The Good Life is Merrimack Valley Magazine’s weekly roundup of “the finer things in life,” from wine tastings to special dinners at local restaurants.
THIS WEEK’S TOP TREAT
Massachusetts Girls Night Out
Thursday, Sept. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Blue Ocean Event Center | Salisbury, Mass. | Purchase Tickets on Eventbrite | (978) 462-5888
Grab your girlfriends and head over to the Girls Night Out Event at the Blue Ocean Event Center. Shop with local vendors, have some appetizers, visit a psychic, or get pampered! Whatever you like to do, you will find it here. A fun and different kind of night to spend with your girlfriends and catch up! Raffle proceeds go to the NH Breast Cancer Coalition.
Koichiro Kurita’s “Beyond Spheres”
Reception on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Exhibition runs through Oct. 28
Northern Essex Community College | Haverhill, Mass. | NECC.Mass.edu | (978) 556-3000
What if naturalist and author Henry David Thoreau had been a photographer? The answer to that question is the focus of Japanese-born fine art photographer Koichiro Kurita’s “Beyond Spheres” exhibit. The 30 pieces on exhibit are a homage of sorts to Kurita’s two most influential mentors – Thoreau and photography pioneer Henry Fox Talbot. Kurita has created handmade photography with the same depth of thought and reflection on man’s coexistence with nature as Thoreau.
Exhibition runs through Oct. 1
The Loading Dock Gallery | Lowell, Mass. | TheLoadingDockGallery.com | (978) 656-1687
Sept. 22 – 24 & Sept. 29 – Oct 1
Theater in the Open at Maudslay State Park | Newburyport, Mass. | TheaterInTheOpen.org | (978) 465-2572
Saturday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. | Sunday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m.
Firehouse Center for the Arts | Newburyport, Mass. | Firehouse.org | (978) 462-7336
Honoring Our Veterans in Partnership with Ironstone Farm
Reception on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. | Exhibition starts Sept. 30, runs through Nov. 11
The Brush Art Gallery | Lowell, Mass. | TheBrush.org | (978) 459-7819
SIP & SAVOR
Blushing Bride & Dragonfly Red Harvest
Saturday, Sept. 30 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Appolo Vineyards | Derry, N.H. | Facebook.com | (603) 421-4675
Join Derry’s award-winning winemakers at Appolo Vineyards to learn about the harvest, a critical part of the winemaking process. Help them gather the grapes, then join them afterward at the table for a meal. Hang around after dinner and you can even participate in “the crush.”
Wine Tasting with Chuck, Danny, Megan, and Mike from 90+ Cellars
Saturday, Sept. 23 from noon to 6 p.m.
Lucia’s Bodega | Windham, N.H. | LuciasBodega.com | (603) 421-9463
Regional Italian Wine Tasting Class: Prosecco & Rose
Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Tuscan Market Salem | Salem, N.H. | Purchase tickets on Eventbrite | (603) 912-5467
Coole Swan Irish Cream Liqueur Tasting
Friday, Sept. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Andover Classic Wines | Andover, Mass. | AndoverClassicWines.com | (978) 470-0500