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  • Comedy Benefit (10/5/2022)
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    Laugh While Supporting Gardner MA CAC

    There’s a huge Comedy Show on Friday night October 7, 2022 at 8pm taking place at the Gardner PACC, 171 Kendall Pond in Gardner. Tickets are $20 and benefit the Gardner Community Action Committee. Visit the Gardner CAC website to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

    The Gardner Community Action Committee (CAC), is a non-profit organization, located in Gardner, focused on serving the needs of economically disadvantaged individuals throughout the Greater Gardner community. Service area includes the towns of Ashburnham, Hubbardston, Templeton, Westminster, and the City of Gardner.

  • Cultural Council Apps. (10/5/2022)
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    Gardner MA Deadline Approaches for Cultural Council Applications

    The application deadline is October 17, 2022 for Artists, Musicians, Performers, etc. who are seeking funding for an event. According to Chair Jessica DeRoy, “Gardner Cultural Council (GCC) provides funding for public programs that promote access, education, diversity, and excellence in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in Gardner and the surrounding area.” GCC Fiscal Year 2023 allocation is $28,100. Complete Info pdf with contact info.Website link with online application

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  • Kamuda Go Forward (10/2/2022)
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    Complete Go Forward with Gardner page, CLICK HERE.

    Go Forward with Gardner MA Series, We Interview Carolyn Kamuda

    As a Gardner icon, Carolyn Kamuda is unique. She has been a Real Estate Broker for decades, has an art gallery, projects a love for the arts and culture, and showcases a deep toolbox of common sense. The interview puts the positives of Gardner’s future in an analytical light with Kamuda’s insight providing valuable considerations for Gardner City Council, the Mayor, and businesses coming to the City. According to Kamuda, Gardner’s best asset of all is ‘its people.”

    Watch the embedded YouTube video or Click Play to play the AUDIO in any device.

    Go Forward with Gardner – Carolyn Kamuda
    AUDIO – Interview with Carolyn Kamuda
  • Appointments (9/29/2022)
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    Gardner MA Appointments Committee Meets

    Focus of the September 28, 2022 meeting was on appointments to the Cultural Committee. Mayor Nicholson advised that he expects an appointment coming their way for Deputy Chief of Police at the next meeting. Watch on YouTube or listen here on any device. Click Play.

    Appointments Committee 9-28-22
  • Fourball (9/27/2022)
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    Gardner MA Municipal Golf Course Readies for Columbus Day Weekend Fourball Championship

    The Gardner Golf Course has announced an entry deadline of Sunday 10-2-22 at 5pm. Entry fee is $100 per member or $120 per non-member.. Entry includes Practice Round, Flight Prize Pool, and Dog Fight Prize Pool. This is the Gardner Golf Course’s 11th Annual Columbus Day Weekend Fourball Championship. More details in pdf format, CLICK HERE.

  • October Events (9/25/2022)
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    October Events including Trick or Treat Greater Gardner MA
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    October 2022 Greater Gardner Event Listings

    Gardner MA Fall Yard Sale is This Saturday, October 1, 2022. As of 9/24/22, there were over 3 dozen homes already participating. Update: 9/27: 44 participating homes. Latest map, CLICK HERE. For links to getting your permit, Yard Sale resources, and Gardner Yard Sale Facebook page link, CLICK HERE for GardnerYardSale.com

    Gardner Magazine has a dedicated page for October 2022 Events including the Gardner Yard Sale on October 1, 2022, various events during the month, and Halloween Trick or Treat times for the area as we get the info from the various communities.

    October 2022 Listings Page, CLICK HERE. Send any info of your October event to News@GardnerMagazine.com and we will be glad to add it. No event is too small. All are important to us.

  • Successful Festival (9/24/2022)
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    Gardner MA Fabulous Fall Festival – Oktoberfest Success in Photos

    Hundreds upon hundreds of people attended the September 24, 2022 event in Gardner Massachusetts. Complete Gallery of over 110 photos, CLICK HERE.

    The Chair Luge

    Gardner Ale House Owner Rick Walton stated that the Chair Luge crowd was the largest ever in its history. There were over a dozen contestants racing their various versions of a Chair Luge. First place: Gene’s Green Mean Machine Second Place: The Knievels Third Place: Gardner Ten Pins

    The entire day’s Festival/Oktoberfest event ran from 10am to about 9pm.

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    The Oktoberfest

    The Oktoberfest taking place at the Gardner Ale House included the Moonlighter challenge in which the contestant is challenged with a device and attempts to maneuver the beer to be able to get at least a sip, thus claiming a free beer. More photos in the Complete Gallery, CLICK HERE

    The Beer Tent and various other vendors are seen in the Complete Gallery.

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    The Food

    The Food Trucks were busy including the Ice Cream Lady at Pops Sweet-Harts, Tata’s Fonda, and Simmy’s Polish Express. People seemed to enjoy the food. And of course, lots more food was to be had at the German Beer Garden at Gardner Ale House.

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    Hundreds and hundreds enjoyed the food in Downtown Gardner MA.

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    Dot Line Curve Creations

    Merchants will now be getting ready for Gardner’s 100th Christmas Season as a City – Make It a Downtown Christmas coming soon….

    The Shopping

    One of the popular businesses frequented by Fabulous Fall Festival goers was Dot Line Curve Creations on Parker Street, a relatively new Gardner MA business. Other popular spots were the Velvet Goose and John’s Sport Shop. More photos in the Complete Gallery, CLICK HERE.

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    The Music Entertainment Ranged from a Bavarian Orchestra at the Oktoberfest to a One Man Singing Ensemble of Favorites on Main Street

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    Ryan Hood Playing on Main Street Gardner MA
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    Hofbrahaus Bavarians German Folk Band

    Hundreds turned out to hear the music in Gardner on September 24, 2022.

    An unfortunate incident did occur. Around 1pm, a vehicle accident occurred due to a medical issue. In our photo gallery, you’ll see the quick response from Gardner, Fire, Police, and Ambulance personnel. The driver was taken to Heywood Hospital. Driver is not shown in photos, just the vehicle and Public Safety Response. It has been reported that the driver is deceased. Our condolences to the family.

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  • Win… Win.. (9/23/2022)

    Gardner Magazine Releases Downtown Gardner Win Win Song and Narrative to celebrate the Fabulous Fall Festival and Oktoberfest. Play on any device.

    Downtown Gardner MA Win Win Win
  • Sufferin’ Bastards (9/19/2022)
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    The Sufferin Bastards Playing Saturday September 24, 2022

    The Sufferin Bastards Rock Band will be playing at the Lithuanian Outing Club in Gardner MA on Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 7pm to 11pm

  • Double Event (9/19/2022)

    Gardner MA Fall Festival and “Oktoberfest” Octoberfest Saturday, September 24, 2022 starting at 10am Flyer

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    Gardner MA “Oktoberfest” Octoberfest

    Gardner MA Having Two Events in One on Saturday September 24, 2022 – The Fabulous Fall Festival and the “Oktoberfest.” Octoberfest. Event is FREE.

    More on Fall Festival from Square Two, CLICK HERE. More on “Oktoberfest” Octoberfest from Ale House, CLICK HERE

    Combined Event Flyer/Brochure pdf, CLICK HERE.

    UPDATE 9-19-22: Gardner Square Two says “Show up and Be Fabulous” while revealing exciting news about what you’ll see at the Fabulous Fall Festival. For details, visit their Facebook page. CLICK HERE.

    Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson made a statement about the combined event including traffic considerations: Click Play.

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    Downtown Gardner is in the process of looking even better before the event on Sat. 9-24. Up to 100 Flower Pots will be deployed in Downtown Gardner. Downtown has been spruced up since Spring.

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    Businesses, individuals, or organizations can sponsor one for $75 until around Thanksgiving in November. Also available in South Gardner Center.

    According to City Hall : “Sponsorships cover the cost of the flowers, the city will maintain them. Sponsorship signs will be placed in the flower pots shortly. There are 100 flower pots being installed downtown and 25 in South Gardner. For information on how to sponsor, contact Jessica DeRoy at jderoy@gardner-ma.gov”

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  • Hispanic Heritage (9/18/2022)
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    What did the Mariachi Band sound like? Well here’s a short sample.

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    Many Gardner Residents Had Supper at City Hall on Tuesday September 20, 2022

    The City of Gardner celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 5:30pm on the front steps of City Hall on Pleasant Street. In addition to exciting Hispanic Food Trucks, there was live Mariachi music. Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson posted the day after the event, “Great time last night for the City’s second annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration! Great to see people enjoying the music. Thank you to Holy Family Academy MA for providing by coffee from Brilla Coffee Roasters and to Stephen DiNatale – Mayor of Fitchburg for joining as well! Also thank you to the Gardner High School Senior Nelli Esquedero for writing a poem for the event as well!”

    National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th to October 15th nationwide. The Library of Congress hosts a website with more information. CLICK HERE. (This article was updated after the event)

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  • You’ve Got This (9/9/2022)

    Gardner Magazine Publishes Gardner Elementary – You’ve Got This VideoWATCH IT!

    Sure, there’s construction and maybe even just a few challenges to go. But, You Got This Gardner! Enjoy the song in our new video, play out of the page or CLICK HERE for full screen.

  • Octoberfest in September (9/7/2022)
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    Fabulous Fall Festival and Octoberfest September 24, 2022

    Gardner MA Ale House Getting Ready for Octoberfest Happening September 24th

    The renowned local restaurant and brewery is participating in Gardner’s Fabulous Fall Festival on September 24, 2022 with an Octoberfest. Complete information, CLICK HERE. The Chair Luge is also back this year. – Details, CLICK HERE.

    Meanwhile, Gardner Square Two is lining up Vendors, Food Trucks, Crafters, and Non-profits for what is projected to be one of the most Fabulous Fall Festivals in a long time. Deadline to book your participation is September 5th. Previous article with all details, CLICK HERE.

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  • Another Tune (9/2/2022)
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    Gardner MA 100 Years a City Big Birthday Bash is just a few months away.

    Here’s a fun song for you from 100 years ago. it’s Eddie Cantor’s “We’ve Got the Yes We Have No Bananas Blues” (recorded July 1923)

    We’ve Got the Yes We Have No Bananas Blues
  • Labor Day Weekend Fun (9/2/2022)
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    Plenty of Fun to be had this weekend in Greater Gardner MA

    Friday, September 2, 2022 – Cruise Night at the PACC features a Car Show followed by FREE entertainment by Mad Hatter. Food trucks are available. The P.A.C.C. is located at 171 Kendall Pond Road West, Gardner MA

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    Saturday/Sunday/Monday The Appleseed Country Fair is taking place at the Red Apple Farm 455 Highland Ave. in Phillipston MA featuring entertainment all weekend long. There’s two stages of musical entertainment Sat 9/3 10-6, Sun 9/4 10-6, and Mon 9/5 10-4. A variety of vendors will also be featured “ranging from artisans and crafters to food, beer and wine, as well as face painting and other activities for children.” According to the website, there will be 7 food trucks and more than 2 dozen other vendors. Admission which is $15 per carload benefits the Athol and Phillipston Fire Department Association. There is a website dedicated to the event for more information, CLICK HERE. Music lineup, CLICK HERE.

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    Rocking Country at Wachusett Mountain

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    Sunday: Wachusett Mountain Welcomes Bail Money Band with Rocking Country tunes on Sunday September 4th at 3pm.

    High energy Rockin Country tunes! — Pete Towler ~ Vocals, Guitars — Russ Wyman ~ Guitars, Vocals

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    Hardwick MA holds Fall Craft and Food Festival on Saturday September 3rd

    On Saturday September 3, 2022 from 11am to 4pm (rain date 9/4) the Fall Craft & Food Festival will be held at the Hardwick Vineyard & Winery, 3305 Greenwich Rd. Hardwick

    Food Trucks, Live music, and many craft vendors. The Event will benefit the Ware Food Pantry. The live music with Rosie Porter and the Neon Moons is 1-4pm

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    Get Info on Events Anytime

    The Greater Gardner MA Events Machine works with Google to search for area events 24/7. CLICK HERE.

  • Hardwick Craft and Food (8/31/2022)
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    Hardwick MA holds Fall Craft and Food Festival

    On Saturday September 3, 2022 from 11am to 4pm (rain date 9/4) the Fall Craft & Food Festival will be held at the Hardwick Vineyard & Winery, 3305 Greenwich Rd. Hardwick

    Food Trucks, Live music, and many craft vendors. The Event will benefit the Ware Food Pantry. The live music with Rosie Porter and the Neon Moons is 1-4pm

  • Big RanDom (8/26/2022)
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    Classic Rock Cover Band Big RanDom Plays Monument Park, Gardner MA on Saturday August 27, 2022 from 5 to 7pm.

    From their website, “the BIG RanDom is a high energy classic rock and roll cover band from north central Massachusetts, featuring 5 different vocalists with multi-part harmonies, that includes, “Rocket” Ralph Gendron on Lead Guitar and Vocals, Dave LaPointe on Drums and Vocals,  Jean-Luc LaPointe on Bass, Greg  Brown, Rhythm/Lead and Vocals, Danielle LaPointe on Vocals, and Amanda Dibble on Vocals, with special guest, Shaun Suhoski from Timeless on Keyboard/Rhythm Guitar and Vocals.  TBR is a premier party and concert band that puts on a great stage show that will get you on the dance floor and singing your hearts out with them. “

    The Big RanDom concert poster

    Big RanDom Musical Journey

    “Let us take you on a musical journey back to the 60s, 70s, 80’s, 90’s, and then back to the  2000s!

    ​Dance and sing your heart out with us! ​It’s a Rock and Roll Dance Party! ALL THE HITS FROM… The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Beatles, Tina Turner, Eagles, Bachman Turner Overdrive, The Doobie Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad, Santana, Aerosmith, Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt, Pat Benatar, Bob Seger, John Mellancamp, AC/DC, Queen, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf, Tom Petty, Journey, AC/DC, Jon Bon Jovi, KISS, Guns n’ Roses, Joan Jett, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Miller Band, The Cars, Huey Lewis and the News, 4 Non Blondes, The Cranberries,  The B-52’s, Eurythmics, The Killers, ​and MORE…”

    Website Link, CLICK HERE.

    Saturday, August 27, 2022 from 5-7pm at Monument Park, Gardner MA and it’s absolutely FREE!

  • Gardner MA Museum (8/21/2022)
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    Gardner MA Museum Announces its Fall Lineup

    The Museum in Gardner MA known as the Gardner Museum has announced various events and its Fall 2022 Lecture Series which runs the months of September and October.

    On September 1, 2022, the Gardner Museum features the Start of the Exhibit – Gardner Theatre Guild on display during regular opening hours until December 18th.

    Lecture Series

    9/8: Tinseltown Inventor: Hedy Lamarr  —- 9/15 A Taste of Art with award-winning artist Kathryn Swantee. —-  9/22: Women in WWII with Kara Fossey —- 9/29: Reflections on Spectacle Pond with George Kinder —- 10/6: Annual Veterans Roundtable —- 10/13: Poetry Night at the Museum with Published poet Ryk McIntyre —- 10/20: All Shall Be Well with Will Darcangelo —- 10/27: Bumbling through the Hindu Kush with local journalist and author Chris Woolf

    November 9, 2022:  The 16th annual Festival of Trees begins and runs until Saturday December 3rd.

    Free Admission

    September 17th from 1 to 4pm is Annual Smithsonian Day.  Everyone gets in FREE to the Gardner Museum

    For complete details on all and a printable pdf, CLICK HERE

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  • Ain’t We Got Fun (8/20/2022)
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    Another Song to Celebrate the Gardner MA Centennial Celebration Coming January 1, 2023

    Two years before Gardner became a City, the song Ain’t We Got Fun was released by Van & Schenck. We chose to feature it here because in 100 years, some of the problems and situation described are still a part of daily life. Digitized to mp3. Just CLICK PLAY.

    Ain’t We Got Fun – Van & Schenck 1921

    Sing along with the fun lyrics, pdf, CLICK HERE.

  • Weekly Update 8-19-22 (8/19/2022)
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    Gardner Magazine Updates City – Mayor Without Update Due to Staffing

    Note: Last week’s Mayor’s Update has received 73 views on YouTube and as of yesterday 2,354 listens on Gardner Magazine.   However, our offer to record an AUDIO update was not accepted.   So we’ll provide one instead. Click Play.

    Chair City Update August 19, 2022

    Chair City Update August 19, 2022

    Paving Week of August 22nd

    Parker Street and Connors Street will be paved on Monday August 22, 2022 beginning at 4am.  Parker Street will be paved from Lafayette Square to Main Street.  Connors Street will be paved from City Hall Avenue to Parker Street.  This is the final coat of pavement needed for these streets as part of the Downtown Infrastructure Improvement Project.

    Covid 19 Vaccine

    Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic

    On Wednesday, August 24th, there will be a Covid 19 Vaccine Clinic from 3pm to 6pm at the Bethany Baptist Church, 72 Ryan Street, Gardner.   All doses of the 3 different brands of Vaccine will be available.  Ages 5 and over are welcome via walk-in, but registration is encouraged.    Please bring vaccine card and health insurance card if  you have one.

    Weekend Events

    On Saturday August 20th, the Elvis Tribute Band, Fellowship of the King will play at Monument Park at the 45th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Concert begins at 5pm. See article

    On Sunday August 21st, Gardner Massachusetts churches are joining forces for a Community Worship Sunday starting at 10am at Monument Park, featuring music, message, food, and fun. All are welcome. See article.

    On Sunday August 21st, The P.A.C.C. at 171 Kendall Pond Road West in Gardner is holding a Polish Drive-Thru on Sunday August 21, 2022 from 11am to 3pm. See article

    On Sunday, August 21st, the Tenth Annual Ride of Your Life takes place at Heywood Hospital, 242 Green Street, Gardner.  Riders and passengers pay a registration fee and take a 3 hour ride through North Central Massachusetts with stops at area motorcycle shops.   Proceeds benefit suicide prevention efforts in the North Central and North Quabbin regions.  See article

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    Gardner Has a New Police Chief

    Lieutenant Eric McAvene is officially Chief McAvene on Monday August 22nd. Having served the past two decades on the Gardner force, he was appointed by Mayor Nicholson and accepted the position. Formal City Council confirmation to follow. See article

    Construction in the Chair City

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    Gardner Elementary: The week of August 22, 2022 will be the 4th extended week of construction at the New Gardner Elementary School. Mayor Nicholson has advised the main goal is to get an occupancy permit for the building so school can start even if the grounds still need some work. Meanwhile, Gardner Public Schools has released its projected School Calendar reflecting the delayed start of school. See article

    Candor Realty continues work on 25 Main Street, recently completing some badly needed roof repairs. The company has also stated it is interested in purchasing additional properties in Gardner.

    Work also continues at 42 to 52 Parker Street. The walls have gone up this week following Gardner Planning Board approval of their complete plan for the building.

    Community Health Connections has made significant progress on their new Health Center building off Route 68 near Walmart.

    The Drought

    Enforcement with fines and possible water shut-offs for violators of the outdoor water use ban will begin after a Code Red call reminding people of the drought.

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    Pleasant Street open again

    Following meetings with staff, community leaders, and business owners, a decision was made to once again open up Pleasant Street. For just under two months, the street was closed off in order to create a plaza with outdoor seating. The idea had been proposed for years, but never tried. A comment from Mayor Nicholson in our article.

    Gardner High Athletics

    Gardner High Athletics has announced key dates for the upcoming fall season. There are youth nights, alumni nights, recreation nights, senior nights, and there will be a game on Thanksgiving morning against Quabbin. See article.

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  • Golumpki (8/18/2022)
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    Due to Golumpki, Gardner MA Has No Need to Cook on Sun. Aug. 21st

    The P.A.C.C. at 171 Kendall Pond Road West in Gardner is holding a Polish Drive-Thru on Sunday August 21, 2022 from 11am to 3pm.

    Customers get Full Polish Meals, prepared on the premises with each meal including a bowl of kapusta, pierogis, golumpki, and kielbasa for $15. Meals will be served from 11-3. While Supplies last! Cash Only. Facebook page CLICK HERE

  • Upcoming Wildcats Season (8/17/2022)
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    Gardner MA Athletics Releases Key Dates

    From Gardner Wildcat Athletics, “Excited to announce some key dates for our upcoming fall season! While there is more fun stuff to come in addition to this list, we wanted to give everyone a chance to mark their calendars! Some quick notes:

    * Youth nights – Chair City Lions (football/cheer) and Chair City Soccer (Soccer) will partner with our varsity programs to recognize our youngest athletes on these nights. CHAIR City LIONS and Chair City Soccer will send out communication soon!

    * Alumni nights – Be on the lookout for information regarding our alumni events; we are looking to recognize alumni from a few of our sports who haven’t had an event like this in the past.

    * Recreation nightsCity of Gardner Recreation summer camp kids who wear their camp shirts on these nights will get in for free, and receive a free gift at the game.

    * Senior nights – join us as we honor our senior athletes!

    * Thanksgiving is back on Thanksgiving morning! Join us in the morning as we take on Quabbin to close out our season. This will also be senior day for our Football players and Cheerleaders.”

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  • Elvis Presley Group (8/13/2022)
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    Fellowship of the King playing Monument Park Gardner MA on Saturday August 20, 2022 at 5pm – shown at other venue.

    Elvis Tribute Band to Play Monument Park August 20, 2022 at 45th Anniversary of Death

    Elvis Aaron Presley lived from January 8, 1935 to August 16, 1977 and was an American singer and actor.  Often called the “King of Rock and Roll”, he is most often referred to as simply Elvis.  More on Elvis from Wikipedia, CLICK HERE.

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    On Saturday, August 20, 2022, The Fellowship of the King will play Monument Park in Gardner MA beginning at 5pm.   They are a  group of professional musicians who formed the core rhythm section of Elvis Presley’s Tribute Concert band from August 2018. The personnel and the band members are Brian Martin (lead guitar), Chris Boliver (bass), JC Uttaro (keyboards) and Brandon Fontaine (drums) and Dan Fontaine III as Elvis.  The band was formed in 2014 and covers Elvis Presley’s entire musical career between 1954 to 1977.

    Do they sound like Elvis and are they as great as everybody says?   You be the judge.   Here’s a performance from last year at Powder Mill Park in Spencer.  Fellowship of the King performing “In the Ghetto”  Play on any device.   Enjoy the Concert on August 20th, Monument Park Gardner MA 5pm.

    Fellowship of the King – In the Ghetto

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  • Hotline Radio 8-13-22 (8/13/2022)
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    Radio Station WGAW recently began its 76th year of broadcasting to the region. Hotline Radio airs every Saturday from noon to 2pm on the station with host Steve Wendell. Listen on AM 1340, 98.1 FM, or Listen Live Online, CLICK HERE.

    Mayor Nicholson and Civil Defense Director Topolski on Gardner MA WGAW Radio

    On Saturday August 13, 2022, Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson was host Steve Wendell’s first guest as usual and spoke of staffing issues in the current environment. He spoke of delays in trash pickup due to staffing issues with E.L. Harvey and that the company was catching  up Friday and Saturday for Thursday pickups. 

    Greenwood Pool Staffing Issues

    Nicholson stated, “We are still experiencing the economic effects of the pandemic.… Normally we’ve got a list a mile long, a wait list for people looking for lifeguard jobs, but this year no one wanted to do them.”  He stated that staffing issues prevented Spray Park at Greenwood Pool opening this year.

    Program to Assist with School Delay

    Mayor Nicholson spoke of delay of the Gardner Public Schools opening.   School District is attempting to come up with a program to assist with day care for elementary school students during the delay, reaching out to various organizations. Most schools start September 6th, Gardner Elementary starts about a week later.

    Gardner PD Update

    The Panel of 5 Review committee has selected 3 top candidates, including at least one individual from the Gardner Police Department.   Once Chief is chosen, Deputy Chief position will be posted.

    With Paul Topolski, Director of Civil Defense

    Paul Topolski, Director of Civil Defense, spoke of getting together with a regional plan with various area communities. Would concern flood plans, hazardous materials, manmade technological disasters, and natural disasters such as various storms.   Various courses available on FEMA website for individuals interested in civil defense.

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  • Town Benefit Day (8/12/2022)
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    Westminster MA Town Benefit Day is Neighbors Helping Neighbors

    The non-profit group Neighbors Helping Neighbors is sponsoring the annual Westminster Town Benefit Day on Sunday August 14, 2022 from 11am to 5pm with various activities and Food Trucks. Location: Academy Hill. (off West Main Street.)   N.H.N. helps people who need help.  Facebook page, CLICK  HERE.

    Scan and Pay

    In the 25 years of Neighbors Helping Neighbors, times have changed. When it started in 1987, very few had personal computers.  Now Smart Phones are computers.  And this year the group is hoping the new ability to “Just Scan & Pay” will increase the fundraising tally which has totaled about $25,000 each year, except during the past 2 year hiatus due to the pandemic.  According to their post on Facebook, “AMAZING haul of donations for the Chinese Auction and Over The Top! We really have something for everyone!! See you Sunday!”

  • Whiskey Johnson (8/12/2022)
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    Whiskey Johnson at PACC in Gardner MA During Friday Night Cruise Night: 8-12-22

    The Car Shows are from  Friday Nights 5pm until dusk and then, Friday Night Bands play from 7pm to 11pm on the Outside Stage. 

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    FREE ADMISSION

    FREE Admission, open to the public, Weather Permitting. In case of rain, band will play indoors.  A Food Truck will be there.   The Polish American Citizens’ Club is located at 171 Kendall Pond West in Gardner.  Website:

    August and September Band Schedule

    Bands include: August 12: Whiskey Johnson, August 19: Danny LeBlanc, August 26: to be announced, September 2: Mad Hatter, September 9: Cashwood, September 16: The Big Random, September 23: A Night of Zeppelin, and September 30: Timeless.

  • Fall Festival (8/10/2022)
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    Gardner MA Getting Ready for Fabulous Fall Festival and Octoberfest

    2 Events in One

    The Fabulous Fall Festival and Octoberfest is taking place Saturday, September 24, 2022 in Downtown Gardner MA.  Fall Festival is 10am to 4pm and Octoberfest is 11am to 8pm. The famous Gardner Chair Luge is back this year!

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    Beautiful Flower Pots on their way

    As part of the sprucing up of Downtown Gardner prior to the Fall Festival, Gardner is expecting over 100 24 inch Flower pots. The problem: The current drought regulations only allows watering the plants in them with hand watering cans, so only some may be put out. Mayor Nicholson stated in an email, “They are arriving from the manufacturer this week. I don’t expect them to be fully out until Parker Street is paved right before the Fall Festival/Oktoberfest and hopefully the drought has been lifted by then, but we will continue to monitor the situation and play it by ear for sure.” According to Jessica DeRoy, there are 100 for Downtown Gardner and another 25 for South Gardner.

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    Building Work Continues

    It will still take some time for all Downtown Buildings to be 100 percent, but the substantial progress is being noticed by everyone. We wrote a previous article on Fix It Fever. CLICK HERE.

    Paving Work Downtown

    As detailed in another article, CLICK HERE, paving work is taking place in Downtown Gardner with paving on Parker Street and Connors Street to be completed the week of August 22nd.

    We’ll provide you with more details on the Fabulous Fall Festival and Octoberfest as we get them.

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  • Traveling Jones (8/10/2022)
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    Country/Rock Outfit “The Traveling Jones” Playing at Monument Park, Gardner MA August 13, 2022

    Saturday August 13, 2022 at Monument Park the start time switches to 5pm.   This week it’s the Classic Country and Rock Outfit “The Traveling Jones”  Nick Langlois – Vocals/Guitar, Bobby Blue – Guitar/vocals, Corey Laine – Bass, Jimmy Bairos – Drums, and vocalist Sarah Louise French.

    From the band: “Hi there! We are comprised of 5 members. Lead guitarist and vocalist, Nick Langlois, guitarist and vocalist Robert Winter (Bobby Blue) bassist Corey Laine, drummer Jimmy Bairos and vocalist Sarah Louise French. We perform classic country, rock and original material. We have been performing together for about 5 or 6 years now and have been friends for longer performing together In various side projects and each other’s backyards for fun. We draw inspiration from Waylon Jennings, the Grateful Dead, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Pink Floyd, The Beatles and Bonnie Raitt. We are very much looking forward to performing for everyone this Saturday!”

    Upcoming August 20, 2022 – Fellowship of the King, CLICK HERE.

    Upcoming August 27, 2022 – the Big Random, CLICK HERE.

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  • Pizza Polka (7/31/2022)
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    Charles Magnante – Pizza Polka More Info, CLICK HERE

    Parker House of Pizza of Gardner MA Reopens in time for Polka, offers $3 Discount on every order….

    On Thursday, August 4, 2022 the Parker House of Pizza may just be the most popular pizza place in town. That’s the day they reopen after vacation. In a radio ad run on WGAW, the restaurant is offering a $3 discount on any order for a whole week.  That’s just in time for the Monument Park Polka Concert on Saturday August 6, 2022 at 6pm so patrons can literally have pizza and polka. 

    To put you in the Pizza and Polka spirit, we are featuring the Pizza Polka right here.   Just click play.    And so you can take advantage of getting your pizza whether you take out or eat at the outdoor dining area at Pleasant Plaza, here’s a link to their site.   CLICK HERE.   FREE Concert info here.

  • Terrapinfest (7/31/2022)
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    TerrapinFest ’22 Saturday August 6 2022 at PACC in Gardner MA

    Tickets are $30, kids free 12 and under.

    Tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance down at Terrapin Traders or any of the bands. Music starts at noon. Lots of vendors. More info, CLICK HERE.

    Bands are playing inside and outside. Updated schedule: Inside: 12:00 The Swaying Trees, 1:30 The Ruthless Poe, 3:00 Nikki Howard, 4:30 Secret Sage, 6:00 The Quarry, 8:00 A Phine Connection – Outside: 12:00 Jared Moore & Ira Kittrell, 1:00 Klumpty Dumpty, 2:30 The Brü, 4:00 The Traveling Jones. 5:30 The Knot, 8:00 Way Up South

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  • Maestro’s Men (7/31/2022)
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    Maestro’s Men – member of the Polka Hall of Fame

    Maestro’s Men Playing Polka at Monument Park on Saturday August 6, 2022 at 6pm

    This Polka concert by this Grammy nominated band will be the last of the summer starting at 6pm. Subsequent weeks, the concerts will be at 5pm. Complete schedule, CLICK HERE.

    According to their website, “Each member of our band has added their own style and musical influences that together makes our unique blend. We are proud to be able to entertain many audiences over the years with our own style and presentation of Polka music. Together, it’s all about our love of the music. Thank you for all your support we appreciate it”..Dennis Polisky – for the Maestro’s Men website, CLICK HERE.

  • Jumpin’ Juba (7/29/2022)
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    Greater Gardner MA in for musical treat as Jumpin’ Juba plays Monument Park July 30th

    The recording artists Jumpin’ Juba will play at Monument Park, Gardner on Saturday July 30, 2022 at 6pm. Jumpin’ Juba is a trio: Steve Hurl, guitar and vocals; Bruce Ward, piano; Brian Flan, drums.The group mixes regional styles of blues from Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans together with rootsy rock & roll. The music is seasoned with jazz, folk, calypso, and Latin flavors.

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    Jumpin’ Juba has recordings out including WHOA! That’s a’ Plenty (1991), Free Eats! (1993), A Few Simple Words (1999), Jumpin’ Juba – Bumpity Bump (2003), – including New-Orleans-inspired swamp-rock, classic boogie-woogie, folk, Memphis rock & roll  and Jumpin’ Juba – Slap Happy (2010) – The latest work features an exclectic mix of blues-based original tunes.  Listen to a few of their tracks. CLICK HERE.Jumpin’ Juba website Complete Monument Park FREE Concert Schedule, CLICK HERE.

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  • Night Out (7/26/2022)
    National Night Out

    Greater Gardner MA National Night Out 2022 Taking Place at Gardner High School Tuesday August 2, 2022

    The Greater Gardner National Night Out is being held  Tuesday August 2, 2022 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm with a rain date of August 9th.   The event is a cooperative effort among the Gardner Community Action Committee, the Gardner Police and Fire Departments, and the City of Gardner.

    The event has been held nationally since 1984 and is aimed at heightening crime and drug prevention awareness in the community.  This will be Gardner’s 9th year participating.  It’s slated to be an evening of fun for the entire family.  There will be a live band, resource tables, a pizza contest, raffles, kids games, an obstacle course, a climbing wall, helicopter landing, touch a truck and more. —- Printable poster pdf, CLICK HERE.

    Wachusett Mountain has agreed to sponsor bus transportation from Monument Park to Gardner High School.

    National Night Out is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities such as drug prevention and other anti-crime efforts.  According to the National Night Out website, “National Night Out culminates annually on the first Tuesday in August. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.”  For the website, CLICK HERE   To support the national effort, there’s even official merchandise.  CLICK HERE.

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  • Song of ’23 (7/24/2022)
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    Here’s an online link to a list of other hit songs from 1923. CLICK HERE.

    Hit Song in Gardner MA in 1923: Yes, We Have No Bananas

    Gardner MA celebrates its Centennial as a City on January 1, 2023. One of the hit songs 100 years ago was “We Have No Bananas”. We found the original song, digitized it, and you can play it right here.

    We Have No Bananas – Hit Song 1923

    Another song enjoyed in the period was Bye Bye Blackbird, and here is the original.

    Bye Bye Blackbird – released 1919
  • AUDIO – Meetings – Updates – Events (7/22/2022)
    Audio Now Available

    Gardner Magazine Publishing AUDIO of Gardner MA Meetings, Updates, and Events.

    Now you can listen to AUDIO on any device.

    Gardner City Council Meetings – all 2022 Meetings available, CLICK HERE. (links to articles too.)

    Gardner Mayor’s Updates – all 2022 Meetings available, CLICK HERE. (links to articles too)

    Gardner School Committee Meetings – all 2022 Meetings available, CLICK HERE. (links to articles too)

    Special Events and Special Occasions – AUDIO available for 2020, 2021, and 2022, CLICK HERE.

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  • Chair City Chair Bear (7/21/2022)
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    Chair City Chair Bear – Good Idea or Bad Idea?

    Editorial: Input Wanted – Chair City Chair Bear, Good Idea or Bad Idea?

    I found a cover for a plush animal being sold online.   What’s the chance there’s someone in Gardner who could make an original Chair City Chair Bear design which could be made into a custom cover?  The Chair City Chair Bear could be an item for the City’s 100th.   The seat on this particular item is 20 inches square and is available on Amazon for $14.99.  That’s just for the cover, it would have to be filled with PP cotton batting.  Obviously, the City would want something made locally if possible. Your thoughts on this. Good idea or bad idea? Email: News@GardnerMagazine.com

  • Chair City Café (7/21/2022)
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    New Restaurant Coming to Gardner MA

    The Chair City Café is under construction at this moment.  On the Chair City Church website, it says “Coming Summer 2022” Location is at the site of the former Sacred Heart School on Lynde Street in Gardner.   There is plenty of parking at the site available for the purpose.

    Chair City Church is asking for donations towards the project stating, “Thank you so much for supporting the Chair City Cafe project. The cafe will provide us with a unique opportunity to connect with our community in a personal way. Jesus is doing amazing things here and we are so thankful that you have chosen to be a part of it through your giving. We now offer the ability to give safely and securely online.”

    Gardner Magazine has reached out to Chair City Church and will provide more information as it is provided to us. Visit the church website.  CLICK HERE.

  • Mr. Strickland (7/20/2022)
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    Monument Park Gardner MA

    For the complete Monument Park FREE Concert Schedule, CLICK HERE.

    Classic Rock “Mr. Strickland” to play Monument Park Gardner MA Saturday 6 to 8pm

    Mr. Strickland is performing this Saturday July 23, 2022 from 6 to 8pm at Monument Park in Gardner.   The band is named after a character in the 1985 “Back to the Future” movie.  Featured will be Classic Rock from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.   Members of the Mr. Strickland band are Jay Sharon – guitar/vocals, Kris Lucander – bass/vocals, Nik Hunt – keyboards, Andrew Caouette – drums, and Ethan Caouette – guitar/vocals. The band says, “Be there, don’t be a slacker!”

  • PACC Bands (7/14/2022)
    PACC Cruise Night, Friday Night Bands

    Enjoy Bands FREE at the PACC in Gardner MA During  Friday Night Cruise Nights

    The Car Shows are from  Friday Nights 5pm until dusk and then, Friday Night Bands play from 7pm to 11pm on the Outside Stage.  FREE Admission, open to the public, Weather Permitting. In case of rain, band will play indoors.  A Food Truck will be there.   The Polish American Citizens’ Club is located at 171 Kendall Pond West in Gardner.  Website:

    Bands include: July 15: Traveling Jones, July 22: Dazed Till Dawn, July 29: Barbwire & LACE, August 5: Getaway, August 12: Whiskey Johnson, August 19: Danny LeBlanc, August 26: to be announced, September 2: Mad Hatter, September 9: Cashwood, September 16: The Big Random, September 23: A Night of Zeppelin, and September 30: Timeless.

  • Municipal FM (7/10/2022)
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    Low Power FM Transmitter
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    Map of Gardner showing 3.5 radius from Gardner City Hall (red circle) and Gardner High School (blue circle)
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    Sample of a Low Power FM Antenna

    Costs involved

    Because of the relatively low power involved, cost would not be a huge factor as the transmitter and antenna would be fairly inexpensive. Engineering is relatively simple and the F.C.C. engineers in Washington D.C. could help for FREE. Gardner already has a television studio at the High School on Catherine Street. Gardner MA produces high quality video of City Council, School Committee, and other Municipal Meetings, and a weekly Mayor’s update. Visit the City of Gardner YouTube page here.

    Gardner MA may consider its own Low Power Municipal Radio Station

    Last year, an F.C.C. window closed on applications for regular licenses on the non-commercial band.   Sometime soon, a window will open for additional low power FM applications on the 92 -108 part of the band. That’s where the interests of Gardner come in. Does Gardner want to have a station like the City of Leominster has had since January 26, 2017, which is licensed for 21 watts with an antenna 210 feet above average terrain? See what Leominster is doing with it. Website.

    How Far would it Transmit?

    If the license was granted, Gardner High School on Catherine Street could serve as a transmitter site as it’s roughly in the middle of Gardner geographically. Gardner City Hall might also cover the City. According to the Federal Communications Commission, Low power FM has a radius of about 3.5 miles. Gardner is only 23 square miles which in this case presents an advantage – less square footage to cover with a transmitter. The calculated coverage area would be A=πr2=π·3.52≈38.48451mi² using 3.5 as the radius of a circle and calculating the area of the circle. The math shows much of the Chair City could be covered, perfect for emergencies or whatever Gardner would deem to be in its interests. Due to the low power, the coverage might have dead spots due to terrain. That is why commercial stations which cover more than one community operate with substantially more power.

    We asked the Mayor in an interview on many subjects July 6th:

    Poegel:   “Mayor, so sometime soon, an FCC window is going to open, allowing the City of Gardner to apply for a low power FM license, similar to what the City of Leominster already has.   Does the Chair City have an interest in pursuing this to protect its interests?”

    Nicholson: “I know we’ve talked about that with our Emergency Management Director Paul Topolski, because we do have a radio transmitter that we can use when we have larger events, but we don’t have a signal that is our own.  So it is something we preliminarily looked at, but it’s not something we’ve had on the radar until we just heard the rumblings that the F.C.C. might be opening up a little more, so it’s a very recent conversation that we don’t have any details on yet on our end, but it is something that did spark a conversation.” Listen to the entire interview.

    What frequency would it be?

    Low power FM is between 92 and 108 on the FM dial. You find out what’s available by doing a search on the FCC website. You need to know the latitude and longitude of the proposed transmitter location. Finding a frequency is as simple as going on the F.C.C. site, inputting latitude and longitude specs, and doing a search.   Gardner City Hall at 95 Pleasant Street is at 42 34 26, -71 59 45 and Gardner High School is at 42 34 39, -71 58 45.    Both searches yield the same available frequencies, 97.3 and 102.9. However, Steve Wendell, owner of WGAW has a construction permit for a commercial station at the 97.3 frequency for Orange MA, so our bet is the City would pick 102.9 if it’s interested in pursuing the project.

    As the Crow Flies

    If we each had a flying car, we could make it to work much quicker because the distance “As the Crow Flies” is always shorter. There’s an online tool to calculate the straight line distance between two locations. CLICK HERE.

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  • Food Truck Festival Held (7/9/2022)
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    Moon Hill Brewery Beer Garden
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    BootHill Express Band at Gardner City Hall
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    Gardner MA Holds Its Largest Food Truck Festival Ever

    The Gardner Food Truck Festival on Saturday July 9, 2022 brought out many people from Gardner and surrounding communities to enjoy a wide variety of cuisine.  The weather was almost perfect for the event.  The Moon Hill Brewery Beer Garden delighted folks with some of their local beers produced in the Chair City.    BootHill Express provided an enjoyable sound at the steps of Gardner City Hall.   And the appetites of many were satisfied by the huge selection from more than two dozen Food Trucks.    Gardner Magazine thanks Claude Vautour for taking photographs of the Food Truck Festival so we could share them with you.

    Food Trucks expected were Travelin’ Bones, The Grub Guru, Smokin Food Truck 51,Uncle E’s BBQ Express, Nom Nom Hut LLC, Wacky Candy Shack, Sun Kim Bop, Minuteman Kettle Corn, Inc., Sabor Latino, Pops Sweet Harts Ice Cream Truck, Kona Ice of Shrewsbury, Moe’s Sweet Eats, Grill Daddy, The Dogfather, Jackson Effie Coffee Cabin, Say Cheese!, Potato Potato, Boston Coffee Rescue Corp, Birds Nest Italian Street Food, Shishkaberrys of New England, Trolley Dogs, Shane’s Hot Dogs, Sammy’s Polish Express, Tu Antojo Boricua, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, and Clyde’s Cupcakes.   

    The streets were blocked off as Food Trucks lined up on Pleasant Street and City Hall Avenue with convenient Restroom locations at 3 different spots.  It was a bring your own chair event, but there was seating and tables in the new Pleasant Plaza.    See Previous article on Gardner Food Truck Festival with menu descriptions.

    The next big event in Gardner is Retro Stew, scheduled to play at Monument Park in Gardner on Saturday July 16, 2022.   We interviewed one of the band members about the planned classic rock music selections.  CLICK HERE

    For the complete Monument Park Concert Schedule, CLICK HERE.

    Enjoy more photos of the Gardner Food Truck Festival below.

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  • Retro Stew (7/9/2022)
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    Retro Stew – photo submitted to us by the band.

    Retro Stew to play at Monument Park in Gardner on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 6pm

    Get ready for a true delight. Retro Stew is coming to Gardner and the concert is FREE as part of the Monument Park series. For complete schedule, CLICK HERE.

    Retro Stew is a four piece acoustic/electric classic rock band known for their interesting arrangements and tight harmonies. The band has been entertaining in central Mass. for eight years at various restaurants, taverns, farms/orchards, breweries, and town events.

    Band member Gayle S. Picard stated, “We play classic rock and pop from the 1960s through the 1990s as well as some more current tunes.”

    We asked – what are the bands’ favorite classic rock tunes and Gayle stated, “We love anything that lends to harmonies. Eagles, Mamas and Papas, Beatles, Seals and Crofts, America, Moody Blues, Fleetwood Mac, to name a few bands we cover. We love to play California Dreaming, Groovin’, Help!, Bus Stop, Ventura Highway, Black Water… So many we love!”

  • Festival Sweeter (7/7/2022)

    Gardner MA Food Truck Festival Just Got Sweeter

    Colin Smith, Coordinator of this year’s Gardner Food Truck Festival has confirmed that both hugely popular Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and Clyde’s Cupcakes will be coming. This brings the total number of trucks to 25 Updated Food Truck Festival Brochure (HD – 8mb) Update Food Truck Brochure (Light – 1mb)

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    Food Truck Map and Restroom Locations

    Food Trucks will be lined up on Pleasant Street and City Hall Avenue with convenient Restroom locations at 3 different locations. (see green R at left)

    Truck number 25 is noted as Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream which is very convenient because it’s right next to the new Outdoor Dining area with tables and seating.

    The Alcohol Service Area is noted with a big A at left.

    See previous article Food Trucks are becoming very popular in the United States.  In 2012, there were 9705 food trucks.  By 2022, there were 35,512.  Source: Zippia 

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  • WGAW Spirit of 76 (7/6/2022)
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    In the Spirit of 76 on 7/6/22, We Honor Gardner’s Iconic WGAW Radio

    Heard on AM 1340, 98.1FM, and everywhere on the internet, LISTEN LIVE LINK, WGAW is celebrating a 75 year history and entrance into its 76th year. Complete History from the station’s website., CLICK HERE.

    View our previous articles about the station; Local Gold, 75th Anniversary, Exciting FM, a selected episode of Hit Show Hotline Radio described.

    More on the Spirit of 76 , CLICK HERE.


  • Food Truck Festival (7/2/2022)

    Gardner MA 5th Annual Food Truck Festival on Saturday, July 9, 2022 Brings 2 Dozen Choices

    Update: July 7, 2022, Now 25 Trucks.

    Update July 8, 2022 Now 26 Trucks

    Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, about 10 more food trucks than last year will be coming to the Gardner Food Truck Festival on Saturday July 9, 2022 from 1:00pm to 8:30pm.  The cuisine will be fabulous and the beverages will be flowing.  And the band, Boothill Express will be performing on the front steps of Gardner City Hall. Full Color HD Food Truck Festival Brochure. CLICK HERE (8mb) or Smaller File (1mb)

    Here’s a listing of the confirmed Food Trucks: Travelin’ Bones, The Grub Guru, Smokin Food ruck 51,Uncle E’s BBQ Express, Nom Nom Hut LLC, Wacky Candy Shack, Sun Kim Bop, Minuteman Kettle Corn, Inc., Sabor Latino, Pops Sweet Harts Ice Cream Truck, Kona Ice of Shrewsbury, Moe’s Sweet Eats, Grill Daddy, The Dogfather, Jackson Effie Coffee Cabin, Say Cheese!, Potato Potato, Boston Coffee Rescue Corp, Birds Nest Italian Street Food, Shishkaberrys of New England, Trolley Dogs, Shane’s Hot Dogs, and Tu Antojo Boricua, and now Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and Clyde’s Cupcakes. SEE PHOTOS BELOW.

    The trucks will be parked along the front of City Hall on Pleasant Street and will continue along City Hall Avenue. Bring a great appetite!

    23 Fabulous Food Trucks – What Foods will you try?

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    Tu Antojo Boricua – variety of Puerto Rican food including seafood
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    Shane’s Hot Dogs – Hot Dogs, Burgers, Sirloin Steak Subs, Grilled Polish Kielbasa Subs
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    Trolley Dogs – Gigantic All Beef Hot Dogs
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    Shishkaberry’s of New England – Chocolate dipped strawberries
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    Bird’s Nest Italian Street Food – Italian
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    Boston Coffee Rescue – Latte, Cappuccino, Organic Fresh Brewed Coffee and Tea, Baked Snacks
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    Potato Potato – French Fries and Tater Tots
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    Say Cheese – Grilled Cheese
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    Jackson Effie Coffee Cabin – Coffee
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    The Dogfather – Hot Dogs
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    The Grill Daddy – Steak and cheese and more items on the grill.
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    Moe’s Sweet Eats – Cannolis, Fried Dough, Deep Fried Oreos, Funnel Cakes, French Fries, Chicken Tenders.
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    Kona Ice of Shrewsbury – Shaved Ice
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    Pop’s Sweet-Harts – Ice Cream
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    Sabor Latino – Venezuelan Food
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    Minuteman Kettle Corn – Kettle Corn, Popcorn, Cotton Candy
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    Sun Kim Bop – Seoul Street Food
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    Wacky Candy Shack – 50 varieties of candies.
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    Nom Nom Hut – Japanese Dumplings
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    Uncle E’s BBQ Express – Barbecue
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    Smokin’ Food Truck 51 – Barbecue, Burgers, Hot Dogs
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    The Grub Guru – Asian Fusion Street Food and Mediterranean
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    Travelin’ Bones –  Low & Slow Barbecue
    Ben and Jerry's
    Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream – An Ice Cream Extravaganza
    Clyde's Cupcakes
    Clyde’s Cupcakes – Mouth-watering sweet treats for any occasion

    Download Full Color Brochure (8mb) or Smaller File (1mb)

  • Rutland 4th (7/1/2022)

    The Town of Rutland has a number of 4th of July events planned from Friday July 1, 2022 through Monday July 4, 2022. View pdf for all events.

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  • Holdin’ Back (6/28/2022)
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    Monument Park Concerts are held on Saturdays through the end of August. Schedule: CLICK HERE.

    Holdin’ Back to play at Monument Park this Saturday July 2, 2022

    Coming up this Saturday July 2, 2022 at 6pm is Holdin’ Back for a “feel good” performance to include rock ‘n’ roll, oldies, patriotic, and pop, featuring classically trained vocalist Emma Riffelmacher . Band website.   Here is the Monument Park Concert Schedule for 2022, CLICK HERE.

    From the band’s website, “Holdin’ Back was created specifically as a Bandstand Band in 2013 by seasoned Worcester County Musicians Craig Smith (bass, keys) and Paul “Blakey” Blaquiere (guitar, uke, vocals) to feature “Crowd pleasing” music for all audiences.  In 2016, they were joined by vocalist Emma Riffelmacher and drummer Joe Ostrenga. “

  • John Philip Sousa Concert (6/28/2022)
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    The performance was well-attended.
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    National High School Honor Band performed at Monument Park in Gardner MA

    The John Philip Sousa National High School Honor Band performed at Monument Park in Gardner on June 27, 2022.  The outdoor event was possible as the rain which fell across the region earlier in the day gave way to sunshine.  The well-attended event included those who wanted to see musicians Oliva Charette on clarinet and Emily Shouse on tuba from Gardner, Alma White on Trombone from Athol, Tiana Graessle on Bass Clarinet from Winchendon, Brianna Nunez on Bass Clarinet from Templeton, Dylan Wornham on Alto Saxophone from Athol, Declan Leclair on French Horn from Westminster.  Other musicians were from all over the United States.

    Historical Marker Presented

    Gardner MA Mayor Michael Nicholson was presented an historical marker documenting the John Philip Sousa concerts conducted in Gardner in 1898, 1899, and 1912.    The Band played an inspiring selection of music including Patriotic favorites.   The band plans a concert at the Athol Town Hall at 5pm on June 28, 2022 and at Mechanics Hall in Worcester from 7 to 9pm on June 29, 2022 before heading out from Logan Airport on Thursday.  Schedule and Website:

    About John Philip Sousa Foundation

    From the website, “The John Philip Sousa Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the promotion of international understanding through the medium of band music. Through the administration of band related projects, the foundation seeks to uphold the standards and ideals of that icon of the American spirit, John Philip Sousa.”

    Coming Up at Monument Park

    Concerts are usually on Saturdays at Monument Park. Coming up this Saturday July 2, 2022 is Holdin’ Back for a “feel good” performance to include rock ‘n’ roll, oldies, patriotic, and pop, featuring classically trained vocalist Emma Riffelmacher . Band website.   Here is the Monument Park Concert Schedule for 2022, CLICK HERE.

  • John Philip Sousa (6/27/2022)
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    John Philip Sousa Performance Monday June 27, 2022 at 7pm – Monument Park

    If the weather holds, The 2022 John Philip Sousa National High School Honor Band will perform at 7 p.m. tonight at Monument Park. A Gardner City Hall Facebook post confirmed this musical event will be held outdoors this evening.

    The John Philip Sousa National High School Honor Band is a biannual honor band program that showcases the best and brightest high school musicians from all across the United States.  Band website, CLICK HERE

  • Gardner Celebrates (6/26/2022)
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    More Event Photos, CLICK HERE.

    Gardner MA Residents and Visitors Share FUN on Gardner’s Birthday Saturday June 25, 2022.

    It was a super day in Gardner MA with perfect weather. The food was abundant throughout the Chair City. Smiles were to be found on many a face as residents and visitors enjoyed the FUN in Downtown Gardner and elsewhere in the City. The Greenwood Swim Club had Swim Meets. Retailers forgot about inflation and discounted prices to the delight of savvy shoppers. It was another Small Business Saturday in Downtown Gardner from 10am to 4pm with sales, demonstrations, performances, giveaways, games, and activities. It was FUN! The formal opening of Pleasant Plaza was held. Popular host Steve Wendell of WGAW did a LIVE Man-on-the-Street broadcast LISTEN to it. The Gardner PD set up a popular safety demonstration which simulated the effects of impaired driving. Monument Park and the Lithuanian Club had FREE concerts and FIREWORKS were enjoyed by hundreds at Kendall Pond. Gardner MA is a Great Place to Live, Work, Play, and Visit. View our complete list of June 25, 2022 events.

    Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson and others get Dunked for Charity

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    Money raised from the Dunk Tank will go to the CAC Food Pantry

    Pythons Played in Public

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    Downtown Visitors played with pythons

    Downtown Stores Held Sales

    Sales in Downtown Gardner

    Popular Downtown Gardner Merchants such as the Velvet Goose and John’s Sport Shop delighted shoppers with merchandise specials. Attracted to Downtown were customers of all ages. People could be heard cheering at the time of the Fireworks Grand Finale.

    Fireworks Brought in Hundreds of People to the Chair City

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    Fireworks were held at Kendall Pond about 9:30pm and lasted for about 15 minutes in celebration of Independence Day and Gardner’s 237th birthday.

    Downtown Gardner MA has been the recent subject of many positive announcements including upcoming building renovations and projects, new sidewalks, fresh paving, storefront grants, the just-approved new Maki Park to be across from the Gardner Ale House, and so many more ideas becoming reality. Today may have been the start of Downtown Gardner’s new found positive trajectory towards the future. More June 25, 2022 Photos, CLICK HERE.

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  • Just Dance Approved (6/23/2022)
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    Rebecca Wilson after hearing 3 yes votes.
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    Rebecca Wilson showing plans. Property owner Robert Ouelette is at left.

    Just Dance Owner Rebecca Wilson with a Big Smile as Special Permit is Approved for new location in Gardner MA

    The Gardner Zoning Board of Appeals on June 21, 2022 approved a SPECIAL PERMIT for 69 Lincoln Street, Gardner, which will soon house the new location of Just Dance Performing Arts Center. During the hearing, Rebecca Wilson presented letters of support from the Mayor, Council President, a City Councilor, and even former Mayor Hawke. There were 35 letters of support from abutters and interested people. The Special Permit details parking and changes to the building which will house 2 dance studios. The ZBA was satisfied with parking available not only on the property, but also nearby parking. After a round of questions and answering member questions to their satisfaction, approval was given. Gardner Magazine will inform you when we hear of the Grand Opening date.

  • Square Two (6/17/2022)
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    Gardner Square Two says June 25, 2022 in Gardner MA will be so much fun for the whole family!

    Gardner Square Two has put out some more info about the awesome day about to happen in Downtown Gardner on Small Business Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 10am to 4pm. (with other events throughout the evening elsewhere in the City)   See our Complete Article.   Gardner Square Two encourages residents and visitors to Shop! Eat! And Play! and advises ”Downtown merchants and restaurants will be offering specials.  Local organizations and vendors will be displaying their merchandise and conducting demonstrations.   Meet Superheroes and Princesses.  Participate in the games, sidewalk art, and other fun activities.   Join the Mayor at the big ribbon cutting and celebrate Gardner’s 237th birthday celebration at Pleasant Plaza.  So much fun for the whole family!”

  • Monument Park (6/17/2022)
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    The Green Sisters appearing Sat. 6-18-22 at Monument Park

    Gardner MA Monument Park FREE Concerts begin Saturday June 18, 2022 with the Green Sisters

    “The Green Sisters” starts it off and they have an impressive bio. From their website, “Hailing from a small farm in rural Massachusetts, the four Green Sisters were raised with music accompanying their chores. Their sound spans a wide range of bluegrass, barbershop, blues, country, and lots of original songs which fit right into the mix. They’ve been playing venues in New England regularly for the last several years and have garnered quite the following; it’s hard not to smile when treated with their tight harmonies and high energy tunes. Their live show is where they really shine, bouncing their jovial banter around the stage as only siblings can.

    The sisters’ second studio album, Blink of an Eye, was released in late 2020.

    Directions and Schedule

    Monument Park is located near Downtown Gardner MA at 1 Cottage Street, Gardner MA 01440. Google Map 2022 Monument Park Schedule Printable PDF CLICK HERE

  • Ashburnham Concerts (6/16/2022)
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    Ashburnham MA Summer Concerts Announced

    The 2022 Summer Concert Series will be on Sundays from July 10 through August 28 from 5pm to 7pm at Winchester Park, 20 Memorial Drive, Ashburnham. Printable pdf schedule

  • Gardner’s Birthday (6/13/2022)
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    City of Gardner Birthday June 25, 2022 with Many Events Planned

    Gardner MA Birthday Celebration Planning in Full Swing

    Saturday June, 25, 2022 is just around the corner and so is the 237th Birthday of the City of Gardner MA.  There’s a huge amount of Downtown Gardner events beginning at 10am including those sponsored by the Gardner Recreation Department, Chair City Church, Gardner Square Two, Gardner PD and Fire,and various Gardner Businesses.  And with the official opening of the Outdoor Dining on Pleasant Street, it’s even more special!    There are various events around the City of Gardner including a Craft Fair at the Gardner Museum, Boothill Express playing a FREE CONCERT at Monument Park, Fireworks at dusk at the P.A.C.C., and the Whiskey Johnson Concert at the Lithuanian Club.   Visiting food trucks at many City locations add to the appeal.  For a detailed listing of events, here’s our complete article.  CLICK HERE.

  • Gardner’s Birthday (6/10/2022)
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    Gardner Square Two Releases June 25, 2022 Gardner MA Event Schedule

    It will be a huge day of fun in the Chair City on Saturday June 25, 2022 from 10am to 4pm. Complete event details, CLICK HERE

  • Just Dance Approval (6/8/2022)
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    Just Dance Center Awaits Approval of Plans for New Dance Studio in Gardner MA

    Contractor Robert Ouellet has submitted an application for a variance at 69 Lincoln Street in Gardner, seeking permission to convert the premises to a Dance Studio.  If approved at the Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on June 21, 2022, 69 Lincoln Street would be the new home of Just Dance Center which formally left its Downtown Gardner location on May 31,2022.  The application was submitted prior to the middle of May 2022 and before being marked complete included a Copy of DEED, photographs, and plans. Gardner officials have publicly spoken in favor of keeping the Just Dance Center in Gardner.

    Just Dance Fan Base

    The public Facebook page of Just Dance! Performing Arts Center demonstrates many parents are eager for the business to reopen.  Here are some of the comments. “Thank you for creating so many amazing years, and memories in this building. I’m hopeful the new space can happen soon. We are so lucky to be a part of the Just Dance family.”, Hoping there will still be summer classes….  The family you have created for these kids is truly inspirational. Once you can re open there will be joy, happiness and the most beautiful welcome back messages ever! We will see you soon!…. So much love for this place and business you created, thank you for all that you do for these kiddos and including me as well. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for your love and dedication for dance…. Bigger and better things are coming.  You will probably be happy you have moved forward to bigger and better things. … So many memories there. We are so thankful to be a part of the Just Dance family! Hope that the new space is approved soon!”

    City of Gardner Support

    The City of Gardner has been extraordinarily supportive of the business as well, as chronicled in a previous article.  Just Dance received almost $200,000 in expenses support over the past 5  years from GRA, various Micro Enterprise funds, a relocation specialist, and even a check for $69,500 to assist in the move.   Gardner Magazine will let you know the progress of the new location of this beloved local business.

    Previous Article, CLICK HERE

    About the Gardner MA Zoning Board of Appeals

    The Gardner Zoning Board of Appeals consists of 3 members and 2 alternate members:   Raymond F. LaFond, Chairperson, Randall Heglin, Third Member, and Michael Gerry, Clerk.     Alternate members include Melory Cornett and David Antaya. June 21,2022 Agenda —- Schedule of Fees —- 2022 Meeting Dates —- Instructions. (Note that the Deadline to Apply for a variance is  one month before the scheduled meeting)  Copy of DEED, Photographs, plans, and a complete application must be submitted with the application. The application must be reviewed and marked complete by the Zoning Board of Appeals Administrative staff prior to being submitted and time stamped at the City Clerk’s Office.   The fee to apply for a variance is $350, and if the applicant requests a continuance, that is subject to a $150 fee.

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  • June 25, 2022 (6/6/2022)

    June 25, 2022 Gardner MA Events

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    Gardner Square Two says June 25, 2022 in Gardner MA will be so much fun for the whole family

    Gardner Square Two encourages residents and visitors to Shop! Eat! And Play! and advises ”Downtown merchants and restaurants will be offering specials.  Local organizations and vendors will be displaying their merchandise and conducting demonstrations.   Meet Superheroes and Princesses.  Participate in the games, sidewalk art, and other fun activities.   Join the Mayor at the big ribbon cutting and celebrate Gardner’s 237th birthday celebration at Pleasant Plaza.  So much fun for the whole family!” Printable flyer

    Gardner MA Readies for Biggest Day in Decades on Saturday June 25, 2022

    Jumpto: Kids Safety Day at Elks —- Downtown Gardner Events —- Gardner Museum Craft FairMonument Park Concert —- Lithuanian Club Concert —– Fireworks Display

    An Exciting Day Is Coming!

    With exciting outdoor dining opportunities in Downtown Gardner MA, fantastic Sidewalk Sales by Downtown Retail Stores, offerings by service providers, and superb food from Downtown Gardner restaurants, it is sure to be a hugely popular event. 

    It’s all capped off by Fireworks at Kendall Pond that evening and a choice of two great music shows:

    Gardner is a great place to Live, Work, Play,and Visit.   Make it a date, June 25, 2022 Downtown Gardner MA. Happy 237th Birthday, Gardner Massachusetts!

    Kids Safety Day – Gardner Elks Lodge #1426

    31 Park Street, Gardner MA 11am to 12:30pm. FREE Hot dogs, ice cream, chips, and water. Door prizes will be given away. Fire Safety and Bicycle Safety — Free Bicycle Helmets while supplies last —Police Officers and live K9 demonstration – Firefighters —- Elks Drug Awareness Trailer featuring Elroy the Elk and Daren the Lion. Printable flyer pdf

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    Downtown Gardner 10am to 4pm

    Join your friends and family for a day of fun-filled activities, shopping, and eating great food! Shop downtown businesses and visiting vendors. Eat at local restaurants and visiting food trucks! Play kids games including hula hoop, giant Jenga, and cornhole. Hold reptiles. Watch the witches’ dance and Cheer team tumble. Get Free birthday cupcakes. Use the Selfie Stations including the giant Love sign. Enjoy Raffles, Music, Scavenger Hunts, and so much more! Complete Schedule from Gardner Square Two, CLICK HERE

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    Main, Central, and Parker Streets

    Enjoy Downtown Shops, Stores, Businesses, and Restaurants. Shop at various Street Vendors.

    The Gardner Recreation Department and the Chair City Church are sponsoring various activities at Orpheum Park on Parker Street to include: Games, Super Heroes, Princesses, the Selfie Station, And Sidewalk Art.

    Gardner Square Two is sponsoring a Where’s the Chair Scavenger Hunt

    The Gardner Police Department is sponsoring a Dunk Tank, Impaired Driving Demonstration, and Selfie Station on Parker Street from 10 to 3

    The Gardner Fire Department will have the ladder truck on Parker Street.

    Reptile Shows of New England will be located at Orpheum Park on Parker Street from 10 to 2 (sponsored by Boucher Funeral Home, Witches Wardrobe, and Competitive Edge Marketing & Design.)

    Don’t miss from 10-11am: Meet K-9 Rocky and his handler from the Gardner Police Department!

    Don’t miss at 11am: The Wolfshager Hexenbrut Witch Dance Group of Central Massachusetts Performance —- Worldwide viral sensation! Feel free to join us in dancing to German Reggae music! —-at intersection of Central, Main, and W. Lynde Streets, sponsored by Witches Wardrobe

    Don’t miss at Noon: Pleasant Plaza Ribbon Cutting and Happy Birthday Gardner Celebration featuring Super Natural All Stars Cheerleaders Performance — Free Cupcakes, sponsored by Parker House of Pizza —-Go Gardner Tea, sponsored by Knight’s Nutrition —-Yoga with Denise Cerrati – Join In! No Mats Please sponsored by VIBE Studio

    Don’t miss from 1-2pm: Hoola Hoop Party at the Witches Wardrobe on Central Street

    Don’t miss at 3pm: Super Natural All Stars Cheerleaders Performance

    11–4 Frosty Flyer Ice Cream Truck, at Pleasant Plaza, sponsored by Fidelity Bank (while supplies last)

    11–3 Pottery Throwing Demonstration, Studio 4 Potters, W. Lynde Street

    Event organizers advise that the schedule is subject to change.

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    Gardner Museum Craft Fair

    The Gardner Museum at 28 Pearl Street, Gardner will be holding a Craft Fair from 10am to 4pm on Saturday June 25, 2022 with a rain date of Sunday 6-26-22.   There will be crafters/vendors, raffles, and a food truck in the Museum parking lot.

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    Boothill Express, playing at Monument Park on Saturday June 25, 2022

    Monument Park Concert

    A performance by the Country band “Boothill Express” takes place at Monument Park at 6pm with FREE ADMISSION “Whiskey Johnson Concert” sponsored by the Lithuanian Outing Association (NO COVER CHARGE). Whiskey Johnson plays a variety of music from the 1970’s to present. Boothill Express website, CLICK HERE —— Whiskey Johnson on Facebook

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    Fireworks to be held June 25, 2022 in Gardner MA at PACC

    Fireworks at Dusk – at P.A.C.C.

    The City of Gardner, along with the Kendall Pond Betterment Assoc., the Lithuanian Outing Assoc., & the Polish American Citizens Club are pleased to announce a fireworks display planned for June 25, 2022 at dusk. This display is in observance of Independence Day and Gardner’s 237th Birthday (June 27, 1785) and will take place at the Polish American Citizens Club. ADMISSION IS FREE. Food Trucks will be on hand.

    It all starts at 1pm at the PACC with live music, food trucks, basket raffles (drawing around 7:30pm), and various vendors. A family-friendly event.

    Donations can be made by mailing a check payable to KPBA at Kendall Pond Betterment Association, 61 Kendall Pond East, Gardner, MA 01440.

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    Fireworks Kendall Pond Gardner MA to be held on June 25, 2022

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    Whiskey Johnson doubleshot June 25, 2022

    An Evening of Music

    The Lithuanian Outing Association, 23 Airport Road, Gardner MA Presents the Whiskey Johnson Concert from 7pm to 11pm.

    Lithuanian Outing Association

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    Retail Shopping in Downtown Gardner and the entire Chair City

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    Popular John’s Sport Shop with nearly 60 years in business. Anne Leblanc says John’s will have “racks of licensed goods, running shoes, and various shirts including the Grateful Dead.”  There will be various racks and tables.  Save up to 25 to 50% off. Website

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    With nearly 200 5 star reviews on Google, Last Minute Gifts and Flowers has a popular variety of gifts, and of course, beautiful plants and flowers. Website

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    The Gardner Thrift Store has favorable reviews including this one from Rachael, “This is a very good thrift store. With many options for collectors. They have anywhere from clothes, household items, furniture and collectibles. Highly recommend”

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    O’Neil’s Bicycle Shop is a long-time Downtown Gardner business with plenty of wheels for those desiring a great bike to pedal around town or around the neighborhood. Jordan says this about them, “Very kind, polite, and knowledgeable! Good service for any bike related work you need.”

    On Saturday June 25, 2022 Gardner will also have some exciting outdoor vendors selling interesting merchandise in Downtown Gardner MA. Back to Top

    Shopping Elsewhere in the Chair City on Saturday June 25, 2022

    Other stores in Gardner having a draw for shoppers this Saturday include:

    Ocean State Job Lot will be open from 8am to 8pm and feature plenty of air conditioners, beach chairs and towels, patio furniture, and shock for pools.  Shoppers are also welcome to sign up for insider exclusive deals.

    Staples is open Saturday from 10am to 7pm and will be having a FREE PC Tuneup event featuring a free scan.  Total $30 value FREE.  Just need a computer with windows 7 or later.

    Big Lots will be open Saturday from 9am to 9pm and is featuring a 4th of July flyer.  Get copy online.   A paper copy is available in store.

    Walmart  is open Saturday 6am to 11pm and will still be doing grocery deliveries on Saturday.

    Dollar Tree  will be open Saturday from 8am to 10pm and has a flyer you can see online.

    Tractor Supply will be open Saturday from 8am to 9pm.   Dog wash open until about 8pm.  It’s $9.99 shampoo, conditioner,  and towels are provided.

    Family Dollar  is open Saturday from 8am to 10pm.

    So shop Downtown Gardner MA, eat at one of over 30 Restaurants (see below), and then do some more shopping. Scroll down for more activities.

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    Kerri the Wonder Dog at Anthony’s Liquor Mart, Gardner MA

    Chance to see Keri The Wonder Dog in Gardner MA

    Keri the Wonder Dog will be at Anthony’s Liquor Mart on Saturday June 25, 2022 from 1pm to 6pm. Anthony’s also will be featuring displays of some of the world’s most noted and appreciated wines and spirits. If you would like to see an $1,800 bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Rye, Anthony’s will have one on display. The store states, “We have the largest selection of Microbrews, Seltzers, Hard Teas, and Hard Cider of any store from Leominster to Springfield. And, Anthony’s is a lucky lottery location, having a $1.5 million dollar ticket last year.

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    Restaurants in Downtown Gardner and The Chair City

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    The Chair City of Gardner has an abundance of almost 3 dozen restaurants to welcome you on any day including Saturday , June 25, 2022. We have a previous article on Gardner MA Restaurants, including reviews. CLICK HERE.

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    The Famous Blue Moon Diner in Gardner MA

    Recreation in the Chair City of Gardner MA

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    Gardner Massachusetts offers some great places to enjoy the Great Outdoors featuring hiking trails, scenic picnic areas and more. Here’s a link to the Parks, Open Space, and Trails map with complete information. — – Gardner offers playgrounds and recreation sites and even a map to all of them. CLICK HERE.

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    Recap of Gardner MA June 25, 2022 Public Events

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    Small Business Saturday in Downtown Gardner MA from 10am to 4pm with terrific sales, demonstrations, performances, giveaways, games and activities. FREE Birthday cupcakes! Complete schedule from Gardner Square Two, CLICK HERE.

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    Gardner is celebrating its 237th birthday on June 25, 2022. A centennial celebration is planned for 2023 when Gardner will celebrate 100 years as a City.
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    Formal Grand Opening of Pleasant Plaza – It’s open now for outdoor dining with an official ribbon cutting on Saturday June 25th. Enjoy food from local restaurants or visiting food trucks!

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    AM 1340 – 98.1 FM – Live Online

    Man on the Street with Steve Wendell

    The popular host of Gardner’s hit radio show, Hotline Radio, Steve Wendell, will be in Downtown Gardner starting sometime mid-morning and continuing through mid-afternoon. Steve will be stopping by various booths, talking to people, and letting listeners know about the fun going on. WGAW is heard 24/7 on AM 1340, 98.1FM, and live online at this link to Listen Live.

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    WGAW Hotline Radio Host Steve Wendell
    Kids Safety Day Gardner Elks

    Kids Safety Day at the Gardner Elks Lodge from 11am to 12:30pm featuring FREE Hot dogs, ice cream, chips and water. With door prizes, FREE bicycle helmets and various demonstrations including a live K9 demonstration. Printable flyer pdf click here.

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    The Downtown Dunk Tank will be set up by the Gardner PD on Parker Street from noon to 3pm. Proceeds benefit the Gardner CAC Food Pantry. Here’s the line-up of dunkees: 12:00 – Von Smith, 12:30 – Mayor Michael Nicholson, 1:00 – Officer Willis, 1:30- Lt. Maroni, 2:00 – John Lawrence, 2:30pm – Lt. Maroni. Come and support the Gardner CAC and DUNK your favorite!

    Gardner Museum

    Gardner Museum Craft Fair from 10am to 4pm. Craft vendors, raffles, refreshments,and a food truck in the museum parking lot. FREE ADMISSION. The Gift Shop will also be open. Website

    Boothill Express

    Monument Park Concert at 6pm – A FREE performance by the Country band “Boothill Express” will grace the stage at Monument Park. Boothill Express Website.Complete Monument Park 2022 Schedule, CLICK HERE

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    Whiskey Johnson Concert at Lithuanian Club from 7pm to 11pm. NO COVER CHARGE.

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    Fireworks Kendall Pond

    Fireworks at Kendall Pond -The Fireworks at dusk is in observance of Independence Day and Gardner’s 237th birthday and will take place at the Polish American Citizens Club. FREE ADMISSION.

    With exciting outdoor dining opportunities in Downtown Gardner MA, fantastic Sidewalk Sales by Downtown Retail Stores, offerings by service providers, and superb food from Downtown Gardner restaurants, it is sure to be a hugely popular event. Gardner is a great place to Live, Work, Play,and Visit.   Make it a date, June 25, 2022 Downtown Gardner MA. Happy 237th Birthday, Gardner Massachusetts!

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  • Hotline Radio 6-4-22 (6/4/2022)
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    Radio Station WGAW is heard on AM 1340 and 98.1FM 24/7, and also all over the world via its internet live stream. To listen right now, CLICK HERE.

    WGAW Hotline Radio Highlights Races, Relays, Budgets, Business, and Gardner MA PD

    In another information-filled program Saturday, June 4, 2022 from noon to 2pm, listeners learned more details about the Wildcat 5k coming up Saturday June 18th at Gardner High School. Race website, CLICK HERE. Host Steve Wendell interviewed Mark Bonneau of Hannaford Supermarkets regarding their support for the upcoming Gardner Relay for Life (6/10 & 6/11/22). And Mayor Nicholson related School and City Budget info, spoke about the Just Dance Center stating, “goal is to keep them in the City of Gardner.” and said there was no word yet on the Police Chief situation and the Deputy Chief position would be posted within the next 3 to 4 weeks.

  • Mayor gets Chair (5/28/2022)
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    Artist Gardner Wood’s painting of the Big Chair
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    The Gardner Big Chair

    Gardner Magazine would like to cover more stories about Art and Music in the area. For any story ideas about any subject email News@GardnerMagazine.com

    Local Artist Gardner Wood presents Gardner MA Mayor Nicholson with Big Chair painting – Has another Patriotic painting hidden underneath!

    The Mayor stated, “This was a great surprise today!  Thank you to local artist Gardner Wood for stopping by today to donate this painting of the Big Chair to hang in the Mayor’s Office!” Gardner Magazine was able to interview artist Gardner Wood.

    About the Artist

    Artist Gardner Wood randomly donates his work to area businesses including a local diner in Winchendon.  He earns a living by working at Mount Wachusett Community College which is where he says he met Mayor Nicholson while adding a cowboy to another work for the VetTech class at MWCC. 

    Story of the Big Chair Painting

    He utilized various online photos in composing the painting, which is a 16×20 acrylic and took him about 4 hours on a Saturday to complete.   But, there’s even a more interesting story behind the painting, it’s not the only one on the canvas.  Gardner Wood took an existing painting featuring a nature scene and an eagle and painted over it.   So what the Mayor just hung in his office prior to the Memorial Day holiday also  honors those who have given their lives for our country, a painting with an American Eagle hidden under a painting of Gardner’s iconic Big Chair.   Gardner Wood also states that he usually signs his paintings “G. Wood”, but in this case had to use his full name since it was for the City of Gardner and that’s his first name.    Thank you to Gardner Wood.

    The Inspiration of the Work

    We asked, What inspired you to paint the Big Chair and Gardner Wood responded, ““I work in Gardner, I live in Winchendon, I do have my artwork in a local diner….  I started a personal project…  My main goal is I want to randomly donate a painting to local businesses.  I’ve already started in Winchendon.  That led me to be inspired to do the Chair for the Mayor.  I met him and he’s very friendly, very nice.  We basically talked about it. …It’s just my personal thing that I’ve taken upon myself  to do….He seemed very excited about it.”

    First Time’s a Charm

    Gardner says this is the first time he’s ever painted the Chair.   “I went on the computer and pulled up various different pictures, so I got all the pictures of the Chair. I did it in a Saturday morning for the most part.” “I paint for the people. I don’t paint to make money.” In the diner, I will listen and see what people are looking for. I will randomly give them to children. I enjoy doing it.” Gardner went on to say, “The chair, that painting is very unique for me because of course my name is Gardner Wood and I sign all of my paintings, G. Wood, basically because it’s a long name.  But this one I felt I had to, so the bottom of that chair, the painting, I wrote Gardner Wood, my full name.

    Hidden Painting

    “Actually I can tell you a little bit more about it too.  I am a little on the impatient side, maybe that comes with being an artist.  I was at my house and I was looking and I didn’t have any 16 by 20s, I didn’t want to do a small one, I wanted to do a big one.  So basically I grabbed one of my old paintings. The  original painting was basically trees on both sides, and basically an eagle flying.  In the painting, the eagle was too small…it was one of my first types of paintings, so I said, ok here’s a 16 by 20, so I painted over it.  So if you were to actually xray through that, you’d actually see another painting under it.  …That’s what happens when you don’t have a whole pile of good canvas….The painting was ok, but the eagle was too small, then it just worked out good.”

    Let us note the historic Gardner Big Chair painting was placed in the Gardner MA Mayor’s office in May 2022. Thank you Gardner Wood for your generosity of time and of spirit.

  • WGAW Broadcast (5/24/2022)
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    Hear the Live Dedication of the Hubbardston Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial on May 30, 2022 from the WGAW website home page. CLICK HERE

    WGAW to broadcast LIVE from Hubbardston MA Memorial Day Parade

    Gardner MA Radio Station will be broadcasting live on Monday, May 30, 2022 from 11am to noon from the Hubbardston Memorial Day Parade. Starts at the Curtis Recreational Field and will end up at the Town Square for the unveiling of the new Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Monument. Hosts for the broadcast will be Steve Wendell of WGAW and the Hubbardston Town Clerk. It has been described as potentially the biggest parade in Hubbardston history. WGAW is heard on AM 1340, 98.1 FM, and live on the internet, CLICK HERE

    The Town of Hubbardston unveils not only the new Vietnam Veterans’ monument, but also the restored Civil War monument and the freshly cleaned memorials that honor those who fought in the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. The Lions Club, The Golden Agers, Friends of the Hubbardston Senior Center and the Council on Aging invite you afterwards to join them at the Senior Center across the street for a complimentary American Patriotic Celebration where hot dogs and ice cream will be served.

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  • Gardner City-Wide Yard Sale (5/21/2022)
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    The City of Gardner welcomed many to its Spring 2022 Yard Sale. We’ll advise you of Fall 2022 plans as they are announced.

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    It Happened and people came!  Gardner MA City-Wide Yard Sale had 133 participating homes May 21, 2022 from 8am to 2pm

    On some roads in Gardner Saturday May 21, 2022, a parade of cars could be seen traveling to Yard Sales in the Chair City. With a total of at least 133 participating homes who appeared on the map, many items were up for sale. As of the end of the sale, the online map showed 4,240 views. The City-wide Yard Sale took place this Saturday May 21, 2022 from 8am to 2pm. Cars could be seen with out-of-town and even out-of-state license plates.  

    Ways to view the list: Complete map on Google.

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    Super Computer Utilized to Plot Route to all Gardner MA Yard Sale Stops

    With 133 Homes having Yard Sales in Gardner on Saturday May 21, 2022 from 8am to 2pm, we needed to find a way for you to see them all.

    The route plotted by computer starts at the Blue Moon Diner (thought you might like breakfast before shopping) and then plots out all the stops which are completed in less than 4 hours. Printable in pdf format, Directions only. 41 pages of Turn by turn maps.

  • City Council 5-16-22 (5/19/2022)
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    Gardner City Council Meeting May 16, 2022

    Gardner MA Councilors Debate Scooters and Approve Outdoor Dining Space.

    The first item was according to Councilor Craig Cormier, ““a very simple ordinance, just a move from 9am to 8am, brings into line with how yard sales actually work and brings into line with the City-Wide Yard Sale that’s already been advertised.” City Council approved for first printing.

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    Bird Scooters is a company mentioned by Mayor Nicholson

    Watch the Gardner City Council meetings on the City of Gardner YouTube page or on our City Council page.

    The complete City Council and packet is available. CLICK HERE

    The Fiscal Year 2023 School Budget Presentation is available. CLICK HERE.

    Gardner Magazine reached out to Councilor Ron Cormier’s telephone number to ask whether he plans to resign from the Council following his objection to the free speech discussion over the scooters. We are awaiting a reply.

    Scooter Stirs Debate and Discussion, and even an attempt by one Councilor to silence free speech.

    Mayor Nicholson has proposed bringing shareable dockless mobility devices to the Chair City, otherwise known as “scooters”. There was considerable discussion. Councilor George Tyros had concerns., opposing the use of the devices for respect and safety reasons in the cemeteries. 

    Councilor Boone was asked by Tyros about his concerns and Boone stated “there was some question on fees…one of the things is that our DPW is gonna have to pick up these things if they are left, and there was no fee structure for that, ….I think as a City we need more time to absorb what’s going on.  I know these things are coming, do I think it’s gonna be a little chaotic, maybe, maybe not, so I just think we need more time to make a proper decision on the matter.”

    Councilor Nick Boudreau, “ to speak to Councilor Boone’s thought, when I worked in the City of Marlborough, we implemented this during my tenure there, and there was a big  ooh and aah phase at the very beginning, but then it did die down, almost to the point where it was just second nature to these people.  So I don’t think necessarily people are going to be leaving them out for an extended period of time, maybe it may happen a couple of times towards the beginning, and you can find out exactly who it was based off of different apps and different ways of payment and that kind of stuff which would differ based on the vendor that we would use, but I don’t think it’s going to be, we’re not Nashville, so they’re not going to be throwing these scooters everywhere all year, or bikes, of whatever we were to get.”

    Councilor Heath, ”I’ve rented a number of these, when I was out in Baltimore, when I was out in Los Angeles, you do have to be licensed, you’re supposed to be over 18 to go ahead and ride these, so it depends on which ones, my kids rode them with me.  I signed off on all of them.  However, they couldn’t do it themselves, I had to go ahead and do it as an adult. So have they been left around and things and such,  yes, but you’re supposed to go ahead and take a photo of where you leave it, when you get off of it. “

    Councilor Mack, “ I was wondering, seeing he’s present, if the Mayor could just address, he did send us documentation this afternoon addressing Councilor Boone’s concerns, …I would just like to give the Mayor the opportunity to present what’s he’s giving to us in regards to those concerns.”

    In a somewhat bizarre outburst, Councilor Ronald Cormier actually objected to the City Council discussing the matter and had to be reminded by the City Council President that Councilor had an right to discuss it. Councilor Ronald Cormier stated, “this is inappropriate., the conversations.”

    Council President Kazinskas stated, “this is on the motion.  Councilors can speak before the motion is seconded. …  Councilors asked whether the motion had been seconded and Kazinskas responded no, “we’re going to continue with the motion.”

    The motion was seconded to refer to the Public Safety Committee. 

    Councilor Cormier, “To Councilor Tyros, we do intend to have a meeting on this week, and hope to have it back before the Council at our next meeting.

    Councilor Walsh, “I’m going to support the motion to refer.  This is a lengthy amendment …a lot to absorb, when it’s on our agenda for the very first time….I think a little more time to do it right as best we can in advance of these vehicles becoming part of the city’s landscape is a good idea.”

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    Outdoor dining rendering

    Motion was approved to temporarily close a portion of Pleasant Street for outdoor dining.

    Craig Cormier  “We did have a chance to discuss this…would give a 3 month closure to Pleasant Street to try out some outdoor dining on the streets for the summer months. If we don’t like it, we can obviously let it expire and not keep doing that.   Businesses involved signed a letter in favor of the motion.”

    The Gardner Police Department indicated the dates of closure would be June 20, 2022 from 7am through October 1, 2022 at 7am.

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    Councilor Comments

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    Councilor Judy A. Mack suggested Handicapped Parking

    Dana Heath, “ I just want to say thank you to the DPW.  I sent a request today at 12:40 …Ovila Case playground…the bottom floor was busted open, so kids could fall through it.  It was fixed within an hour. So I just want to say thank you” George Tyros, “Nothing this evening.” Alek Dernalowicz, “ I have nothing this evening.” Judy A. Mack, “I just want to mention.  With the planned improvements to the Downtown area including areas of outside seating, I would like to suggest that the traffic commission and the disabilities commission look into creating some handicapped accessible parking spots on Parker, Central, Main, or Pleasant Street for disabled people.  With the recent roadwork downtown there are curb cuts to allow for accessibility for the sidewalks, but we have not made parking accessible., other than what I can see in parking lots. So, I would just like to see this considered for those people who need the accessibility to our downtown businesses.” Craig Cormier, “ I have no Council business this evening.” James S. Boone, “I saw several of the committee members and I discovered this Argus Yearbook, 1922, it was on 76 Osgood Street in an attic we were currently clearing out…” Nathan Boudreau, “Can’t wait till my yearbook is brought to a City Council meeting as a historic relic, I have no new City Council business this evening.” Karen G. Hardern “Nothing new this evening.” James M. Walsh, “Two items.  Councilor Boone might want to consider if he wants it in a safe place to put it back in the attic where he found it.  …The other thing I wanted to mention is a follow up to these National Grid petitions.  It used to be the practice of the City Engineer to review these petitions in advance of their being presented to the City Council so that the kind of errors that occurred in the petitions we just considered would not occur….and I’m happy to say that newly appointed and confirmed City Engineer Mr. Oliver is going to be doing that as we go forward, …” Ronald F. Cormier, “I have nothing this evening.” Elizabeth Kazinskas, “ I have no new Council business.”

  • Ash-West (5/16/2022)
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    Ash-West MA Community Media has Informative Website

    Visit the Ash-West Community Media website for more information on Programming, Podcasts, and Live Streams. CLICK HERE

  • GHS Concert (5/15/2022)
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    Gardner MA High School Spring Concert Thursday May 19, 2022

    Come enjoy an evening of music in the newly reupholstered, carpeted, and painted Landry Auditorium at Gardner High School. The concert will include the Jazz Band, 8th Grade Chorus, 8th Grade Band, Select Choir, HS Chorus, & HS Band.  Admission is $4 adults, $3 students at the door.

    GHS Music on Facebook, CLICK HERE. – GMS on Facebook, CLICK HERE.

    Publisher’s note: We searched for a Music page on the Gardner School District website and couldn’t find one. We apologize if we missed it. Otherwise, time to add one.

  • Mural at Rotary (5/10/2022)
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    From a grid of letters and symbols, sprouts a beautiful Mural in Gardner MA

    On April 29, 2022 Mayor Nicholson posted this on Facebook, “If you were driving by the rotary behind Hannaford today you may have seen Christopher Luke starting on his new mural as part of our new art initiative. While I believe the artist should be the one to reveal what they’re working on, I can tell you it’s going to look great and is a tribute to our old chair manufacturing past. (The letters and symbols are his version of grid painting to help correlate the wall to the preliminary sketch)”   Now, here is what this beautiful mural looks like today.

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  • Cupcake Fundraiser (5/9/2022)
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    Bakers to Battle for a good cause in Orange MA

    Cupcake Wars is slated to take place Sunday, May 22, 2022 at the Orange American Legion. The event benefits the Mahar After Prom Party which is run to keep students safe.  Professional and amateur bakers can compete. And the public enjoys cupcakes!  For the complete article click here:

  • Cupcake Wars (5/8/2022)
    Cupcake Wars Orange American Legion

    How Event Started

    Back in the late 1990’s, a parent almost lost a child due to alcohol poisoning. This provided the thought that maybe running an event to prevent kids from getting hurt would be a good idea. And thus, the MAPP was born. The Mahar After Prom Party has now been around for about 20 years, far longer than this particular fundraiser.

    Many businesses and individuals love to simply donate to the cause, and doing so is easy. Simply make out a check payable to MAPP and mail to: Helene Holmes, 350 Holtshire Road, Orange, MA 01364.

    Have questions? You can reach Helene Holmes via email at HeleneHolmes@yahoo.com or via phone at (978) 544-6377

    There is also a Facebook page, CLICK HERE.

    Cupcake Wars Back in Orange MA

    Cupcake Wars is slated to take place Sunday, May 22, 2022 at the Orange American Legion. The event benefits the Mahar After Prom Party. Directions, click here

    This year will be the 5th annual event as the 4th annual event was held in 2019 and no event was held in either 2020 or 2021. In 2019 there were 17 entries total in 3 divisions: professional, amateur, and youth. Abby Holmes co-organizes the contest with her mother Helene Holmes. This year there will be up to 30 Bakers participating.

    The goal of the event is to raise money for the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School’s after prom party which is run to keep students safe after the all night prom. Helene Holmes has been on the organizing committee for the after party since it started in the late 1990’s. This is just one fundraiser for a party that reportedly costs up to around $15,000 or so to put on. The after promo party is a drug and alcohol-free event intended to keep Mahar high school seniors and guests safe on prom night. All are locked in until 5am with fun games, food, entertainment, and activities such as swimming. This year’s proceeds will go towards the 2023 After Prom Party.

    The 5th Annual Cupcake Wars has public voting for the best cupcakes from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Orange American Legion. Entrance levels are $5, $10, or $15 depending on how many full size cupcakes you want to take home in addition to trying all of the available samples.

    The event will take up to 30 different bakers from 4 different categories: Professional, Amateur, Adult with child under 7, and Youth under 18. Entry fee is $20 per flavor, except Youth under 18 which is $10 per flavor. Contestant Participants are asked to bring a minimum of 3 dozen cupcakes plus samples. Theme this year is Celebrations. There are 3 judges per division who remain completely unknown to the contestants.

  • Petersham Art (5/6/2022)
    Art Council Show and Sale

    2022 Petersham MA Art Council Show & Sale

    2022 Petersham Art Council Show & Sale
    All welcome to the annual Art Council exhibit
    featuring the work of regional artists.
    Fri-Sun., May 20-22 at Petersham Town Hall.
    Opening reception with live music on Friday May 20, 7-9 PM.
    Free & open to all – For more information, CLICK HERE:

  • Barre 5-6-22 (5/6/2022)
    Barre MA Concerts and Events

    Barre MA Publicizes 2022 Summer Concerts and Events

    Nornay Park, Main Street, South Barre will hold concerts and events for 2022 including a New Life Assembly Fun Day taking place Saturday May  7, 2022 from noon to 4pm and various concerts taking place from June to August.

    You can connect with Barre on Facebook: CLICK HERE. 

  • Crossword Puzzles (4/18/2022)
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    Gardner Magazine Announces NEW Daily Crossword Puzzle Feature!

    For the Daily Crossword Puzzle page, CLICK HERE.

  • Noise Complaints (4/16/2022)
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    Be Kind. Have fun, but limit noise to appropriate hours. You will keep your neighbors happy.

    Solutions to Excess Noise in Greater Gardner MA

    A situation which occurs often is the NOISE COMPLAINT. When is the line crossed from when someone is simply enjoying some music on their own property having a good time to when they are infringing on someone else’s rights. According to Massachusetts Environmental Protection Regulations, there is a clear line and it is measurable and also enforceable by local police under 310 CMR 7.52. In fact, there was a Virtual Seminar conducted on the subject and we have the 49 page pdf. Air Quality Nuisance Complaints Concerning Noise CLICK HERE. Here’s a link to sound level meters on Amazon. CLICK HERE.

    Measuring the Problem

    Utilizing the above regulations through sound measurement can be done at any time of day, irrespective of any other local ordinances limiting complaints to, for example, loud noise between the hours of 11pm and 7am such as some communities do with ordinances. Keep in mind you can’t complain about circumstances for which individuals have a valid permit such as a parade, public gathering, or sporting event, a licensed Fireworks Display, or Band Concert. You can’t complain about Emergency vehicles or national defense activities. And, you can’t complain about domestic equipment such as lawn mowers and power saws used between the hours of 7:00am and 9:00pm. – these uses are specifically permitted by statute.

    Local Ordinances

    Your local community may have a local ordinance establishing a quiet time between certain hours, such as 11pm and 7am. In those cases, common sense applies and Police officers can easily step in and get the music turned down without having to do specific measurements. The evidence is that you heard it and it bothers you. We advise the City of Gardner to either enact a simple local excess noise ordinance or have officers carry Sound level meters which would allow them to take action at any time of day when noise levels exceed the ambient noise present at the complainants property line by 10db.

  • 4th of July (4/14/2022)
    4th of July Independence Day Initiative

    Gardner Magazine launches 4th of July Independence Day Initiative for Greater Gardner MA

    In anticipation of more community celebrations, functions, activities, and events this year, we have created a page called The Independence Day Initiative with listings from 19 different communities. We’re seeking info from communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals.  You tell us, we’ll tell the region. For the 4th of July page, CLICK HERE.

  • Egg Hunt (4/7/2022)
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    Templeton MA Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt

    The Templeton Lions Club spent an evening stuffing nearly 2000 eggs for their annual Easter Egg Hunt to be held April 16, 2022 at 10am (Weather permitting) Updates will be posted on their Facebook page. CLICK HERE

  • Food Truck (4/7/2022)
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    Printable poster PDF format CLICK HERE

    Printable poster jpg format CLICK HERE

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    Gardner MA 5th Annual Food Truck Festival to be Saturday, July 9, 2022

    According to Gardner City Hall, “Gardner MA will be hosting it’s 5th Annual Food Truck Festival on Saturday, July 9th from 1pm until 8:30pm in downtown Gardner. With over 20 trucks there is bound to be something for everyone in your family. Some of the trucks include The Dogfather, Minuteman Kettle Corn, Nom Nom Hut and Shishkaberry’s. Gardner Ale House will be on site to provide your favorite beverage. The trucks will be parked along the front of City Hall on Pleasant Street and will continue along City Hall Avenue. Live entertainment! Mark your calendar”

    Within 24 hours of posting the announcement on Facebook, there were about 150 Likes or Loves, dozens of positive comments, and 104 shares.   This is a popular Gardner MA event.  Last year there were 14 participating food trucks – an increase of 6 with 3 months to go suggests the event will be even bigger this  year.  The City of Gardner Food Truck Festival is handled through the Economic Development Coordinator Jessica DeRoy who can be reached at (978) 630-4074 ext. 1.

  • Rietta Opening 2022 (4/4/2022)
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    Jay Greene booth Rietta Flea Market

    Rietta Flea Market opens for another season

    Rietta Flea Market of Hubbardston MA opened for the 2022 season on 4-3-22. Even around noon time the parking lot was busy. Admission to the flea market is FREE. Vendors pay $35 for a space. Rietta celebrated its official 50 year anniversary in 2016. It started as a small music venue in 1966. Later, the flea market was added and has operated for well over 5 decades.

    Thousands of people visit Rietta Flea Market every week. There are usually hundreds of dealers offering a wide range of merchandise. People go to Rietta for “pleasure or treasure.” Rietta is also known for the quality food at its concession stand where you can get Fried Dough, Hot dogs, Burgers, French fries, and more.

    ALERT 4-4-22: Rietta Flea Market management has reached out to us to report that online crooks are attempting to sell Online Rietta Gift Cards. Please do not purchase as this is a SCAM. Rietta does not honor online gift cards. If you encounter any of these scams, please report to POLICE. Thank you.

    For the official Rietta Flea Market website, CLICK HERE

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  • WGAW (4/2/2022)
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    WGAW Programs – CLICK for larger view

    WGAW Programs can be heard on 1340 AM, 98.1 FM, and through a LIVE STREAM

    Gardner MA Radio Station WGAW Now available Everywhere

    Pictured is popular local host Steve Wendell of the Weekday Morning News program and Hotline Radio which airs Saturdays noon to 2pm. WGAW is now in its 76th year of service and can be heard on 1340 AM, 98.1 FM, and through Live Streaming. Programming is News and Talk 24/7.

    For the website, CLICK HERE. To Listen Live, CLICK HERE.

  • April Fools (4/1/2022)
    Broccoli Harvest

    It’s April Fools Day in Greater Gardner MA

    Not to be outdone by their Southern Neighbors, Greater Gardner MA Consumers got together for the Great Broccoli Harvest held every year on April Fool’s Day. A few carrots took part as well.

    Cat Reading

    Greater Gardner MA Consumers have Smart cars, smart homes, and smart phones. But how many have taken the time to provide books for their cats? We advocate for Cat Literacy. What’s the problem? You don’t want your cat to read what’s in their daily cat food, or are you hiding something else from your feline friends?

    Giant coffee cup

    A giant coffee cup has taken over the water tower. There is no word on what this means for Gardner water and we certainly will not be spilling the beans. However, you might be interested in our real story on how Gardner MA Residents Love Their Coffee.

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    Organic tomatoes have lined up outside Gardner City Hall. They won’t leave until City Employees promise to eat more salad.

    April Fool's Day
  • Time for Golf (3/31/2022)
    Greater Gardner MA Golf Courses

    Enjoy a round of Golf in the Greater Gardner Area!

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    Spring Brings Greater Gardner MA Golfers to the Greens

    There are more than 8 golf courses in the immediate area: Gardner Municipal Golf Course, 152 Eaton Street, Gardner    Website: Rates: FacebookTemplewood Golf Course, 160 Brooks Rd., Templeton, MA Website: Rates: Facebook:Westminster Golf & Country Club, 51 Ellis Rd., Westminster MA Website: Rates: Facebook:The Woods of Westminster, Woods of Westminster Course, 23 Rock Maple Lane., Westminster MA Website: Rates: Facebook: – Ellinwood Country Club, 1928 Pleasant St., Athol MA Website: Rates: Facebook: Camp Coldbrook RV Resort, Camp Coldbrook Course, 864 Old Coldbrook Rd., Barre MA Website: Facebook: – Quail Hollow Golf & Country Club, Quail Hollow Course, 1822 Old Turnpike Rd., Oakham MA Website: Rates: Facebook:Bedrock Golf Club, Bed Rock Course, 87 Barre Paxton Rd., Rutland MA Website: Rates: Facebook:

  • Spring Art Show (3/30/2022)
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    33rd Annual Spring Art Show in Gardner MA April 22-23-24, 2022

    The Greater Gardner Artists Association holds its annual main event, an art exhibit at the Boland Room, located at Heywood Place at 65 Lake Street, Gardner.   The organization expects almost 200 pieces to be on display in oil, water, pastel, bookmaking, pencil, photography, and other art.  Special Awards, Live Music, and Refreshments.   Friday opening reception is 7-9pm, Saturday and Sunday noon to 4pm  Directions.

  • Monument Park 2022 (3/29/2022)
    Live Music Monument Park Summer 2022 Gardner MA

    Gardner MA Announces Monument Park Summer 2022 Music Schedule

    Monument Park 2022 band schedule
    More info on City website: CLICK HERE
  • Art and Music (3/27/2022)
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    For more information, please visit the GALA website. CLICK HERE.

    Art and Music Festival Phillipston MA

    The Gardner Area League of Artists (GALA) has announced an Art & Music Festival to be held May 20-22, 2022 at Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston, MA.   It’s advertised as 3 Days of Peace, Love, Art, and Music!    Admission is FREE.   Art Activities, Art Vendors, Food, and Raffles will be offered.

  • FREE TV (3/26/2022)
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    FREE TV options in Greater Gardner MA

    Want to save on TV? Our article explores the varied options available to residents of the Greater Gardner MA area, including FREE! CLICK HERE

    If 5000 households just in Gardner MA saved $25-$40 per month, that would add up to $1.5 million to $2.4 million dollars per year.

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  • Poem – Presidents (2/13/2022)
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    We have a love of everything history including that of the Greater Gardner MA area. For more on Presidents of the United States, please visit our special page for the holiday. CLICK HERE.

    Poem of the Presidents released in Templeton MA

    Gardner Magazine publisher Werner Poegel has released an original 50 Stanza poem entitled “Poem of the Presidents” as a tribute to the service of our nation’s Chief Executives on the occasion of Presidents’ Day 2022. For the complete poetic work, CLICK HERE

  • Community Park (1/12/2022)
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    Winchendon MA Community Park Performing Arts Center Closer to Reality

    Winchendon MA is inviting sealed bids from contractors for the $2 million Arts Center slated to be built at 86 Ingleside Road in Winchendon. Along with site work, the project consists of the construction of an outdoor amphitheater with covered stage.

    Winchendon Amphitheater

    A pre-bid conference and site visit is taking place Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 10am in front of the existing barn at 86 Ingleside Road, Winchendon.

    The Winchendon Community Park has a website. CLICK HERE View the complete plans for the project. (12mb) CLICK HERE.

  • Art (1/8/2022)
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    Links below go to relevant website or Facebook page.

    Thumbs Up for Art in Greater Gardner MA and the Chair City

    The area is replete with artists, galleries, and art-related businesses. Visual Arts, Music Arts, Performing Arts, Martial Arts….

    The Gardner Area League of Artists, known as GALA, is having a Juried Art Exhibit starting January 12, 2022. For website, CLICK HERE

    Art Studios/ Galleries

    Surroundings Gallery, 377 Main Street, Gardner

    School Street Art Studios

    Lori MacDonald Fine Art Acrylics, 205 School Street Rear, Gardner

    Chair City Community Workshop

    Studio 4 Potters & Gallery, 4 West Lynde Street, Gardner

    The Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl Street, Gardner

    Levi-Heywood Memorial Library, 55 West Lynde Street, Gardner

    Plant Art

    Last Minute Gifts and Flowers, 9 West Street, Gardner.


    Performing Arts

    Just Dance Performing Arts Center, 48 Parker Street, Gardner

    Gardner Danceworks, 213 School Street, Gardner.

    Theatre at the Mount, 444 Green Street, Gardner

    Graphic Arts

    Kamuda Photography Gallery, 400 Pleasant Street, Gardner

    Logo Artists Enterprise, Kelton Street, Gardner

    Paul Gaj Design, 40 Montvale Road, Gardner.

    Body Art

    The Exclusive Aesthetic (Make-up artist) 205 School Street, Gardner

    Main Street Tattoo Parlor, 94 Main Street, Gardner

    Martial Arts

    Gardner Martial Arts Academy, 104 East Broadway, Suite 2, Gardner

    Borgest Martial Arts, 122 West Street, Gardner

    Britt’s Tae Kwon Do, 205 School Street, Gardner.

    Cobra Self Defense Central MA, 122 West Street, Gardner.

    Music Arts

    City Music, 240 Main Street, Gardner

    Mark Connors, 54 Main Street, Gardner

    Troy Price Music, 90 Intervale Road, Gardner

    Gardner Bandstand Committee

  • Theater at Mount (12/28/2021)
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    Little Shop of Horrors canceled, new Covid 2022 protocols in effect

    Gardner MA Theater at the Mount performance of Little Shop of Horrors performance scheduled for February 2022 has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. A notice on the website states, “We are working on plans for our next production and hope to make an announcement soon.”

    However, effective January 1, 2022  there are new Covid 19 protocols including a proof of full vaccination, negative PCR test within 72 hrs, or negative antigen test within 24 hrs. Details at link. CLICK HERE

  • Great Place to Live – Work – Play (12/13/2021)
  • Local Artist (12/2/2021)
    Local artist Carolyn Kamuda

    Local Artist featured at Library

    Carolyn A, Kamuda’s work will be on display for the Month of December at the Levi Heywood Memorial Library in Gardner MA during normal library hours. Kamuda is known for her beautiful photography and has on online portfolio. CLICK HERE

  • The Lost Murals (10/10/2021)
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    The Lost Murals of Main Street

    Artists in the Greater Gardner MA area are amazing. And so are the Lost Murals of Main Street.

    View these amazing works of art on this special page.

  • Gardner Mural (10/8/2021)
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    Have you seen this?

    Complete Details CLICK HERE.

  • Who’s on First? (8/3/2021)
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    Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
    Who’s On First Abbott and Costello 3/24/1938

    Who’s on First Communication Follies

    Sometimes today’s news feels like the communication follies with many newsmakers seemingly not knowing “Who’s on First”. So, we found the classic routine of Abbott and Costello and have it available for you to enjoy at left.

    The routine reminds me of the rift in true idea exchange which is occurring today with Americans disconcerted over the repeated disparaging comments coming from all political circles. Just like this comedic routine of 83 years ago, people are not listening to one another, creating a frustrating atmosphere for them and the public they serve. Would it be so hard to really listen, learn, reflect, and then better problem solve?

    Listen to this classic sketch and you’ll understand what we mean.

    Maybe by listening to the genuine concerns of others we can better find common ground and then ultimately common solutions.

  • The Biggest Chair (8/1/2021)
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    Gardner’s First Big Chair

    Read the complete article

    History of the “Big Chair”

    The history of the big Gardner Chair dates back over a hundred years, before Gardner MA became a city. At one time Gardner was home to a dozen furniture companies making more than a million chairs a  year and employing almost one thousand workers. 

    The 20 foot iconic chair on Elm Street is testament to the “Chair City of the World.”  In 1977, the chair was designated as the largest in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records and the record was listed in the 1978 edition of the book. 

    It is said the very first “Big Chair” was created by George C. Goodale of the Philander Derby Company in 1905 and was intended to be the company’s float in that year’s Labor Day parade.   Read the complete article.

  • Concerts on the Common – Princeton (7/12/2021)

    Princeton is featuring Concerts on the Common. Dates this summer include July 21 – 6-8pm Slograss, a relaxing, yet tight-as-they-come New England Bluegrass Band and August 11 – 6-8pm Jake McElvie and the Countetops, a unique indie rock, stream of consciousness band. For more details, click here.

  • Brew Barn Music – Phillipston (7/12/2021)

    The Brew Barn & Cidery at the Red Apple Farm in Phillipston has a series of music performances during the months of July and August. Click here for complete list of performances.

  • Christmas in July – Oakham (7/12/2021)

    The Town of Oakham is holding a new event on Saturday, July 24, 2021: Christmas in July. The event brings grandparents and grandchildren together offering professional colored hand-drawn caracatures. More details.

  • Hardwick Community Fair (7/12/2021)

    The 258th Hardwick Community Fair will be held August 20 & 21, 2021 on the common in Hardwick Massachusetts. Hardwick says the fair originated in 1762 and is the oldest fair in the United States. Visit the Hardwick Fair website. This is just one of several items in the 4 page Hardwick MA July Newsletter.

  • Monument Park Concerts (7/12/2021)

    Concerts at Gardner’s Monument Park:

    6/19/2021            6 pm      6/23/2021            Danny LeBlanc   Soft/Classic Rock

    6/26/2021            6 pm      6/30/2021            The Green Sisters            Folk

    7/3/2021              6 pm      None     Holdin’ Back        Patriotic

    7/10/2021            6 pm      None     The Remedy      Pop, Rock, Blues, Oldies & Country

    7/17/2021            6 pm      7/21/2021            Retro Stew         60’s/70’s/80’s

    7/24/2021            6 pm      7/28/2021            Mr. Strickland    —

    7/31/2021            6 pm      8/4/2021              Jumpin’ Juba      Blues

    8/7/2021              6 pm      8/11/2021            Maestro’s Men Polish

    8/14/2021            5 pm      8/18/2021            Beatles For Sale                Tribute

    8/21/2021            5 pm      None     Fellowship of the King   Elvis Tribute

    8/28/2021            5 pm      None     The Big Random               Classic Rock

  • Summer Concerts – Barre (7/12/2021)

    Nornay Park 2021 Summer Concert Series in Barre

    2021 Summer Concerts

    The Catnip Junkies – Saturday, June 5 – 6 to 8 p.m.

    Holdin’Back – Saturday, June 12 – 6 to 8 p.m.

    The Big Random – Saturday, June 26 – 6 to 8 p.m.

    Alley Kings – Saturday, July 10 – 6 to 8 p.m.

    Tequila Mockingbird – Saturday, July 24 – 6 to 8 p.m.

    The Otters – Saturday, August 7 – 6 to 8 p.m.

    Nashville Blues – Saturday, August 21 – 6 to 8 p.m.

    Nornay Park has a separate website.

  • Play in Athol (7/4/2021)

    The Town of Athol and the North Quabbin Region attract visitors to various activities. There are trails for varied abilities and a nice collection of parks and open spaces in and around downtown Athol. For more information visit the Parks and Trails page on the town of Athol website.