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Our Visitor Center
Route 2 Westbound
Lancaster, MA
Between Exits 35-34
(978) 534-2302

Be sure to visit our Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center when you’re in our neck of the woods. Located on Route 2 West in Lancaster, Mass., between exits 35 and 34, it’s chock-full of helpful brochures and locally made crafts, books, jams and jellies, giftware and souvenirs of all kinds. Our trained staff and volunteers will enjoy welcoming you to the Center, and providing you with customized travel advice and “insider information." 

We are open 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Welcome to Johnny Appleseed Country Tourist Center

News & Upcoming Events

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The holidays are still alive and well here in Appleseed Country! With our early snowfall this year, it's a winter wonderland. And below are some ways to still help you get in that Christmas Spirit.
 
From snow showers and twinkling lights in the Grand Lobby to gingerbread houses and enormous snowflakes, discover the magical world of Snowland this holiday season at Great Wolf Lodge. Come see this indoor snowy wonderland where kids can experience the magic of the holidays throughout the month of December complete with Santa, gingerbread houses, arts and crafts, and of course snow from the ceilings. Starting on November 29th, the snow falls daily at 10am, 8pm, and 9pm. Also, come see the Gingerbread House. Make your holidays a little sweeter when you dine inside GWL's life-size gingerbread house for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
 
And Santa is STILL in Appleseed Country. On December 20th, he will be at Wachusett Mountain for the Polar Express Holiday Celebration. Enjoy a day full of activities including skiing and riding, arts and crafts, holiday balloon creations by Tracey McFee, and a showing of the Polar Express movie. There will be plenty of hot chocolate, Polar Beverages and tasty treats to keep you smiling, and you might even catch a glimpse of Wachusett's own "Orson" the Polar Bear. For more information, visit www.wachusett.com. And on the 21st, he will be at Trinity Congregational Church, 125 Rollstone St., Fitchburg at 10:30 am. Everyone is invited to the Children's Christmas Pageant with an appearance by Santa Claus giving gifts (bring one wrapped, labeled gift for your child downstairs before the service if you like).

Tower Hill Holly Days 2014: Winter Reimagined the month of December. Wander through glittering indoor displays and illuminated trees and shrubs in the Orchard, Entry, Lawn and Winter Gardens. A giant Bromeliad tree, hundreds of poinsettias, more than 1,500 hand-crafted ornaments and over six miles of lights make this a unique holiday experience for all ages. Live music some nights, great food, and more. Click here for more information.

MUSIC

On Monday the 15th at 7pm, it's Celtic Christmas with the Sky Family. Blazing Irish dance and fiddles. Prince Edward Island's Premier Irish Dance Show. All welcome. Free, but a love offering will be taken (suggested $10 adult/$5 child). Heritage Bible Chapel, 182 Brooks Station Rd., Princeton. Call (978) 464-5100 for more information.
 
The Bull Run will be having a few Holiday shows this year. First up is Judy Collins on the 18th. And then it's North Shore Acapella with a special Holiday Show on the 26th! On the 27th, it's The Installers with their Holiday Blues Dance Party and finally, on the 28th, it's Rusted Root's Holiday Show. For more information on these shows, visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.

THEATER

The weekends of December 12-14 and 19-21 is New Players' Theater Guild's A Christmas Homecoming at the NPTG Center for the Performing Arts, 15 Rollstone St., Fitchburg. The New Players Theater Guild presents a classic homecoming event showcasing iconic Christmas music. Tickets $15, $12 senior/student. Call 978-345-6570.

We hope spending time in Appleseed Country this holiday season helps put you in the Christmas Spirit this season. Please see our calendar for more information on any of the details above.
 
photo courtesy of Rick Jollimore
 

An Appleseed Country New Year's Eve

Wow, it's the end of 2014 already? We have lots going on this New Year's so plan on coming out to Appleseed Country!

Food!

Looking for good food and a great place to spend the night? Well, we have numerous options. The first is the Double Tree's New Year's Eve Gala. Not only do they have a lavish dinner for two, but they have Bruce Jacques who will fill your night with singing, laughing and dancing. You can have an early check in (while getting a warm chocolate chip cookie-MMM!) and a late check out. Cash bar, hors d'oeuvers, grand raffle, champagne toast, party favors, and so much more! For more information, click here.

Another option is the Chocksett Inn. Whether you plan on going out with friends or spending the evening with that special someone, the Chocksett's chef won't disappoint! He is working on putting together a special limited menu for New Years Eve. Call today to make a reservation. 978-422-3355.

Next up is the Colonial Inn with a DJ for your entertainment. They are offering a special limited menu with a champagne toast at midnight! Call 978-630-2500 to make a reservation at the Colonial Grille today.

Get Active!

How about a fun filled night as you Ski in the New Year with Wachusett Mountain? Join them from 4pm-midnight for an evening you will never forget as you ski or ride under the lights all the way to the stroke of midnight! Enjoy live entertainment in the Coppertop Lounge by Freevolt, take a ride in our snowtubes (weather permitting), watch a fantastic fireworks display, and cap off the countdown to 2015 with a breathtaking balloon drop!!
 
Roll On America is having not one, but TWO new Year's Eve parties this year! The "Noon Year Party" starts at noon and goes until 5:30 for those little needing to get to bed before midnight (or those with other plans). They will have a giant balloon drop with prizes, hats, horns, lazer tag, games, and more! From 7:30-1am, there will be a Neon Skate with horns, hats, glow necklaces, glow cups, glow mouthpieces, and another balloon drop full of prizes! Admission also includes unlimited laser tag, pizza, and soda. For more information, visit rollonamerica.com.
 
Dance 2 Swing will be having a New Years Eve Party With The Mission Of Blues Band & DJ AlanHep2theJive at the Leominster Elks, 134 N. Main St., Leominster. 7:30pm Group Swing Dance Lesson, 8:00pm DJ Dance Music, 8:30pm Mission Of Blues Band, Pot Luck Buffet Bring A Dish If You Wish / Champagne Toast. For More Info and Directions to The Leominster MA Elks, visit dance2swing.com or call 978-263-7220.

Music

Starting at 9pm, it's NEW YEAR'S EVE with NRBQ at the Bull Run Restaurant. Ring in the New Year with "the Q". If anything embodies the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, this music does.” It's been an amazing 47 year run for NRBQ, perhaps the most beloved cult band in America. And though Terry Adams, visionary, driving force and "untamed genius of the keyboards," is the only remaining founding member, "the Q" remain true to the long standing spirit of the original band. The quirks, the drive, the perfect-pop sensibility and cooing ballads, the nods to space-jazz, serious blues, real country and rockabilly, the good-time-music vibe - it all still there. For details and ticket information, visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.
 
We hope you all have a wonderful time in Appleseed Country this New Year's Eve. And please, be safe out there on the roads.
 
 
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CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!

Are you interested in learning more about Johnny Appleseed Country while serving your community at the same time? Then volunteer some time at the Visitor Center on Rt 2 between Exits 35-34 Westbound. For more information, click here for our flyer or please contact Diane Burnette at (978) 534-2829 or email burnette@appleseed.org.

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