Eight Great Things To Do This Memorial Day Weekend – 5/27/21
ONE: Join the Merrimack River Watershed Council and N.H. based-company North Country Kayak for a guided paddling trip on the Merrimack and Nashua Rivers. The paddle will begin at Greeley Park in Nashua and end at Merrill Park. Beautiful views that you will experience from the kayak include wooded habitat along the east side of Nashua city, the heart of downtown Nashua via the Nashua River, the dam alongside the Nashua Public Library, and the scenery of the Merrimack and the Nashua Rivers. The entire trip will cover over four miles and will take approximately two hours to complete. There are two opportunities to paddle: on Saturday, May 29, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration ends today, so click here to sign up now!
TWO: Experience exquisite cultural artifacts at the New England Quilt Museum, who have announced the return of Quilts Japan: The 15th Quilt Nihon. This exhibition features 36 award-winning quilts that premiered at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, as well as some of the most original and extraordinary works from the biennial competition of the Japanese Handicraft Instructors’ Association (JHIA), which sponsors the largest international quilt contest in Japan and one of the most prestigious in the world. The exhibition is on view now until September 11. Click here for an exhibition preview and directions.
THREE: You may have seen the construction site as you drive by on Route 28, and now you can finally check out the results. Celebrate the grand opening of Tuscan Village in Salem, N.H., this weekend, with events that include a Grand Tour 5k run, Lake Park gondola rides, live music, lawn games, gelato carts, a meatball-making contest and much more. There will be events all weekend, from Saturday, May 29, through Monday, May 31. Click here for more information.
FOUR: Looking for some activities that the entire family will enjoy? Visit the Lowell Spring Carnival at the Regatta Field this weekend and enjoy exciting thrill rides, games food, and fun. The carnival will open on Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 1 p.m. Visit here for more information and to purchase tickets.
FIVE: History buffs won’t want to miss the latest exhibition at the Concord Museum: Every Path Laid Open: Women of Concord and the Quest for Equality. The exhibit includes rare artifacts that tell the story of Concord women of the past. Each portrait, needlework, or piece of historic clothing makes it possible to create meaning from the lives of ordinary citizens as well as prominent residents. A media component is also featured in the exhibition that celebrates today’s women of Concord – from educators to entrepreneurs, firefighters to farmers, and artists to activists. Visit here for more information.
SIX: Celebrate the long weekend by heading out to the world-famous Brimfield Antique Show at the Deerfield Fairgrounds. The event will be a giant fun-filled antique show with flea market shopping featuring over 150 of the hottest seasoned and up-and-coming dealers, food trucks, entertainment and more. Visit here to purchase tickets.
SEVEN: For a unique experience, visit the Gibbet Hill property, which boasts a diverse wildlife habitat that attracts an assortment of wildlife. Gibbet Hill is hosting a Bird Walk led by experienced birder Amy Severino on Saturday, May 29. Join and learn about the farm’s role in the varying bird life and to stroll the property to see which bird species turn up. The workshop is geared towards beginners but birdwatchers of all levels are welcome. Binoculars recommended. Visit here for more information.
EIGHT: TONIGHT! Learn about a unique piece of Tewksbury’s history during the virtual launch of the brand new book “Tewksbury State Hospital (Images of America)” hosted by the Tewksbury Public Library. Although many of its early structures were demolished in the 1970s, the Tewksbury State Hospital remains an active institution brimming with architectural beauty and a rich public health history. The event is happening TONIGHT from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visit here for access to the Zoom link.
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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The Farm Market
The Farm Market outside Mill No. 5 in Lowell is now open on Sundays from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Vendors include North of Boston (veggies, fruit, beef, pork), Neighbor’s Acre (microgreens & mushrooms), Bread Obsession, Samira’s Homemade (Lebanese hummus & spreads), Grateful Tastes (jams, jellies & spreads), KRM Chocolates and more. Visit here for details and directions.
From June 16 through October 30, the Groundwork Lawrence market is expanding and will be 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.