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CHECK OUT THESE WEEKEND EVENTS!
Essex Chamber Music Players present their final concert of the season with a medley of original jazz compositions along with songbook standards. Sunday at 2 pm at the Hartleb Technology Center at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill. The musical pieces range in style from classical to jazz to pop. Tickets are $15 for adults, children 7-16 and NECC students are free.
Heading to the beach? Be sure to stop in Hampton and see this year’s sand sculptures! A talented group of sand artists from across the US and Canada vie for this year’s awards and a first-place purse of $15,000. Who doesn’t like to marvel at the artistry in the sand? The sculptures will be illuminated at night until June 27.
It’s Yoga in the Gardens on Friday morning at 9. Learn breathing techniques, postures to balance and stretch, and relaxation all while among the flowers and lawn of The Stevens-Coolidge Place. No yoga experience necessary,just wear comfortable clothing that allows movement and bring a large towel or mat. Molly Gring, Instructor. http://bit.ly/2WTcjEF
Pop-Up Farmer’s Market in Ipswich, Friday from 4-7 pm at the Ipswich Middle Green on Main Street. In addition to fresh produce, eggs, cheese and honey there will be additional locally sourced foods, crafts, a BBQ food truck, live music and more.
Free Ice Cream Social! Saturday from 10 am to noon, bring your pup to The Best Friends Pet Hotel in Wakefield. Meet the staff, tour the center and get your fur baby a free dog-friendly ice cream! Then take a walk along the shore of beautiful Lake Quannapowitt and stop at the Gingerbread Company for a treat for yourself!
Now here’s something different – The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Saturday from 10:30-4:30 at SAC Park on Elm Street in Shrewsbury, just an hour away. There will be Vikings, Swedish meatballs, live music and dancing and more Vikings – Viking competitions, Viking games, Viking crafts and more. Kids games and activities, flower crowns and so much more fun for the whole family!
The Andover Farmers’ Market kicks off its season on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm at the Amos Blanchard House and Barn on Main Street. Come get your weekly supply of fresh local products. The North Andover Farmers’ Market is on Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm at First and Main.
Teddy Bear Picnic! Saturday from 1-3 you and your little one can enjoy a story time and picnic at the teddy bear garden at The Stevens Coolidge Place. There will be crafts, bubbles and a Bear Scavenger Hunt as well. Stuffed animal best friends encouraged to attend! And, the Andover Bear Company will also be in attendance to fulfill all your teddy bear needs. Pre-register at http://bit.ly/2ZzgDWp
Are you a Latin Dance fan? Here’s your chance to practice your Salsa skills at Lowell Salsa in the Park on Saturday from 3-7 pm. This is an innovative community event for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities which combines music, dance, culture, and education. There will be a Salsa class by Mill City Mambo, music, Timba line, dance performances and social dancing, and more. Held at North Common Park on Fletcher Street.
It’s a Taste of Market Street (Lynnfield) on Sunday from 5-7 pm. Many businesses are participating in giveaways, raffles and small bites, including Davio’s, Wahlburgers, Temazcal, Legal C Bar and more. There will be live entertainment and more fun on The Green. Advanced tickets via eventbrite are $8.00, $10.00 at the gate.
Open Houses! What would a Sunday be without an open house or two? Head out and find your dream home. For specific addresses and times, just reach out. We are also always happy to schedule a private showing appointment for you!
Flag Day & Father’s Day Weekend Events
View the moving “Field of Honor” display of 350 American flags on the common in North Andover’s Old Center. Set up to commemorate Flag Day and to honor our heroes, both alive and gone, active duty and retired. Saturday at 11:00 will be a dedication ceremony with speakers.
Looking for something for the whole family to enjoy? Head to the Bluegrass Bash at The Stevens Coolidge Place on Sunday from 4-7. The bluegrass band Mamma’s Marmalade will be performing, a delicious BBQ, pastries and beer (along with other beverages) will be available for purchase. Advance registration strongly suggested. http://bit.ly/2KM7ypa
Connors Farm in Danvers opens for the season on Friday! Bring the kids for some fun on the farm, including a ride on the Putnamville Railroad. Then grab some fresh fruit and veggies, pick up a hanging basket of flowers, enjoy a hot cup of clam chowder and grab some apple cinnamon donuts to bring home! https://www.connorsfarm.com/
West Parish Church in Andover is hosting a Yard Sale on Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm. Come find some treasures and help support scholarships for the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club.
Also from 8 am – 2 pm on Saturday is the 5th Annual Flea Market/Yard Sale at Vintage View Antiques on River Street in Haverhill. Glassware, pottery, furniture, décor and more is available from the shop and a dozen vendors. Happy Shopping!
Saturday from 7-9 pm the West Parish Garden Cemetery in Andover hosts a Lantern Festival. Experience the spectacular lighting event based on an ancient Asian ritual. Decorate your lantern to send messages of faith, love, peace and hope. There will be musical and dance performances, as well as refreshments. All lanterns will be launched together on the pond at sunset. http://westparishgardencemetery.org/calendar.htm
Bring back memories of your childhood at the Root Beer Float Fundraiser at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen. Have a delicious float and help raise funds to support the MSPCA’s special medical fund, Angels for Animals, which provides life-saving and life-changing care for the animals at the farm. Saturday from Noon – 4 pm.
If it’s June, it’s strawberry season! There’s nothing better than a Strawberry Festival at a farm for fresh strawberry shortcake, fresh berries to bring home, games, food, hay rides, crafts and more. Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm you can berry yourself crazy at Smolak Farms in North Andover and Marini Farm in Ipswich. Enjoy!
Andover's 2nd Annual Bike Rodeo & Wellness Fair is Saturday from 10:00 am-1:00 pm, at the Center at Punchard. This free event is open to all ages and includes bike safety checks, helmet fittings, wellness resources, food, a bounce house, a DJ and prizes. Kids should bring their own bike and take a ride on the safety course for a chance to win a NEW bike!
The North Andover Farmer’s Market kicks off the season on Sunday. Open from 10 am – 2 pm in the parking lot at the corner of 1st & Main Streets, you’ll find a wide selection of locally sourced fruit, vegetables, sweets, cheeses, treats, beverages, honey and more.
In collaboration with the market is the monthly Artisan Market at the Mills, at 50 High Street. The monthly market will feature local crafters and artisans selling their handmade goods. Come by and shop from up to 56 vendors that will change month to month to create variety and keep the market fresh. Find home decor, soaps and candles, pet products, knit and sewn items, photography and so much more!
The Second Congregational Church of Boxford is hosting its third annual summer celebration at ifarm LLC! The Boxford Rib and 'Shoe Fest takes place Saturday from 2-5 pm and will feature great games, delicious food competitions, and craft beer brewed with ifarm hops by Agape Brewing Community. Events will include a Ribs Cook-Off, Pie Bake-Off, and a Horseshoe Tournament. Come sample a smorgasbord of different ribs and pies, drink some great beer, and try your skill in the horseshoe ring.
Open Houses! Join us for a wide array of open house properties in Andover and North Andover. If you’re tied up with Father’s Day activities, just let us know and we will happily schedule private showings for you at your convenience! www.Andover-TopBroker.com or TCarroll@AndoverHomesales.com
Are you one of the many who is moving to a new home this summer? Be sure you’re prepared when that moving truck arrives! Here are some timeline ideas to make your move as smooth as possible. It’s not an exhaustive list, but will give you a place to start and perhaps give you some info you hadn’t thought about.
45-60 days before the move:
Hire a phenomenal Realtor, aka, The Carroll Group! Make sure you only move things you want, need and use. Our staging and repair crew can help you with purging, repairing, de-cluttering, selling and donating unwanted items, staging and getting your home ready prior to listing.
Make spreadsheets or lists your new best friend! Collect all your important documents into one spot, including birth certificates, vet records, school records, etc., so you’ll be able to pack them at the last minute. Keep track of due dates for making appointments, signing contracts, and packing items.
Once the Purchase & Sale agreement is signed, you’ll need to find a trusted mover. If you’re making a long-distance move you will definitely need to book your mover as soon as possible. Don’t just sign on the dotted line with the first mover you speak with; be sure to interview several companies and check their reviews. You don’t want your cherished belongings lost or damaged along the way. We can also recommend some movers with whom we've worked many times over the years.
30-45 days before the move:
Start packing for real! Collect boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, tape and start packing up the things that you don’t need right now, such as out of season clothing, holiday decorations, books and grandma’s good china. Label boxes on all sides and stack them in the room where they belong. It’s helpful if you use different colored markers and/or post-its to help both you and the movers know where the boxes go in the new house.
Measure your new home for window treatments, furniture placement, and amount of paint you will need to transform the space into your own. This will also help you to know which of your current furnishings you should keep, and which you should dispose of or donate. You can find some great measurements apps for free or minimal cost. The Carroll Group can help you find new homes for the furnishings and other items you no longer want.
15-30 days before the move:
Confirm your arrangements with your mover. Be sure to check with your homeowner’s insurance company to see if you have coverage for any moving losses.
Let your utility providers know the cancellation date of your current utilities and setup the transfer of services or new service start dates for your new utility services. Do a change of address for your mail, simple to do online these days on the USPS website.
Take art work off the walls so you’ll have plenty of time to patch holes or repaint if needed.
Schedule the smoke/carbon monoxide detector inspection and call the water department to order the final water and sewer readings. The Carroll Group does these as a courtesy to our clients.
7-14 days before you move:
Organize the items you will be hand-carrying, such as jewelry or items of particular monetary or sentimental value to you. Pack these items in easy to transport cases, boxes or bags. Shoe organizers, locking metal fireboxes, and small modular organization systems from places such as The Container Store or Target can be ideal for these items. Don’t forget to pack the important documents you gathered together a few weeks ago!
Pack up the last of your dishes, glassware, silverware, and any pots & pans you really won’t need for the next few days. Paper plates will come in very handy for now. And don’t forget to pack up your non-perishable foods.
Reconfirm the mover. Just. In. Case.
3-7 days before you move:
Order any medication refills and be sure to take all your medications with you. Even if you’re just moving across town. If a box should be misplaced, you don’t want it to be the one with your much-needed medicine in it!
Make sure all nail holes are repaired, touch up paint where necessary, clean carpets and floors, scrub the tub and shower, and be sure everything is “broom clean” for the buyer’s walk through.
Dispose of any perishable foods you won’t use before the move. Clean the refrigerator and wipe out cabinets and drawers.
Get pet carriers clean and ready.
1 day before you move:
Try to get a good night’s sleep! Pack your final bag with your medications, important papers, and jewelry and any clothing you will need if you will not be moving into your new home immediately.
The Big Day:
Do one last quick check to be sure the house is in broom clean condition, you’ve taken all your toiletries, and the fridge is empty and clean.
Take a photo of the house as you leave, you may want to look back at the place where you made memories.
Use a post-it or tape a piece of paper outside each room of the new house to say what the room is called (ie, Bedroom #2, Office, Walk-in Closet) to make delivery of boxes even easier. Even better – a quick diagram to show where furniture should be placed.
Oversee the movers to be sure things go where you want them to go. You don’t want to spend the next few days moving things around and ending up with a sore back. That’s what the pros are paid to do!
Settle in and enjoy - before you have to begin all that unpacking!
Summer is fast approaching, and for many people that means house guests will soon be arriving. Here are some tips to create a welcoming haven for your guests without spending a whole lot of time, money or energy (shhhhh, they won’t know if you don’t tell them).
Take a look around your guest room and think as if you are entering a vacation space. What would you like to see in a hotel room or B&B? Then that’s where you need to start!
- Make sure your mattress is comfy. You don’t have to spend hundreds to buy a new mattress, you can just add a mattress topper. They start at about $50 and are available in all sizes and materials.
- Add nice bedding, such as sheets with detailed stitching, extra pillows of various sizes, shapes and thicknesses, fluffy towels,even generic bathrobes that you can purchase for little money. And if you use those coupons for retailers like Bed, Bath & Beyond or Wayfair, you’ll save even more while making a big impact!
- Help your guests block out road or house noise with an ambient sound machine and provide a bedside fan.
- While not everyone likes to watch tv in bed, make sure your guests have the option to sit up late or catch the early news by having a smart TV in the room. Prices of these TVs have come down to super affordable prices and will allow your guests to sign into their own streaming channels. Better yet, provide your guests with your streaming channel login info,as well as your WIFI login information. Few of us can stand to be far from our devices these days.
- Add some personal touches that show you really care about your guests! A basket of toiletries, a couple bottles of water, some fresh flowers, and some snacks or a sampler size box of chocolates will definitely be well received!
Looks like a great weekend to get out and about and have some fun!
The Middlesex Jazz Fest is happening in Concord (MA)on Friday and Saturday. Saturday is an outdoor event with a mix of 20-piece Big Bands, Latin Jazz, Jump Blues, and Smaller Ensembles. Friday night you ca nenjoy live music, wine tasting and appetizers at the Trail’s End Café. https://www.middlesexjazzfest.org/
Discover some hidden gems and historical tidbits! Hit Boston for a Chocolate Tour of Back Bay on Saturday morning or a walking tour of the South End on Saturday afternoon. http://www.cocoabeantown.com/tours-and-events/
Get Your Greek On all weekend at the Annunciation Woburn Greek Festival, Montvale Ave. There will be live music, food, gyro night, kids activities and more! http://annunciationwoburn.com/
Saturday is Bee Day at Franklin Park Zoo! Learn about the important role bees play in the environment and on our food sources, enjoy interactive performances, live music, educational talks and fun! https://www.zoonewengland.org/engage/bee-day/
Take a tour of the Short Path Distillery in Everett. Sip on a complimentary cocktail while seeing the stills, brewhouse and barrelhouse. Learn about the distilling process and how spirits are produced and aged, and cap off the experience with a guided tasting at the sampling bar! Bring your own food and relax on the patio while playing some board games, then take home some summer gin or elderflower liqueur! https://shortpathdistillery.com/
The North Shore Players present Neil Simon’s first farce,“Rumors” Friday and Saturday evenings at the Hogan Regional Auditorium on Maple Street in Danvers. http://northshoreplayers.org/main/main-stage/
Who doesn’t love Portsmouth? This Saturday there will be even more to love, with Market Square Day! From the pancake breakfast to the farmer’s market, the children’s entertainment to live musical performances and more! Afterwards take some time to check out the local shops and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants in town. https://www.proportsmouth.org/index.cfm
Tom Brady may not want to attend, but if you like strawberries head to the annual Strawberry Festival in Topsfield! It will be held rain or shine on Topsfield’s quaint town common and along with amazing strawberry shortcake there will be other food, music, games, vendor booths, tours of the historic Parson Capen House and more. 10-4 on Saturday. http://www.topsfieldhistory.org/strawberry/
It’s the annual Summer Festival by the Lake in Wakefield (rain date is Sunday). Enjoy a stroll along beautiful Lake Quannapowitt and check out the crafters, artists, food, music and other entertainment. http://wcna.org/festival/
Thinking ahead to summer days at the beach? Start the season off at Hampton’s Sunday Funday Summer Kickoff! There will be fun, games, giveaways, prizes and special prices at many of Hampton’s restaurants and bars from 9 am – 4 pm. http://bit.ly/2WQhdBx
Kids love trucks, so take advantage of Touch A Truck in Andover on Sunday from 10 am – noon at 32 Osgood Street. There will be several cars and trucks for the kids to touch and explore.
For something really different, take in the Dragon Boat Festival in Boston on Saturday and Sunday! There will be dance, martial arts demonstrations, music and amazing food on the banks of the Charles River. And of course boats and boat races! https://www.bostondragonboat.org/
Open Houses! Lots and lots of Open Houses! Come find your dream home, or contact us to schedule your private showing.