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5 Things for the Weekend: Fall Harvest, HUGS of Foxboro Fundraiser Walk, House of Horrors and More

Here’s what’s happening in Foxborough this weekend, Oct. 13-14.

Editor's note: Five Things You Need To Know Today is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance. If you know of something happening in town that did not make our list, please add it in the comment section!

1. Hard Freeze Expected to Hit Foxborough Saturday Morning

Saturday’s weather in Foxborough, according to the National Weather Service based in Taunton, calls for widespread frost before 9 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 52. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph. Saturday night: A slight chance of showers after 1 a.m. Increasing clouds, with a low around 41. South wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Sunday: A slight chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 67. Breezy, with a south wind 7 to 12 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Sunday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

2. Ocean Spray’s 3rd Annual Fall Harvest at Patriot Place is Saturday

The annual Fall Harvest will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. behind Bass Pro Shops and Patriot Place’s North Marketplace. The event is free and full of outdoor activities, including a look at the Cranberry Bog behind Bass Pro Shops.

The bog is the last remaining active cranberry bog in Foxborough. Dormant for years, it was brought back to life by Ocean Spray, which harvested it for the first time last year. The 2012 harvest will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open for public viewing while Ocean Spray cranberry farmers harvest the fruit of their yearlong efforts.

Other free activities at Fall Harvest include a pumpkin sculpting demo, pumpkin painting, hayrides, cranberry-inspired cooking demos and offerings from participating Patriot Place restaurants, Patriots Cheerleader appearances, bounce houses and live musical performances.

For a full schedule of events for Fall Harvest at Patriot Place and to view a video tour of the cranberry bog, visit http://www.patriot-place.com/fallharvest.aspx

3. HUGS of Foxborough 7th Annual Fundraiser Walk and Awareness Campaign

H.U.G.S. (Help Us Get Safe) of Foxborough is sponsoring its 7th Annual Fundraiser Walk around the Ahern Middle School track at 111 Mechanic St. from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday for October's National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).

HUGS is a nonprofit, volunteer organization established to assist individuals and families affected by domestic violence.

During the group’s 12 years existence it has been able to fulfill its mission towards making the community safer by educating the public regarding violence in relationships and by providing assistance to victims and families affected by domestic violence.

HUGS of Foxborough and the Foxborough community have come together during DVAM to take a stand against an issue that affects thousands of individuals each year regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status.

The funds raised from this event will allow HUGS to continue to assist women and families with transportation, lock changes, food, personal care items, and clothing. It will also be able to continue its education and public awareness campaign to eliminate violence in Foxborough’s schools and community. This past year, HUGS sponsored an anti-bullying program at the Sage School and actively served on the Community Task Force to Address Bullying and Harassment.

HUGS is asking for your help to make this day a success. You are invited to join HUGS on Saturday as a volunteer, a walker, or you may put together a team. If you are unable to join the walk, you or your company can donate either prizes for a drawing or a financial contribution. Your financial contribution will not only make possible a successful and fun day, but will support HUGS’ goal to eliminate domestic/family violence within your community.

HUGS strive to achieve this goal through Awareness, Education and Prevention. Participants will be able to view the Clothes Line Project as they walk around the Ahern track.

Sponsor, volunteer and team/single person forms are available at registration on the day of the walk or in advance at local Foxborough merchants, the Foxborough Police Station, Foxborough Human Services & Council on Aging, and Brigham & Women's/Mass General Health Center in Foxborough.

Registration is free; tax deductible donations/sponsorships are due the day of the walk and all checks may be made payable to: H.U.G.S. FOXBORO, P.O. Box 466, Foxboro, MA 02035.  

For more information, call (508) 698-8784.

4. Patriot Place Events:

Saturday, Oct. 13:

  • Noon to 4 p.m. - Free Professional Bull Riders Family Event: Enjoy Stick Bull Riding, Bull Roping, Face Painting and more at Bass Pro Shops.
  •  1 to 5 p.m. - Fall Fun Event - Artist's Studio Fall Member Show: Visit the Artist’s Studio’s Fall show the weekends of Oct. 5 to 7 and Oct. 12 to 14. Over 120 pieces of art will be displayed representing 60 local artists from the Foxborough Art Association.
  • 3-5 p.m. - "Fun" Raiser at Fanautical: 10 percent of all “SAILS” from 3 to 5 p.m. go to Foxborough Music Association! Come for a fun afternoon and shop for a great cause that does so much for us and our kids.
  • 6 p.m. - 20,000 Leagues - Lights OUT: Are you brave enough to visit Captain Nemo’s abandoned submarine with nothing but a flashlight and your wits to guide you through its pitch black chambers?
  • 7-9 p.m. - "Fun" Raiser at Fanautical: 15 percent of all SAILS from 7 to 9 p.m. go to The Wrentham Food Pantry. Come for a fun night and shop for a great cause.
  • 9:30 p.m. - The Tom Dixon Band at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill: With a unique combination of smooth country vocals and an explosive live performance, The Tom Dixon Band has given birth to a new way of delivering that sweet country sound.

Sunday, Oct. 14:

  • Noon to 4 p.m. - Free Professional Bull Riders Family Event: Enjoy Stick Bull Riding, Bull Roping, Face Painting and more at Bass Pro Shops.
  • 1 to 5 p.m. - Fall Fun Event - Artist's Studio Fall Member Show: Visit the Artist’s Studio’s Fall show the weekends of Oct. 5 to 7 and Oct. 12 to 14. Over 120 pieces of art will be displayed representing 60 local artists from the Foxborough Art Association.
  • 2 to 4 p.m. - BMW Huddle at CBS Scene: Join CBS Scene during the BMW Huddle and enjoy free game day nachos. Have your picture taken with a New England Patriots Cheerleader inside a BMW and show your picture to CBS Scene’s wait staff for your free nachos courtesy of your Massachusetts BMW Centers.
  • 4:25 p.m. - New England Patriots Alumni Club Hosts Sixth Annual Game with the Greats: The New England Patriots Alumni Club (NEPAC) will host its sixth-annual “Game with the Greats” event in Gillette Stadium’s Putnam Club East on Sunday, Oct. 14, when the Patriots head to the West Coast to face the Seattle Seahawks.
    “Game with the Greats” allows fans to watch the action alongside some of their favorite players of the past, making it one of the most anticipated events of the year for Patriots fanatics. This year’s “Game with the Greats” will feature Patriots Hall of Famers Gino Cappelletti and Steve Grogan, as well as linebacker Eric Alexander, guard Joe Andruzzi, fullback Patrick Pass, tight end Jermaine Wiggins and many more former Patriots greats.
    Tickets are $150 for the VIP reception and $40 for general admission.
    VIP tickets provides exclusive access to pre-event autograph signings with some of the biggest names in Patriots history, as well as an opportunity to get a picture taken on the Gillette Stadium turf and a tour of the visitors’ locker room. All tickets include a free tour of The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.patriots.com/team/alumni.
    There will be live auctions, raffles and autograph signings prior to kickoff. During the game, fans will cheer on the current Patriots alongside some of the franchise’s greats. Putnam Club East (E1 entrance) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. to general admission ticket holders for 4:05 p.m. kickoff between the Patriots and Seahawks in Seattle.

5. Orpheum House of Horrors Now Open

Foxborough’s Orpheum House of Horrors is underway and will be running on Friday and Saturdays until Oct. 28. Open from 7 to 10 p.m., admission is $18. There are new mazes, themes and the Orpheum Theatre’s classic spinning vortex tunnel. If you don’t want to go through the haunted house in the dark, you can visit the house with the lights on every Sunday until Oct. 28. The lights on haunted house will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. and admission is $8. For more information, click here.

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