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January 2020

 

Wishing You A Happy & Healthy New Year!

Massachusetts enters  the New Year with hope and optimism for remaining safe and healthy, and for welcoming visitors back to the Commonwealth when the time is right.

Our state initiative, My Local MA, encourages all of us to support local businesses, including farms and restaurants, art galleries and cultural venues, Main Street retailers and family-owned companies. And please, don't forget to #MaskupMA!

You can find more information at findmylocalma.com or visitma.com.

 

 

Featured Region: Nantucket Island

With holidays behind us, book a January escape to Nantucket and have much of the peaceful island to yourself. Beautifully deserted beaches, wide open, foliage-free conservation trails with views, hearty seaside dinners, plush bed & breakfasts, inns and hotels await. Go off-road to stunningly secluded Coskata Coatue, bundle up for Siasconset's Bluff Walk (more views!), take an island tour, bring your bicycle for a cycling trail ride, take a class, ice skate at the island's rink! Afterward, hit a spa, grab post-holiday deals at shops, boutiques, and galleries before dinner. The solitude, serenity, and beauty will refresh and exhilarate!

Find more events and information for Nantucket Island.

 

 

North of Boston

Get moving this January! Virtual Kids at the Cabot on January 9th at 10:30 am with Vanessa Trien: Vanessa and her lively band, the Jumping Monkeys, will perform music for kids and families, which will get the whole family dancing and singing along. This event is free and will be aired online! Market Street Lynnfield Sweat, powered by PNC Bank, will continue to bring you socially distanced fitness classes this winter. January schedule includes classes such as Pure Barre, Solstice Power Yoga, Master O Karate Academy and much more. Classes are free to the public! Advanced registration is required.   

Find more events and information for North of Boston.

 

 

Plymouth County

Particle & Wave: PaperClay Illuminated is a groundbreaking exhibition on display at Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton through May 30, 2021. The exhibit features 45 artists from across the globe redefining the potential of the ceramic arts and representing a commitment to their craft. Paper clay is any clay body to which processed cellulose fiber has been added. This exhibit provides information about the evolution of paper clay as an artistic medium and showcases the amazing diversity of form and expression that exists in today's growing global community of paper clay artists!

Find more events and information for Plymouth County.

 

 

Southeastern Mass

The SouthCoast region is so full of unexpected surprises! Our restaurants have a lot of different ethnic options with new and unique dishes only found here. The New Bedford Whaling Museum displays world class history of our region, and country. Wherever you go in Southeastern Massachusetts, there are new and unique things to see, while our views will make you take a break to enjoy the beauty we have to offer.

 

Find more events and information for Southeastern Mass

 

 

The Berkshires

Ski The Berkshires! Follow your compass to the Berkshires this winter for skiing fun, close to home. No matter which ski area you choose in our quaint, New England region, you'll find a new and unique experience that only winter in the Berkshires can deliver. To make your trip even easier, check out the ski conditions from the comfort of your own home. Now wax those skis, mask up, and opt outside this winter.

Find more events and information for The Berkshires. 

 

 

Greater Merrimack Valley

Distance learning has us all looking for things to engage kids of all ages. Why not take advantage of History at Home, virtual experiences offered by the Concord Museum? Videos are available to watch online that show what it was like to live and work in the Colonial era. From Craftsmanship & Apprenticeship to Colonial Cooking and Colonial Clothing, from Paul Revere's ride to the Minutemen and much more, these videos filmed on location, bring this time period to life. There is also a free weekly newsletter that is filled with fun videos, activities and images for all ages. Find out more!

Find events and information for Greater Merrimack Valley. 

 

 

Central Massachusetts

Photo: WAM presents Kimono Couture, The Beauty of Chiso

Central MA offers countless opportunities to culturally connect this winter! Learn a craft like wood turning at Technocopia or take a virtual botanical flower drawing workshop with Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Visit the Worcester Art Museum's virtual exhibit Kimono Couture: The Beauty of Chiso, tour Art of New England or watch a virtual concert filmed live from Mechanics Hall. Discuss critically-acclaimed films, or a science fiction book and discover even more events on our calendar!

Find more events and information for Central Massachusetts.

 

 

Franklin County

Looking to escape the overcrowded mess of northern mountains, but don't want to skimp on terrain? Discover Berkshire East, New England's outdoor adventure center, featuring great skiing and snow tubing on 45 trails with 100% snow making. This full service mountain offers equipment rental and lessons as well as a Covid-19 safe operational precautions and an outdoor food service and dining area. An easy drive away. Why go further than you have to?

Find more events and information for Franklin County.

 

 

Greater Boston

Credit: Jessica Mading

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau recently unveiled a Roxbury neighborhood video, spotlighting the residents, business owners, artists, and community ambassadors that make Roxbury such an essential section of Boston, both historically and in the present.  Artist Rob Gibbs - aka @problak - was featured in the video.  His poignant and provocative Breathe Life series, including the image seen here, revealed the cultural and creative energies that make Roxbury one of Boston's most vibrant neighborhoods.
 
Find more events and information for Greater Boston

 

 

Cape Cod

Marconi Station Area, Wellfleet

Cape Cod's 399 square miles of terrain and 559.6 miles of coastline make the region an idyllic locale for cyclists in any season! Explore the Cape on the vast array of bikeways that are scenic, stimulating and certain to keep you fit. Hopping on a bike is one of the best ways to enjoy the natural beauty of Cape Cod - whether you are taking a mountain bike trail through marshland and forests, a ride on our scenic byways, or a cruise down one of our dedicated paved trails. Read our picks for 5 Perfect Family Bike Rides!

Find more events and information for Cape Cod.

 

 

Western Mass

Stay warm this winter in Western Mass! You'll find plenty of safe, socially-distanced options, including MGM Springfield. Try your luck on the 125,000 square foot gaming floor then grab a drink and a bite at the South End Market adjacent to the games. There are also plenty of fine and casual dining spots close by, and they are all listed here!

Find more events and information for Western Mass.

 

 

Hampshire County

Photo: Pioneer Valley Food Tours Gift Box

Cozy up with your Hampshire County favorites this winter! Daydream about your next visit to Northampton while munching on a selection of local goodies, available from Pioneer Valley Food Tours while in-person tours are postponed. Searching for the inspiration only a trip to the museum can provide? Visit Emily Dickinson's bedroom from the comfort and safety of home via the Emily Dickinson Museum's virtual tour, or view Smith College Museum of Art's Then/Now/Now/Next online exhibit.

Find more events and information for Hampshire County.

 

 

North Central Massachusetts 

January is famous for creating a winter wonderland in North Central Massachusetts. Shimmering ice on graceful branches, pristine blankets of snow on hillsides, and brilliant azure skies create great backdrops for stunning photographs of your healthy, socially-distanced outdoor adventures. Put your skiing passion in gear at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, Saima Park, or a state park in the region. Take a hike along rail trails and peaceful recreation areas. And be sure to capture an array of great photos to rekindle those memories!  


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Martha's Vineyard 

January on Martha's Vineyard offers inspiration to plan your new year. Evolve your resolutions to sea's cadence; to birdsong along meandering conservation trails, or ferry horns, seaward-wending fishing-boats and maybe the thrill of snowfall. The essential Vineyard reveals itself to those who listen, observe and move to its rhythms. Indulge, drink nostalgic hot chocolate, have seaside dinners, shop Vineyard-made winter goods, take gallery strolls, try stargazing, explore all six towns! Then slumber contentedly at your inn/B&B!

Find more events and information for Martha's Vineyard. 

 

 

Mohawk Trail Region

There is no better way to enjoy the winter and the Mohawk Trail Region than heading outside to play in the freshly fallen snow, with hundreds of acres of wide-open spaces and plenty of room to cross-country and downhill ski, snowboard, snowshoe, tubing, fat tire biking, ice skating, hike one of the many tree covered trails or the outdoor art trails. Great outdoors promotes socially distancing experience. Project snowshoe, Berkshire East Mountain Resort, Mohawk Trail State Forest-DCR

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MetroWest

Hopkinton Center for the Arts - Art Around the World series presents a free children's cultural program. You and your child are welcome to join in as we celebrate a different culture each month. Kids will listen to a story, hear a themed-song and have fun making a culturally themed art craft! Program runs Saturday 2 to 3 pm via a Zoom link. January 9th is India! Recommended for ages 3 to 8.

Find more events and information for MetroWest.   

 

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