Oct 042014
This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series A Swarm of Drumlins

Sulphur Shelf "Chicken of the Woods" Mushroom found in Shepley Hill Conservation AreaMary Metzger

Sulphur Shelf “Chicken of the Woods” Mushroom found in Shepley Hill Conservation Area

The Devens Regional Household Hazardous Products Collection Center is open to Groton residents Wednesday, October 1, and Saturday October 4, 9 a.m.- noon. Proof of residency is required, and there is a charge for disposal. For more information www.devenshhw.com

Get to Know Main Street As part of the Groton Public Library’s Lifelong Learning Series, former history and art museum director, Lili Ott, will lead tours of many of Groton’s landmarks, for five sessions beginning Thursday, October 2, 10:30 a.m.- noon, with a different theme each week. Sign-up at www.gpl.org

Groton Farmer’s Market Fridays 3 p.m.-dusk at the Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Rd. A variety of homegrown products plus these live musicians: October 3-Contra Banditos, October 10-Aisling Keating/ with Irish Music.

Nashoba Paddler, 398 West Main St., Groton, is offering Fall Foliage Paddle, Sunday, October 5,8:30-11 a.m. Reflections of autumn foliage enhance the special beauty of this river. We will paddle along its narrow, meandering channel into areas of lily ponds and woodlands and stop for a scenic picnic along the way.
Trip difficulty: Easy, flat-water, 3 miles round trip.
Cost: $32pp-canoe, $52pp-kayak. (Box lunch available for an additional cost or pack your own)  Registration is required.http://www.nashobapaddler.com/

Groton Country Club 94 Lover’s Lane. Octoberfest, Saturday, October 11. The Groton Country Club will host a fun tournament in which players will navigate the course backward! The shotgun begins at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $16 for members and $ 22.50 for nonmembers, carts, golf, beer tasting, and bratwurst included.

The Groton Pony Club will sponsor a 3-Phase Schooling Show, Sunday, October 12. Riders must register, but spectators are welcome at the Groton Fairgrounds on Jenkins Road between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. as riders and their horses demonstrate mastery of dressage, stadium jumping, and cross country jumping in competition. www.groton.ponyclub.org

Olin Lathrop, of the Groton Trails Committee and the Appalachian Mountain Club, will lead a guided walk through newly acquired conservation land featuring beaver ponds, eskers, streams, and fall foliage of the New England woods Sunday October 12, 1- 3 p.m. Meet in the Williams Barn parking area on Chicopee Row.  A hike is also scheduled for Saturday, October 18, 1 p.m. for spectacular fall foliage views from the Gibbet and Scarlet Hill trails. Meet in the parking lot of Gibbet Hill Grill, Rt. 40.

17th Annual Groton Town Forest Trail Race begins 12:30 p.m. Sunday October 19, at the Groton Senior Center, 163 West Main St. Some of the proceeds go to the Groton Trails Committee which maintains and maps 100 trails in Groton. Online registration at www.grotontftr.freeservers.com

Water Chestnuts in the Nashua River, Thursday, October 23, 7 p.m.  Learn about the Nashua River Watershed Association’s efforts to eradicate this aggressive aquatic invasive plant. 592 Main Street. For more information or to preregister, please contact Martha Morgan at (978) 448-0299, or email MarthaM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org

Clean-up Day at Hazel Grove Park Many hands make light work. Saturday October 25, 10 a.m.-noon, off Jenkins Rd.

Volunteer Opportunity: The Nashua River Rail Trail Committee welcomes additional members to promote maintenance and use of the trail, which goes through Ayer, Groton, Dunstable, and Pepperell. Interested persons may contact Marion Stoddart marion.ov40fun@verizon.net

Michael Veit has provided NRWA with a Resource List for anyone who wants to learn more about native bees, their biology, diversity, and conservation.  An August 11 link can be found at the Facebook Page Official Nashua River Watershed Association.

Individuals and organizations may comment on the FERC Application submitted by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company. Information at www.townofgroton.org  under Announcements.

In the Area

Saturday, October 4, 9 a.m.- Noon Fall Foliage Walk and Trail Work Patrol with the Ayer Greenway Committee:  Meet Takashi Tada and Steve Smith at the Pine Meadow Conservation Area Trailhead on Groton Harvard Road.  Bring tick protection, cameras, hand saws, loppers, hand clippers, and drinking water.  Families are welcome.  Contact Steve at 978-821-2916 for information.

Connecting Communities-Along Our Trails 2014 Friday, October 10, 7 p.m. guided twilight walk and campfire at Sholan Farms, Pleasant Street in Leominister.  Saturday, October 11, 3 p.m.  Food and Forage at Sholan Farms-guided orchard tour and wagon ride. Preregistration required at info@sholanfarms.com  978-840-3276.

Fruitlands Museum   102 Prospect Rd. Harvard MA      www.fruitlands.org Saturday, October 4, Archaeology Day, activities 11 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

Saturday, October 11 & amp; Sunday, October 12, Harvest Weekend  Family activities beginning at 10 a.m.

Thursday, October 23, Ecology Lecture: Dr. Richard Orson, 7 p.m. A look at the spread of Phragmites australis.

State of the Birds Report 2014 One hundred years after the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon, the nation’s top bird scientists from conservation groups and agencies have come together again to publish the fifth State of the Birds report. www.stateofthebirds.org

It Is Hunting Season — Wear Orange!

A reminder that hunting season is beginning. The Groton Police Department recommends the wearing of colorful clothes, like hunter’s orange, while in the woods. There is no hunting on Sundays in Massachusetts.  For more information on hunting in Groton:  http://grotonpd.org/Hunting.html

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