Heading Out This Weekend?

Here are some ideas to keep you busy this weekend!

  The Easter Bunny Express at the Railroad Museum of New England in Thomaston, CT.  What kid doesn't love trains?  A fun 1 1/4 hour ride scenic train ride on Saturday and Sunday, accompanied by the Easter Bunny and his friends! http://bit.ly/2pwyIVt

BBQ Shin-Dig and Chili Cookoff, Saturday from 6-10:30 pm at the Relief's Inn in Lawrence.  Catered BBQ compliments of Sarcastic Swine and chili cook-off plus awesome raffles, door prizes and dancing.  All to benefit the Last Call Foundation.  Contact Kim at kd.lastcallfoundation@gmail.com

A Knight of Honor Rising Star Gala sponsored by the North Andover Merchants Association, Saturday from 6-10 pm at the North Andover Country Club.  This annual event features dinner, entertainment, live and silent auctions, presentation of two scholarships to North Andover seniors and recognition of milestones by town businesses. For tickets and more info: http://bit.ly/2G4wNh8

The Pettengill House Denim and Dancing Fundraiser, Saturday from 7-11 pm at the beautiful Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury. Put on your denim and dancing shoes to support a great local cause! All proceeds benefit The Pettengill House, Inc.  Enjoy great food, live music, dancing, fabulous live and silent auction and raffle prizes! Featuring live music by Thomas Machine Works Band and Low Ex! For tickets http://bit.ly/2uaYwey

Fairy Garden Workshop at the Stevens-Coolidge Place on Sunday from 1:30-3:30!  Create your very own fairy garden. Everything you need is including: a container, soil mix, a variety of suitable miniature plants, and a selection of miniature embellishments and natural materials to appease the garden fairies. Leave with a tiny world to enjoy inside or out!  Pre-registration is required. For tickets: http://bit.ly/2pxadrq  

4th Annual Adult Easter Egg Hunt at Mill 77 Trading Company in Newburyport.  March 24th & 25th from 10 AM - 5 PM each day. Find eggs filled with over $1000 in store merchandise, gift certificates and of course, candy!  This is an adult (18+) Easter egg hunt! You will have the chance to find several eggs throughout the store, bring up to 3 to the register and choose just ONE to open!  This is an adult (18+) Easter egg hunt! You will have the chance to find several eggs throughout the store, bring up to 3 to the register and choose just ONE to open!

Jump into Spring Scavenger Hunt on Saturday from 2-5 in Newburyport. Family friendly and free!  Join participating retailers in Downtown Newburyport, The Tannery Marketplace, and the Industrial Park to find items and have a chance to win a grand prize basket. From 2-2:30pm Scavengers will prepare for hunt by stopping at BC Essentials to pick up maps and instructions. You will then commence to hunt for items using the clues on your map to find items in participating retail shops. 

Seacost Home & Garden Show, Saturday and Sunday at the Whittemore Center Arena in Durham, NH.  Over 200 Exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services for your home! Garden Marketplace, Meet the Chefs Cooking (and tasting) Series, seminars and more. 
Tickets available at the arena box office.  For more info www.newenglandexpos.com

Spirit Beacon Psychic Fair and Mystical Marketplace on Sunday from 10-5 at The Breakaway in Danvers. The most talented psychics and the best craftspeople come together to form Spirit Beacon! Make a day of it, or just pop in. Check out Breakaway's fantastic brunch, browse and shop, get a reading or some reiki healing, or just come by and see what it's all about. Parking and admission are FREE.

Disney's Beauty & the Beast, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at North Andover High School.  This much loved, classic love story is presented by the Acting Out! Theatre Company.  Group rates are available, just in case you want to load up the SUV and take some neighborhood kids along.   http://bit.ly/2FV9tGF

Spring Castleberry Fair.  Celebrate the season (and ignore the cold and snow) at this favorite Arts & Crafts Festival on Friday and Saturday at the Shriner's Auditorium in Wilmington.  Juried artisans from all over New England will display and sell their American made works; including Pottery, Fine Art, Original Watercolors, Fine Jewelry, Tile, Ladies Apparel, Spring Décor, Plants and so much more. http://bit.ly/2Gi4nDN

Open Houses.  It may still feel like winter, but the spring real estate season is upon us!  Come check out the properties at 201 Marbleridge Road and 904 Alder Way in North Andover, and 73 Summer Street and 38 Taylor Cove Road in Andover. For times and more info, or to look for other properties, head to www.andover-topbroker.com 

Whole Lotta Stuff Goin' On This Weekend!

October - one of the busiest months for fun things to do, both indoors and out!

Newburyport Fall Festival in downtown Newburyport on Sunday & Monday. The annual festival offers a ton of great food, live music, and family fun, with craft vendor booths and specials in downtown shops and restaurants. Live entertainment in Market Square and a Scarecrow contest are some of the other events.  http://business.newburyportchamber.org/events/details/fall-harvest-festival-2017-32637

North Andover Fire Department Open House, Saturday from 10 - 1.  Bring the kids or the young-at-heart to see the fire trucks up close and personal, meet our firefighters and see what the station looks like from the inside out!

Teddy Bear Picnic at the Stevens Coolidge Place in North Andover on Sunday from 1-3. Kids and parents can enjoy storytime and a light picnic (refreshments provided) at the teddy bear garden. There will also be crafts, bubbles, and a Bear Scavenger Hunt. Stuffed animal best friends are encouraged to attend! Please bring your own blanket to relax on the lawn.  A portrait photographer will be here to take complementary portraits of children with their stuffed animals. Also, Mini Emporium, an Andover-based mobile children's boutique specializing in baby and kiddos will be on the property during the event. 

Fall Foliage Train Rides in NH.  Who doesn't love a train ride?  There are several different rides from which to choose, including both old restored and newer cars and engines.  Whether it's a one hour ride or several hours with a hot meal or snacks, you'll enjoy relaxing and taking in the views. http://www.foliagetrains.com/

Salem is gearing up for its favorite and most popular time of year! Visitors from around the globe head to our famous neighboring town to take in the sights, sounds, food and vibes of the city. Events abound for all ages! This weekend's fun events include Lanterns in the Village on Sturday and Sunday.  This pumpkin-patch party is being held in Pioneer Village, where decorated pumpkins will be lit and spooky stories will be read, and you can tour the village.  For those looking for more scare factor, check out the Zombie Walk from 3:30-5:30 on Saturday, when zombies of all ages will be roaming the streets.  If you need help transforming into a zombie, there will be facepainters and makeup artists available to help you create the look you desire. Saturday and Sunday is also when the annual Haunted Biz Baz Street Fair takes place.  Dress up and join in the fun! 

Art Brunch at the W Hotel in Boston on Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Partake in the Bloody Mary bar and take in the art at the pop-up gallery - and meet and mingle with the artists!  on Friday at the World Trade Center (Boston) from 4-10 pm. Enjoy live music, food and beer, of course!

Fashion on Fire, Friday at 7 pm at the Hilton in Woburn. A Boston Fashion Week gala hosted by Erika Tarantal anchor/reporter of News Channel 5 Boston featuring a fashion show with top Boston area designers, dance and music by nationally recognized performers, special vendors with amazing shopping, a silent auction benefiting Project Smile, the Best-in-Shoe competition and delicious complimentary appetizers, desserts and a complimentary Svedka cocktail. Guests are encouraged to wear their fanciest or most outrageous shoes so they can strut the catwalk and compete for the title of Best-in-Shoe.

Classic Plastic Model Club Gala 25th Model Car Exhibition at the Elks Hall in Lawrence on Sunday from 8 - 4. See the best scale models in New England. The 2017 theme is 50th anniversary of the Camaro, Cougar & Firebird; sub-theme is Animal-named Vehicles.

FairyTale Players production of Cinderella, Saturday at 10 am at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Andover. The Tale of Cinderella's Sisters' Sassy Shoes includes kooky stepsisters, a scooter-riding princess, and, of course, silly shoe snafus! The magic of friendship blossoms when respect and kindness are remembered. We invite everyone to come dressed in costume, dance with us at the ball, and share jokes with Cinderella!

Open Houses in Andover and North Andover.  Check out the weekend's open houses at www.andover-topbroker.com!

The Three W's for the Weekend - What, When, Where!


Fall Festival on the Common, North Andover on Saturday from 10-4  

The annual tradition continues with fun for the family! Local food and craft vendors, live performances, pony rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, sand art and all the things your kids love to do and that bring back childhood memories for you! http://www.northandoverhousevalues.com/blog/fall-festival-north-andover-common-2017/ 

Dueling Pianos, Friday at the Amvets Club in Haverhill, 7:30 pm

Sponsored by the Haverhill Exchange Club.  You'll feel like you're in a Chicago club at this event, with light refreshments available.  The event raises funds for the Child Abuse Awareness Fund. http://www.haverhillexchangeclub.com/

33rd Annual Boston Film Festival, AMC Loews Boston Common

See world premier films, documentaries and Q&As with Hollywood directors, producers, writers and actors.  See the full schedule http://www.bostonfilmfestival.org/

Phantom of the Opera, Boston Opera House through October 1

One of the most loved musicals has returned to Boston! And how fitting that it is being performed at the gorgeous Boston Opera House! https://www.bostonoperahouse.com/upcoming-events/

13th Annual Portsmouth Fairy House Tour, Saturday & Sunday at 11 am

Who can resist these magical little fantasy homes! Over 200 fairy houses will be on display on the grounds of the beautiful Strawberry Banke. There will also be performances by the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater and the New Hampshire Theatre Project Youth Repertory Company, as well as book signings by author Tracy Kane. www.portsmouthfairyhousetour.com

Punto Urban Art Museum Walking Tour, Salem, MA. Saturday from 1-2 pm and Sunday from 10-11 am

Family fun, pet friendly! Check out over 25 large-scale indoor and outdoor murals in Salem's Point Neighborhood, created by 12 artists.http://essexheritage.org/ts/event/punto-urban-art-museum-official-tour

Zero Waste Day, Wynn Middle School, Tewksbury from 9 am - 1 pm

Take advantage of the opportunity to clean out the stuff that's been hanging around in your closets, garage, attic and basement! You can bring clothing, household goods and decorative items, tires (off rims), TVs and more. http://zwdtewksbury.org/#bring

Museum Day Live - throughout the US! FREE on Saturday!

Here in Massachusetts, from Amherst to Worcester, take a look at all the options! Who knew we have so many museums so close by, and so varied. Or if you're on the road, check out what's around wherever you are. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2017/

Andover Historical Society & Andover Farmer's Market, Saturday

While you're picking up local produce and products, check out the exhibits at the Andover Historical Society.  The Farmer's Market is open from 10-2 and the AHS is open 10-4, so you'll have plenty of time to hit both!

Country Music Festival at the Amesbury Sports Park, Saturday at noon & Sunday at 11 am

It's more than just seeing national and regional musicians like The Charlie Daniels Band, Travis Tritt and The Steel Drivers, it's also a time to enjoy a wide variety of gourmet food and specialized craft vendors! 

Open House Event in Andover, Sunday  

Take a look at the houses you've been dying to see, and the one you want to make you own! See www.andover-topbroker.com for addresses and times!




It's officially summer and there's a lot to do this weekend!  


June Picnic Concert, Stevens Coolidge Place in North Andover

Saturday June 24 from 4-7 pm

Enjoy the gardens while listening to live music by the band Cold Chocolate. Food and beverage trucks will be there or bring your own picnic. More info at www.crossroadsmusicseries.org


Amesbury Days, throughout Amesbury (Main St, Friend St, Upper Millyard)

Through Friday June 30

So many events! So much fun! Check the website to see times and locations of Art Show & Sale, kids art workshops, Strawberry Festival, Classic Car Show, Brewfest and sooooo much more!  www.amesburydays.org/events


Hula Frog, events throughout the Merrimack Valley

Hulafrog compiles a list of fun things to do with your kids.  Some of the events planned for this weekend include Martin's Pond Children's Fishing Derby in North Reading on Saturday from 8-11 am, Drop-in Painting and Kitten Corner Hour in Tewksbury on Friday at 10 am, and Sprinkle Donuts Workshop at TasteBuds Kitchen in North Andover Saturday at 9:00.  

Check the website for the full list at www.hulafrog.com/merrimack-valley-ma


Dads and Donuts, Memorial Hall Library in Andover

Saturday June 24 at 10 am

Dads and kids are invited to a special pre-school story time followed by a craft - and donut holes, juice and coffee.  A great way to start the day.


Summer at the Stevens (Memorial Library) in North Andover

Saturday June 24 from 10-3

Kids age 4 and up can create a work of art with Rob Surette to be displayed in the Children's Room! More info on this summer children's program can be found at www.stevensmemoriallib.org


Farmers Markets! Andover, North Andover, Haverhill 

It's the season for farm-fresh fruits and vegetables.  Come support your local farmers while picking up delicious and healthy food!

Saturday from 10-2 in Andover and 9-1 in Haverhill; Sunday from 10-2 in North Andover


St. Peter's Fiesta, Gloucester

Events throughout the weekend at Pavilion Beach and St. Peter's Park

Greasy Pole contest, boat races and blessing of the fleet, music, kids' events and, of course, food! for more info go to www.stpetersfiesta.org


Movies, local theaters

Looking to cool off? Check out some of the new family-friendly movies playing locally, including Cars 3, The Mummy  and Captain Underpants (all also playing in 3D), and The Book of Henry.


Open Houses, Sunday

Take a peek at some of the newest homes on the market in Andover and North Andover!, including:

51 Enmore St (open 11-1:30), 96 Maple Ave (open Sunday 2-4), 30 Burnham Road and 41 Clark Road in Andover

93 Putnam Road and 49 Equestrian Drive in North Andover.  

For times and additional open houses, check Zillow or andover-topbroker.com



Aaaaah, those lazy days of summer when we were kids, waiting impatiently for the ice cream truck to come up the block with it's tinny music blaring from the roof-top speakers.  Now that our tastes are a bit more refined - or perhaps the ice cream truck no longer makes it to you neighborhood - here are some fabulous local places to get ice cream!  


One of the newest players is Town Market Andover in Andover.  Inside you'll find everything you need to keep you fueled for the day, including breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings, beer and wine tastings, and of course, Ice cream! 

Another newcomer to the field is Cows Rock in North Andover's Old Center. Cows Rock serves Richardson's ice cream, Richie's Italian Ice, coffee, bakery treats and sandwiches in a quaint brick building next to the common.

Speaking of Richardson's, the kids always enjoy a visit to the "real" Richardson's in Middleton, where the ice cream is made.  The cows can often be seen in the fields, and if you're looking to burn off some of the ice cream calories you can play mini golf, go to the driving range or hit the batting cages.

A couple other places that offer loads of entertainment along with awesome ice cream are Jay Gee's Ice Cream and Fun Center in Methuen where you can play mini-golf, drive the go-karts, use the batting cages or hang out in the arcade.  Kimball Farm in Westford is always a hit, and you may want to plan on spending a few hours there! You may not know where to start with things like bumper boats, zip line, pony rides, pitch and putt, country store and more to keep you busy.  Just be sure to end with an ice cream, it's totally worth the drive!

Looking for some history with your ice cream? Check out Putnam Pantry in Danvers, home of the original ice cream smorgasboard. Enjoy your overflowing sundae in an antique house turned shop, and don't leave without getting some hand-crafted chocolates or other candy made right on site.

Heritage Farm in Lowell offers not only delicious ice cream and treats, but is also well known for it's motorcyle and classic car nights.  The kids (or adults) can enjoy their ice cream while checking out the night's collection of vehicles.

Not to be missed is Benson's Homemade Ice Cream in Boxford, a staple since 1932.  Benson's is famous for making fresh native fruit flavored ice cream and toppings, including strawberry, red raspberry, peach and blueberry.

Finally, Carter's Ice Cream in Bradford is another long time area favorite.  The ice cream is made on site and new flavors are constantly being experimented with, such as pumpkin and salty chocolate caramel crunch.


Summer always seems to go by quickly, so get your ice cream before the sad day the stands close down for the season!