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February 2008 Events Calendar
Boston Wine Festival

Through March 27

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 31st 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.




The Gnomes

February 1

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."




ICC Set Dancing with Cait Bracken

February 3, 10, 17, 24

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.




Kim Trusty / Partington & Sweeney

February 8

BRT Presents:
Kim Trusty / Partington & Sweeney

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



Please check back. Kim Trusty (pictured)
Details to come.




Newport Burger Bender

February 14-23

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 14-23
Discover Newport Presents:
The 32nd Annual Newport Winter Festival

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

Join in the 32nd 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 15

BRT Presents:
Mari Black and Cory Pesaturo CD Release

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
8:00 pm | 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. Check out this exciting CD release!




Tara Novak and Ishna

February 15

ICCNE Presents:
Valentine’s Concert & Dinner with:
Ciaran Nagle, Tara Novak & Ishna

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
7:00 pm | $45 includes dinner, dessert & glass of champagne
781 821-8291 | Members pay: $40
irishculture.org | Buy Tickets here

Irish Tenor Ciaran Nagle, fiddler Tara Novak, (pictured) along with Ishna, present A Valentine's Evening Dinner & Concert. Enjoy a night of songs, stories and dance music from Ireland and its Celtic influences around the world. Also featuring a special selection of favorite Irish love songs and ballads. Price Includes hot buffet dinner, dessert and a glass of champagne. Reservations recommended and singles may request a seat at the singles table! Members $40. Non-members $45.




February 19

JFK Library Celebrate! Valerie Tutson - Tales from African Traditions

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston
10:30-11:30 am | Free Performances For Children Ages 5 and Up
Reservations: 617 514-1644
jfklibrary.org

Drawing from her own travels, the internationally known storyteller brings to life myths, folktales, and historical accounts from the African continent and the African diaspora with beauty, humor, and wisdom.
Reservations are required for all visitors to this free program.




February 22

BRT Presents:
Runa

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

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary as a band, Celtic-American "supergroup" RUNA continues to push the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.




Jaerv

February 29

Blackstone River Theatre Presents:
Jaerv - Music From Sweden

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

The award-winning Swedish quintet Jaerv presents high-energy and heartfelt folk music with influences from both jazz and pop music. Together, the five members have created a vivid and distinct sound which has established Jaerv on the folk and world music scenes.




February 29

ICCNE Presents:
Ceili: Joey Abarta, Nathan Gourley & Devon McCabe

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive,
Canton, MA
8:00 pm | $12
781 821-8291 | irishculture.org

Enjoy an evening of music with Joey Abarta, Nathan Gourle and Devon McCabe. The ICC Pub will be open at 5:00 pm to enjoy some tunes with Billy O"Neill & friends. Also dinner is served starting at 5:00 pm. For reservations, contact: Jackie at 781-821-8291.





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