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NEW: Fruitlands Museum Kicks Off WinterFest Weekends

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

 

With winter in full swing in Central Mass, the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard is launching its outdoor WinterFest activities starting Saturday, January 12, and running every weekend through February 24.

From noon to 5 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday, guests can strap on their cross-country skis and snowshoes or jump on a sled and mae the most of Fruitlands' hills and trails. For those outdoor adventurers in need of a little warming up, the fire pit will be blazing throughout the day.

“We have our Transcendental, Shaker, Native American and nineteenth century art collections here at Fruitlands, but we also consider the land as its own collection,” says Mary Delaney, Fruitlands’ marketing manager.

“WinterFest weekends give us the opportunity to really take advantage of the land when the historic buildings aren’t accessible during the colder months. Of course the Visitor’s Center, Art Gallery and Museum Store are open all winter.”

January 12 also marks the opening of a new portrait exhibit in the Fruitlands Art Gallery entitled “New England Portraits." The exhibit's early 1800s portraits offer visitors a window on the founding of the U.S., as well as the birth of photography. Art fans are in luck because during the 2013 winter season, Fruitlands will exhibit more portraits from its extensive collection than have been on display in many years.

Admission to the Fruitlands Museum is $5 per person for non-members, and members get two admissions for the same price. Both prices include admission to the art gallery every weekend. The museum will also be collecting canned goods for the local food bank, Loaves and Fishes, so visitors are encouraged to bring donations.

For more information on WinterFest activities or to check possible cancellations due to inclement weather, call 978-456-3924 ext. 280. 

 

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