Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 5/13/21
ONE: The Merrimack Repertory Theatre presents a virtual production of A Woman of the World. A naturalist, modern love ideologist, and vivacious conversationalist, New Englander Mabel Loomis Todd — best known for introducing poet Emily Dickinson to America in 1890 — regales audiences with tales of her sensational life, especially her 13 years with the Dickinson family. “A Woman of the World” speaks the whole, unadulterated truth about the desires, dreams, and sometimes heartbreaking disappointments of a free spirit who was way ahead of her time. The video performance will be available from Saturday, May 15, to Sunday, May 30. Click here for tickets.
TWO: TONIGHT! Enjoy a night of comedy during Middlesex Community College Foundation’s virtual spring fundraiser: Scared Scriptless, featuring comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood. Armed with nothing but their own wit, the “Whose Line is it Anyway?” comedians will take the stage to create hilarious and original scenes in their two-man show, improvising from audience suggestions and participation. This virtual event takes place tonight, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more information.
THREE: Wine enthusiasts won’t want to miss Artisan Chef Catering Co.’s wine tasting event at Willow Spring Vineyards this Friday, May 14. The event starts at 6 p.m. and features three wine pairings. The featured dishes 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.
FOUR: Take the kids out to try a new craft during the Family Weaving Workshop hosted by the Andover Center for History & Culture. Participants will meet the artists, learn more about the art of weaving and the Rebirth and Renewal Weaving Public Art Project, discover its connection to Andover’s textile history and make a simple weaving project they can take home. The program is best suited for school age children and their families. The workshop takes place this Sunday, May 16, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Click here for more details.
FIVE: The Lowell Cultural Council will be kicking off this year’s Lowell Arts Market at Lucy Larcom park this Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy time outdoors and view beautiful works while supporting local artists. This year’s markets will be located in various neighborhoods, which will give attendees an opportunity to see Lowell’s rich diversity. Click here for more details.
SIX: Get outside this weekend for Firehouse Center for the Arts outdoor production of the classic musical RENT, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Set in the East Village of New York City, “RENT” is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. The play will be performed at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. Audience members will be sitting in the field in a designated pod, on blankets only in the first two rows. Catch the show any night this weekend at 6:30 p.m., but don’t forget to purchase your tickets in advance. Visit here for tickets.
SEVEN: Spruce up your garden, yard, or windowsill with plants from the Mill City Grows Spring Plant Sale this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take home a variety of flowers, veggies, fruit, and herb seedlings for your home, school, or community garden. This is a free event and will be held outdoors with physical distancing and masking in place. Visit their website here for more details.
EIGHT: The North Andover Historical Society has renovated the Stevens Center for use as its new headquarters. The public is invited to see the progress made so far and to enjoy the day at the main campus, with a schedule including guided tours of the Stevens Center, Boston Hill Barbeque food truck, Topsfield Bakeshop Whoo(pie) Wagon, pop-up shops from TLC Sports Apparel, North Andover Thrift Shop, 1646 Bookstore, and more. The community day takes place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit their website here for more information.
Farmers Market Spotlight
Farmers markets provide perfect ways to support local, independent producers while getting out into the community. Here are some we know you’ll enjoy. If you’ve been reading our weekly Wellness Wednesdays newsletter, you’re aware of the benefits derived from eating fresh produce.
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This final Groundwork Lawrence winter farmers market occurs on May 22. It will feature offerings from Riverdale Farm, Soney Bee, Brox Farm and Farmer Dave’s. Then, from June 16 through October 30, their market expands and is open in Lawrence and Methuen locations on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Keep checking Eight Great for details!
Mill City Grows
Based in Lowell, Mass., visit Mill City Grows throughout the summer at any of their outdoor markets, which take place at the Lowell Community Health Center, the Lowell Boys & Girls Club, the Lowell Senior Center and more. Visit here for details on market dates and locations.
Salem N.H. Farmers Market
The Salem N.H. farmers market opens up Sunday, May 16, in the new Tuscan Village on South Village Drive. They will be open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here for contact information and to learn more about the vendors involved.