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.
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 office.mgr@NVCC-MA.org or call 978-772-2414 for more info.
Townsend Band: The Townsend Military Band will open its 2019 Thursday evening concert series on the common, and will play each Thursday night from 7:30-9-30 p.m. on the common. Townsend Scout groups will host the lawn party. Hosting future weeks are Townsend Congregational Church (June 13) and the Townsend Community Couples Club (June 20).
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 email@example.com for an application. Table fee is $25.
Food demo: Groton Grange #7 presents a food preservation workshop and demonstration at 8:30 a.m. at the Grange Hall, 80 Champney St., Topics include water bath and pressure canning, dehydrating, fermenting, vacuum packing, freezing and root cellaring, and jar and equipment handling. Registration: Clio Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org, Eric Fisher at email@example.com or call 508-517-9467. Donations welcome. Parking allowed only on the Grange side of street.
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. Check grotonhistory.org for information.
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:$25 for adults and $20 for seniors/students. Children under 10 are free.
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.