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Top 20 Massachusetts Events for 2009

Top 20 Massachusetts Events for 2009
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APR. 29-MAY 6: WILLIAMSTOWN, NORTH ADAMS, Jazz Festival. A showing of the film Ben-Hur, accompanied by live big-band music, kicks off this event, in venues throughout both towns. Other offerings include the Intercollegiate Jazz Festival, featuring 12 regional college ensembles; a gospel concert; a salsa dance party; the Miguel Zenon Quartet; and the Vijay Ayer Trio. 800-214-3799; 413-597-5299;

MAY 13-17, JULY 15-19, SEPT. 9-13: BRIMFIELD, Annual Heart-o-the-Mart. This popular and well-choreographed fair offers 20 fields, with more than 4,000 dealers offering a variety of quality antiques and collectibles. Whether you’re an experienced shopper or a newbie, Brimfield is an experience not to be missed. 413-245-9556;

MAY 16: NEW BEDFORD, Aviation Fun Day. Static aircraft displays, K9 unit demonstrations, sightseeing flights for kids, antique car displays, dragsters, and much more, all at New Bedford Regional Airport. 508-997-0620;

MAY 21-DEC. 30: STOCKBRIDGE, Berkshire Theatre Festival. The second-oldest summer theater in the nation presents new plays and area premieres through the summer and fall. The 2009 season features Broadway by the Year, The Einstein Project, Ghosts, and more. 413-298-5536, 413-298-5576;

JUNE 13: STURBRIDGE, Evening at the Kiln. Old Sturbridge Village opens its authentic kiln to the public. Try your hand at the potter’s wheel and experience how redware was made and fired in 1830s New England. 800-733-1830, 508-347-3362;

JUNE 14-AUG. 30: BECKET, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. The Merce Cunningham company, Doug Varone, and scores more artists grace this annual event. One highlight is the return of the Pacific Northwest Ballet to Ted Shawn Theatre, August 19-23, with a program of works by the late contemporary choreographer Ulysses Dove, including Vespers, Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, and the dynamic Red Angels. 413-243-0745, 413-243-9919;

JUNE 20: PLYMOUTH, Patuxet Strawberry Thanksgiving. Watch as summer’s first harvest is honored as it was in the 1600s by Native Americans. Daylong celebration at Plimoth Plantation’s Wampanoag Homesite, with ceremonies, singing, dancing, feasting, mishoon (canoe) races, and games such as 17th-century football. 508-746-1622;

JUNE 20-21: DEERFIELD, Old Deerfield Summer Craft Fair. One of the top 25 events of its kind in America, with live music, strawberry treats, and an American Girl tea event, all at Memorial Hall Museum. 413-774-7476;

JUNE 26: LENOX, Tanglewood 2009 Season Opening. The summer music series, set in the picturesque Berkshires, kicks off with the Emerson String Quartet and Paul Neubauer on the viola, performing selections by Ives, Dvorak, and Barber at Seiji Ozawa Hall. Tanglewood’s 2009 season runs through September 6. 888-266-1200, 617-266-1492,

JUNE 27: GREENFIELD, Western Massachusetts Highland Games & Celtic Festival. Franklin County Fairgrounds opens to athletic, dancing, and bagpipe competitions to celebrate Scottish heritage. Featuring food, demonstrations, a clan village, and the New England Scottish hammer throw championship. 413-584-9182;

JULY 1-12: BROCKTON, Annual Brockton Fair. A traditional country event, with magic shows, petting farm, pig races, demolition derby, fireworks, amateur boxing, live wrestling, flat-track motorcycle races, mud bogging, live entertainment, and much more. 508-586-8000;

JULY 3-5, SEPT. 4-6, OCT. 10-12: BREWSTER, By the Bay Fine Art and Crafts Show. Featuring the best watercolors, fine-art photography, oils, jewelry, stained glass, pottery, furniture, and clothing. Located on scenic Cape Cod Bay. 508-896-2670;

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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Updated Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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