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February 2008 Events Calendar
Boston Wine Festival

Through March 29

Boston Harbor Hotel Presents: Boston Wine Festival

Boston Harbor Hotel
70 Rowes Wharf, Boston
888-660-WINE or 617-330-9355
bhh.com | bostonwinefestival.net

The Boston Wine Festival is surely one of Boston’s finest winter traditions. Now in its 30th year, the festival is led by founder and master chef Daniel Bruce of the hotel’s Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar, known for its excellence in wine and food pairings. The festival features an all-star line up of wine makers from some of the world’s best wineries, plus top chefs and sommeliers. Activities range from walk-around receptions, featuring over 40 wines of a particular theme along with food buffets and dishes created by Chef Bruce; to intimate, four-course dinners hosted by winemakers or winery owners. The Boston Harbor Hotel offers special overnight stay packages for festival guests.




Quinn Bachand’s Brishen

February 2

Blackstone River Theatre Presents:
Quinn Bachand’s Brishen

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
8:00 p.m. | Reserve by Phone: 401-725-9272 | riverfolk.org

Brishen, Romany for ‘bringer of the storm’, is what Quinn Bachand, one of Canada’s most outstanding young musicians, and his band serve up with their original western and euro-gypsy swing homage. The band introduces a space where virtuosity meets vibe, leaving you with a sense of jubilance and nostalgia. Led by Bachand on lead guitar, violin, banjo and vocals, Brishen takes the form of a trio, a quartet or a quintet and features a rotating cast of extraordinary players on rhythm, upright bass, saxophone, clarinet and drums.




ICC Set Dancing with Cait Bracken

February 4, 11, 18, 25

ICCNE Presents:
Set Dancing with Cait Bracken

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
7:30-9:30 pm | $5 donation at the door | Adults (16 & up)
781 821-8291
irishculture.org

Every Monday throughout the year (except Holidays), the ICC presents set dancing with Cait Bracken from 7:30-9:30pm. Set dancing is a form of social dancing which has been popular in Ireland for over 150 years. Sets are danced by four couples in a square.  No previous dancing experience or partner required! No registration required for this class.




WIN FREE TIX!
February 8

Ronan Tynan Live in Concert
America's Irish Tenor

The Palace Theatre
80 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH
7:30 pm | 603-668-5588 | $39.50 | $59.50: Includes brief, pre-show meet & greet.
Buy Tix! | palacetheatre.org

Renowned Irish tenor, recording artist, physician, and champion disabled athlete, Ronan Tynan moves audiences like few others can. His stirring performances and personal story of triumph have brought him international fame. The New York Times called him “the closest thing this country has to an official meistersinger.” This is a concert you won't want to miss!
CHECK BACK TO ENTER TO WIN FREE TIX!





February 9

JFK Library Celebrate!
Tanglewood Marionettes - The Dragon King

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston
10:30 - 11:30 am | 617 514-1600 | jfklibrary.org

Journey below the sea in this story of fantasy, courage and wonder from Chinese folklore on Lunar New Year. Tanglewood Marionettes bring to life fantastic sea creatures and a fearless grandmother who wants to help when things go amiss in the land above. Explore the ocean bottom with her as she seeks the Dragon King. The Celebrate! series, appropriate for family audiences and children ages 5 and up, highlights America's rich cultural diversity through the arts. Reservations are required for all visitors.




Newport Burger Bender

February 15-24

Discover Newport Burger Bender

Newport & Bristol County, RI
401-846-0028
discovernewport.org

10 DAYS. 30 BURGERS. MAD LOVE. The Newport Burger Bender is a simple "best burger" contest taking place at participating restaurants throughout Newport and Bristol counties. Area restaurants are throwing their buns in the ring with the hopes of being crowned the Best Burger in Newport. (click here for the burger list with descriptions). Try them all. Then vote for your favorite by clicking on the burger here and submitting the simple voting form. Voting begins February 15th and ends February 24th. You’ll be automatically entered to win one of our daily giveaways throughout the Burger Bender contest. The restaurant with the burger that gets the most votes will be crowned the winner.




Newport Winter Festival

February 15-24
Discover Newport Presents:
The 30th Annual Newport Winter Festival

Throughout Newport, RI
Various times and venues
401-845-9117 | discovernewport.org
newportwinterfestival.com

Join in the 30th Annual Newport Winter Festival! Touted as “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza!”  Featuring 10-days of non-stop music, food and fun and over 150 events. This unique festival offers it all and caters to all ages. Melt away your winter blues with all the Newport Winter Festival has to offer. Highlighted events include the Children’s Fair, Chili Cook-Off, Princess Party, and exciting, fun concerts by the Jimmy Buffett tribute band, Changes in Latitudes and more!




Mari Black and Cory Pesaturo

February 16

BRT Presents:
Mari Black and Cory Pesaturo

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
8:00 p.m. | Reserve by Phone: 401-725-9272 | riverfolk.org

Mari Black is an award-winning multistyle violinist, fiddler, and composer from Boston. She has won national and international accolades in many styles of music. She has performed and taught around the US, Scotland, Brazil, Canada, China, Korea, Zimbabwe, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy, and France. She plays many different styles of music including Irish, Scottish, Canadian, and American fiddling, Argentine Tango, jazz, klezmer, Western Classical music, and folk. She is joined by acclaimed accordionist Cory Pesaturo, who also plays the piano, clarinet, and saxophone.




February 20

JFK Library Celebrate!
Flying Ship Productions: Rosa's Ride

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Stephen E. Smith Center, Columbia Point, Boston
10:30 - 11:30 am | Free, Registration Required
617 514-1644 | jfklibrary.org

This moving production with original songs, inspirational scenes, and exciting dances traces how Rosa Parks handled various experiences of discrimination leading up to the famous Montgomery, Alabama bus incident sparking the modern civil rights movement. The Celebrate! series, appropriate for family audiences and children ages 5 and up, highlights America's rich cultural diversity through the arts.
Reservations are required for all visitors to this free program.




The Gnomes

February 23

Blackstone River Theatre Presents:
The Gnomes

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
8:00 p.m. | Reserve by Phone: 401-725-9272
riverfolk.org

The Gnomes fuse dynamic folk-rock edge with original tunes and a wide-ranging repertoire that spans the globe — Celtic, Scandinavian, Eastern European, Asian, African, Caribbean, Klezmer, and Native American — bringing a sound that will touch your heart and feet! The band combines varied and extensive musical backgrounds into arrangements that have been described as "exotic, fresh, and unique."





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