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2016 New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations in New England

The calendar is not only down to one page but there is less than a week left to 2015. In our annual tradition of rounding up New Year’s Eve / First Night celebrations around New England we have come up with the following list to ring in 2016 in style…

Connecticut New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Maine New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Massachusetts New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

New Hampshire New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Rhode Island New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Vermont New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

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Massachusetts 2015 Christmas and Holiday Events

Picture of Christmas DecorationsThe holiday season is just around the corner with many major holiday events kicking off around Thanksgiving making it time once again for our round up of holiday events. First up is the roundup of Christmas and holiday events for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Christmas Tree Lightings and Holiday Strolls

Performances of a Christmas Carol

  • December 4 to 23, 2015: A Christmas Carol at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA
  • December 12, 2015: A Christmas Carol at The Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, MA
  • December 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21,22, 2015: A Christmas Carol at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA
  • December 18 to 27, 2015: A Christmas Carol at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, MA

Performances of the Nutcracker

  • November 22, 2015: The Nutcracker by the Albany Berkshire Ballet at the Thomas A Consolati Performing Arts Center in Shefield, MA
  • November 27 to November 29, 2015: The Nutcracker by Ballet Arts Worcester and the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra at the Hanover Theater in Worcester, MA
  • November 27 to November 29, 2015: The Nutcracker by Commonwealth Ballet Company at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, MA
  • November 27, 28, 29, December 4, 5, and 6, 2015: The Nutcracker by the José Mateo Ballet Theatre at the Cutler Majestic Theatrer in Boston, MA
  • November 27 to December 31, 2015; The Nutcracker by the Boston Ballet in Boston, MA
  • November 29, 2015: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at Bristol Community College
  • December 5 and 6, 2015: The Nutcracker by the Albany Berkshire Ballet at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA
  • December 6, 2015: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at the Rogers/Kirshner Theater in Sudbury, MA
  • December 11 to 27, 2015: Urban Nutcracker at the John Hancock Hall in Boston, MA
  • December 11, 12, and 13, 2015: The Nutcracker by Commonwealth Ballet the Casey Theatre at Regis College in Weston, MA
  • December 12, 2015: The Nutcracker by the Albany Berkshire Ballet at Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA
  • December 12, 2015: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at the Littleton Performing Arts Center in Littleton, MA
  • December 12 and 13, 2015: The Nutcracker by the Atlantic Coast Academy of Dance at the Cape Cod Community College – Tilden Arts Center
  • December 13, 2015: The Nutcracker by the Albany Berkshire Ballet at Lawrence High School in Lawrence, MA
  • December 13, 2015: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA
  • December 16, 17, and 18, 2015: The Nutcracker by the José Mateo Ballet Theatre at the Strand Theater in Dorchester, MA
  • December 19, 2015: The Nutcracker by the MetroWest Ballet at Nevins Hall in Framingham, MA
  • December 19 and 20, 2015: The Nutcracker by Dance Prism at The Collins Center in Andover, MA
  • December 19 and 20, 2015: The Nutcracker at the Norwood Theater in Norwood, MA

Performances of The Messiah

  • November 27 to November 29, 2015: Handel Messiah by the Handel and Haydn Society at Symphony Hall in Boston, MA
  • December 5, 2015: Handel’s Messiah by the Worcester Chorus at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA
  • December 5, 2015: Handel: Messiah Part I by the New England Classical Singers at St. Augustine Church,  Andover, MA
  • December 5, 2015: Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along  at the Wollaston Church of the Nazarene in Quincy, MA
  • December 11 and 12, 2015: Handel Messiah by Boston Baroque at Jordan Hall in Worcester, MA
  • December 13, 2015: Messiah Sing performed by the Assabet Valley Mastersingers at the First Church Congregational, Marlborough, MA
  • December 18 and 19, 2015: Messiah Sing by the Masterworks Chorale at Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA

Holiday Pops Concerts and Other Holiday Concerts

Other Holiday Events

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The Many Ends to Summer

Make no mistake – there really is only one end to summer, and in 2015 September 22 is the last day of summer. But for most, there are symbolic ends to summer – a period of time where your activities shift from those of summer to those of fall. The most commonly referenced symbolic end to summer is Labor Day Weekend – this coming weekend. By Labor Day Weekend almost everyone, except for empty nesters or families without school-age children, has moved on to fall activities.

For others, whose children go back to school in the last couple of weeks of August, the symbolic end comes earlier.

For me the first big “notice” that summer is coming to an end is the third week of August. That is the week of the last three big events of summer on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. Starting with the Wednesday of that week with Grand Illumination in Oak Bluffs, followed by the Ocean Park fireworks on Friday, and of course the annual Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society fair from Thursday through Sunday. That is biggest week of the entire summer on the Island and the cap to the summer season with a bang. After that the Island is clearly shifting into wind-down mode. Student summer help starts to disappear and many families with school-age children head home to start school. I always start looking for the first colored leaves of fall foliage season after this week.

For those not beholden to the schedules of school though, here is a little secret. The first three weeks of September, both on Martha’s Vineyard and other tourist destinations throughout New England, are usually the nicest weeks of the summer. The weather is still warm, at the coast the water is at its warmest for the season, and the crowds are gone! For these lucky individuals, summer will really end on September 22.

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Chameleon Arts Ensemble Announces 2015-2016 Season

The Chameleon Arts Ensemble has announced their 2015-2016 season. On tap this season:

Chamber Music Series

  • Saturday, October 10 at 8 PM and Sunday, October 11 at 4 PM: Echoes of celestial song at First Church in Boston
  • Saturday, November 7 at 8 PM and Sunday November 8 at  4 PM: Each to each impart at First Church in Boston on Saturday and the Goethe-Institut on Sunday
  • Saturday, December 5 at 8 PM and Sunday, December 6 at 4 PM: J. S. Bach’s Complete Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051 at First Church in Boston
  • Saturday, February 13 at 8 PM and Sunday, February 14 at 4 PM: Here and there, in paths apart at First Church in Boston on Saturday and the Goethe-Institut on Sunday
  • Saturday April 2 at 8 PM and Sunday April 3 at 4 PM: A voice of love and twilight at First Church in Boston
  • Saturday, May 21 at 8 PM and Sunday, May 22 at 4 PM: Songs of earth and sky at First Church in Boston on Saturday and the Goethe-Institut on Sunday

Recital Series – Chameleon Up Close

  • Sunday, March 6 at 4 PM: A concert featuring Chameleon’s two superb clarinetists, Gary Gorczyca and Kelli O’Connor, along with pianist Vivian Choi at the Goethe-Institut
  • Sunday, April 17 at 4 PM: Violinist Kristin Lee and pianist Gloria Chien at the Goethe-Institut
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2015 New England Fourth of July Fireworks Displays

Independence Day 2015 is less than a week away. It is time to start planning in earnest where you are going to take in your annual Fourth of July fireworks display. So launch into summer with a bang this 4th. You will find many great fireworks displays to help celebrate the birthday of the ol’ red, white, and blue – check out the links below to find one near you.

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Antique Car Rally at Old Sturbridge Village

Picture of Two Men Looking at an Antique CarOn Saturday June 13, 2015 Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) will host an antique car rally from 10 AM to 4 PM. The day will feature more than 100 antique cars spanning 50 years of automotive history. Cars at the rally are all from 1946 or before and will include:

  • A 1910 Stanley “Steamer”
  • A 1912 Oakland
  • A 1912 Buick
  • A 1914 Reo
  • A 1922 Hupmobile
  • 1927 and 1931 Chryslers
  • A 1936 Brewster
  • A 1938 Buick
  • A 1940 Chevrolet
  • A 1941 Cadillac
  • Fords from 1913 through the 1930s
  • . . . and more . . .

There will also be a grand procession of the vehicles through the village at 3:30 PM as a highlight to the day.

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Thomas Hart Benton Retrospective to Open at the PEM

Painting Thomas Hart Benton - Lewis and Clark at Eagle Creek

Thomas Hart Benton, Lewis and Clark at Eagle Creek, 1967. Polymer and tempera on Masonite panel, 30 1/2 x 38 in. Courtesy of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. © Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

The national tour of the Thomas Hart Benton Retrospective will kickoff at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in early June with the following events:

  • June 5, 2015, 10 AM to 5 PM: Public Discussion Day
  • June 5, 2015, 5:30 PM: Press review, reception, and tour
  • June 6, 2015, 10 AM to 5 PM: Opening Day Celebration

This is the first major traveling exhibition of of American painter Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) in over 25 years. The exhibition, American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood, explores how the motion picture industry influenced Benton’s creative imagination.

Opening day events will include a music performance by Craig Edwards & Friends in the PEM Atrium, a presentation In Conversation with Curators of Art and Film in the Morse Auditorium, and a showing of the film The Grapes of Wrath in the Morse Auditorium.

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Paradise City Arts Festival Memorial Day Weekend

Hydrangea 2 Painting by Susan Valentine

“Hydrangea 2” oil on canvas by Susan Valentine of
Leverett, MA

It is once again time for the Memorial Day Weekend edition of the Paradise City Arts Festival which is held at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, MA May 23 to 25, 2015. The them this year, as it was for the Marlborough show in March, is “Up in the Air” – challenging artists to use imagery that defies gravity.

In addition to all of the fabulous art is the music and food presented at the festival. On the music side will be Juke Joint Jazz on Saturday, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones on Sunday, and vocalist Evelyn Harris on Memorial Day Monday. And for art aficionados who are also foodies, there is the opportunity to meet the chefs from Sierra Grille, Local Burger, India House, Spoleto, Amber Waves, Pizzeria Paradiso, The Great Wall, Mama Iguana’s and Bart’s Homemade Ice Cream.

This is a great annual festival that is not to be missed.

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Thanks for the Her Campus Shout Out

Many thanks to Shannon Foglia who mentioned us in her article The Ultimate New England Summer Bucket List. It’s an excellent list of things to do this summer and very wisely mentions going to a drive-in theater with a link to our post New England Drive-In Theaters.

Some things that we might add to her list:

  • Attend an agricultural fair – Shannon does mention fairs and festivals, but we would expand her list to include all of the wonderful agricultural, county and state fairs that happen in the summer into early fall
  • Attend a music festival – Again expanding on Shannon’s “Go to an outdoor concert” suggestion, we call your attention to all of the wonderful annual music festivals that fill the summer with great tunes…
  • Attend some summer theater – See New England Summer Theater
  • Go to the beach – With great beaches from Maine to Connecticut, there is something for everyone…
  • Visit an antique carousel – This might be interesting to pair with Shannon’s “Go on a unique date”. New England is home to the two oldest antique wooden carousels in the country and many other antique gems. See New England’s Antique Carousels and New England’s Antique Metal Carousels.

Thanks again Shannon. And have a great summer!

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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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