“Hamlet”: A Dustbowl Tragedy by the Harborside Shakespeare Company

Who would think to set Hamlet in the Depression? The Harborside Shakespeare Company (HSC) – that’s who. Known for atypical settings for Shakespeare’s plays, the Harborside Shakespeare Company is setting their production of Hamlet in a 1930s dustbowl. Taking it another interesting step is the soundtrack that features the music of Mumford & Sons, Robert Plant, Patti Smith, and others.

HSC will perform Hamlet throughout Maine’s Hancock County with the following performance schedule:

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Boston Seafood Festival This Weekend at the Boston Fish Pier

Quick, list ten iconic things about Boston. I’ll bet great seafood was one of them…

Well if you are in the Boston area and love seafood this is the weekend for you. Sunday marks the third annual Boston Seafood Festival on the Boston Fish Pier (the oldest working fish pier in the U.S. – celebrating its 100th anniversary this year).

This year’s Seafood Festival will feature:

  • The battle of the shuckers
  • Blessing of the fleet
  • Chef demos
  • Craft vendors
  • Educational events
  • A Fish cutting contest
  • Food vendors
  • A lobster bake tent
  • Seafood tastings

The Boston Seafood Festival will run Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 11 AM to 6 PM on the Boston Fish Pier at Northern Avenue.

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Food Truck Fans Unite in Burlington and Montpelier, Vermont

Those who are regular readers know that we are fans of food trucks – the modern, creative, incarnation that is… Well if you too enjoy a great meal served out of a four wheel vehicle you will want to take note of the ArtsRiot Truckstop events in Vermont.

ArtsRiot Truck Stop
ArtsRiot Truck Stop takes place every Friday (rain or shine) in Burlington, VT. The event includes food (of course), as well as entertainment, and great drink at the main truck stop bar and inside at ArtsRiot’s main bar. Upcoming dates for ArtsRiot Truck Stop include:

  • July 25, 2014
  • August 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2014
  • September 12, 19, & 26, 2014
  • October 10, 2014

ArtsRiot Truck Stop – Montpelier

Same idea, different locale – this time in Montpelier. ArtsRiot brings the Truck Stop to Montpelier on Saturday, July 26, 2014 and Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Mark your calendars and plan on some good food and great fun!

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Peabody Essex Museum’s New Installation Features Native American Art

Picture of Native American Art

Heiltsuk (Bella Bella), Mask, c. 1845. Central coast, British Columbia.

Drawing from their Native American art collection, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is presenting a new installation – Raven’s Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast. The exhibit celebrates the rich artistic history of Native American artists from the Pacific Northwest Coast. The installation includes:

  • Examples of works on paper
  • Wood carvings
  • Textiles
  • films
  • Music
  • Jewelry

You can see Raven’s Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast at the Peabody Essex Museum through Mid-2015.

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Looking for a Good Hike (and More) in Portland, Maine?

Well look no further than Portland Trails. Portland Trails is a non-profit urban land trust that has created and maintains a 70-mile network of trails in the greater Portland area.

You can certainly enjoy a great hike on any of these trails (or a good run on one of their six mapped out running routes), but they also offer so much more. Many of the trails are wheel chair accessible and stroller friendly. Other activities that you can find on or along many of the trails include:

  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Picnicking
  • Swimming

And don’t forget to bring man’s best friend. Dogs are allowed on half of the trails.

When winter descends its icy grip on the region there is no reason to stay inside as many of the trails allow cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

The Portland Trails are a multi-use, multi-season paradise for people who enjoy the great outdoors.

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New England’s Oldest Amusement Parks

Did you know that New England is home to some very old amusement parks? It’s true. There are three of the country’s oldest amusement parks in New England, including the oldest. They are:

    1. Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Bristol, CT, (1846). The oldest amusement park in the United States, Lake Compounce is also tied for the fifth oldest amusement park in the world. The Wildcat Roller Coaster (1927) at Lake Compounce is the eighth oldest roller coaster in the United States and tied for the twelfth oldest in the world. Lake Compounce is also home to a classic, hard-to-find, flying scooter ride, and a classic wood carousel dating back to 1893.
    2. Canobie Lake Park in Salem, NH, (1902). Canobie Lake Park is tied for the 31st oldest amusement park in the world. Canobie Lake Park is also the oldest trolley park* in New England and tied as the seventh oldest Trolley Park in the United States. Canobie is also home to a couple of classic, hard-to-find rides including a flying scooter ride, and a caterpillar ride. They also have a classic wood carousel dating back to 1898, and a classic metal carousel dating to the 1940s.
    3. Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, CT, (1908). Quassy is tied for the 41st oldest amusement park in the world. Quassy is also the second oldest Trolley Park in New England and the 11th oldest trolley park in the United States. Quassy is home to a  carousel dating back to 1952 (Little Dipper) and a brand new all wooden carousel (Wooden Warrior – 2010/2011).

* Trolley parks were picnic and recreation areas started along streetcar lines.

Sources: National Amusement Park Historical Association and the National Carousel Association.

Photo credits: The picture of Lake Compounce is in the public domain. The picture of the Corkscrew at Canobie Lake park if from the Wikipedia. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License. The picture of Quassy is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.license.

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Massachusetts Antique Truck Show

Picture of an Antique TruckThis is a special one for fans of antique transportation – an who doesn’t like an old airplane, old car, ore even an old truck? Well truck fans mark your calendars. It is time for the 33rd annual Antique Truck Show sponsored by the Antique Truck Club of America New England Chapter. The show will be held this coming Sunday, July 13, 2014, at the Bolton Fair Grounds in Lancaster, MA from 8 AM to 3 PM.

The show has room for 500 trucks so if you own an old truck “bring it and show it with pride” as their promotional materials say. If you do not own a truck it should still be great fun. There will be food available as well as a bouncy house for the kids.

For more information see the attached flyer: MA Truck Show Flyer

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The New Oak Bluffs Fishing Pier

A beautiful addition to the Oak Bluffs waterfront is the new fishing pier.

The pier is not only a great place to fish, but it provides wonderful views of the Steamship Authority ferry terminal, the Oak Bluffs waterfront, and the entrance into Oak Bluffs Harbor. It also happens to be the largest recreational fishing pier in Massachusetts.

But rather than describe it in words we will let a few pictures tell the story…

For more information on the Fishing Pier see: Oak Bluffs fishing pier is bathed in praise


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Martha’s Vineyard Sound Festival

The Martha’s Vineyard Sound Festival, an international indie music festival, will take up residence for the first time in Waban Park in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard on July 12, 2014 from 3 PM to 10 PM. For those of you familiar with OB Waban Park is right across the street from the Town Beach.

The lineup for the festival includes:

  • John Cruz
  • Dukes County Love Affair
  • Dwight & Nicole
  • Good Night Noise
  • Alex Karalekas
  • Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish
  • Lexie Roth
  • Ben Taylor
  • Willy Mason
  • Will Evans of Barefoot Truth

Additional artists will be playing at the Dive Bar (Peg House), the Ritz (Mike Benjamin, Rich Brown & Paul Size, and Funkwagon), and DJ App and Euphony will bring it all home at the MV Sound after party at the Island Bar & Grill.

The Martha’s Vineyard Sound Festival will benefit Our Island Collaborative (OIC).

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The Morning After

Mother Nature provided the fireworks this year for the 4th of July with Hurricane Arthur blowing through. But fret not, the day after we awakened to a gorgeous, cool and dry summer day…

Picture of Vineyard Haven Harbor July 2014

Vineyard Haven Harbor, Martha’s Vineyard

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