2014 New England Baseball Home Openers

The surest sign that spring is upon us is the start of Baseball. And while the forecast may still occasionally predict snow, make no mistake about it – the “boys of summer” will be taking the field starting in April. To help you plan for this annual right of spring, following are the home openers for all of New England’s professional baseball teams:

  • April 3, 2014 at 6:35 PM for the New Britain Rock Cats (MiLB AA, affiliate of the Minnesota Twins) who will play the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
  • April 3, 2014 at 7:05 PM for the Pawtucket Red Sox (MiLB AAA, affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) who will play the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • April 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM for the Boston Red Sox (MLB) who will play the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • April 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (MiLB AA, affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays) who will play the Binghamton Mets.
  • April 10, 2014 ay 6 PM for the Portland Sea Dogs (MiLB AA, affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) who will play the New Britain Rock Cats.
  • June 13, 2014 at 7:05 PM for the Lowell Spinners (MiLB Class A Short Season, affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) who will play the Vermont Lake Monsters.
  • June 16, 2014 at 7:05 PM for the Vermont Lake Monsters (MiLB Class A Short Season, affiliate of the Oakland Athletics) who will play the Connecticut tigers.
  • June 18, 2014 at 7:05 PM for the Connecticut Tigers (MiLB Class A Short Season, affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) who will play the Lowell Spinners.
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Paradise City Arts Festival Kicks off Today in Marlborough, MA

The Paradise City Arts Festival kicks off today and runs through Sunday, March 23, 2014 at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough, MA. To help get you in the mood we thought we would share some more wonderful images of the art that you may encounter at the festival.

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No Time Like Now to Start Thinking About Your Vegetable Garden

Spring officially starts tomorrow (March 20, 2014). Even though there is still some great skiing in northern New England we are really starting to get spring fever here at Travel New England. What better way to get into spring mode than to start thinking about your vegetable garden?

Our friends at Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) can help with that. This Saturday, Match 22, 2014, OSV will host a garden workshop which will offer strategies for successful vegetable gardens. The workshop will feature:

  • A keynote from author Jennifer Benner entitled “Non-Stop Garden.”
  • Tips for success with common vegetables.
  • A local harvest lunch at the Oliver Wight Tavern.
  • Afternoon breakout sessions

There will be follow-up sessions during the spring and summer that will be available exclusively to attendees of the March garden workshop.

So head on over to OSV Saturday to start planning your spring garden plannings.

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To Help Get You in the Mood for Spring

Yes, spring. . . It will be here later this week – officially Thursday, March 20, 2014. Even as winter seems to be trying to hang on forever, we thought we would share some pictures from last weekend’s Boston Flower and Garden Show to help set the mood for spring’s arrival. . .

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Pirates at the Smith-Appleby House in Smithfield, RI

Argh Matey. There be pirates at the Smith-Appleby House in Smithfield, RI this Saturday!

The Rhode Island Pirate Players (RIPP) will encamp outside of the Smith-Appleby House on Saturday, March 15, from 1 PM to 4 PM. Come and get educated on what pirate life was like 300 years ago; listen to rousing sea shanties; and witness the occasional dual. Great fun for any fan of privateering.

Also on Saturday afternoon, volunteers from the Historical Society of Smithfield will portray Colonial-era characters and lead guided tours of the historic 1696 Smith-Appleby House, which was built by the grandson of one of the original settlers of Rhode Island.

Pretty much a great afternoon for the entire family. . .

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Paradise City Arts Festival Coming to Marlborough this Spring

Aerial View of the Paradise City Arts FestivalWhat is the Paradise City Arts Festival? It is one of the Boston area’s premier shows and sales of fine craft, painting and sculpture. It is also a “Top 10 Arts Fair in America” according to AmericanStyle Magazine. The festival this year will showcase the work of 175 exhibitors at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough, MA on March 21 through March 23, 2014.

Picture of Barbara Ween and Cafe Society

Barbara Ween with Cafe Society

In addition to all of the wonderful art and craft, there will be music with a different band showcased each day. On Friday it is the JD Jazz Trio; Saturday features the O-tones bringing soul and Motown; and Sunday features the cabaret stylings of Barbara Ween with Cafe Society.

There will also be a special exhibit, “Laughing Matters!” in the Sculpture Cafe that explores all that makes us smile.

This is an event not to be missed.

If you cannot make the festival in Marlborough then mark your calendars to catch it in Northhampton, MA over Memorial Day Weekend May 24, 25 & 26, 2014 at the 3 County Fairgrounds.

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Celtic Celebration at Old Sturbridge Village

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the folks at Old Sturbridge Village (OSV). OSV will be hosting a Celtic Celebration this weekend (March 15 and 16, 2014).

The Celtic Celebration will help you to celebrate all things Irish. The day’s events include historical and contemporary activities and entertainment, including:

  • Learn Irish step-dancing from representatives of the Meghan Kelly School of Irish Dance
  • Hear Irish musicians explain the difference between jigs and reels
  • Learn of the Irish experience through song
  • Exhibits and historians will explain what caused the wave of Irish immigration in the 19th century
  • Learn what life was like for Irish families after they arrived in America
  • Hear Irish tales
  • . . . and more . . .

On Saturday evening, at 7 PM, the Irish band Full Gael will also perform a Celtic music concert. Favorite Irish foods and beverages will be available for purchase at the concert, including bangers and mash, corned beef sandwiches, Guinness stew, Guinness ice cream, beer and wine. There is a separate charge for the concert.

And remember, during the weekend Maple Days programming will be going on as well and kids get free daytime admission when accompanied by an adult.

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2014 New England Maple Festivals and Events

Winter still has us in its icy grasp and spring does not “officially” start for another couple of weeks… But nothing holds out hope for the new season like the annual sap run and maple sugaring. An important part of New England history, the region’s sugar houses will start firing up in March. To celebrate this season there are a host of wonderful festivals and events celebrating all things maple.

Connecticut Maple Festivals and Events

Maine Maple Festivals and Events

Massachusetts Maple Festivals and Events

New Hampshire Maple Festivals and Events

Vermont Maple Festivals and Events

Picture credits: The picture of maple syrup production is by M. Rehemtulla and is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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2014 Northern New England St. Patrick’s Day Events

Flag of IrelandIt’s not all about skiing in northern New England come March. There are even a few events to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. So if you are looking to celebrate Irish heritage here are some events for you…

2014 Maine Saint Patrick’s Day Events

2014 New Hampshire Saint Patrick’s Day Events

2014 Vermont Saint Patrick’s Day Events

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Learn About Maple Sugaring at the Children’s Museum of Southern Connecticut

The Children’s Museum of Southern Connecticut in Niantic will be offering a family workshop on maple sugaring on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2 PM. Some of the highlights of the workshop include:

    • Learn about the process of making maple syrup
    • Get a lesson on how to tap a maple tree
    • Decorate tree cookies
    • . . . and, of course, maple tasting for everyone
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