This Week’s Distractions

MASSACHUSETTS – Whether you’re looking to stay warm inside a theater or you want to get out into the cold, fresh air, NoBo has ideas for how you can stay distracted over the next week. Be sure to check back to our Distractions page each day to see updates about entertainment and other distractions north of Boston!


1. Historical Films at Hollywood Hits Theatre in Danvers

On Thursday, January 5, 2012 and Tuesday, January 10, 2012, the  Hollywood Hits Theatre in Danvers will present two films in partnership with Heritage Historical Films. On both days, “Topsfield Fair Highlights” will play at 11:40AM, “Civil War Life in the Camps” will play at 12:10PM, and “Olde Revere Beach” will play at 12:40PM. Admission is $5 per film. For more information, please call 1-978-777-2711. The Hollywood Hits Theatre is located at 7 Hutchinson Drive in Danvers.


2. Apollinaire Theatre continue Uncle Vanya through next weekend

Apollinaire Theatre is the venue for an intimate staging of “Uncle Vanya,’’ starring John Kuntz in the title role. Chekhov’s tragicomic tale of love, loss, and inconvenient truths will be staged in 4 locations throughout the theater with the audience moving with the action.

Performances will continue through January 15. From Thursday through Saturday, the show begins at 8PM while a Sunday matinée is scheduled for 3PM. Tickets are $30 each, and seating is limited to 30 per show. Click here for tickets.

The Chelsea Theatre Works is located at 189 Winnisimmet Street in Chelsea. For more information, please call 617-887-2336 or visit their website


3. Full Moon Hike in at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield

On Saturday, take in the full moon as it illuminates the forest on a night hike through the sanctuary woods. Organizers hope participants will hear the hoots of owls, the howls of coyotes, and catch glimpses of the nocturnal animals of the sanctuary with just the light of the moon as a guide.

The hike will take place on Saturday, January 7, 2012 from 7 to 8:30PM, and is suitable for ages 6-16. Registration is required. Click here to download the registration form.

Participants will meet in the Nature Center at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Organizers ask that participants dress appropriately for the weather.

Mass Audubon members will pay a discounted rate, adults for $7 and children for $6 while non-members will pay a slightly higher fee: adults for $9 and children for $7.

The sanctuary is located at 87 Perkins Row in Topsfield, MA. For more information, please call 978.887.9264 or


4. Like There’s No Tomorrow showings on Saturday at Firehouse Center for the Arts

Hosted by Jonny Moseley and shot on location in Colorado, Utah, California, New Zealand, Chile, Alaska and British Columbia, … Like There’s No Tomorrow is a reminder that winter is on its way, even if it hasn’t reared its ugly head yet.

The film will be shown twice on Saturday, January 7 at 3PM and 7PM at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport.

The Firehouse has been presenting Warren Miller Films for the past eight years, but it is the sixty-second year in a row Warren Miller Entertainment has brought audiences to peaks as far-flung as India and as nearby as New Hampshire.

“We welcome winter with everything we’ve got because, while there’s always a tomorrow, there are only so many dawns with fresh snow,” says Director and Producer Max Bervy.

Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for students, seniors and Firehouse Members. A concession stand will be available. Click here to purchase tickets. Firehouse Center for the Arts is located in Market Square in Newburyport, MA. For more information, please call 978.462.7336.

Visit the film’s website or view the film trailer here.


5. Marionette Puppet Show at the Wenham Museum this weekend

“THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER”, a marionette puppet show, will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 1PM in the Wenham Museum. The live performance of the classic Grimm fairy tale has been produced by the Cape Ann Waldorf School Magical Strings Puppet Troupe. The family friendly PuppetPalooza exhibit will allow participants to even try being a puppeteer. The show is free with museum admission, which is $7.50 for adults and $5.50 for children. Pre-registration is recommended. For more information, please call 1-978-468-2377 or visit their website. The museum is located at 132 Main Street in Wenham.


6. Owl Moon read-along and live animal presentation on Tuesday

Discover things that go “who, who, whooooo” under the light of the moon. As we prepare to go out calling for great horned owls, participants will read aloud Jane Yolen’s Owl Moon, and then learn about the owls’ special features, with a live owl presentation and Q&A session with a specialist from The Center for Wildlife in York, Maine. The evening will end with a bundled walk to meet an owl in its natural habitat, followed by a warm cup of cocoa in the Carriage Barn of Appleton Farms.

The event will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 from 5:30PM to 7PM, and is recommended for ages 6 and up. Participants should dress warmly to prepare for the night stroll through the woods. Pre-registration is recommended, and you may do so online here!

For Trustees of Reservations members, the cost is $8 while non-members will pay $10. For more information, please call 978.356.5728 ext.18 or email Appleton Farms is located on Route 1A in Ipswich and Hamilton.

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