The American Heritage Museum in Hudson’s Tank Demonstration Weekend takes place May 27 and 28. World War II veterans Bill Purple, Alfred Consigli and Russ Phipps will be on hand to offer remarks.
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MAY 27 & 28
• World War II armor roars to life at the American Heritage Museum’s Tank Demonstration Weekend, 568 Main St., Hudson. Joining the M4 Sherman and the M24 Chaffee will be the M18 Hellcat, the M26 Pershing and the M5 Stuart with driving demonstrations, rides and the first public unveiling of the M36 Jackson Tank Destroyer. These remarkable vehicles will take center stage each day for the Parade of Armor from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Rides and drives on the Sherman, Chaffee and Jackson will be available. Bring a blanket and sit on the hill or bring folding chairs and sit on the flat areas at the top and bottom of the hill to watch the action. The AHM’s special World War II veteran guests will be joining the program’s narrator to tell their stories. Included in the price of admission is access to all three buildings on the grounds including the aircraft hangar and antique car museum. Gates open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. Allow at least three to four hours for your visit.
THROUGH MAY 31
• Booklovers’ Gourmet, 72 E. Main St., Webster, presents “The Sea of Art is Endless,” a group show featuring Bartlett High School student artwork in various media including digital, 3-D and prints of original work. Every new generation of art supplies the art world with a seemingly endless amount of creative ideas and new perspectives.
Booklovers’ Gourmet will be closed Saturday, May 27, Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29 for the Memorial Day weekend.
SATURDAY, MAY 27
• The Douglas Historical Society will present Two Quilts of Valor to servicemen from the Blackstone Valley at 2:30 p.m. at the E.N. Jenckes Store Museum on Main St.
• Discover how New England farmers used the wool from their sheep in the 1830s at Old Sturbridge Village’s annual Wool Days. Farmers will give their sheep their annual “haircut” while costumed historians demonstrate the entire wool textile process, from scouring and carding the wool to dyeing, spinning and then knitting the dyed yarn.
SUNDAY, MAY 28
• The Town of Blackstone’s Memorial Day Celebration will step off from the Common at 1:00 p.m. and proceed down Main St. to St. Paul St. and conclude with a ceremony in front of the Municipal Center. Festivities will include musical entertainment, a fire truck golf ball drop and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. This year there will also be remembrances at the Civil War Monument at the intersection of Canal and Bridge streets on Saturday, May 27th at 1:00 p.m.
MONDAY, MAY 29 (MEMORIAL DAY)
• The Town of Uxbridge’s annual Memorial Day Parade will start at 9:00 a.m. at the Whitin Elementary School on Granite St. and proceed from there to Wesgan Square and then onto Veterans Memorial Gym at the McCloskey Building and the Revolutionary Monument at Prospect Hill. Ceremonies will include a WWI Cannon Rededication on the Common, a performance of works by the 215th Army National Guard Marching Band, and an appearance by vehicles from the 182nd.
FRIDAY, JUNE 2
• The new Dull Men’s Club at Plummer Place (the Northbridge Senior Center), 20 Highland St., Whitinsville, meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Coffee and donuts. Contact Amy Cowen to sign up.
SATURDAY, JUNE 3
• St. Peter’s Parish, 39 Church Ave., Northbridge, is hosting a Yard Sale and Vendor Fair from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Rain date is Saturday, June 10th. Volunteers will be available to pick up donated items. Vendors are welcome. Vendor tables may be secured for $40. Call 508-234-2156 or email [email protected] for more information.
• Valley Chapel in Uxbridge will host the Iron Sharpens Iron National Men’s Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. This is a half-day Equipping Conference with seminars specific to men of all ages and walks of life. For more information or to register go to https://ironsharpensiron.net/.
• “A History of Howard Johnson’s: How a Massachusetts Soda Fountain Became an American Icon,” with historian, author and current professor of history at Boston University Anthony Sammarco as presenter, will be held at Plummer Place (the Northbridge Senior Center) from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. A Q&A will follow. Light refreshments will be served. Sign up in the main office.
• New England mystery author Debi Graham-Leard returns to Booklovers’ Gourmet, 72 E. Main St., Webster from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. to chat about her most recently published novel, “The Life She Left Behind.” Ms. Graham-Leard will also discuss the fifth book in the Gwen Andrews Series, “Regrets Only,” due out this summer. Call 508-949-6232 or visit debigrahamleard.com for more information.
• The Village Congregational Church, 5 Church St., Whitinsville, will present a special musical event in the form of a joint handbell concert at 7:00 p.m.. This “Twice as Nice” performance will feature the Shoreline Ringers from southeastern Connecticut, an ensemble that has played throughout New England, and the Merrimack Valley Ringers. Now in their 21st season, the Merrimack Valley Ringers delight in sharing the art of handbells and handchimes with their audience—and thrilled to be reuniting with the Shoreline Ringers as they did in the recent past for a show in Putnam, Connecticut.
SUNDAY, JUNE 4
• A Welcome Summer Family Breakfast will be held at St. Denis Church, 23 Manchaug Road, Douglas, from 8:00 a.m. to noon; $8 for adults, $4 for children age 6-12. Featuring pancakes, scrambled eggs, home fries, sausages, coffee, tea and juice. Also summer raffles and more. Purchase ticets in advance at SaintDenisChurch.com or at the door.
• The Sutton Preservationist 4H Club will host its second annual Coffee with Cows event on the Sutton Town Common. Last year the club reached out to other nonprofit organizations including the Lions Club, the Green Bean Project, the Congregational Church, the Historical Society and the Cultural Council to join in staging this event.
TUESDAY, JUNE 6
• Join the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Food, Beverage and Hospitality Network for a Business After Hours networking event hosted by Rushford & Sons Brewhouse, 8 Grove St., Upton, 5:30-7:30 p.m. www.blackstonevalley.org/events.
• Democrats in the town of Webster will convene in person at 6:00 p.m. at the Gladys E. Kelly Public Library, 2 Lake St., to elect seven delegates and four alternates to the 2023 Democratic Convention. The meeting will be held in the Local History Room on the second floor. Registered and pre-registered Democrats in Webster who will be 16 years old by May 23, 2023 may vote and be elected as delegates or alternates during the caucus. Youth (age 16 to 35), people with disabilities, people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community not elected as delegates or alternates are encouraged to apply to be add-on delegates at the caucus or by visiting massdems.org/convention. The 2023 Convention will be held Saturday, September 23 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, where delegates will assemble to adopt a party agenda and/or platform. For more information about the caucus and to get involved with the Webster Democratic Town Committee, contact or text Tom Klebart at 860-614-6135 or email [email protected].
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7
• Come experience the refined folk music for modern times with Mark Mandeville and Rainne Richards at Plummer Place (the Northbridge Senior Center), 20 Highland St., Whitinsville, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Sign up at the main office.
THURSDAY, JUNE 8
• The Annual Meeting of the Millbury Historical Society will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Asa Waters Mansion, 123 Elm St., Millbury. Boston Globe Reporter Emily Sweeney will share the inside scoop on her books “Boston Organized Crime” and “Gangland Boston,” and will sign purchased copies of the books afterwards. This is a free event. Light refreshments will be available.
FRIDAY, JUNE 9
• 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. 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.
SATURDAY, JUNE 10
• 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 www.WhitinCommunityCenter.com 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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/581099784097.
• Get The Led Out performs at Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Road, Webster, 7:00 p.m. www.indianranch.com.
SUNDAY, JUNE 11
• 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. www.facebook.com/NECountryMusicClub.
• Kip Moore performs at Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Road, Webster, 1:00 p.m. www.indianranch.com.
MONDAY, JUNE 12
• 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 www.valleytech.k12.ma.us/golftournament.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14
• 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.
THURSDAY, JUNE 15
• 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.
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
• 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 sutton-historicalsoceityinc.org. 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.
THURSDAY, JUNE 22
• “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.
SUNDAY, JUNE 25
• 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. www.facebook.com/NECountryMusicClub.
THURSDAY, JUNE 29
• 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.
SATURDAY, JULY 1
• Chase Rice performs at Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Road, Webster, 1:00 p.m. www.indianranch.com.
JULY 2-OCTOBER 1
• 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 www.danielsfarmstead.org.
SUNDAY, JULY 9
• Rumours: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show, takes the stage at Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Road, 1:00 p.m. www.indianranch.com.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26
• 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.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
• 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 www.suttonhistoricalsociety.org for further info.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7
• 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 www.suttonhistoricalsociety.org for further info.