We are now a week away from a well-deserved February Vacation, which can’t seem to come soon enough. Although many Concordians will be traveling out of town and take advantage of the week they have off, here are a few events and ideas for those who will be here in the Concord area during the week, other than sleeping in and watching Netflix.
See a Play
The Concord Players, a local theater group, are putting on You Can’t Take it With You, which they summarize with the following: “Alice Sycamore falls for banker’s son, Tony Kirby. But when she invites her snooty prospective in-laws to dinner to give their blessing to the marriage, Alice’s peculiar extended family – including philosophical grandfather Martin Vanderhof, hapless fledgling ballerina sister Essie and fireworks enthusiast father, Paul – might be too eccentric for the staid Kirbys. You Can’t Take it With You originally opened in 1936 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Frank Capra film adaptation won several Academy Awards including Best Picture.” Performances are February 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 2018 at 8pm, and February 18, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Go to the Movies
There are plenty of good movies recently released that are worth a trip out to the theatres. Black Panther, for one, has a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. Although I haven’t watched it, reviews say that it is an amazing, thought-provoking film that speaks to our society as a whole. Jumanji, a film about kids that become trapped in a game, is another action movie that has rave reviews. The Maze Runner: Death Cure, the third and final installment of the Maze Runner series has also recently been released in theatres. If you are into comedy movies, Paddington 2, with a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes, has been recently released: the film is about Paddington the bear and his quest to find a culprit who stole his gift.
The Concord Museum, on only Monday-Friday of next week from 11 am-3 am each day, will be offering ‘vacation week crafts’ in Brooke Hall. Kids can make their own tricorn hats, vote on favorite objects, and take part in making presidential crafts. So, if you have or know any kids this break and want them to be more productive or culturally aware, make sure to let them know about this opportunity to go to the Museum, whether it is to take part in the crafts themselves or indulge in the rich history of Concord.
The Museum is also having a ‘visit with President Lincoln’ at 1 pm on the 19th where kids (and adults) can talk with and gain a greater understanding of the life and presidency of Abe Lincoln.
There are also plenty of great events going on beyond our Concord bubble that should be interesting as well:
Celebrate Black History Month
With February being Black History Month, over break, there will be walking or self-guided tours of the Black Heritage Trail, a 1.6-mile trail exploring the history of Boston’s African American community. The trail includes fourteen historic sites of churches, stations of the Underground Railroad, schools, and businesses.
There will also be, every day over break, an African-American Patriots Tour that begins at 12:45 PM, which will be a 90-minute tour of the Freedom Trail to further expose and provide insight on the African-American perspective of American history.
Go Ice Skating
Skating is a fun, wholesome way to relax and enjoy the winter season while it lasts. For anyone looking to skate with family or friends, there will be plenty of community ice skating centers opening up next week. The Community Ice Skating Center in Kendall Square will open up, as will the Skating Path at City Hall Plaza and Frog Pond.
Although these ideas are centered towards events this break, much advice from the Winter Break Suggestions article still applies.
No matter what you do, we hope you enjoy your February vacation and, if you are staying here in MA, you can take some time out to check out one of these movies or events.