Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 5/20/21
ONE: Join the Lazarus House Ministries’ HIKE for HOPE 2021 Challenge and be part of the solution to food insecurity in our community. This community-focused and fun challenge will bring everyone together to raise critical funds to support our soup kitchen and food pantry, relieving the stress and uncertainty for families who struggle to put food on the table for their families. This year, there will be two live 5K walk or run events on this Saturday, May 22, and Sunday, May 23, at 10 a.m. Click here to register.
TWO: Comedian Paul D’Angelo is a former Essex County assistant district attorney and criminal defense trial attorney who simultaneously became one of the country’s top stand-up comics. Besides headlining A-List comedy clubs for over thirty years, D’Angelo has also opened for over sixty internationally known recording acts including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Tom Jones, Tony Bennett, The Beach Boys and more, and has performed in many famed entertainment venues ranging from New York City’s Waldorf Astoria to Caesar’s Palace. See D’Angelo live, in-person at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium for a night full of laughter this Friday at 8 p.m. Click here for tickets.
THREE: Calling all local artists and art enthusiasts alike, have you checked out The Switchboard in Haverhill yet? Stop by this Sunday for their open studio hours from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can view the work being created in Haverhill, meet their current resident artist Andy Li, and ask questions. Visit here for more information.
FOUR: TONIGHT! Gov. Baker made promising announcements earlier this week, lifting mask requirements and allowing businesses to fully reopen. However, there is no doubt that the pandemic has taken a toll on our collective mental health. If you are struggling with returning to normal, or are battling mental health issues related to the pandemic, join the Tewksbury Public Library for Wellness During the Pandemic, a virtual program being held TONIGHT at 7 p.m. Led by certified mindfulness instructor Sally Palmer, participants will earn how mindful strategies can help you develop a greater awareness of themselves to manage stress, and optimize their physical and emotional health as we continue to navigate the pandemic. Click here for access to this virtual event.
FIVE: Get outdoors and embrace your creative side at the Lowell Craft Fair Festival. The festival takes place this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Regatta Festival Field on 381 Pawtucket Blvd. The event will feature over 65 crafters and vendors, raffles, snacks and more. Visit and support local artists and small businesses alike. Click here for details.
SIX: For those looking for a unique outdoor experience, dance under the stars during the Full Moon Dance Hike at Charles W. Ward Reservation in Andover. This is your chance to meditate and dance beneath the starry sky and gather with fellow curious minds in a judgment-free space to explore what it’s like to embrace the present-moment in vibrant awareness. The dance hike takes place this Saturday night from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Click here to sign up.
SEVEN: This Sunday, visit Mill City BBQ and Brews for “Soul Sunday,” a day dedicated to Black arts, live music, guest speakers, poets and more. They have also recently debuted their Sunday brunch menu, which includes chicken and waffles, brown sugar maple smoked bacon, grits, black eye peas, smoked sausage and more. Visit their website here for their full menu and location.
EIGHT: Dave Matthews Band fans are in for a treat at Tupelo Music Hall this weekend. This Saturday, check out the Dave Matthews Tribute Band live at either 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. The band has worked hard to bring musical expertise and an energetic stage presence to remake and provide fans with a true “DMB experience” thanks to their passion, love, and respect for Dave Matthews Band and their music. Click here for tickets.
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.
Know of a farmers market that didn’t make our list? Shoot us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 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.