Eight Great Things to Do This Weekend – 11/16/17
ONE: This Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Rogers Center for the Arts will put on a revival of the oft-forgotten “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” a whodunit musical based on Charles Dickens last, unfinished novel that singer-songwriter Rupert Holmes — best known for his 1979 novelty hit “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” — brought to Broadway over 30 years ago. Because the novel was left unfinished, Holmes decided to let audiences choose one of several endings to the show. His creativity, along with the talent of the original cast, earned the musical a cool five Tony Award wins out of eleven nominations in 1986.
TWO: North Andover fashion boutique Dani Kaye is having a Gifts and Glam Holiday Shopping Event on Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. At this event, you can sip, snack, shop for gifts and for your holiday outfits, and get beauty tips to complete your holiday looks. The event will also serve as the official unveiling of all of the shop’s specialty holiday gift items including ornaments from Michael Aram, boxed pajama gift sets from Bella Dahl and selected girls’ clothing from Terez!
Want to know more about Dani Kaye? Check out the November/December issue of Merrimack Valley Magazine, which is available for purchase online and on newsstands now.
THREE: Saints Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church in Chelmsford will hold an Armenian Food Festival and Fair fit to bursting with traditional dishes for lunch and dinner, numerous vendors with goods for sale, and live Armenian music and dancing. Admission is free to this fun, family-friendly event on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
FOUR: Rowley’s The Barn at Todd Farm invites the public to join them for a Winter Holiday Open House this Friday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees can shop an extensive collection of antiques, art, jewelry and handcrafted pieces while enjoying light refreshments and a festive community gathering.
FIVE: Methuen’s beloved Festival of Trees will kick off its 24th season on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. with the Taste of the Festival celebration. This gala event features food items from some of the region’s best restaurants and caterers, but tickets are limited! If you’re looking for something a little more family-friendly, check the festival out during normal hours Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. These two days also happen to be Senior Weekend, where complimentary admission is offered to all seniors and Red Hat members.
Want to know more about the Methuen Festival of Trees and how proceeds fund historical preservation in the city? Check out our festive article from last year!
SIX: Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation will put on a huge Craft Fair and Raffle at Nashua High School North on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to shopping the wares of over 70 crafters, vendors and area businesses, guests will get a kick out of the massive raffle room with more than 50 prizes including four one-Day Park Hopper passes to Walt Disney World, two round trip Southwest Airlines tickets, signed sports memorabilia and more.
SEVEN: This Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Middlesex Community College will hold their first-ever Food Truck Festival on the Bedford campus. Along with food selections from local trucks including the likes of Phoenix Rising Pizza, Clyde’s Cupcakes, Let’s Roll Eggrolls Corp. and more, there will be raffles, live music and the organization’s 24th annual craft fair happening right at the same time.
EIGHT: The family-favorite VFW Post 29 Santa Parade through the City of Haverhill will start on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Bradford Fire Station and end at 64 Kenoza Ave. The theme this year is “It’s Christmas Time in the City,” which, according to committee member and Haverhill City Councilor Thomas J. Sullivan, “gives us a chance to reflect on the City of Haverhill—what it was when we were kids, and our parents and children, and what’s it’s become today which is a lot different Haverhill than the city we grew up in.”
EXTRA: The Merrimack Valley Time Exchange and Coalition for A Better Acre will be putting on a Fall Community Swap 2017 at Pollard Library from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. It’s a rummage sale where everything is free! Bring stuff that’s just taking up space in your home and leave with things you might actually use.