Events

2017 Pocket Guide to Fall Festival

Ongoing


MUSICAL DANCING FOUNTAINS

What:     Music on 91.7 FM. Bring your portable radio or listen from your car
Where:   Dean Park Pond, Main Street
When:    Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
Starts hourly: noon, 1pm, 4pm, 9pm.
Colored lights at dusk and later.

 


Thursday, September 7 and 14


CRUZZIN’ DREAMS CAR SHOWS

What:     Get out the poodle skirt and put on your buckskin shoes.
Come on down to see the shiny cars from all eras. Remember the cars
with the fins? How about the cars with the prisms on the dashboard so
you could see the traffic lights? Or the cars with running boards?
Come take a look at the polished cars. Observe the engines,
interiors, and the flamin’ exteriors.  Hear the rockin’ music, chomp
on some goodies, and view the polished beauties that transported us to times past.
You’ll see them all here!
Where:        The Hebert Candy Mansion, 575 Hartford Turnpike (Route 20)
When:          5-8 pm
Cost:            FREE (Donations gladly accepted to run cruise nights.)


Saturday, September 9


CELEBRATE LAKE QUINSIGAMOND DAY

What:    “Celebrate Lake Quinsigamond Day” with a Boat Parade, Music & Festival
Where:  Regatta Point Community Sailing/Quinsigamond State Park, Worcester (across from UMass Memorial)
When:
Wooden Boat Show:                     9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Boat Parade:                                 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Music & Festival:                          Noon – 6:00 pm
Boat Parade Theme:  The parade will feature boats decorated in this year’s theme, MUSIC, along with wooden boats from the Bay State Woodies boat show. Enter the parade to win prizes.
Register:             For free at https://lakequinsigboatparade.eventbrite.com/
Organizers:         Lake Quinsigamond Watershed Association, Regatta Point Community Sailing & Baystate Woodies
Gold Sponsors:  Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union, USAMarine, Shoreside Docks, SkiChair

“CELEBRATE SHREWSBURY” DINNER

What:  Every year a Grand Marshal is chosen to “kick off” the parade for the Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival.  The community will gather together at a dinner to honor the 2017 Grand  Marshal, Laurie I. Hogan.  Award presentations will be made.  The host for the evening will be Capt. Sean Lawlor of the Shrewsbury Fire Department.
Where:    Italian American Victory Club, 26 Dewey Road, Shrewsbury
When:     Cocktails at 5:30 pm; Dinner and Music at 6:30 pm
Cost:        $20.00 per person for buffet dinner; Cash bar
Tickets:
   Contact for ticket availability:

  • Maria Smith, Maria Smith Realty, 415 Boston Turnpike, Suite 308 B, (508) 845-9974
  • OR the Town Hall (Angela Snell, Parks & Rec. Dept.)
  • OR the Shrewsbury Senior Center (Sharon Yager)

Organizer:           Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival

 


Monday, September 18 – Friday, October 20


SCARECROWS ON THE COMMON DISPLAY

What:        For the 13th year, the Shrewsbury Garden Club is sponsoring its annual event.  Individuals, groups, businesses and clubs are encouraged to display their scarecrows for all to enjoy.  There will be no judging, but all registered entries will receive special recognition.
Where:      Shrewsbury Common

 


Thursday, September 21


LET YOUR SPIRIT SERVE

Let Your Spirit Serve Invitation Flyer

What:    Please join us for a community fundraiser to support Veterans Inc. and their new evidence-based Clinical Stabilization Service program in Shrewsbury, serving male and female veterans with outpatient and inpatient substance abuse recovery services and  addiction treatment.   Veterans in MA represent a disproportionate share of the substance abuse population – please help support their recovery. 
Where:
      Ski Ward, 1000 Main Street
When:        7-10 pm
Cost:          $50 per person; $75 couple; Tickets required in advance and sponsorships available
Hosts:        State Representative Hannah Kane, Selectman Beth Casavant, School Committee Member Jason Palitsch, SYFS Board Member Melissa Pride-Fahs, Housing Authority Commissioner Gayle Vigeant, U.S. Air Force Veteran Melissa Byrne, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Art Dobson; Veteran Members of the Shrewsbury Patrolman’s Union; Veteran Members of the Shrewsbury Firefighters Association
Entertainment:   DJ Fire Chief Jim Vuona, cash bar, refreshments by Struck Catering.

For more information, contact Beth Casavant at bethcasavant@gmail.com  or Hannah Kane at rephannahkane@gmail.com

 


Friday, September 22


BIG JOE THE STORY TELLER

What:    Called “One of the best in the business” by the Boston Globe, Big Joe has been delighting children and families in New England and across the country since 1998 with his exciting brand of storytelling!
A one-time school teacher, Big Joe shares a collection of original stories and tales from around the world, as well as various props, puppets and other surprises. He offers a show that is unlike anything you have seen before.  Big Joe has thrilled audiences at schools, libraries, parties, and big events such as First Night, the Life is Good Festival, and at Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox.  Big Joe tales will bring fun and laughter to this Friday evening event.
Ages:              Children preschool age or older
Where:          Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main Street
Large meeting room, which is accessed through the library’s main entrance
When:           7 pm
Cost:             FREE
Organizer:     Friends of the Shrewsbury Public Library
NOTE:           The large meeting room is the only part of the library that will be open during the program.

 


Saturday, September 23  


AROUND TOWN

ALL FOR KIDS: PANCAKE BREAKFAST AND FISHING DERBY

What:             Come to the pancake breakfast and then stay for the fishing derby. Children 15 and under to be accompanied by an adult.
Where:           Shrewsbury Sportsman’s Club, 304 Boylston St., Rt.140 North
When:
Pancake Breakfast: 7-8 am
Fishing Derby:  8-10 am
Organizer:      Shrewsbury Sportsman’s Club
Contact:       Questions?  Call Chris at 1-508-326-2847

FREE VISION and HEARING SCREENING plus more

 What:     For Shrewsbury adults, caregivers and potential caregivers
~ FREE Vision screening (will include:  vision check, eye pressures and will take a retinal picture)
~ FREE Hearing screening (will include audiogram)
~ AND MORE:  blood pressure check, pulse, weight, height, BMI oxygen  levels,  blood sugars (if you are fasting)
~  STILL MORE:  Vendors, refreshments, tours, 2018 pet calendars for sale
Where:         “Visionmobile” at the Shrewsbury Senior Center (appointment needed – Call the Senior Center at 508-841-8640) AND inside the Shrewsbury Senior Center
When:            9 am – Noon
Noon – 1:30 pm:  Educational seminar on “Senior Driving” with
emphasis on the major causes for cessation of a license
Organizers:   Dr. Harvey Clermont and the Shrewsbury Lions Club

21st ANNUAL 5K ROAD RACE AND FUN WALK

What:             21st Annual 5K Road Race & Fun Walk
Where:           Dean Park, Main Street
When:            Registration 9:15 am
Race Start:   10:00 am
Pre-Registration:     http://www.lightboxreg.com/spirit-of-shrewsbury-5k_2017
Pre-Registration closes:   5 pm on Friday, September 22, 2017
Questions:                Chris Rutigliano, Race Director SOSRoadRace@Outlook.com
Entrance Fees:        All Participants: Online registration $20.00; Day of $25.00
PRIZES sponsored by All-Access Fitness Academy, 904 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA
Male and Female, in each of 3 categories:
under 18 years
18-49 years and
50 + years
Each winner and runner-up will receive a 30 day VIP pass to All Access Fitness Academy.  This all-inclusive 30 day membership includes a one hour consult with a trainer and unlimited access to their group classes.
Organizer:     Knights of Columbus #4181
First 150 entrants will receive a free T-Shirt

SHREWSBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Erik Larson in front of Historical Society

“An Historic Walking Tour of the Shrewsbury Town Common”
What:   Experience Shrewsbury’s past with a unique personally guided walking tour of the Town Common with the President of the Shrewsbury Historical Society, Mr. Erik Larson. Listen to stories about significant landmarks, historic structures and the courageous townspeople who shaped Shrewsbury into the town we call home.
When:  10 AM – 11 AM, weather permitting.
In case of rain, a personally  guided tour of the Shrewsbury Historical Society Museum and a Power-point Presentation
Where: 1830 Brick Schoolhouse on the Town Common (next to the First Congregational Church)
Note:     Participation is limited to the first 30 attendees
Cost:      FREE
Additional information at www.shrewsburyhistory.org

 

FESTIVAL EVENTS AT OAK MIDDLE SCHOOL

IN FRONT OF OAK MIDDLE SCHOOL

CRAFT FAIR

What:       Crafters and artisans sell their unique items.  Find that special something for that special someone!
Where:     On the driveway beside the large Town Expo tent
When:      10 am – 4 pm

TOWN EXPO

What:       With over 100 exhibitors and thousands of visitors, the Town Expo is a celebration of Shrewsbury’s town, civic, educational, religious organizations and its business community.
Where:      Under and around the big tent
When:      10 am – 4 pm

It’s contagious!
Catch the Spirit!
The Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival

NEW!

Crewneck Sweatshirts
¼ Zip with pockets Sweatshirts
Limited supply of all items on sale
Look for the Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival table

 

DEMONSTRATION & PRESCHOOL OBSTACLE COURSE – Interactive
GYMNASTICS LEARNING CENTER

What:      Your preschooler can play on the obstacle course.  Watch the amazing competitive boy and girl gymnasts tumble and flip!
Where:     On the lawn adjacent to Oak Street
When:      10 am – 4 pm

 

 

 

 

 

DEMONSTRATION – Interactive
SHREWSBURY HIGH SCHOOL ROBOTICS TEAM

What:     FIRST Team 467 will be operating several student-built robots. Students will explain how they designed and built the robots for competition. Visitors will have the chance to assist in operating a robot, including Frankenbot, a frisbee shooter robot created by students from pieces of several past year’s competition robots.  Stop by and learn about the FIRST program at Shrewsbury High, play Frisbee with Frankenbot, and help operate a robot!
Where:        Under the awning of the school
When:         10 am – 4 pm
 ***The Robotics Team is also inside the gym.  Play some games with your family and friends.

FACE PAINTING

What:         See your face transform into your favorite marvel character or animal
Where:         Front of Oak Middle School
When:        10 am – 4 pm
Cost:            $1 – $3
Organizer:     Shrewsbury High School’s National Art Honor Society members are the exclusive face painters of the festival

COFFEE AND BREAKFAST TREAT

What:          Get your early morning coffee and something to go with it
Where:          Front of Oak Middle School (OMS)
When:         10 am – Noon
Organizer:     Oak Middle School Student Voice
***All proceeds go to the many charities that Oak students support during the school year such as the St. Anne’s Food Pantry and OMS families in need.

LIVE FROM OAK MIDDLE SCHOOL

What:          Live interviews of vendors, dignitaries, groups and festival attendees
Where:        Front of Oak Middle School
When:        10 am – Noon
Organizer:     Shrewsbury Media Connection

 

THE SIDE OF OAK MIDDLE SCHOOL

BON APPETITE FOOD COURT

Relax & Eat under the shaded Food Court tent or sit in the warm sun…Either way, enjoy the entertainment!

 

FOOD TRUCKS AND FOOD VENDORS

What:    Indulge in tasty soft-serve ice cream, gourmet cheese
sandwiches, delicious  cotton candy, yummy pickles on a stick, appetizing hot dogs, luscious barbeque sandwiches, mouth-watering sausage sandwiches, delectable steak & cheese fajitas, scrumptious hummus wraps,  as well as other great eats.
When:  10 am – 4 pm

 

ON THE SOUNDWAVE STAGE ENTERTAINMENT

MAGIC SHOW by FRAN FLYNN, MAGICIAN

What:          For 40 years, Fran Flynn has been entertaining children and families.
Watch him perform his magic!  You’ll be intrigued!
Ages:        All ages to adults
When:      11:00 am – 11:30 am

     
PATRICE PERIS VOICE STUDIO

     
What:       Pop to Country music vocalists
When:       11:30 am – 4:00 pm
Organizer:   Patrice Peris Voice Studios is a voice and artist development company based    in Westborough, Ma.  Specializing in Contemporary styles of singing, the studio has arranged private auditions for The Voice and performed throughout Massachusetts, in such places as Faneuil Hall,  The Bolton Fair,  Marshfield Fair, and the Westborough Spring Festival, to name a few.  For more information on the studio and acts arranged for the festival you can visit, www.patriceperisvoicestudios.com

FACE PAINTING

What:         See your face transform into your favorite marvel character or animal
Cost:            $1 – $3
Organizer:     Shrewsbury High School’s National Art Honor Society members are the exclusive face painters of the festival

 

PHOTO BOOTH

Use a prop to strike a pose!

 

BALLOON ANIMALS & MAGIC TRICKS

Visit Fran Flynn, magician, who will create some wonderful balloon animals and show you a trick or two

 

THE REAR OF OAK MIDDLE SCHOOL – OUTSIDE NEAR THE GYM ENTRANCE

FUNTASTIC KIDS ZONE

ROLLOVER SIMULATOR

The Massachusetts State Police’s rollover simulator is used to show the effects of a vehicle rollover if the occupants are not properly restrained.​

 

 

SHREWSBURY FIRE DEPARTMENT
MOBILE FIRE SAFETY HOUSE

 What do you do in case of a fire?  Step inside the trailer and find out!

      

 

MOONWALKS

Do you like to jump, slide, bounce and laugh?  Come have fun on the moonwalks.  Try them out!

 

GAMES

Do you remember the game, “Hungry, Hungry, Hippo?”  Here’s a modified version for the older children and families.

 

 

BUBBLE SOCCER

For the teenagers and active adults…You can find the game on the field near the moonwalks

PETTING ZOO – Interactive

What:    Come to the petting zoo where you can interact with adorable baby goats, a sweet lamb, cute piglets, fluffy baby bunnies, soft chicks,  lovable ducklings, delightful adult ducks and charming adult chickens.  Be prepared to share a hug or do some holding of the farm animals!
Ages:      All ages to adults
When:     Noon to 4 pm

Bring your camera to take pictures with the costumed characters who will roam the festival area.

 

INSIDE OAK MIDDLE SCHOOL

GYM

FALL FAMILY CARNIVAL

What:        COME ONE, COME ALL!  Fun games and activities for your entire family!
Where:       Oak Middle School Gym (best to enter near the Moonwalks)
When:       10 am – 4 pm
Cost:          Tickets are $1.00, with 6 tickets sold for $5.00 and 12 tickets for $10.00
Organizer:  Shrewsbury High School’s FIRST Robotics Team 467, The Colonials
** *All proceeds will be used to build an outdoor interactive water feature to teach hands-on science and math principals that will reinforce the STEM education curriculum at the Parker Road Preschool.
 

CAFETERIA

COMMUNITY BINGO FOR ALL AGES

What:        Come play a few rounds of bingo with the Shrewsbury High School Speech and Debate Team
Where:        Oak Middle School Cafeteria (best to enter near the Moonwalks)
When:        Noon – 4pm
Cost:          No advance purchase necessary.  Bingo cards available at the door throughout the day
Note:           Great prizes all valued at over $50 dollars or more!
Organizer:   Shrewsbury High School Speech & Debate Team
***All proceeds will go to support the team’s travel expenses to national tournaments

AUDITORIUM

KIDS GOT TALENT

Come and join us in this SOS festival by showing your talent and winning the Great Prizes.

What: Talent Show competition for children to showcase their talent.  For example in singing, dancing, acting, martial arts, playing an instrument, standup comedy, magic, juggling, doing impressions, and others.  Solo Performances only, please.
Where: Oak Middle School auditorium, 45 Oak Street (near the front entrance of the school)
When: 10am – 5pm
Organizers: India Society of Worcester (ISW) and Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival Association

This Contest is open to ALL ages 17 and under.
Age groups include:
Little Stars (2-3 years)
Elementary (4-8 years)
Tweens (9-12 years)
Young teenagers (13-17 years)

First 20 entries get a chance to compete in each age group. The top three performers in each age group will be awarded a prize.

Note:

  • These are solo performances. Duos or group performances are not allowed. Only one entry per child. Multiple performances/entries are not allowed
  • Maximum performance time is 3 minutes. 20 points will be deducted for exceeding 3 minutes
  • Deadline for entries: September 16, 2017
  • Detailed schedule to be announced by September 22
  • For the latest updates, go to http://iswonline.org

 


Saturday, September 23 after the festival

LAKEWAY COMMONS
RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY & MEMORIAL UNVEILING

THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED UNTIL SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21ST.

What:      Please join Grossman Development Group to officially open Lakeway Commons with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, as well as a very special unveiling of a commissioned bronze memorial statue to honor the late Anthony  “Spag” Borgatti.
Where:   Lakeway Commons, Route 9 (West), Shrewsbury

 

 

Other details:

3:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Shuttle bus – As a large crowd is expected, shuttles will begin from Oak Middle School at 3:30 pm and continue running back and forth every 15 minutes until 8:00 pm

5:00 pm

  • Ceremony…The ribbon-cutting ceremony and statue unveiling will begin at 5:00 pm. Local officials, dignitaries & Howard Grossman of Grossman Development Group will speak.
  • “Passport”…Following the event, the public is encouraged to travel around to the shops and restaurants with their “passport” they will receive. Getting it stamped by each participating store will enter guests into a grand prize drawing! Participating stores in Lakeway Commons will also be offering giveaways and/or discounts that evening for shoppers.

6:00 pm

Wristbands…There will be a VIP tented-event commencing at 6:00 pm, with for-purchase wristbands (details to come to the public via Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce at a later date). All proceeds from wristband sales will go to the newly-created “Lakeway Commons Scholarship” to benefit Shrewsbury High School students who are continuing on to college or a trade school.

Organizer: Grossman Development Group, along with Co-Hosts Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce and Unibank

Contact: Melissa Pride-Fahs, Emerge Marketing, Inc. at Melissa@emergemarketingma.com or 508-958-5656

 


Sunday, September 24  


FELLOWSHIP TABLE WORSHIP & COMMUNITY BRUNCH
IN DEAN PARK

What:   Mount Olivet Lutheran Church is hosting an outdoor worship service followed by brunch in thanksgiving and prayer for our town. The event will include a simple, ecumenical-style Sunday morning service and a pot-luck style meal with all food provided by the church membership.  Come for the meal, to meet new neighbors or to share in the thanksgiving.  All are welcome!
Where:  Dean Park, under the North Pavilion, rain or shine
When:   Worship at 10:00 am, Brunch at 10:45
Contact:  office_mtolivet@townisp.com or 508-842-2731

PARADE VIEWING FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
OVER THE AGE OF 90

What:        Senior Citizens over the age of 90 will be treated to VIP seating
Where:        Under the tent in front of the Town Hall (chairs will be provided)
When:        12:30 pm
Organizer:   Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival

PARADE

What:         Bring your chair and join your friends.
Where:         Beal School to Oak Middle School, 45 Oak Street
When:          1 pm    RAIN OR SHINE

Organizer:   Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival

 

 

SENIOR TRIBUTE TEA

What:   The Senior Tribute Tea has taken on a new dimension…The Tribute Tea is an important part of the Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival. Its purpose is to celebrate and honor Shrewsbury’s vibrant and exceptional treasures of our community. This year’s Tribute Tea will be open to the elders of the town so that more residents can meet the people who have helped shape our town. Special attention and awards will be given to pillars of our community who are 90+ years young.

Refreshments…Entertainment by Joe Cariglia, singing your favorite songs… and more!
Where:                Shrewsbury Senior Center, 98 Maple Avenue
When:                 Immediately following the parade
RSVP:                  Council on Aging – Senior Center 508-841-8640 by Friday, September 15
Transportation:    Will be provided if needed