This Week’s Distractions: March 22 to March 28

By Mary Kate DePamphilis

Can you believe the beautiful weather we have had this week?  It certainly feels as if spring has officially arrived.  In honor of the season, it’s time to put away the winter coats, put on some short-sleeves and get out in the NoBo!

This week’s Distractions seem to have a culinary theme throughout; perhaps it’s the idea of fresh ingredients that will soon be growing in our region’s gardens.  Or maybe it’s just a reason to get a little dressed up and enjoy an evening out.  Either way, remember to have fun, and don’t forget beach season is right around the corner!


The Charlie Daniels Band

This southern rock and country band will be performing tonight at the Lynn Auditorium.  Known best for his Grammy award-winning hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” Charlie Daniels has been very successful in crossing over to the Rock genre from Country.  In the late 1980s and 1990s, several of Daniels’ albums and singles were hits on the Country charts and the music continues to receive airplay on stations today.

Come hear Daniel’s new album Land That I Love as well as the classics.  Whether you are a fan of Charlie Daniels or yet to become one, this concert is a great kick-off to spring—and the easy-going attitude that comes with it.

When? Thursday, March 22nd, 7pm. Doors open, 8pm. Show

Where?  Lynn Auditorium, 3 City Hall Square, Lynn

Cost? Orchestra Pit – $59.00, Floor and Balcony – $39.00

Click here to purchase tickets!


A Pruning Workshop with the Trustees of Reservations

As we experienced this week, spring has reared its cheery head a little early this year.  It’s time to get your yards and gardens in order!  Now is an excellent time to prune woody plants and repair any winter damage.  Join the Long Hill horticulture staff for a useful, hands-on workshop to “review appropriate tools, discuss proper timing, and learn pruning techniques for rejuvenation, health, vigor, and aesthetics” for a beautiful spring garden.  Make your yard the envy of all your neighbors!

When?  Saturday, March 24th, 10am-noon

Where?  Long Hill, 572 Essex Street, Beverly, MA

Cost?  $28 for Trustees of the Reservations members, $35 for non-members.  To reserve a spot or get more info, contact 978.921.1944 x1825 or


The Warwick Film & Food Festival

The Warwick Theatre Foundation is hosting an exciting event this Saturday in Marblehead, in support of preserving the original Warwick Theatre, and the plans to build a community based state-of-the-art movie theater.  The Warwick Film & Food Festival is going to be a unique and delicious evening while you support the local economy.  The town of Marblehead has taken a huge economical hit lately, with lots of storefronts closing their doors.  The WTF (not that acronym!) strongly believes that a community theatre could help boost nearby business establishments and local commerce.

Chefs from the North Shore have been asked to create dishes, cocktails, and desserts inspired by a favorite film.  Some chefs include Tony Bettencourt of 62 Restaurant and Wine Bar, and Matt O’Neil of the Blue Ox.  Movies include Silence of the Lambs, True Grit, The Rum Diaries, and Tortilla Soup.  Guests will enjoy the film inspired tastings as live music keeps everyone entertained.  This is a great opportunity to experience first-hand how film can influence modern culture and food.  “Come see what inspires your favorite restaurateur!”

When?  Saturday, March 24th, 7pm.

Where?  Tower School, 75 West Shore Drive, Marblehead

Cost?  $45 each, 2 for $80.  $50 at the door.  To purchase tickets, click here.


Salem Restaurant Week

Speaking of food, this Sunday kicks of Salem’s Restaurant Week!  The event features the best local cuisine at value pricing.  For 10 days only, participating Salem area restaurants will offer either a two-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $15, or a three-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $25, or both (note that this price does not include drinks, taxes or gratuities).

Salem is rapidly becoming a culinary destination in the NoBo region, and the city offers something for every taste.  You can find an abundance of seafood of course—and a good steak too.  There is typical American fare as well as ethnic offerings.  Participating restaurants include: 43 Church, Adriatic Restaurant & Bar, Bella Verona, Black Lobster at Stromberg’s Cove, Capt’s Waterfront Bar & Club, Cilantro, Finz, Thai Place, Scratch Kitchen, Grapevine, Green Land Café, and Red Lulu Cocina & Tequila Bar.  They will offer multiple choices for appetizers, entrees as well as desserts.  Reservations are encouraged, so contact the restaurants directly. Don’t forget to mention “Restaurant Week” when making your reservations.  For a full list of restaurants with descriptions of cuisine, click here.

When? Sunday, March 25th-Thursday, March 29th as well as Sunday, April 1st – Thursday, April 5th

Where? Downtown Salem


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