Armchair photo tours: A fall stroll at the Acton Arboretum

My favorite maple tree at the Acton Arboretum in Acton, Massachuetts Photos by Cheryl Landes The Acton Arboretum, a 65-acre preserve with trails crossing meadows, gardens, and woods, is a pleasant place to go for a nature walk any season. The fall colors make a stroll here a bigger treat. The arboretum was established in … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A fall stroll at the Acton Arboretum

Armchair photo tours: Damon Pond near Ashby, Massachusetts

Damon Pond near Ashby, Massachusetts Photos by Cheryl Landes Damon Pond in the Willard Brook State Forest is a nice place to stop and take a short break during a drive in northcentral Massachusetts. There's a short walk along the beach and a cute covered pedestrian bridge across Willard Brook. The pedestrian bridge crossing Willow … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Damon Pond near Ashby, Massachusetts

Boston Ballet broadcasting The Nutcracker on TV and online in 2020

Image by Alexander Fradellafra from Pixabay The Boston Ballet cancelled all live performances of The Nutcracker for the 2020 season, but all is not lost for fans of this holiday tradition. A brand new one-hour production will be broadcast on two Boston television stations and Telemundo on Thanksgiving weekend and in early December. The performance … Continue reading Boston Ballet broadcasting The Nutcracker on TV and online in 2020

Trick-or-treating banned in some Massachusetts cities and towns due to COVID-19

Photo by Cheryl Landes Updated October 27, 2020 The Boston Globe reported today that Worcester, the second largest city in Massachusetts, added its name to a growing list of cities and towns in the commonwealth that are banning trick-or-treating this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The other three cities and towns are Springfield, Haverhill, … Continue reading Trick-or-treating banned in some Massachusetts cities and towns due to COVID-19

Find the peak color in New England on this live fall foliage map

Fall colors at Umbagog Lake in Cambridge, New Hampshire (photo by Cheryl Landes) If you're looking for the best spots for leaf peeping in the New England, check out this peak fall foilage map from Yankee Publishing. Select a date on the calendar to see which areas are before peak color, at peak, or past … Continue reading Find the peak color in New England on this live fall foliage map

2020 GlobeDocs Film Festival goes virtual October 1-12

Photo by annca from Pixabay Watch 18 feature-length documentary films and 17 documentary shorts, which consist of four shorts programs at the sixth annual GlobeDocs Film Festival hosted by the Boston Globe October 1-12. This year's festival will be held online due to prevent exposure to COVID-19. Stay online after the films to hear discussions … Continue reading 2020 GlobeDocs Film Festival goes virtual October 1-12

Some Boston restaurants adding COVID surcharge to the check

Photo by Cheryl Landes I saw a report in the Boston Globe today that some restaurants in downtown Boston started adding a fee to food orders to cover the costs of supplies they need to keep customers and employees safe during the COVID outbreak. According to the Globe, the charges appear with names like "PPE … Continue reading Some Boston restaurants adding COVID surcharge to the check

Armchair photo tours: Summer at the Acton Arboretum

Photos by Cheryl Landes The Acton Arboretum, a 65-acre preserve with trails crossing meadows, gardens, and woods, is a pleasant place to go for a nature walk in the summer. The arboretum, located near Acton Center 38 miles northwest of Boston, was established in 1986. Five years later,  a community organization called The Friends of … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Summer at the Acton Arboretum

Watch the last leg of the Mayflower II’s voyage home to Plymouth, Massachusetts

Photos by Cheryl Landes The Mayflower II returned home to Plymouth, Massachusetts, this week after a major renovation. The ship is a replica of the original Mayflower that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth Rock in 1620. The three-year project at the shipyards in Mystic, Connecticut, cost $11.2 million, according to the Boston Globe. The Mayflower … Continue reading Watch the last leg of the Mayflower II’s voyage home to Plymouth, Massachusetts