Events Calendar 2017-18

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Vacation Week Fun! - Acton, MA

Dec 26, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017 The Discovery Museums, 177 Main Street (Rte 27) Acton, MA
Join Discovery Museums for a week of winter fun! Bring socks and visit the outdoor sock skating rink. Stop by the Discovery Classroom where you can build with our collection of Duplos; add your wish for the new year to our Winter Wishing Trees; or settle in with a good book. Each day will feature a different activity. 
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Event included in admission, $12.50
Telephone: 978-264-4200

Arts & Crafts Shows

Harvard Square Holiday Craft Fair 2017 - Cambridge, MA

Dec 9, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 50 Church Street Cambridge, MA
This holiday fair at the First Parish Cambridge lures shoppers to its prime location just steps from the MBTA. Inside: a bazaar of beautifuland affordable gifts like Indian textiles, painted silk, fused glass, and pottery, among some 40 stalls. Dates: December 9-10, 15-17, 20-23.
Time: Weekdays, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, noon-6 p.m.
Admission: Free admission

CraftBoston Holiday Show 2017 - Boston, MA

Dec 14, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street Boston, MA
Comprised of 175 exhibitors, CraftBoston Holiday is a must-attend event for artists, collectors, and craft enthusiasts. Come for the day to shop for unique, gifts, meet the makers, and learn about fine contemporary craft.
Time: Thursday, 6-9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. -7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10-5 p.m.
Admission: $15

Touch of Vermont Gift Market - Montpelier, VT

Dec 16, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017 Montpelier City Hall, 39 Main Street, Montpelier, VT
Buy your holiday gifts from Vermont craftspeople while helping to raise money with an amazing raffle benefiting the Good Beginnings of Central Vermont. Every vendor has donated a Vermont crafted item and you have nearly 50 opportunities to win.
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 802-310-1725

Children & Families

Winter Vacation Workshops for Kids - Essex, CT

Dec 27, 2017 - Dec 29, 2017 Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street, Essex, CT
Over Christmas vacation week come to three mornings of creative fun. On Wednesday, explore the Holiday Train Show. On Thursday learn about animals in winter and their lives in the Connecticut River Valley. On Friday, learn about crystalsand create your own winter landscape with common crystals. Pre-registration required Register online.
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Admission: $25 per child per day; $65 per week

"Pinkalicious The Musical" - New Haven, CT

Dec 29, 2017 - Dec 29, 2017 Shubert Theater, 247 College Street New Haven, CT
This one-hour musical is based on the children's book "Pinkalicious." Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents, Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, a dream come true!
Time: Two shows, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Admission: $19-$50
Telephone: 203-562-5666

Broadway National Tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” - Portland, ME

Feb 2, 2018 - Feb 3, 2018 Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street Portland, ME
Bring your family to enjoy contemporary version of the classic tale. This lush production features a glorious orchestra, brilliant transformations and all the highlights: the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more, along with some surprises
Time: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30 and 6 p.m.
Admission: $45–$70
Telephone: 207-842-0800

"Charlotte's Web" - Portland, ME

Mar 11, 2018 - Mar 11, 2018 Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street Portland, ME
E.B. White’s classic story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur, a spider named Charlotte and a brave little girl. This treasured tale, featuring endearing farm animals should be an heirloom for each generation.
Time: 1 p.m.
Admission: $15
Telephone: 207-842-0800


ImprovBoston Comedy Club - Cambridge, MA

Nov 17, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017 Improv Boston Comedy Club, 40 Prospect Street Cambridge, MA
New England's premier comedy theater has been voted "Best of Boston" by The Phoenix, The Improper Bostonian, and The Weekly Dig. Wednesdays: Top Shelf Comedy, Comedy Lab , Stand Up Open Mic; Thursdays: StandUP Jam, Queer Qomedy Hour, Ladies Improv; Fridays: ImprovBoston Mainstage, CageMatch, Nightcap; Saturdays: afternoon Family show, Boston Sketch Co., Battle Royale, Face Off, Lady Like.
Time: Various times; consult host website
Admission: $10-$18
Telephone: 617-576-1253

Magician Norman Ng at Sunday River - Newry, ME

Dec 29, 2017 - Dec 29, 2017 Grand Summit Hotel, 97 Summit Road Newry, ME
A few years ago, Norman Ng appeared on the show "Penn & Teller: Fool Us," making a fork and a drawing of the fork bend simultaneously (he didn’t fool Penn and Teller, but rarely does anyone). For his next trick, he’ll draw you off the slopes and into a seat at his Sunday River show.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: Age 13 and older, $10; children age 5 to 12, $5
Telephone: 800-543-2754


Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound: After the Curtain - Portland, ME

Jan 26, 2018 - Jan 26, 2018 Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street Portland, ME
In After the Curtain, Emmy Award winner Travis Wall and others create an electrifying mixture of dance styles and musical genres.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $48–$73

Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal - Portland, ME

Feb 8, 2018 - Feb 8, 2018 Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street Portland, ME
Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal dazzles audiences with performances that are sexy, explosive, and entirely new. Their performances showcase the mixture of talented dancers and groundbreaking choreographers.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $32–$44; students, $15
Telephone: 207-842-0800


A Taste of Spain -- an Evening of Tapas and Flamenco - Watertown, MA

Dec 17, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 La Casa de Pedro, 343 Arsenal Street, and Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street Watertown, MA
New Repertory Theatre presents A Taste of Spain with La Casa de Pedro and Flamenco Boston. The evening will begin at 4 p.m. with a tapas buffet at Las Casa de Pedro, 343 Arsenal Street, Watertown, followed by a performance at 5:30 p.m. by Flamenco Boston in the MainStage Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown.
Time: Tapas at 4 p.m.; concert at 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $55 for the tapas and flamenco package and $30 for the flamenco concert only
Telephone: 617-923-8487

Dinner Theater

“Dashing Through the Snow” - Newport, RI

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 Newport Playhouse and Cabaret Restaurant, 102 JT Connell Hwy. Newport, RI
It's four days before Christmas in the tiny town of Tinsel, Texas, and a colorful parade of eccentric guests arrive at the Snowflake Inn and deck the halls with holiday hilarity. Trina, the harried yet upbeat innkeeper of this B&B, has more than she can handle coping with these nuttier-than-a-fruitcake lodgers. A laugh-'til-your-sides-ache climax, changing several lives forever. Show dates vary; consult website. Tickets
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $49.95 per person
Telephone: 401-848-7529

DIY Gifts & Crafts

Head into the Holiday Season Series: Holiday Cooking and Gifts From the Kitchen - Falmouth, MA

Nov 18, 2017 - Dec 13, 2017 Highfield Hall, 56 Highfield Drive Falmouth, MA
Holiday Cooking with Andrea Norris. November 18. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. These classes are full of great ideas and will inspire you to take the “hectic” out of holiday cooking and make it fun for all.
Gifts from the Kitchen with Gail Blakely. December 6 and 13. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Food: it makes a wonderful gift. Surprise your friends with a unique and delicious creation.
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Admission: $39 - $49

DIY for Christmas at Historic Deerfield - Deerfield, MA

Nov 27, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Historic Deerfield Deerfield, MA
Wreath Making for the Houses of Historic Deerfield . Learn how to create natural wreaths that will be used for the doorways of Deerfield. Bring enthusiasm and pruning shears. Supplies and refreshments will be provided. Free, pre-registration required. Call 413-775-7179 or register online. November 27 from 5 to 8 p.m.; November 28 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Gift Making. Make progress on your gift list by making a special gift by hand. Visitors may choose one of two simple hand-crafted gifts. Saturdays and Sundays, December 2-17. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Make Your Own Hot Chocolate Mix. Make your own hot chocolate mix to take home that is inspired by a colonial chocolate recipe. Saturdays and Sundays, December 2-17. 9:30 a.m.-
Time: Times vary; consult event website

Backyard and Beyond: Trim a Tree for the Birds - Acton, MA

Dec 19, 2017 - Dec 19, 2017 The Discovery Museums, 177 Main Street (Rte 27) Acton, MA
Brrr…it’s cold outside and it’s getting harder for animals to find food. Let’s help them out by making some bird feeders and trimming a tree for the birds. Build a bird feeder and hang it in Discovery Woods or take it home for your backyard. Inclement weather may result in changes to the program or cancellation.  
Time: Drop in noon to 2 p..
Admission: Event included in admission of $12.50
Telephone: 978-264-4200

Health & Fitness

Vineyard Vinyasa Fall/Winter Yoga Series - Middletown, RI

Dec 13, 2017 - Dec 13, 2017 Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road Middletown, RI
Un-wine-d with a yoga class unlike any other. Held at Newport Vineyards and presented by Thames Street Yoga, embark on a 1 hour and 15 mins yoga class, followed by a Newport Vineyards wine tasting. Dine at Brix Restaurant following the tasting to cap off the night. BYOM (bring your own mat)
Time: 5:45 pm - 8 pm
Admission: $26 per person
Telephone: 401-848-5161


Tavern Games at Historic Deeerfield - Deerfield, MA

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Historic Deerfield Deerfield, MA
Sit down and enjoy a game of checkers, fox and geese or merelles. Try your hand at table top nine pins, Jacob's ladder, and ball and cup. Held on Saturdays and Sundays.
Time: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Undecked Halls Holiday Program - Newport, RI

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 27, 2017 Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI
On our Undecked Halls tour, you can enjoy an authentic view inside a Newport mansion in winter. Experience the quiet house, see the decorated staff wing, and hear about Miss Duke's tropical holiday. You will also receive a gift of special recipes from Miss Duke's personal collection to use in your holiday festivities. Dates: December 2, 9, 16, 27.
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (tours every half hour)
Admission: $15; children age 12 and younger free

Guided Gallery Tour: New Hampshire Historical Society - Concord, NH

Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 15, 2017 New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street Concord, NH
Learn more about the state you love! Enjoy a guided tour of the New Hampshire Historical Society's historic Park Street building and find out more about New Hampshire’s “Temple of History." Hear stories about the objects on display that make their history come alive! Guided gallery tours are 45 minutes long and appropriate for all ages. 
Time: noon
Admission: $7 adults, children and members free
Telephone: 603-228-6688


The Impressionist Line From Degas To Toulouse-Lautrec - Williamstown, MA

Nov 5, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017 Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street Williamstown, MA
This exhibition showcases the "Impressionist line,” with drawings by Claude Monet, color woodcuts by Paul Gauguin, etchings by Édouard Manet, pastels by Edgar Degas, and color lithographs by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Laborers, performers, and racehorses populate these images. Exhibit open through January 7, 2018.
Time: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Over age 18, $20

Exhibit: Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England - Worcester, MA

Nov 11, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street Worcester, MA
Winslow Homer, considered the quintessential American artist, produced some of his most celebrated works during and after a sojourn in the small fishing village of Cullercoats on the northeastern coast of England. Coming Away shows 50 works by Homer, as well as paintings by his English contemporaries. On view through February 4, 2018.
Time: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $16; seniors, $14; college students $14; ages 4-17, $6

Sweet Tooth: The Art of Dessert Exhibit - Shelburne,, VT

Nov 30, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 Shelburne Museum, 6000 Shelburne Road Shelburne,, VT
Sweet Tooth: The Art of Dessert explores American appetite for tantalizing and tasty confections and its impact on modern visual culture. The exhibit is on display through February 18 2018.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adult, $10; youth ages 5-17, $5
Telephone: 802-985-3346

Exhibit: Jack & Jackie: The Kennedys in the White House - Springfield, MA

Dec 8, 2017 - Jan 31, 2018 D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street Springfield, MA
With the Smithsonian Institution, this exhibition explores the legacy of the Kennedys as promoters of art, culture, and elegance. Twenty-seven photographs of the first family by Richard Avedon anchor the exhibition, providing a glimpse into the Kennedys’ personal life. The exhibit features props from the REELZ miniseries The Kennedys. On display through March 25, 2018.
Time: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $25; seniors over age 59, $16.50; youth age 3-17, $13

Culture & Cocktails: A Holiday in Camelot - Springfield,, MA

Dec 14, 2017 - Dec 14, 2017 Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street Springfield,, MA
Holiday event featuring the Avedon portraits of JFK and his family on loan from the Smithsonian, gingerbread exhibit, festive cocktails and entertainment. The highlight of the evening is a performance by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks sextet, exploring the musical journey of saxophonist Paul Winter during his 1962 U. S. State Department tour of South America. For guests ages 21 and older.
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Admission: $20
Telephone: 413-314-6479

Flora in Winter 2018 - Worcester, MA

Jan 25, 2018 - Jan 28, 2018 Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street Worcester, MA
Dozens of imaginative floral displays paired with paintings transform Worcester Art Museum into a wonderland of artistry by nature and humans. This year’s theme, “Swept Away,” is inspired by Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England. Flora in Winter includes tours, floral demonstrations, and a performance by the Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble.
Flora Preview Reception on January 25. See the fresh interpretive arrangements throughout Museum galleries, and see how commercial arrangers interpreted this year’s theme. 5:30-8 p.m.  
Interpretive Challenge Class Demonstration on January 27. Three judges create flower arrangements inspired by A Winged Genius (Assyrian, 883-859 BC). 3-4:30 p.m
Plant Nite on January 26. Guests will create a succulent-filled terrarium to take home, visit the cash bar, and enjoy Flora while the galleries are less crowded. 5:30-7 p.m.
Origami Flower Corsages on January 27 and 28. Museum educators lead a drop-in origami-making activity. Various times.
Flora Designing at Home Demonstration and Tour on January 27. Guests will enjoy coffee and pastry while watching floral designer Mary Huntoon demonstrate floral designs for your home.
Concert: Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble on January 28. Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble presents music of the 17th and 18th centuries. 2:30 p.m.
Time: Various times; consult host website
Admission: Admission is adults, $22; youth, $6; fees for some special programs


Flynn Show Choirs - Burlington, VT

Dec 14, 2017 - Dec 15, 2017 Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main Street Burlington, VT
The Flynn’s Show Choirs are troupes made up of Vermont’s best young singers, actors, and dancers, aged 9 to 18. Each semester they stage terrifically high-energy, fully-choreographed performances of Broadway favorites and pop hits, accompanied by a professional live band.
Time: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. both nights
Admission: Adults, $16; students, $12

Paula Cole with Janie Barnett - Natick, MA

Dec 16, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017 TCAN Center for the Arts, 14 Summer Street Natick, MA
Two of Americana’s biggest talents will join forces at the Center for Arts in Natick. Paula Cole will headline with her new release of American jazz and folk standards, "Ballads," sharing the bill with Americana artist Janie Barnett, performing originals from her album, "You See This River," released earlier this year.
Time: 8-11 p.m.
Admission: $40
Telephone: 508-647-0097

John Pizzarelli Quartet with Catherine Russell present Billie & Blue Eyes - Great Barrington, MA

Dec 23, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
Catherine Russell’s vocals and John Pizzarelli’s smooth quartet evoke the glory days of jazz performers greats: Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra. Hear interpretations of classics like “All of Me,” “God Bless the Child,” “Witchcraft,” and “One More for My Baby.”
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $30 to $100

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony – Green Mountain Mahler Festival - Stowe, VT

Dec 30, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017 Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive Stowe, VT
Symphony No. 9 in D minor-- “the Choral” -- is one of Beethoven’s greatest works. Green Mountain Mahler Festival orchestra and chorus expertly bring this powerful music to life.
Time: $25; persons age 60 and older, $20 ; students younger than 18, $10

Kenya Hall & Friends Present: Stevie Wonder Tribute Night - Portland, ME

Dec 31, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 State Theatre, 600 Congress Street Portland, ME
The annual tribute to Stevie Wonder with Kenya Hall and friends brings the music and live experience of this multiple Grammy winning musician here to Portland with songs from his legendary career.
Time: 9 p.m.
Admission: $15-$20

Roomful of Blues - Norwell, MA

Jan 6, 2018 - Jan 6, 2018 Company Theatre Centre for the Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive Norwell, MA
New England based Roomful of Blues has been celebrating jump blues, R&B and early rock ‘n’ roll music for a record 45 years. Inspired by the spirit of the groundbreaking bands of the post-World War II decade, they’ve breathe new life into vintage songs, infusing them with boundless energy and fiery, swinging solos and vocals.
Time: 8-10 p.m.
Admission: $26
Telephone: 781-871-2787

The Wharf Unplugged presents Adam Ezra - Madison, CT

Jan 11, 2018 - Jan 11, 2018 Madison Beach Hotel, 94 West Wharf Road Madison, CT
Join us for an intimate acoustic performance by singer/songwriter Adam Ezra held in The Wharf Restaurant at The Madison Beach Hotel. This is the second show in a 6 part series featuring performances by musicians representing American music genres from American soft rock to country rock, acoustic blues and folk.
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Admission: $35
Telephone: 203-350-0014

An Evening with Chad Hollister Large Band - Stowe, VT

Jan 13, 2018 - Jan 13, 2018 Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive Stowe, VT
The new recording “Stop the World” is just out with 10 new tracks and a 10 piece band to back it up. Chad Hollister has recently opened for Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top as well as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Tom Petty.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $20-$35

Night Fever: An Evening of the Bee Gees - Waltham, MA

Jan 14, 2018 - Jan 14, 2018 Reagle Music Theatre, 617 Lexington Street Waltham, MA
You won’t believe your eyes – or ears -- when Night Fever: An Evening of the Bee Gees tribute concert takes the stage. Delivering authentic costumes, staging and vocals, this cast relives the music of the Gibb brothers - Barry, Robin and Maurice - one of the most beloved groups of all time.
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: $37-$65; discounts apply for seniors, students
Telephone: 781-891-5600

Barika - Stowe, VT

Jan 20, 2018 - Jan 20, 2018 Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive Stowe, VT
Barika is a six piece funky, dubbed out, psychedelic West African flavored band from Burlington, Vermont.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $20 in advance, $28 day of concert

Boneheads & Holy Mackerels - Boothbay Harbor, ME

Jan 27, 2018 - Jan 27, 2018 Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Avenue Boothbay Harbor, ME
Some of the region’s favorite musicians take to the stage tonight for this mid-winter talent showdown! The Boneheads and the Holy Mackerels play tonight. Full price tickets available at the door, or online.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: Advance discounted tickets ($10) available at the box office
Telephone: 207-633-5159

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet - Portland, ME

Feb 1, 2018 - Feb 1, 2018 Hannaford Hall, University of Southern Maine campus, 88 Bedford Street Portland, ME
The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet astonishes audiences with its expressiveness and tonal range. Its repertoire covers the entire spectrum of wind quintet literature as well as works for larger ensembles.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $44; students, $15
Telephone: 207-842-0800

The Wailers - Stowe, VT

Feb 11, 2018 - Feb 11, 2018 Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive Stowe, VT
The legendary Wailers band returns to Stowe to bring its revolutionary reggae sound back to Vermont fans. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined in solidarity with original Wailers’ guitarists Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, The Wailers continue to make musical history.
Time: 6 p.m.
Admission: $35-$65
Telephone: 802-760-4634

American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook - Providence, RI

Feb 22, 2018 - Feb 22, 2018 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
Led by vocalist Michael Andrew, hailed as “the next Harry Connick Jr.” by The New York Post, the 17-piece Gershwin Big Band, Andrew and guest vocalist Michelle Amato bring beloved Gershwin standards like "I Got Rhythm," "Someone to Watch Over Me," and many more to life in this inspirational new program created the Gershwin family.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $28-88

American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook - Providence, RI

Feb 22, 2018 - Feb 22, 2018 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
A 17-piece big band of world-class musicians celebrates the defining rhythms of indelible American composer George Gershwin. Drench yourself in the best music and the fanfare of the Jazz Age. Premium ticketholders to the performance receive admission to a pre-show cocktail Speakeasy in The Vets Loft at 6 p.m. where they can relive the Roaring Twenties with live music, swing dancing and Prohibition-era libations.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $28-$88
Telephone: 401-421-2787

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Portland, ME

Mar 10, 2018 - Mar 10, 2018 Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street Portland, ME
South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo has shared its uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves, and charming onstage banter for over 50 years. The group has won four Grammy Awards since it became famous from its work with Paul Simon and his Graceland album in 1986.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $30–$40
Telephone: 207-842-0800

Outdoor Activities

Farmstead Solstice Stroll - Southborough, MA

Dec 21, 2017 - Dec 21, 2017 Chestnut Hill Farm, 9-99 Chestnut Hill Road Southborough, MA
Join Chestnut Hill Farm to light up the night with a Solstice stroll and celebration. Meet in the parking lot for a guided candlelit walk through the woods that will include passages from the story "The Shortest Day" by Wendy Pfeffer. Gather back in the orchard to warm up by a fire and enjoy hot chocolate and s'mores. Pre-registration is requested.
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Admission: $15; kids under age 7 admitted for free
Telephone: 508-785-0339

Solstice Illumination Night - Milton, MA

Dec 21, 2017 - Dec 21, 2017 Governor Hutchinson's Field, Adams Street Milton, MA
Come welcome the return of the sun and brighten the darkest day of the year with a community celebration! Enjoy a fire dance performance and music, make s'mores around the campfire, and sip some hot chocolate. Feel free to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Dress warmly and invite your friends!
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Admission: $10; kids, $6
Telephone: 781-784-0567

Winter Solstice Stroll and Celebration - Andover, MA

Dec 21, 2017 - Dec 21, 2017 Ward Reservation, 34-42 Prospect Road Andover, MA
Come light up the night with a Solstice stroll and celebration at Ward Reservation. This is a guided candlelit walk through the woods with passages from the story "The Shortest Day" by Wendy Pfeffer. At the top of Holt Hill, guest can warm up by a fire and enjoy hot chocolate and s'mores under the stars. Pre-registration encouraged.
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Admission: Adults,$15; kids, free
Telephone: 978-356-4351

Horse-Drawn Rides at Shelburne Farms - Shelburne, VT

Dec 23, 2017 - Jan 1, 2018 Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Road Shelburne, VT
Giddy-up on these festive and fun 20-minute rides from the Welcome Center. Depending on snow, you’ll enjoy either a sleigh or a wagon ride. All rides are weather permitting. Rides begin on the half-hour and last 20 minutes. The extra 10 minutes is needed for loading and unloading the sleigh. No reservations required. Seats are first-come, first-served.
Time: Every half-hour from 11 a.m. t 2 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; children 3-17 years, $8
Telephone: 802-985-8442

Tour de Moon at Sugarbush - Warren,, VT

Dec 30, 2017 - Mar 3, 2018 Sugarbush Ski Resort, 1840 Sugarbush Access Road Warren,, VT
Join a moonlit skin or snowshoe up Mount Ellen. Open to seasoned skinners or people new to the sport. There will be guided and unguided skinning and snowshoeing to Walt's at the Glen House. At the top, enjoy food and local craft beers. Snowshoe rentals are available. Meet at the base of Mount Ellen. This event repeats on February 3 and March 3.
Time: 4-8 p.m.

Parties, Dances, Balls

Gunstock Ski Ball 2017 - Gilford, NH

Dec 18, 2017 - Dec 18, 2017 Gunstock Mountain Resort, 719 Cherry Valley Road Gilford, NH
The annual Ski Ball brings dinner, dancing, and a raffle of unique and historic items. Enjoy music from the Wicked Smart Horn Band. Cocktail attire, dress to impress! Proceeds of the raffle will be donated to the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction.
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Admission: $80
Telephone: 603-293-4341

Stonehurst Manor Ice Bar - North Conway,, NH

Jan 19, 2018 - Jan 20, 2018 Stonehurst Manor, 3351 White Mountain Highway North Conway,, NH
Come to the ice bar and enjoy specialty cocktails and giveaways; hors d'oeuvres all night, a fashion show by Spruce Hurricane, and dancing to the Music Man. This event has sold out every year to be sure to get your tickets soon!
Time: All day
Admission: $25 Cover Charge
Telephone: 603-356-3113

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

The Illusionists Present Adam Trent - Concord, NH

Dec 16, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017 Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street Concord, NH
Adam Trent, the star of the magic show The Illusionists, brings his magic and illusion to this mind-bending spectacle. This is an entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy and music for the entire family.
Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Admission: $35-$135, and fees for phone/Internet sales
Telephone: 603-225-1111

Holiday Ice Skating Show: The Gift - Burlington, VT

Dec 16, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017 Gordon H. Paquette Ice Arena, 216 Leddy Park Road Burlington, VT
The Holiday ice show features skaters from the local figure skating club and skaters from Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront programs.No tickets necessary. Admission by donation.
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Admission: Admission by donation

Science & Nature

Seal Watch and Nature Cruises - Westerly, RI

Oct 14, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017 Departs: Viking Marina, 19 Margin Street, Westerly, RI
Join Save the Bay for a 90-minute cruise down the Pawcatuck River and into Little Narragansett Bay for fall foliage and winter wildlife. Guests from Mystic Aquarium join the cruises on October 21 with Dr. Allison Tuttle, November 18 with Janelle Schuh and December 9 with Sarah Callan. These guests will share their professional insights . Saturdays only.
Time: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Admission: $17-$22

Treasures of the Earth: Mineral Masterpieces - Greenwich, CT

Nov 11, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive Greenwich, CT
This exhibition offers a rare chance to discover the wondrous beauty and amazing properties of world-class minerals from a remarkable private collection. Approximately 100 dazzling specimens will be on display, ranging from intricately connected cubes of pyrite, to dazzlingly clear crystals of selenite, to fiery red hexagons of vanadinite. Open through April 1, 2018.
Time: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students; free for children under age 5
Telephone: 203-869-0376

Shopping & Sales

holidaySHOP at Fuller Craft Museum - Brockton, MA

Nov 11, 2017 - Jan 14, 2018 Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak Street Brockton, MA
Each year Fuller Craft Museum expands its museum shop and transforms it into the holidaySHOP full of new merchandise offered especially for the holidays. Choose from an array of hand-crafted jewelry, unique items for the home, elegant jackets and scarves, children’s toys, books, and more. Items to fit every budget.
Time: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Field of Artisans Holiday Pop-Up - South Kingstown, RI

Dec 3, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Whalers Brewing Company, 1174 Kingstown Road South Kingstown, RI
This holiday season Field of Artisans is collaborating with Whalers Brewery in South Kingstown. Field of Artisans will be popping up in the tasting room for a series of holiday markets. Different mix of artists at each pop-up.
Time: Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission: free

CraftBoston Holiday 2017 - Boston, MA

Dec 14, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 900 Boylston Street Boston, MA
CraftBoston is among the premier juried exhibitions and sales of contemporary craft in the U.S. The twice-annual show features outstanding artists of our time, showcasing one-of-a-kind and limited-edition baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearables, furniture glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood.
Time: Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: General, $15; seniors and students, $12; youth age 12 and younger, free


“Crimes of the Heart” - Warren, RI

Nov 17, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 2nd Story Theatre, 28 Market Street Warren, RI
Three estranged sisters reunite to resolve their tragic past, and to move toward a more optimistic future. This Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy mixes one-part tears to two-parts laughter as it joyfully reaffirms the value of family and the redemptive power of love. Dates: November 17-19, 24-26, 30, December 1-3, 7-10, 14-17.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Previews, $25; before October 1, $30; after October 1, $40; guests under age 25

“The Chosen” - New Haven, CT

Nov 22, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive New Haven, CT
Set against the backdrop of 1940s Brooklyn and the oncoming war, this adaptation of Chaim Potok’s novel is a story of Growing up in the shadows of imposing and impressive fathers, the young men questioning their places in the world.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website

"Man of La Mancha" - Watertown, MA

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 New Rep Theater, Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street Watertown, MA
Man of La Mancha features Boston-area favorite Maurice Emmanuel Parent (The Gift Horse, Ragtime, Cabaret) as the eponymous knight errant, Don Quixote, on his quest to dream the impossible dream. Journey along with us and experience this classic musical adventure this holiday season.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $22-$72
Telephone: 617-923-8487

“In the Heights” Benefit Concert for Puerto Rico - Bridgeport, CT

Dec 16, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017 Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill Street Bridgeport, CT
From the creators of the Broadway phenomenon “Hamilton,” the award-winning “In the Heights” tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. The concert is one night only. Revenue from ticket sales and raffle prizes will be donated to the Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOS Hurricane Relief Fund.
Time: 8:15 p.m.
Admission: $60- $30; VIP pre-sale, $100
Telephone: 203-576-1636

Festival of New Musicals at the Goodspeed - East Haddam, CT

Jan 12, 2018 - Jan 14, 2018 Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main Street East Haddam, CT
Every musical got its start somewhere. You might see the next big hit at Goodspeed's Festival of New Musicals. Hundreds of musical theatre lovers will gather on the Goodspeed campus for staged readings of new works.
“Five Points” -- Set during the Civil War, Five Points chronicles the journeys of a young black performer at Almack’s Dance Hall and an Irish immigrant as they risk everything in pursuit of the American Dream. January 12 at 7:30 p.m.
“Sweetwater” – As World War II shakes the nation, sisters Beth and Frankie join women from across America to fly for the US Army. These Women Airforce Service Pilots risk their lives without military status. January 13 at 7:30 p.m.
“Passing Through” – A young man journeys on foot from Pennsylvania to California, collecting stories. When his trek brings to light a repressed family trauma, he must use the lessons he’s gathered to confront his past. January 14 at 1 p.m.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Consult event website
Telephone: 860-873-8668