This Week’s Distractions: 1/12 to 1/15

This Week’s Distractions: 1/12 to 1/15

MASSACHUSETTS – Whether you’re looking to stay warm or get out into the cold, NoBo has several ways for you to stay distracted over the next week! Be sure to check back to our Distractions page each day to see updates about entertainment and other distractions north of Boston!

1. The Edwards Twins to delight fans at Stoneham Theatre this weekend

More than 4,500 ecstatic fans couldn’t get enough of the Edwards Twins last year when they visited the Stoneham Theatre, and they’re back for more in 2012! Two brothers as more than 100 stars, their performances will run from January 12 through the 22. Thursday performances begin at 7:30PM, Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 3PM & 8PM, and Sunday at 2PM. Tickets are $32 – $35 with a $4 discount for seniors and subscribers. For advance tickets and information, visit or call the Box Office at 781-279-2200 or log onto www.stonehamtheatre.org. For more information on The Edwards Twins, visit www.theedwardstwins.com. The Stoneham Theatre is located at 395 Main Street in Stoneham.

2. Learn about coyotes and how to track these New England animals

Join Christine Schadler, Wild Canid Ecologist and New England representative for Project Coyote, for two coyote programs led by  a national group promoting coexistence with coyotes. Both programs will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2012. Beginning at 9AM, the hour-long program “Becoming Wolf: The Eastern Coyote in New England” participants will learn about the natural history of this adaptable mammal. From 10:30AM to 1PM, Schadler will take participants on a separate coyote tracking program. This program is for adults. Mass Audubon members will pay $10 while nonmembers will pay $12. Space will be limited to 20. Advance registration is required. Both programs will meet at the Barn at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield. Be sure to dress for the weather, bring snacks or a bag lunch, and snowshoes if there is deep snow. For more information about either of these programs, visit the Mass Audubon website. You may also call (978) 887-9264 or email ipswichriver@massaudubon.org for more information.

3. The Art of Nature: The Forested Landscape

Head to the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield on Saturday, January 14 from 1PM to 3PM to join watercolorist Brenda Sloane for a walk on the sanctuary. Participants will then create a follow-up work of art in the Nature Center. The cost associated with the programs is $10/adults, $8/children, and there will be a discount for Mass. Audubon members.  and for families with children ages 6 to 12. Advance registration required by calling 978-887-9264.

4. Model Train and Toy Hobby Show at the Wenham Museum on Saturday

Join model train and toy hobby enthusiasts on Saturday, January 14 from 10AM to 4PM at the Wenham Museum for their annual hobby show featuring antique toys, traditional model train collectibles, equipment and memorabilia. Harold Boothroyd, historian and author, will sign his book. Cost to enter the hobby show is $5/adults, $2/children ages 6 to 14, $12/family. Receive half-price museum admission with a hobby show ticket. Visit museum to see model train layout created by the NMRA Hub Division Modular Railroad Group.Call 1-978-468-2377 or www.wenhammuseum.org for more information.

5. Opening Celebration of “Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art” at PEM

Join the Peabody Essex Museum on Saturday, January 14 from 10AM to 5PM to celebrate the opening of “Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art”, including a day of performances, panel discussions, film, art activities, exhibition tours and more. The exhibit is one of the largest Native American art exhibits to open in North America in more than 30 years. For more information, please visit www.pem.org/calendar.

5. Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music at the Firehouse Center for the Arts

Finally, you get to become the star of the show! Join other musical enthusiasts on Sunday, January 15 at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport for interactive, inclusive, celebratory, and simply irresistible fun for a screening of “Sing-a-Long Sound of Music”. Experience the classic Julie Andrews film on the big screen, complete with subtitles for the audience to sing along. Since its UK premiere in 1999, Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music has been playing to packed houses around the globe with over 10, 000 performances in nine different countries. The film is rated G and is suitable for all audiences. The event is presented by the Firehouse Center for the Arts. Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for students and seniors, and $20 for members. For more information about the Sing-a-Long Sound of Music, visit their web site.

6. Begin Winter Birding on Sunday at Halibut Point State Park

Join the Trustees of Reservations at Halibut Point, a nationally renowned destination for viewing winter birds, to learn the basics of birding, natural history, and behavioral traits of the area’s winter birds. All participants are asked to meet at Halibut Point parking, and Dress appropriately for the weather. This program meets on the third Sunday of the month through March. Join in for one morning or all three! The program begins at 8AM and runs through 10AM. For more information, please call 1-978-281-4800 for more information.