THIS WEEK’S TOP TREAT
Old Newbury Christmas Tree Bonfire 2019
Saturday, Jan. 12 from 3 to 9 p.m.
Tendercrop Farm | Newbury, Mass. | Facebook.com
Celebrate the new year with the Old Newbury Christmas Tree Bonfire! The 1690 Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm house will be open for tours from 3 to 5 p.m., and there will be food, drinks and fun for the entire family! The event is free, but parking is $10 per car. Join your friends and neighbors for this fun annual fundraiser event.
TAKE A TASTE
Friday, Jan. 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Mill City Cheesemongers | Lowell, Mass. | Eventbrite.com
Don’t be intimidated when you’re faced with dozens of choices — it’s just cheese! Once you learn to identify the basic families of cheesemaking styles, from fromage blanc to blue, you’ll easily be able to find something you love. At this class by Mill City Cheesemongers, you’ll learn some cheese history and science, talk about milk and why it matters, and discover how to identify flavor components. Class includes samples of six to seven cheeses and accompaniments (including two wine pairings) and written pairing notes.
Friday Night Tasting
Friday, Jan. 4 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Lucia’s Bodega | Windham, N.H. | LuciasBodega.com
Best of 2018 Tasting
Saturday, Jan. 5 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Wine ConneXtion | North Andover, Mass. | WineConneXtion.com
Wilmington Winter Farmers Market
Sunday, Jan. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Wilmington United Methodist Church | Wilmington, Mass. | Facebook.com
Salumi, Formaggi & Wine Class
Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuscan Kitchen | Salem, N.H. | Eventbrite.com
A&E AROUND THE VALLEY
“Murders and Other Flying Things”
Jan. 11 – March 15
Essex Art Center | Lawrence, Mass. | EssexArtCenter.com
From the description of Providence, R.I.-based artist and designer Dennis Hlynsky’s upcoming exhibition: “There was a time once in England when it was fashionable to coin words for groups of animals based on their qualities, whether perceived or real. For crows in flight the word ‘murder’ seemed appropriate. To be allowed proximity to a large flock of crows is a fearsome thing. As the sunlight fades; the language of the crows fills the air.”
Katrina Marie Duo Live @ NoLo Bistro & Bar
Saturday, Jan. 5 from 7 to 10 p.m.
Stonehedge Hotel & Spa | Tyngsborough, Mass. | StonehedgeInnAndSpa.com
Dave Martsolf: “Recent Work and Earlier Surreal Oil Paintings” Opening Reception
Sunday, Jan. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Parish Center for the Arts | Westford, Mass. | Westford.org
Jan. 9 – Feb. 3
Merrimack Repertory Theatre | Lowell, Mass. | MRT.org
“Legally Blonde: The Musical Jr.”
Jan. 11 – 13 at 7 p.m.
Firehouse Center for the Arts | Newburyport, Mass. | Firehouse.org
Winsor Music Clarinet Trio
Sunday, Jan. 13 at 4 p.m.
First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist Church | Newburyport, Mass. | FRSUU.org
Looking for even more indulgent things to do? Check out Merrimack Valley Magazine’s event calendar!