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March 2021
March is an exciting month in Massachusetts, as we celebrate Women's History, Irish Heritage and the Maple Syrup season. Plus, Saturday, March 20 marks the beginning of spring, always a cause for celebration!
Our state initiative, My Local MA, encourages all of us to support local businesses, including farms and restaurants, art galleries and cultural venues, Main Street retailers and family-owned companies. And please, don't forget to #MaskupMA!
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Featured Region: Plymouth County

A virtual program on "The Mayflower and Britain: A Tour Across Pilgrim Memory" will be held Friday, March 12 at noon! Explore how the Mayflower story is commemorated in Britain in this virtual talk by senior lecturer at Queen's University Belfast Dr. Tom Hulme, sponsored by the Alden House Historic Site.

Often seen as the "bad guy" in the story of the Mayflower, Britain has a long and varied history of commemorating the voyage. This illustrated virtual talk will journey across the British landscape to highlight the places of Pilgrim memory, from monuments and memorials, churches and paintings, to the strange and curious. Dr. Hulme is the director of "Voyaging through History: The Mayflower and Britain, 1620-2020," a collaborative project with the University of Exeter and the British Library. The program will be broadcast through Zoom; registration is required here!

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Southeastern Mass

Southeastern Massachusetts has something for everyone! Outdoor fun at the incredible beaches, canoeing, surfing, and bird watching at Audubon Society's Allens Pond. With so many local artists across the region, there will be something you want to take home. Local breweries, live music and a ton of restaurants that range from fresh seafood to Portuguese and Cape Verdean cuisine will keep your toes tapping and tastebuds dancing...and all so close!  
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The Berkshires

WAM Theatre's season begins with two online play readings! First, Letters to Kamala by Rachel Lynett, directed by Nicole Brewer (streaming March 14-21), where three female political leaders of the past share their wit and wisdom with our new VP. Followed by The Light by Loy A. Webb, directed by Colette Robert (streaming April 25-May 2), a rollercoaster ride of laughter, romance, and despair that uncovers the power of radical love. For tickets and more information visit Even if you can not be in the Berkshires, you can still enjoy our theatre!

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Greater Merrimack Valley

Join in celebrating the remarkable people & places of the Freedom's Way National Heritage Area! Reimagined for 2021, the month-long Hidden Treasures Festival of Nature, Culture & History in May will curate an immersive mixture of online and physical events and activities that showcase the landscape, traditions, and stories of the uniquely American region that is the Freedom's Way National Heritage Area. Mark your calendar! This year features opportunities for family learning and emphasizes the annual thematic focus on the American conservation movement. Get all the info here!

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Central Massachusetts

Arts Transcending Borders at the College of the Holy Cross presents Harpist Maeve Gilchrist
Celebrate Irish Heritage Month: Watch a St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan. First-generation Irish-American Curt Curtin presents a poetry reading with Worcester Public Library. Acclaimed Edinburgh harpist Maeve Gilchrist presents selections from "The Harpweaver", blending original compositions and traditional Irish and Scottish music. Ideas to explore outside: Join Broad Meadow Brook on March 24 to see American woodcocks perform a spectacular aerial display. Plus, visit Sturbridge for Maple Days and Boylston for Yarmstorm

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Franklin County
The Arts & Crafts Moment in Deerfield is an online exhibit of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA). Explore an online collection of beautiful, useful objects created at a specific time in a special place by an unusual group of people inspired by the ideas and ideals of the era. The site is organized into five main categories: Treasures, People, Places, and Ideas. PVMA is one of the oldest history museums in America and its collections proved inspirational to Deerfield's Arts and Crafts artisans of the early 20th century.

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Greater Boston
The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a campaign called Live Boston Classroom, a destination marketing initiative aimed at leveraging Boston's unrivaled educational ecosystem and array of iconic institutions. Working with its hotel and cultural tourism members, the Bureau has produced a landing page which compiles hotel packages and tour/attraction experiences featuring unique and experiential learning opportunities.  The campaign and Landing Page will be pushed out through paid and organic social media messaging!
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Cape Cod
Cape Cod's Route 6A, also known as Old King's Highway, is one of America's most scenic byways and comprises the largest contiguous historic district in the United States. In 2021, Old King's Highway achieved National Scenic Byway Status, making it one of only four in Massachusetts! In all, Route 6A traverses about 62 spectacularly stunning miles from end to end, winding past cranberry bogs, salt marshes, preserved farmlands and four centuries of architecture. Find out more about this iconic roadway here, and check out the Cape Cod Travel Guide article "Cruisin' Route 6A." You can also take a virtual road trip of Route 6A on Instagram! Plan your Cape Cod getaway today.

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Western Mass
M is for Maple and March is maple month in Western Mass! As a matter of fact, we're just mad for maple!   It's a great time to get out and about to get your fill of fresh maple flavors. Take a ride to one of the many sugar shacks where you can enjoy fluffy pancakes topped with the freshest maple syrup you'll ever find! Take a scenic nature walk on one of our many hiking trails to commune with our sugar maple trees and see the source of our delicious syrup up close.  For more maple madness, click here.

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Hampshire County
Photo credit - Emily Dickinson Museum
Hampshire County is rich with woman's history - from Sojourner Truth in the Village of Florence, to Emily Dickinson in Amherst. Celebrate the legacy of these legends during Woman's History Month, with virtual programs from our cultural landmarks. Ever wish you could spend an hour in a famous poet's library? The Emily Dickinson Museum is hosting a Virtual Studio Session in the Homestead Library on March 4. Visit their website for more information. Space is limited for this unique opportunity.

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North Central Massachusetts 
Spring is the season of renewal - and March 5 will mark the re-opening of the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton after the Covid shutdown. Home to the largest collection of Russian icons in the United States, the museum is sure to entrance visitors with its "Miniature Masterpieces: Russian Lacquer Boxes" exhibition and Lesia Sochor's paintings inspired by Ukrainian Easter eggs! The Fitchburg Art Museum, too, is preparing to re-open its doors soon; check the website for details.  

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Martha's Vineyard 
Martha's Vineyard: away, apart, amazing! Adrift in stunning beauty, find inspiration, rejuvenation,, offshore. Love Local - shop beautifully-crafted handworks, art, pottery, glass, unique-batch pantry items, curated apparel collections, galleries, studios, more. Alpaca Walk & Talks, Vineyard Museum, find your trail, lunch/dinner, book, lighthouse, guided Chappaquiddick outings, Spring Equinox guided-walk and Big-Moon Owl Prowl (Felix-Neck). See Aquinnah's Cliffs in a new light, eat chowder at Menemsha, Experience Vineyard-mind - only here! Stay safe on MVY!

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Mohawk Trail Region
Save the date for the FreshGrass Festival September 24-26, 2021! With vaccines rolling out, and many experts predicting a return to live music events in the fall, FreshGrass is moving ahead as planned. Join in for a family-friendly weekend brimming with the brightest talent in bluegrass and roots. The health/safety of festival-goers, musicians, vendors, staff, and the local community are our top priority. FreshGrass 2021 FAQ here - stay tuned; many more details to come.

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The Hopkinton Center for the Arts presents a virtual St. Patrick's Day Celtic Concert on March 17 at 7:30 pm! Stanley and Grimm have a wonderfully pure, organic, and authentic Celtic sound that makes them rank among the finest entertainers o' this side of the Atlantic. Their arrangements and playing abilities enable them to produce an acoustic tapestry which is close to perfection. From the comfort of your home, kick back and relax and join us on St Patrick's Day for this live streamed concert!

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Nantucket Island

Nantucket's spring harbingers awaken - time for a rejuvenating, crowd-free visit! Pre-season shops, restaurants, museums, conservation/cycling trails, beaches soothe winter-weary souls. Majestic foliage-free architecture evokes Nantucket's glory-days. Bring easels, cameras, journals, bicycles and your beloved to this captivating crescent of burnished sand. Explore byways, galleries, lighthouses, all blissfully alone. At pre-season rates, stay posh and fancy awakening all your senses? Travel order and health guidance apply keeping you safe. Isn't it time for Nantucket?

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North of Boston
Made It: The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum now through March 14, showcases more than 100 works, spanning 250 years, recognizing women's often-overlooked contributions to the fashion and design industry. Join the Cabot for a Virtual St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn on Sunday, March 14 at 7:30 pm. A magnificent lineup of musicians, singers, and dancers from around the world share Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of the season. For more events & happenings visit

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