Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 3/25/21
ONE: Looking to invite new creatures into your yard this spring season? No, not the birds, the bees! Take part in a DIY Mason Bee House. In this workshop, you will learn how to make a simple mason bee house, where and how to hang it, and the best time of year to watch the bees come and go. Your flowers will benefit from this endeavor, for mason bees are “extraordinary pollinators, even more efficient than honeybees.” Join the virtual workshop this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Click here to register.
TWO: TONIGHT! Join the Firehouse Center for the Arts virtually for “Edges,” a song-cycle about four burgeoning adults asking classic coming of age questions. This production is known as a charming, witty, honest examination of adulthood that features songs that cover universal issues such as love, commitment, identity and meaning. The characters will navigate difficult relationships while confronting their emotions and escape expectations. The virtual show starts tonight at 7:30 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.
THREE: Bluegrass music will come alive during this weekend’s performance by Tony Watt and Lauren Orshaw, hosted by Indian Hill Music. Orshaw is a Grammy-nominated fiddler and vocalist who plays and sings with joy and drive to put on an earnest performance. Orshaw’s husband, guitarist Tony Watt, is an IBMA award-winning bluegrass musician who has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and beyond. The couple’s performance will be livestreamed this Saturday at 8 p.m. Click here for tickets.
FOUR: Enjoy a show at the Palace Theatre virtually as they present Take3 & Company this Friday at 7 p.m. The “genre-defying” trio that makes up Take3 infuses their rigorous classical music background with rock-star charisma. This, paired with their “infectious and down to earth onstage personalities” make for a unique and captivating show. The trio will perform arrangements of pop hits, Americana, and classical favorites. Click here to get your tickets for the show.
FIVE: From-com fans and film lovers alike are encouraged to check out “Meet The Author” a short film from Newburyport directed by Steve Blackwood. This film is an 18-minute romantic comedy about an author who meets his romantic match at a rather unusual book signing. Click here to watch the locally made film for free on YouTube.
SIX: Embrace the spring weather by venturing out to Groundwork Lawrence’s Winter Farmers Market this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Peruse locally grown fruits, vegetables and more while you support small businesses. The market features products from Riverdale Farm, Soney Bee, Brox Farm and Farmer Dave’s. Click here for more information.
SEVEN: Ring in the spring with some fresh floral arrangements during the virtual Welcome Spring Floral Workshop. Each participant will be introduced to a variety of spring flowers, learn how to create an overflowing garden-inspired floral arrangement with a vibrant color palate using basic floral design fundamentals. The workshop takes place online this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Click here for details or to register for this event.
EIGHT: Learn more about the rich, diverse history of the Essex County during the virtual presentation of Unsung Heroes: Black Women in Essex County. Dr. Kabria Baumgartner, Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of New Hampshire and Dr. Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello, chair and professor at Salem State University, have spent the past two years visiting historic repositories throughout Essex County to collect, compile, and catalog the rich history of African Americans in this area. There are a wide range of stories and accounts of black women in these collections and repositories. This virtual event is happening on Sunday at 1 p.m. Click here to register.
BONUS: The golf course at Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut opens for the 2021 season TODAY, March 25. Golf carts will be available; those interested in tee time are encouraged to call the pro shop for availability. Visit the Four Oaks website for more information.
Special Easter Eats
Easter Sunday is April 4! Bookmark these exclusive Easter dinner offerings from restaurants all around the Merrimack Valley. Keep checking back as we update them each week.
For Italian cuisine served in a relaxed, upscale-casual setting, visit Buono Bistro in North Andover. This year’s Easter specials include garlic rosemary leg of lamb, apple & cinnamon stuffed pork loin, and slow roasted prime rib, all available for either takeout or dine-in. For reservations call (978) 258-0658 or visit their website here.
Grazie Italian Restaurant
Dracut’s Grazie Italian Restaurant will be serving their four course dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Easter Sunday. For entrees, you can choose between a baked haddock dinner and ravioli bolognese. The featured dessert will be a family style trio of a cannoli, gelato and tiramisu. Takeout dinner options include ham with raisin sauce, chicken picatta and baked haddock. For reservations or to place an order for takeout, call the restaurant at (978)-455-0054 x 2. All takeout orders must be placed by Thursday, April 1, and will be available for pickup on Sunday, April 4, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Visit Grazie’s website here for more information.
Hop on over to Horseshoe Grille in North Reading for either Easter brunch or dinner. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner will be available from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call (978)-664-3519 to reserve or visit Horseshoe’s website here.
Purple Carrot Bread Co.
Feed the whole family with the Purple Carrot Bread Co. Easter Take and Bake Meal Package. The meal features a sliced brown sugar glazed ham with raisin sauce, mashed potatoes and your choice between carrots, green beans and roasted broccoli. Available pastries include hot cross buns, bread pudding, coffee cake, and more. All orders must be placed by 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 31. Click here to view the full menu or visit their website here.
Seaglass Restaurant & Lounge
Enjoy panoramic ocean views and a four course prix-style menu Seaglass Restaurant and Lounge in Salisbury, Mass. Featured brunch entrees include spinach & tomato quiche, strawberry & cream stuffed french toast and blue sky lobster benedict. Dinner selections consist of spiral ham dinner, pan seared chicken breast and chilled poached sesame crusted salmon chinese salad. To make reservations, visit Seaglass’ website here.
Stones Hospitality Group
Cobblestones of Lowell and Moonstones of Chelmsford have designed an Easter menu that works well for either dine-in or takeout. The menu will include cocktail specials, newly tapped spring beer from Merrimack Ales, a basket of baked goods and a platter of cheese, fruit and salumi for each table, with ala carte choices ranging from Elvis-style french toast, lobster eggs benedict, steak and eggs, crab stuffed haddock “Oscar,” carved lamb and prime rib, and more. The restaurants are accepting reservations from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for any size party, including private rooms. For reservations, call Cobblestones at (978)-970-2282, and Moonstones at (978)-256-7777.
If you’re looking to enjoy an Italian dinner this Easter, look no further than Tuscan Kitchen. The restaurant is offering packages that feed 6-8 people and comes with an Italian wine pairing. Packages feature a lamb, ham or turkey dinner while specials include calamari salad, pecornio stuffed artichoke and pizzagaina (traditional Italian Easter meat pie.) Pre-orders can be placed until Thursday, April 1, at 5 p.m. and all orders will be available for pickup Saturday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for the full menu or visit their website here.
If you’re looking to spend your Easter sunday enjoying a fresh, modern take on your favorite Italian dishes, visit 34 Park in Andover for Easter brunch. 34 Park announced exclusive Easter Brunch offerings, including bottomless mimosas for only $25, on Easter Sunday from 12 p.m to 4 p.m. Brunch items will be available for take-away, dine-in, and delivery. Easter’s exclusive brunch offerings include charred heirloom carrots and crispy artichokes, smoked salmon toast, egg drop and lamb meatball, and a black forest ham and biscuits platter on top of 34 Park’s normal brunch menu items. Click here to make your reservation or to place your takeout order.