Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 6/11/20
ONE: Western Avenue Studios is continuing to delve further in to the world of creative online collaborations. This Friday, the artist complex will be co-hosting a first-time collaborative Instagram Live event with their sister creative community Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment from Huntsville, Ala.
Queen Alloey-Pappoe from Western Avenue and Anya Sievers from Lowe Mill A&E will have a conversation about their creative passion — creating beautiful clothing that represents their personal ethos. This conversation can be viewed online on Western Avenue’s Instagram feed, @westernavearts, starting at 6:30 p.m.
TWO: As more businesses and services begin opening, so have the Mass Audubon Ipswich River Trails. Take the family out for a scenic nature walk, or ride solo for a peaceful trek. Just reserve a spot a day or two in advance to ensure safety.
THREE: This Sunday, visit Tupelo Music Hall for a retrospective show performed by the Real School’s Advanced Ensemble. The band will be covering some of the most timeless songs of a golden era in American popular music, including classics like Elton John, Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles and much more.
Get out of the house and drive in at the Tupelo this Sunday at 3 p.m.
FOUR: For those who are feeling creative, The Umbrella Arts and Environment Program is partnering with Minute Man National Historical Park (MMNHP) on Artist-in-Your-Residence, a new public art exhibition during the COVID-19 crisis.
Participants are invited to share work created in any medium including poetry, photography, painting, dance, sculpture, story and musical composition by posting submissions on social media, tagging @theumbrellaarts and @MinuteManNPS and using the hashtag #ArtistInYourResidence. Submissions will be accepted through August 1. From submitted works, The Umbrella will curate a virtual gallery open mid-August through Labor Day.
FIVE: The Firehouse Center for the Arts is committed to the development of new work. Whether you’re writing for the first time or have had countless plays produced, Firehouse Center for the Arts wants to hear from you and read your work.
The annual Firehouse New Works Festival fosters the growth of New England playwrights while showcasing the talent of local and regional actors and directors. Playwrights from across New England submit their acts, shorts and full plays to an independent panel who select the festival’s shows in anonymous readings. Directors and their casts then work with selected playwrights to produce two weekends of original theater.
You still have time! Firehouse Center for the Arts will be accepting plays through June 14.
SIX: Theater in the Open is welcoming all to tune in this Sunday and witness Adventures in Zoomland: A Stay-At-Home Panto. Bring the whole family for an internet romp that will make you giggle.
This performance is free for all, and it will be presented via YouTube Live this Sunday at 4 p.m. Click here for more info and a link to their channel.
SEVEN: Organizations across the Valley are moving their annual fundraisers and events to virtual platforms. Here’s a growing list of events to look out for.
37th Annual Tribute to Women
The YWCA’s 37th Annual Tribute to Women goes live on June 23 at 6 p.m. This event features a raffle with prize baskets valuing over $500.
Habitat for Humanity Lowell Virtual Auction
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell will host the Dream Builders: Hope At Home Virtual Auction
Online from June 13 through 23, as well as a live zoom program on June 19 at 7 p.m. Create a Bidder Profile at https://BuildHope2020.
Emmaus Staying In with the Valley Stars
Staying In with the Valley Stars, which takes place from June 8 through June 15, will feature a week of fun activities and opportunities to support Emmaus. Each night, Emmaus will share a new video that features some of the Valley Stars cooking, making cocktails and more. And don’t forget to check out their plentiful online auction, which features more than 100 different items.
Greenbelt’s Art in the Barn
Taking place from June 8 through June 17, artwork in this juried show includes fine art paintings, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, woodworking and photography. Every purchase supports Greenbelt’s land conservation work. To see a full list of events taking place during this show, click the link below.
EIGHT: With warm weather ahead, local farmers and vendors are doing everything they can to continue providing fresh produce and products to the people. Whether it’s virtual or in-person, here’s a list of local farmers markets who are going above and beyond to serve the community.
This year, the Groundwork Farmers Market will be happening virtually. Order online or by phone, choose from four prepackaged choices, and pick up your delicious goods at their station.
(978) 701-5573 | GroundWorkLawrence.org
The North Andover Farmers Market happens every year, and this year is no different. Although the outdoor market won’t take place until June 14 (through October 4), you can browse through a plentiful selection of fruits, veggies, breads and more at their virtual spring market.
The Salem Farmers Market boasts a family-friendly atmosphere featuring live music, childrens entertainment and seasonal special events. In the midst of COVID-19, the market is taking precautions to create a safe and enjoyable space for all patrons. For the time being, the market will be open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Since 1979, Community Teamwork has sponsored the Lowell Farmers Market, offering fresh, locally grown produce from area farmers, as well as meats, fish, honey, baked goods, prepared meals, handcrafts and more. This year, the market will run through October 2.
Located in the downtown area, the Haverhill Farmers Market is easily accessible by car, bike, walk, and it has plenty of free parking. Stop by 51 Merrimack St. any Saturday through October, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Although the outdoor summer market is postponed, you can visit here to find vendor products.