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Hops & Crops 2017
Celebrate autumn’s harvest and meet local growers as you taste what this quintessential New England season has to offer! Join us on Thursday, November 2nd for the 3rd Annual Hops & Crops farm-to-fork dinner with beer pairings provided by local craft brewer, Down the Road Beer Co. An extended cocktail hour will feature passed and stationed hors d’eovures where guests can meet Gibbet Hill Grill Chef, Tom Fosnot, and learn about how he keeps up with abundance of produce growing on Gibbet Hill Farm. Our own Gibbet Hill Farm manager, Kayleigh Boyle, will join other local growers to share their experiences of growing and producing food in New England. After the cocktail hour, commune with other guests during a thoughtfully prepared family-style dinner. To top off this special dinner event, Down the Road Beer Co. will showcase their MA-brewed craft beer, carefully selecting each brew to match the cuisine. Meet a member of the Down the Road Beer Co. crew as they explain the methods of creating their high quality craft beer, brewed locally using fresh ingredients and inspired by traditional brewing techniques and styles. Seating may be selected at the time of purchasing a ticket.  Seating chart is an approximation and is subject to change based on ticket sales.  $85 per person, including tax and gratuity.

When: Nov 2, 2017 6pm in Groton, MA

Hitch a Ride to the Class of 1985's Birthday Bash

COME CELEBRATE!! Come Hitch a Ride to the Class of 1985's 50th Birthday Party with dancing, food, and cash bar at the Groton Country Club. Friends of the Class of 85 are more than welcome to help us celebrate too! PLEASE BUY TICKETS ASAP (will be $20 per person at the door)

When: Nov 25, 2017 7pm in Groton, MA

Pure Dead Brilliant Fiddle Concert

Come out for an evening of Scottish Fiddle Music! Kicking off Hanneke Cassel's "Pure Dead Brilliant Fiddle Weekend", the concert will feature Scottish music from the Boston scene, along with special guest, fiddler Kevin Henderson from Shetland. HANNEKE CASSEL Effervescent and engaging, Boston-based fiddler Hanneke Cassel is a performer, teacher and composer whose career spans over two decades. She has graced stages across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Her style fuses influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island with Americana grooves and musical innovations, creating a cutting-edge acoustic sound that retains the integrity and spirit of the Scottish tradition. Hannekes music is a blend of the contemporary and traditional, described by the Boston Globe as exuberant and rhythmic, somehow wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness. KEVIN HENDERSON Kevin Henderson comes from the Shetland Islands, one of Scotlands archipelagos with one of the richest fiddle traditions in the world. He is regarded as one of Shetlands finest fiddle players and is in hot demand playing with some of the best known groups and musicians in the folk music scene. He is a founding member of award winning Shetland powerhouse, Fiddlers Bid, formed in 1991, has been a member of folk music legends, Boys of the Lough, since 2001, a member of Scottish super group Session A9 since 2004 and co-founded the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc in 2009. NATALIE HAAS Juilliard grad Natalie Haas is one of the most sought after cellists in traditional music today. She and Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser have toured as a duo for over 15 years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound. Natalie has also toured with Mark O'Connor as a member of his Appalachia Waltz Trio. As a studio musician, Natalie has been a guest artist on over 50 albums, including those of Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster, Irish greats Altan, Solas, and Liz Carroll, and Americana icon Dirk Powell. She is an associate professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. KATIE McNALLY THE NEW FACE OF SCOTTISH FIDDLING IN THE USA" (The Living Tradition), Katie McNally has made waves in both the American folk music scene and abroad since the release of her debut album, Flourish, in 2013. Her latest project synthesizes her elegant and powerful fiddle playing with the talents of genre-crossing pianist Neil Pearlman and bluegrass phenom Shauncey Ali on viola. In addition to her busy touring schedule, she is a devoted educator whose teaching style was molded by years of attendance at fiddle camps where learning music is about joy and community and fun! This is her approach whether working with her private students, in workshops, at fiddle camps, in musical outreach programs or at Bostons Symphony Hall. NEIL PEARLMAN Pianist and mandolinist Neil Pearlman is rapidly distinguishing himself as a uniquely innovative artist in the contemporary traditional music scene. Called a tremendous pianist on BBC Radio Scotland and a force to be reckoned with by WGBHs Brian ODonovan, Neil is recognized in many Celtic music circles for his unique approach to the piano. Rooted in traditional Cape Breton piano styles, Neil brings in ideas from many other genres and the result is an exciting new sound that remains true to its traditional roots. It was this fresh approach that led legendary Cape Breton fiddler Jerry Holland to say watching Neils hands on the piano was like watching two spiders on crack! ELIAS ALEXANDER Elias Alexander is swiftly distinguishing himself in traditional music circles as a piper, singer, composer, and sometime comedian. Originally from Ashland, Oregon, he graduated from Middlebury College in 2013 with an honors degree in music, moving to Boston to be part of the vibrant traditional music scene there. Elias is the frontman, piper, and co-founder of Afro-Celtic Funk band Soulsha, and the leader of Elias Alexander and Bywater Band (formerly known as Fresh Haggis). He also performs with Georgia Old-Time duo The New Millennium Jelly Rollers, and with MAC. A regular staff member of Alasdair Frasers Sierra Fiddle Camp and Creekside Fiddle Camps in Ashland, OR, he is in demand for teaching at other camps around the country. EAMON SEFTON Eamon Sefton is a sought-after Celtic-style guitarist from the Boston area. His percussive rhythm and clever use of harmony have made him an ideal guitarist for many traditional musicians around Boston. He cultivated much of his talent at the Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School, where he has become our regular guitar teacher. He studied at Berklee College of Music, greatly furthering his understanding of harmony and guitar technique.

When: Feb 15, 2018 8pm to Feb 15, 2018 10pm in Groton, MA
Cost: 25 - 25 USD

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About Groton, MA
The Town of Groton was founded in 1655 and is located in Middlesex County. Groton is home to two well known private schools the Groton School and Lawrence Academy.

Also home of the National Sheply Hill Horse Trails since 1987 and hosts the New England Horse Training championship which brings visitors from all over New England.

Points of interest include the Governor Boutwells House which is now called the Groton Historical Society Museum along with an Old Burying Ground whose tomb stones date back as early as 1704 and all through the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

For those in town during the month of September stop at the Groton Fest to enjoy music, food and much more.