ARHS’ annual Harmony Brigade concert (tonight) and Applefest weekend

Above: Algonquin is again timing its annual a capella concert with the Harmony Brigade to take place over Northborough’s Applefest weekend (Right photo posted to Facebook by NSMA)

Northborough’s big annual community event is Applefest. It kicked off Thursday and is continuing through Sunday. (Scroll down for their list of official events.)

I don’t cover festivals in most communities outside our town. But our high school’s strong ties to Applefest make this festival an exception.

One example of those ties is Algonquin Regional High School’s annual hosting of the New England Harmony Brigade.

The a capella concert includes the 100 man Harmony Brigade Chorus and Algonquin choral groups. This year it also features the brigade’s award winning quartet “Timepiece”. Plus, they’re advertising “Hear an amazing random draw quartet sing when their names are “pulled out of a hat” onstage”.

It’s not an official Applefest event, but is always timed to coincide with festivities. The concert will take place at Algonquin at 6:30 pm tonight.

You can pre-purchase tickets from an ARHS music student or by clicking here. Tickets are $15 (or free for students 18 and under). If available, tickets will also be sold at the door.

20150916_ARHS_cheerleadersOther Algonquin ties are seen through special fundraising events, some of which support the school or scholarships.

School organizations also frequently make use of booths at the street fair to raise funds. (Like T-Hawk cheerleaders to the right, captured on Facebook at a past year’s event.)

Here’s a list of official Applefest Events: 

(Other than the above-mentioned concert, Friday night’s activities are sold out. So, I’m just listing Sat-Sun.)

Saturday, September 17th:

  • 8:30 Regsitration and 10:00 AM – 5K Road Race
  • 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Junior Woman’s Apple Pie Cafe
  • 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM – Friends of Library Side Walk Book Sale
  • 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM – Northborough Garden Club Art and Bloom
  • Daytime – Historical Society Tour
  • 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – American Legion Chicken BBQ
  • 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM – BBQ, Music, Games (Moonwalks, ARHS Robotics Show, Cotton Candy, Pony Rides and more) on ARHS athtletic field
  • 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Fireworks over ARHS athtletic field

Sunday September 18th:

  • 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – 1:00 PM – Classic Car Show
  • 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Fire Dept Open House
  • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Parade
  • 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Rotary Club Street Fair
  • 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Trinity Church Craft Fair
  • 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Old Tyme Luncheon
  • 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Taste of Northborough

For details, visit the Applefest website.

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