At Fini’s Plant Farm, children and families can enjoy a Halloween-themed daytime party and more adventuresome souls can undertake a nighttime haunted hayride. Beginning at 7 p.m., explorers embark on a 20–30 minute covered hayride through the expanses of Deadman Woods, then wander through a haunted house that some say still echoes with the mournful cries of frozen wontons forgotten in the oven.
After loading up groups into their cabins, Sports Travel and Tours’ coaches set a course for Fenway Park for an evening of AL East baseball as the Red Sox look to trounce the formidable Tampa Bay Rays and regain their crimson footing in one of the majors' most competitive divisions. Powerhouse designated hitter David Ortiz leads the BoSox’s offensive charge with more than 20 RBIs and a batting average well above .300 so far this season. Likewise, shortstop Mike Aviles has racked up more than 20 runs, making so many trips around the diamond that he always stops to water his redwood growing on the third-base line.
Since 1949, Imperial Tile & Marble Works Inc.'s knowledgeable staff members have sourced and distributed fine porcelain, ceramic, and stone tiles and overseen both residential and commercial makeovers. Whether customers are replacing a floor, adding a stone accent wall, or attempting to create the first tiled garage door, Paul and Joe DeSantis guide them through many domestic and imported products from manufacturers including Florida Tile, Laufen, and Marazzi. The owners personally oversee custom fabrication and installation services that incorporate the store’s expansive inventory of tumbled marble, stainless-steel tiles, and Tec grouts and mortars, thoroughly inspecting the finished product to ensure optimal quality and savor the new-tile smell.
With fully automated and secured facilities, Casey Storage sings a roomy swan song for space-starved customers. Storage options and prices vary by facility but include spaces beginning at 5'x5' ($35+ a month) and running up to 10'x30' ($100–$189 a month), large enough to store a boat or medium-sized war elephant. Stuff stowers have a choice of drive-up access and temperature-controlled options, depending on the nature of their soon-to-be stashed goods, and facility employees will be happy to assist customers in choosing the right size space for their prized possessions. Check out the Auburn, Sturbridge, and Webster price listings for unit sizes and specifics.
Tires squeal and a 15-horsepower engine hums as its driver cuts through a narrow turn, shaving fractions of a second off the lap. Below the track, a colorful golf ball winds through faux island trees, avoiding walls and stops on its way to an awaiting hole. It's another day at Tri-State Speedway, a multileveled family entertainment center littered with motorized fun for patrons of any age. The upstairs, 22,000-square-foot go-kart track hosts competitive races with karts calibrated for speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. A walk downstairs leads to the island-themed, 18-hole mini-golf course nestled among a large video-game arcade, bowling lanes, bumper cars, and billiard tables. When fun gives way to hunger, Drafters Sports Cafe's servers and cooks serve finger-friendly pub bites, ice-cold beer, and paper napkins fashioned from losing basketball brackets.
Each year, Breezy Gardens owners Kim and John Miczek plant and harvest more than 100 tons of pumpkins, many of them lifted from the earth by visitors to the farm's pick-your-own pumpkin patch. But pumpkins are just one of many crops: In the spring, chrysanthemums, lilies, and tulips emit subtle fragrances, and the summer months bring an abundance of edible color in the form of yellow squash, blueberries, and ruby-hued tomatoes. The Miczeks practice conscientious growing methods to support the quality of their bounty. Craftily planted determent crops distract insects from disturbing fruits and sleeping vegetables, and soil undergoes frequent analyses by the University of Massachusetts to reveal precise measurements of nutrients. In addition to supplying jack-o'-lanterns, Breezy Gardens gives a nod to colder months with Christmas trees, wreaths, statues, and dried floral arrangements.