Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 11/21/19
ONE: Trustees’ Winterlights has returned, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Visit the Stevens-Coolidge Place in North Andover and experience the magic of the holidays as the historic home and garden sparkles with shimmering and artfully designed holiday lights. Bring the family for scavenger hunts, crafts, seasonal characters and plenty of wonderful experiences. Food and refreshments will be available.
Winterlights runs Thursday through Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. starting today and concluding Dec. 29.
TWO: Treat yourself to a lively night of poetry at Coffee and Cotton this Friday!
First, local poets will battle for the top spot in a poetry slam and then the night finishes with an open mic; you never know who might take the stage.
Event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome, but be aware that some sensitive topics may be addressed as poetry is often used to explore and express difficult emotions and experiences. This evening of local poetry will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
THREE: The Un-Common Theatre Company begins their 40th season with Roald Dahl’s “Matilda: The Musical.”
Inspired by the twisted genius of the author of “James and the Giant Peach,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “The BFG,” this Tony-winning musical explores the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Performances in London and New York earned rave reviews.
“Matilda” runs from Nov. 22 to Nov. 24 at the Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit Un-Common Theatre’s site here.
FOUR: The Eric Mintel Quartet returns to The Palace Theatre with their holiday favorite, “Charlie Brown Jazz.” This exciting group has performed twice at the White House over 10 concerts, the Kennedy Center and a special concert at the United Nations.
You can see them live, from 7 to 9 p.m. this Saturday.
FIVE: The 7th Annual Sea Festival of Trees is open to the public from Saturday, Nov. 23, through Sunday, Dec. 8. It’s a 15-day holiday wonderland by the sea, located at the Blue Ocean Event Center. Get ready for a giant maze of sparkling holiday trees, holiday stage performances, ice skating, visits with Santa and a giant gingerbread house.
All trees are generously donated by local businesses and organizations and featured trees will be raffled off to lucky winners.
SIX: The Essex Art Center will be hosting its inaugural Pottery Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Essex Art Center. The artisan sale will feature handcrafted pottery including functional and decorative ceramics by 15 regional artists. All the artisans either teach or take pottery classes offered at the Essex Art Center and include residents of Andover, Boxford, North Andover, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, North Andover and Wilmington.
Whether you’re a pottery enthusiast, or just looking for something fun to do this weekend, the pottery fair surely will not disappoint.
SEVEN: The New Black Eagles Jazz Band have been a fixture on the international jazz scene since 1971, bringing the sounds of traditional New Orleans Jazz to audiences all over the world. Many observers regard the seasoned jazz veterans as the premier band playing in the traditional jazz style.
Now you have the opportunity to see them live. This Saturday at 7 p.m., The New Black Eagles Jazz Band will be playing at The Firehouse Center for the Arts.
EIGHT: Diamonds and Dinosaurs will be hosting a special presentation of crystals, fossils, tumbled stones, sterling gemstone jewelry and more from around the world. Come get your holiday shopping done and find that unique one-of-a-kind gift for someone this Saturday, at The Dragon’s Keep in Salem, N.H. You can even bring along some of your own crystals and stones that need identification.
This presentation will take place from 12 to 6 p.m.
December 6 Through 22
A Christmas Carol at Palace Theatre
Filled with lively song and dance, special effects, actors from across the country, a live orchestra, an all your favorite holiday music, this full-scale professional production is a must-see for family holiday memories.
Manchester, N.H. | PalaceTheatre.com
3rd Annual Mayor’s Holiday Fest for Youth Homelessness
Youth homelessness is a persistent problem in Greater Lowell. To help combat this issue and to provide support to these young people in our community, Mayor Bill Samaras is continuing and building upon last year’s Mayor’s Holiday Fest for Homeless Youth.
Lowell, Mass. | CommTeam.org
Michael W. Smith Christmas With Special Guest Marc Martel
Multi-platinum, Grammy-winning artist and best-selling author Michael W. Smith returns to Lowell Memorial Auditorium with his popular Christmas tour this holiday season. Smith will be joined on this seasonal crowd-pleaser by special guest Marc Martel.
Lowell, Mass. | LowellAuditorium.com