Events INSIDER June 23, 2008

Hi all,

This is what’s coming up in New England!

The strange event of the week has got to be the Western Mass Highland Games & Celtic Festival. I went last year and it was so much fun! They have bagpipes, fiddles, falconry, traditional games and dancing, and such a great parade I can’t even really describe it. I think the Scots just have so much ethnic pride and community it’s thrilling to experience their enthusiasm. Jun 28. Franklin County Fairgrounds, 89 Wisdom Way

413-584-9182. Rain or shine. 2008: 9am to 6pm. CALL?? CANCELLED? The Chronical of Narnia OverKnight. Jun 27. Higgins Armory, 100 Barber Ave, Worcester, MA. 508-853-6015. More movies outdoors. Can I ask a question? Why do so many of them simply say “At Dusk”. When’s that? 7pm when it starts to get dark? Or 9pm when it’s solidly night? — Boston, MA. Movies by Moonlight at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Jun 27. “In the Heat of the Night (1969)”. 617-439-7000. — Falmouth, MA. Wednesday Movies Under the Stars, Jun 25, if you care what they’re showing and what time exactly, apparently you’ll have to call them. Peg Noonan Park, Main Street, Falmouth, MA. 508-487-3424. At dusk. This one’s indoors, but still interesting. “Dinner and a Movie” is Jun 28 at the Hampshire House, which is a historic mansion on Beacon Hill. That’s at 84 Beacon St, Boston, MA. 617-227-9600. It’s just $30 for a 3-course dinner followed by Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. It’s not just movies that are outdoors at night! How about summer theater! Shakespeare Under the Stars is way out in Hadley, MA, and they’re showing Romeo & Juliet Jun 25-Jul 13, and then As You Like It, July 16-27. Jun 25-26 is a preview and costs less. Or how about dancing! There’s an event called Dancing on the Charles, which seems to actually take place outside on the shore of the Charles river. Jun 28 and a number of other Saturdays this summer. Here are two scavenger hunts! Neither involve stealing road signs and spending a night in jail: — Boston Scavenger Hunt, Jun 28, 12:30-4pm in Boston Common. Register beforehand. — Gallery Scavenger Hunt, Jun 28. At Mass MoCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art. It looks like it’s geared towards kids. Oh the waste! You know from kids cartoons and TV that children have no taste. Let’s face it, they’re just as happy jumping in puddles and picking their noses. Please put your festival energy into appealing to adults! Special zoo events are usually benefits and tickets can be pricey. This one’s, Zoobilee: Feast with the Beasts, Jun 28, is $125. That’s less than the price last week to meet Steve Carrell. But hey, you get to ingest and mingle with animals. A better bet is Chefs in Shorts, which is only $60, another benefit, at Seaport Boston, one of those trade show halls in South Boston. Jun 27. The town of Amesbury is having a festival! This is about as far north as you can get without falling off into the ocean or New Hampshire. It all starts with a block party on June 25, has a nighttime paddle Jun 27, balloon rides Jun 28, and more. Amesbury Days, Jun 25-Jul 4, Amesbury, MA. 978-388-8110 x314. While you’re on the North Shore, check out this Catholic festival: St. Peter’s Fiesta, Jun 25-29, Gloucester, MA. Religious activities, music, food, sporting events, parade, culminating with the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet from the Boulevard (near Fishermen’s Memorial Statue). Although nobody can beat Brookline for nuts, Somerville is giving it a shot by celebrating July 4th a week early. I guess they’re just tired of being overshadowed by Boston’s July 4. Somerville Independence Day Fireworks. Jun 26. Rain date: July 5. I’ve never heard of a genuine improv comedy festival before (although local groups will put on their own shows). Providence Improv Fest. Jun 27. Held in three different locations in Providence, RI.