Aug 302014
This entry is part 5 of 11 in the series A Swarm of Drumlins
A bee gathering pollen on goldenrod, one of the most ecologically valuable native plants — it supports hundreds of pollinatorsMary J. Metzger

A bee gathering pollen on goldenrod, one of the most ecologically valuable native plants — it supports hundreds of pollinators

The Groton Firefighters Association annual Labor Day Muster and BBQ, Monday, September 1, begins with an 11 a.m. parade, with food available at noon, and muster activities at 12:30 p.m. at the H & V field, 250 Townsend Rd. West Groton. Boy Scout Troop 1 will hold a yard sale 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. in conjunction with the event. Donation Drop Off: Sunday, Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. at H & V field. If you need a pickup at your home, contact Natalie Marsh at 978-448-6481 or

The Devens Regional Household Hazardous Products Collection Center is open to Groton residents Wednesday, September 3, and Saturday September 6, 9 a.m.- Noon. Proof of residency is required, and there is a charge for disposal. For more information

Groton Farmers Market Fridays 3 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Rd. A variety of homegrown products plus these live musicians: September 5-Shea & Finn McGillivray, September 12-Kenny Selcer, September 19- Howie Newman, September 26-Back to the Garden

Nashoba Paddler, 398 West Main St., Groton, is offering Full Moon Canoeing, Saturday, September 6, 7:30-10:30 p.m. and Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge Paddle, Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Registration is required.

The Nashua River Watershed Association will sponsor a Hawk Watch and Hike, Saturday, September 13, time and place TBD. Birder, Mark Archambault will lead a 3 hour hike up a mountain to observe thousands of hawks riding the thermals of the Wapack Range during their southward migration. FREE, but limited to the first 20 people who register. (978) 448-0299, or email

What’s in Your Back Yard? Identifying Invasive and Native Plants Susan (Yeager) Black and Mary Metzger will lead a short talk and hands-on walk to learn how to control the common invasive plants in Groton and encourage native vegetation. Saturday, September 13, 1 p.m. Groton Public Library.

The Groton Trails Committee and the Appalachian Mountain Club will sponsor a Guided Hike, led by Olin Lathrop on the Rocky Hill section of the Wharton Plantation. Sunday, September 14, 1:00-3:00 p.m. From Rt. 40 (Lowell Rd.), take Old Dunstable Rd. north for 0.9 miles. Bear left onto Rocky Hill Rd (a gravel road). Proceed 0.3 miles to where Rocky Hill Rd. turns into Martins Pond Rd. Park at the sign for Wharton Plantation trails.

Hazel Grove Agricultural Association is hosting its annual cross country derby at the Groton Equestrian Fairgrounds on Jenkins Rd, Sunday, September 14, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. For more information see Hazel Grove Groton on Facebook or contact Jean Armstrong — or 978-448-2827 with any questions or to reserve a time. The group will also sponsor a New England Horse & Trail Ride and versatility challenge Sunday, September 28, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. to benefit the Hazel Grove Park. For more information

GrotonFest 2014 is scheduled for Saturday September 20, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Rain Date 9-21) Legion Common, Hollis Street. More than 150 business, nonprofit and artisan booths and all kinds of amazing food, plus continuous entertainment. Free. Handicapped accessible.

Arts Nashoba presents Saturday Morning Animal Drawing for ages 8-11, for 8 sessions, beginning September 20, 10 a.m.- Noon, with instructor Marjorie Vaudreuil. For more information or to register online:

In the Area

Nighthawk Migration Survey, Saturday, September 6, 5:30 p.m. Join the Friends of the Oxbow NWR at Still River Depot Road in Harvard, MA for an evening observing the fascinating migration of the Common Nighthawk through the Nashua River valley. In the past years, when the weather and insects cooperated, flocks of as many as 100 birds were seen overhead. Rain date will be scheduled for the next day Sunday. For more information contact Rona Balco, President of Friends of Oxbow NWR, 978-779-2259 or Ada at

As part of its In Thoreau’s Footsteps 2014 program, Freedom’s Way has planned a Walden to Wachusett Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 14 & 15. In conjunction with the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance and Hollis Historical Society a Hollis Open Barns Lecture and Tour, is set for Saturday, September 27, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) will sponsor a workshop on “Sustainability for Massachusetts dairies: Grazing, raw milk, and organic certification”, Friday, September 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Sidehill Farm, 59 Forget Rd., Hawley MA. Click on Events.

Middlesex Conservation District Fall Bulb and Perennial Sale will be held Friday September 19, 3-6 p.m. and Saturday September 20, 8 a.m.-noon at the 4H Fairgrounds, 51 South Chelmsford Rd in Westford.

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