Events of Interest

   Now - October 30
Concord Library Exhibit to Celebrate Thoreau
9 AM to 9 PM
Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main St., Concord. 
The library will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau with the first major exhibition of its kind, “Concord, which is my Rome:  Henry David Thoreau and his Home Town.”    The exhibit is free and open to the public.  For information, 978-318-3300, concord

Now-January 21, 2018
“This Ever New Self:  Thoreau and His Journal”
9-5 PM Monday-Saturday; Noon to 5 PM Sundays
The Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord
The bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau’s birth will culminate with the opening of this exhibition.  “This Ever New Self”, brings together holdings from two Thoreau collections:  journals, manuscripts, letters, books and field notes from the Morgan Library and Museum and the Concord Museum, along with unique personal items, including the green desk on which Thoreau wrote “Walden” and “Civil Disobedience. “This Ever New Self” features nearly 100 items and unites for the first time the only two photographs for which Thoreau sat during this lifetime.  The show centers on the journal Thoreau kept throughout his life.  More than 20 of Thoreau’s Journal notebooks are shown along with letters and manuscripts, books from his library, pressed plants from his herbarium and important personal artifacts like his walking stick.  For information, email or call 978-369-9763.

Now - 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 - October 31
Scare a Crow 2017 Contest  to Benefit National Alliance on Mental Illness
9:30 AM
Cucurbit Farm, 32 Parker Street, South Acton
Stand up to Stigma, scarecrows along the fence at Cucurbit Farm.  Park and stroll the fence to see all the artistic creations!  Be sure to vote for your favorite. This event will benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
More info:  www.cucurbit

Saturday, October 21  (Registration due by October 18)
Beer in the Barn at SVT’s Wolbach Farm
4 PM-6 PM
18 Wolbach Road, Sudbury
SVT Members…Invite a Non-Member for a Beer in the Barn!  Enjoy a sampling of craft beers from local brewers, including Rapscallion Table and Tap in Acton.  Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to learn more about our conservation efforts.  Encourage them to become members!  This event is free of charge, but admission does have a “price.”  Each individual member who attends must bring a non-member guest.  All attendees must be 21 and older.  Registration is required for all SVT activities unless noted.  Call 978-443-5588, or register on-line at

Saturday/Sunday, October 21-22
Iron Work Farm’s Jones Tavern  annual "Art Out” exhibit and sale features “Barns and Barnyards"
Noon to 5 PM
Jones Tavern, 128 Main Street, Acton
Exhibit will showcase work by local artists based on the theme “Barns and Barnyards.”  All the artwork is available for purchase.  No admission charge but donations are welcome.  Parking is available on site or nearby.  For information:  ironwork

Saturday, October 21
Edward Lodi on his New Book, The Pequot War (part of Friends of Pine Hawk Archeology Program).
2 PM
Acton Memorial Library
In 1637 the Puritans of Massachusetts and the fledgling colony of Connecticut declared war on the Pequot Indians - the most powerful of all the New England tribes.  What had the Pequots done to incur the wrath of the English settlers?  Why did the Narragansetts and Mohegans side with the English?  What role did the Dutch play in the war?  Why did the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony refuse Massachusetts’ request for assistance?  Author Edward Lodi provides answers to these and other questions.  Free.

Sunday, October 22
Hidden History Hike:  Archaeological Remains in the Local Woods  (part of Friends of Pine Hawk Archeology Program).
1 PM
Meet at the Discovery Museum’s parking lot.  Free with admission to the Museums. 
Join local archaeologist Kimberley Connors to discover the hidden history of Great Hill Conservation Land.  The two mile hike highlights the archaeological remains of Acton’s recent farming past as well as the longer Native American occupation which lasted thousands of years.  The walk focuses on how humans were able to survive and thrive in this rich environment.  Please wear proper footwear.  Please note that the trails are not ADA or stroller accessible.  Call 978-264-4200 x 120 for more information.

Sunday, October 22
Acton-Boxborough Farmers Market 
10-1 PM
Pearl Street, West Acton
All are invited to check out the season’s vendors, visit favorite veterans, and enjoy live music, artisan creations, public education at the Community Table children’s activities, and the happy hubbub that is the ABFM.  It’s a producer-only market:  vendors may sell only the produce and/or value-added products that they themselves grow or make.  The ABFM happily accepts SNAP/AEBT benefits for use at market; visit the website SNAP page or the ABFM stall at market for details.
The ABFM has been promoting good food, supporting sustainable agriculture, and building community since 2009.  ABFM:  Real Food from Real People!  For more, visit:

Tuesday, October 24
Walk Stony Brook South/Beaver Pond, Lincoln Conservation Land
1 PM
Park in the turn-off on the north side of South Great Road (Route 117) on the Weston/Lincoln town line.
Join John Calabria for a ‘noticing’ walk.  This walk is about the journey and not the destination!  Unplug and disconnect from the world for a while and let your senses come alive in nature.  Free.  These walks are designed for those who are 55-plus.  Wear sturdy shoes and dress for weather conditions.  If it is raining, call the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust office at 781-259-9251 after 10 AM the morning of the walk to find out if the walk is cancelled.  No message means no cancellation!   This walk is co-sponsored with the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, the Lincoln Council on Aging, and Newbury Court and Deaconess Abundant Life Services.

Wednesday, October 25
Nashoba Hill:  Vision Quest and Nashoba Plantation
7 PM
Acton Memorial Library
A very special local hill roars!  The Indians thought the winds were pent up inside; the Colonials said it sounded like cannons; some folks climbed it to await “the rapture,” and others erected a stone altar atop it.  Its history is even stranger than anything that has swooshed down its slopes or taken its chair lift up.  Gather ‘round the ski lodge fire, friends and hear Dan Boudillon recount the strange tale of Nashoba Hill  - of a dark king under the mountain and an island village of vision quests and shamans.  Boudillon has presented and written on the history of the Nashoba Plantation area since 1999.

Thursday, October 26
Free Guided Tour of the Acton Arboretum led by Natural Resources Assistant, Bettina Abe.
10-11:30 am
Meet at a the Arboretum kiosk, 2 Taylor Road, Acton
Registration appreciated, but not required.  Email  with questions.

Thursday, October 26
Mushroom walk
1 PM
Estabrook Woods, Concord;  in Concord; caravan to site.Meet in Keyes Parking Lot
Lawrence Millman, author of “Fascinating Fungi of New England,” will lead the walk.  Free.  For information:

Thursday, October 26
Informational Forum on Acton-Boxborough School Building Project
7 PM
Boxborough Library
Attend to learn what’s involved in the school building project prior to voting on Feasibility Study Funding at December 4 Special Town Meeting
Residents of Acton and Boxborough may go to forums in either town; they will not be town specific
To see the complete schedule and to get more information visit or email

Thursday, October 26
Community Outreach Forum for Acton Town Manager Search
7-9 PM
Acton Town Hall, Room 204
Speak to the Acton Town Manager Search Committee about town issues and candidate qualities you would like them to consider.   The Acton Conservation Trust wants to thank Steve Ledoux for all he has done for open space protection in the Town of Acton  during his tenure.  He has played a key role in supporting each  acquisition for  and they have been numerous.   Most of them have been largely covered by CPA Open Space Set Aside funds.    We recognized this as one of his great strengths based on his history of land protection when he was Town Manager in Westford.  This is something to keep in mind when considering his replacement if we would like this trend to continue.  If you are unable to attend but would like to send in your thoughts, please contact the Town Manager Search Committee (Pat Clifford, Mary Ann Ashton, Jon Benson, Mike Gowing, Charlie Kadlec, Xuan Kong, Steve Noone, Sahana Purohit, Nancy Tavernier) at

Sunday, November 5
 Meadow Brush Clearing
2-4 PM 
Acton Arboretum, back meadow
Please join the Land Stewards as we defend one of our meadows against forest succession. The town has now mowed the back meadow at the arboretum which we cleared back in May. So now we can see what remains to be cleared. Tasks include: Hauling brush and logs out of the meadow; Cutting down small trees which the mower could not reach; Removing rocks which have rolled off the stone walls into the meadow; and Chainsawing to clear big downed trees. Please bring work gloves, pruning loppers, and bow saws.  Expect some poison ivy and briars. Please contact Joe Holmes (, 978-635-1982) so I can know how many to expect, and let you know where to meet.

Thursday, November 16
 BCTrust 20th Anniversary Celebration
6:30 PM Doors open for drinks (cash bar serving True West beers and wine)
7 PM -  Presentation:  “Earth Restored:  Carbon Rich, Wet and Wild, Boxborough at the Forefront” by Sharon McGregor
Villageworks, 525 Massachusetts Avenue, West Acton, MA
Biologist, environmental policy administrator, and board member of Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, Sharon McGregor, will talk about climate change, one of the key challenges of our time.  She will speak about how nature-based individual actions, ecological services of conserved and agricultural lands, municipal conservation, and sustainability policies/programs can be major forces in turning the climate crisis around.


NEW:  Acton WildAware is a local wildlife awareness program sponsored by the Acton Natural Resources Department that runs from fall, 2015 through Fall, 2017. To participate, read monthly articles in the Beacon and Action Unlimited.  The most recent Beacon article was published on 9/28/17, “Co-existing with, protecting native snakes in region” by Paula Goodwin.  It will also be posted on the Land Stewardship Committee website,
Send WildAware your local wildlife photos; “like” and visit the Acton WildAware Facebook page; get a free button at town hall to show you are WildAware! For more info email or call 978-929-6634.

Boxborough Birders 
Boxborough Birders is a local, all-volunteer group of bird watchers with varying levels of experience. Local walks in Boxborough, Acton, Harvard, Stow, Bolton, Littleton, and occasionally beyond are organized during spring and fall migration.   Also, some of us volunteer in the historic, annual Christmas Bird Count. Our walks are free of charge and most are scheduled on weekends. Visit their website for this spring's calendar of walks, links to local birding spots, photos, and more. You can sign up there to be on our mailing list and get all the information you need. We hope you will join us out on the trail soon.

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