Eight Great Things You Can STILL Do This Weekend – 3/19/20
Social Distancing doesn’t have to ruin your weekend. This week’s 8G focuses on some great activities you and the family can do to relax and still have a great time.
ONE: Harold Parker State Forest offers an abundance of trails for bikers and hikers alike. Bring the kids, the dogs, and plenty of food and water as you enjoy the many sights this woodland has to offer. Traversing the forest is a great way to get out of the house for some fun and exercise.
A complete list of recommended trails, historic sights and more at Mass.gov.
TWO: Established in 1978 by Paul Marion, Loom Press publishes books by emerging writers and artists from the New England area. In addition to poetry, Loom Press titles range from documentary photography to cultural studies.
One of their most recent publications is “Atlantic Currents: Connecting Cork and Lowell.” The book brings together sixty-five writers from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. The organizers of Cork Learning City and Lowell: City of Learning found each other two years ago and set about collaborating in the spirit of UNESCO’s Learning Cities global network. You can order and have it delivered.
THREE: Speaking of Paul Marion, the distinguished poet and community activist was just featured on the 495 podcast yesterday afternoon. MVM editor Doug Sparks hosts The 495, a community and culture podcast centered on the Merrimack Valley, every Wednesday. The 495 podcast brings you whatever is best about our region. That means leaders, writers, teachers, thinkers, artists and doers.
You can click here to check out all the latest episodes.
FOUR: “Troubled Waters,” a 2019 documentary about the Merrimack River, is now available for streaming at the Chelmsford TV website. Filmmaker and journalist Dianne Sherratt-Steimel directed the film, which examines chemical and sewage pollution in the river and features interviews with Lori Trahan, James Kelcourse, Diana DiZoglio, Christina Minicucci, Rocky Morrison and mvm’s own Doug Sparks.
The documentary provides an in-depth look at one of Merrimack Valley’s most important assets. For more on the environmental issues facing the Merrimack River, read The Course of the Merrimack from our Sept/Oct 2019 issue.
FIVE: If you’re looking for a scenic spot to bring the family this weekend, Mill Pond in West Newbury will not disappoint. Bring a blanket, plenty of food and drinks, and some balls/frisbees to make a day of it. Enjoy the sunny spring weather outside, and be sure to bring the dog too!
SIX: When the weather isn’t cooperating, and the family is cooped up in the house, that just means it’s the perfect time for some family activities. Dedicate nights to family arts and crafts, or bring out those classic boardgames.
A personal favorite family activity of mine only requires a paper and pencil. Someone starts drawing a face, maybe by drawing an eye or a head, and the paper is passed around as each family member provides their own additions to the face. Keep going until you have an absolutely ridiculous and hilarious concoction.
SEVEN: If you have an itch to learn, many museums offer intrigue experiences on your smartphone. Dive into rich history, art and provocative science with all the ease of a virtual tour. Many museums, like the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and much more offer plenty to marvel at, all with the touch of a button.
EIGHT: With extra time on your hands, you can have a culinary adventure from the seclusion of your kitchen. Now is a great time to try out new recipes, and the whole family can join in on the fun.
If you’re looking for something new to try, you can find plenty of great recipes for Mediterranean, Korean and more on our site here.