Jun 302014
This entry is part 3 of 11 in the series A Swarm of Drumlins

Pond and Wood NettlesMary J. Metzger

Pond and Wood Nettles

The Devens Regional Household Hazardous Products Collection Center is open to Groton residents Wednesday, July 2, and Saturday July 5, 9 a.m.- Noon. Proof of residency is required, and there is a charge for disposal. For more information www.devenshhw.com

Groton Conservation Trust monthly walk Wednesday, July 2, 6 p.m. at the Bates/Blackman conservation land on Old Ayer Road. One mile hike through fields, pines, and climb to summit of Indian Hill with views of Mount Wachusett and Monadnock. Parking available.

FREE Outdoor Music, Saturdays 6:00- 8 p.m. at the town gazebo behind the library, sponsored by the Main Street Café and the Groton Parks Commission (weather permitting).

  • July 5JD West: Acoustic rock duo performing modern and classic rock.
  • July 12 — Original trio Trusting Fate. Imaginative rock, folk, bluegrass, roots & blues.
  • July 19 — Original Patty Keough & Some Guys from Space (Kenny Selcer, Michael Miller, Phil Punch)
  • July 26 — The Spy Tones: Original music in the style of the classic 60s surf bands.


Groton Farmer’s Market Fridays 3 p.m.-7 p.m. starting July 11 at the Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Rd.

A variety of homegrown products plus these live musicians: July 11-Kenny Selcer, July 18 Howie Newman, July 25 Back to the Garden.

Nashua River Watershed Association offers these Day Camps.Wild World of Water Week for Ages 6-8 (July 8 thru July 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)   All Things Animal for Ages 9-11 (July 14 thru July 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Let’s Build It! for Ages 6-9 (July 28 thru July 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) www.nashuariverwatershed.org

Nashoba Paddler, 398 West Main St., Groton, is offering Full Moon Canoeing, Saturday, July 12, 7:30-10:30 p.m. and Family Paddling with Turtles, Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.  Registration is required. http://www.nashobapaddler.com/

Groton  Historical Society’s Talk and Summer Ramble, Tuesday, July 15, 7 p.m. Archaeologist Marty Dudek will speak on Smoke-Out on Smoke Hill and More: Early Industry in Groton at the Boutwell House, 172 Main Street. After his talk, participants are invited to carpool to the Job Shattuck House for a tour of its early architectural details from its owner, and to enjoy Tom Callahan’s traditional and delicious homemade ice cream. Maps for individual rambling will be provided.

Fishing and Birding at pond next door to Groton Senior Center Thursdays, 9-3 pm courtesy of Groton Fire Department. Check in at Senior Center. Fishing license required but free to those 70+. For help with obtaining license online check with Stacy at the center.

The Squannacook River Runners offers member group runs Saturdays, 9 a.m. at Groton Town Forest, and Sundays, 8 a.m. from Groton Town Hall.  www.facebook.com/groups/sqrrgroton/

Groton Trails Committee has an extensive map of many of the trails in Groton that are on public land. www.grotontrails.org/Interactive_Maps.html

In the Area

Fruitlands Summer Concert Series .Thursday evenings on the hillside. Gates open at 5:30 for picnics, concerts begin at 7:15. This is an outdoor venue so bring a blanket or chairs. Handicapped seating is available under the tent. Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the concerts. July 3, American Salute, July 10, From Broadway to Hollywood and the Annual Picnic Contest — Bring the most elaborate picnic and win a prize!

  • July 3, American Salute
  • July 10, From Broadway to Hollywood -Annual Picnic Contest (Bring the most elaborate picnic and win a prize!)
  • July 17, Flying High: The anniversary of the moon landing
  • July 24, Summer Retrospective
  • July 31 The Love Dogs Come and dance to the energetic mix of jazz and jive.

Saturday, July 5, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. The Trustees of Reservations is sponsoring Life on a Saltwater Farm:
Paine House Tours for 17th Century at Greenwood Farm in Ipswich. “Situated on the edge of the Great Marsh, the 1694 Paine House at Greenwood Farm is the site of 250 years of family farming. Local residents set up fish drying stages, pastured cattle communally, and harvested salt marsh hay. A tour through the Paine House will illuminate the unique features of this First Period structure, including an in situ dairy. Trails through the pastureland and the salt marsh are open to all daily, sunrise to sunset.” Information: 978-356-4351  EXT 4049

Full Moon Walk, Saturday, July 12, 7-9 p.m. Join naturalist Cherrie Corey for a sunset/full-moon rise walk through the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord. Meet at the information kiosk. Take Rte. 62 to Monsen Rd.  Follow Monsen Rd. and turn left into refuge driveway when road turns sharply right.  Follow refuge road to the parking lot at the end. $5 donation requested. http://sense-of-place-concord.blogspot.com/

Ayer Greenway Committee Summer Woods Walk and Rock Scramble,  Saturday, July 19, 9 a.m.-noon. Steve Smith will share geologic observations along the Habitat Trail to Porcupine Hill. Meet at the Groton Harvard Road Trailhead (near the Transfer Station). Families welcome, sturdy shoes recommended. 978-821-2916 for information.

Help MassWildlife Count Turkey Families! Sportsmen and — women, birders, landowners, and other wildlife enthusiasts are encouraged to assist the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) count turkey flocks only containing hens and their young poults (broods) this summer. DFW conducts an annual wild turkey brood survey from June through August. A turkey brood survey form has been posted on the agency website. www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/fish-wildlife-plants/turkey-brood-survey.html

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