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket. For more information call 401-724-2200 X 209.

•The Auburn Chamber of Commerce’s 27th annual Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held at Blackstone National Golf Club, 227 Putnam Hill Road, Sutton. 

• The Douglas Library Intrepid Readers Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. to discuss David McCullough’s book “The Great Bridge: the epic story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge.” Mr. McCullough’s book is available in book form or on CDs for audio listeners. New members are always welcome. Homemade refreshments, inspired by the title being discussed, will be served. Call the Simon Fairfield Public Library at 508-476-2695 for further details.

• The Rotary Club of Blackstone Valley will host its annual Rotary Scholarship Golf Tournament at Blissful Meadows in Uxbridge from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cost is $125 per golfer or $500 per foursome, and $40 for dinner only. Register at or send your payment to The Rotary Club of Blackstone Valley, PO Box 4, Whitinsville MA 01588.

• The Valley Business Network’s Networking at Night event will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Town House Tavern, 1 Grafton Common. To register or for more info contact [email protected].
• “Zosia: Immigration and Industry Along the Blackstone River,” a re-enactment and power-point presentation by Helen Rawinski Blazis, will be offered free to the public at the Asa Waters Mansion in Millbury Center at 7:00 p.m. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Grafton Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and by the Millbury Historical Society.

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• Gazebo-Palooza, a benefit bash for the upcoming Small Stones Festival of the Arts, will be held just off the Grafton Town Common behind the Grafton Town House from noon to 6:00 p.m. Admission is $15 per person. Children under ten get in free when accompanied by an adult. Soft drinks, wine and locally crafted beer will be available along with food from some of the area’s restaurants including Bushel N Peck, Grafton Grill & Crust The Grafton Inn, Pepperoni Express, Post Office Pub Reunion Table & Tap and Town House Tavern. There will also be live music provided by local favorites including Josh Briggs and friends and Old Tom & The Lookouts.
• The Stewardship Committee of St. Denis Church, 23 Manchaug Road, Douglas, will present a “divine” comedy of belly laughs, blessings, blarney and bingo featuring Fr. Patrick Aloysius Misgivings relating his stories and one liners about growing up Catholic. This event is for those 21 or older. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. The show starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Tickets can be purchased online at, in person after all masses in August and early September or by calling the Rectory at 508-476-2002. “Don’t miss this delightful and uplifting one-man show!” Cynthia Murphy says.

• The American Heritage Museum, 568 Main St., Hudson, will present “World War I Aviation Weekend” with a public unveiling of the restored Nieuport 28 fighter in the colors of Douglas Campbell. A visiting exhibit of World War I replica aircraft is expected. Demonstrations of rotary engines and the AHM’s World War I ambulance will be included. Tank rides and WWII biplane rides are available for an additional charge. Visit for more info.

• The Last Green Valley presents “Tastes of the Valley, Farmer at the Table,” from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Public House Historic Inn, Main St., Sturbridge. This event starts with a social hour featuring tastes and sips from local chefs, brewers, vintners and distillers crafted with locally farmed ingredients, followed by a multi-course seated meal prepared by local chefs. Then dessert. There will also be live and silent auctions. For more information go to

• The 16th annual Uxbridge Senior Center “Sweet 16” Golf Outing, sponsored by the Uxbridge Elderly Connection, will be held at Whitinsville Golf Club in Whitinsville starting at noon with a shotgun start. This fundraiser benefits programs and activities at the Uxbridge Senior Center. Teams of four can sign up to play for $100 per golfer for nine holes including cart and buffet dinner. Contact Russ Rosborough at 508-579-5983 or Karen Beane at 508-769-3816. A full sponsorship is available for $600, which includes fees for four golfers, carts and dinner plus tee sign with additional acknowledgement in press and print matter.

• The Douglas High School Celebration Graduation Committee will host a pasta dinner fundraiser at the high school, 33 Davis St., from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The meal includes pasta, meatballs, sauce, salad and breadsticks donated by Olive Garden, along with desserts. At the present time the Committee needs to raise more than $20,000. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Douglas High School senior all-night celebration. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children under twelve. CASH tickets will be sold at the door.

• The Village Congregational Church’s Harvest Festival, a local tradition, will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Town Common in Whitinsville. Rain Date is Sunday, September 25th from noon to 4:00 p.m. This event features arts, crafts, plants, a food court, farmers market products, a bounce pad, entertainment, children’s activities and games, music, a large variety of raffle prizes and a special handmade quilt raffle. VCC is looking for volunteers and vendors. Call 508-234-7901 for further details.

• A seminar, “Health Care and Your Retirement,” is being offered at the Gladys E. Kelly Public Library, 2 Lake St., Webster, in advance of Medicare Open Enrollment, which begins October 15th. Registration is at 5:45 p.m. The seminar starts at 6:00. The increasing cost of health care is a growing concern for current and future retirees. In fact, thirty years ago, retirees spent almost twice as much on food as health care. Now the amounts are nearly equal. Dennis Antonopoulos, a financial advisor with Edward Jones, and Lynne Mussulli, a Medicare specialist, will be presenters, discussing these topics: Medicare coverage and traditional medical expenses long-term medical expenses and strategies for addressing uncovered expenses. Register for the seminar by September 23rd by contacting Karen Reiser at 508-832-5385 or [email protected].

• Open Sky Community Services will host a free Health Fair at the Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This event will feature a variety of free exercise classes including Brave Yoga, Beatz Dance Studio instruction and Tai Chi with Ron Allen. Exhibitors representing different areas of health and wellness will be present: Nutritionist Michelle Mix from Hannaford, students from the Blackstone Valley Vocational Technical High School Health Services shop, Special Olympics Massachusetts representatives and others. There will be a chili cook-off and healthy snacks. Those interested in helping out at the Health Fair are asked to contact Shannon Gwinn at 774-922-7577 or [email protected].

• The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce’s “Back to Business” breakfast meeting with Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Maura Healey appearing as guest speaker will be held from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. at the Charles F. Minney VFW Post, 16 S. Main St., Millbury. Go to for more information or to register.

• The Sutton Historical Society will present a Wagon and Cart Show from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the M.M. Sherman Blacksmith Shop, 6 Singletary Ave.
• Dudley Grange #163 will host an Apple Festival at its grounds, 139 Center Road, Dudley. Vendors are welcome. Contact Karen-Beth at 508-341-6289 to reserve a spot.

•“The Battle for the Airfield WWII Re-Enactment” will take place at the American Heritage Museum, 568 Main St., Hudson. This is a WWII living history event with over 350 re-enactors representing several branches of Allied and Axis military in two large-scale battles daily. Re-enactor encampments will be open all day for both Axis and Allied soldiers. There will also be a WWII veterans roundtable daily in the hangar. Tank rides will be available all weekend for an additional charge. Visit for more info.

• The Friends of the Simon Fairfield Public Library in Douglas will conduct a fall online auction, with all proceeds doing toward the Library Building Fund. The Friends are seeking donations of crafts, services, gift baskets, antiques and “what-have-you” for this event. For more information, visit

• The Millbury Senior Center’s Halloween Party will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Center, 1 River St. Call 508-865-9154 to RSVP.