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November 2015
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!
Thankful for November
November in Massachusetts ushers in a rich season of cultural performances at concert venues like Boston Symphony Hall, Worcester's Mechanics Hall, Rockport's Shalin Liu Center and New Bedford's Zeiterion. For sports fans, it marks a new seasons of excitement and hope for our beloved Bruins, Celtics and Patriots.   Most important, November is when we celebrate Thanksgiving, our most iconic tradition.  From Plymouth to Provincetown and from Salem to Sturbridge, we take pride in our shared history and heritage.  And in the true spirit of the holiday, we invite visitors to join us too.  For more details, visit massvacation.com/fall.

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Featured Region: Southeastern Mass

New Bedford is home to some serious art: just see here!  The City is also home to a collective known as New Bedford Open Studios, which hosts an open studios tour each fall. This free tour invites the public inside to the unique studio and artisan spaces within and features over 75 artists and artisans, special guest speakers, music and food! The tour opens Saturday, November 7th at Kilburn Mills Studios, 101 W. Rodney French Blvd. On November 14-15, art lovers and patrons are invited to visit The Ropeworks at 123 Sawyer Street. The work of the artists and artisans will be offered for sale. The last weekend of the tour happens at Hatch Street Studios, 88 Hatch Street, and is open November 20-22. Find out more at newbedfordopenstudios.org!

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The Berkshires

WAM Theatre, presenting theatre for everyone that benefits women and girls, presents Holy Laughter, a new comedy about an Episcopal priest who finds the reality of leading a church to be very different than what she learned in seminary. Performances are October 29-November 22 at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center in Pittsfield. 25% of the proceeds will be donated to Hands In Outreach and Sisters For Peace for their girls education work in Nepal. Find more information on The Berkshires
Greater Merrimack Valley

Returning to a newly renovated Cary Hall, Lexington Symphony launches its 2015-2016 season at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 7th with an imaginative program that pays homage to Russian artistic visionary Sergei Diaghilev. The founder of Ballets Russes, Diaghilev brought together the best minds in literature, music, visual art, and dance to create stunning interdisciplinary works that were both controversial and groundbreaking. Conductor's Talk with Music Director Jonathan McPhee at 7 p.m. Tickets at lexingtonsymphony.org. Find more information on Greater Merrimack Valley.
Central Massachusetts

This month, experience Salem Cross Inn's Fireplace Feasts on any weekend, step back in time at Old Sturbridge Village to watch the traditions of an early 19th century Thanksgiving unfold, discover the 'Spirit of India' presented by Music Worcester at Mechanics Hall, come see 'Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' at The Hanover Theatre, or come experience 'Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic' at the DCU Center.  Find more information on Central Massachusetts.
Franklin County
The 21st Annual Franklin County CiderDays - Hard and Sweet will be held November 7-8! It's apple season, good for brewing, cooking and snacking. CiderDays includes free workshops, orchard tours, cider salons, harvest dinner and tastings. Full details at CiderDays.com. Shelburne, Charlemont, New Salem, Deerfield and other locations. Register soon! Also visit the ArtWalk in Shelburne Falls on November 7th from  4 to 8 p.m. Then, Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls will be November 27th - stroll galleries and village  shops from 4 p.m. until late evening and enjoy special promotions, foods and entertainment. Find more information on Franklin County
Greater Boston
November calendar is brimming with performances and exhibitions from all genres. Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, Carole King's Beautiful and Art Garfunkel entertain at the Opera House and Wilbur Theatre respectively. Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra, while the Soweto Gospel Choir and Yoyo Ma also perform at acoustically perfect Symphony Hall. The ICA's Leap Before You Look portrays the daring spirit of modern and contemporary artists, the MFA displays Dutch Masters, Rembrandt and Vermeer and their portrayal of class distinctions. And brew masters display their talent at the 6th Annual Local Craft Brewfest.  Elf the Musical, The Nutcracker, Handel's Messiah, the first Tree Lighting and BLINK! all occur in November. Find more information on Greater Boston
Cape Cod
Start the holiday celebration with Sandwich Glass Museum's 6th Annual Glassblowers' Christmas! Beginning November 14th, hundreds of unique glass ornaments made by some of the region's finest glass artists will adorn the trees. The Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown on November 25th is a Cape Cod holiday tradition, and Gardens Aglow at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich run Fridays through Sundays from November 27-December 27. Plan your stay now for Christmas on Cape Cod - festive events, holiday shopping, accommodations packages and more! Find more information on Cape Cod.
Greater Springfield
Bright Nights at Forest Park kicks off on November 25th in advance of the holiday season, a tradition the whole family will love! Also, on November 27th, the Springfield Museums Quadrangle lights up and is filled with holiday cheer and plenty of family fun. For more info on these great events and more, visit valleyvisitor.com. Find more information on Greater Springfield.
Hampshire County
Enjoy the thrill of cyclocross racing without even having to get on a bike!  The 25th Annual Cycle-Smart International Cyclocross competition takes place at Look Park in Northampton November 7-8 this year. The event is free for audience members and fans with park admission. There will be local beer, food trucks and plenty of family fun to enjoy while the races happen, too, but the cyclocross racing is the main attraction!  Find more information on Hampshire County.
Johnny Appleseed Country
Leaf-peeping season may be over, but you can still see vibrant - and imaginative - landscapes this month. The Fitchburg Art Museum's "Land Ho!" exhibition celebrates the timeless lure of the landscape in art, spotlighting artwork by eight New England contemporary artists in direct conversation with landscape paintings from FAM's permanent collection. And looking ahead to the next season, on November 20th the Museum of Russian Icons presents "Discovering St. Nicholas," featuring unique artifacts and works of art that illustrate his life, his relationship to Christian tradition, and related customs around the world. Find more information on Johnny Appleseed Country.
Martha's Vineyard 
CONSENSES by Sally Taylor at Midnight Farm in Vineyard Haven is an alternative way of exploring Martha's Vineyard through the eyes of 150 artists from around the world! Exhilarate your senses as you immerse yourself in interpretive chains that make up the exhibit.  Delight in photography, music, painting, dance, herbs, sculpture, and more in every distinctive chain. October through January on Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.from. Free (with a $12 suggested donation). More info at consenses.org.  Find more information on Martha's Vineyard.
Mohawk Trail Region
Escape this digitized world with a weekend in Colrain on the 12th Annual Crafts of Colrain Studio Tour, Buck the trend, buy direct! See work made by hand, meet the artists. Tour will be held November 14-15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch or snacks available at several sites. The tour showcases 18 artists and craftspeople living and working in Colrain, welcoming you into their workplaces. Brochure and map, restaurants & B&Bs at craftsofcolrain.com. Find more information on The Mohawk Trail Region
MetroWest

The region's colleges, including Framingham State University and Dean College, offer performances, exhibits and lectures open to the public. At Wellesley College this month, the Davis Museum's current exhibitions include "Bunny Harvey: Four Decades" and the public unrolling of large-scale tapestries on November 3rd. Other Wellesley offerings include Composers Concert 70th Anniversary on November 8th, films in the Collins Cinema, and a lecture by Salmon Rushdie on November 12th. Wellesley College Botanic Gardens are open year-round. Find more information on MetroWest
Nantucket Island

Affectionately dubbed Nantucket Noel November 27-November 29, holiday festivities begin the day after Thanksgiving with the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Community Caroling. Locals and visitors alike gather at the top of Main Street at dusk to watch over 100 Christmas trees magically come alive in a blaze of colored light. Joyous caroling fills the air, led by Nantucket High School's youth choir, the  Accidentals & Naturals.  School children, youth groups and non-profit organizations join with island businesses to decorate the trees in time for Christmas Stroll the following weekend!  Find more information on Nantucket Island.
North of Boston
Get ready to rejoice! The infectious joy of Sister Act takes the stage at Bill Hanney's North Shore Music Theatre from November 3-15. Then celebrate the 25th annual production of A Christmas Carol, New England's brightest holiday tradition, from December 4-23! This brilliant musical, based on the Charles Dickens classic, is an original adaptation written specifically for North Shore Music Theatre by former Artistic Director Jon Kimbell. Find more information on North of Boston.
Plymouth County

Join America's Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration November 20-22 in Plymouth! Friday events include an afternoon walk along the waterfront with Pilgrim tour guides, an illumination ceremony and festival in downtown Plymouth, and a free Veterans Memorial Concert. Saturday's main highlight is the Historic Parade, featuring floats, equestrian groups, fife and drum and renowned drum corps, Other weekend activities include a food festival, crafter's village, live entertainment, an outdoor living history village, farmers market, a drum corps concert and more!  Find more information on Plymouth County.  
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