Bid on a host of local goods and services at First Parish Church of Groton auction

A fabulous night at the theatre, an original work of art or those long-awaited music lessons are just a few of the local goods and services on the block at First Parish Church of Groton's Goods and Services Auction, Saturday, Nov. 2, at First Parish Church, Unitarian Universalist, 1 Powderhouse Road, Groton. Silent auction bidding begins at 6:30 p.m. Live auction bidding begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Enjoy an evening of wine, hors d'oeuvres, laughter and goodwill and discover a rich array of local goods and services -- all while supporting First Parish's good works in Groton and beyond. First Parish Church of Groton is a Unitarian Universalist welcoming community of adults, youth, and children seeking to deepen spiritually, to take care of one another, and to be a blessing to the world.

To donate goods and services to auction, please contact Donna Nowak at, or June Adams Johnson at For event information and updates, visit

Edmund C. Tarbell works on exhibit; workshops tomorrow

GROTON -- The Groton Public Library is pleased to announce the exhibit of a small, private collection of paintings by West Groton-born artist Edmund C.


Tarbell, founder of the Boston School and a painter of presidents and other notables.

The exhibit is on view in the Owen Smith Shuman Gallery of the Groton Public Library through Nov. 9.

Just for Kids ages 8-14!

Mary Minifie will teach two workshops on painting in the Boston School style on Saturday, Oct. 5. The first session is from 10-11:45 a.m., the second session is from 12:45-2:30 p.m. Advanced registration is required. Go to Events Calendar at or call the library at 978-448-1167.

The Tarbell Charitable Trust was established by Daniel W.B. Tarbell, late of New Castle, New Hampshire, to preserve and make available to the public his personal collection of paintings, drawings and preparatory sketches by his grandfather, the artist Edmund C. Tarbell. In view of the long association of the Tarbell family with the town of Groton, and the fact that E.C. Tarbell was born there, Dan Tarbell requested that the collection be housed in Groton. With that in mind the Trustees and the Tarbell Art Committee have crafted a plan for displaying the works owned by the Trust in various locations throughout Town, including the Library, the Town Hall, and RiverCourt Residences.

Of the eight paintings on display, there are two floral still lifes, one landscape and five very fine portraits including a self-portrait and a group portrait of Edmund's daughter-in-law Margery with two of his grandchildren, Edmund and Daniel (founder of the Trust). Also included in the trust are six drawings and preparatory sketches.

This exhibit is the inaugural event of the emerging collaboration between the town of Groton and the Tarbell Charitable Trust.

This exhibit is made possible by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust. All works are on loan from the Tarbell Charitable Trust. The workshops are jointly funded by the Groton Trust Funds Lecture Fund and the Groton Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Halloween costume sale Oct. 5

The Groton-Dunstable middle school is having a Halloween Costume Sale to raise funds for this year's play, Suessical. The sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Peter Twomey Youth Center. All proceeds will go to the middle school play. No costume is priced over $10, so it's a great bargain!

Harvest Fair Oct. 5

GROTON -- Celebrate fall and celebrate a wonderful tradition, the 40th annual Harvest Fair, on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Union Congregational Church in Groton.

Local artisans will feature their offerings inside at the Craft Fair. Visit "Attic Treasures" to discover gently used china, linen, jewelry and other fine items. 

Bargains await at the yard sale, book sale and children's clothing.

Be sure to bring the kids: The Children's Fair will feature games, crafts and a Moon Bounce.

The Silent Auction will have a variety of goods and services waiting for your bid.

Have a green thumb? Check out the plant table.

Don't miss the homemade pies and baked goods to bring home and a homemade gourmet lunch and treats to enjoy at the fair.

The Harvest Fair encompasses two buildings on Main Street and a portion of Willowdale Road at 218 Main St. (Route 119, across from Filho's Cucina). Rain or Shine! No early birds, please.

For information, call 978-448-2091 or visit

See you at the fair!

An Evening of Storytelling for grown-ups

...Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. at First Parish Church of Groton Unitarian Universalist located at 1 Powderhouse Road, Groton.

Patterned after the radio show "The Moth" and set in a coffeehouse atmosphere with refreshments, the storytellers will tell engaging true stories without a script. You will hear stories that make you laugh, cry or both. Some may contain mature subject matter not suitable for children.

The suggested donation is $10. All proceeds will go to First Parish Church.

Guided trail hike, Oct. 13

Guided Trail Hike: 1 p.m. sharp. Join us on a guided hike on Shepley Hills, led jointly by the Groton Trails Committee and the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). This conservation area, owned by the Groton Conservation Trust, is a great place to experience New England woods in fall splendor, featuring hardwood and pine forests, a soapstone quarry, eskers, hills to climb, and a pretty stream. Our walk on Shepley Hills is about three miles and two hours long and is suitable for families. Dogs must be well behaved and kept under owner's control. Wear comfortable hiking shoes. The hike will be held unless it is very stormy. We will meet to start our hike where Nod Road/Sand Hill Road crosses the Rail Trail in Groton (Coord. 42.6324N, 71.5758W). No pre-registration required. For information, contact: Olin Lathrop,, 978-742-9014.

Women's Club Luncheon at the Senior Center, Oct. 16

The Groton Senior Center hosts the Groton Women's Club Luncheon Wednesday, Oct. 16, at noon with a Neil Diamond Tribute.

Just in time to enjoy Baseball's Post Season play, we can pretend we are in Fenway park as we belt out Sweet Caroline. Our October entertainment will be Neil Diamond tribute artist, Bill Reidy.

Before enjoying, "Solitary Man, A Tribute to Neil Diamond," we will be served Italian casserole, summer squash casserole, and dinner rolls with pumpkin upside down dessert. Seating is limited please call for you reservation by Friday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m., 978-448-1170.

Public Harvest Supper, Oct. 19

Keep Saturday, Oct. 19, open for the Harvest Supper at Christian Union Church in West Groton. The menu will be a complete turkey dinner with all the fixings and apple crisp for dessert, served family-style, continuous-serving from 5-7 p.m. No reservations needed and take-outs are available. The church is located at 37 West Main St. (Route 225) in West Groton, diagonally across from the fire station. More information may be obtained by calling 978 448-5480.

Annual pie sale, Oct. 19, 26

On Saturday, Oct. 19 and Oct. 26, the Ladies Aid of the Christian Union Church will hold its annual pie sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You may purchase freshly baked apple pies, frozen apple pies (baked and unbaked) and in addition to other kinds. Pies will also be sold at the Harvest Supper on Oct. 19, from 5-7 p.m.

Dinner theater, "Mission: Possible," Nov. 16

Keep Saturday, Nov. 16, open as The Christian Union Players will return with its dinner theater, " Mission: Possible."

This year's play is a sequel to last year's play, "Murder, Mayhem and Marshmallow Salad" -- no murder this time, but there's plenty of mayhem -- and marshmallow salad, of course! Features the same cast of quirky characters as they attend the annual budget meeting of the church. Nobody can agree where the money should go or even what the church's (or any organization's) mission truly is. Suddenly super-slick PR consultant Stuart Ship crashes the meeting! He delivers a fiery pep talk to pump up the bickering bunch.

Also included are hilarious TV-inspired bits: an "extreme church makeover" and a TV talk show host plugging a multitude of self-help books.

And there's a cooking infomercial where the marshmallow gets tweaked and some audience participation. If you attended last year, you won't want to miss this one.

Tickets are $25 each and includes a full-course dinner while enjoying the performance. Seating is limited, however, so reserve your seat early. Tickets may me purchased with check made payable to Christian Union Church and mailed to P.O. Box 223, West Groton, MA 01472.

Information can be obtained by calling 978 448-5480. All proceeds will benefit the new furnace fund.