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What’s New: Winter/Spring 2018

ArtWeek 2018: April 27 – May 6, 2018
Due to explosive growth and demand, ArtWeek is expanding its footprint across Massachusetts for the first time in 2018. ArtWeek will host an annual spring festival that will offer hundreds of unique creative events featuring experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. This exciting transition will allow for the further development of regional hubs where ArtWeek has already been gaining traction with an expanding showcase of the state’s creative economy. The next ArtWeek festival will take place from April 27 – May 6, 2018.

MGM Springfield
Opening in the third quarter of 2018, this integrated resort casino will enhance the entire urban center of Springfield. The property will span 14 acres and three blocks within the heart of the historic city. Plans include a 250-room boutique hotel with world-class amenities including tranquil spa facilities, pool, gourmet dining options, retail offerings, a public art program and more than 125,000 square feet of gaming space.

ICA Boston Expansion
The Institute of Contemporary Art will be expanding its artistic programming across the Boston Harbor to a temporary site in the East Boston Shipyard and Marina. The new space, called the Watershed, is slated to open in the summer of 2018. The ICA will present art and public programs in the new 15,000-square-foot space seasonally while continuing their regular programming in the Seaport year-round. The Watershed is a raw, industrial space for art unlike any other in Boston, where visitors can experience immersive projects by artists engaged with the site, space, and issues related to this unique location. In addition to a flexible space for art and programs, the Watershed will house an introductory gallery focused on the historic shipyard and a waterside plaza that will serve as a gathering place. Admission will be free for all.

Sam Adams Tap Room
Samuel Adams Brewery, America’s original craft brewer, has debuted a new 80-seat tap room at its Jamaica Plain headquarters. This new space encourages visitors to stop by the brewery before, after, or in place of a tour for some pints, shuffleboard, and sampling of their more experimental brews. In addition to drinking and games, the Sam Adams Tap Room will hosting weekly events like trivia and karaoke as well as food trucks and small food businesses from their Brewing the American Dream program.

Museum of Dog
In February 2018, North Adams will one open a new, one-of-a-kind museum dedicated to all things dogs. Located blocks from the country’s largest contemporary art museum, Mass MoCA, Museum of Dog (M.O.D) will feature a private collection of dog inspired paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and accessories. The 8,000 square-foot historic space, at the merging point of Union Street and the Mohawk Trail, formerly housed Quinn’s Wallpaper & Paint. The museum will feature over 180 pieces from more than 50 notable artists ranging from William Wegman photographs to Mary Engel “Watch Dog” sculptures and rare dog collars dating back to the 1800s.

Iconic Illustrators Trail
Explore the worlds of iconic illustrators Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, and Norman Rockwell and save with a combined ticket package. Enjoy the scenic trails in Western Massachusetts to three amazing museums located within an hour radius of each other.

Louisa May Alcott’s150th Anniversary of Little Women
February – December 2018, Concord
The Orchard House in Concord is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publishing of Little Women with special programming designed to connect visitors and Louisa May Alcott enthusiasts with the life and times of the Alcott family, events include:

• Film festival showing different iterations of Little Women
• Fashion show/exhibits of costumes from Concord Players’ Little Women plays
• Thematic tours and programs at Orchard House
• An original Little Women ballet
In addition to these anniversary programs, Orchard House has been working with the BBC Masterpiece/PBS Little Women miniseries which airs in May 2018.

House of Seven Gables 350th Anniversary
January – December 2018, Salem
In 1668, merchant and ship-owner John Turner built a house on Salem Harbor that was destined to become one of America’s most beloved historic homes. Designated a National Historic Landmark District in 2007, The House of the Seven Gables is best known today as the setting of world-renowned American author Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 novel.
In honor of its 350th anniversary, The House of Seven Gables is running special programming throughout 2018 to feature its many historical and cultural contributions.

MGM Springfield
Fall 2018, Springfield
The integrated resort casino is designed to enhance the entire urban center of Springfield. The mixed-used development project calls for a 250-room hotel with world-class amenities including a spa, pool and roof deck; 125,000 square feet of gaming space with 3,000 slot machines, 75 gaming tables, a poker room and high limit VIP gambling area; about 55,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space that will accommodate 15 shops and restaurants.
Rooms: 250

WYNN Boston Harbor
June 2019, Everett
Wynn Boston Harbor is a proposed $2.1 billion project that will include a five-star resort with more than 600 hotel rooms, high-end spa, retail, dining, ballroom and meeting space. Situated on 33 acres along the Mystic River, the site will allow for public enjoyment of the waterfront with paths that provide access to the harbor and retail and dining experiences that overlook the river walk.
Rooms: 600
AC Hotel Ink Block
Early 2018, Boston
The latest AC by Marriott to open in Greater Boston, this property will be in South End
Rooms: 105

Summer 2018, North Adams
The Tourists concept is a 46-room hotel/resort, aimed at people with a passion for the outdoors, featuring expansive views of the forested riverside. The rooms are oriented for the views, and there will be trails for hiking, riverside access for fishing or boating, and a suspension footbridge over the river for further access to hiking trails and riverside activity. They are also planning for a swimming pool, with extensive wood decking around the pool and outside the rooms. A small restaurant and adjacent courtyard is planned for the former four-car garage structure outside the farmhouse. And the farmhouse itself will be converted into a multi-use space including a meeting and private dining space on the first floor and massage, spa treatment and yoga spaces on the second floor.
Rooms: 46

Miraval Lenox
2018, Lenox
Miraval, a high-end resort company, has purchased the Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort and plans to renovate and enlarge the property with an expected grand re-opening as Miraval Lenox in 2018. The Resort will be fully operational during the renovations.

Archer Hotel Burlington
Winter 2018, Burlington
Slated to open in early 2018, Archer will be calling 3rd Ave home. Archer is a natural fit for this fashionable, and wonderfully walkable, neighborhood town center. With distinctive dining, unique shops and the region’s exclusive and beloved Wegman’s all within walking distance, the Archer is in an excellent location. Designed to showcase a signature industrial chic style that’s brimming with curated local touches, Archer’s 4-story boutique hotel greets guests with refined design, 147 luxe guest rooms and suites, thoughtful amenities, a lively cocktail bar and patio – and sincere service always.
Rooms: 147 rooms