Friday, June 4, 2010

Fun Finder: June 5 & 6 2010

Here are some extra calendar listings that may not be in bsp's main calendar. Have a great weekend. (baystateparent will be at Whisker Walk in Lancaster on Sunday. See you there!)
Carrie Wattu, editor

Do you need new books for summer reading? How about a cupcake?
Friends of the Ashland Library Book & Cupcake Sale
June 5th 10:00 am to 2:00pm
Please join us for delicious cupcakes and browsing for books!
Books are $1 for hardcover and trade paperbacks. Mass-market paperbacks and children's books are 50 cents.

Do your kids love exploring old houses?
Thirty-six of the region’s finest historic properties are open free to the public on Saturday, June 5, to celebrate Historic New England’s centennial. As part of this celebration, the Coffin House, Swett-Ilsley House, Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, and Dole-Little House in Newbury and the Rocky Hill Meeting House are open, all from 11-5.

For one hundred years, Historic New England has served as the region's storyteller, opening its doors to share four centuries of New England home and family life. From the 1664 Jackson House, a classic example of early New England architecture and the oldest surviving house in New Hampshire and Maine, to the 1938 Gropius House, home to Walter Gropius, one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century, Historic New England has hundreds of years of history to share with visitors. From Wiscasset, Maine, to Jamestown, Rhode Island, to Stockbridge, Massachusetts, learn about the people who lived in stone-enders, urban mansions, rural estates, and working farms during free guided tours at Historic New England’s house museums.

About Historic New England

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. We bring history to life while preserving the past for everyone interested in exploring the authentic New England experience from the seventeenth century to today. Historic New England owns and operates thirty-six historic homes and landscapes spanning five states. The organization shares the region’s history through vast collections, publications, public programs, museum properties, archives, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England. For more information visit

Have you always wanted to check out Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston? Admission is FREE on Sunday!

Tower Hill Botanic Garden
25th Annual PLANT SALE

Saturday, June 5, 11:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.
FREE Admission, $1 parking fee
PlantSale2BOYLSTON, Mass.-Mark your calendars for one of the best plant sales in all of New England! A great selection of perennials, herbs & everlastings, shrubs & trees including Cary Award winners, native plants, houseplants, annuals, and vegetables will be for sale. Also for sale will be Tower Hill souvenir plants-divisions from beautiful garden plants growing right at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Knowledgeable volunteers and staff will be on hand to help shoppers with their selections.
In addition, two Silent Auctions feature a variety of choice, hard-to-find plants and garden ornaments. The Cactus & Succulent, Conifer, Daylily, Epimedium, Fern, Heather, Hosta, Indoor Gardener, Lilac, Miniature Plant, and Rose Societies will also offer their specialties, as well as valuable tips and how-to-grow information. Refreshments are available at Twigs Café. The Gift Shop, in its newly renovated location, also offers tools & supplies, garden gifts and a great selection of new and used gardening books. It is also a great time to visit Tower Hill's 132 acres of gardens and natural beauty, because admission is free! Become a member and instantly receive early 9 a.m. admission and a 10% discount on sale purchases from the main sale. A Preview Party and Sale with a Live Auction of Garden Services, will be held on Friday, June 4, at 5:30 p.m., tickets are $25 call 508-869-6111 ext 136 to order, or order online at the Garden's website.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden is located at 11 French Drive in Boylston, exit 24 off route I-290. For more information, call (508) 869-6111 or sign on to

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