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North Andover, MA 01845
Andover, MA 01810
Andover, MA 01810
It’s a bye week for the Pats, so that leaves extra time for you to do some other fun things this weekend! In case you need some motivation, here are some ideas to get you out the door.
Get into the holiday spirit at “Gardens Aglow” at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine. Over 650,000 lights will twinkle and greet you as you stroll through the gardens at your own pace. Other events are happening in Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor as well, so plan to check out the local restaurants and shops while you’re there! “Gardens Aglow” continues through December 31st!
Head to Oak & Iron Brewery in Andover - back up and running at full speed and celebrating with the appearance of the gourmet food truck “Souped Up Food.” Enjoy soups, sandwiches and comfort foods, and of course beer on tap, on Friday and Saturday from 4-9 pm. http://www.oakandironbrewing.com/
Lego Star Wars Days at the LegoLand Discovery Center in Boston, through Sunday. Purchase tickets online Also, the littlest Lego lovers can enjoy Toddler Tuesdays! http://bit.ly/2PY1DAl
Local professional pianist Lynne Wilby presents a concert of classical works and poetry in a White Fund Concert to benefit the people of the Merrimack Valley. The concert will be held on Sunday at the Lawrence Public Library at 2 pm. http://bit.ly/2Fq7WZh
USA Ninja Challenge in North Andover! Kids 4 to 17 years old can join in the fun of obstacle course training while improving their physical fitness. A win-win! Classes are scheduled and formulated by age groups. The facility also offers teens the opportunity to customize their workouts, and you can book parties to be held on Saturdays. http://usaninjachallenge.com/northandover-ma/
Prominent New York photographer Lloyd Ziff’s works are on display at the Bentley Library at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill through December 1st in an exhibit called “Being Alive.” His subjects include celebrity friends, family members and animals. http://bit.ly/2K7HbaF
Celebration of Wreaths & Trees at Portsmouth’s beautiful Georgian mansion, the Moffatt-Ladd House, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The house and garden have been transformed into a festive wonderland with more than 100 different displays both indoors and out. http://www.moffattladd.org/
Swing by the Thomson School’s Holiday Fair on Saturday from 11-2. There will be raffles, silent auctions, games, crafts and more! thomsonholidayfair.org
Peabody Historical Society Craft Fair at Brooksby Farm in Peabody on Saturday from 9-4. Do some shopping for yourself or for gifts at the annual craft fair, where you’ll find everything from yoga pillows to natural soaps, jewelry to quilts, and more. You can also enjoy cider donuts from the farm! http://bit.ly/2FpJHKU
Haverhill Winter Farmer’s Market. Head to Willow Spring Vineyards on Saturday from 9-1, where you’ll find fresh fruits, veggies, wine, jams, eggs, honey and more delicious offerings! https://willowspringvineyards.com/events.html
Boston Comedy Blowout at the Boch Center Schubert Theater in Boston, Saturday at 7:30. The show features six of the area’s most popular and recognizable stand-up comedians, who have also entertained nationally and internationally. Including Steve Sweeney, Chris Tabb and Christine Hurley. http://bit.ly/2DlnUkK
Noooo, it can’t be that time of year already! Saturday at 1:00 the 54th Annual VFW Post 29 Santa Parade kicks off in Bradford and ends at the Boys & Girls Club. All floats and vehicles will reflect this year’s theme of “Miracle on Merrimack Street.” If you haven’t been to the parade before, it is one of the largest in the area and always a treat for the whole family! http://bit.ly/2B7Y9TE
All Aboard! Kids and kids at heart love trains! Check out Greenberg’s Great Toy & Train Show at the Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington this weekend. It features hundreds of tables of trains and accessories for sale, huge operating exhibits and train layouts, activities for kids, and m
Open Houses! We have number of properties available in Andover, North Andover and the surrounding towns. Check our website for times and locations, or contact us directly for more info!
Updated bathrooms are one of the most common “must-have” requests from buyers. Here are some reasons why you should think about tackling a bathroom remodel, whether you’re thinking of selling or just want to get more enjoyment out of your home.
Pay attention to design elements, quality materials and professional installations. Avoid definite design trends in favor of classic beauty and functionality. You want your remodel to make you fall in love day after day for years to come - not wonder why you went with that mint green accent tile or that maroon scalloped pedestal sink. Timeless elements will enhance your bathroom’s appeal, both for you and for a future buyer.
Improve Flow and Livability
Are you hoping and planning to age in place? Think about creating a larger shower, perhaps even a curbless one. Adjust the height of the countertops, and maybe even reconfigure the floorplan to make the space more comfortable and accommodating. Done right, these changes will be appealing to all ages.
Add Storage Solutions
You can never have too much storage space! We’ve all had those frustrating times of rifling through drawers and cabinets to find hand cream or dental floss. New and more modern cabinetry offers optimal storage options that not only reduce clutter, but reduce the anxiety of trying to store or find items.
Stop Battling Siblings - or Spouses
A single small sink may have been the norm in years past, but that was before people discovered the joys of multiple sinks and lots of counter space! It’s definitely worth the price to eliminate the constant bickering, hogging of limited space and waiting impatiently to brush your teeth!
Life of Luxury
Even those on a modest budget can renovate a bathroom to feel like a private spa. Options like a multiple head shower, a freestanding tub, radiant heat flooring or a heated towel rack can go a long way to helping you unwind at the end of a long day or pamper yourself on a day off.
A bathroom remodel offers a strong return on investment, one that tends to hold its value over time while boosting your home’s overall resale value in the future. An updated bathroom is a major attention grabber and helps to attract more buyers, making it much easier to sell your home once the time comes to put it on the market. And the value it adds to your daily life is immeasurable!