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Events: October 2009

Best Buddies MA Fall Friendship Apple Festival

Saturday, October 3 | 2:00PM - 6:00PM | Harvard, MA | directions | website

Enjoy pick-your-own apples, hay rides, petting zoo, fence painting, games, music, lunch from the grill, and homemade items from our bakery. You can't get better apple pies and fresh-pressed cider! We are a nonprofit orchard and ALL of our sales proceeds benefit the day's host organization. Check our website for additional event dates. CASH ONLY.

Hosted by Best Buddies of Massachusetts at the Little Rascals Orchard: 116 Ayer Road, Harvard, MA.

Contact Joe Maney or Candice Grandon at (978) 456-9928 x6468120110 or by e-mail for more information.

Cranberry Harvest Celebration

Saturday, October 10 10:00AM - Sunday, October 11 12:00PM | Wareham, MA | directions | website

Every wondered about cranberries and how they are harvested?

This fun family event features juried crafters, activities for children, cooking demonstrations, pony and wagon rides, and much more. The highlight of the day is a guided tour of a working cranberry bog.

Throughout the weekend, enjoy musical performances by some of the region’s top talents. The event will also feature old-fashioned fun for the kids, including wagon and pony rides, pumpkin and face painting, games, and coloring contests.

Hosted by AD Makepeace & Cape Cod Cranberry Assoc. at the A.D. Makepeace: 158 Tihonet Road, Wareham, MA.

Contact Kim Houdlette at (508) 295-5437 or by e-mail for more information.

Annual Apple Fest Event

Saturday, October 10 4:00PM - Sunday, October 11 8:00PM | Little Compton, RI | directions

Admission is $5 per car.

Music: Three Tall Pines, Island Farm Bluegrass Band, Open Jam 4 PM to 5 PM

Fun & Games: Apple pie contest….judging at 3pm, Face painting, Pumpkin painting, Hayrides, Apple bob and toss.
$$: Buy a button and enjoy them all: $5.00 a person $20.00 a family

Food: Local chefs cook hotdiggty dogs, burgers, fries, carmel apples, pasteries, pies and more pies.
$$: Food tickets

Vendors: jewlery, artists, crafts, gifts
$$: support your local artists

Hosted by Young Family Farm at the Young Family Farm: 260 West Main Road, Little Compton, RI.

Contact Karla Young at (401) 635-0110 or by e-mail for more information.

Winter Soups Workshop

Wednesday, October 14 | 10:00PM - 11:30PM | Bristol, RI | directions | website

Winter Soups

Throw your can opener away! Warm hearty soups can be made from ingredients found at winter farmer's markets. This demonstration will have you making one pot meals all winter long!

Admission: $10.00

Hosted by Mount Hope Farm at the Mount Hope Farm in the Barn: 250 Metacom Ave., Bristol, RI.

Contact David at (401) 254-1745 x103 or by e-mail for more information.

Pumpkin and Pawpaw Festival

Saturday, October 17 | 12:00PM - 3:00PM | Cranston, RI | directions

Mark and Betty Garrison of Rocky Point Farm in Warwick will be providing pawpaw samples and recipes! The pawpaw is a tropical-like fruit native to the South that can be cultivated in RI.

Featured events include horse-drawn hayrides through historic Pawtuxet Village. Rides will be offered from 9 AM to 12:30 PM (last ride leaves at 11:30) Tickets are $3 per person/$6 per family of three or more (siblings & parents). Reservations are advised! Come early to reserve your seat, or purchase tickets at Twice Told Tales, 2210 Broad St, Cranston, RI.

The Edgewood Garden Club will offer a children's craft activity, a plant and bake sale, and gardening advice. They will also be collecting used plastic plant pots to be reused by local gardeners and farmers.

The Friends of the Pawtuxet River will have canoes available for rental. The cost is $3 for adults and $1 for children (who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian) for an hour of paddling on the calm, shallow Pawtuxet. Reservations are required.

Hosted by Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market at the Pawtuxet Village: 60 Rhodes Place (off Broad St), Cranston, RI.

Contact Annemarie by e-mail for more information.

Massachusetts Relocalization Conference

Sunday, October 18 | 12:00PM - 9:30PM | Roxbury, MA | directions | website

Join us for a day of information, inspiration, sharing, speakers, panel discussions, workshops, tabling, great local food, music, fun, and transformative action. This is a statewide conference celebrating and highlighting the grassroots initiatives that are springing up in response to systemic breakdowns and meltdowns, from the economy to healthcare to the environment.

REGISTER TODAY! $10-$30 Early-bird sliding scale (includes great food!) (scholarships available) We'd like to keep this sliding scale through the day of the conference to maximize accessibility, so please contribute towards the higher end of the scale!

We'll have Bill McKibben on hand just a week before the big International Day of Climate Action (see We'll have Frances Moore Lappé and Mel King on hand, pointing the way to resilient, relocalized communities based on justice and sustainability. And we'll have dozens of people and organizations on hand who are blazing the trail in their communities for thriving local economies that protect the planet while meeting people's needs.

The major goals of the conference are to educate, inform, and empower Massachusetts residents to take actions in their communities to help build the local infrastructure and institutions needed to provide economic security in a changing world. The conference will help clarify, catalyze, and coordinate the emerging efforts across the Commonwealth that are blazing the trail for community-organized energy, finance, banking, budgeting, healthcare, food, education, retail, service, manufacturing, and more.

Organizations and individuals are encouraged to participate. There will be workshops, tabling, panel discussions, keynote speakers, structured & purposeful networking, space for collective analysis and movement building, local organic food, childcare, film screenings and entertainment. Please send this on to people and organizations you think we should include and ask them to get in touch with us!

Hosted by Mass. Coalition for Healthy Communities at the Reggie Lewis Center: 1350 Tremont St, Roxbury, MA.

Contact Eli Beckerman and Judith Foster at (617) 821-1453 or by e-mail for more information.