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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

  

 

 

February 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!

 

Honoring Black History in Massachusetts

This month we pay special homage to the achievements and immeasurable role of so many creative, moving, and vibrant figures of the African American community. From museums to special events, there are a number of educational and enlightening ways to honor Black History, this month and beyond, in Massachusetts. Explore the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists in Roxbury for a breathtaking dive into contemporary, visual, and performing arts from Black artists around the globe. Embark on a self-guided walk that remembers the famed women's rights activist and abolitionist, Sojourner Truth, in Florence. Or journey to Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard for their trails, which include historic sites, archeological finds, and rich stories. For additional sites, events, and information on Black History Month in Massachusetts, visit massvacation.com.


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Featured Region: Mohawk Trail Region

WCMA Photo by Garry Winogrand

"RAWR! A WCMA Bestiary" is now on view at the Williams College Museum of Art. Wild and domestic beasts have served as deities and food sources; as objects of ornament or sacrifice; as companion or curiosity. Artworks from the museum's encyclopedic collection explore the representation of animals in art and artifacts across time and across the globe. Also on view is "The Seeds of Divinity," an exhibition of Pre-Columbian art. Through art, music, dance, and ritual offerings of food, drink, incense, and even human blood, the people of Mesoamerica materialized gods in their daily lives. This exhibition is designed to transport you to another time and culture, where bodies are transformed into actual divine beings, and humans have multiple souls.

Find more events and information for The Mohawk Trail Region

 

 

MetroWest

Three days of round-the-clock indoor bluegrass! At the annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, February 16-18 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center, the Boston Bluegrass Union has lined up national and regional talent, expanded workshops, Kid's Academy, music vendors, and constant jamming. See Hot Rize, The Gibson Brothers, Special Consensus, The Reunion Band, The Po' Ramblin' Boys and more! Workshops for banjo, mandolin, fiddle, rhythm guitar, flatpick guitar, dobro, and other traditional bluegrass instruments. Find more events and information for MetroWest.  

 

 

Nantucket Island

The Linda Loring Nature Foundation (LLNF) and the Nantucket Atheneum invite you to share your story during the 2nd Annual  Nantucket Nature Story Slam, being held the evening of February 13 at the Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall. This year's theme - Nantucket Now and Then: Stories of a Changing Natural Environment - welcomes tales about how nature, the environment, and the state of science has changed over time on Nantucket. The slam is a spoken word competition where participants share short stories (5 minutes or less) that are judged on content, delivery, and connection to the theme. Find more events and information for Nantucket Island.

 

 

North of Boston

Salem's So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival will be celebrated February 9-11 - enjoy delectable chocolate, sparkling ice sculptures, and Valentine's Day shopping! Newburyport and Amesbury host the Merrimack River Eagle Festival on February 17th - a full day celebrating the return of our Bald Eagles! For more winter events, go to northofboston.org. Find more events and information for North of Boston.

 

 

Plymouth County

"Wampanoag World: Patuxet to Plymouth" will be the featured exhibit for 2018 at the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth. Who were the original residents of Plymouth? This exhibit captures the vitality and persistence of the Wampanoag people of Patuxet through 10,000 years of lived experience to the founding of Plymouth Colony in 1620.  Displays of Native artifacts illustrate craft, trading networks, family and social experience, and maritime and agricultural lifeways. A highlight is a two-month showing in February and March of "Our Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History", a traveling exhibition based on Wampanoag perspectives, presented by Plymouth 400, Inc. and produced by the Indian Spiritual and Cultural Training Council and SmokeSygnals Marketing and Communications. Find more events and information for Plymouth County.

 

 

Southeastern Mass

Masters of Illusion, the #1 touring magic show in the world and seen on TV, is LIVE at the Zeiterion Theatre on Thursday, February 15! The time-honored art from the master illusionists meets the modern 21st-century performances: grand illusions to levitations, appearances and vanishes, comedy magic. It takes everything from unimaginable to the impossible. This unforgettable event is for the whole family, where the experience of true magic is right before your eyes. The magic begins at 8 pm! Find more events and information for Southeastern Massachusetts

 

 

The Berkshires

Come and discover the newly opened Museum of the Dog (M.O.D.) in the Berkshires. This museum, which is dedicated to all things dogs, opened its doors in North Adams in February and features an incredible collection of dog paintings, sculptures, photographs, and so much more. William Wegman, Rebecca Kinkead, Mary Engel and Jesse Freiden are just a few of the artists featured!  Be sure to take their shuttle and enjoy a complimentary ride in one of their white vintage limousines. Find more events and information for The Berkshires

 

 

Greater Merrimack Valley

Mark your calendars for the "must attend" event of the region: the 17th Annual Taste of Nashoba Valley! Nashoba Valley Chamber anticipates over 40 vendors, offering everything from tender and tangy bbq pulled pork sliders to crispy lobster dumplings to dense and delicious whoopee pies. Event to be held on Tuesday, March 20 at Lawrence Academy in Groton. Tickets and details at nvcoc.com. Find more events and information for Greater Merrimack Valley. 

 

 

Central Massachusetts

This February, discover love in Central Massachusetts! If you are looking to satisfy your inner sweet tooth, join the International during their Valentine's Day of Decadence on February 11th. Music Worcester has you covered for the perfect date night with a performance by the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra at Mechanics Hall on February 14th. Bundle up with your sweetheart and go to the Worcester Common Oval for ice skating or head up to Wachusett Mountain Ski Area for skiing and snowboarding! Find more events and information for Central Massachusetts.

 

 

Franklin County

The Greenfield Winter Carnival is back February 2-4, being celebrated throughout Greenfield! This 95-year-old tradition of winter arts, culture and recreation includes ice sculpture and amateur photography contests; a downtown dance party; a Winter Carnival Ball featuring Grammy-nominated Roomful of Blues with Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers; fireworks; Parade of Lights; Family Fun Day; Sleigh Bell Run; cardboard sled race; ice skating; and so much more! Find more events and information for Franklin County.

 

 

Greater Boston

Theatre buffs can get their fill of comedy with Bad Dates, Waitress and Shakespeare in Love. Broadway musicals include Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies, Sondheim's Road Show, RAIN, a tribute to the Beatles and a two-fer, Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma at Symphony Hall. Georgia O'Keefe's iconic works of are on view at the PEM, Takashi Murakami's playful works can be enjoyed at the MFA and the artful photographs of Nicholas Nixon are on display at the ICA. Visitors can quench their thirst at the Extreme Beer Fest or sip fine wines at the Boston Wine FestivalBlack History Month is celebrated all February long as is Winter Carnival. Festivities for the Year of the Dog take to the streets in Chinatown, while the Bean Pot takes to the ice at TD Garden. Lace up your own skates at Frog Pond or City Hall Plaza. And Boston museums and attractions open their doors extra wide for February School Vacation Week! Find more events and information for Greater Boston

 

 

Cape Cod

On February 2-4, the 12th Annual Boatbuilders Show on Cape Cod returns to the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis! Explore a large selection of unique, custom and limited-production boats in wood and fiberglass. On Saturday, February 10, the quaint Osterville village of Barnstable sweetens the season with Osterville Chocolate Fest, featuring a chocolate dessert contest, dog parade, chocolate manicures, book signings, retail promotions and more. And the Cape Symphony lines up the best of the best February 17-18 for its "Broadway Rocks" concert; stars of Broadway join the orchestra for a high-energy evening of hits from such musicals as Wicked, Hairspray, Mamma Mia and Rent. Find more events and information for Cape Cod.

 

 

Greater Springfield

SCHOOL VACATION IDEAS GALORE! Spend the winter break learning and having fun with ideas like Dinosaur Zoo Live at CityStage (massive dino-puppets in a thrilling theatrical show), the New England Air Museum Vacation Fun (Parachute Drop, Glider Making, Rocket Launch, Frisbee Fun and more), Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering (incredible hands-on, interactive learning about how engineering makes life better AND cooler), and the wonderful and classic Holyoke Merry Go Round, open during vacation week. Find more events and information for Greater Springfield.

 

 

Hampshire County

Plan a romantic trip to celebrate Valentine's Day in Northampton and Amherst, and come back with the kids for a school vacation week packed with things to do. Check out the magical ice masterpieces at the Downtown Northampton Ice Art Festival that kicks off Valentine's Day week on Friday, February 9. Warm up in front of the fire for peace love and beer at the Northampton Brewery or under the stars at East Heaven Hot Tubs. WinterFest Amherst begins its week of winter wonder on Saturday, February 3. Four Sundays in February is a festival of the arts in Northampton with a week-long KidsBest Fest film series during school vacation week. Yankee Magazine's feature on Northampton gives you plenty of winter reasons to visit. Find more places for love and kids at visithampshirecounty.com. Find more events and information for Hampshire County.

 

 

Johnny Appleseed Country

It's time to shake the winter blues: think outside the box at an indoor drive-in movie, imagine a trip on a rocket ship, or simply cure your Cabin Fever at a collectors' show! Kids can turn cardboard cartons into cars and enjoy a slice of pizza while watching a movie at Leominster City Hall. Would-be astronauts can learn a bit of rocket science at the Top Fun Aviation Toy Museum in Fitchburg. And everyone is welcome to explore intriguing collections in Templeton at the Cabin Fever show! Find more events and information for Johnny Appleseed Country.

 

 

Martha's Vineyard 

The 21st Annual Martha's Vineyard 20-Miler and Amity Island Relay will be Saturday, February 17 at 11 a.m. A must for die-hard runners of many levels! Great for runners to test their marathon readiness, or simply to enjoy the chance to combine a visit to one of the most beautiful shore communities with a race on a fast, USATF sanctioned course. Not up to the 20-mile challenge? Grab a partner and enter the Amity Island Relay!  Info at http://mv20miler.com. Find more events and information for Martha's Vineyard.

 

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