The New England Amateur Radio Festival started in spring 2007 after the demise of the venerable Hosstraders event. NEAR-Fest I was a success and the organizers have continued the event. For details, visit www.near-fest.com.
Note: NEQRP is not a sponsor for NEAR-Fest, inasmuch as we do not provide financial or logistical assistance. Many of us wouldn't miss it, though!