2014 Food Truck Festival Tour

Time to mark your calendars for the Food Truck Festivals of New England 2014 Food Truck Festival Tour. The tour will start on Mother’s Day and hit the following locations throughout New England:

  • May 11, 2014: Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, MA
  • June 7, 2014: The Somerville Food Truck Festival at Assembly Row
  • June 14, 2014: The Worcester Food Truck Festival at Elm Park
  • September 6, 2014: The Cape Cod Food Truck Festival at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in Falmouth, MA
  • September 20, 2014: The Framingham Food Truck & Arts Festival as part of MetroFest at Bowditch Field in Framingham, MA
  • October 5, 2014: The New Hampshire Food Truck Festival at Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
  • October 25, 2014: The Newport Food Truck Festival at the Newport Yachting Center in Newport, RI

The price of admission gets you in to sample the food from over a dozen different and creative food trucks. These are always great fun and an excellent way to sample a broad cross-section of New England’s innovative food trucks.

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Author Nathaniel Philbrick to Speak at Old Sturbridge Village

Photo of the Cover of the Book bunker HillBestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick is coming to Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) to discuss his latest book Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution as part of OSV’s Overseers’ Distinguished Speaker Series. The book won the 2013 New England Book Award for Non-Fiction.

Nathaniel Philbrick has won numerous other awards including the National Book Award for In the Heart of the Sea, and has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his books Mayflower, Sea of Glory, and The Last Stand.

This event will take place on Monday, May 5 at 7 PM. Advanced registration is recommended.

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Vermont Restaurant Week

Mark your calendars for the week of April 25 to May 4, 2014 for Vermont Restaurant Week. During the week participating restaurants will offer prix-fixe dinners at four price points – $10, $15, $25 and $35 per person. Nearly 100 restaurants state-wide are participating in the event.

In addition to a lot of great food from many fabulous eateries, there are several special events including the kick-off Sweet Start Smakckdown at the Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington.

If you love food, and who doesn’t, this is your event. Make your reservations early…

10% of the proceeds from sponsorships for Restaurant Week and 100% of special event admissions will be donated to the Vermont Foodbank.

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College of the Atlantic Earth Day Celebration in Bar harbor, ME

The College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine will host their annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday April 26, 2014. The theme this year is “Alternative Transportation“. The Earth Day Celebration is a student organized event that will feature:

  • A Junior Ranger Day with Acadia National Park (both at the college an in Acadia National Park)
  • Booths
  • Children’s activities including story times, face painting, and hula hooping
  • Electric car test drives
  • Food
  • Lectures
  • Nature excursions
  • Yoga
  • . . . and more . . .

See here for a complete 2014 Earth Day Schedule (PDF).

The Earth Day Celebration runs from 10 AM to 4 PM and should be great fun for people of all ages.

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TradStroll – Woods Hole – Woods Hole, MA

What on earth is TradStroll – Woods Hole you ask? Well it is a day of “traditional music in Woods Hole”. It is a day long music festival taking place in Spohr Gardens, various Woods Hole Village businesses, and the Woods Hole Community Hall.

Start at Daffodil Days at Spohr Gardens – then move onto the streets of Woods Hole to hear six more groups playing a wide range of Celtic, old-time, folk, fiddle, and early music. There will also be two movies (Once and The Boys from County Clare) that highlight Celtic music. You can end the day listening to a fiddler jam session and then dance to the music of John Alden and the Woods Hole Folk Orchestra.

Groups highlighted throughout the day and evening include:

A big shout-out should go to ArtsFalmouth for putting together such a wonderful event.

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How About Taking the Kids to The Cape for April Vacation?

The weather is getting warmer. Why not take a quick trip to Cape Cod for April Vacation? Yes, it probably is still a little cold to go sun yourself at the beach, but with so many other things to do it still can be great fun.

An e-mail came across our desk from the Cape Codder Resort and Spa in Hyannis that made us think of what a great idea this would be. The Cape Codder is pulling out all of the stops to make vacation week great for everyone – even if the temperature does not cooperate. They have activities all week including:

  • Yoga and Zumba classes
  • A daily fun zone
  • A stuffed animal workshop
  • Crafts and face painting
  • Movies
  • A nightly bonfire
  • . . . and much more . . .

And don’t forget their Indoor Wave Pool or Outdoor Rainbow Falls Heated Pool.

So why not head to Cape Cod for some family fun this April Vacation? And remember, even if you have to wear a jacket, a spring walk along the beach can do a lot to recharge your batteries after a long hard winter…

Click here if you would like to book a room at the Cape Codder.

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Northern Forest Canoe Trail Co-Hosting Paddling Film Festival

Northern Forest Canoe Trail LogoThe Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) is co-hosting Rapid Media’s Reel Paddling Film Festival. The festival will be hitting three New England locations this spring:

This is a must attend event for all paddling enthusiasts!

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2014 Spring School Vacation / April School Vacation

The annual April school vacation is upon us. What to do? Well fret not, here are a few great ideas for things to do during this year’s spring school vacation…

Visit an Aquarium
Always a fun thing to do with the kids, New England has several excellent aquariums, including:

Take in a Baseball Game

What better way to celebrate spring than to take in a baseball game.

  • Boston Red Sox (MLB) – The Red Sox will be in town April 16 to 21, 2014 against the Orioles and April 22 to 23 against the Yankees
  • Pawtucket Red Sox (MiLB AAA) – The Paw Sox will be at home from April 18 to 21 against Buffalo, and April 22 to 25 against Rochester
  • New Britain Rock Cats (MiLB AA) – The Rock Cats are at home from April 17 to 19 against Portland, and April 21 to 24 against new Hampshire
  • New Hampshire Fisher Cats – The Fisher Cats are at home from April 11 to 13 against Binghamton, April 14 to 16 against New Britain, and April 25 to 27 against Reading
  • Portland Sea Dogs – The Sea Dogs are at home from April 11 through 13 against New Britain, April 14 to 16 against Binghamton, and April 25 to 27 against Trenton

Go to a Living History Museum

Both Plimoth Plantation and Old Sturbridge Village are open during April vacation. Old Sturbridge Village has a host of special activities for the week including a muster of the militia, fife and drum performances, and more on Patriot’s Day.

Spring Skiing

While the ski season is definitely rapidly fading, there should still be some good spring skiing at some of the bigger ski resorts in northern New England (ME, NH, and VT).

Visit a Zoo

There are numerous zoos in New England if you want to get the kids out to see some interesting animals.

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Some Great Fishing Derbies in Vermont

Every year Lake Champlain International (LCI) puts on four great fishing derbies. For those of you who like to win a little money while pursuing your favorite outdoor pastime, you may want to check out these upcoming derbies, the first one of which starts in a little over a week from now.

So head on up to Vermont for some great fishing and maybe win some money while you are at it. . .

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The Circus is Coming to Town

The circus is always great fun for the entire family. Residents of New England will not want for opportunities to see a circus this spring and summer. Following are the dates for major circus events throughout New England for 2014:

  • Now through May 11, 2014: Big Apple Circus on Boston’s City Hall Plaza
  • April 23 to April 27, 2014: Aleppo Shriners Circus at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, MA
  • May 2 to May 5, 2014: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence in Providence, RI
  • May 8 to May 11, 2014: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey at the XL Center in Hartford, CT
  • June 4 to June 8, 2014: Cirque Du Soleil’s Varekai at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, CT
  • June 11 to June 15, 2014: Cirque Du Soleil’s Varekai at the XL Center in Hartford, CT
  • June 20 to June 29, 2014: Cirque Du Soleil’s Amaluna at the Marine Industrial Park on the Boston Waterfront
  • June 25 to June 29, 2014: Cirque Du Soleil’s Varekai at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH
  • June 29, 2014: Circus Smirkus at the Smirkus World HQ Circus Barn in Greensboro, VT
  • July 1 to July 6, 2014: Cirque Du Soleil’s Varekai at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI
  • July 2 and 3, 2014: Circus Smirkus at Leonard Field in St. Johnsbury, VT
  • July 5 and 6, 2014: Circus Smirkus at Fullington Farm Field in Hanover, NH
  • July 8 to 10, 2014: Circus Smirkus at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds in Essex Junction, VT
  • July 15 and 16, 2014: Circus Smirkus at the Cheshire Fairgrounds in Swanzey, NH
  • July 18 and 19, 2014: Circus Smirkus at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds in Great Barrington, MA
  • July 21 to 23, 2014: Circus Smirkus at Sandwich High School in Sandwich, MA
  • July 25 to 27, 2014: Circus Smirkus at Gore Place in Waltham, MA
  • July 29 and 30, 2014: Circus Smirkus at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, MA
  • August 1 and 2, 2014: Circus Smirkus at Manter Field in Newbury, MA
  • August 4 and 5, 2014: Circus Smirkus at the Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport, ME
  • August 7 and 8, 2014: Circus Smirkus at Rockin’ Horse Stables in Kennebunkport, ME
  • August 10 to 13, 2014: Circus Smirkus at Montpelier High School in Montpelier, VT
  • August 15 and 16, 2014: Circus Smirkus at the Smirkus World HQ Circus Barn in Greensboro, VT
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