Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 10/1/20
ONE: Traditionally, October Open Studios is the biggest annual event for Western Avenue’s Artoberfest. This year, October Open Studios will move outdoors for a two-day, two market event.
This Saturday and Sunday, from 12 to 4 p.m, you’ll find over 60 artists, with one market in the upper parking lot and the other in the middle parking lot. Western Avenue guarantees you will find something that speaks to you or helps you with the anticipation of the holiday season, too. A list of participating artists can be found here.
TWO: Although the COVID-19 pandemic has postponed many live events, Middlesex Community College’s Fall 2020 “A World of Music” will continue virtually throughout the semester. Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, MCC’s chair of the music department and director of the world of music, will kick off the concert series with a live recording of a piano recital.
At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 2, MCC’s music department will release a performance by Rodriguez-Peralta filmed at the concert hall on MCC’s Bedford campus. Bedford TV will air the recording online for free.
Rodriguez-Peralta’s performance will draw inspiration from puzzles, including two sets of Preludes and Fugues in C Major by Johann Sebastian Bach and Larry Bell; Sonata in A flat Major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven; Prelude from “Pour le Piano” by Claude Debussy; and four “Preludios Americanos” by Alberto Ginastera.
Visit here for links to watch each of the recordings.
THREE: Invite your loved one on a mindful date on the grounds of Ward Reservation this Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m. Walk the grounds, take in the scenery and drop into present-moment awareness. Bianca and Jack of Within Wild Light will guide you through a loving awareness meditation practice, as you cultivate kind-hearted presence toward yourself, your loved one and the greater world. Then, finish the evening with homemade treats and live acoustic music.
Space is limited; click here to register.
FOUR: Haverhill’s River Bards are a group of local poets with a passion for shining a light on poetry, prose, spoken word and other literary arts. The Bards, along with Creative Haverhill, present regular poetry series usually at HC Media’s downtown location.
The featured poet this Friday will be Lee Eric Freedman. Named as the Renegade Poet Laureate of Swampscott in 2011, Freedman is the leader of the Tin Box Poets of Swampscott workshop groups, hosts open mics, and is the 3-time winner of the Naomi Cherkofsky Memorial Poetry Contest. Some recent publications include: coauthor of “Mad Men of Lynn Anthology: Writings from the Walnut Street Cafe,” and “Extreme: an Anthology for Social and Environmental Justice.”
Register quickly; this virtual event takes place this Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. You can click here for additional info and registration.
FIVE: Firehouse Ignites: A Really Big (Virtual) Show is the performance aspect of the Firehouse Center for the Art’s online fundraiser, which will be broadcast to homes this Saturday at 7 p.m.
The show will bring viewers back to the days when Ed Sullivan showcased artists who became big stars in the U.S. For the Firehouse’s 2020 version, expect performances from local talent including Alex Anthony Band, comedian Steve Sweeney and an all-star cast of Firehouse performers. Click here to learn more about the virtual show, and click here to learn more about the vintage auction.
SIX: 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.
SEVEN: In just under a year, the musical juggernaut Neighbor has become one of the most exciting and unpredictable live acts on the jam scene today. The brain child of vocalist and keyboardist Richard James and guitarist Lyle Brewer, Neighbor combines ambitious composition, soulful balladry and a fearless approach to their lengthy improvisations.
Don’t miss this event at Tupelo Music Hall’s outdoor drive-in venue on Sunday. Click here for tickets and more info.
EIGHT: What’s better than going hiking? Going hiking with goats. This Sunday, meet goats and other farm animals before heading out on a 45-minute walk in the woods. With goats leading the way, you’ll trek through a mile of rolling hills and gravel terrain, enjoying the fresh air and learning about the animals along the way.
and what’s more …
American Cancer Society Real Men Wear Pink of New Hampshire candidate Tae Kang will host a Life for a Cure event on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 9 a.m. Kang will begin lifting weights for 24 hours straight to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s fight against breast cancer. The event will be held at the Massage Chi Holistic and Fitness Center, 63 Range Road, #300. You can learn more and follow Kang’s progress on their Facebook page.
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.