Things To Do In Holden


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  • The Weaving Shed & Fanastic Fibers
    The rigid heddle loom is a relatively simple machine. Jennifer Baum, The Weaving Shed's owner and a juried fiber artist, likes it because a beginning student can set it up and start a scarf within 45 minutes. Along with the loom's simplicity, Jen appreciates the therapeutic value of its rhythmic, back-and-forth cadence. As students work the loom to steadily pull fiber threads into a hand-woven item, they also shed the stress of their day. Jen sees these transformations—both in the progress of the project and the demeanor of the student—as she guides the technique and lends tips to the up to eight students that attend each class in the newly-expanded studio. Along with classes, The Weaving Shed also spearheads a Farm to Yarn program with local farms. The natural or hand-dyed sheep's wool or alpaca fleece becomes a sustainable, specialty fiber for weaving, knitting, felting, crotchet, and spinning projects. This interest in cultivating local fibers hits especially close to Jen's home, AKA Sunny Knoll Farm, where, with her husband and children, she helps raise an ever-growing alpaca herd. She describes the alpaca as a very "zen-lifestyle animal," even though scientific journals refer to them as "respiring shag carpets." Along with laughing at the "fun family adventure" that the experience has been, she also praises the hypoallergenic qualities of the fleece and its 22 naturally occurring colors.
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    555 Prospect St
    West Boylston, MA US
  • Cornerstone Ranch
    Situated on 24 acres of woods and meadows in central Massachusetts, Cornerstone Ranch allows riders to savor New England's breathtaking foliage year-round with lessons, camps, and rides through scenic terrain. Owner Sue Connell and her family prep their fleet of horses with exhaustive training and pesticide-free fly-control practices, making the steeds even safer to ride than Smokey the Bear. Sue steers horse-drawn sleighs during winter months and gangs astride steeds during warmer weather, leading fellow riders through a labyrinth of woodsy trails. She and an equally experienced instructor helm riding lessons for all levels year-round and fold the same principles into weeklong summer camps. The camps cater to beginner and advanced equestrians alike, teaching kids how to catch, lead, tie up, groom, and outfit horses with bridles and saddles before mounting and riding them into kid-sized sunsets. Daily schedules consist of two rides, including group excursions and trail jaunts. At week's end, equestrians flaunt their new skills at a horse show for friends and parents.
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    29 Dowds Ln.
    Princeton, MA US
  • Princeton Academy of Dance
    Nothing gets your blood pumping quite like dancing. Get your daily workout in at Princeton Academy of Dance in Princeton. Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    206 Worcester Rd
    Princeton, MA US
  • Tavern On The Common
    Tavern On The Common in Rutland is known for its tasty eats. You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from Tavern On The Common's full bar to top off your meal. Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Tavern On The Common. Dress is typically casual at Tavern On The Common, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening. If you're strapped for time, take out food from Tavern On The Common. Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Tavern On The Common will ensure that it is delicious. Drivers can access the parking lot next door. Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant. Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Tavern On The Common's moderately priced fare.
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    249 Main St
    Rutland, MA US
  • Upperdeck Sports Bar and Grille
    Upperdeck Sports is a bar offering flavorsome pub food and good burgers. It's a popular restaurant for visitors looking for awesome food. If you're trying to plan your week, folks will be quick to point out that later in the week (Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays) will be the best time to visit. Sometimes there's live music, but keep in mind it can get a little loud. If you just feel like stopping by for a drink, the restaurant has helpful bar staff (and a good selection behind the bar). All things considered, making a trip to Upperdeck Sports is never a bad call. Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby.
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    377 Stetson Rd
    Barre, MA US
  • Holden Black Belt Academy
    Sports fans flock to Holden's Holden Black Belt Academy for a fun day away. Learn how to defend yourself in a wide variety of situations with a mixed martial arts class. Book your next kickboxing class at this establishment and kick and punch your way to your fitness goals. Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    1161 Main St
    Holden, MA US

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