The weekend before Christmas is coming up and it is time to chill out. Take some time for quiet entertainment with people who you love to be with. Ideas below:
Midwinter Masquerade at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, MA, on December 21 — The Hawthorne Hotel’s grand ballroom turns into a wicked-ish maze of artisan vendor pop-ups, mask-makers, jewelry designers, hair and make-up artists, and more. Expect to engage in a mystical encounter. Find clues and solve riddles to win prizes. [Photo credit John Andrews Photography 2018]
Christmas Lessons & Carols at Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Westport, CT, on December 22 — This timeless Christmas service tells the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus in nine Bible readings interspersed with congregational carols and choir anthems. Free. 5 p.m.
film: “In Search of Beethoven” at Jane Pickens Theater in Newport, RI, on December 21 — Immerse yourself in music and story at this dynamic account of the life and works of the great composer. The film features 65 performances by the world’s finest musicians. In addition 100 interviews were conducted in the making of this beautifully crafted film. 1-3 p.m. Sample.
Solstice Concert with Guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto at the Button Factory Stage in Portsmouth, NH, on December 20 — Master Guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto returns to the Button Factory Stage with a brand-new CD and a gorgeous, ethereal, solo acoustic guitar performance. 7:30 p.m. Sample.
Winter Solstice with Taylor O’Donnell + Jed Wilson at The Dance Hall in Kittery, ME, on December 21 — Singers Taylor O’Donnell and pianist Jed Wilson create pleasure for the head and the heart as they play beloved classics from the Great American Songbook, the works of Joni Mitchell, original compositions, and more. 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Solstice Party with Bow Thayer at American Flatbread in Middlebury, VT, on December 21 — Dance the darkest night away with American Flatbread to welcome the impending light. Live music will be provided by Bow Thayer and Greg Ryan. There will be fires inside and outside. Besides the music, come enjoy pizza and other delicious favorites. 8-11 p.m. Sample