Dec 012014
This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series A Swarm of Drumlins

Snow covered equipment heralds the snow season at Williams ' BarnMary Metzger

Snow covered equipment heralds the snow season at Williams’ Barn

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

Nashua River Watershed Association’s Holiday Online Auction 2014 ends on December 5. To sign up for Email Updates, or for more information, contact Pam Gilfillan, 978-448-0299, or visit

Hazel Grove Agricultural Association is offering tack and riding gear at a Tack Sale and Indoor Yard Sale, Saturday, December 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Groton Grange, 80 Champney Street. If interested in a table, please contact Table rentals benefit the Groton Fairgrounds.

The Groton Woman’s Club Greens Sale, will be held Saturday, December 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (snow date: Sunday, Dec. 7) at the Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Row. Holiday greens, cookies, ornaments, and raffle tickets for a handmade quilt will be on sale. Proceeds go toward scholarships for students at Groton-Dunstable High School, Nashoba Valley Technical High School and the Francis W. Parker Charter School. Cash and checks are accepted. For information call Nancy at 978-448-3181 or Tracey at 978-448-2245.

Groton Trails Committee will lead a guided hike at the Gamlin Crystal Spring Conservation Area, Sunday, December 7, at 1PM sharp. This 2 hour walk, suitable for families with children, features dense woods, rocky outcrops, beaver ponds, huge boulders, and an old “lost” quarry. Take Lowell Rd. (RT. 40) to Old Dunstable Rd. Meet at the trail head parking lot on the left, just past the sign for the Gamlin Conservation Area.

Birders of all skills can join the 115-year old Christmas Bird Count, happening in the Groton/Oxbow area on Sunday, December 14. Contact Julie Lisk at 978/272-1151 or email at The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. provides long-term data on the status of birds. For information on other counting circle sites visit

Olin Lathrop, of The Groton Trails Committee and Appalachian Mountain Club will lead a Guided Walk Along the Nashua River, Sunday, December 14, 1:00- 3 p.m. beginning in the Farmers & Mechanics Conservation Area. Meet at the Groton Fairgrounds parking area at the end of Jenkins Rd.

The Groton Country Club is open for play until the snow falls. Book tee times online at or call the Pro Shop at 978-448-2564.

In the Area

Connecting Communities Along Our Trails — In Sterling, MA, Sunday, December 7, 1 p.m.
A Winter Walk at Waushacum Overlook followed by holiday music, hot chocolate and cookies at the Rittenhouse School of Music & Art part of the historic Butterick estate. Meet at the main trail head off Tara Lane. FREE. Please RSVP by contacting Brian Cline at 978-422-2901 (phone), 978-422-2907 (fax), or

Fruitlands Museum 102 Prospect Rd. Harvard MA Family Drop-in Workshop: Homespun Winter Crafts Saturday, December 13, 10 a.m. FREE with admission. No registration required.
Winter Walk: A Guided Trail Walk, Saturday, December 27, 1 p.m. Member Admission: FREE
Non-Member Admission: $5

Outdoors This Week: Activities and Destinations West of Boston A weekly listing of regional outdoor activities can be found at:

Moonlight Walk for Adults at Mass Audubon’s Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton. Saturday, December 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m. $6 members, $8 nonmembers Preregister at 978-464-2712 or

Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Winter Solstice Night Hike Sunday, December 21, 6:00 — 7:30 p.m. RSVP required by 3 p.m. on Fri, December 19 to reception desk at Visitor Center 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury MA 978-562-3527 x111 or email Kizette at

Teachers and their students are invited to participate in the Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Program. This conservation education program is designed to stimulate awareness and personal involvement in waterfowl & wetland conservation for students in grades K-12 through a student art project. Art will be reviewed in four categories: grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12 with prizes offered to the top 25 entrants in each age category. The overall state winner will represent Massachusetts at the national competition. Contact Pam Landry, MassWildlife Education Coordinator at or at (508) 389-6310.

The Appalachian Mountain Club supports full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Established in 1964, this program authorizes Congress to allocate $900 million annually to create parks and open spaces, protect wilderness, wetlands, and refuges, preserve wildlife habitat, and enhance recreational opportunities for everyone. Funding for LWCF comes from a portion of the federal proceeds received from oil and gas leasing on the Outer continental shelf. The outdoor recreation economy in the United States generates $646 billion. For more information

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