Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 11/12/20
ONE: Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) will present a new work-in-progress by playwright and actor Vichet Chum as the final entry in MRT’s First Look reading series, which takes place tonight at 7 p.m. The reading is free, but it requires an RSVP via the web page here. The reading will include a one-hour portion of the new play. A video of the reading will also be available on the MRT site for three days after the live reading.
TWO: 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.
This Friday, enjoy an extra special additional November poetry night, featuring renowned poet Sydney Lea, followed by a Q&A and open mic readings. This event is family-friendly and open to the public. You can sign up for an open mic spot through Zoom chat once you’ve logged in. Click here for more information.
THREE: Enjoy Friday Night Comedy at the Rex with comedian Paul D’Angelo. A former assistant district attorney and criminal-defense trial attorney, D’Angelo is one of the nation’s top stand-up comedians who has opened for over 60 internationally known acts, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Tom Jones, Tony Bennett, The Beach Boys, Chicago and The Temptations.
If you’re looking for a night out, make this your spot. Click here for more information.
FOUR: It can be difficult for dog owners to allow their furry friends to socialize properly during quarantine. The Winnekenni Castle Pack Walk is a perfect way to socialize your dog with people and other dogs in a safe environment. Stop by the Winnekenni trails this Saturday at 10 a.m. to join the pack.
FIVE: Have you ever wanted to know more about how wine is made? Or are you a wine aficionado and interested in expanding your list of vineyards explored? Join Brooks School for Happy Hour and Wine Talk. Learn about the winemaking process at Merriam Vineyards and enjoy delicious recommendations on new, locally concocted wines. Click here for more information.
SIX: Tuscan Kitchen is passing on their culinary expertise to you with their Virtual Hands-on Cooking Class series. This Friday, Tuscan teaches you how to make orecchiette and sausage ragu. This meal is perfect for two. Click here for more information.
SEVEN: The Privilege of Breath is a stunning solo exhibition by Ipswich photographer Cynthia August running through November at the Paula Estey Gallery. The show is open for in-person viewing on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., or by appointment at the center’s gallery. Click here for more information.
and don’t forget…
Seaglass Oceanside’s Farm and Sea to Table Fall Wine Dinner
Savor fall flavors expertly prepared by Whisk Kitchen, the nation’s first plant based craft dressing and condiment company. Scratch-cooked harvest inspirations are center of the plate highlights at this prix fixe wine-paired dinner. Enjoy a festive, socially distanced experience with two top chefs at Seaglass. You can click here for a full menu and more info.
MVM’s Special Thanksgiving Eats
This holiday season, spend less time cooking and more time with family, as restaurants and businesses across the Valley make Thanksgiving dinner easy.
Artisan Chef Catering Co.
With a full meal set for 15 people, Artisan Chef Catering Co.’s Thanksgiving package is perfect for large families (or families looking to have seconds, thirds and fourths). The full package has everything a turkey dinner needs, including a 22-pound turkey, dinner rolls, homemade gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and much more. The half meal package includes a 14-pound turkey and all the necessary sides (feeds 8). Save room for dessert; there are cream pies, apple crisp and cheesecake! Order by Nov. 18 at (978) 970-0212 or by visiting here.
Buono Bistro Restaurant
With Buono Bistro Restaurant, customers can dine in-house or take their meal to go. Buono’s menu features white and dark meat with traditional stuffing, herbed corn, whipped potatoes and more. Visit here to place your reservations and orders.
Cakes by Erin
Pre-order your favorite Thanksgiving desserts — pumpkin, apple and chocolate cream pie; large and mini cupcakes; and apple cider donut cake — by Nov. 21. These treats are fun, festive and so well crafted you’ll almost feel bad for digging in! Click here for more info.
Cobblestones of Lowell
Priced and packaged for two, Cobblestones of Lowell offers everything couples need for Thanksgiving dinner. Start off with a butternut squash bisque with toasted pumpkin seeds, pickled apple and five-spice creme. Then, feast down on a main coarse of roasted turkey with stuffing, gravy, roasted potatoes, dinner rolls and house-made cranberry sauce. After, finish off the night with sweet potato cheesecake. To order or to see a complete Thanksgiving menu click here.
The Common Man
This Thanksgiving, The Common Man is offering you oven-roasted turkey breasts with house-made pan gravy, whole berry cranberry sauce, signature stuffing, country mashed potatoes, sweet bread, pumpkin pie with cinnamon whipped cream and much more. Place your order here by Nov. 20.
Grazie Italian Restaurant
Whether you want to dine in or take out, Grazie has you covered this Thanksgiving. Chow down on carved turkey, butternut squash, green beans, apple pie, cranberry stuffing, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and the list goes on. Place your order or reservation by Nov. 23 at (978) 455-0054 or by visiting here.
The Homestead Restaurant & Tavern
The Homestead Restaurant and Tavern is now accepting Thanksgiving reservations. With a multitude of meal options, there’s something for everyone in this diverse Turkey Day menu. You can make reservations and takeout orders by clicking here.
Jocelyn’s Mediterranean Restaurant & Lounge
Jocelyn’s will be open Thanksgiving Day from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. by reservation only. Dive into some roasted turkey, homemade mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, stuffing, whipped butternut squash, cranberry sauce and pita bread. Orders can be made for take out as well. Visit here to make a reservation.
Mission Oak Grill
This Newburyport-based eatery is offering in-house dining for your Thanksgiving dinner. Book your reservations now to enjoy a selection of savory entrees, decadent desserts and one-of-a-kind company. Mission Oak Grill is offering all the Thanksgiving essentials and more this holiday season. You can make a reservation by clicking here.
The Paddle Inn
The Paddle Inn is offering a Turkey Day package perfect for individuals. Get mashed potatoes and gravy, delicata squash with goat cheese, pomegranate cornbread stuffing, Brussels sprouts with bacon, Paddle Inn dinner rolls with maple butter, and a choice of apple, pumpkin or bourbon pecan pie. Buyers can choose to add a herb-roasted turkey. Order by Nov. 23 at (978) 572-1242 or by visiting here.
Purple Carrot Bread Co.
Purple Carrot Bread Co. wants to bring you fresh home-cooked food that you can simply heat up and serve. The Full Turkey Dinner Meal includes dark and white meat fully roasted and carved, as well as sage turkey gravy, bourbon cranberry sauce, pie (pumpkin, apple or cranberry apple), bread stuffing, and your choice of three additional sides. Order at (978) 455-4188 or by visiting here.
Seaglass Restaurant and Lounge
Seaglass’s Complete Turkey Dinner Package serves 6 to 8 guests and includes Thanksgiving essentials like roasted Brussels sprouts, gravy, mashed potatoes and, of course, plenty of turkey. Seaglass’s special also offers plenty of sides, dinner wines and Chef Harley’s gourmet hot d’oeuvres. Order by Nov. 25 at (978) 462-5800 or by visiting here.
Looking for a fresh and local turkey for Thanksgiving? Shaw Farm has what you need. These hormone-free, farm-fresh birds are from Jordan Farm in Rutland, Mass. To preorder yours by Nov. 19, visit here.
Simply Elegant Catering
If you’re looking for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, look no further than Simply Elegant Catering. Ready to feed six people, this meal package includes all of the classics: mashed potatoes, butternut squash, glazed carrots, dinner rolls, and a 12-pound roasted turkey with traditional stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. Save room for pumpkin pie and bread pudding. Order by Nov. 20 at (978) 372-7329 or by visiting here.
For traditionalists, the Whole Roasted Turkey Dinner includes a carved 12-pound roasted turkey, insalata mista, maple-roasted sweet potatoes, mascarpone whipped potatoes, and more (feeds 6-8 people). Tuscan Market’s Standout sides showcase an artisan Italian twist with prosciutto-stuffed shells, green beans with almonds, and acorn squash cups with sage crema. Order by Nov. 23 at (603) 912-5467 or by visiting here.
Andover Classic Wines
No Thanksgiving meal is complete without wine. Just for the holidays, use promo code THANKSMVM for $5 off your next $50+ purchase at Andover Classic Wines. You can visit here to see a full selection.