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YOUR WEEKEND: New Year’s Day Picks


I hope everyone has a great New Year’s Eve! I’ll leave folks to their own devices for the party. But to help welcome you into 2017, here are some choice happenings from New Bedford to Westport to London (!). YOUR WEEKEND may be boiled down to a single day – Sunday, Jan. 1 – but it carries the promise of an entirely new year with it. So make the most of the start of 2017. I hope you find something here to help point you in the right direction…Happy New Year!

The Art of Yoga

SUNDAY, Jan. 1, 2017 – Start the New Year off on the right foot – or well-balanced on two feet – at Yoga on Union’s fourth annual New Year’s Day Yoga & Meditation. It’s being held at the New Bedford Art Museum this year from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and will be led once again by Juliet Loranger (pictured above). “Please feel free to join us, to bring your family and friends! It’s an all levels class that is a feel good experience in the way it helps us set intention as a community,” the Facebook event page states. $20 at the door gets you into a downward dog. The NB Art Museum is at 608 Pleasant Street.

Antique New Bedford

SUNDAY, JAN. 1, 2017 – Here’s another unique New Bedford event – billed specifically as a New Year’s Day alternative. The vendors of the New Bedford Antiques Center @ Wamsutta Place throw open their doors every New Year’s Day and welcome you into a world of yesteryear. Forget 2016 – you can travel back in time in this fantastic antique emporium as far as your imagination will allow. The center welcomes you from 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today with refreshments and music plus free admission to the NB Glass Museum, located on the premises at 61 Wamsutta Street. Find out more about the Antique Center @ Wamsutta Place and their dealers here.

Walking with Mass Audubon

SUNDAY, JAN. 1, 2017 – Head out of the city for a New Year’s Day Beach Ramble from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, 1280 Horseneck Rd. Westport. Brought to you by Mother Nature and Mass Audubon. “Explore the Beach Loop Trail at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary and discover what the forces of nature have left on the beaches and in the wrack lines with volunteer naturalist Doug Hlousek. You’ll walk from the field station through a winter meadow to the rocky coastline, hike over a glacial moraine, and then explore the sandy beach ecosystem. The walk is completed along Allens Pond, a salt pond, and ends through the grasslands as you return to the field station.” Like the best things in life, it’s free! Get directions here if you need ‘em.

The Game is Afoot

SUNDAY, JAN. 1, 2017 – PBS is more my speed these days rather than a wild New Year’s Eve. Thankfully, Masterpiece Mystery delivers on New Year’s Day with the long-awaited return of ‘SHERLOCK’ tonight! Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman continue the sleuthing and bantering in this fourth season of the enormously popular series. If you haven’t seen this updated Holmes, binge seasons 1- 3 on Netflix before tonight’s premiere and join me in a total geek-out. (Or get up to speed with the Baker Street Babes podcast here. Yes, I am in good nerd company….) ‘SHERLOCK’ airs on PBS Channel 2 out of Boston at 9:00 p.m.

Steven Froias