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Martha's Vineyard
Mohawk Trail Region
MetroWest
Nantucket Island
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
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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 2014
Happy New Year! 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!
  
CULTURAL ROAD TRIP: Boston's Theater District and Back Bay
Photo by Tim Grafft
QUICK TAKE: Marquees light up the historic Theater District; Back Bay galleries mix with cafes and boutiques. SEE & DO: The Tony Award-winning musical "Once" is at the Boston Opera House from January 7-19. The foreclosure crisis meets Grapes of Wrath at the multimedia House/Divided, Cutler Majestic Theatre, January 30-February 2. Funny guys Penn & Teller are at the Shubert Theatre January 24th & 25th. At the Wilbur,  Leon Russell and Hot Tuna Acoustic performs January 9th; Rosie O'Donnell on January 24th. Go gallery hopping in the Back Bay, and don't miss From Minimal to Bling: Contemporary Studio Jewelry at the Society of Arts & Crafts, through January 11th. EAT & SLEEP: Enjoy the seasonally-inspired cuisine at  Rustic Kitchen; stay over at the Revere Hotel

Featured Region: Martha's Vineyard
Pull yourself out of your own hibernation and visit Felix Neck Audubon Sanctuary for the First Day Walk at 11:30 a.m. on January 1st! On January 15th, join David Nathans of the Martha's Vineyard Museum at 3:30 p.m. for a tour of the museum's current exhibits on display. David will reveal his favorite objects in the exhibits! PechaKucha Night is set for 7:30 p.m. on January 17th at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown. Devised in Japan in 2003, PechaKucha has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world. Finally, the annual Big Chili Contest will be held in Oak Bluffs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 25th - live music, fabulous chili and tons of fun!

For more information on Martha's Vineyard, click here.
Mohawk Trail Region
It's your day at MASS MoCA in North Adams on Saturday, January 11th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission and brick-wall-to-brick-wall programming throughout the museum welcome friends old and new! Art-making, dance performances, roaming musicians, and gallery tours are available throughout the day. Don't miss elevator music (played live) and Lickety Split's signature carrot cake! Free Day turns into a fun night in the club at 8 p.m. with Brushy One String (ticketed event). Performing on a classical guitar with nothing but a D-string!

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MetroWest
Cold January weather won't keep families from enjoying MetroWest's outdoor spaces that combine both our historical and environmental culture, thanks to Outdoors Rx, a program of the Appalachian Mountain Club. Families can register online to find a calendar of free, guided outdoor programs, such as scavenger hunts, nature hikes on historic estates, animal-tracking and river walks. While you're on the website, you can get additional ideas for children's outdoor activities.

For more information on MetroWest, click here.
Nantucket Island
Escape life's frenetic pace to an island 30 miles at sea...a charmed place with neither street lights nor neon signs, and blissful silence. Experience the well-kept secret that is Nantucket in the off-season! Indulge in fine dining or a theater production. Soak up the island's rich and diverse history as the 18th century Whaling Capital of the World. Birdwatch - or people watch - with a heavenly calm as your backdrop. 

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North of Boston

Who said that winter was for the birds?  From January 31st to February 2nd, bird watchers of all skill levels from all around flock to Cape Ann for the Cape Ann Birding Weekend! Organized by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Massachusetts Audubon Society, the weekend invites ornithologists and enthusiasts alike to join expert guides on tours of birding hotspots, attend birding workshops, and so much more.  Explore the region's scenic coastline and see winter seabirds, grebes, and perhaps even Harlequin Duck, Purple Sandpiper, and more! 

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Plymouth County

"Made in Massachusetts: Studio Furniture of the Bay State" runs through February 9th at Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton! Since the mid-1950s, Massachusetts has experienced a growing interest in furniture made by individual studio artists. While some forms derived from colonial and traditional prototypes continued to dominate the field, a new wave of stylistically-innovative furniture styles emerged. The exhibition features works by Massachusetts artists, whose pieces represent rich and diverse contributions to the field of fine furniture making.

For more information on Plymouth County, click here.

Southeastern Massachusetts

On January 3-5, the New Bedford Whaling Museum hosts the 18th 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 professors, fishermen, students, congressmen, journalists and other lovers of Melville and Moby-Dick. Admission is free.

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The Berkshires

Credit: Toni Rudov

Soweto Gospel Choir has brought joy into the lives of audiences all over the world. Theirs has been an incredible journey, from the streets of Soweto to the world's most prestigious venues! The New York Times describes their sound as "a cornucopia of remarkable voices: a magnificently velvety blend." Catch their performance at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington at 8 p.m. Friday, February 14th.

For more information on the Berkshires,
click here.

Greater Merrimack Valley
Ice skating fans everywhere will want to be at the UMASS Lowell Tsongas Center this January 10-12 to experience the excitement of the best synchronized ice skating event in the Northeast.  Open to the public, The 30th Annual Colonial Classic Synchronized Skating Competition features contestants from throughout New England.  Directions, event schedules, tickets, and more information are available at www.colonialclassic.org. For places to stay, dine and experience, visit us at www.merrimackvalley.org.

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Central Massachusetts

Experience Flora in Winter at the Worcester Art Museum January 23-26! Breathtaking flowers bloom in the galleries during the annual Flora in Winter four-day fundraiser. During this premier floral design event, skilled arrangers from across the region create captivating and imaginative interpretations of artworks in virtually every gallery of the Museum. It is a succulent feast for the eyes and spirit in the middle of winter.

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Franklin County

Tap your feet or sing along on a chilly winter night with a box of popcorn to Reel Musicals! Three Decades of Classics this January at the Garden Cinemas in Greenfield. Movie showings are at 7 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: January 7th "Singin' In the Rain" (1953); January 14th "West Side Story" (1961); January 21st "Cabaret" (1972) and January 28th "The Muppet Movie" (1980). $5 admission. Sponsored by Greenfield Business Association.

For more information on Franklin County, click here.

Greater Boston

The decorations may have been put away, but there's still plenty to celebrate in Boston during January! Theatre marquees light up with The Heart of Robin Hood, The Color Purple, ONCE, Venus in Fur and Penn & Teller. The BSO performs weekly, while Jay Z plays the TD Garden. John Singer Sargent's  Watercolors are on display at the Museum of Fine Arts and Avant -Garde Japanese Fashion hits the runways  at the Peabody Essex Museum.  And the 25th Boston Wine Festival pours through March. There's so much to do- you simply have to stay over!

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Cape Cod

The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and Cotuit Center for the Arts will collaborate on the winter art exhibit "Seeing the Light" from January 13-February 22! The interactive exhibit will feature local artists' interpretations of "seeing the light," both literally and figuratively. Keeping younger patrons in mind, artwork will be displayed at children's eye level, and kid-friendly events are scheduled throughout the month. Free and open to the public at the Cotuit Center for the Arts! Book your Cape Cod getaway online now.

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Greater Springfield

Springfield's CityStage and Symphony Hall ring in the New Year with two great upcoming shows! Grab the youngsters and hop aboard "Dinosaur Train Live!" (Symphony Hall on January 10th), based on the hit show; or get in touch with your inner Pink Lady or T-bird and see the "Sing-a-Long Grease" show (CityStage January 17-18), where you can watch the classic film, sing & dance along with Danny, Sandy and the gang.

For more information on Greater Springfield, click here.  

Hampshire County
Reflect on the universal story of the emigrant with the Yiddish Book Center's special exhibition "No One Remembers Alone: Memory, Migration, and the Making of an American Family" (open through March). Over several years, 200 volunteers from 16 countries helped translate and interpret postcards, photographs, and travel documents to reconstruct the story of how Abram and Sophie built a new family. Located in Amherst at Hampshire College, the Yiddish Book Center is free and open to the public.

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Johnny Appleseed Country
The slower pace of winter offers a great opportunity to explore the Fitchburg Art Museum - a true gem of Johnny Appleseed Country. The museum facility and exhibitions skillfully combine the past and present. On exhibit:
"Still Life Lives!" featuring paintings from FAM's permanent collection surrounded by striking examples of the genre by over 20 contemporary New England artists; "Building a Collection," highlighting historically-significant photographers; and "UFOs: Unidentified Fascinating Objects," featuring unfamiliar objects from around the world.

For more information on Johnny Appleseed Country, click here.

Regional Tourism Councils  

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