This Week’s Distractions: 1/19 to 1/22

By Mary Kate DePamphilis

MASSACHUSETTS – Looking for something to do this weekend? Want to spend an evening at the museum or get some fresh produce from a winter farmer’s market? We’ve done all the hard work, and rounded up a number of ways to stay distracted this weekend across the NoBo region! Be sure to also check our Distractions page each as we post other events and entertainment in the area.


Mozart at the Museum

If you are a classical music connoisseur on the North Shore, this event is not to be missed.  The Boston Artists Ensemble will be playing at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem this Friday evening.  The quartet will be undertaking Mozart’s String Quartet No. 22 in B-flat, Mozart’s dedication to Frederick William II, King of Prussia.  Highlighted by Hungarian folk style, this music is considered both highly passionate and cerebral.  So, come enjoy a cultured evening at one of the NoBo region’s premier museums!

Date: Friday, January 20th at 8PM

Location: East India Marine Hall, Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA

Price: Members $20, nonmembers $24, students $12.

For tickets, please call 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.  Tickets also available at the door.


An Introduction to Snowshoeing

You’ve been living in NoBo region for a long time now, and you know that the winters here can be long! While we’ve certainly lucked out so far this year, why not make the best of the cold weather while learning something new?  Get out and see some of the beautiful landscapes of the local farms and reservations, while snowshoeing  This activity can burn up to 710 calories an hour for all those with weight loss resolutions and not to mention, it’s fun. REI will be hosting a workshop outing at Appleton Farms in Ipswich.  You’ll learn ‘snowshoeing techniques, ascending and descending hills, snow hazard awareness, and winter preparedness.’ If you don’t have snowshoes, they will even provide them along with professional instruction on proper use of equipment.

Date: Saturday, January 21st, 9AM to 3PM

Location: Appleton Farms, 1A/Wadingfield Road, Ipswich, MA

Price: $70, REI members & $90, Non-members.

Call 781-944-5103 to reserve your space


Join the Snowy Owl Hunt: Calling All Photographers in Need of the Perfect Shot!

If you are a brave and hearty New Englander that loves a good adventure and a breathtaking image, this workshop is for you.  Guided by staff from The Amazing Image, you and the group will explore Plum Island, Newburyport and Salisbury Reservation in the hopes of spotting the beautiful and majestic Snowy Owl.  There will be professional photographers with state of the art cameras for you to try to get the “perfect shot”.  Dress warmly, because it will be a cold trip for sure!

Date: Sunday, January 22nd, 8AM to 11AM

Location: Parker River NWR, Plum Island / Newburyport, MA

Price: $39

Must register prior to workshop


Victory Garden: An Exhibition on Patriotism and Faith at Endicott College

This Friday, January 20th, Endicott College will open its gallery doors to display the work of visiting artist, Caleb Neelon.  The exhibition is a ‘group of works exploring themes, symbols, and imagery of patriotism and faith.  Mostly composed of mixed media paintings on panel, the majority of the works have been created for this exhibit.’ Mr. Neelon—a Boston native, has had work displayed at such prestigious museums as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Laguna Beach Art Museum, and Dafen Art Museum of Shenzhen.  For more information on this exhibition and the artist, please visit their website.

Dates: January 20th-March 6th.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9AM – 8PM; Friday, 9AM – 5PM; and Saturday and Sunday, 2-4PM

Location: Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery at the Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly

Price: FREE


The 10th Anniversary New Works Festival

This weekend, the NoBo region’s largest play festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary.  The Firehouse Center for the Arts (managed by the Society for the Development of Arts and Humanities of Greater Newburyport, a non-profit) and its New Works Festival nurture the development of New England writers, directors, and actors.  While providing insight on the play-writing process, this festival allows the community a rare and special look at the rich, theatrical talent that surrounds us in the NoBo region.  The festival will be showcasing full-length plays as staged readings, and memorized ten-minute and one-act plays.  Guests are welcome to come one day or all four.  The first place winner was a local Newburyport/NoBo native, Joshua Faigen, for his full-length play.

Dates: Fri-Sat, January 20th-21st at 8PM & Fri-Sat, January 27th-28th at 8PM

Location: Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport, MA

Price: $13 or 4-Day Festival Pass: $3


Support your Local Farmers: The Newburyport Farmers’ Winter Market

Just when you thought there were no more farmers’ markets until next spring, the town of Newburyport opens its Tannery Marketplace to local vendors and shoppers.  Be healthier, be greener, and help feed the local economy while you feeding your family!  There will be a wide range of local produce, free range meats, cheeses, baked goods, sweets, and savouries at the market.  If we all commit to buying locally, we can make a difference.  According to statistics from the U.S. Business Administration, nearly 28 million small businesses in the United States create 65 percent of net new jobs. Small business advocacy group the 3/50 Project states “with every $100 that is spent at a local retailer, $68 will return to the community through taxes and payroll.”

When: Sunday, January 22nd, 10AM-2PM, rain/snow or shine

Location: Tannery Marketplace, 75 Water Street, Newburyport, MA

For 10 delicious winter soup recipes you can cook up with local produce, visit this post.


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