Free Fun Friday Museums – Friday June 29 2018

The Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Fridays are here for 2018! Every Friday there is a batch of museums in Massachusetts which are COMPLETELY FREE TO VISIT! Get on out and explore the culture in your own back yard!

These are the museums which are free on Friday, June 29, 2018.

Lyric Stage Company of Boston • Boston
MIT Museum • Cambridge
Berkshire Theatre Group • Stockbridge
Nantucket Whaling Museum • Nantucket
The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home • Lenox
Concord Museum • Concord
Worcester Art Museum • Worcester
Clark Art Institute • Williamstown
Children’s Museum in Easton • Easton
Edward Gorey House • Yarmouth Port

The Worcester Art Museum is open from 10-4 this Friday. Would anyone like to go? Let us know!

Here’s the full list of all the free museums and all the Fridays. Let us know what you’d like to go to in the coming weeks!

Plein Air at Artemas Ward House Shrewsbury MA – July 7 2018

This invitation comes courtesy of the Artist Guild of Shrewsbury!

All are welcome to come paint for a day on the grounds of this historic landmark. Several art guilds from the area will be there. It will a great time to say hello and meet other artists that live within a close vicinity.

When: Saturday, July 7th
Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm for those who prefer morning light or afternoon light
Rain: date Saturday July 14th
Parking will be behind the house on the back yard.
Restrooms are available inside the Artemas Ward House.

Bring a snack, water and painting supplies. FYI, there is a great family restaurant and take out called Dean Park Pizza that is walking distance away.

There will be a free tour of the house at 10:00 AM for those who would like to see the inside and learn more about General Artemas Ward and his family’s contribution to the community and the Revolutionary War.

Art share during the day to be determined.

Please be sure to let Pam Siderewicz know if you’ll be coming – RSVP by June 29th 2018:

Hope to see you for a fun day of painting and good company!

Plein Air at Foxfire Farm Uxbridge Sat 6/16

We have some amazing news! Carol Dandrade has managed to arrange for us to do a plein air at the FoxFire Farm in Uxbridge on Saturday, June 16th 2018 from 8am to noon! The rain date is Saturday, June 24th.

From Carol:

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The Blackstone Heritage Corridor invites members of the BVAA to paint and sketch Foxfire Farm in Uxbridge. The owner has kindly given us permission to capture her beautiful gardens, pastures, wildlife, pond, mill site, ponies, birds, etc.

This will be held June 16 from 8:00-12:00 with a raindate of 6/24.

We are limited to 12 people because of parking.

To register please email your name and phone number to Carol Dandrade, a Volunteer-in-Parks, at She’ll get you full directions and everything else you need.

This event is for painters and sketchers only. Photographers will be invited later in the summer.

The Blackstone Heritage Corridor is an energetic non-profit that partners with organizations, local communities, businesses and residents to ensure the long-term vitality of the National Heritage Corridor.

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This is a special event not to be missed! Make sure to contact Carol soon to put in your reservation!

The Foxfire Farm is located at:

215 Hazel St.
Uxbridge, MA

Plein Air Mailing List for BVAA Members

Summer’s here and the time is right for plein air painting! The challenge is gathering up friends to go with you when the day finally dawns with golden sunshine. That’s why the BVAA is creating a plein air specific mailing list!

To join the list, just send an email to Bob Evans at – he is the keeper of the list. Let him know which email address you’d like to add to it.

You can of course unsubscribe whenever you wish.

Any time any member of the group is thinking about going on a plein air outing, they simply send an email message out to the group. The whole group will get the alert. Then people can respond back if they’re interested, and an adventure is on the way.

If you have any questions at all, please contact Bob. He’ll let you know the list name and how to use it when he adds you to it.

Bus Trip to NYC – Sat April 21 2018

For those who are interested in a visit to New York City, Carole Berren is putting together a trip primarily composed of artists.

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Cost: $55 Round Trip

If you are interested, please contact Carole soon at


Spring is coming, has already been here, is coming again. 60 + degrees on Feb. 21, 14 degrees a month ago, a foot of snow!this has certainly been a strange winter. But I do believe as we approach the mid to end of April, it might get back on track for a fine spring day.

Therefore we have a bus trip to NYC planned for Saturday the 21st of April. We might find cherry blossoms ready to bloom as we journey through Central Park, magnolia petals echoing the Gothic architecture of many churches and tulips dancing in the wind in Washington Square.

For those who are interested in watercolors, the American Watercolor Society’s annual international exhibition will be open (from 1 – 5 PM) at the Salmagundi Club ( 47 Fifth Ave.) during its last days of the exhibit.

There are many great museums and galleries; shopping galore; some may go to a Broadway play: off Broadway play; On this day in NYC, you are welcome to do anything yo’d like. Perhaps you’ve heard of a great restaurant – even in Brooklyn, you’ll have time to do it. And one year we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. Another time we found our way to the Brooklyn Museum. It’s fun to walk through Greenwich Village or Soho.
And don’t forget the new beautiful twin towers in lower Manhattan.

The bus will start the journey in Warwick at 7:30 AM (exit 10A Park and Lock on Rte 117). There will be 1 stop in CT for food and bathroom. In NYC there will be 3 stops going down Fifth Ave from north to south. First stop at the Met (around 82nd St) Met, Guggenheim, Neue Gallery of Austria and German art, Frick, MOMA, etc.

The 2nd stop will be midtown (around 45th St) .St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, great shopping, etc.

The 3rd will be downtown somewhere around Houston St. which separates Greenwich Village from SOHO .Washington Sq. AWS show, Chelsea, Twin Towers, Wall St., Canal St etc.

The bus will pick us up on 42nd Street at Bryant Park near the NYC Library ( midtown) at 6:00 PM sharp for our return trip. We should be back in Warwick ( after a short stop in CT), by about 10 – 10:30 or so.

The cost of this trip will be $55 pp.

Free Fun Friday – August 4, 2017

The Free Fun Friday options for Friday, August 4th, 2017 are:

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Boston
Old State House, Boston
Greenway Carousel, Boston
Fort Devens Museum, Devens
Children’s Museum at Holyoke, Holyoke
International Volleyball Hall of Fame, Holyoke
The Old Manse, the Trustees, Concord
JFK Hyannis Museum, Hyannis

Here’s where you get all the details!

Free Fun Friday – Friday July 28 2017

The Free Fun Friday options for Friday, July 28th, 2017 are:

JFK Library & Museum, Boston
Commonwealth Museum, Boston
Arnold Arboretum, Boston
Eric Carle Museum, Amherst
Berkshire Theater, Stockbridge
Historic Deerfield, Deerfield
Cape Cod Museum, Dennis
Wenham Museum, Wenham
Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Boylston

Here’s where you get all the details!

Free Fun Friday – Friday July 21 2017

Here are the options for Free Fun Friday for Friday, July 21st, 2017! Let us know if you’d like to go to one!

Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Tanglewood, Lenox
Boston Athenaeum
The Museum of the NCAAA, Boston
Fruitlands Museum, Harvard
American Museum of Stamps & Postal History, Weston
Lynn Museum
Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
Sandwich Glass Museum

Here’s all the details:

Free Fun Fridays for 2017

Free Fun Friday – Friday July 14 2017

Here are the options for Free Fun Friday for Friday, July 14th, 2017! Let us know if you’d like to go to one!

Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Boston
The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Chestnut Hill
Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, Cambridge
Larz Anderson Auto Museum, Brookline
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown
Edward Gorey House, Yarmouth Port
Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton
Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester

Here’s all the details:

Free Fun Fridays for 2017