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Reimagining Winter

The holiday season will offer many enriching activities over the next few weeks.  Two thoughts to consider in addition to the one featured in the previous blog are Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston and Mechanics Hall in Worcester.  Imaginatively, Tower Hill is showcasing a captivating expose of Winter Reimagined, and Mechanics Hall is presenting an impressive lineup of musical merriment.

Here are a few particulars regarding the respective venues.

Tower Hill Botanical Garden

So, you enjoy bundling up and strolling around a dazzling display of lights, nestled among prized shrubs, trees, paths, and trails?  Then, Winter Reimagined is for you.  This wintertime extravaganza is approaching its tenth year, but 2015 is unparalleled when factoring in the sheer number of lights that will be illuminating visitors’ hearts.

But you get chilly when you stay outdoors too long?  Then head inside, there are indoor to-dos like meandering about the plant conservatories, enjoying food fare at Twigs Café, and perusing The Garden Shop retail store (hmm, perhaps a bit of Christmas shopping?).  Live music and crafts, taking place at selected times, complement the whole exhilarating experience.  Winter Reimagined begins on November 27 and ends on January 3, 2016.  For operational hours, entry costs, and other particulars, go to www.towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111.

Mechanics Hall

Mechanics Hall, an acoustical wonder, has historically been known for its striking structure and incredible talent.  Undoubtedly, the place holds appeal throughout the entire year, but everything seems extra special around the holidays.  Okay, what’s planned?  Well, New England Conservatory Symphonic Winds and Navy Band Northeast will surely delight with a brown bag lunchtime concert on December 2.  On December 9, Grammy nominee Greg Abate, a sax player, flutist, and composer, will surely captivate with his marvelous jazz arrangement.

And evening performances?  Handel’s Messiah, presented by Worcester Music and sung by Worcester Chorus, will take place on December 5; Holiday Pops, performed by The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, will run on December 12; and The Nutcracker Ballet, presented by Dance Prism, will be held on December 13.  For a complete list of events, go to www.mechanicshall.org.

It’s reasonable to assert that each season has its charm.  Nevertheless, the holiday season makes so many of us feel magical.  Art, music, lights, decorations, celebrations, they’re all close by to enjoy.  So, reimagine winter and revel in the cheer!

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