East County Notebook: NY Times best-selling author to read at New Salem school

Monday, November 27, 2017
Bartok to read from ‘The Wonderling’

NEW SALEM — Mira Bartok, a New York Times best-selling author, is scheduled to be at Swift River School from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday to read from her recently released book, “The Wonderling,” a fantasy novel for middle school-grade readers. Movie rights to the book were sold to Fox 2000 Pictures.

This is Bartok’s first novel for younger readers, which she filled with her own illustrations. Copies of the book will be for sale at the event. The author will sign these, or any of your own that you bring.

The Friends of the New Salem Public Library and Friends of the Wendell Library, which are sponsoring this event, will also raffle off a copy of “The Wonderling” donated by Bartok, who lives in New Salem. In addition, the sixth-grade class of Swift River School will host a bake sale to raise money for the annual class trip.

Orange Historical Society to hold Christmas bazaar

ORANGE — The Orange Historical Society plans to hold its annual Christmas bazaar at the Weymouth-French House at 41 North Main St. on Saturday, the final day it is open until the seasonal reopening in April 2018.

Doors will open for business at 10 a.m., and will remain open through the prize drawings, which will begin at 4 p.m. The society’s gift shop will also be open to offer Orange-inspired Christmas gifts, including blankets, ornaments, postcards, and T-shirts.

Baked goods and candy will be offered, and a large tin can auction will include several gift baskets, gift certificates, a framed map of Orange and more.

A football, covered stainless steel mixing bowls, an angel tree-topper, a boxed photo frame and boxed sets of CDs will be included.

Raffle tickets will be available for the fall fundraiser — 100 gallons of heating oil donated by Orange Oil, or cash, or one ton of hardwood pellets, donated by Mount Tully Kennels.

The building will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to receive donations of food and raffle items.

Members are asked to bring baked goods, candy and prizes to be raffled.

Fish and Game head to speak at meeting

ATHOL — The Millers River Watershed Council plans to hold its 2017 annual meeting at the Millers River Environmental Center at 100 Main St. on Wednesday.

The meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m. with a review of water monitoring and recreational Blue Trail accomplishments. The keynote presentation will be made by local resident Ron Amidon, who was appointed commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game in July.

Food Alliance meets Dec. 5

ORANGE — The Greater Quabbin Food Alliance invites the public to participate in local food initiatives on Dec. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Orange Innovation Center.