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The Scene

Fresh Tunes

Although brighter days are on the horizon, the timeline for when musicians can safely resume touring is still hazy. The situation has forced many artists to stay productive by focusing on studio projects, with many being released in the early part of the year. From indie upstarts to established legends, here’s a look at 10 new albums coming...

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Wicked Irish

  New England and Saint Patrick’s Day go together like corned beef and cabbage. According to the New England Historical Society, one out of every five residents of Massachusetts and New Hampshire has Irish ancestry, along with roughly 18 percent of people living in Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont. But with South Boston’s famous Saint Patrick’s Day parade...

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National: Waiting on a Friend

  If we’ve learned one thing over the past year, we can probably all agree, it’s the value of delivery. Stuck at home and hungry, we placed 500 percent more Instacart orders than we had before the plague, and we paid DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grubhub, and Postmates $5.5 billion in combined revenue to bring us doughnuts, dumplings, and...

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A Touch of Summer

New England’s indoor botanical gardens provide a tropical sanctuary for the winter-weary. By February, most New Englanders have had enough of winter. The COVID-19 pandemic has made once-common late winter trips to Florida and the Caribbean out of the question for many. But frostbitten Yankees don’t have to give up their dreams of visiting a tropical paradise, at...

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New England Cultural Calendar – February 2021

Winter is in full swing in February with frosty snowshoe hikes, fun cold-weather festivals, cooking classes, cozy wine tastings, and romantic Valentine’s Day dinners. Whether you’re looking forward to warming up next to an outdoor firepit with your family and friends or enjoying a laugh at a local comedy club, you can make the most of February with...

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Safe Space – Detroit’s Inclusive Bud and Breakfast

Activist and entrepreneur Jess Jackson is destigmatizing cannabis and building a community where everyone is welcome at her Copper House Bud and Breakfast. Jess Jackson wants the world to know her as a “community architect.” “That means I build, develop, sustain, and enhance communities,” says the 33-year-old entrepreneur. “It’s not a known career, but the name conveys that...

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Happy Plan

Americans finally have reason to (cautiously) dream about travel again. If you’re wondering how to be a good traveler in the time of COVID-19, look to the words of ancient Chinese philosopher and author Lao Tzu. Among his many notable wise quotes is this one: “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”...

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Slippery Slopes

New England’s ski areas will look a bit different this winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a blast skiing and riding your favorite downhill runs and backcountry trails. Many of New England’s ski areas closed abruptly last March at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving disappointed skiers and snowboarders to wonder if they would...

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Cultural Calendar

December’s short days and long nights are ideal for festive lights, snowy walks, and spending time with loved ones online or around the holiday table. From Boston to Montpelier, Vermont, if you enjoy spending time indoors or outside this time of year, you can celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year with festive holiday light displays,...

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The Giving Season

This year more than ever, New England nonprofits need your support. If you want to do something to help make the world a kinder, greener place this holiday season, think about donating your time, talent, or money to a New England charity. Consider some of these local organizations dedicated to a variety of causes, from saving open space...

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