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Boston Celtic Music Fest
Boston Celtic Music FestDylan Ladds

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CELTIC MUSIC FEST GOES ONLINE

Music venues may be shuttered this winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy live performances in the comfort of your home. In addition to streaming open mic nights and concerts by individual artists, Cambridge’s beloved nonprofit music venue Passim is hosting the 18th Boston Celtic Music Fest (BCMFest), featuring three days of music, song, and dance from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other related traditions followed by two days of music workshops (Jan. 14-18). Performers this year include Matt & Shannon Heaton, Joey Abarta, Hanneke Cassel and Yann Falquet, Katie McNally and Neil Pearlman, Scottish Fish, Jenna Moynihan, and the Atlantic Folk Trio. Suggested donations vary per event, $15-$50. Available via the Passim YouTube site; schedule information and workshop registration online. www.passim.org/bcmfest

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Sculptures in the Seaport.
Sculptures in the Seaport.

FINDING LIGHT IN DARKNESS

Post-holiday blues got you down? Lift your spirits with a stroll in the Seaport to view two new sculpture installations created around the theme of finding light in darkness. I’m for You (User Friendly) by Supernormal is on display in the One Seaport courtyard (60 Seaport Blvd.) and WALLESSNESS by Teltta is located on Seaport Common. Commissioned by a Design Seaport jury, both of the playful, large-scale interactive installations — made by design teams in the Boston community — visually shift with the activity of their surroundings. Through the influence of light or distance, the works aim to create an inclusive connection with the neighborhood, and to represent moments of joy and hope this season. On view now through Feb. 28. Two additional installations created by two other teams will debut in spring. Free. www.bostonseaport.xyz

Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas
Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas

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BELIZE BEACH BUNGALOWS DEBUT

When your travel-comfort-meter reads “go,” Belize is open and ready to receive international travelers. Perfect for coastal-social distancing, 12 new one- and two-bedroom Caribbean beachfront bungalows at Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas offer ocean or pool views, sleep up to six guests, and feature private porches or balconies and outdoor showers. Located in Placencia, at the southern tip of an emerald peninsula in southern Belize, the family-owned all-inclusive boutique resort can be a jumping off point for local adventures (jungle ziplines, diving, snorkeling, fly fishing, and more) or enjoyed by simply relaxing by the pool, The Siren’s Spa, and dining with a tropical drink (and mini-golf!) at Inky’s 19th Hole Restaurant. In addition, the resort has three villas ideal for multigenerational families, large groups, and wedding parties. Stay updated with Belize international entry requirements here: belizetourismboard.org/belize-covid-19-update-for-travellers. Room rates from $325/night for one-bedroom bungalow. sirenianbay.com

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Ananda in the Himalayas.
Ananda in the Himalayas.

JUST SAY “OM”

To alleviate stress during these challenging times, embrace your inner “om” with an online session of wellbeing services from the experts at the luxury destination spa, Ananda in the Himalayas. Choose from six new programs including daily-to-monthly subscriptions for personalized and group yoga and meditation classes with experienced teachers; and comprehensive packages offering video consultations with Ayurvedic doctors and online physiotherapy sessions. Once safe travel resumes, you can physically journey to the 100-acre property located on a hill overlooking the ancient spiritual city of Rishikesh for in-person pampering. Monthly subscriptions from $68. www.anandaspa.com/en/ananda-live/online-wellbeing-services

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PORTABLE GRILLS AND SMOKELESS FIRE PITS

Camping, RV, and outdoor adventure fans will want to check out the Breeo Outpost, a portable grill solution for open-fire cooking at the beach, forest campsite, or wilderness trails. Made of 100-percent stainless steel, the adjustable cooking grate (available in 19- and 24-inch sizes) locks onto the stable Anchorpoint, allowing you to prepare tasty wood-fired meals on the go. The Outpost is easily packable in the included heavy-duty bag, guaranteeing seamless transport. $119/$189. Staying home and entertaining outside? Backyard chefs can choose from a selection of smokeless fire pits. From $399. 800-413-9848, breeo.co/products/breeo-outpost-19

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Breeo Outpost
Breeo Outpost

FLY FISHING FOR HEALTH

Getting out in nature is a known way to soothe our city-frazzled souls. Now a Colorado organization is taking the link between mental health and outdoor activity a step further. Specifically targeting men, the nonprofit corporation Fishing the Good Fight leverages the therapeutic benefits of fly fishing to support men’s mental health by donating 100 percent of its products’ proceeds to organizations offering counseling and mental health services. All flies — including scuds, midges, mayflies, stoneflies, and more — are hand-tied, and use the highest quality materials, starting with Tiemco hooks. Every fly is inspected before shipment. Additional fishing gear includes caps, tees, fly cups, and more. www.fishingthegoodfight.org

NECEE REGIS


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