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 Café 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.