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Top Events -- April 29

Top Events — April 29
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MAY 1: COS COB, CONNECTICUT May Gardeners’ Market. Twelve juried vendors from specialty nurseries come to Montgomery Pinetum to sell their collections of annuals, perennials, wildflowers, herbs, hanging baskets, plants, and orchids. Plants are also available for pre-order. 203-869-9242 x13;

MAY 1: CRANSTON, RHODE ISLAND May Breakfast. Ring in the spring with a traditional New England May breakfast at Phillips Memorial Baptist Church. Feast on eggs, ham, johnnycakes, and baked beans, served on china, with juice and coffee or tea. May baskets filled with sweets will also be for sale. 401-467-3300;

APR. 10-MAY 2: BRISTOL, RHODE ISLAND Daffodil Days. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum hosts special exhibits and family activities in celebration of spring and the blooming of 50,000 gorgeous bulbs. 401-253-2707;

MAY 1-2: WOODSTOCK, VERMONT Spring Farm Festival. A weekend packed with traditional spring activities at Billings Farm & Museum, including the annual shearing of the Southdown flock. Farmers demonstrate plowing skills with oxen and draft-horse teams; plus horse-drawn wagon rides and more. 802-457-2355;

MAY 2: ROCKINGHAM, VERMONT Herricks Cove Wildlife Festival. Take an early-morning walk through a renowned birding area and spot a variety of winged species along the Connecticut River. 802-843-2111;

MAY 5: PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE Writers on a New England Stage. Acclaimed Latin American novelist Isabel Allende discusses her new book, Island Beneath the Sea. 603-436-2400;

MAY 6-8: MILFORD, CONNECTICUT Meet the Artists and Artisans Spring Show. Nearly 200 nationally acclaimed and juried exhibitors present their original works on the historic 1639 green at High and Broad streets. Listen to classical music, and enjoy alfresco dining; plus “The Greening” is a must for gardeners and conservationists. 203-874-5672;

MAY 7-8: STOCKBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS Annual Plant Sale. Early buying begins Friday morning for the thousands of annuals, perennials, herbs, rare and unusual plants, and trees and shrubs for sale at Berkshire Botanical Gardens. Choose from old, new, and gently used gardening books; vendors offer potted herbs and vegetable starts, tropical plants, garden ornaments, garden furniture, compost, and more. 413-298-3926;

MAY 8: PLYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS Spring Pops. The Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra presents “Irish Night: A Celtic Music Celebration” at Memorial Hall. 508-746-8008;

MAY 8: SOUTH KINGSTON, RHODE ISLAND East Farm Spring Festival. Visit the University of Rhode Island’s 72-acre research facility and learn about “green” gardening, farming, and energy techniques. Exhibits, workshops, food, entertainment, and plenty of children’s activities. 401-874-4453;

MAY 8-9: CONTOOCOOK, NEW HAMPSHIRE New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival. At Hopkinton State Fairgrounds, vendors, workshops, and animal demonstrations and shows. See sheep, goats, alpacas, llamas, rabbits, and more. 603-744-3851, 603-747-3869;

Updated Thursday, April 29th, 2010

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