Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 9/24/20
ONE: Discover the world’s largest collection of materials related to the Salem witch trials, opening this Saturday, for the first time in 30 years at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. The Salem Witch Trials 1692 presents the true stories of this unshakable tragedy that led to the deaths of 25 innocent people. Through original court documents from PEM’s Phillips Library, paintings, objects and stories, you’ll gain new insight on this defining historical moment and hear the perspectives of those directly involved — including the judges, accusers and victims. Also on view is the death warrant for the execution of Bridget Bishop, the first of 19 people to be eventually hanged.
“I feel the heavy weight and the heavy responsibility of history,” said PEM’s Head Librarian Dan Lipcan. Learn why the darkest chapter in Salem’s history still captivates us today. Visit PEM.org for more information.
TWO: The Merrimack River Watershed Council is offering a screening of the new film by renowned filmmaker Jerry Monkman, and produced by the Society for the Protection of NH Forests (SPNHF).
The Merrimack: River at Risk looks at one of the country’s most threatened watersheds and the towns and cities that have relied on it throughout history. A virtual showing of the film will take place tonight at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Jerry Monkman and SPNHF expert Ryan Smith. You can click here to register and learn more.
THREE: The Little Sisters of Manchester discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the Palace Theatre, which is currently set up for the youth production of GREASE. Featuring Tap and Ballet Dancing, audience participation, and Comic surprises at every corner, this show has become an international phenomenon.
Nunsense will be performed at the Palace Theatre throughout the weekend. Don’t miss your chance to see this laugh-out-loud show! Click here for showtimes and tickets.
FOUR: Immune health is your number one defense in the cooler months as the seasons change. Join Stevens-Coolidge Place this Saturday for an all levels yoga flow, followed by an introduction to the benefits of immune boosting herbs and how to integrate them into everyday life. Enjoy handcrafted immune-boosting herbal teas and cordials, as well as leave with self-care tips and recipes for other herbal remedies.
This event will take place this Saturday at 11 a.m. Remember bring a mat, blanket and your own reusable mug. Click here to register and learn more
FIVE: This Sunday, roll up your sleeves with Taste Buds Kitchen and make your way through Tuscany to master the art of handmade potato gnocchi and the perfect brown butter sauce. Learn how easy it is to whip up tomato confit for a fresh and flavorful salad and create a classic Italy pastry. Bring your family and learn the Italian art of culinary simplicity. A Tour of Tuscany is a family-oriented cooking class ideal for ages 9 through 17.
Join Taste Buds Kitchen this Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. to whip up various gnocchi dishes, brown butter sage sauce, tuscan kale salad and more. Click here to register and learn more.
SIX: Windrush Farm is once again offering therapeutic riding, hippotherapy and unmounted programs for beginners and experience equestrians alike. Horseback riding on a quiet, well-trained horse can help build confidence, reduce anxiety and provide comfort during these uncertain times. Plus, giving a horse a big hug feels great!
Windrush Farm has been offering therapeutic riding and unmounted programs since 1964, the farm has twenty therapy horses, an indoor and outdoor arena and miles of trails to explore. For more information visit their site here.
SEVEN: In 1845, the Irish were the first of a long line of immigrants to settle in the city of Lawrence. Like many who came after them, they were fleeing strife in their home country—in their case the Irish Potato Famine—eager to start a new life.
On Sunday at 3 p.m., the White Fund Lecture Series, brought in partnership with Northern Essex Community College, will present a free program, via zoom webinar, titled Building the City of Lawrence: The 175th Anniversary of the Arrival of the First of the Irish Immigrants.
In his presentation, Richard Padova, M.Ed, M.A., will examine the role of the Irish in the early development of Lawrence and their progression from there.
To register for the presentation ,please visit the trails and sails website here.
EGHT: This Sunday, Mistral Music will debut their first virtual concert live and free to the public. With over an hour of content, this free concert will feature magnificent Brahms Horn Trio performed by two pillars of the Philadelphia Orchestra: Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang, and principal horn Jeff Lang, along with pianist Sophie Scolnik-Brower. Also featured will be Beethoven Serenade for flute, violin and viola, and a beautiful stringiest quartet gem by George Walker, the first Black composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
This event will be featured live at 10 a.m. You can click here (link will only be available 15 minutes prior to the concert).
and don’t forget…
Enjoy your favorite snack and beverage from the comfort of your home while bidding on unique auction items and experiences available through the Virtual Food, Wine and Beer Sampling and Silent Auction. Online bidding will be open today from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with proceeds supporting patients and families from throughout the region receiving care from Merrimack Valley Hospice and High Pointe House. After registering here, you may bid on more than 60 packages including jewelry, artwork, unique experiences and relaxing getaways.
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
This year, the Groundwork Farmers Market will will take place at Campagnone North Common on Wednesdays, from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.; Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Lawrence Catholic Academy on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(978) 701-5573 | GroundWorkLawrence.org
In the City Hall Plaza at 229 Main Street, on the shady rail trail on the side of the building, and in the back parking lot, you’ll stroll through our local purveyors of fresh produce, meats, honey, and much more. This market is open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The North Andover Farmers Market happens every year, and this year is no different. You can browse through a plentiful selection of fruits, veggies, breads and more at their virtual market, or you can visit them every Sunday on Main Street, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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 2 p.m.
Although the outdoor summer market is postponed, you can visit here to find vendor products.
Mill City Grows Mobile Market
Shop local every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Farm Market outside on the parking lot at Mill No. 5 located on Middlesex Street in Lowell. Each weekend, The Farm Market showcases fresh produce, preserves, baked goods, home and body care products, and much more — all locally made!
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 every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for fresh fruit, veggies, meat and more.