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Featured Region: North of Boston
Plymouth County
Southeastern Massachusetts
The Berkshires
Greater Merrimack Valley
Central Massachusetts
Franklin County
Greater Boston
Cape Cod
Greater Springfield
Hampshire County
Johnny Appleseed Country
Martha's Vineyard
Mohawk Trail Region
MetroWest
Nantucket Island
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 January 2013
 
Greetings and Happy New Year!

Massachusetts is rich in arts and 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 below! 
  
CULTURAL ROAD TRIP:
SALEM
QUICK TAKE: Port city with a storied maritime history, a major art museum, and the site of the infamous 1692 witch trials. SEE & DO: Hear the stories of the sailors, privateers, and merchants who brought riches from the Far East to America at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Relive the witch trials at the  Salem Witch Museum. See elegant and outlandish hats at the  Peabody Essex Museum (through February 3rd). Visit the House of Seven Gables, inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel. Stroll down Chestnut Street and admire the Federalist mansions or take a self-guided walking tour. EAT & SLEEP: Have dinner on the harbor at Finz Seafood Restaurant. Stay over at the Hawthorne Hotel in the heart of Salem's historic district. Photo: Peabody Essex Museum
  
Featured Region: North of Boston

Rockport Music Theatre presents "The Magistrate" at 7 p.m. on January 17th! Academy Award nominee and Tony Award-winner John Lithgow takes the title role in the uproarious Victorian farce, in a production sure to have audiences doubled up with laughter. When amiable magistrate Posket (John Lithgow) marries Agatha, little does he realize she's dropped five years from her age. When her deception looks set to be revealed, it sparks a series of hilarious indignities and outrageous mishaps.

Located in the scenic seaport village of Rockport, the Music Theatre presents exceptional musical performances and events, including the Rockport Chamber Music Festival and "Live from the MET" Opera in HD. North Shore Magazine's 2011 reader's poll named the Shalin Liu Performance Center "Best Live Music Venue."

For more information on North of Boston, click here.

Plymouth County
The energetic and talented Jenny Mulqueen presents a program of participatory songs and dances inspired by the classic tale "Stone Soup" at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 26th at The James Library & Center for the Arts in Norwell. This engaging program is a celebration of stories, music and more! Chase away the winter blues and have fun with your young child. Free, but registration is requested as seating (on the floor!) is limited. Call 781-659-7100 to register. 

For more information on Plymouth County, click here.
Southeastern Massachusetts
On January 4-6, the New Bedford Whaling Museum hosts the 17th Annual Moby Dick: The Marathon, a non-stop reading of the great American classic commemorating the anniversary of the departure from the whaling port of New Bedford of the Fairhaven ship Acushnet with 21-year-old Herman Melville aboard. The Marathon has grown to become a mid-winter tradition!  Readers will include descendants of Herman Melville and their families, and other lovers of Melville and Moby-Dick. Admission is free.

For more information on Southeastern MA, click here!
The Berkshires

Winter in New England will be a whole lot livelier in 2013 with the return of the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival in downtown Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District. From February 14-24, enjoy new theatre from Barrington Stage, dance parties, art shows, comedy, burlesque, spoken word, live jazz and much more in the hub of the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Plus creative family activities, too! For more information, visit discoverpittsfield.com/10x10. Full schedule to come in January!
 
For more information on the Berkshires, click here

Greater Merrimack Valley

Keep warm with arts and culture! Visit our fantastic museums this winter season. Check out the American Textile History Museum's new 'Suited for Space" exhibit, see one of the country's greatest collections of Americana at the Concord Museum, visit Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House to see the home of the "Little Women" author, or check out this winter's modern art exhibits at Lincoln's DeCordova Museum. For even more great museums, visit the museum page on our website.

For more information on Greater Merrimack Valley, click here.

Central Massachusetts

Worcester Art Museum and Tower Hill Botanic Garden partner once again during Flora in Winter, a celebration of the impending arrival of spring, for four days only from January 31st through February 3rd! At WAM, breathtaking flowers bloom in the galleries with stunning arrangements inspired by artwork. At Tower Hill, with a nod to Shakespeare, the arrangements reflect on times of rest and contemplation, evoking dreams and inspiring flower fantasies-creating A Midwinter's Dream.


For more information on Central Massachusetts, click here.  
Franklin County

"Reel Laffs," a series of vintage classic comedy films, will be screened Tuesdays in January at the Garden Cinemas in downtown Greenfield! Shoo away the winter blahs by enjoying Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, Rosalind Russell and others in memorable movies that will make you smile. Screenings will be at 6:30 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: January 8, 15, 22 and 29. Presented by the Greenfield Business Association. $5 admission! Contact gba@franklincc.org for specific film dates.

For more information on Franklin County, click here.

Greater Boston
Exciting exhibitions await at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston! "In Your Face", on display through February 3rd, is a provocative inside look at some of today's most elusive and exclusive subjects through the lens of renowned fashion and portrait photographer Mario Testino. Testino's "British Royal Portraits" is on display through June 16th. This exhibit showcases images Testino has taken of the royal family over the years, from Diana, Princess of Wales to most recently the engagement portraits of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

 

For more information on Greater Boston, click here

Cape Cod
The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and Cotuit Center for the Arts announce the seventh year of their collaborative winter exhibit from January 7-February 23! This year's interactive art exhibit -  "Making Waves" -will feature local artists' interpretations of "making waves," both literally and figuratively. Keeping younger patrons in mind, artwork will be displayed at children's eye level, and a series of child-friendly events are scheduled throughout the month. This family fun exhibit at the Cotuit Center for the Arts is free and open to the public! Visit www.ArtsFoundation.org for information. Book your Cape Cod getaway online now!

For more information on Cape Cod, click here. 

Greater Springfield

CityStage and Symphony Hall in Springfield have several great shows lined up this winter! Comedian Paul D'Angelo visits CityStage on January 19th, followed by "You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!" February 20-24 and Bowfire on February 28;  Symphony Hall shows include PFX (the Pink Floyd Experience) on February 8th, and "A Chorus Line" on February 10th.  For more information, or to order tickets, visit www.citystage.symphonyhall.comPhoto credit:  The Company of A Chorus Line performs "One" (Photo by Phil Martin)    


For more information on Greater Springfield, click here.
Hampshire County

UMass Amherst presents Visiting Pianist Christopher Guzman performing Beethoven, Stucky and Grieg at 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 24th in the Bezanson Recital Hall. This will be followed by Visiting Jazz Artists at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29th. Come hear Jeffrey W. Holmes and ten instrumentalists perform fresh compositions & arrangements by pianist/leader Earl MacDonald.  For tickets, call the UMass Box Office at 413-545-2511!   


Click for more information on Hampshire County-Amherst and Hampshire County-Northampton.  
Johnny Appleseed Country

You don't have to travel halfway around the world to experience stunning examples of African craftsmanship - just head to Clinton, where you'll find the Gallery of African Art! Launched just over a year ago, the gallery created by retired industrialist Gordon Lankton (who also established the nearby Museum of Russian Icons) has already quadrupled in size. Today, more than 500 pieces - from masks to large figures - representing 30 African tribes fill the expanded High Street gallery.
 

For more information on Johnny Appleseed Country, click here.

Martha's Vineyard

The Annual MVY Big Chili Contest will be held Saturday, January 28th at 11 a.m. at The Portuguese American Club in Oak Bluffs! The Big Chili Contest is the place to be to warm up on a chilly January day.  Over 20 chili-testants compete for the bragging rights to a variety of titles such as "is it really chili?", "hottest chili" and prizes in the professional and amateur classes.  Tons of people flock to the island for a zany day of chili, fun and live music!    


For more information on Martha's Vineyard, click here.
Mohawk Trail Region
The Bay State Winter Games return to Berkshire County February 15-17 for the 28th year! Nearly 1,000 athletes, ranging in age from 8 to 80+ and representing five New England states, will compete in Figure Skating, Alpine Skiing and Ice Hockey. Venues include Williams College in Williamstown, Bousquet Ski area in Pittsfield and the Peter Foote Memorial Rink in North Adams. Special events include an athlete party and Figure Skating Show! 

 

For more information on the Mohawk Trail Region, click here

MetroWest

January may be quiet, but we hear the sound of music throughout MetroWest! On January 27th, the Orchestra of Indian Hill welcomes a guest tenor and horn player for works by Stravinsky, Mozart, and Britten, entitled "Elegantly Sublime." The popular Family Concert Series at Franklin School for the Performing Arts presents Meet the Beatles on January 13th. The world's premier touring guitar festival, International Guitar Night, comes to The Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN) on January 12th!


For more information on MetroWest, click here.
Nantucket Island

January offers alternative choices to the non-stop action of summer and the busy holidays on Nantucket!  Foreign films, documentaries, craft and Tai-Chi classes are available all winter long at the Atheneum. If the outdoors are your preference, enjoy one of the many interesting walks available through the Linda Loring Foundation.  Enjoy a quiet evening out in one of our local restaurants or pubs and enjoy all Nantucket's unexpected winter pleasures.

For more information on Nantucket Island, click here

Regional Tourism Councils  

The Berkshires   Cape Cod   Central Massachusetts  Franklin County  
Greater Boston   Greater Merrimack Valley   Greater Springfield 
Hampshire County-Amherst   Hampshire County-Northampton  
Johnny Appleseed Country   Martha's Vineyard   MetroWest  
Mohawk Trail
    Nantucket Island     North of Boston  
Plymouth County   Southeastern Massachusetts