Bayonet training at Fort Devens, 1965

May 17

Annual luncheon: The Groton Woman’s Club will hold its annual end of year luncheon at the Sheraton Inn at Devens Common at 11 a.m. The event will include the annual installation of officers. For information about the Groton Woman’s Club, please contact Marie Melican at

May 18

Garden plant sale: From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center on Route 111, rain or shine. Beautiful, healthy and unusual annuals, hardy perennials, wildflowers and groundcovers, shrubs and trees, Annabelle hydrangea, peonies of many colors, special irises, special day lilies of different colors, vegetables and herbs, and hanging baskets. Members will be there to give excellent advice. Bring your own wagon or boxes to help you carry your plants. Info:

Open mic (no mic): “Folk Alley,” an evening of songs, poems and stories, both well-known and original, performed by your friends and neighbors at the Shirley Meeting House, starts at 7 p.m. Enjoy fascinating tales from storytellers Mary Ellen Jones and Mark Jefferys; original songs from singer/songwriters Kevin Keady, Nancy and Mark Karuzis, Gregg Sullivan and Holly Haase; and personal favorites from Victoria Landry, David West, Glenn Doughty, Gary Bourassa, Marie Donatelli, Janice Yancy, Emilie Faucher and Andy Sullivan. Admission is $5 with all proceeds supporting preservation of the historic Shirley Meeting House, 41 Brown Road, Shirley.

May 19

Fill a DPW truck: Ayer DPW is joining hundreds of DPWs across New England to support local food banks. The Fill a Public Works Truck Food Drive will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ayer Transfer Station, 100 Groton Harvard Road. Collection boxes will be at Town Hall and Ayer Public Library from May 20-24. A list of most-needed items can be found at the Loaves & Fishes Pantry website.

May 22

Memorial Day: A ceremony will be held at the Pepperell Senior Center at 11:30 a.m., the Townsend VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the local VFW will be represented. Free and open to all.

May 27

Grange breakfast: Flip out the whole family this Memorial Day at the Groton Grange Pancake Breakfast, just steps away from Groton’s Memorial Day Parade route. Stop by the Historic Grange #7 Hall, at 80 Champney St. from 7:30-10:30 a.m. The breakfast is the annual fundraiser for the Groton Grange #7 Bradbury B. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund.

June 1

St. Mary’s block party: Bring the whole family to St. Mary’s of Ayer for the White Elephant, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., and block party, from 1-9 p.m., at 31 Shirley St., Ayer. Take your chances at $1,000 grand prize, 50/50, theme baskets, and more. Lots of great food including lobster, clams, fried dough and a variety of delicious baked goods. Musical entertainment provided by DJ. Contact the parish office or call 978-772-2414 for more info.

June 8

ShirleyFest: The annual spring community event with entertainment, food, games, and crafts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Historic Common in Shirley Center. Local non-profit groups have the food concessions. Local organizations run a dunk tank, bouncy castle, crazy-hat corner and other children’s activities. Three bands, three dance groups, one chorus, and one magician supply the entertainment. Plants, books, and crafts are displayed for sale. If interested in selling crafts, email for an application. Table fee is $25.

Boutwell House tour: A guided tours of the newly renovated and decorated 1851 Boutwell House, 172 Main St., Groton, begins at 11 a.m. The tour includes the “Dressing Room” which has just recently been opened to the public for the first time. This hour-long tour will be given by former student intern, Joshua Vollmar, who has completed much research on the Boutwell House and the Boutwell family, adding richly to what we had previously known. Check for information.

June 9

Benefit concert: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ayer will hold its fourth-annual Benefit Concert and Gala Reception in St. John’s Chapel at Groton School. Scheduled for 3 p.m. St. Andrew’s welcomes back soprano Mary Sullivan, mezzo-soprano Joelle Morris, and pianist Scott Nicholas of the Amethyst Chamber Ensemble. They will be joined by Heinrich Christensen, organist and choirmaster of King’s Chapel in Boston, and New York violinist Sarah Geller. Proceeds from this concert benefit Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Devens; Esperanza Academy; and The Society of St. Margaret. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors/students. Children under 10 are free. Tickets are available on April 15.

June Ramble:Join us for a walk down Main Street as we go into the First Parish/Groton Meetinghouse and Union Congregational Church and stop outside at the former Baptist Church and former Roman Catholic Sacred Heart Church. An informative handout will be provided and directions to three other churches in Groton for independent visits. Please park on the street while being respectful of private property and meet at First Parish Unitarian Church by 2 p.m.

June 15

Vietnam living history: Uniformed reenactors will be present representing various U.S. Army roles at Fort Devens Museum, 94 Jackson Road, at the adjacent YMC field. Vehicles on display will include two Jeeps and a deuce and a half. A food truck will be on site. The museum will be open. At 11 a.m. Vietnam veterans will speak on a panel. At 1 p.m., Groton resident Allen King will speak about his experiences as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Suggested donation is $5 per person, $10 per family. Veterans free.

June 26

Trip to Red Sox game: The Friends of Groton Elders invites you to join a trip to Fenway Park to see the Red Sox take on the White Sox. Seats are reserved grandstand on third base side. This trip is open to the community for only $109 per person and includes transportation and game tickets. Depart Groton at 10:30 a.m. and return 6 p.m. Please call the Groton Council on Aging to reserve a spot or for more information, 978-448-1170.

July 21

Trip to Tanglewood: Join the Groton Council on Aging and Friends of Groton Elders for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. The concert will feature the Symphony with conductor Andris Nelson and Jean-Yves Thibaudet on piano performing Gershwin Piano Concerto in F, Gershwin Variations on “I Got Rhythm,” for piano and orchestra and Stravinsky Petrushka. The trip Includes: Transportation, ticket, dinner at Michaels of Stockbridge and driver’s gratuity. Tickets are $98 per person. Please call the Groton Council on Aging for information, 978-448-1170.

July 27

Golf Tournament: The sixth annual Nashoba Valley Technical High School Alumni Golf Tournament at 1 p.m. at Townsend Ridge Golf Course, 40 Scales Lane, Townsend. Registration is $150 per golfer ($125 before April 1). All proceeds benefit the Nashoba Tech athletics program. The tournament will be a shotgun scramble. The cost includes 18 holes, golf cart, dinner, and contests for longest drive, closest to the pin, hole-in-one and best-dressed golfer. To register, visit For information, email NT Athletic Director James Creed at Sponsors are also being sought.