ONE: The Newburyport Chamber of Commerce wants you to love what’s local in the pretty city by the sea … which is why they’ve named their latest event the Love What’s Local Scavenger Hunt! On Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., attendees will pick up maps and instructions at The Poynt Newburyport or Brick & Ash, then scavenge through over 20 restaurants and retailers in Downtown Newburyport for a chance to win one of three grand prizes.
TWO: Creative Haverhill’s final First Friday event of the year will be highlighted by a special Scarecrow Stroll from 5 to 9 p.m. along Wingate Street in the Haverhill Riverfront Cultural District. Also happening in downtown Haverhill alongside the stroll: live music and costumes at Chit Chat Lounge’s “Let’s Get Weird: Halloween Edition,” video games with friends at The Game Pad bar and lounge and more!
THREE: In three-time Tony Award winning musical “Anything Goes,” the S. S. American is sailing between New York and England with a comically colorful assemblage of passengers: Reno Sweeney, a popular nightclub singer and former evangelist; her pal Billy Crocker, a lovelorn Wall Street broker who has come aboard to try to win the favor of his beloved Hope Harcourt (who is engaged to another passenger, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh); and a second-rate conman named Moonface Martin, aka “Public Enemy #13.” The Palace Theatre will put on their rendition on Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m.
FOUR: Called “the funniest farce ever written” by the New York Post, English playwright Michael Frayn’s lively 1982 work “Noises Off!” was inspired by watching a performance of one of his other plays, which he found “funnier from behind than in front.” Catch the show, as performed by The Concord Players, this Friday or Saturday at 8 p.m.
FIVE: Community Giving Tree’s popular Twice-Loved Toy Sale will make its way to the Topsfield Fairgrounds this Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among other gently-used toys for sale: bikes and ride-on toys, Legos, children’s books, preschool toys and doll houses. Admission is free, and all proceeds support Community Giving Tree’s mission to help local children.
SIX: It’s never too early to get into the holiday spirit! (Well, okay … starting in September and October like some national retailers is a bit much.) Show your spirit at Penn Brook School for the Georgetown Holiday Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and you’ll support the town’s public schools and local food pantry. This event is perfect for families with little ones: it’s a fun-filled day with seasonal shopping, crafts, baked goods and the jolly man in the big red suit himself!
SEVEN: The final Newburyport ArtWalk date of 2017 is this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pick up your free brochure and map at any participating gallery or the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and enjoy as Downtown Newburyport’s artists collectively open their doors with special exhibits, artist discussions, painting demonstrations and live music in a casual reception environment.
EIGHT: Friends of Groveland’s Veasey Memorial Park will be holding their 12th Annual Wine and Art Reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Purchase of a ticket includes wine, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, and access to unique local art for purchase, all while supporting local art and raising money for the park’s continued upkeep.