Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 4/29/21
ONE: This weekend, check out Western Avenue’s May Outdoor Art Market. This will be an outdoor art market experience like no other, with close to 50 artists, a gallery, a coffee shop, a food truck, local farmers, a fundraiser for a youth art education program, and free parking. The art community is resilient and these Outdoor Art Markets are an example of that. Traditionally the first week of May is a week of celebrating the arts in Massachusetts. While Artweek is officially taking a hiatus this year, Western Avenue still wants to celebrate the arts in a safe and fun manner. Western Avenue’s Outdoor Art Market presents more than an opportunity to see art and bring home the perfect piece that speaks to you. It is an opportunity to speak and interact with the artists behind the pieces, a chance to learn more about the person behind your favorite art pieces. Visit the market this Saturday, May 1, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Western Avenue Studios & Lofts. Click here for more details on the event.
TWO: The team at Cucina Aurora Kitchen Witchery is constantly bringing people together around great food. They help you make your own meal time magic at home with their line of delicious infused olive oil. Using only the best imported Italian olive oil and only the highest quality ingredients, owner Dawn Aurora Hunt has been creating recipes for her signature flavored olive oils for over 10 years. With flavors like roasted garlic, rosemary & oregano and seasonal favorites like zesty lemon, and Lavender Orange, these oils inspire delicious recipes that are a sinch to whip up any night of the week. Each bottle of Cucina Aurora Kitchen Witchery olive oil is made by hand with love in their own warehouse in Salem N.H. This weekend, get the family together, or celebrate date night, with a delicious meal featuring some of these delicious olive oils. Recipes, ideas and inspirations can be found here.
THREE: Mistral Music’s live season finale, “Quintessentials,” offers you two beautiful quintets by composers whose lives were cut tragically short, Mozart at age 35, and Coleridge-Taylor, at 37. For this performance, as in their Dvorak arrangement from September, the first violin part will be played on the flute, in an effortless adaptation. The sublime slow movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet will be performed as a poignant farewell and end to their 24th season. The concert will be live streamed via Facebook and YouTube on Sunday, May 2, at 10 a.m. Click here for more information.
FOUR: Tupelo Music Hall is back with their summer drive-in concert experiences. This weekend, the show features the legendary sounds of two of rocks greatest arena bands of the 80’s, Foreigner and Journey, creates Foreigners Journey. Experience the rock ballads “Faithfully” and “Open Arms,” along “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Feels Like The First Time, “ and more, all performed in their original key and pitch. The music and energy of two legendary stadium rock bands comes together in one electrifying show on both Saturday, May 1, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 2, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Click here for tickets.
FIVE: Visit the Amesbury Carriage Museum this Saturday for the Edith Maxwell book launch and signing event. Maxwell is an Amesbury resident and Agatha Award winning author, and is debuting her novel “A Changing Light,” which is her seventh historical Quaker Midwife Mystery. Attendees will have a chance to meet the author, purchase Quaker Midwife Mystery books for sale and win the Amesbury-themed raffle. Click here for more information.
SIX: You don’t want to miss the Arts League of Lowell’s Collage for ALL, a gathering of works by 26 artists from near and far showcasing the venerable art of collage. The show of over 50 works includes photographs, textile work, metal sculpture, assemblage of wood and natural material, and mixed media works on paper and in 3D. The show offers a glimpse into the sometimes-quirky imaginations of artists. Arts League Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery operates in compliance with safe gathering restrictions in place as mandated by the state of Massachusetts. Those interested in the event can visit the Arts League’s website here.
SEVEN: This weekend, Middlesex Community College (MCC) will host the first ever La Guagua Poetry Virtual Reading Series featuring local, regional and international poets and translators. The virtual reading is part of MCC’s traditional La Guagua Poetry Festival and will feature past participating poets who will read from their works. Featured poets include Zeina Hashem Beck, Deborah Bennett, Samir Delgado, Alexis Díaz-Pimienta, Rhina P. Espaillat, Danielle Legros Georges and more. This virtual event takes place this Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Click here for access to the Zoom.
EIGHT: Enjoy some time outdoors and on the coast this weekend by joining the waking tours of Plum Island Point at Plum Island Beach. This is a 60-minute walking tour led by Bill Sargent and participants will travel from Newburyport’s Plum Island Beach to the south jetty and back, rain or shine. Masks and social distancing are required. Click here for more information.
BONUS: Mark your calendars for Artisan Chef Catering Co.’s wine tasting event at Willow Spring Vineyards on Friday, May 14. The event features three wine pairings, and featured foods include an asparagus cheddar puff pastry, herb crusted chicken, salmon filet with apricot champagne beurre blanc, and grilled vegetable napoleon with goat cheese. Click here to get your tickets ahead of time.
Special Mother’s Day Eats
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9! Bookmark these exclusive Mother’s Day dinner offerings from restaurants all around the Merrimack Valley. Keep checking back as we update them each week.
This Mother’s Day, Buono Bistro in North Andover is offering a special take-out menu in addition to dine-in service. Choose two surf and turf entrees, two side salads, two triple berry cheesecakes and one bottle of house wine all for only $89. Featured dishes include grilled fillet mignon with port wine demi, seared lemon sea scallops and sauteed mushrooms and string green beans. Orders will be accepted until Saturday, May 8. Click here for details.
Grazie Italian Restaurant
Treat mom to some fine Italian dining at Grazie Italian Restaurant in Dracut. This Mother’s Day, Grazie will exclusively offer their full dinner menu — which includes Lobster ravioli, salmone alla griglia, chicken limone, slow braised short rib, and more — from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here to view the full dinner menu, and here to make reservations.
Purple Carrot Bread Co.
For Mother’s Day, Purple Carrot Bread Co. offers a restaurant style meal you can heat and serve in the comfort of your own home with the one’s you love. Choose from four composed meal packages that feed four people plus other brunch items you can simply heat up and serve so you have time for what’s important to you. Entrees include whole roasted chicken, braised short ribs, lobster ravioli and surf ‘n’ turf. Orders must be called in no later than May 5. Complete dinner heat and serve can be picked up on May 8. To place see a full menu and place orders, visit their website.
Treat Mom and the entire family to Mother’s Day brunch with panoramic ocean views at Seaglass. Served Sunday, May 9, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Space is limited; call 978-462-5800 for reservations. Visit their website for details.
Stones Hospitality Group
Take mom out for a delicious meal at Cobblestones of Lowell, Moonstones of Chelmsford, or Stones #1 Social in Nashua, who are accepting reservations from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featured main courses include lobster eggs benedict, Moonstones classic risotto, faroe islands salmon, brick chicken, Stones lobster roll, and slow roasted prime rib. The features dessert is an assortment of fresh baked cupcakes from Lowell’s own Little Delight’s Bakery. Call (978)-256-7777 or visit their website here for more information.
For a modern, fresh take on your favorite Italian dishes, 34 Park in Andover announced exclusive Mother’s Day Brunch offerings from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Brunch items will be available for takeout, dine-in, and delivery. Four exclusive brunch items will be available for Mother’s Day, on top of 34 Park’s normal brunch menu items: smooth spring parsnip soup, roasted beet salad, smoked salmon and avocado, black forest ham and biscuits, and a lemon mascarpone cake for dessert. The brunch menu will be available for takeout, online ordering, and delivery through the 34 Park website, and guests can make a reservation for in-person dining here.