Holidays Greater Gardner MA Local News

Holidays Around Greater Gardner MA

Holidays are listed in descending order

  • Fourball (9/27/2022)

    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.

  • Labor Day Weekend (8/29/2022)
    Happy Labor Day
    Happy Labor Day 2022

    Labor Day Weekend Upcoming in Greater Gardner MA

    Labor Day Weekend culminates with Labor Day on Monday September 5, 2022. Labor Day has been a Federal holiday since 1894. Labor Day honors the works and contributions of all laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. Information on U.S. Labor Law with respect to Health and Safety, Civil Liberties, Labor Unions, Equality, and Employment. CLICK HERE.

    Looking for Work?

    For current jobs within 15 miles of Gardner MA, CLICK HERE.

    Important Dates

    Following Labor Day this year is the Massachusetts State Primary on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. That pushes the first Gardner City Council meeting of 2022 to Wednesday September 7, 2022.


  • 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.


  • Ice Cream Day (7/16/2022)

    National Ice Cream Day is Sunday July 17, 2022 in Greater Gardner MA

    Vanilla is the most popular flavor with just over 25 percent of all ice cream sales in the United States. According to New England Today, Maple Walnut Ice Cream is a favorite in Massachusetts featuring creamy maple ice cream studded with crunchy walnuts.  It is said that Quaker colonists introduced ice cream to the United States.   Even our First President George Washington liked ice cream, records from a New York merchant showing him spending $200 on it in the summer of 1790.

    Besides the neighborhood grocery store, Popular local places for Ice Cream include: Friendly’s at 18 Pearson Boulevard in Gardner, Kay’s Dairy Bar in Westminster, Lickity Splitz at 231 Main Street, Winchendon, Murdock Dairy Farm at 62 Elmwood Road, Winchendon, Ice Cream at the Kitchen Garden,268 Baldwinville Road, Templeton,  King Phillip Dairy Bar on Route 2A Phillipston, Anne’s Dairy Drive in Orange, and the Ice Cream Shop at Ashburnham Wine and Spirits, 3 Memorial Drive, Ashburnham.

    Enjoy your Ice Cream!

  • Declaration (7/4/2022)
    4th of July - Independence Day
    Printable pdf of Declaration of Independence – CLICK HERE

    Happy July 4th, Greater Gardner MA!

    In Congress, July 4, 1776

    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness….. Read More…..

  • 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.


  • Happy 4th (6/30/2022)

    Americans Celebrate 4th of July in Greater Gardner MA

    Gardner City Hall, municipal offices of other communities will be closed, and Post Offices nationwide will be closed. The holiday is formally Independence Day, commemorating the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776. Gardner had its celebration early on Saturday June 25, 2022 with Fireworks at Kendal Pond to coincide with the Chair City’s 237th Birthday.

    In 1781, it was the Massachusetts General Court which became the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration, 4 years before Gardner’s incorporation in 1785

    Here is a transcript of the text of the Declaration of Independence from the National Archives.. CLICK HERE.

  • Juneteenth (6/19/2022)
    Juneteenth celebrated June 20, 2022
    “The Sentient Soul of American Freedom” – a Poem by Werner Poegel

    Juneteenth to be celebrated Monday, June 20, 2022 in Greater Gardner MA

    City Hall and Town Halls will be closed and U.S. mail will not be delivered. It is the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was adopted in 1983. The actual date of Juneteenth is June 19 and commemorates the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans. It became a Federal Holiday when the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act became law in 2021. More on Juneteenth, CLICK HERE.

    Original Poem “The Sentient Soul of American Freedom” CLICK HERE.

  • Gardner’s Birthday (6/10/2022)
    Gardner Square Two

    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

  • Memorial Day (6/2/2022)

    City of Gardner MA 2022 Memorial Day Ceremony

    City of Gardner MA 2022 Memorial Day Ceremony – CLICK Play button above.
  • Memorial Day (5/30/2022)
    Remember their sacrifice - Memorial Day

    Greater Gardner MA Honors those we lost

    Greater Gardner MA Honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  We honor those men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.    For those who have lost family members, we felt for you especially on this day and have you in our thoughts throughout the year.    A National Moment of Remembrance took place on May 30, 2022 at 3pm local time.   Please scroll down our home page for our other articles.

    Monument at Monument Park Gardner MA
    Spanish American War Monument Gardner MA
    City Hall Monument Gardner MA

    Monuments of Reverence to the Fallen Throughout the Chair City of Gardner Massachusetts

    Memorial Day 2022 at Monument Park
    Memorial Day 2022 at Monument Park, Gardner MA
    Gardner MA Memorial Day Parade 2022
    Gardner Memorial Day Parade
    Mayor Michael Nicholson Gardner MA

    Mayor Nicholson walked in Gardner MA Memorial Day Parade.

    Gardner MA Memorial Day Parade 2022
    Gardner Memorial Day Parade
    Gardner Memorial Day Parade 2022
    Gardner Memorial Day Parade

    May 30, 2022

    Memorial Day was observed May 30, 2022 in Greater Gardner Massachusetts.

    Crystal Lake Cemetery Gardner MA
    Crystal Lake Cemetery Gardner MA
  • Mayor gets Chair (5/28/2022)
    Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson and Gardner Wood
    Gardner Chair painting
    Artist Gardner Wood’s painting of the Big Chair
    Gardner MA Big Chair August 2021
    Gardner Big Chair August 2021
    The Gardner Big Chair
    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

    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)

    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.


  • Memorial Day Parade (5/22/2022)

    Memorial Day Parade Heads to Gardner MA Monument Park on May 30, 2022 at 10am

    Anne Marie Blake, President of the Gardner Veterans Council told Gardner Magazine that the muster will be at 9:15am at the American Legion on Elm Street, Gardner with the goal of being at Monument Park for the 10am Memorial Day Ceremony featuring various dignitaries, guests, speeches, military medley by the Gardner High School Band, placing of poppies, firing squad (VFW), taps, and readings in the spirit of honoring all who served.

    Parade Details

    Marchers will meet in the Elm Street Parking Lot, Rider meet in the small city lot at the Legion Rotary. From Anne Marie Blake, ” MARCHERS: PARADE ROUTE IS FROM THE PARKING LOTS AROUND THE LEGION ROTARY, DOWN CENTRAL, ONTO PARK AND LEFT ONTO COTTAGE ST.  ALMOST AT THE FAR END OF COTTAGE ST. MAKE A COLUMN LEFT AND CONTINUE SINGLE FILE UP THE STAIRS AND TO WHERE YOU WILL BE STANDING/SITTING.  PLEASE DO NOT FALL OUT PRIOR TO BEING IN THE PARK OR EVERYONE BEHIND YOU WILL FOLLOW. WE WANT EVERYONE IN THE PARK TO ENJOY THE WHOLE PARADE. RIDERS: FOR VETERANS, LADIES AUXILIARY MEMBERS OR ANYONE WHO CANNOT WALK BUT WOULD LIKE TO RIDE, THERE WILL BE 2 VANS AVAILABLE COURTESY OF MONTACHUSETT VETERAN OUTREACH CENTER AND THE DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS, OR YOU CAN USE YOUR OWN VEHICLE(S). MEET IN THE CITY LOT AT ROTARY. Parade Orders: Gardner Police, All American Flags, All Veteran Organizations Flags, All Marching Veterans, All Marching Ladies Auxiliary Members, Gardner High School Band, Mayor, Representatives of City, State, Order of the Elks, Scouts, Cars and Vans with Veterans and others, Patriot and Elk Riders, Gardner Fire Department. Parking immediately behind the band stand is reserved for parade vehicles. In case of rain, proceed to City Hall Auditorium.”


  • Mother’s Day (5/6/2022)
    Mother's Day Gardner MA

    Greater Gardner MA Celebrates Mother’s Day Sunday May 8, 2022

    Traditionally the 2nd Sunday in May, Mother’s Day has been a fixture in American society for over 100 years. More on the holiday. Mother’s Day is celebrated throughout the world.

    Thank you to our mothers who brought us into this world. Please remember your Mom on Mother’s Day.

    Whether you send flowers or chocolates, call your Mom who lives far away, or enjoy a Mother’s Day meal, think of your Mom. Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Patriot’s Day (4/17/2022)
    Patriot's Day - Remember and Honor

    Patriot’s Day in the Greater Gardner MA area is Monday April 18, 2022

    For more information on Patriot’s Day, CLICK HERE

    Monday, April 18, 2022 is also the 126th Boston Marathon. Official website, CLICK HERE. The race will be covered LIVE on WBZ-TV Channel 4.1 Boston More info, CLICK HERE.

  • Good Friday (4/15/2022)
    Good Friday April 15, 2022

    Good Friday is 4-15-22 in Greater Gardner MA

    Thank you Jesus for what you did for us. More on Good Friday, CLICK HERE.

    Our article on Easter, CLICK HERE.

    Our Churches page, CLICK HERE.

  • 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.

  • Grilled Cheese (4/12/2022)
    Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

    April 12, 2022 is Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day in Greater Gardner MA

    Enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich today at home or at your favorite restaurant. For more on this day, CLICK HERE.

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

    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

  • Easter (4/6/2022)
    He Died for Us - Jesus - Happy Easter

    Easter Sunday in Greater Gardner MA is April 17, 2022

    Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.  It is described in the New Testament of the Holy Bible as having occurred on the third day of his burial after the crucifixion.  The supernatural resurrection from the dead of Jesus is one of the chief tenets of the Christian faith. 

    What about Easter eggs?  The egg is an ancient symbol of new life and rebirth.  In Christianity it became associated with Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.   On Easter Monday, the President of the United States holds an annual Easter egg roll on the White House lawn for young children.    Happy Easter!

    For the churches in the Greater Gardner MA area, please visit our CHURCHES page. CLICK HERE.

  • Earth Day (4/6/2022)
    Earth Day 2022

    Greater Gardner MA Earth Day is April 22, 2022

    This year’s theme is ‘Invest in Our Planet.’ Various cleanup activities are being held throughout the area on various dates. Best to check your own community for details. For more on Earth Day, CLICK HERE.

  • Saint Patrick’s Day (3/17/2022)

    Saint Patrick’s Day in the Greater Gardner MA area was Thursday March 17, 2022

    For more information on St. Patrick’s Day, CLICK HERE.

  • Daylight Savings (3/10/2022)
    24/7 Clock

    Daylight Savings Time in the Greater Gardner MA area began on Sunday March 13, 2022

    Daylight Savings time will end on the first Sunday in November.

    For more on Daylight Savings Time. CLICK HERE

  • Gardner 100th (3/2/2022)
    Gardner 100th as a City

    Page Added for Gardner MA 100 Years A City Birthday Bash

    Incorporated as a town in 1785, Gardner will celebrate 100 Years A City on January 1, 2023. We have added a page to share news throughout the year about upcoming celebrations. CLICK HERE.

  • School Vacation (2/20/2022)
    February Vacation Week

    What to do during Greater Gardner MA School Vacation Week of February 21-25, 2022

    Take a trip to the Movie Theater and see a flick. Use or get a library card at your local library. Buy some stuff at a local store. Stay home and stream something. Or go on an adventure like below:

    ecotarium worcester

    Ecotarium, Worcester  Tues. 2/22 to Fri. 2/25

    Their education team cooks up creative ways to learn and have fun — all designed especially for school-age kids and their families. Visit Site.

    wachusett mountain

    Wachusett Winterfest Science on the Slopes – February Vacation week Mon 2/21 to Friday 2/25

    This is NOT the week to sit at home! Come enjoy a full list of activities with your friends and family here at Wachusett! In addition to skiing, enjoy a fun week of programming at the mountain. Visit Site.

    dcr massachusetts

    Massachusetts State Park Programs

    There are February Vacation Week programs at Massachusetts State Parks. Visit Site.

    Most all programs are free unless noted. Parking fees may apply. Dress for the weather, carry water and snacks, and cell phones.


    Enchanted Forest at Fruitlands, Harvard through Sun. February 27, 2022

    The Frost King has come to spend the winter at the Fruitlands Fairy Forest and he has brought all sorts of new enchantment. Visit Site.

    Ice Castles

    Ice Castles, New Hampshire

    Ice Castles is an award-winning frozen attraction built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists to create breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, and fountains. Visit site

  • Celebrating Presidents’ Day (2/18/2022)

    Gardner MA February 22, 2022.  – Presidents’ Day

    Our Special Presidents’ Day page Chronicles all of the U.S. Presidents. CLICK HERE. Our “Poem of the Presidents”  is a tribute to the service of all of U.S. Presidents.   CLICK HERE.

  • Valentine’s Day (2/13/2022)
    Happy Valentine's Day

    Greatest Valentine’s Day Card

    Happy Valentine’s Day Greater Gardner MA. View our article on the Greatest Valentine’s Day card and original poem. For the complete article, CLICK HERE.


  • Eat Cake (1/27/2022)
    Chocolate Cake Gardner MA

    Greater Gardner MA Chocolate Cake

    What happened 20 years before Gardner began in 1785 which makes every year’s birthday even more special?   It’s a day celebrated on January 27th every year.  It’s National Chocolate Cake Day.

    The story goes like this:  In 1765, A doctor and a chocolate maker ground up cocoa beans and made a thick syrup which was poured into molds shaped like cakes. In 1886, American cooks began adding chocolate to cake batter.  And interestingly, at about the time Gardner became a City one hundred years ago, the first boxed cake mix was created by a company called O. Duff and Sons.  OK, after all that, just enjoy your cake.

  • National Compliment (1/20/2022)
    National Compliment Day

    National Compliment Day in Greater Gardner MA

    National Compliment Day is January 24, 2022. It’s a day to compliment a friend, family member, co-worker, server, official, or even someone you don’t know. We have a page of compliment images you can pass on. CLICK HERE

    It’s a great opportunity to say something great to someone you know . Our page is loaded with graphics you can print or send on to someone you wish to compliment. These days saying something nice is sometimes overlooked. And by the way, you’re awesome! CLICK HERE.

  • Martin Luther King (1/17/2022)

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Monday, January 17, 2022

    Greater Gardner MA marks the birthday of Civil Rights Activist and Baptist minister Martin Luther King Jr who was gunned down in 1968, King was known for nonviolent activism in protesting racial discrimination. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. For more on this great man, CLICK HERE.

  • Tree Pickup Delay (1/14/2022)
    Christmas tree recycling

    No Tree Pickup in Gardner MA – Transport D.I.Y. to Transfer Station

    The Gardner Board of Health issued this Christmas Tree update on 1-13-22: “Due to ongoing & increasing staff at EL Harvey being impacted by COVID illness, Christmas tree pickup has been delayed again.  There will be no tree pickup this week.  At this time, we are still working on a plan for removal, but our focus is to make sure that trash and recycling are removed for sanitation reasons.  Any Gardner resident who has the ability to transport their tree to the Transfer Station is welcome to do so, no permit sticker necessary.  We will post more info on curbside collection as soon as we have it.  Thank you for your patience during these unusual times.  The Transfer Station is located at 744 West St and is open Wed-Fri 9am to 3pm, Sat 7am to 1pm”

  • Poetry (1/10/2022)
    Poetry at Work Day
    Tuesday January 11, 2022 is National Poetry at Work Day

    Poetry at Work Day

    On the Eleventh Day of January Twenty, Twenty Two,

    Gardner Magazine creates this poem for you.

    The value of poetry for pros is better than prose,

    Brings out all sorts of major creativity we suppose.

    So write out your verses and put in your purses,

    Jot down your sonnets and put in your wallets,

    Or maybe on this frigid day, break out the Robert Frost,

    Seek out his works at very low or modest cost.

    “Two Roads diverged in a yellow wood,” and you chose to

    live in a great City like Gardner MA and that has made all the difference.

    —this original by Werner Poegel – For “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, CLICK HERE

  • Milk Day (1/10/2022)
    National Milk Day

    Time for a Glass because it’s National Milk Day – January 11, 2022

    Milk is very popular in the Greater Gardner MA area. The date coincides with the very first time nationally in 1878 when milk was delivered inside sterilized glass bottles. Milk has nine essential nutrients and many in Greater Gardner MA just love it. Did you know that there are 9.39 million head of milk cows in the United States, 1 cow for every 35 people. So it’s great news that each cow produces more than 60 pounds of milk every day! The U.S. Census Bureau has even more stats on milk. CLICK HERE

  • Clean Desk (1/9/2022)
    national clean off your desk day

    National Clean Off Your Desk Day in Greater Gardner MA

    The second Monday of January we celebrate a day of tidiness. So if your desk is a mess, take a few moments and clean it off today. It’ll help your work flow in the coming year.

  • Happy New Year (1/1/2022)
    Happy New Year

    Happy New Year Greater Gardner MA 2022


    Gardner Magazine wishes you and yours a Happy New Year! For a printable 2022 Calendar, CLICK HERE.

  • Christmas Trees (1/1/2022)
    Gardner Christmas Tree pickup January 4 to 7, 2022

    Christmas Tree Pickup

    From Gardner MA City Hall, “Curbside Christmas tree collection will be January 4th to 7th on your regularly scheduled trash collection day. Christmas trees wrapped in plastic or containing decorations cannot be collected.”

  • New Year’s Eve (12/31/2021)

    The public inauguration ceremony is taking place January 6, 2022 6pm at Perry Auditorium, Gardner MA City Hall. Governor Baker and other official are expected to attend. (Official swearing in takes place January 3rd)

    Play the video of the Mayor’s update anytime on our Gardner MA Mayor’s update page.  CLICK HERE.

    Last Gardner Mayor’s Update of the Year

    The mayor addressed water main breaks in Gardner during the past week, saying most of the fault was that of contractors. For example, contractors working at the new Community Connections site near Walmart accidentally hit the water line. (Walmart actually closed for a couple of hours). Gardner Water Department quickly made a repair. The mayor reiterated that as the City proactively replaces old water lines, he hopes the incidence of water main breaks will decrease and understands citizen frustration. 

    The Gardner MA School Department is having its second Covid vaccine clinic open to both students and parents on Tuesday January 4, 2022 at Gardner Middle School.

    The Gardner MA Board of Health has issued a municipal buildings mask mandate requiring masks in all City buildings.  A mask advisory is in effect advising mask wearing in other indoor settings such as retail stores.


  • New Year’s Eve 2021 (12/30/2021)

    What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve in Gardner MA?

    We’re spotlighting just a few of the choices to celebrate the coming of the New Year in Gardner MA.

    OTM plays the Gardner MA Eagles #747. New  Year’s Eve Show starts at 8:00pm. More details, CLICK HERE

    Max Recoil at Southside Grille
    Bowling Challenge Gardner Ten Pins

    Please be safe. Please don’t drive while under the influence of any substance. You will save a life.

    New Year’s Eve with Max Recoil at the Southside Grille and Margarita Factory. FREE show starts at 9:00pm Call ahead seating for dinner is encouraged.   More details, CLICK HERE

    New Year’s Eve Bowling Challenge at Gardner Ten Pins Starts at 9:30pm. 24 lanes with lounge and snack bar. More details, CLICK HERE For more details on the Friday Night Classic League, CLICK HERE

  • Merry Christmas Jesus (12/24/2021)
    Merry Christmas Jesus
  • Christmas Shows (12/24/2021)

    Gardner MA Christmas Shows

    A Christmas Treat! We have a selection of over 60 Old Time Radio Christmas Shows. Listen FREE, just click play on the page. Here’s the page, CLICK HERE

  • Christmas (12/21/2021)
    Wishing You A Very Merry Christmas

    Christmas – December 25

    Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ and is celebrated by billions of people around the world.   The date was fixed by the church in the fourth century as the day that God came to Earth in human form to atone for the sins of humanity.   While our customs in Greater Gardner MA this  year will most likely include gift giving, the Greatest Gift has already been dispensed, Christ as the Savior for all people.  Want His gift? Just ask.  From God with love, it’s FREE!  

    We wish you a Merry Christmas and many blessings in the New Year.    Want to learn more about Christmas?  We have some external links:   Christmas  — Christmas Films Christmas by Medium Christmas Music Titles  —History of ChristmasChristmas from Encyclopedia BritannicaOur Churches page.  If you’d like to make a Christmas donation to a local Greater Gardner MA non-profit organization, here’s the list.  CLICK HERE.


  • Caroling 2021 (12/20/2021)

    It’s an all ensemble cast and this 1 hour quality production is hosted by Gardner MA Mayor Nicholson. Watch Caroling with the Mayor 2021. Watch it on YouTube on your HD TV or on the Gardner YouTube Channel, or watch it here. It’s on our Mayor’s Update page. CLICK HERE.


  • Caroling with the Mayor 12-20-21 (12/20/2021)
  • Christmas Videos (12/19/2021)
    Christmas Music

    Listen to your Christmas Favorites

    We have a page of hand-selected videos from YouTube with hours and hours of your Christmas favorites. CLICK HERE

  • Wreath Laying (12/18/2021)
    Wreath Laying Winchendon MA
    Honor those who protected us

    Wreath Laying Winchendon MA

    Wreaths Across America was at the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon MA on Friday  December 17, 2021 for the laying of wreaths to honor our country’s fallen heroes. Students from area schools and other area volunteers participated.  The organization states, “Remember the Fallen…HONOR those who Serve…TEACH our children the value of Freedom.” Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies each December at Arlington National Cemetery as well as more than 2500 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.   For more details on the organization, CLICK HERE. Winchendon details, CLICK HERE

  • Christmas Wish (12/14/2021)

    Gardner MA Christmas Wish

    Publishing an original poem for you entitled, “Gardner Christmas Wish.” CLICK HERE

  • Christmas with the Animals (12/13/2021)
  • Christmas Tree Lighting 2021 (12/13/2021)
  • Lights List (12/3/2021)

    Friday Night Lights List

    We have updated our article to include a link to the list of Gardner MA homes and driving directions. For the complete article, click here.

  • Christmas with the Animals (12/2/2021)

    Gardner MA Christmas with the Animals Video has licensed video of animals from all over the world and Christmas music to produce our 101.3 Studios presentation of “Gardner MA Christmas with the Animals’, a heartwarming tribute to nature’s most beautiful creatures. This 12 minute Full HD production is our Merry Christmas card to you. CLICK HERE to watch.

  • Christmas Caroling (12/2/2021)
    Gardner Mayor Mike Nicholson in Caroling with the Mayor
    Submissions for this year’s Caroling with the Mayor 2021 video need to be received by 12/13/21 at

    Caroling with the Mayor Video Still A Big Hit!

    Last year’s Virtual Caroling with the Mayor has been viewed almost 1000 times.  It’s a real treat, And here’s a hint, you’ll hear Mayor Mike sing, you’ll be joyful, and you will believe!  Here’s the YouTube link.

  • Friday Night Lights (11/30/2021)

    Festive Friday Night Lights. Sponsored by D.A.V. See the complete schedule, CLICK HERE

  • Gardner Tree Lighting (11/29/2021)

    Holiday Tree Lighting Begins Christmas Season in the City of Gardner MA

    We have a complete photo chronicle of Sunday, November 28, 2021 including photos of Tree Lighting, the start of the Shopping season, and Tree Lighting ceremony video. CLICK HERE

  • Templeton Tree Lighting (11/29/2021)

    HUGE Templeton MA Tree Lighting

    Templeton MA Tree Lighting Event is Sunday, December 5, 2021 from 4:30pm to 9:00pm for all the fun. There’s even popcorn and a movie! It’s sure to draw people from all over the area! Details, CLICK HERE.

    Westminster MA Tree Lighting

    Also on Sunday December 5, 2021. Westminster’s 37th Annual Tree Lighting starts at 4pm at the Gazebo on Academy Hill. Santa arrives at 4:20pm to light the tree and meet families for pictures. S’mores, Hot cocoa, candy canes and Christmas Caroling!

  • Holiday Tree Lighting (11/28/2021)

    Holiday Tree Lighting Begins Christmas Season in the City of Gardner MA

    We have a complete photo chronicle of Sunday, November 28, 2021 including photos and Tree Lighting video. CLICK HERE

  • Princeton Christmas Gift Delivery (11/27/2021)
    Merry Christmas Princeton Firefighter/EMT Association Christmas Gift Delivery

    Princeton Firefighter/EMT Association presents Christmas Gift Delivery

    Santa Claus in conjunction with the Princeton Firefighter/EMT Association is providing Christmas Gift Delivery on Sunday December 12, 2021 between 8 am and 4 pm. throughout the town of Princeton. Santa will come to your house on a fire truck and deliver a gift. Please bring gifts to Station 2 located at 11 Redemption Rock Trail-North) during the designated drop off times which are December 5th from noon to 6pm and December 6 to 10 from 6pm to 9pm each day. COVID PRECAUTIONS IN EFFECT. For questions, please call (978) 464-2707 EXT. 1051.

    Please limit one gift per child. Santa would appreciate a minimum of a 10 dollar donation to the Princeton Firefighters and EMT Association.

  • Toy Town Tree Festival (11/27/2021)
    Toy Town Winchendon MA Tree Festival

    Hours Mondays – Thursdays 1 to 8, Fridays 9 to 5, Saturday 9 to 1.  Holiday Open House is Sat. Dec. 11th  9am to 1pm

    Third Annual Toy Town Tree Festival – Winchendon MA

    taking place at the Beal’s Memorial Library Auditorium from November 29 through December 11th.   More Details on our Holiday Events 2021 page, CLICK HERE!

  • Happy Thanksgiving (11/24/2021)

    Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers. May you and yours have a blessed day and good tidings in the coming year. Many Thanks!


  • Winchendon Festival of Lights (11/21/2021)
  • Hubbardston Tree Lighting (11/21/2021)
  • Holiday Events (11/21/2021)

    Holiday and Christmas Events – Greater Gardner MA

    ‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly. We will keep adding to our page of Greater Gardner Holiday and Christmas events in the 19 communities we serve. — If you have an event, contact us. —- CLICK HERE for the Holiday Event page.

  • Turkey Raffle (11/14/2021)

    Gardner PACC Annual Turkey Raffle

    Annual Turkey Raffle at Polish American Citizens Club 171 Kendall Pond Rd. W, Gardner MA.

    Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 6pm to 9:30pm

    Doors open at 6pm.  However, there’s a new early bird round from 6:30 to 6:45pm before the start of the main raffle at 7pm.   Raffle items include turkeys, prime ribs, pork loins, hams, pork shoulders, baby back ribs, roast beefs, sirloin steaks, and more.


  • Happy Veterans’ Day (11/7/2021)
    Thank you for serving our country - Veterans Day

    Thank you, Veterans!

    Thank you to all who have served our country and who are serving now. We all appreciate you and wish you a Happy Veterans’ Day.

  • Treat or Treat Hours (10/21/2021)

    Greater Gardner MA Trick or Treat Hours

    Gardner Magazine is publishing the Halloween Trick or Treat Hours for the 19 communities covered by this site. For Details, CLICK HERE.