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2019 Spring Events

All events run from 7-8 pm after a museum-hosted reception from 6:30-7pm
(unless otherwise noted). RESERVATION is required for every event!!!
Admission for non-member adults is $3 (unless otherwise noted)

March 07
Spring Exhibit Opening Reception 6-8 pm – no reservation needed
The exhibit “Working with Wood” will feature local woodcarvers and woodworkers. Meet them
tonight! The exhibit will run until May 26st during regular museum opening hours.

March 09
Woodcarving Demonstration 1-3 pm – no reservation needed – free event
Several woodcarvers, led by Fitchburg’s Pete LeClair, will exhibit their skills step-by-step. Pete
is nationally recognized for his talents and teaches carving around the country.

March 14
Irish step dance has its roots in traditional Irish dance. It is generally characterized by a stiff
upper body and quick and precise movements of the feet. Be amazed by Anne O’Connell’s
Irish Step Dancers who will be performing again at the museum due to popular demand.

March 21
Speaker, Life Coach, and Author Maria Milagros shares practical tips and techniques to
make you feel empowered and hopeful and can help you live a fun, fulfilled life. Some of
her publications, including the book “Super Sparkly Everything,” about how she took her
own life from a place of abuse, depression and struggle to a life of freedom, gratitude and
love, will be available for purchase.

April 11
Marjorie Kraskouskas, a member of the Gardner Chapter of AARP, will present the list of
distinguished local women, which was originally proposed in recognition of Women's
History Month. Join us in honoring the remarkable women who made a difference and are
an essential part of our local heritage.

May 02
After having performed at Gardner Museum’s events on several occasions, tonight we
showcase this remarkable group of local musicians with an exclusive concert! Program

May 09
For over 40 years, Mike Richard has been chronicling the rich history and telling the
stories of the Greater Gardner area through his Gardner News column “The Gardner
Scene.” His presentation will inform and entertain you with more tales of Gardner’s past.

May 16
The Victorian Mansion’s Curator Ken Watson will talk about the building’s architecture
and the history of ownership, and share his extensive research on the Pierce family and the
building, in the process sorting out nonfiction from fiction. During his 6-year work
restoring the famous South Gardner Mansion he also has been involved in many of the
paranormal aspects associated with the building.

May 23
Jim Kraskouskas, who has been to Lithuania 13 times, will share Lithuanian immigrant
stories & his family's and other Lithuanians’ contribution to the Gardner community. All
four of his grandparents came from Lithuania around the turn of the century. He was
married to his current wife Asta in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2000.

June 5
Summer Exhibit “What Time Is It?” opens 1-4 pm – no reservation needed
Brian Tanguay, Certified Watchmaker since 1976 (servicing watches for most of Central MA
and now spreading out across the country), will showcase the evolution of timekeeping.
Featured are the advancement of watches (from pocket watches to wrist watches), and machines
made to regulate the watches and the tools needed to service them. The exhibit will from May
21st during regular museum opening hours until the end of August.

June 6
Gardner in the 1950's and 1960's.
This program is part of the annual 
Hervey Bowden Essay Contest, where Gardner High School students explore local history topics. The winning research paper receives a $250 award tonight, 3 finalist will read their essays. This annual contest encourages students to research and learn more about Gardner History. It is a successful effort to keep Mr. Bowden’s (1900-1988) memory alive with each new generation of students. He awakened an interest in history in many students during the decades that he taught the subject at Gardner High School. He believed in the lecture method of teaching, making history come alive for the students. An award honors his memory through a fund at the Gardner Museum, established by Raymond H. Fredette, a member of GHS class of 1942, who was a student in Mr. Bowden’s history classes and credits the teacher with awakening his own interest in history, inspiring him to write and publish extensively on the subject of aviation history. 
Program 7-8 pm (no reception)  

June 13
First-hand knowledge to help you keep in touch with the latest City Information: past changes
and developments & future plans

June 20
President and curator of the Narragansett Historical Society, Brian Tanguay, with give an
updated, narrated slide presentation on the 6-year restoration of Templeton’s E. Howard
tower clock (installed by the Boston Company in 1872 in the First Baptist Church), one of
a very few in the US which can be viewed by the public.

June 27
Cartoonist, Publisher, Comics Historian, Artist and Author Denis Kitchen will share his
research on the prominent cartoonist, illustrator, and painter from the 1890s into the1960s. The
hot-off-the-press lavish new art book by Denis and Violet Kitchen titled Madness in Crowds:
The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady (Beehive Books) will be available tonight, signed on
request by the authors.

View all of the Spring event in one place, download the flyer here.