Quick hits: Plan ahead for a concert - and hot air balloons
PLAN AHEAD: Pick up tickets to these shows
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 24
WHERE: TD Banknorth Garden
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 16
WHERE: The Orpheum
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 26
WHERE: The Orpheum
TV ON THE RADIO
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 13
WHERE: The Wilbur Theatre
Tickets on sale now, www.livenation.com
FULL OF HOT AIR
Pilots from all over the Northeast will fly their hot air balloons over Hudson Saturday and Sunday for the fourth annual Hudson Elks Club No. 959 Hot Air Balloon Festival. Since its inception in 2005, this event has doubled from seven to 15 balloons. Locally, DCU credit union and REMAX will be flying balloons, and Concord, N.H., pilot Rick Jones will bring his "cloud hopper," a one-person balloon with a seat for the pilot and no basket.
On both days, balloons are scheduled to ascend at 6 a.m. at 99 Park St., Hudson, weather permitting. On Saturday afternoon the field will reopen at 2 and balloons will offer tethered rides to the public and the setting sun will provide a "balloon glow" at dusk. Other activities include a State Police K-9 demonstration, face painting, golf putting, moon walk, games and races, and food and beverages will be for sale. Music will be provided by the McMurphys from 2 to 5:30 p.m. and the Bruce Marshall Group from 5:30 to 8 p.m. On Sunday, there's a Meet the Pilots breakfast at 8 a.m. ($5) sponsored the Hudson branch of the Boys and Girls Club of MetroWest and 99 Restaurants.
Admission to the field on Saturday morning for the ascent is $2 for adults, $1 for children; once the activities begin at 2 p.m., admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children.}
THEY'RE AN AMERICAN BAND
Head out to Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Road, Webster, this weekend to hear a blast from the past by Grand Funk Railroad with The Reminisants opening. The concert is Saturday afternoon at 2, but some like to enjoy scenic Webster Lake for the whole weekend by staying in their their RV or popup camper.
Situated on the shores of the lake, also known as Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, Indian Ranch has been hosting country music and now '70s rock bands like Grand Funk since 1946. The band Kansas plays on Sunday, too.
Grand Funk concert tickets are $45-$32.50 or $27.50 for general admission advanced purchase. Call 508-943-3871 or visit tix.com. For more information about camping, go to www.indianranch.com.
Have you been to Fruitlands Museum in Harvard lately? Then you've surely taken in "Tree Figures," the exhibit of massive sculptures by artist Joseph Wheelwright, seemingly stalking across the hilly central Massachusetts landscape like "Wickerman" and his ilk.
Or, if you like, a sudden but perhaps inevitable old growth forest rebellion.
Don't worry, they're all stationary, but may travel on their own through your imagination.
They're part of "Branching Out," recently featured in this newspaper's Arts and Entertainment pages, and part of the museum's offering of arts events honoring the glory of trees including their battle to stay rooted amid encroaching development and other environmental indignities.
But it's not just visual art paying homage to the forest primeval. The Concord Poetry Center will hold a reading event Sunday, Aug. 10, featuring the center's 2007 poet-in-residence Susan Richmond, who will introduce poets Helen Marie Casie, Tom Daley, Linda Hoffman, Joan Kimball, Moira Linehan and Joel Moskowitz.
Through their words, the poets and those who listen to their words may discover, in the words of Mexican poet and Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz, "arbol adentro" a tree within.
The reading will be held Sunday, Aug. 10 at 3 p.m. in the Picture Gallery at at Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. Admission is free to Fruitlands and Concord Poetry Center members, and with museum admission. For more information, call 978-456-9028 or visit www.fruitlands.org. For more information about the Concord Poetry Center, visit www.concordpoetry.org.