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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; williamstownjazz.com

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; brimfield-hotm.com

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; atlanticaviators.com/funday.html

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; berkshiretheatre.org

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; osv.org

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; jacobspillow.org

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; plimoth.org

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