Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 6/18/20
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and the enslaved were free.
Today, Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continued progress. Among our offerings this week, Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend highlights some local commemorations for those looking to support and celebrate Juneteenth.
ONE: This Friday, join the Merrimack Valley Black and Brown Voices for a special evening of commemorating Juneteenth with historical presentations, spoken word, community conversations and an open mic.
The event will be taking place at Doherty Field in Andover. Be sure to bring your families, masks and blankets for a special evening. Bottled water and light packaged snacks will be available. The commemoration will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. You can click here for more information.
TWO: If Lowell is closer to your area, check out the Juneteenth commencement at St. Anne’s Church this Saturday. This outdoor event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. and is free to the public. You can click here for more information.
THREE: Looking for a relaxing afternoon but can’t get to the gardens in person? Tune into Facebook Live every Thursday at 3 p.m. to enjoy a live stream of the The Stevens-Coolidge Place gardens. Each week, Stevens-Coolidge Place sets up a camera in a new location to spot chirping birds, nibbling bunnies and, of course, flowers!
This program is free of charge, but if you are in a position to do so, donations can be submitted using this link to support The Stevens-Coolidge Place.
FOUR: See all the historical and cultural landmarks you would normally visit on a guided tour, without the guide. To help visitors explore Concord’s local sites while staying safe, the Concord Museum has put together a series of free self-guided tours. These contactless tours include Concord’s April 19, 1775 Trail, which focuses on the American Revolution, and Concord’s Daniel Chester French Trail, which takes visitors to sites related to the Lincoln Memorial sculptor. Detailed guide materials are available on the museum’s website: simply download, print, and embark on a tour tailored to your own pace and preference.
In addition, the Concord Museum’s Guild of Volunteers Annual Garden Tour has gone virtual. Now participants can stroll through five beautiful Concord gardens from the comfort of their own home. This free event takes place June 19 to 21, and you can learn more here.
FIVE: Tusk is the number one tribute to Fleetwood Mac in the world. No wigs, no backing tracks, no gimmicks, just five musicians recreating the music of Fleetwood Mac to perfection in a way that no other Fleetwood Mac tribute can come close to duplicating.
This weekend, see Tusk live at the Tupelo Music Hall’s Drive-In! Tusk will be playing four shows this weekend. For more information, or to buy tickets, click here.
SIX: The Clipper Heritage Trail is a series of self-guided history tours of Newburyport. Step back in time and walk in the footsteps of shipbuilders and sea captains; bakers, clam diggers and comb makers; silversmiths and soldiers; abolitionists and African Americans; and authors and artists. Explore the hidden corners of a destination where the first settlers of Newbury landed in 1635 on the northern shores of the Parker River.
These trails are open all summer, and you can learn more about their history here.
SEVEN: As the Commonwealth moves into Phase 2 of the reopening plan, restaurants are welcoming customers back to their patio and outdoor areas. Keep up with the best spots for breakfast, lunch and dinner with mvm. As more restaurants adjust to the transition, this list will continue to grow.
Al Fresca Restaurant
This family-owned Italian eatery is now open for outdoor seating and take out throughout the week. Trying one of their unique entrees is a must for any lover of Italian cuisine.
(978) 851-3332 | AlFrescaRistorante.com
Angelina’s Italian Restaurant
Angelina’s has just completed their transition to outdoor seating and are now ready to welcome back hungry customers. Stop by for some quality Italian food at a great outdoor setting.
(978) 319-9573 | AngelinasTewksbury.com
Cobblestones of Lowell
Cobblestones is offering outdoor seating. Take your taste buds on a trip around the world with their diverse menu.
(978) 970-2282 | CobblestonesOfLowell.com
The Deck is open seven days a week, and is eager to welcome more customers to their outdoor area. Stop by for tacos, burgers, seafood, chowder and more.
(978) 499-4422 | TheDeckSalisbury.com
Grazie Italian Restaurant
Open for lunch and dinner every day of the week, this Italian restaurant provides delicious food and a famously beautiful view.
(978) 445-0054 | Grazie.Restaurant
This eatery is a great spot to bring the family. Enjoy ribs, steak tips, pulled pork and more. Plus, check out some of their delicious cocktails.
(978) 664-3591 | HorseshoeGrille.com
Jocelyn’s Mediterranean Restaurant
Check out this spot for delicious and authentic Mediterranean food, as well as happy hour and live music.
(603) 870-0045 | JocelynsRestaurant.com
Tuesday through Saturday, make moonstones your go-to dining spot for great drinks and food.
(978) 256-7777 | Moonstones110.com
Seaglass Al Fresco Dining at Surfside
Seaglass is now offering outdoor seating on SurfSide’s oceanfront deck, open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit now for Seaglass and SurfSide menu favorites for lunch and dinner on the water.
(978) 462-5800 | SeaglassOceanside.com
Seoul Kitchen Restaurant
Seoul Kitchen is open for business! Stop by their beautiful outdoor area for some delicious and unique Korean food.
(978) 399-0016 | EatSeoulKitchen.com
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.