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Hitchcock Free Academy presents various programs throughout the year.  FMI online at

Mary Lane Hospital announces it's support and self-help groups for those facing major illness or stressful life changes.  FMI:

Tri-Parish Church of New Braintree, Hardwick, and Gilbertville is worshiping at The New Braintree Congregational Church. 3 Oakham Road in New Braintree.

Aug 2:  13th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic will be held at the Woods Memorial Library in Barre.  Bring a lunch, a blanket and your teddy bear for a picnic from 11:30 to 1PM.  The B.E.A.R.S (Barre Emergency and Rescue Squad) will host the teddy bear hospital. 

Aug 2 and 3:  Summer Fest 2014, 256 State Street in Granby, MA.   On Aug 2, from 5 -10 p.m. Eddie Forman and the Orchestra, Polish food, Games, 50/50 raffle.  Aug 3, chicken barbecue, adult and kids games.  For raffle tickets call Don at 413-467-7963 or the rectory at 413-467-9821.   Held at the pavillion grounds, rain or shine.

Aug 5:  West Springfield town carnival and art show from 6:30 to 8 PM at West Springfield Middle School with carnival games free of charge features art work from the children in the summer enrichment program. 

Aug 9:  The Oakham Historical Association will sponsor a volunteer re-enactment of the 16.5 mile walk from Oakham to Worcester along the same roades used by the Oakham militia. Thirty seven towns and more than 4,500 militiament marched to Worcester to close the British controlled courts.  Join in this 240th anniversary of the Worcester Revolution of 1774.  FMI:  508-882-5293.  Rain date is August 16.

Aug 10:  Melha Riders Hospital 8th run starts at Westwood.  Line up begins at 10 and motorcycles go out at noon.  The ride ends in Springfield with a bbq.  FMI:

Aug 10:  The public is invited to join members of the Monson Historical Society from 1PM-4PM for an Open House at the Jacob Thompson House, located on the corner of Main Street & Thompson Street in Monson, MA.  Refreshments will be served in our air-conditioned museum.  This event is free to the public, but donations are welcome.  Come down and visit us!

Aug 15 - 16:  252nd Hardwick Community Fair originated in 1762 is the oldest fair in the U.S.  The fair is held on the common. 

Aug 15 - 17:  97th annual Heath Fair held at the Heath Fair Grounds, 9 Hosmer Rd in Heath.  An old fashioned fair for more information

Aug 23:  Save the date and Park Yourself in the 50's at East Mountain Country Club.  Fabulous 50's entertainment with Lucy, Ricky and Friends to benefit Stanley Park in Westfield. Hors D'Oeuvres, dinner stations, dessert bar, silent auction, signature cocktail.  The rockin' and boppin' begins at 5:30.  50's theme dress is suggested.  FMI:  413-568-9312 x 100.

Aug 23:  Summer part and chicken barbecue fundraiser from 4 - 8 p.m.  $25 per person at the Knights of Columbus, 126 West Main Street in Ware.  Sponsored by the committee to elect Debra Boronski for State Senate.

Aug 25:  St. Francis Parish of Belchertown will hold its annual Tag Sale on the Belchertown Common and inside the Parish Social Center on Park Street, from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.  Seven large tents and 115 tables loaded with items.  Beverages and doughnuts will be on sale for the early shoppers.  Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and beverages will be available for lunch.  This event is rain or shine.

Sept 13:  The Barre Woman's Club will hold the Annual Flea Market on the Common (Barre, MA) from 9am-2pm with a rain date of September 14th 10am-3pm.  The Barre Woman's Club is a non-profit organization and the event supports a scholarship fund for young women attending college.  There will be a variety of vendors selling attic treasures, antiques, toys, clothing, crafts,and household items.

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