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Clockwise from top left: Cranberry harvest; Hancock Shaker Village; Mayflower II/Plimoth Plantation; Christian Scott, Mass Jazz/Berklee College of Music; D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield

  

 

 

January 2018

 

Massachusetts is rich in arts & culture, so it's no surprise that exciting events, exhibits and festivals are held in the state's 16 regions all year long. Find out more!

 

Massachusetts Marvels with Makers

We're kicking off the New Year by celebrating the rich maker and artisan communities of Massachusetts! The Commonwealth's vibrant arts and culture scene thrives thanks to a tradition of fostering creativity and talent. Some bespoke goods have been crafted for decades, like the lightship baskets of Nantucket, while newcomer artisans are introducing fresh ideas at local craft fairs and open studios. Discover a few makers in the "Made in Massachusetts" segment of 5 Things: Winter, or browse through upcoming Arts and Culture events to find your new favorites. Or flex your skills with a workshop to let your inner maker shine!

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Featured Region: Martha's Vineyard 

January on Martha's Vineyard means beautiful, wide open spaces, miles of hiking trails, and fabulous local food near cozy roaring fireplaces. Additionally, the Martha's Vineyard Film Center shows opera performances, a series called MET Live, and on January 27 a special viewing of Puccini's Tosca, a melodramatic piece set in Rome in 1800, with the Napoli king's control of Rome threatened by napoleon's invasion of Italy. It contains torture, murder and suicide, as well as some of Puccini's best known arias.

For everything you need to plan your winter escape to the Vineyard, visit MVY.com! Find more events and information for Martha's Vineyard.

 

 

Mohawk Trail Region

Mossa Dance is proud to present the revival of its first ballet, DIAMONDS, honoring great women in history at The Susan B Anthony Birthday Celebration at the Adams Public Library on February 18th at 3 pm. This program is scheduled by the Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum, the Adams Historical Society and the Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee. Free and open to the public, birthday cake served during performance. Find more events and information for The Mohawk Trail Region

 

 

MetroWest

This new year, MetroWest is offering abundant opportunities to escape cabin fever while keeping an active body and mind! Discovery Museum in Acton is doing its part by teaching kids the wonders of science and learning in its Children's Discovery Museum and Science Discovery Museum. The Apex Center in Marlborough is also joining in the fun with tons of activities to offer, including Altitude Trampoline Park, BB Kidz Klub, Goldfish Swim School, and much more! Find more events and information for MetroWest.  

 

 

Nantucket Island

Nantucket in winter is invigorating! Explore the Great Point Lighthouse and watch or gregarious seal population enjoy the cold; go for a stroll on the quiet and pristine beaches; take a self-guided, or guided, nature or bird walk. Ice skating at the Island's public rink, Nantucket Ice is wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Visit our unique boutiques, dine casually or elegantly, enjoy a theatre production or lecture all in the downtown historic district.  Visit nantucketchamber.org to plan your winter wonderland adventure. Find more events and information for Nantucket Island.

 

 

North of Boston

Georgia O'Keeffe: Art Image, Style is on view now through April 1st at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem.This is the first exhibition to explore the art, image and personal style of one of America's most iconic artists. Then, celebrate comedy and great local tastes January 11-13 at The Salem Comedy & Spirits Festival! The three-day festival features over 15 comedians at a variety of popular Salem venues. Find more events and information for North of Boston.

 

 

Plymouth County

Plymouth County is delighted to share the 2018 lineup for John Carver Inn's "Dinner Theatre"! A night of Comedy, Mystery, Music and More is paired with an exquisite meal, a cash bar, and endless laughs. Dinner Theatre is hosted on Friday and Saturday evenings, January 13-April 14, with doors opening at 7 pm. View John Carver's flyer here, to find package deals for the show and an overnight stay. Find more events and information for Plymouth County.

 

 

Southeastern Mass

Your Theatre is recognizing a 100-year anniversary mystery: Anastasia. The crowd-pleasing classic and Oscar winning performance by Ingrid Bergman who starred as "Anya", the last daughter of Czar Nicholas II of Russia who survived. Anya forced to exploit heritage. The New York Times calls it "Superb." Performances being on January 11-14, 18-21. For more information on this, please click here. To see more happenings around Southeastern Massachusetts, please click here. Find more events and information for Southeastern Massachusetts

 

 

The Berkshires

Join us in the Berkshires for 10x10 Upstreet Winter Arts Festival, 10 fun-filled days in downtown Pittsfield! Enjoy fireworks, a new play festival, comedy, dance and  music performances along with unique art shows and more. There is something to do for everyone, every day so don't miss out - visit the Berkshires this February! Find more events and information for The Berkshires

 

 

Greater Merrimack Valley

The Gift of Music from Lexington Symphony: Make Lexington Symphony part of your New Year's resolution! Introduce the children in your life to classical music. Support the arts. A great gift for friends, family, colleagues - and you! Join us in 2018 for more world-class music. More info at lexingtonsymphony.org. Find more events and information for Greater Merrimack Valley. 

 

 

Central Massachusetts

Celebrate the New Year by taking in all that Central Mass has to offer! Meet the USA Luge Team at Worcester Common Oval Public Ice Skating Rink and skate with them on the ice on January 5th. Embrace your inner foodie and dig into the Flying Rhino's Winter Beach Party!: A Feasting Event in Worcester on January 23rd. Finish off the month by attending Flora in Winter, January 25th-28th, at the Worcester Art Museum and experience the imaginative interpretation of artwork through floral arrangements. Find more events and information for Central Massachusetts.

 

 

Franklin County

Historic Deerfield presents "Why We Collect: Recent Acquisitions at Historic Deerfield, 2010-2017" through February 11th. Historic Deerfield possesses one of the premier public collections of decorative arts and architecture in America, with a particular focus on the material culture of the Connecticut River Valley.  This exhibit presents more than 20 highlights from the past seven years and explains how these objects help us to understand everyday life, work, and culture in New England's past, and why the museum's staff added them to the collection.  More info here! Find more events and information for Franklin County.

 

 

Greater Boston

"Follow the yellow brick road" to The Wizard of Oz, take a journey in Romanticism in Sense & Sensibility, go out on some Bad Dates or take flight with Soaring Wings, a Chinese balletic dance drama. Prefer the visual arts? Then open your gifts with Henry James & American Painting and his friend, Isabella Stewart Gardner, the works of local artist Annette Lemieux at the MFA, the aesthetic legacy of the iconic Georgia O'Keeffe or say "cheese" with Nicholas Nixon at the ICA. For foodies & wine lovers, BOSTON gifts include fireside dining, special wine paring dinners and the Boston Wine Festival uncorks on January 12.  Lace up your skates at Frog Pond and on City Hall Plaza, or gift yourself to a comedy show, concert or culinary tours & treats! Find more events and information for Greater Boston

 

 

Cape Cod

The arts are alive this January on Cape Cod! Opening January 6th and running through February, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod will host the winter art exhibit "Sensory Overload"at Cotuit Center for the Arts. The interactive exhibit will feature artists' interpretation of this theme - literally and figuratively! Next up, the Cape Symphony Orchestra will present "Haydn to Brahms: A Thread of Genius" January 20-21. Enjoy two of the greats and their musical connection at this special concert, held at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis!  Find more events and information for Cape Cod.

 

 

Greater Springfield

Love train-spotting? The Amherst Railway Society holds its Railroad Hobby Show at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield Massachusetts Jan. 27-28.  The event features real-life railroads and scale model railroads, historical societies, art exhibits, flea market dealers, importers, manufacturers and much more. Modelers' exhibits range from the tiny Z scale to a monster 80 foot N-Trak system. The Amherst Belt Lines (an HO scale model railroad) has over 11 scale miles of track! Find more events and information for Greater Springfield.

 

 

Hampshire County

If your New Year's resolutions include travel more, learn something, and fill your homes with handmade crafts and food-right-off-the-farm, a trip to Western Mass will get 2018 off to a great start! For knitters, don't miss the January sale at WEB's America's Yarn Store in Northampton. Stock your pantries with farm-made hot sauce, berry-filled jams, and medicinal herbs at our winter farm markets every Saturday in Northampton and Amherst. Shop our local stores for a marketplace of crafts created by local artisans. Take a cooking class with one of Julia Child's favorite chefs. Sandy D'Amato (plan ahead) at Good Stock Farm. REALLY enjoy winter cross country skiing along the Berkshire hills. Find places to fulfill all of your resolutions on the other side of Massachusetts! Find more events and information for Hampshire County.

 

 

Johnny Appleseed Country

The hustle and bustle of the holidays are over. What better time for a leisurely visit to the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, to explore the history of Jewish art and migration in Russia? "Migration & Memory: Jewish Artists of the Russian and Soviet Empires" explores the creative responses and historical trajectories of Jewish artists born, trained, or active in the Russian and Soviet Empires from the start of World War I in 1914 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Find more events and information for Johnny Appleseed Country.

 

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