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Calendar… August 20, 2014

Preschool Story Times –  Join our Youth Services Librarian, Christine Morrison, for a fun story time with a craft after the readings.All Prechool Story TImes are on Fridays at 10:30am.     Some special events: August 22 – Focused on learning more about horses, we will even be making a hobby horse that you can take home to ride! August 29 – Continuing in our “farm-to-family” theme for the month, we will be doing a story-time all about sheep. Come make a wonderful little sheep craft you will love to play with and display around your home.

Sharon Luttrell, author of Weekends with Daisy – Thursday, August 28, 7pm. The Randall Library is proud to have journalist and author Sharon Luttrell appear to speak about her wonderful book Weekends with Daisy. In this heartfelt and charming book Ms Luttrell writes about her experiences  fostering and training a sweet puppy named Dais,y in conjunction with a prison inmate by the name of Keith, in order to prepare the dog for future work as part of the National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS) program.  Come meet Sharon and learn more about the fantastic work being done by NEADS volunteers and how the NEADS program is changing people’s lives across America.

Wings & Wheels: Cruise-In/Fly-In to Minute Man Air Field
Head to Minute Man Air Field (302 Boxboro Rd.) every Thursday night this summer 5pm – 8pm, through August 28. There are featured cars each week, but all cars are welcome. This event features great food including wood-fired pizzas, burgers, and dogs from Nancy’s Air Field Cafe. Plenty of show parking and separate public parking. Suggested donation of $5 to benefit local and international service projects. For more information, visit or

Public Invited: Lake Boon Water Carnival
The Annual Water Carnival Weekend, sponsored by the Lake Boon Association, will be held from Friday evening, August 22 to Sunday afternoon, August 24. Activities are held at the Town Beach/Pine Bluffs Recreation Area off Sudbury Road in Stow. All events are open and free of charge to Stow and Hudson residents. The Association wants to show appreciation for the many friends who support the organization’s environmental, educational, and civic programs all year.

The Lake Boon Association is hosting its annual “Lake Boon Artisans Fair” on Sat., August  23, 10am-3:30pm, at the beautiful Pine Bluffs Recreation Area, as part of the fun-filled 2014 Water Carnival weekend. See announcement on page 5 for more details.  Call or email Kris (978-430-4109, [email protected] ) or Lynne (978-212-5269, [email protected] ).

Farm to Table Pot Luck
August 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Applefield Farm. Visit a local farm, farmers market or your own garden in the morning, then bring something amazing to share on Saturday night!  This gathering is being sponsored by the Stow Conservation Trust to celebrate and support the farms that keep Stow a special place.

Please register by emailing [email protected].  Space is limited. To help guarantee a variety of food, we are asking people to bring dishes according to their last names.  Of course if you find something at the farm that you want to use in a dish and it doesn’t fit the list, feel free to bring what you wish. A-D Appetizer; E – H Salad; I – L Side Dish; M –  S  Main Course;  T – Z    Dessert. Applefield Farm is located at 722 Great Road (Route 117).  More info at

The 13th annual Stow Bike for the Woods is taking place Sunday, August 24. This is a family-friendly road-bike ride in support of the Stow Conservation Trust. Registration starts at 8:30am, ride at 9am. The ride starts in front of the Randall Librar,  at the junction of Routes 117 and 62. You can register for the ride and get more information at  We will have food and drink including fresh peaches, cider donuts, and our famous mid-ride lemonade stand.

Choose from a variety of ride lengths including 5, 14, 28, 35, 48 and a 65-mile metric century. All ages and abilities are welcome. The routes are well marked and cue sheets are provided. The routes take you by some of the conservation property in the area. See up close why Stow and surrounding towns are considered biking central by those in the know. The Stow Conservation Trust aims to preserve open space for future generations. All proceeds from the ride go to the Trust.

Sing Bach with Sounds of Stow Chorus
The Sounds of Stow Chorus and Orchestra welcomes singers to join us in performing our fall concert. Rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in the hall of the First Parish Church, 353 Great Road. First rehearsal is Monday, August 25.

The fall concert will be held Sunday afternoon, November 23, in Stow. Artistic Director and Conductor Barbara Jones will lead us in preparing selections from Bach’s joyful “Christmas Oratorio” cantatas. It has been said that while Handel’s “Messiah” is generally accepted as the Christmas soundtrack in America, it is Bach’s Oratorio “that rings through concert halls throughout Europe” during the holiday season (Brian McCreath). Its wonderful choruses, arias, and chorales will be performed with full orchestral accompaniment and four accomplished vocal soloists.

Participation in the 4-part SATB chorus is open to all – no auditions required – and offers the opportunity to learn exciting and challenging music in a friendly, fun, and supportive atmosphere. The first three rehearsals – on August 25, September 1 and 8 – are open, where interested singers are welcome to come and see what we are all about. Contact Ms. Jones (978-562-2620) or Martha Pfeiffer (978-562-0302) with questions, visit for more information, or simply attend rehearsals for the opportunity to learn about this inspiring music and participate in the concert.
Sounds of Stow is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as administered by the Stow, Acton-Boxborough, Bolton and Hudson Cultural Councils.

The Stow Garden Club begins the 2014-2015 year with an Open House dinner meeting on Wednesday, September 3 @ 6:30 at the Union Church in Stow.  Guests are most welcome (no fee for dinner) and members are looking forward to greeting anyone interested in gardening and/or meeting with a unique group of people.  We welcome new input and will use this opportunity to tell you about our civic beautification program to the community as well as how members have enjoyed celebrating the beauty of gardening. Most of our calendar is complete for the coming year with a mix of presenters, tours, hands-on flower arrangement and our two big events: the Green Sale in December and the Plant Sale next spring. For more information, please contact MariePatrice Masse, 978-579-0897.

Visit Stow’s 1825 one room schoolhouse and learn about its history and schooling in the 19th century.
Sunday, September 7, will be the School’s Back to School program, and Sunday, October 5, Storyteller Todd Goodwin’s will offer his Stories of New England.

All events begin at 3pm and are run jointly by the Stow Historical Commission and the Stow Historical Society. The Stow West School is located on Harvard Road at the intersection with Hiley Brook Road. Convenient parking is across the road. These programs are sponsored in part by a grant from the Stow Cultural Council which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Publishing Networking Group Meeting
On Saturday, September 13, 10:30am, at the Randall Library, guest speaker Linda Spencer will talk about her recently published book, Writing Well in the 21st Century: The Five Essentials. The book provides students, career-builders, and anyone who writes with the basic elements needed for writing in the 21st century. It fully explains and links the five essentials of good writing: punctuation, grammar, fact-checking, style, and voice. Linda Spencer is a freelance writer and editor of textbooks in social studies and language arts. She has taught editing classes in continuing education programs for over 15 years at various schools including Middlesex Community College. This is her third book.

The meeting is open to EFA members and non-members, freelancers, and anyone interested in publishing. For more information, send email to [email protected] or call Eileen Kramer at 978-897-4121.

Stow Women’s Club Meeting
The Stow Women’s Club is having its annual meeting on Saturday, September 13 at the Nashoba Valley Winery, all are meeting at 10:45 am to tour the winery, enjoy a picnic lunch and discuss upcoming events for the year. The SWC is a volunteer-based social organization. The club plans monthly events from September through June. Events in the past have included potluck dinners, floral arranging, a book club, comedy club outing and many more.  The group also holds an annual fundraiser, with funds then being donated to charitable organizations in our own community.  Please come see what we are doing in the coming year.  Bring a friend, get involved and meet some great ladies!  For questions call Erica O’Neill at [email protected] or 978-790-1444.

SYBA (Stow Youth Basketball Association) is now accepting registrations for the 2014-15 season for both the Bomber’s Basketball program (Gr. 1-2) and the Stow Recreation Basketball program (Gr. 3-8). Go to to register. Deadline is September 30.

Crafters Wanted for St. Isidore’s Parish Annual Fall Festival
St. Isidore Parish is now accepting applications from crafters wishing to participate in the 3rd Annual Fall Festival, to be held in the church hall at 429 Great Rd. on Saturday, October 4, from 9am to 3pm. Booths measure 8’w x 8′ deep for $30, and 6’w x 8′ deep for $20. Tables and chairs are provided at no charge. Space is limited, so sign up soon to reserve your space by September 27. Email Laureen at [email protected], or visit our website to download the forms and for more information

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Henry Beston Society Presentation AT THE Maynard Library
On Thursday, August 28, 7pm, the Friends of the Maynard Library will host a presentation by writer and filmmaker Don Wilding entitled Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How “The Outermost House” Inspired a National Seashore. The talk will feature slides and documentary film footage. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.