By Liz Nolan, Contributing Writer
Northborough – Northborough is gearing up for its annual Applefest weekend scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 19, to Sunday, Sept. 22. There are 30 events scheduled throughout the weekend highlighting community spirit, local businesses and organizations, family fun and food.
A few major changes were made based on the recommendation of the State Department of Public Health regarding Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The sold-out Friday evening gala has been moved indoors to the Courtyard by Marriott, 75 Felton St., Marlborough, and the Saturday evening barbecue and fireworks events have been cancelled.
The weekend kicks off on Thursday evening at 5 p.m. with the Girl Scout pizza dinner followed by the Northborough elementary PTO kids’ event featuring the Sky Rise Theater All Star Cast in a short production of “The Most Epic Birthday Party.”
On Friday, the apple recipe Bake Off will be held at the Senior Center beginning at 10 a.m. followed by a magic show for young kids at the Northborough Library at 10:30 a.m. (registration is required).
On Saturday morning, burn a few calories running the 5K race to benefit Boros Cares 4 Troops and then reward yourself with something from the Northboro Junior Woman’s Club’s famous Apple Pie Café at their new location of St. Bernadette Church, 266 Main St.
One of the signature and anticipated events of the annual weekend-long Applefest event is the Street Fair sponsored by the Rotary Club of Northborough. This year it will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (rain date Sunday, Sept. 22) on Blake Street. It will showcase a variety of crafters, exhibitors, businesses, informational booths, town organizations and food vendors.
The third annual Farmer’s Market showcasing local farms and new and returning vendors will be held in the parking lot of 10 Main St. due to construction of the Town Common.
“Next year the Farmer’s Market will be held on the new town common,” said Northborough Town Common Committee member Carolyn Guarino. “It’s a great time of the year. I’m proud to live in Northborough among neighbors who get involved with and truly care about their community.”
Other Saturday highlights:
- Northborough Library Book Sale: 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
- Edmund Hill Trail Hike: 12 p.m.
- Fire Department Open House: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Snow White Meet & Greet at Hay’s Funeral Home, 56 Main St.: 12-2 p.m.
- Northborough Garden Club/Northborough Historical Society exhibits and bake sale, 50 Main St.: 12-4 p.m.
- Church of Nativity Fall Fest featuring craft vendors, balloon animals, Worcester Bravehearts’ mascot, and a storyteller: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Trinity Church Fun Day: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Sunday, too)
- American Legion Post 234 Chicken BBQ, 402 W. Main St.: 4-6 p.m. ($10 per person)
- First Parish Unitarian Contra Dance, 40 Church St.: 8-11 p.m.
Sunday’s schedule includes:
- Boy Scout Troop 1 Pancake Breakfast, American Legion, 402 W. Main St.: 7-11 a.m. ($5 per person)
- Classic Car Show at Northborough Shopping Center: 11 a.m. -2 p.m.
- Parade, including bands, floats and candy tossing along Route 20 from Lincoln Street to School Street: 2 p.m.
- Northborough Culture Fest to include art, dance, music, food and a kids’ corner at First Parish Unitarian, 40 Church St.: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Taste of Northborough featuring cuisine from favorite area restaurants, Melican Middle School, 145 Lincoln St.: 4-6 p.m. ($12 per person)
View the entire Applefest schedule at www.northboroughapplefest.com.