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August – September 2014

Aug
8
Fri
Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Fridays
Aug 8 – Oct 10 all-day

This summer marks the sixth annual “Free Fun Fridays” program presented by the Highland Street Foundation in Massachusetts.

The program opens doors at no cost to visitors to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts. This year, 66 museums and cultural institutions will participate in the program, an increase from the 60 venues that participated in 2013. Beginning June 27th through August 29th, between five and seven venues will be open free-of-charge every Friday for 10 weeks this summer.

Established in 2009, “Free Fun Fridays” has drawn more than half a million visitors to its participating venues. Last year alone, the program saw 165,000 people and the Foundation hopes to reach more than 200,000 this year.

The Highland Street Foundation provides grants to participating venues to cover the cost of opening their doors for free. It has invested more than $650,000 to support the 2014 “Free Fun Fridays” program. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Highland Street Foundation has proudly donated more than $150 million to 950 groups since its inception in 1989.

This year, the program welcomes back favorite sites like the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Peabody Essex Museum, along with new venues, including the MIT Museum and the Sandwich Glass Museum. A complete list of all participating venues and dates is below.

To learn more about the Free Fun Fridays, and the Highland Street Foundation, visit highlandstreet.org or join us at facebook.com/HighlandStreet and on Twitter @HighlandStreet.

The following institutions are participating in Free Fun Fridays 2014:

Friday, June 27, 2014

Franklin Park Zoo (Dorchester)
Cape Cod Maritime Museum (Hyannis Port)
Worcester Art Museum (Worcester)
Tanglewood (Lenox)
The Sports Museum (Boston)
Mass MoCA (North Adams)
MIT Museum (Cambridge)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Heritage Museums & Gardens (Sandwich)
Edward Gorey House (Yarmouth Port)
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Becket)
Amelia Park Children’s Museum (Westfield)
Falmouth Museums on the Green (Falmouth)

Friday, July 11, 2014

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Boston)
Peabody Essex Museum (Salem)
Worcester Historical Museum (Worcester)
Fruitlands Museum (Harvard)
Cape Cod Children’s Museum (Mashpee)
New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)
Pilgrim Hall Museum (Plymouth)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston)
Ocean Explorium (New Bedford)
The Eric Carle Museum (Amherst)
Larz Anderson Auto Museum (Brookline)
Springfield Museums (Springfield)
Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center (Boston)
Sandwich Glass Museum (Sandwich)

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Freedom Trail Foundation (Boston)
Battleship Cove (Fall River)
Children’s Museum in Easton (Easton)
Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Boylston)
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (Boston)
Cape Cod Museum of Art (Dennis)
Danforth Art (Framingham)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston)
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (Boston)
American Textile History Museum (Lowell)
The Discovery Museums (Acton)
Hancock Shaker Village (Pittsfield)
Concord Museum (Concord)
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (Great Barrington)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Boston Harbor Islands National Park (Boston)
Clark Art Institute (Williamstown)
Wenham Museum (Wenham)
USS Constitution Museum (Charlestown)
Children’s Museum at Holyoke (Holyoke)
Volleyball Hall of Fame (Holyoke)
Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton)

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (Boston)
Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth)
Garden in the Woods (Framingham)
Museum of Russian Icons (Clinton)
Fitchburg Art Museum (Fitchburg)
Historic Deerfield (Deerfield)
Reagle Museum Theatre (Waltham)

Friday, August 22, 2014
Boston Children’s Museum (Boston)
Museum of African American History (Boston)
New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford)
Old Manse, Trustees of Reservations (Concord)
Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield)
Emily Dickinson Museum (Amherst)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford)
EcoTarium (Worcester)
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Brewster)
Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge)
The Mount: Edith Warton’s Home (Lenox)
Griffin Photography Museum (Winchester)

Aug
15
Fri
Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Fridays
Aug 15 – Oct 17 all-day

This summer marks the sixth annual “Free Fun Fridays” program presented by the Highland Street Foundation in Massachusetts.

The program opens doors at no cost to visitors to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts. This year, 66 museums and cultural institutions will participate in the program, an increase from the 60 venues that participated in 2013. Beginning June 27th through August 29th, between five and seven venues will be open free-of-charge every Friday for 10 weeks this summer.

Established in 2009, “Free Fun Fridays” has drawn more than half a million visitors to its participating venues. Last year alone, the program saw 165,000 people and the Foundation hopes to reach more than 200,000 this year.

The Highland Street Foundation provides grants to participating venues to cover the cost of opening their doors for free. It has invested more than $650,000 to support the 2014 “Free Fun Fridays” program. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Highland Street Foundation has proudly donated more than $150 million to 950 groups since its inception in 1989.

This year, the program welcomes back favorite sites like the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Peabody Essex Museum, along with new venues, including the MIT Museum and the Sandwich Glass Museum. A complete list of all participating venues and dates is below.

To learn more about the Free Fun Fridays, and the Highland Street Foundation, visit highlandstreet.org or join us at facebook.com/HighlandStreet and on Twitter @HighlandStreet.

The following institutions are participating in Free Fun Fridays 2014:

Friday, June 27, 2014

Franklin Park Zoo (Dorchester)
Cape Cod Maritime Museum (Hyannis Port)
Worcester Art Museum (Worcester)
Tanglewood (Lenox)
The Sports Museum (Boston)
Mass MoCA (North Adams)
MIT Museum (Cambridge)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Heritage Museums & Gardens (Sandwich)
Edward Gorey House (Yarmouth Port)
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Becket)
Amelia Park Children’s Museum (Westfield)
Falmouth Museums on the Green (Falmouth)

Friday, July 11, 2014

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Boston)
Peabody Essex Museum (Salem)
Worcester Historical Museum (Worcester)
Fruitlands Museum (Harvard)
Cape Cod Children’s Museum (Mashpee)
New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)
Pilgrim Hall Museum (Plymouth)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston)
Ocean Explorium (New Bedford)
The Eric Carle Museum (Amherst)
Larz Anderson Auto Museum (Brookline)
Springfield Museums (Springfield)
Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center (Boston)
Sandwich Glass Museum (Sandwich)

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Freedom Trail Foundation (Boston)
Battleship Cove (Fall River)
Children’s Museum in Easton (Easton)
Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Boylston)
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (Boston)
Cape Cod Museum of Art (Dennis)
Danforth Art (Framingham)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston)
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (Boston)
American Textile History Museum (Lowell)
The Discovery Museums (Acton)
Hancock Shaker Village (Pittsfield)
Concord Museum (Concord)
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (Great Barrington)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Boston Harbor Islands National Park (Boston)
Clark Art Institute (Williamstown)
Wenham Museum (Wenham)
USS Constitution Museum (Charlestown)
Children’s Museum at Holyoke (Holyoke)
Volleyball Hall of Fame (Holyoke)
Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton)

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (Boston)
Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth)
Garden in the Woods (Framingham)
Museum of Russian Icons (Clinton)
Fitchburg Art Museum (Fitchburg)
Historic Deerfield (Deerfield)
Reagle Museum Theatre (Waltham)

Friday, August 22, 2014
Boston Children’s Museum (Boston)
Museum of African American History (Boston)
New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford)
Old Manse, Trustees of Reservations (Concord)
Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield)
Emily Dickinson Museum (Amherst)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford)
EcoTarium (Worcester)
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Brewster)
Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge)
The Mount: Edith Warton’s Home (Lenox)
Griffin Photography Museum (Winchester)

Aug
22
Fri
Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Fridays
Aug 22 – Oct 24 all-day

This summer marks the sixth annual “Free Fun Fridays” program presented by the Highland Street Foundation in Massachusetts.

The program opens doors at no cost to visitors to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts. This year, 66 museums and cultural institutions will participate in the program, an increase from the 60 venues that participated in 2013. Beginning June 27th through August 29th, between five and seven venues will be open free-of-charge every Friday for 10 weeks this summer.

Established in 2009, “Free Fun Fridays” has drawn more than half a million visitors to its participating venues. Last year alone, the program saw 165,000 people and the Foundation hopes to reach more than 200,000 this year.

The Highland Street Foundation provides grants to participating venues to cover the cost of opening their doors for free. It has invested more than $650,000 to support the 2014 “Free Fun Fridays” program. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Highland Street Foundation has proudly donated more than $150 million to 950 groups since its inception in 1989.

This year, the program welcomes back favorite sites like the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Peabody Essex Museum, along with new venues, including the MIT Museum and the Sandwich Glass Museum. A complete list of all participating venues and dates is below.

To learn more about the Free Fun Fridays, and the Highland Street Foundation, visit highlandstreet.org or join us at facebook.com/HighlandStreet and on Twitter @HighlandStreet.

The following institutions are participating in Free Fun Fridays 2014:

Friday, June 27, 2014

Franklin Park Zoo (Dorchester)
Cape Cod Maritime Museum (Hyannis Port)
Worcester Art Museum (Worcester)
Tanglewood (Lenox)
The Sports Museum (Boston)
Mass MoCA (North Adams)
MIT Museum (Cambridge)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Heritage Museums & Gardens (Sandwich)
Edward Gorey House (Yarmouth Port)
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Becket)
Amelia Park Children’s Museum (Westfield)
Falmouth Museums on the Green (Falmouth)

Friday, July 11, 2014

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Boston)
Peabody Essex Museum (Salem)
Worcester Historical Museum (Worcester)
Fruitlands Museum (Harvard)
Cape Cod Children’s Museum (Mashpee)
New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)
Pilgrim Hall Museum (Plymouth)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston)
Ocean Explorium (New Bedford)
The Eric Carle Museum (Amherst)
Larz Anderson Auto Museum (Brookline)
Springfield Museums (Springfield)
Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center (Boston)
Sandwich Glass Museum (Sandwich)

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Freedom Trail Foundation (Boston)
Battleship Cove (Fall River)
Children’s Museum in Easton (Easton)
Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Boylston)
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (Boston)
Cape Cod Museum of Art (Dennis)
Danforth Art (Framingham)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston)
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (Boston)
American Textile History Museum (Lowell)
The Discovery Museums (Acton)
Hancock Shaker Village (Pittsfield)
Concord Museum (Concord)
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (Great Barrington)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Boston Harbor Islands National Park (Boston)
Clark Art Institute (Williamstown)
Wenham Museum (Wenham)
USS Constitution Museum (Charlestown)
Children’s Museum at Holyoke (Holyoke)
Volleyball Hall of Fame (Holyoke)
Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton)

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (Boston)
Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth)
Garden in the Woods (Framingham)
Museum of Russian Icons (Clinton)
Fitchburg Art Museum (Fitchburg)
Historic Deerfield (Deerfield)
Reagle Museum Theatre (Waltham)

Friday, August 22, 2014
Boston Children’s Museum (Boston)
Museum of African American History (Boston)
New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford)
Old Manse, Trustees of Reservations (Concord)
Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield)
Emily Dickinson Museum (Amherst)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford)
EcoTarium (Worcester)
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Brewster)
Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge)
The Mount: Edith Warton’s Home (Lenox)
Griffin Photography Museum (Winchester)

Aug
27
Wed
Cape Ann Ceramics Festival @ Rocky Neck Cultural Center
Aug 27 – Sep 21 all-day

2nd Annual Ceramic Arts Festival, “Contemplation” exhibit featuring work by world renowned potters including Hideaki Miyamura from Boston’s Pucker Gallery as well as professional potters from the North Shore. Pottery Trail, visit 12 studios and galleries. “Art of the Possible” pottery sale. A month long celebration of the ceramic arts. Meet the artists August 9, 4 – 6 pm at “Contemplation” opening reception.

Aug
28
Thu
Cape Ann Ceramics Festival @ Rocky Neck Cultural Center
Aug 28 – Sep 22 all-day

2nd Annual Ceramic Arts Festival, “Contemplation” exhibit featuring work by world renowned potters including Hideaki Miyamura from Boston’s Pucker Gallery as well as professional potters from the North Shore. Pottery Trail, visit 12 studios and galleries. “Art of the Possible” pottery sale. A month long celebration of the ceramic arts. Meet the artists August 9, 4 – 6 pm at “Contemplation” opening reception.

Aug
29
Fri
Cape Ann Ceramics Festival @ Rocky Neck Cultural Center
Aug 29 – Sep 23 all-day

2nd Annual Ceramic Arts Festival, “Contemplation” exhibit featuring work by world renowned potters including Hideaki Miyamura from Boston’s Pucker Gallery as well as professional potters from the North Shore. Pottery Trail, visit 12 studios and galleries. “Art of the Possible” pottery sale. A month long celebration of the ceramic arts. Meet the artists August 9, 4 – 6 pm at “Contemplation” opening reception.

Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Fridays
Aug 29 – Oct 31 all-day

This summer marks the sixth annual “Free Fun Fridays” program presented by the Highland Street Foundation in Massachusetts.

The program opens doors at no cost to visitors to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts. This year, 66 museums and cultural institutions will participate in the program, an increase from the 60 venues that participated in 2013. Beginning June 27th through August 29th, between five and seven venues will be open free-of-charge every Friday for 10 weeks this summer.

Established in 2009, “Free Fun Fridays” has drawn more than half a million visitors to its participating venues. Last year alone, the program saw 165,000 people and the Foundation hopes to reach more than 200,000 this year.

The Highland Street Foundation provides grants to participating venues to cover the cost of opening their doors for free. It has invested more than $650,000 to support the 2014 “Free Fun Fridays” program. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Highland Street Foundation has proudly donated more than $150 million to 950 groups since its inception in 1989.

This year, the program welcomes back favorite sites like the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Peabody Essex Museum, along with new venues, including the MIT Museum and the Sandwich Glass Museum. A complete list of all participating venues and dates is below.

To learn more about the Free Fun Fridays, and the Highland Street Foundation, visit highlandstreet.org or join us at facebook.com/HighlandStreet and on Twitter @HighlandStreet.

The following institutions are participating in Free Fun Fridays 2014:

Friday, June 27, 2014

Franklin Park Zoo (Dorchester)
Cape Cod Maritime Museum (Hyannis Port)
Worcester Art Museum (Worcester)
Tanglewood (Lenox)
The Sports Museum (Boston)
Mass MoCA (North Adams)
MIT Museum (Cambridge)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Heritage Museums & Gardens (Sandwich)
Edward Gorey House (Yarmouth Port)
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Becket)
Amelia Park Children’s Museum (Westfield)
Falmouth Museums on the Green (Falmouth)

Friday, July 11, 2014

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Boston)
Peabody Essex Museum (Salem)
Worcester Historical Museum (Worcester)
Fruitlands Museum (Harvard)
Cape Cod Children’s Museum (Mashpee)
New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)
Pilgrim Hall Museum (Plymouth)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston)
Ocean Explorium (New Bedford)
The Eric Carle Museum (Amherst)
Larz Anderson Auto Museum (Brookline)
Springfield Museums (Springfield)
Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center (Boston)
Sandwich Glass Museum (Sandwich)

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Freedom Trail Foundation (Boston)
Battleship Cove (Fall River)
Children’s Museum in Easton (Easton)
Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Boylston)
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (Boston)
Cape Cod Museum of Art (Dennis)
Danforth Art (Framingham)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston)
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (Boston)
American Textile History Museum (Lowell)
The Discovery Museums (Acton)
Hancock Shaker Village (Pittsfield)
Concord Museum (Concord)
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (Great Barrington)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Boston Harbor Islands National Park (Boston)
Clark Art Institute (Williamstown)
Wenham Museum (Wenham)
USS Constitution Museum (Charlestown)
Children’s Museum at Holyoke (Holyoke)
Volleyball Hall of Fame (Holyoke)
Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton)

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (Boston)
Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth)
Garden in the Woods (Framingham)
Museum of Russian Icons (Clinton)
Fitchburg Art Museum (Fitchburg)
Historic Deerfield (Deerfield)
Reagle Museum Theatre (Waltham)

Friday, August 22, 2014
Boston Children’s Museum (Boston)
Museum of African American History (Boston)
New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford)
Old Manse, Trustees of Reservations (Concord)
Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield)
Emily Dickinson Museum (Amherst)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford)
EcoTarium (Worcester)
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Brewster)
Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge)
The Mount: Edith Warton’s Home (Lenox)
Griffin Photography Museum (Winchester)

Aug
30
Sat
Cape Ann Ceramics Festival @ Rocky Neck Cultural Center
Aug 30 – Sep 24 all-day

2nd Annual Ceramic Arts Festival, “Contemplation” exhibit featuring work by world renowned potters including Hideaki Miyamura from Boston’s Pucker Gallery as well as professional potters from the North Shore. Pottery Trail, visit 12 studios and galleries. “Art of the Possible” pottery sale. A month long celebration of the ceramic arts. Meet the artists August 9, 4 – 6 pm at “Contemplation” opening reception.

Aug
31
Sun
Cape Ann Ceramics Festival @ Rocky Neck Cultural Center
Aug 31 – Sep 25 all-day

2nd Annual Ceramic Arts Festival, “Contemplation” exhibit featuring work by world renowned potters including Hideaki Miyamura from Boston’s Pucker Gallery as well as professional potters from the North Shore. Pottery Trail, visit 12 studios and galleries. “Art of the Possible” pottery sale. A month long celebration of the ceramic arts. Meet the artists August 9, 4 – 6 pm at “Contemplation” opening reception.

Sep
1
Mon
Cape Ann Ceramics Festival @ Rocky Neck Cultural Center
Sep 1 – Sep 26 all-day

2nd Annual Ceramic Arts Festival, “Contemplation” exhibit featuring work by world renowned potters including Hideaki Miyamura from Boston’s Pucker Gallery as well as professional potters from the North Shore. Pottery Trail, visit 12 studios and galleries. “Art of the Possible” pottery sale. A month long celebration of the ceramic arts. Meet the artists August 9, 4 – 6 pm at “Contemplation” opening reception.