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Midday Celebrations – Merrimack Valley Lunch Spots

The meal we call lunch has had many identities. The “Mad men” had the liquid lunch, the movers and shakers of the 1980s had the power lunch, and New York City socialites are “ladies who lunch.” Though it often makes sense to economize your midday meal by eating last night’s leftovers, there are times when… Read More

Christine Lewis

The Rules of Pickup Basketball

Summer’s favorite sounds play out in different ways to the good folks of the Merrimack Valley. For some, it’s the unmistakable splash of waves on rocks or sand. For others, it’s hamburgers sizzling on a grill. But for a small and dedicated Valley cult, there is only one warm-weather sound that really matters: the thump-thump-thump... Read More
Dean Johnson

Free Verse: Young, local poets are discovering the power of speaking their minds

Strolling along Market Street in downtown Lowell on a Tuesday evening, everything’s pretty quiet. As dusk fades colors to shades of gray, the only activity seems to emanate from a few bars with televisions flickering at empty stools. But amid an otherwise mundane weekday night, a standing-room-only crowd at Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus overflows onto the… Read More

Will Courtney
Michele Lea

From Marrs Road to Park Street: A Profile of Andover Artist Michele Bourgeau Lea

Can a small boutique in Andover provide the foundation for an artist/writer collaborative in the Merrimack Valley? If Michele Bourgeau Lea has her way, it will. Bourgeau Lea, a multimedia artist, poet and passionate believer in integrating the arts, has a vision to bring artists together to pool their creativity. Bourgeau Lea grew up one… Read More

Tara Masih
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