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
Craft Beer Dinner feat. True North Ale Company
Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Stonehedge Hotel & Spa | Tyngsborough, Mass. | StonehedgeInnAndSpa.com | (978) 649-4400
Stonehedge’s first craft beer dinner of 2018 features True North Ale Company, whose brewery space (including a 30-barrel brewing system!) was built on the site of an old Ipswich car dealership by a father-son duo. Owner and founder Gary Rogers will be on hand showcasing the beer selections as Stonehedge’s chef dishes out inspired creations including chile relleno, braised pheasant and smoky pork poutine.
SIP & SAVOR
Mill City Cheesemongers Tasting: Cheese and Chocolate
Sunday, Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Mill City Cheesemongers | Lowell, Mass. | MillCityCheese.com | (978) 501-3142
It sounds almost too good to be true, but cheese and chocolate are perfect partners. With lots of variety and complex floral notes, chocolate is a beautiful complement to cheeses from chevre to Alpines to blues. At this Mill City Cheesemongers tasting, you’ll sample eight different combinations and compare notes on a few “perfect bite” recipes. Be prepared to challenge your preconceptions about how to eat chocolate and combine it with other flavors!
Saturday, Jan. 13 from noon to 6 p.m.
Lucia’s Bodega | Windham, N.H. | LuciasBodega.com | (603) 421-9463
Terrific Twelves Tasting
Saturday, Jan. 13 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Wine ConneXtion | North Andover, Mass. | WineConneXtion.com | (978) 965-8000
Second Sunday Jazz Brunch
Sunday, Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Currier Museum of Art | Manchester, N.H. | Currier.org | (603) 669-6144 ext. 108
Cobblestones Sunday Brunch
Sunday, Jan. 14 from 10:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Cobblestones of Lowell | Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com | (978) 970-2282
Super Hunger Brunch to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank
Sunday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Michael’s Harborside | Newburyport, Mass. | Facebook.com | (978) 462-7785
CELEBRATE THE ARTS
Going Baroque: Drama and Gesture in the 17th Century
Exhibition runs until further notice
Currier Museum of Art | Manchester, N.H. | Currier.org | (603) 669-6144
This new gallery installation includes never-before-seen recent acquisitions including the Spanish sculpture “Saint Peter of Alcántara” and the painting “The Judgment of Solomon” by Dutch artist Matthais Stom, who worked for his entire career in Italy. Visitors will come away with an understanding of the Baroque style and an appreciation for signature works in the Currier’s collection.
The Town and the City – Photographs of Lowell, Massachusetts
Exhibition runs through Feb. 3; reception on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.
UnchARTed | Lowell, Mass. | UnchARTedGallery.com | (978) 323-9040
“A Picture is Worth 1.5 Words”
Exhibition runs through Feb. 17; reception on Sunday, Jan. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.
The Brush Art Gallery | Lowell, Mass. | TheBrush.org | (978) 459-7819
Diversified Fiber Art Traditions
Exhibition runs through March 16; reception on Friday, Jan. 12 at 5 p.m.
Essex Art Center | Lawrence, Mass. | EssexArtCenter.org | (978) 685-2343
Various dates now through Feb. 4
Merrimack Repertory Theatre | Lowell, Mass. | MRT.org | (978) 654-4678
Greater Haverhill Arts Association “Paint-In”
Sunday, Jan. 14 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nunan’s Florist and Greenhouses | Georgetown, Mass. | HaverhillArtAssociation.org | (978) 352-8172
Looking for even more indulgent things to do? Check out Merrimack Valley Magazine’s event calendar!