This Week’s Distractions: June 7 to June 12

By Mary Kate DePamphilis

Opening Day of Ansel Adams Exhibit

The beautiful images of the American landscape shot by one of the world’s best loved photographers are coming to the North Shore!  Celebrating [Ansel] Adams is an exhibit not to be missed.  Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist who passed away in 1984, best known for his black and white photographs of the American West, especially of Yosemite National Park.  Adams helped develop a method called the Zone System as a way to determine proper exposure and adjust the contrast of the final print. The resulting clarity and depth of his photos ultimately became a new and distinct category of photographs.  Adam’s stunning images of America’s mountains and rivers can absolutely take your breath away.

Opening Day will feature gallery tours starting at 11am and 2pm.  Tickets will be available the day of at the admission desk.  From 3 to 5PM, there will be a film presentation by Michael Dow, doctoral candidate at New York University and teacher of film and animation studies at Northeastern University.  He will present works of experimental filmmakers from Adams’ time who explored sequence and time through their films, as Adams did in his photographs.

When?  Saturday, June, 9th from 11AM to 5PM. The exhibit will be showing until October 8th.

Where? Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem

Cost?  Adults $15, Seniors $13, Students $11, Youth (16 and under) and Salem, Mass. residents admitted free.


Bottles and Can Drive at Stone Zoo!

If you are interested in not only helping the environment but contributing to a worthy cause, bring your empty bottles and cans to Stone Zoo during the Bottle and Can Drive. The event is held the second Saturday of each month through October with all proceeds benefiting conservation efforts supported by Zoo New England, the non-profit organization that manages Stone Zoo and Franklin Park ZooTo learn more, visit

When?  Saturday, June 9th, 10am-2:30pm

Where? Stone Zoo Parking Lot, 149 Pond Street, Stoneham


5th Annual Dog Day!

Treadwell’s Ice Cream and Smolak Farms will host their annual event in honor of all our furry friends.  Come to this beautiful and picturesque New England farm and spend the day with your best friend and visit the following vendors:

  • GroomTown Pet Boutique & Spa – providing nail clippings and merchandise

  • Wiggles & Jiggles Pet Care – Canine massages and information

  • Good Dog Aquatic Fitness – Canine massages and information

  • Bulger’s Animal Hospital – Informational

  • River Road Animal Hospital – Oral health focus w/evaluations and information

  • Muddy Creek Animal Hospital – Behavioral and IQ analysis

  • Emmitts Edibles – Dog Treats and Merchandise

  • Pawsitive Paws Dog Training – Frisbee demo and training tips/information

  • Ciao Bow Wow – Merchandise and nutritional information

  • Bluedog Pet Care – Informational and Interactive

  • Lil Lift Hind End Support System – Informational and merchandise

  • MSPCA – Merchandise and information

Don’t forget to put your dog on a leash.  Bring the whole family because in addition, there will be Hayrides, bouncy house, duck races, food court and lots of fun activities.  There will even be special doggie dishes made by Treadwell’s ice cream!

When?  Sunday, June 10th, 10am-4pm.

Where?  Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford Street, North Andover

Cost?  FREE, some activities require a donation to MSPCA


Captain’s Cup at Myopia Polo

Why not do something a little bit out of the ordinary?  Come down to the Myopia Polo which is one of the oldest active polo clubs in America.  Club players have been playing on summer Sundays at Gibney Field since 1887.  The beautiful country atmosphere, rich history of the grounds, and the equine and athletic energy make for an atypical, fun summer afternoon!  This weekend is the Captain’s Cup polo match and the competition will be at its finest.  Feel free to bring a lunch, a blanket, or chair, sit back and enjoy the action.  Dogs are allowed and parking is free.  The sun should be coming out that afternoon, so why not?  Tea and crumpets, anyone?

When? Sunday, June 10th, 3pm, gates open at 1:30pm.

Where? Myopia Polo, 435 Bay Road, South Hamilton

Cost? $10 per person, under 12 FREE


Opening Day for the Beverly Farmer’s Market

This fabulous farmers’ market is situated next to a nice grassy park—a great place to hang out.  There is always music and spots under trees for a perfect picnic.  The market offers fresh local produce of the season, as well as cheese, meat, eggs, bread, baked goods, and other items like dog treats, jewelry, and books.   The park is dog friendly, has plenty of parking with access to the commuter rail.
This week, you can expect to find lettuce, spinach, arugula, peas, radishes, and scallions.  There will also fresh, local fish from Rowands and local grass fed beef, cheese, and eggs from Lawton Farm.  If you are starting your own garden this year there will be seedlings available from the Highground Microfarm.  There will be handmade soap, herbs, massage, local art, bread, books, coffee, honey, and more!

Beverly Farmers’ Market’s mission is to provide an attractive and well organized setting for local farmers, producers of local food, and local artists to sell their products on a regular basis in downtown Beverly.  The Farmers’ Market aims to support local agriculture while making healthy food available to members of the Beverly community at affordable prices, promote sustainable living practices, and foster community development.

Stay tuned for a detailed list of NoBo’s favorite Farmer’s Markets across the region next week!

When? Opening Day, Monday, June 11th, 3pm-7pm.  Every Monday through October 22nd, excluding holiday Mondays

Where? Veterans Park, Railroad Ave. and Rantoul St., Downtown Beverly

Cost? FREE


Hello, Dolly!

The beloved, Tony Award-winning classic musical is coming to the North Shore and is sure to make everyone fall in love with America’s most beloved matchmaker, Dolly Levi! The Broadway hit will be playing for 2 weeks only, buy now for best seats.

For those who may not be familiar with the show, Hello, Dolly! is an alluring story of the joy of living with happy and fun songs, high-energy choreography, elaborate costumes, and fabulous characters.  Dolly Gallagher Levi sets out to do her job as a matchmaker, finding none other than herself to be the best match!  Lots of fun will surprise you along the way. Hello, Dolly! is a great musical experience for all ages.

When?  Tuesday, June 12th-Sunday, June 24th

Where?  North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly

Cost?  $40-$60. To purchase, log on to the NSMT ticketing site.


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