by Christine Galeone
With kids out of school and parents having some vacation time to spend, this is the perfect season for families to have some adventures together. But adventures aren’t limited to ziplining in the mountains or parasailing in exotic locations. Sometimes, the smallest adventures can have the biggest impact.
Thankfully, the Town of Grafton and its businesses and organizations have got you covered. Local adventures await families with all kinds of interests.
Does your family enjoy listening to live music together? If so, the Town of Grafton Recreation Commission’s 2018 free Concerts on the Common series offers you an ideal way to spend a Wednesday night. Held on the Grafton Common on Wednesdays, starting at 6:30 p.m., the Aug. 1 concert will be performed by contemporary country singer Mychael David; the Aug. 8 will be by Beatles tribute band Beatles for Sale; the Aug. 15 will be by the R&B swing band Big Chief; and the final performance of the season will be given Aug. 22 by the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra (sponsored by Homefield Credit Union).
If your family prefers films, you’ll be happy to know that the same department is once again holding its free Movies in the Park series. The last film in the monthly summer series will be “Top Gun,” and it will be held at Mill Villages Park at dusk on Friday Aug. 17. Free popcorn and cotton candy will be provided by the Union Congregational Church, and the series has been supported by CSR Financial, Mill Villages Advisory Committee, Dr. Mark Polasky and Theroux Dental Associates.
Another North Grafton business that has been helping some nonprofits that provide family activities is the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts. It recently awarded its 2018 Service Fund grants to nonprofits in Grafton and Westborough. Among the recipients were Apple Tree Arts, the Claflin Hill Music Performance Foundation, DeMolay’s Grafton chapter and the Massachusetts State Police Museum & Learning Center.
On Saturday July 28 and Sunday July 29 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Community Harvest Project, located at 37 Wheeler Road in North Grafton, will hold its first Sunflower Festival. The nonprofit farm that supports hunger relief in Massachusetts will have sunflower picking, activities for kids, food trucks, ice cream, a sunflower maze and sunflower photo opportunities. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. The adult admission fee includes the cost of five sunflowers to take home and enjoy.
Families who appreciate the beauty of sunflowers might also like to try gardening together. In addition to flowers, bushes, trees, mulch and garden supplies, Perreault Nursery & Landscape Supply, located at 4 Carroll Road in North Grafton, has a wide array of items to create fairy gardens. Not only do they have fairy garden kits, they have individual accessories, miniature furniture and fairy houses.
Over in South Grafton, Pete’s Oasis at Blackstone River Farm also has items that could inspire kids to collaborate with their parents to create beautiful gardens. The farm, located at 394 Providence Road, has a new kid’s planting area where kids can help their parents create a succulent garden or potted arrangement that they can purchase and take home.
Summer can go by so fast. But when fun little adventures are close to home, you can spend more time enjoying the season and less time on the road. Whether your family enjoys listening to live music, watching films under the stars, or planting flowers together, there’s something for everyone.
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