Steve Latanision, left, and Howie Newman are Knock on Wood.
Steve Latanision, left, and Howie Newman are Knock on Wood. (courtesy photo)

Knock on Wood opens summer series

ASHBURNHAM — Howie Newman and Steve Latanision, aka Knock on Wood have teamed up to form a lively acoustic duo that plays funny original songs (suitable for all ages) as well as well-known rock covers, spanning everything from the Beatles to Steely Dan to the Dropkick Murphys. Their varied repertoire features excellent musicianship, pleasing vocal harmonies and lots of fun.

Knock on Wood will kick off 2019 Ashburnham Summer Concert Series with a free show at Winchester Park, 20 Memorial Drive, on Sunday, July 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. It's the third year in a row Knock on Wood will take part in the popular summer series, which is run by the Ashburnham Parks and Recreation Dept.

Free concerts at Winchester Park will continue Sundays through July and August.

Comedian will keep it clean in Fitchburg

FITCHBURG —Enjoy clean, family humor, and learn about the wonderful benefits of laughter with stand-up comedian Jerry Caruso on Thursday, July 11, from 6 to 7 p.m., at Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St.

Laughter helps the brain, heart, lungs, stomach and bloodstream, just to name a few. The program is free and appropriate for all ages. For information about this or other library programs, call 978-829-1780.

Tour town's tavern history in Shirley


SHIRLEY — In 1752, the first tavern was built on land that would become the town of Shirley. It served as a place for rest and refreshment for locals and travelers. Two hundred years later, a nightclub was built nearby serving food, drink and entertainment. More than 20 taverns, bars and nightclubs did business in Shirley over the centuries.

On Saturday, July 13, the Shirley Historical Society is inviting the community to learn about these establishments and to take a bus tour visiting their locations. The tour starts at 4 p.m., at The Bull Run Restaurant with an explanation of Shirley's drinking history and the effects of Prohibition. Then the group boards the bus for the tour, stopping along the way for one libation.

Tickets cost $25 and must be paid for in advance as space on the bus is limited. For more information, or to make reservations, call 978-425-9328 or e-mail