DaPonte String Quartet to Kick Off 23rd Season

Maine’s DaPonte String Quartet will open their 23rd season, the 2014 / 2015 season, October 17 to 26, 2014 with a presentation entitled “Walking in Beethoven’s Shadow“. The show will look at composers who were influenced by Beethoven including:

  • Brahms (Quartets No. 1 in C Minor)
  • Schumann (the A Major, Op. 41, No. 3)
  • Mendelssohn (the D Major, Op. 44, no. 1)

Performances will be held:

  • October 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM in Damariscotta at Lincoln Theater
  • October 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM in Portland at the Public Library
  • October 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM in Topsham at the Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church
  • October 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM in Boothbay Harbor at St. Columba’s Church
  • October 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM in Thomaston at St John’s Church
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Paradise City Arts Festival this Columbus Day Weekend in Northampton, MA

Glass Mega-Planet

Inhabited Planet in blown glass by Josh Simpson of Shelburne Falls, MA

It is time once again for the annual Columbus Day Paradise City Arts Festival. The festival will be held this Columbus Day weekend, October 11 to 13, 2014 at the 3-County Fairgrounds in Northampton, MA. Festival hours are 10 AM to 6 PM Saturday and Sunday, and 10 AM to 4 PM Monday. What will you find at this fall’s festival? How about:

  • Art by 275 nationally juried artists showing original works in ceramics, art glass, painting, decorative fiber, furniture, jewelry, metal, mixed media, photography, large-scale sculpture, wearable art and wood
  • A Sculpture Garden
  • A 12,000-square-foot tent housing regional food and music
  • The festival dining tent with wonderful regional food
  • The festival soundstage with local and national musical artists
  • A special themed exhibit “Face to Face”
  • WGBY Benefit Silent Art Auction
  • . . . and more . . .

Admission is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors (65+), and $8 for students.

This marks the 20th anniversary of the Paradise City Arts Festival.

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Peabody Essex Museum Monthly Evening Party Series for October

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) continues their popular evening party series this coming October 16, 2014 with an evening entitled Balance in Motion. The evening is inspired by their Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic exhibition that runs through January 5, 2014. Balance in Motion will feature:

  • Static trapeze performances by the Fearless Flyers Academy of Salem
  • Instructors of the Lindy Bomb Squad helping you to experience the physics of swing dance
  • An indoor kite flying demonstration and hands-on
  • . . . and more . . .

The evening will run from 6 PM to 9 PM on the 16th and is free to Salem residents and PEM members and $10 at the door for everyone else.

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Wellfleet OysterFest on Cape Cod

In this season of festivals that celebrate fall in New England how about one that brings in a little of the nautical? For any lover of fine seafood you will want to make sure to mark your calendar for October 18 and 19, 2014 for the Wellfleet OysterFest. The festival is two days of great activities that include:

  • A fine arts and crafts fair
  • A schucking contest
  • A 5K road race
  • Tennis
  • Food vendors
  • Culinary programs
  • . . . and more . . .

Tickets are cash only and are available at the event – $5 for a one-day ticket and $8 for a two-day ticket.

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Top Ten Favorite Things About Fall in New England

Fall in New England is a magical time of year filled with activities and sites that are great fun for the entire family. Following is the Travel New England Top 10 Things about Fall in New England…

  1. Apple Cider – Fall in a glass
  2. Apple Picking – A great way to spend a fall afternoon
  3. Anything made with fresh picked apples
  4. Cider donuts – One of falls decadent pleasures
  5. Fall Foliage – Mother Nature’s annual spectacular
  6. Festivals – Apple, Autumn, Fall, Harvest, Pumpkin – whatever you call the festival, fall festivals are great fun for the whole family
  7. Hay rides – Nothing says fall romance better
  8. Pumpkin picking – Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see
  9. Scenic drives – Pretty much everywhere you go the landscape is alive with color
  10. Scenic hikes – Same as the drives only on foot
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Connecticut 2014 Fall Festivals, Harvest Festivals, Apple Festivals. . .

Wrapping up our tour of New England’s fall festivals lands us in the State of Connecticut where there are many apple, fall, and pumpkin festivals to celebrate the fall season.

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Harvest Party and Pottery Firing at Old Sturbridge Village

Need some help getting into the spirit of fall? Well let Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) help you out. This Saturday evening (September 27, 2014), Old Sturbridge Village is hosting an evening harvest party and pottery firing. The festivities will include:

  • A bonfire on the Common
  • An old-fashioned barn dance
  • The annual lighting of the Village’s 24-foot-high brick kiln
  • Horse-drawn hayrides
  • Live music including performances by the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers, Quintebrass, the Celtic band Full Gael, and Vic and Sticks
  • Native American storytelling
  • Paths illuminated by lanterns
  • A blazing water fire display on the millpond

In addition, you will be able to see hearth cooking and watch the blacksmith, potter, and tinner at work. There will be food and beverage tents that will offer chili, clam chowder, hamburgers, hot dogs, beer, and other beverages.

What a great way to dive into the fall season! The festivities will run from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Harvest Party tickets are $12 per person and $10 for OSV Members.

Make a fulll night of it with a stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn & Reeder Family Lodges.

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Rhode Island 2014 Fall Festivals, Harvest Festivals, Apple Festivals. . .

Moving on into southern New England, following are a roundup of the fall festivals in the State of Rhode Island. Although it may be small, the Ocean State does not want for fun fall activities…

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Massachusetts 2014 Fall Festivals, Harvest Festivals, Apple Festivals. . .

Moving on to Massachusetts in our roundup of 2014 New England fall festivals. In addition to the classic fall, harvest, apple, and pumpkin festivals, the Commonwealth throws in festivals for cranberries, oysters, scallops, and more…

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Maine 2014 Fall Festivals, Harvest Festivals, Apple Festivals. . .

Again continuing with our roundup of 2014 fall festivals in New England finds us in the State of Maine where they have apple, harvest, and pumpkin festivals galore to help you celebrate foliage season…

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