Northern Forest Canoe Trail Freshet Fest

Northern Forest Canoe Trail LogoTo celebrate the arrival of paddling season the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) is hosting its first Freshet Fest on May 9, 2015. Freshet Fest events include:

  • A morning poling clinic, a great skill to learn for upstream travel
  • An afternoon social paddle on the LaPlatte River in Shelburne, VT
  • An NFCT Through Paddler panel discussion in the evening. Through paddlers are individuals who have paddled the entire 740 mile NFCT in one trip. Panelists will include Katina Daanen who wrote the book, The Northern Forest Canoe Trail Through Paddler’s Companion.
  • Also in the evening, a catered dinner and guest speaker Matt Hopkinson who will present “Upstream Challenge: 180 Miles by Canoe.”

Evening events will be held at the Boathouse in Burlington, VT.

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Vermont Restaurant Week 2015

If your travels will take you to the Green Mountain State over the next couple of weeks you may want to make note of Vermont Restaurant Week. Actually 10 days long, Vermont Restaurant Week kicks off this Friday, April 24, 2015, and lasts through May 3, 2015. For those 10 days restaurants all over Vermont will be offering prix-fixe dinners at three different price points – $20, $30 or $40 per person.

There are over 100 restaurants participating in Vermont Restaurant Week covering a wide spectrum of cuisines.

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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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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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Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival

Here is an event for music lovers to put on their spring calendars. Thursday through Saturday, April 16 to 18, 2015 The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH will host the Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival in their historic theater and loft. The festival also coincides with Portsmouth’s restaurant week.

Some of the artists who will be performing at the festival include: Citizen Cope & William Fitzsimmons, The Juliana Hatfield Three, and Buffalo Tom. These are just some of the 23 singer songwriters who will be performing over the weekend.

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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 Vermont Maple Festivals and Events

It is that time of year once again. Nighttime temperatures are still cold but daytime temp’s are flirting with or going above freezing, and in New England that means one thing – the maple sap run. Yes, once again maple sugaring season is upon us. As with any great annual New England tradition, there are plenty of festivals to go along with the annual sap run to celebrate the season.

We start in Vermont with our annual roundup of festivals celebrating maple sugaring season…

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