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January 2017
Massachusetts is rich in arts & culture, so it's no surprise that exciting events, exhibits and festivals are held in the state's 16 regions all year long. Find out more!
A Winter Wonderland in Massachusetts
Welcome to the New Year, one that's poised to enlighten, entertain, and excite! With no shortage of outdoor activities to satisfy your inner kid, from learn-to-ski adventures to snowshoe excursions, get ready to love winter. For those partial to the cozy indoors, why not partake in a gallery talk, shop Massachusetts made goods, tour a brewery, or visit a heritage site? There are even some incredible offerings that won't cost a dime. For listings of totally free events, check out Wicked Free Winter Fun and embrace the chilly season.

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Featured Region: North of Boston
Shoes: Pleasure and Pain is on view through March 12, 2017 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem! Explore the creativity of footwear from around the globe through more than 300 pairs of shoes, ranging from elaborate vintage designs to those by contemporary makers. See Melissa Manchester at Rockport Music Shalin Liu Performance Center on Friday, January 20th at 8 p.m. Melissa Manchester makes her Rockport debut on the heels of an acclaimed new comeback record. With 40 years of performing under her belt, the Grammy-winning singer, known for hits like "Midnight Blue" and "Don't Cry Out Loud" among several others, remains at the top of her game. Find more information on North of Boston.
Plymouth County

The Spire Center for Performing Arts in Plymouth has a full line-up this January! On Saturday, January 7 at 8 p.m., enjoy Billington Sea, a spellbinding blend of rootsy folk with country undertones. On Saturday, January 14, The Cape Cod Quartet takes the stage at 8 p.m. A Jazz and Blues Jam with the Spire House Band happens the evening of Wednesday, January 18, and Low Anthem headlines at 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 21.  Finally, on Saturday, January 28 at 2 p.m., come out for the annual Beatles Extravaganza, with some of the best Beatles tribute bands in New England. Get tickets now! Find more information on Plymouth County.
Southeastern Mass

Your Theatre presents Never the Sinner, a dynamic 95 minutes of storytelling that takes you deep into the mentality of two wealthy college male students who are accused of murder. Watch the lawyers present their cases to the Judge (represented by the audience) and see the many surprises in the story line.  For dates and tickets click here or find other happenings in Southeastern Mass. Find more information on Southeastern Massachusetts
The Berkshires

Credit Norman Rockwell Museum.
It's time to make your plans to visit the Norman Rockwell Museum! Now on view is The Architects of Saturday Morning: The Art of Hanna-Barbera through May 29, 2017. Creating hit shows such as The Flintstones, Jonny Quest, Scooby-Doo, Super Friends, and The Smurfs, Hanna-Barbera was an animation powerhouse. The exhibition features original animation art, sketches, model sheets, archival materials, commercial products, and an interactive installation of sound effects created by Hanna-Barbera. Find more information on The Berkshires
Greater Merrimack Valley

The Gift of Music from Lexington Symphony: Make Lexington Symphony part of your New Year's resolution. Introduce the children in your life to classical music. Support the arts. A great gift for friends, family, colleagues - and you! Join us in 2017 for more world-class music! More info at Find more information on  Greater Merrimack Valley. 
Central Massachusetts

Celebrate the New Year by taking in all that Central Mass has to offer! The Worcester Chamber Music Society, in partnership with Nuovo Restaurant, will provide both dinner and an unforgettable show with Suspensions Resolved on January 12th. The Center at Eagle Hill in Hardwick will be hosting The Second City Touring Company's performance of Free Speech (While Supplies Last), a social and political satire of America's electoral insanity full of scripted scenes, music and improvisation, on January 14th. Finish off the month by attending Flora in Winter, January 26th-29th, at the Worcester Art Museum and experience the imaginative interpretation of artwork through floral arrangements.  Find more information on Central Massachusetts.
Franklin County
Greenfield's 95th Winter Carnival - "Artic Blast" - will be celebrated February 3-5!
Be a part of a tradition that began over 90 years ago. Ice sculpture contests, Fireworks, Fire Dancers, Breakfast with Frosty, Family Fun Day, Sleigh Bell Run, Cardboard Sled Race, K9 Keg Pull, Sledding, Ice Skating, and so much more! Events all over town, all weekend long; most events are free. All are welcome! For more information, visit or call 413-772-1553. Find more information on Franklin County.
Greater Boston
Front row seats beckon at Something Rotten, a parody of Broadway musicals, the vitriolic Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, the still relevant A Doll's House and you'll be on your feet at Dancing With The Stars. Among special exhibitions are Da Vinci -The Genius, May Way for Ducklings, Shakespeare Unauthorized and Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. For foodies and wine lovers, many restaurants offer fireside dining, special wine paring dinners and the Boston Wine Festival is uncorked on January 13. Lace up for some skating on Frog Pond. Hockey fans score at Frozen Fenway (Jan 7-14). And everyone scores at Boston's newest attraction Boston Winter on City Hall Plaza, our own winter wonderland.  Find more information on Greater Boston
Cape Cod
The arts are alive this January on Cape Cod! In January and February, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and Cotuit Center for the Arts will collaborate on the winter art exhibit Personal Space. The interactive exhibit will feature artists' interpretation of this theme - literally and figuratively! Next up, the Cape Symphony Orchestra will present "Fantastic Voyage" January 21-22. This special concert will be an adventure for your imagination, beginning with two powerful film scores from John Corigliano: his wild soundscapes from Altered States, and his Academy Award-winning music from The Red Violin. Buy tickets now! Find more information on Cape Cod.
Greater Springfield
The astonishing Railroad Hobby Show (January 28 and 29 at the Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield) is a railroad lover's fantasy come to life. Featuring over eight acres of displays in four huge buildings, the show includes hobby clinics, manufacturer product announcements, collectibles and hard to find items. Many say it takes more than a day to see all the exhibitors at what is now considered to be the largest show of its kind in North America!  Visit for more great things to do in January.  Find more information on Greater Springfield.
Hampshire County
If you're looking for a place to escape New England's winter, surround yourself with light and greenery at Mill 180 Park in Easthampton, a new urban indoor park. All around Mill 180 Park you'll see the park's hydroponic plants which provide ingredients for the cafĂ© menu. Regular events at the park include community drawing & painting sessions, "Live Music Under the Grow Lights," weekly corn hole contests and so much more. Admission is always free.  Find more information on Hampshire County.
Johnny Appleseed Country
Just one word: Plastics. More than the foundation of industry for decades in Johnny Appleseed Country, this versatile material is a magnificent medium for artists to mold, fold, shape and drape. Stop by the Fitchburg Art Museum this month to explore "Plastic Imagination," to marvel at the variety of plastic-based mediums, and to enjoy the creativity of artists using this wondrous material that is so often taken for granted today. Find more information on Johnny Appleseed Country.
Martha's Vineyard 
Explore Moroccan culture through sumptuous cuisine with Gia Rae of Feast With Your Hands on Saturday, January 14th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Farm Institute in Edgartown. Learn to make an assortment of salads, savory pastries, slow-cooked stews called tagines, steamed couscou s piled with meat and vegetables, and almond sweets, the five courses of a traditional Moroccan feast. Emphasis will be placed on sustainability and community with a shared meal at the end.  Cost is $100. Reserve your space by calling 508-627-7007 or at .  Find more information on Martha's Vineyard .
Mohawk Trail Region
Being The Measure is on exhibit until February 12th at Williams College Museum of Art! David Zink Yi's first museum exhibition in the United States brings together his work in sculpture, photography, music, and video. Marking his foray into live performance, Zink Yi's original work at WCMA fuses his interests in Afro-Caribbean music and cephalopod mollusks. Born in Peru and trained as a sculptor in Germany, Zink Yi has studied percussion in Cuba for over a decade.  Find more information on The Mohawk Trail Region

Learn something new in the New Year-and have fun doing it! At the Discovery Museums, for example, special January workshops include Tinker Tuesday, Bring the Night Sky Inside, and Make a Mess. January 30 is the first day of winter classes at Danforth/ART School in its new location on the Framingham Centre Common. On January 27, learning will be especially delicious at the Wayside Inn's Winter Whiskey Dinner, where you'll learn the secrets of cooking with whiskey -and taste them for yourself! Find more information on MetroWest.
Nantucket Island

Nantucket in winter is invigorating! Explore the Great Point Lighthouse and watch or gregarious seal population enjoy the cold; go for a stroll on the quiet and pristine beaches; take a self-guided, or guided, nature or bird walk. Ice skating at the Island's public rink, Nantucket Ice is wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Visit our unique boutiques, dine casually or elegantly, enjoy a theatre production or lecture all in the downtown historic district.  Visit to plan your winter wonderland adventure. Find more information on Nantucket Island.
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