Public Ren Wedding, Corn Maze, Free Plays & Improv, Agg, Kite, Bike, Music Fests
08/04/09 by Johnny Monsarrat
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The Week in Weird
|Opening Day for Davis Megamaze||8/6||Worcester|
|I love the MegaMaze! It’s a huge corn maze with 3 miles of walkways, and because there are crossover bridges, the maze is far more complex than you’d think. It’s next to a mid-tier amusement park with a petting zoo, apple-picking orchard (seasonally), hay rides, and water spray park. It’s by far the best in New England and arguably the world. You really should go to this opening day celebration, or sometime else.. the maze is open through Halloween.
145 Redstone Hill, Sterling, MA.978-422-8888. more
|Open Wedding w/ Royalty||8/8||Rhode Island|
|The weird event of the week has got to be this though: a Renaissance costumed wedding that is open to the public. Wow! How do I hear about this stuff? 12pm. Hand fasting. Sword Songs & Moor is doing a wedding that’s open to the public? Donation. Royal feast, food, song, merriment, sword swashbuckling demonstration, appearance by King & Queen. Festival, & fun. RSVP in advance preferred. RSVP to Missy Martucci, email@example.com.
Foster Woodlands, Rt 6, Foster RI.401-714-4244.
|Free Shakespeare on Boston Common||7/31 – 8/16||Boston Metro|
|The free Shakespeare performance on Boston Common continues! It’s The Comedy of Errors. Arrive early and bring a blanket or rent a chair! It’s free!
Boston Common, Boston, MA.617-426-0863. more
|Improv on the Bricks||8/8 – 8/9||North Shore|
|There are a lot of outdoor events involving theatre. This one’s worth a mention. It’s Salem Theatre Company’s outdoor improv comedy show. 3:30pm. Free! Bring a lawn chair or sit on the bricks.
Derby Square & Front Street, Salem, MA. more
|Folkways: A Day in the Life of the Early Colonists||8/1 – 8/31||North Shore|
|There’s a historical re-enactment village near Salem that I’ve never visited and seems poorly described. Um, but I’m sure it’s great! And they’re having a play which itself is poorly described but seems to be some kind of historical thing. Friday – Tuesday from 11am-1pm. Part of Pioneer Village.
Pioneer Village, Forest River Park, Salem, MA.978-867-4767. more
|Annual Sand Sculpture Contest @ Marthas Vineyard||8/5||Cape Cod|
|I was wrong to write that Nantucket has the private beaches. Nantucket is the one with the public beaches! So as a result they are usually less crowded than a Martha’s Vinyard, where many are private. Sorry about the mistake! If you are lucky enough to be visiting Martha’s Vinyard, stop by the sand sculpture contest!
South Beach (right fork), Edgartown, MA.508-627-8134. more
|Rehoboth Fair||8/6 – 8/9||Southern Mass|
|I went last year to this one and it was pretty good! Not bad for my tiny hometown. They’ll hav a petting zoo, live stock exhibits, tractor pulls, horse show, and Demolition Derby.
Almeida Road at Wheaton Avenue, Rehoboth, MA. more
|Rehoboth Antiquarian Society Clambake||8/9||Southern Mass|
|Also in Rehoboth, they’re having the biggest museum celebration of the year. It’s authentic New Englandy clambake all-you-can-eat goodness, check it out.
Goff Hall, Rehoboth, MA.508-252-3031. more
|National Night Out: Revere||8/4||Boston Metro|
|As I mentioned last week, in Revere, it’s a free movie and “family fun” here.
Garfield School, Revere, MA.617-343-4345. more
|National Night Out: Franklin Park Zoo||8/4||Boston Metro|
|As I mentioned last week, the Franklin Park Zoo is free 5-8pm.
Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, MA.617-343-4345. more
|National Night Out: Block Parties||7/19 – 8/4||Boston Metro|
|As I mentioned last week, there are supposed to be block parties in neighborhoods all across Boston. But I couldn’t find them on their website.
Everywhere, Boston, MA.617-343-4345. more
|Turners Falls Block Party||8/8||Western Mass|
|Another block party is way out in Western Massachusetts, with a parade, too.
Turners Falls, MA.413.230.9910. more
|Fall River Celebrates America||8/7 – 8/9||Southern Mass|
|It’s festival season, and this one’s special because it happens next to the largest marine exhibit in the world, Battleship Cove. They have a carousel, and fireworks!
Battleship Cove at Fall River Heritage State Park, Fall River, MA. more
|Newport Jazz Festival (JVC Jazz Festival)||8/8 – 8/9||Rhode Island|
|The Jazz Festival should be good too. I know because I was just there last weekend for the Folk Festival.
Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI. more
|Carnival in Beverly||8/7||North Shore|
|Beverly is having a carnival.
Beverly, MA. more
|Rock, Rattle, & Drum Pow Wow & Spirit on the Mountain Music Festival||8/7 – 8/9||Western Mass|
|This one seems to be a serious music event, and well worth a visit. Considering camping over that weekend.
Eastover Resort, 430 East Street, Lenox, MA.413-464-0919. more
|Beverly Homecoming Days||7/31 – 8/9||North Shore|
|Beverly’s festival continues… This one ends with fireworks…
Beverly, MA. more
|Ipswich 375th Anniversary Celebration||8/9||North Shore|
|Ipswich is turning 375 and celebrating with what appears to be a fairly standard event: parade & live music. Take the shuttle at http://ipswichessexexplorer.com if you don’t drive.
Town Hall, Ipswich, MA. more
|Beach Bash Kite Fest||8/9||South Shore|
|But I might rather go to this interactive festival, since the regular Boston-area Kite Festival is not running this year. Come see people fly stunt kites, and learn to fly one yourself! 10am-3pm.
Pageant Field, 1 Merrymount Parkway, Quincy, MA. more
|Boston by Bike at Night||8/8 – 8/9||Boston Metro|
|Speaking of hobbies, here’s a nighttime Boston bike cruise, from midnight to dawn. meet Aug 8 at 11:15pm at Copley Square near Trinity Church. Ride 28 miles and finish at 7am at Christopher Columbus Park. Run by the Back Bay Midnight Pedalers. Not physically demanding. The idea is to learn things you didn’t know about Boston history and architecture. Bring a bike with a light, & wear something reflective.
Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St., Boston, MA.617-522-0259.
|Moonlight Paddle||8/5||Western Mass|
|Or go kayaking at night.
Weatogue Road, Ashley Falls, Sheffield, MA. more
|Arlington Astronomy Night||8/8 – 9/12||Boston Metro|
|My night choice would be looking at the moon through telescopes at this park in Arlington. 9:15pm. Weather permitting, and next one is September 12.
Robbins Farm Park, Arlington, MA. more
|Model airplanes – CRRC Soar-In||8/8 – 8/9||Metro West|
|Also a hobby is this model airplane event. I’ve been and it was fun if you’ll be in the area. Off Rt 117. Call Mark Drela at 617 253 0067, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch included in admission. One of two big local model airplane events. Register ahead for discount. Directions, see http://www.charlesriverrc.org/fields_davis.htm.
Davis Field, Sudbury, MA.(978) 897-1750. more
|Anchor’s Away: Miniature ship building||8/8 – 8/16||North Shore|
|Watch hobbyists actually build model ships, and over 30 will be on display. They have an exhibit on superheroes too where you can try on Superman’s cape or climb into Batman’s car.
Rt 1A, Wenham, MA.978-468-2377. more
|Tour of the Water Purification Facility||8/10||Boston Metro|
|What you really need is a tour of a water treatment plant. You know you want it! 6-7:30pm.
Water Purification Facility, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge, MA. more
|Cambridge Discovery Days||8/8 – 8/15||Boston Metro|
|OK, maybe not. Maybe you’d prefer free walking tours featuring famous dead poets, etc. and other locals.
Various, Cambridge, MA. more
|Harvard Reads: Poets at 200||8/9||Boston Metro|
|It’s the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe, so come hear Harvard Professors read his poetry, and others’.
Longfellow Historic Site, Brattle St., Cambridge, MA.(617) 876-4491. more
|Free “Fun Friday” @ Plimoth Plantation||8/7||South Shore|
|Plimoth Plantation is free on Friday. Thanks!!
137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA.508-746-1622. more
|Wachusett Valley Folk Festival||8/9||Northern Mass|
|And there are a bunch of smaller festivals. Here’s one.
Wachusett Village Inn, 9 Village Inn Road, Westminster, MA. more
|Dorchester Beach Festival||8/8||Boston Metro|
|11am-4pm. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about moonbounces, it’s that 6’4″ guys are too big for ’em. This looks pretty creative, including an eco-scavenger hunt and kite decorating.
Malibu Beach, Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester, MA. more
|Rockport Acoustic Music Festival||8/9||North Shore|
|Rockport, MA. more|
|Annual Winnekenni Castle Chowderfest||8/9||Northern Mass|
|This festival isn’t just the chowder. They’ll have magic shows and live music.
Haverhill, MA. more
|Naukabout Music Festival||8/8||Cape Cod|
|More music festivals…
East Falmouth, MA. more
|Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival||8/5 – 8/8||Southern Mass|
|Another excuse to stay indoors while on Martha’s Vinyard.
Martha’s Vinyard, MA. more
|Rhode Island International Film Festival||8/4 – 8/9||Rhode Island|
|Or in Rhode Island. This one celebrates, um, William Shatner.
Providence, RI.401-861-4445. more
|Lowell Quilt Festival (Images Quilt Show)||8/6 – 8/9||Northern Mass|
|2nd largest annual quilt festival in the Boston area.
Lowell, MA. more
|Essex Street Fair||8/8 – 8/9||North Shore|
|This “sidewalk festival” is pretty commercial. But Salem is fun to visit anyhow! And it’s all part of Salem Heritage Days.
Salem, MA. more
|Red Bones Annual Pig Pickin’||8/10||Boston Metro|
|A southern-style hog roast and street festival to benefit charity. Live music. 6-9pm.
Somerville, MA. more
|Boston Restaurant Week – Summer||8/9 – 8/21||Boston Metro|
|Get cheap eats at the fanciest restaurants. A marketing ploy, a tourist event, what’s the difference?
Various, Boston, MA. more
|Sharon Pollock’s Blood Relations (Lizzie Borden)||8/7 – 8/15||Boston Metro|
|Did you miss Lizzie Borden last week? This play seems to be more classy and less ghost-hunter-y.
Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA. more
|Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead||7/30 – 8/9||Boston Metro|
|One of my favorite plays, by Tom Stoppard, who wrote the screenplay for the movie “Shakespeare in Love”, it a comedy about Hamlet’s lesser known friends.
Cambridge YMCA, 820 Mass. Ave, Cambridge, MA. more
|The Ego & The Oracle||8/6 – 8/27||Boston Metro|
|This is an event where they spin the wheel and answer your questions or tell your fortune by playing music! Every Thursday in August! 6:30pm.
The Burren, Davis Square, Somerville, MA. more
|George’s Island Kite Day (Go Fly a KITE Day)||8/8 – 8/29||Boston Metro|
|Kite experts give lessons on kite-flying, fre material to build kites.
Boston Harbor Islands, Boston, MA.617-223-8666. more
|Salem Heritage Days||7/31 – 8/10||North Shore|
|… At the same time as a Heritage Days festival, that includes annual ice cream event, a dog show, dance, comedy, an outdoor movie, and a pizza competition. And see the antique car show at the Phillips House on Aug 9.
Salem, MA.978-740-1650. more
|Quill Pen Writing||8/1 – 8/27||Boston Metro|
|I thought this was cute. While you’re walking the Boston Freedom Trail, try your hand at writing with a real quill pen. Website only works in Internet Explorer.
Old South Meeting House, Boston, MA. more
|Swim with luminous jellyfish off the Cape||8/1 – 8/30||Cape Cod|
|How would you like to swim with harmless but glow-in-the-dark jellyfish? I went to Cape Cod last year on a mission to research this event. Near the end of August, sneak into McGansett Beach, in Falmouth. Or any public beach really. Or boat to Tarpaulin Cove. Choose a calm night, because if there’s a lot of waves there may be too much turbulence to see the jellyfish. They are non-stinging, and small, about the size of a goose egg. The creatures glow when there’s motion in the water, so if you disturb the water, such as jumping off the McGansett Beach dock, you see glowing. No real website, but you can ask about it at Woods Hole, http://www.whoi.edu, or the National Marine Life Center, www.nmic.org.
Falmouth, MA. more
|Kink 101 Club Night||8/8||Boston Metro|
|And it’s a free party for people curious about sexuality.
Cambridge, MA. more
|Northeast Kingdom Music Festival||8/7 – 8/8||Vermont|
|Come camp for a whole weekend for this world music festival.
Chilly Ranch, Albany, VT. more
|Lake Champlain Bluegrass Festival||8/7 – 8/9||Vermont|
|Or this one…
Rt 2, Alburgh, VT. more
|Valley Stage Music Festival||8/8||Vermont|
|Or this one…
Huntington, VT. more
|Bangor State Fair||7/31 – 8/9||Maine|
|Fiesta Shows will have their traveling carnival here also!
Bangor Fairgrounds, Bangor, ME. more