Lime Rock Park, the road racing center of the eastern U.S., celebrates its opening for the 2018 season. Lime Rock Park’s traditional season opener, the Memorial Day Race Weekend (Friday – Sunday, no Monday), will once again be jam packed with top-ranked sports car series races! Then, come back Sunday for the fourth annual Royals Car Show: more than 200 of the region’s finest muscle cars, tuners, rods and antiques sitting pretty on the front straight.
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The Annual Down East Spring Birding Festival provides a unique experience in “the real Maine” where birders can get out on their own and observe a great variety of birds in diverse natural environments. The festival offers birders various self-guided explorations as well as guided hikes, boat tours, and presentations led by area experts. More than 400 bird species have been sighted in Maine, and almost three-quarters of them have been seen in the Cobscook Bay area. Come and see why the northeast coast of Maine and the waters around Machias Seal Island have been identified as “One of the Important Bird Areas in the U.S.” by the American Bird Conservancy.
Heritage Museums and Gardens is comprised of three galleries and expansive gardens located in historic Sandwich, Massachusetts on the northern portion of Cape Cod. It includes galleries for American folk art, a vintage carousel, automobiles and traveling exhibitions. During this festival, come see thousands of rhododendrons in more than 100 varieties cover the museum’s 100 acres with spectacular blooms. Enjoy a peaceful walk surrounded by walls of flowers, learn more about these gorgeous plants from horticulture experts, explore Heritage’s connection to noted rhododendron hybridizers Charles Dexter and Jack Cowles, challenge yourself to a rhododendron scavenger hunt and participate in other family activities. A plant sale offers many varieties perfect for a Cape Cod garden, including the rare opportunity to purchase Dexter and Cowles rhododendron hybrids.
More than 185 selected artists from New England and beyond participate in this free two-day exhibit and sale of artwork and fine crafts. Featuring food, live entertainment and free children’s activities. Rain or shine.
In the scenic Lakes Region of New Hampshire, the Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith will once again come alive with color, flavor, and music for the annual Memorial Weekend Craft Festival, featuring more than 100 juried craftsmen and women from all over New England with their works. Enjoy craft demonstrations, specialty food sampling and live music daily.
Most Vermont craftspeople work in studios located in or close to their residences. These are places of production and inspiration located in downtowns as well as at the ends of dirt roads.Wherever their locations, they are exciting places to visit because they reflect the dynamic yet organized process that is used to produce the finished work of art. On this special Open Studio Weekend, drive through the beautiful countryside of Vermont and visit these artists. See website for a map of participating artists. This event is repeated in October.