2016 New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations in New England

The calendar is not only down to one page but there is less than a week left to 2015. In our annual tradition of rounding up New Year’s Eve / First Night celebrations around New England we have come up with the following list to ring in 2016 in style…

Connecticut New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Maine New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Massachusetts New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

New Hampshire New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Rhode Island New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Vermont New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

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New Hampshire 2015 Christmas and Holiday Events

Picture of Christmas TreesFinishing up our annual round up of Christmas and holiday events in New England finds us in the Granite State of New Hampshire. New Hampshire has many fabulous holiday events to make your season gay:

Christmas Tree Lightings and Holiday Strolls and Parades

Performances of A Christmas Carol

  • December 4 through December 13, 2015: A Christmas Carol at the Leddey Center in Epping, NH
  • December 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2015: A Christmas Carol at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH
  • December 4 through 23, 2015: A Christmas Carol at the Players’ Ring Theatre in Portsmouth, NH
  • December 17 to 20, 2015: A Christmas Carol at the Rochester Opera House in Rochester, NH

Performances of the Nutcracker

Performances of Handel’s Messiah

Holiday Pops Concerts and Other Holiday Concerts

Other Holiday Events

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Vermont 2015 Christmas and Holiday Events

Picture of Presents Under a Christmas TreeContinuing our roundup of 2015 Christmas and holiday events finds us in northern New England in the State of Vermont where there is plenty of holiday cheer to go around:

Christmas Tree Lightings and Holiday Strolls

Performances of A Christmas Carol

Performances of The Nutcracker

Performances of The Messiah

  • December 4, 2015: Handel’s Messiah by the Vermont Philharmonic at St. Augustine Church in Montpelier, VT
  • December 6, 2015: Handel’s Messiah by the Vermont Philharmonic at the Barre Opera House in Barre, VT

Holiday Pops Concerts and Other Holiday Concerts

  • December 11, 2015: Holiday Pops at the Barre Opera House in Barre, VT
  • December 12, 2015 Holiday Pops at the Flynn Center in Burlington, VT
  • December 13, 2015: Holiday Pops at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland, VT

Other Holiday Events

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Maine 2015 Christmas Events

Picture of Christmas Tree DecorationsNext we move into northern New England into Maine in our 2015 round up of Christmas / holiday activities and events. Make the season festive with the following fun events:

Christmas Tree Lightings and Holiday Strolls

Performances of A Christmas Carol

Performances of the Nutcracker

  • November 21, 2015: Robinson Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the University of Maine at Machias, ME
  • November 28 to December 6, 2015: The Nutcracker by the Maine State Ballet at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, ME
  • December 4 to 6, 2015: The Nutcracker at the Camden Opera House in Camden, ME
  • December 5, 2015: Robinson Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Gould Academy in Bethel, ME
  • December 12 and 13, 2015: Robinson Ballet’s The Nutcracker at The Grand in Ellsworth, ME
  • December 12 and 13, 2015: The Victorian Nutcracker performed by the Portland Ballet at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center in Westbrook, ME
  • December 16, 20154: The Victorian Nutcracker performed by the Portland Ballet at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, ME
  • December 19 and 20, 2015: Robinson Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono, ME

Holiday Pops Concerts and Other Holiday Concerts

  • December 10, 2015: Harps of Gold by the Down East Singers at St. Patrick’s Church in Newcastle, ME
  • December 12, 2014: Christmas Concert by the DaPonte String Quartet at Hammond Hal in Winter Harbor, ME
  • December 12 and 13, 2015: A Heritage Christmas at The Franco Center in Lewiston, ME
  • December 13, 2015: Harps of Gold by the Down East Singers at the Camden Opera House in Camden, ME
  • December 14, 2014: A Latin-American Christmas by the Down East Singers at the Camden Opera House in Camden, ME
  • December 18 and 19, 20154: The Spirit of Christmas by The Alumni Band at The Little Theater at Biddeford High School in Biddeford, ME

Other Holiday Events

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Connecticut 2015 Christmas and Holiday Events

Continuing with our 2015 roundup of New England Christmas events finds us in the State of Connecticut where there is plenty to get you into the holiday spirit:

Christmas Tree Lightings and Light Displays

Performances of A Christmas Carol

Performances of the Nutcracker

Performances of The Messiah

  • December 12, 2015: Handel’s Messiah by the Stamford Symphony at the Palace Theatre in Stamford, CT
  • December 13, 2015: Handel’s Messiah at the First Congregational Church of Greenwich in Old Greenwich, CT

Holiday Pops Concerts and Other Holiday Concerts

Other Events

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Rhode Island 2015 Christmas and Holiday Events

Picture of a Decorated TreeThe second stop on our roundup of 2015 Christmas and holiday events finds us in the Ocean State – Rhode Island. You will find plenty of holiday cheer in the nation’s smallest state…

Christmas Tree Lightings and Holiday Strolls

Performances of A Christmas Carol

  • December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 2015: A Christmas Carol at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket, RI
  • December 7 through December 31, 2015: A Christmas Carol at the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI
  • December 10 to 13, 2015: A Christmas Carol at Theatre 82 in Cranston, RI
  • December 17 to 19, 2015: A Christmas Carol at the Park theatre in Cranston, RI

Performances of the Nutcracker

Performances of The Messiah

  • December 12, 2015: Handel’s Messiah by the Providence Singers at The Vets in East Providence, RI

Holiday Pops Concerts and Other Holiday Concerts

Other Events

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Massachusetts 2015 Christmas and Holiday Events

Picture of Christmas DecorationsThe holiday season is just around the corner with many major holiday events kicking off around Thanksgiving making it time once again for our round up of holiday events. First up is the roundup of Christmas and holiday events for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Christmas Tree Lightings and Holiday Strolls

Performances of a Christmas Carol

  • December 4 to 23, 2015: A Christmas Carol at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA
  • December 12, 2015: A Christmas Carol at The Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, MA
  • December 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21,22, 2015: A Christmas Carol at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA
  • December 18 to 27, 2015: A Christmas Carol at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, MA

Performances of the Nutcracker

  • November 22, 2015: The Nutcracker by the Albany Berkshire Ballet at the Thomas A Consolati Performing Arts Center in Shefield, MA
  • November 27 to November 29, 2015: The Nutcracker by Ballet Arts Worcester and the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra at the Hanover Theater in Worcester, MA
  • November 27 to November 29, 2015: The Nutcracker by Commonwealth Ballet Company at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, MA
  • November 27, 28, 29, December 4, 5, and 6, 2015: The Nutcracker by the José Mateo Ballet Theatre at the Cutler Majestic Theatrer in Boston, MA
  • November 27 to December 31, 2015; The Nutcracker by the Boston Ballet in Boston, MA
  • November 29, 2015: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at Bristol Community College
  • December 5 and 6, 2015: The Nutcracker by the Albany Berkshire Ballet at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA
  • December 6, 2015: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at the Rogers/Kirshner Theater in Sudbury, MA
  • December 11 to 27, 2015: Urban Nutcracker at the John Hancock Hall in Boston, MA
  • December 11, 12, and 13, 2015: The Nutcracker by Commonwealth Ballet the Casey Theatre at Regis College in Weston, MA
  • December 12, 2015: The Nutcracker by the Albany Berkshire Ballet at Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA
  • December 12, 2015: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at the Littleton Performing Arts Center in Littleton, MA
  • December 12 and 13, 2015: The Nutcracker by the Atlantic Coast Academy of Dance at the Cape Cod Community College – Tilden Arts Center
  • December 13, 2015: The Nutcracker by the Albany Berkshire Ballet at Lawrence High School in Lawrence, MA
  • December 13, 2015: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA
  • December 16, 17, and 18, 2015: The Nutcracker by the José Mateo Ballet Theatre at the Strand Theater in Dorchester, MA
  • December 19, 2015: The Nutcracker by the MetroWest Ballet at Nevins Hall in Framingham, MA
  • December 19 and 20, 2015: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at The Collins Center in Andover, MA
  • December 19 and 20, 2015: The Nutcracker at the Norwood Theater in Norwood, MA

Performances of The Messiah

  • November 27 to November 29, 2015: Handel Messiah by the Handel and Haydn Society at Symphony Hall in Boston, MA
  • December 5, 2015: Handel’s Messiah by the Worcester Chorus at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA
  • December 5, 2015: Handel: Messiah Part I by the New England Classical Singers at St. Augustine Church,  Andover, MA
  • December 5, 2015: Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along  at the Wollaston Church of the Nazarene in Quincy, MA
  • December 11 and 12, 2015: Handel Messiah by Boston Baroque at Jordan Hall in Worcester, MA
  • December 13, 2015: Messiah Sing performed by the Assabet Valley Mastersingers at the First Church Congregational, Marlborough, MA
  • December 18 and 19, 2015: Messiah Sing by the Masterworks Chorale at Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA

Holiday Pops Concerts and Other Holiday Concerts

Other Holiday Events

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Win a Northstar Northwind Canoe

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) is giving away a Northstar 17′ Kevlar Lite canoe. The drawing is tomorrow (9/30/2015) so there is still one day to get in on the chance to win this great canoe. Tickets are one for $5 or five for $20. All proceeds go to benefit the Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s programs for paddlers.

Go here to purchase your tickets for the drawing.

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The Many Ends to Summer

Make no mistake – there really is only one end to summer, and in 2015 September 22 is the last day of summer. But for most, there are symbolic ends to summer – a period of time where your activities shift from those of summer to those of fall. The most commonly referenced symbolic end to summer is Labor Day Weekend – this coming weekend. By Labor Day Weekend almost everyone, except for empty nesters or families without school-age children, has moved on to fall activities.

For others, whose children go back to school in the last couple of weeks of August, the symbolic end comes earlier.

For me the first big “notice” that summer is coming to an end is the third week of August. That is the week of the last three big events of summer on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. Starting with the Wednesday of that week with Grand Illumination in Oak Bluffs, followed by the Ocean Park fireworks on Friday, and of course the annual Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society fair from Thursday through Sunday. That is biggest week of the entire summer on the Island and the cap to the summer season with a bang. After that the Island is clearly shifting into wind-down mode. Student summer help starts to disappear and many families with school-age children head home to start school. I always start looking for the first colored leaves of fall foliage season after this week.

For those not beholden to the schedules of school though, here is a little secret. The first three weeks of September, both on Martha’s Vineyard and other tourist destinations throughout New England, are usually the nicest weeks of the summer. The weather is still warm, at the coast the water is at its warmest for the season, and the crowds are gone! For these lucky individuals, summer will really end on September 22.

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Chameleon Arts Ensemble Announces 2015-2016 Season

The Chameleon Arts Ensemble has announced their 2015-2016 season. On tap this season:

Chamber Music Series

  • Saturday, October 10 at 8 PM and Sunday, October 11 at 4 PM: Echoes of celestial song at First Church in Boston
  • Saturday, November 7 at 8 PM and Sunday November 8 at  4 PM: Each to each impart at First Church in Boston on Saturday and the Goethe-Institut on Sunday
  • Saturday, December 5 at 8 PM and Sunday, December 6 at 4 PM: J. S. Bach’s Complete Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051 at First Church in Boston
  • Saturday, February 13 at 8 PM and Sunday, February 14 at 4 PM: Here and there, in paths apart at First Church in Boston on Saturday and the Goethe-Institut on Sunday
  • Saturday April 2 at 8 PM and Sunday April 3 at 4 PM: A voice of love and twilight at First Church in Boston
  • Saturday, May 21 at 8 PM and Sunday, May 22 at 4 PM: Songs of earth and sky at First Church in Boston on Saturday and the Goethe-Institut on Sunday

Recital Series – Chameleon Up Close

  • Sunday, March 6 at 4 PM: A concert featuring Chameleon’s two superb clarinetists, Gary Gorczyca and Kelli O’Connor, along with pianist Vivian Choi at the Goethe-Institut
  • Sunday, April 17 at 4 PM: Violinist Kristin Lee and pianist Gloria Chien at the Goethe-Institut
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