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Westborough Connects event attracts vendors and residents

Susan Lippitt of the Westborough Historical Society shows maps and other artifacts. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

WESTBOROUGH – It was a chance for residents of all ages to connect with their community.

Over 40 vendors representing local and regional organizations participated in Westborough for Life! Stay. Relate. Thrive event at Westborough High School on September 11.

“It’s about connecting,” said Lisa Borchetta of Westborough Connects, who organized the event.

Visitors could learn about the many offerings of the city, library programs and historical society at the YMCA. Additionally, they could try activities like pickleball, badminton, Zumba dancing, cornhole, and rummikub, which is a game played with tiles that contains elements of rummy and mahjong.

“I’ve been here 10 minutes and I’ve spoken to five people already,” said Chris Sassetti, chairman of the Westborough Community Land Trust.

WCLT celebrates 25 yearse birthday on Sunday, October 2 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nourse farm.

“There’s a lot to see here… there’s a lot here in Westborough,” said Reverend Betsy Dorsi of the Westborough Congregational Church.

In addition, there were lectures on farm to table, composting, aging in place, and the history of the industry in town.

At 2:50 p.m., the community commemorated the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a minute of silence and a performance by local singer/songwriter Luanne Crosby.

For suppliers, the Westborough Connects event was a welcome opportunity to meet and greet.

“It’s a great opportunity,” said David Reynolds of the Civic Club, who co-sponsored the event with the Westborough Women’s Club.

The club are planning their annual Christmas tree fundraiser, starting November 25 outside Hastings Primary School.

Members of the Westborough Garden Club saw the event as a great way to learn about the different programs available in town.

“I love seeing all the different programs for all ages,” Hazel Nourse said.

The Garden Club recently celebrated its 90e anniversary. Upcoming programs include a program on Bee Warburton on September 28 at 7:15 p.m. at the Westborough Senior Center; and a holiday festival on December 3 from 10 a.m. to noon at Hastings Primary School.

For information, visit www.westboroughconnects.org.