Good Reviews of a Great Time!

May 10, 2010

Check out the blog “In and Around Fitchburg, Mass” and Friday’s review of our all new First Thursdays!

A special thank you to all the performers, businesses, and visitors involved in the First Thursdays event. The weather gorgeous, which served as a foreshadow to the great event that lay ahead. The opening of Chaibo was a spectacular event, including a ribbon cutting in the presence of several state and city officials. The presence of outside businesses like Country Good’s BBQ, Il Ricordi, and Parkhill Pizza (among others!) brought even more vitality to the downtown area. Performances in the Wine Cellar, Espresso, Rollstone Studios, Faith United Church, Design at 639, and the Armory (again, among others!) brought music and smiles to everyone who experienced them.

Now, planning begins for the June First Thursday celebration. Next month will have a Green theme, showing Fitchburg’s environmentally friendly side. If you missed out on May 6th, make sure you don’t miss out on June 3rd!


Tonight’s the Big Night!

May 6, 2010

Tonight is the very first of the all new First Thursdays. Here’s a list of everything that’s happening!

Click to download the First Thursdays Event Calendar – May 2010

See you all there!

Design at 639

May 5, 2010

One of the art galleries on Main Street, Design at 639 has a unique and intriguing energy. It is an art gallery geared toward home furnishings. Specifically, they have a variety of  sculptures, photography, paintings, furniture, and other exciting art works. The selection at Design at 639 ranges from ceramic and glass, to wearable art and home accessories.

In addition to all the wonderful pieces they have for purchase and viewing, the gallery also offers classes. Currently, they’re offering a ‘Trash to Treasures’ class where people can bring in old furniture and learn to turn it into something fun and new.

Design at 639 holds events and activities open to the Fitchburg community. Performances such as live music and artists talks are examples of successful past events they’ve had.

As part of the First Thursdays program, they welcome the public to come in and take a look at the art work, as well as enjoy live music and other performances occurring the first Thursday of every month. On the May 6th First Thursday, come and enjoy music by Norton Guitars inventor/builder Hugh & friends from 6-8 PM, and will be featuring a special guest food vendor, Country Good Barbecue from 5-7 PM.

Rollstone Studios

May 5, 2010

Rollstone Studios is an artist run studio and gallery located at 633 Main St. in downtown Fitchburg, MA. They are typically open from 11 am – 4 pm Thursday thru Sunday, but they pull out the stops for First Thursdays every month and stay open till 8. The gallery showcases a wide variety of art and artists, including the work of Anne Giancola, Camilo Neves, Helen Obermeyer-Simmons, Jan Queijo, Jeffu Warmouth, Leslie MacPhail, Reverend BLAMO, and more. Rollstone is proud to be home of the Fitchburg Cultural Alliance, as well as hosting and supporting many community events taking place in Fitchburg.

This First Thursday, May 6th, Rollstone Studios will be hosting a “Seniorz” exhibit, showcasing work from local seniors, an Art of Colored Pencil exhibit, showcasing the work of artist Gary Ruuska, “Make Your Own Photo Cards” with John Nault, and “Dance to Break the Silence” performed by FSC dancers! Also, they will be hosting special guest food vendor, Il Ricordi. This First Thursday aims to be the best yet, thanks in part to Rollstone Studios, their awesome exhibitions, and their commitment to the event for the past two years. Come down and enjoy a most excellent time!

Fitchburg Public Library

May 5, 2010

Located at 610 Main Street, the Fitchburg Public Library offers something for everyone. The library has events such as concerts, visits from authors, book sales and story time for kids. They also have a Book Club, Knit and Crochet Club and Lego Club. The library offers tons of free movies, music, computers for public use, magazines, newspapers and, of course- books!

The Fitchburg Public Library has been involved with First Thursdays every month since it first began. Their First Thursdays events often include activities with crafts, stories and sometimes food! This year’s theme is “traveling to other countries.” On Thursday, May 6th you are invited to join the library as they ‘visit’ Mexico with crafts and activities to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. This event is from 5:30pm – 6:30pm and is free and open to all ages! Megan, who is a Girl Scout, will lead the event. Hope to see you there!

The Rabbit Hole

April 28, 2010

The Rabbit Hole is a book, music and novelty store located on Main Street. The store consists of two floors, with a winding staircase leading from one to the other, which provides the store with enough space for both merchandise and community events.

Downstairs you can find a wide variety of books and graphic novels. The book selection extends to the second floor, where vinyl records and CDs can be found, as well as posters, games and other trinkets.

The Rabbit Hole embodies a very welcoming atmosphere, offering customers a place to sit and read, or just hang out. This same space is used for all of their events, which include open-mic nights, poetry readings, talks from authors, and many different activities planned for children.

Exciting examples of their upcoming events include live music (ranging from folk singers to local hardcore bands), a children’s’ poetry reading, and Texas Hold ‘em lessons.

The Rabbit Hole holds some of First Thursday’s most exciting events. For the May 6th First Thursday, they have invited an indie rock band called the Bella Birds to play music from 7-8 PM. No matter what they have going on, First Thursday activities held at the Rabbit Hole always encompass liveliness, interaction and a positive energy.

First Thursdays

April 14, 2010

Fitchburg, MA is proud to present to the city First Thursdays Fitchburg. On the first Thursday of every month, the businesses on Main Street (and now city wide) join together to offer events and celebrate the people and city of Fitchburg. With the help of a Public Relations team from Fitchburg State College, First Thursdays is being revamped and renewed to offer a greater variety of events and a fresh face for First Thursdays.

Every day in the week leading up to the newly improved First Thursdays event, we will be releasing articles about some of the businesses who will be participating in First Thursdays. May 6th is all about the “Seniorz” – seniors in high school, college, and senior citizens with certain venues offering discounts for the Seniorz. It will feature the first ever “Music Walk,” with various locations hosting bands, musicians, singers and dancers. A complete schedule will be posted soon, so be sure to check back every day for new features and articles!