Eight Great Things To Do This Mother’s Day Weekend – 5/6/21
ONE: The Addison Gallery is turning 90 this month! In celebration of this milestone, the museum, located on the campus of Phillips Academy, Andover, will present Learning to Look: The Addison at 90, opening this Saturday, May 8. Filling the Addison’s first floor galleries, the exhibition features celebrated favorites, lesser-known gems, and new acquisitions that bring to life the Addison’s storied history and ongoing commitment to groundbreaking artists. With an installation that allows objects to speak across time and media, this exhibition includes masterworks by artists such as Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, McArthur Binion, Carrie Mae Weems, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. A complementary installation in the Museum Learning Center draws from the museum’s rich and extensive archives, including museum correspondence, artist’s letters and sketches, and architectural plans. Click here to learn more about the exhibition.
TWO: Starting this Saturday May 8 the Museum of Printing in Haverhill, Mass., will display a sampling of its extensive collection of vintage newspapers. The exhibition, called “From Rags to News” because printers would ask for old rags to make the paper needed for printing, features issues from 1781 to 1981. See how the deaths of Washington and Franklin were first reported and the ads in the early versions of the Lawrence Eagle Tribune. Every newspaper not only reports the news of the day, but tells us something about their times and the people who lived in them. The Museum of Printing is located at 15 Thornton Ave. in Haverhill. Mass. It is open to the public every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or other days by appointment. Covid precautions are in place and masks are required. Click here for more information.
THREE: The Haverhill River Bards at Creative Haverhill will be hosting poet Gayle H. Henny for a virtual poetry open mic night on Friday, May 7, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Gayle C. Heney is producer & host of the TV series “Write Now” and is the former two-term Poet Laureate of North Andover. She’s also a poetry teacher and has edited many poetry books. Her poetry has been published in numerous publications, she’s been the Artist of the Month in the Methuen Mayor’s office and has won multiple awards. Heney founded and facilitates “The Write Group,” and is a member of multiple local poetry groups. Visit here to register for poetry night.
FOUR: Looking to spruce up your yard or add some color to your garden? This year’s Power of Flowers Project Annual Plant Sale is happening this Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by to give Perennials and Annuals a loving home. Gifts, a chance to win a $250 Gift Card to Mahoney’s, and other surprises await. All proceeds to benefit the Power of Flowers Project, a non-profit organization. Visit their website here for details.
FIVE: Creative Haverhill’s Haverhill Art Walk will highlight local businesses, forgotten alleyways, and underutilized spaces with plein air painting, exhibitions, demonstrations, and music performances. This indoor and outdoor program will launch this Saturday, May 8, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and continue monthly through September on the second Saturday. The Walk will highlight local businesses, forgotten alleyways, and underutilized spaces with Plein air painting, exhibitions, demonstrations, and music performances. Click here for dates and a map of the events.
SIX: Treat mom to a classical concert experience this weekend by joining The Phil for a free live stream concert. The Mother’s Day concert will include music by Mozart, Bartok, Respighi, and Mahler. The Phil will welcome Manchester Community Music School director and professional harpist, Piper Runnion-Bareford as soloist in the Mahler and other pieces. The concert will also feature a lighthearted medley from the show and movie “Mamma Mia.” Those interested in attending will need to obtain a free concert “ticket” to attend this event. Click here to book your tickets.
SEVEN: The latest exhibit at The Brush Art Gallery & Studios in Lowell, “Community,” showcases 32 artists at different stages in their careers and from across the United States. The exhibit explores cultural expression via community connections, which could be place-based (neighborhoods, businesses), practice-centered (sports, social clubs, virtual), and goal or belief-centered (religion, politics). Artists were invited to share what “community” looks like to them and to show us how they represent it. The exhibition — on view until June 12 — will hold a virtual opening reception this Saturday, May 8, at 2:00 p.m. Click here for access to the reception.
EIGHT: On Stage, At Home with Jonathan McPhee and Lexington Symphony premieres the final virtual concert of its 2020-2021 season on Saturday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. “’Where It All Begins’ features all new performances, recently recorded at their home, Cary Hall, under safety protocols. The concert opens with the Symphony’s lower brass playing 20th century French composer Henri Tomasi’s contemplative “Être ou ne pas Être!”, based on Hamlet’s famous “To be or not to be,” soliloquy. Visit the Lexington Symphony’s website here for more details or click here to register for the event.
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 THIS Sunday, May 9! Bookmark these exclusive Mother’s Day dinner offerings from restaurants all around the Merrimack Valley.
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.
Enjoy a “folksy fixture” offering slow-smoked barbecue and southern fare at North Reading’s Horseshoe Grille, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Click here to reserve your table.
Mission Oak Grill
Bring mom for a brunch or dinner by the sea at Mission Oak Grill in Newburyport. Brunch specials include breakfast empanada, baked stuffed french toast, lemon sorbet mimosa, and blueberry brunch brulee. Dinner specials include the “Noreaster” seafood bisque, obscure skewers mixed grill, coconut key lime pie and more. Click here for more information and visit their website here to make your 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.
Seoul Kitchen in Westford will be open 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. this holiday and are looking forward to seeing smiling mothers — outdoor seating is available for lunch and dinner. They are running a regular menu with a few surprise specials and expect a heavy volume of takeout on Sunday, so patrons are encouraged to preorder ASAP. Call (978) 399-0016 or preorder online.
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.
Though Tuscan Kitchen in Salem, N.H. is closed temporarily while they move to their new location in Tuscan Village, you can still treat mom to their artisan Italian specialties at their Burlington, Seaport or Newburyport locations. Click here to make your reservation now.
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.