There are many fun ways to spend the 4th of July weekend in New England…

The Two Palaverers’ Weekend Picks for July 1 – July 4, 2011:

McGrath’s Public Clambake- Newport, RI

Have you ever been to an authentic, cooked-in-a-pit clambake? McGrath Clambakes of Newport is putting on the real thing at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, all to benefit the Fort Adams Trust. There’ll be chowder (Rhode Island style), clams, mussels, lobster, corn, salads, barbecue chicken, watermelon, and more. Advance registration is required. For tickets call (401)841-0707.

July 1, 7PM

Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters- Stoneham, MA

Back by popular demand- The Stoneham Theatre presents Sisters of Swing. This musical tells the amazing story of sisters LaVerne, Maxene, and Patty. This musical tours their lives, careers, and relationships and includes “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Apple Blossom Time,” and countless other hits that lifted the morale of many a WWII GI. Check the website for dates, times, and tickets.

July 1 – 24

The Greater New Bedford Summerfest- New Bedford, MA

Head to New Bedford this weekend for the 2011 Greater New Bedford Summerfest. This two-day family friendly international folk music and arts festival features over 70 performers, arts & crafts from around the world, and delicious food including those world famous New Bedford scallops.

July 2 & 3, 11AM – 9PM

Be safe and enjoy the fireworks!

- The Two Palaverers

Be sure to check out the great weekend picks from the other members of the North Shore Blogger Consortium (NSBC): Food and Fiction, and LynnHappens.com.

It’s been a great week here in New England! Let the fun continue…

The Two Palaverers’ Weekend Picks for June 17 – June 20, 2011:

Bruins Victory Parade- Boston, MA

The Bruins have won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 39 years, and the entire New England region is ready to celebrate! Come  share in the celebration. Public transportation and an umbrella are recommended.

June 18, 11AM

28th Annual Studio Tour- Gloucester and Rockport, MA

Take advantage of this self-guided tour of Cape Ann Artisans studios along the scenic coastline of Gloucester and Rockport. You will meet 15 professional artists and see their work in the setting in which it was created. The work represented includes:, pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, mosaics, fiber, and jewelry. Several of the artists will be demonstrating their working process during the tours.

June 18 & 19, 10AM – 5PM

The 17th Annual Fields of Lupine Festival- White Mountain Region of NH

Lupine is blooming this weekend in the towns of Lincoln, Franconia, Sugar Hill, Easton, Woodstock, Bethlehem, Littleton and Lisbon, New Hampshire. Events, including tours of lupine fields by foot or horse-drawn wagon, are planned. For more information, call 745-6621.

June 18 – 20

Lift Ev’ry Voice- Pittsfield, MA

Lift Ev’ry Voice opens this weekend. This countywide arts & heritage festival celebrates African-American history & culture from the Berkshires, and around the world. The festival involves several of the major arts groups and educational institutions from the area and is open to all.

June 19 – July 23

Enjoy your weekend!

- The Two Palaverers

Be sure to check out the great weekend picks from the other members of the North Shore Blogger Consortium (NSBC): Food and Fiction, and LynnHappens.com.

Don’t let the chance of rain keep you from enjoying the many outdoor events this weekend. Just remember to pack your umbrella.

The Two Palaverers’ Weekend Picks for June 10 – June 12, 2011:

Strawberry Thanksgiving CelebrationMashantucket, CT

Join the Pequot Museum as they celebrate the first berry of spring. Native people celebrate thanksgivings throughout the year and in late spring they honor the strawberry as the first berry of the season. Watch the puppet show, A Strawberry Thanksgiving; enjoy Native games, and taste a strawberry drink. The Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers perform on Saturday at 1 pm. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members.

June 10 & 11, 11AM – 3PM

Italian Life ExpoPortland, ME

Can’t make it to Italy? Italy comes to Portland, ME this weekend at the Italian Life Expo. Meet and sample the best from a new generation of artisans dedicated to producing Italy’s finest specialties in centuries-old traditions. Enjoy the cheeses, olive oil, wine, and hams of Italy. While your sipping wine and nibbling on delicacies, you will meet travel experts, trained at customizing any trip to Italy – from navigating the backroads of Tuscany to shopping for fine ceramics. Attendees must be 21 years of age.

June 10 & 11

The Ould Towne Heritage FairNewbury, MA

Come get a glimpse of how our ancestors lived during Colonial times by supporting this fund raiser to save historic Newman Farm Meadow. This event includes Colonial craftsmen and artist booths, demonstrations of basket making, spinning, weaving, horse shoeing, rope making, plus face painting, games for kids, hay rides, bird watching tours, plant sale, raffle, colonial reenactment, and education in the one room schoolhouse.

June 11 & 12, 10AM – 4PM

Boston Dragon Boat FestivalBoston, MA

Spanning nearly 2300 years, the Dragon Boat Festival will transform old traditions into an exciting sporting and cultural event, right here on the Charles River. This year, over 50 teams will be racing. Additionally, you will enjoy performances, arts and crafts demonstrations, and tasty Asian food. Free admission. Rain or shine.

June 12, 12 – 5PM

Annual Rhubarb Festival- Sherman, CT

Enjoy all things rhubarb at the White Silo Farm and Winery this Sunday. Enjoy rhubarb cobbler, rhubarb compote, rhubarb ice cream, and more made with the farm’s home-grown rhubarb.

June 12, 12 – 5PM

Enjoy your weekend!

-The Two Palaverers

Be sure to check out the great weekend picks from the other members of the North Shore Blogger Consortium (NSBC): Food and FictionLighter and LocalLynnHappens.com, and North Shore Dish.


Wishing everyone a fun, relaxing, and safe Memorial Day Weekend.

The Two Palaverers’ Weekend Picks for May 27 – May 30, 2011:

7th Annual CT Salsa Fest- Stamford, CT

A fun-filled Salsa Weekend with an incredible line-up of dance performances, professional dance instructors, live salsa bands and DJs, and lots of social dancing. Please visit the website for tickets and information.

May 27 – 29

Sail Portsmouth 2011- Portsmouth, NH

The event kicks-off Friday with a boat parade up the Piscataqua River. Headlining this year’s festival will be the 177-foot historic Barquentine tall ship Gazela, which was built in 1883. The Gazela Primeiro is the world’s oldest active wood hulled sailing vessel. Joining the Gazela will be the 87-foot U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Flying Fish.

May 27 – 30

A. J. King: Exquisite Miniatures- Canton, MA

The MASS Audubon Visual Arts Center’s spring exhibition features the miniature bird carvings of A. J. King (1881-1963). King was the preeminent miniature bird carver of his era, and his work is highly prized by collectors today. Curated by Gigi Hopkins, this will be the first comprehensive exhibition featuring this remarkable artist. The opening reception is May 28, but the exhibit runs until September 25, 2011.

May 28, 1 – 4PM

Shipwreck Exhibit at Fort Stark Historical Site- New Castle, NH

What started as a search for the details behind an old family photograph blossomed into an exhibit on 400 years of shipwrecks around New Castle, NH. Fort Stark State Historical Site Director Carol White and Assistant Director Joan Hammond have been working on this project for 2½ years. Saturday’s grand opening features a flag ceremony conducted by the Junior ROTC of Winnacunnet High School, several speakers and musicians.

May 28, 2 – 4PM

Newburyport Spring Festival- Newburyport, MA

Celebrate the season in beautiful, historic downtown Newburyport. The whole family will enjoy great live music, art, fine crafts, children’s entertainment, and food from Newburyport’s best restaurants.

May 29 – 30, 10AM – 5PM

Enjoy your weekend!

-The Two Palaverers

Be sure to check out the great weekend picks from the other members of the North Shore Blogger Consortium (NSBC): Food and Fiction, and LynnHappens.com.

If the much improved weekend weather has you beginning your delayed garden projects at home instead of taking in some of the fun local events, then please remember to visit your local farm and garden center. It was a very long winter and a tough spring for those whose seasonal livelihood is so weather dependent. They could use our support!

The Two Palaverers’ Weekend Picks for May 20 – May 22, 2011:

Taste of Bar Harbor Food Festival- Bar Harbor, ME

Food lovers will have a chance to taste locally produced food and drink at the first Taste of Bar Harbor Food Festival. Festival highlights include a Friday evening wine tasting, and chef’s table dinners at three restaurants. The weekend fun also includes wine and beer tastings, cooking demonstrations, cooking classes, craft fair and sidewalk stroll. This event will end with a Sunday morning jazz brunch. For reservations and information please call 207-288-5103.

May 20 – 22

Farmed + Foraged: A Weekend of Spring Flavors- The Berkshires in MA

In celebration of the season, Berkshire Grown will host this culinary celebration of farmed and foraged seasonal foods at area restaurants. More than two dozen Berkshire Grown restaurants will participate. There will also be two expert-led wild edible walks on May 21. Registration is required.

May 20 – 22

Motif No.1 Day- Rockport, MA

Begun in 1949, Motif No.1 Day was created as an opportunity for Rockport residents and visitors to come together to celebrate Rockport’s heritage of the arts, symbolized by its famous red fishing shack. Motif No.1 has been the subject of countless paintings during the early 20th century. Today, Rockport continues to inspire artists working across several mediums. Rockport honors this iconic building with a day dedicated to the Arts, expressed in family-focused, interactive ways.

May 21, 10AM – 6PM

Signs of Spring Farm Tour: Eggs, Asparagus and Wine!- Burlington, VT

Join City Market on a visit to some local area farms. The first stop will be Blue Heron Farm, home to 200 laying hens. Next you’ll enjoy a vineyards tour and wine tasting (for those of age) at Snow Farm Vineyard. The final stop of the day will be Pomykala Farm, where you’ll see their perennial asparagus patches and tour their vegetable fields. This tour is free but space is limited with transportation provided. To register, please contact Meg Klepack, Outreach & Local Food Manager at City Market at (802) 861-9753.

May 22, 9AM – 3PM

Enjoy your weekend!

-The Two Palaverers

Be sure to check out the great weekend picks from the other members of the North Shore Blogger Consortium (NSBC): Food and Fiction, LynnHappens.com, and North Shore Dish.


Such an eclectic assortment of things to do in New England this weekend!

The Two Palaverers’ Weekend Picks for May 13 – May 15, 2011:

Franklin Park Kite & Bike Festival- Boston, MA

Bring your kite to fly, “rent” a bike for free, and play games. An event for all ages! They’ll have kites to give away for the first 50 people. Food trucks will offer a variety of picnic food for sale. It’s helpful to know how many people will be joining- please send an email to RSVP @franklinparkcoalition.org.

May 14, 12 – 4PM

Annual Asparagus FestivalSherman, CT

Join White Silo Farm & Winery as they welcome spring with their Annual Asparagus Festival. This event features recipes made ith their own asparagus. If you’ve never been to the White Silo, you are in for a treat!

May 14 & 15, 12 – 5PM

2011 Sheep and Wool Festival- Contoocook, NH

It’s sheep and alpaca shearing season! This year, the 35th Annual NH Sheep and Wool Festival will have over 120 vendors, offering a huge variety of products for the knitters, spinners, crafters, sheep producers, and everyone.

May 14 & 15, 9AM- 5PM (Saturday), 9AM – 4PM (Sunday)

Vintage Base Ball Triple-Header- Newbury, MA

Batter up! Come enjoy some Jim Jam Hot Dogs, some Ipswich Ale, and a great weekend of 1860′s base ball action as the Essex Base Ball Organization kicks off their 2011 season at the beautiful Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, MA. Essex takes on the Brooklyn Atlantics, one of best vintage base ball teams on the East Coast. Later in the day, a Mixed Nine takes on the Ipswich Brewers. The fun continues on Sunday with the Lynn Live Oaks against the Bristol Blues of Bristol, RI.

May 14 & 15, 11AM – 4PM (Saturday), 12PM (Sunday)

Lilac and Gardening Sunday- Shelburne, VT

The Shelburne Museum grounds are in bloom with over 400 lilacs in 90 varieties and a full day’s happenings from walking tours to gardening demonstrations to presentations by gardening experts. Plus, activities for all ages. Go early!  The first 200 visitors receive a free lilac seedling thanks to the generosity of Horsford Gardens and Nursery.  Limit one per family.

May 15, 10AM – 5PM

Ute Gfrerer: Lives in the Limelight- Rockport, MA

Acclaimed Austrian chanteuse Ute Gfrerer gives the first cabaret performance in the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Gfrerer and her band offer a concert based on four divas–Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf and Lotte Lenya–who found great celebrity and fame, but whose personal lives were fraught with pain and disappointment. To purchase tickets please visit the Shalin Liu website.

May 15, 5PM

Enjoy your weekend!

-The Two Palaverers

Be sure to check out the great weekend picks from the other members of the North Shore Blogger Consortium (NSBC): Food and FictionLighter and Local, LynnHappens.com, and North Shore Dish.

Spring cleaning this weekend? Remember to take some time out to enjoy yourself.

The Two Palaverers’ Weekend Picks for May 6 – May 8, 2011:

17th annual Taste of the North End- Boston, MA

Mangia! Mangia! Dining for a cause. This year, the Taste of the North End,  featuring over 25 restaurants, will benefit the North End Community Health Center. Please help the North End restaurant community continue its proud tradition of supporting North End charities. Proceeds will support the variety of programs and services offered by the health center, as well as other neighborhood charities for children and elders. For tickets, please visit the website.

May 6, 6 – 11PM

Mills and Mysteries: A Ghostly Experience- Pawtucket, RI

Are there ghosts at Slater Mill? Explore Pawtucket’s long and rich history of the unexplained, ending where an episode of Ghost Hunters was filmed. Participants will take part in a genuine paranormal investigation, directed by Carl and Keith Johnson. Tickets are $20; reservations required.

May 6 & 7, 6:30 & 8:30 PM

4th annual Green Living Expo and Festival- Peterborough, NH

Whether you’re already “living green” or you’re just starting to learn about the green movement, consider attending Greenerborough, New England’s Green Living Expo and Festival. The expo, now in its fourth year, promises to be bigger and more engaging than ever. Admission is free.

May 7, 10AM – 4PM

Chestnut Street Celebrations Walking Tour- Salem, MA

The Phillips House Museum is celebrating a century of the Phillips family at 34 Chestnut Street. Join Historic New England for a special walking tour focusing on Chestnut Street’s Celebrations throughout the years.  The tour will meet at the corners of Chestnut and Summer Streets. Reservations recommended. Please call 978-744-0440 for more information.

May 8, 3 – 5PM

Enjoy your weekend!

-The Two Palaverers

Be sure to check out the great weekend picks from the other members of the North Shore Blogger Consortium (NSBC):   Food and Fiction, Lighter and Local, LynnHappens.com, and North Shore Dish.

Spring has sprung!

The Two Palaverers’ Weekend Picks for April 28 – May 1, 2011:

Independent Film Festival Boston- Boston, MA

The Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFBoston) is showcasing films this weekend at different venues around Boston. These are films that people might not ordinarily get to see anywhere else, films that are both innovative and crowd-pleasing. It also offers the public the chance to meet the filmmakers at post-screening parties, and to ask them questions both after the films and at festival panels.

April 28 – May 4

38th Fishermen’s Festival- Boothbay Harbor, ME

Celebrate the Maine fishing season with a trap hauling and dory bailing competition, codfish relays, bait shoveling race, tug-of-war, old-fashioned fish fry, Miss Shrimp Princess pageant, lobster crate running and fish chowder contest. Blessing of the Fleet and boat parade.

April 29 – May 1

Pittsfield 250th Anniversary Celebration- Pittsfield, MA

The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts celebrates its 250th birthday in style this weekend, April 29-May 1, and you’re invited to join in on all the FREE fun. The weekend celebration commemorates the naming and incorporation of Pittsfield and Berkshire County on April 26, 1761 by the colonial Massachusetts Governor Sir Francis Bernard in honor of British Prime Minister William Pitt.

April 29 – May 1

Meriden Daffodil Festival- Meriden, CT

600,001 daffodils can’t be wrong! They create a sea of fragrant yellow blossoms throughout the 1,800-acre Hubbard Park in Meriden, Connecticut each year. You’ll not  only see an amazing 61 different varieties of daffodils, there will also be crafts, amusement rides, food, entertainment, and a fireworks display.

April 30 – May 1

Bridge to the Past Colonial Reenactment and Sutler’s Fair- Wickford, RI

Colonial era reenactment at Smith’s Castle along Narragansett Bay with over 100 costumed soldiers,pirates and colonists encamped for the weekend. Music, entertainment, 17th century mass grave history, outdoor cooking and house museum open with living history demonstrations.

April 30 – May 1, 12 – 4PM

Enjoy your weekend!

-The Two Palaverers

Be sure to check out the great weekend picks from the other members of the North Shore Blogger Consortium (NSBC):  Food and Fiction, GoodMorningGloucester, Lighter and Local, LynnHappens.com, and North Shore Dish.


The British are coming! The British are coming!

The Two Palaverers’ Weekend Picks for April 15 – 18, 2011:

Spring Fever Tea- South Pomfret, CT

Celebrations Gallery rejoices in the return of the season of new growth & warmth with its Spring Fever Tea. This multi-course, multi-dimensional occasion will offer assorted savories, tea sandwiches, plus a variety of sweets. A perfect freshly brewed specialty tea will complement the theme and menu. Advance reservations required, call 860-928-5492.

April 14 & 16, 2 – 5PM

Boston Beer Summit- Boston , MA

The Park Plaza Castle will host this year’s Beer Summit featuring beer, music, and fun. Beer Summit is a craft beer tasting, with over 50 brewers and 200+ beers to sample. It has been happening in Boston since 1999, and gets bigger and better every year.

April 15 & 16, 5:30 – 9PM (Friday) , 12:30 – 4PM (Saturday)

Garden in the Woods- Framingham, MA

The New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods opens the 2011 season with the theme- People, Plants, and Pollinators. Three exhibits are planned for the season. New interpretive signage explains the importance and role of native plants in New England and develops the horticulture and conservation messages of using native plants in different New England habitats and gardens.

April 15 – October 31

Redcoats, Rum, and Rebellion Walking Tours- Tiverton, RI

In celebration of the 300th anniversary of the village of Tiverton Four Corners, the Four Corners Arts Center is holding an afternoon of theatrical guided walking tours, including visits to historic buildings and performances by costumed actors portraying real characters from Four Corners’ unusual history. Tickets must be purchased in advance online.

April 17, 2PM

Patriot’s Day Reenactment- Lexington, MA

Every April on the third Monday of the month, the Battle of Lexington is commemorated with a moving tribute to those patriots who first fell on Lexington Green on the morning of April 19, 1775. A full range of daylong festivities are planned. The reenactment of the Battle of Lexington, performed by members of the Lexington Minute Men Company and His Majesty’s 10th Regiment of Foot. Staged annually at 5:45AM the event evokes the revolutionary spirit that signaled the start of the American Revolution. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early at all events for best viewing.

April 18, 5:30AM

115th Boston Marathon- Hopkinton to Boston, MA

One of the world’s premiere sporting events winds its way through 26.22 miles of Eastern Massachusetts. It’s not only a fantastic race to watch, but a great activity for a group as well.

April 18, 9AM (race begins in Hopkinton, MA)

Patriots Day Baseball with the Boston Red Sox - Boston, MA

Since 1903, baseball at Fenway Park has accompanied the Boston Marathon. The Red Sox game begins at 11:05AM (yes, that’s correct) and ends as the runners are coming through Kenmore Square. An exciting day in Boston!

April 18, 11:05AM

Enjoy your weekend!

-The Two Palaverers

Be sure to check out the great weekend picks from the other members of the North Shore Blogger Consortium (NSBC): Food and Fiction, LynnHappens.com, and North Shore Dish.

The birds, flowers, and wildlife in New England have proclaimed winter over.  We cautiously concur. Let spring commence.

The Two Palaverers’ Weekend Picks for April 7 – 10, 2011:

SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival- Providence, RI

The third annual Southeast New England (SENE) Film, Music & Arts Festival features 14 artists,10 live performances and 20 film programs including 70 short and feature-length films. Please see schedule for venue details.

April 7 – 10

11th New England Regional Genealogical Conference- Springfield, MA

Anyone interested in learning about their ancestry will have the chance during the 2011 New England Regional Genealogical Conference, “Exploring New Paths to Your Roots,” held at the Sheraton and Marriott hotels. Over 60 expert speakers from all over the world will be talking about genealogy. This event also includes an exhibit hall, which is free and open to the public, featuring genealogical book sellers, publishers, societies, authors and more. Participants are welcome to attend all days or an individual day of the conference and can register at the door. Please see the website for more details.

April 7 – 10

4th Annual Swirl & Curl Wine TastingSturbridge, MA

The Friends of the Joshua Hyde Public Library are holding their 4th Annual Swirl & Curl Wine Tasting in the Grecian Parlor of Old Sturbridge Village. Wines are paired with a

book to match the description of the wine presented. Spicy (Romance), Smoky (Mystery), Grassy-dusty (Western) were some from last year. For more information call 508-347-2512.

April 7, 7 – 9PM

Enter the Haggis- Salisbury, MA

Toronto’s Celtic rock band Enter The Haggisis (ETH) will be performing at Blue Ocean Music Hall. ETH has found itself at the center of a grassroots success story ever teetering on the brink of mainstream success. From playing Celtic festivals to headlining them, and from the festival circuit to selling out multiple nights in rock venues, ETH has blazed a path with heavy and almost constant touring up and down the East Coast, to Canada, the West Coast and back again, winning over success one fan, one town, one region at a time. Tickets are available on the Blue Ocean website.

April 8, 8PM

Enjoy your weekend!

-The Two Palaverers

Be sure to check out the great weekend picks from the other members of the North Shore Blogger Consortium (NSBC): Food and Fiction, and LynnHappens.com.

Still waiting for spring…

The Two Palaverers’ Weekend Picks for April 1 – 3, 2011:

Sensational India!- Salem, MA

Join the Peabody Essex Museum for an action-packed weekend of Indian music, dance, storytelling, art-making and more as PEM celebrates its 2011 Sensational India! festival. Sensational India! honors PEM’s longstanding relationship with India. Visit the PEM website for the event schedule and specific program reservations.

April 2 and 3, 10AM – 5PM

Know Your Food: Cheesemaking – The Next Level – Soft Cheeses- Lincoln, MA

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary is sponsoring a cheesemaking program that will explore the world of bacteria, molds, and milk and the delectable aged cheeses they can produce. It will cover the various microbes used, how to work with them, and how to ripen the resulting cheese. Bring some containers to take home your cheese samples. Registration is required.

April 2, 12 – 4PM

Brews in Bloom- Stowe, VT

Ruth Miller hosts a guided pairing of craft brews and artisanal cheeses (and some Lake Champlain Chocolates) before attendees meet brewers and cheesemakers. A performance by bluegrass group Something With Strings wraps up this benefit for Easter Seals Vermont at Ye Olde England Inne. For tickets contact Easter Seals Vermont at 802.223.4744.

April 2, 5PM

Enjoy your weekend!

-The Two Palaverers

Be sure to check out the great weekend picks from the other members of the North Shore Blogger Consortium (NSBC): Food and Fiction, Lighter and Local, LynnHappens.com, and North Shore Dish.

Late Winter New England Carnivale

The Two Palaverers’ Weekend Picks for March 3 – 6, 2011:

Portsmouth NH Long Beer Weekend- Portsmouth, NH

Portsmouth Brewery and 2beerguys.com have teamed up with other local establishments and breweries to provide some unique offerings to their draught lineups during this weekend long beer celebration. The goal of the weekend is to help Portsmouth, NH achieve national recognition as a great beer city. Be sure to check the schedule of events.

March 3 – 7

2011 Vermont Flower Show “Sweet Dreams”-  Essex Junction, VT

Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of spring at the Vermont Flower Show. Three days of free cooking demonstrations, seminars, and workshops for all ages.

March 4 – 6 , 10AM – 6PM (Friday & Saturday), 10AM – 4PM (Sunday)

Salem Film Fest 2011- Salem, MA

Entering its fourth year, the Salem Film Fest is emerging as a leading American all-documentary film festival, showcasing a rich and diverse collection of the year’s best work from all over the world. Screenings and most events are located at CinemaSalem.

March 4 – 10

The 19th Annual Cajun & Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball- Cranston, RI

New England’s only authentic Louisiana Mardi Gras celebration featuring four Cajun and Zydeco bands, Cajun and Creole food, and non-stop dancing. Costumes are optional.

March 6, 6PM – Midnight

Enjoy your weekend!

-The Two Palaverers

Be sure to check out the great weekend picks from the other members of the North Shore Blogger Consortium (NSBC):  Food and Fiction, Lighter and Local, and LynnHappens.com.

Wrapping up February with canvas and celluloid.

The Two Palaverers’ Weekend Picks for February 25 – 27, 2011:

Wild & Scenic Film Festival- Newport and Providence, RI

Save the Bay is hosting North America’s largest environmental film festival this weekend in Rhode Island (Friday in Newport, and Saturday in Providence). Festival-goers can expect to see Award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures. Advance ticket purchase is recommended as seating is limited.

February 25 and 26

Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks - Salem, MA

The Peabody Essex Museum is hosting one of the world’s best private collections of Old Master paintings. Nearly seventy paintings from the internationally acclaimed collection of Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo illuminate one of the greatest artistic and cultural chapters in history. The artists include Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Aelbert Cuyp and Jacob van Ruisdale. After the show closes in Salem, it will travel to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

February 26 – June 19

Fried Clams and Baked Beans: How Food Defines a Region- Rye, NH

Join Yankee Magazine columnist Edie Clark at the Rye Public Library as she shares her vast knowledge about New England food. This presentation promises to be informative, humorous and chock full of fascinating nuggets about the history of our regional foods. There will also be analysis of how the changing times of New England have affected the way we eat.

February 27, 2PM

Enjoy your weekend!

-The Two Palaverers

Be sure to check out the great weekend picks from the other members of the North Shore Blogger Consortium (NSBC):  Food and Fiction, GoodMorningGloucester, Lighter and Local, LynnHappens.com, and North Shore Kids.

We wish everyone a fun-filled and sweet weekend.

The Two Palaverers’ Weekend Picks for February 11 – 13, 2011:

The Merrimack River Eagle Festival- Newburyport, MA

Come visit Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge as they present the sixth annual Merrimack River Eagle Festival to celebrate the return of the area’s winter residents, the bald eagles.

February 12, 8:30AM – 4PM

2011 American Heritage Chocolate Celebration- Deerfield, MA

Historic Deerfield traces one of today’s favorite confections back to its historic uses in early America. Open Hearth Cooks will explain how cacao grows and offer samples of American Heritage Chocolate drink. Enjoy sweet chocolate confections, as well as savory lunch specials, available for purchase throughout the day at the Deerfield Inn.

February 12, 10AM – 4:30PM

Lincoln’s Day Open House- Lincoln, RI

Historic New England is inviting the public to tour the Arnold House for free in honor of President Lincoln’s birthday. The town of Lincoln, Rhode Island, formerly part of Smithfield, was incorporated in 1871 and named in honor of the sixteenth President, Abraham Lincoln. A National Historic Landmark, the Arnold House was built in 1693 and is a rare surviving example of a stone ender house. Come see and tour the house, visit the museum, and enjoy some birthday cake.

February 12, 11AM – 5PM

New Hampshire Glassmakers 1780-1886- Peterborough, NH

The Peterborough Historical Society’s newest exhibit celebrates the extraordinary glass manufacturing industry in the Granite State from the Revolutionary War era through the Industrial Revolution. New Hampshire was home to five early American glasshouses, producing bottles, flasks, and tableware for more than a century. Some 250 rare examples, many of them never before exhibited in public are here.

February 11 – 19, 10AM – 4PM

Enjoy your weekend!

-The Two Palaverers

Be sure to check out the great weekend picks from the other members of the North Shore Blogger Consortium (NSBC):  Food and Fiction, Lighter and Local, LynnHappens.com, and North Shore Dish.


Festivities for February Fun.

The Two Palaverers’ Weekend Picks for February 4 – 6, 2011:

Cape Ann Birding Weekend- Gloucester, MA

Working with the Mass Audubon, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has planned a weekend filled with opportunity for bird lovers of all skill levels to join expert guides on a tour of Cape Ann’s birding hot spots- including a sea trip on the 7 Seas Whale Watch boat the Privateer IV. Pre-registration is recommended. Please see schedule for details.

February 4 – 6

Burlington Winter Festival- Burlington, VT

The 19th annual Burlington Winter Festival is a great way to experience the beauty of downtown Burlington and its waterfront. This event includes the Vermont Snow Sculpting Competition, Church Street Ice Walk, live performances, art exhibits, and more.

February 5

First Saturday Open Studios- Lowell, MA

Come browse the latest works by over 200 artists of the Western Avenue Studios on the first Saturday of every month. Painters, photographers, sculptors, glass artists, jewelers, mixed media artists, potters, and more. This event is free and open to the public.

February 5, 12 – 5PM

Full-screeNewburyport Chamber Music Festival- Newburyport, MA

This piano concert of beloved Romantic music at The Carriage House features virtuoso pianist Natalie Zhu. She’ll perform selections from Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and Liszt. A wine reception will follow the concert. Tickets are available online.

February 5, 7:30PM

Enjoy your weekend!

-The Two Palaverers

Be sure to check out the great weekend picks from the other members of the North Shore Blogger Consortium (NSBC): Food and Fiction, Lighter and Local, LynnHappens.com, and North Shore Kids.



We know you’re snowbound, but GET OUT!

The Two Palaverers’ Weekend Picks for January 28 – 30, 2011:

Sun WineFest 2011- Montville, CT

This weekend Mohegan Sun holds its eighth annual Sun WineFest. More than 1,000 varieties of wine, craft beers, spirits, specialty foods, cooking demonstrations, wine and beer seminars, and more. It will be a who’s who of celebrity chefs, including Bobby Flay, Robert Irvine, Todd English, Jasper White, Govind Armstrong, Jacques Torres, Christina Pirello and others. Portions of the proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association, Channel 3 Kids Camp and the Connecticut Sports Foundation.

January 28 – 30

Lecture: Life Magazine’s Key Role in the Promotion of American Modernism- Cambridge, MA

This lecture at the Sackler Museum of Harvard University explores Life Magazine’s surprising alliances with artists, architects, curators, and critics and discuss how such collaborations influenced both the public and the critical reception of American modernism. Life magazine actively promoted the work of 20th-century artists and architects, including Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, Georgia O’Keeffe, Stuart Davis, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Neutra, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Admission is free and open to the public.

January 29, 2PM

Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show- West Springfield, MA

Every year since the mid 1960′s, the Amherst Railway Society holds its Railroad Hobby Show at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds. This event features real life railroads and scale model railroads, historical societies, travel agencies, art shows, flea market dealers, importers, manufacturers and photographers. Modelers’ exhibits will display outstanding handiwork on layouts ranging from the tiny Z scale which fits on a coffee table to a monster 80 foot N-Trak system. Proceeds from the show are used to promote interest in railroads.

January 29 and 30, 9Am – 5PM (Saturday), 10AM – 5PM (Sunday)

Winter Exhibitions at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum - Lincoln, MA

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum has three new Winter Exhibitions.  Rachel Perry Welty 24/7- Welty,  a Gloucester, MA resident is a conceptual artist who utilizes whatever methods or materials best communicate the concept or idea for the artwork; Lucien Aigner: Photo/Story- Lucien Aigner was a pioneering photojournalist in the 1920s and 1930s whose ‘photo stories’ place him in a unique and important role in the history of photojournalism; Drawing with Code: Works from the Anne and Michael Spalter Collection-  this exhibit brings together a selection of computer-generated art by the form’s earliest and most important practitioners from the 1950s to today. The Providence-based collection of Anne and Michael Spalter is one of the largest and most important of its kind in the U.S..

January 29 – April 24

Enjoy your weekend!

-The Two Palaverers

Be sure to check out the great weekend picks from the other members of the North Shore Blogger Consortium (NSBC): Fifth Joy, Food and Fiction, GoodMorningGloucester, Lighter and Local, LynnHappens.com, North Shore Dish, and North Shore Kids.


Have some fun when the shoveling is done.

Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost”- Somerville, MA

The New England Folk Music Archives will present a film screening of the documentary, “Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost,” followed by live performances by musicians who appear in the film. This independent musical documentary by Todd Kwait, reveals the history of American jug bands and the influence they’ve had on regional artists and internationally known folk, rock and blues musicians. For tickets, call 617-480-0388 or go to www.brownpapertickets.com.

January 21, 7:30PM

M.C. Escher: Seeing the Unseen- Pittsfield, MA

The M.C. Escher exhibit at the Berkshire Museum provides fresh and vital insight into one of the 20th century’s most popular artists, revealing the inspiration he took from the natural world—be it the forms of fish, birds and reptiles; the tightly interlocking figures known as tessellations; or the mathematical concepts that allowed him to unlock his distinctive style. This eye-opening experience also takes a look at Escher’s impact on popular culture, from the cover of The New Yorker to black-light posters, and even some very creative tattoos.

January 21 – May 22

The Shipwrecks of Stellwagen Bank- Gloucester, MA

Join maritime archaeologists Deborah Marx and Matthew Lawrence at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center for a tour of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary’s historic shipwrecks to uncover the mysteries and secrets hidden beneath the waves. This event is sold out, but you may join the wait list.

January 23, 2- 4PM

Enjoy your weekend!

-The Two Palaverers

Be sure to check out the great weekend picks from the other members of the North Shore Blogger Consortium (NSBC):  Food and Fiction, GoodMorningGloucesterLynnHappens.com, and North Shore Kids.


Real New Englanders don’t let a little snow keep them down.

The Winter Wine Festival- New Castle, NH

The 7th Annual Winter Wine Festival at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel provides the opportunity to meet renowned national and international luminaries in the culinary and wine worlds. This Seven-week event caters to connoisseurs and novices alike. Grand vintner’s dinners, flight nights, rare vintage tastings, celebrity chefs and winemakers, classes, Bubbles and Jazz Sunday brunches, and educational seminars with notable oenophiles offer something for everyone.

January 14 – February 27

Arisia 2011- Boston, MA

New England’s largest, most diverse sci-fi and fantasy convention. Arisia 2011  at the Westin Boston, has something for every nerd with a full schedule of LARPs (including vampires, goblins, and a whole slew of otherworldly creatures out for worldwide domination) to panels on fan culture, steampunk, and science.

January 14 – 17

Ghost Hunting at Inn Magnolia- Gloucester, MA

Have you ever wanted to go on a ghost hunt? Now is your chance! Join author, radio personality, and paranormal investigator, Ron Kolek and members of the New England Ghost Project for an investigation of The Inn Magnolia. The elegant mansion has a history of unusual occurrences and many visitors have witnessed strange events. Sign up for this special event and you will become part of the NEGP team as they attempt to collect evidence of paranormal activity at the inn.

January 15, 8PM – Midnight

Enjoy your weekend!

-The Two Palaverers

Be sure to check out the great weekend picks from the other members of the North Shore Blogger Consortium (NSBC): Fifth Joy, Food and FictionFood for Thought, GoodMorningGloucesterLynnHappens.com, North Shore Dish, and North Shore Kids.


We wish you a 2011 filled with great adventures and interesting discoveries as you explore the many wonderful things to do in New England.

The Emperor’s Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City- Salem, MA

Never before seen by the public, the contents of an Emperor’s private retreat deep within the Forbidden City is revealed at the Peabody Essex Museum. This is the last weekend to view this very special exhibit. Please note that through January 8, the museum will remain open to visitors until 8PM. Special $10 admission after 5PM.

Exhibit ends January 9

Moby Dick Marathon- New Bedford, MA

The New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Moby-Dick Marathon celebrates its fifteenth annual non-stop reading of Herman Melville’s literary masterpiece with an expanded 3-day program of entertaining activities and events. Check the website for the event schedule.

January 7 – 9

First Friday Art Walk- Portland ME

Portland kicks off the year with its first First Friday Art Walk. This is a free self-guided tour of local art galleries, art studios, museums, and alternative art venues on the First Friday of every month.

January 7, 5 – 8PM

Art Film After Gallery Walk: The Desert of Forbidden Art- Brattleboro, VT

A fascinating film and exhibit of Russian art saved from destruction by Igor Savitsky. Savitsky pretended to buy state-approved art but instead daringly rescued 40,000 forbidden fellow artist’s works and created a museum in the desert of Uzbekistan. The film filled with recollections of the artists’ children and rare archival footage, takes us on a dramatic journey of sacrifice for the sake of creative freedom. The collection itself remains as endangered as when Savitsky first created it.

January 7, 8:30PM

Lake Morey Winterfest- Fairlee, VT

Winterfest activities offer something for everyone, including Nordic skating, snowshoe hikes, cross country skiing, winter travel skills, sledding, old fashioned ice cutting, igloo building, music, storytelling, winter skills, dog sledding demos and more. Bring your own snowshoes, skis and skates or borrow them at the Center. Both indoor and outdoor activities available. All ages and skill levels. Admission is $5.

January 9, 10AM – 4PM

Enjoy your weekend!

-The Two Palaverers

Be sure to check out the great weekend picks from the other members of the North Shore Blogger Consortium (NSBC): Fifth Joy, Food and FictionFood for Thought, GoodMorningGloucesterLynnHappens.com, North Shore Dish, and North Shore Kids.


There are so many wonderful First Night celebrations to choose from throughout New England. However you decide to ring in the New Year, please keep warm and safe.

Wine & Cheese Snowshoe Tour- Grafton, VT

Enjoy a guided snowshoe tour to a warming hut where you will enjoy sampling wine and Grafton Cheese. Reservations necessary.

December 31, 1PM

The Great American Songbook- Stoneham, MA

Stoneham Theatre’s all time favorite Kathy St. George, accompanied by a seven-piece band, will ring in the New Year singing show tunes and hits from the Great American Songbook. Set to include several Judy Garland numbers, including the classic sketch “The Wizard of Oz in Ten Minutes.”

December 31, 7PM and 10PM

2011 Bright Night Celebration- Providence, RI

Bright Night Providence is an artist-run arts oriented New Year’s Eve Celebration, featuring entertainment for all ages, including comedy, clowns, live music, magic shows, and more. Location: all over town. See website for schedule and performers.

December 31

The Great Sardine & Maple Leaf Drop Eastport, ME  and New Brunswick, Canada

The small city of Eastport shares a bay with New Brunswick, Canada, and rings in the Canadian New Year before toasting the American occasion during The Great Sardine & Maple Leaf Drop. A giant red maple leaf and an 8-foot long realistically painted wooden sardine descend from a top floor window of the Tides Institute & Museum of Art.

December 31, 11PM and midnight local time

A variety show at the Actors Studio- Newburyport, MA

The improvisation duo The Dangling Conversation will be hosting a variety show at the Actors Studio in The Tannery. The evening will include song, dance, short plays and skits by local artists. All of the performances are original works and will include artists from around the area followed a party and sing-along for those who wish to stay out longer.

December 31, 9:30PM – midnight

Recycled Percussion- Manchester, NH

Legendary New Hampshire drumming group Recycled Percussion returns to the Palace Theatre for another incredible performance. Featuring an entirely new show that sets the standard for high-energy, mind-blowing drumming, after their stellar appearance on “America’s Got Talent” and a show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

December 31 & January 1, 8PM

Ocean of Chocolate New Year’s Party- Mystic, CT

Put off that New Year’s diet for one more day and indulge at Mystic Aquarium’s Ocean of Chocolate New Year’s Party! A chocolate fountain will stream on the main exhibit floor for all to dip their favorite items. Guests will receive hats and kazoos as they arrive to ring in the New Year.

January 1, 12PM – 5PM

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

-The Two Palaverers

Be sure to check out the great weekend picks from the other members of the North Shore Blogger Consortium (NSBC): Food and Fiction, GoodMorningGloucester, and North Shore Kids.


New Englanders are a hardy lot. We don’t let the cold weather deter us from doing some wonderful things.

The Two Palaverers’ Weekend Picks for December 16 – 19, 2010:

The Glass Flowers at Harvard Museum of Natural History- Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Museum of Natural History presents the Glass Flower gallery, a unique collection of over 3,000 life- size glass models that includes 847 plant species, with remarkably accurate anatomical sections and enlarged flower parts. The models were created by glass artisans Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolph, a commission that began in 1886 and continued for five decades.

December 16 – 31, 9AM – 5PM

An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker- Portsmouth, NH

The Great Bay Academy of Dance presents “An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker” now in its 22nd season at The Music Hall. This holiday classic blends local history, period costuming, and dance making it a local tradition and a must see for the entire family. In keeping with the holiday spirit, Great Bay Academy of Dance will donate 10% of all profits from this production to a local charity. Tickets are available online.

December 16 – 18, 7PM (Thursday, Friday & Saturday), 10AM (a one hour performance) & 2PM (Saturday)

Cultural Survival Bazaar- Boston, MA

This cultural festival gives Indigenous artists, their representatives, and fair trade companies from around the world the chance to sell their work directly to the American public. There will also be music by Yarina, Native Storytelling by Leonard Four Hawks, Lakota drumming & singing by Tim Swallow.

December 17 – 19, 10AM – 9PM (Friday & Saturday), 11AM – 6PM (Sunday)

A Wicked Maine Wine Dinner- Ogunquit, ME

Join Bintliff’s Restaurant of Ogunquit as they host a beautiful five-course dinner paired with Cellardoor Wines. This event proudly supports Maine farmers and producers. Reservations required.

December 17, 6:30PM (reception), 7PM (dinner)

Black Nativity Boston, MA

This legendary Christmas event at the Blackman Auditorium at Northeastern University is the Black community’s Christmas gift to the world.  This joyous company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians delivers its powerful message of joy, hope, victory and liberation. Boston’s captivating production is the longest running performance of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’ song-play in the world.

December 17 – 19, 8PM (Friday & Saturday), 3:30PM (Saturday & Sunday)

94th Annual Christmas Mystery- Hanover, NH

This Choral Re-enactment of the Christmas Story performed in Rollins Chapel at Dartmouth College is one of the oldest consecutive Christmas observances in New England. It remains unchanged since its creation in 1917. Performed by students from Hanover High, parents and community members, this is a treasured community event. Admission to the Mystery is free but donations are accepted at the door. No late admittance.

December 19, 4PM and 5PM

Enjoy your weekend!

-The Two Palaverers

Be sure to check out the great weekend picks from the other members of the North Shore Blogger Consortium (NSBC): Fifth Joy, Food and FictionFood for Thought, GoodMorningGloucesterLynnHappens.com, North Shore Dish, and North Shore Kids.

As the calendar turns to December and the holiday season begins, remember to take time out to enjoy the simple pleasures of New England.

The Two Palaverers’ Weekend Picks for December 2 – 5, 2010:

Five Rivers Arts Alliance: Arts Downtown & All Around- Midcoast Maine

The thirteenth annual Arts Downtown & All Around is an invitation to visit Midcoast Maine artist studios, take in several group shows that include music, theater and dance, and visit downtown galleries in the towns of Brunswick, Harpswell, Topsham, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Richmond, Bath, West Bath, Phippsburg, Woolwich, Arrowsic, and Georgetown.

December 3 – 5

New Canaan’s 6th Annual Holiday Stroll- New Canaan, CT

If you like the holiday movie “It’s A Wonderful Life,” then you will really enjoy the New Canaan Holiday Stroll. Christmas carols, performances by the Norwalk Symphony Ensemble Orchestra, holiday food, Gingerbread House Tour and includes a visit from Santa. Celebrate the season and dazzle your senses with treats at every turn.

December 3 – 4, 6PM – 9PM (Friday), 10AM – 5PM (Saturday)

A Celtic Christmas: Cherish the Ladies- Manchester, NH

Saint Anselm College presents a holiday concert with the first all female traditional Irish band in the country, Cherish the Ladies. Their concerts are a combination of mesmerizing music, sensational singing, dynamic dancing and infectious humor. For tickets click on the link above or call the Dana Center Box Office at (603) 641-7700

December 3, 7:30PM

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