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Agricultural Exhibition at Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) will host an old-fashioned agricultural exhibition this coming weekend – September 13 and 14, 2014. The event should be both educational and great fun for the entire family. Some of the things that you will be able to see, learn, and do include:

  • Attend the agricultural fair highlighting heirloom vegetables
  • Hear tips and tricks for successfully cultivating heirloom vegetables at home
  • Learn to winnow and thresh grain
  • See OSV’s heritage breed farm animals
  • See the submitted items in the home gardening exhibit
  • See the ox-powered cider mill in operation
  • Shell corn
  • Try plowing behind the Village oxen
  • Watch Dairy demonstrations will including milking cows, butter churning, cheese-making, and ice cream making
  • And more. . .

Gardeners are invited to bring their best heirloom vegetables, herbs, and flowers to be judged by 19th century standards at the Agricultural Fair.

This is a great way to to get into the spirit of fall harvest season.

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JazzFest Falmouth on Tap for the End of the Month

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Headliner Catherine Russell

Mark you calendars for JazzFest Falmouth at the end of the month – September 27 through October 8, 2014 in Falmouth, MA.

Headlining JazzFest Falmouth this year will be Grammy Award winner Catherine Russell who will perform at the festival on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Ms. Russell is just one of many artists and activities that make this year’s JazzFest a not to miss event.

A special attraction that you will want to make it a point to catch is the Jazz Stroll on October 3, 2014 from 6 to 11 PM with over a dozen performers along Queen’s Buyway and Main Street.

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Robert Wyatt will present The Birth of Blues: A Lecture and Recital on Saturday, September 27, 2014

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Some Ideas for Fun for Labor Day Weekend 2014

It is that time once again. The symbolic end of summer, Labor Day Weekend, is upon us. So as the kids head back to school it’s time for that last taste of summer fun. To help you plan you Labor Day Weekend, we have pulled together some ideas for fun things to do. Check them out…

Take in an Arboretum or Public Garden
It will not be long now before the leaves are gone and cold winds are blowing. How about getting out and enjoying mother nature in a public garden or arboretum. Some notables ones include the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, the Blithewold Gardens and Arboretum in Bristol, RI, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, ME, gardens at the Florence Griswold Museum in Lyme, CT, Heritage Museums & Gardens on Cape Cod in Sandwich, the gardens at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT, and the historic gardens at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH.

Spend a Day at an Amusement Park

There are over a dozen amusement parks in New England. Get in one more thrill-filled weekend!

Take in Some Baseball
While the Boston Red Sox are out of town for the Labor Day Weekend, many of the region’s minor league will be playing at home. Among them, the:

  • Connecticut Tigers – Home vs. Lowell on 8/31 to 9/1/2014 to finish their 2014 season.
  • Lowell Spinners – Home vs. Aberdeen on 8/28 and 8/30/2014.
  • New Britain Rock Cats – Home vs. New Hampshire on 8/29 to 9/1/2014 to finish their 2014 season.
  • Pawtucket Red Sox – Home vs. Syracuse on 8/29 to 8/30/ 2014 and Rochester on 8/31 to 9/1/2014 to finish their 2014 season.
  • Portland Sea Dogs – Home vs. Harrisburg on 8/29 to 9/1/2014 to finish their 2014 season.
  • Vermont Lake Monsters – Home vs. Tri-City on 8/31 to 9/1/2014 to finish their 2014 season.

Go to a Drive-In Movie
It will soon be too cold for this retro attraction. Pile the kids and the jammies into the car and take in a movie at a drive-in theater. There are still over 20 drive-ins left in New England. Find the one nearest to you here: New England Drive-In Theaters.

Ride an Antique Carousel
Another wonderful retro activity for the whole family is to ride an antique carousel. New England is lucky enough to have the two oldest in the country – the Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, and the Flying Horse Carousel at Watch Hill in Westerly, RI. in To find New England’s antique carousels check out New England’s Antique Metal Carousels and New England’s Antique Wooden Carousels.

You can also check out our post from last year – Some Ideas for Fun this Labor Day Weekend – for some additional ideas for Labor Day Weekend.

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Downtown Plymouth Waterfront Festival

Downtown Plymouth is the place to be this weekend if you love the water and a good time. On Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 7 PM the already beautiful Plymouth, MA waterfront gets turned into a festival for the whole family. What will you find at the Downtown Plymouth Waterfront Festival? Well how about:

  • Over 250 crafter and vendor booths
  • Over 30 food trucks and food vendors
  • The 9th Annual Motor Head’s Cruise-In Car Show (from 2 to 4 PM)
  • The Ducky Dash Race (at 4 PM)
  • Mamma Mia’s Restaurant Pizza Eating Contest
  • Festival sponsor Pilgrim Aviation will be displaying a full size airplane onsite
  • GEICO Interactive Experience and meet and greet with the GEICO Gecko
  • A kids fun zone with games, inflatables and more
  • 2 Stages of live entertainment with eight different acts performing from 10:30AM to 7 PM

What better way to spend a late August weekend day?

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Debut Exhibition of South African Photographer Jo Ractliffe at PEM

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is the proud host of South African photographer Jo Ractliffe’s U.S. debut exhibition. The exhibition, Someone Else’s Country, Photographs by Jo Ractliffe, features nearly 50 works from the aftermath of the bloody Angolan Civil War. That civil war was one of the longest and bloodiest in African history costing nearly 1.5 million lives and displacing millions more.

The exhibit will start on October 11, 2014 and will run through the spring of 2015

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Boston StrEATS Motors its Way to Franklin Square in Boston

Last night kicked off Boston StrEATS, a nighttime food truck festival in Franklin Square, a beautiful park on Washington Street in Boston’s South End. The festival will be a regular Thursday night occurrence from 5 PM to 9 PM featuring some of Boston’s best food trucks and live music. Time to put a recurring event into your calendar for Thursday nights!

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2014 Wings of Freedom Tour Winging Its Way Into New England

Unfortunately, the end of summer is in sight, but that is not completely bad news. As happens every year toward the end of summer, the Collings Foundation‘s Wings of Freedom Tour makes its way back to New England. So aviation buffs take note, the tour will touchdown starting in September. Following is the schedule for the New England portion of the tour:

  • 9/5 to 9/7, 2014 in Oxford, CT at the Waterbury-Oxford Airport
  • 9/12 to 9/14, 2013 in Norwood, MA at the Norwood Memorial Airport
  • 9/17 to 9/19, 2014 in Hyannis, MA at the Barnstable Municipal Airport
  • 9/19 – 9/21, 2014 in Worcester, MA at the Worcester Regional Airport

So if the dearth of air shows the last few years has you down, here is your chance to get a good shot of aviation history as the Collings Foundation brings their P-51, B-17, and B-24 planes to New England for you to see and tour.

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Summer Brewfest 2014 at Indian Ranch

Indian Ranch, known for their summer concert series, will take a break from concerts this coming weekend for their seventh annual Summer Brewfest. The Brewfest will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 2 to 6 PM and will feature brewers from all over the United States.

The New England states will be well represented with the following breweries in attendance:

From the rest of the country there will be a dozen other breweries in attendance even from as far away as Hawaii.

Musical entertainment will be provided by StilBurnin, and food by B.T.’s Smokehouse.

The long range forecast for the weekend is for beautiful weather – so how about some tasty cold brews on the shores of Webster Lake?

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Visit Some Great Old Ships In Massachusetts

Continuing our series on the nautical history of New England, we stop off in the Bay State, Massachusetts, to visit some great old ships. Massachusetts is home to many wonderful historical vessels that any nautical fan will want to take some time exploring.

  • Battleship Cove – You can find the battleship USS Massachusetts, the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., the World War II submarine USS Lionfish, and the East German missile corvette Hiddensee at Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA. A great place to see a lot of great ships!
  • Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum – The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum can be found on Congress Street in Boston, MA. Visit and learn about this pivotal event in the birth of the United States.
  • The Salem East Indiaman Friendship – The Friendship is a replica of a 1797 East Indiaman. It makes its home as part of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Salem, MA.
  • Mayflower II – The replica of the Pilgrim’s ship Mayflower II makes its home in Plymouth Harbor as part of Plimoth Plantation.
  • Schooner Ernestina – The Schooner Ernestina is an 1894 fishing schooner based in New Bedford, MA.
  • USS Constitution and the USS Cassin Young – Both the USS Constitution and the USS Cassin Young may be found at the Charlestown Navy Yard
  • USS Salem – The USS Salem is the only preserved U.S. Navy heavy cruiser. You can find it in Quincy, MA. Unfortunately, due to MBTA repairs, it is not currently open to visitors, but keep checking their website to see when it will reopen.

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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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