Massachusetts

Chameleon Up Close Works for Piano 4-Hands

As part of its new recital series “Chameleon Up Close”, the Chameleon Arts Ensemble will present works for piano 4-hands on April 19, 2015 at 4 PM at the Goethe-Institut on Beacon Street in Boston. The program features pianists Gloria Chien and Elizabeth Schumann who will perform:

  • Claude Debussy, Six épigraphes antiques, L. 131
  • Steven Stucky, Allegretto quasi Andantino (Schubert Dream)
  • Franz Schubert, Grand Rondo in A Major, Op. 107, D. 951
  • Igor Stravinsky, Le sacre du printemps for piano four-hands

“Chameleon Up Close” gives audiences the opportunity to experience Chameleon artists in a more intimate and informal setting.

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MASS MoCA and Jacob’s Pillow present KEIGWIN + COMPANY

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and Jacob’s Pillow Dance will present the New York City based contemporary dance ensemble KEIGWIN + COMPANY at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center this weekend – April 11, 2015 at 8 PM and April 12, 2015 at 3 PM.

KEIGWIN + COMPANY dancers will perform Waterfront, driven by selections from the film score of On the Waterfront, composed by Leonard Bernstein. The engagement will include Artistic Director Larry Keigwin’s return to the stage with a new solo work. This will be Keigwin’s first new solo in more than ten years.

This performance continues MASS MoCA’s tradition of engaging performances of diverse works.

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Slow Art Day at the Peabody Essex Museum

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A guest enjoys the view in Impressionists on the Water of Ludovic-Napoléon Lepic’s Boats on the Beach at Berck, about 1876. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Museum purchase, Grover A. Magnin Bequest Fund, 1987.5.© Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Photo by Robyn Gesek/PEM.

Time to slow down and appreciate art?

Well that is exactly the purpose of Slow Art Day at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, MA this coming  weekend on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 10 AM to 2 PM. This is part of a global movement to help people to appreciate and love art. Take your time to explore the PEM galleries and then join other visitors in the PEM atrium at 1 PM for lunch and the opportunity to discuss what you saw.

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2015 New England Air Shows

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The Collings Foundation’s Consolidated B-24J Liberator at Worcester Airport

It looks like 2015 is shaping up to be one of the better years for air shows in quite a few for New England. Since the air show season gets started early in in mid-Spring, following are the air shows and air show related events and attractions to help you to plan ahead…

  • May 16 & 17, 2015 – The Great New England Air Show: The Great New England Air Show returns this year to the Westover Air Reserve Base in Westover, MA. Some highlights of the show include: the Blue Angels, the Canadian Snowbirds Jet team, Canadian Forces CF 18 Demo Team and the Geico Skytypers.
  • May 30 & 31, 2015 – Rhode Island National Guard Open House Air Show: The Rhode Island National Guard Open House Air Show will take up residence once again at the Quonset State Airport in North Kingstown, RI.
  • June 13, 2015 – Plainville Wings and Wheels:  The 4th annual fly-in and classic car show Plainville Wings and Wheels will take up residence at Robertson Airport in in Plainville, CT.
  • Labor Day Weekend, 2015 – Great State of Maine Air Show: The Great State of Maine Air Show is planned for Labor Day weekend this year. Watch their web site for more details.

As always, fans of all things aeronautic can also get their aircraft fix by visiting:

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Paradise City Arts Festival Spring Shows

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Star Pendant with matching earrings by Maija Neimanis of Windham, NY.

It is time once again for the Paradise City Arts Festival spring shows. The theme for this year’s spring festivals is “up in the air” challenging artists to use imagery that defies gravity.

Paradise City Marlborough, MA

First up, this weekend (March 20 – 22, 2015), is the Paradise City Arts Festival at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough, MA. The Marlborough festival will feature the work of over 175 artists from around the country.  On display will be ceramics, furniture, jewelry, paintings, photography, prints, sculpture, wall tapestries, and wearable art.

Paradise City Northampton, MA

If you cannot make the Marlborough Festival, or if one is not enough, you can always catch the Paradise City Arts Festival at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, MA on May 23 to 25, 2015. The Northampton festival will feature 260 local and national artists.

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Great Coverage of the Thunderbolt Ski Run in Adams, MA

In case you missed it, NPR’s Only A Game had a great story on the Thunderbolt Ski Run in Adams, MA.

Not familiar with the ski run? The Thunderbolt Ski Run was built as a world class downhill ski racing
trail on the east slope of Mt. Greylock in 1934. It was, at the time, one of the best ski racking trails in the U.S. But with the advent of modern lift systems the Thunderbolt fell into disrepair and was virtually un-skiable by the 1980s. But fret not, the Thunderbolt has been restored to its old glory for skiers looking for a very different, lift-less skiing experience.

To learn more, listen to the NPR story here:

Or read the story here: Skiing The Thunderbolt: A Modern Day Sport Tackles A Historic Trail

Or check out the website: The Thunderbolt Ski Run

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2015 Massachusetts St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Events

Picture of aLeprechaunWe hesitate to say that we left the best for last in our round up of St. Pattick’s Day events. However, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts far and away has the most parades and events in New England celebrating the Patron Saint of Ireland. After all, St. Patrick is also the Patron Saint of Boston. That being said, following are the parades and events celebrating St. Patrick in Massachusetts.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades

St. Patrick’s Day Events

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2015 Massachusetts Valentine’s Day Getaways

Picture of a Single Red RoseLooking for a way to make that special person in your life feel like a king or queen this Valentine’s Day? It’s never too early to plan something great for your special someone. This is our first post in a series highlighting some of the romantic activities and getaways that may be just the thing you need to say I love you… First up, Massachusetts, where there are plenty of wonderful things to do and romantic getaway packages to choose from…

 

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Dinner Theater on the Cape and South Shore

Even though the holiday season is over there are still plenty of fun activities to take us through the winter into the spring. If if live on or are visiting the South Shore or Cape Cod you may want to check out the Dinner Theater offerings of the Cape Codder Resort and Spa in Hyannis or the John Carver Inn and Spa in Plymouth. Both have a full line up of dinner theater offerings from now into April. On tap…

At the Cape Codder

  • January 24, 2015: Psychic Mindblowing Comedy Show
  • February 7, 2015: MobFellas
  • February 28, 2015: Comedy on the Road
  • March 7, 2015: The Raging Parent
  • March 14, 2015: Finnegan’s Wake
  • March 21, 2015: Comedy on the Road
  • April 11, 2015: Dueling Piano Show
  • April 25, 2015: World Gone Crazy Band

Learn more here.

At the John Carver

  • January 17, 2015: So I Got Fired from That Job
  • January 31, 2015: MobFellas
  • February 7, 2015: Jon Stetson, Psychic Comedy
  • March 7, 2015: Murder Most Medieval
  • March 14, 2015: Finnegan’s Wake
  • March 21, 2015: Finnegan’s Wake
  • March 28, 2015: Comedy on the Road
  • April 4, 2015: Jon Stetson, Psychic Comedy

Learn more here.

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Old Sturbridge Village Half Price for Adults in January and February

Cutting ice 1830s-styleProving that winter can indeed be wonderful, Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) is offering their Winter Wonderful Savings coupon that allows 50% off of regular adult admission during the months of January and February. See what life was like during the winter in a 19th century New England Village. Some of the events on tap for this winter include:

Be sure to download and print your Winter Wonderful Savings coupon (PDF) and enjoy the fun at OSV.

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