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Free Events Just In Time For The Holidays!

Who isn’t trying to save their pennies around the holidays?  Traveling, presents, parties, and other yule-tide events may take away from your budget but don’t worry, we’ve got your back!  These events are totally free, fun and will help keep your funds in line for the holiday season!

8th Annual Holidays On The Green –  This family friendly event takes place at The Pinehills in Plymouth Saturday, December 1st and has something for everyone! Children will love the petting zoo and getting their picture with Santa, followed by decorating some holiday sugar cookies! Bring your furry friends as well!  Guests can walk in or watch the “Reindog” parade where there will be tons of costumes and prizes!  Victorian carolers will be strolling the streets singing classic holiday tunes, sculptors will be whittling masterpieces out of ice, and there are a bunch of tiny shops to stop by and do some Christmas shopping.  Close out the day by watching the tree lighting on the green, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season!

North End Walking Tour – The North End is one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods and now’s your chance to take a tour of this historic gem.  Stroll the streets where Paul Revere and Cotton Mather once walked, stop by Mike’s Pastry for a cannoli, or even sample some of the local Italian cuisine that has made the neighborhood so popular with tourists.  Hosted by Free Tours By Foot, the free tours are every Saturday at 2 PM and last about 2 hours.  Although the tour is free, reservations are required and donations are welcome!  Take advantage of these free historic tours before the weather gets too nasty, the North End is especially beautiful during the holiday season, and this tour is the perfect way to burn some calories before enjoying some Italian food!

Constructing Holiday Tradition – The USS Constitution, or Old Ironsides as it is affectionately known, is hosting a holiday event perfect for families!  Stop by the USS Constitution Museum any day from now until December 24th to make your very own holiday ornament!  This daily event runs from 10 AM – 5 PM and is completely free.  Stop by with your little one(s) and they can make their very own ornament that will decorate the Christmas tree on board Old Ironsides herself.    Ornaments made before December 2nd will be placed on the tree in time for the annual lighting ceremony that night!  If ornaments are made after the tree is lit, children can climb aboard the ship and put the ornament on the tree themselves!  Want to make your own ornament to bring home?  The USS Constitution museum will have two different types for sale, the classic wooden “anchors aweigh” ornament for $2, or a new, limited edition copper ornament for $5.  Proceeds benefit the museums educational programs so you would be supporting a wonderful cause!

La Salette Christmas Festival of Lights – This National Shrine in Attleboro, MA is famous for their annual Christmas Festival of Lights!  Beginning in 1953, this festival has grown into a massive celebration with over 300,000 lights, concerts, displays, and much more.  Stop by the shrine and see their outdoor Creche, listen to some festive music, and visit with Clopper the Christmas donkey!  The lights span over 10 acres and illuminations are from 5 PM – 9 PM daily, until January 6, 2013.  This event is free to the public but donations are always accepted and appreciated!

Get into the holiday spirit this month with these festive and free events!  They are perfect for families and there is something for everyone!

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Memorial Day Weekend Events!

Memorial Day weekend is almost here!  The kick-off of summer is this coming weekend and there are events taking place all across Massachusetts!  Of course the traditional beach parties and cook-outs are always fun, but if you’re looking to do something different this year venture out to one of these great events and let us know what you think!

  • Newburyport Springfest- Springfest takes place every year in downtown Newburyport, MA.  It runs from 10AM-5PM on Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28.  Trust us, this celebration has something for everyone!  There is live music in the town center and plenty of tents to explore featuring crafts from local artists.  Guests can also sample food from some of the best restaurants in town!  Over 5,000 guests are expected to attend so make sure you get there early!
  • AIS 44th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Powwow– Native American culture is a fascinating part of American History.  Celebrate their unique culture and traditions this Memorial Day weekend beginning on Saturday, May 26th at the 4H Camp Marshall in Spencer, MA.  Events begin each day at 10AM and last until 10PM.  There will be afternoon and evening dance sessions as well as native hand-made crafts and supplies for sale.  Admission for the day is $5 for adults and $2 for children 14 and under.  Guests can also purchase passes for the entire weekend and overnight camping is available beginning at 6PM Friday night before the event and guests can stay until 12 noon on Monday.
  • 4th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Party at the Greatest Bar-  The Greatest Bar is hosting their 4th Annual Memorial Day Weekend party this Saturday, May 26th.  There will be four floors of music and dancing with special guest DJ’s spinning tracks troughout the night.  The doors open at 9PM and guests have the option of getting on the guest lists or purchasing tables prior to the event.
  • All Hands On Deck: Memorial Day Weekend Family Fun- This Memorial Day, take a trip to the USS Constitution Museum in the Charlestown Navy Yard.  This is a great activity for kids that is both fun and educational!  It takes place from May 26-28 and activities begin at 9AM and last until 6PM.  Kids can learn what it was really like to be a Marine or Sailor at sea by learning to march, and deciding whether they should “sign on” to the Constitution and take part in additional crafts and demonstrations.  There is also an exciting new activity for children called “Mutinous Expedition: A Quest Based on Honest Truth”.  So head down with the kids and soak up some sun while getting your fix of American history.
  • Club Passim Campfire- No this is not an actual campfire, it’s a musical event taking place in Cambridge this weekend.  Club Passim is a non-profit arts organization sponsoring this event which begins on Friday, May 25 and goes until Monday, May 28.  Shows begin at 6PM Friday night and 12 noon for the following days.  Musicians will take to the stage until 12:00 AM each night and there will be a variety of performers including country, celtic, and blues artists.  Passes are $10 for the day or $30 for the entire weekend.

Everyone loves a good celebration, especially on a long weekend!  If the beach isn’t calling your name and you’re looking to try something different than the usual cook-outs and barbeques check out one of these events!  There is certainly a diverse selection to choose from so get out and about this Memorial Day and enjoy yourself!

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