Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 9/12/19


ONE: The Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s 41st season begins this week! To celebrate, check out Nia Vardalos’ live adaptation of Tiny Beautiful Things. Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed, the play follows the relationships between an anonymous advice columnist named Sugar and the many real-life readers who pour out their hearts to her. Tiny Beautiful Things runs from September 11 to October 6.


TWO: Sarah Courchesne’s “The Secret Lives of Gulls” will make you think of gulls as more than just “rats with wings.” This talk presents insights from her 15-year-long study: where and when gulls nest, how the population is doing overall, and for some gulls, how they make their living. This free talk takes place tonight, September 12, at 6 p.m., in Pourtsmouth’s Creek Farm.


THREE: For all you cinephiles, check out the annual Newburyport Documentary Festival this weekend from September 13 to 15. Enjoy an immersive and diverse collection of documentaries at Newburyport’s Firehouse Center for the Arts and the Newburyport Screening Room. 

A complete list this year’s documentaries can be found here.

FOUR: Tattersall Farm is hosting a NEBCA/USBCHA sanctioned Sheep Dog Trial this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Haverhill’s Tattersall Farm. Observe some of the top New England herding dogs as they navigate their way through a set course on the farm grounds. Admission is free and donations gratefully accepted.


FIVE: Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord’s Calligraphy: How I Fell In, Out, and In Love Again is about more than how to hold a pen and form letters. It is about growing up and growing older, questioning and slowly finding answers — an inspiring read for artists and non-artists alike. 

Her book launch and signing will be taking place this Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Newburyport Art Association. 

You can read more about Gaylord in our feature here.

SIX: Local photographer Jeff Caplan has captured the unique aesthetic of Lowell’s McKittrick Industrial Supply in his most recent project From Tools to Twilight. The opening reception for Caplan’s exhibit will take place this Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Ayer Lofts Art Gallery.

SEVEN: Merrimack River Watershed Council proudly presents Concerts for the Merrimack. Enjoy an evening of local music provided by Jamie Dunphy and True North, Rob and the Bank, and more. The concert will take place this Sunday at 3 p.m. at Chelmsford Center for the Arts.


EIGHT: Haverhill’s Buttonwoods Trail has given locals a scenic place to enjoy outdoor recreation for years, but the trail doesn’t stay immaculate on its own. Join Merrimack River Watershed Council (MRWC) this Sunday for the Buttonwoods Trail Cleanup. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., you can help MRWC keep Buttonwoods Trail clean and beautiful. Visit here to find out more about how you can contribute. 


And Don’t Forget…

Andover Classic Wines: Be sure to visit Andover Classic Wines this September to enjoy one of their many tastings:

Saturday, September 21 – 3-6 p.m.
Fall Grand Tasting!

Saturday, September 28 – 3-5 p.m.
Pinhook Bourbon Tasting

Saturday, September 28 – 3-5 p.m.
Rhone Valley Wine Tasting



September 19

Dinner and a Presentation: Current Research Tends for Parkinson’s, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Nurse practitioners and physician’ assistants are invited to a dinner and presentation, featuring Geriatric Neuropsychiatrist Robert B. Portney and Chief Medical Officer of New England PET Imaging/ Radiologist as guest speakers.

Methuen, Mass. | ActiveMedResearch.com

September 20

Celebration of Lowell’s Vibrant African Community to Benefit Lowell Community Health Center

Lowell Community Health Center will host an African Community Celebration from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 20The event will celebrate the people and home countries of Lowell’s vibrant African community while raising funds for the Health Center’s WrapAround Fund, which pays for services that are not covered by health insurance, such as medical interpretation, linking patients to health insurance, free teen programs and community education and outreach.

Lowell, Mass. | LCHealth.org

September 20

“Poe” – A performance by Theater in the Open

Enjoy a special encore presentation of “Poe” in The Ellen T. Brown Memorial Chapel at Newburyport’s Oak Hill Cemetery. Using music, macabre pageantry and shadow puppetry, Theater in the Open’s ensemble will explore the emotional tension and otherworldly atmosphere that underscore Poe’s works.

Newburyport, Mass. | TrailsAndSails.org

September 26

Annual Lowell Celebrating Recovery Breakfast

Join the Lowell House family, friends, staff and stakeholders on Thursday, September 26, 2019, at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center in Lowell, from 7:30 – 9:00 AM.

Lowell, Mass. | LowellHouseInc.org



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