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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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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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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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2014 New England Air Shows

It looks to be another lean year for air show fans – the lingering hangover from last year’s sequester cuts? There are only two major events taking place in the spring:

As always, you can look for the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour to make its way into New England in the late summer early fall. Keep on eye on the schedule for exact times and locations.

Also, the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT is a great place to get your aviation fix this spring and summer.

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2014 New England Baseball Home Openers

The surest sign that spring is upon us is the start of Baseball. And while the forecast may still occasionally predict snow, make no mistake about it – the “boys of summer” will be taking the field starting in April. To help you plan for this annual right of spring, following are the home openers for all of New England’s professional baseball teams:

  • April 3, 2014 at 6:35 PM for the New Britain Rock Cats (MiLB AA, affiliate of the Minnesota Twins) who will play the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
  • April 3, 2014 at 7:05 PM for the Pawtucket Red Sox (MiLB AAA, affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) who will play the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • April 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM for the Boston Red Sox (MLB) who will play the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • April 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (MiLB AA, affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays) who will play the Binghamton Mets.
  • April 10, 2014 ay 6 PM for the Portland Sea Dogs (MiLB AA, affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) who will play the New Britain Rock Cats.
  • June 13, 2014 at 7:05 PM for the Lowell Spinners (MiLB Class A Short Season, affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) who will play the Vermont Lake Monsters.
  • June 16, 2014 at 7:05 PM for the Vermont Lake Monsters (MiLB Class A Short Season, affiliate of the Oakland Athletics) who will play the Connecticut tigers.
  • June 18, 2014 at 7:05 PM for the Connecticut Tigers (MiLB Class A Short Season, affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) who will play the Lowell Spinners.
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Paradise City Arts Festival Kicks off Today in Marlborough, MA

The Paradise City Arts Festival kicks off today and runs through Sunday, March 23, 2014 at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough, MA. To help get you in the mood we thought we would share some more wonderful images of the art that you may encounter at the festival.

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No Time Like Now to Start Thinking About Your Vegetable Garden

Spring officially starts tomorrow (March 20, 2014). Even though there is still some great skiing in northern New England we are really starting to get spring fever here at Travel New England. What better way to get into spring mode than to start thinking about your vegetable garden?

Our friends at Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) can help with that. This Saturday, Match 22, 2014, OSV will host a garden workshop which will offer strategies for successful vegetable gardens. The workshop will feature:

  • A keynote from author Jennifer Benner entitled “Non-Stop Garden.”
  • Tips for success with common vegetables.
  • A local harvest lunch at the Oliver Wight Tavern.
  • Afternoon breakout sessions

There will be follow-up sessions during the spring and summer that will be available exclusively to attendees of the March garden workshop.

So head on over to OSV Saturday to start planning your spring garden plannings.

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To Help Get You in the Mood for Spring

Yes, spring. . . It will be here later this week – officially Thursday, March 20, 2014. Even as winter seems to be trying to hang on forever, we thought we would share some pictures from last weekend’s Boston Flower and Garden Show to help set the mood for spring’s arrival. . .

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Paradise City Arts Festival Coming to Marlborough this Spring

Aerial View of the Paradise City Arts FestivalWhat is the Paradise City Arts Festival? It is one of the Boston area’s premier shows and sales of fine craft, painting and sculpture. It is also a “Top 10 Arts Fair in America” according to AmericanStyle Magazine. The festival this year will showcase the work of 175 exhibitors at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough, MA on March 21 through March 23, 2014.

Picture of Barbara Ween and Cafe Society

Barbara Ween with Cafe Society

In addition to all of the wonderful art and craft, there will be music with a different band showcased each day. On Friday it is the JD Jazz Trio; Saturday features the O-tones bringing soul and Motown; and Sunday features the cabaret stylings of Barbara Ween with Cafe Society.

There will also be a special exhibit, “Laughing Matters!” in the Sculpture Cafe that explores all that makes us smile.

This is an event not to be missed.

If you cannot make the festival in Marlborough then mark your calendars to catch it in Northhampton, MA over Memorial Day Weekend May 24, 25 & 26, 2014 at the 3 County Fairgrounds.

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