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August 16, 2014

Hudson: Rotarians invite community to eat, drink and be spirited

By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer


Chris Bissonnette and Susan Roberts are served beer at last year’s inaugural Spirit of Hudson Food & Brewfest. Proceeds go to the Hudson Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley. File photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Chris Bissonnette and Susan Roberts are served beer at last year’s inaugural Spirit of Hudson Food & Brewfest. Proceeds go to the Hudson Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley.
File photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Hudson – Last year’s inaugural Spirit of Hudson Food and Brewfest attracted about 1,200 guests. Even more are expected to attend this year’s second annual event Saturday, Aug. 16, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the Avidia Bank parking lot on South Street, noted Justin Provencher of the Hudson Rotary Club and a committee member.


“We’re planning on a big turnout,” he said. “We got a lot of feedback from last year’s first-time event and we’re building upon that.”


The idea to produce such an event came about when two organizations decided to partner.


“Nanci Bishop from the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley approached the Hudson Rotary Club about trying to put together a food and beer tasting event,” Provencher explained. “It has definitely worked well for both organizations.”


Also working on the committee are Robin Frank and Nick Pizzimento. They’re expecting about 20 eateries to offer food and dessert samples with new representatives from the Nashoba Valley, including Emma’s Café of Stow and Slater’s of Bolton.


The Hudson eateries already confirmed are Applebee’s, Café 577, Checkerboards Restaurant & Bar, Feng, Harvard Street Boutique, Harvest Café, Horseshoe Pub, Hudson Creamery, Ninety-nine, Old School House Pub & Restaurant, Rail Trail Flatbread, Riverview at Hudson Portuguese Club and Smyles Frozen Yogurt. Returning this year from Marlborough is Bolton Street Tavern.


Thirty breweries participated last year. This year, more breweries have already committed to participate. The committee plans to cap the number at 40.

“Each brewer brings three or four different types of beer,” Provencher said. “So there will be well over 100 different types from which to choose.”


Provencher noted that a large number of breweries have responded well to this particular event because it’s organized in conjunction with local businesses that stock their products.


“We work our event with the Horseshoe Pub, which has 80 beers on tap,” he said. “A lot of the vendors’ beers are sold there, so they’re willing to come out to Hudson for a short period of time. And their beers are also on tap or sold at other places downtown.”

Arrangements have been made to accommodate more breweries and guests including a larger covered area, and additional seating and porta-potties. The event will be held rain or shine.


“Last year, we had two huge tents; this year, we’re having almost twice the size,” Provencher said. “So if God forbid it does rain, there’s going to be plenty of cover for us to have a great time.”


Also new this year, some of the event sponsors will have tables in tents on South Street where they can offer giveaways or promote their business.


“It gives an opportunity for those companies that want to help us with sponsorship to be a part of the event as well,” Provencher said.


Platinum sponsors are Avidia Bank, Community Advocate, Matec Instrument Companies and New England Clean Energy. Gold sponsors are Bacon’s Wines & Spirits, Beyond Real Estate, Citizens Bank, Daigneault’s Liquors, Get Smart Marketing, Lemire Insurance Agency and St. Mary’s Credit Union. Silver sponsors are Boyd Coatings Research Inc., B-P Trucking, Country Glass Co. Inc., Robin Frank of ERA Key Realty Services, Reflections Memory Lamps, Rolling Stogies, Sign Logic, Matthew Tucker of New York Life, S&F Concrete and Yates Law Offices PC.


Tickets can be purchased online at Advance tickets through Thursday, Aug. 14, are $15 for food; $25 for food and brew. Tickets purchased at the event are $20 for food; $35 for food and brew.


DJ Bobby Begg will provide music. Proceeds benefit scholarships and community programs of the Hudson Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley.

Start: August 16, 2014 3:00 pm
End: August 16, 2014 7:00 pm
Venue: Avidia Bank South Street Parking Lot
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42 Main St., Hudson, MA, United States, 01749

Region: Worcester County sheriff to host annual senior picnic

Region – Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis has announced the Sheriff’s Annual Senior Picnic will be held at SAC Park in Shrewsbury Saturday, Aug. 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free for all seniors.


“As sheriff, hosting the annual senior picnic is one of the great highlights of the year. This year’s picnic will be a wonderful fun-filled day to give back to our seniors who have given so much to our communities,” Evangelidis said.


The picnic is sponsored by the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association, including donations from many local businesses. In addition to a traditional BBQ menu, the picnic will include a fun afternoon of complimentary bingo games, raffle prizes and music entertainment.


Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, as space is limited in the pavilion area.


For more information, contact the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association at 508-796-0344 or visit



Start: August 16, 2014 11:00 am
End: August 16, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: SAC Park
Phone: 508 796 0344
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438 Lake St., Shrewsbury, MA, United States, 01545
Cost: Admission is free for all seniors.

Marlborough: Family Fun Festivals continue at Union Common

664Marlborough – Looking for great summer fun for the whole family? Four Family Fun Festivals on Saturdays, Aug. 2, 9, 16, & 23, hosted by the River’s Edge Arts Alliance, are coming to Union Common in Marlborough and all are free to the public. These family friendly-themed festivals will take place from 1-4:30 p.m., with an exciting line up of performances and activities.


Aug. 16 will be a Storytelling Festival that begins with African drumming and storytelling with Sidy Maiga at 1 p.m., Rosalita’s Puppets at 2:15 p.m., and storytelling with Len Cabral at 3:30 p.m.


The final festival, to be held Aug. 23, is a Summer Music and Dance Festival beginning with the Pan Neubean Steel Band at 1 p.m., Origination getting everyone up and dancing at 2:15 p.m., and ending with a 3:30 p.m. performance of “Trash to Tunes,” a demonstration of homemade instruments.


The Family Fun Festivals will take place at Union Common at 91 Main St. in Marlborough. In the case of rain, the Festivals will move to the Marlborough Senior Center at 250 Main St. Family Fun Festivals are sponsored by the City of Marlborough and the Ezra M. Cutting Trust.


For more information, visit or call 978-562-1646.



Start: August 16, 2014
End: August 16, 2014
Venue: Union Common
Phone: 978 562 1646
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91 Main St., Marlborough, MA, United States, 01752

Brewster: Against the Tide swim, kayak, walk, and/or run

Brewster – The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) will be holding its annual statewide Against the Tide swim, kayak, walk, and/or run fundraising event, rain or shine, Saturday, Aug. 16 at DCR’s Nickerson State Park in Brewster. This family friendly event consists of several components: competitive and recreational 1-mile swims, recreational 2-mile kayak, recreational 3-mile walk, and recreational 5K and 10K runs.


Participants of all ages and abilities can choose to participate in these events in any combination. The event also offers an Aquathlon “Splash and Dash” component, where participants “splash” in the competitive swim and immediately “dash” in the competitive 5K or 10K run (chosen by the participant).


Day-of registration opens at 7 a.m. Events are held throughout the morning and conclude with an award ceremony at 12 p.m. Visit or call 800-649-6222 for more information, to register online, or make a pledge to a participant or fundraising team.


Directions to at DCR’s Nickerson State Park (3488 Main St., Brewster 02631) from Boston are:

- Take Rte. 3 south to the Sagamore Bridge

- Take Rte. 6 to exit 12 in Orleans

- Turn left off the ramp onto Rte. 6A West towards Brewster.

- Continue for about 2 miles. Park Entrance is on left.



Start: August 16, 2014
End: August 16, 2014
Venue: DCR's Nickerson State Park
Phone: 800 649 6222
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3488 Main St., Brewster, MA, United States, 02631

August 15, 2014

Northborough: Music with Bill Roy at Northborough Library

Northborough – Children of all ages are welcome to join Bill Roy from Apple Tree Arts for some musical fun Friday, Aug. 15, from 10:30 – 11 a.m., at Northborough Free Library, 34 Main St.


Registration is required. Call 508-393-5025 ext. 4 to register or for more information.



Start: August 15, 2014
End: August 15, 2014
Venue: Northborough Free Library
Phone: 508 393 5025 x4
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34 Main St., Northborough, MA, United States, 01532
Cost: Registration is required.

Southborough: Children’s concert at Southborough Library

Southborough – Friday, Aug. 15, at 11 a.m., the Southborough Library, 25 Main St., will wrap up Summer Reading with singer Rick Goldin and his “Science is Magic” concert. Come sing with the library!


For more information, call 508-485-5031.



Start: August 15, 2014
End: August 15, 2014
Venue: Southborough Library
Phone: 508 485 5031
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25 Main St., Southborough, MA, United States, 01772

Boxboro: Colonials Open Masters Synchro Team offers free sessions

Boxboro – The Colonials Open Masters Synchronized Skating Team is offering a two-week session to skate with the team. Come one or both Friday evenings, Aug. 15 and 22, from 8:30 – 10:15 p.m., and learn some of the basic skills needed for synchronized team figure skating. Skaters should have basic skating skills of forward and backward crossovers, mohawks ,and three turns, and will also need to become members of USFSA.  Men and women over the age of 25 are welcome.


Practices are held Friday nights at the Nashoba Valley Olympia Rink, Route 111, Boxboro. The team competes locally and at Easterns, with occasional travel involved.


For more information, call 978-410-9410, e-mail Coach Amy Boucher at, or call team member Bonnie Linscott at 603-205-0985.


Start: August 15, 2014
End: August 15, 2014
Venue: Nashoba Valley Olympia Rink
Phone: 978 410 9410
Route 111, Boxboro, MA, United States

Marlborough: Senior Center holds New England lobster bake

Marlborough – A New England lobster bake will be held Friday, Aug. 15, starting at 12:30 p.m., at the Marlborough Senior Center, 250 Main St. The cost is $10 per person. Enjoy steamed lobster with drawn butter and/or lemon, potatoes, rolls, coleslaw, beverage, and strawberry shortcake.


To register or for more information, call the senior center at 508-485-6492.



Start: August 15, 2014
End: August 15, 2014
Venue: Marlborough Senior Center
Phone: 508 485 6492
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250 Main St., Marlborough, MA, United States, 01752
Cost: $10 per person. Registration is required.

Marlborough: Area’s best dogs to compete at Wachusett Kennel Club dog show

Marlborough – One hundred different breeds of purebred American Kennel Club-registered dogs will compete for the coveted Best in Show award at two all-breed dog shows Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17, at the Royal Plaza Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Road West (Route 20). These shows will be put on and managed by local AKC member club, the Wachusett Kennel Club.


President John Seeley of Harvard said, “Not only is this a fun activity for families but it is the perfect place to talk to breed experts about topics such as training, grooming and the right breed for your lifestyle. An AKC dog show is a great place to start your search for the right dog for your lifestyle and find a responsible breeder. It’s perfect for dog lovers or those who want to learn more about specific breeds they may be interested in sharing their home with in the future.”


The shows start at 8:30 a.m. both days with individual breed judging, then the best of each breed competes in one of seven groups starting between 2:30 and 3 p.m., culminating in the seven group winners going for Best in Show around 5:30 p.m. each day. Specific breed judging times can be found by downloading the weekend judging program at Judges will fly in from all over the country, including one from Australia, to select the best quality specimens.


Special weekend events include obedience competitions both Saturday and Sunday, a rally trial and a “Novice Night” obedience trial Friday, Aug. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m., and a 4- to 6-month-old beginner puppy event Sunday afternoon starting at approximately 2 p.m.  Vendors will also have booths selling unique and homemade dog supplies and gifts.


The Friday evening event is free to the public. Admission for Saturday and Sunday is $5 for adults; $2 for children under 12; and seniors 60 and older will be admitted free.  Plenty of free parking is available, and food and beverages will be available during show hours at the Trade Center snack bar. This event is only for pre-entered dogs—do not bring your unentered dogs as they will not be allowed in the building.



Start: August 15, 2014
End: August 17, 2014
Venue: Royal Plaza Trade Center
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181 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA, United States, 01752
Cost: Friday evening event is free to the public. Admission for Saturday and Sunday is $5 for adults; $2 for children under 12; and seniors 60 and older will be admitted free.

August 14, 2014

Marlborough: Mayor’s 2014 Concert Series presents Silver City

Marlborough – The Mayor’s 2014 Concert Series will present Silver City Thursday, Aug. 14, from 7 – 9 p.m., at Union Common in Marlborough, located on the corner of Main Street and Route 85. Admission is free. There is no rain date in case of inclement weather.

Start: August 14, 2014 7:00 pm
End: August 14, 2014 9:00 pm
Venue: Union Common
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91 Main St., Marlborough, MA, United States, 01752
Cost: Admission is free