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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Cruise Port Boston

At Travel New England we spend a lot of time writing about New England as a destination. We sometimes forget that not only are we a destination, but also a point of embarkation to other fun adventures around the world. Our airports and ports are a starting point for many a trip abroad. An excellent example of this is Cruise Port Boston.

Typically when one thinks of taking a cruise you envision embarking a ship in Florida some place (Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, or Tampa). But Boston is also a port of embarkation for cruises. From Boston cruises leave for Bermuda, New England and Canada, across the Atlantic, and to points south and west when they reposition the boats for winter.

Following is a round up of the ships sailing to/from Cruise Port Boston and their destinations:

Compagnie du Ponant
Compagnie du Ponant runs a cruise from Quebec to Boston aboard the LeBoreal in September. They also cruise from Boston to Curacao in September.

Crystal Cruises
Crystal Cruises sails the Crystal Serenity from Boston to Quebec in September.

Holland America Line
Holland America sails two ships, the Maasdam and the Veendam out of Boston to New England and Canada in the summer and fall. The Veendam also does one trans-Atlantic crossing in July. They also run a repositioning cruise of the Veendam to San Diego through the Panama Canal in October.

Picture of the Norwegian DawnNorwegian Cruise Lines
Norwegian sails the Norwegian Dawn from Boston to Bermuda all summer long, to New England and Canada in September, to Bermuda again in October, and a repositioning cruise to New Orleans in November.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean sails the Brilliance of the Seas for New England and Canada in September and October. They also run a repositioning cruise to Tamp in October.

Seabourn sails the Seabourn Quest from Boston to Montreal in September and October.

Silversea Cruises
Silversea Cruises sails the Crystal Whisper from Boston to Quebec in October.

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Old Sturbridge Village Celebrates Independence Day

Independence Day, the Fourth of July, was one of a few holidays commonly celebrated in early 19th century New England. Keeping with that tradition, Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) has big plans to celebrate Independence Day this coming Friday. Fun on tap for Friday for both the daytime and nighttime includes:

  • Dancing and singing
  • Drilling and marching on the common
  • Fife-and-drum music
  • Fireworks (purchase your tickets by July 1 for a discount)
  • Games and contests
  • An Independence Day celebration buffet in the Oliver Wight Tavern
  • A parade
  • A reading of the Declaration of Independence
  • . . . and more . . .

To get you more in the mood check out their video…


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2014 New England Fireworks Displays – Summer is Here with a Bang

Picture of FireworksThe 4th of July is now only a week away. Throughout the spring we look for the beginning of the summer season. For many, Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season. For me, its when I see the first fire Flies of the season (see Fireflies are Back). For others it is, of course June 21 when summer “officially” starts. But for the tourist season, the date when summer quite liter starts with a bang is the 4th of July.

The 4th of July, when we celebrate our nation’s birth with picnics, parades, and, of course, fireworks. If you are looking for a great fireworks display to help celebrate the birthday of the ol’ red, white, and blue then check out the links below to find one near you.

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2014 Fourth of July Fireworks Displays in Connecticut

Switching to Southern New England in our roundup of Independence Day fireworks displays puts us in the State of Connecticut. There are numerous wonderful fireworks displays all over the State throughout the long 4th of July weekend.

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2014 Fourth of July Fireworks Displays in Maine

The second installment in our roundup of 2014 4th of July fireworks displays in New England finds us in the State of Maine where there will be numerous fireworks celebrations this coming 4th of July weekend:

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2014 Vermont Fourth of July Fireworks Displays

Summer 2014 has begun and it is never too early to start thinking where you are going to catch some great Fourth of July fireworks. To help get you in the mood for Independence Day, we are pulling together lists of fireworks displays across New England. For our first we start in the State of Vermont. Below you will find a list of 4th of July fireworks displays in Vermont to help you celebrate America’s birthday:

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