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Travel Opportunities with Ashland Senior Center

The Friends of the Ashland & Callahan Senior Centers have been working to create multiple travel opportunities for its members and friends for 2024. A wide range of trips will be offered to all seniors over 55 who are independent and can maneuver without assistance. Detailed flyers for each trip open for reservation are always available at each of the Senior Centers.  Contact Donna Shaw at [email protected] for any Flyer as well as the Reservation Form. 

Be sure to check our travel boards regularly for added trips updated and posted at each center when a trip is confirmed, and reservations are open. 

Since we need to meet specific requirements for any trip to be confirmed, don’t hesitate to reserve your trips early.

Keep in mind that all who register will be contacted via email when trip numbers confirm our trip and with any needed updates. If you do not have an email, please provide us with an email of a family member or a close friend. A trip will be canceled when we do not have thirty registered travelers thirty days before our trip date—a reason to sign up early. 

New Registration Procedures: 

To reserve a spot on any trip, all travelers must complete a reservation/emergency form and enclose a nonrefundable $10 deposit for a day trip or a $20 nonrefundable deposit for a multi-day trip into a marked envelope and drop it off at either center.

Your trip balance will be due when the trip is confirmed with thirty reservations, hopefully, thirty days prior to trip departure. All checks will be payable to FOACOA. 

 General Information: 

• Travelers must arrive at the senior center 15 minutes before scheduled departure. The bus will leave at the scheduled time and will not wait for late arrivals. 

• All travelers must meet at the designated times and locations during each trip: Ashland Senior Center in Ashland; The Academy Building parking lot at Cushing Park 

• Most trips offer optional trip protection; see a trip flyer for specific details.  

Cancellation Procedures: 

Each trip has its cancellation policy. Please check the details of each trip’s policy before booking. All efforts will be made to fill vacancies using an available waitlist. 

 March 11, 2024: Celtic Angels from Ireland, $129 pp.

A joyous celebration of everything Irish will touch American soil this spring when the energetic, exciting stars of the Celtic Angels tour the US. Through their shared zeal and passion for Ireland’s musical traditions, this troupe enables their audiences to experience the Real Ireland.

Package Includes:

• Elegant Luncheon Family style @ Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville, CT

Menu: Tossed Salad & Penne Pasta, Corned Beef & Cabbage and Baked Scrod, Rolls & Butter Vegetable & Potato, Dessert - Coffee & Tea

• Celtic Angels Ireland Show

• Celtic Knight Dancers, including TWO former lead dancers of Riverdance

• The Trinity Band Ensemble of Dublin

• Meal Taxes and Gratuities

• Driver’s Gratuity

April 4, 2024: MGM CASINO & CABARET, $99 pp. A day that has it all! Package Includes:

• Roundtrip Motorcoach

• Delicious Luncheon: Fresh Garden Salad

Entrée Choices: Yankee Pot Roast or Baked ScrodTopped with herb cracker crumbs, Potato & Vegetable - Dessert, Coffee & Tea

• Fantastic Show

• Free time at MGM Springfield

• 50% off all Food at MGM (2nd meal!)

* Must be over 50 years old and get a Players Card

• Meal Taxes and Server Gratuities

• Driver’s Gratuity

April 19-26: BERMUDA CRUISE from BOSTON on the Norwegian GEM

Package Includes:

• Roundtrip Transfers to Pier in BOSTON, MA

• 7 Night Cruise to Bermuda from Boston

• All Meals and Entertainment on Board

• All Government Taxes and Port Charges

All Taxes Included / NO Hidden Charges!

Inside Stateroom $1,299 pp; Oceanview Room $1,499 pp; Balcony $1,999 pp

June 16-22 - Mackinac Islandm, $1030 pp Double 

A US Passport is required for this trip

Trip includes:

• Motorcoach transportation

• 6 nights lodging, including four consecutive nights in Northern Michigan

• 10 meals: 6 breakfasts and four dinners

• Guided Tour of Mackinaw City

• Visit to Mackinac Island, including a Guided Carriage Tour

• Boat ride through the Soo Locks and free time and sight-seeing in

• Sault Sainte Marie

• Visit to Mackinaw Crossings

• Admission to Colonial Michilimackinac

• Gaming excitement at a Northern Michigan Casino

For more pictures, videos, and information, visit - $75 Due pp upon signing. Final Payment Due 4/9/2024 


Margaritaville on Cape Cod with the cranberry bog and Cape Cod Canal cruise, $599 double; $559 triple; $789  single


• Roundtrip Deluxe Motor Coach

• 2 Nights at the new Margaritaville


• 2 Big Buffet Breakfasts at the


• 2 Dinners Shows at the new Resort

• Mystery Show hosted by CVB &  TTG

• Casino Visit with Free time

• Jimmy Buffet Tribute Show

• Free time at the Shops in Hyannis  Village

• Cape Cod Canal Cruise

• Cranberry Bog on Cape Cod visit

• Baggage Handling & All Meal &  Hotel Tax

• Driver Gratuity

Senior Community Center Activities for MARCH 2024:


Mar 4th at 12:00 -  Lunch & Karen Spilka’s Office Listening Hour

Reservations for Lunch: Please use the payment box outside of the Main Office to reserve your seat.  The cost is $5 per person.

Mar 6th at 12:00  - FOACOA Meeting

Mar 7th at 9:00  - FREE Breakfast sponsored by Ashland Lions Club 

Call to reserve your seat at 508-881-0140 x1

Mar 7th & 21st  -  Phone or Zoom SHINE Appointment with Pegg Rowe at  9, 10 & 11 am          Call to make an appointment 508-881-0140 x1.

Mar 7th at 10:00  - COA Meeting

Mar 7th at 10:30   - Downton Abbey Tea Party and Showing of 4th Episode

Call to reserve your seat at 508-881-0140 x1 

Mar 8th at 10:00-11:30-Phone Legal Consultation with Arthur P. Bergeron

Call to make an appointment 508-881-0140 x1

Mar 8th at 11:00    - NEW!!! Radio Play Read Through

All participants are assigned a part to read. Come join the fun.

Call to reserve your seat at 508-881-0140 x1 

Mar 13th at 10:00   - Computer Class - “Attaching & Saving Photos in email & texts”

Call to reserve your seat at 508-881-0140 x1

Mar 14th at 11:00   - NEW!!! “Fire Safety Tips and Q & A” with 

Deputy Chief Lyn Moraghan, Ashland Fire Department

Call to reserve your seat at 508-881-0140 x1 

Mar 14th & 28th - NEW!!! SHINE In Person Appointment with Fran Backstran at 10, 11 am & 12 pm  Call to make an appointment 508-881-0140 x1 

Mar 15th at 11:00   - NEW!!! Sunflower Quilling Demonstration with Veronica Beretta of Quilling Card LLC

Call to reserve your seat at 508-881-0140 x1.

Mar  20th at 10:00 - Town Manager’s Coffee Hour

Mar 18th at 10:30 - Hearing Aid Cleaning with Hopkinton Audiology

Please call to make an appointment 508-881-0140 x1.

Mar 18th at 12:00 - St. Patrick’s Day Lunch with acoustic guitar and vocal  musician Sean Fullerton performing Irish, Sea Shanties, Folk, Soul and more  Please use the payment box outside of the  Main Office to reserve your seat.  The cost is $5 per person.

Mar 26th at 12:00- Lunch and Trivia Contest

Reservations for Lunch: Please use the payment box outside of the Main Office to reserve your seat.  The cost is $5 per person. 

Mar 28th 10:00-11:30 - Clocktown Memory Cafe with a performance by Catnip Junkies

Clocktown Cafe provides a welcoming place for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or a cognitive impairment accompanied by the care partner.

Mar 28th, 5:00-7:00    -  NEW!!! FREE St. Patrick’s Traditional Dinner 

Sponsored by the Ashland Lion’s Club. Seating is limited.

Please call to reserve your seat at 508-881-0140 x1.

Weather Cancellation Policy:

The Senior Center will be closed on all holidays observed by Town Hall employees. 

Activities and transportation may be cancelled due to inclement weather.

The bus/van will not operate when weather causes school closings. 

The Senior Center follows school closing and delays.

Watch your local TV station for listings of school closings.


* Note: All classes are a suggested donation of $4 per person * Unless otherwise noted.

Monday Lunches at 12:00 pm weekly, except holidays. 

Reservations must be made by Thursday before the scheduled lunch. Please use the payment slip and locked box located outside of the main office to reserve your seat.  Cost pp is $5.

Bingo - First and Third Tuesdays of the month at 1 pm

Bowling - Tuesdays at Ryan’s Amusement in Millis at 9 am

Blood Pressure Clinic - Wednesdays at 10:30 am

Chair Yoga - Wednesdays at 1 pm

Chair Volleyball - Tuesdays at 1 pm

Chess Class - Mondays at 1:30 pm 

Craft Class Free – First, Third and Fifth Friday of the Month at 11 am

Cribbage - Thursdays at 12:30 pm 

Exercise with Joni - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 am

Hearts - Wednesdays at 1 pm

In Stitches “DROP IN” Knitting Group  - Second and Fourth Tuesday of the Month at 11 am

Intermediate and Advanced Watercolor Class - Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 9:30 am

Line Dancing with Lisa - Thursdays at 12 pm

Mahjong - Fridays at 9:30 am for beginners by appointment. 

Call to make an appointment 508-881-0140 x1. Regular play at 10:30 am for all levels

Mindful Meditation - Thursdays at 11 am with Mary Green

Parkinson’s Boxing - First Wednesday at 1:30 pm and Third Wednesday at 11:30 am 

Parkinson’s Support Group - Second Wednesday of the Month at 1:30 pm

Pins and Needles (Free Sewing Class) - Every 2nd & 4th Friday of the Month at 9 am

Poker - Tuesdays at 12:00 pm - Volunteer will instruct beginners. All level of players welcome

NEW! Tai Chi for Balance – Wednesdays at 11:00 – 11:45 am with Jon Woodward

Veterans Office Hours - Every other Wednesday of the Month from 9 -11:30 am