Events of Interest


Now through October-31 
Moments in Nature - Nature Photography by Barbara Peskin 
 Nancy’s Airfield Cafe, Stow, MA
Ms. Peskin’s nature photography will be on exhibit at Nancy’s Cafe, a restaurant located in a small and active small plane airfield.  For directions to the reception  on Oct. 15, 3-4:30, please visit

Now through November 15, 2018 
Exhibit:  Nature photography by Barbara Peskin on display
Map room at Lincoln’s Bemis Hall, Lincoln, MA 
Lincoln’s Bemis Hall, Lincoln, MA (Bemis Hall info)

Friday, October 12 
Guided Tour of Wright Hill 
1-3 PM 
Meet at Wright Terrace.
Explore one of the newest Town conservation areas, located in West Acton between Central Street and Route 111.  Learn the history of the property, owned and farmed by the Mead family.  After the trail walk, a house tour with refreshments will be offered at the fieldstone craftsman bungalow built as a summer home by the Meads in 1911 led by Cathy Fochtman.  Recreation Dept. Program #FW74-01, 978-929-6640.  $23.00

Saturday, October 13 
Terror to the Wicked 
2  PM 
Acton Memorial Library
Author Tobey Pearl discusses her forthcoming nonfiction book that addresses how twelve 17th century colonial jurors. - against he backdrop of the Pequot War - unexpectedly convicted four fellow settlers for the murder of a local Native American.  Free.  Sponsored by Friends of Pine Hawk. 

Sunday,  October 14
Acton-Boxborough Farmers Market 
10-1 PM 
Pearl Street, West Acton 
Visit for more information.

Sunday, October 14
Breakfast at Fort Pond 
8-11 AM
8 Kaleva Road, Littleton (on the Acton line), off Central Street 
Choice of eggs/homefries or pancakes with sausage or bacon, plus Finnish sweet bread (nisu) beverages.  Second Sunday of each month through November.  Sponsor:  Finnish Knights and Ladies of Kaleva.

Sunday, October 14 
Beginning Birding and Nature Walk at Stoneymeade and Annursnac Conservation Lands, in Acton and Concord 
9:30-11:30 AM (Rain or Shine) 
Entrance to Stoneymeade Conservation Land is in-between 45 & 47 Stoneymeade Way off of Pope Road.   Carpooling encouraged. 
 Join the Acton Conservation Trust (ACT) for an Autumn Beginning Birding and Nature Walk.   Stoneymeade Conservation Land is a 45 acre parcel where you will find one of the two largest remaining open fields in Acton. 
 Local birder and President of the Boxborough Conservation Trust, Rita Grossman, will introduce us to one or more of the following:  late season swallows, American tree sparrows, Carolina Wrens, Cedar Waxwings, Dark-Eyed Juncos, and Eastern Bluebirds, and possibly warblers, finches, and raptors.    We will backtrack and follow the trail into the 118 acre woods beginning the Annursnac Conservation Land trail in Concord and pass through low woodlands and wetlands.  We will loop back to the beginning for refreshments! Please bring binoculars and come dressed for ticks and sprayed for mosquitos.   Please RSVP to ACT President, Susan Mitchell-Hardt at info@ or phone 978-369-9264.

Sunday, October 14 
Grassy Pond Conservation Land Nature Walk Led by Naturalist, Boot Boutwell 
1-4 PM 
Nagog Hill Road, 1.25 miles from Acton Center, Parking lot on left just past small meadow.
Slow paced nature walk through fields and forests to Grassy Pond looking for autumn wildflowers and fruits as well as winter weeds. We may also see some witches and skeletons preparing for Halloween.  The walk will focus on plant ID and fun natural history.  Heavy rain cancels.  Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.  AMC Members are free; Non-members $1.00 

Sunday, October 14 
Fall Birding at Ricci Farm  
4-6 PM 
Ricci Farm, Lincoln, - Park along Bedford Road close to 2A.  Look for the Ricci Farm sign. 
Registration required.  This walk can accommodate up to 12 participants.  Just a few spots remain. Email to RSVP. 
The walk will not take place if it is raining.  Call the LLCTs general line at 781-259-9251 after 1 PM the day of the walk for direction.  Dress for weather conditions and wear sturdy shoes.  .  Please bring binoculars if yo have them!  During the walk participants will be looking for American kestrels and  Northern  harriers, as well as flocks of sparrows.  Tree and ground crickets ma still be calling.  Norman Levey, Lincoln, resident, and local birding expert and naturalist will lead this walk.

  Sunday, October 14 
Cooking from the Garden Presented by Paul Split 
6 PM 
Audubon Recreation Center (previously the Senior enter), 50 Audubon Drive 
The presenter is Paul Split, a horticulturalist and chef specializing in “Cooking from the Garden”.  He will provide information on culinary herbs, companion 
planting tips, as well as preparing tasty samples of herbal butters and salad.  The theme is “Plan it, Plant it, Pick it, Prepare it!”  All attendees will receive two compostable pots sixth growing medium and organic seed packets.  Families are encouraged to attend.    Sponsored by the Acton Garden Club as part of the Shirley Towle Lecture series.  Ms. Towle was a past member who bequested the club with funds to be used for public education and benefits related to gardening.

Tuesday, October 16        
Transcendentalists, Abolitionists, John Brown and Beyond:  How New England Writers Made John Brown a Hero 
6 PM to 7 PM 
Thoreau Farm 
Join Richard Smith for an entertaining and educational lecture and discussion on the aftermath of Brown’s Raid.  Why did the New England literati adore Brown?  How did Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Louisa May Alcott create the mythology of Brown-the-Abolitionist martyr?     Richard Smith is a writer and public historian who specializes in the Transcendentalists and the Anti-slavery movement.  His books, “Quotations of Henry David Thoreau” and “A Short Biography of John Muir,” will be available to purchase.  Seating is limited.  Please RSVP to  This event is free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Thoreau Farm and the  Thoreau Society.

Tuesday, October16 
Nashoba:  Land between the Waters
7 PM 
Acton Memorial Library
New England historian and archaeologist Electa Tritsch will show and discuss her made for community access TV video, Nashoba, which explores the land of the Nashoba Indians. The video was funded in part by grants from the Littleton and Concord Cultural Councils. Sponsored by Friends of Pine Hawk.

Wednesday, October 17 
Book Discussion:  An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the Untied States. 
7 PM 
Acton Memorial Library
The title, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, launches a full bore attack on what she perceives as the glaring gaps in US history about the continent’s native peoples.  The conventional national narrative, she writes, is a myth that’s “wrong or deficient, not in its facts, dates, or details but rather in its essence.”  Copies of the book will be available for loan at the library in September.  Sponsored by Friends of Pine Hawk.

Wednesday, October 18        
SVT’s Wednesday Walks:  Carlisle 
9:30 AM - 11 AM 
Elliott Concord River Preserve, Carlisle. 
This month’s Wednesday Walk will take you to a pretty trail loop in Carlisle.  Enjoy water views and a walk to the bank of the Concord River.
Registration required: or call 978-443-5588, ext. 123.  Free.

Thursday, October 18 
What Would Henry Do? 
3-4 PM 
Newbury Court, Auditorium 
Moderated by Thoreau Farm Trust president Ken Lizotte, a panel of Thoreauvian essayists presents Thoreau Farm’s new book, “What Would Henry Do?"  Essays for the 21st Century.”  The essayists will discuss their contributions to the book and lead a group discussion on potential actions Thoreau might take if he were with us today.  Please email for information.   Sponsored by Thoreau Farm and Newbury Court. 

Thursday October 18 
Hiking the Bay Circuit Trail:  A Video Journal
7-8 PM 
Gleason Public Library, Hollis Room, 22 Bedford Road, Carlisle, MA 
Alan French, founder of the Bay Circuit Alliance, and Dan and Marilyn Brielmann will present a multimedia tour of the Bay Circuit Trail, a 200-mile natural wonder that arcs around the city of Boston from Newburyport to Kingston.  Sponsored by Carlisle Conservation Foundation, Carlisle Trails committee 

Saturday, October 20 
Bird Walk, Cranberry Bog, Carlisle, MA 
8 AM - 10 AM
Cranberry Bog House on Curve Street    
Carlisle Conservation Foundation and Menotomy Bird Club will lead their last fall search for newly-arrived winter visitors and late fall migrants - waterbirds, raptors and songbirds.  

Saturday, October 20 
Adult Archaeology Walk 
10 AM 
Meet at the end of Wheeler Lane off Rte. 27 
Linda McElroy, Trail Through Time site specialist, leads a visit to the Nashoba Brook stone chamber to tell about its interesting interior, its history, and that of its associated square foundation.  Time permitting, there will be a visit to Acton’s Pencil Factory site.  Bring a flashlight.  About 1.5 to 2 hours, 1.5 miles round trip.  This program will be cancelled in case of inclement weather or poor trail conditions.  Call Acton Memorial Library (978-929-6655) for information or weather update.  Free.  Sponsored by Friends of Pine Hawk.

Sunday, October 21 
Primitive Survival Skills Series:  Shelter Building 
1:30-3:30 M 
Williams Barn Conservation Land, Groton, MA 
 If called upon, can you build a shelter from natural materials that would keep you dry?  The survival of our ancestors was dependent on mastering these skills, but today, most of us would struggle to accomplish any one of these tasks. The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) invites you to get back to the basics during our “Primitive Survival Skills Workshops”, a series of three free programs for families, appropriate for ages 10 and up. Tim Swanson (aka PrimiTim), a primitive survival skills instructor, will lead our workshops on Sunday afternoons at the Williams Barn Conservation Land in Groton, MA. Tim has a great depth of knowledge and a dynamic personality. His philosophy is based on harmony with nature, adaptation to adverse situations, and becoming a more resilient human being in the natural world.
This series is supported in part by a grant from the Groton Trust Funds Lecture Fund. To pre-register, please call the NRWA at (978) 448-0299 or email  Please identify which workshops you wish to attend, the number of individuals attending, and the ages of any children planning to attend. FREE

Kingman Conservation Restrictions in East Acton
 ACT is planning  a Volunteer Community Service day to be held on Sunday, Oct. 21.,    Work will include trash removal and improvement of internal pathways that facilitate ACT's annual required survey of the Conservation Restriction that it holds on the Kingman Property in East Acton.  Tools and equipment will be provided.  Maybe even lunch.  For details and to sign up, please contact Linda McElroy at 978 429 8000, or

Beer in the Barn:  Fall Edition 
Saturday, October 21 
5-7 PM 
Wolback Farm, Sudbury 
Our spring Beer in the Barn event was so popular, we’re having an encore!  SVT members are invited to a Member-Guest beer tasting in the barn at Wolbach Farm.   RSVP by October 18 at

Wednesday, October 24 
A Tribal Geography of Martha’s Vineyard 
7 PM 
Acton Memorial Library
Public Archaeology Laboratory staff members Holly Herbster and Jane Miller discuss the integrated volume of archaeological, historical, and cartographic information about the Aquinas Wampanoag Tribe they have amassed to form a useable Geographical Information System.  Free.Sponsored by Friends of Pine Hawk.

Thursday, October 25 
Hiking the Bay Circuit Trail:  A Video Journal 
7 PM 
Ayer Public Library, 26 Main Street in Ayer, MA 
Alan French, founder of the Bay Circuit Alliance, and Dan and Marilyn Brielmann will present a multimedia tour of the Bay Circuit Trail, a 200-mile natural wonder that arcs around the city of Boston from Newburyport to Kingston. For more information, call the Ayer Public  Library at (978) 772-8250 or email This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ayer Library.  FREE


Thursday, October 25
Panel Discussion with 3 Experts re:1,4-dioxane’s Presence in Acton’s Water
7-9 PM 
Acton Public Safety Building, EOC room, 371 Main Street, Acton 
 1,4-dioxane is in our town's water. This possible carcinogen, found in two local superfund sites, has infiltrated some of Acton's water. The Green Acton/Water Committee and the Acton Area League of Women Voters invite the public to a panel discussion where three experts, Matt Mostoller Environmental Manager - Acton Water District, Dan Groher Environmental Engineer - US Army Corps of Engineers, and a representative from the Office of Research and Standards - Mass DEP, will be able to explain what it is, what Acton has done to mitigate the situation  and answer your questions. Thurs. October 25, 7-9 PM in the EOC room at Acton's Public Safety Building 371 Main Street, Acton. The event is free. 

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