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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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End the Summer in a Festive Mood in Vermont

Looking for a good festival to end the summer? Well look no further than the Green Mountain State! Vermont will host two wonderful festivals to bring the summer of 2014 home with a great time. On tap before we run out of summer are:

Both promise to be a great time and a wonderful way to end the summer season. The Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival is late enough in the season that you might even get a little taste of fall foliage too…

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Downtown Plymouth Waterfront Festival

Downtown Plymouth is the place to be this weekend if you love the water and a good time. On Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 7 PM the already beautiful Plymouth, MA waterfront gets turned into a festival for the whole family. What will you find at the Downtown Plymouth Waterfront Festival? Well how about:

  • Over 250 crafter and vendor booths
  • Over 30 food trucks and food vendors
  • The 9th Annual Motor Head’s Cruise-In Car Show (from 2 to 4 PM)
  • The Ducky Dash Race (at 4 PM)
  • Mamma Mia’s Restaurant Pizza Eating Contest
  • Festival sponsor Pilgrim Aviation will be displaying a full size airplane onsite
  • GEICO Interactive Experience and meet and greet with the GEICO Gecko
  • A kids fun zone with games, inflatables and more
  • 2 Stages of live entertainment with eight different acts performing from 10:30AM to 7 PM

What better way to spend a late August weekend day?

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Boston Early Music Festival Season

The Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) has announced their 2013/2014 Boston Concert Series. If you are a fan of early music and Baroque Opera you will want to make note of the concert dates for the upcoming season.

  • October 18, 2013 at 8 PM at First Church in Cambridge: Boston-based chamber ensemble Sarasa presents a program of music by Italian composer Luigi Boccherini
  • November 9, 2013 at 8 PM at St. Paul Church in Cambridge: The BEMF debut of Ensemble Plus Ultra. They will present works by Victoria, Morales, Ribera, and Guerrero
  • December 1, 2013 at 3 PM at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston: This concert will present selections from the seven operas that have been featured in the BEMF Chamber Opera Series
  • December 14, 2013 at 8 PM at St. Paul Church in Cambridge: The Tallis Scholars will present sacred works written to honor the Virgin Mary in a celebration of the holiday season
  • February 1, 2014 at 8 PM at St. Paul Church in Cambridge: Sequentia in a program featuring vocal music of the High Middle Ages in Germany by composer Hildegard von Bingen, and others
  • February 21, 2014 at 8 PM at Jordan Hall in Boston: Fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout in an evening of intimate keyboard music by Mozart
  • March 7, 2014 at 8 PM at St. Paul Church in Cambridge: Stile Antico in a program featuring works by Byrd, Tallis, Gibbons, Taverner, White, Morley, and Weelkes
  • April 18, 2014 at 8 PM at Jordan Hall in Boston: A program featuring the all-star instrumentalists and singers of the BEMF Chamber & Vocal Ensembles

Tickets and subscriptions can be obtained through the Boston Early Music Festival Box Office.

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International Drawing Festival at the Peabody Essex Museum

On October 4 and 5, 2013 the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) will host The Big Draw festival. This is a festival for people who love to draw, as well as people who think they might like to draw, and those who think they can’t but are curious. Events during the two day festival include:

  • Sidewalk Painting
  • Game for Anything – spin the wheel to take part in this collaborative art piece
  • In the Round, On the Ground – Create a large circular drawing using your entire body, some crayons and more
  • Pictures Come to Life – Color in illustrator Jeff Hopkins larger-than-life pictures
  • Sketchbook-Making Station
  • LightBomber Photo Booth
  • Fingertip Detectives – Try drawing what you feel inside mystery bags
  • Pictures Come to Life
  • The BFG (film)
  • Zentangle – an easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns

The event runs from 5 PM to 8 PM on Friday, October 4, and from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday October 5. Admissions fees apply. Members, children under 16, and Salem residents can attend for free.

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Blacksmith Art & Music Festival in Fitchburg, MA

Blacksmith Art & Music Festival LogoThe art and trade of blacksmithing spans over 3,000 years. Throughout history blacksmiths have made everything from simple tools to armor for knights. You can see some of the region’s most talented blacksmiths display their metalworking skills at the 10th Blacksmith Art & Music Festival (formerly known as the Fitchburg Forge).

The festival will be held on Saturday September 28, 2013 from 10 AM to 4:30 PM in Riverfront Park at 40 Commercial Street in Fitchburg, MA. It is a collaboration between Achla Designs, Fitchburg Art Museum, City of Fitchburg, Fitchburg State University, Enterprise Bank, and the Central Massachusetts Art & Agriculture Coalition.

In addition to the blacksmiths, the Fitchburg Art Museum will be featuring a family arts area and their will be musical entertainment.

Picture of a Blacksmith

Blacksmith at the 2012 Blacksmith Art & Music Festival

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A Festival for Man and Man’s Best Friend – Pooch-A-Palooza

Pooch-A-Palooza LogoAdd “-a-palooza” to the end of anything and it sounds fun. That is exactly what the Pooch-A-Palooza Festival promises to be – great fun.

Pooch-A-Palooza is a family-friendly festival that includes the family’s four legged canine members. It will be held on June 22-23, 2013 at Prowse Farm in Canton, MA. What kind of fun will you and your dog find at Pooch-A-Palooza? How about:

  • Music featuring live acts such as The Motel Kings, The Groove Junkies, Joshua Tree, The Josh Logan Trio, Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, Steve Songs and Vanessa Trien.
  • A beer garden.
  • Some of New England’s best food trucks.
  • A kid’s activity zone.
  • A pet-centric pavilion sponsored by Target featuring activities for pet’s and their owners and providing pet owners a treat bag.
  • The Petco Pooch Pavilion which will host entertainment from some of the most exciting dog entertainers around.
  • A marketplace with goods for pet owners and non-pet owners.
  • A dog park to relax in with your best friend.

Grab the kids and the pup’s and head to Pooch-A-Palooza for what promises to be a great time for all. Your dog will thank you.

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Mutton and Meade Festival in Montague, MA

If you are looking for for a unique activity this weekend than the town of Montague in western Massachusetts has just the thing – The Mutton and Meade Festival.

What on earth is a Mutton and Meade Festival? It is a Renaissance Faire that brings medieval times to life. The festival features fun, food, and entertainment including:

  • Activities such as archery
  • Demonstrations such as black smithing, brewing, period cooking and much more
  • Entertainment
  • Robin Hood and his Merry Men
  • Games
  • Merchants
  • . . . and much more . . .

The Festival will be held this coming weekend, June 23 and 24 from 10 AM to 6 PM each day at 210 Turners Falls Road in Turners Falls, MA. Admission prices are:

  • Adults: $15 at the gate
  • Kids (7-12) and Seniors (60+): $10 at the gate
  • Children 6 and under are free
  • Parking is $3

So take a step back in time this weekend for some medieval fun.

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Mussel & Wine Festival at Bar Harbor Cellars Winery

Mussels and wine are pretty much a combination made in heaven. Leave it to a winery to to turn it into a festival. This coming weekend, Bar Harbor Cellars Winery, just 6 miles west of downtown Bar Harbor, will play host to their annual Mussel and Wine Festival.

The Festival will take place Saturday June 25th from 1 PM to 4 PM at the winery. Money raised will go to benefit Angel Flight NE.

So if you find yourself in the Acadia National Park / Bar Harbor region this weekend why not drop by and check it out. It’s for a good cause and what is not to like about eating some mussels and sipping some wine…

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