Soulfest 2014 in Gilford, NH

Christian music fans take note. Soulfest will take up residence at Gunstock in Gilford, NH on August 7 through 9, 2014. Billed as New England’s premier Christian Music Festival, Soulfest will feature artists on five different stages including:

  • Toby Mac
  • Switchfoot
  • Third Day
  • Kari Jobe
  • Natalie Grant
  • Mandisa
  • Britt Nocole
  • Crowder
  • Thousand Foot Crutch
  • . . . and many more . . .

Soulfest will also feature speakers and workshops. All told there are more than 125 artists and speakers at Soulfest.

Looking for a place to stay for Soulfest. For the festival Gunstock expands their camping availability. You may also want to check out these Hotel options in Gilford.

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Happy Birthday Cape Cod Canal

On January 29, 1914, one day after the start of World War I, the Cape Cod Canal opened for business. Today is the 100th anniversary of that grand opening. To learn more about the Cap Cod Canal’s history here. Or check out this centennial celebration video.


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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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“Hamlet”: A Dustbowl Tragedy by the Harborside Shakespeare Company

Who would think to set Hamlet in the Depression? The Harborside Shakespeare Company (HSC) – that’s who. Known for atypical settings for Shakespeare’s plays, the Harborside Shakespeare Company is setting their production of Hamlet in a 1930s dustbowl. Taking it another interesting step is the soundtrack that features the music of Mumford & Sons, Robert Plant, Patti Smith, and others.

HSC will perform Hamlet throughout Maine’s Hancock County with the following performance schedule:

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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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Food Truck Fans Unite in Burlington and Montpelier, Vermont

Those who are regular readers know that we are fans of food trucks – the modern, creative, incarnation that is… Well if you too enjoy a great meal served out of a four wheel vehicle you will want to take note of the ArtsRiot Truckstop events in Vermont.

ArtsRiot Truck Stop
ArtsRiot Truck Stop takes place every Friday (rain or shine) in Burlington, VT. The event includes food (of course), as well as entertainment, and great drink at the main truck stop bar and inside at ArtsRiot’s main bar. Upcoming dates for ArtsRiot Truck Stop include:

  • July 25, 2014
  • August 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2014
  • September 12, 19, & 26, 2014
  • October 10, 2014

ArtsRiot Truck Stop – Montpelier

Same idea, different locale – this time in Montpelier. ArtsRiot brings the Truck Stop to Montpelier on Saturday, July 26, 2014 and Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Mark your calendars and plan on some good food and great fun!

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Peabody Essex Museum’s New Installation Features Native American Art

Picture of Native American Art

Heiltsuk (Bella Bella), Mask, c. 1845. Central coast, British Columbia.

Drawing from their Native American art collection, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is presenting a new installation – Raven’s Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast. The exhibit celebrates the rich artistic history of Native American artists from the Pacific Northwest Coast. The installation includes:

  • Examples of works on paper
  • Wood carvings
  • Textiles
  • films
  • Music
  • Jewelry

You can see Raven’s Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast at the Peabody Essex Museum through Mid-2015.

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Looking for a Good Hike (and More) in Portland, Maine?

Well look no further than Portland Trails. Portland Trails is a non-profit urban land trust that has created and maintains a 70-mile network of trails in the greater Portland area.

You can certainly enjoy a great hike on any of these trails (or a good run on one of their six mapped out running routes), but they also offer so much more. Many of the trails are wheel chair accessible and stroller friendly. Other activities that you can find on or along many of the trails include:

  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Picnicking
  • Swimming

And don’t forget to bring man’s best friend. Dogs are allowed on half of the trails.

When winter descends its icy grip on the region there is no reason to stay inside as many of the trails allow cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

The Portland Trails are a multi-use, multi-season paradise for people who enjoy the great outdoors.

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New England’s Oldest Amusement Parks

Did you know that New England is home to some very old amusement parks? It’s true. There are three of the country’s oldest amusement parks in New England, including the oldest. They are:

    1. Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Bristol, CT, (1846). The oldest amusement park in the United States, Lake Compounce is also tied for the fifth oldest amusement park in the world. The Wildcat Roller Coaster (1927) at Lake Compounce is the eighth oldest roller coaster in the United States and tied for the twelfth oldest in the world. Lake Compounce is also home to a classic, hard-to-find, flying scooter ride, and a classic wood carousel dating back to 1893.
    2. Canobie Lake Park in Salem, NH, (1902). Canobie Lake Park is tied for the 31st oldest amusement park in the world. Canobie Lake Park is also the oldest trolley park* in New England and tied as the seventh oldest Trolley Park in the United States. Canobie is also home to a couple of classic, hard-to-find rides including a flying scooter ride, and a caterpillar ride. They also have a classic wood carousel dating back to 1898, and a classic metal carousel dating to the 1940s.
    3. Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, CT, (1908). Quassy is tied for the 41st oldest amusement park in the world. Quassy is also the second oldest Trolley Park in New England and the 11th oldest trolley park in the United States. Quassy is home to a  carousel dating back to 1952 (Little Dipper) and a brand new all wooden carousel (Wooden Warrior – 2010/2011).

* Trolley parks were picnic and recreation areas started along streetcar lines.

Sources: National Amusement Park Historical Association and the National Carousel Association.

Photo credits: The picture of Lake Compounce is in the public domain. The picture of the Corkscrew at Canobie Lake park if from the Wikipedia. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License. The picture of Quassy is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.license.

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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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