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toddler gear, you are in desperate need of a vacation from your vacation. Been there. Sunscreen in the eyes, diaper changes on the beach, naps in the car, sandwich in the sand... Remember, the days are long but the years are short. We can do it. Robert Burgess, a Hudson dad of 2-year-old Will and a newborn son, Levi, is making the most of his “long” days by keeping a blog of his family’s adventures as they visit every town and city in Massachusetts. Did you know there are 351+ of them? Robert and his wife, Laura, have visited 191 of them so far (with and without kids), exploring the tallest waterfall in the state as well as walking in the footprints of dinosaurs along the Connecticut river. The Burgess’ sense of local adventure is contagious, great for Father’s Day and bsp’s summer guide kickoff this month. Show your kids the list (page 33), and see how many towns you can check off as having visited yourselves or how many towns you have never even heard of (there are plenty). Set a family challenge. Robert’s project is about looking at family time in the Bay State in a whole new way, and you’ll get plenty of ideas on some of his family’s favorite finds. Follow his lead at massachusetts351.blogspot. com. And since you won’t want summer to end (at least the weather anyway...), we’ve got a clip-and-save article for traveling to the Sunshine State this fall or winter (think dolphin encounters, turtle hospital, para sailing, key lime pie on a stick...). You’ll find a handy guide on page 26, written by Bay State dad of two, Kirk Davis. In addition to Robert and Kirk, bsp introduces other great dads to you in our June issue: a Plymouth dad whose comfort is comedy in raising his four children and a Littleton dad

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I ring the doorbell to the Prunty home and hear the pitter-patter of many feet approaching. Looking down through the side window, I find the brightest smile on the littlest face that seems to be shining just for me. I will come to learn this smile belongs to Jake. His two sisters, Zoey and Kate, have nothing but smiles as well. All are 4 years old and excited to have a guest in their home. It is clear they enjoy having others around. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clichĂŠ and understated to say that Karin and Jeff Prunty are busy, but busy they are. They parent ten children, all of whom joined the family through adoption. As I sit with Karin at the kitchen table, Kate climbs onto my lap and begins to draw while her mother tells their story to me. As do many couples who wish for children but have difficulty conceiving, Karin and Jeff looked into adoption. Their oldest boys- Ryan, 20, and Taylor, 16- joined the family as infants through domestic adoption. When her

The Prunty Family, Wrentham (older brother Ryan is missing from photo) sons were 8 and 4, Karin longed to add a daughter to the family. Initially reluctant, Jeff soon reconsidered. Karinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire for a daughter brought them to China, a decision that would become a lifechanging experience.

Culture Shock China is a country steeped in tradition and superstition. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where, at the stroke of midnight on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve, all the windows and doors of a home are opened in order to send out the old year and welcome the new. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where the art of feng shui originates, which dictates furniture placement, lighting and color of a home, in order to foster positive energy, or qi (pronounced chee).

But superstitions can have a negative impact as well, as in the case of Chinese orphans. Considered unlucky, they have, traditionally, been stigmatized and difficult to place domestically. The large numbers of children available for adoption in China is one reason why many families, like the Pruntys, considered adopting there. Between 1995 and 2005, Americans adopted more than 60,000 children from China. One year after filing adoption papers, Jillian, now 11, arrived home to the U.S. But the Pruntys were touched enough that they knew theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be returning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The things we saw while there totally changed us,â&#x20AC;? says Karin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As Americans, we have so much.â&#x20AC;? Explaining the reason for returning to China so quickly, Karin adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just knew we could do more.â&#x20AC;? And so Molly,

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years of waiting, hoping and loving, the Pruntys learned that Xiao-Fu would be adopted by another childless couple. Knowing sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have a home, the Pruntys were able to move on. Until Xiao-Fu, Karin never considered adopting a child with special needs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always thought, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really great people can do that, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not one of them.â&#x20AC;? Now the Pruntys were comfortable with the idea. After reading a number of biblical verses related to the theme of being lame, Karin says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt God was calling me to adopt a child who had something wrong with her foot.â&#x20AC;? The agency received its list of waiting children and Karin called to inquire if there might be a girl with a foot problem. She was put on hold and when the agent came back to confirm there was, Karin said she was the one they were going to adopt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you want to see her picture?â&#x20AC;? asked the agent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not necessary,â&#x20AC;? Karin replied confidently. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my daughter.â&#x20AC;? A short while later, Chloe joined the family. Weeks later, Karin was compelled to search again. As the family grew, her strong faith moved her through the challenges. This time, Karin was drawn to the verse, Out of the darkness and into the light. She believed her next child would have vision troubles. While Karin searched for this child, she noticed a little girl named ChouChou who kept appearing on the wait list. The agency said Chou-Chou had severe heart troubles, and that was keeping potential families away. Karin researched the heart condition and came across an organization that worked with such children. Their tag line read, Out of the darkness and into the light. Karin and Jeff had to fight for this little girl. At the time, China had a limit on the number of children who could be adopted into a single family. The Pruntys had reached that limit. Additionally, Chou-Chouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart condition was deemed inoperable by a top surgeon in China. She was to be returned to the orphanage and made comfortable until she died. The Pruntys were not satisfied with that, and worked with an organization called Love Without Boundaries to have Chou-Chou transferred to Singapore. There, an open-heart surgery repaired much of what was wrong with her heart. Soon after, Chou-Chou was welcomed to her new home in the U.S., and with her new name, SaraGrace. The other children in the Prunty family arrived home with similar stories. Karin felt a calling; sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d find the child she believed was meant to join the family; sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d discuss the matter with Jeff. At one point, he quipped, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the equivalent of an adoption vasectomy? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m cutting off your Internet service.â&#x20AC;? Had they done so, of course, there wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be Kate, born with a severe heart condition, Zoey, born with missing bones in her leg, and Jake, adopted from Guatemala with extra fingers.

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Life At Home So whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life like in a family with ten children? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never a dull moment,â&#x20AC;? says Karin, texting me from the hospital. SaraGrace had just been admitted for a ruptured appendix. Meanwhile, Zoey will be back to Boston soon for her final prosthetic fitting. She recently returned from the hospital after having the lower third of her leg amputated. Having many children can mean other challenges as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big families live differently,â&#x20AC;? says Karin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t often participate in after-school activities. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? They require two vehicles when they travel, and the children donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the luxuries other kids their age often have- like ipods, cell phones and video games. What they do have is a home with children scattered around the living area doing homework after school. Sometimes the older kids help the younger ones. Sometimes the most creative of the group come up with crafts and games that keep the others entertained for hours. It means always having someone around to talk to, or a lap to crawl into. And opportunity abounds for the art of sharing. And what about all those things they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We talk about the children still without homes and we sponsor some,â&#x20AC;? says Karin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They seem to understand they still have way more than those kids do.â&#x20AC;? She pauses and adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We think we have to give our kids everything, but do we? Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it more important to give them love?â&#x20AC;? Donna Morin Miller is a Wrentham-based writer and adoptive mother to son, Max.

Love Without Boundaries In recent years, higher rates of infertility in China have led to increased domestic adoptions. As a result, U.S. adoptions have decreased to nearly half of what they were. There are many children with special needs waiting for homes, however. From 2001-2006, birth defects in China increased by nearly 50%, according to the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Family Planning Commission. Many environmentalists blame this on the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dependency on coal for powering factories and heating homes. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to help, Love Without Boundaries is an organization that provides support for orphaned children in China through nutrition, medical and education programs. They also offer humanitarian assistance to orphanages and foster homes. Learn more at lovewithoutboundaries.com

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Derek is a quiet, 15-year-old boy of Caucasian heritage who longs for a forever family. He can be quiet with people he does not know but is engaging with adults in one-on-one situations. Derek enjoys typical teenage activities such as skateboarding, playing video games, riding his bike and basketball. He also likes to explore the great outdoors and is teaching himself to play the guitar. Derek receives special education services to aid him with his academics. With assistance and encouragement Derek is able to stay on task and succeed. Legally free for adoption, Derek is very committed to finding a family to call his own. His worker is looking for a family that has no other children or much older children so that Derek can receive the one on one attention he has missed out on in his life. If you are interested in learning more about Derek or the adoption process in general, please contact Department of Children and Families Adoption Supervisor Eileen Griffin at 978-353-3629.

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GO MEDIEVAL: Higgins Armory Museum lowers the drawbridge on its new hands-on learning gallery, Castle Quest. higgins.org 18 MAY2011

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GO FENWAY: The Cape Cod All Stars play at Fenway on Friday, July 29th. Tickets are just $10. redsox.com/capecod.

GO SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM: The Jimmy Fund’s Scooperbowl returns to Boston, June 7 - 9. scooperbowl.com.

GO DOROTHY GO: Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Boston Children’s Museum this summer for their Wizard of Oz exhibit. BostonChildrensMuseum.org.


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1WEDNESDAY The American Songbook. Symphony Hall, Boston. 8 p.m. The Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart welcome the return of singer and pianist Michael Feinstein to perform selections from The American Songbook. The concert also features winners from the 2011 Young Artists Competition. $21 and up. 888-2661200, bso.org.

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3FRIDAY ONGOING Sea Squirts: Programs for Toddlers and Preschoolers. New England Aquarium Central Wharf, Boston. 9:30 & 11 a.m. Held on Tuesdays and Fridays. Adults are included in the cost of each child. Call for fees: 617-973-5206, neaq.org. FREE Salem Arts Festival. An interactive festival promoting all arts from visual to performance and everything in between. SalemMainStreets.org, 978-744-0004. Albanian Festival. Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church, 535 Salisbury St., Worcester. 5 – 11 p.m. Albanian heritage comes alive with traditional music and dancing, family fun, great food and entertainment. albanianfestival.org. Also June 4 & 5.

Also enjoy live “world” music by Ecuadorian band Yarina, live presentations like short films, Native American storytelling by Leonard Four Hawks, meet many visiting artisans from around the world & enjoy educational displays, craft-making demonstrations and ethnic foods. Proceeds support Indigenous artisans, fair trade and Cultural Survival’s non-profits. 617-441-5400, cs.org/bazaar. FREE The Frog Pond Garden Party. Boston Frog Pond. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. In anticipation of Boston’s hosting of the World Association of Flower Arrangers (WAFA), the Frog Pond will host a free flower arranging workshop for aspiring florists who will have an opportunity to create their own arrangements (flowers provided) in front of the Frog Pond Pavilion. The workshop will be taught by a designer from the Cass School of Flower Design in Watertown, whose arrangements have appeared in The White House and major museums. Advance reservations are encouraged and you can reserve on-line at bostonfrogpond.com. Rain date: June 5.

FREE Crafts. Lakeshore Learning Store, Newton and Saugus. Drop in every Satruday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Ages 3+. lakeshorelearning.com.

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Baby Animals Science for Ages 4 – 6. EcoTarium, Worcester. First Thursday of every month for children ages 4 – 6 and their parents. Session one: 10:15-10:45 a.m. Session two: 11-11:30 a.m There are two identical sessions and attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. A$12, C (2- 18) $8, Under 2 FREE. ecotarium.org. FREE The Milc Room. The First Baptist Church, 111 Park Ave., Worcester. 3 – 5 p.m. A free weekly community based breastfeeding support drop-in center for all pregnant and breastfeeding moms in the Greater Worcester area. It is facilitated by experienced board-certified lactation consultants and co-run by other experienced breastfeeding helpers and moms. Come meet and share with other breastfeeding moms over a cup of tea! sites.google. com/site/themilcroom FREE Music Makers Class. Worcester Academy of Music, 11 Irving St., Worcester. 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. New class for 3-5 year olds which introduces them to music. Space is limited. 508-635-6900, worcesteracademyofmusic.com. FREE Positive Solutions Workshop for Parents. Worcester Family Ties Network, 130 Leeds St., Worcester. 1 – 2:30 p.m. Please call 508-799-

Moms Night Out. Modern Edge Center for the Arts, 853 North Main St., Leominster. 5 – 8 p.m. Participants Include: Modern Edge Center for the Arts, Beauty in a Basket- homemade beauty products, Heritage Makers, Juice Plus by CariLynn Gershman Fisher, Sweet Melissa Cakes and Cookies Michelle Adames ~ Azuli Skye Independent Consultant, The Children’s Closet Consignment and more. Call for more details: 978-728-4646. modernedgecenterforthearts.com. FREE Open Studios. Western Avenue Studios, Lowell. 12 – 5 p.m. On the first Saturday of every month. Over 200 artists such as painters, photographers, sculptors, glass artists, jewelers, mixed media artists, potters and more. See where they work, discuss art and pick up a little something to take home with you. A great place to visit. westernavenuestudios.com.

Joshua Tree Sundown Concert. Fruitlands Museum, Harvard. 7 p.m. This opening show features Grammy nominated Joshua Tree, described as Boston’s tribute to U2 and dance performances by BalletRox, using the power of dance to breakdown racial barriers. Picnic dinners are encouraged, and food and beverages will be available for purchase on-site. $20pp advance tickets, $25 at the gate. fruitlands.org.

ONGOING Shaker ABCs Abecedarius: Toddler Thursdays. Fruitlands, Harvard. 9 – 10 a.m. Explore art, nature and history with your child at the museum Wayside Visitor Center. $5 drop-in, $30 for seven-week punch card. fruitlands.org. Reservations are recommended: 978-456-3924 x292 or email education@fruitlands.org. Also June 9 but new theme each Thursday.

afternoon of exploration and discovery: classical chamber music inspired by places near and far – a tropical jungle, the plains of West Africa, the Paris Stage, Carnival in Brazil, the mountains of Appalachia, and our own living rooms, neighborhoods and homes right here in Boston. An instrument “Petting Zoo” and demonstration will follow the performance. Children will be able handle and play orchestral instruments as guided by members of Chameleon, and will be encouraged to touch, blow, pluck, bow and strike. Rain or shine. 617-427-8200, chameleonarts.org.

Head to City Hall Plaza in Boston, June 7 -9, for all-you-can-eat ice cream. It’s the Jimmy Fund’s annual Scooperbowl! scooperbowl.org

4SATURDAY Children’s Book Festival with Tomie dePaola. Eric Carle Picture Book Art Museum, Amherst. 10 a .m. - 5 p.m. Now in its sixth year, this eagerly anticipated annual event brings 500 - 700 children’s book lovers to The Carle. This year’s festival, featuring nine artists from the Western Massachusetts Illustrators’ Guild, celebrates the creative process and invites children and adults to meet and learn from professional artists. Activities will include exhibitions of the artists’ work in the Great Hall, demonstrations and art activities with visiting artists in the Art Studio, presentations in the Auditorium, and Story Times in the Reading Library. Book signings and a cookout round out the day. Free with museum admission. 413-658-1100, carlemuseum.org. Cultural Survival Bazaar. Boston CommonParkman Bandstand, 145 Tremont St., Boston. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Shop a variety of fairly traded products handmade by Indigenous artisans in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Items include jewelry/art&crafts/ carvings/decor/hand-knotted Tibetan/Tribal Rugs.

FREE 32nd Annual Cambridge River Festival. Along the banks of the Charles River, 344 Broadway, Cambridge. Noon – 6 p.m. Rain or Shine. A one-day celebration of the arts, attracting 200,000 annually. This FREE event along the banks of the Charles River features jazz, folk, Latin and world music performances, dance, art demonstrations, family art-making activities and over 100 specialty food purveyors and craftspeople. cambridgeriverfest.org. FREE River Fun Fest. Presented by Zoar Outdoor at Barton Cove, Gill. 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Mini kayak clinics for both beginner and experienced paddlers will be held every hour: 10, 11, 12 and 1. Topics will inclue: a “Smart Start” introductory class, safety & self-rescue techniques, transitioning from a recreational kayak to a river kayak, “cool kids in kayaks,” kayak rolling, more efficient canoeing, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, among others. There will also be a paddling obstacle course held during the 12 and 1 sessions. Open to anyone 10+. kayaklesscom/ river-funfest.htm. FREE Family Concert. Hyde Park Branch Library, 35 Harvard Ave., Hyde Park. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. An

FREE Cabot Fair. The Cabot School PTO, 229 Cabot St., Newton. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Games, pony rides, an obstacle course, moon walk, bake sale, raffle, soccer challenge, yard sale and more. Email cabotfair@gmail.com. Trails Day. Starts at Brewster Gardens at the south end of Water St., Plymouth. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Enjoy family trail hikes, guided trail tours, trail cleanup, geocaching fun geocaching.com., road races & much more! Free parking at the Jenny Grist Mill. 508-8301620, plymouthchamber.com. FREE Open House and Ice Cream Social. The Phillips House, 34 Chestnut St., Salem. 2 – 4 p.m. Come to Historic New England’s Phillips House for a make-your-own sundae party, lawn games and carriage house tours. Free guided tours as well to Phillips and the Gedney House from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Ice cream: $4ppNM. Advance registration: 978-7440440 or historicnewengland.org. FOR MOMS Zumba with Meg Hernandez. 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Shake, twist and groove towards better health with a fitness professional who has Latin dance in her blood. New and drop-in students are welcome and encouraged! $5 per class. Classes are ongoing. meghernandez.com. Teddy Bear Check Up. Stone Zoo, Stoneham. 11 a.m. Bring your favorite teddy bear for a day for a check up by zoo staff. Later, march through the Zoo in the Teddy Bear Parade and say hello to Smoky, Bubba and Yukon, the resident black bears. A$13, C(2-12) $9, C under 2 free. 617-541-5466, stonezoo.org. 26th Annual Valley Friendship Tour. Alternatives Community Plaza, 50 Douglas Rd., Whitinsville. Walk, jog, or pedal along one of five non-competitive routes while raising funds for Alternatives programs. BAYSTATEPARENT 19


OH,THEPLACESYOU’LLGO A fun day for a great cause! 508-234-6232, alternativesnet.org. Charlotte Klein Dance Studio Performances. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 7 – 9 p.m. Over 700 students perform four dance performances. Running time varies. $21, $26. thehanovertheatre.org. Albanian Festival. Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church, 535 Salisbury St., Worcester. Albanian heritage comes alive with traditional music and dancing, family fun, great food and entertainment. Check for times: albanianfestival.org. Email: irida@ charter.net. Also June 5.

Tihonet Pond Fishing Derby. Tihonet Village Market, 158 Tihonet Rd., Wareham. 4 a.m. - 3 p.m. The derby is held on the Massachusetts Statewide Free Fishing Weekend where a fishing license is NOT required to fish! This event is fun for all as kids typically enjoy fishing from the shores of Tihonet Pond and adults seek the biggest bass and bragging rights. All proceeds benefit the Wankinquoah Rod & Gun Club Youth Group. Prizes are awarded in youth and adult categories. Food is available and terrific prizes are up for grabs in the club’s raffle.

6MONDAY FREE Making History Day. Boston Common, Boston. 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Discover how Boston Common was used during the colonial period plus look at fishweir, participate in Native American dancing, play 18th century games, meet historical re-enactors and more. 617-267-7366; friendsofthepublicgarden.org.

7TUESDAY Scooperbowl. City Hall Plaza, Boston. June 7 – 9, 12 – 9 p.m. Enjoy more than 30 flavors of popular ice creams and other frozen treats at this annual all-you-can-eat ice cream festival that raises money for adults and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. A$8, C (ages 3 – 9) $4, C under 3, free. 800-525-4669; scooperbowl.org.

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FREE Vintage Base Ball. Boston Harbor Islands, Georges Island, Boston. 11 a.m. Step into the 1860s and watch Civil War-era baseball games played at historic Fort Warren with original rules and uniforms. Take the park ferry to this program. During the summer season, park ferries depart frequently from Long Wharf, Boston; Fore River Shipyard in Quincy; Hingham Shipyard; and Pemberton Point, Hull. Arrive at the dock at least 30 minutes prior to departure to allow time for ticketing and boarding. 781-740-4290, bostonislands.com. Also June 26 and July 17, 11 a.m. FREE 4th Annual Whisker Walk. Animal Shelter Inc. of Sterling MA, 318 Seven Bridge Rd., Rt 117, Lancaster. 11 a.m. - walk at noon - ends at 3 p.m. A fun day for families and their dogs PLUS a dog walk-a-thon fundraiser to benefit animal shelters and rescue groups throughout New England. Exhibits, demonstrations, educational programs, special attractions, product giveaways, entertainment, auctions/raffles, food, fun and things for adults and kids to see, do and buy – both human and pet related! 978-422-8585, whiskerwalk.org.

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FREE Civil War Stories and Crafts. Boston Harbor Islands, Georges Island, Boston. 1 - 2 p.m. Hear Edward Rowe Snow’s famous tales of the Boston Harbor Islands featuring tales from the Civil War, followed by Civil War children’s crafts. Also on the following Sundays at 1 p.m.: June 19, July 3 and 17 and August 7. Take the park ferry to this program. During the summer season, park ferries depart frequently from Long Wharf, Boston; Fore River Shipyard in Quincy; Hingham Shipyard; and Pemberton Point, Hull. 781-740-4290, bostonislands.com.

Take a Rock and Blues Family Cruise on Boston Harbor as Ball in the House with Overboard engages all ages with super-cool a capella arrangements, Sunday, June 12. Enter “bsp” for a ticket discount at rockandbluescruise.com. Registration forms available at admakepeace.com. 508-295-5437. Creative Cottages and Decorated Dwellings. Worcester. 12 – 5 p.m. This year’s Preservation Worcester’s annual tour of gracious homes will feature homes owned by artists, poets and all sorts of creative people as well as homes decorated by professional interior designers. Additional information to follow. $27 in advance and $32 day of the tour. preservationworcester.org, , 508-754-8760. Albanian Festival. Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church, Worcester. See June 4 listing for details.

67th Anniversary of D-Day at Battleship Cove. Fall River. Battleship Cove will pay tribute to the servicemen who fought so bravely 67 years ago in Normandy. Visit the D-Day exhibit and climb on board a WWII era mechanized beach landing craft (LCM). Admission applies. 508-678-1100, battleshipcover.org. ONGOING Story and Healthy Snack Time. Whole Foods Market , 575 Worcester Rd., Framingham. Every Monday at 10:30 a.m., For children ages 2 - 6. 508-628-9525.

New Moms Group. Mothers and Company, Route 140, West Boylston. All moms and babies welcome. Weekly on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. Also held on Wednesdays at 11:30 and Fridays at 12 p.m. $5ppNM. Online RSVPS appreciated. mothersandcompany.com.

8WEDNESDAY Scooperbowl. City Hall Plaza, Boston. June 7 – 9. See June 7 listing for details.


Hansel & Gretel Puppet Show. Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Presented by Wayne Martin Puppets. Ages 4+. Admission applies. puppetshowplace.org. Also June 9 & 11. New Black Eagle Jazz Band Sundown Concert. Fruitlands Museum, Harvard. Concerts are every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate. Picnic dinners are encouraged, and food and beverages will be available for purchase on-site. Concert admission applies. fruitlands.org. FREE New Momma Again Playgroup. Mothers and Company, Route 140, West Boylston. Meets the second Wednesday of the month, 1 - 2:30 p.m. This is a free group for moms who have an infant and an older child (or more). Bring them both! Online RSVPs greatly appreciated: mothersandcompany.com. FREE Working Moms Group. Mothers and Company, Route 140, West Boylston. Meets the second Wednesday of every month, 5:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 p.m. Whether you work full-time or part-time, you are welcome to come. Come on time or come when you can. Bring your baby with you, or not. Babies from newborn to crawling welcome. This is a drop-in group but RSVPS appreciated: mothersandcompany.com.

9THURSDAY Scooperbowl. City Hall Plaza, Boston. June 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9. See June 7 listing for details. Meet-Play-Learn! Boston Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11:30 a.m.. Experience learning through play and parade around the building discovering the hot spots for tots. Free with museum admission. 617-426-6500; bostonchildrensmuseum.org. Hansel & Gretel Puppet Show. Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Presented by Wayne Martin Puppets. Ages 4+. Admission applies. puppetshowplace.org. Also June 11. Picnics: Toddler Thursdays. Fruitlands, Harvard. 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 a.m. Explore art, nature and history with your child at the museum Wayside Visitor Center (different theme each time). $5 drop-in, $30 for seven-week punch card. fruitlands.org. Reservations are recommended: 978-456-3924 x292 or email education@fruitlands.orgâ&#x20AC;?education@fruitlands.org. FREE Multiple Joys and Challenges. Mothers and Company, Route 140, West Boylston. Meets on the the second Thursday of each month, 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a warm drink and a monthly

chat about your joys and challenges with parents who understand (dads welcome, too!). Babies and toddlers from birth to walking welcome. Free but online RSVPs are greatly appreciated: mothersandcompany.com

Highland Park Garden Walk. 34 Linwood St., Boston. 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $7 - $10. Walk behind the scenes - literally - into the verdant backyard gardens and green spaces of Highland Park/Fort Hill. View a rich profusion of flowers, a working farm, an orchard and community gardens. 617-427-1006, discoverroxbury.org.

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Hansel & Gretel Puppet Show. Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Presented by Wayne Martin Puppets. Ages 4+. Admission applies. puppetshowplace.org.

FREE Second Fridays. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8 p.m. Mingle with friends in the Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique galleries with displays of holograms, kinetic sculptures, historic robots and some of the latest research coming out of MIT during this monthly free evening. web.mit.edu/museum/

Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Price Saturdays. Franklin Park Zoo, Boston and Stone Zoo, Stoneham. From 10 a.m. - noon on the first Saturday of every month, all guests will be charged the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s admission price ($10 at Franklin Park Zoo and $9 at Stone Zoo). Zoonewengland.org.

3rd Annual Community Block Party. The Community House of Hamilton and Wenham and Patton Park, 284 Bay Rd., Hamilton. 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 p.m. All-you-can-eat buffet, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities by All about Fun, live entertainment. Rain or shine. Advance discount tickets available. At the door: A$30, C (3+) $15, C under 2 free. Price includes food, live entertainment and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities. 978-468-4818, communityhouse.org. All My Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Circle. Drumlin Farm, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln. 3:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:30 p.m. Discover the secrets of water, soil, life cycles and make a terrarium filled with cycles and circles to take home. For children ages 3+. $12; registration required. 781-259-2206, massaudubon.org/drumlin. Friday Evening Hayride. Drumlin Farm, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln. 7:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 p.m.Tiptoe through the barn, share stories by the light of the waning moon and investigate the nighttime habits of the farm animals. Bring a flashlight. For children ages 4+. $12pp. registration required. 781-259-2206, massaudubon.org/drumlin Around the World. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Travel around the world and enjoy a multi-cultural celebration that explores the music, crafts and games of a different country. Plus, kids take home a souvenir that they make themselves. $7.50 pp museum admission. 508-230-3789, childrensmuseumineaston.org. FREE Nursing Beyond the First Year. Mothers and Company, West Boylston. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 :30 p.m. Meets the second Friday of each month. A monthly discussion group/playgroup for those who are continuing to breastfeed children over one year old or those who are considering it and curious to meet moms who are still enjoying their nursing relationship. RSVPs welcome. Drop-ins welcome too. mothersandcompany.com.

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FREE family fun of all kinds on Sat., June 11 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for Heroes Day in Worcester. bgcworcester.org. Fiddler on the Roof. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 p.m. Cost: $35 - $65. 877-571-7469, thehanovertheatre.org.

11SATURDAY Acton Bluegrass Festival. NARA Park, 25 Ledge Rock Way, Acton. Noon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 p.m. Music, food and a classic car show compliment an array of bands, including Amy Gallatin, Blackstone Valley Bluegrass, Hot Mustard and more. A$10, C under 12 free. 978-929-6640, acton-ma.gov/events.

FREE Dragon Boat Festival. Memorial Drive and DeWolfe St., Cambridge. Noon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 p.m. An annual event to celebrate Asian American traditions on the Charles River. It is the largest Asian cultural event in New England and was also the first such event in the country. It includes boat races, performances, food vendors and information booths. 617-426-6500, bostondragonboat.org. The Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival. Ye Olde Commons, 120 Northside Rd., Charlton. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Merchants peddling their wares, entertainers galore, a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden, boffer tournament and other surprises. $7-$10. kingdomFestival.com. Also June 12, 18, 19. Touch-A-Truck. Sam Placentino Elementary School, 235 Woodland St., (off of Rt 16), Holliston. 10 a.m. An event for the whole family! Come explore your favorite vehicles. Climb aboard, honk the horn and talk to the driver. Special horn-free hour from 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 a.m., ideal for small children and special needs children. Hollistonnewcomers.org. Rain Date: June 12. Beginner Surfcasters. Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Ipswich. 10 a.m. Try your hand at striper fishing in the surf. Area fishermen will be available Saturday mornings in June to teach the next generation of surfcasters the finer points of surfcasting at Crane Beach. Bring your own gear or borrow ours. For families. No registration is required. Free with beach admission. 978-356-4351, x 4062 or email craneprograms@ttor.org. Morning Chores (Ages 4+). Mass Audubonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 a.m. Do some mucking and feeding, and check in the chicken house for the first eggs of the day. After youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re finished with your work,

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Bike Rodeo. Oxford Community Center, Oxford. 10 a.m. A fun morning of bicycle safety training. Bike helmets mandatory. Rain Date: June 18. $2 per child, $5 per family. 508-987-6002. Battle and Can Drive. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Stone Zoo parking lot. Held the second Saturday of each month through October. All of the proceeds from this annual fundraiser benefit conservation efforts supported by Zoo New England, the nonprofit organization that manages Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo. stonezoo. org. Also July 9, August 13, Sept. 10 and Oct. 8. Muster Day. Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Witness the sights and sounds of a re-created early 19th-century muster day, as Village militia members fire their muskets and drill and practice battle techniques on the Common. Youngsters of all ages are invited to learn to march, make a militia hat

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Ould Towne Heritage Fair. High Road (1A) and Newman Road Lower Green, Newbury. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy the historic atmosphere and shop fine artisan and craft booths. Watch how to spin wool from fleece, make rope from strands of hemp and weave baskets starting from a whole Ash log! Watch the sheep grazing, and walk a few steps to the actual landing site of Newburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1st settlers of 1635 on the Parker River. Exhibitors of beeswax, redware, paper, stained glass, flower pots, plant sale, jewelry, soap, pottery, hand blown glass and much more. Games for children. Lectures in the one room schoolhouse. $3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6.99. hoofwoofnfloof.webs.com/ ouldtowneheritagefair.htm. Also June 12.

Every second Sunday is for outdoor yoga and musical performances for the whole family at DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. decordova.org. and try on a knapsack and cartridge box. A$20, C (317) $7, Under 3 free. 800-SEE-1830, osv.org. FREE Heroes Day. University Park (Crystal Park), Main St and Crystal St., Worcester. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Boys and Girls Club of Worcester will honor heroes at this 2nd Annual Heroes Day celebration and a day of fun for the whole family, with games, jumpy houses, face painting, entertainment and more. bgcworcester. org or 508-754-2686 x 204.

12SUNDAY Gustafer Yellowgoldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Infinity Sock. The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 2 p.m. Join

Gustafer Yellowgold, the little guy from the sun, as he embarks on a funny musical journey in search of the toe-end of the longest sock in the universe in this multimedia show featuring catchy music, moving illustrations and more. A$10, C (12 and under) $8. 781-649-4849, regenttheatre.com. Walk for Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital. DCR Hatch Shell, Boston. 9 a.m. Join NSTAR for this annual walk to raise money for Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Boston. Participants enjoy a 2- or 7-mile walk along the Charles River and a fun afternoon of juggling clowns, face painting, music, games, food and celebrity and athlete meet-and-greets. A$20, C (12 and under) $5; $150 adult walker fundraising minimum. childrenshospital.org/walk

Rock and Blues Concert Family Cruise. Boston. 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 p.m. (boarding at 2 p.m.) Ball in the House with Overboard and introducing You Tube sensation R+B vocalists Ahmir. For all ages. Climb aboard the Provincetown 2 leaving from Bay State Cruise Company at the World Trade Center in Boston. A portion of the proceeds to benefit Lucyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Love Bus. Sponsored in part by baystateparent and WERS. $26 advance/$30 day of show. Five pack: $100. rockandbluescruise.com. Type â&#x20AC;&#x153;BSPâ&#x20AC;? for discount. Meet 90 Kids from Kyoto, Japan. Boston Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p .m. Make 90 new friends from the other side of the world and enjoy fun and games with kids visiting from Japan. Free with museum admission. 617-4266500, bostonchildrensmuseum.org. The Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival. Ye Olde Commons, Charlton. See June 11 listing for details. Also June 18, 19. Kite Day. Paragon Carousel, Nantasket Beach, Hull. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Take a ride on the carousel and then, make and fly a kite. paragonarousel.com. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and Stil Studio present Yoga in the Park Summer Series. On the second Sunday of June, July, and August, enjoy outdoor yoga and musical performance for all ages. Family Yoga. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 10 a.m. for childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yoga ages 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6; 10:30 a.m. for childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yoga ages 7-11, and 11 a.m. Adultâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yoga (All levels) A $10 per session or $25 for all three; Families $25 per session. Admission to the Museum and Park are included. Bring a picnic or enjoy lunch in the cafĂŠ. Sculpture Park tours are offered at 1 p.m. and Museum tours are offered at 2 p.m. Free coconut water provided by event sponsor Vita Coco. Tickets: decordova.org. Also July 10 and August 14.

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FREE 7th Annual Nantasket Beach Car Show. Hull. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Features over 500 cars and benefits The Jimmy Fund. Have the kids ride the famous Paragon Carousel, which dates back to 1928 and has even made it into Ripley’s Believe it or Not. 781-925-5557, nantasketbeachcarshow.com. Father’s Day at the Stone Zoo. 149 Pond St., Stoneham. Dads enjoy free admission and from noon to 2 p.m. Radio Disney entertains with music, games and prizes. Regular admission fees apply to others. Please call to verify event: 781-438-5100, stonezoo.org.

13MONDAY ONGOING Story and Healthy Snack Time. Whole Foods Market, 575 Worcester Rd., Framingham. Every Monday at 10:30 a.m., For children ages 2 - 6. 508-628-9525. FREE Pregnancy Chat. Mothers and Company, Route 140, West Boylston. 7 p.m. Join other moms-tobe (birth partners are also welcome) to chat about everything pregnancy-related, from silly to serious, nothing is off-limits to discuss. $10 per expectant mother. mothersandcompany.com.

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and your family treasure? From personal letters and doodles and vintage dresses to memorabilia, see how artists in exhibit Bits + Pieces use their own collections in their artwork. Design your own containers to house your keepsakes! Registration required. 617-4261119, bcaonline.org. Celebrate Flag Day at Battleship Cove. Fall River. Do you know your flag etiquette? Come to Battleship Cove and learn how to fold the American flag, the significance of each fold, interesting facts about our flag, and display procedures. Bring your old, worn flags to Battleship Cove and dispose of them the proper way. Admission fees apply. 508-6781100, battleshipcove.org.

15WEDNESDAY World Flower Show. 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Also Thursday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday/Saturday/Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Making its first appearance in the United States, the World Flower Show, presented by the World Association of Flower Arrangers, will feature 630 floral designs representing 32 countries, floral art demonstrations and a series of lectures. This tri-annual event has been previously hosted by Pakistan, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Belgium, Canada and twice by the United Kingdom. Admission fees apply. 617-3855018, wafausa.org.

FREE Foster Parent Informational Meeting. Arlington Department of Children and Families, 30 Mystic St., Arlington. 6 – 7 p.m. Registration is not required. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Frankel at 978-557-2734.

The Case of the Missing Woodpile Puppet Show. Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Presented by Gerwick Puppets. Ages 4+. Admission fees apply. puppetshowplace.org. Also June 16.

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5 – 8 p .m. Visit the exhibit, When Duty Whispers: Concord and the Civil War, and the rest of the galleries for FREE this evening. 978-369-9763, concordmuseum.org. Dinosaur Adventure. New England Wild Flower Society, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham. 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. How did giant dinosaurs survive on the earth 65 million years ago? What were their bodies like? What did they eat? Explore the Garden to find living fossils and learn about ancient plants that could have been dinosaur food. Eat a dino-snack and make a fossil to take home. For children in grades K-2. $16. 508-877-7630, newfs.org. Lori Diamond Sundown Concert. Fruitlands Museum, Harvard.Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate. Picnic dinners are encouraged, and food and beverages will be available for purchase on-site. Concert admission: fruitlands.org. Fairies and Fireflies. Drumlin Farm, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. 7:30 – 9 p.m. Search for fireflies and for signs of fairies dancing and making mischief! For children ages 4+. $12; registration required. 781259-2206; massaudubon.org/drumlin.

16THURSDAY FREE 20th Annual Taste of Amherst. Amherst Town Common. 5 – 9 p.m. Sample tasty bites from 20 restaurants. Music all day. Kids area. 413-2530700, tasteofamherst.com. Also June 17, 5 – 10 p.m., June 18, 12 – 10 p.m. and June 19, 12 – 4 p.m. World Flower Show. Boston. See June 15 listing for event details. The Case of the Missing Woodpile Puppet Show. Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline. 10:30

a.m. and 1 p.m. Presented by Gerwick Puppets. Ages 4+. Admission fees apply. puppetshowplace.org. ONGOING Storytime Ages 2 – 6. Goodnow Library, Sudbury. 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Just drop in every Thursday, year-round. library.sudbury.ma.us. Exhibit Opening: Blast Off! Shy-High and Sci-Fi Space Toys. Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. 10 a.m. - 4 p .m. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of human space flight with a look at vintage toys that examine the science - and science fiction - of over a century of human space exploration. Open through Sept. 18. Free with museum admission. 978-468-2377; wenhammuseum.org.

17FRIDAY FREE ParkArts Watercolor Series. The Public Garden, Boston. 12 – 2 p.m.Talented local artists invite budding painters, ages 9+, to capture Boston’s historic parks in bloom. This free workshop includes instruction, all materials and discount coupons from Blick Art Materials. 617-961-3051, cityofboston. gov/parks/parkarts. World Flower Show. Boston. See June 15 listing for event details. My Fair Lady. North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly. 8 p.m. For parents and older children. Charles Shaughnessy stars in this musical about the transformation of poor cockney girl, Eliza Doolittle. $35 and up. 978-232-7200, nsmt.org. 56th Annual Arts Festival. South Shore Art Center, 119 Ripley Rd., Cohasset. 2 – 7 p.m. One of New England’s premier arts festivals on Cohasset’s historic, oceanside Common. Features over 100 juried continued on page 61

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ell, it’s inevitable. School will be out soon, and summer vacation is looming over the Hurley household. How many different ways will my five lovelies change up the phrase “I’m bored?” I’m already working on several ways to reply “I don’t give a ____.” This year I want to be armed. When we were kids, summer vacation was a lot different. We were sent out of the house in the morning and told not to return until the street lights went on. No food, no water, no contact all day. Every house was like that; am I right? In my children’s defense, summers haven’t been exactly thrilling around here for the past few years. We, like so many other families, are dealing with some financial changes. Yes, we are dirt poor. Last summer my 9-year-old, very begrudgingly, used his First Communion money to contribute to his family’s quality of life and bought us a Slip n’ Slide. This one lasted a total of 4 and ½ hours before getting a hole in it, a record at our house. Last summer, a few of my girlfriends roped me into teaching two weeks of Vacation Bible School. What I quickly found out was that Vacation Bible School was only attended by the absolute worst behaved children in town, a golden opportunity for these parents to have a few hours away from their future felons. As teachers, we had absolutely no control over these banshees. Navy Seals would

have quivered at this task. You can only play “Bible Quotes Hangman” for so long until you lose them. By week two, we lost three teachers, one was sobbing so uncontrollably she had to be driven home by our priest. Those of us who remained fought the good fight. The pizza place next to the rectory had a beer and wine license and opened at 10:30 each morning. We had lots of pizza parties that last week (wine is actually an integral part of church). Back in the day, we used to actually rent a cottage on Cape Cod every summer (ahh, the days of $1.50 gallons of gas…. crazy). I always looked forward to these two weeks until I finally snapped out of it and realized that this in fact, was no vacation. What it did turn into was my same sucky life, in a small two-bedroom hut with mildew-ridden carpeting, a very finicky septic system and four out of my five kids still in diapers. Jealous? Now, my very clever husband, Jimmy Hurley, could never manage to “get vacation time” for the full two weeks. He always had to take our one-and-only vehicle at the time back up to work every other day and, bonus, no cell phones then, just a pager/beeper that he sometimes “forgot” to check. I would wake up in the morning in our little cottage by the sea, cry a little, and pray for nightfall so all the kids could line up for their nighttime goody, Benadryl Popsicles. One particularly special event I harken back to from these few summers makes

me remember completely why we rarely take a family vacation anymore. I was notified, by carrier pigeon I suppose, that Jimmy could not be back down for two days due to mandatory overtime at work. How convenient for him. After three days of playing “Survivor” by myself with the kids, he came back, only to inform me that he had been invited to golf for the day with a friend of ours (I use the term “friend” loosely when describing this gentleman). I said, “What??? I don’t think so Jimmy Hurley. Momma is hangin’ on by a thread here.” “Oh, I won’t be gone long,” he promised. “I’ll bring you home a clam roll.” I was weak with exhaustion and delirium and somehow allowed him to have his little golf outing (He had me at “clam roll”). It was the day that wouldn’t end at about 100 degrees in the shade, and two of the little ones tried to escape. Now I was a little larger at the time (about 230 lbs.) so chasing the escapees was no easy task especially while melting. What a visual. No wonder the neighbors never spoke to us. Supplies were running low. I was down to two diapers (they were the big size though, so they could be cut in half. My McGyveresque “go get ‘em’” attitude had finally reached its breaking point). I was expecting my wonderful husband home around 2:00 that afternoon. As the clock struck 11:30 p.m., all of the sweaty cranky little Hurleys were still awake but no

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As you fill your calendars with summer fun plans, we know what you’re thinking: How can we cram all of this sun, surf and ice cream into a three-month period? If you’re looking to extend summer (and who isn’t?), you might want to clip and save this travel review by

local dad Kirk Davis, a great resource for planning a trip to the Sunshine State. This review takes your family on an adventure that includes dolphin connections, turtle encounters, tarpon feeding, para sailing and plenty of key lime pie on a stick!

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Dockside with Dolphins: Skylar Davis (far right), 8

Our vacation started at a carefully selected resort called Hawks Cay located in Duck Key, Florida. The staff at Hawks Cay Resort was very friendly, even if being tested during the always-hectic spring break week. The resort is beautifully situated midway down the Florida Keys on Duck Key, which is a stunning 60acre island. Notwithstanding the resort’s endless list of activities for children, including the popular Indies Club, and vast options for the entire family, we recommend you rent a car from the airport in Key West if you aren’t already 26 JUNE2011

planning to drive. The drive to the resort from the airport in Key West is only about 90 minutes, and having your own wheels will afford you many wonderful options for exploring the entire 126-mile stretch of the Keys. The highlight of our resort-based activities included the unforgettable “dolphin connection” program which is facilitated by, but not directly managed by the resort. This proved to be great family fun, a bit expensive, but wonderfully educational. You’ll find several different options for dolphin experiences, all highly

recommended, but be advised there is a height requirement (4’6”) specifically for the “dolphin discovery” program (in water). However, all ages are welcome to participate in the “dockside” program, which as the name implies, occurs from the dock and costs much less than the “discovery” program. Regardless, the trainers are enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and the dolphins, well they were simply amazing and obviously well cared for. This is a highlyaccredited program and you can find more information about their mission and programs at dolphinconnection.com. Again, at the risk of understating this resort’s amenities, they offer an exceptional tennis program, diving, fishing expeditions, para sailing (another one of the big events we settled on), kite boarding, paddle boarding, cruises, snorkeling, etc. Hawks Cay is very attractive, the grounds well maintained and the daily activities calendar

encompasses just about everything you could hope for. In fact, Hawks Cay is really the leading Keys resort for full-day kids activities programming. The spa and fitness facilities are quite inviting as well for adults. We’re going to award the resort with a favorable rating, with one “key” exception. We just can’t let this one pass. Even if you think you have a confirmed room reservation with the sleeping accommodations you really need, don’t be surprised, as we were were, if you encounter an “overbooking” situation only to then learn that they “really can’t guarantee specific accommodations.” Still scratching our heads over this one. In any event, stand your ground, be adamant about your reservation and you’re likely to earn a $100 credit toward your bill. Don’t let it spoil your vacation, but better yet, try your hand at nailing down your room particulars better than we did.


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Laurie, Dylan and Kirk Davis (far right)

If you choose to venture off the grounds, we’d highly recommend: Turtles: Visit The Turtle Hospital, the only state-certified veterinary hospital in the world of sea turtles. While you can visit most any time, we highly recommend the “guided tours,” which require a reservation. Take your kids and you’ll feel wonderful about the blend of education and inspiration that stems from a visit to this rescue, rehabilitation and release facility located in Marathon, Fl, just a 20-minute car ride from Duck Key. The Theater of the Sea: This marine mammal adventure, located in Islamorada, is about 30 minutes from the Hawks Cay Resort. This 17-acre facility provides yet another educational opportunity for the entire family featuring a natural salt-water lagoon, home to dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, crocodillians, native birds and exotic plants. Our daughter Skylar, age 8, took advantage of a creative and welladministered “artistic” program they offer. Wilbur, the sea lion, demonstrated his flair with a brush by painting a self-portrait, using paint colors selected by Skylar. By the way, all proceeds from this program go toward their Animal Enrichment Fund. Whether you choose to visit The Turtle Hospital, Theater by the Sea or any of the other research facilities in the area, we hope you’ll find, as we did, that your kids develop a greater appreciation for the marine mammal protection and ocean awareness and conservation. Key West: Of course, no trip to the keys is complete without spending time in Key West! Our son Dylan, age 14, would have probably enjoyed spending much more time in Key West. Of course, he’s a musician and about as curious as any 14-year-old could be. The cast of characters – locals and tourists – along with the vibrant, charming and eclectic variety of shops, bars and restaurants were all a bit reminiscent of Provincetown for us – and we thoroughly enjoyed it. As for Key West after dark, we have nothing to report as we tried desperately to make it back to Hawks Cay in time for iCarly on Nickelodeon at 8 p.m. We’d only seen that episode twice before.

A few final tips... Robbie’s Marina: Located in Islamorada, a beautiful community by the way, Robbie’s offered us a firsthand opportunity to handfeed dozens of wild tarpon right at their docks. What an eye-popping experience! Favorite beach: For us, it was Sombrero Beach in Marathon. It offers stunning views, a beautiful white-sand beach and clean restrooms. Sparky’s Landing: Located on the Sadowski Causeway in Key Colony Beach, this gem of a place is clearly for locals, but they welcome vacationers, too. They have the best happy hour around, great live music, big screen TVs (helpful if you are visiting during the NCAA basketball tournament) and a wonderful variety of menu items – kid-friendly as well. Somehow this place struck just the right chord with us. It was exactly the right place to dine out on our last night, while reflecting on some wonderful family memories. The weather was magnificent every single day (we traveled in March) – high seventies, low eighties. And yes, all six tastings of Key Lime pie that we happened upon were scrumptious. However, the real gem found throughout the Keys was this mouthwatering, chocolate-dipped Key Lime on a stick – just 4 ounces and 320 calories. Made famous by Kermit’s, we were most supportive of this important local institution. Back to the treadmill! Online resources as they appear in the article: • hawkscay.com • dolphinconnection.com • turtlehospital.org • theaterofthesea.com • robbies.com • sparkyslanding.com • keylimeshop.com Kirk Davis is the father of two and owner of baystateparent. He credits his wife, Laurie, for organizing the ultimate vacation plan to Hawks Cay and the Keys.

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Spaghetti and Meatball Sundaes 4 servings Prep Time: 30 minutes Freeze Time: 30 minutes • 12 small scoops rocky road ice cream • 1 cup chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs • 2 cups strawberries, trimmed • 2 tablespoons sugar • 1 cup natural vanilla ice cream, divided • 2 store-bought shortbread cookies, crushed Freeze plate 30 minutes. For meatballs, arrange

rocky road ice cream scoops on chilled plate. Place chocolate cookie crumbs on another plate. Roll scoops, one at a time, in cookie crumbs, then return to chilled plate until ready to serve. For sauce, mash strawberries with sugar in medium bowl using potato masher or fork to make chunky sauce. Stir in additional sugar if desired. To build sundaes, press vanilla ice cream through potato ricer* into 4 dessert bowls for spaghetti. Top each with 3 meatballs, then sauce. Top with crushed shortbread cookie cheese. Serve with a fork! *If a potato ricer is not available, simply scoop ice cream into bowls.

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7. To make your scoops more perfect-looking, dip your ice cream scoop in hot water in between scoops.

8 lollipops Prep Time: 15 minutes Freeze Time: 30 minutes

8. Use two or more flavors of ice cream in a sundae to add extra flavor and flair.

• 2 cups chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream • chocolate-fudge flavor ice cream topping that freezes • pink or rainbow sprinkles

9. Simply tucking a cookie next to a scoop of ice cream, standing up, can really dress it up. 10. Create an exotic-looking sundae by using a wooden skewer to thread fruit onto, and then stick it into a scoop of ice cream. Use things like berries, ripe peach wedges and banana slices.

Freeze plate 30 minutes. Scoop 8 balls ice cream and place on chilled plate. Insert a wooden stick into each ball and freeze at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, pour ice cream topping into bowl. Dip frozen balls into ice cream topping, twirling to coat. Quickly decorate with sprinkles. Keep frozen until ready to serve.

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Snow Ball Sundaes 4 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Freeze Time: 30 minutes • 2 cups mint chocolate chip ice cream • 8 slices (1-1/2 inches thick) store-bought angel food cake • 1/4 cup hot fudge topping, warmed • 1/2 cup marshmallow creme, melted* chocolate sprinkles

Freeze plate 30 minutes. Make 4 (1/2-cup) scoops ice cream and arrange on chilled plate. Place 1 ice cream ball on 1 cake slice, then top with second cake slice. Shape cake around ice cream to encase it, using your hands to completely cover ice cream. Return to freezer until ready to serve. Repeat with remaining ice cream and cake. To serve, arrange snow balls in 4 dessert bowls. Top with hot fudge topping, then marshmallow creme and sprinkles. *TIP: Easily melt marshmallow creme in a glass measuring cup in the microwave.

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There are few places in Massachusetts as comforting as the Sandwich Boardwalk.

any families take weekend drives, looking for something to do, something new, something surprising. And if you’re from Massachusetts, those excursions might bring you along the main streets and back roads of a place you’re familiar with. You might, as our family does, have a map of the Bay State stained with coffee, its tattered folded seams coming apart from years of abuse in the glove compartment. Following from the tip of Cape Cod to the western most point of the Turnpike, and everywhere in between, you might stumble upon towns you’ve never heard of (Gosnold, Orange, Peru, Mount Washington, Florida) or sights you’ve never seen (dinosaur footprints, a giant boulder defying gravity or a splendid waterfall). If you’re adventurous, you might look closely at that roadmap and decide to aim for the points of interest without knowing much about them. If you’re goal-orientated, you might set yourself a challenge - to visit all the towns in your county, your Congressional District or all that follow the sea shore. Some people have set out to visit every spot on the government’s recently established list of 1,000 Great Places in Massachusetts. Our family has set a goal to visit all 351 municipalities in Massachusetts - that includes cities and towns, but not villages. After three decades of residence here, my wife and I had already been to many of these towns, but we decided to make it “official” - official to whom we’re still not sure. We would need a picture in each town, one of us in front of a sign that bears the community’s name, so we’d need to participate together. All of a sudden we had our made-up rules to a self-created scavenger hunt, a Massachusetts Amazing

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Race, the only time limit being that we should finish before we’re too old to drive. We started small, detouring along routes to work, to friends’ homes, to day trip destinations. The more we experienced, the stronger the drive for the project grew. The more lost we got (we don’t own a GPS), the more we found hidden treasures our state has to offer. When our children joined the family, the project slowed down as was expected, but at 191 towns officially photographed, we’re more than halfway to our goal. And bringing the kids along only enhances the experience. At a time when the expense of big vacations is limiting, perhaps more Bay Staters will take to the streets, railways, bike paths or rivers to explore their own backyards. They may, as we were, be surprised and inspired by what they find. What follows is a list of the 351 towns with the details of 15 of our favorite places. We hope that a few may inspire you to start your own family project and to explore more thoroughly the great state of Massachusetts. • Abington

Acton The Acton Arboretum is hidden, almost purposefully, from the general public. You have to know you’re going there to find it, and even then, with its modest wooden sign off Main Street near the town center, you can miss it. You have to head up a side street (Taylor Road) to reach the parking lot. From there the grounds open up to a rich display of the natural world. Acton, like many towns, is not defined by one location. And here the locals might point to NARA Park or Patriots’ Day or the high achieving schools as emblematic of what life is like in this town just west of world-famous Concord. But the Acton Arboretum, to me, personifies all that is

important to this community. You can start with preservation - as many communities in the Bay State paved over history and open space throughout the decades, Actonians have invested their own time and money in preserving much of their environment. The Arboretum exemplifies that philosophy, purchased as an apple orchard before housing developing could reach its treasures. Voters later had town employees design and maintain a system of trails, wildlife, gardens and wetlands that is hard to find anywhere else. Some apple trees remain, but now volunteers largely attend to the Hosta Garden, the Butterfly Garden and the Herb Garden. You can walk along a glacial esker and cross an ancient bog. You can set yourself up for a picnic or bring a Frisbee or binoculars for bird watching. Trail maps at the entrance can bring you solitude without the risk of being lost in the woods. It’s almost like escaping to a fictional paradise. But it’s real. Real people came together to do something really special - they preserved, built and maintained this place to escape from the chores, traffic and busyness of our lives. It should be an inspiration for what we can accomplish in our own communities. More: Acton is full of activities, from Theater III to Village Art to extensive trail systems to the Jazz Cafe. NARA Park is also a great destination with trails, a playground and a pond. Discovery Museums, a miniature version of Boston’s Children’s Museum, is worth the trip. Or hop on the commuter train and take a ride into Concord for the day. •Acushnet • Adams • Agawam • Alford • Amesbury • Amherst • Andover

Aquinnah (Gay Head) It’s hard to believe that something like the

cliffs of Aquinnah exist in Massachusetts, but they are there, waiting patiently for you to see them. If you arrive by ferry, the cliffs - towering orange-like clay sculpted by the elements over thousands of years - are within your reach, but you’ll have to work for it. You might get there by car (there’s not much parking). The expedition will be more rewarding if you take the bus or, if you’re bold, ride a bike. But fair warning, even though you’re on an island, the bike ride will take you half a day. However you get there, you’ll arrive in Aquinnah, formerly known as Gay Head, which looks like a tiny village on the edge of the world. There are a few take-out shacks and souvenir vendors, but not much else. You can look off the edge of the shopping area and see the cliffs, but for their full impact, you’ll need a front row seat. You’ll make your way down a long path to the beach. And then the further you walk up the beach, the more spectacular the view. Something to keep in mind if kids are in tow, sunbathers under the cliffs prefer not to wear much at all. If you can surpass this challenge the cliffs are yours. If not, you can admire them from afar and sample the Atlantic waves which can get downright roaring at times. Just be safe and enjoy the natural splendor. More: Martha’s Vineyard is the more family friendly of the two islands (Nantucket being the other). There’s public transportation, good food, a public campground (where we stay) and plenty to do. You might want to visit the Old Whaling Church, the famous Black Dog shops, the antique carousel in Oak Bluffs, Menemsha’s fishing charm, Chilmark’s quiet meadows, Chicama Vineyards in West Tisbury, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, cross Chappaquiddick, hop on the tiny ferry and sign up for Cape Poge BAYSTATEPARENT 33


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Boylston Many of the wonders of Massachusetts are in places you wouldn’t expect. I never would have thought that a garden landscape fit for royalty would sprout up off the beaten path in a small town called Boylston. But there it is, managed by the third oldest horticultural society in the United States, Tower Hill boasts 132 acres of woodland, gardens and meadows. And if you go at the right time, you can catch 95,000 flowering bulbs - that’s not too shabby. But with a towering greenhouse full of greenery and an impressive trail system, Tower Hill is really worthy of a visit anytime. What is so impressive is the layout of the facility - while it opened in the 1980s, it has an ancient feel, as if this landscape has existed much longer. Walking through the woods you might stumble upon a king-like castle. Or under a canopy of limbs sits a small screen house almost hidden from view. Toward a small pond a gazebo comes out of nowhere, perfect for quiet reflection. Yes, there are stunning views from atop a hilltop structure, but even more impressive is the garden scape where sculpture and fauna intertwine in perfect symmetry. I brought my 2-year-old here last summer and he had never been happier running, looking and learning. I hope to sign him up for some gardening camps there when he’s older. Visit towerhillbg.org for more information. • Braintree • Brewster • Bridgewater

Brimfield This tiny paradise, the highest waterfall in the state, is a secret treasure in Mount Washington, Mass.

The thrice-a-year Brimfield Antique Show has something for everyone. Fifty years ago, this tiny town just west

of Sturbridge started hosting outdoor antique shows along Route 20 and the event has grown to a worldwide phenomenon. Organizers boast that it’s the largest outdoor antique show on earth, spread over 23 fields, 5,000 dealers and attracting more than 100,000 visitors each year, including one famous shopper, Martha Stewart. Whether you’re looking for furniture, war memorabilia, yard decor, kid toys, clothing, art, just about anything can be found here. Or you can go, as our family has over the years, just for the spectacle. You can spend thousands of dollars on true antiques or just a few bucks on lemonade and kettle corn popcorn - you won’t be disappointed either way. Part of the fun is people watching, whether it be the die-hard antiquers with their wagons and metal carts or the dealers, many of whom travel throughout the country and sometimes the globe selling their trinkets and collectible treasures. Our family once went specifically to find a wooden trunk to refinish, and had to decide between a dozen options. Another time we just picked up historical post cards of our hometowns to frame. But we’ve also gone just for the food. If you go, remember to watch the weather and plan for sunscreen or umbrellas. Wear good walking shoes because at the end of the day you will have covered at least several miles. Make sure to wear your game face for some good, old-fashioned haggling. And bring your camera in case you catch Martha digging through a box of who knows what. Week-long shows this summer start on July 12 and Sept. 6. Visit brimfield.com for more information. More: The Hitchcock Free Academy is also in Brimfield offering historical and cultural programs. In neighboring Sturbridge, visit Old Strubridge Village, the Publick House, Stageloft Theater, Hyland Orchard and Brewery, Wells State Park, or one of many restaurants (our favorites are Rovezzi’s and Enrico’s Brick Oven Pizza). • Brockton • Brookfield • Brookline • Buckland • Burlington • Cambridge • Canton • Carlisle • Carver • Charlemont • Charlton • Chatham

• Chelmsford • Chelsea • Cheshire • Chester • Chesterfield • Chicopee • Chilmark • Clarksburg • Clinton • Cohasset • Colrain • Concord • Conway • Cummington• Dalton • Danvers • Dartmouth • Dedham • Deerfield • Dennis • Dighton • Douglas • Dover • Dracut • Dudley • Dunstable • Duxbury • East Bridgewater • East Brookfield • East Longmeadow • Eastham • Easthampton • Easton • Edgartown • Egremont • Erving • Essex • Everett • Fairhaven • Fall River • Falmouth • Fitchburg • Florida • Foxborough • Framingham • Franklin • Freetown • Gardner • Georgetown • Gill

Gloucester Gloucester is known for being a proud and gritty fishing city. But one time we visited we accidentally discovered the Rocky Neck Art Colony. It is the kind of place you’d see in a movie - a pier stretching out into the harbor, but tucked away from obvious view. You either need to know where you’re going to get there or luckily drive by it by mistake. But walking down toward the sea, you cannot help but be engulfed by the vitality and creativity of your surroundings. Each oceanside shack seems to house a different artist, studios and showrooms alike. The artists tackle subjects of all kinds, but, of course, the sea serves as inspiration to many who are happy to talk about their work and the colony itself. The fact that this place exists, a community that supports artists and encourages their existence among the hustle and bustle of the city is inspirational. I’m far from an art expert but I was impressed to hear Rocky Neck was one of the oldest working artist colonies in the country and that a famous artist I’d heard of, Winslow Homer, had spent time here. Also, several delicious, oceanview restaurants call Rocky Neck home. More: Gloucester has too many attractions to cover them all, but a few are Dogtown Common and The Fishermen’s Memorial. Gloucester also has a ton of restaurants, whale watching options and sea kayak

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SUMMERGUIDE tours. We’ve taken a ride on the schooner Thomas E. Lannon out of Gloucester and it was fantastic. Nearby Rockport is also well worth a visit. • Goshen • Gosnold • Grafton • Granby • Granville • Great Barrington • Greenfield • Groton • Groveland • Hadley • Halifax • Hamilton • Hampden • Hancock • Hanover • Hanson • Hardwick

Harvard Fruitlands Museum is almost too allencompassing to describe in one sentence. Let’s just start by saying, there is not much there that has anything to do with fruit. And the stuffy word “museum” doesn’t do this place justice. What Fruitlands really is is a relaxing place to visit and learn for any age. The property is presented from the days of 19th Century when the Alcotts (of Concord) attempted to create a Utopian society based on Transcendentalism out here. It turns out the farm life is really hard, so the family abandoned the project. Today the property offers views into several ways of life, from Native American to Shaker, presenting artifacts of intrigue to history buffs and curiosity seekers alike. Art also plays a prominent role on the grounds with paintings inside and towering sculptures outside. When you’re done learning, you can navigate the rock labyrinth or there are plenty of trails for hiking and wildlife watching. One year we attended a Mother’s Day brunch in the tea room which was a lot of fun. There are also vacation camps for kids. Visit fruitlands.org for more information. More: Harvard also plays host to a farmer’s market and several orchards, including Carlson Orchards. Harvard’s views from the top of its hills are worth a visit themselves, but some say Gravity Hill on Stow Road is bizarre because your car appears to roll up hill when in neutral - we couldn’t get it to work, but it was fun trying. • Harwich • Hatfield • Haverhill • Hawley • Heath • Hingham • Hinsdale • Holbrook • Holden • Holland • Holliston

Holyoke Dinosaurs rock. Can we agree to that?

I’ve been fascinated with dinosaurs since the beginning of (my) time. I remember researching them as a little kid for no particular reason - you know, before Wikipedia, back when print encyclopedias were sold in grocery store aisles. So a while back my wife and I noticed during our Massachusetts 351 Project travels a spot on the map in the western part of the state that says: Dinosaur Footprints. The funny thing is, the location was in Holyoke, a former industrial city in western Massachusetts where you wouldn’t expect to find traces of dinosaurs. I’ve seen fossils in museums, but never in their natural habitat. I felt like Indiana Jones exploring the site. There were no bones, but maybe even better, there were tracks. Sandwiched between Route 5 and the Connecticut

a few for scale. Where were these beasts going? Will erosion and the elements wash these unprotected imprints away someday? I hope not before I get to bring my kids back and not before yours see them too. Visit thetrustees.org for more information. More: Holyoke is a city with a proud history. Today a few of its notable attractions include a gigantic St. Patrick’s Day parade, the impressive Holyoke Mall and Mt. Tom - a great place to day hike with kids. • Hopedale • Hopkinton • Hubbardston • Hudson • Hull • Huntington • Ipswich • Kingston • Lakeville • Lancaster

under Balance Rock. You can try to push it over. You can spray paint your initials and year you graduated high school on it. You can get your wife and a random kid from another family enjoying a peaceful walk through the woods and all three try to shove that rock off its pedestal. It ain’t goin’ nowhere - ever. One of the oldest towns in Berkshire County, Lanesborough was once known as Richfield and then New Framingham. Bette Davis, the Academy Award-winning actress, went to Crestalban School in this town for three years. But the town’s most famous native son was a 19th century humor writer named Josh Billings, who, among other things, said, “About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.” Makes a lot of sense in my business or journalism. In 1962, an angry resident protesting taxes burned town Billings’s 200-year-old home. I wonder if he resorted to this after protesting taxes by trying, unsuccessfully, to tip over the immovable Balance Rock. More: Mt. Greylock is the highest elevation in Massachusetts and is the perfect place for a family hike. You can even start at the top, climb the monument for a spectacular multi-state view and scamper down portions of the Appalachian Trail. The Mt. Greylock State Reservation visitors’ center is in Lanesborough. • Lawrence • Lee • Leicester

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It's hard to believe that something like the cliffs of Aquinnah exist in Massachusetts, but they are there, waiting for you to see them.

River - on what must be less than an acre of hill leading down to train tracks and then the water - are slabs of rock littered with footprints from eons ago. Here’s what the Trustees of Reservations has to say about the spot in its brochure: “We think it’s a treasure trove of more than 130 tracks revealed in slabs of sandstone. Researchers believe these prints were left by small groups of two-legged, carnivorous dinosaurs up to 15 feet tall. The entire Connecticut River Valley - which scientists believe was subtropical a ‘mere’ 190 million years ago - has long been recognized for its wealth of prehistoric footprints.” I put my hand in

Lanesborough One of the most ridiculously cool things I’ve come across in Massachusetts is Balance Rock, located in Lanesborough. After one of our camping expeditions to the Berkshires, we went on a mission to find this place. At that time, to us it was just a tiny point of interest labeled on our map. Out in the woods of Balance Rock State Forest (now part of Pittsfield State Forest), there is indeed a 165 ton semitriangle shaped boulder left over from the glaciers balancing on one corner. It looks like you could karate kick it over. It’s a sight to behold. You can climb on top of or

I can’t profess to be an expert on all things Tanglewood, but let me say this: it’s for you. It’s for everyone to try at least once. Just once you need to pack a picnic dinner (wine for the adults, juice for the kids). You need to bring along a big beach blanket and a few camping chairs, because you don’t need seats close to the stage. You need to get some tickets: our favorite is the annual movie night when John Williams - the composer of films like Star Wars and E.T. - shows up to play his classics usually with a famous director like Martin Scorcese to narrate the performance. If you want a good place on the lawn, you need to arrive early. But the acoustics are such that even in the way back of the grounds you can hear - if not see - just fine; perhaps the back lawn is best for kiddos who will want to run around. But for one night, you must hear classical music under the stars in the Berkshires getaway. You’ll likely end

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up sitting among the music lovers of New York City, some arriving with candles and crystal goblets toted in wagons to their spots. We enjoy crashing their party. If you plan well, you might be able to catch a James Taylor performance - he lives by and plays shows each year. Anyway, Tanglewood is worth a visit, and who knows, you might make it an annual tradition. Visit bso.org for more information.

Drumlin Farm , Lincoln

More: You can stay nearby in a nice bed and breakfast like the Thornwood Inn (where the waffles are wonderful) in Great Barrington, but we usually end up camping out in Pittsfield State Forest or October Mountain State Forest in Lee. While visiting the area you might check out the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. • Leominster • Leverett • Lexington • Leyden

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Drumlin Farm is a place you can return to repeatedly without ever getting bored. Run by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, memberships are affordable, day passes are cheap and library passes make a visit cost almost nothing. But this is more than a place to just watch birds. It’s a working organic farm with vegetables and farm animals and its own Community Supported Agriculture Program. It’s a haven for wild animals like the red fox and barred owl. Stay quiet and look closely and you’ll see deer in their own sanctuary. It’s an educational facility where last winter I attended a class and learned how to can produce for preservation. My son adores the farm animals, including the chickens which are housed in a building that teaches about the various varieties and how they live. The pigs and cows are a big draw. The horses and their giant barn are impressive. If you go at the right time of year you might catch the baby goats in action. But my 2-yearold detests the sheep. “They’re too loud, Dada,” he’ll say with hands over ears. We’ll inevitably end up on the trails where my son is at his best poking at bugs and plants and rocks, scurrying between giant rhododendrons that open to a forest of kid-sized wooden obstacles and dirt tunnels. This place was built for kids and kids at heart. Visit massaudubon.org/ drumlinfarm for more information. More: Lincoln might be a small town, but beyond Drumlin the community also offers the renowned DeCordova Sculpture park. If you want to be impressed by art large and small, inside and outside, this is the place for you. You don’t even have to be into art - just into discovery. And it’s entertaining for kids too.

SUMMERGUIDE • Littleton • Longmeadow • Lowell • Ludlow • Lunenburg • Lynn • Lynnfield • Malden • Manchester-by-the-Sea • Mansfield • Marblehead • Marion • Marlborough • Marshfield • Mashpee • Mattapoisett • Maynard • Medfield • Medford • Medway • Melrose • Mendon • Merrimac • Methuen • Middleborough • Middlefield • Middleton • Milford • Millbury • Millis • Millville • Milton • Monroe • Monson • Montague • Monterey • Montgomery

Mount Washington If you look on your Massachusetts map over in the lower left corner of the state, way out west, where the Bay State meets Connecticut and New York, you might see “Bash Bish Falls State Park” labeled with a green pine tree logo. It was at first confusing to us because it was in the town of Mount Washington, a place we had always associated with New Hampshire. But because we’ve always been fascinated by waterfalls, and this spot on the map had intrigued us for years, we set forth to find Bash Bish in the summer of 2007 with no idea what we’d come across. Along the way we took photos for the 351 Project in the small communities we passed through, but finding signs with town names proved difficult in this almost undeveloped country. We meandered our way down winding roads following scattered state park signs until at about lunchtime we came upon the Bash Bish Falls parking lot with about two dozen cars and SUVs, almost all with New York and Connecticut plates. We paused at the top of a downward sloping trail to read a warning about the rigorousness of the path below. I could sense something important was in the valley. You could tell by the steepness of the terrain that the woods here were older the most in the state because it would have been too difficult to log. The farther down the slope we trudged, the cooler that summer air felt and the hum of some enormous, longrunning natural faucet grew louder. When the trees at Bash Bish opened up, we realized we were at the base of a gorgeous cascading waterfall tumbling into a pool at the base of a gorge. Like a couple of leap frogs, my wife and I made our way from rock to rock over to the pool, where signs clearly warned No Swimming Allowed – and we obeyed. Our goal was not to take a dip, but to admire. The water, coming from a river 80 feet above, was cut in two by a large boulder left by the Ice Age more than 10,000 years ago. Out here, almost in the middle of nowhere - about 130 people call Mount Washington home - we felt as though we’d come across a

real prize, a spot most Bay Staters were likely unaware of. How could this tiny paradise (the highest waterfall in the state) exist without our knowledge for so long? What other treasures did the Bay State keep secret? Was there a way we could share these discoveries with others and perhaps inspire them to concoct their own adventures? Bash Bish Falls was our inspiration to continue exploring our home state, and confirmed for us that bumper sticker saying as true: “Not all who wander are lost.” • Nahant • Nantucket • Natick • Needham • New Ashford • New Bedford • New Braintree • New Marlborough • New Salem • Newbury • Newburyport • Newton • Norfolk • North Adams • North Andover • North Attleborough • North Brookfield • North Reading

Northampton Northampton’s City Hall looks like a castle. Its Academy of Music Theatre shows Casablanca. It is the birthplace of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And it is home to Smith College where the likes of Julia Child, Barbara Bush and Sylvia Plath graduated. That pretty much sets the tone for this majestic city, possibly the most characterrich in all of Massachusetts. When I was growing up, I didn’t realize that Massachusetts extended past Worcester - I guess I imagined that it was all rocks or farmland. That I lived two-thirds my life before discovering the wonder of a place like Northampton astounds me. There’s no one place in Northampton that exemplifies it; the city is a product of all its parts, its rich history, it academia, its counter culture. Today, there are few places that can maintain a village atmposhere in an urban setting. If you’re sick of mundane shopping, Northampton’s many unique shops like Faces or those that line the indoor anti-mall feel of Thornes Market will make you proud of spending your hard-earned dollars there. If you’d like a picnic lunch or pastoral stroll, Look Park is your place. If you’d like to experience independent film making in a community atmosphere, the literally underground Pleasant Street Theater will satisfy your needs. Northampton’s music scene - at clubs like Pearl Street, the Calvin Theatre and Iron Horse - is where you can share an intimate setting with artists who will soon be world famous. When my family wants patterned shower curtains, we go to Northampton. When we want chocolate-covered Oreos we go to Northampton. When we want good food, a quiet cafe or a local record store, we head there. But mostly, we go to Northampton to be reminded that life is not all Target and Ikea and Applebee’s.


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Higgins Armory, Worcester

Northampton is worth the pilgrimage to the wild west of Massachusetts. More: For more about Northampton read the book Hometown, watch the documentary Young at Heart, or just park in their super cheap garage and spend the day walking around downtown. • Northborough • Northbridge • Northfield • Norton • Norwell • Norwood • Oak Bluffs • Oakham • Orange • Orleans • Otis • Oxford • Palmer • Paxton • Peabody • Pelham • Pembroke • Pepperell • Peru • Petersham • Phillipston • Pittsfield • Plainfield • Plainville • Plymouth • Plympton • Princeton • Provincetown • Quincy • Randolph • Raynham • Reading • Rehoboth • Revere • Richmond • Rochester • Rockland • Rockport • Rowe • Rowley • Royalston • Russell • Rutland • Salem • Salisbury • Sandisfield

Sandwich There are few places in Massachusetts as comforting as the Sandwich Boardwalk. The wooden structure - built and funded with thousands of personalized planks stretches over picturesque salt marshes and then disappears over a sand dune. For locals, it’s a place to come for a walk with the kids or dog, or to marvel at the community spirit that united in 1991 to replace the boardwalk after Hurricane Bob destroyed it. During high tide in the warm months, you’ll likely catch young people gathered at the bridge section that spans Mill Creek - they’ll be taking turns jumping into the saltwater current and climbing back up for another try. You might see kayakers or canoeists navigating the waterway. At low-tide you might find hermit crabs and children frolicking in the mud. When you reach the dune, you’ll have the opportunity to walk the edge of tidal pools and perhaps sit to relax, protected from the ocean breeze, as you listen to the sea grass rustle or to children building sandcastles nearby. You’ll want to ascend the boardwalk over the dune to experience the beach, no less impressive for its rocky nature. The stairs that descend

are annually replaced because of the onslaught of storms that abuse it during winter months. You can climb up on a rock jetty, peer out toward Provincetown, or watch the ships enter and exit Cape Cod Canal. Or as I have done for 20 or so years, you can just stand where the waves gently crash the shore and look out as far as you can in silence, gazing toward the east, toward Europe, toward heaven. More: Sandwich, the oldest town on Cape Cod, has a lengthy list of activities well-qualified to entertain people of all ages, but especially young families. Visit the Green Briar Nature Center, the Thornton Burgess Society, Heritage Museum and Gardens, the Grist Mill, the Glass Museum, the Sandwich Marina, Shawme-Crowell State Forest, the Daniel Webster Inn, Sweet Tomatoes Pizza and Marshland Restaurants. • Saugus • Savoy • Scituate • Seekonk • Sharon • Sheffield

Shelburne On a recent getaway without the kids, which is, of course, super rare these days, my wife and I embarked on a trip to western Massachusetts. On our way to Mt. Greylock, we made stops to explore communities along Route 2. That’s when we stumbled upon Shelburne Falls, which is technically a village made up of the towns of Shelburne and Buckland, and is split by the Deerfield River. We’d been to Buckland before on a previous trip for 351 Project photos, but we didn’t realize how close we were to Shelburne Falls, which is the kind of sleepy enclave you never want to leave. The place seems to be stuck in time, not a chain store to be seen, a soda fountain still flowing at a privately-owned pharmacy. Walking toward a coffeeshop, a man with a banjo sat on the sidewalk plucking the day away. Shelburne Falls brings with it a host of attractions. Its glacial potholes are a wonder unto themselves. Millions of years of waterflow and stone grinding carved these perfectly smooth holes in gigantic slabs of rock, looking almost like an enormous mudslide of ice cream melting in the sun. But of more modern

A portion of the Appalachian Trail, Lanesborough

Tower Hill Botanical Gardens, Boylston

design and equal beauty is the Bridge of Flowers which inhabitants took over decades ago after a trolley ceased its use. The bridge crosses the river and is overflowing in season with radiant colors and winding tree limbs. I can’t wait to go back.

enjoyed walking right into the middle of a pack of students and listening to the tour guides, which completely threw them off. Perhaps he reminded them of an elf that had escaped from one of their displays. The building was packed with three floors of medieval museum pieces, some centuries old, that you’d imagine seeing at the Smithsonian. The Great Hall is lined with knight’s armor, helmets, weapons, muskets. Everything you’d need to storm a castle in 1392. The biggest surprise was an entire floor dedicated to handson activities for kids to play dress up, pretend with plastic knights, read books, make color rubbings and play on a lifesized chess board. The museum includes tons of artifacts, from ancient Greece to Samurai, but it also has a fun room dedicated to the mysterious with displays of a dragon, mermaid, bigfoot and all kinds of oddly cool creatures. Whenever we leave a new place I ask Will what he liked about it. Driving away, we had just a few minutes before he passed out. Apparently, he liked the “horsies,” which were life-size to show knights jousting; the “alligator,” which, translated, means the elevator; the “helmets,” which he got to try on; and the “dinosaurs,” the dragons in that creepy curiosities room. He also pointed out that he did not enjoy sharing the toy knights at the play castle with another little boy who showed up with his grandma. “Mine, mine, mine,” which translates to, “Off with his head!” Visit higgins.org for more information.

• Sherborn • Shirley • Shrewsbury • Shutesbury • Somerset • Somerville • South Hadley • Southampton • Southborough • Southbridge • Southwick • Spencer • Springfield • Sterling • Stockbridge • Stoneham • Stoughton • Stow • Sturbridge • Sudbury • Sunderland • Sutton • Swampscott • Swansea • Taunton • Templeton • Tewksbury • Tisbury • Tolland • Topsfield • Townsend • Truro • Tyngsborough • Tyringham • Upton • Uxbridge • Wakefield • Wales • Walpole • Waltham • Ware • Wareham • Warren • Warwick • Washington • Watertown • Wayland • Webster • Wellesley • Wellfleet • Wendell • Wenham • West Boylston • West Bridgewater • West Brookfield • West Newbury • West Springfield • West Stockbridge • West Tisbury • Westborough • Westfield • Westford • Westhampton • Westminster • Weston • Westport • Westwood • Weymouth • Whately • Whitman • Wilbraham • Williamsburg • Williamstown • Wilmington • Winchendon • Winchester • Windsor • Winthrop • Woburn

Worcester Did you know there are knights in shining armor in Worcester? The Higgins Armory Museum has them on display along with so much more. My family enjoys partaking in our local library’s selection of museum passes which makes visits to new places nearly free. When we picked up a pass for Higgins Armory, I wasn’t sure what to expect. My son was just about 2 when we went and he didn’t really know and/or care about knights, kings, swords, dragons. But he likes building sandcastles, so I told him we were going to see the big castle and he was cool with that. The only other people there on that weekday morning were a bus load of students on a field trip. My son

More: There is so much more to Worcester, the second largest city in New England. We enjoy taking the kids to the EcoTarium and the Worcester Art Museum (with library passes). We also recently attended a live Thomas the Tank Engine musical at the gorgeous Hanover Theater. Kid-friendly sports destinations include the Wocester Tornadoes (baseball) and Worcester Sharks (hockey). • Worthington • Wrentham • Yarmouth For more on the Massachusetts 351 Project, visit Massachusetts351.com.

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DADS ROCK!

Stephen Rich OF PLYMOUTH Age: 38 Occupation: Commercial Flooring Married to: Karen Rich Dad of: Adie (10), Taybor (9), Teagan (7) and Kendi (5) BY

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ike most parents, trying to get his four kids to do the stuff they are supposed to without a struggle (ie. chores, tell the truth, eat green beans...) drives Steve Rich crazy. But unlike most parents, Steve is able to let it go with the support of hundreds of knowing moms and dads. His forum? It’s not a blog or a Facebook page. It’s the comedy show he created based on personal stories of family life and parenthood. During his shows, Steve introduces us to his children. “I rip them apart,” says Steve, “but I do it in a nice way.” It’s all very G-rated as Steve is really a family guy at heart and not partial to using “words” (he means, swears, guys). “I’ve done shows in front of my parents and my wife’s dad so I am very aware,” he says. “I was brought up not to use ‘words’ in front of older people.” But he’s quick to point out that his life is definitely not “Leave it to Beaver.” His show is really about getting the Rich family craziness off of his chest. “I really am just venting,” he says modestly about his ability to make audiences laugh. “I am not sure if I am actually helping anyone out there with my comedy, but I am helping myself by talking things out,” he says. Recently, Steve’s wife, Karen, went away for the weekend with friends. While it was exhausting and stressful holding down the fort, it was also great for his act. “Material builds up so much when I am fully in charge of everyone,” he says. “The weekend had gone so poorly. It was Sunday night and I was scurrying to get everything cleaned up to make it look like a house again. I went upstairs at 9 to go to sleep and I saw duct tape all over the toilet in the kids’ bathroom and there was a trail of blood.” What did Steve do? “I gave up. I didn’t 38 JUNE2011

know what happened.” When his wife came home and inquired, Steve said, “For all I know, it was a hostage situation.” Comedy wasn’t always a goal of Steve’s. In fact, he says he wouldn’t have much to say at all if he didn’t have his children. His wife, Karen, suggested he put some of their family’s stories in writing and share them with their neighbor, and close friend, VP of Talent at LLP, Dawn Christensen. So one very non-glamorous Monday morning before work, Steve went next door and read a monologue to Dawn, and her husband, Eric. “I sat there and kind of went on and on about having kids and what ends up really happening, what you thought you were signing up for and what it ends up really being.” He had never done anything like this. “The most I have done publicly is a reading at church,” he says. After his “audition,” Steve drove about a half hour to work. “I was driving 85 mph,” he says. “My heart was racing like it had never raced before. It was so different.” Since that moment a year ago, every time Steve gets on stage to share his monologue, it’s a rush. “It’s nervewracking and comfortable at the same time,” he says, which sounds a lot like life with children. As Steve braces himself for the parenting challenges waiting for him and his wife down the road, his comfort is comedy. “It’s the only way I can see to go through this.” For information on booking comedian Steve Rich for a comedy show, visit lorettalarocheproductions.com and call Dawn Christensen at 508-746-3998, ext. 15.

Take 10 with Steve What I’d love to do on Father’s Day: Wake up to no rain, have no fights to break up between kids, sip on a cup of coffee, while I find out that I’ve won Powerball. Great memories of my dad: My dad would come home from work, and I’d be waiting for him to play hockey with me. It was the highlight of every day. I am that dad who: has no clue what his kids’ ages are. I’m kinda close, like within a year or so. I never joke when it comes to: I get very serious when I talk about ‘effort.’ I love it when people try their hardest. I always stress effort with schoolwork in preparing for tests and with sports. My big speeches always end with this from my kid: ‘Dad, I have a question. Can I have a milk?’ We love going to: We don’t really advertise this to everyone, but we like to sneak into our neighbor’s pool when they are not home. It’s like having our

own but without all the headache. Current family obsessions: My wife and I are a bit crazy. We go to these soccer games for our kids and the way we sit there and scream, you’d think the kids were in the World Cup. Not sure if it’s healthy. Best part of my day: when I pack a pink water bottle for my son’s lunch…he hates pink! Of course he gets me back by telling me he has a half day at school. It’s embarrassing when I show up at the school to pick him up and it’s not really a half day! What cracks me up about my kids: everything. I have one who lies and causes ALL the problems but he’s too cute so I can’t beat him. I have another who won’t eat mashed potatoes but has no problem picking his nose and eating that. I have another who loves to dance but when she does, she looks like a 5-year-old version of Britney Spears. I have another kid who wears her nice shoes out to play street hockey or basketball but has to wear sneakers to school. My favorite meal: Tacos and I’m going


with the hard shell. Our summer road trip: We usually go to the Jersey Shore, because that’s where ‘Big Mamma’ (my wife) is from. Now driving to the shore in itself is not bad but it’s that we have to take the family gecko, the guinea pig and the cat with us. And typically on a road trip the cat will roam free in the truck and throw up all over my feet while I drive, then the crickets which are supposed to be fed to the gecko will be set free during a temper tantrum by the 5-yearold. It makes me laugh when someone says ‘You’re gonna miss these days.’ Dads Rock is special for Father’s Day and a complement to baystateparent’s award-winning monthly Moms Rock feature. Moms Rock celebrates the good that moms do. Do you know a mom who just rocks? Email editor@baystateparent.com.

“It makes me laugh when someone says ‘You’re gonna miss these days.’”

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A Different Sort of Passing BY

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knew before they did. My mother was on the other end of the phone, her voice projecting that hopeful lilt trying to mask the fear, sounding strained and giddy as she believed in possibility. “They are bringing a neurologist or something in,” she said, “so we won’t know anything until later.” “Okay,” I replied cheerfully. “Keep me posted.” “Oh, I will,” my mother returned. “I’ll call you later.” We hung up and I walked briskly across the street, glancing both ways and feeling a little guilty. I had known for a couple of hours that tonight was it. My mother had a kind of naïve expectation for a good outcome, and I knew the rest of my family did too. Except for maybe my dad. He’s smart and tends to be more rational than the rest of us. Either way, there was no way I was going to kill my mother’s last few hours of hope. Sadie was being taken care of and I fought back the pressure of hot tears against my eyeballs as I realized the sixth member of our family was going to be gone before morning. I was in the first grade when we got her, making my brother 5 years old and my sister 6 at the time.

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Home, to me, is a dog’s collar jangling beneath the dinner table and a fluffy body next to mine as my family watches America’s Funniest Home Videos. We always argued over the channels and Sadie would bark over the din when she wanted attention. Which was pretty much all the time. Personality was not something she lacked. She was my mother’s fourth baby, my father’s pretend annoyance, my sister’s friend, my brother’s playmate, and the one thing I could always count on to make me laugh and eat the parts of my dinner I couldn’t finish. My dad came and picked me up from college. “You can spend the night at home if you want,” he said. I didn’t know how to tell him I didn’t think I could handle being at home without the sound of Sadie, the familiar barking and snoring and groan as she collapsed on the


floor, or, more often, the soft white couch in our living room. It was dark as we drove to Tufts, the car rumble a welcome white noise as my father rambled on. “They’ve done everything. It’s an amazing place and these doctors know what they’re doing. I guess she has cancer. This is the best choice.” I half-listened, clutching a tissue and my appreciated distraction of a cell phone. “It’s sort of like your Grandma,” Dad continued. “She would rather have had the plug pulled than live in pain.” I thought of my stunning, white-haired Grandma lying yellow and thin on the stark bed at the nursing home, her gold jewelry and perfect make-up replaced with IV tubes and deep, tired crevices etched in her face. “Mhmmm.” I nodded and tried to ignore the memories. My phone vibrated. I answered it. “So, the process is called euthanasia. It’s basically just a medicine that slowly stops the organs and puts the animal to sleep.” Normally, I would have snapped at my father for defining “euthanasia” for me. But I saw that I was not his adult daughter sitting next to him in the passenger seat. I

was 5 years old again, buckled in the back wearing my little girl jumper and sparkly red Wizard of Oz shoes, needing him to explain why the sun shone and why the sky was blue. I let him speak slowly and kindly to me, his quiet voice a gentle calm as he explained the process of putting an animal to sleep. I felt the tears, not for the loss of my pet, but for the loss of something greater, as I let my father take care of his little girl again. “I bet there’s been a lot of tears on this road,” he commented at the end of his speech. I wanted to cry for the use of the cliché and for the sobs he was holding back, too. My mother wept that night for the passing of her most affectionate baby, her most cuddly companion, the most obnoxious and constant member of our family. But my father and I, we cried for a different sort of passing. Alexandra Caulway is an undergraduate at Assumption College studying English with a concentration in Mass Communications, as well as Graphic Design and Spanish. Her interests include creative writing, language and art. Her father has not read this essay until now.

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lthough they were physically separated by 6,000 miles, Mary and Mark Wagner were together in real time for the birth of Issac, their second child, thanks to technology and a little luck. Mary knew her husband of six years would not be at her side like he was when daughter Grace was born 2 1/2 years ago. Throughout her pregnancy, she tried not to give it too much thought. As a military wife, long absences are an expected part of life. With Mark, an Air Force captain, serving the last month of his tour before he headed home, she knew there would be no surprise early leave.

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But Mary knew there had to be some way to have her husband be a part of the actual birth. “I originally looked at different ways to make it work,” says Mary. “Twenty weeks into my pregnancy, Apple announced there would be a Skype app for the iPhone, and I thought maybe we could do that.” With a little finagling, a go-ahead from Emerson Hospital and a good satellite connection, the Wager family proceeded with Emerson’s first-ever Skype recorded birth. So as Mary’s C-section started on March 10, 2011, her mother, Marge Foust, was able to Skype the birth in real time to Mark, who was sitting alone in the privacy of his office in Iraq. Although he was

scheduled to be in a meeting, Mark’s bosses granted him time to watch the birth. He was greeted by lots of high fives and applause when he emerged and reported the good news. Even though she could see Mark and talk to him, the emotions that Mary held in check during her pregnancy came to a fine edge. “I tried not to think about it leading up to the birth,” says Mary. “It didn’t hit me until I was on the table and I realized he wasn’t going to be there this time, that he wasn’t by my side, and I started crying.” But Mark was able to talk to her throughout the delivery and see his son born and be reassured that his family was all happy and healthy.

As for Mark, distance did not dull the emotional upheaval of seeing his child’s birth. “I was kind of surprised by my emotions that built up before my deployment,” says Mark. “We knew she was pregnant, and I was more angry at the situation. But then to be able to see a happy and healthy baby . . . that all went away. Once I saw that, I was at peace with the situation. I was a lot more happy and relieved and pleased.” The process came right down to the wire. Although Emerson Hospital has a general policy of not allowing videotaped C-sections, Mary thought bringing in an iPhone might be less intrusive than a laptop or camera.


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“I was...happy and relieved and pleased,” says Mark Wagner about witnessing the birth of his son from his office in Iraq. “Technology is a wonderful thing.”

noted that sandstorms swept through his location. Issac’s arrival was different from when and, Mark, meeting their second child, Isaac, via Skype. Grace was born in Oklahoma and family was close by. Presently, the Wagners are two years into a four-year assignment at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, and family is far away. This She knew she might have found the time, Mary’s parents did a split shift with solution. After getting approval from Mary’s mom being present for the birth the hospital, everyone involved in the and staying at the Wagners’ home in birth had to give consent, from the Littleton until Mary came home. Then physician to the anesthesiologist. That her dad arrived for a week. Within a did not happen until the morning of the month, Mark was home safe, eager to planned birth. help with the endless tasks that come Timing and weather were on the with having a newborn and a toddler. Wagners’ side. “I was a little wary,” says Grace, who both parents joked is a Mark about first hearing of the Skype daddy’s girl, is keeping her dad busy idea. Noting that cell phone reception with all the things she wanted to do in the operating room might be spotty with him when he was gone. So far they and that the satellite relay out of Ireland have been kite flying, to the circus to was unreliable at times, Mark was not see the elephants and a camping trip is convinced that it would work at all. also on request. More than anything, “When it rained in Ireland, our Internet they are just glad to be back together. would go down in Iraq,” he says. Soon Mark, who generally serves six months after watching his son’s birth, Mark on tour and six months at home as

contracting officer with the Air Force, says long absences are expected. “Humans are incredibly adaptable,” he says. “This becomes your way of life and there is nothing you can do about it. There are a lot of people who spend a great deal of time away from their families and there are many people who sacrifice to do what they need to do. I took comfort in that.” It also helped that Mark knew he would not have to wait months to see his family. “There was a light at the end of the tunnel,” he says. Mary grew up in a military family and met Mark while they were in a college ROTC program, so she is no stranger to the rigors such a life presents. “I knew what I signed up for,” she says. “So I have the perception of it as a family member and from being trained as an officer.” Preparation still did not make it easy. “It was all so emotional,” says Mary. “He was there in spirit even if he was 6,000 miles away. We are just thankful

that Emerson let us do this and that we had reliable Internet and phone connections. It meant more to me than anything else they could have done. Although he was 6,000 miles away, it felt like he was there.” And the family’s story tugs at the heartstrings of total strangers. While chatting with a woman at Old Navy a couple of days before Mark returned home, Mary’s story came up when the woman asked something about Grace’s daddy. Mary told her where he was and mentioned the birth. “She started to get tears in her eyes, then the cashier had tears in her eyes,” says Mary laughing at the memory. “Technology is a wonderful thing,” says Mark. “We lucked out that the stars were aligned, and we were very blessed.” Julia Quinn-Szcesuil is an award-winning freelance journalist based in Bolton

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hat’s a father to do? Father’s Day is coming up and if you’re anything like me, family has already started to bug you about what you want. You probably have all the ties, golf balls and electrical gadgets you need. What you really want for Father’s Day is peace and quiet, whether that’s watching some sports or relaxing in the backyard. But you know that won’t happen. Inevitably, you’ll be called to Dad Duty. Your youngest will flush his favorite toy down the toilet. The misses will remind you of some forgotten chore that must be done before the end of the weekend. Work will somehow rear its ugly head - it always does. So what’s a dad

to do on Father’s Day? Get out. Go somewhere fun - some place that makes you happy, but just so happens to also entertain the rest of the family. Let’s face it, us dads have all the stuff we need and will never really get the simplicity we want on our day so make Father’s Day an event. And enjoy a dad-themed family activity as a family. Western Massachusetts: Take Dad to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. hoophall.com Central Massachusetts: Head out to the Higgins Armory in Worcester so Dad can daydream about being a knight in shining armor or picture himself as the hero in Lord of the Rings. I’ve always wanted to go. higgins.org West of Boston: The Collings Foundation is hidden way off the

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beaten path in Stow. But if you can help Dad find it, he will discover working biplanes, old cars (including Al Capone’s) and impressive tanks. They have an open house each Father’s Day. We went two years ago when my son Will was tiny and it was still well worth it. collingsfoundation. org/menu.htm

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North Eastern Massachusetts: Does Dad like movies and surround sound and giant screens? Get him to the Imax 3D Theater at Jordan’s Furniture in Reading. There’s also an Imax in Natick. jordans.com/Imax/Tickets.aspx

But before you do anything super fun on Sunday, take Dad out to breakfast and let him order as much as he wants. Here are this dad’s favorite breakfast joints in Massachusetts: • Victor’s 50s Diner in Hudson: yelp.com/ biz/victors-50s-diner-hudson • Bronx Bagels in Milford: yelp.com/biz/ bronx-bagel-milford

South Eastern Massachusetts: Battleship Cove in Fall River. Yes, that’s “battleship.” Need I say more? battleshipcove.org

• Marshland in Sandwich: marshland restaurant.com

Cape Cod: Is Dad a talented golfer (or pretend to be)? Well, Father’s Day is a family day too, so heading out for a day at the country club won’t work. But taking the family to Pirate’s Cove in South Yarmouth will. The best mini-golfing in Massachusetts.

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Mutimedia Camp Robotics Camp Co-ed Soccer Camp NHelping students do school. Strengthening skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, handwriting, critical thinking, memory, study skills, and learning. NHelping students navigate their lives. Developing strategies for social interaction, problem solving, executive functioning, organization, and emotional regulation. NHelping families and teachers maximize success. Supporting parents, teachers, and schools through professional consultation and comprehensive speech-language, reading, written expression, and psychotherapy evaluations. NHelping students learn through the summer. In our theme-based academic clubs and classes, students may explore the world as ďŹ lm critics, detectives, wizards, zoologists, or even Knights of the Round Table.

Individual and small group intervention as well as multi-sensory, theme-based classes for K-12 students. Speech-language therapy, Occupational therapy, Psychotherapy, Tutoring, and Academic enrichment. Our vision is that all individuals see themselves as whole and capable.

Architects For Learning 160 Gould Street, Needham Heights, MA 02494 781-235-8412 www.architectsforlearning.com

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Co-ed Basketball Camp Girls Volleyball Camp Visual Arts Sports Camp Arts Camp (WASA) Science Camp Football Camp

WORCESTER ACADEMY 81 Providence Street, Worcester â&#x20AC;˘ 508.754.5302 www.worcesteracademy.org/campus/summer


Summer Dance Camp July 11th - 15th, 2011 August 8th - 12th, 2011 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Program will include all forms of dance including hip hop, creative movement, improvisation, acrobatics, arts and crafts and lots of fun. Ages 2yrs. and up. Please call or email for more information.

508.792.0959 cdw4dance@verizon.net

Chickeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dance World

Worcester Business Center (the former Thom McCan building) 67 Millbrook St., Worcester, MA (south entrance) www.chickeesdanceworld.com

Chess Camp 15th Annual USA Chess National Summer Chess Camp Tour USA Chess is the largest and premier summer camp organizer for children in the U.S. with more than 100 schools nationwide. Our staff is comprised of the finest childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chess instructors. Campers experience a fun filled week while learning the skills needed to play casual and/or competitive chess.

August 1st-5th 2011

August 8th-12th 2011

Cape Cod Academy, Osterville, MA

Bancroft School, Worcester, MA

Fay School, Southborough, MA

August 22nd-26th 2011

Fontbonne Academy, Milton, MA

Abundant Life School, Wilmington, MA

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Leominster Recreation Summer Youth Programs

At Game Builder Creation Camp your child will actually design, develop and create a one of a kind video game.

Something for EVERYONE this July & August!

Full day Programs with: Arts & Crafts, Sports, Drama, Reading, Social Time, Entertainment, Swimming & More! Weekdays 7:30am-5:30pm, 7 weeks for ages 2.9-15.

We combine learning and fun and bring it to a whole new level. This course was developed to not just teach introductory programming skills but to also encourage creative thinking to blend these into an exceptional experience. Enroll at www.gamebuildercamp.com/video.htm.

Full day Teen Adventure, Sportsmania, & Conservation Exploration

Intro Video Game Creation

Video Game Creation - The Sequel

Animation Creation

August 1st-5th 2011

August 1st-5th 2011

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Cape Cod Academy, Osterville, MA Fontbonne Academy, Milton, MA

Fontbonne Academy Milton, MA

Youth Instructional Programs: Tennis, Lacrosse, Golf, Basketball, Track & Field, Theatre, Cooking, Swimming, & Pottery.

Weekly half-day Enrichment Programs: Lego projects, Hogworts, American Girl Doll Class, Jewelry & Charms, Cupcake Decorating, Fun with Water, Mud & Bubbles, Fun with Books, Yoga for Kids, Scrapbooking, & More!

Visit www.leominster-ma.gov or call 978-534-7529 for more information on programs available.

August 8th-12th 2011

August 8th-12th 2011 Bancroft School, Worcester, MA

August 1st-5th 2011 Fontbonne Academy Milton, MA

Bancroft School, Worcester, MA

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West Meadow Woods Day Camp at Devereux

A Rewarding, Therapeutic Camp for Youth with Aspergerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders 

West Meadow Woods is a fun ďŹ lled summer day camp program for boys and girls ages 6 to 17 diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder who would beneďŹ t from social skills training, small groups (4 campers for every counselor), structure, and building friendships with a group of peers.

Campers can participate in any of three sessions (as many as you choose)

Invent Now proudly presents the wonder and excitement of the Club Invention program. Led by local educators, this engaging program immerses children in grades one through six in hands-on, inquiry-based activities disguised as fun! Discounts are available â&#x20AC;&#x201C; register today!

or individual weeks within those sessions:

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Session I: June 27 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; July 15 Session II: July 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aug 5 Session III: Aug 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aug 26* *(third session is dependent on number of enrollments)

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This camp is compliant with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and licensed by the Rutland Board of Health

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Occupational and Speech Therapy

Summer Handwriting Camps

Modeled after the multisensory Handwriting Without Tears program, we will develop gross and fine motor control, upper body strength, and position awareness through imitation and play. We are offering two age groups: Happy Crayons

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continued from page 23 craft and fine artist booths, artist demonstrations, a juried art exhibition, Members’ and Young Artists exhibitions, food and entertainment. 781-383-2787, ssac.org. Also Sat., June 18, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sun., June 19, 12 – 5 p.m. FREE Semana Hispana Festival. Campagnone Common, Essex St., Lawrence. A three-day celebration of Lawrence’s Latino heritage. Enjoy daily events including musical performances and activities on the common. 978-686-0900, semanahispanalawrence.org. Also June 18 & 19. FREE Grecian Festival. Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Church Grounds, 14 Magazine St., Cambridge. Outdoor festival includes music, dancing, food and crafts. 617-876-3601. Also June 18 & 19. FREE MOMS Club of Hubbardston Area Location TBA, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 508-667-8102, momsofhubb. freehostia.com.

Strawberry Picking Day. Mass Audubon, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dig in the dirt with our farm staff, meet some very-loving animals and pick your own strawberries to take home. Activities free with paid admission to the farm. Pick-your-own strawberries from 10 a.m. - p.m. (additional fee).No registration required. 781-7592200, HYPERLINK “http://www.massaudubon.org/ drumlin”massaudubon.org/drumlin. FREE Lowell African Fetival. Sampas Pavillion, Pawtucket Blvd., Lowell. A celebration of African art, music, foods and traditional attire. 978-459-6150, africanfestivallowell.org. Music and Art Weekend. Old Sturbridge Village, 9:30 – 5 p.m. Enjoy the lost sounds and sights of 19th-century popular music and art as more than 50 singers, dancers, musicians and artists. Singers will present solo a cappella vocal performances of 19th-century songs and ballads and a concert by the OSV Singing School. Visitors can enjoy fife and drum

Happy Father’s Day FREE Take your Dad on an Adventure. Boston Harbor Islands, 10 a.m. Hop on the ferry with your pops and head to George’s Island or Spectacle Island for some sun and exploration. You and dad can tour the fort, climb to the highest point in Boston Harbor or just head to the beach. Bring along a frisbee, your fishing rod, binoculars or a picnic lunch for some outdoor fun with dad. 617-223-8666. Take a park ferry to this program: bostonislands.com.

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18SATURDAY First Annual Spectacle Island 3-Mile Road Race and Kids Fun Run. Spectacle Island, Boston. 9:30 a.m. Enjoy panoramic views of Boston Harbor and the city from this historic island. Race day festivities feature a 3-mile race, a half-mile Kids Fun Run, a bbq lunch for participants provided by Jasper White’s Summer Shack, music, and kids’ activities. 617-2238108 or email rsmerling@islandalliance.org.

Butterfly Landing. Franklin Park Zoo, Boston. Daily 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. until Sept. 17.Visitors will once again be able to stroll through our tented outdoor exhibit, filled with hundreds of free-flying, beautiful butterflies! Don’t miss this tranquil experience, which features garden beds, a waterfall, pond, and soothing music. A$16, C (2-12) $10, C under 2, free. 617-5415466, franklinparkzoo.org. Pirates and Tales by the Sea Puppet Show. Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Presented by Romper Rythm & Puppets. Ages 4+. Admission fees apply. puppetshowplace.org. Also June 19. Julie Fund 5K Walk. Herter/Artesani Park, Brighton. 8 a.m. - Noon. Food, entertainment and fun for the entire family. elliefund.org/walk 2011. The Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival. Ye Olde Commons, Charlton. See June 11 listing for details. Also June 19. FREE Grecian Festival. Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Church Grounds, Cambridge. See June 17 for details. 56th Annual Arts Festival. South Shore Art Center, Cohasset. See June 17th listing for details.

Father’s Day at Southwick’s Zoo Mendon. Dads are free. southwickszoo.com.

19SUNDAY

Zoobabies Day. Southwick’s Zoo, Mendon. 10 a.m. - 5 p .m. Special activities featuring the zoo’s new arrivals. Admission applies. 800-258-9182, southwickszoo.com.

FREE Let’s Move Outside Family Fitness Day. Spectacle Island, Boston. 9:30 a.m. A full day of fitness activities for the entire family. Following the first ever road race on Spectacle Island, youth and their families will exercise together with a variety of fitness program including, hiking, swimming, boot camp fitness, yoga, martial arts and kite flying.Take the park ferry to this program! 617-223-8666, bostonislands.com.

56th Annual Arts Festival. South Shore Art Center, Cohasset. See June 17th listing for details.

moms who are parenting entirely or mostly on their own for one reason or another, moms whose partners are living far away (i.e. military service), moms whose children do not know their fathers and moms who chose to have a baby without a partner. mothersandcompany.com.

Great Dad’s Day Outing: Watch the Essex Base Ball Club play baseball against regional clubs, using 1861 rules. Sun., June 19, Newbury. historicnewengland.org. music and a performance on the museum’s antique pipe organ. Artists will demonstrate early 1800s-style sketching, silhouette cutting, and watercolor painting. Visitors can learn 19th-century dances, paper marbling, and how to play the jaw harp and tin whistle. 800-733-1830, osv.org. Town-wide Yard Sale Day. Walpole. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Have a yard sale in your home and donate the proceeds to build a new playground at Francis William Bird Park, East Walpole or just come shop and find some great bargains. A free concert will follow to celebrate from 5 – 7:30 p.m. To get your yard sale listed or to request a map of yard sales, email: jhasenfus@ttor.org Damn Yankees. Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 2 p.m. Watertown Children’s Theatre performs this musical about the price a baseball fan is willing to pay so his team can win the pennant. $12. 800-8383006; watertownchildrenstheatre.org. Also June 19. Father’s Day GeoCaching. Hale Reservation, Westwood. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. All welcome. This high-tech treasure hunting game is played with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches while hiking through the woods. Pack a lunch, snacks and water. You will eat on the trail. GPS provided for your use during the hike or bring your own. $70. carlislema.gov/Pages/ CarlisleMA_Recreation/familysummer2011 FREE Solo Moms Teatime. Mothers and Company, Route 140, West Boylston. Meets the third Saturday of each month at 3 p.m. For single moms,

World Flower Show. Boston. See June 15 listing for event details. FREE Sunday Fun in the Park. The field by the Arthur Fiedler statue, The Esplanade, Boston. 2 – 4 p.m. Parkland Games with Knuckle Bones, Photography Class with Daniel Aguirre Photography (3 – 4 p.m.) and Family Yoga with Karen Fabian, founder Bare Bones Yoga (3:30 – 4:15 p.m.). Open to all. Pirates and Tales by the Sea Puppet Show. Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Presented by Romper Rythm & Puppets. Ages 4+. Admission fees apply. puppetshowplace.org. FREE Grecian Festival. Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Church Grounds, Cambridge. See June 17 for details. The Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival. Ye Olde Commons, Charlton. See June 11 listing for details. Bike Tour of Civil War Concord. The Concord Museum and Concord Bike Tours have teamed up to offer a guided ride through Concord’s Civil War history. Begin your Father’s Day weekend tour with a visit to “When Duty Whispers.” Then tour the town by bike with a Concord Bike Tours guide stopping at often-overlooked sites that honor Civil War soldiers, houses that highlight the town’s active Abolitionist movement, and spots unearthed by the Drinking Gourd Project related to Concord’s African American history. Tour includes Concord Bike Tours comfort bike and helmet, snack & guide. 1 – 3:30 p.m. A$23/$28, C(0-17)$18/$23. Reservations: concordmseum.org.

Vintage Base Ball Triple-Header. Spencer-PeirceLittle Farm, Newbury. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.Watch the Essex Base Ball Club play baseball against regional clubs, using 1861 rules. These fun vintage games feature underhand pitching, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and no gloves are allowed. Beer samples are provided by Ipswich Ale. Snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase. Grass field seating: bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating. Weather permitting, please call. $5NM. 978-462-2634, historicnewengland.org. Family Father’s Day Road Race. Main Street, North Easton. 9 a.m. Participate in a 5-mile race that starts on Main Street and takes a scenic route through historic North Easton, Ames Long Pond in Stoughton and finishes at the Children’s Museum in Easton. Cash prizes awarded. $20 registration fee. The 2-mile non-competitive walk is $5. 508-230-3789, childrensmuseumineaston.org. Damn Yankees. Charles Mosesian Theater, Watertown. See June 18th listing for details. Canoe and Kayak. South Bridge Boat House, 496

20MONDAY Main St., Concord. Offers direct access to 18 miles of the Concord River and is within easy paddling distance of the Sudbury River, Assabet River, and the Old North Bridge. 10 a.m. - sunset. Rentals for canoes $13 per hour, weekdays; $15 per hour weekends and holidays. Kayaks available for $15 singles, $17 doubles. 978-369-9438, canoeconcord.com. ONGOING Story and Healthy Snack Time. Whole Foods Market , 575 Worcester Rd., Framingham. Every Monday at 10:30 a.m., For children ages 2 - 6. 508-628-9525. FREE Day of Portugal Parade. Begins at 2 p.m. at Portuguese Square/Concord Ave., Somerville. The parade will include a variety of colorful floats, bands and marching groups from various Portuguese communities across Massachusetts. A block party will follow immediately at the end of the parade route featuring entertainment and vendors selling Portuguese delicacies and other regional products. All welcome. 617-536-8740, bostonportuguesefestival.org

21TUESDAY FREE Ferry Day. Georges or Spectacle Islands, Boston Harbor. 9 a.m. Take a free boat ride today and have a picnic on Georges Island or relax aside a sandy beach on Spectacle Island. Ferries will be running on a special www.bostonharborislands.com/ free-ferry-day schedule. Just pick your time block and island and enjoy the day. Due to high demand, all tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis and have a specific return time. Ticket kiosk opens at 8 a.m. No advance reservations. Groups are limited to five. 617-223-8666, bostonislands.com. Rainforest Reptiles. New England Wild Flower Society, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham. 10 a.m – 11 a.m. Meet some endangered rainforest creatures, including a monitor lizard, a 7-foot boa constrictor, a red-foot tortoise, a 3-foot alligator and more. $6 for children ages 3 and up. 508-877-7630, newfs.org. BAYSTATEPARENT 61


3rd Annual Quahog Day. Held at Aselton Park, Hyannis. 3 p.m. 508-362-3225, quahogday.com FREE Breastfeeding Support Group. Mothers and Company, West Boylston. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. and Mondays, 1 p.m. (except holidays). For all moms, those breastfeeding a freshly-born baby, those having challenges, those interested in learning more about using a breastpump and those interested in figuring out how to breastfeed in public. RSVPS appreciated but not required: mothersandcompany.com. Greater Worcester Mothers of Twins Meeting. Location TBD. Meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. First meeting and expectant mothers free. 508-347-5606 or worcester-motc.com. FREE Tickets to Odds Bodkin Children’s Concert. Worcester. Concert is Thurs., June 30. Tickets available starting today in the Worcester Public Library’s Children’s Room. worcpublib.org.

p.m. Explore the museum and its exhibits and learn more from docents, who are on hand to answer questions, for half-price admission. 617-495-3045; hmnh.harvard.edu. Coles Brothers Circus. Held at the Plymouth Airport, 246 S.Meadow Rd., Plymouth. For information call the Kiwanis Club at 508-224-8227.

24FRIDAY FREE Admission on Summer Friday Nights. Every Friday night between June 24 and August 26, both the Children’s Discovery Museum and the Science Discovery Museum in Acton will be open until 8:30 p.m., with free admission beginning at 4:30pm. Families are invited to picnic under the stars and enjoy the Museums at night. Visitors may bring a picnic dinner or purchase available food from the

There are raffle prizes, like Whale Watch tickets, original artwork, restaurant gift certificates and more. Come stroll through to see beautiful original fine art, photography and crafts. Live music will also be featured throughout the weekend. 508-362-2909, capecodartassoc.org. Also June 26. Here Comes the Clowns Puppet Show. Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Presented by Brad Shur. Ages 3+. Admission fees apply. puppetshowplace.org. Also June 26. Strawberry Festival. Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Rd., Concord. 11 a.m. Pick-your-own strawberries ( weather & crop conditions permitting). Enjoy food a la carte including fresh strawberry shortcake plus free entertainment: music by Ben Rudnick & Friends, Tanglewood Marionettes at 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. (40 mins/show), hay and pony rides (small fees). Plus a strawberry dessert recipe contest with a special kids category. 978-369-4494, verrillfarm.com.

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Here Comes the Clowns Puppet Show. Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Presented by Brad Shur. Ages 3+. Admission fees apply. puppetshowplace.org. Also June 23, 25 and 26. St. Peters Fiesta. St. Peters Sq., Gloucester. An annual celebration by the Italian-American fishing community of Gloucester to honor St. Peter, the patron saint of fishermen. Fiesta includes music, food, sporting events, a parade and religious activities culminating with the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet from the Boulevard (near the Fishermen’s Memorial Statue) on Sunday afternoon. 978-283-1601, stpetersfiesta.org. Also June 23 – 26. Concord Band Sundown Concert. Fruitlands Museum, Harvard. Picnic dinners are encouraged, and food and beverages will be available for purchase on-site. $15 carload. fruitlands.org. Also June 29 and July 6, 13, 20 & 29. Coles Brothers Circus. Held at the Plymouth Airport, 246 S.Meadow Rd., Plymouth. For information call the Kiwanis Club at 508-224-8227. Also June 23. New Moms Group. Mothers and Company, Route 140, West Boylston. All moms and babies welcome. Weekly on Wednesdays, 1:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Also held on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. and Fridays at 12 p.m. $5ppNM. Online RSVPS appreciated. mothersandcompany.com. ONGOING Preschool and Toddler Wednesdays. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way Worcester. Enjoy storytime, craft activities, live animals and more-all developed especially for little ones ages 3 and under. New themes every week! Story and animal encounters happen at 10:30, 11 and 11:30, with an craft activity ongoing. Free with museum admission: 508-929-2700, ecotarium.org.

23THURSDAY Here Comes the Clowns Puppet Show. Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Presented by Brad Shur. Ages 3+. Admission fees apply. puppetshowplace.org. Also June 25 and 26. Summer Night at the Museum. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 5 – 8 62 JUNE2011

Discover the amazing number of dragonflies and butterflies that make their home in Natick, Sun., June 26. massaudubon.org/broadmoor Dawg Days food cart. The Discovery Museums will collect donations for the Acton Food Pantry on Fridays as party of this special family promotion. AFP’s wish list items include peanut butter, juice boxes, jam/jelly, Parmalat, baking mixes, and diapers. 978-264-4200, discoverymuseums.org. Toddler Playdate. Museum of Fine Arts, Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10:30 a.m. Bring your toddler or preschooler for a drop-in, readaloud story time, followed by a short tour of specially selected art that both kids and adults are sure to enjoy. Adults, free with museum admission; kids, free. 617-369-3300, mfa.org. St. Peters Fiesta. St. Peters Sq., Gloucester. See June 22 listing for details. Runs June 22 – 26. FREE Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet. MacMillian Wharf, Provincetown. Fishermen, their families and the townspeople join in the annual blessing of all the fishing boats. Portuguese Festival includes dancing, soup-tasting, children’’s fishing contest. 508-487-3424, provincetownportuguesefestival.com.

25SATURDAY FREE Art in the Village. Village Green, Main St., Barnstable Village, Barnstable. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Artists tents will be set up throughout the entire historic village filled with beautiful fine art & craft.

“Welcome to Our Home” A Living History Tour. Orchard House, Concord. 4:45- 5:45 p.m. Take a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times. A$12, C(617)$8, C (2-6) $4. Family rate: $30. Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested. 978-369-4118 x106 for information/reservations. Also July 7. Fairy Tale Princess Ball. SpringHill Suites Marriott, Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Pkwy, Devens. 12 – 2 p.m. A tea party with singing princess characters (Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel, Jasmine, Belle). Also refreshments, musical games and dancing, photo opps and favors. $38pp. RSVP 978-537-6945 or email Debbie@ MissEmmasTea.com. MissEmmasTea.com Fairhaven Homecoming Day Fair. Town Center, Fairhaven. 10 a.m. - 4 p .m. Fairhaven’s largest annual event features about 175 booths of handmade crafts and delicious foods in addition to live entertainment, cultural performances, an art exhibit on the west lawn of the Unitarian Church, and children’s activities, including fire engine rides. fairhaventours.blogspot.com. FREE Fountain of Blessing Ministry Giveaway. Bethany Baptist Church, Ryan St., Gardner. 9 a.m. Free giveaway of quality clothes, shoes, toys, housewares, home décor and more. 978-297-1894 or email dgnymn@sprynet.com

St. Peters Fiesta. St. Peters Sq., Gloucester. See June 22 listing for details. Runs June 22 – 26. Winslowshire Festival for the Animals Fourth Year! Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary, 37 Eddy St., Norton. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Renaissance Festival to benefit the animals. Admission fees apply. 508-285-6451, winslowshire.com. Ryan’s Ride 2nd Annual Bike Ride. Water St., Plymouth. 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. A 12-mile scenic bicycling route from Plymouth Rock to Myles Standish State Park and back to the waterfront for festivities in support of our charity fundraiser. 617-957-9411, ryansride.net. Annual Strawberry Thanksgiving & Teacher’s Appreciation Day. Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth.9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Enjoy the area’s largest 17th-century Native Wampanoag event, featuring mishoon (dugout canoe) races, Native singing and dancing and an exhibition of traditional Wampanoag foods. Also, Teachers are admitted for FREE! 508746-1622, plimoth.org. Carnival Weekend. Davis Farmland, Redstone Hill, Sterling. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.Come one, come all, for the spectacular Farmland themed carnival! Step right up and try your luck in the inflatable obstacle course or noodle blast a Farmer. Create some spin art and enjoy popcorn, snow-cones and cotton candy! 978422-6666, davisfarmland.com. Also Sun., June 26. Cranberry Blossom Bog Tour. Tihonet Village Market, 158 Tihonet Rd.,Wareham. 10 a.m. An experienced cranberry grower will take the group to view the cranberry blossom, discuss all aspects of cranberry growing and answer questions. View the Cranberry Harvest Video and see pictures of the bogs through the seasons. Lunch, souvenirs and cranberry products are also available at the Market for purchase. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Tours are held rain or shine (extreme weather may postpone a tour however). 508-2955437, tihonetvillagemarket.com. Fireworks and Craft Show. Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, 65 Pleasant St., Upton. Bands, food and other activities. 508-5294878 or email hmeisnere@ducktraphoto.com.

26SUNDAY FREE Art in the Village. Village Green, Barnstable. See June 25 listing for details. FREE Vintage Base Ball. Boston Harbor Islands, Georges Island, Boston. 11 a.m. Step into the 1860s and watch Civil War-era baseball games played at historic Fort Warren with original rules and uniforms. Take the park ferry to this program. During the summer season, park ferries depart frequently from Long Wharf, Boston; Fore River Shipyard in Quincy; Hingham Shipyard; and Pemberton Point, Hull. We suggest arriving at the dock at least 30 minutes prior to departure to allow time for ticketing and boarding. 781740-4290, bostonislands.com. Also July 17, 11 a.m. Here Comes the Clowns Puppet Show. PuppetShowplace Theatre, Brookline. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Presented by Brad Shur. Ages 3+. Admission fees apply. puppetshowplace.org. Rolie Polie Guacamole. Club Passim. 47 Palmer St. Cambridge. 4:30 p.m. Rolie Polie Guacomole plays original, interactive songs with a positive influence that promote healthy eating with songs. Enjoy tunes like Acai and Time for Hummus, and songs about staying active and having fun. A$10, C$5, C under 2, free. 617-492-7678, passimcenter.org.


OH,THEPLACESYOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;LLGO Teens Rock America. 8 Village Dr., Danvers. 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 p.m. A family event to rock to! A stars and stripes salute to teen rockers who are making a difference in their communities and are top peer role models. Presented by the Boston Lobsters and Music On & Up. The concert will also feature special performances by teens with anti-bullying songs, and the event will benefit local anti-bullying charities and programs.Admission fees apply. 978-739-4040, teensrockamerica.eventbrite.com. Kesajuhla (Summer Festival). Finnish Center at Saima Park, 67 Scott Rd., Fitchburg. All are welcome! Tervetuloa! Music, dancing and food from Finland. $3-6.99 . 978-582-7717, saima-park.org. St. Peters Fiesta. St. Peters Sq., Gloucester. See June 22 listing for details. Runs June 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 26. Secret Garden Tour. Paragon Carousel, 205 Nantasket Ave., Hull.10 a.m. - 3 p .m. Explore secret, hidden gardens in Hull and surrounding areas. $20; proceeds benefit Friends of the Paragon Carousel. 781-925-0472, paragoncarousel.org. Fun with Butterflies & Dragonflies. Mass Audubonââ&#x201E;˘s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2:30 p.m. Discover the amazing number of dragonflies and butterflies that make Broadmoor home! Just what is a damselfly? How do dragonflies survive the winter? Family (suitable for children ages 5 and up): A$12, C$8. Registration is required. massaudubon.org. Carnival Weekend. Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Farmland, Sterling. See June 25th listing for details. FREE Pissarroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s People Family Day. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Celebrate Pissarroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s People with an afternoon of free events for the whole family! The Clark transforms into a farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paradise with barnyard friends, festive activities like stilt walking and horseshoes, art projects, entertainmentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and more. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu.

27MONDAY ONGOING Story and Healthy Snack Time. Whole Foods Market , 575 Worcester Rd., Framingham. Every Monday at 10:30 a.m., For children ages 2 - 6. 508-628-9525.

28TUESDAY FREE Toe Jam Puppet Band: The Green Show. Georges Island, Boston. 12 & 2 p .m. Through music, song, and puppetry children will learn about the importance of recycling and how everyone must keep the earth clean. Take the ferry to this program from Long Wharf, Boston; Fore River Shipyard in Quincy; Hingham Shipyard; and Pemberton Point, Hull (fees apply for ferry). bostonharborislands.org. Ice Cream and Frogs. Mass Audubonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St. (Rt.16), Natick. 7:30 p.m. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better than ice cream on a summer night? Why not add a little fun outdoor exploration? Join the adventure as we look for flashing fireflies, listen for the songs of frogs and katydids and use a â&#x20AC;&#x153;bat detectorâ&#x20AC;? to find our local bats. Fees apply. Registration required: 508-655-2296, broadmoorprograms@massaudubon.org. Upcoming themes: Fireflies: July 12; Bats: August 2.

29WEDNESDAY Grand Opening of the Spray Pool. Frog Pond, Boston. Time TBA. Storytelling, facepainting, and all manner of childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities will signal the opening of this favorite Boston destination for keeping cool. bostonfrogpond.com. Concord Band Sundown Concert. Fruitlands Museum, Harvard. Picnic dinners are encouraged, and food and beverages will be available for purchase on-site. $15 carload. fruitlands.org. Also July 6, 13, 20 & 29. FREE Fun Family Feature. Elms Draught House Cinema, Elm St., Millbury. 11 a.m. Door prizes, stickers and bookmarks from the Millbury Public Library. 508-865-1181, millburypubliclibrary.com. FREE Neighborhood Nature. Elm Park, Highland Street and Park Ave., Worcester. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 p.m. Drop in anytime for activities, crafts, stories and nature walks. Take a break from the playground to learn about the plants and animals that can be found in Worcester through hands-on projects and games. Register: 508-753-6087, massaudubon.org.

30THURSDAY Sunset Clambakes on Spectacle Island. Boston Harbor Islands, Boston. 6:15 p.m. Return time is 8:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 p.m. Hop on a spacious ferry provided by Bostonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Cruises at Long Wharf North, and in less than 15 minutes, grab a front row seat for one of Bostonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Sunset views and a classic New England Clambake by Summer Shack. Plus walk the sandy beaches. 857-294-3958, harborislands.org.

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continued from page 23 craft and fine artist booths, artist demonstrations, a juried art exhibition, Members’ and Young Artists exhibitions, food and entertainment. 781-383-2787, ssac.org. Also Sat., June 18, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sun., June 19, 12 – 5 p.m. FREE Semana Hispana Festival. Campagnone Common, Essex St., Lawrence. A three-day celebration of Lawrence’s Latino heritage. Enjoy daily events including musical performances and activities on the common. 978-686-0900, semanahispanalawrence.org. Also June 18 & 19. FREE Grecian Festival. Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Church Grounds, 14 Magazine St., Cambridge. Outdoor festival includes music, dancing, food and crafts. 617-876-3601. Also June 18 & 19. FREE MOMS Club of Hubbardston Area Location TBA, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 508-667-8102, momsofhubb. freehostia.com.

Strawberry Picking Day. Mass Audubon, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dig in the dirt with our farm staff, meet some very-loving animals and pick your own strawberries to take home. Activities free with paid admission to the farm. Pick-your-own strawberries from 10 a.m. - p.m. (additional fee).No registration required. 781-7592200, HYPERLINK “http://www.massaudubon.org/ drumlin”massaudubon.org/drumlin. FREE Lowell African Fetival. Sampas Pavillion, Pawtucket Blvd., Lowell. A celebration of African art, music, foods and traditional attire. 978-459-6150, africanfestivallowell.org. Music and Art Weekend. Old Sturbridge Village, 9:30 – 5 p.m. Enjoy the lost sounds and sights of 19th-century popular music and art as more than 50 singers, dancers, musicians and artists. Singers will present solo a cappella vocal performances of 19th-century songs and ballads and a concert by the OSV Singing School. Visitors can enjoy fife and drum

Happy Father’s Day FREE Take your Dad on an Adventure. Boston Harbor Islands, 10 a.m. Hop on the ferry with your pops and head to George’s Island or Spectacle Island for some sun and exploration. You and dad can tour the fort, climb to the highest point in Boston Harbor or just head to the beach. Bring along a frisbee, your fishing rod, binoculars or a picnic lunch for some outdoor fun with dad. 617-223-8666. Take a park ferry to this program: bostonislands.com.

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18SATURDAY First Annual Spectacle Island 3-Mile Road Race and Kids Fun Run. Spectacle Island, Boston. 9:30 a.m. Enjoy panoramic views of Boston Harbor and the city from this historic island. Race day festivities feature a 3-mile race, a half-mile Kids Fun Run, a bbq lunch for participants provided by Jasper White’s Summer Shack, music, and kids’ activities. 617-2238108 or email rsmerling@islandalliance.org.

Butterfly Landing. Franklin Park Zoo, Boston. Daily 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. until Sept. 17.Visitors will once again be able to stroll through our tented outdoor exhibit, filled with hundreds of free-flying, beautiful butterflies! Don’t miss this tranquil experience, which features garden beds, a waterfall, pond, and soothing music. A$16, C (2-12) $10, C under 2, free. 617-5415466, franklinparkzoo.org. Pirates and Tales by the Sea Puppet Show. Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Presented by Romper Rythm & Puppets. Ages 4+. Admission fees apply. puppetshowplace.org. Also June 19. Julie Fund 5K Walk. Herter/Artesani Park, Brighton. 8 a.m. - Noon. Food, entertainment and fun for the entire family. elliefund.org/walk 2011. The Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival. Ye Olde Commons, Charlton. See June 11 listing for details. Also June 19. FREE Grecian Festival. Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Church Grounds, Cambridge. See June 17 for details. 56th Annual Arts Festival. South Shore Art Center, Cohasset. See June 17th listing for details.

Father’s Day at Southwick’s Zoo Mendon. Dads are free. southwickszoo.com.

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Zoobabies Day. Southwick’s Zoo, Mendon. 10 a.m. - 5 p .m. Special activities featuring the zoo’s new arrivals. Admission applies. 800-258-9182, southwickszoo.com.

FREE Let’s Move Outside Family Fitness Day. Spectacle Island, Boston. 9:30 a.m. A full day of fitness activities for the entire family. Following the first ever road race on Spectacle Island, youth and their families will exercise together with a variety of fitness program including, hiking, swimming, boot camp fitness, yoga, martial arts and kite flying.Take the park ferry to this program! 617-223-8666, bostonislands.com.

56th Annual Arts Festival. South Shore Art Center, Cohasset. See June 17th listing for details.

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Great Dad’s Day Outing: Watch the Essex Base Ball Club play baseball against regional clubs, using 1861 rules. Sun., June 19, Newbury. historicnewengland.org. music and a performance on the museum’s antique pipe organ. Artists will demonstrate early 1800s-style sketching, silhouette cutting, and watercolor painting. Visitors can learn 19th-century dances, paper marbling, and how to play the jaw harp and tin whistle. 800-733-1830, osv.org. Town-wide Yard Sale Day. Walpole. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Have a yard sale in your home and donate the proceeds to build a new playground at Francis William Bird Park, East Walpole or just come shop and find some great bargains. A free concert will follow to celebrate from 5 – 7:30 p.m. To get your yard sale listed or to request a map of yard sales, email: jhasenfus@ttor.org Damn Yankees. Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 2 p.m. Watertown Children’s Theatre performs this musical about the price a baseball fan is willing to pay so his team can win the pennant. $12. 800-8383006; watertownchildrenstheatre.org. Also June 19. Father’s Day GeoCaching. Hale Reservation, Westwood. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. All welcome. This high-tech treasure hunting game is played with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches while hiking through the woods. Pack a lunch, snacks and water. You will eat on the trail. GPS provided for your use during the hike or bring your own. $70. carlislema.gov/Pages/ CarlisleMA_Recreation/familysummer2011 FREE Solo Moms Teatime. Mothers and Company, Route 140, West Boylston. Meets the third Saturday of each month at 3 p.m. For single moms,

World Flower Show. Boston. See June 15 listing for event details. FREE Sunday Fun in the Park. The field by the Arthur Fiedler statue, The Esplanade, Boston. 2 – 4 p.m. Parkland Games with Knuckle Bones, Photography Class with Daniel Aguirre Photography (3 – 4 p.m.) and Family Yoga with Karen Fabian, founder Bare Bones Yoga (3:30 – 4:15 p.m.). Open to all. Pirates and Tales by the Sea Puppet Show. Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Presented by Romper Rythm & Puppets. Ages 4+. Admission fees apply. puppetshowplace.org. FREE Grecian Festival. Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Church Grounds, Cambridge. See June 17 for details. The Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival. Ye Olde Commons, Charlton. See June 11 listing for details. Bike Tour of Civil War Concord. The Concord Museum and Concord Bike Tours have teamed up to offer a guided ride through Concord’s Civil War history. Begin your Father’s Day weekend tour with a visit to “When Duty Whispers.” Then tour the town by bike with a Concord Bike Tours guide stopping at often-overlooked sites that honor Civil War soldiers, houses that highlight the town’s active Abolitionist movement, and spots unearthed by the Drinking Gourd Project related to Concord’s African American history. Tour includes Concord Bike Tours comfort bike and helmet, snack & guide. 1 – 3:30 p.m. A$23/$28, C(0-17)$18/$23. Reservations: concordmseum.org.

Vintage Base Ball Triple-Header. Spencer-PeirceLittle Farm, Newbury. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.Watch the Essex Base Ball Club play baseball against regional clubs, using 1861 rules. These fun vintage games feature underhand pitching, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and no gloves are allowed. Beer samples are provided by Ipswich Ale. Snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase. Grass field seating: bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating. Weather permitting, please call. $5NM. 978-462-2634, historicnewengland.org. Family Father’s Day Road Race. Main Street, North Easton. 9 a.m. Participate in a 5-mile race that starts on Main Street and takes a scenic route through historic North Easton, Ames Long Pond in Stoughton and finishes at the Children’s Museum in Easton. Cash prizes awarded. $20 registration fee. The 2-mile non-competitive walk is $5. 508-230-3789, childrensmuseumineaston.org. Damn Yankees. Charles Mosesian Theater, Watertown. See June 18th listing for details. Canoe and Kayak. South Bridge Boat House, 496

20MONDAY Main St., Concord. Offers direct access to 18 miles of the Concord River and is within easy paddling distance of the Sudbury River, Assabet River, and the Old North Bridge. 10 a.m. - sunset. Rentals for canoes $13 per hour, weekdays; $15 per hour weekends and holidays. Kayaks available for $15 singles, $17 doubles. 978-369-9438, canoeconcord.com. ONGOING Story and Healthy Snack Time. Whole Foods Market , 575 Worcester Rd., Framingham. Every Monday at 10:30 a.m., For children ages 2 - 6. 508-628-9525. FREE Day of Portugal Parade. Begins at 2 p.m. at Portuguese Square/Concord Ave., Somerville. The parade will include a variety of colorful floats, bands and marching groups from various Portuguese communities across Massachusetts. A block party will follow immediately at the end of the parade route featuring entertainment and vendors selling Portuguese delicacies and other regional products. All welcome. 617-536-8740, bostonportuguesefestival.org

21TUESDAY FREE Ferry Day. Georges or Spectacle Islands, Boston Harbor. 9 a.m. Take a free boat ride today and have a picnic on Georges Island or relax aside a sandy beach on Spectacle Island. Ferries will be running on a special www.bostonharborislands.com/ free-ferry-day schedule. Just pick your time block and island and enjoy the day. Due to high demand, all tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis and have a specific return time. Ticket kiosk opens at 8 a.m. No advance reservations. Groups are limited to five. 617-223-8666, bostonislands.com. Rainforest Reptiles. New England Wild Flower Society, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham. 10 a.m – 11 a.m. Meet some endangered rainforest creatures, including a monitor lizard, a 7-foot boa constrictor, a red-foot tortoise, a 3-foot alligator and more. $6 for children ages 3 and up. 508-877-7630, newfs.org. BAYSTATEPARENT 61


3rd Annual Quahog Day. Held at Aselton Park, Hyannis. 3 p.m. 508-362-3225, quahogday.com FREE Breastfeeding Support Group. Mothers and Company, West Boylston. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. and Mondays, 1 p.m. (except holidays). For all moms, those breastfeeding a freshly-born baby, those having challenges, those interested in learning more about using a breastpump and those interested in figuring out how to breastfeed in public. RSVPS appreciated but not required: mothersandcompany.com. Greater Worcester Mothers of Twins Meeting. Location TBD. Meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. First meeting and expectant mothers free. 508-347-5606 or worcester-motc.com. FREE Tickets to Odds Bodkin Children’s Concert. Worcester. Concert is Thurs., June 30. Tickets available starting today in the Worcester Public Library’s Children’s Room. worcpublib.org.

p.m. Explore the museum and its exhibits and learn more from docents, who are on hand to answer questions, for half-price admission. 617-495-3045; hmnh.harvard.edu. Coles Brothers Circus. Held at the Plymouth Airport, 246 S.Meadow Rd., Plymouth. For information call the Kiwanis Club at 508-224-8227.

24FRIDAY FREE Admission on Summer Friday Nights. Every Friday night between June 24 and August 26, both the Children’s Discovery Museum and the Science Discovery Museum in Acton will be open until 8:30 p.m., with free admission beginning at 4:30pm. Families are invited to picnic under the stars and enjoy the Museums at night. Visitors may bring a picnic dinner or purchase available food from the

There are raffle prizes, like Whale Watch tickets, original artwork, restaurant gift certificates and more. Come stroll through to see beautiful original fine art, photography and crafts. Live music will also be featured throughout the weekend. 508-362-2909, capecodartassoc.org. Also June 26. Here Comes the Clowns Puppet Show. Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Presented by Brad Shur. Ages 3+. Admission fees apply. puppetshowplace.org. Also June 26. Strawberry Festival. Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Rd., Concord. 11 a.m. Pick-your-own strawberries ( weather & crop conditions permitting). Enjoy food a la carte including fresh strawberry shortcake plus free entertainment: music by Ben Rudnick & Friends, Tanglewood Marionettes at 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. (40 mins/show), hay and pony rides (small fees). Plus a strawberry dessert recipe contest with a special kids category. 978-369-4494, verrillfarm.com.

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Here Comes the Clowns Puppet Show. Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Presented by Brad Shur. Ages 3+. Admission fees apply. puppetshowplace.org. Also June 23, 25 and 26. St. Peters Fiesta. St. Peters Sq., Gloucester. An annual celebration by the Italian-American fishing community of Gloucester to honor St. Peter, the patron saint of fishermen. Fiesta includes music, food, sporting events, a parade and religious activities culminating with the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet from the Boulevard (near the Fishermen’s Memorial Statue) on Sunday afternoon. 978-283-1601, stpetersfiesta.org. Also June 23 – 26. Concord Band Sundown Concert. Fruitlands Museum, Harvard. Picnic dinners are encouraged, and food and beverages will be available for purchase on-site. $15 carload. fruitlands.org. Also June 29 and July 6, 13, 20 & 29. Coles Brothers Circus. Held at the Plymouth Airport, 246 S.Meadow Rd., Plymouth. For information call the Kiwanis Club at 508-224-8227. Also June 23. New Moms Group. Mothers and Company, Route 140, West Boylston. All moms and babies welcome. Weekly on Wednesdays, 1:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Also held on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. and Fridays at 12 p.m. $5ppNM. Online RSVPS appreciated. mothersandcompany.com. ONGOING Preschool and Toddler Wednesdays. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way Worcester. Enjoy storytime, craft activities, live animals and more-all developed especially for little ones ages 3 and under. New themes every week! Story and animal encounters happen at 10:30, 11 and 11:30, with an craft activity ongoing. Free with museum admission: 508-929-2700, ecotarium.org.

23THURSDAY Here Comes the Clowns Puppet Show. Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Presented by Brad Shur. Ages 3+. Admission fees apply. puppetshowplace.org. Also June 25 and 26. Summer Night at the Museum. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 5 – 8 62 JUNE2011

Discover the amazing number of dragonflies and butterflies that make their home in Natick, Sun., June 26. massaudubon.org/broadmoor Dawg Days food cart. The Discovery Museums will collect donations for the Acton Food Pantry on Fridays as party of this special family promotion. AFP’s wish list items include peanut butter, juice boxes, jam/jelly, Parmalat, baking mixes, and diapers. 978-264-4200, discoverymuseums.org. Toddler Playdate. Museum of Fine Arts, Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10:30 a.m. Bring your toddler or preschooler for a drop-in, readaloud story time, followed by a short tour of specially selected art that both kids and adults are sure to enjoy. Adults, free with museum admission; kids, free. 617-369-3300, mfa.org. St. Peters Fiesta. St. Peters Sq., Gloucester. See June 22 listing for details. Runs June 22 – 26. FREE Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet. MacMillian Wharf, Provincetown. Fishermen, their families and the townspeople join in the annual blessing of all the fishing boats. Portuguese Festival includes dancing, soup-tasting, children’’s fishing contest. 508-487-3424, provincetownportuguesefestival.com.

25SATURDAY FREE Art in the Village. Village Green, Main St., Barnstable Village, Barnstable. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Artists tents will be set up throughout the entire historic village filled with beautiful fine art & craft.

“Welcome to Our Home” A Living History Tour. Orchard House, Concord. 4:45- 5:45 p.m. Take a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends. Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times. A$12, C(617)$8, C (2-6) $4. Family rate: $30. Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested. 978-369-4118 x106 for information/reservations. Also July 7. Fairy Tale Princess Ball. SpringHill Suites Marriott, Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Pkwy, Devens. 12 – 2 p.m. A tea party with singing princess characters (Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel, Jasmine, Belle). Also refreshments, musical games and dancing, photo opps and favors. $38pp. RSVP 978-537-6945 or email Debbie@ MissEmmasTea.com. MissEmmasTea.com Fairhaven Homecoming Day Fair. Town Center, Fairhaven. 10 a.m. - 4 p .m. Fairhaven’s largest annual event features about 175 booths of handmade crafts and delicious foods in addition to live entertainment, cultural performances, an art exhibit on the west lawn of the Unitarian Church, and children’s activities, including fire engine rides. fairhaventours.blogspot.com. FREE Fountain of Blessing Ministry Giveaway. Bethany Baptist Church, Ryan St., Gardner. 9 a.m. Free giveaway of quality clothes, shoes, toys, housewares, home décor and more. 978-297-1894 or email dgnymn@sprynet.com

St. Peters Fiesta. St. Peters Sq., Gloucester. See June 22 listing for details. Runs June 22 – 26. Winslowshire Festival for the Animals Fourth Year! Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary, 37 Eddy St., Norton. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Renaissance Festival to benefit the animals. Admission fees apply. 508-285-6451, winslowshire.com. Ryan’s Ride 2nd Annual Bike Ride. Water St., Plymouth. 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. A 12-mile scenic bicycling route from Plymouth Rock to Myles Standish State Park and back to the waterfront for festivities in support of our charity fundraiser. 617-957-9411, ryansride.net. Annual Strawberry Thanksgiving & Teacher’s Appreciation Day. Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth.9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Enjoy the area’s largest 17th-century Native Wampanoag event, featuring mishoon (dugout canoe) races, Native singing and dancing and an exhibition of traditional Wampanoag foods. Also, Teachers are admitted for FREE! 508746-1622, plimoth.org. Carnival Weekend. Davis Farmland, Redstone Hill, Sterling. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.Come one, come all, for the spectacular Farmland themed carnival! Step right up and try your luck in the inflatable obstacle course or noodle blast a Farmer. Create some spin art and enjoy popcorn, snow-cones and cotton candy! 978422-6666, davisfarmland.com. Also Sun., June 26. Cranberry Blossom Bog Tour. Tihonet Village Market, 158 Tihonet Rd.,Wareham. 10 a.m. An experienced cranberry grower will take the group to view the cranberry blossom, discuss all aspects of cranberry growing and answer questions. View the Cranberry Harvest Video and see pictures of the bogs through the seasons. Lunch, souvenirs and cranberry products are also available at the Market for purchase. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Tours are held rain or shine (extreme weather may postpone a tour however). 508-2955437, tihonetvillagemarket.com. Fireworks and Craft Show. Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, 65 Pleasant St., Upton. Bands, food and other activities. 508-5294878 or email hmeisnere@ducktraphoto.com.

26SUNDAY FREE Art in the Village. Village Green, Barnstable. See June 25 listing for details. FREE Vintage Base Ball. Boston Harbor Islands, Georges Island, Boston. 11 a.m. Step into the 1860s and watch Civil War-era baseball games played at historic Fort Warren with original rules and uniforms. Take the park ferry to this program. During the summer season, park ferries depart frequently from Long Wharf, Boston; Fore River Shipyard in Quincy; Hingham Shipyard; and Pemberton Point, Hull. We suggest arriving at the dock at least 30 minutes prior to departure to allow time for ticketing and boarding. 781740-4290, bostonislands.com. Also July 17, 11 a.m. Here Comes the Clowns Puppet Show. PuppetShowplace Theatre, Brookline. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Presented by Brad Shur. Ages 3+. Admission fees apply. puppetshowplace.org. Rolie Polie Guacamole. Club Passim. 47 Palmer St. Cambridge. 4:30 p.m. Rolie Polie Guacomole plays original, interactive songs with a positive influence that promote healthy eating with songs. Enjoy tunes like Acai and Time for Hummus, and songs about staying active and having fun. A$10, C$5, C under 2, free. 617-492-7678, passimcenter.org.


OH,THEPLACESYOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;LLGO Teens Rock America. 8 Village Dr., Danvers. 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 p.m. A family event to rock to! A stars and stripes salute to teen rockers who are making a difference in their communities and are top peer role models. Presented by the Boston Lobsters and Music On & Up. The concert will also feature special performances by teens with anti-bullying songs, and the event will benefit local anti-bullying charities and programs.Admission fees apply. 978-739-4040, teensrockamerica.eventbrite.com. Kesajuhla (Summer Festival). Finnish Center at Saima Park, 67 Scott Rd., Fitchburg. All are welcome! Tervetuloa! Music, dancing and food from Finland. $3-6.99 . 978-582-7717, saima-park.org. St. Peters Fiesta. St. Peters Sq., Gloucester. See June 22 listing for details. Runs June 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 26. Secret Garden Tour. Paragon Carousel, 205 Nantasket Ave., Hull.10 a.m. - 3 p .m. Explore secret, hidden gardens in Hull and surrounding areas. $20; proceeds benefit Friends of the Paragon Carousel. 781-925-0472, paragoncarousel.org. Fun with Butterflies & Dragonflies. Mass Audubonââ&#x201E;˘s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2:30 p.m. Discover the amazing number of dragonflies and butterflies that make Broadmoor home! Just what is a damselfly? How do dragonflies survive the winter? Family (suitable for children ages 5 and up): A$12, C$8. Registration is required. massaudubon.org. Carnival Weekend. Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Farmland, Sterling. See June 25th listing for details. FREE Pissarroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s People Family Day. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Celebrate Pissarroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s People with an afternoon of free events for the whole family! The Clark transforms into a farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paradise with barnyard friends, festive activities like stilt walking and horseshoes, art projects, entertainmentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and more. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu.

27MONDAY ONGOING Story and Healthy Snack Time. Whole Foods Market , 575 Worcester Rd., Framingham. Every Monday at 10:30 a.m., For children ages 2 - 6. 508-628-9525.

28TUESDAY FREE Toe Jam Puppet Band: The Green Show. Georges Island, Boston. 12 & 2 p .m. Through music, song, and puppetry children will learn about the importance of recycling and how everyone must keep the earth clean. Take the ferry to this program from Long Wharf, Boston; Fore River Shipyard in Quincy; Hingham Shipyard; and Pemberton Point, Hull (fees apply for ferry). bostonharborislands.org. Ice Cream and Frogs. Mass Audubonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St. (Rt.16), Natick. 7:30 p.m. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better than ice cream on a summer night? Why not add a little fun outdoor exploration? Join the adventure as we look for flashing fireflies, listen for the songs of frogs and katydids and use a â&#x20AC;&#x153;bat detectorâ&#x20AC;? to find our local bats. Fees apply. Registration required: 508-655-2296, broadmoorprograms@massaudubon.org. Upcoming themes: Fireflies: July 12; Bats: August 2.

29WEDNESDAY Grand Opening of the Spray Pool. Frog Pond, Boston. Time TBA. Storytelling, facepainting, and all manner of childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities will signal the opening of this favorite Boston destination for keeping cool. bostonfrogpond.com. Concord Band Sundown Concert. Fruitlands Museum, Harvard. Picnic dinners are encouraged, and food and beverages will be available for purchase on-site. $15 carload. fruitlands.org. Also July 6, 13, 20 & 29. FREE Fun Family Feature. Elms Draught House Cinema, Elm St., Millbury. 11 a.m. Door prizes, stickers and bookmarks from the Millbury Public Library. 508-865-1181, millburypubliclibrary.com. FREE Neighborhood Nature. Elm Park, Highland Street and Park Ave., Worcester. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 p.m. Drop in anytime for activities, crafts, stories and nature walks. Take a break from the playground to learn about the plants and animals that can be found in Worcester through hands-on projects and games. Register: 508-753-6087, massaudubon.org.

30THURSDAY Sunset Clambakes on Spectacle Island. Boston Harbor Islands, Boston. 6:15 p.m. Return time is 8:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 p.m. Hop on a spacious ferry provided by Bostonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Cruises at Long Wharf North, and in less than 15 minutes, grab a front row seat for one of Bostonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Sunset views and a classic New England Clambake by Summer Shack. Plus walk the sandy beaches. 857-294-3958, harborislands.org.

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Paul's Rentals..........................................9 Purity Spring Resort..................................4 Ready Set Sew........................................59 Riverbend School......................................4 Rock and Blues Concert Cruises................32 Rye Airfield............................................57 Seeking Sitters........................................40 Sharon Timlin Memorial 5k.....................12 Skribbles Learning Center........................12 South Shore YMCA..................................56 Summer Fenn/The Fenn School...............47 The Canine Fence Co.................................6 TLC Christian Preschool............................14 Volo Farm..............................................59 Wachusett Theatre Company....................50 Wayside Racquet & Swim Club.................58 West End Creamery.................................29 Wheelock Family Theatre........................55 Whittier Farms, Inc...................................9 Wifesavers..............................................14 Womens Health of Central Mass...............43 Worcester Academy.................................52 Worcester JCC Early.................................54 YMCA-Metrowest.....................................57

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