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- Community Center (9/29/2022)
Gardner Community Center Moves Closer to Reality in Gardner MA
From a Press Release from Gardner City Hall, we learned that “Gardner Mayor Mike Nicholson, City Council President Elizabeth Kazinskas, State Representative Jonathan Zlotnik, and the leaders of community organizations will meet at the front doors of Waterford Street School to announce the future plans for the building on MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2022, at 10:00am. The City will be converting the school into a new Community Center to house different service organizations that currently serve the City’s residents. This new move will allow all organizations to grow their services they provide to the City and collaborate in new ways among each other.”
The building became available because students who would have gone there this year are going to the new Gardner Elementary School. Approval of the Gardner City Council is still required.
Complete Press Release, CLICK HERE
- Double Event (9/19/2022)
Gardner MA Fall Festival and “Oktoberfest” Octoberfest Saturday, September 24, 2022 starting at 10am Flyer
Gardner MA Having Two Events in One on Saturday September 24, 2022 – The Fabulous Fall Festival and the “Oktoberfest.” Octoberfest. Event is FREE.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org”
- Octoberfest in September (9/7/2022)
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.
- Growing Places (8/5/2022)
Growing Places is in different communities on a daily basis. If you need food now, view the calendar. CLICK HERE.
Growing Places Pop-Up Market Stretches Gardner MA Food Budgets
This Summer and Fall, the Growing Places Refrigerated Van Pop-up Market brings fresh local produce to 74 West Street Gardner (across from the Gardner Ale House) every Friday from 10:00am to 11:00am. You can pay with cash, credit/debit, Farmers Market Coupons, or SNAP/HIP dollars. In fact if you have SNAP, you can get extra benefits for local produce. Complete flyer, CLICK HERE. Growing Places website, CLICK HERE.
- Night Out (7/26/2022)
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.
- Chair City Café (7/21/2022)
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.
- Local Treasures (7/13/2022)
The Heart and Soul of Gardner MA: Independent, Locally-owned Small Businesses
According to IndependentWeStand.org, a number of things happen when you decide to Shop Local. $68 of every $100 spent at locally owned businesses stays in the community helping to create local jobs. Local business owners know you and you know them, and local business owners tend to support community causes. See example below: Greater Gardner MA residents can take advantage of the expertise at a locally owned business by letting one of your friends or neighbors serve your needs.
Gardner Square Two Recognizes Positivity
Patti Bergstrom, President of Gardner Square Two and owner of the Velvet Goose stated, “I do feel as if there has been a positive change in the energy and attitudes in our community. As a small business owner, I have met so many new people in the past few months…people who live locally and are just now discovering some of the local treasures. Grateful for the support of our community. I have spent 35 years at The Velvet Goose and it is definitely My Happy Place. You are all invited!” Want to take Patti up on her invite? Here’s the Facebook page. — Directions
Local Business Owner Gives Back
Anne LeBlanc of John’s Sport Shop recently won a big prize in a contest – a kayak full of goodies. Boys & Girls Club of Gardner had a Fundraising Gala last month raising over $224,000, $7000 of which was from the Summer Fun Raffle with the Kayak and merchandise worth $1500. But, guess what Anne did? Anne donated most of her win to Cancer Support Fund of Central Mass. Inc. so that more people could benefit by yet another charity drawing. Patti Bergstrom stated on July 13, 2022, “So grateful that I live and work in this kind and generous community.” John’s Sport Shop website. — Directions
Gardner Loves its Local Businesses
- Dinner on Us (6/18/2022)
Gardner MA CAC to help struggling families with “Dinner’s on Us!” Program
The Dinner’s On Us! Program offers eligible applicants healthy, ready-to-cook fresh and frozen crockpot dinners. Meals prepared at the CAC kitchen are delivered to each registered, approved household once per week. Communities served include Ashburnham, Gardner, Hubbardston, and Westminster. More Details and application, CLICK HERE.
The Gardner CAC’s Mission is to provide services and resources to those in need. Donations are accepted. For secure paypal link, CLICK HERE.
- Square Two (6/17/2022)
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!”
- Relay Draws Hundreds (6/11/2022)
Greater Gardner MA Relay for Life Draws Hundreds, Exceeds Goal
The Gardner MA Relay for Life was held from Friday June 10, 2022 at 6pm to Saturday June 11, 2022 at 2pm. One of 2500 events of its type held in the United States, the event has raised almost 15 million dollars in 29 years. This year’s goal of $100,000 was announced to be already exceeded at $105,000 when the event began. The opening ceremonies included a celebration of local cancer survivors and Cancer Survivors took a victory lap to kick off the Relay for Life.
The community -based walk event was successful once again. The Mayoral Challenge was won by Gardner with 141 Relayers. Town of Westminster was 2nd with 64, Leominster 3rd with 42, and Fitchburg 4th with 32. When this was announced by Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson, Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzorella put on the iconic Orange Gardner shirt.
Friday Evening Theme Hours
This year’s theme was “Tune Out Cancer, Tune in Hope” and a great day of entertainment and activities was had by all including on Friday night hours such as “Party Like It’s the 1980s”, “the 1950’s Hour” “1960’s Hour”, and a Western Hour/Country Style just before midnight when the sound system went silent until 6am Saturday.
There were various silent themes overnight followed by “Revelry, Good Morning Relayers” at 6am. The Caregiver Reception started in the Big Tent at 9am. The Band “Back to the Garden” performed at 11am. Noon brought line dancing. Closing Ceremonies were held from 1pm to 2pm with special recognition, awards, and a very special last lap in which each team could participate. There were food vendors galore on both days of the event.
Due to the pandemic, the last full Relay for Life was held back in 2019 and many were happy to see it back again.
It happens – an event is held and there’s evidence the next day because there’s trash and debris all over the place. The site of the Relay for Life, however, is already clean. At just about 4pm, just 2 hours after the culmination of the event, it was obvious a great cleanup team did miracles in restoring the grounds at Mount Wachusett Community College to pristine condition.
The Parade of the Porta-Potties at Gardner Relay for Life Saturday June 11, 2022 about 4:30pm
This beautiful flag display greeted visitors at Mount Wachusett Community College on the weekend of June 10/11, 2022.
- Relay for Life (6/5/2022)
Full Greater Gardner MA Relay for Life is Back!
Since the mid 1980s, communities across the globe have participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. The Gardner MA Relay for Life is scheduled to run Friday June 10 at 6pm to Saturday June 11 at 2pm at Mount Wachusett Community College off Green Street in Gardner. The event kicks off with a celebration of local cancer survivors. This community-based walk event has been a very successful Gardner event in years past. More information. CLICK HERE.
“Save Lives, Celebrate Lives & Lead the Fight for a World Without Cancer.” American Cancer Society website, CLICK HERE.
- 225th Anniversary (5/30/2022)
St. Paul Masonic Lodge Gardner MA Celebrating 225th Anniversary
The Saint Paul Lodge located at 42 Central Street, Gardner is inviting the public to attend its 225th anniversary celebration on Saturday June 18, 2022 at 11am. The Lodge was one of 23 within the United States founded by Paul Revere in 1797. From the website, “Freemasonry, sometimes just called Masonry, is the word’s oldest and largest Fraternity. It aims to promote Friendship, Morality, and Brotherly Love among its members — men from every race, religion, opinion, and background — who are brought together as Brothers to develop and strengthen the bonds of friendship.” For More information, visit their website. CLICK HERE.
- Mayor gets Chair (5/28/2022)
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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.
“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.
- Community Garden (5/25/2022)
Gardner MA St. Paul’s Episcopal Church establishes Community Garden to benefit CAC
The Community Garden is located at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Cross Street in Gardner where the sign states, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat” – Matthew 25:35. Distribution of food grown will occur through the Food Pantry of the Community Action Committee. The CAC serves disadvantaged individuals in Gardner, Ashburnham, Baldwinville, Hubbardston, Otter River, Templeton, and Westminster. Gardner CAC website, CLICK HERE. To donate to the CAC securely click here. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church website, CLICK HERE.
The garden was funded by a $3,000 grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and will contain vegetables most commonly used by patrons of the CAC.
- Win 10 Grand! (2/18/2022)
Huge Drawing Looms in Greater Gardner MA Super Raffle
On February 23, 2022 at 7pm, 11 lucky tickets will be drawn out of no more than 400 tickets sold. Top prize is $10,000. See image at left. For more information, you can visit the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce website. CLICK HERE.
- Barre Clothing (1/24/2022)
Winter is Cold, But Donating is Cooler!
From Town of Barre on Facebook, “Did you know that donating unwanted clothing is easy? Visit our convenient clothing donation bins located at the Henry Woods Municipal Building and the Stephen Brewer Public Safety Building or schedule a free home pick up of clothing, textiles and small household items at https://www.bbbsfoundation.org/”
- People’s Place (1/23/2022)
Non-Profit Holds Greater Gardner MA Vegetarian Cooking Class
The People’s Place Community Center of Gardner MA is holding another vegetarian cooking class from 6:30 to 8:00pm on Thursday January 27, 2022. The public is asked to either text presenter Tina Dixson at (978) 660-7548 or email email@example.com if you wish to attend. The class is held the last Thursday of every month.
According to the organization, the People’s Place Community Center’s mission is to provide “educational, social, recreational, spiritual, and service-oriented support programs to the residents of the Greater Gardner Community.” In keeping with its mission, the center plans educational forums on “dietary health, financial planning, basic computer training, smoking cessation, depression recovery, vegetarian cooking, needle craft instruction, and much more.”
- Elks Bingo (12/19/2021)
Have Fun for Charity on 12-22-21
You can spell it the same forwards or backwards, 12-22-21. Does that mean this Wednesday at the Gardner Elks Bingo will be lucky for you? The games, fun, and prizes start at 6:30pm, but you can have dinner too because the kitchen opens at 5pm. The Benevolent and Protective Gardner Elks Lodge 1426 is located at 31 Park Street in Gardner MA
Elks cook Lisa Thompson says, “Don’t know what you’re doing? Haven’t played in a while? Kind of nervous? We have many volunteers that are more than happy to teach you what to do! Come on down this week, next week or any other Wednesday and we’d be happy to see you and show you around while you win BINGO!! Oh yea and come say hi to me I’m typically found in our kitchen!” Proceeds from Bingo go towards the Elks charitable work in our community. Learn more on the Gardner Elks Facebook page. CLICK HERE
- Gardner Museum (12/13/2021)
- Giving Tuesday (11/30/2021)
Join the Generosity Movement! Start with Giving Tuesday.
Help a non-profit organization in the Greater Gardner MA region. Here’s a list.
Make Giving Tuesday Year Round Generosity!
Donation bins are set up at Gardner MA City Hall to collect toys and clothing for the needy. Gardner PD and Fire have a Toy Drive. Local Organizations throughout the region are listed here. Helpful Ideas for Companies, Nonprofits, and Individual Donors can be found at Charities.org. Area food pantries and organizations like the Gardner CAC need support year round. Thank you for caring.
- Emergency Housing (11/16/2021)
Gardner Emergency Housing Mission
As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving this year and give thanks for having housing and food, let us also recognize that some people and families need help.
The Gardner Emergency Housing Mission helps to provide short-term housing for families with children located in the Gardner MA schools system. A Summer 2021 newsletter stated ,”housing becomes a crucial crisis for many in our community and we are here to offer a bridge to resources that could help or overcome homelessness for families..” GEHM funds its efforts with grants, fundraisers, and private donations. To learn more, visit their website. CLICK HERE.
Happy Thanksgiving Greater Gardner MA
Thank you for our shelter and food.
Thank you for less bad and more Good.
Thank you for friends and family.
Thank you for health and prosperity.
- Gardner C.A.C. (11/7/2021)
Learn more at Gardner CAC website. CLICK HERE.
Gardner CAC Needs You
For decades, the Gardner Community Action Committee – Gardner CAC has served countless less fortunate individuals in the area. One of their drivers told us donations make a huge difference. You can donate securely with any debit or credit card. Here’s the link, CLICK HERE.
- Fundraiser at Salvadore (10/14/2021)
- Winchendon Fall Festival (9/30/2021)
Winchendon Fall Festival
The Winchendon Fall Festival is being held Saturday October 9, 2021 beginning at 10am. With live bands, great food from local restaurants and food trucks, and over 150 vendors, the event is sure to be a great time! Download vendor packet as provided by town. Fall Festival Facebook page.
- Ashburnham Historical (9/24/2021)
Ashburnham Historical Society presents:
The Ashburnham Historical Society will be presenting a free Historical presentation at 79 Main Street Ashburnham on October 16, 2021 at 6 pm. “People, Events and Strange Happenings of the Past” Also on October 29, 2021, a reservation only presentation of “Bizarre Paranormal Events” will be held at 79 Main Street at 6 pm. 40 seats are available at $10.00 each. Tickets are available Saturday mornings 9 am to noon at 79 Main St. or by mail to P.O. Box 692, Ashburnham, MA 01430, please include phone and email info.
- 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.
- P.A.C.C. to be commended (7/7/2021)
Excellent Vax Efforts
The Polish American Citizens Club of Gardner MA should be commended for its outstanding commitment to helping vaccinations against Covid 19. The club, area volunteers, and Gardner area medical professionals led a superior effort which no doubt saved countless lives. Thank you all for your tireless efforts.
- 24th Annual Hubbardston Library 5K Road Race/Walk (7/4/2021)
The 24th Annual Hubbardston Library 5K Road Race/Walk is scheduled for Saturday September 11, 2021 at 9:00am sharp. The race starts at Hubbardston Center School. Registration is $22 prior to August 2nd and $25 thereafter. The first 100 registrants receive a FREE long sleeve t-shirt. For more information and a link to the entry form, please click here.