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Events Calendar - 2021

Find a multitude of fun events and great things to do, including weekend events, throughout the year, like music; festivals; comedy; outdoor fun; boat cruises; excursions for families and kids; food, wine and beer tastings. Weather is no problem; lots of things to do happen indoors.
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All Ages

Winter Fun Day at Fields Pond – Holden ME

Feb 5, 2022 - Feb 5, 2022 Fields Pond, 216 Fields Pond Road, Holden, ME

Celebrate winter with Maine Audubon at Fields Pond in Holden, outside of Bangor, Maine. Enjoy free outdoor activities for the entire family and learn some valuable nature skills. At 11 a.m., learn how to track animals in the snow. At noon, there will be a snow science experiment, and at 1 p.m., there will be a snowshoe walk (snowshoes provided on a first come, first serve basis). All day long, there will be a Snowy Owl Storywalk at the Nature Center and ice skating on the Pond (BYO skates).

Art

Exhibit: “Lennart Anderson: A Retrospective” – Old Lyme CT

Jan 5, 2022 - Feb 5, 2022 The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, 84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT

Lennart Anderson, Portrait of Barbara S

Curated by Artistic Directors Amaya Gurpide and Jordan Sokol in collaboration with the artist’s estate and the New York Studio School, the Lyme Academy will be the second venue for this first major survey of Lennart Anderson since his death in 2015. The exhibition includes over 25 paintings and drawings from both public and private collections. Anderson was an American artist renowned for his mastery of tone, color, and composition, and for a teaching career that deeply influenced future generations of painters.

Auctions

Misquamicut Luau – Westerly RI

Feb 4, 2022 - Feb 4, 2022 Windjammer Surf Bar, 321 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly, RI

Enjoy the lovely Misquamicut Beach in winter, and recall warmer, sunnier times – while simultaneously benefitting beach cleanup and area events. There will be yummy food, music, raffles, and a silent auction.

Cannabis

Puff, Pass and Pour Some Candles – Middletown CT

Jan 28, 2022 - Jan 28, 2022 Sugar Leaf, 109 College Street, Middletown, CT

Make your own candles and smoke a little cannabis. You can create a trio of soy candles, using materials provided by Sugar Leaf including tools, scented essential oils, and decorations. Light refreshments will be provided, but outside food and drink are welcome also. Bring your own cannabis. Ages 21+ may attend.

Children & Families

Exhibit: "Jan Brett: Stories Near and Far" – Stockbridge MA

Nov 13, 2021 - Mar 6, 2022 9 Glendale Road, Stockbridge, MA

With over forty million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation’s foremost and most widely read author/illustrators for children. This lively exhibition explores the breadth of Brett’s art and the travel experiences that have inspired her many children’s books and characters. A video interview with Brett, an exhibition audio tour in the artist’s voice, and recorded book readings will be featured in the galleries and online.

President's Day Day Comic Reading + Giveaway – Providence RI

Feb 21, 2022 - Feb 21, 2022 AS220 Main Stage and Gallery, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI

Elementary and middle school students are invited to participate in a game, followed by a comic book reading and giveaway, hosted by Black Nerd Book Club. It’ll be a great way to celebrate President's Day with the community and meet fellow comic nerds.

Comedy

Patton Oswalt: Who’s Ready to Laugh? – Portland ME

Mar 26, 2022 - Mar 26, 2022 The State Theater, 609 Congress Street, Portland, ME

Patton Oswalt is an award-winning actor, writer, comedian, and musician. He has had over 200 film and television roles; his filmography includes Ratatouille, Zoolander, Magnolia, Starsky and Hutch, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and HBO’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (which is based on the book by Oswalt’s late wife, Michelle McNamara). Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test is required for entry.

Dinner

Robert Burns Supper – Falmouth MA

Feb 5, 2022 - Feb 5, 2022 Highfield Hall & Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, MA

This 6th annual dinner party celebrates the National Poet of Scotland, Robert Burns. This tradition was started by Burns’ friends shortly after his death. He is known for writing the classic New Year’s Eve tune “Auld Lang Syne,” which translates into “For Old Time’s Sake,” as well as for being one of the founders of the Romantic Movement. At the dinner, enjoy a traditional Scottish meal of ceremonial haggis, toasts of whisky, storytelling, recitation of poetry, trivia and prizes, bagpipes, fiddles, and singing. This year, there will also be a curated global whiskey tasting.

Farms

S’more Than Just a Hayride – Middletown RI

Jan 1, 2022 - Mar 19, 2022 Simmons Organic Farm, 1942 West Main Road, Middletown, RI

Winter can be brutal, and sometimes you need an incentive to go outside and get some fresh air. S’more Than Just a Hayride is the best incentive ever: on Saturday afternoons, January through March, head over to Simmons Farm and indulge in some warm cocoa, s’mores, and other outdoor fun. Enjoy the beautiful views of Narragansett Bay, explore the farm via wagon, meet some animals, and make s’mores around the fire pits.

Festivals

American Lantern Festival – Middlefield CT

Dec 16, 2021 - Jan 31, 2022 Lyman Orchards, 70 Lyman Road, Middlefield, CT

Winter nights are cold and dark –– but at the American Lantern Festival, they are illuminated by thousands of paper lanterns depicting jungle plants and animals and an aquatic wonderland. Walk along a half-mile pathway and watch as a story unfolds from within the handmade light sculptures and lantern displays. This festival re-creates a centuries-old Chinese tradition of lantern displays that began during the Han dynasty.

Snow Much Fun – Newtown CT

Jan 28, 2022 - Jan 28, 2022 Fairfield Hills Green, Keatings Farm Road, Newtown, CT

Celebrate winter in Newtown. Guests can enjoy a DJ, ice skating (weather permitting), tractor rides, a roaring bonfire, a food truck, and other fun wintery activities.

Winter Weekend in Norfolk – Norfolk CT

Feb 26, 2022 - Feb 27, 2022 Main Street, Norfolk, CT

Take in Norfolk’s winter beauty during this weekend full of local fun and events. Have fun both inside and outside with activities such as live music, art shows, food, films, curling and skating, hiking, stained glass window tours, a bonfire, kid’s events, and more.

Food, Wine, Beer

The Chocolate Expo – Wilmington MA

Jan 30, 2022 - Jan 30, 2022 Shriner’s Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington, MA

Calling all foodies and chocolate lovers: this event was made for you. Those who attend the Chocolate Expo will be able to sample many different kinds of chocolate treats from dozens of the best chocolatiers in the region.

Cookies & Cocktails – Warwick RI

Mar 10, 2022 - Mar 10, 2022 Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI

Join the Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England for a very special evening of Cookies & Cocktails at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. Chefs from some of the best local restaurants and bakeries will be showcasing their talents by creating special desserts using everyone’s favorite treat: Girl Scout Cookies®! Light fare, tasty deserts, and cocktails will be served. 21+ 

Guided Tours

Concord History with a Chocolate Twist – Concord MA

Feb 5, 2022 - Feb 26, 2022 Concord Visitor Center, 58 Main Street, Concord, MA

See downtown Concord through a sugary sweet lens. You will tour iconic locations from Concord’s rich literary and revolutionary history, such as The Milldam, Monument Square, The Old Hill Burial Ground and more; however, you’ll also be able to tour generations-old candy shops including Priscilla’s Candy Shop and Gräem Nuts and Chocolate. Sample roasted nuts, chocolate bark, truffles, fudge, and cake as you go. This tour runs on Saturdays in February: 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, and 2/26.

Health & Fitness

Cycle the Seacoast – Portsmouth NH

May 1, 2022 - May 1, 2022 35 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, NH

The American Lung Association presents the 13th annual Cycle the Seacoast, a one-day, multi-route cycling event that is both challenging and fun. Choose from a 25, 50 or 100 mile route. Money raised helps fund the American Lung Association’s work to improve lung health and prevent lung disease through efforts such as lung cancer research, improving the air we breathe so it does not cause or worsen lung disease, and reducing the burden of lung disease on individuals and families suffering from asthma and COPD. Appropriate for ages 7 and above. Visit the website for details about routes and start times.

Historic

Pine Tree Riot 250th Anniversary Celebration – Weare NH

Apr 9, 2022 - Apr 9, 2022 16 N Stark Highway, Weare, NH

Commemorate and celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the Pine Tree Riot, which took place in Weare in April of 1772. The Boston Tea Party was inspired by this daring act of rebellion against the British Crown by the residents of Weare, NH. Learn about the Riot, see a play and demonstrations of period equipment, meet descendants, and more.

Museums

Exhibit: “Strange Times: Downtown New Haven in the COVID Era” – New Haven CT

Oct 13, 2021 - Mar 25, 2022 The New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT

During the early days of quarantine, in the spring of 2020, all of us were getting used to a “new normal.” Businesses were closed; the streets were empty; many of us retreated into the safety of our houses. However, Roderick Topping ventured into downtown New Haven and captured the haunting emptiness of our new reality in real time. On view at the New Haven Museum until March 2022, this exhibit is a thoughtful and somber reflection of the pandemic.

Exhibit: "Love Stories from the National Portrait Gallery, London" – Worcester MA

Nov 13, 2021 - Mar 13, 2022 Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA

Ellen Terry by Watts

The Worcester Art Museum will be hosting masterpieces from London’s National Portrait Gallery in an exhibit that centers around love’s role in the creation of art. Explore works dating back to the 16th century –– when thinkers of the era characterized love as a mental disease –– through the present, in which love is characterized as way to find fulfillment in life. Artists such as Sir Joshua Reynolds, Angelica Kauffmann, David Hockney, Lee Miller, and Sam Taylor-Johnson are featured.

Exhibit: “HOME: Paintings by Loring W. Coleman” – Concord MA

Nov 19, 2021 - Jan 30, 2022 The Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, MA

Loring Coleman at the Concord Museum

In 2017, the Concord Museum received a generous anonymous gift of forty-seven paintings by the nationally recognized en plein air painter Loring W. Coleman. Coleman lived and taught in Concord and created beautiful works featuring New England landscapes.

Exhibit: “A Rhode Island Winter’s Tale” – Providence RI

Dec 5, 2021 - Mar 28, 2022 John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street, Providence, RI

Find refuge from the grey winter inside the John Brown House Museum. See how Rhode Islanders have always made the most of the coldest season, and experience a healing dose of nostalgia and chilly beauty. Open Saturdays.

Exhibit: “Loomings” by Christopher Volpe – New Bedford MA

Dec 11, 2021 - May 8, 2022 The New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA

“Loomings” was named after the first chapter of Melville’s Moby Dick. Artist Christopher Volpe draws comparisons between Melville’s time, when a large part of our nation’s industrial might and power was fuelled by whaling operations in New England, and our current era of petroleum-driven power. His haunting art uses tar, a petroleum byproduct, as well as oil paint and gold leaf.

Exhibit: “Being Muholi: Portraits as Resistance” – Boston MA

Feb 10, 2022 - May 8, 2022 The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA

Internationally renowned photographer and visual activist Sir Zanele Muholi (they/them) has been documenting South Africa’s Black LGBTQIA+ community for a decade through black and white portraits, bronze sculpture, and colorful paintings. Muholi invites viewers to consider the issues of identity, selfhood, and queer visibility.

Exhibit: “Us Them We | Race Ethnicity Identity” – Worcester MA

Feb 19, 2022 - Jun 19, 2022 Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA

This exhibit examines how artists depict the intersections of race, ethnicity, and identity in various art forms since the mid-70s. Featuring works from over 47 artists from the museum’s collection as well as loans, this exhibit invites you to see the Museum’s art through a layered sociopolitical lens. Open Wednesday – Sunday.

Music

Smokey Robinson – Mashantucket CT

Feb 4, 2022 - Feb 4, 2022 Premier Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich-Westerly Road, Mashantucket, CT

William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. is a singer-songwriter, record producer, record executive and co- founder of the iconic Motown Records. He is the genius behind the hit records “Cruisin,’” “Being With You,” and “Just To See Her.” Now 81, Robinson is still going strong. Masks are required.

Folk and Baroque – Great Barrington MA

Feb 26, 2022 - Feb 26, 2022 Saint James Place, 352 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA

This musical program features songs that span centuries and continents, “bridging worlds that grew out of common ground.” You will hear High Baroque composers such as Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi alongside village folk music from South America, jigs, and tangos. Featuring guitarist Eliot Fisk, contralto Emily Marvosh and cellist Yehuda Hanani.

Animal Collective – North Adams MA

Mar 11, 2022 - Mar 11, 2022 MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

Animal Collective’s music is experimental, atmospheric, and psychedelic. Since 2003, they have been defining and redefining the limits of indie and alternative sound. On March 11, they are coming to the MASS MoCA with L’Rain. Proof of vaccination required.

KoRn – Providence RI

Mar 16, 2022 - Mar 16, 2022 The Dunkin’ Donuts Center, 1 La Salle Square, Providence, RI

Providence’s Dunkin’ Donuts Center, a.k.a. The Dunk, welcomes musical performances back for the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19. Grammy-winning Nu-Metal pioneers KoRn, whose discography includes “Freak On a Leash” and “Coming Undone,” are visiting Providence on March 16.

Celtic Woman – Uncasville CT

Mar 18, 2022 - Mar 18, 2022 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, CT

Grammy-nominated Celtic Woman, the most successful all-female Irish group in history, returns with an 83-city North American tour in 2022, a new PBS special begins airing November 27, and their first brand-new studio album in three years. Celtic Woman’s “POSTCARDS FROM IRELAND” showcases the accomplished recording ensemble and world-class performing collective, celebrates Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage, and builds on the group’s 16-year legacy of introducing some of Ireland’s most talented singers and musicians to the world stage.

Postmodern Jukebox: The Grand Reopening Tour – Burlington VT

Mar 22, 2022 - Mar 22, 2022 153 Main Street Burlington, VT 05401

Early last year, pop-jazz phenomenon Postmodern Jukebox set out to celebrate a new-millennium Roaring 20s, promising audiences across the country and around the world “the most sensational ’20s party this side of The Great Gatsby.” Well, we all know what happened next. Just seven dates into the Welcome to the Twenties 2.0 Tour, PMJ creator Scott Bradlee pulled the tour off the road and made the decision to postpone the remaining dates—many of them sold out—as a global pandemic took its toll, silencing live music for more than a year. The wait is finally over and Postmodern Jukebox, the time-twisting musical collective known for putting “pop music in a time machine,” are set to make the ‘20s roar again! The Flynn requires proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test from all ticket holders before entering the theater. All attendees must wear a mask while inside the venue.

Soccer Mommy – Providence RI

Mar 27, 2022 - Mar 27, 2022 Fête Ballroom, 103 Dike Street, Providence, RI

Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, has been making music since she was six. Now 24, Soccer Mommy has over one million monthly Spotify listeners and popular singles “Your Dog” and “circle the drain.” She comes to Providence with Peel Dream Magazine. Proof of vaccination required.

KAINA – Boston MA

Apr 30, 2022 - Apr 30, 2022 939 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

KAINA is a first-generation Latina, born and raised in Chicago. Since the release of her debut EP sweet asl in 2016, she has created generational music that surpasses borders, a unified expression of her native Chicago coupled with her Venezuelan and Guatemalan heritage. Her 2019 album "Next to the Sun" was featured in Pitchfork, Fader, Teen Vogue, and NPR and resulted in her touring as support with Cuco, Sleater-Kinney, and Durand Jones and the Indications.

Bon Iver with Bonny Light Horseman – Essex Junction VT

Jun 8, 2022 - Jun 8, 2022 Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo, 105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction, VT

The award-winning Bon Iver is coming to Essex Junction, accompanied by Anaïs Mitchell's Bonny Light Horseman. Blankets and chairs are permitted. All events are rain or shine.

Outdoor Activities

Sleigh Ride Social – Candia NH

Jan 1, 2022 - Jan 29, 2022 Charmingfare Farm, 774 High Street, Candia, NH

Experience the beauty of winter inside a horse-drawn sleigh. Travel through the logging trails on Charmingfare Farm, view dazzling light displays, and stop at a cozy campfire to enjoy some warm refreshments. Plus, you might even get to meet some real life reindeer. 

Seacoast Skating with the Stars – Portsmouth NH

Feb 5, 2022 - Feb 5, 2022 Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond, 14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, NH

Local skating "stars" will perform routines with professional skaters from Ice Dance International. In the style of "Dancing with the Stars," the audience will be able to vote on their favorite performance. ⁠

7th Annual Winterpaloozah! – Rangeley ME

Feb 20, 2022 - Feb 20, 2022 Haley Pond, 2484 Main Street, Rangeley, ME

Come play in the snow on frozen Haley Pond! Winterpaloozah celebrates the season with winter with a series of competitions (including a dog keg pull), wagon rides, ice skating, pond curling, snow castles, campfires, roasted marshmallows, hot cocoa, and more. Hot lunch will be served beginning at 11 a.m.

Parades & Fireworks

Fourth of July Parade & Picnic at Linden Place – Bristol RI

Jul 4, 2022 - Jul 4, 2022 Linden Place Mansion, 500 Hope Street, Bristol, RI

Linden Place Mansion, a historic mansion in the heart of Bristol, will host its annual Fourth of July Parade Picnic, a tradition for over 30 years! Picnic-goers will enjoy bleacher-style seating, tables and chairs under the shade of the Linden trees, a continental breakfast and picnic lunch, restroom facilities and plenty of elbow room! Tour the mansion, stroll the gardens and enjoy every moment of Bristol’s festive atmosphere. This picnic always sells out so don’t miss Bristol’s biggest event of the year.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

“Tiny Beautiful Things” – Providence RI

Jan 13, 2022 - Feb 13, 2022 Trinity Rep, 201 Washington Street, Providence, RI

Cheryl Strayed took over The Rumpus’ “Dear Sugar” advice column in 2010. She once said, "I’ve always written the column as if I were a naked woman standing in a field showing you everything but her face." Eventually, she complied her “Dear Sugar” columns into a book, Tiny Beautiful Things, upon which this play is based. Adapted by Nia Vardalos and directed by Curt Columbus, “Tiny Beautiful Things” is a celebration of being human and the little things that make life worth living.

“Jesus Christ Superstar” – Providence RI

Jan 25, 2022 - Jan 30, 2022 The Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI

The iconic production, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is coming to Providence on its 50th Anniversary tour. “Jesus Christ Superstar” tells the story of the final days of Jesus Christ through the eyes of Judas, with the inclusion of anachronisms like slang and contemporary attitudes, and is set to rock opera music. Masks and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required. Performance schedule.

"The Bluest Eye" – Boston MA

Jan 28, 2022 - Mar 13, 2022 The Huntington Theater, 527 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

See Toni Morrison’s classic debut novel adapted for the stage. “The Bluest Eye” tells the story of Pecola, a young African American girl who, in the face of racial injustice and familial violence, longs for the societal acceptance afforded by blue eyes, which Pecola equates with whiteness. Ticketholders must provide proof of vaccination to enter the theater.

Russian Ballet Theatre Presents “Swan Lake” – Hartford CT

Feb 12, 2022 - Feb 12, 2022 William H. Mortensen Hall, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT

See the Russian Ballet Theatre’s updated take on Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s timeless classic. Choreographed by Nadezhda Kalinina, with costumes by Sergei Novikov, this version of “Swan Lake” pays homage to the oldest St. Petersburg version of the ballet and centuries-old dance traditions, while also incorporating modern styles and SFX makeup.

“The Last Ship to Proxima Centauri” – Portland ME

Mar 2, 2022 - Mar 20, 2022 Portland Theater Mainstage, 25 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME

This Clauder Competition-winning sci-fi play is set 2,000 years in the future, after the Earth has become uninhabitable. A group of humans escape the planet to make a new life for themselves in the far reaches of space. Their ship is the last to arrive at their new home, and the pilots are unprepared for what awaits them there. Tickets and performance schedule.

Itzhak Perlman – Burlington VT

Mar 29, 2022 - Mar 29, 2022 The Flynn, 153 Main Street, Burlington, VT

Itzhak Perlman is coming to the Flynn in Burlington. He’s a classical music legend, performing on the world stage for 60 years, entertaining royalty and presidents, and winning 16 Grammys, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of the Arts, and more. This performance is a multimedia experience, complete with a musical recital alongside his longtime pianist Rohan De Silva and stories about his life and musical career.

Weird Al Yankovic – Burlington VT

May 8, 2022 - May 8, 2022 The Flynn, 53 Main Street, Burlington, VT

Once again drawing from his back catalogue of 14 studio albums, Weird Al Yankovic promises to deliver a different set list every night, with no two shows the same. As before, rather than focusing on the hits from his career, the show will feature Yankovic’s non-parody material – the somewhat more obscure pastiches and original songs that have largely escaped the pop culture radar but are adored by his long-time fans. Masks and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test required.

Science & Nature

Bird Walks in Roger Williams Park – Providence RI

Jan 9, 2022 - Mar 6, 2022 Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

Bird Walks at Roger Williams Park

Brave the winter temps in search of some feathered friends in Roger Williams Park. Some possible sightings include woodpeckers, chickadees, finches and hawks. You will pay special attention to the ponds where wintering waterfowl can provide unexpected species. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring binoculars if you have them. All skill levels are welcome. Walks meet at the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium. Pets and strollers are not permitted. Appropriate face coverings will be worn while indoors. Pre-registration is required. Held on three dates: January 9, February 6, and March 6. 

Plant Walks in Roger Williams Park – Providence RI

Feb 19, 2022 - Mar 19, 2022 Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

Plant Walks at Roger Williams Park

Learn about the plant ecology of Roger Williams Park as we explore to see which blooms have broken through the snow. Binoculars are not required, but encouraged for animal sightings. Walks meet at the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium. Recommended for all ages. Pets and strollers are not permitted. Appropriate face coverings will be worn while indoors. Pre-registration required. Held on two dates: February 19 and March 19.

Shows and Exhibits

Newport Wedding Show – Newport RI

Feb 27, 2022 - Feb 27, 2022 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI

Bring your dream wedding to life in a style that's uniquely you and yours. The Newport Wedding Show presents 80+ exhibitors with the latest trends in weddings, plus all the classics, and includes fashion shows, tasty samples of decadent confections and creative cocktails. Best of all, you can win thousands of dollars in drawings and door prizes. Ppresented by Newport Wedding Magazine and sponsored by Audrain Hospitality Group.

Ski Area Events

Fat-Tire Bike Loppet – Rangeley ME

Jan 30, 2022 - Jan 30, 2022 Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, 524 Saddleback Mountain Road, Rangeley, ME

The 7th Annual Fat-Tire Bike Loppet will feature 8-10 and 16-20-mile races across the gorgeous wintery terrain of the Rangeley Lakes Trails Center. (A “loppet” is a Scandanavian term for a long-distance endurance race.) Expect hills and valleys, stunning views, and possibly even wildlife sightings. Visit this link to register.

Moose Dash Snowshoe Race – Rangeley ME

Mar 13, 2022 - Mar 13, 2022 Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, 524 Saddleback Mtn. Road, Rangeley, ME

Put your snowshoeing skills to the test during this series of races through the forests north of Saddleback Mountain. There are several classes of race available based on age and skill level, such as 5K junior, 5K adult, 1K Kids Fun Run, and a 5K untimed tour. The routes include single track and Nordic groomed trails. Racers will be able to take in the natural splendor and views, and the lucky few may also spot some wildlife.

Sports

Wilderness Sled Dog Race – Greenville ME

Feb 5, 2022 - Feb 5, 2022 Leisure Life Resort, 33 Leisure Life Road, Greenville, ME

Watch sled dogs and their drivers traverse the last forested wilderness east of the Mississippi: Maine’s Appalachian Mountain Club 100 Mile Wilderness Conservation Area. Three races will take place on February 5th: a 4 dog team race, a 30-mile race, and a 70-mile race. There will also be a 1-2 dog skijoring race. Watchers and supporters will be able to enjoy other events and activities while you await the arrival of the teams at the finish line.

Storytelling

Storytelling Workshop – Rangeley ME

Jan 13, 2022 - Mar 12, 2022 RFA Lakeside Theater, 2493 Main Street, Rangeley, ME

Learn how to craft funny and engaging stories that keep your audience on the edge of their seats. Come armed with a true tale – something that really happened to you – and learn how to tell it in the best way possible. The workshops will be held on the following dates: 1/13, 5-6 p.m.; 1/29, 3-4 p.m.; 2/17, 5-6 p.m.; 3/5, 3-4 p.m. The performances are held on 2/12 and 3/12 at 7 p.m.

Trains

The Railroad Hobby Show – West Springfield MA

Jan 29, 2022 - Jan 30, 2022 The Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA

The Amherst Railway Society presents its annual Railroad Hobby Show, at which “railfans” of all ages can come together to celebrate all things train. Featuring real and scale model railroads, historical societies, travel agencies, art shows, flea market dealers, importers, manufacturers and photographers, this event is fun for diehard train fans and casual viewers alike.

Valentine

Make Your Own Sailor’s Valentines – Shelburne Falls MA

Feb 6, 2022 - Feb 6, 2022 Salmon Falls Gallery, 1 Ashfield Street, Shelburne Falls, MA

Learn how to make your own Sailor’s Valentines with Rebecca Clark. Sailor’s Valentines are love tokens in the form of a beautiful sea shell mosaic. During the workshop, you will be able to press your own shells into an intricate design within a 5x5 inch frame. Sometimes, sailors would focus their design on a trinket or token, and you’re welcome to bring one from home, but make sure it’s fairly flat.

Workshops & Classes

Winter Circus Classes – Battleboro VT

Jan 3, 2022 - Mar 20, 2022 The NECCA Trapezium, 10 Town Crier Drive, Brattleboro, VT

Stay warm this winter with circus classes. If you've been curious about circus, now is your chance to test out this fun way to move your body. All shapes, sizes, ages – everyone is welcome. Try your hand at flexibility classes, aerial silks, trapeze, or aerial fitness. 

“Ex Libris”: Design Your Own Bookplate – Manchester NH

Feb 5, 2022 - Feb 5, 2022 Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash Street, Manchester, NH

Learn how to create your own bookplate with master printmaker Kate Hanlon. A bookplate is a decorative label that can designate ownership, mark a certain collection, or introduce a bit of humor at the beginning of a text. This class will include an additional materials fee of $20 paid directly to the instructor on the day of the workshop.