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Saturday, April 13, 2013


Spring has arrived and the urge to get out of your house has probably awoken, yet you may find yourself stuck in the same boring weekly routine. Shake things up a bit with some fun—and more importantly, cheap—activities and day-trip destinations located throughout Central Massachusetts.


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Art Museum Fun


From May 3 through May 5, the Fitchburg Art Museum is hosting their annual Art in Bloom exhibit, showcasing beautiful floral arrangements and flower design. The show is free with admission to the museum, which costs $9 for adults and is free for children under the age of 12. Even after the Art in Bloom show, explore the museum’s galleries, which currently include a photography exhibit and paintings from the Hudson River School. Visit http://www.fitchburgartmuseum.org for more information about the museum and go to http://www.fitchburgartmuseum.org/Upcoming-Events.php for more information about the Art in Bloom event.

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Disc Golf Course


Perhaps golf is a favorite pastime of yours, and perhaps not; either way, Disc Golf is definitely an activity to try! Maple Hill Disc Golf Course is the championship disc golf course that hosts the Vibram Open every year, and it’s a great place to test out your skills. The course offers loaner disks for beginners and boasts four different courses for players of different skill levels. It costs $10 per person to play all day, and kids 12 and under are free with an adult. Visit their website at http://www.maplehilldiscgolf.org/index.html for more information.

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Wine Tasting and Tours


Every Saturday and Sunday of the year, the Nashoba Valley Winery holds tours through their wine-making facility from 11am-4pm. The tour includes six small complementary wine samples. The tour costs $10 per person 21 years and older, and everyone under the age of 21 is free. The winery also holds tastings everyday from 10am-4:30pm for $5. For more information, visit http://www.nashobawinery.com/tastings-tours/.

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Apple Blossom Festival


Bring the whole family for this annual spring festival on May 4, which includes live music, food, crafters, a bake sale, fun children’s activities, a petting zoo, hayrides, and a butterfly release scheduled for 2:30pm. The festival lasts from 10am-4pm. Admission is free, but bring a little cash to buy some local produce and baked goods! Visit their website at http://sholanfarms.com/ for more information.

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Clock Workshop and Museum

North Grafton

Take a step back in time—literally—at this rural clock workshop that dates back to 1766. Explore the museum yourself and enjoy over 80 Willard clocks along with Willard family heirlooms in the original workshop. Admission is $7 per person. On the first Sunday of every month, make sure to visit for some tea and a short tour, which is free with museum admission. For more information, visit http://www.willardhouse.org/.

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Learn Tai Chi


Celebrate World Tai Chi and Qi Gong Day on Saturday, April 27 in Worcester’s Elm Park. An instructor will be there from 10am-noon to teach beginners and veterans alike. Best of all, the event is completely free! Visit http://www.centralmass.org/calendar-events?id=155323 for more information.

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Outdoor Antique Show


With over 5,000 vendors in 21 different show venue fields, the Brimfield Antique Show is considered to be the country’s largest outdoor antique show. This year, the spring show will be held from Tuesday May 14 – Sunday May19. Some fields are free to enter, while others charge a fee of $5 to $7. Try to arrive early, though, because the May show attracts the largest crowds. There is another show in July, and another in early September, too. For more information, visit http://www.brimfield.com/html/brimfieldfaqvisitors.htm.

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Search for Treasure

Throughout Massachusetts and across the world, there are thousands of caches hidden—some full of “treasures,” others filled by log books or scrolls—waiting for you to find! All that is required is a GPS or a Smartphone with a geocaching app to give you a cache’s coordinates. No matter where you live, there are probably a few caches nearby, waiting to be discovered. It’s a fun way to spend an hour or two with friends, exploring different regions or even your own town. You can even hide a cache yourself and register it for others to find! The recommended Smartphone app from Groundspeak Inc costs $9.99, and after that, geocaching is free. Visit http://www.geocaching.com/ for more information about the geocaching community.

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Geology Tour


There will be an Intro to Geology lecture and guided exploration at Purgatory Chasm on Saturday, April 27 from 1pm-3pm. Learn about rock formations and discuss theories on how Purgatory Chasm was created, then hike this celebrated natural landmark. The tour costs $8 for adults and $6 for children, although it is recommended that children be over the age of 8. To register for this event or to find out more, visit http://www.massaudubon.org/catalog/listing.php?program_code=238-BM13SP1.

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Puppet & Marionette Show


Take the kids to a classic puppet show at the Drawbridge Puppet Theater in Lunenburg. In April, Hansel and Gretel is playing, and May features showings of Jack and the Beanstalk. The curtain rises every Saturday and Sunday at 10am and 12 noon, and tickets cost $6. The theater recommends making reservations in advance, as the theater can only seat 48 people. For more information, visit their website at http://www.drawbridgepuppets.com/.


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