Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 8/6/20
ONE: Presented by the Brush Art Gallery, Here and There is a juried exhibit of quilts that celebrates favorite and important places. Quilters created a great vacation spot, a special place they have lived or a place they have always dreamed of going to. The exhibit will be displayed through September 12, so you have plenty of time to check out these amazing quilts. An artist reception will be held on August 22, from 2 to 4 p.m.
TWO: Speaking of sewing, Pine Tree Quilt Shop in Salem, N.H. is hosting the Paws Sewing Workshop this Friday. This workshop helps participants create unique dog and cat beds that will be distributed to local animal shelters. Don’t worry if you have never made one before, instruction will be given during the workshop! Just bring your sewing machine and neutral thread.
The workshop will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Please call the shop to reserve a seat; space is limited.
Every Thursday, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Cobblestones of Lowell features local acts in their outdoor dining areas with seating in their covered tent and scenic patio. With over 86 seats safely distanced, you don’t need to worry about feeling crowded or making reservations.
Violinist/guitarist, songwriter and loop pedal performer Yolanda Becker will be playing tonight.
FOUR: The Stevens-Coolidge Place gardens is hosting Yoga Mornings every Thursday and Friday. This program will teach you breathing techniques to calm your mind, postures to balance and stretch your body, and relaxation to soothe your soul. With the sky for a roof, flowers for walls and birdsong for music, the beautiful lawn of The Stevens-Coolidge Place is the perfect setting to connect to the earth and find peace in nature. No prior experience necessary.
FIVE: Since the Whittier Home in Amesbury has been closed indefinitely, the museum has produced a virtual tour to provide those who can’t visit in person but wish to learn more of Whittier, his deep-seated Quaker beliefs of non-violence and his anti-racist works prior to and during the Civil War. The tour, which is 35 minutes, is available on YouTube here.
Events in the garden of the home have also been cancelled this year, but the August poetry reading, Tapestry of Voices, will offer a Zoom session for it’s 22nd year on August 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. This year’s event will be open to all who love poetry, and dedicated to the memory of recently deceased Congressman, John Lewis, and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
To make a reservation to attend the live Zoom session on August 9, please send a request in email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The event will be recorded on Zoom and be available at a later date on YouTube.
SIX: Stoney’s Wicked Din is a 10-piece “small big band”, led by drummer/arranger Al Stone, and featuring our unique and versatile vocalist Steve Faria. We love being musical chameleons, putting our own spin on an unusual variety of blues, soul, pop, jazz, swing, latin and much more.
This Sunday, bring a picnic and enjoy the large band at the North Andover Common. This concert is free, thanks to the North Andover Youth Center. The show will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
SEVEN: 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.
EIGHT: 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.
HAPPENING IN HAVERHILL
In this segment of Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend, we bring to you the latest happenings from in and around the Haverhill area. Stay posted to learn more about fun events, news, restaurants and more.
Haverhill Farmers Market
The Haverhill Farmers Market returns for its 42nd season on Saturday June 27, 2020. Open each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the market runs through October 31, selling an expanded selection of farm-fresh fruits, herbs, eggs, vegetables, delicious baked goods, hummus, local wine, honey, fresh breads, handmade soaps, doggie treats, ice cream and much more.
Plum Island Kayak
Plum Island Kayak offers a wide variety of guided kayak and standup paddle board tours, rentals and programs, and they have just opened another location in Haverhill! Opened just on weekends for now, their new Haverhill location offers 2 hour rentals for kayaks, paddle boards and more.
With beautiful weather ahead, take your family or friends out on the Merrimack this weekend with Plum Island Kayak’s diverse collection of boats and more.
3rd Annual Comedy Fundraiser Benefitting NAMI NH
Haverhill’s Restaurant Week is Back
The Greater Haverhill Chamber is kicking off the 3rd Annual Haverhill Restaurant Week. The seven-day event highlights the best of Haverhill eateries with a week’s worth of great deals from Friday, August 21 to Thursday, August 27. This year’s participants include some of the city’s newest restaurants like Barrio, Nelly’s Kitchen and Kobe Japanese Steak House as well as many favorites.
FARMERS MARKETS IN THE VALLEY
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 that are going above and beyond to serve the community.
The Haverhill Farmers Market returns for its 42nd season. Open each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the market runs through October 31, selling an expanded selection of farm-fresh fruits, herbs, eggs, vegetables, delicious baked goods, hummus, local wine, honey, fresh breads, handmade soaps, doggie treats, ice cream and more.
(978) 872-7535 | TeamHaverhill.org/projects/community/haverhill-farmers-market
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. Also, you can browse through a plentiful selection of fruits, veggies, breads and more at their virtual market.
The Salem Farmers Market boasts a family-friendly atmosphere featuring live music, children’s 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.
Although the outdoor summer market is postponed, you can visit here to find vendor products.
Mill City Grows Mobile Market
Pick up fresh produce and more with this mobile market. Visit Lowell’s Mill No. 5 parking lot every Tuesday between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Lowell Senior Center any Thursday between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m; and Lucy Larcom Park on Fridays between 12 to 3 p.m.
Mill No. 5 The Farm Market
Mill No. 5 is not collecting any table fees and is not profiting from this market. The market facilitates healthy food options from local farmers and food producers. Stop by Mill No. 5 at 225 Middlesex Street for fresh fruit, veggies, meat and more.