ONE: Celebrate the typewriter at the Museum of Printing’s QWERTY Festival on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 50 unique and interesting antique typewriters will be on exhibit at this free event, including both one of the first typewriters ever made and the smallest typewriter ever made.
TWO: Island Street Studios is hosting a Crescent Moon Healing Paint Night on Thursday at 7 p.m. Participants will ditch the traditional canvas to paint on stones collected at Kennebunkport Beach instead. Cheese and crackers will be provided, but attendees can feel free to bring a beverage of their choice.
THREE: The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association will host Sokunthary Svay, author of “Apsara in New York.” Svay will read a selection of poems from her book on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. She’ll also talk to the audience about her experience growing up Khmer in New York City.
FOUR: The Westford Rotary Club has moved the annual Blues & Brews Festival from its hometown to the Mill City’s JFK Plaza. On Saturday at 2 p.m., enjoy more than 50 brews while listening to the music of Matt Schofield, Dana Fuchs, John Nemeth and Erin Harpe — all in support of local causes.
FIVE: Throw on those cowboy boots and head to the New Hampshire seacoast for the 4th Annual New England Country Music Festival. This family-friendly event will take place from 1 to 10 p.m. on Sunday at Cisco Brewers in Portsmouth.
SIX: Liz Frame & the Kickers will perform at the Maudslay Arts Center this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Frame performs honest, unbridled Americana, a sound representing the music that captured her imagination growing up: artists of her parents’ generation including Jimmie Rogers, The Weavers, B.B. King and Elvis Presley.
SEVEN: Poetry lovers will want to mark their calendars for Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m., when the 20th Annual Tapestry of Voices Poetry Celebration will be held in the garden at the Whittier Home. This year’s readings will celebrate not only the 20th anniversary of the event, but also Amesbury’s 350th birthday. This event is free and open to the public with light refreshments provided after the reading.
EIGHT: Merrimack Repertory Theatre will present the world premiere reading of “Zabel in Exile” by R.N. Sandberg, a play about the extraordinary life of Armenian writer, political activist and feminist Zabel Yessayan, at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Looking for even more great things to do this weekend? Check out our event calendar!