Apr 12-19, 2011: Ballooning, Folk Music & Robin Hood Fests, 22 Patriots Day Re-enactments, Easter Egg Hunts, & Earth Day

Wow! At last weekend’s American Humanist Association conference, I got to interview Richard Dawkins. Did you miss it? You can still catch atheism advocate Sean Faircloth of the Secular Coalition of America lecture twice this week.

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This week I’m giving away two tickets to a hot air balloon ride — a real one, not a “tethered ride” up and down. As usual, I’ll tend to pick the person who’s most active in getting the word out to friends about Events INSIDER. Click “subscribe” for ideas on how!

I hope you are having an awesome week. Now get out there and do something fun!


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Wed 4/13New HampshireHigh 5 Ballooning – tix giveaway
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat
This is my best giveaway ever. Who wouldn’t want to go on a balloon ride? The place is only 40 minutes away and they have sunrise or sunset trips. I have a pair of tickets to give away. Just tell the owner what your weekly availability is, generally speaking, and he’ll call you on short notice when there’s a spot to fill until he finds you available and you get your ride. I met the owner at a faire and he seems like a lot of fun, not just a pilot but also an entertainer. This is a $400 value. Email johnny@eventsINSIDER.com.
Derry, NH.

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Fri 4/15 – Sun 4/24Boston MetroBoston International Film Festival – tix giveaway
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat
Holey smokes! This festival includes more than 100 films and comes with two galas. Like last year, they don’t mention which showings come with filmmaker Q&As, but surely there will much of that. I have one All Screening Access Pass to give away of the entire festival, a value of $75!
Lowes Theatre Boston Common, Boston, MA.

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Tue 4/12 – Wed 4/13Metro WestOne Nation Under the Constitution & Sex! Morality! Law! Women!
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat
Did you missing the American Humanist Association conference? Sean Faircloth, the executive director of this secular advocacy group, is still in Massachusetts and giving speeches two nights in a row. First, Tue 4/12 at 6:30pm in Worcester, then Wed 4/13 at 8pm at Wellesley.
Worcester & Wellesley.

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Fri 4/15 – Sun 4/17Metro WestNew England Folk Festival
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat
I’ve been to NEFFA three times, and it’s sort of a “local” club experience turned into a sprawling weekend of participatory dance, song, and performance. While it doesn’t have the professional feel of many fests, the people who go are creative and inclusive and you’re bound to feel right at home.
Mansfield High School, Mansfield, MA.

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Sat 4/16WorcesterRobin Hood Day
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat
The Higgins Armory is a museum of medeival armor and swords and they are continually having fun events. It’s my favorite Worcester destination, and this week, it is dressed up like Nottingham Castle from the Robin Hood story for a swashbuckling festival. Come dressed in costume!
Higgins Armory, Worcester, MA.

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Sat 4/16Boston MetroNational Coordinated Protest for Libya
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat
There’s a nationwide rally to support Libya, and the Boston version is in Copley Square from 2-4pm. Got lack of knowledge about Arabs? Get thee to a rally and meet some! I did last month and was warmly received.
Copley Square, Boston, MA.

Sat 4/16Metro WestBattle of Lexington Re-enactment & Patriots Day Parades
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat
Instead of watching a marathon while sitting on your butt, how about taking part in the history that made Patriot’s Day a holiday? I’ve listed 22 activities below, and this one’s my favorite. I love re-enactments! I’ve been to this one, the battle that began the American Revolutionary War, and see a bunch more on their website. Crazy people will do a “march” from 4am-5:45am. And then other crazy people, about 2,000 will show up to watch the re-enactment in Lexington at 5:30am. I guess in the old-timey days a lot of battles happened at dawn. Arrive an hour early or bring a stepladder for a good view. Then at 6am, Pancake breakfast and parade follow the re-enactment, Paul Revere Ride Re-enactment. Concerts, etc. and afternoon parade.
Town Green, 1900 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA.978-388-6749.

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And a lot more this week at Boston Events Insider, the most popular events blog in New England, including:

MIT Earth Day, National Robotics Week, Rube Goldberg Machine Design Contest, [SENSE]ation Day at Fuller Museum, Committed to C.R.I.M.E., Murder Mystery Weekend, Boston Marathon & Post-Race Dance Party, Sing-a-Long Grease, Free movie previews: Bridesmaids, Patriots Day in Boston, Somerville Patriot’s Day, Arlington’s Patriot’s Day Parade, Paul Revere Lantern Lighting, Ride, & Row Re-enactment, Roxbury Patriots’ Day, Battle Road and Patriot’s Day Events at Minute Man Park, Paul Revere Capture Reenactment, Handbell Festival on Patriots Day, Lexington Battleground BBQ Festival, Patriot’s Ball and other Concord events, Patriots Day Open House at the Old Manse, British Mourn Arms Ceremony and Concord Parade, Arrival of the Sudbury Militia, Acton Patriots Day Celebration, Patriots Day at Old Sturbridge Village, Patriots’ Day Revolutionary Muster and Parade, Redcoats, Rum, and Rebellion Walking Tour, Patriots Day Celebration — Ogunquit, ME, Earth Day Charles River Cleanup, Earth day at Franklin Park Zoo, Earth Day 5K “Race Against Extinction, Earth Day at Salem State College, Earth Day Festival in Lowell, Sustainable Living Festival, New Bedford Earth Day Parade, Party for the Planet at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, Take to the Trails and Celebrate Earth Day, Easter Egg Hunt at Dana Park, EGGstravaganza – Danvers, MA, Easter Egg Hunt – Hingham, MA, Easter Egg Hunt — Winslow Farm, Easter Egg Hunt – Swansea, MA, Town of Norton’s Annual Spring Egg Hunt, Annual City Easter Egg Hunt – Taunton, RI, Camouflaged Egg Hunt, Easter Egg Hunt – Westerly, RI, Easter Egg Hunt at Charmingfare Farm, Springtime with the Bushnell Bunny, Easter Egg Hunt – Greenwich, CT, Annual Easter Egg Extravaganza – Maine, Civil War Conference & Commemoration, Volunteer Expo, Carousel on Boston Common, Carousel on Kennedy Greenway, April 19, 1861: Baltimore and the Pratt Street Riot, Revere Spring Carnival, Giant Carnival, Topsfield Kite Day, Never Say Die: Immortality and Overpopulation, Deval Patrick: Book Talk, New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, Woods Hole Model Boat Show, Free Crane Beach Day, Events INSIDER Restaurant Reviews, FREE Preview and Reception of When Duty Whispers-Concord & The Civil War, Cambridge Open Studios Preview Exhibition Reception, Excavating the Great Aztec Temple: Achievements and Perspectives, Six Flags New England – Opening Weekend, FAST Future, Extravaganja, Faneuil Hall Marketplace Street Performers Audition Performances, Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm, Henry’s Future” with Director Q&A, 50th Anniversary of the Bay of Pigs Invasion, A Sushi Spectactular to benefit Japan, FREE Opera Night at the BPL. With discussion and mini-performances., TALK NERDY 2 ME, The Edwards Twins do 1970s impressions, Gala Semi-finals Story Slam Extraordinare, Breaking the Code, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Kronos Quartet, Bang-on-a-Can, Wu Man, Gamelan Galak Tika, MIT Chamber Chorus, Blackadder II – our review, Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Competitions, regionals

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