Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 8/27/20
ONE: To celebrate the upcoming fall season and wrap up the last few weeks of summer, join the Trustees at the Stevens-Coolidge Place to learn skills for assembling an end of summer-inspired centerpiece fresh from their garden that will transition your florals into autumn seamlessly.
During this workshop, participants will follow step-by-step instructions by a Trustee staff member to learn how to assemble their own summer sunset-inspired centerpiece. All materials will be provided for the workshop. Join in Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, and click here to register.
TWO: A solo exhibition of oil paintings by artist Julia Purinton will be opening this Saturday at noon. The World Without Us brings spectators on a short journey that celebrates the splendors of the natural world. Stop by the Paula Estey Gallery in Newburyport to see the new exhibit, or you can visit between 12 and 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
THREE: Chelmsford Telemedia is hosting its second annual Chelmsford Short Film Festival on Saturday, August 29, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Chelmsford High School. The screening will be “drive-in” style, and automobiles will have designated parking spaces with social distancing in mind.
Following the screening, winners will be announced. Festival attendees will also get to vote on the winner of the “audience award” on their cell phones at the conclusion of the films. Click here to learn more.
FOUR: Haverhill’s Museum of Printing is hosting a tax-free “garage sale” on Aug. 29 during the state’s sales tax holiday. The Letterpress Garage Sale will feature larger letterpress items like presses, cabinets and cases of type from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by to shop, or just to simple observe some of these fascinating items.
FIVE: The End of Summer pop up shop will be held on August 30, 2020, and it will feature a variety of vendors selling homemade soaps, clothing, jewelry, food, art, candles, skincare and much more. Located at the parking lot of VTEK Strength & Fitness in Dracut, this market will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Click here for more info.
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: “The Merrimack: River at Risk” is a documentary four years in the making. Produced by the Forest Society and hosted by conservationist Leah Hart, it spotlights the threats the river and the watershed face now and in the future. Featuring director Jerry Monkman’s stunning cinematography, anyone who cares about the river and its impact on our lives won’t want to miss this film. You can watch it online here.
EIGHT: Thursday through Sunday, stop by the Palace Theatre to hear the very funny Bob Marley perform. The comedian will be playing numerous shows this weekend, and you can find dates and tickets here.
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. 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 stand-up 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.
The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy
Pentucket Players, in cooperation with The Winnekenni Foundation, presents The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy. This outdoor performance will follow all state and city guidelines regarding Covid-19 and social distancing. The Addams Family, a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family– a man her parents have never met. It’s all happening Sept. 6 at Winnikenni Castle. Click here for more info.
29th Annual Golf Tournament
This annual event is open to the public and will follow all the necessary guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable afternoon of golf, while providing participants an opportunity to establish or further relationships with fellow community businesses leaders. To ensure everyone’s safety attendance is limited to 100 guests. All attendees will be required to wear a mask while indoors. Tee times will be scheduled between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For dinner, guests will be seated six to a table and all the tables will be spaced within social distance guidelines. Take part on Sept. 14 and click here for more info.
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.