This Weekend’s Distractions: June 22 to 24

By Mary Kate DePamphilis

With the temperatures heating up NoBo, you may want to find some exciting things to do—while enjoying some central AC.  We have some great events going on that might just have what you are looking for.  As always, NoBo is packed with fun, culture, art, entertainment, and opportunities to support our local non-profits.  Enjoy the weekend, everyone!


FREE Family Day Open House at Lynn Museum

Now that you have supported Lynn’s Museum’s great work at Giggle’s Comedy Club, come down to the museum and see what they are all about.  Join the museum and celebrate summer as they are a proud participant of the Downtown Lynn Neighborhood Association’s openDTL, a neighborhood-wide open house. This Family Day at the Museum will be filled with fun and activities, food and gallery tours, a great time for everyone in the family.

The Downtown Lynn Neighborhood Association is very proud to present their first openDTL, a neighborhood wide open house with arts, music, peeks into residences, art organizations, museums and businesses.

When?  Saturday, June 23, 12-4pm, openDTL will be ongoing throughout the area 11am-5pm.

Where?  The Lynn Museum, 590 Washington Street, Lynn

Cost? FREE

For more information on openDTL please visit:


8th Annual A Wild Affair

This fantastic and fun event will feature tasting stations hosted by local restaurants and carters, in addition to live entertainment, a live and silent auction—all within the unique environment of the zoo!  Blue of a Kind, an all-male acappella group will set the evening’s tine while you eat amongst the animals for the evening and enjoy delicious bites from Polcari’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Piantedosi Baking Company, Harrows Chicken Pies, Edible Arrangements, The Dockside Restaurants, and many others.  Last year, over 600 NoBo locals attended the event, and this year is anticipated to be even bigger.  Some fabulous auction items include a deep-sea fishing excursion, a 3-night stay at Newstead Belmont Hill Golf & Spa in Bermuda, a 2-night weekend stay at Poland Spring Resort in Maine, ski tickets, theater tickets, and beauty packages!

Zoo New England’s Stone Zoo has been a beloved part of the community for more than a century, and its animals and exhibits have delighted, educated, and enlightened millions of visitors during this time.  Proceeds from A Wild Affair will support operation and continued growth of Stone Zoo, its education programs and conservation initiatives.

When?  Sat. June 23rd, 5:30 to 9:30PM

Where?  Stone Zoo, 149 Pond Street, Stoneham

Cost?  $50 in advance by clicking here or $60 day of the event 21+ only


Legally Blond The Musical!

The Students of the Triton Arts in cooperation with the Triton Education Foundation will present a revival performance of this smash hit Legally Blond to raise money for the Triton Stadium Project.  Along with the show, there will be an afternoon of show-themed activities such as salon services, canine photography, and a community picnic with live music. Services are offered on a pay-as-you-go or donation basis. There will be something for everyone in the family.

Legally Blonde is a musical based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the 2011 film of the same name.  It tells the story of a vivacious blond named Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend.  As a most unlikely lawyer type, she discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others, and successfully defends exercise queen Brooke Wyndham in a murder trial.  Lots of hilarity and fun ensues along the way.

The Triton Education Foundation, Inc. (TEF), a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable foundation, is committed to supporting and enhancing the education experience of all students in Triton schools in the three towns of Newbury, Rowley, and Salisbury.

When?  Saturday, June 23rd, event begins at 3:30, musical at 7pm.

Where?  Triton High School, 112, Elm Street, Byfield

Cost? Admission is FREE, but donations are welcomed and encouraged.  To reserve tickets, click here.

For more information, please visit


Beebe Estate Gallery Art Exhibit

Stop by Melrose for some lovely afternoon art, culture, and history.  There will be an art exhibition at the Beebe Estate featuring watercolors by Paige Wallis, abstract photography by Dave Anastasi and expressionist painting by Hermann Polz.  A Greek Revival-style mansion, the Beebe Estate was built in 1828 by internationally prominent merchant, William Foster, as his summer retreat. In 1854 it was purchased by Liberty Bigelow, and his wife, Harriet, both philanthropists, and in 1898 the estate was inherited by the Bigelow’s adopted daughter, Katherine, and her husband, leather manufacturer Decius Beebe. Members of the Beebe family occupied the house until 1963, when it was acquired by the City of Melrose.  In addition to the art on display, the estate is certainly considered art itself!

When?  Saturday, June 23rd, 11AM to 3PM

Where? The Beebe Estate, 235 Foster Street, Melrose

Cost? FREE


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