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“The Fergal Project” Kicks Off New Limited Edition “1794 Series” For Massachusetts Brewer

Wachusett Brewing Company is kicking off a new line of limited edition beers with a major bang. The first beer in its new 1794 Series will feature a collaboration with renowned Irish Master Brewer Fergal Murray. The beer, appropriately titled “The Fergal Project,” is being billed as a New England Stout, an exciting new interpretation of the style. The stout combines classic Irish malts with American hops Wachusett has featured in its well-regarded New England IPA Wally.

“I’ve known Fergal for almost 15 years,” said Christian McMahan, President of Wachusett Brewing Company. “When we talked about the launch of this new collaboration series, there was no one else I wanted us to work more than Fergal. His knowledge of the stout category is second to none. We are honored he chose Wachusett as his first U.S. craft beer partner.” McMahan concluded.

“I’ve been watching and keeping an eye on Wachusett, so I got on the phone with my buddy Christian and here we are,” said Fergal Murray. “I love working with people that are passionate about making great beer and certainly found that with everyone I met at their brewery, the whole creative process was a pleasure,” Murray concluded.

The collaboration themed 1794 Series is a homage to the year that the iconic symbol of the Wachusett brand, the barn at October Farm was built. The quality, craftsmanship, and collaboration that went into the construction of the barn over 200 years ago — and still stands strong today — is symbolic of the newest extension of the Wachusett Brewing family.

“The Fergal Project” will be released on draft and in 4-pack 16oz. cans February 23rd. “The Fergal Project” is 4.5% ABV and 40 IBUs.

For more information about Wachusett Brewing Company, visit

About Wachusett Brewing Company

The company produces a diverse, award-winning line of beers ranging from their best-selling Blueberry Ale to their recent introduction, the highly-rated Wally, a New England IPA. WBC is the largest brewer in Central Massachusetts and was one of the top 10 fastest growing craft breweries in the US in 2016.

Hi- res images and samples are available by contacting Caitlin Morse, (978) 549-7714,


HealthAlliance Guild ~ St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon Thursday, March 15

HealthAlliance Guild ~ St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon Thursday, March 15

UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital Entrance F, Guild Conference Room, Ground Floor
$20 for Guild Members/$25 non-members
Corned Beef and Cabbage Lunch provided by Sodexo
RSVP no later than March 9 to Kathy Boudreau at 978-466-4516,
Special Musical Entertainment: Vinny Prendergast

A Promise of Things to Come: Works of Energy and Optimism in Oils

On display at Gallery Sitka in Fitchburg, Mass through March 29, 2018


Doreen LaScola is always searching out new means of expression. She is continually evolving as an artist, creating her works from the inside out, or from what she refers to as her “core” (a word that comes from the Romance languages, meaning “heart”).  She relies on instinctively understanding her subject matter rather than merely copying onto canvas or paper what the eyes see. She believes that art is about revealing the artist’s thoughts and feelings as much as representing the world that we all share objectively. It all adds up to continually looking to the future and seeing a world of possibilities. The artist will offer 26 pieces of startlingly original work at Gallery Sitka in Fitchburg starting on Saturday, Feb. 10, in a show she has entitled “A Promise of Things to Come.”


Ms. LaScola considers herself primarily a studio artist focusing on the conceptual and the abstract. She has always chosen her various media — oil, woodcut, acrylic, pastel, pen & ink, and mixed media — carefully and painstakingly. But a few years ago, Ms. LaScola, “on a lark,” decided to try painting right within the natural world she loves. She began to do “plein air” painting, out-of-doors, with her subject surrounding her. At first, she disliked that very feeling of sensory bombardment coming from all sides. Her style had always come from a quiet place inside her, and so depicting the overwhelming power of the natural world seemed foreign. But she pressed on, palette knife in hand until she established the connection she was looking for. By painting outdoors, Doreen found a way to take in the energy of the trees, the water, the stones, and all the manifestations of forces larger than herself. She felt humbled by this new approach to looking at the world. The overall feeling was centering, calming, but also thrilling.


The paintings in this show all display a remarkable energy. The colors are vibrant, bold, and seem to rush right at the viewer, creating a plain where all the elements — the trees, the ground, even the shadows — come up flush within the frame. Yet it is surprising that in such highly kinetic images the various objects do not seem to be clashing with each other. In fact, there is a feeling of peace, balance, and unity. These pictures of New England outdoor scenes express that almost hypnotic feeling of connection to the natural world — “the woods are lovely, dark and deep” — while carrying a charge that unapologetically demands our attention.


In “An Energy All Their Own,” the bright colors don’t correspond to any we would capture in a color photograph. The bark of the trees is violet, set off by shafts of rich yellow that we might assume are little fields of straw or some other ground cover that we might see in the forest. But the bold yellow seems to have a lot more to do with depicting the sunlight as it reflects off the straw than with the straw itself.


“Essence” presents colors that are more immediately recognizable. In the foreground, we see lilacs, with bright spring green in the immediate background — although the background is not exactly what that green feels like, since once again all the colors seem to rush forward. Curiously, this almost electric energy so completely captures the sense of life and promise we might see in those lilacs that we are pulled in. The sensation of depth comes not from one field of color fading away into the background while another field comes forward, but simply from the intense energy of these living things themselves.


This way of seeing the depth of the image is even more striking in “In Attendance.” The trunks of the trees in the foreground are a sort of vivid red with a touch of russet brown. They frame the waterfall in the background, blue water crashing over rocks and turning white. Somehow we know the waterfall is further away from us, but even so, it seems to jump upon us and playfully splash us.


By contrast, “Waning Beauties” is almost documentary in its focus and concentration on one small area. We see in close-up some flowers that may have seen their best days but are still sporting brilliant reds and yellows. The stems interspersed among the flowers are not exactly green but rather a strange pale blue that perhaps reminds us of the sky overhead.


“A Promise of Things to Come” — the title painting of the show, so to say — also presents us with impossible colors that speak more of the general feeling of the place than of the colors a camera would come away with. “Behind” the spring-green leaves in the foreground is a sky that is not powder blue but something like that lilac color we saw in “Essence.” The brownish red of “In Attendance” is here again, the bark of these shortish trees communicating more, really, about how Ms. LaScola is seeing it and feeling it than how it would appear in some objective rendering. The optimistic attitude toward the future comes through very strongly here, carried primarily by that commanding energy of Mother Nature herself to which Doreen has become so acutely sensitive.


An award-winning mixed-media artist, Ms. LaScola first found her voice as an artist at Minneapolis College of Art & Design and later at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has many works in private collections in the U.S. She works out of her studio at the School Street Art Studios in Gardner, Mass.


Gallery Sitka veteran Thomas W. Bradley wants to “capture the hidden treasures…that surround all of us” by means of the works in pastels that he has created in recent years. He has also been experimenting with new kinds of textural surfaces on handmade board. Mr. Bradley suggests that the precious moments he’s seeking are all around us but we too often miss them as we hurry from one place to the next.


The artist has an exquisite sensitivity to the countryside. He catches the quiet beauty of these rather lonely but also very welcoming scenes far from the noise and confusion of the city. “Queen Anne’s Meadow” pictures a clearing on a hillside that may have once been, or may still be, a pasture for sheep or cows. The grass of the meadow is decorated discreetly with wildflowers of white and yellow and cornflower-blue. “Right to Farm” brings us up a dirt roadway leading to a barn and a small white farmhouse. We see no fewer than four vehicles — a tractor, a truck, and not one but two earth-movers, each parked somewhat haphazardly around the yard. There’s definitely a story here, but no one is around to tell it. We see all the necessary machinery for farming, but the farmer himself is otherwise occupied. The title may refer to the farmer’s right to be doing what he does, or to the proposition that any person looking for the peace of the countryside ought to have the right to make a living on a small, family (as opposed to factory) farm.


Mr. Bradley’s recent trip to the southwestern United States was a revelation and led to the creation of 10 new paintings that will be featured in this show. He painted these works at the Cibola National Forest near Albuquerque, N.M. and along historic Route 66 (yes, as in the old TV show and the Nat King Cole song) from Albuquerque to the Texas Panhandle. “The landscape, open skies, and lighting of the southwest are so different from what I have lived within New England,” Mr. Bradley says. He felt inspired to “capture the light and excitement of the desert.”


“Cibola—Into the Valley” illustrates this change of scene admirably. The viewer can almost feel the dry air and the expansive feel of the place, with immense blue mountaintops far in the distance. In the foreground, there is a lot of exposed, ragged-edge rock. The single tall tree in the picture seems to be whipping around in the wind. With that “big sky” and the mountains in the background, it makes the tree seem like some lonely soul fighting for survival in a harsh environment. But it’s an exciting, stimulating environment too. That upbeat feeling comes through very intensely in this painting.


“Save Us” portrays two old automobiles set amid the sparse greenery of their southwestern home — just some grass and low shrubs, with that same endless blue sky opening up above. There isn’t a single tree to be seen in the foreground, only a short, whitened one shorn of all bark that may already be dead. The title of the painting seems to be what the pickup truck and the station wagon would say if they could talk. Both sport a paint job that must have been brilliant red once upon a time but which is now battered and faded. The station wagon seems to be the older of the two vehicles, showing little resemblance to the long, sloping family cars that people used to drive back in the 1960s and ’70s. This one seems to date back even earlier. What are they doing here? The viewer doesn’t know. All we can assume is that these two old highway warriors belong in this expansive, sun-dried country. They even seem as though they might be able to keep on going for years — so long as they can stay here in the desert.


Artists Joelle Feldman and Susan Wadsworth will join Ms. LaScola and Mr. Bradley in this exhibition. The theme of the world as seen out-of-doors continues with these artists, as they depict both wide-open landscapes and crowded street scenes.


A native of Normandy, France, Joelle Feldman lives in New England. She began painting watercolors 30 years ago but now mainly paints in pastels and oils. These media serve her well in the works she will exhibit in this show. She captures the motion and hubbub of public spaces with her pictures of people in such a rush that we often see them only from behind as they are walking past. A picture of one woman dressed in black (highlighted with striking red-orange shoes, gloves, scarf and purse) walking away is a contrast to another depicting an entire crowd that seems to move as a single mass. They seem to form a wedge, but an unthreatening one, as — once again — they are all walking away, not charging toward us. A warmer kind of togetherness comes through in another picture of a (presumably) married couple on either side of their child, a boy (or possibly a girl). Still, the boy just slightly betrays the look of a kid feeling a bit trapped, with Mom to one side and Dad to the other. Both parents seem to be (of course) in a big hurry to get somewhere and to carry along their little one as expeditiously as possible. Another picture shows us no special hurrying at all — four figures that appear to be four young schoolgirls huddling and taking the time to pass around information and gossip.


A member of the Humanities faculty at Fitchburg State University, Susan Wadsworth enjoys “the experience of exploring certain sites,” such as the remarkable landscapes that she rendered while adventuring out west (Utah and North Dakota) in 2014. “Dead Horse Point” depicts an apparently unforgiving landscape that might indeed be a place where a horse or a human might end up dead. (Indeed, the title of the picture is the grisly name of the state park in Utah, where horses were often left to die.) The scene is a desert that sports a little green but a lot of brown and gold, along with “painted desert” hues, purples and misty blues that are not what an easterner would expect to see in the great outdoors. “Theodore Roosevelt Park” has the same sort of big sky feel, even though we see only a sliver of sky framing a landscape of great gold western mountains with only the barest traces of greenery popping up here and there.


“A Promise of Things to Come” is available for viewing at Gallery Sitka at 454 Main St. in Fitchburg, Mass., through March 29th, 2018, Thursday-Saturday, 10-4. Visit to learn more.

Dueling Pianos Event Supports Mission of Habitat for Humanity North Central MA

Get ready for an evening of laughter and music with the antics of Rob Steen and company at Habitat for Humanity’s “Dueling Pianos” event on Friday, April 6th at the Devens Common Center.  Join us for some great entertainment while supporting a worthwhile cause.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the work of Habitat for Humanity North Central MA, bringing affordable housing to those in need throughout the organization’s 25 towns and cities in the region.

Tickets are $70 per person for Dinner and the Show -OR- $40 per person for the SHOW ONLY.  The Dinner and Show package includes a three-course plated dinner with choice of Baked Jumbo Gulf Shrimp, Marinated Beef Tips, or a Vegetarian selection as well as premium seating for the show.  A cash bar will also be available.  Dinner will be served at 6:00pm.

A Cocktail Hour with complimentary light appetizers and desserts along with the cash bar for “Show Only Patrons” will begin at 7:00pm. The show starts at 7:30pm.  A Silent Auction will be held at the start of the evening. Winners will be announced during the show’s intermission.  Sponsorship opportunities for the event are also available, offered at various support levels with multiple recognition benefits for local businesses, groups and individual donors.

To purchase tickets, please visit  Tickets and sponsorship information are also available by calling the Habitat for Humanity NCM office at 978-348-2749.  The Devens Common Center is located at 31 Andrews Parkway in Devens, MA.


Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts

Habitat for Humanity NCM offers a hand up, not a hand out, to hard-working, low-income central Massachusetts families seeking affordable homeownership.  Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat NCM builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner partner

families. Habitat NCM also operates the Leominster ReStore which raises funds through the sale of discounted or recycled materials and furniture.


Nauti Rosé To Jump In And Appeal To Drinkers In Explosive Rosé Wine Category


Nauti Seltzer is looking to go beyond the hard seltzer category with the announcement of their newest flavor, Nauti Rosé. Nauti Rosé is a refreshing and delightful interpretation of a sparking rosé wine. Nauti Rosé combines wonderful hints of mandarin orange, peach, raspberries and cherry combined with the refreshing bubbles that have made the hard seltzer segment one of the fastest growing beverage categories in the past year.

“The rosé wine category has been on an unprecedented 5-year run. It has transcended the wine category and has become a cultural icon of fun” said Christian McMahan, President of Craft Cocktail Company. “We wanted to offer a new, convenient alternative for rosé drinkers to extend those occasions where they can enjoy the flavor of rosé.”

“In our research we noticed that the rosé wine and hard seltzer drinker were very alike, so we figured, why make them choose.” McMahan concluded. “Our innovation team has been working on the project for several months now to create the perfect rosé flavor and we could not be more pleased with the final result”

Now you can drink “rosé all-day” Nauti style.

Nauti Rosé will be released in 6-packs of 12oz. cans mid-March and will be added to Nauti Seltzer Party Pack shortly after. Nauti Seltzer Rosé is 5% ABV premium malt beverage that contains natural flavors.

For more information about Nauti Seltzer, visit

About Nauti Seltzer

Nauti Seltzer is a ready to drink, premium malt beverage that brings together the wonderful effervescence of seltzer with natural fruit flavor.  The result is refreshingly light, easy drinking hard seltzer that is always ready to go wherever your adventures take you.





Do you think you have what it takes to win up to $20,000!!!

We are holding a nationwide search looking for outgoing, highly skilled chefs and professional cooks from all backgrounds. If you think you have the chops to make mincemeat out of the competition, you need to apply!

 We are ALSO casting the following specialty episodes:

Chefs that specialize in…..





Spicy Dishes

Outrageous Dishes

Fried Food

Asian Food

Italian Food

Island Food

Southern Food

Vegetarian Food

Fine Dinning


Over The Top Food

Clash of the Classics – Taking classic dishes and elevating them!

*Please be specific in regards to your food perspective and how you use/elevate this specific item/dish in interesting or unique ways.


Military Vets

Home Cooks

GGG Kids

Rising Star: Teens that have culinary dreams of being in the industry. (Ages 14-18)

Superfans – tell us what you love about the show. Guy, the judges, the games. Be specific.

Rivals Episode: We are casting rival chefs who are looking to finally settle the score of whose cooking is better! This could be: brothers, sisters, husband/wife, cross-town rivals, grandparent/grandkid, culinary instructor/culinary student, sous chef/executive chef, etc…

Siblings that are both chefs.

Lastly, ALL IN THE FAMILY (one family that has at least four chefs that will compete against each other. This could be mom, dad, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, cousin, grandparent etc.)

Saturday at Gallery Sitka West in Fitchburg

Saturday at Gallery Sitka West in Fitchburg:

Saturday, Feb. 10,  1 — 4 PM
“A Promise of Things to Come”
A Plein Air Show by Doreen LaScola, with New Work by Thomas W. Bradley, work by Joelle Feldman, and Susan Wadsworth.
Gallery Sitka West
454 Main St.
Fitchburg, MA 01420

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Plan Dinner after the Show

Before/After the Show, Shop/Play:
Shack’s + Duvarney Jeweler’s
Plan an Escape
or See MORE ART:
Fitchburg Art Museum
Boulder Art Gallery

Comeketo Grand Reopening – March 2nd

Celebrate with us as Comeketo launches it’s Brazilian BBQ Steakhouse to Leominster and Surrounding towns: March 2nd & 9th!

Ticket will allow you to experience all different kinds of cuts of meats being slowly roasted in our state of the art rotisserie, Salad Bar, Hot sides served on the table . Entertainment – Samba dancer(Carnival) from Brazil. Also you will get a drink with this ticket(Beer or wine) $45 per person – The ticket will also allow you to be part of our rodizio club Duration of event is 1:30. See list of different days & times

You’ve asked for it and we’re doing it. Comeketo is opening as a tradional Churrascaria – Brazilian Steakhouse

While we change over, we have to close our restaurant – sit down ONLY. We’ll still be open for takeout, catering and deliveries. 978 466 1224 – For example, do you want to surprise that special someone on Valentine’s day? We’ll deliver a romantic Brazilian meal. Need a caterer for your event? Count on us. But as we get ready to serve you mouth-watering Brazilian barbecue , we can’t serve eat in meals.

While we’re preparing a mouthwatering menu and buffet, continue to enjoy our food. While we’re converting to traditional barbecues, keep our staff happy and busy by ordering our takeout service. Treat yourself on those busy winter nights by calling for home delivery.

Celebrate Spring by dining in during opening week of Comeketo’ s new Churrascaria.

Benefits of being a part of this re grand opening event:
– Be the 1st to have access to this new concept
– Entertainment – Carnival samba dancer straight from Brazil
– Includes a beer or wine

– Get 1 year of free membership of the Rodizio Club (see below)
**Rodizio Club Membership**
Free Membership to the “Comeketo Rodizio Club”. Normally $49.99
$150 in value throughout the year with membership enrollment
Free Rodizio Dinner on your birthday
VIP treatment every time you come in(Special Steak knife to dine in)
Priority invitations to special events through out the year(Access to monthly featured dinner serving prime cuts)
Membership savings each time you dine at Comeketo Brazilian Steakhouse ($2 off every time you come in & a guest)
5 % of kick back on your card

Girls Who Code

Want to work at a tech company?
Meeting location at The Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster – 365 Lindell Ave, Leominster, MA 01453
on Saturday February 3rd at 12:30 pm – 3:00pm
Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE programs for 6th to 12th grade
girls to explore coding in a fun and friendly way!

For any questions, email