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Apple Ridge Amenities:

Pool:  Our pool, completely rebuilt prior to the 2005 season, normally opens on Memorial Day weekend and stays open into the Fall, depending on weather.  The pool house has restrooms and a ping pong table.  Please observe the pool rules for the safety and enjoyment of all.

The pool at Apple Ridge.Tennis Court:  The tennis court is not heavily used, so come on down and get a workout.

Community Garden:  Walk through the wooden gate at the bottom of the hill, follow the path alongside the meadow, and you will come to the Apple Ridge community garden.  Garden plots are available for a nominal fee (currently $10).  A water tap is available next to the gardens.  Look for the notice sent out in the Spring to sign up for one.

Pond:  Continue on the path past the community garden and you will come to Apple Ridge's picturesque pond.  It's available for catch & release fishing in the summer, and for ice skating in the winter.   There is also a pathway which leads around the pond.

Committees: There are currently two committees at Apple Ridge. The Landscape Committee and the Communications Committee. 

Activities Nearby:

Walking Trails:
   
The beaver pond.Summer Hill:  Adjoining the Apple Ridge property, is the Town of Maynard Summer Hill Conservation Area.  This 66 acre wooded area begins just above Apple Ridge behind buildings 9-11, and covers much of Summer Hill.  Easiest access is through the gate at the end of the building 11/12 parking lot, and up the road toward the town water tower. The main trail crosses the road before you get to the water tower.  Going to the right eventually takes you to Summer Hill Road.  Going to the left eventually takes you to Summer Street.  Check the link for Maynard Trails for a discussion and maps of this and other conservation areas in Maynard.

Stow Town Forest:  Also called the Gardner Hill Area, this large tract of land has a wide variety of trails, both level and hilly.  Elizabeth Brook passes through it, Gardner Hill is in the middle, and the land runs down to the Assabet River.  The parking area is at the end of Bradley Lane, left off of Rt 117 a little past the Stow Shopping Center.  See the link for Stow Trails for more information.

Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge:  Less than two miles from here is the north entrance to this newest addition to the National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Eastern Massachusetts.  It encompasses 2,230 acres (3.5 square miles!) in the towns of Maynard, Stow, Sudbury, and Hudson.  During World War II, the land was taken by the Army as an ammunition storage facility.  In recent times it was a training annex for Ft. Devens.  The Air Force still maintains a three acre perch on top of one of the hills for an antenna test facility, but the rest of the land has been turned over to the US Fish & Wildlife Service.  After an extensive 5-year cleanup (still ongoing), the refuge opened to the public last Fall.  Permitted uses include hiking, hunting, and fishing.  Dogs and bicycles are currently not allowed.  See the Assabet River NWR website for details, including a trail map.  Many of the "trails" are old paved roads, but some are more traditional foot paths.  It's still a work in progress.  For access, drive down to Rt. 117, go left, then take an immediate right on White Pond Rd.  Go for approximately one mile, over the river, and as far as you can go to the parking area.

Golf:

Maynard and Stow have a total of 90 holes of golf!

Maynard Country Club:  An excellent, well maintained, 9 hole course with a nice clubhouse.  Formerly semi-private, it has recently gone totally private.  Membership is very reasonable, making it a "best buy" if you're looking to join a club.

Stow Acres Country Club:  Two excellent 18 hole public courses.  The North Course has hosted the Public Links Championship.  It has a well known golf school.  It can be very busy on weekends.

Butternut Farm Golf Club:  An excellent 18 hole public course in Stow, built by one of the original developers of Stow Acres.

Wedgewood Pines Country Club:  A new private 18 hole course in Stow.

Stowaway Golf Course:  A "rustic" 9 hole family owned public course.

Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing:

Stow Town Forest:  During the winter, the trails here are as beautiful and inviting as in the summer.  Snowmobiles that used to chew up the trails are now prohibited.

Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge:  Since it's a mix of roads and trails, it remains to be seen how amenable it will be for cross country skiing.

Maynard Country Club:  Cross-country skiing on the fairways is permitted.  Kids also love to sled on the main hill of the first fairway

Arts & Entertainment:

ARTSPACE:  The old Fowler middle school, now offering studio space for local artists.  Also the home of the award winning Acme Theater group.

Acton Community Chorus:  A no-audition community chorus, drawing singers of all abilities from all the area towns.  Offers two concerts a year -- classical in the winter, and "pops" in the spring, at different venues in area towns.

Stow Festival Chorus:  A community chorus offering several concerts a year, mostly classical.

ACME Theater Productions:  Maynard's own community theater.

Theatre III:  A very active community theater in West Acton.

Fine Arts Theater:  A 3-screen movie theater in downtown Maynard, showing first run movies.

Apple Picking:

In Spring, the apple blossoms in the area orchards are beautiful.  But in Fall, we get to pick them and enjoy them at their peak of flavor and crispness.

Derby Orchard:  You can start just across the road at Derby Orchard.  There's no sign throughout the year, until the pick-your-own sign is put out in the Fall.  (Their farm stand is not there, but is on Rt. 117 in Stow.)

In Stow, you can try Shelburne Farm, Honey Pot Hill Orchards, or Carver Hill Orchards.

Also, apples and other fruits can be made into more things than pies.  Check out the Nashoba Valley Winery.  Enjoy a tour and a tasting.

Swimming, Boating, & Fishing:

The main bodies of water in the area are Lake Boone and the Assabet River.

Lake Boone and the Pine Bluff Beach:  The Pine Bluff Beach on Lake Boone in Stow is managed by the Stow Recreation Commission.  Here you can swim or picnic or launch a boat.  Non-resident annual fees for a beach pass in 2007 were $95 for a family, $55 for an individual, $35 for seniors (65+).  Check the "How Do I?" link on the above web site or call 978-461-1411.

The Assabet River:  The Assabet River runs through Maynard and Stow.  It eventually merges with the Sudbury River to form the Concord River (which runs into the Merrimac River and on to the sea).  The river is good for canoeing and fishing.  Boats can be put in just before the bridge on White Pond Road.

Fairs:

Bolton Fair:  Each September, the Bolton Fair  takes place at the Lancaster Fairgrounds out Route 117. This old-fashioned agricultural fair features crafts and animals for the whole family to enjoy.
     
Hudson Elks Hot Air Balloon Festival:  Each August, the Hudson Elks Pavilion hosts a hot air balloon festival around the second weekend in August. Watch the Granite State Balloon Association web site for details.

Museums:

The Discovery Museums:  The Discovery Museums in South Acton are really two hands-on, interactive children's museums.  There's the Children's Museum for the youngest kids, and the Science Museum for kids a little older.
     
Fruitlands Museum:  Just west of Stow in the town of Harvard is the Fruitlands Museum.  It's worth a visit just for the view.  Several buildings house exhibits on Shaker life, Native American life, American art (particularly the "Hudson River School"), and the Fruitlands utopian community experiment of the Alcotts.
     
The Collings Collection:  Bob Collings of Stow, through the Collings Foundation, has put together an amazing collection of antique autos and planes next to his home on the Assabet River near Lake Boone.  The vintage plane and auto collections are both great and well worth the visit when they are opened to the public. For information about open houses or tours, see the Collings Foundation web site.

Flying:

Minuteman Air Field in the northwest corner of Stow services small private planes, and is an interesting place to visit. You can take lessons and learn to fly, or you can just stop at Nancy's Airfield Cafe for a bite to eat, and watch a few planes take off or land.  Children can also get free demonstration rides at certain times from the Young Eagles.

Living History:

Lexington and Concord are steeped in the history of the birth of our nation.  But did you know that some of it happened just down the road from here?  Paul Revere never finished his famous ride.  On the way from Lexington to Concord, he was captured by a British patrol.  But his companions, William Dawes and Dr. Samuel Prescott escaped.  Dawes went on to warn Concord, and Dr. Prescott went to Stow (the Lower Village Common just down the road from here) to warn the Provincial Treasurer, Henry Gardner, and to call out the local Minutemen.  Every year on Patriot's Day, the Stow Minutemen recreate their march to Concord. They go right by Apple Ridge, and a little farther down (at Concord St and Rt 27) they pick up some Assabet Village minutemen.  (Assabet Village, then a part of Stow and Sudbury, is now the town of Maynard.)  So if you're up at 5 AM, wave to them as they go by Apple Ridge.  Or, better yet, walk along with them on their march to the Concord Parade.  It's a long, but relaxed walk, and a lot of fun.