ONE: It’s time to celebrate! Join the Concord Museum as they officially open to the public. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and festivities will take place this Friday at 10 a.m., and the celebration will continue all weekendlong! Throughout Saturday and Sunday, families are invited to look closely at the form and colors of the beautiful sculptures in “Concord Collects,” a new exhibition featuring 20 remarkable works of art.
On Saturday, join a conversation about the Tang and Song ceramics from ancient China, and on Sunday, examine the vivacity of Childe Hassam’s North Shore. The celebratory weekend culminates on Monday with free admission to the museum on Indigenous People’s Day, which is supported by Middlesex Savings Bank. Visitors are invited to experience the new “People of Musketaquid” gallery and learn about Concord’s rich native history.
TWO: The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge contains a number of naturally formed cranberry bogs within the low depressions of Plum Island’s dune lands. This Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m., join Ranger Poole for a special opportunity to photograph some of the interesting plants that live in this very special and delicate habitat. Learn and practice the fundamentals of macro photography. Appropriate for adults or children age 16 and above. Participants should bring a camera and a tripod.
THREE: Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, “Annie JR.” features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City.
Enjoy this live musical at a weekend showing at the Palace Theatre. Show times include; Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.
FOUR: The Grog ’s 12th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Craft Beer Fest will be held from noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday at Tannery Marketplace. Bring the family and enjoy unlimited chili and beer tastings by some of the best local restaurants in Newburyport.
FIVE: The Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival presents five days of music, tours, lectures and tributes to Lowell’s most famous literary bad boy. The Sunday schedule includes readings by Maine skald Jon Cyr, Lowell’s own punk poet Chris Ware and novelist Jen Beagin, who lived in the Mill City for many years. Music will be provided before, between and after speakers by Dyer Holiday. This event takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Warp & Weft. Still craving Kerouac? There’s plenty of other Kerouac-related activities tonight, tomorrow and Saturday. And make sure to check out Paul Marion’s recent article on the “Dharma Bums” author’s haunted life.
SIX: Get into the holiday spirit with carnival games, music, apple cider, pumpkin painting and more at Tuscan Kitchen’s Toscana Fest. Enjoy a variety of free family-friendly games and activities at their Salem location from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SEVEN: Tim Kane of Kane Drums will guide a drum circle during the peak of the autumn foliage season at America’s Stonehenge this Sunday. Kane will bring a limited number of drums for others to use and visitors are also encouraged to bring their own drums. Reservations are not required. The event takes place from 12 to 1:30 p.m.
EIGHT: Mill City Glass works is providing a “Blow Your Own Pumpkin” workshop at their Lowell location. Each experience lasts about 15 to 20 minutes, and with the help of an instructor, you can create your own beautiful glass pumpkin. Add color, turn the pipe, blow and feel the heat of this fun and creative opportunity.
And Don’t Forget…
The Town and The City Festival is a two-day music and arts festival that will take place in various event spaces, bars, cafes and galleries throughout downtown Lowell on Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19. The festival celebrates the spirit of Jack Kerouac in direct and indirect ways. It is named after Kerouac’s earliest novel which was primarily set in this historic mill city. The Town and The City Festival is inspired by the creativity and exploration for which the author was so famously known and will present a diverse mix of musical genres and artistic disciplines to inspire discovery and to celebrate a love of life.
Copper Door Restaurants in Bedford and Salem N.H. will be hosting the annual Wicked Scary Week from Oct 24 through 31, a week-long fundraiser benefiting FEEDNH.org. If you love the fun of the Halloween season you’ll enjoy the restaurants’ spooky décor, Wicked Scary Prix Fixe lunch & dinner menus and tasting the Sorceress Sandy’s Sangria! You’ll also have the chance to get in the spirit by spinning the prize wheel to support FEEDNH.org. Five dollars of every Wicked Scary Menu item ordered will be donated to FEEDNH.org, Great NH Restaurants’ Charitable Trust. The annual Wicked Scary Week event has raised over $45,000 since the start of the event in 2016. The mission of FEEDNH.org is to help Families, Elderly, Education and Disabled in New Hampshire.
October 11 Through 18
YMCA Annual Campaign Week
For a whole week, Exeter YMCA will be hosting a variety of fundraising events including the Fall Pickleball Tournament, Family Day, Goat Chip Bingo and more.
Exeter, N.H. | SDYMCA.org
GLCF Celebrate Giving
Join the Greater Lowell Community Foundation as they celebrate the impact of philanthropy on our community at Celebrate Giving. Learn more about upcoming initiatives and hear poignant stories about the impact of charitable giving from donors, nonprofits, and scholarship recipients.
Lowell, Mass. | GLCFoundation.org
2nd Annual AllForAng 5k
The 5k course heads out of Bradford Country Club. The AllforAng 5k is now certified by USA Track & Field. Your performance will be accepted as a record or be nationally ranked.
Haverhill, Mass. | AllForAng.com