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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Vermont 2015 Memorial Day Weekend Festivals

Vermont Open Studio Weekend Graphic

Vermont Open Studio Weekend this Memorial Day Weekend

With us staring down Memorial Day weekend at the end of this week, we were looking for some fun things to do and discovered a bunch of fun festivals in Vermont this coming Memorial Day weekend. To celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer, Vermont is offering up:

So kickoff the (hopeful) beginning of the warm weather season with some festival fun in Vermont this coming Memorial Day Weekend.

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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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Lake Compounce Buy One Get One Free Deal

Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT is starting off the season right with a buy one regular admission ticket and get the other ticket for free deal – or $40.99 for two tickets. The deal is only available online and the tickets are only good for May 9 (opening day for the 2015 season), 10, 16 and 17, 2015. Be sure to check out the new Dino Expedition when there.

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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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