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Top Events - - July and August 2010

Top Events – – July and August 2010
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AUG. 14-15: BRISTOL, The Age of Pirates. Local author James Nelson is the infamous Dixie Bull, a 1630s English sea captain-turned-privateer, at this Olde Bristol Days event at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site. 207-677-2423;

AUG. 19-21, 26-29: STONINGTON, Shakespeare in Stonington: “Measure for Measure.” The Stonington Opera House gives one of the Bard’s most complicated and funny tales a modern-day twist. This original production channels the Southern Gothic voice of Flannery O’Connor in a classic love story of three arranged marriages, complete with villainous plots, displays of honor, deception, and more. 207-367-2788;


JULY 4: STURBRIDGE, An 1830s Independence Day Celebration. Old Sturbridge Village visitors sign a giant Declaration of Independence, play 1830s-style baseball, and more during the day; the evening brings music, family games and activities, and a 30-minute fireworks display at dusk. 800-733-1830, 508-347-3362;

JULY 8-11, 15-18: ROCKPORT, Rockport Chamber Music Festival. Enjoy lectures and demonstrations, “brown bag” lunchtime Q&A sessions, and a variety of concerts featuring internationally acclaimed artists, including world-renowned violinist Midori, all at the new Shalin Liu Performance Center. 978-546-7391;

JULY 10: STOCKBRIDGE, Hidden Treasures of the Berkshires. The Lenox Garden Club’s 20th annual self-guided house and garden tour features six distinctive properties in this historic area. 413-298-3089;

JULY 27-28: SOUTH YARMOUTH, AAUW Cape Cod Book and Jewelry Sale. At Nelson Hall, browse thousands of volumes and pieces of jewelry, ranging from “good beach reads” and costume baubles to collectible books and valuable gems. 774-212-2778;

JULY 29, AUG. 5 & 12: YARMOUTH PORT, Kitchen Chats. Marjorie Jones demonstrates cooking techniques in the 18th-century kitchen of the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum. Topics include “From Flicker to Wick: An Illuminating Survey of Early Lighting Devices,” “Coming Clean: Flushing Out the ‘Dirt’ on Early Laundry Techniques and Equipment,” and more. 508-775-1258;

AUG. 13-14: PROVINCETOWN, Provincetown Jazz Festival. Experience the survival and revival of New Orleans’ greatest gift to the world as this music fest commemorates the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. New to the festival and opening the concert at Provincetown High School will be the Berklee Rising Stars. 508-274-2513;

AUG. 14: EASTHAM, Summer Antique Show & Sale. The Eastham Historical Society presents 48 local and regional dealers of quality wares, including primitives and fun vintage finds, at Eastham Windmill Green. Don’t miss the “treasure table.” 508-240-1247, 508-255-0788;

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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