Dance, don’t diet. Garden, don’t clean. If you dread making — and breaking — the same old New Year’s resolutions, there are countless other ways to get fit, explore the outdoors, or learn something new in 2014.
From dulcimer lessons to cheese-making, here are just a few Metrowest offerings. Next
Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Lincoln
Visitors of all ages can discover exciting activities, with this season’s highlights focused on what various outdoor habitats look like once winter’s frost settles in. Try cross-country skiing, search for animal tracks, or maybe try your hand at tree identification.
For more details on programs, and to register, visit www.massaudubon.org.
Pictured: During The Gingerbread Man, a family program at Drumlin Farm, the Bradford family made their own gingerbread man cookies before bringing a paper gingerbread man to visit the farm animals. Next
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston
A Feb. 1 workshop, “The Garden in Winter,” will emphasize winterberry hollies, evergreens and shrubs, as well as how to lay them out for the most dramatic effect.
“The garden can be a magical place in winter,” according to the course description.
Classes range in cost from $15 to $80, and require reservations. Visit www.towerhillbg.org for full details.
Pictured: Dot Green, a volunteer at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, talked about the plants inside of The Orangerie to Kristin Mulvey, of Shrewsbury, and Hannah Jackson, of London. Next
Newton Community Education, Newton
Jeremy Seeger, nephew of the famous folk legend Pete Seeger, will teach a course about playing the dulcimer through Newton Community Education.
With just three (and sometimes four) strings and a simple fret pattern, the dulcimer is typically considered one of the easier string instruments to master. Tradition calls for it to be played flat on the lap, with the right hand plucking or strumming, and the left fretting.
The eight-week series begins Jan. 16 at Newton North High School, and will build from basic melodies to compisitions written by participants.
Tuition for “Play the Dulcimer” is $111, plus a materials fee of $20; participants provide their own dulcimers (which can be ordered through Seeger or at Music & Arts in Newton Centre). Visit www2.newtoncommunityed.org for details and to register. Next
CrossFit New England, Natick
With a different workout routine everyday, sometimes only minutes long, participants are put through their paces with barbells, gymnastic movements, body-weight exercises, and cardio intervals.
Regulars say the result is not only a killer bod but drastically improved health.
Unlimited classes cost $219 per month, while a membership offering three classes per week is $189 monthly. For more information, go to www.crossfitnewengland.com.
Pictured: Maureen Becker and Dan Dougherty, both of Natick, jump high as they do burpees during a warm up in a class at Crossfit New England, a Natick gym that has celebrity status within the Crossfit community due to the athletic achievements of its members. Next
United Parish, Brookline
Lynn Modell teaches a dance class in hall at United Parish in Brookline.
Her modern/jazz dance class welcomes all abilities, shapes, and sizes, and her students range from former Broadway hoofers to enthusiastic amateurs. Back to the beginning
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