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Yankee Magazine Names Local Massachusetts Establishments to 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List

MAY 14–18: NANTUCKET, Wine Festival. From the opening reception to the Harbor Gala and the Grand Tastings—each of the many varied events is sure to delight wine and food enthusiasts. Enjoy chef demonstrations, seminars, harbor wine tours, wine dinners, and more. 617-527-9473;

MAY 17–25: SANDWICH, Rhododendron Festival. Visit Heritage Museums & Gardens to view the spectacular blooms: thousands of rhodies, more than 100 varieties, and all throughout 100-plus acres. Stroll the grounds, talk to horticulture experts, and more. Many varieties for sale, including the rare opportunity to purchase Dexter and Cowles hybrids. 508-888-3300;

MAY 24–25: CUMMINGTON, 40th Annual Sheep & Woolcraft Fair. It’s all things sheep and all things wool at the fairgrounds! Enjoy watching the sheepdog trials, rug-hooking demonstrations, spinning contests, sheep shows, kids’ workshops, and so much more.

JUNE 6–8: SALEM, Arts Festival. With a variety of art, music, dance, and poetry performances, this family-friendly event appeals to all ages. More than 60 artists and performers grace the downtown with beautiful works and engaging performances, plus art-making for kids.

JUNE 7–OCTOBER 26: STOCKBRIDGE, “Edward Hopper: Art for Commerce.” The Norman Rockwell Museum presents a unique and comprehensive study of the little-known 20-year illustration career of the realist master. The exhibition seeks to provide an integrated understanding of Hopper’s published and personal art. 413-298-4100;

JUNE 14–AUGUST 24: BECKET, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. A much-anticipated summer tradition featuring more than 50 dance companies and 200 performances, talks, exhibits, films, classes, tours, and community events. 413-243-9919;

JUNE 21–22: CAPE ANN, 31st Annual Studio Tour. A unique opportunity to tour the beautiful coastline from Gloucester to Rockport, visiting the region’s artists in their home studios. See demonstrations, and peruse the many works on display—from paintings and pottery to photography, weaving, and more.

JUNE 25–29: GLOUCESTER, St. Peter’s Fiesta. Continuing the customs of its early settlers, the community pays homage to the patron saint of fishermen with an open-air Mass at the Altar in St. Peter’s Square, followed by a procession and the blessing of the Italian American fishing fleet. Later, competitors amuse spectators by attempting to sprint across a grease-covered pole above the bay, plus boat races, and more.

JULY 4–6: GREAT BARRINGTON, Berkshires Arts Festival. Premier artisans from across the country display their works at Ski Butternut. Enjoy perusing the quality wares, plus workshops, demos, music, kids’ activities, and more. 845-355-2400;

JULY 5–6: NEW BEDFORD, New Bedford Folk Festival. Seven stages in and around New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park present continuous folk music featuring some 70 renowned and emerging performers, plus an array of fine foods and beautiful wares offered by 90 juried artisans. It all makes for an exciting atmosphere and a family-friendly event.

JULY 11–13: GREENFIELD, Green River Festival. Come for the music—performed on multiple stages—and the dancing, but don’t miss the delicious local food offerings, craft show, hot-air balloon launches, and more, all on the grounds of Greenfield Community College.

JULY 16–DECEMBER 28: BOSTON, “Jamie Wyeth: A Retrospective.” The Museum of Fine Arts exhibits the first comprehensive retrospective of the artist’s work, examining his imaginative approach to realism over the course of six decades, including recurring themes inspired by the people, places, and objects that populate his world.

JULY 20: LINCOLN, Antique Auto Show. In addition to the more than 300 classic and antique vehicles, enjoy live jazz, fine foods, family activities, and tours of the historic Codman Estate.

AUGUST 2–3: STURBRIDGE, Redcoats & Rebels. Old Sturbridge Village presents the region’s largest military re-enactment, with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops. See the Village transformed into a military camp from the time of the War for Independence, and see what it was really like for those who fought to win America’s freedoms. 508-347-3362;

AUGUST 7–10: LENOX, Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic. Tanglewood’s lush expanse of green lawn pairs with incomparable views to the distant mountains to create the perfect setting for enjoying wines from around the globe and delcious samples from East Coast chefs. A grand tasting, seminars, and a gala auction dinner complete the festivities. Reserve tickets in advance.

Heather Atwell


Heather Atwell


Communications manager Heather Atwell manages the magazine’s public relations efforts. She also writes the blog Outdoor Adventures for

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2 Responses to Yankee Magazine Names Local Massachusetts Establishments to 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List

  1. Shirley Blanchard January 10, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    PB Restaurant and Patisserie in S. Wellfleet would be high on my list.

  2. eilen January 11, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

    Lenox patisserie…best croissant and pastry shop

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