GRAFTON, Mass. - The Grafton Historical Society's first program of the fall on the Praying Indians highlights a busy week in Grafton.
Monday, Sept. 24
Grafton High School will play field hockey at Tantasqua High School at 3:30 p.m.
Grafton High School boys will play soccer at Tantasqua High School at 3:30 p.m.
Grafton High School girls will be play soccer at home against Tantasqua High School at 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 25
Richard Freeland, commissioner of higher education for the state, will be the guest speaker at the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce September Membership Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton. Freeland will introduce the Vision Project, the current initiative of the Department of Higher Education among public higher education institutions to promote the well being and ensure future prosperity of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members.
North Street Elementary School will have an open house for Grade 6 beginning at 6 p.m.
Millbury Street Elementary School will have an open house for Grade 6 beginning at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 26
Grafton High School field hockey vs. Blackstone-Millville, at Grafton High, 3:30 p.m.
Grafton’s Praying Indians will be the topic of the Grafton Historical Society’s first program of the fall. John Eliot, a missionary from Roxbury in the early days of Mass Bay Colony, traveled throughout eastern Massachusetts converting the native populations to Christianity. One of the first of the Indian praying villages was established at Grafton and was called Hassanamesit. King Philip’s War, 1675-76, created a dilemma for the praying Indians who were allied with the British, but bonded by blood to their fellow Nipmucs. Paul Brodeur, New England historian, will describe the establishment of the Grafton village and the tragedy that befell its inhabitants. The program will be at 7 p.m. at the South Grafton Community House, 25 Main St., South Grafton. Suggested donation is $5.
Thursday, Sept. 27
The Grafton Farmers' Market is open 2-6:30 p.m. on Grafton Common, featuring fresh produce from local farmers as well as foods, wines and products from local craftsmen and businesses.
Grafton High School girls' soccer vs. Auburn at Grafton High, 3:30 p.m.
Grafton High School field hockey at Auburn High School, 7 p.m.
Grafton High School boys' soccer at Auburn High School, 7 p.m.