Calling All Crafters for 33rd Annual Spring Craft Fair

Amateur and professional craftspeople are invited to display and sell their original works at Townsend's 33rd Annual Spring Craft Fair, Saturday, May 17. Registration is $25 for a 12-by-12-foot site. Fifty-five craftspeople can be accommodated in a friendly and busy outdoor area on Townsend Common, located at the junction of routes 13 and 119 in Townsend Center.

The Craft Fair is sponsored by Townsend United Methodist Church and is a long-time favorite Springtime event for crafters and fair-goers. The fair offers crafts from all across New England, a full food-court, baked goods, music, plants, silent auction, plenty of free parking, and restroom facilities.

Registration forms are on the church website,, or by calling the church office at 978-597-2486.

The Friends of the Library are now accepting donations for the Spring Book Sale

Book sale dates and times: Friday, May 9, 4-7 p.m.; Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Friends Spring Plant and Flower Sale will be held Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Please leave your book donations at the library during regular open hours. Thank you!

Join the Friends

Please consider becoming an active member of the Townsend Public Library Friends, a group that dates back to 1967, by attending one of our monthly meetings.


We alternate Friday morning and Wednesday evening meetings. Next meeting dates are April 25 at 11 a.m. (Friday) and May 28 at 7 p.m. (Wednesday).


Religious Theater, "Dateline: Jerusalem" April 11

"Dateline: Jerusalem, the Eve of the Passover, 33 AD" is a unique Way of the Cross. It will be presented on Friday, April 11, 7 p.m. at St. John's Church in Townsend. Admission is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

A special listening experience, "Dateline: Jerusalem" is intended to bring you back to the actual day of Jesus' crucifixion. Six players take part in the performance, a form of medieval, religious, dramatic reading performed in the sanctuary of the church.

The members of the cast are Charles Kelly, William Rideout, Auguste Fortin, Lindsay Morand, Kerry Thrasher and Louise Fortin. The play is narrated by the Rev. Jeremy St. Martin.

The church is located on Route 13/Brookline Street and parking is available next to the church or in the parking lot behind Townsend Common. Please call Auguste Fortin for information at 978-597-8873.

Project Prom Saturday, April 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students from North Middlesex Regional High School have organized a FREE Prom Boutique with dresses, shoes and other prom-related accessories available to the public at no cost. All of the items will be lightly used or purchased at second-hand stores.

Project Graduation fundraiser April 12

PROJECT GRADUATION presents local band ANOTHER ROUND, featuring lead singer Rob Cutts at the Pepperell VFW on Saturday, April 12. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by contacting Jackie at 978-433-3098 or

Annual International Supper April 12

An International Supper will be held in Townsend, Saturday, April 12. Hosted annually by the Friends of the Townsend Seniors, it promises to be a buffet of delicious dishes, many with an international flavor. This event is always fun, a "don't miss" evening!

The supper offers continuous servings from 6-8 p.m. and it will be held at the Townsend VFW function hall, 491 Main St., Route 119. Tickets are $8 and will be available at the door, or by calling Bob Tumber at 978- 597-8843 or the Senior Center at 978-597-1710.

Fly-tying program at Townsend Rod & Gun Club April 14

Townsend Rod & Gun Club is hosting Charles Shadan, of the Evening Sun Fly Shop, on Monday, April 14, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Shadan will conduct a fly-tying seminar and a video of the Squannacook and Nissitissit rivers will be presented. The video is an above and a below water perspective of both rivers and their trout habitat. Shadan has also created informative maps of both rivers.

This is a free event and open to the public. Townsend Rod & Gun Club is at 46 Emery Road, Townsend, off Route 13 (about 1.5 miles south of Townsend center, watch for signs).

Come early as this promises to be a tremendously informative night for area anglers.

For information please contact Jon Sweatman, at 978-597-2440.

Candidates Night April 16 (Note date change from April 14)

The Townsend Times will sponsor a Candidates Night on Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall's Great Hall. The event will be moderated by deputy town moderator John Barrett.

All candidates for election on April 28 and Townsend voters are invited to attend.

The event will be taped for airing on Townsend's local access channel.

Townsend's Annual Easter Sunrise Service April 20

Townsend's annual Easter Sunrise Service is Sunday, April 20, at 5:45 a.m. at The Cooperage at the corner of Route 119 and South Street. This meaningful service overlooking the Harbor Pond is hosted by Townsend United Methodist Church and everyone is welcome. All are invited to stay afterward for coffee and homemade cinnamon buns.

The traditional Easter 11 a.m. worship service will be held at the church, 265 Main St., Townsend Center (the Church on the Hill, corner of Routes 13 and 119). For information, please call the Rev. Westfall at 978-433-2185 or visit the church website at

Animal Adventures at Earth Day on the Townsend Common April 26

Earth Day will be held Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain date: Sunday, April 27, noon-4 p.m. on the Town Common.

Music, crafts, animals, environmental organizations, food and fun! This year's theme, "Jump and Slither" with frogs, snakes and turtles.

Animal Adventures will be presenting its interactive animal talk from 1-2 p.m.

The textile competition, between all of the school district towns (Ashby, Pepperell and Townsend), will be held in the rear parking lot. We are expecting 45 vendors, 15 nonprofit groups and we have an amazing line up of talent, both on the bandstand and on the green!

Vendors are still wanted: $25 per 12-foot-by-12-foot spot. No fee for nonprofit groups. Check should be made out to Town of Townsend and mailed to Karen Clement, 101 Main St., Townsend, MA 01469 by March 22. You bring your own tables, chairs and easy-up.

Visit for more. There is no smoking on the Townsend Common. Porta-Potty available on site. Parking for vendors at the three churches surrounding the common.

Confirm to Join us on Facebook at Townsend Earth Day.

Earth Day hike in Ashby April 27

An Earth Day Family Hike, sponsored by Ashby Land Trust, will be held Sunday, April 27. Meet at the parking lot at the end of Luke Road, Ashby, at 1:30 p.m. Bring water and a snack for this two-hour hike. No pets please. For information, please email:

Fire station tour and talk April 27

A Fire Station Tour and Informational Session will be held on Sunday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come tour our fire stations and headquarters and learn more about the Townsend Fire Station Building Committee plan to consolidate four of its current buildings into one, modern station to better serve the residents of the Town of Townsend.

Dinner to celebrate TEO's 30th year of service to Townsend

May 10, at 6 p.m., at Townsend Ridge Country Club, 40 Scales Lane, Townsend, Greensview Ballroom.

$30 per person, tickets may be purchased from a TEO member at your church or McNabb Pharmacy.

The dinner will include a dedication of our facility on Bayberry Hill Road and a memorial celebration of co-founder Jim Clish.

Nonperishable food items are always welcome.

Tickets will be available until May 2, or until sold out.


Ashby Spring Festival May 17

Bring your favorite lawn chair to the Ashby Common on Main Street on Saturday, May 17, and spend the day with our crafters and vendors. We'll have a great variety of food and wares for you to shop and sample.

We have a kid's corner with games and prizes along with a bouncy slide. There are even crafters selling items just for kids. There is a bake sale table and food provided during the day by our own Ashby Fire Department and the Square and Compass organization.

At the gazebo, the magic show starts at 10:30 a.m. with Ed, the Wizard; at 11:30 a.m., there'll be a FitCamp 360 Demo with Lisa Stamm; music starts at noon courtesy of Driftwood Creek; and at 2 p.m., there will by a Zumba Demo by Julie Quirk

The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date: May 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and is sponsored by Ashby Elementary School. Inquiries: Susan 978-386-7572.

Plant sale May 17

Annual plant sale by Pepperell Garden Club -- 8 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, May 17, at (NEW location) the Pepperell Senior Center, Route 111, on Nashua Road. Beautiful healthy unusual annuals, member's hardy perennials, wildflowers and groundcovers, shrubs and trees, vegetables and herbs, and hanging baskets. Plenty of parking at the Senior Center location. This plant sale is always a sell out. Rain or shine. For more info: Lisa 433-3672

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