Westborough Connects event attracts vendors, residents


Westborough Connects event attracts vendors, residents
Susan Lippitt of the Westborough Historical Society shows maps and other items. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

WESTBOROUGH – It was a chance for residents of all ages to connect with their community.

More than 40 vendors representing local and regional organizations took part in Westborough for Life! Stay. Connect. Thrive event at Westborough High School on Sept. 11.

“It’s all about connecting,” said Lisa Borchetta of Westborough Connects, which organized the event.

Visitors could learn more about the many offerings in town, from library programs and the historical society to the YMCA. In addition, they could try out activities like pickleball, badminton, Zumba dance, cornhole and rummikub, which is a game played with tiles that has elements of rummy and mahjong. 

“I’ve been here 10 minutes, and I’ve talked to five people already,” said Chris Sassetti, the president of Westborough Community Land Trust. 

The WCLT is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 2, 1-4 p.m. at Nourse Farm.

“There’s lot to see here … there’s lots here in Westborough,” said Rev. Betsy Dorsi of the Congregational Church of Westborough.

In addition, there were lectures on farm-to-table, composting, aging in place and a history of industry in town.

At 2:50 p.m., the community commemorated the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a moment of silence and a performance from local singer/songwriter Luanne Crosby.

For vendors, the Westborough Connects event was a welcome opportunity to meet and greet.

“It’s a great opportunity,” said David Reynolds of the Civic Club, which co-sponsored the event along with the Westborough Women’s Club.

The club is planning its annual Christmas Tree fundraiser, starting Nov. 25 in front of the Hastings Elementary School. 

Members of the Westborough Garden Club saw the event as a great way to know about the different programs available in town.

“I like to see all the different programs for all ages,” said Hazel Nourse.

The Garden Club recently held a celebration for its 90th anniversary. Upcoming programs include a program on Bee Warburton on Sept. 28 at 7:15 p.m. at the Westborough Senior Center; and a Holiday Festival on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon at Hastings Elementary School.

For information, visit www.westboroughconnects.org.

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