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February 2015
Greetings! 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!
3-Of-A-Kind: Made-in-Mass Art
Massachusetts's land- and seascapes have inspired generations of artists. 1. Jeffrey Marshall's work Knots: Drawings and Paintings depicts tangled ropes and debris from the Gloucester shoreline. Now on exhibit at the Cape Ann Museum, where you'll also find the largest collection of works by renowned marine artist Fitz Henry Lane. 2. Norman Rockwell, known for his iconic images of American small-town life, lived in Stockbridge for 25 years. See the full range of his talent at the Norman Rockwell Museum, which has the world's largest collection of Rockwell originals. 3. Inspired to create? Sign up for an art or craft workshop and continue the Massachusetts tradition. Photo: Jeffrey Marshall, Square Knot 2, 2010

Plan your next getaway to Massachusetts!
Featured Region: Greater Springfield

In February, the Springfield Armory National Historic Site welcomes the public to the special exhibit "Arsenals Under Attack! Daniel Shays' Assault on Springfield & John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry." This exhibit is a terrific opportunity for visitors to witness two stories of rebels that transformed the United States! Admission is free. Also this month, CityStage presents Vocaldente on February 27-28 at 7:30 p.m., featuring five voices in perfect harmony, as well as vocal imitations of rhythm and musical instruments, embedded in their own lush arrangements; all spiced up with hilariously funny and witty interludes, and performed with sweeping choreographies. Find more information on Greater Springfield.

Hampshire County
Get ready to make some tough choices! Four Sundays in February, presented by the Northampton Arts Council, offers a variety of unique arts performances and you might want to catch them all! They include the much-anticipated Silver Chord Bowl (2/1); Music in Motion (2/8), where local musicians will score well-known silent films; multi-media artist Miwa Matreyak's newest work "This World Made Itself" (2/15); and a closing variety show appropriately called The Really Big Show (2/22). Find more information on Hampshire County.
Johnny Appleseed Country
The Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton takes visitors on yet another extraordinary journey - this time to Ethiopia, with a new exhibit of 60 icons and objects illustrating the Christian traditions of that East African nation. "Vibrant Art & Storied History of Ethiopian Art" spotlights the culture of Ethiopia through icons and objects from the 16th century to the present, supplemented by Ethiopian coffee in the tea room, music, reproductions and authentic jewelry pieces in the Museum shop.  Find more information on Johnny Appleseed Country.
Martha's Vineyard 
"I LOVE EWE: The Year of the Sheep" (Chinese New Year) begins February 15th! Whether it is driving up-Island and taking in the landscape or snuggling up in your favorite scarf, Vineyarders have a soft spot for sheep. These wooly creatures are not just adorable, they symbolize vulnerability, innocence and good fortune. Come celebrate our agricultural heritage with a visit to Featherstone Center for the Arts, then head out to fiber farms throughout the Island - sheep, goats, alpaca - whatever your pleasure! Admission is free. Find more information on Martha's Vineyard.
Mohawk Trail Region
The Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum will celebrate Susan B Anthony's birthday on February 15, 2015 at the Adams Free Library at 3 p.m. Celebrate with Susan HERSELF, as she tells stories of her adventures, just as she did when she came back to her hometown during the late 1800s. Jeanne Gehret, author of "Susan B. Anthony: And Justice For All," will portray Susan during this free event, which is open to the public. Refreshments will be served! Find more information on the Mohawk Trail Region

2015 is the 30th anniversary of the roof-raising, toe-tapping Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, produced by the Boston Bluegrass Union at the Sheraton Framingham! On February 13-15, thousands of amateur and professional musicians will come from all over the country for three days of indoor bluegrass, featuring a great lineup of national and regional talent - including the legendary Jim Lauderdale - along with expanded workshops, Kid's Academy, music vendors, and round-the-clock jamming. Find more information on MetroWest

Nantucket Island

The Theatre Workshop and The Nantucket Atheneum present a staged reading of "Next Fall" on Friday, February 13th in the Atheneum's Great Hall.  Geoffrey Naufft's "Next Fall" takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play's central story focuses on the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, "Next Fall" goes beyond a typical love story. 7 to 9 p.m. Find more information on Nantucket Island.  

North of Boston
This February, indulge your sweet tooth with Salem's So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival! Kick-off the Festival on February 6th with a delectable Chocolate and Wine Tasting at Colonial Hall. Enjoy tempting samples from Salem's premier restaurants and shops and cool down with intricate ice sculptures located around downtown Salem through February 15th (the Salem Trolley will be on hand to whirl you around to see the sculptures).  How sweet it is! Find more information on North of Boston.
Plymouth County

Introducing the Plymouth Bay Cultural District! Made up of almost three dozen historical sites and attractions, it is the Town of Plymouth's epicenter of art, music, food, shopping, and history. Visit the longest continuously operating public museum in the country, Pilgrim Hall Museum. Catch a show at the Spire Center for Performing Arts or enjoy one of the year-round art class or exhibits at Plymouth Center for the Arts. Learn more by following the District's official Facebook page! Find more information on Plymouth County.

Southeastern Massachusetts

Attleboro's Winter Night Festival will be celebrated in downtown Attleboro Saturday, February 21st from 5 to 9 p.m. Ride the brightly lit Ferris Wheel, enjoy ice sculptors, fire jugglers, trackless train rides for all ages, a craft fair, art exhibitions, live music, hayrides, a grand bonfire, raffles and more! Fairhaven Town Hall will be hosting a Short Film Festival on February 26-27, presenting two nights of award-winning short films from around the world. Follow us on Facebook for more info on February events in Southeastern MA. Find more information on Southeastern Massachusetts.

The Berkshires

Andy Warhol lived and breathed books. From his student days in the 1940s to his death in 1987, Warhol experimented wildly with form and content, turning traditional notions of media and authorship on their heads. "Warhol by the Book" - at Williams College Museum of Art March 7-August 16, 2015 - is organized by The Andy Warhol Museum of Pittsburgh. The first US exhibition to focus on Warhol's book work, it features more than 400 objects, including unique and unpublished materials, and highlights WCMA's important holdings given by Richard F. Holmes '46. Find more information on the Berkshires
Greater Merrimack Valley
The American Textile History Museum presents Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol, an extraordinary exhibition of art on fabric with rare pieces, many never before seen on public display, from the masters of modern art, including Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Marc Chagall, and Raoul Dufy. Organized by the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. On view at ATHM now through March 29, 2015. Photo Credit: Salvador Dali, Number Please. Find more information on Greater Merrimack Valley.
Central Massachusetts

This February, watch winter bloom in Central Massachusetts at the Flora in Winter event Tower Hill Botanic Garden! Throughout the month, watch Tower Hill burst with color starting at the beginning of this month and through each weekend with this year's Flora theme: Rustic Elegance. During the February Vacation week, bring the family down for a day of scavenger hunts, story walks, sledding, snow painting, and more! Please visit for more details. Find more information on Central Massachusetts.
Franklin County

Celebrating the Fiber Arts: The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery will be on display at Historic Deerfied through December 27, 2015! Historic Deerfield's costume and textile collection has long been considered one of the finest in America. Newly installed in this permanent gallery for the season are 38 exciting examples of American and European clothing, accessories, textiles and needlework from the 17th century through the mid-20th century.  See these and other outstanding textiles thematically arranged according to their natural fibers: silk, wool, cotton and linen! Find more information on Franklin County.  

Greater Boston

Winter is prime time for Boston's arts and culture! Film Festivals at the ICA and MFA present the best of contemporary world cinema and the newest indie releases. Musical options include: Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall, Handel & Haydn's performance of Mozart & Beethoven and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, which changed American culture. Explore the original "Social Medium"- photography- at the deCordova Museum or immerse yourself in Mayan civilization at the Museum of Science. The Boston Wine Expo presents cultural tastings from 185 wineries. And Frozen (Disney On Ice) will melt your hearts! Find more information on Greater Boston

Cape Cod
On February 6-8, the 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 7th, Osterville village in Barnstable transforms into the "Chocolate Capital of Cape Cod" when it plays host to the Osterville Chocolate Fest. On February 14-15, the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra presents "Rhapsody in Bluegrass," a performance taking you deep into the heartland with songs you know and love! Book your Cape Cod getaway online today. Find more information on Cape Cod.

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