Win a Northstar Northwind Canoe

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) is giving away a Northstar 17′ Kevlar Lite canoe. The drawing is tomorrow (9/30/2015) so there is still one day to get in on the chance to win this great canoe. Tickets are one for $5 or five for $20. All proceeds go to benefit the Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s programs for paddlers.

Go here to purchase your tickets for the drawing.

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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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2015 Vermont Fourth of July Fireworks Displays

Continuing with our roundup of 2015 fireworks displays across New England finds us in the State of Vermont. Below you will find a list of fourth of July fireworks displays in Vermont to help you celebrate Independence Day:

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2015 Fourth of July Fireworks Displays in Maine

Looking for a great Independence Day bash in Maine? Well look no further. Maine has numerous fireworks displays to help you celebrate the 4th of July this year:

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2015 Fourth of July Fireworks Displays in Connecticut

Fourth of July is just a few weeks away and it is time for our annual roundup of 4th of July festivities. We start our annual roundup in the State of Connecticut where there are numerous fireworks displays to help you celebrate Independence Day.

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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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