Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 3/26/20
Cabin fever got you down? There’s still plenty to do, and do safely, in the Merrimack Valley this week. You just might have to get creative.
ONE: Read a book by Edith Maxwell. This Amesbury author writes in the genre known as cozy mysteries, in which the violence is implied, the bedroom door is left shut to prying eyes, and justice triumphs in the end. Fans of her works are addicted to her fast-paced books, and it’s no mystery why. They show people at their best even in the face of dark times. Check out her profile in the March/April issue of mvm.
TWO: Over on the Richard Howe blog (daily required reading for anyone connected to the Mill City), Dick offers a virtual tour of the Acre neighborhood. Learn the hidden histories of the monuments, hospitals and houses that make Lowell unique.
THREE: You probably don’t need us to tell you this, but a lot of great local restaurants are offering special take-out deals. Ready to order? Head over to our frequently updated Small Business Guide to find out how to support local businesses and find one in your neighborhood.
FOUR: One of the great explorers of our region was the famous writer Henry David Thoreau. He was also an avid walker. If you need inspiration to head out for an aimless trip around the neighborhood, who better to turn to than this famous, and famously solitary, individual? Check out his 1862 article on his favorite pastime.
FIVE: Catch up on The 495, a podcast produced by the folks at mvm. Past guests have included Lane Glenn, Dan Graovac, Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord, and even Red Antler Apothecary owners Rachel Chandler and Rick Stec.
SIX: There have been no riots. Uncivilized behavior has been rare and offset by countless stories of people helping people. In times of crisis, the people of the Merrimack Valley demonstrate that we will do whatever we can to look after each other in difficult times. That said, isn’t it time to be a little selfish? Come on. We’ve been through the ringer. Be good to yourself. Treat yourself to a nice present from a local shop. Take an online course. Give yourself a pat on the back. Eat a cookie. It’s OK.
SEVEN: Local supergroup Pinto Loco has put their greatest hits collection online. Perhaps best enjoyed alongside the consumption of the frothy, cold beverage of your choice, the group features Melvern Taylor, whom we profiled in last year’s July/August issue of mvm.
EIGHT: Let me guess. Now, you’re thirsty. But you’re also being a good citizen and abiding by the latest safety guidelines. Good news. Andover Classic Wines is offering curbside pickup and, yes, delivery. There are a few guidelines, however, so read this closely. Feeling generous? Send a few bottles over to the mvm offices. You’ll have the eternal gratitude of our bloodied yet unbowed team.