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Brimfield Antique and Collectibles Shows 2014 -- Brimfield, MA
May 13, 2014 to September 7, 2014
A solid mile along Route 20 of hundred of antiques and collectibles dealers from all over the Northeast and farther. Lots of food and places to rest. Dealing starts early every morning. Check event website for details. Show dates in 2014 are May 13-18; July 8-13; and September 2-7.
Time : See event website
Admission : Free admission
Event Website
Phone : 413-283-6149


Museums on the Green Annual Antique Sale -- Falmouth, MA
August 23, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Falmouth Museums on the Green, 65 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth
An antique show and sale that attracts donors and vendors from New England and beyond.
Time : 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission : $6; early bird admission, $15
Event Website
Phone : 508-548-4857


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ARTS & CRAFTS SHOWS top of events
Vineyard Artisans Summer Craft Festival -- West Tisbury on Martha's Vineyard, MA
June 15, 2014 to October 5, 2014
Grange Hall, 1067 State Road, West Tisbury
The Vineyard Artisans Summer Festival is a series of weekly juried craft displays and sales, put on by more than 70 artisans whose hand-crafted treasures (from furniture, to pottery, to stained glass, to wampum and much more) will light up the eyes of visitors looking to browse or buy original crafts. This art show takes place indoors or outdoors, rain or shine. There is a playground for the kiddies, too!
Time : Sundays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Admission : Free parking and admission
Event Website


Cape Cod Crafts Show & Sale -- Sandwich, MA
September 6, 2014 to September 7, 2014
Corpus Christi Church, 324 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Exit 3 off Route 6, East Sandwich
Glass dealers from around the nation gather at Sandwich Glass Museum every summer to display and sell their fine wares. Browse and even buy hand-blown glass both antique and modern, chat up the crafters, and grab lunch at the Crystal Cafe. Free parking; handicap accessible.
Time : Saturday, 10-5 p.m. & Sunday, 11-4 p.m.
Admission : $7
Event Website
Phone : 508-888-0251


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CHILDREN & FAMILIES top of events
Edaville USA Summer Events -- Carver, MA
June 28, 2014 to September 28, 2014
Edaville USA, 5 Pine Street, Carver
Edaville USA brings families the best in amusements and theatrical entertainment with a full summer of fun kiddie events! Refreshments available throughout the park.
Schedule of events:

Dinoland Grand Opening, June 28-29
Red, White, and Blue Days, July 5-6
Pirates Weekend, July 12-13
Superheroes and Princesses Weekend, July 19-20
Jr. Conductor's Camp, July 26-27
Western Weekend, August 2-3
Picnic with the Bernstein Bears, August 9-10
Hello Kitty, August 16-17
Curious George, August 23-24
Day Out with Thomas, August 30-September 1, 6 and 7
Grandparents Weekend, September 13-14
Carnival Day, September 21
Classic Movie Days, September 27-28
Time : Check event website for details.
Admission : $17-20; admission includes all park rides and attractions!
Event Website
Phone : 508-866-8190


Day Out with Thomas -- Carver, MA
August 30, 2014 to September 7, 2014
Edaville USA, 5 Pine Street, Carver
Carver , MA 02330
Bring the kiddies to Edaville USA to meet Thomas the Tank Engine on special days for children and families, who will climb aboard a 15-ton Thomas train, where conductor Sir Topham Hat awaits you. Then, enjoy the 20-minute ride, as well as access to many play areas and amusement rides! Dates: August 30; September 1, 6, 7
Time : 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission : $20 per person
Event Website
Phone : 508-866-8190


Appleton Farms Family Day -- Ipswich and Hamilton, MA
September 15, 2014 to September 15, 2014
Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich and Hamilton, MA
Enjoy food, arts and crafts, and farm fun at this yearly celebration of the autumn harvest on the nation's oldest farm. Boston's North Shore boasts delicious New England fare, including the locally grown produce and fresh baked goods found at this family-oriented fair. Highlights of this farm event include activities for parents and kids like pumpkin painting, autumn crafts, pony rides, an antique tractor show, and interaction with barn animals. Live music by Ben Rudnick and Friends is another feature of this rain-or-shine Family Day.
Time : 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Admission : $25 per car
Event Website
Phone : 978-356-5728


Pumpkin Day at Cogswell's Grant -- Esex MA
October 18, 2014 to October 18, 2014
Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex
Celebrate the arrival of fall at Cogswell’s Grant. Take a hay wagon ride through the fields to choose a jack-o’-lantern from our pumpkin patch. Decorate and carve pumpkins, compete in a pumpkin pie-eating contest, make crafts, play games, have your face painted, and try cider pressing. Enjoy hot mulled apple cider and pumpkin pie. Tour the house and see one of the most celebrated collections of American antiques and folk art.
Time : 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $6; children ages 3 to 12, $4
Phone : 978-768-3632


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COMEDY top of events
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” -- Lenox, MA
July 4, 2014 to August 24, 2014
Shakespeare and Co. Tina Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) returns with a wink and a nod (and a quick tour of the Master’s work). Previews July 4–10; opens July 11.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : $15-$80
Event Website
Phone : 413-637-3353


Amy Schumer -- Hyannis, MA
August 29, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 West Main Street, Hyannis
Meet Amy -- she's a sassy comedienne with a balance of brutal honesty and cultural insight. Her highly successful show on Comedy Central has led to a tour of America, and Schumer is sure to delight guests with non-stop comedic energy and a knack for drawing laughs.
Time : Doors, 7 p.m.; show begins, 8 p.m.
Admission : $60
Event Website
Phone : 508-775-5630


Comedy Extravaganza with Theatre Workshop of Nantucket
August 31, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Centre Stage, 2 Centre Street, Nantucket
A Nantucket comedy tradition returns for another Labor Day of smart, provocative standup comedy, headlined by the legendary Nantucket comedy treasure Susan Burns. Hosted by Scott Blakeman, who NBC called "The top political comedian working in New York today." With special guest: Nantucket favorite Jane Condon (NBC's Last Comic Standing).
Time : 7:30 p.m.
Event Website


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Powisset Farm Fall Festival -- Dover, MA
September 22, 2014 to September 22, 2014
Powisett Farm, 37 Powisett Street, Dover
This farm-wide party features live musical performances by local artists, which will fill the 109-acre property with sweet melodies as guests stroll the farm grounds to watch and participate in farm games and demonstrations. Learn hands-on how root vegetables are harvested, press fresh cider, and browse produce vendors to savor the flavors of a New England autumn harvest.
Time : 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Admission : Free
Event Website
Phone : 508-785-0339


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FOOD, WINE, BEER top of events
Restaurant Showcase Week -- Lowell and Concord, MA
August 17, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Various locations, Merrimack Valley region
Discover the flavors of the Merrimack region's finest classic and modern eateries at Restaurant Showcase Week, which features fixed-price menus and plenty of variety of choice. Featured restaurants include Angelina's Italian, La Boniche, El Potro, and Athenian Corner -- yum.
Admission : Lunch, $9.14 and up; dinner, $23.14 and up
Event Website
Phone : 978-459-6150


Red Fire Farm Tomato Festival -- Granby, MA
August 23, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Red Fire Farm, 7 Carver Street, Granby
Taste the New England tomatoes that continue to win prizes for their delicious, juicy flavors. Fans of this fruit (yes, it is a fruit) venture to Red Fire Farm, where there will be a 5K Tomato Trot, tomato cooking demonstrations, a flower arranging workshop, Indian classical music, and a pick-your-own herb garden. Savor the taste of fresh, ripe, locally grown tomatoes, and check out the vegetarian food vendors. Rain or shine.
Time : 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Event Website
Phone : 413-467-7645


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HISTORIC top of events
Worcester Revolution of 1774 Celebration -- Worcester, MA
September 7, 2014 to September 7, 2014
Institute Park, next to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road
Day-long events will include kiddie crafts and games, food and drink, and colonial activities like militia re-enactments, quilting and weaving, historical documents, and talks about colonial history. The day's full schedule features activities for guests of all ages at sites like Rural Cemetery, American Antiquarian Society, Salisbury Mansion, and Main Street. Here's a brief glance at the day's schedule: Revolutionary Worcester Bus Tour, the comedy and music of Sir Jeremy Bell, historic presentations, live musical performances, and the local play, "Chains of Liberty". Learn the story of Worcester's early role in the American Revolution.
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Lowell Summer Music Series 2014 -- Lowell, MA
June 19, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Boarding House Park, 40 French Street, Lowell
The Lowell Summer Music Series presents summer concerts at Boarding House Park. Boarding House Park is a general admission venue. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. The two prices shown are advance general admission and premium seating. Day-of tickets are $5 above general admission. Children age 12 years old and younger are admitted free. Purchase tickets online at http://bit.ly/1fgYaQE.
Ziggy Marley on June 19 for $39 and $139
Delta Rae on June 20 for $29 and $129
Amos Lee on June 21 for $45 and $145
Lucinda Williams on June 27 for $39 and $139
Neko Case on June 28 for $35 and $135
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on July 10 for $31 and $131
Andrew Bird on July 12 for $39 and $139
Barenaked Ladies on July 19 for $52 and $152
Marcia Ball on August 8 for $25 and $125
Gregg Allman on August 9 for $44 and $144
JJ Grey and Mofro on August 14 for $28 and $128
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band on August 16 for $52 and $152
Peter Wolf and the Midnight Travelers on August 22 for $39 and $139
Time : All shows at 7:30 p.m.


Project Arts of Plymouth Summer Concert Series -- Plymouth, MA
June 25, 2014 to August 27, 2014
Pilgrim Memorial State Park, Water Street, Plymouth MA
Free outdoor music. Bring your own chairs and blankets.
June 25 -- Ultimate Soul
July 2 -- Soul City
July 9 --- The Kennedys W/ Charlie Farren
July 16 -- The Delta Generators & The Jim Libby Band
July 23 -- Steve Smith & The Nakeds
July 30 -- Cheap Voova With Anne English
August 6 -- The Dave Macklin Band
August 13 -- Divas With A Twist With Greg Greenway
August 20 -- The Reminisants With Cranberry Lane
August 27 -- Adam Ezra Band With Jake Hill & Deep Creek
Time : 6:30-9:30 p.m.


Harwich Port Musical Stroll 2014 -- Harwich, MA
July 9, 2014 to August 20, 2014
downtown Harwich Port
Bring friends and family and stroll down Route 28 in Harwich Port to enjoy a variety of musical performances. Stroll with music is held July 9 and 23; August 6 and 20.
Time : 6-9 p.m.
Phone : 508-430-1600.


Jazz Before Sunset at the African Meeting House -- Nantucket, MA
July 27, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Museum of African American History, 29 York Street, Nantucket
MAAH Music continues its Jazz Before Sunset summer concerts, this time featuring Nantucket locals and music artists, Jason Sullivan, Aidan Sherry, and ECliff. These popular instrumentalists will welcome the public for two evening performances in the African Meeting House. Come join us and bring your friends and family to enjoy a live music event with this jazz trio. Dates: July 27 and August 31.
Time : 6 p.m.
Admission : Museum admission fees apply
Phone : 508.228.9833


Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Summer Concerts 2014 -- Yarmouth, Mashpee, and Hyannis, MA
August 4, 2014 to August 29, 2014
At Parkers River Beach, Yarmouth, on Mondays:
August 4 Brian Sances Band - rock, funk & fusion
August 11 Fred Clayton Blues Band - classic blues
August 18 Four Guys in Tuxes - swing, society & classic rock
August 25 The Skiffs - a country stew of roots, rock & blues

At Mashpee Commons, Mashpee, on Thursdays
August 7 The Space - rollicking Pop with great harmonies
August 14 CrabGrass Bluegrass Band - toe tappin' bluegrass
August 21 Bart Weisman Smooth Jazz Group - smooth jazz at its best
August 28 Bert Jackson Quartet - classic & original jazz

At Aselton Park, Hyannis, on Fridays
August 8 Funktapuss - original & classic funk soul & hip hop
August 15 Groovy Afternoon - classic rock of the Woodstock era
August 22 JO&CO - pop, R&B and soulful rock
August 29 Chandler Travis Philharmonette - omnipop, alternative Dixieland
Time : 6-7:30 p.m.
Admission : Free
Event Website
Phone : 508-362-0066


Clark Art Institute Summer Concert Series -- Williamstown, MA
August 5, 2014 to August 26, 2014
South Lawn, 225 South Street, Williamstown
The Clark Art Institute's summer concert series features regional and local bands who will strut their stuff on the pavilion-style stage. Bring family, lawn chairs, and blankets for a picnic. Food will be available on-site!
Schedule of performers:
August 5, Oxen of the Sun (soul folk)
August 12, Woods Tea Co. (Celtic acoustic, American folk)
August 19, The Sister City Jazz Ambassadors (jazz)
August 26, Mike and Ruthy (folk, Americana)
Time : 6 p.m.
Admission : Free
Event Website
Phone : 413-458-2303


Capitol Steps Live at Cranwell Resort -- Lenox, MA
August 18, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club, 55 Lee Road, Lenox
Capitol Steps will take the stage at Cranwell Resort and Spa for a 90 minute performance. The group is well regarded as a satire of American politics, and has been featured on National Public Radio. Their recent album is titled "How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying." Dining options include a local eatery: Nearby Sloane's Tavern offers Monday night buffet barbecue, and there will be post-show coffee and desserts at the Resort.
Time : 8 p.m. nightly, excluding Tuesdays
Admission : $45
Event Website
Phone : 413-881-1636


Jonny Lang Plays the Blues in Concert -- Great Barrington, MA
August 21, 2014 to August 21, 2014
The Mahaiwe, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Jonny Lang. Lang is a blues, gospel, and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist. Over the years, he has shared the stage with the Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith, Sting, and Buddy Guy, who he continues to tour with today.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $30 to $79. A limited number of $15 tickets are available for patrons ages 30 and younger.
Event Website
Phone : 413.528.0100.


Oz with Orchestra -- Lenox MA
August 22, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Koussevitzky Music Shed, Tanglewood, 297 West Street, Lenox
The brilliantly restored images of the Wizard of Oz are accompanied by a full symphony orchestra playing entirely new transcriptions of the movie scores.
Time : 8:30
Admission : $22-$121
Event Website
Phone : 888-266-1200


Tom Rush in Concert -- Rockport, MA
August 23, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Shalin Lui Performance Center, 37 Main Street,Rockport
Folk singer Tom Rush's easybaritone and nimble finger-picking combined with his wry, poignant songwriting made him a star of the 1960s urban folk revival.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $49- $68
Event Website
Phone : 978-546-7391


The Fab Four in Concert -- Webster MA
August 23, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Roadn Webster
The Fab Four uses exacting attention to detail to replicate the Beatles concert experience. Three costume changes represent every era of the Beatles ever-changing career.
Time : 2 to 8 p.m.
Admission : $25-$60
Event Website
Phone : 617-431-1172


Cape Cod Five Pops in the Park Concert -- Orleans
August 23, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Eldredge Field in Orleans
The Cape Symphony with Director Jung-Ho Pak will perform with special guest performers, guest conductor and an official commemorative painting by a Cape Cod artist. Rain date is August 24.
Time : 5-7 p.m.; gates open at 3 p.m.
Admission : Lawn Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the show. One child age 10 or younger is admitted free with a paid Lawn Ticket.
Event Website


Gershwin’s Romantic Jazz with Rebecca Sullivan -- Pittsfield, MA
August 25, 2014 to August 25, 2014
Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield
Come one, come all to Mr. Finn's Cabaret show! This performance highlights the vocal talent of Rebecca Sullivan as she brings composer George Gershwin's music to life on the stage. Selections will include "The Man I Love" and "Someone to Watch Over Me." This event could make for a fun and romantic date.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $35
Event Website


New Orleans Music Festival: Five Nights Of The Big Easy -- North Truro
August 27, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road, Highlands Center, North Truro
Join the second line this Labor Day Weekend with big and brassy sounds of the Big Easy for the Payomet Performing Arts Center’s end of the summer New Orleans Festival.
John Pizzarelli Quartet -- August 27 -- Guitarist-vocalist John Pizzarelli’s musical influences include Nat King Cole Trio, Joao Gilberto, Frank Sinatra, and his own father, Bucky Pizzarelli. A champion of the classic American Songbook standards, Pizzarelli is just as likely to dive into a contemporary tune.
Stooges Brass Band -- August 28 & 31 -- The Stooges Brass Band consistently provides a welcome blast of true New Orleans spirit engaging audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds, contemporary jazz and hip-hop beats.
CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band -- August 29 -- When Zydeco superstar C.J. Chenier stepped onto the main stage at the 2001 Chicago Blues Festival, he had one thing in mind: get them on their feet and make them dance. Almost immediately after launching into their first song, C.J. Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band had people shaking their hips and cheering in unison.
Lakecia Benjamin & Soul Squad -- August 30 -- A streetwise New York City native born and raised in Washington Heights, Lakecia Benjamin has become one of the most highly sought-after players in soul and funk music.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : Individual Tickets, $15 - $50; festival pass for five show, $55
Event Website
Phone : 508-487-5400


Train in Concert -- Lenox MA
August 29, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Koussevitzky Music Shed, Tanglewood, 297 West Street, Lenox
Grammy Award-winning rock ‘n’ roll band Train performs.
Time : 7 p.m.
Admission : $27-$99.50
Event Website
Phone : 888-266-1200


Josh Groban and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra -- Lenox MA
August 30, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Koussevitzky Music Shed, Tanglewood, 297 West Street, Lenox
Rock and roll favorite performs with the Pops.
Time : 7 p.m.
Admission : $22-$121
Event Website
Phone : 888-266-1200


Tony Bennett at Tanglewood -- Lenox, MA
August 31, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, Interlaken Road Tony Bennett is a 17-time Grammy Award-winning musician whose music spans over six decades. With worldwide record sales in the millions, and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, Bennett touches the hearts of audiences with his unsurpassed vocals and charming stage presence. Bennett last appeared at Tanglewood on September 3, 2005 with the Count Basie Orchestra. Information and tickets: www.tanglewood.org
Time : 2:30 p.m.
Admission : $25-$97.50
Phone : 888-266-1200


Judy Collins in Concert -- Boston, MA
September 21, 2014 to September 21, 2014
The Wilbur theatre, 246 Tremont Street, Boston
For several decades Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, inspired songwriting, and commitment to social justice. Her voice is a classic from the 1960s forward. Collins, now 74, is as creatively vigorous as ever, writing, touring worldwide, and nurturing fresh talent. Information: thewilbur.com
Time : 7 p.m.
Admission : $40-$50


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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES top of events
St. Anthony's Feast -- Boston, MA
August 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Various locations in North End, Boston
Join the people of Boston’s North End in honoring their patrons, Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy. This “Feast of all Feasts” boasts 100 pushcarts of Italian and American food, a procession of the Statue of Saint Anthony, parades, strolling singers, contests, cooking demonstrations, and an Open Air Mass. For a current schedule of events, visit the event website.
Event Website
Phone : 617-723-8669


Housatonic Heritage Walks -- Berkshires, MA
September 20, 2014 to October 5, 2014
Please see event website
Have some healthy, heart-pumping fun on Housatonic Heritage Walks, which are free guided walks with enough variety for most anybody, from river canoeing, to family walks, to tours of historic places and natural landmarks. The walks vary in length and difficulty. Dates: September 20-21 & October 4-5
Time : All day
Event Website
Phone : 413-394-9773


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PERFORMING ARTS, THEATER, DANCE top of events
“The Servant of Two Masters” ---- Lenox, MA
June 20, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Shakespeare and Co. Rose Footprint Theatre, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox
This is a comical blend of the Italian Commedia dell’arte and contemporary performance styles. It describes the shifty servant, Truffaldino, who secretly signs on with two masters.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : Adults, $15; students, free
Event Website
Phone : 413-637-3353


“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” -- Lenox, MA
June 21, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Shakespeare and Co., Tina Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox
Oberon, Titania, and Puck frolic among the Spanish moss in this treatment of Shakespeare’s bawdy comedy in the jazz-playing neighborhoods of New Orleans.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : $‬15-$80
Event Website
Phone : 413-637-3353


“Julius Caesar” -- -- Lenox, MA
June 27, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Shakespeare and Co. Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox
The riveting and bloody story of the murder of Julius Caesar heats up with seven actors playing all the roles. Previews June 27–July 2; opens July 4.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : $‬10-$60
Event Website
Phone : 413-637-3353


“Romeo and Juliet” -- Lenox, MA
July 17, 2014 to August 23, 2014
The Dell at The Mount, 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox
Performed ‘bare Bard’ style with only six actors playing all the roles and trimmed to 90 minutes, this production by the Northeast Regional Tour of Shakespeare is a winner.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : Adults, $20; students, $10
Event Website
Phone : 413-637-3353


"Henry IV, Parts I & II” -- Lenox, MA
August 2, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Shakespeare and Co. Tina Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox
Power and rebellion collide in a whirlwind adaptation of Henry IV; both parts are performed in one evening. Shakespeare’s History Cycle continues to mesmerize audiences. Previews August 2-7; opens August 8.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : $‬15-$80
Event Website
Phone : 413-637-3353


“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” -- -- Lenox, MA
August 6, 2014 to September 14, 2014
Shakespeare and Co. Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox
In this comedy set in a Pennsylvanian farmhouse, Vanya and his sister Sonia find their lives turned upside down when their narcissistic sister, Masha, shows up with her younger boyfriend, Spike. Previews August 6–13; opens August 15.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : $‬10-$60
Event Website
Phone : 413-637-3353


“Grease” with North Shore Musical Theater -- Beverly, MA
August 12, 2014 to August 24, 2014
North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly
Naughty Danny and sweet Sandy fall in love. Accompanied by fabulous songs of the 1950s.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : Prices start at $50
Event Website
Phone : 978-232-7200


“A Hatful Of Rain” -- Pittsfield, MA
August 13, 2014 to August 30, 2014
The Fitzpatrick Main Stage, 6 East Street, Stockbridge
A Korean War veteran who has come home to New York City struggles with drug addiction after being heavily medicated during his hospital stay. Carefully crafted storytelling depicts the demise of an embattled soul. Previews August 13-15; performances August 16- 30 Information: http://bit.ly/OfBetJ
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : Preview, $42; $62, $52, $42 Preview, $42; $48
Phone : 413-997-4444


“A Hatful of Rain” -- Stockbridge, MA
August 13, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Berkshire Theatre Group, Fitzpatrick Main Stage, 6 East Street, Stockbridge
The war fought abroad is just as devastating as the war fought within. This rings devastatingly true for Johnny Pope, a Korean War Veteran who has safely returned home to New York City and now struggles with drug addiction after being heavily medicated during his hospital stay. Performance Dates: August 13-16, 18- 23, 25- 30.
Time : Previews August 13-August 15; opening night August 16; closes August 30
Admission : $42-$62
Event Website


“The Last 5 Years” by Theatre Workshop of Nantucket
August 13, 2014 to September 2, 2014
Centre Stage, 2 Centre Street, Nantucket
“The Last Five Years” is an intensely personal look at the relationship between a writer and an actress told from both points of view. With beautiful music and alternately humorous and heartfelt lyrics, The Last Five Years looks at the young couple's hope that love will endure the test of time. The New York Times praised the author for his "sparkling facility as a composer" and his fluid mix of "diverse styles."
Time : Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; August 17 and 24, 3 p.m.; August 24 and 31, 6 p.m.
Admission : $30-$50
Event Website


"Almost Maine" -- Dennis, MA
August 18, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Cape Cod Center for the Arts, 820 Main Street, Route 6A, Dennis
This New England musical romance will melt your heart. Experience what a dark winter night in Almost, Maine has in store for its residents. A heartbreaking, heart-warming celebration of song and dance. What will you find in Almost?
Time : see event website for details
Admission : $21.50-81
Event Website
Phone : 877-385-3911


Berkshire Cabaret Nights -- Lenox, MA
August 25, 2014 to August 26, 2014
Seven Hills Inn, 40 Plunkett Street, Lenox
The last performance of the summer season by this array of talented cabaret singers will highlight The Great American Songbook, our nation's collection of classical greats like Gershwin, Berlin, and Rogers & Hammerstein, as well as the vocals of soprano Holly O'Brien.
Time : 8:30 p.m.
Admission : $15 (includes one complimentary glass of wine or beer)
Event Website


“A Picasso” at Theatre Workshop of Nantucket
September 16, 2014 to October 10, 2014
Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, 2 Centre Street, Nantucket
Paris, 1941. Pablo Picasso has been summoned from his favorite café by German occupation forces and is visited by Miss Fischer, an attractive officer from the German cultural ministry. He is faced with an impossible decision: in exchange for his life he must surrender one of his beloved works of art to the regime. “A Picasso” and “Red” will run alternately in repertory; please check theater website link for dates.
Time : 7:30 p.m.
Event Website


“Red” Theatre Workshop of Nantucket
September 17, 2014 to October 11, 2014
Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, 2 Centre Street, Nantucket
Behold the fury of Mark Rothko, celebrated bad boy of the art world, as powerful pigments and opinions splatter the canvases of his newly commissioned works for New York’s luxury restaurant. “Red” is a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. “A Picasso” and “Red” will run alternately in repertory; please check theater website link for dates
Time : 7:30 p.m.
Event Website


"33 Variations" -- Cotuit, MA
September 25, 2014 to October 12, 2014
4404 Falmouth Road, Cotuit
This fascinating live performance explores Ludwig van Beethoven's creative works, while weaving a romantic tale of a real-life musicologist surviving ALS as she raises her daughter.
Time : Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission : $15-$25
Event Website
Phone : 508-428-0669


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SCIENCE & NATURE top of events
Bugs! at the Harvard Museum of Natural History -- Cambridge, MA
August 23, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Adults and children will learn together with hands-on activities that show how to classify and identify insects. Observe and touch invertebrates, and go outside to collect some of your own. Create equipment to continue your entomology work at home. For families with children in grades K-5. Not appropriate for children under five years of age. Registration is required. Register online.
Time : 10:30 a.m.- noon
Admission : $15 (includes museum admission)
Event Website
Phone : 617-495-3045


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Chilmark Summer Flea Market -- Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard, MA
June 14, 2014 to August 30, 2014
North Road Meadow, 142 North Road, Chilmark
The Vineyard's longest-running outdoor event, the Chilmark Flea Market, draws crowds from all over with its fine hand-crafted products, antiques, imports, and vintage treasures. There's a gift waiting for you here!
Time : Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Admission : Free!
Event Website
Phone : 508-645-3100


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Antique & Classic Boat Festival 2014 -- Salem, MA
August 23, 2014 to August 24, 2014
Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, 10 White Stree, Salem
Ranging from antique rowing craft and mahogany runabouts to cabin cruisers and sailboats of many stripe, these unique vessels will be displayed to the public at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina over the weekend. The festival offers other diversions like a crafts market, nautical exhibits, children’s activities, the Blessing of the Fleet and live music throughout the weekend.
Time : 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission : $5; children under age 12, free
Event Website
Phone : 617-666-8530


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Swinging the Lamp at Sandwich Glass -- Sandwich, MA
July 27, 2014 to November 2, 2014
129 Main Street, Sandwich
This exhibition features handmade ship models from the USS Constitution Shipwright Guild. Crafters from around the world gather to show off their best original model creations. This is also a stellar chance to learn more about Sandwich's boating history.
Time : 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission : Free with admission
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