Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 4/1/21
ONE: 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.” Join them virtually on Friday night at 7 p.m. for a poetry night featuring Al Basile. A Haverhill native and Phillips Academy alumnus, Basile is a songwriter, singer, and cornet player in the blues world, where he has 18 solo albums and 8 nominations for Blues Music Awards. He has also published three books of poetry and several verse audio plays. Open mic readings are also included in the event. Click here to register.
TWO: Join the Firehouse Center for the Arts virtually this weekend to view “Stat Geek in Natick.” This powerful play directed by Bretton Reis, tells the true story of a sports stats genius and his battle with a vicious eating disorder. As his relationship with Boston’s “Felger and Mazz” show blossoms, his health struggles intensify. “The show packs an emotional punch.” Reis said. “It’s an eye-opening, heart-wrenching story that we can’t wait to share. And it’s not just for sports fans.” Showtime is at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 1, through Saturday, April 3, exclusively online. Click here or tickets.
THREE: Middlesex Community College (MCC) will continue its online spring concert series “A World of Music” with a performance by the Lowell Chamber Orchestra, which will air online on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Lowell Chamber Orchestra is conducted by Orlando Cela, MCC Assistant Professor of Music. They will perform “Miniature Universes,” which includes music written for a small ensemble. While the sounds are like that of a full symphony orchestra, the music portrays a vast range of human emotions. Click here for details and to access the show.
FOUR: Looking for a great date night idea? Visit the Merrimack Valley Pavilion in Tewksbury for a drive-in movie. This Friday night, the drive-in will be playing the 1942 classic romance drama “Casablanca” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The movie begins on Friday at 7 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.
FIVE: Get outside and visit Western Avenue Studios for the Outdoor Art Market. This will be a fun and safe in-person art experience, featuring Western Avenue artists and makers. The market will have over 30 artists and makers vending, so visit the creative soul of Lowell and support your favorite local artists. This event will take place on Saturday, April 3, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visit here for more information.
SIX: The Palace Theatre is continuing their virtual series with the Teen Co. Takeover: Golden Age. Enjoy fun, upbeat throwback songs live as The Palace Teen Company takes on Broadway’s Golden Age and sings Broadway classics from 1940 to 1965. Catch the show on Friday, April 2, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Click here for tickets.
SEVEN: Looking to bring the family out safely this Easter? Drive by Arise City Church in Lowell for the Easter Egg Drive-Thru. This early afternoon event promises fun for the whole family, with over 2000 eggs, Easter bunny greetings, raffles, and more. Those interested are asked to register in advance. Click here to register.
EIGHT: Those looking to venture outside the MV should check out the Easter Outdoor Market hosted by Café Barada in Cambridge. The market will feature local farm fresh vegetables, homemade desserts, pastries and more. There will also be a grab and go section to take home some delicious snacks. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Click here for more information.
BONUS: Interested in picking up a unique hobby? Join the Boston Polo Club on Saturday, April 3, for their beginner polo clinic. Boston Polo Club promises to help you grow into a great new polo player, opening new doors to opportunities such as a chance to play in their Summer Outdoor Exhibition. Those interested should visit their website here for more information. And don’t miss MVM’s feature story on Boston Polo, which can be read here.
Special Easter Eats
Easter Sunday is this Sunday, April 4! Bookmark these exclusive Easter dinner offerings from restaurants all around the Merrimack Valley. Keep checking back as we update them each week.
Andover Classic Wines
Looking for the perfect wine to compliment your Easter or Passover celebration? Look no further than Andover Classic Wines, who have the wines, beers and spirits to fit your fancy. For a variety of Easter wine pairings, click here. For even more Passover wine pairing ideas, click here.
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.