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Grafton enjoys summer with celebrations, anniversaries, concerts in the evening

by Christine Galeone

Summer fun is in the air. You can hear it in the roar of the fans at Fenway, smell it in the salt air at our New England beaches, and see it in the colorful displays of fireworks that have been lighting up festivals for the past month. But it’s not limited to Boston, beaches or the sky. It can also be found at several Grafton businesses and organizations.

One of those businesses is Koopman Lumber, the hardware and paint store located at 82 Worcester Street in North Grafton. The store has a lot to celebrate. It was founded 80 years ago by Pete Koopman. In honor of its 80th anniversary, the store will hold a three-day celebration in its Grafton, Whitinsville and Uxbridge locations. The festivities on Aug. 8 through Aug. 10 will include refreshments, special deals and a free surprise gift with every purchase.

Last month, two other stores celebrated milestones as well. Off the Common Antiques Marketplace a multi-artisan, multi-vendor shop, located at 4 Worcester Street in Grafton, just celebrated its 2nd anniversary. The shop sells beautifully restored furniture, farmhouse style items and other antiques, in addition to new handmade items from local artisans. And Paisley Boutique, located at 40 North Main Street in North Grafton, celebrated its 5th anniversary. The popular shop carries affordable boutique style clothing and accessories in classic and contemporary styles.

Dr. Mary Ellen Curran Rancourt, an audiologist with 29 years of professional experience, is enjoying her business’s first summer in South Grafton. Hear Joy Audiology, which opened, this month, at 43 Main Street, offers a variety of hearing services and products for all ages (including infants). The services include hearing aid evaluations, pediatric audiology, immittance testing and tinnitus consultations. For more information, you can visit the business’s website,       

Kids who love dogs might want to consider taking a fun new workshop that’s being offered at Quite Fetching Barkery and Pet Boutique, which is located at One Grafton Common and sells custom order dog celebration cakes, hand-made dog cookies, dog toys, apparel and more. On Sunday Aug. 18, Chef Flower (the dog) will “assist” kids ages 8-12 as they learn to decorate a 5” round dog cake, a pupcake and a large sweet potato bone-shaped cookie. For registration and pricing information, you can visit the Quite Fetching website,

Nearby, the Town of Grafton’s 2019 Concerts on the Common will continue to provide fun music-filled evenings. Held on the Common every Wednesday, starting at 6:30 p.m., the July 31 concert will be performed by the Honky Tonk, Blues and Rock band Aaron Norcross Trio; the Aug. 7 will be by Oldies Music band Retro Politan; the Aug. 14 one will be by the New Country and Rock band Whitney Doucet & Moonshine Band; and the final performance of the season will be given Aug. 21 by the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra.

On Saturday Aug. 3 and Sunday Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Community Harvest Project, located at 37 Wheeler Road in North Grafton, will hold its annual Sunflower Festival fundraiser. The nonprofit farm that supports hunger relief in Massachusetts will have sunflower picking, crafts and games for kids, food trucks, ice cream and sunflower photo opportunities. The festival is sponsored by Wegmans, Homefield Credit Union, UniBank and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, and tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids (free for kids under age 3). The adult admission includes five sunflowers to take home and enjoy.

Finally, members of Grafton Girl Scout Troop 30222 had an exciting start to their summer.  Last month, at a ceremony in Mechanics Hall, the girls received the Silver Award for three projects that they completed. The troop reached out and taught the community how to preserve the habitats of honey bees, monarch butterflies and indigenous turtles.

Winter will be here soon enough. Summer days are fleeting. So, whether it’s at a local business or at the seaside, you might as well enjoy that summer fun while it lasts!

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