By Tam McClure
Summer in New England is a wonderful time of year. As a southerner who spent an entire summer traveling around New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and other locales I found it to be an incredible experience. I can say honestly that New England hospitality rivals southern hospitality every day of the week!
Apr 21 – May 5 – Daffodils At Dusk – Bristol, RI – Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum will host Fairy Garden Days at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center – Providence, RI. located at 1000 Elmwood Ave. Fairy Garden Days 2017 will feature more than 100 handmade homes. Guests may go on a scavenger hunt in four greenhouses, play games in the Gnome Village, join adventures in the Pixie Paradise Campground, and watch daily lady bug releases. Frenchy’s Popcorn Food Truck will provide snacks. Visitors are encouraged to dress as fairy folk. Time: Tuesdays – Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $7; seniors, military, and children age 6-12, $4. Call 401-680-7250 for more details.
June 10 – Harriet Beecher Stowe House Grand Re-Opening located at 77 Forest Street Hartford, CT. After an 18-month renovation, the National Historic Landmark Harriet Beecher Stowe House reopens with a new interactive tour. See beautifully preserved interiors; learn what compelled Stowe to write the anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”; discuss 19th century social issues. Guests may take a horse-drawn carriage ride, meet Harriet Beecher Stowe, play games, enjoy food vendors, eat birthday cake for Stowe’s 206th birthday. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Find more details and admission fees online at the harrietbeecherstowecenter.org
July 9-16 – 23rd Annual Catskills Irish Arts Week which is a week of celebration for all ages with music, song, dance, language and crafts amidst a genuine Irish Village in East Durham, NY. New this year is a Lunchtime Chat at The Tailteann House with Daniel Neely July 10-14 at 12:15 daily. Visit catskillsirishartsweek.com for more details.
Aug.12 – The 7th Annual Lobsterfest, Saturday, 3-7 p.m, located at Fisherman’s Pier, Provincetown, MA. It will include exciting auctions, live entertainment, a reception and rustic lobster dinner. Tickets can be purchased by calling 508 905-2800 extension 2252. For more information visit www.outercape.org.
Aug. 19, Hudson Summerfest 2017 – The city of Hudson, NY will host live music, and engaging performances by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. along with food and beverage vendors providing the best of local resources will be organized by the FarmOn! Foundation. A crafts and maker tent will showcase the work of local artisans. Volunteers from the Hudson Area Library will participate. For more information visit www.hudsonsummerfest.com.
Traveling the south instead? If you are in Arkansas on May 4- The Friends of Dreamland will present the Edwin Brewer Jazz Painting Series in the historic Dreamland Ballroom. Attire is business casual or cocktail party. The event will be on the top floor of the Arkansas Flag and Banner building on 800 West 9th Street in downtown Little Rock. Time: 5:30-7:30. Price: Free. Find more details at dreamlandballroom.org. b