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Top 20 Massachusetts Events

Top 20 Massachusetts Events
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by in May 2010

Call ahead to confirm dates, times, and admission prices. For hundreds of fairs, festivals, exhibits, shows, and other fun activities, go to:

JULY 31-AUG. 7: WOODS HOLE, Woods Hole Film Festival. With daily screenings, workshops, panel discussions, staged readings, parties, and an awards ceremony, this nonprofit, eight-day showcase of more than 100 independent films is a must-attend for any cinema aficionado. 508-495-3456;

MAY 7-8: STOCKBRIDGE, 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 15: SOUTH DARTMOUTH, Garden Club of Buzzards Bay “Sharing” Plant Sale. Members offer their own garden-grown annuals, perennials, heirloom tomatoes, herbs, dahlias, boxwood cultivars, ground covers, succulents, and geraniums at St. Mary’s Church Parish Center. Club members not only share their horticultural know-how but also the proceeds with selected area nonprofit community organizations. 508-993-8701

MAY 16: WORCESTER, “Jolly Olde England.” The Master Singers of Worcester, under the direction of Malcolm Halliday, present a program celebrating a range of English music from past to present, including a mass by Tudor composer William Byrd and folk settings and part songs by later composers, at Salem Covenant Church. 508-842-1349;

MAY 22: NEW BEDFORD, Aviation Fun Day. A variety of family entertainment on the ground and in the air at New Bedford Regional Airport. Static aircraft displays, demonstrations by the New Bedford Police Department K9 Unit, sightseeing flights for kids, antique car displays, dragsters, and more. 508-997-0620;

JUNE 1-13: BOSTON, “Grease.” Boston Opera House presents the Broadway version of this much-loved musical wonder, complete with Danny, Sandy, the Pink Ladies, and all the hit songs that are impossible not to sing along with. 800-982-2787;

JUNE 4-6: NORTH DARTMOUTH, All Hands on Deck Quilt Show. Named for the 52 quilts in the “deck of cards” design on display, this quilt show at UMass Dartmouth’s Woodland Commons will offer a total of more than 100 hand- and machine-made project quilts on view. Enjoy the fine art of wall, bed, and lap quilts in a variety of styles, plus door prizes, gift baskets, and a raffle. 508-996-4449

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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