Feb 182013

It’s vacation week in Groton! With the kids out of school for a week! What’s going on that they — and you — would like? Here’s a sampling of events taking place this week in and around Groton:

Drum Away The Blues At The Groton Public Library

What, When, and Where What Is It? Notes
Drum Away The Blues!
Feb 19, 10:30-11:30 a,m.
Groton Public Library

Bring the whole family to Drum Away the Blues with music educator and percussionist, Craig Harris. From preschoolers to senior citizens, all ages can participate in this fun program which involves using hand drums, percussion instruments, and vocal imagery, Harris gets the audience drumming! Stress relief is just a drum-beat away!
Made possible by a grant from the Groton Trust Funds Lecture Fund. Sign-up online. www.gpl.org
NRWA Winter Explorations
Tuesday, February 19 and Wednesday, February 20, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton.
We”ll build snow forts, look for signs of animals, try some outdoor science experiments, and have fun investigating nature”s surprises. Environmental Scientist Mary Marro will help children learn that there is a lot to see in the winter! Pre-registration is required. Sign up for one or two days. To pre-register, please contact Mary Marro, NRWA Environmental Education Director, at (978) 448-0299, or MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. The fee is $45/day for NRWA members or $55/day for non-members.
Send Your Kids to Mexico
Tuesday February 19th, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Actually, we’ll stay in Groton and learn all about the food and cultures of Mexico. We will decorate and bring home an Aztec inspired terra cotta bowl – perfect for using with our Mexican inspired meal! We will be making a take home chicken and cheese chimichanga family meal! These are baked and are incredibly delicious. (Don’t tell any of the kids, but they are also very healthy.) Time permitting, we will also be adventurous and try our hand at cinnamon and sugar Mexican churros – oh yummmmm…..
Located in Groton, perfect for ages mature 6 and up Kristen McEvoy has been teaching theme based children’s classes incorporating pottery, herbs, art, the environment and cooking since 1997 in Groton (978) 448-0357 kristen@mcevoypottery.com
Lunch with Animal Adventures for Seniors and Kids
Wednesday, February 20th at noon
Groton Senior Center
February”s Women”s Club Luncheon falls in the middle of school vacation week, and for many seniors this is an opportunity to spend time with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The Women”s Club will be treating us to sausage and spinach pasta casserole served with wedge salad, garlic bread, and lemon chiffon pie for dessert along with a special kid-friendly meal for those little guests.

Then, the afternoon”s entertainment will be a delight for both you and the kids! Animal Adventures, a traveling rescue zoo with an array of exotic animals. Children and seniors will learn about these animals and have the opportunity to touch some as well.

Sign-up by calling (978) 448-1170 or e-mail Bethany Loveless at bloveless@townofgroton.org .
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Treasures from the Commonwealth”s Attic Groton
The de Menil Gallery is at Groton School, 282 Farmers Row, Groton, and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends.
Groton School”s de Menil Gallery presents “The Commonwealth”s Attic: Curious Treasures from the Massachusetts Historical Society” through March 4, 2013. The understanding about what objects are truly museum-worthy has changed over time. Thus, objects once viewed as great treasures have been relegated to the basement and are now rarely displayed. The winter exhibition at the de Menil Gallery contains more than 50 of those treasures, from the Society”s collections. The items are as varied as birds shot by Theodore Roosevelt on vacation in the Adirondacks, tea supposedly from the shore of Dorchester Neck after the Boston Tea Party, an elmwood burl bowl removed from King Philip”s (Metacom”s) tent after he was slain in 1676, a cane made from a charred timber of the White House after it was burned by the British in the War of 1812, and bullets fired in the Boston Massacre. Free

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