Athol Daily News – Calendar: September 8, 2021

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Tonight: the Historical Society of Athol meets

ATHOL – The annual meeting of the Athol Historical Society will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8 in the Society building at 1307 Main Street. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m.

Tonight: 7 p.m. ABNC meeting

You are invited to a Zoom webinar of the Athol Birds and Nature Club meeting: Wednesday, September 8 at 7 p.m. Join club president Dave Small for a recap of this summer’s adventures and sightings. Register in advance for this webinar: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about registering for the webinar.

Thursday: Freemasons program

GARDNER – The Gardner Museum (28 Pearl St.) will host a program, “Freemasons: The Most Famous” Secret Society, “Thursday, September 9, 7-8 p.m., Douglas Ellis, former District Grandmaster , explain what Freemasonry is and talk about Gardner’s lodges. Pat Darby, worthy matron of the Jessamine chapter of the Order of the Star of the East, will enlighten the guests on this annexed body of Mason. Reservation required: 978-632-3277. Admission: $ 3.

Fridays in September: early bird watching with Jeff

Fridays Sept 10, 17 and 24; October 1, 8 and 15. 7:30 a.m. Birdwatching early with Jeff.

Join Jeff Johnstone for this look at our local fall migratory birds. 7:30 am until the end. Call to reserve your spot with Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052.

September 11-12: reenactment of the civil war and military history exhibition

PHILLIPSTON – Tennessee’s 7th Unit will be presenting a re-enactment of the Civil War as part of the Military History Exhibit, 555 Highland Avenue, Phillipston, September 11-12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The re-enactment will include an encampment and a battle between the Union and Confederate armies.

Among the veterans speaking at the event will be Vincent “Bill” Purple, 97, a World War II veteran, who served in the Army Air Corp from 1942 to 1946.

Tickets available online and at the door. Facebook: @historyexpo.

September 14: “Make a mystery”

ATHOL – “Making a Mystery” arrives at the Athol Public Library, 568 Main Street, Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00 PM. Public participation is encouraged as four local authors create a real-time mystery. Participants suggest names of characters, settings, motifs and murder weapons, and the writers incorporate some of the suggestions into the ongoing story. The authors will also discuss how they choose the names of the characters, establish a framework and construct a story. The event is offered both live and via Zoom, so that everyone can participate. Please call the library at 978-249-9515 to register.

Garlic Saturdays at Graines de Solidarité

ORANGE – More than a dozen varieties are being dried and matured for Garlic Saturdays, held at Graines de Solidarité from September 11 to October 9.

Organizers explain that Garlic Saturdays started last year instead of the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival, which is still on hiatus.

September 18: Recycling day for electronic devices and household appliances

ATHOL – Residents of all cities are welcome to Home Electronics and Appliance Recycling Day at Saint Francis Church, 101 Main Street, Athol, September 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is a small charge for items.

Bike Recycling Day is free.

September 18: Fall fun at Royalston Common

ROYALSTON – On Saturday, September 18, 9 a.m. to noon, enjoy the fun of fall on Royalston Common.

Sale of premium labels, featuring treasures preserved from the community and organized by the Historical Society. To reserve a space to set up a table, call Maureen 978-249-5138. The Museum of the Historical Society will be open.

Hay walks and petting zoo all morning. During the half hour, the hay walk will include a guided historical tour of the town.

Free children’s books and a nature scavenger hunt with new illustrations by Gordon Morrison, sponsored by the Phinehas Newton Library.

Photo booth, games and ice cream set up by the Royalston Cultural Council.

September 18: Pop-up garlic and arts market

ORANGE – A pop-up outdoor market for local artists is scheduled for Saturday, September 18, from noon to 5 p.m. at 60 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange, to coincide with the second of Five Garlic Saturdays. The market will feature around twenty local artists known to festival-goers. Entrance and parking are free. An open mic will add a relaxed song and story. A light meal will be available. Stay tuned to the festival website or facebook page for updates.

September 18: Local organic farmers will organize a workshop

BARRE – Many Hands Organic Farm will be hosting a Poultry Management Workshop with Chicken Tractors on September 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at Barre Farm. We will discuss the benefits of a mobile home where chickens can graze and get hands-on experience in building a new home. Egg collection, feeding and watering, as well as safety against stray dogs and wildlife will also be covered. Register on the Many Hands Organic Farm website at

September 19: Shays rebellion discussion topic

PETERSHAM – Bill Corey will be giving a short talk titled “Daniel Shays: The Making of a Rebel” on Sunday, September 19 at 10:30 am at the Unitarian Church in Petersham (One Common Street).

Sep 19: Geology meeting

ATHOL – The Geology Division of the Athol Birds and Nature Club will be holding a meeting on Sunday, September 19 at 2 p.m. at the Millers River Environmental Center. Everyone is welcome. Everyone should wear a mask and “social distancing” during the meeting in order to stay healthy.

September 25: Mattawa Lake Cleanup Day

ORANGE – Shoreline / community garbage collection along the shoreline: meet at the boat launch at 9:00 a.m.

September 26: Motorpalooza Motor Show

TEMPLETON – The annual Motorpalooza auto show will be held on September 26 at the Common in Templeton.

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