Eight Great Things to Do This Weekend - 5/17/18

Eight Great Things to Do This Weekend – 5/17/18

ONE: Stroll through historic downtown Newburyport and the Tannery, collecting chocolate treats from over 30 stores and cafes during the 15th Annual Newburyport Chocolate Tour on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. It probably goes without saying, but this is one for hardcore chocolate lovers … and your loved ones who happen to be chocolate lovers! One-hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to four local community programs.

TWO: The Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk, Maine, will be hosting a cheerful Aloha Festival to welcome summer and promote pet adoption at PetSmart in Salem, New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. AWS will present dozens of rescued small animals looking for new homes, including rabbits, birds, chinchillas, guinea pigs and more.

THREE: Singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler will perform at Belleville Congregational Church this Friday at 8 p.m. as part of the Belleville Roots Music Series. Wheeler’s folk songs, which run the gamut from poetic musings to snarky social commentary, have been covered by artists from Peter, Paul and Mary to Kenny Loggins and Bette Midler.

TWO: Your kids will get a kick out of visiting the animals up for adoption at the Animal Welfare Society’s Aloha Festival.

FOUR: Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust, will hold Family Pollinator Day this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. With kid-friendly activities and a lecture for adult gardeners, attendees will learn about the many fruits, vegetables, and nuts that pollinators help bring us.

FIVE: Haverhill Public Library Comic Con is an annual free comic con event featuring New England-based comics creators! Geek out at panels like “Cosplay 101” and “Demogorgons and Xenomorphs: The Horror that influenced ‘Stranger Things’” this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SIX: The Trustees’ Home Sweet Home event, a celebration of the beautiful gardens on the organization’s properties, will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stevens-Coolidge Place. Garden tours will be available throughout the day, and Carolyn’s Farm Kitchen will be on hand to serve up some of their handmade goodies.

THREE: Whimsical, poetic singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler will be performing as part of the Belleville Roots Music Series this weekend.

SEVEN: On Saturday at Cary Hall, Lexington Symphony will present its third annual Community Music Festival from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by the Symphony’s final performance of the 2017-18 season, “Music from the Movies,” at 7:30 p.m. The festival is a free event and open to the public, while a ticket purchase is required for the final performance – but if you’re feeling musical, why not stick around for both?

EIGHT: The Merrimack Valley Food Co-op’s Savor Series continues at Moderno Appliance & Furniture on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. with “Learn How to Select the Best Olive Oils.” Charla Mayotte, of the Concord, New Hampshire-based olive oil and balsamic vinegar store Celeste Oliva, will discuss the health benefits of olive oil and how to find out you’re getting the best bang for your buck.

Looking for even more great things to do this weekend? Check out our event calendar!

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