The first weekend of August is brimming with great things to do, places to go, and adventures to enjoy in New England. Read from top to bottom and prepare to aim your map search toward these classic New England places.
Paddle Battle at Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport, Maine
August 5, 2018
Paddle Battle is The Nonantum Resort’s Kennebunk River race for kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, surfboards and any non-motorized vessels. Drawing competitive and recreational paddlers, and offering a kids’ fun race, the event is an awesome afternoon out on the water. Crazy Costume and Crazy Craft competitions are new to this event! Then enjoy live music and family activities on the resort’s back lawn. 3-7 p.m.; race is at 4 p.m.
Roaring Twenties Lawn Party 2018 at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA
August 4-5, 2018
Come re-live the Jazz Age with live music and dancing, performances, lawn games, a vintage faire and more. Take swing dance and Charleston lessons and dance to the music of Boston Lindy Bomb Squad, Boston Lindy Hop, Eight Thirty ACT, and The Riff. The mansion will host guided tours. Lawn chairs and picnic blankets are encouraged.
3-8 p.m.; gates open at 1 p.m.
Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat Tours 2018 from East Providence, RI
August 5, 2018
Take a relaxing and informative riverboat tour on The Explorer and discover Providence Harbor, and the Seekonk and Pawtucket rivers. Pass through the Fox Point hurricane barrier and catch great views of the Providence skyline. The tours travel further upriver toward Pawtucket, with views of a changing landscape and eastern shore birds. Offered Sundays at 1, 2, 3, and 4 p.m. Departs from Al’s Waterfront Restaurant, 28 Water Street, East Providence
Exhibit: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA
Through October 28, 2018
The exhibit “Keepers of the Flame: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition” sheds light on the thread connecting American illustration and legendary artists Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth, and Norman Rockwell to the roots of European painting through the long line of teachers. Museum open daily, 10 am.-5 p.m.
Free Day at Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, NH
August 4, 2018
Explore this bucolic property of Shaker buildings, workshops, gardens, and orchard. Walk the nature trails, and bring a picnic or eat in the Café. Programs include “Meet the Shakers” for families and kids, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; a guided introduction to the landscape at 1 p.m.; and “A Canterbury Tale” introduction to the Village at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
“Exquisite Miniatures” Exhibit at Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, CT
Through September 8, 2018
Artists Wes and Rachelle Siegrist have created a world of these amazingly detailed paintings – so small you need a magnifying glass to see them — for the exhibit Exquisite Miniatures. See 50 infinitely detailed works from the renowned miniaturists. Museum is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Breakdancing Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” at Hartford Stage, Hartford, CT
August 3-4, 2018
One of Shakespeare’s most raucous comedies is filled with mistaken identities and cunning tricks. Breakdancing Shakespeare creates a modern hip-hop performance of this 400-year-old story, complete with Shakespeare’s original text and contemporary music and dance. 7 p.m. both nights; Saturday at 2 p.m.
Yanni: 25th Anniversary of Live at the Acropolis at Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence, RI
August 4, 2018
Performer and composer Yanni will celebrate “Live At The Acropolis” with a world tour. Yanni’s iconic performances at the Acropolis, the Taj Mahal, the Forbidden City, the Royal Albert Hall, The Pyramids and El Morro in Puerto Rico have crossed countless borders and has resonated with billions of people across the globe. [Photo N. Millard and GoProvidence]
National Geographic Photo Ark Traveling Exhibit at the Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
Through September 2, 2018
The National Geographic Photo Ark documents every species in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. The Photo Ark includes portraits of more than 12,000 species representing several animal classes. Museum is open
Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.