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Ten years of orchestral music celebrated
06-07-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

WINCHENDON – Winchendon Winds, an orchestra consisting almost entirely of wind instruments, was founded in 2015 by Jon Nicholson, EdD, an accomplished music educator, conductor and music program developer with more than six decades of experience.A...

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Black Diamond to hold 40th anniversary show in Winchendon
05-13-2024 10:45 AM

By Max Bowen

WINCHENDON – As they say, the show must go on.William Ladeau, drummer and promoter for the rock band Black Diamond, is hosting an eight-hour music festival this Saturday, May 18, at the Snowbound Club in Winchendon. Originally meant to be a 40th...


PHOTOS: Enchanted Orchard Renaissance Faire at Red Apple Farm
05-06-2024 2:49 PM


North Quabbin Notes, April 11
04-11-2024 11:21 AM

Knights of Columbus top free throw shootersATHOL – On April 6, Athol’s top free throw shooters returned from the Knights of Columbus State Free Throw Championship in Holliston with three trophies. All three boys won their age division at the council,...


Holiday music programs set for December
12-01-2023 12:06 PM

Area residents can enjoy free holiday music programs this month, performances sponsored by a trust established nearly 100 years ago.A public program of holiday music will be presented Saturday, Dec. 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the Federated Church of...


Otter River Pub owner plans to reopen after fire
11-13-2023 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

TEMPLETON — Following a devastating fire at the Otter River Pub & Red Onion Pool Hall, owner Matt Black has been hard at work to open the doors once again.In late September, a fire caused significant damage to the historical building’s second and...


Green River Festival sold to DSP Shows
10-13-2023 5:00 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

GREENFIELD — After 36 years of involvement with organizing the Green River Festival, Director Jim Olsen announced Thursday that he and Signature Sounds Presents will be passing the event onto new ownership.DSP Shows, which Olsen touted as a “leading...


North Quabbin Notes, Aug. 31
08-30-2023 5:01 PM

Orange Community Band’s final concert this FridayORANGE — The Community Band will hold its final summer concert on the Bandstand in Butterfield Park on Friday, Sept 1, at 7 p.m., as part of the PTO Back to School celebration. This is the same music...


Winchendon Music Festival brings classical, folk and bluegrass performances
08-13-2023 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

WINCHENDON – Area music lovers can satisfy themselves on a variety of genres this month at the Winchendon Music Festival.The series kicks off on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. with lutenists Hideki Yamaya and William Simms, who will perform 16th-century...


Royalston Music Fest returns this weekend
07-10-2023 3:27 PM

By Greg Vine

ROYALSTON – A nearly two-decade tradition continues this weekend when the Royalston Music Fest takes place Sunday afternoon.A total of seven acts will entertain at the event, which begins at noon at Bullock Park. Music Fest organizer Jim Bennett said...


Boogie at Orange Town Hall
06-30-2023 6:00 PM


SoulFest organizers set sights on Greenfield for 2024
06-27-2023 2:35 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — Organizers of SoulFest, the Christian music festival that had planned to come to Northfield this summer before shifting course amid pushback from residents, still have their sights set on Franklin County — this time, for 2024.SoulFest...


Fourth Friday returns to downtown Athol with “School’s Out for Summer”
06-23-2023 4:26 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – As this afternoon comes to a close, the community’s downtown will be abuzz with activity for the Fourth Friday Festival.The festival, which kicked off in late May, will hold its next event this evening from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be a number...


Orange Solstice Riverfest plans for annual event as forecast looks grim
06-21-2023 3:22 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ORANGE — Although thunderstorms are on the horizon, organizers of Saturday’s Orange Solstice Riverfest are hoping the weather will hold out so boats with unique, fantastical designs can take to the water.Now in its eighth year, the event features live...


Food Truck Festival returns with all kinds of food and live music
06-20-2023 4:18 PM

By Greg Vine

WINCHENDON – Now in its second year, the Parks & Recreation Department’s annual Food Truck Festival will feature more to eat and a lot of music to hear.Recreation Coordinator Tiffany Newton told the Athol Daily News that this Friday’s event will be...


Longtime favorites, local newcomers take the stage for 36th annual Green River Festival
06-20-2023 4:15 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

GREENFIELD — When it comes to enjoying music outdoors, the Green River Festival is tough to beat. The festival, one of the largest and most anticipated summer events that is now in its 36th year, will take place June 23 through June 25 at the Franklin...


Two Winchendon music series return for the summer
06-02-2023 9:04 PM

By GREG VINE

WINCHENDON – A pair of popular local music series, made possible in part with support from the Athol Cultural Council, are returning to Winchendon.First up is the kickoff performance of the Winchendon Music Festival on Saturday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at...


Winchendon Amphitheater opening around the corner
05-30-2023 5:18 PM

By GREG VINE

WINCHENDON – In less than two weeks, a new, $4 million entertainment venue will officially open. Several years in the making, the Robinson Broadhurst Foundation Performing Arts Amphitheater at Winchendon Community Park will kick off the summer with a...


Church bazaar returns with music, sales and food
05-26-2023 5:00 PM

By CAROLE GARIEPY

PHILLIPSTON—A longstanding tradition in the community will make its big return on June 10.From 10 a.m. until dusk, there will be a variety of things to do for people of all ages at the annual church bazaar which started 66 years ago.Taking place on...


Turnin’ the tables: Vinyl albums making a resurgence
04-16-2023 10:18 PM

By EMILY THURLOW and JULIAN MENDOZA

NORTHAMPTON — When digital downloads became widely available in the early 2000s and subsequently surpassed sales of physical music, the music industry and the public had all but signed the death certificate for local record stores, resigned to the...


Town officials: SoulFest music festival not coming to Northfield 
02-08-2023 5:12 PM

By DOMENIC POLI and BELLA LEVAVI

After months of controversy, the 2023 SoulFest Christian music festival will not be held in Northfield, town officials announced this week.The proposal had been heavily scrutinized by the Northfield Selectboard and the organization is now in...

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