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Friday, October 29, 2010

Fall Foliage is at its Peak in Central Massachusetts for Halloween Weekend

Pumpkin Patch, Central Massachusetts

The beautiful fall colors are moving across the Commonwealth of  Massachusetts and the central part of the state is at its peak this weekend.  Come spend the day snapping photos of beautiful fall scenery.

Central Massachusetts is synonymous with apple & pumpkin picking.   You can find a complete list of "pick your own" farms and orchards can be found at MassGrown.


Be sure to travel along Routes 16, 122 & 140, making stops at the  Blackstone Valley Heritage State Park and Purgatory Chasm as well as driving  through the Quabbin Reservoir State Reservation and across the Windsor Dam. 


Suggested driving route:   Quabbin Reservoir Run

In the next installment of the state's foliage alerts, we'll be moving across the state, along with the color, to highlight Greater Boston and the eastern parts of Massachusetts.

For more tourism information, visit MassVacation.com.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Singer Pauline Wells Headlines Tribute to American Veterans at Wilbur Theater in Boston on November 12


Boston-based Irish-American singer Pauline Wells is leading a musical tribute to American war veterans at the Wilbur Theater in downtown Boston on Friday, November 12, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.

Wells is being joined by the Boston Irish band, Devri, the Boston Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums, led by Jim Barry, and the Pipes and Drums band of the New York City Police Department's Emerald Society.

Tickets to the show are $30 - $40 and can be ordered online at Ticketmaster.

The show benefits a local charity, Cops for Kids with Cancer.

For year round Irish music in Massachusetts and the New England states, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Novelist Dennis Lehane Speaking at Boston Public Library on November 4


Best-selling author Dennis Lehane is reading from his new book, Moonlight Mile, at the Boston Public Library on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.   The reading, part of the Lowell Lecture Series sponsored by the Lowell Insitute, is free and open to the public.

Born and raised in Dorchester, Boston's largest neighborhood, Lehane is first generation Irish-American whose nine novels explore the grittiness, drama and humanity of Boston neighborhoods.

Moonlight Mile, published by HarperCollilns, is a sequel to Gone, Baby, Gone, and brings back the popular fictional characters Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. 

For a full schedule of lectures at the BPL, click here.

For year round cultural activities in the Boston area, visit IrishBoston.org.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Author Rosemary Herbert's Book Party at Green Briar Irish Pub in Boston on October 18



The Green Briar Pub in Boston's Brighton neighborhood is hosting a book party for local author Rosemary Herbert, who just released her first mystery novel, Front Page Teaser, featuring fictional tabloid reporter Liz Higgins.

The book party - free and open to the public - takes place on Monday, October 18, 2010 at 7:00 p.m..  Books will be sold and autographed by the author, and there is live music, free hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar.

The Briar is a fitting place for a book launch, since some of the story's action takes place at the Irish pub's famous Monday night traditional music session led by ace fiddler Larry Reynolds and members of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann

Front Page Teaser is published by Downeast Books and is available online for $14.95.  Herbert was a long time book review editor of the Boston Herald and an authority on mystery writing.

The late, great mystery writer Robert B. Parker called Hebert "a compelling new voice in crime fiction."

For more Irish cultural events year round in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

Irish Film Festival Boston presents screening of A Shine of Rainbows on October 21



Irish Film Festival Boston is presenting a screening of A Shine of Rainbows, a film by Vic Sarin starring Aidan Quinn and Connie Nielson, at the Patriot Cinemas Loring Hall Cinema, 65 Main Street, in Hingham, MA on Thursday, October 21, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $9 and can be ordered online.  The film is rated PG.

For year round Irish events in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Irish Singer Paul Brady Performing in Boston area on October 22


Paul Brady, acclaimed singer and songwriter from Northern Ireland, is performing at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, Somerville, on Friday, October 22, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.

The concert is presented by World Music/CRASH Arts, a non-profit group that brings in the best of world music to the Boston area.  Tickets are $28 and can be ordered online.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is also raffling off a free pair of tickets.  To enter the contest click here.

Brady's beautiful renditions of 19th century Irish ballads like Arthur McBride and Lakes of Pontchartrain have ensured his place as one of the leading interpreters of Irish music in his generation.  And he is also a highly regarded songwriter whose compositions have been recorded by Santana, Bonnie Rait, Tina Turner, and Phil Collins.

For a complete schedule of concerts by WorldMusic/CRASHArts, click here.

For year round Irish music and culture in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Annalivia Performing at Blackstone River Theatre on Saturday, October 16

One of Boston's newest acoustic ensembles, Annalivia, performs this Saturday, October 16, 2010 at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI.  The show starts at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

The band combines an Anglo-Celtic singing and fiddle repertoire with Appalachian and Cape Breton traditions.




For a complete schedule of concerts at Blackstone River Theatre, click here.

For year round Irish and Celtic concerts throughout New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Boston Tourism Officials Helping to Win USA Bid for World Cup Soccer Matches in 2018 and 2022


The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) is leading the charge to make the United States a host country for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup Soccer tournaments, and Boston one of the host cities. 

Here are excerpts from its marketing campaign:
"With just under two months to go before a decision is made on the host countries for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup™, Boston needs  you to join us in signing "The Game Is In US" petition to demonstrate that Boston has the most support to bring the FIFA World Cup™ back to the United States and our region.

"The FIFA World Cup™ is the largest sporting event in the world.

"Though Boston is one of the 18 cities to be included in the United States bid, ultimately not all 18 cities will host games if the United States is selected.  Competition to serve as a host city is fierce and we need more signatures to move up on the city leaderboard .

"Whether you are a soccer player, a coach, a fan, or someone that just loves Boston, now is the time to show that the citizens of Boston and New England are passionate about soccer and our destination, and are dedicated to bringing the FIFA World Cup™ back to the U.S. and to Boston. Sign the petition today and encourage everyone you know to do the same, and when the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup™ is in Boston, declare proudly "THE GAME IS IN BOSTON and I helped make it happen!"

TO SIGN THE PETITION, CLICK HERE.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Paperback edition of Irish Thunder: Life and Times of Micky Ward available October 19 from Globe Pequot Press




Micky Ward came up on the hard streets of Lowell and fought his way up through the ranks of the boxing world, earning a place in history through his three epic duels with fighter Arturo Galli.

Bob Halloran's book, Irish Thunder, the Life and Times of Micky Ward, is coming out in a new paperback edition on October 19 from Globe Pequot Press.

In December, Ward's life will be on the big screen with the release of The Fighter, staring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale.



Since hanging up the gloves, Micky Ward is now training other young fighters and also has a charitable organization to help children and their families.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly Brings his Irish Swagger Back to Boston



The first-year coach of the University of Notre Dame Irish football team, Brian Kelly, has returned to his Boston Irish-American beginnings this weekend as his team takes on the Boston College Eagles.

Born in Everett, Mass, Kelly grew up in Chelsea, a working class city bordering Boston, and spent his formative years in the Bay State. His father, Paul Kelly Sr, served as an alderman on the Chelsea City Council.

After attending St. John's Prep School in Davners, MA, Kelly attended Assumption College in Worcester, where he played football and became a three-year defensive coordinator for the team upon graduating in 1983. He's been a football coach since then, working his way around the country and leading the University of Cincinnati football program to a 34-6 record from 2007-09.

Kelly has been described as "a winner everywhere he goes" in a profile published by the Worcester Telegram. 

In an interview with ESPN reporter Mark Schlabach, Kelly described a painting hanging in his office entitled The Original Fighting Irish:

"You don't see faces.  You see blue-collar.  You see a bit of a swagger.  You see toughness.  Growing up as an Irish Catholic in Boston, that's what I remember Notre Dame being.  That's been one of our goals every day - to get that fight back in the Fighting Irish.  It's good because that's who I am anyway."

Friday, October 1, 2010

Celtic Thunder - Irish Singing Group - Performing in New England Venues October 3-9




The popular Irish vocal group Celtic Thunder, a perennial star of Public Television, is performing in New England concert venues next week, as part of a 70-show North American tour.

The group is playing in Hartford, CT (October 3), Manchester, NH (October 4), Springfield, MA (October 6) and Boston, MA (October 9) before heading west across the United States. 

The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) is raffling off free tickets to the shows in Manchester, Springfield and Boston!  To enter the contest, click here.  BITA will notify winners directly and also post results on the web site so be sure to check back.

Celtic Thunder is on the Decca Record Group label and is hailed as Billboard's Top World Music Artists, with over 600,000 recordings sold.

For year round Irish music in Massachusetts and the New England states, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.