A few more distractions for the weekend

By Mary Kate DePamphilis

Although we have given you some ideas for Valentine’s Day, that is not all that is going this weekend in the NoBo region.  If chocolates and flowers are not your thing, we have you covered too.  I know it may be tough to get out of your warm bed or off your comfy couch, but once you do—you will be glad you did.  You can heat up with hot cocoa or soup at Lowell’s Winterfest, or you can raise your temperature with some of the area’s hottest musical performances.  Enjoy the weekend!


Mardi Gras a Little Early

Although most Mardi Gras events will be in next week’s Distractions, here is one event you can celebrate a little early with this weekend.  Henri Smith, New Orleans Friends and Flavours will bring the Bayou to you.  This authentic musical performance showcases the true essence of New Orleans.  Jazz, Blues, Creole, Cajun, Funk, Rhythm & Blues, Calypso Caribbean, Latin, and Swings are all the sounds of the evening.

A resident of Cape Ann since Hurricane Katrina destroyed his home in New Orleans, Henri Smith now shares his Creole and Cajun heritage with the people of New England through his touring and his Cape Ann Cable TV show ‘Henri Smith’s N’awlins East’.  If you want the real deal, this is it.  For more information on Smith and his music visit

This concert is part of The Scott Libby Fireside Concert Series at The Community House of Hamilton & Wenham.  The purpose of the series is to create a welcoming and accessible environment that encompasses all genres of music while building cultural awareness.

Date: Saturday, February 11th, 7:30pm.

Location: The Community House of Hamilton & Wenham, 284 Bay Road, S. Hamilton

Price: $18 per person



Ward Winter Fun Day

Even if there is not snow on the ground, you can still pretend there is!  Ward Reservation is hosting a winter fun day including guided hikes, hot chocolate and refreshments, and a fire to warm up to.  Feel free to bring your gear and cross-country ski, snowshoe, or sled.  This event will happen with or without snow.   All activities will be going on throughout the afternoon and short to medium hikes will be leaving periodically.

Owned by The Trustees of Reservations, Ward Reservation has 10 miles of trails and links three major hills – Shrub, Boston, and Holt –the highest point in Essex County.  At the base of Holt Hill, a boardwalk leads to Pine Hole Pond, a rare quaking bog, made of rings of floating vegetation, each with unique growing conditions. The bog is home to a number of interesting plant species, including orchids and insect-eating pitcher plants.   Some of the trails here are part of the Bay circuit Trail, a regional greenway linking the NoBo region and the “SoBo” region.

Date: Saturday, February 12th, 12noon-3pm.

Location: Ward Reservation, Prospect Road, Andover and North Andover

Price: FREE

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Twelve Months of Music-A Year in Revue

The Theatre Company of Saugus will debut its first musical show of 2012 this weekend with Twelve Months of Music-A Year in Revue.  The show will consist of songs from Broadway Musicals, but also songs you hear on the radio today.  Two songs will be performed for every month of the year and there will be something for everyone.  Selections include Calendar Girl , Baby It’s Cold Outside, My Favorite Things, Danny Boy, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Summer Nights, Wake Me Up When September Ends, Adam Sandler’s Thanksgiving song, and Auld Lang Syne.

The cast includes many veterans of the recent Theatre Company of Saugus production of Oliver!, as well as various newcomers from all over the NoBo region and Southern New Hampshire.  The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) is the community theatre group serving Saugus and the surrounding communities. Founded in 1968 as the “Town-Criers”, the group incorporated in 1990 as a non-profit.  Their mission is “to foster and promote an appreciation of the theatre arts and to stimulate production of living theatre for the entertainment and cultural enrichment of the community.” They currently have about 100 members that perform 3-5 productions each year.

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays, February 10th, 11th, 17th, & 18th at 7:30pm., Sundays, February 12th & 19th at 2pm.

Location: East Saugus United Methodist Church, 85 Chestnut Street, Saugus

Price: $15 Adults, $13 Seniors and Students, $10 Children

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