The Circus is Coming to Town

The circus is always great fun for the entire family. Residents of New England will not want for opportunities to see a circus this spring and summer. Following are the dates for major circus events throughout New England for 2014:

  • Now through May 11, 2014: Big Apple Circus on Boston’s City Hall Plaza
  • April 23 to April 27, 2014: Aleppo Shriners Circus at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, MA
  • May 2 to May 5, 2014: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence in Providence, RI
  • May 8 to May 11, 2014: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey at the XL Center in Hartford, CT
  • June 4 to June 8, 2014: Cirque Du Soleil’s Varekai at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, CT
  • June 11 to June 15, 2014: Cirque Du Soleil’s Varekai at the XL Center in Hartford, CT
  • June 20 to June 29, 2014: Cirque Du Soleil’s Amaluna at the Marine Industrial Park on the Boston Waterfront
  • June 25 to June 29, 2014: Cirque Du Soleil’s Varekai at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH
  • June 29, 2014: Circus Smirkus at the Smirkus World HQ Circus Barn in Greensboro, VT
  • July 1 to July 6, 2014: Cirque Du Soleil’s Varekai at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI
  • July 2 and 3, 2014: Circus Smirkus at Leonard Field in St. Johnsbury, VT
  • July 5 and 6, 2014: Circus Smirkus at Fullington Farm Field in Hanover, NH
  • July 8 to 10, 2014: Circus Smirkus at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds in Essex Junction, VT
  • July 15 and 16, 2014: Circus Smirkus at the Cheshire Fairgrounds in Swanzey, NH
  • July 18 and 19, 2014: Circus Smirkus at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds in Great Barrington, MA
  • July 21 to 23, 2014: Circus Smirkus at Sandwich High School in Sandwich, MA
  • July 25 to 27, 2014: Circus Smirkus at Gore Place in Waltham, MA
  • July 29 and 30, 2014: Circus Smirkus at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, MA
  • August 1 and 2, 2014: Circus Smirkus at Manter Field in Newbury, MA
  • August 4 and 5, 2014: Circus Smirkus at the Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport, ME
  • August 7 and 8, 2014: Circus Smirkus at Rockin’ Horse Stables in Kennebunkport, ME
  • August 10 to 13, 2014: Circus Smirkus at Montpelier High School in Montpelier, VT
  • August 15 and 16, 2014: Circus Smirkus at the Smirkus World HQ Circus Barn in Greensboro, VT
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2014 New England Air Shows

It looks to be another lean year for air show fans – the lingering hangover from last year’s sequester cuts? There are only two major events taking place in the spring:

As always, you can look for the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour to make its way into New England in the late summer early fall. Keep on eye on the schedule for exact times and locations.

Also, the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT is a great place to get your aviation fix this spring and summer.

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Squam Lake and RDC Camps Honored by Outside Magazine

Outside Travel Awards LogoIn their April issue Outside Magazine honored Squam Lake and Rockywold-Deephaven Camps (RDC Camps) in Holderness, NH as the Runner Up in the 2014 Travel Awards: Best Lake category. This makes it a pick by the magazine as one of the 50 Trips of a Lifetime. As Outside Magazine puts it: “Nothing spells summer like a quiet cabin on a lake…”.

It’s never too early to start planning your summer getaway. you would be hard pressed to do better than Squam Lake in New Hampshire…

Also getting a shout out in the award is the 59-mile Northern Rail Trail between Franklin and Lebanon, NH.

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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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