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.
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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.
The Paradise City Arts Festival is one of New England’s most exciting shows of fine and less-than-functional art. Located on Interstate 91 just 15 minutes north of the Massachusetts Turnpike, Northampton is less than an hour from Hartford, the Berkshires and southern Vermont; less than two hours from Boston, Albany and southern Connecticut; less than three hours from New York City.
Paradise City is New England’s most acclaimed fair of fine and functional art. It’s beautiful, festive and fun – the very best way to spend a holiday weekend. Altogether, 250 outstanding artists gather in four buildings to provide a sampling from every corner of the country of the best in American artistry and craftsmanship.
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.
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.
The Cape Ann Artisans have set the schedule for the 2019 Annual Tour weekends. The Spring Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2. The Fall Tour will encompass the entire three day Columbus Day Weekend, Oct 12-14. The studios are open to the public 10AM-5PM. There will be 16 diverse studios and 17 artists sharing works from across the fine art and craft spectrum - pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, mosaics, prints, textiles, and jewelry, and accessories created in diverse materials - clay, glass, silk, metals, fibers, yarns, sea glass and more. The tour takes place in Gloucester and Rockport and all studio locations and details are found on the printed brochures available in April and online throughout the year at www.capeannartisans.com.