TOWNSEND -- The North Middlesex Regional High School Giving Tree will host the lawn party at the Townsend Military Band's Thursday, July 5, concert on the Townsend Common.

The Giving Tree is a non-profit program run by high school students to assist families in Ashby, Pepperell, and Townsend by providing a joyful holiday season for their children. The Giving Tree program annually sponsors 300 boys and girls ranging in age from infancy through age 18. They are provided with toys and clothes for the holidays addressing both their needs and wants. In addition to holiday gifts, the organization collects funds for fuel assistance and food baskets for local families in need.

The Giving Tree group will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, and cotton candy to raise funds to support their program. The students will also be offering ice cream floats, soda, juice, and bottled water for sale. Individually wrapped homemade baked goods will be featured at the bake sale table.

Youngsters attending the lawn party may go in the bounce house and win prizes by playing games such as corn hole and ring toss.

The Giving Tree group will have a table set up on the Common with information about their program.

The Townsend Military Band will open its concert at 7:30 p.m. by playing the "NC-4 March" by Bigelow and Barker's arrangement of "Strike Up the Band.


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" The "West Side Story Selection" arranged by Duthoit, "Highlights from Jersey Boys" arranged by Brown, Meacham's "American Patrol," and "The Glory of the Yankee Navy" by Sousa will be performed. "Seventy-Six Trombones" arranged by Anderson and adapted by Bocook and "The Boys of the old Brigade" March by Chambers will be included in the first portion of the program.

Bidgood's "Sons of the Brave" and "Our America" arranged by Higgins will be played following intermission. The "Armed Forces Tribute" arranged by Bulla, "America the Beautiful" arranged by Dragon, and "The Stars and Stripes Forever March" by Sousa will be performed before the Townsend Military Band concludes its concert at 9:30 by playing the "Star Spangled Banner."