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November Events!

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November is a fun month of the year, at the beginning we get to continue celebrating fall and all it has to offer, and towards the end of the month we begin looking forward to Christmas!  There’s a fun mix of events going on this month, and we’ve found some of the best ones in the Bay State!  November will come and go before you know it, so don’t miss your chance to take advantage of these events!

Fall Restaurant Week In Salem – If you’re a food lover, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this event!  Try the best local cuisine in Salem for a discounted price from November 3-7 and 10-14.  Participating restaurants will be offering either a two course ($18), or three course ($28), prix-fixe dinner menu.  Whether you like classic American food, steak , seafood, or ethnic dishes, you will have plenty of options to choose from!  There will be multiple appetizer, entree, and even dessert options on each menu, and reservations are recommended.  When contacting the restaurant, be sure to mention Restaurant Week.

Apples and Wine Festival – Taking place at Russell Orchards in Ipswich, this event has something for every member of your family!  From hayrides, apple crisp, cider pressing demonstrations, apple samples, and caramel apple dipping to a wine tasting for those over 21, this event is fun for all ages.  The event will be November 9th and 10th from 11 AM – 4 PM.  The cost of the wine tasting is $20 per person and includes 24 tastes of their award-winning hard ciders and fruit wines, select gourmet food pairings, wristband, and a signature glass to take home.  Reservations for the wine tasting are recommended.

Blink! A Light & Sound Extravaganza – This festive holiday event takes place in Faneuil Hall in Boston on Saturday, November 23.  Festivities begin at 12 noon with the arrival of Santa, a performance from “A Christmas Story”, and tons of additional live entertainment.  There will be dancers, music, and much more throughout the day, all leading up to the lighting ceremony which will be from 7:30 PM – 8 PM and will feature performances from the Boston Pops, and Grammy Award-Winning singer Paula Cole.  Mayor Menino will be the one to flip the switch and a portion of the ceremony will include a tribute to the long-time mayor of Boston.  Once the switch has been flipped, over 30,000 lights will illuminate the tree along with an additional 350,000 lights throughout Faneuil.  Don’t miss out on this holiday extravaganza in the city!

Lowell City Of Lights Parade And Holiday Celebration – Taking place on Saturday, November 30th, in downtown Lowell, this is event will be a fun way to celebrate the holiday season.  Festivities begin at 11 AM with holiday shopping, live performances, pictures with Santa, trolley tours, and the Annual Hot Chocolate Competition!  These festivities all lead up to the main event, the City of Lights Parade and City Hall Lighting!  Spend the day with friends and family and enjoy the start of the holiday season!

All of these events are perfect for friends or the whole family!  Kick off the holiday season and enjoy these fun filled celebrations!

Bay State Bike Week Is Here!

Many of you may already know that May is National Bike Month, and if you didn’t know then you should check out our blog about it here.  What you may not know is that Massachusetts has its own biking celebration during the month of May.  Bay State Bike week takes place this year from May 14-20, and anyone is welcome to participate!  There are events going on across the entire state including festivals, bike breakfasts, film screenings, scenic rides, charity bike rides, bike repair classes, and much more.

Another great thing about Bay State Bike Week?  Anyone can plan and submit an event!  Presented by MassBike in partnership with the MassDOT, Bike Week festivities rely on the creativity of their participants.  All that is needed to plan an event and get it on the Bay State Bike Week calendar is a location, name for the event,  date and time, and description of the activities that will be taking place.  Event organizers can submit their event to Bay State Bike Week’s website here.

Want to make your bike rides a bit more interesting?  Sign up for the MassCommute Bicycle Week Chanllenge!  Sign up with your business, school, municipality, or on your own!  This competition is free and open to anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Massachusetts.  How it works is that you keep track of the miles you bike, submit them online and your stats are accrued to your school, place of employment, and community.  You can then keep track of how you’re doing on the leader board.  Some healthy competition never hurt anyone, sign up today and makes your miles count for yourself and your community!

Boston is hosting their own celebration of bikes as well.  In honor of bike week, riders are invited to join in on one of 9 group rides from surrounding Boston areas, all of which end at Boston’s City Hall.  Once the bikers arrive at City Hall, there will be a free breakfast, refreshments, vendors, a small expo area, and shops who can examine and repair bikes.  The other great thing about this event is that it’s free to sign up!  Participants are asked to register so that the organizers can get an accurate head count for the event.  For more information on the convoy routes and departure times you can click here.

There are endless ways to get involved with Bay State Bike Week!  Even pledging to bike to work/school on those days is a great way to participate.  Get up and get active this month, bike week is a great excuse to spend some time outside this spring!

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