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Shawn Colvin - Rockport, MA

Sep 13, 2015 - Sep 13, 2015 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
An immensely talented and widely respected singer-songwriter, Shawn Colvin has carved an immovable place for herself amongst the pantheon of contemporary folk music. In a career spanning more than three decades, Colvin has developed a devoted and loyal fanbase on the strength of her highly personal and emotive lyrical style combined with a knack for infectious melodies and pop hooks.
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Admission: $49- $68
Telephone: 978-546-7391


Brimfield Antique Shows 2015 - Brimfield, MA

Sep 8, 2015 - Sep 13, 2015 Route 20 Brimfield, MA
The thrice-yearly Brimfield Antique Show is the rock star of all antique shows. Display booths for thousands of dealers run for a half-mile along Route 20. You will find everything here, and then a little bit more. Show dates in 2015 are May 12-17, July 14-19, and September 8-13.
Time: Varies by booth; usually 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Deerfield Antiques Show 2015 - Deerfield, MA

Oct 10, 2015 - Oct 11, 2015 Deerfield Academy, 7 Boyden Lane Deerfield, MA
The Antiques Dealers' Association of America will bring together some of the nation's finest dealers with the best of 18th- and 19th-century American art, antiques and design. The show is one of the year's most important for casual and professional shoppers.
Time: Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: $15

Arts & Crafts Shows

Kill Tide Arts and Craft Festival - Brewster, MA

Aug 29, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015 Drummer Boy Park, 773 Main Street Brewster, MA
Over 100 juried craftsmen will display and sell their American made works. Specialty food sampling, craft demonstrations and live music complete this perfect summertime event.
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free admission
Telephone: 603-332-2616

Bass River Arts & Crafts Festival - Yarmouth, MA

Sep 5, 2015 - Sep 7, 2015 John Simpkins Field, 1153 Route 28 Yarmouth, MA
Seventy-six juried craftsmen and -women will display and sell Jewelry, Turned Wood, Original Watercolors, Pottery, Scarves, Quilts, Silk, Lace, Photography, Vintage Chic, Metal, Wearable Art and much more. Directions: From Route 6 take Exit 8 onto Station Ave, follow to Route 28.
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free admission and parking
Telephone: 603-332-2616

Swampscott Arts and Craft Festival - Swampscott, MA

Sep 12, 2015 - Sep 13, 2015 Linscott Park, 17 Monument Avenue Swampscott, MA
Over 75 booths of arts, crafts, specialty foods, live music and craft demonstrations. Come and sample the culinary delights of herbal dips, maple products, roasted nuts, homemade fudge, kettle corn, cotton candy and more. Live musical entertainment each day.
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free Admission
Telephone: 603-332-2616

Townsend Historical Society's Arts & Craft Fair - Townsend, MA

Sep 19, 2015 - Sep 20, 2015 On the historic Townsend Common Townsend, MA 01469
A display of 50 vendors featuring their juried wares, everything hand-painted or -crafted. Demonstrations held throughout both days; entertainment by such notables as JeffJam and Oivan Ilo; refreshments beginning with breakfast until closing. Sunday culminates with a performance by the Townsend Military Band.
Time: Saturday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free

Paradise City Fine Art Fair Northampton Fall 2015 - Northampton, MA

Oct 10, 2015 - Oct 12, 2015 Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Old Ferry Road Northampton, MA
Three days of astounding visual arts, food, live music and fun. Stroll through flowering sculpture gardens filled with artful delights, and enjoy special exhibits, demonstrations and activities.
Time: Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free parking
Admission: Adults, $13; seniors over age 64, $12; students, $8; children under 12, free; three-day pass, $16

Car Shows

The Boston Cup 2015 - Boston, MA

Sep 20, 2015 - Sep 20, 2015 The Boston Common Boston, MA
There will be plenty to see at this fourth annual car show with five classes of vehicles from the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, and new this year, a class of vehicles that you don't see every day. A class of vintage motorcycles from around the world also will be on display. The day ends with an awards ceremony at 2 p.m. In the past four years, the event has raised $75,000 to help enhance and preserve Boston’s green spaces.
Time: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Admission: $50-$100

Children & Families

Free Family Fun Festivals - Marlborough, MA

Aug 29, 2015 - Aug 29, 2015 Ghiloni Park, 239 Concord Road Marlborough, MA
These family friendly themed festivals will have an exciting line up of performances and activities.
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Admission: FREE
Telephone: 978-562-1646

Lego Ninjago Days - Somerville, MA

Aug 29, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015 LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston, 598 Assembly Row Somerville, MA
This special event weekend will feature the new LEGO Ninjago Airjitzu Flyers and guests will be able to test it in special fly-high-towers. In addition, there will be a Ninja Scavenger Hunt in MINILAND, a Ninjago-themed Creative Build Challenge and meet and greet with Kai, the Red Ninja of Fire. Visitors can also test their Ninja skills at the LEGO Ninjago Training Camp laser maze. Advance tickets are suggested to guarantee admission and can be purchased online
Time: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Telephone: 866-228-6439

Birthday Party for Zoo’s Gibbons - Stoneham, MA

Sep 5, 2015 - Sep 5, 2015 Stone Zoo, 149 Pond Street Stoneham, MA
In honor of Stone Zoo’s white cheeked gibbons’s birthdays, guests are invited to celebrate at a party for them on September 5. The white-cheeked gibbon exhibit will be festively decorated and the gibbons will enjoy treats just for them. Guests are invited to celebrate with cake, available first-come, first-served. Stop by the gibbon exhibit at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to meet the zookeepers and ask questions, and sign Kien and Paddy’s giant birthday card!
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $15.95; seniors over age 61, $13.95; children ages 2-12, $11.95

Open Barnyard at Weir River Farm - Hingham, MA

Sep 5, 2015 - Sep 5, 2015 Weir River Farm, 227 East Street Hingham, MA
Join Trustees of Reservations for the chance to get an up-close look at the animals that call Weir River Farm home! No need to pre-register, just come on down to the farm. Note: This program will not run if there is heavy rain or thunderstorms. Email: weirriverfarm@ttor.org
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: $5 for one, $10 for a family.
Telephone: 781-740-7233

Family Fun Days at Old Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge, MA

Sep 5, 2015 - Sep 7, 2015 Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road Sturbridge, MA
You can play baseball as early New Englanders did, make a craft, join a game of French and English (tug of war), meet the oxen, try marbling paper, watch 19th-century magic with Bob Olson, learn a dance with the Old Sturbridge Village dancers, see a puppet show, visit the Freeman Farm, see craftsmen at work, and more!
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $24; seniors over age 55, $22; youths age 3-17, $10
Telephone: 508-347-0205

Fun in the Farm Yard - Ipswich, MA

Sep 6, 2015 - Sep 6, 2015 Appleton Farms, 219 County Road Ipswich, MA
Drop by Appleton Farm’s Carriage Barn to learn about life on the farm and meet friendly farm animals. Activities change every half hour and can include play with the goats, meet a chicken, seed starting, butter making, farm story time, nature crafts and more. Bring a picnic lunch or stop by the Dairy Store. Picnic tables, bathrooms, water, and plenty of stroller friendly walking paths are available to enjoy.Email: crouillard@ttor.org
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 978-356-5728


Comedian Rita Rudner - Great Barrington, MA

Sep 26, 2015 - Sep 26, 2015 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
A house-filling favorite in Las Vegas since she opened as one of the hottest tickets in town in June 2000, Rudner is known for her epigrammatic one-liners.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $53
Telephone: 413-528-0100

Corn Mazes

Davis Mega Maze 2015 - Sterling, MA

Aug 13, 2015 - Nov 8, 2015 145 Redstone Hill Road Sterling, MA
Eight-acre maze and three-acre mega maze with bridges, ropes course. Fright Nights tge first four weekends of October. Bring a flashlight! See farm website for hours of operation.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: Weekends & Monday holidays, $19.95; Fright Nights $24.95
Telephone: 978-422-6666

Mike’s Maze 2015 - Sunderland, MA

Sep 12, 2015 - Sep 12, 2015 23 South Main Street Sunderland, MA
Every year Mike's Maze concocts a new maze and a themed game that presents puzzles and problems, and leads you on your exploration through the corn. There is a mini maze for younger kids.
Other attractions at the maze are horse-drawn wagon rides, pony rides, pumpkin picking, pedal carts at Dave’s Derby, a giant walk-in kaleidoscope. Mike’s at Night opens on September 26. Hours are Friday and Saturday nights, 7-11 p.m. night time flashlight maze visits begin in late September, and there also is a Zombie Night Patrol, a paintball wagon ride where participants become members of an elite squad responsible for protecting Warnerville from zombie attacks. The Haunted Maze is a nighttime trail walk through haunted corn fields.
Opening weekend, September 12-13, features the Kitchen Garden Chilifest.
Time: Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $12 / $10 in advance; students & seniors, $11 or $9; kids, $10 or $8; children age 4 and younger free


Boat Tour of the Bakers Island Light Station - Salem, MA

Jul 21, 2015 - Sep 7, 2015 Departing from Salem Ferry Dock, 10 Blaney Street Salem, MA
Essex Heritage will be hosting escorted, guided boat tours aboard our landing craft, Naumkeag, to Bakers Island Light Station. Bakers Island Light Station is only accessible to the public through these tours with Essex Heritage. The trips is two hours long. Dates: Wednesdays through Sundays
Time: 11 a.m.; 2 and 4:15 p.m.
Admission: $32-$35
Telephone: 978-224-2036


Plimoth Plantation Summer Workshops - Plymouth, MA

Jul 1, 2015 - Aug 31, 2015 Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue Plymouth, MA
Plimoth Plantation will be holding a wide variety of events, workshop, and hands-on demonstrations throughout the 2015 summer and fall. Events include an "Introduction to Salve Making Workshop," “Religions of the 17th Century.” "Cold Weather Gardening," "New England's First Test Kitchen," "Live Herb Wreath Workshop," “English Country Dancing,” “Physic in the 17th Century,” “Raise Your Voice! Colonial Singing,” “Thyme in the Garden,” and many more. Summer Hours: Mayflower II and the Plimoth Grist Mill will be open daily, July 1 to August 31, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Time: MA
Admission: Consult event website

Fall Open House at Highfield Hall & Gardens - Falmouth, MA

Sep 20, 2015 - Sep 20, 2015 56 Highfield Drive Falmouth, MA
This e vent includes two art exhibitions: Common Threads is the work of eight artists who work out of the Old Schoolhouse in Barnstable, and the War and Peace Project. There will be a poetry reading with Alice Kochimeba and selected Common Threads poets.
Time: 12:30-3 p.m.
Admission: Admission is free
Telephone: 508 495-1878


Card, Coin and Collectible Show - Chicopee, MA

Aug 30, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015 Boys & Girls Club - 580 Meadow St. Chicopee, MA
Over 40 tables of coins, sport & non-sport cards, sets, wax boxes, autographs, card Supplies Magis cards, and more. All proceeds to benefit the Boys Club.
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission: $1; children under age 10 admitted free
Telephone: 413-593-6046

Home & Studio Tours

Open Doors of Ipswich House Tour - Ipswich, MA

Oct 3, 2015 - Oct 3, 2015 36 South Main Street Ipswich, MA
Discover the charming lifestyle and traditions of one of the oldest towns in the United States by going inside some of the most beautiful homes on the North Shore. The 2015 tour will showcase many of the wonderful features of Ipswich, including its scenic countryside, salt marshes and historical places. The homes featured will represent an astonishing range of architectural styles, from First and Second Period up to latest in contemporary design.
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $25; children under 12 free
Telephone: 339-201-1797

Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour - Gloucester and Rockport, MA

Oct 10, 2015 - Oct 12, 2015 Gloucester and Rockport, MA
This self-guided tour along the scenic coastline of Gloucester and Rockport presents a unique opportunity to meet 26 professional artists in 23 studios and see their work in the setting in which it was created. The work represented includes: pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, mosaics, fiber art and jewelry. Several of the artists will be demonstrating their working process during the tours. Brochures with route maps will be available at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Rockport Information Booth on Route127, and at each studio. A bright magenta Studio Tour banner will mark each location. Brochure with tour map.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


“The Wyeths: America Reflected” - Sandwich, MA

Jun 6, 2015 - Sep 27, 2015 Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove Street Sandwich, MA
This exhibit shows artwork by three generations the Wyeth family: N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth. The exhibit touches on quintessential American themes as patriotism and the meaning of America, family, the significance of place, and the role of storytelling.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $18; youth ages 3- 11, $8; under 2, free
Telephone: 508-888-3300

Whistler’s Mother: Grey, Black, And White - Williamstown, MA

Jul 4, 2015 - Sep 27, 2015 The Clark, 225 South Street Williamstown, MA
Whistler’s Mother (1871) by James McNeill Whistler is one of the most renowned works of an American artist. The painting is in the collection of the Musée d'Orsay, Paris. The Clark Art Institute presents the painting as the centerpiece of a variety of Whistler’s prints and drawings, Japanese woodblock prints that inspired the artist, and ephemera that explore the image’s role in popular culture. 413-458-2303
Time: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $20; free for college students and children age 18 and younger

American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony - Springfield, MA

Jul 14, 2015 - Aug 31, 2015 Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, 21 Edwards Street Springfield, MA
More than 100 works dating from the golden age of American Impressionism, the 1880s through the 1940s, will be exhibited, including 75 oil paintings and nearly 30 works on paper. The sheer scope of the display provides insight into the wide range of approaches to Impressionism. Featured artists include Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent, expatriate artists working in Paris alongside the Impressionists Degas and Monet, along with American masters like William Merritt Chase and Charles Webster Hawthorne. Exhibit on display through October 25, 2015
Time: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Telephone: 413-263-6800

Yours Sincerely, John S. Sargent - Boston, MA

Jul 25, 2015 - Oct 18, 2015 Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA
Painter John Singer Sargent comes intimately to life in this exhibit of letters, photographs, and sketches describing the artist’s interior world and relationships. A dozen letters from Sargent to Claude Monet illuminate his lifelong friendship and admiration for the French Impressionist master. Among the watercolors, prints, drawings, correspondence, and photographs are some caricatures of the portly master by his friends Henry Tonks and Max Beerbohm. Exhibit is open through November 15, 2015
Time: Open daily at 10 a.m.; closes at 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday-Friday; closes at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday-Tuesday.
Admission: Adults, $25; seniors over 65 and students over 18, $23; under age 18, free to $10, based on day and time
Telephone: 617-267-9300

Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia - Boston, MA

Aug 18, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015 Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA
Within decades of the arrival of Spanish explorers in 1492, the Americas became a major destination for Asian objects and Mexico became an international hub of commerce. “Made in the Americas” examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. This exhibit is on display through February 15, 2016.
Time: Open daily at 10 a.m.; closes at 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday-Friday; closes at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday-Tuesday.
Admission: Adults, $22; senior over age 65 and students over age 18, $20; under age 18, free.
Telephone: 617-267-9300

PEM Exhibit: Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen - Salem, MA

Aug 20, 2015 - Sep 20, 2015 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street Salem, MA
Peabody Essex Museum presents Theo Jansen's famed kinetic sculptures. Dynamic and interdisciplinary, Jansen's Strandbeests ("beach animals") blur the lines between art and science, sculpture and performance. The exhibition celebrates the thrill of the Strandbeests' unique locomotion as well as the processes that have driven their evolutionary development on the Dutch seacoast. On view September 19, 2015 to January 3, 2016

Sneak peeks . (All sneak peeks are rain or shine! There are no alternate dates.)
August 22 at Crane Beach, Ipswich. 10 a.m.-noon. Follow @CraneBeachMass on Twitter for live weather and parking updates.
August 28 at Boston City Hall Plaza, Boston, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
August 28 at Dewey Square, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, 4:30-7 p.m.
September 10 at MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst St., Cambridge. 3-7 p.m.
Time: Tuesday-Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $13; students, $11; youth age 16 and younger and Salem residents, free.
Telephone: 978-745-9500


Lowell Summer Music Series 2015 - Lowell, MA

Jun 19, 2015 - Aug 29, 2015 Boarding House Park, 40 French Street Lowell, MA
Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers on August 14
John Hiatt and The Combo and the Taj Mahal Trio on August 27
Lake Street Dive on August 28
Melissa Etheridge: This Is M.E. on August 29
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Consult event website
Telephone: 978-275-1829

Summer Jazz at Wequassett - Chatham, MA

Jun 30, 2015 - Sep 1, 2015 Wequassett Resort & Golf Club On Pleasant Bay Chatham, MA
Weekly jazz, dancing, cocktails and light fare under the stars. Every Tuesday and Wednesday during July and August. Free and open to the public.
August 4 -- Dr. Michael White; August 5 -- Paula Cole; August 11 -- Amanda Carr with Myanna & the Ken Clark Trio; August 12 -- Amy Helm; August 18 -- Kevin Eubanks Trio; August 19 -- Athene Wilson & Friends; August 25 -- Sarah Swain; August 26 -- The Allnighters; and September 1 -- Mark Greel.
Time: Consult event website

Concerts at Windsor Lake - North Adams, MA

Jul 15, 2015 - Sep 2, 2015 Windsor Lake (intersection of Kemp and Bradley Streets) North Adams, MA
These concerts combine great music with the beautiful natural backdrop of Windsor Lake. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket, and let the sweet sounds of music and water carry you away on a warm summer night. Concessions are available at the lake, but people are welcome to bring their own food. Parking is free, and swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing are allowed at the lake. All cancelations will be called by 3 p.m. on the day of the concert. Rain Dates tbd.

August 19 -- Patrick Gray Jr.
August 26-- Flannel Dan and the Panhandle Band
September 2 -- Champagne Jam

Time: All concerts begin at 6:30pm.

School of Rock Summer Music Festival - Rehoboth, MA

Aug 29, 2015 - Aug 29, 2015 27 Francis Farm Road Rehoboth, MA
Join the School of Rock Seekonk at Francis Farm in Rehoboth, MA for a day filled of music and activities for all ages! There's a car show, rock wall, and local venders. Event is all ages, food and beverage provided by Francis Farm. 
Time: 2-7 p.m
Admission: $15

Cape Ann Big Band - Rockport, MA

Aug 30, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
This diverse 17-piece big band entertains and delights audiences with danceable music infused with jazz, swing, New Orleans street bands, soul, and rock n’ roll that will bring you back in time. Known for operating like a family, Cape Ann Big Band prides itself with having a repertoire that has no boundaries. Their program includes such classics as “Mack the Knife,” “I’ve Got You Under my Skin,” and “Take the A Train.”
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $19-$34
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Harvey Robbins's Royalty of Rock n' Roll - Beverly, MA

Aug 30, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015 North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road Beverly, MA
The show features The Motown Review honoring The Temptations, Little Peggy March, A Musical Salute to Whitney Houston and Donna Summer, and much more!
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: $47-$55
Telephone: 978-232-7200

Popa Chubby - North Truro, MA

Sep 3, 2015 - Sep 3, 2015 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA
Popa Chubby is one of the leading musicians in blues/rock who has a loyal following. Hear his version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” “A post-modern Muddy Waters” — The New York Times
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $23-$39
Telephone: 508-487-5400

Blind Boy Paxton with the Downhill Strugglers - North Truro, MA

Sep 4, 2015 - Sep 4, 2015 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA
Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton takes audiences back to the 1920s with his mastery of voice, banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion, and the bones (percussion). Also, he captivates audiences with his humor and storytelling.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $35-$18
Telephone: 508-487-5400

September Concerts at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA

Sep 4, 2015 - Sep 18, 2015 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Avenue Boston, MA
The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion is one of Boston’s most popular outdoor amphitheaters, located on Boston Harbor next to Rowes Wharf. With seating for 5,000 guests, the pavilion is used as a summer concert venue from May through September. Upcoming shows:

Little Big Town & David Nail on September 4
Scorpions & Queensryche on September 10
Death Cab for Cutie on September 11
Twenty One Pilots & Echosmith on September 12
Jackson Browne on September 18
Time: Consult event website
Telephone: 617-728-1600

Lisa Fischer - North Truro, MA

Sep 5, 2015 - Sep 5, 2015 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA
Lisa Fischer’s musical ability leaves no question to why she has performed with the Rolling Stones, Sting, Chris Botti or Nine Inch Nails. Fischer was one of the many stars on the Oscar-nominated documentary "20 Feet From Stardom."
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $40-$100
Telephone: 508-487-5400

Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys - North Truro, MA

Sep 6, 2015 - Sep 6, 2015 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA
Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys have quickly become the act to watch on the Zydeco circuit. Their music is fresh and daring while still retaining its links to its bayou Creole heritage. She among the few Zydeco musicians who sing and write some of their own material in Creole French.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $23-$38
Telephone: 508-487-5400

Rockin' the House - West Brookfield, MA

Sep 6, 2015 - Sep 6, 2015 Rock House Reservation, Route 9 West Brookfield, MA
Local musicians including Gregg Ackerman will be serenading guests of the Trustees of Reservationsat the unique acoustic and aesthetic venue of Rock House Reservation. Bring the whole family! Email: central@ttor.org
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Admission: $10 suggested benefit towards the Clean-Up Fund.
Telephone: 413-532-1631

Eilen Jewell - North Truro, MA

Sep 10, 2015 - Sep 10, 2015 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA
Queen of the Minor Key, Eilen Jewell leads a tight quartet who blend influences of surf-noir, early blues, rockabilly, and 1960s rock ‘n’ roll.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $34, $24, $18
Telephone: 508-487-5400

Dom Flemons - North Truro, MA

Sep 12, 2015 - Sep 12, 2015 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA
Dom Flemons performs personalized interpretations of folk, blues, early jazz and rock, country, and original material. Imagine a combination of Ma Rainey, the Beatles and The Band. He was a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and is now embarking on a solo career.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $20-$40
Telephone: 508-487-5400

Lyra Vocal Ensemble Performs Russian Music - Rockport, MA

Sep 16, 2015 - Sep 16, 2015 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
This concert and lecture will feature the music and icons of Russia. The concert portion will highlight music of Russian composers as well as Russian folk music. The lecture will focus on the historical background and origins of the Russian icons, how they came to Russia, and their place in Russian culture.
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Admission: Free, no tickets required!
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Jon Weber in Concert at JazzFest Falmouth - Falmouth, MA

Sep 27, 2015 - Sep 27, 2015 Highfield Hall & Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive Falmouth, MA
Sensational jazz pianist, Jon Weber, based in New York City and Chicago, allows his improvisations to be colorful, dynamic and intriguing. He is a favorite at New York’s 92nd Street Y and serves as host of Piano Jazz with Jon Weber on NPR.
Time: 4 to 6 p.m.
Admission: $25
Telephone: 508-548-2892

David Bromberg Quintet - North Truro, MA

Sep 27, 2015 - Sep 27, 2015 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA
The guitar virtuoso, bandleader and former session man and his band of masterful musicians will enthrall you with an eclectic mix of blues, country, jazz and folk that is impossible to classify. On his latest album, “Use Me,” uses musical resources like Linda Ronstadt, Vince Gill, Dr. John, Levon Helm, Keb Mo, Los Lobos, John Hiatt and Widespread Panic. Folk, blues, bluegrass, ragtime – he does it.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $75, $55, $35, $28
Telephone: 508-487-5400

Toni Lynn Washington and The Frank Wilkins Quartet at JazzFest Falmouth - Woods Hole, MA

Sep 30, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015 Woods Hole Community Hall, Water Street Woods Hole, MA
Blues, R&B and jazz vocalist Toni Lynn Washington, “Boston’s Queen of the Blues,” has thrilled concert goers for over four decades, logging over 2000 performances throughout the world. 
Time: 7:30-10 p.m.
Admission: $25
Telephone: 508-548-2892

Denise Donatelli - Headliner Concert for JazzFest Falmouth - Falmouth, MA

Oct 3, 2015 - Oct 3, 2015 Highfield Theater, 58 Highfield Drive Falmouth, MA
Denise Donatelli, West Coast resident, has released four albums and won three Grammy nominations and is one of today’s premiere vocalists. Her second recording “What Lies Within” made it to the top ten Jazz Week Radio Chart in 2008. 

Time: 7:30-10 p.m.
Admission: $30 in advance on line, $35 at the door
Telephone: 508-548-2892

Echoes of Celestial Song with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble - Boston, MA

Oct 10, 2015 - Oct 11, 2015 First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street Boston, MA
Four composers use Baroque music generally as a source of inspiration, yet maintain their own singular voices: Shostakovich's Piano Quintet in g minor, Op. 57; Stravinsky's Duo Concertant for violin and piano; Saint-Saens’s Sonata in D Major for oboe and piano, Op. 166; Elliott Carter's 1952 Sonata for flute, oboe, cello and harpsichord. Concert ends with Per Norgard's ingenious The Well-Tempered Percussionist for marimba, vibraphone and chimes.
Time: Saturday, October 10, 8 p.m.; Sunday, October 11, 4 p.m.
Admission: $25, $36, $47

Jackie Evancho: Awakening — Live in Concert - Boston, MA

Oct 23, 2015 - Oct 23, 2015 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
Jackie Evancho's breakout performance on America's Got Talent left audiences and judges astonished that such a perfect, beautiful, soprano voice could come from a 10 year-old girl. Four years later, her unique voice has won her millions of fans and her recordings have dominated the music and DVD charts.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $175

Outdoor Activities

Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water - Salem, Gloucester, Peabody, Amesbury, Newburyport, Lynn, MA

Aug 14, 2015 - Sep 14, 2015 Salem, Gloucester, Peabody, Amesbury, Newburyport, Lynn, MA
Below is a sampling of some of the Trails & Sails events. Consult the Trails & Sails website for detailed information. Trails & Sails Dates: Sept. 18-20 and 25-27.

Butterfly Garden and Live Caterpillar Show at Camp Kent Nature Center, Amesbury. Sept. 26
Explore the Night Sky with North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, Amesbury. Sept. 18-19
Newburyport Maritime History Adventures with Custom House Maritime Museum, Newburyport. Sept. 18-20 and 25-27
Civil War Walking Tour of Newburyport. Sept. 19
Kayak Tour at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Newburyport. Sept. 27
Old South Church Walking Tour , Newburyport. Sept. 19-20
Lynn Woods Walk hosted by Lynn Woods Reservation. Sept. 20 and 26
Tiffany Stained Glass Windows Tour at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Lynn. Sept. 19
Evening Stroll: Marblehead Architecture 1715 to 1815 hosted by Marblehead Architecture Heritage. Sept. 18 and 25.
History and Architectural Tour of Peabody. Sept. 19.
Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Salem Maritime National Historic Site hosted by Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Salem. Sept. 19.
Fish Seining Demonstration on the Beach hosted by Salem Sound Coastwatch, Salem. Sept. 19
Gardens by the Sea hosted by The House of the Seven Gables, Salem. Sept. 26
Sail on the Schooner FAME , Salem. Sept. 20
Essex River Tour, hosted by Essex River Cruises and Charters, Essex. Sept. 26
Kayaking the Essex River Basin hosted by Essex River Basin Adventures, Essex. Sept. 27
Explore Gloucester's Working Waterfront with Family Fun with Maritime Gloucester & Schooner Adventure. Sept. 19
Historic Ice House Tours hosted by Cape Pond Ice Company, Gloucester. Sept. 18-20 and 25-27
Time: Consult event website

Wildlife Discovery Kayak Tour - Edgartown, MA

Sep 4, 2015 - Sep 4, 2015 Cape Poge Wildlife Refugeon Chappaquiddick Edgartown, MA
Cape Poge is home to a variety of wildlife. With a naturalist from Trustees of Reservations as a guide, you will explore the beauty of the salt water world from the perfect vantage point: a kayak or canoe! Weather permitting. Children under 15 must paddle with an adult. Tours fill quickly; pre-registration strongly suggested. Email: islands@ttor.org
Time: 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m.
Admission: $55, Child $30 (family package available).
Telephone: 508-627-3599

Let's Go Camping–That 70's Style - Medfield, MA

Sep 5, 2015 - Sep 5, 2015 Rocky Woods Reservation off Hartford Street Medfield, MA
This special family camp out is an ideal for both experienced campers and first-timers. The overnight includes a choice of activities on Saturday late afternoon, which will include fishing, a hike to the scenic views, or a paddle in the pond. You are also free to lounge in your 70's wear by the pond, play 70's yard games, and explore the property on your own. We include a campout dinner, S'mores around the campfire, and breakfast on Sunday. Pre-registration required (space limited). Email: rlatham@ttor.org
Time: 6 p.m. to overnight
Admission: $55, Child $30 (family package available).
Telephone: 978-921-1944

Labor Day Canoe Trip - Sheffield, MA

Sep 7, 2015 - Sep 7, 2015 Bartholomew’s Cobble, 105 Weatogue Road Sheffield, MA
Paddle the winding Housatonic to view the beauty of this meandering river as it passes through agricultural fields and floodplain forests. Watch for bald eagles flying over Bartholomew's Cobble. With your guide, learn about the river's history and what is happening to restore some of its most precious habitats and species from its upper reaches in Pittsfield through Massachusetts and into Connecticut. Paddles, life preservers, and boats are provided. Email: bcobble@ttor.org
Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Admission: Adults, $30; children age 10-16, $15
Telephone: 413-229-8600


Caribbean Parade 2015 - Boston, MA

Aug 29, 2015 - Aug 29, 2015 Warren Street to Franklin Park Zoo Boston, MA
The colorful Boston Carnival Parade begins at Warren Street & MLK Boulevard and ends at a Caribbean food court in front of Franklin Park Zoo. Parade map.
Time: Staging at 11 a.m.; parade starts at 1 p.m.

Parties, Dances, Balls

Mahaiwe Gala starring Audra McDonald - Great Barrington, MA

Oct 11, 2015 - Oct 11, 2015 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry, as both a singer and an actress. Blessed with a luminous soprano and an incomparable gift for dramatic truth telling, she is equally at home on Broadway and opera stages as she is in roles on film and television. This special event benefits the Mahaiwe's year-round arts and educational programs
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $80-$100
Telephone: 413-528-0100

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Van Gogh’s Ear Music and Art of the Romantic Century - Great Barrington, MA

Aug 20, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015 American Institute for Economic Research, 250 Division Street Great Barrington, MA
Ensemble for the Romantic Century, a theatrical and musical group that combines fully staged dramas with live chamber and vocal music, presents “Van Gogh’s Ear.” Based on Vincent van Gogh’s letters to his brother Theo, “Van Gogh’s Ear” takes the audience on a journey through the artist’s final years in the south of France, accompanied by live performances of the music of Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Ernest Chausson, and César Franck. A recent engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music was hailed as “ingenious...breathtaking...sheer poetry!” by The New York Times.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: $85 per performance or $99 for a that includes admission to the Clark’s Van Gogh and Nature exhibition
Telephone: 413-458-0524

Sailing & Maritime

2015 Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta - Provincetown, MA

Sep 7, 2015 - Sep 10, 2015 Provincetown, MA
This four-day festival includes events for sailors, visitors and spectators. Visitors may tour historic vessels, learn more about them, reserve a seat on a schooner, watch races from spectator boats and advantageous areas all about town. You may reserve a seat on a schooner or spectator boat. All events are open and free to the public except where noted.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: Consult event website

Science & Nature

Celebrate Kien And Paddy's Birthdays! - Stoneham, MA

Sep 5, 2015 - Sep 5, 2015 Stone Zoo, 149 Pond Street Stoneham, MA
White-cheeked gibbons Kien and Paddy are both celebrating birthdays in September! Guests are invited to celebrate with cake. Stop by the exhibit at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to meet the zookeepers and ask questions, and sign Kien and Paddy's giant birthday card! Gibbons are a species of ape native to Southeast Asia.
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $15.95; seniors, $13.95; children ages 2-12, $11.95

Exploration Backpacks - Edgartown and Vineyard Haven, MA

Sep 5, 2015 - Sep 5, 2015 Mytoi Japanese Garden, 41 Dike Road; and Long Point Wildlife Refuge, Long Point Road Edgartown and Vineyard Haven, MA
Grab an exploration backpack and delve into either beach or garden with self-guided activities and supplies. With binoculars, scavenger hunts, games, and more, you and your children will experience these Trustees of Reservations properties in a whole new way! First-come, first-served. Limited number of backpacks. Email: mpeach@ttor.org
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $7/hour.
Telephone: 508-693-7662


Racing and Food Truck Festivals at Suffolk Downs - East Boston, MA

Sep 3, 2015 - Oct 31, 2015 Suffolk Downs, 525 McClellan Hwy. East Boston, MA
Live Thoroughbred racing returns to Suffolk Downs. In September and October the track will host three days of racing that will include food trucks from over a dozen vendors, craft beer, live music and family fun activities for the whole family. In addition to traditional flat racing, fans will see steeplechase racing. Some top players from racetracks across the East Coast to compete for purse money in excess of half a million dollars. The festival dates are September 3, October 3 and October 31.
Time: Gates open at 11 a.m. and first post for live racing is scheduled at noon.

Cranwell Open Fall Golf Classic - Lenox, MA

Sep 27, 2015 - Sep 27, 2015 Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort, 55 Lee Road Lenox, MA
Cranwell Resort sponsors this fall golf tournament, open to the public. Proceeds will benefit the Berkshire Humane Society in Pittsfield. This is a day of fun, food and fall golf for a good cause.
Time: Registration & lunch at 11:30 a.m.; shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.; hors d’oeuvres and cash bar at 5:30 p.m.; dinner and raffle in the Music Room at 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $135 entry fee includes tournament gift, green fees, cart, prizes, hors d'oeuvres & dinner


"Engagements" - Pittsfield, MA

Aug 14, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015 Barrington Stage Company, 36 Linden Street Pittsfield, MA
It's summer in New England and every weekend is someone else's engagement party. The wildflowers, specialty cocktails and artisanal appetizers are perfectly Instagram-ready. When reality looks this good, who cares if it's all an illusion? Definitely not Lauren, the unforgettable anti-heroine of this pitch-black anti-romantic comedy, a midsummer night's dream about the conflicted Millennial generation.
Time: Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday and Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.
Admission: $40+
Telephone: 413-236-8888

“His Girl Friday” - Pittsfield, MA

Aug 14, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015 Barrington Stage Company, 30 Union Street Pittsfield, MA
Editor Walter Burns will do anything to find an ace reporter cunning enough to scoop a story in the cutthroat Chicago press world, even if that means turning to his ex-wife, Hildy Johnson, who comes back to the newsroom one last time before leaving the game for good.
Time: Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Admission: $20
Telephone: 413-236-8888

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” - Nantucket, MA

Aug 22, 2015 - Sep 9, 2015 White Heron Theatre Company at Dreamland Theater, 17 South Water Street Nantucket, MA
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a masterful, utterly hilarious comedy about grown siblings and the complications of managing their recently-deceased parents, and the family’s, country estate in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A mashup of the comedies of Anton Chekhov, the result is an absolutely hysterical look at grown sibling relationships. Directed by show’s original Broadway producer Martin Platt. Dates: August 22, 24- 26 and 31, and September 1, 2, 7-9
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $42
Telephone: 508-825-5268

“West Side Story” - Dorchester, MA

Oct 16, 2015 - Oct 25, 2015 Fiddlehead Theatre at The Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road Dorchester, MA
Leonard Bernstein’s soaring music brings to life the retelling of Shakespeare’s most romantic love story, Romeo and Juliet. Set against the gang violence of New City in the late 1950’s, West Side Story tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers who families’ heritage and prejudice brings their love to a tragic end.
Time: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission: Consult event website
Telephone: 617-514-6968