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Best Events in New England Nov. 18-19: Parades, Lighted Gardens, Drum-and-Bugle, Nature Studies

[fa icon="calendar"] Nov 15, 2017 10:32:56 AM / by Mary Lhowe

Mary Lhowe

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America’s Hometown Thanksgiving 2017 – Plymouth, MA

November 17-19

 Thanksgiving is to Plymouth, MA, as Halloween is to Salem – that is, a holiday that celebrates the essence of the place’s reputation in New England history. Dubbed “America’s Hometown” because this is where the Pilgrims first touched North American, Plymouth celebrates this most American of holidays with historic re-enactments of Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, as well as contemporary fun: a big parade, a food fest, a harvest market, and drum and bugle corps concert. Plan your visit now! Map



Gardens Aglow 2017 at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens - Boothbay, ME

November 17-December 31

 Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor – rich with plants, paths, and play areas – doesn’t need a single watt of extra light to enhance its beauty. But when the Christmas season arrives along with hundreds of thousands of lights strung through the gardens – wow.  It’s well worth a visit. At the annual and popular Gardens Aglow, you can enjoy the gardens; dine at the Kitchen Garden Café; and shop for gifts for the nature-lover in your life at the winsome Gardens Gift Shop. Map


 voices-from-the-heart-1.jpgVoices From The Heart Sings "Can't Keep Quiet" - Portsmouth, NH

November 18

 Get ready to be lifted from your seat when this powerful a capella group of women’s voices takes you on a musical adventure of South African and American music, including djembe drumming, ululating, and dance. The warmth and love of music you hear in this classic New England church is inspirational. Guest artist and on-fire singer, Joyce Andersen, will lead the chorus and audience in finding common ground. This concert is sure to lift the spirit and encourage guests to raise their voices! Map



Backyard Winter Birding for Families - Greenwich, CT

November 18, 2017

Take the family for an outing to Audubon Greenwich to learn about the life histories and food habits of winter birds and what foods and feeders will fill their needs. Learn also about Project Feeder Watch, a chance for you and your family to engage in real citizen science by recording how many birds you see at your backyard feeder. The data helps scientists track broad scale movements of winter bird populations. Guests of all ages are welcome. Map


fairy-houses-for-kids.jpgMaking Fairy Houses and Sea Glass Ornaments, Kids and Adults – Bristol, RI

November 18

 Audubon Environmental Education Center in Bristol, RI, offers fun and an outlet for creativity this Saturday. In the afternoon, kids are invited to make fairly houses and gnome homes from shells, seeds, and other nature objects. Adults get to do the same in the evening, with a friendly glass of wine on the side. On Saturday and again on December 9, adults are invited to a workshop showing how to make a pendant or holiday ornament with sea glass found on local beaches. Map


woodstock wassaile weekend 2014 large.jpgLooking Ahead: Wassail Weekend 2017 - Woodstock, VT

December 8-10, 2017

Plan now to visit the idyllic town of Woodstock, VT, for its annual Wassail Weekend. This beautiful town, with a central Green surrounded by majestic buildings and wonderful shops, hosts an Equestrian Parade on Saturday, with horses and riders in holiday costumes and 19th-century dress. Townspeople and visitors gather for the lighting of the town Christmas tree, carol singing, the burning of the Yule log, house tours, readings of Christmas stories, and visits to Billings Farms & Museum. Map

Mary Lhowe

Written by Mary Lhowe