Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 1/9/20
ONE: If you have a serious sweet-tooth, this one is for you!
On January 9, join Tuscan Market’s pastry chefs as they teach the ropes behind making tiramisu. A delicate “cake” made of rich espresso, creamy mascarpone and ladyfingers dusted in cocoa powder, the name translates to “pick-me-up” in Italian.
Visit Tuscan Market in Salem, N.H. this Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m.
TWO: The Greater Lowell Community Foundation has announced the 2020 Arts at GLCF exhibition schedule. The schedule features four local female artists starting with Maxine Farkas.
Maxine Farkas is a mixed media artist, community organizer and independent curator who was trained as an historical geographer. She has been exhibiting work in a number of different media since 1994 and through the years her work has been shown in England, France, Japan and in numerous venues around the United States. Her work reflects her training as a geographer and fascination with the evolution of the urban landscape.
Be sure to check out her latest exhibit, which will run from January 10 to April 10 at The Great Lowell Community Foundation’s office.
THREE: Satisfaction is the international touring tribute show to the Rolling Stones. Featuring authentic costuming, the show boasts over 3,000 performances and Rolling Stone, the magazine, not the band, called it “One of the best tribute shows in the world.”
Check them out live at Blue Ocean Music Hall, Friday at 8 p.m.
FOUR: Before making his famed paintings, Winslow Homer’s (1836–1910) artistic vision was largely realized in a mass-produced, ephemeral medium: the magazine illustration.
A collection of 46 recently-acquired Winslow Homer wood engravings dating from 1858–1875 will be on view at the Fitchburg Art Museum, offering a rare glimpse of the prints as a collective body. Together, the prints trace developments in Homer’s compositional strategies and preferred subjects—domesticity, leisure, and manual labor, all set against idyllic New England landscapes — that continued even after he abandoned illustration in the late 1880s.
This exhibit will be shown from January 11 to June 7 at the Fitchburg Art Museum.
FIVE: Bring the family down to Lowell National Historical Park for a Hands-On History Weaving Workshop. Learn how to weave on a loom and find out how cloth was made by hand. Use the art of weaving in some make-and-take activities for all ages.
This is a free drop-in event, and all are welcome. Visit the Boott Cotton Mills Museum any time from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 11 to try your hand at weaving.
SIX: On Saturday, the Museum of Printing is celebrating its acquisition of the Schappler Typographical Ephemera collection with A Typographic Ephemera Party.
This new holding encompasses 11,000 rare items ranging from promotional ephemera, to type specimen books, to correspondence with typographic designers, and many pieces will be on display.
Stop by the Museum of Printing any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. this Saturday to witness this impressive collection. And make sure to check out Kim Whiting’s article on the museum in our January/February issue.
SEVEN: Create your own Sea Glass Art Creation with shells, sand and sea glass. This kid-friendly event, located at The Canvas Roadshow in Bedford, N.H., will have plenty of materials to work with, but attendees are welcome to bring their own supplies as well. Ideas are endless, seascapes, shapes like an anchor or a mermaid, it’s all your choice!
This event starts at 2 p.m.
EIGHT: Roughly 50 years after its original release, The Who’s classic rock opera “Tommy” has now been fully realized as a full-length bluegrass tribute, featuring Missouri’s The HillBenders. Conceived and produced by SXSW co-founder and longtime musician/producer Louis Jay Meyers, this bluegrass rendition brings a new perspective to the pinball wizard while paying total respect to its creators.
They’ll be playing at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, this Sunday at 7 p.m.
It’s all happening January 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit here.
And Don’t Forget…
Flaming Cheese Wheel Pasta
Visit Dracut’s Grazie Italian Restaurant to experience a one-of-a-kind dish prepared in a Parmigiano Reggiano cheese wheel and set on fire right at your table.
This exceptional pasta dish was, created by Executive Chef Beni From Umbria, Italy, comes with the option of chicken, meatballs, sausage, shrimp or lobster tail for sides.
This dish is available every Tuesday and Wednesday, only at Grazie Italian Restaurant.
2020 Winter Cocktail Party & Auction
Visit Lenzi’s in Dracut to enjoy scrumptious food, a coffee and cocoa bar, music by Tee & the Gents, and unique auction items to benefit Girls Incorporated of Lowell. Proceeds from the 2020 Winter Cocktail Party & Auction will help mentor more girls to become healthy, educated and independent women.
Dracut, Mass. | GirlsIncLowell.org
For the second year in a row, The United Way of Greater Nashua will host the Blizzard Blast, a competitive, professionally timed 3.5 mile winter obstacle course starting at the Nashua Millyard.
Nashua, N.H. | BlizzardBlastRun.com
WE = NBPT’s third annual Winter Festival will be held inside the heated tent at the Tannery Marketplace from 1 to 7 p.m., showcasing the best the city has to offer — from food to live performances. A portion of the proceeds will go to purchasing winter clothing for the less fortunate of Newburyport.
Newburyport, Mass. | WENBPTWinter.BrownPaperTickets.com
An Evening of Sweet Indulgence
Vote for the best dessert in Merrimack Valley, enjoy live music and bid on great auction items like autographed Patriots and Red Sox Memorabilia in the silent auction. This event aims to support local restaurants that were impacted in last year’s gas explosion.
Andover, Mass. | SweetIndulgence.info
February 21 and 22
You can count on lots of food, music and of course, fun winter activities! Lowell’s annual Winterfest weekend in downtown Lowell is a fun event featuring everything from a carousel and ice-skating to an all-you-can-eat chocolate festival.
Lowell, Mass. | LowellWinterfest.com