Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 6/10/21
ONE: The Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) and Free Soil Arts Collective (FSAC) are coming together for the vibrant Lowell Together: Virtual Gala, which celebrates two of Lowell’s arts organizations. This evening event that you can enjoy from home features performances by MRT and FSAC artists, a live auction and a sneak peek of future programming. Cocktail hour begins this Friday, June 11, and the Gala officially starts at 7 p.m. Visit here to reserve your spot.
TWO: If you missed out on paddling with the Merrimack River Watershed Council (MRWC) on Memorial Day weekend because of the rain, you have another opportunity to paddle with them this weekend! The MRWC will be hosting a Plum Island Sound paddling tour this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The tour will begin on Plumbush Creek, and participants will explore the rich, biodiverse, Plum Island Sound while remaining on protected. This will be a 3-hour tour with the blend of relaxation, exploration and adventure. Click here to register ASAP.
THREE: Celebrate Pride Month with Haverhill’s Art Walk. This Saturday, the Art Walk will bring an eclectic mix of offerings to downtown from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Check out the works of artists including Angie Cheung, Mike Mai, Alexandra Yattaw, Atlas Moon Rodriguez-Decker, Nick Rao, Amy Roberts and more. Many local businesses in downtown Haverhill will be participating in the Art Walk, and featured events include drag shows, plein air paintings, live music, a community hula-hoop jam and much more. Visit here for more about the Art Walk.
FOUR: The annual strawberry festival at Smolak Farms will celebrate The Beatles with a “Strawberry Fields Forever” theme. The weekend festival will feature themed hayrides with Beatles music, story and craft events, a Beatles-themed cow train, walking tours and a newly installed Field of 1000 Hearts. Activities will be offered all weekend, visit here for more details.
FIVE: Join local artist Sophy Tuttle for an open house viewing of her solo show titled MESA 30+1 at Curation 250 in Lowell. This exhibition celebrates the anniversary of the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act and gives visitors the opportunity to learn about some of the 432 protected species — some of which can be found right in Lowell Tuttle will be in the gallery on Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13, from 12p.m. Click here for more info.
SIX: Playwright Michael Cormier examines the power of words in “The Abolitionist’s Refrain” a new play about poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier. In cooperation with The Whittier Home and Museum of Amesbury and The Whittier Birthplace in Haverhill, Punctuate4 Productions will debut a scene from the new work on both Saturday, June 12, at 3 p.m. in the garden at The Whittier Home Amesbury, Mass., AND Sunday, June 13, at 3 p.m. on the grounds of The Whittier Birthplace in Haverhill, Mass. Visit here to register for the Saturday event and here for Sunday’s event.
SEVEN: Join Lowell’s Fresh Beets for their Kerouac Park concert series this Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This weekend’s performers include multimedia first generation Khmer artist Jasper Crystal Wizard, Saexia, a self-taught soul singer-songwriter from Lowell, Boston Music Awards nominated vocalist and R&B artist Eva Davenport, and the Lowell-based dance group Mill Advised. Visit here for more details on the event.
EIGHT: Join the Symphony NH Brass and Percussion for America The Beautiful, a free outdoor concert at Greeley Park in Nashua. The concert will be led by Music Director Roger Kalia and will feature Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” George Gershwin’s “Summertime,” Samuel A. Ward’s “America the Beautiful” and more. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. this Friday night. Click here for more info.
BONUS EVENT: This Saturday, June 12, the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a food drive at the Tenney Grammar School, located on 75 Pleasant Street in Methuen. The food drive will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Consider contributing to help those who have been hit the hardest by the pandemic.
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.