TOWNSEND -- The North Middlesex Regional High School Giving Tree project will host the lawn party at the Townsend Military Band's Thursday, July 31, concert on the Townsend Common.

The Giving Tree is a nonprofit 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 330 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, personal care and clothing items for two homeless shelters and food baskets for local families in need.

The Giving Tree group will be selling hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, sausages and chips, as well as root beer floats, soda and bottled water. Individually wrapped homemade baked goods will also be on sale.

Youngsters attending the lawn party may have their faces painted, make ornaments, visit the bounce house, play the lollipop bean bag toss and Pin the Nose on Olaf games.

The Giving Troop group will also have a book sale and an information table about their program.

The Townsend Military Band will open its concert at 7:30 p.m. by playing Glenn Miller's "American Patrol" and "Nimrod" by Elgar. "Adagio" from Spartacus and Morrissey's "Caribbean Fantasy" will be performed.


Former Hawthorne Brook Middle School band director Ken Arsenault will then lead the band in the performance of Erickson's "Air for Band" and "Toccata for Band," Rossini's "Overture to Italian Girl in Algiers" and Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" will be included in the first portion of the concert.

The concert concludes at 9:30 p.m. with the "Spar Spangled Banner."