Methuen’s Festival of Trees and Historic Preservation

Methuen’s Festival of Trees is a celebrated tradition in the Merrimack Valley, and photos of the beautifully-designed trees and wreaths have regularly graced the pages of mvm. But while kindling the holiday spirits may be the main draw for the more than 27,000 visitors who come to enjoy Methuen’s holiday celebration, it’s important to remember… Read More

From the Kitchen – Of Crack and Magic

This issue’s exclusive “view” was to be about a recent trip taken with friends named Finn, Wholey, Carney and Moynihan. (Can you guess where we went?) It was to focus on copious seafood, perfect salmon, brilliant fish ’n’ chips — oh, those chips — and lamb stew, and how mussels in Ireland are always local,… Read More

Sharing the Season

Tips for Interfaith Holiday Entertaining As December approaches each year, many interfaith couples find themselves filled with a mix of anticipation and trepidation. According to the Pew Research Center, almost four-in-10 Americans (39 percent) who have married since 2010 have a spouse who is in a different religious group. It can be a difficult transition… Read More

The Spirit of Giving

What does “holiday spirit” mean to a teen? By the time a child is in middle school or high school it is expected that they know the holidays aren’t only about gifts, glitzy decor and delicious food. Yet so much of what they see, hear and experience might suggest otherwise. How are children expected to reconcile… Read More

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