Destinations Magazine - May/June 2018 - 37
Bay State Rhapsody
Meet a musician backstage at the
ounded in 1881, the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), a new ABA member, ranks
as one of the nation's best, performing both in downtown Boston and at Tanglewood, a
gorgeous outdoor venue in the Berkshire Hills of Lenox, Mass. Plus, the BSO also includes
the fun-loving, legendary Boston Pops and special holiday concerts.
Tours of the historic symphony hall are available every day from late September to
June. Preconcert dining may also be had with advance notice. Student groups can take
a master class, and any group can book behind-the-scenes educational workshops with
BSO musicians. To strike up your group's band, contact BSO group sales at (617) 6389345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Boston Symphony Orchestra
| www.bso.org, (888) 266-1200
MARCO BORGGREVE; DISCOVERCENTRALMA.ORG.
DO YOU KNOW THE 5 REGIONS
OF CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS?
Quick! What's New England's second-largest town? It's Worcester, an hour west of
Boston. (Remember: It's pronounced Woostah, not Wor-chester!) New ABA member
Discover Central Massachusetts sings its glories and those of its four other regions.
Here's a quick rundown on what's doing in each area:
395 Corridor: Here your group will find the charming small towns of Auburn
and Oxford (home of hometown hero Clara Barton and a museum honoring her);
concerts, boating, and kayaking at the Indian Ranch summer resort; and a 125passenger paddlewheeler.
Blackstone Valley: Stretching from Worcester to Providence, R.I., the valley affords
lovely lake views and leaf-peeping galore. Stop for fruit at a farmstand and visit the
living museum Daniel's Farmstead in Blackstone.
Sturbridge Townships: ABA member Old Sturbridge Village is legendary. It's the
Northeast's oldest living history museum, focusing on 1830s life. Use it as a hub to visit
nearby maple sugar houses, orchards, and local breweries and antique stores. For more
on the village, call (508) 347-0387.
If staying in Sturbridge, choose between ABA member Comfort Inn & Suites
Colonial and new ABA member Publick House Historic Inn. This property is on the
National Register of Historic Places. It dates to 1771 and has three lodging options.
Wachusett: Have flower lovers in your group? Give
them a sniff of the 132-acre Tower Hill Botanic Garden
(with 17 distinct gardens) in Boylston. Need more
action? Take your group biking on the easygoing, 16-mile
Wachusett Greenways Rail Trail near Rutland.
Worcester: "Woosh" there for a show at the Hanover
Book early for Old Sturbridge
Village September and
Theatre, or a class at the Center for Crafts, or stroll
Shrewsbury Street, known by locals as Restaurant Row.
■ Discover Central Massachusetts
| www.discovercentralma.org, (508) 753-1550
■ Old Sturbridge Village
| www.osv.org, (800) 733-1830
■ Publick House Historic Inn
| www.publickhouse.com, (508) 347-3313
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