Contact: Lisa Simmons,
Vicki Cimino, Connelly Partners
For Immediate Release
THE SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT MOTHER’S DAY GIFT ENDS
Unique and fun gifts are plentiful for mom throughout
BOSTON, April 12, 2012 - Mother’s Day is right around the
corner! Does the idea of a bouquet of flowers and a card seem a
little underwhelming? These Massachusetts gift ideas and
experiences are sure to switch things up and help make this year a
very special mother’s day for the wonderful mother in your
For additional assistance in planning Mother’s Day
activities, check out the Massachusetts Office of Travel and
Tourism’s “Ask a Local” iPhone application, which
is now available on iTunes. This on-the-move guide provides travel
information, “local” tips, and deals from Massachusetts
hotels, attractions, restaurants, and shopping destinations.
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Mother’s Day In and Around the Hub
Cruises: Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise, Boston
Boston Harbor delight includes a flower for every mom, Odyssey
brunch buffet, children's activities, complimentary juice &
soda for kids, complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa for
adults, live entertainment and spectacular Boston skyline and
harbor views. Price: from $64.90 per adult, $32.95 per child age
Duckling Day Parade, Boston Common, Boston
Based on the book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey,
children and their families will retrace the steps of Mr. and Mrs.
Mallard and their family of eight ducklings. Led by the Harvard
University Marching Band, children relive the adventures of Mr. and
Mrs. Mallard dressed as one of their favorite characters from the
book. To participate in the parade there is a $35 donation per
Lilac Sunday, Arnold
The Arnold Arboretum's large lilac collection comes into its glory
in May, putting on an exuberant show of color and intoxicating
fragrance. Visit on Mother's Day, a.k.a. Lilac Sunday, which is the
only day of the year when picnics are allowed! Free and open to the
public, activities and refreshments will run from 10 A.M. through 4
SoWa Open Market,
With opening day on Sunday, May 6, the SoWa Open Market takes place
every Sunday afternoon through October in Boston’s South End.
Overflowing with original works by local artists, artisans, and
indie designers, there is also a farmer’s market, antique
emporium, and much more. Each Sunday, SoWa is open from 10 A.M.
through 4 P.M.
Open Studios, ArtWalk, Boston
Join Fort Point artists as they open their studios to the public on
Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, featuring paintings,
sculptures, photographs, textiles, jewelry, ceramics, and much
more, to help find the perfect unique Mother’s Day gift. The
studios will be open from 12 Noon through 5 P.M.
Cambridge Open Studios, Cambridge
Artists throughout Cambridge open their doors to the public for the
fourth annual city-wide Cambridge Open Studios (COS) during two
weekends in May. Meet local artists and discover unique paintings,
jewelry, fiber arts, ceramics, film, mixed media, literary works,
and more, all for free.
A Delectable Brunch
“Bed, Brunch and Beyond Package” features luxury
overnight accommodations, Sunday City Brunch for two in Café
Fleuri, valet parking, and access to the fitness facilities, and
indoor pool. Voted “Best Brunch in Boston,” the
Langham’s City Brunch buffet is the perfect spot to celebrate
Mother’s Day, offering an assortment of brunch stations from
omelets to seafood, a Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar, and live
Essex Museum, Peabody
The Peabody Essex Museum will be hosting a Mother’s Day
Brunch in the Garden Café from 11 A.M. – 3 P.M.,
prepared by Hawthorne Catering, served overlooking the museums
peaceful Asian Gardens. After brunch, your family can head over to
the award-winning Museum Shop to pick out the perfect gift for Mom.
For reservations, please call 978-825-4311.
Showcase Live, Foxboro
Showcase live is hosting Mother’s Day Brunch featuring The
Harlem Gospel Choir. The world famous, Harlem Gospel Choir, travels
the globe sharing its joy of faith through music and fundraising.
Show times start at 2 P.M., and tickets are $35 for adults and
$12.50 for children under ten.
Mother’s Day Brunch, Concord
Celebrate Mother’s Day with an outdoor brunch along the
beautiful setting of Verrill Farm, featuring live acoustic music,
and children activities. $30 for adults and $10 for children under
ten. Reservations required, for booking please call: 978-369-4494
by May 11.
The Publick House,
Enjoy a delicious Mother’s Day brunch at this historic inn
with traditional breakfast pastries, omelet station, and much more.
A dinner buffet will also be offered this Mother’s Day, which
will feature New England classic comfort food.
Enjoy brunch this Mother’s Day with a Grand Ballroom brunch.
Traditional brunch includes, but is not limited to, an assortment
of fresh pastries, salads, carving stations, omelet station, bacon,
sausage, eggs benedict, a decadent Viennese sweet table, and a
complimentary Mimosa or Bellini. Cost: $32.95 adults, $15.95
children under 12.
Mother’s Day Active and Outdoors
On Sunday, May 13, Zoar Outdoor, one of New England’s
premiere providers of white water rafting, kayaking, and zip
lining, will offer moms a free raft or zip with two paying members.
Book activities and lodging and receive a ten percent discount off
of the combined price.
Cape Cod Kayak
Cape Cod Kayak offers guided kayak tours for all ages. This
Mother’s Day, embark on a Popponesset Island getaway to take
in the beautiful sites of Cape Cod.
Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Sharon
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Moose Hill. Start with a guided
hour-long nature walk featuring signs of spring; after your nature
walk enjoy a hearty breakfast. Tickets are $8 - $10.
Spirit Kayak, Martha's Vineyard
Pamper mom with some time off to relax with a wonderful outing for
her and the whole family! This adventure will bring you out to
enjoy the island you love from the water. You will paddle in calm
waters out to a beach brunch picnic, complete with champagne and
flowers for mom! No experience necessary, single & tandem
Music and Entertainment
Boston Ballet’s Fancy
This Mother’s Day, see why Jerome Robbins’ first ballet
has proved to be one of America’s favorites. Peter
Martins’ Barber Violin Concerto and Harald Lander’s
beloved Etudes complete this outstanding program. Playing May 10
– 20. Half priced tickets available.
Boston Center for the Arts
Presents Xanadu, Boston
Running May 11 - June 9, at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston
Center for the Arts and presented by the SpeakEasy Stage Company,
the New York Times calls this musical “Relentlessly,
hysterically funny.” Half priced tickets available.
Stage Company of Boston presents Avenue Q, Boston
This musical will be running May 11 - June 9, with a 3 P.M. showing
on Mother’s Day. The New York Times calls this musical,
“a savvy, sassy, and eminently likeable, breakthrough
Wheelock Family Theatre
Presents The Miracle Worker, Boston
A play by William Gibson, "The Miracle Worker" is a remarkable tale
of strength, courage, dedication, and love. It is a celebration of
a young woman's rebirth into the world around her, following the
inspiring story of Helen Keller and her devoted teacher, Annie
Sullivan. This prize-winning play illustrates our very human need
to connect and to communicate. Half priced tickets available.
The Wellesley Symphony
This Mother’s Day, the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra is
presenting Lisa Park with violin favorites -- Massenet Thaïs,
Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso &
Havanaise, and In the Forests of the Night by Howard Frazin. Plus
two orchestral blockbusters Liszt Les Préludes and Ravel's
Bolero. Price: $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students,
free admission for children under $12. Half priced tickets
Worcester Art Museum,
The Worcester Art Museum is hosting a Mother’s Day Chamber of
Commerce concert, with an unforgettable performance from Oboe and
Harpsichord, with Michelle Graveline and Stephen Hammer in the
European Galleries. The concert will feature an intermission talk
with WAM Director, Matthias Waschek, followed by complimentary
desserts and an opportunity to meet the musicians.
Mother’s Day Along the Shore and Islands
Cape Cod Irish
The Cape Cod Irish Village is offering its Mother’s Day
package again this year. Book two nights during the weekend of May
11, and stay until Sunday at no additional cost. Each guest will
receive complimentary breakfast and complimentary dinner on Friday
and Saturday, with live Irish Entertainment.
Central Railroad “Mother’s Day Brunch
Take Mom back in time to when rail travel was the only way to
celebrate a holiday. Enjoy a three-course brunch, while viewing the
traditional New England views of Cape Cod. Many of these terrific
views are only accessible by railways.
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state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a
leisure-travel destination. An integral part of the state’s
economy, tourism generates more than $915 million in state and
local taxes and $14.4 billion in travel related expenditures and
supports 121,500 in-state jobs. Web site: http://www.massvacation.com/