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Children & Families

Come Explore the Rainforest with “e” inc.’s Winter in the Rainforest Program - Charlestown, MA

Dec 13, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014 114 16th Street, Room 1030 Charlestown, MA 02129
Come Explore the Rainforest with e inc. Children and families are invited to visit the harbor walk headquarters of e inc. and take part in rain forest science this holiday season. Experience some of the wonderful animals and learn about some of the ecosystem of the rain forest. 
Dates:  December 13, 20, 31. 

Time: Noon to 4 pm
Admission: Free
Telephone: 617-242-4700

Christmas Week Family Programs at Venfort Hall Mansion - Lenox, MA

Dec 26, 2014 - Dec 29, 2014 Ventford Hall, 104 Walker Street Lenox, MA
Puppeteer Carl Sprague, whose annual Christmas appearances at Ventfort Hall have charmed everyone, will bring to life the classic fairy tale titled “Sleeping Beauty.” The audience will have the opportunity to meet this wizard, who knows how to pull strings. Performances on December 26 and 28.
When Wassail, Wassail, All Over the Town! comes to Ventfort Hall, gifted musician and storyteller Tom Hooker Hanford will present ancient Christmas and Winter Solstice traditions of the British Isles and the United States. Songs and rituals of apple tree wassailers, wren boys, John Canoe Revelers and callithumpians live again with audience role playing with colorful masks and props. Performance on December 27.
Brothers Pete and Chris proudly proclaim themselves as New England’s Two-Man Kids’ High Energy Magic Show! Kids join in the fun and there is slapstick comedy galore! Performance December 29.
For reservations, call or send email to
Time: all at 3:30 pm.
Admission: Adults, $15; children, $7; children age 4 and younger, free
Telephone: 413-637-3206

Boar's Head Festival - Springfield, MA

Jan 9, 2015 - Jan 11, 2015 Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Avenue Springfield, MA
The Boar's Head Festival, a medieval celebration of the Epiphany, is celebrated with period costumes, live animals, and the glorious music of the Christmas season, the Boar's Head Festival celebrates the birth of Christ, the coming of the three kings, and the triumph of light over darkness in our world. Tickets sell out quickly. Email: Adults, $25; children ages 4-11, $15
Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Telephone: 413-737-5311


Paula Poundstone - Rockport, MA

Jan 2, 2015 - Jan 2, 2015 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
A beloved comic who thrives on spontaneity and improvisation, Paula Poundstone has been performing stand-up comedy for over 25 years, fine-tuning her craft over the years to become of the truly great humorists of our time.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $30-$55
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Home & Studio Tours

First Saturday Open Studios - Lowell, MA

Jan 3, 2015 - Jan 3, 2015 Western Avenue Studios & Lofts, 122 Western Avenue Lowell, MA
Expect to find 100-125 working artist studios open to the public, showing a variety of work from paintings to photography, sculpture to jewelry, fiber art to glass, and more. Buy from local artists and get unique gifts for yourself and loved ones. Parking is free! Email:
Time: Noon-5 p.m.


Tower of Power: Holiday Jam - Boston, MA

Dec 29, 2014 - Dec 29, 2014 Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont Street Boston, MA
Tower’s sound can be hard to categorize, but the band's leader and founding member, Emilio Castillo, has labeled their sound as "Urban Soul Music." Tower's rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The band’s horn driven sound is unique, and the way they approach everything, from writing and arranging to mixing and performing, is totally their own. Combine all of that with an outstanding lead vocalist and you have one of the most dynamic groups of musicians to ever hit the stage. 617-300-5400
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $100

Bach At New Year's - A Blast Of Brass! - Northampton, MA

Jan 2, 2015 - Jan 2, 2015 Academy of Music, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA
Berkshire Bach presents a festive New Year's concert of well-known and loved works by Haydn, Mozart and Bach, including Brandenburg #1, Orchestral Suite #3 and Trumpet Concerto featuring three trumpet virtuosi, four horn virtuosi, a timpani virtuoso, the Berkshire Bach Ensemble. Email: infoat
Time: 7:30- 9:30 p.m.
Telephone: 413-528-9277

St. Petersburg Symphony - Worcester, MA

Jan 13, 2015 - Jan 13, 2015 Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street Worcester, MA
A legendary soloist performs an infamous piano concerto with a virtuoso opening overture. This is one of the most popular works in classical music by Rimsky-Korsako. Music Worcester presents the return of the St. Petersburg Symphony with Andrei Gavrilov, winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $49; students, $15; youth below age 18, $5
Telephone: 508-754-3231

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - Boston, MA

Jan 16, 2015 - Jan 16, 2015 Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street Boston, MA
A Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain concert is a genre-crashing ride through popular music: funny, virtuosic, foot-stomping and melodious entertainment. It is a joyous, thought-provoking journey through songs you've heard, songs you've forgotten, and songs you perhaps wish you hadn't encountered, all transformed into a lively, headlong stream of transcendent sounds and warm personality. Call for tickets.
Time: 8 p.m.
Telephone: 617-482-6661

Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play - Worcester, MA

Jan 17, 2015 - Jan 17, 2015 Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street Worcester, MA
The 2014-2015 Season of Music Worcester begins and ends with The Worcester Chorus, and this final concert celebrates and honors Memorial Day. The text of the Moravec work comes from letters written by American soldiers to their loved ones.
Time: 3:00 PM
Admission: Adults, $49; students, $15; youth under age 18, $5
Telephone: 508-754-3231

Canadian Brass - Worcester, MA

Jan 23, 2015 - Jan 23, 2015 Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street Worcester, MA
Now in its 43rd season, Canadian Brass has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world. Known for versatility and joyous performances, the Brass is responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $49; students, $15; youth below age 18, $5
Telephone: 508-754-3231

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Great Barrington, MA

Feb 6, 2015 - Feb 6, 2015 The Mahaiwe, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
Within Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s singing are the intricate rhythms and harmonies of South African musical traditions. The a cappella vocal group has created a musical and spiritual message that has touched a worldwide audience.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: Upper Balcony, $35; general, $45
Telephone: 413-528-0100

ABBA Tribute Experience – Featuring ABsalute Gold - Waltham, MA

Feb 22, 2015 - Feb 22, 2015 Reagle Music Theatre, 617 Lexington Street Waltham, MA
The ABBA Tribute Experience showcases Sweden’s most beloved and enduring export! Performed by the band Absalute Gold, this concert will present more than 20 of ABBA’s most famous tunes including “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance On Me,” “SOS,” “Waterloo,” and “The Winner Takes it All.” ABsalute Gold’s live 10 piece stage show perfectlt mimics the look and sound of ABBA's live concerts of the 70's and 80's. Dance and sing along with this fabulous flashback experience! , call
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $35 to $63; seniors, $32 to $47; youth ages 5 to 18, $25
Telephone: 781-891-5600

Outdoor Activities

Winter Guided Trail Walk - Harvard, MA

Dec 27, 2014 - Dec 27, 2014 102 Prospect Hill Road Harvard, MA
Explore nature in early winter in this hour-long ramble across fields and glens at Fruitlands. Museum interpreters will lead participants in a guilded walk along a glacial beach, archaelogical sites, scenic vistas of the Nashua River Valley and a thriving forest. This walk covers a mile of varied terrain and should be considered moderately easy. Trail shoes, walking stick and warm hats recommended. No registration required.
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Admission: $5 per person; kids under age 5, free

Winter Trails Day - Northfield, MA

Jan 10, 2015 - Jan 10, 2015 Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, 99 Millers Falls Road Northfield, MA
Winter Trails Day offers older children and adults new to snow sports the chance to try snowshoeing and cross country skiing for free, and to discover the great fitness and social benefits of these easy-to-learn winter sports. At Northfield Mountain free clinics for first-time skiers begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. and last for 45 minutes. Twenty-minute snowshoe clinics are offered at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. for those who have never tried the sport. Please call ahead to register and for snow conditions at 800-859-2960. Email:
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Telephone: 800-859-2960

Winter Trails Day at Notchview Reservation - Windsor, MA

Jan 10, 2015 - Jan 10, 2015 Notchview Reservation, Route 9 Windsor, MA
Come and enjoy free snowshoe and ski lessons and rentals, and half-price trail fees. Free two-hour snowshoe and ski rentals with the purchase of a trail pass. A great way to try a new winter activity! Quantities are limited. Email:
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Telephone: 413-532-1631

Winter Family Sunset-Moonrise Hike - Northfield, MA

Jan 31, 2015 - Jan 31, 2015 Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, 99 Millers Falls Road Northfield, MA
Families may find tracks of porcupines, snowshoe hare, and coyote while they explore wooded wetlands, rocky outcrops and frozen streams. Participants will build a small fire, boil water for cocoa, build snow creatures, balance on logs, play games, and any other winter fun we can imagine! If snow has not yet fallen, we'll have fun hiking. Practical woods skills like bushwhacking, estimating sunset time, and leave-no-trace fire building will be taught. Dress in warm layers that can be shed as we get moving, and bring a water bottle. Cocoa and granola bar snacks will be provided. Directions to meeting place will be given to registered participants. Please call to pre-register at 800-859-2960. Email:
Time: 3:30 to 6 p.m.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

The Edwards Twins - Stoneham, MA

Jan 8, 2015 - Jan 11, 2015 Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main Street Stoneham, MA
Two brothers playing /100 stars return to Stoneham Theatre in an all new show for 2015 with the Fancy Dancers! Direct from Las Vegas, Cher, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Ray Charles, and many more of your favorite celebrities are featured in remarkable likeness by The Edwards Twins. "They are extraordinary." --The NBC Today Show.
Time: Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 6 p.m.
Admission: VIP, $60; premium, $50; standard, $45

Noche Flamenca's Antigona - Great Barrington, MA

Jan 23, 2015 - Jan 23, 2015 The Mahaiwe, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
The Noche Flamenca’s production of Sophocles’s Antigone combines live music, song, and dance to bring the fiery, expressive nature of flamenco to one of the world’s great tragedies. "There are dancers and there are spellbinding creatures for whom movement emanates from deep within the body and erupts like a volcano.” -- The New York Times
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: Premium, $50; general, $25; students under age 18, $10
Telephone: 413-528-0100

“The Wiz” - Dorchester, MA

Feb 13, 2015 - Feb 22, 2015 The Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road Dorchester, MA
The Wiz is a modern re-telling of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum and won 7 Tony awards when it debuted on Broadway. This dazzling musical sets Dorothy's adventures in the Land of Oz to music in a lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul. The Wiz is a perfectly magical journey for audiences of all ages. Use code "OILCAN" for 20 percent off tix at through December 31.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Telephone: 617-229-6494

A Little Bit of Ireland - Waltham, MA

Mar 14, 2015 - Mar 15, 2015 Reagle Music Theatre, 617 Lexington Street Waltham, MA
A Little Bit of Ireland is one of the largest Irish shows in New England featuring a pinch of Irish tenors, a touch of Riverdance and a rousing visit to an Irish pub. Broadway couple Sarah Pfisterer and Rick will return to perform beloved Irish tunes. Irish step dancing by Harney Academy Dancers will rock the house. Live orchestra rounds out this extraordinary production.
Time: Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $35 to $63; seniors, $32 to $47; youth ages 5 to 18, $25
Telephone: 781-891-5600

Science & Nature

Small Worlds: Through A Small Glass Window - Boston, MA

Oct 25, 2014 - Feb 3, 2015 Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway Boston, MA
Highlighting the intricate beauty of plants and nature, Josh Falk’s “Small Worlds: Through a Small Glass Window” is an ongoing macro-photo series. Showcasing the subtleties of what we often take for granted in nature, the works also create new abstract landscapes through manipulation of depth of focus and segmentation of the larger picture. Falk invites the viewer to look out, or perhaps in, to a new and re-imagined world of nature and its complex beauty.
Time: Consult event website

Shopping & Sales

Boxing Day Sale with British Goods & Foodstuffs at The Old Manse - Concord, MA

Dec 26, 2014 - Dec 26, 2014 The Old Manse, 269 Monument Street Concord, MA
The Old Manse, meeting place of the Transcendentalist movement of the 19th century, celebrates Boxing Day with a grand sale of British goods and foodstuffs, and its popular winter bookstore sale. Tours take place at 12:30;, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m. All visitors who become members of The Trustees of Reservations or buy a gift membership will receive a free tour of the rarely seen, atmospheric (and some might say, even haunted) Old Manse attic.
Time: Noon–4:30 p.m.
Admission: $9; seniors and students, $8; children $6
Telephone: 978-369-3909