ONE: Towns across the Valley are celebrating themselves as the summer winds down – Newburyport’s Homecoming ended last weekend – and the lovely little burg of Hudson, N.H., is next up on the list. Taking place on the grounds around the famous Hills House, Hudson Old Home Days has all the stuff you want from a fair – fried food, carnival rides and fun stuff to purchase. The good times kick off on Thursday at 5 p.m. and run through Sunday.
TWO: Inconceivable! It appears “The Princess Bride” will be the latest in the Downtown Haverhill series of Movies by the River on Thursday at 7 p.m. Pre-movie activities this time include slushies, prizes and a fencing demonstration (don’t worry, though – no one will have to “prepare to die”).
THREE: Made In Lowell is teaming up with Founders Brewing Co. for the July edition of its Friday Nights! event, which is the perfect way to kick off your weekend from 5 to 9 p.m. at The Mill Yard. Meet the Founders crew, sample full pints of their wares and visit a ridiculous number of other purveyors of food, drinks and good times.
FOUR: Amy Oestreicher was an ambitious, audacious teenager who had her life all planned out: go to college, win a Tony and conquer the world. Unfortunately, due to some serious medical problems, those plans did not turn out exactly as she expected. In any case, she’s back on the stage striving for that Tony in her one-woman show, “Gutless & Grateful,” with a performance at the Firehouse Center for the Arts this Friday at 8 p.m.
FIVE: One of the most popular Led Zeppelin cover bands by far, Get the Led Out deliver “a high-energy concert with honest, heart-thumping intensity.” Their claim to fame is performing the songs just as they appeared on the studio albums – with three or even four guitarists rocking simultaneously during some songs. Catch them at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom this Friday from 8 to 11 p.m.
SIX: Punk rock fans, especially those enamored with Dead Kennedys and Avengers, should note that The Luna Theater is offering a crash course in West Coast punk on Saturday at 5:05 p.m. in the form of the fascinating Iggy Pop-narrated documentary “Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk.”
SEVEN: It’s August, which means the Lowell Summer Music Series is beginning to wind down. Don’t tune out yet, though, because some of the most interesting acts are still on the horizon. Four-time Grammy Award winners Lyle Lovett and His Large Band are coming to Boarding House Park this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
EIGHT: Groundwork Lawrence’s Greenway 5K was created to promote health, fitness and open spaces, and it continues to go strong after many years. The main event kicks off at Manchester Street Park on Sunday at 9 a.m., with registration and a Kids’ Fun Run happening prior. Free trolley rides are available from finish to start line after the 5K.
EXTRA: Stonehedge Hotel & Spa will be offering a New Belgium Beer Dinner next Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The hotel’s chef has carefully crafted a five-course menu that perfectly pairs with the requisite New Belgium beers … and bestowed such lively names on the food as “Psychedelic Mushroom Bruschetta,” “Jam Band Ceviche” and “Up In Smoke Slider.”