Watch the tree lighting in Boston Common from home

The Christmas tree in the Boston Common in 2018. Every year, Nova Scotia delivers a tree to Boston in thanks for the city's help after a devastating explosion in Halifax in 1917. (photo by Cheryl Landes) Update, December 3, 2020: Stream the countdown to the tree lighting here. The 2020 tree lighting in the Boston … Continue reading Watch the tree lighting in Boston Common from home

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

Armchair photo tours: A colorful sunrise near Biddeford, Maine

Photos by Cheryl Landes Often when I travel to New England, I get up early and drive to the coast to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean. In today's armchair photo tour, I'm sharing some views from one of my favorite Atlantic sunrises at a beach near Biddeford, Maine. Biddeford is 96 miles … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A colorful sunrise near Biddeford, Maine

Armchair photo tours: A beautiful beach sunset and moonrise in Norwalk, Connecticut

A full moon rises in the sunset's afterglow at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Connecticut Photos by Cheryl Landes During one of my drives through Connecticut, I made a spontaneous stop at a park in Norwalk about an hour before sunset. The temperature was perfect on this beautiful fall evening—in the low 70s—and it wasn't … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A beautiful beach sunset and moonrise in Norwalk, Connecticut

Boston Ballet broadcasting The Nutcracker on TV and online in 2020

Image by Alexander Fradellafra from Pixabay Updated November 28, 2020 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 … Continue reading Boston Ballet broadcasting The Nutcracker on TV and online in 2020

Armchair photo tours: The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce

The sign to The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut Photos by Cheryl Landes In the fall, Connecticut is well-known for its beautiful fall colors and a spooky experience like no other. It's time to beware in Bristol. The foggy entrance to Lake Compounce during The Haunted Graveyard That's because the ghosts, vampires, … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce

Haunted car wash a frightfully fun experience in Augusta

A clown greets a customer at Fast Eddie's haunted car wash in Augusta, Maine (photo credit: WABI Channel 8) If you're in Augusta, Maine, for Halloween, you can celebrate Halloween by getting your car sparkling clean in a haunted car wash. It's happening on Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31, at Fast Eddie’s Express … Continue reading Haunted car wash a frightfully fun experience in Augusta

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