VisitNewEngland's Editor and Publisher are on a soujourn this week to New Hampshire's Great North Woods -- staying at the Cabins at Lopstick near Lake Francis in the far north town of Pittsburg, NH. (If you walked due west for a ways, you would cross into Quebec. A clue is that you see road signs in French and English around town.)
Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA, invites photographers to enter their work into its “Grow Show” exhibit and competition of garden photos, offering inspiration at the historic sites Chesterwood, Frelinghuysen Morris House, The Mount, and Naumkeag. The show is scheduled for August 12 to 13 at the Botanical Garden.
The longest day of the year dawned on the United States first today at West Quoddy Lighthouse in northern Maine, the easternmost point of the continental U.S. A lighthouse visit or tour to Maine is a glorious way to feel the ancient roots of New England seafaring culture. Quick bits: Maine has the most lighthouses in New England (about 60); Rhode Island has a lighthouse (Rose Island, near Newport) that hosts a July 4th barbecue party; many lighthouses allow you to climb to the top or visit the keeper’s quarters; some have small museums, selling lighthouse gifts and charts. You can take a boat tour to Sheffield Island off the coast of Norwalk, Connecticut, to see Sheffield Island Lighthouse and enjoy a picnic and a stroll on the island. Even inland Vermont has 3 lighthouses, on Lake Champlain.
New England has the Freedom Trail, Lexington and Concord, and Bunker Hill. We could be the national epicenter of Independence Day. Plan a new July 4th adventure: enjoy fireworks, parades, fife & drum music and musket fire, town cookouts, lawn games, band music in the park gazebo, boat cruises, picnics on the beach. Stick with your favorite tradition or try something. In Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. [photo by Steve Perlmutter / Courtesy of Essex Heritage]
Glorious professional dance in all genres – from classic ballet to hip hop to styles you’re never imaged – is performed for free every Wednesday through Saturday during the Inside/Out portion of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Fest in Becket, Massachusetts. The festival runs from June 17 to August 27 in 2017.
The summer Solstice is coming next week (June 21) and that reminds us of America’s Stonehenge, an eerie place in Salem, NH, that is probably the older man-made construction in continental United States. America's Stonehenge was built by ancient people well versed in astronomy and stone construction. It is an accurate astronomical calendar and can be used to determine solar and lunar events of the year. Various inscriptions have been found throughout the site including Ogham, Phoenician and Iberian Punic Script. The place hosts a Summer Solstice ritual on June 21 at 2 p.m., preceded by a lesson on archaeoastronomy. Daily activities include a Kids Gemstone Dig, through Labor Day. Find more Outdoor Adventures.
Enter to win free tickets on the Block Island Ferry out of Point Judith to Block Island: beaches, lighthouses, cliffs, biking, motorbikes, shopping, dining -- our summer gift to YOU. Enter here