Stroll the Planetary Promenade in Portland and online

Take a stroll of the whimsical solar system in the Mississippi neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. It's a collaboration of visual artist Mike Bennett, who's known for painting cute cartoon plywood characters and hiding them in random places in Portland, and Bill Kelly, a Grammy-nominated family entertainer. The exhibit features 13 of Bennett's large cartoon renderings … Continue reading Stroll the Planetary Promenade in Portland and online

Stream the Commonwealth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker en Masque” for free through January 31

Image by Goran Horvat from Pixabay One of my traditions during the holidays is to catch a performance of the Commonwealth Ballet's version of The Nutcracker during my trips to New England. With large gatherings restricted this year due to COVID-19, the Commonwealth Ballet could not hold live performances this year, so they created a … Continue reading Stream the Commonwealth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker en Masque” for free through January 31

Ice Castles opening January 14 in North Woodstock, New Hampshire

Photos by Cheryl Landes Explore sculptures, tunnels, thrones, tunnels, slides, fountains, and other objects handmade from thousands of icicles at Ice Castles. The event is held in four cities in the U.S.: Dillon, Colorado; North Woodstock, New Hampshire; Midway, Utah; and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Ice Castles in Colorado and Utah are open already, and the … Continue reading Ice Castles opening January 14 in North Woodstock, New Hampshire

Need an escape to nature but can’t leave home? Tune into the sounds of a forest.

A forest near the Cape Horn viewpoint on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge (photo by Cheryl Landes) If you're longing for a long walk in a forest to hear the soothing sounds of the breeze and the birds but can't leave home, there's a new website that brings the forest to you. … Continue reading Need an escape to nature but can’t leave home? Tune into the sounds of a forest.

Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston, Massachusetts

The giant globe at the Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston, Massachusetts Editor's note: The Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine was cancelled in 2020 due to safety concerns from COVID-19. While it's uncertain yet whether the festival can return this year, I'm posting photos from a … Continue reading Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston, Massachusetts

Christmas at the Gillette Castle

Decorations on one of the Christmas trees inside Gillette Castle in East Haddam, Connecticut Photos by Cheryl Landes In November and December, volunteers decorate the Gillette Castle inside and out for the holidays. The 24-room mansion overlooking the Connecticut River Valley resembles a medieval-style castle. It's the former home of William Gillette (1853-1937), an actor … Continue reading Christmas at the Gillette Castle