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Massachusetts – Spring 2013 Newsletter

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Spring 2013

Put a Spring in Your Step
destinations will put a spring in your step this season with memorable
vacations for the whole family. Boston, the Berkshires and beyond are
easy to reach destinations from Canada. Air Canada operates 17 flights
daily into Boston from Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and Montreal, and Porter
Airlines whisks travelers to Boston seven times per day from Toronto’s
downtown airport. Massachusetts is easily accessible by car; from
Montreal just five hours (496 km) and from Toronto approximately eight
hours (883 km).

Busy Season of Pride Events
are getting longer, spring is in sight, and Massachusetts’ Pride groups
are gearing up for a busy season of celebrations. From East to West and
in between, events, dances and parades, are just a few of the
opportunities for the LGBT community to get together in the coming

Greater Boston Area
Massachusetts Youth Pride, May 18
Massachusetts Youth Pride is a one-day annual festival
dedicated to celebrating LGBT youth in the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts. The day ends with the BAGLY Prom.
Boston Pride Week, May 31 – June 9
Boston’s Pride Week is a ten-day event centered
around the Pride Parade and Festival. The week includes a kick-off
party, several night club events, a human rights and education
discussion and a block party.

Cape Cod and the Islands
Carnival 2013 (Provincetown), August 18 – 24
With the theme this year being Viva Las Vegas, Carnival, one
of the most popular LGBT events in Massachusetts, promises to be quite
the party. Costumes, boat cruises, pool parties and a clambake, are just
a few of the activities in the works.

Other Pride Events
• Western Massachusetts – Noho Pride’s 32nd Annual LGBT Pride Event, May 4
• Springfield Pride, May 30-June 5
• North of Boston – North Shore Pride, June 29
• Provincetown Family Pride Week, August 3 – 10
• Central Massachusetts – Worcester Pride, September 7
For up-to-date information on LGBT happenings in Massachusetts, be sure to visit

Tanglewood Music Festival 2013 Announces Additional Popular Artist Concerts
American folk singer Joan Baez and folk rock duo the Indigo Girls
have been added to the 2013 Tanglewood line-up, with a special concert
in the Shed on Sunday June 23, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. Also performing this
year will be one of Canada’s favorite bands Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster with support from Boothby Graffoe. These concerts are in addition to the previously announced popular artist concerts, which include Melissa Etheridge with special guest Eric Hutchinson (21/6), Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes with the Boston Pops under the direction of Keith Lockhart (22/6), Jackson Browne with special guest Sara Watkins (4/7), Esperanza Spalding (4/8), and the Steve Miller Band (29/7).

Massachusetts’ Outdoor Enthusiasts Turn Passions Into Livelihood
provides an abundance of opportunities for getting outdoors and
enjoying the natural beauty the state has to offer. In fact, many
residents have taken their love of the outdoors and turned it into the
way they make a living. Below are just a few outdoor folks who are
following their passion and helping you connect to yours. For more
information on all of the outdoor activities and locations to explore,

Bob and Lee Evans, Get Up N’ Go Biking & Hiking Adventures
This Boston-based couple gave up conventional transportation
when they felt gas prices became unrealistic in the 70s, and since then
they have been participating in and leading mountain and road biking
adventures, endurance rides and even cross-country tours. They are
certified to teach “smart cycling techniques” and to judge referee races
and they enjoy mapping roads and trails in the Boston area.

Captain Alan Leibovitz, Atlantic Charters
Captain Leibovitz built Atlantic Charters from a single
sailboat charter to a full-service, family-fun sailing center in
Marblehead Harbor. This self-taught jack-of-all-trades is not just a
captain and businessman, but also a skilled sailing teacher and
mechanic. His love of the ocean and passion for sailing have continued
to grow through his entire life.

Nicole Freedman—Director of the Boston Bikes Program
When it comes to bikes, this former Olympic cyclist means
business. As the director of the Boston Bikes Program, Freedman is in
charge of things like bicycle safety and education, and of
infrastructure improvements for the city. She’s responsible for the
change that has come over Boston since the program’s beginning in 2007,
from one of the worst ranked cycling cities in the country to a
nationally-known haven for bikers.

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Office of Travel & Tourism
Armando Mendonça
Account Director
tel: 416-935-1896 ext. 234
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