Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 10/8/20
ONE: Have you ever wanted to meditate and dance beneath the starry sky? Join The Trustees in a mindful hike to the top of Holt Hill and practice calming breathing and posture techniques. Let loose your worries and embrace the present moment in joyful awareness. Feel lighter, brighter and limitless by the end of the night, supported in community amongst the beauty of Ward in the moonlight.
The Trustee’s Starlit Dance Hike will take place tonight at 7:30 p.m. You can register and learn more here.
TWO: The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical Green Day’s American Idiot, based on the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. This high-octane show includes every song from Green Day’s album, American Idiot, as well as several songs from its follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.
The Firehouse Center for the Art‘s live musical theater experience will be presented “drive-in” style with audience members enjoying the production from the comfort of their own vehicle and the show being broadcast straight to their radios.
Stop by this Friday at 6 p.m. You can click here for tickets.
THREE: Amid the pandemic, Middlesex Community College is able to stream live recordings throughout the fall 2020 semester of MCC’s A World of Music concert series. The next performance of the concert series is Lowell Threads: Mozart, Marshall, Nabors and Nakatani, which will air online at 7:30 p.m. this Friday
Lowell Chamber Orchestra members will perform the four Flute Quartets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with MCC faculty member Pamela Marshall, Yoko Nakatani and Brian Raphael Nabors. MCC faculty member Orlando Cela will perform on flute, Suzanne Powers on violin, Peter Sulski on viola, and Ariana Falk on cello.
All events are free. Click here for links to watch each of the recordings.
FOUR: The Greater Lowell Community Foundation‘s 2020 Arts Series features four local female artists with mediums ranging from collage to watercolor to photography to acrylics. This Friday marks the opening for Andrea Wilson’s Juxapositions.
While taking a break from her career to focus on raising her young family, Wilson picked up the paintbrush again. To her, painting is simply putting onto canvas what she cannot put into words. This is evident in her work. Her use of color and texture communicate emotion and depth of feeling to the viewer.
Art can be viewed by the public between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. every weekday at the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.
FIVE: Looking for a laugh? Stop by the Palace Theatre‘s newest venue, The Rex Theatre, for Friday Night Comedy with Kelly MacFarland. As an experienced standup comedian, MacFarland has an extensive and well-rounded resume including comedy clubs, theaters, colleges and several television appearances.
To reserve tickets and learn more about MacFarland’s extensive history as a comedian, click here. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
SIX: Join Fresh Beets at Lowell’s North Common Park Amphitheater Stage this Saturday for a free group ukulele lessons. All you’ll need to bring is a mask, ukulele and a blanket to sit on. If you don’t have a ukulele, feel free to watch from a safe distance.
This lesson is for all ages, and proper social distancing practices will be taken. Stop by at 11 a.m. Click here for more information.
SEVEN: Along with their free ukulele sessions on Saturday, Fresh Beets will be hosting a free outdoor concert and picnic on Sunday. Located at Kerouac Park, this show features indie pop-rock group Slow Loris, acoustic duo Dyer Holiday and funk fusion band Off Broadway.
Claim your spot at 1:30 p.m. Click here for more info.
EIGHT: This fall, SSC’s Marine Mammal Rescue Team is joining forces with Plum Island Kayak to bring you safe and engaging outdoor learning experiences. Join Seacoast Science Center’s expert naturalists for Seal Paddles in one of the region’s most iconic coastal environments.
Kayakers will ride the tide out from downtown Newburyport to Badger’s Rocks, an area known for its abundance of gray and harbor seals. You’ll learn about local seal populations from our naturalists along the way, including how you can help protect these animals by keeping a safe distance away. Guides will also point out any additional wildlife including terns, sandpipers, cormorants, striped bass, ospreys, and maybe even a bald eagle!
The next available tour will take place this Sunday at 12 p.m. Click here to buy tickets and learn more.
And What’s More …
To celebrate their reopening, the Palace Theatre is offering free tickets for the British Rock Experience show, which is playing from Oct. 23 to Nov. 14. Enjoy musical performances of classic hits by The Beatles, David Bowie, The Animals, The Kinks, The Police, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Adele and much more!
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 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.