Thursday, February 8, 2018

February 9, 10, 11, 2018

Trail map at Windblown
“What’s Happening”
February 9, 10, 11

Ongoing - Windblown Cross-Country Ski Area will reopen , Feb. 8, for skiing and snowshoeing, 1180 Turnpike Rd., New Ipswich, NH; For information visit windblownxc.com

9, Friday – Valentine’s Day Dance at Mechanics Hall, 325 Main St., Worcester, 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Let us handle your romantic night! Put on your most dapper suit and cocktail dress and join us on the dance floor! Two live bands and some of your favorite jazz standards will serenade you all evening. Nervous about dance moves? Not-to-worry! Two professional dancers will teach you the basics and get you moving in no time. Tickets include: Professional dance instructions, finger food, and wine tasting. Tickets: $35.00 online/$50.00 at the door. Call 508-281-9976 or visit worcesteryouthorchestra.org. 

9, 10, 11 – Friday, Saturday and Sunday - Every Brilliant Thing at Peterborough Players - When a boy’s mother loses faith in the world, he starts a list of everything that’s brilliant in the world to convince her to stay: things with stripes, ice cream, Christopher Walken’s hair. Joel Ripka leads this engaging journey of a son’s gift to his mother, to himself, and to the audience. A theatre experience—a life experience—to never forget. The New Hampshire premiere of the show that “…highlights the irrepressible resilience of the human spirit and the capacity to find delight in the everyday.” - Time Out (London) Every Brilliant Thing stars Joel Ripka (The Last Train to Nibroc). Directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer. Rated PG-13. For times and tickets visit peterboroughplayers.org

9, 10, 11 – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – Featured Performers at The Bull Run – Friday, Willie Nile; Saturday, The Bare Hill Band; Sunday, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas’ Mardi Gras Dance Party – 215 Great Rd., Shirley – For times, tickets and information on artists, visit bullrunrestaurant.com.

10, 11, Saturday and Sunday – Go Snowshoeing at Wachusett Meadow - We have the cure for cabin fever—snowshoeing at Wachusett Meadow! Bring your own or rent a pair from us. Snowshoeing is a great winter activity that provides good exercise and a chance to explore the great outdoors during a beautiful season. We make it easy and inexpensive, and we rent snowshoes in all sizes from child to adult. Snowshoes can be used anytime there is 6 inches or more of snow on the ground. Come explore over 12 miles of sanctuary trails on snowshoes and enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the winter woods! Cost and Rental Hours: Members, $3.00/hour; Nonmembers, $5,00/hour - Saturday, 10:30-3:30, Sunday, 12:30-3:30. For more information visit massaudubon.org

10, Saturday – Ski Trail Open House at Saima Park, 10:00-2:00 p.m., 67 Scott Rd., Fitchburg – Our groomed trails will be open to the public for skiing and snowshoeing. Admission: FREE; Visit saima-park.org for more information

10, Saturday – Fitchburg’s Annual Winter-Fest at Coggshall Park, 12:00-5:00 p.m., 65 Electric Ave., Fitchburg – Craft beers, corn hole tournament, hikes, live ice sculpting, hot cocoa and snacks. Also enjoy arts and crafts, sledding, and ice skating if Mirror Lake is safe. Please contact the city recreation dept. at 978-829-1815 with any questions.

10, Saturday – Art Opening for Doreen LaScola at Gallery Sitka, 2:00-4:00 p.m., 454 Main St., Fitchburg. For more information visit gallerysitka.com

10, Saturday – 4th Annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at the Fitchburg Public Library, 5:00-8:00 p.m., Come enjoy a non-mushy movie. In addition, have fun with games and plenty of food with your friends at the library! Ages 13-18. 610 Main St., Fitchburg - For more information visit fitchburgpubliclibrary.org

10, Saturday – Midnight Madness at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area – Enjoy two extra hours of ‘mountain time’ on select Saturdays throughout the season as we plan to stay open until midnight for skiing and riding with additional activities throughout the night, including snow tubing, live music, a DJ and more! 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton - For details visit wachusett.com.

10, Saturday – Guided Snowshoe Hikes at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area – 10:00 a.m. Join us for a stroll through the trails of Wachusett... A wonderful way to get in some winter exercise! See the mountain differently than you would during the warmer months and learn a few fun facts from our guides. Please meet at the Starbucks CafĂ© inside the lodge by 9:45. Fees: Guided hike (with your own equipment) $10; Snow Shoe rentals from MTNside (includes hike fee) $20.00; Day-of fee $15 guided hike only; $25 guided hike and rental. 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton, Please visit wachusett.com for cancelations.

10, Saturday – Tubing Midnight Madness at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area – 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., $15.00, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton – For more information visit wachusett.com

10, 11, Saturday and Sunday – Frozen Fruitlands – 10:00-5:00 p.m., Winter at Fruitlands means outdoor fun and adventure each weekend! Every Saturday and Sunday, January 6th through March 25th, bring your winter boots, sleds, snowshoes, or cross-country skis for some high-energy fun as you explore our hills and woodland trails. There will be a toasty fire outside the Wayside Gallery 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 Gallery. Explore portraits from our permanent collection. Take in a fabulous display of over 50 landscape paintings in A New View: Landscapes from the Permanent Collection. Learn about the Appleton family of Appleton Farms in Portraits & Penmanship: The Appletons in Their Own Words. Explore historical and contemporary hand-made furniture in Conversations in Craft, a collaboration with artisans from North Bennett Street School. Free for members, non-members $5.00, children under 5 are free. 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard – For more information visit thetrustees.org

11, Sunday – Fantastical, Political opening at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 1:00-3:00 p.m. – Fantastical, Political presents works by five contemporary New England artists:  David Cole, Cynthia Consentino, Mohamad Hafez, Dinora Justice, and Joo Lee Kang. Their absurd and extravagant integration of decorative techniques - marbling, blue-and-white ceramic traditions, and architectural ornament, among others, will inspire you to look past decorative appeal to uncover political content. In this exhibition, the “fantastical” is leveraged as political commentary, stretching far beyond themes related to governmental affairs.
Fantastical, Political has been supported by a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust.
185 Elm St., Fitchburg – For more information visit fitchburgartmuseum.org.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

January 25, 26, 27, 28, 2018

This weekend, Family Owl Prowl at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary

“What’s Happening”

January 26, 27, 28, 2018

Ongoing until Feb. 4 – Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England at the Worcester Art Museum - Developed around two iconic Homer paintings—the Worcester Art Museum's The Gale (1883-93) and the Milwaukee Art Museum's Hark! The Lark (1882) -the exhibition Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England explores the artist's time in Cullercoats, England, in 1881 and 1882. Jointly coordinated by Worcester and Milwaukee, the exhibition features the most comprehensive group of oils made during or emerging directly from Homer's time abroad. Shown alongside comparative paintings by English artists, these works complicate our understanding of Homer's art as purely American in subject and style. Following its run in Worcester, the show will be on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum from March 2-May 10, 2018. For tickets and more information visit worcesterart.org.


25, 26, 27, 28, Thursday – Sunday, Worcester Art Museum presents Flora in Winter 2018 - The Worcester Art Museum is pleased to present the 16th annual Flora in Winter four-day celebration. Flora is one of the most highly anticipated events at the Museum — a premier floral design event that includes captivating and imaginative interpretations inspired by works of art. Around every corner visitors will discover beautiful and imaginative floral designs by arrangers from across the region. It's a succulent feast for the eyes and spirit in the middle of winter! Admission Members: Free during exhibition hours. Nonmembers: Adults $22, youth $6 during exhibition hours. Flora Preview Reception: Separate admission rates apply. 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. For more information call 508-793-4300 or visit worcesterart.org.

26, Friday – Lee Ann Womack performs at the Bull Run – 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for dinner and seating.) Artists don’t really make albums like Lee Ann Womack’s "THE LONELY, THE LONESOME AND THE GONE" anymore. Albums that seem to exist separate and apart from any external pressures. Albums that possess both a profound sense of history and a clear-eyed vision for the future. Albums that transcend genres while embracing their roots. Albums that evoke a sense of place and of personality so vivid they make listeners feel more like participants in the songs than simply admirers of them. Anybody who has paid attention to Womack for the past decade or so could see she was headed in this direction. THE LONELY, THE LONESOME AND THE GONE (ATO Records) — a breathtaking hybrid of country, soul, gospel and blues — comes from Womack’s core. “I could never shake my center of who I was,” says the East Texas native. “I’m drawn to rootsy music. It’s what moves me.” Recorded at Houston’s historic SugarHill Recording Studios and produced by Womack’s husband and fellow Texan, Frank Liddell (fresh off a 2017 ACM Album of the Year win for Miranda Lambert’s ‘The Weight of These Wings’), THE LONELY, THE LONESOME AND THE GONE marks the culmination of a journey that began with Womack’s 2005 CMA Album of the Year ‘There’s More Where That Come From,’ moving her toward an authentic American music that celebrates her roots and adds to the canon. It also underscores the emergence of Womack’s songwriting voice: She has more writing credits among this album’s 14 tracks than on all her previous albums combined. Womack found the lure of East Texas irresistible. “I love local things, and I missed local music,” she says. “I grew up in Jacksonville. It was small, so I spent a lot of time dreaming, and about getting out.” It required only a short leap of logic to view Houston, and specifically SugarHill, as the place to record. “When you make albums, and aren’t just going for singles, you really have to treat them with respect,” Liddell adds. “We did that at SugarHill, taking a bunch of like-minded lunatics and seeing what happened.” “We all felt we weren’t going someplace just to make a record,” Womack says. “We were going someplace to make a great record.”  Don’t just take her word for it, though. Listen. And when Womack and the music take you there, you’ll find you want to stay.
Tickets $65.00 in advance/ $70.00 day of. For more information visit bullrunrestaurant.com.

27, Saturday - Annual Fireworks and Bonfire 5:30 p.m., hosted by Winchendon American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post, 295 School St., Winchendon. This Saturday we will be holding our Annual Christmas Tree Bonfire and and Firework Display. It's FREE to come up and watch the bonfire. We will be serving burgers, hotdogs, and sausage subs as well as refreshments in the upstairs hall. Food will begin being served at 5:30. Fireworks at 7:00 with the bonfire to follow. We hope to see you and to have a great night for the town of Winchendon!

27, 28, Saturday and Sunday – Snowshoeing and Winter Wildlife Tracking at Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook – 10:00-12:00 Sat. and Sun., and Sunday from 1:00-3:00 - Get outdoors this winter and come to Mass Audubon's Broad Meadow Brook on Massasoit Rd., in Worcester! Snowshoeing is easier than you think! We'll teach you how to use snowshoes before heading out to explore the sanctuary's trails. Learn now to look for signs of wildlife while enjoying the beauty of the sanctuary this winter. If Mother Nature does not provide us with enough snow, we will go for a hike. Return to the Visitor Center for hot cocoa and coffee. We're offering 4 dates to learn how to snowshoe:  Jan. 27, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, and Feb. 24. Fee:  $8.00 Adult Member, $10 Adult Nonmember, $4 Child Members, $6, Child Nonmembers. For tickets and more information call 508-753-6087 or visit massaudubon.org.

27, Saturday - Family Owl Prowl at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary - 5:00-7:00 p.m. Owls are fascinating birds. Did you know that some species breed in winter, or that they can be very vocal as they establish territories and communicate with mates? We'll learn all about owls in a hands-on indoor introduction, followed by a short hike to listen for owls WHOOO might be nearby, or other nighttime wildlife. Fee: $7 adult members, $9 adult nonmembers, $4 child members, $6 child nonmembers. Registration is required. Register online at massaudubon.org or call 978-464-2712.

27, 28 Saturday and Sunday – Midwinter Mischief at Old Sturbridge Village - After a successful run last year, Midwinter Mischief returns to Old Sturbridge Village this January and February! 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 two-hour outdoor/indoor experience and a period-inspired meal 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 Visitor Center at 9:00 am and the last at 3:00 pm, with experiences beginning every 20 minutes (except for noon and 12:20). After your adventure, you will be led to the Bullard Tavern Great Room where you can enjoy your inclusive hearty soup or stew meal (soup options include Beef Stew (gluten-free), Tomato Vegetable (gluten-free and vegan), and New England Clam Chowder.
Midwinter Mischief was written and directed by P.J. Griffith. For tickets and more information call 508-733-1830 or visit osv.org.

27, Saturday – Peterborough Players present, Live from the MET, Puccini’s Tosca, 1:00-4:20 p.m., Tickets are $25 each and are available at www.peterboroughplayers.org. Total runtime is approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes including 2 intermissions.






Monday, January 15, 2018

January 20 and 21, 2018



Winslow Homer, The Gale, 1883-93, American, 1836-1910, Oil on canvas, 1916.48

“What’s Happening”
January 20 and 21, 2018

Ongoing until Feb. 4 – Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England at the Worcester Art Museum - Developed around two iconic Homer paintings—the Worcester Art Museum's The Gale (1883-93) and the Milwaukee Art Museum's Hark! The Lark (1882) -the exhibition Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England explores the artist's time in Cullercoats, England, in 1881 and 1882. Jointly coordinated by Worcester and Milwaukee, the exhibition features the most comprehensive group of oils made during or emerging directly from Homer's time abroad. Shown alongside comparative paintings by English artists, these works complicate our understanding of Homer's art as purely American in subject and style. Following its run in Worcester, the show will be on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum from March 2-May 10, 2018. For tickets and more information visit worcesterart.org.


20, Saturday – Neil Berg’s Fifty Years of Rock & Roll at the Hanover Theatre of Performing Arts, Worcester, 7:30 p.m., With a cast consisting of stars from Broadway’s greatest rock musicals, as well as incredible Rock & Roll singers, Neil Berg shares the often unknown stories from the fifty-year history of the music that changed the world forever! Lead singers from Meatloaf, Trans Siberian Orchestra and several Broadway rock musicals will have you singing and dancing like you’re 18 again! Tickets are $45, $55, and $65, depending on seat location. Discounts are available for members and groups of 10 or more. For tickets and more information call 877-571-7469 or visit the website thehanovertheatre.org.

20, 21 Saturday and Sunday, Frozen Fruitlands - Winter at Fruitlands means outdoor fun and adventure each weekend! Every Saturday and Sunday, January 6th through March 25th, bring your winter boots, sleds, snowshoes, or cross-country skis for some high energy fun as you explore our hills and woodland trails. There will be a toasty fire outside the Wayside Gallery 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 Gallery. Explore portraits from our permanent collection. Take in a fabulous display of over 50 landscape paintings in A New View: Landscapes from the Permanent Collection. Learn about the Appleton family of Appleton Farms in Portraits & Penmanship: The Appletons in Their Own Words. Explore historical and contemporary hand-made furniture in Conversations in Craft, collaboration with artisans from North Bennett Street School. In the event of inclement weather, please visit our facebook page for the most current updates on museum access and closures. For prices and other information visit fruitlands.thetrustees.org.

20, 21 Saturday, Sunday – Snowshoeing at Wachusett Meadow - We have the cure for cabin fever—snowshoeing at Wachusett Meadow! Bring your own or rent a pair from us. Snowshoeing is a great winter activity that provides good exercise and a chance to explore the great outdoors during a beautiful season. We make it easy and inexpensive, and we rent snowshoes in all sizes from child to adult. Snowshoes can be used anytime there is 6 inches or more of snow on the ground. Come explore over 12 miles of sanctuary trails on snowshoes and enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the winter woods! Members, $3.00/hour – Nonmembers, $5.00/hour – Saturday 10:30-3:30, Sunday 12:30-3:30.  For more information visit massaudobon.org.

20 21 Saturday and Sunday – January is BFF – Bring a Friend For Fun at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area - Show a friend how much fun Winter can be with our BFF Package which includes a lift ticket for you and a Beginner Package for your friend. Package includes: For You:  One Day Lift Ticket ($71 value), For Your Friend: One Day Learn To Ski/Ride Package ($99 value) (Beginner package includes Monadnock Lift, Rentals and Lesson) Only $110 (SAVE $60!!)  For tickets and more information visit www.wachusett.com

20, 21 Saturday and Sunday – Midwinter Mischief at Old Sturbridge Village - After a successful run last year, Midwinter Mischief returns to Old Sturbridge Village this January and February! 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 two-hour outdoor/indoor experience and a period-inspired meal 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 Visitor Center at 9:00 am and the last at 3:00 pm, with experiences beginning every 20 minutes (except for noon and 12:20). After your adventure, you will be led to the Bullard Tavern Great Room where you can enjoy your inclusive hearty soup or stew meal (soup options include Beef Stew (gluten-free), Tomato Vegetable (gluten-free and vegan), and New England Clam Chowder.
Midwinter Mischief was written and directed by P.J. Griffith. For tickets and more information call 508-733-1830 or visit osv.org.

20, Saturday – Peterborough Players presents National Theatre Live:  Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead – 1:00 p.m. Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire, and David Haig star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, filmed at The Old Vic theatre in London. David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight. Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage.  As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds. Runtime is approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes. For tickets and more information visit peterboroughplayers.org.

20, 21 Saturday and Sunday -  Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts presents “Winter Group”, an exhibit of new work by Donald Saaf, Torin Porter, Josh Bernbaum, and Jackie Abrams, and select work by our gallery artists. Painter and collage artist Donald Saaf creates work at the intersection of fine and folk art, exploring place as it is experienced in one’s memory. His newest pieces reflect themes of inner growth and contentment. Torin Porter’s steel sculptures engage our imagination with his playful, stylized figures. His newest work is richly symbolic of conflict and transcendence. Josh Bernbaum’s hand blown glass stands out with its vibrant colors, patterns, and surprising intricate textures. New work featured in this show is inspired by patterns of West African textiles and cacti in the Southwest. Fiber artist Jackie Abrams explores feminine form and experience through her woven vessels, with delicate and luminescent pieces featured in this show. Erika Radich has been involved in the arts administratively and professionally for over 30 years. Since her college years she has chosen printmaking as a compass and vehicle to best express her artistic vision, comforted by the practice and humility she gains from the medium’s extensive technical repetition. She exhibits her work regionally and internationally and is an active member of Zea Mays Printmaking Center in Florence, MA.
Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is committed to presenting innovative, contemporary works that stimulate and challenge both the seasoned collector and aesthetic explorer. 183 Main St., Brattleboro VT, mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com – Exhibit continues until March 18. Free.