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Our Visitor Center
Route 2 Westbound
Lancaster, MA
Between Exits 35-34
(978) 534-2302

Be sure to visit our Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center when you’re in our neck of the woods. Located on Route 2 West in Lancaster, Mass., between exits 35 and 34, it’s chock-full of helpful brochures and locally made crafts, books, jams and jellies, giftware and souvenirs of all kinds. Our trained staff and volunteers will enjoy welcoming you to the Center, and providing you with customized travel advice and “insider information." 

We are open 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Welcome to Johnny Appleseed Country Tourist Center

News & Upcoming Events

BOOOOO... BOOOOO...

It's that spooky time of year again and what better place to spend 2014 Halloween this year than in Appleseed Country? We have so much to do this weekend and next, it's terrifying!

How about an Appleseed Country classic? Fright Nights at Davis MegaMaze is on the 24th and 25th from 6:30pm-10pm. After dark, the family friendly, world class adventure corn maze transforms into FRIGHT NIGHTS a terrifying, haunted experience sure to cause blood curdling screams and sleepless nights! Bring your family, friends, flashlight and courage If you DARE! (Geared for adults). Call 978-422-6666 or visit www.davisfarmland.com/dffa_wp for more infomation.

And equally as scary is the Haunting of Barrett Park. One of the scariest haunted attractions you will ever dare enter! Featuring"Terror in the Woods" and "The Psycho Circus featuring the Klownz of Terror". 40 Barrett Parkway in Leominster. Call 978.534.7529 for more information or visit www.hauntingofbarrettpark.com.

On Friday the 24th at 6:30pm, First Parish Church, 923 Main Street, Fitchburg will host a free screening of the silent movie classic The Phantom of the Opera, with live musical accompaniment by expert organist Robin Dinda. For more information, call (978) 332-6307.

The Brass Monkey Murder Mystery Show will be at the Old Mill Restaurant on Friday the 24th at 7pm. The Brass Monkey Tavern is a well known haunt of pirates and other thieves and all sorts of evil-doers have gathered at the tavern to find the other half of a treasure map. Lots of fun. Call 978-874-5941 to reserve. Arggh! Doors open at 6:30 pm. $40 buys dinner and show. For more information, visit www.1761oldmill.com.

On October 25th, it's the Fitchburg 250th Gala Masquerade Ball at the Fitchburg Senior Center, 4 Wallace Ave., Fitchburg. Enjoy food, live entertainment, a DJ, and many fun costumes as the city continues its 250th anniversary celebration. Call 978-345-1157.

For the Kids

All October long, it's Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge. Grab your costumes and come to Great Wolf Lodge for our Howl-O-Ween event! Join Great Wolf for Spooktacular family activities such as our Trick-or-Treat Trail or Monster Bash Dance Party. It'll be a howling good time! For more information, visit www.greatwolf.com/newengland.

This weekend, once again it's Moo Moo's Fright Free Halloween Party at Davis Farmland on the 25th and 26th. This event includes Moo Moo's Costume Treat Parade, Jack-O-Lantern Toss, Pumpkin Painting ($3 extra), and more. Don't forget to wear your Halloween Costume! Click here or call 978-422-6666.

On the 25th from 3-8 is the Pumpkin Festival on the Common in Templeton sponsored by the Narragansett Historical Society. This free event features a pumpkin carving contest, food tents, games for the kids, sweet treats, "The Amazing Susan" -- an amusing "fortune teller" (just for fun; not for real), pie eating contest, tours of the the Narragansett Historical Society's Museum, Penny Fund – Bring your Pennies, and more! For more information, visit www.narragansetthistoricalsociety.org.

Can't decide what to be yet? How about attending the Mask Making Workshop at Fitchburg Art Museum on the 25th from 1:30pm-3:30pm? This is for kids 5-8 (with an adult), 9-17 unaccompianied, and adults. Make a one-of-a-kind mask for Halloween! Start with a blank mask, then embellish it with cardboard, feathers, wire, colored paper, tissue paper, glitter glue, paint and more! $15 Members, $18 NM. No charge for adults who assist youngsters but do not make a mask. For more information, visit www.fitchburgartmuseum.org.

Next, it's the Halloween Spooktacular at The Great Play Escape Cafe, 21 Sack Blvd., Leominster on the 26th from 10am-noon. Come for a fun filled morning, with treats, games, face painting, crafts and laughter! You must register before coming. Please visit www.tgeplaycafe.com for more information.

And on Halloween Day, it's the Halloween Monster Mash Bash at Hop On In, 217 Hamilton St., Leominster. Wear your favorite costume and get $1 off general admission. No face makeup, please. Children will also receive a Monster Mash goodie bag. At 9:30, there will be a reading of Where the Wild Things Are and puppet making. Space is limited so call ahead for reservations. 978.534.0235.

Workin' Off that Halloween Candy

On the 25th at 11:30, it's the Zombie Run 5K and Kids' Halloween Party at Clark Memorial YMCA, 155 Central Street, Winchendon, 978-297-0958. Come dressed in your Halloween costume and enjoy a fun filled day for the whole family. Run through the streets of Winchendon, and just when you thought it was safe, you must make it through a 0.8 mile finishing leg filled with Zombies out to get you. After the race is over, join the Y for their annual kid's Halloween party with Halloween themed games, a haunted house, and trick or treating. Runners and walkers welcome. Fun for all ages. Register on active.com or at the Clark Memorial YMCA front desk.

Also on the 25th at 3pm, it's the Ghosts and Goblins 5K Fun Run and Walk at Clinton Central Park, 242 Church St., Clinton. The event opens at 2pm for race number pick-up and same-day registration. Please come early and enjoy the many family activities and beer garden sponsored by Yuengling. Visit www.clintonroadrace.com for more information.

Walk that candy off at the Halloween Party & Ghost Walk on Shirley Town Common on Saturday the 25th at 6pm. After dark, the spirits of yesteryear inhabit the common. Take part in a spooky ghost walk and attend the Halloween Party at the Center Town Hall. You’ll be led by lantern light on a narrated walk and be treated to some local folk lore and ghost stories, then enjoy refreshments and music. Adults $5, Children, $3. Visit shirleymeetinghouse.org for more information.

Or, how about the Halloween Night Hike and Hayride at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary on the 25th from 6pm-8pm? Experience the sounds of the night on a guided hike, do a Halloween craft, enjoy a hayride with friends and family, learn about nocturnal wildlife, warm up at the bonfire and join us for some goodies. Suitable for children and adults. Members: Adult $6, Child $3, Nonmembers: Adult $8, Child $4. Rain date: October 26/6-8. Registration not required.

City/Town Celebrations

Leominster Halloween Parade and Treats will be on Saturday the 25th at 12:30pm! Dress in your favorite costume as kids and adults parade through downtown, and trick or treat to local businesses. It is a traditionally safe way to celebrate the day. Line-up will begin at 12:30 pm at Leominster Credit Union, 20 Adams Street for a 1 pm start time. Parade down Main Street to Carter Park, then walk back up Main Street to various businesses.

Downtown Fitchburg Trick or Treat on Main St will be on November 1st from noon-2pm. Come and trick or treat in a safe and fun environment while supporting local businesses. Free face painting at Art on the Rocks, 377 Main St. New this year will be a haunted maze during Trick or Treat! Be sure to check it out at TribeSpace, 454 Main Street, 12-2PM, but don't get lost! Click here for more information. Following trick or treat, at 5pm, it's the Third Annual Zombieburg 2014! Zombies gather together at Monument Park across from the Fitchburg Public Library. Live music, floats, vendors, and zombies! GUARD YOUR BRAINS! There will be a Zombieburg Rally, Concert, and Trading Cards Photographs at Monument Park, across from the Fitchburg Public Library. All ages, no cover afterparty back at the Tribe/Zombieburg Headquarters. Click here for more information.

And on Saturday, November 1st at 3pm, it's the much anticipated annual Bolton Halloween Celebration with a parade down Main Street beginning at 3pm. This year’s celebration is made possible by the newly minted community group Bolton Loco.

Halloween Night

And we STILL have more events for Halloween Night....

From 5-7 on Halloween Night, it's the Haunted Gazebo on Templeton Common. The Templeton Lions Club decorates the bandstand at Routes 101 and 2A, and invites trick-or-treaters to stop by.

For those who do not particularly like the holiday, there is Un-Halloween Skate at Roll On America from 5:30-7:30pm. No costumes, please. $10 includes unlimited pizza, unlimited soda, skating, skate or blade rental, unlimited laser tag, Pumpkin Penny Pitch and other games, too. And then from 8-10, it's the Roll On America's Halloween Costume Party. $6 admission includes unlimited soda and pizza (rentals extra). Prizes will be awarded for the most "spooktacular" costumes-Funniest, Scariest, Most Original. There will also be a Mummy Wrap Contest, Candy Scramble, Blood Shots, and more! For more information, visit rollonamerica.com.

And last, but CERTAINLY not least, it's the Halloween Party at the Gardner Ale House! Dr. Robert will be performing. Cash and Prizes for Costume Contests! Thriller on the Big Screen! What more could you ask for??? Find out more at www.gardnerale.com.

 
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CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!

Are you interested in learning more about Johnny Appleseed Country while serving your community at the same time? Then volunteer some time at the Visitor Center on Rt 2 between Exits 35-34 Westbound. For more information, click here for our flyer or please contact Diane Burnette at (978) 534-2829 or email burnette@appleseed.org.

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