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Here are some ideas for weekend fun!


It’s a Teddy Bear Picnic at The Stevens Coolidge Place!  What could be more fitting for a sunny summer day than you, your favorite little person and their favorite bear?  Friday from 1-3 there will be crafts, bubbles, a scavenger hunt, light refreshments and a story hour.  Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy!  Pre-register please at


Food Trucks?  Yes please!  Friday from 4-7 Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury hosts its popular Food Truck Friday event, with food (of course) as well as live music, lawn games, a cider bar and specials in the farm store.  Check it out, it’s free!


One of the area’s most popular events takes place all weekend in the North End – the Saint Anthony’s Feast and the visitation of the Blessed Relics of Saint Anthony from the Pontifical Basilica Di Sant’ Antonio in Padua, Italy.  Even more special, this year celebrates the centennial of the feast, which features a grand 10 hour procession, public viewing of the relics, live street bands and all the amazing delicious food you can eat from local street vendors!  Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday 9 am – 11 pm and Sunday 10:30 am – 6:00 pm.


Assumption Greek Festival takes place this weekend in Manchester, NH at 111 Island Pond Road.  Two days of delicious homemade Greek food, pastries, drinks, music & dance. Travel to Greece without leaving home! Free admission & parking. Raffles. Kid'scorner. Fine jewelry & crafts. Ethnic & religious items. Greek & American wines and beers. Greek dancing. The live band “Kostas Taslis Band” will play on Sunday 2:30-6:30 PM


Family Fun Day 2019 offers something for all the kids.  Saturday at Field of Dreams in Salem, NH from 11-3.  Food trucks, face painting, bounce house, ice cream, photos with your favorite Superhero or Princess and more!

Salem, MA is always hosting something interesting and this weekend is no exception.  Check out the Freaks Antiques and Uniques Convention at the Hawthorne Hotel on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm.  Shop 60 vendors on 3 floors! There will be vendors in the ballroom, the library, and the mezzanine. A map will be provided upon entry so you can quickly find your favorite vendors and their location. There will also be workshops, seminars and demonstrations upstairs in the mezzanine section.


Noon Tunes! Grab some food from our local small businesses and come enjoy music from students and faculty of Andover Real School of Music, Friday from Noon – 2 pm on the steps of the Old Town Hall. Tables and chairs will be available and there will be activities for the kids. 


Winnekenni Castle’s Annual Summer Cruise Day takes place on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm.  Check out the awesome classic cars on display and listen to live doo wop music.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase!


Pup-Up on the Patio.  Join pawsome local pet vendors for a summer “pup up” on Saturday at 10 am at Precinct Kitchen + Bar on Berkeley Street in Boston, while supporting MA Vest-A-Dog. Treat your furry friend to brunch and shopping before National Dog Day. Featuring Loews Loves Pets, Polka Dog Bakery, Red Dog Pet Resort and more! In addition, Precinct Kitchen + Bar will be serving brunch specials for pets and their owners where proceeds will benefit MA Vest-A-Dog! MA Vest-A-Dog supports Massachusetts Police dogs by helping provide bullet resistant vests, essential equipment and training for police and law enforcement K-9 programs throughout Massachusetts.


Have you been wanting to seethe new Encore Casino but aren’t looking to gamble?  Here’s a chance to soak in the ambiance minus the gaming!  Head to the new Beer & Wine Garden at Encore Boston Harbor’s South Lawn.  From now until Labor Day, the Beer & Wine Garden at the new $2.6 billion resort and casino will open Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm until 30 minutes after sunset. The outdoor waterfront garden provides a perfect summer outing along the newly restored Mystic River shoreline and Encore Harborwalk, complete with beer, wine, cocktails, and a number of lawn games. Soft drinks and snacks can also be found on the menu.


Open Houses –yes, if it’s the weekend, there must be open houses.  Contact any of the members of The Carroll Group to see if your next home has an open house this weekend, or if you’d like to schedule a private showing.


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What’s Up This Weekend?

Welcome to August!  All too soon it will be back to school time,so make the most of your weekend!

Voices of Hope Boston presents “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” today through Sunday at The Nest at the Everett Mill in Lawrence.  The youth members of this organization present a favorite musical, while raising money for cancer research.  To date, over $700,000 ha sbeen raised, so come sing along and contribute at the same time!

It’s an extraordinary sight to see The Tall Ships, which sail into Portsmouth with Sail Portsmouth this weekend.  Check out the Coast Guard cutter Eagle and three schooners - The Lynx, The Roseway and The Harvey Gamage. The festival begins Thursday, Aug. 1 with the Parade of Sail, and continues through the weekend at the State Pier in Portsmouth.  The visiting schooners will offer day-sails through Aug. 11.

Circus Smirkus – just the name makes you smile!  The circus is in Newbury on Friday and Saturday at the Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm.  Circus Smirkus is a nonprofit arts and education organization created to promote the skills, culture and traditions of the traveling circus, and to inspire youth to engage in life-changing adventures in the circus arts.  The Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour is the only traveling youth circus in the United States. Performing under traditional European-style circus tents, the award-winning circus company consists of some 80 people including teen performers, professional circus coaches, tent and technical crew and a live circus band performing an original score each year.  The tour caravan requires 23 support vehicles!

The 38th Annual Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally takes place Friday through Sunday at Drake Field in Pittsfield, NH.  See the balloons lift off, watch a K-9 Dog demonstration, “touch a truck”, take part in a cornhole tournament, hit the carnival rides and so much more!

Pick a Festival, there are several happening this weekend!  You can check out the Salem Maritime Festival on Saturday and Sunday, where you’ll be able to hear live music, sail on a ship, schooner or dory, see local crafts, demonstrations and exhibits, and participate in fun activities – all in historic Salem.

Right close by is the Festival by the Sea in Manchester-By-The-Sea, home of the famous Singing Beach! This quaint town has a full day and evening of events planned, including locally grown food and locally crafted arts, crafts, and jewelry.  You can take in the sights of Masconomo Park and the free concerts throughout the day and evening.  Local restaurants will showcase some of their most tempting creations while area farmers and co-ops will be on hand with locally grown fruits and vegetables.

If Boston is your destination of choice, head to the North End for the Feast of St. Agrippina.  Live entertainment is just the beginning of this family favorite annual event, beginning with the Procession of St. Agrippina on Friday at 7 pm and running through Sunday night.  Try your luck at the tug-of-war contest or a raffle while listening to live performances that go from Noon to 11 PM each day.  And of course, there will be food vendors selling favorites like arancini, fried calamari and sausage, peppers & onions subs, among other delectable fare.  Or pop into one of the many wonderful small restaurants that line Hanover Street and the adjoining thoroughfares!

Looking for seafood and more seafood?  It’s the 8th Annual Boston Seafood Festival on Sunday from 11 am – 6 pm at Boston Fish Pier.  The event focuses on Boston’s seafood heritage and will feature an all-day lobster bake, celebrity chef & fish cutting demonstrations, an oyster-shucking contest, beer garden, kids’activities and more!  Food trucks with both seafood and non-seafood offerings will also be present.

Closer to home is 17th Century Saturday at the Parson Barnard House in North Andover.  The historic 1715 First Period home and garden will be open to the public for free from 11 am – 3 pm.   Come see what it was like to live during the time of the first settlements in America in Essex County, check out the kids’activities in the barn and learn about our history!

Newburyport’s 2019 Yankee Homecoming comes to an end this weekend.  Come see what all the fuss is about!  This weekend there wil lbe sidewalk sales, Family Day at Maudslay State Park, fireworks on Saturday at 9:15, a parade on Sunday at noon and so much more to do and see.

Open Houses! For a list of properties and times they will be open, just let us know and we’re happy to help!

Are you looking for some different, easy and delicious recipes for this hot weather?  Try these, for a great change from the usual hamburgers and potato salad - compliments of my friend Bob Joyce of Cross Country Mortgage! 

Shrimp and Vegetable Kabobs

(Serves 4)


1 pound of shrimp, peeled and de-veined

2 red bell peppers, cut into chunks

1 onion, cut into chunks

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 teaspoons of chili powder

2 teaspoons of garlic powder

4 bamboo skewers



Pour olive oil into a bowl and add the chili powder and garlic powder. Put the shrimp into the bowl and coat them thoroughly.Refrigerate for about 15 minutes, and then remove the shrimp from the marinade.Put the shrimp and vegetables onto the skewers, creating a pattern that pleases you. Grill over medium heat on a gas grill for about eight minutes, turning occasionally.


Corn and Black Bean Salad

(Serves 4) 

Ingredients for the dressing:

3 tablespoons of lime juice, freshly squeezed

1 clove of garlic, minced

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1-2 tablespoons of juice from pickled jalapenos

Salt and pepper to taste

For the salad:

2 (15 oz.) cans of black beans, drained and rinsed

2 ears of freshly shucked corn

1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved

1/4 cup of mixed-colored bell peppers, chopped

1 tablespoon of chopped fresh jalapeno

1/3 cup of chopped red onion

1/4 cup of chopped cilantro


For the dressing: Put all the ingredients in a mason jar and shake it thoroughly. Set aside. For the salad: Place the vegetables in a bowl, drizzle with the dressing, and toss.


Mint Watermelon Salad

(Serves 8)


6 cups of cubed seedless watermelon

2 tablespoons of minced fresh mint

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

1 tablespoon of olive oil

2 teaspoons of sugar


In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, and sugar. Place watermelon and mint in a large bowl and drizzle with the dressing. Serve chilled.



(Original Sources: Recipe 4 Living, Fool Proof Living, Taste of Home)

It’s the Last Weekend of July Already!

Thursday is Movie Night on the Boardwalkin Haverhill from 8:30-10:00.  Enjoy a movie under the stars! Bring a comfy chair or blanket and enjoy a movie on a beautiful summer evening at Harbor Place Plaza. This week’s feature is an all time favorite, The Goonies!


One of the best sand sculpting contests in the country is this weekend!  Head on down to Revere Beach Friday through Sunday and check out the fantastic creations at the 2019 International Sand Sculpting Festival.  It’s a fun event including fireworks, live entertainment, food trucks and stands, children’s activities and amusement rides.  And did I mention LOTS of food trucks?  


Downtown Lowell hosts the 33rd Lowell Folk Festival this Friday through Sunday.  This free event features traditional live folk music performances, ethnic food, artisan crafts and lots of fun.  Things kick off with a parade at 6:30 on Friday and continue through Sunday afternoon.  For more info go to


Create your own fresh bouquet for yourself or someone special!  Head on over to The Stevens Coolidge Place on Saturday or Sunday between 10 am and 4 pm and pick your own favorite flowers like zinnias and cosmos, along with some special varieties you might like to add. There is a fee for cutting the flowers, but scissors, cup and water will be provided at the tent.  You can also wander through the other gardens or spend some time enjoying the fresh air before heading home with your bouquet.


There’s nothing like fresh blueberries!  And you can pick your own (or just buy a pint of pre-picked) at Cider Hill Farm’s Blueberry Festival on Saturday from 8-5.  The Amesbury farm is also happy to present live music, family-friendly activities,hayrides, bakery specials, a coffee and dessert bar and hard cider tastings.  The farm store will be open from 8-6 so you can bring home some yummy treats or prepared foods.


The Boston Water Lantern Festival is an awe-inspiring event that happens on Saturday at Boston’s Hatch Shell from 5-10 pm. You can participate in lighting the water as thousands of lanterns float on the water and reflect the light.  The lanterns are made of eco-friendly wood and rice paper.  Tickets are required.


Have you always wanted to take your photo among a field of sunflowers?  If so,you’ll have your chance this Saturday through August 4th at Coppal House Farm’s Sunflower Festival in Lee, NH.  The field will be open from 10-6:30 each day and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of NH.  Learn about Oilseed Sunflowers (used for culinary oil), listen to live music, visit the farm animals and bring a picnic.

End your weekend on a happy note by enjoying live music from Party On!  A live concert on the Common in North Andover’s old center from 6-8 pm Sunday.  Favorites from the ‘60s to today.  Feel free to bring a picnic and your dancing shoes!


It’s the 62nd Yankee Homecomingin Newburyport, a local favorite! There’s a whole week’s worth of fun for everyone, including free concerts, Brewfest, Battle of the High School Bands, Waiter/Waitress Race, Parade, Food Festival and so much more!


Give our local businesses some support!  Rock the Register was created to help local Andover, Lawrence and North Andove rbusinesses impacted by the gas explosions. Shop, Share and Win and you will have a chance to win $500!  Now through August 23rd.


Open Houses!  Come checkout some of our cool properties on this hot weekend!  For specific addresses and times, just let us know and we will create a list especially for you.