|Steel Magnolias at Peterborough Players|
February 17, 18, 19
17, 18, Friday and Saturday, - Steel Magnolias at Peterborough Players - An American classic that is popular around the world (not to mention the basis for the award-winning film of the same name), Steel Magnolias celebrates the bond of female companionship. Six strong Southern women gather weekly at Truvy’s beauty shop, where all the ladies who are anybody go to have their hair done. Full of heart and humor, the play is a funny and moving story of love, loss, and enduring friendship. Playwright Robert Harling said “…while gorgeous, magnolias are fragile and bruise easily—qualities often attributed to Southern women. My extraordinary life experiences with my sister and mother showed me that women are indeed gorgeous, but their lives can be fragile. But underneath, they possess a tensile strength stronger than anything I could ever muster.” We’re pleased to bring Harling’s band of hilarious spitfires back to the Players. Friday, 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. Repeats Feb. 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26. For tickets, pricing and more information visit peterboroughplayers.org.
This February, Old Sturbridge Village is introducing an interactive and intimate way of experiencing the Village. Midwinter Mischief combines theatrical storytelling, historical interpretation and period dining to offer guests a daytime winter adventure…
Imagine the tale of a Yankee peddler passing through the village who decides to settle down at the Bullard Tavern on a cold winter's night. There the peddler spends every dollar he has earned on food and drink, racking up a tab far beyond his means. After being confronted over his debt, the peddler fills up his cup with ashes from the hearth and promises the tavern owner that he will return with a cup overflowing of gold. From the Bullard Tavern, costumed storytellers, artisans and villagers will entice tavern guests to wander deep into the village where they will find evidence of the peddler’s adventures and schemes.
Admission to a Midwinter Mischief includes the one-hour and 45-minute outdoor/indoor experience and a period-inspired lunch in the Village’s Bullard Tavern where guests can enjoy live music, demonstrations, and a cash bar featuring hot beverages and 1830s-inspired libations. Each day, the first experience departs the Bullard Tavern at 9:30 am and the last at 3:00 pm, with experiences beginning every 15 minutes. The Bullard Tap Room opens at 9:00 am where guests can purchase hot and cold beverages and breakfast pastries. At 11:00 am the Bullard Great Room opens for the inclusive 19th-century inspired lunch and a cash bar. Midwinter Mischief was written and directed by P.J. Griffith. Timed tickets must be purchased in advance – either online below or at the museum’s Visitor Center. Non-members: $30 Adult | $20 Youth, OSV Members: $20 Adult | $10 Youth – osv.org
19, Saturday - The Hangman Streamed in HD at Peterborough Players – 1:00 p.m. Olivier and Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman, The Cripple of Inishmaan, In Bruges) return to the West End with Matthew Dunster’s award-winning production of his deeply funny new play Hangmen. In his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, Harry (David Morrissey – The Walking Dead, State of Play) is something of a local celebrity. But what's the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they've abolished hanging? Amongst the cub reporters and pub regulars dying to hear Harry’s reaction to the news, his old assistant Syd (Andy Nyman – Peaky Blinders, Death at a Funeral) and the peculiar Mooney (Johnny Flynn – Clouds of Sils Maria) lurk with very different motives for their visit. Peterboroughplayers.org
17-26, Mariposa Museum presents Protect the Sacred: Art of Indigenous Resistance. Artwork by 20 Native American artists is from 31 years of environmental and cultural activism by Honor the Earth, a non-profit organization founded in 1993 by Winona LaDuke and Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. As the world’s attention focuses on history’s largest gathering of indigenous people in Standing Rock, North Dakota, to protect water from a transnational pipeline, this exhibit illuminates the importance of native voice to the effort to protect the planet and address issues of climate change. The largest non-profit indigenous organization in the U.S., Honor the Earth works to illuminate and restore traditional knowledge systems and practices linked to living sustainably on the earth, including protection of water and non-industrial food systems and foods, while also addressing the poverty and social injustices that plague native communities. According to its curators, “This exhibit brings awareness to issues affecting native people everywhere. Our mission is to create awareness and support social and environmental issues while showcasing empowering indigenous art from across the country. Art has power. We believe it plays an important role in activism. Art has the ability to wake people up. Through it, we can evoke emotion, tell stories, inspire, and motivate. When channeled as a vehicle for issues of conscience it can become a catalyst for meaningful change. People are working hard to make a shift politically and socially; we must take this opportunity to show solidarity and remind our [indigenous] communities of how resilient we are.”
26 Main Street, Peterborough, New Hampshire, mariposamuseum.org
18, 19 Saturday and Sunday – Family Winter Tracking Walk at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Saturday, 10:30-11:30, Instructor: Ann Marie Pilch. Join us for an outdoor exploration of animal tracks and signs. Learn to recognize basic track patterns and how animals adapt to the lean winter months. Pre-registration required, max 25 people/5 families - limit 5 people per family. All ages, Member: $15/family, Nonmember: $20/family plus cost of admission. Also going on this weekend at Tower Hill is Winter in Bloom; In Living Color; Stems and Stones, A Love Story; and Sunday afternoon tours. For more information visit towerhillbg.org.
18, Saturday Open House - Cross -Country Skiing/Snow-Shoeing at Saima Park, 10:00am-2:00pm - Groomed trails open to the public for cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing at the Finnish Center at Saima Park, 67 Scott Rd., Fitchburg. No fee. Limited supply of ski equipment available to borrow. Visit saima-park.org.
18, 19, Saturday and Sunday – Frozen Fruitlands, 12:00-5:00 p.m, - Winter at Fruitlands means outdoor fun and adventure each weekend! Every Saturday and Sunday, January through March, bring your winter boots, sleds, snowshoes, or cross-country skis for some high energy fun as you explore our frozen hills and woodland trails. Then come warm up with us. There will be a toasty fire outside the visitor center and hot chocolate available inside the building. A Fruitlands staff member will be available to recommend trails and to answer questions. Be sure to check in at the Gift Shop for an admission sticker. Frozen Fruitlands includes admission to the Art Museum. Members are free, non-members $5.00, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard MA - www.fruitlands.orgFrozen Fruitlands join The Trustees at Frozen Fruitlands on Saturdays and Sundays through March, and explore the hills and trails for sledding, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing followed by a warm up with hot chocolate at the fire outside the visitor’s center. Check in at the Gift Shop for admission, which also includes the Art Museum, featuring two exhibitions: “Find Your Park: National Parks in New England,” a photography exhibition celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary and “Comforts, Cures, and Distractions” which invites visitors to reflect on the challenges and also fun and creativity of New England winters before modern conveniences.
18, 19, 20, Saturday, Sunday, Monday – Winter at Windblown Cross-Country Ski Are, 40 Kilometers of new snow, 100% of trails are open, group and private lessons Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (please call to register). You can call the ski shop between 9 am and 5 pm when we are open to talk to a real person 603-878-2869. Shelters available year-round for overnight camping, call 603-878-0540 for reservations. 1180 Turnpike Road, New Ipswich, New Hampshire, windblownxc.com