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Andover, MA 01810
Lots to do this weekend, so if you're not heading off for the long weekend, check out these ideas!
The weather is finally cooperating and just in time for the annual Lowell Spring Carnival! The carnival will be from May 23 to June 2 at the Regatta Field (Welcome Field) at 500 Pawtucket Boulevard. The carnival will feature rides, games and food, along with a great location for taking a stroll along the boardwalk and checking out the scenery along the Merrimack River.
The Haverhill Spring Farmers’ Market opens on Saturday. Check out the vendors, get some farm fresh local food, enjoy some music – all at the barn at Willow Spring Vineyards, 840 West Lowell Ave. from 10-2.
Smell the ocean, smell the flowers – take a ride to the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion in Porstmouth for the Lilac Festival on Saturday from 10-2. There will also be free admission to the first floor of the mansion, a scavenger hunt, art show and guided trail walks. All for free!
Sunday the SoWa Open Market in Boston opens at 10 am and runs until 4 pm! It’s the largest celebration of local art, food and music with over 175 makers in a vibrant backdrop of artist studios, galleries, boutiques and vintage shops. There’s also an outdoor Beer Garden featuring live music, Boston’s favorite food trucks, and lawn games. 450 Harrison Ave – shopping district.
Sunday and Monday are supposed to be warm and partly sunny, perfect weather to head to Newburyport for the annual Spring Festival! Enjoy live music, food vendors, handmade crafts and more, peruse the local shops, taste test at the local cafes and restaurants and take in the water views!
Be sure to honor those who died for our country at one or more of the local Memorial Day events. In North Andover a parade begins at the Town Common at 10 am, followed by a ceremony at Ridgewood Cemetery. In Andover, there will be ceremonies at West Parish Cemetery at 7:00 am, at Saint Augustine’s Cemetery at 7:30 am and at Spring Grove Cemetery at 8:00 am. The parade kicks off at 10 am at the intersection of Elm and Florence Streets and proceeds to The Park. A collation will take place at the Doherty Middle School cafeteria at 11:30 am for all parade participants.
“John Goodman: Not Recent Color” exhibit is at the Addison Gallery of Art at Phillips Academy. The majority of Goodman’s photographs from the 1970s and 1980s have never been on exhibit before, and will transport viewers back to another time in America. The color photographs capture the fleeting moments in everyday life, in places like diners, bowling alleys, on streets and sidewalks and anywhere people could be seen in those days.
Take a hike! Get some exercise and fresh air without going far from home. Check out the hiking trails and views at Weir Hill in North Andover and Harold Parker Forest. Pack a picnic, bring your kayak (to Harold Parker) and fishing rod, and enjoy the day.
1692 Salem Witchcraft Walk Tour. Head to one of the North Shore’s favorite destinations and experience firsthand the mystique surrounding the infamous Salem witch trials while visiting several locations connected to the witchcraft hysteria. Friday at 4 pm. Then head on over to Salem Willows Park and partake in some of the favorite local epicurean delights, including a chop suey sandwich, Hobb’s Popcorn, seafood at The Clam Shack or Peppy’s pizza. Finish off your adventure in the arcade and a walk along the water.
Follow the Freedom Trail in Boston! What a great way to celebrate Memorial Day. Stop and grab a snack along the way so you’ll have the energy to climb the Bunker Hill Monument, and take a ride on the Swan Boats in the Public Garden to rest your weary feet!
In honor of the Memorial Day weekend, we will not be hosting any open houses this weekend. If you would like to schedule a showing of any property, just let us know and we will be happy to arrange a private viewing for you.
There are so many flooring options these days, from carpeting to tile to vinyl plank and more. When choosing flooring be sure to think about several things: the room the flooring is going in, the type of foot traffic, the wear and tear it will receive, your decorating style and your budget. Let's take a look at the pros and cons of the most popular flooring choices.
- Insulating properties help keep drafts from seeping through the floor and helps deaden sound between floors
- The softest of any type of flooring, there is an almost endless selection of colors and plushness
- Manufacturers have advanced the wear, tear and durability of carpet for it to last longer with proper care
- Regular vacuuming is needed
- Spills need to be removed immediately to prevent staining and liquid to seep deep into fibers to cause mold and mildew
- You should have regular professional carpet cleaning to remove ground in dirt and stains
- Hardwood floors add a lot of value to your home. Buyers are looking for hardwood floors!
- They are super durable when properly cared for. Think about how many of those houses built 50 or more years ago still have beautiful wood floors! When the floors are worn down some, a little TLC can bring them back to their natural glory.
- Routine care is easy, just sweep or vacuum, or wipe with a wood cleaner
- There are so many different types of woods, stains and plank sizes so you can create your own look
- Hardwood floors can be costly to install, and some wood types are much more expensive than others
- They can be colder to the touch compared to other flooring options, so you may want or need to add an area rug in some places
- Wood floors are noisier when walked on than other types of flooring. Children and pets can slip on hardwood as the floors are hard to get a grip on without shoes.
- Darker woods tend to show dust, pet hair and scratches when the sunlight hits them
Ceramic Tile and Natural Stone:
- There are an abundance of colors, patterns and sizes so you can create a truly unique floor
- Easy cleanup with a wet cloth or a quick sweep or vacuum
- Cool to the touch in warmer climates
- They are cool to the touch in colder climates, so you may end up putting area rugs in places
- They are hard to stand on and crack easily if you drop something on them
- Grout needs to be cleaned and repaired
- Many laminates are "floating" and have a click and lock design that makes them easy to install by anyone who is somewhat handy
- The protective layer on laminate helps protect it from something that would normally stain easily, so they are good for places where spills may be frequent
- They are easy to by vacuuming or mopping with a damp mop
- Laminate Is far less expensive than wood, but while it may look like hardwood, it doesn’t have the same value
- Some laminates can be slippery or loud (some people hear "clicking" when walking on it). If not properly installed, it can buckle.
- Laminate flooring cannot be sanded or refinished, and some laminates dent easily. Areas with large scratches or gouges need to be replaced, and if you can't find matching pieces you will have mismatched spaces or need to replace the floor with new
Luxury Vinyl Tile, also known as Vinyl Plank Flooring
- So many design choices! There is a huge variety of colors, designs and patterns! Some look like wood, some like tile - which can even be grouted to look like "real" ceramic or stone tiles. People often bend down to touch the floor, to see what material it is. And it's quicker and easier to install than tile.
- It is highly durable and scratch-resistant, making it an excellent choice for heavy foot traffic areas. It's warmer to the touch and softer on feet than tile and stone, while absorbing sound - so it's quieter than hardwood.
- Cleaning is a breeze. Just sweep, vacuum or mop. No special cleaning products required!
- This isn't your grandmother's vinyl sheet or peel and stick flooring. Luxury vinyl tile is well made and durable. It can cost as much as some standard hardwood or ceramic tile.
- Making transitions between rooms or other types of flooring can be a bit of a project, since some manufacturers don't have transition pieces to match all the flooring colors and patterns. Instead you have to cut and stain pieces of wood or use other threshold materials.
Whatever you decide, here's hoping you will love it for years to come!
Andover, MA 01810