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This year’s Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum is celebrating 150 years of the garden’s existence and 112 Lilac Sundays. Photo/Courtesy Jon Hetman, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Celebrations welcome spring across Massachusetts

By Sandi Barrett, Contributing Writer REGION - It is time to shake off your heavy coat and the overwhelming feeling of cabin fever for warm...
Domenic Esposito speaks at Marlborough’s Overdose Awareness Day candlelight vigil in 2018. The annual event is organized by Kathy Leonard, whose son Jonathan Testa died of a heroin overdose at age 27 in 2014. Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Artist/activist Domenic Esposito draws attention to opioid crisis

By Ed Karvoski Jr., Culture Editor WESTWOOD – Artist and activist Domenic Esposito of Westwood developed a personal concern for the opioid crisis because his...
The weathered-looking red fishing shack in Rockport known as “Motif No. 1” has captured the imagination of countless artists. Photo/Richard Correale

There’s more to Rockport than its most famous building

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer ROCKPORT - Artists paint it. Photographers shoot a picture. Everyone else just enjoys a look at it. It’s “Motif No. 1,”...

Do you remember when Jimi Hendrix played at the Carousel Theater in Framingham?

By Brett Peruzzi, Managing Editor FRAMINGHAM - On August 25, 1968, at the height of his career, rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jimi Hendrix and his...
The statue of legendary politician James Michael Curley, the four-term mayor of Boston, is located right across the street from Boston City Hall. Photo/IrishHeritageTrail.com

Irish Heritage Trail pays tribute to Boston’s largest ethnic group

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer BOSTON - You don’t have to wait for St. Patrick’s Day in Boston to celebrate it. You can go any...
South Boston Candlepin, aka Southie Bowl, serves craft beers, hosts corporate events, and allows you to reserve lanes online. Photo/Submitted

Older adults continue to embrace candlepin bowling

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer REGION - Well-known novelist Elizabeth McCracken grew up in Boston, where she was familiar with candlepin bowling. She also wrote...
The Worcester Art Museum (WAM), with its 38,000 art objects, is a prime reason for the city’s high rating for visitors. Photo/Submitted

Worcester growing as an arts and culture destination

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer WORCESTER  - This city is sometimes derisively known as “Wormtown” and at times with a possibly more dignified designation: “Heart...
Stephen Powell

Hudson High ’85 alum, singer-songwriter and bassist is still rocking

By Ed Karvoski Jr., Culture Editor HUDSON/STERLING – Singer-songwriter and bassist Stephen Powell began performing in his teens with two rock bands in and around...
“No one has ever doubted my talent as an actor,” says Tori Clay, who has struggled to get work since coming out as a transgender woman six years ago. Photo/Jane Keller Gordon

Transgender actor frustrated by lack of roles

By Jane Keller Gordon, Contributing Writer SOMERVILLE - Born Victor Campisi, as Vic Clay he met success as an actor, but life has been tougher...
New Bedford was once the wealthiest city on the planet, per capita, during its whaling heyday. Now scallops are the catch that its fishing industry focuses on. Photo/Courtesy of New Bedford Whaling Museum

New Bedford tells a whale of a tale

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer NEW BEDFORD - Soon after his latest book was published in 1851, former mariner Herman Melville must have felt like...