This Weekend’s Distractions: Feb. 2 to Feb. 5

By Mary Kate DePamphilis

This weekend is a BIG one, as the Patriots take on the Giants in an ’07 season rematch.  We’ve been hearing about Gronk’s ankle for the past two weeks, and how he is taking it “day by day.”  We’ve seen Deion Branch’s boyish smile all over the news, wearing that ridiculous white blazer.  The replays of the Pats/Giants Super bowl on ESPN Classic have been giving us heart ache, and news of Bill Belichick being “calmer this time around” isn’t keeping us anymore composed.

So, instead of obsessing about the big game every second of this weekend, get out and enjoy the peace and quiet while it lasts.  Go see a show, attend a party, or get cultured in the NoBo region.  Get your mind off Eli Manning for a little while, and save some of your aggression and energy for show time on Sunday night!


Grammy Award Winner Peter Frampton to Perform at the Lynn Auditorium

The 35th Anniversary celebration tour of Peter Frampton’s multi-platinum selling live album Frampton Comes Alive!, has been extended into 2012, making a stop in Lynn, MA on February 3rd.  The three-hour show features a complete performance of Frampton Comes Alive! that the Montreal Gazette describes as “a highly-spirited and expertly-played recreation of the live album.” Frampton will also perform other memorable works, including his Grammy Award-winning instrumental album, Fingerprints.

Frampton remains one of the most notable artists and guitarists in rock history.  He has worked with legends like David Bowie and Pearl Jam, and a member of the bands The Herd and Humble Pie.  More recently, Frampton played himself on Family Guy and The Simpsons in a more playful type of role.

Date:  Friday, February 3rd, 8pm. doors open at 7pm.

Location:  Lynn Auditorium, 3 City Hall Square, Lynn

Price: Tickets are $37, $47 or $77. They are available online at, at the auditorium box office in Room 311 at Lynn City Hall or over the phone at 781-581-2971.


Take a Family Winter Hike at Brooksby Farm

Bring the family for an evening of winter adventure. Event includes snowshoeing (weather permitting), highlighting environmental changes at the farm in the winter, a campfire, hot cocoa and dessert. Dress for outdoors and bring a flashlight. The hike is intended for children ages 5 and up, and they must be accompanied by an adult. $5/person. You may register online or 978-536-7130.

Date: Friday, February 3, 2012 from 5PM to 7PM

Location: Brooksby Farm, 38 Felton St., Peabody

Price: $5/person


Lunar New Year at Peabody Essex Museum

The Year of The Dragon parties on this weekend at the Peabody Essex Museum.  The whole family is welcome to enjoy performances, exciting stories and an exploration of objects throughout the museum.  Performances include a traditional lion dance and Diabolo, drumming and folk dances.  The kids can make their own dragon or festive door god to take home.  Everyone can marvel in the storytelling that illustrates how cultures view dragons very differently.  Or join the staff for a hands-on gallery adventure in art from China.

The Dragon is the fifth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal signs.  In ancient China, the celestial Dragon represents an emperor and power. Today, it is the ultimate auspicious symbol signifying success and happiness.

Date:  Saturday, February 4th, 10:30am-4pm.

Location: Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem

Price: Some events are free; others will charge additional fees with your admission the day of

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Cape Ann Symphony’s Diamond Anniversary Celebration!

Dance the night away to your swinging favorites from the 40s, 50s, and 60s as the Soft Touch Dance Band celebrates 60 wonderful years of the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra.  There will be plentiful hors d’oeuvres, champagne and birthday cake in between dancing, auctions, and fabulous prizes!  Heavy and outrageous “bling” is encouraged as a prize will be awarded for that as well.  Auction items include a château in France, a condo in Puerto Rico and of course—diamonds!

Cape Ann Symphony’s mission is to ‘foster and promote symphonic music to increase the musical enjoyment and knowledge of the public of Cape Ann and Boston’s North Shore.’  Cape Ann Symphony ‘aspires to national recognition as a leading regional orchestra renowned for artistic excellence, financial stability and civic spirit’, while taking an active role in the community.

A party to celebrate, promote, and support the wonderful cultural arts of the NoBo region?  Yes, please!  It’s sure to be one fabulous evening for an even more fabulous cause.

Date:  Saturday, February 4th, 7pm.

Location: Cruiseport Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester

Price: $50 per person, To reserve tickets go to or call 978-283-6750


Ice Cream for Breakfast!

Who needs oatmeal or toast when there is ice cream for breakfast?  Cherry Farm Creamery in Danvers is serving up waffle and Pop-Tart sundaes this Saturday.  If that’s not enticing enough to stop by for, there will be “coffee and donuts” ice cream, maple bacon ice cream, and banana grapenut ice cream.  Toppings include cereal, bacon bits, maple syrup sauce and warm blueberry topping.

Don’t feel a single calorie of guilt; it’s all for a worthy cause.  Half of the proceeds will benefit HAWC, Healing Abuse Working for Change.  HAWC is a non-profit in the NoBo region that provides services and support to victims of domestic violence on the North Shore.  For more info on this organization, go to

Date: Saturday, February 4th, 8am-12pm.

Location: Cherry Farm Creamery, 210 Conant Street, Danvers


Shop Locally for Super Bowl Snacks!

Ok, I wasn’t going to go through this whole post without at least mentioning one Super Bowl related distraction.  Why not visit some of your local food stores to get the ingredients for your favorite game day recipes?  Support the local economy while you support your stomach, your friends, and your New England Patriots!

The Picklepot shop in Salem has the best seasonings and spices for your chili recipe.  They also have a huge variety of rubs, sauces, and marinades for all your grill needs.

McKinnon’s in Everett and Danvers has the some of the best meats in the NoBo region!  Whether you are looking for tips, sausages, or chicken wings—they have it all.  Some meats are already marinated for you, if you can’t make it down to Picklepot.

Or you can think about stopping by J.Pace in Saugus for some delicious Italian goods.  They have all the cold cuts you need for sandwiches, pasta including their fabulous baked ziti, and of course calzones, always a game day favorite.

Enjoy your food, but more importantly, enjoy the game.  GO PATS!


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