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Friday, Saturday and Sunday take in a performance of Willy Wonka, Musical! The mysterious chocolate factory adventures are presented by Acting Out! Theater Company at North Andover High School. Enjoy the enchanting songs from the original 1971 film as well as some new songs - all are sure to delight the audience. www.actingouttheater.com
Head to Loudon, NH for Maple Weekend 2019 at Maple Ridge Sugar House. Tour the woods ad the sugar house to see how maple syrup and other products are made. You can also sample delicious maple products, climb o farm equipment, visit with Stan the pig and grab a fresh homemade donut! http://mapleridgesugarhouse.com
Have you been to the Currier Museum of Art, just half an hour away in Manchester, NH? Whether yes or no, make plans to head there on Saturday for Ubuhle Family Day to celebrate the opening of the Currier’s spring exhibition “Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence.” The day will be filled with storytelling, artmaking, tours and more - and kids under 13 are free! http://currier.org/
Salem is fun at any time, but for something a little different check out the 2nd Annual Daughters of the Darkness Night Market on Saturday from 5-10 pm. Held at the famous and historical Hawthorne Hotel, there will be 3 levels of female vendors featuring darkly themed artists, writers and other businesses such as jewelry, crystals and soaps. There will also be a cash bar and the restaurant will be serving a special buffet that includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options! $5 cash entrance with proceeds going to HAWC North Shore (domestic violence prevention and education).
Entertainment Auditions! Do you have a teen or college student who needs a fun summer job? A kid who is outgoing and likes to perform? Canobie Lake Park is holding auditions and interview on Sunday at the Center for Performing Arts in North Andover (1820 Turnpike St.). Jobs are available for live performers (dancers, singers, costumed characters, on-stage performers), “Fun Squad”, marketing ambassadors, promotion team and more! Registration begins at 10:30. www.canobie.com/jobs
The Made in New Hampshire Expo returns to the Doubletree in downtown Manchester for a Friday, Saturday and Sunday event that is sure to delight your tastebuds! Known as a “try it and buy it” show, you can sample all sorts of deliciousness made right in NH, as well as peruse a wide collection of crafts, clothing, jewelry and services. Come support small local businesses! http://bit.ly/2FjpanT
The 28th Annual Merrimack Valley YMCA Auction Gala takes place Saturday night at DiBurro’s in Bradford. Support the Y’s scholarship and financial support programs, which enable everyone to partake in all the Y has to offer. All while enjoying dinner, a complimentary cocktail hour, and live and silent auctions! http://bit.ly/2FslOAn
Need a laugh after a long week? Here’s your chance! The North Andover Athletic Association’s annual “Knight of Comedy” is Friday night at China Blossom. Doors open at 7:00 and the comedy show begins at 8:30. Proceeds benefit the NAAA’s support of high school athletic programs. A full bar and dinner menu are available throughout the evening; seating is reserved so contact email@example.com for ticket info.
It’s spring, when thoughts turn to home repair and improvement. So just for you, check out the 2019 Spring Home Show at Patriot Place. See a wide range of home improvement ideas, techniques and tools for completing the job, experts to answer your DIY questions and more. Check out the live cooking demonstrations, furniture building zone, craft and specialty food area. Then get home and get working! http://bit.ly/2HMixgY
It’s Spring! It’s Time! Time to think about buying your dream home! For a list of open houses or for information on buying or selling, just let us know. We’re happy to help! www.Andover-TopBroker.com
South Cooperative Theater presents “Honk, Jr.” at West Middle School in Andover on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10 each and are available at the door and at Andover Book Store.
The Mr. North Andover competition on Friday at 7 pm at North Andover High School. Enjoy singing, dancing, skits and more as the 26th annual competition unfolds. Proceeds benefit the 2019 Support Our Seniors All-Knight graduation party.
Spring Equinox Family Fun at the Crane Estate in Ipswich on Saturday from 10-12. Learn about spring and seed growth, plant your own seeds and bring your future plants home. Explore the Castle Hill gardens and enjoy a snack. Pre-registration is required. http://bit.ly/2uakuLP
Not Irish? Not a problem! Head off to the 10th Annual Irish Festival at Patriot’s Place on Saturday from 11-4. Enjoy live performances by Irish musicians and step dancers, along with free Irish-themed activities for children of all ages, a sheep petting zoo, caricature artist and lots more to keep everyone entertained. http://bit.ly/2FaW3EG
Boxford’s 10th Annual Soup & Chowder Fest takes place on Saturday from 5-7 pm at Lincoln Hall in West Boxford. Sponsored by the West Boxford Improvement Society, the event will have a St. Patrick’s theme, a 50/50 raffle and a variety of soups and chowders to sample.
It’s a Boston tradition, so maybe it’s time you checked it out - The famous South Boston St. Patrick’s Day/Evacuation Day Parade! One of the oldest and largest Irish parades in the country, it celebrates both Irish heritage and our nation’s military veterans. For parade route and more information: http://bit.ly/2u6407x
Don’t want to cook but want to have a traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage dinner? You’re in luck! West Parish Church in Andover hosts an authentic dinner, including Irish soda bread, dessert and drinks on Saturday from 5-6:30 pm. Proceeds benefit college scholarships for members of the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club.
Erin Go Bragh at Oak & Iron Brewery in Andover Saturday from 1-9 pm. Come check out the Irish Red Ale, Irish music, camaraderie and special Irish food served up by the Souped Up Food Truck. http://www.oakandironbrewing.com/
It must be spring soon as the Boston Flower & Garden Show is here! The show continues through Sunday at the Seaport World Trade Center. There are lectures, workshops, a kids activity center, displays of all sizes, and of course plants and flowers for sale. https://bostonflowershow.com/
The spring market is on the way. Come check out this weekend’s open houses. For specific days, times and properties that are open just call, text or email! www.Andover-TopBroker.com
Looking for something to get you out of the house this weekend? Here are some ideas for you!
Winter Sale at Uncommon Threads - THE place for incredible deals on designer (and FUN) clothing and accessories. All proceeds benefit Uncommon Threads’ women’s empowerment program. You could find Burberry, St. John, Prada, Coach and ecru at CRAZY prices! Plenty of free parking and charges are accepted. 60 Island Street, Lawrence on Saturday from 10-1.
Waves of Talent at the Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water Street, Saturday and Sunday. See artworks in various media by both “young and budding” artists and adults.
Barrel and Tank Testing. Did you know there are several wineries just over the border in New Hampshire? Saturday and Sunday you can partake in a special opportunity to be among the first to taste the un-released 2018 wines before they are bottled. Grab a taste of what's coming this spring and learn more about the primary and secondary fermentation process at the event. There are 5 wineries participating in this event - buy a ticket for $15 and get a glass to bring with you to each winery. Squamscott Vineyard & Winery, Flag Hill Winery, Zorvino Winery, Sweet Baby Winery and Apollo Winery. https://zorvino.com/winery/
Summer Camp & Kids Activities Fair from 12-3 pm on Sunday at the Holiday Inn Tewksbury/Andover. Summer will be here before you know it! Meet representatives and gather information from camps, recreation programs, schools, and entertainment centers, including day camps, overnight camps, dance, martial arts, gymnastics, town recreation, arts, STEM, Cub Scouts and more!
CATurday at Mill No. 5 in Lowell on Saturday from 12-4. Cats, cats and MORE CATS! We'll have crafts for the kids to create enrichment projects for shelter cats, information on adoption and even some ADOPTABLE CATS! After some one on one with the cats, head to the Luna Theater for the CatVideoFest, a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, classic internet powerhouses. The fest raises money for cats in need through partnerships with local cat charities, animal welfare organizations, and shelters to best serve cats in the area.
Speaking of cats, are you a Hello Kitty lover? Then check out the Peabody Essex Museum’s Japanese export art collection. Journey through time from the arrival of Portuguestemerchants in the 1500s through Japan’s emergence on the world stage in the late 19th century and beyond. www.PEM.org
Who says Massachusetts is prim and proper? Check out the “Wild Women of Boston” presentation at the Stevens Memorial Library on Sunday. Historian and author Dina Vargo will share the “hidden history” of Boston and recount stories of the wild women that made the city and the area what it is today. Sunda at 2:30. https://www.stevensmemlib.org/
Did you ever put maple syrup on snow as a kid? Applecrest Farms Orchards in North Hampton, NH holds its annual Just Maple Day on Sunday, March 10th from 11AM - 3PM. It’s a day of on-going complimentary talks and demos—learn how to identify a maple tree, get a primer on tapping, harvesting, and boiling syrup, etc. Best of all, you’ll get to taste different maple grades of syrup, decorate cookies, and sample maple cotton candy and other maple treats. http://www.applecrest.com/
Celebrate Mardi Gras right here in North Andover! The Squeezebox Stompers make an appearance Saturday at 8 pm at Crossroads Music Series. They bring a Bourbon Street vibe with their mix of Zydeco, Cajun, Blues, Country and Rock ‘n Roll. https://www.crossroadsmusicseries.org/
The Mugford Street Players present “To Kill A Mockingbird” at the Marblehead Little Theatre. A theater adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning story, directed by John Fogle. Various performance dates and times. www.mltlive.com
Boston Sea Rovers Sunday Kids Day at the Double Tree on Ferncroft Road in Danvers. Fun ocean-related activities and presentations take place from 10 am - 2 pm. And they’re Free! Learn about Sea Turtles, Penguins, whales and more! https://www.bostonsearovers.com/kids-activities/
If it’s the weekend, there must be some open houses! For a list of open houses that fit your criteria, just let us know! We will be hosting open houses at our Andover listings at 26 Woburn Street, , 20 St. James Drive and 14 Evergreen Lane! For more info
IT’S MARCH!!! What will you do this weekend to celebrate a new month?
Can’t slip away to Hawaii? No problem! Grab your Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts and head to the Brewer’s Table at Ipswich Ale Brewery on Friday for a pint and pig roast! Be among the first in Massachusetts to try Ipswich Ale Brewery’s new 1620 series beer! There will also be island-inspired dinner menu specials, DJ Jim Jamz playing classic Hawaiian and roots reggae music, steel drummers (8pm), pub-only experimental 1620 variant casks, and limbo contest! https://www.ipswichalebrewery.com
Fairy Event at Nunan’s Florist and Greenhouse! Saturday from 10-11:30. Make a fairy garden, eat fairy snacks, and be entertained by a real fairy in the greenhouse. Pictures, songs, and an elf hat or fairy wings to take home along with a fairy flower. https://nunans.com/
Want to relive your childhood or make memories with your own child? Then you’ve just got to go to the Grand Opening Sale at Flip This Dollhouse at the Kilburn Mill in New Bedford! Open Saturday from 10-5 with 50% off your entire purchase + a free gift, free coffee and free treats. A great place to wander, imagine, buy a house and furnish it!
Dueling Pianos is back at Tuscan Kitchen in Salem! Featuring NYC’s Shake Rattle N Roll Pianos while you enjoy a 3 course dinner. A fun, interesting and interactive night of singing, laughing and dancing. From pop, rock and country, to hip-hop, punk rock, standards and showtunes. Dinner starts at 5pm with the show running from 6-9pm; tickets are available now via EventBrite!
Pop Up Ice Bar in Peabody Square! This annual event is becoming a favorite tradition for those on the North Shore and beyond. Dance to the tunes with DJ Rick, grab a hot slice from The Pizza Goddess food truck, keep warm at the fire pit and grab a cold beverage or two at the ice bar. The cash bar will be serving beer and wine. 1 Lowell Street, Peabody, from 6-9 pm.
The Peter Mavris Antique Show on Sunday from 10-2 in Hampton, NH features Americana, 18th and 19th century furniture, paintings, ceramics, silver, toys, stoneware, folk art, nautical, jewelry and much more. Meet some of the best antiques dealers in New England to learn about American history and material culture. Held at the Best Western Plus on Lafayette Road in Hampton.
Celebrate World Wildlife Day on Sunday from 2-4 at the Stevens Memorial Library in North Andover. Join North Andover's Animal Control Officer for the Animal Education Series on wildlife rehabilitation! Licensed wildlife rehabilitator, Dr. Stephanie Magnarelli will teach us what we can do if we encounter baby wildlife, orphaned wildlife or an injured animal - and how the ones needing help are rehabilitated! She will also talk about the process of how she became a wildlife rehabilitator and what you can do to do the same!
The 12th Annual Hampton Half Marathon, Hampton Beach on Sunday. Join hundreds of runners and spectators at New Hampshire’s best winter half marathon & 5k, where you celebrate your finish with bone-warming hot soup and delicious Smuttynose craft beer. www.hamptonhalf.com
Country 4 A Cure at the Blue Ocean Concert Center in Salisbury. Voices of Hope Boston and radio station 101.7 The Bull, team for a concert to benefit cancer research at the Termeer Center for Targeted Therapies at the MGH Cancer Center which is supported through the work of the Voices of Hope. Through song the group celebrates those they love, remember those they have lost, honor those who fight, and rejoice for those who survive. You may recognize some neighbors from the Merrimack Valley and North Shore who are members of Voices of Hope. www.voicesofhopeboston.org
Open House Event! There may still be some snow on the ground, but the spring real estate market is ready to bloom. Come take a look at this weekend’s open houses and picture yourself in your new home! For specific property addresses and open house times, go to www.Andover-TopBroker.com
You’ve seen and heard the ads from some of the discount and online brokerages, and you’ve probably visited those popular websites that promise to give you the market value of your home. But just how accurate are they? Generally not very accurate at all.
No website, no matter how good the algorithms behind it, can know what your home and your neighborhood are really like, nor can it know the market conditions in a specific neighborhood.
Did you know, for instance, that these sites use geographic distance to help generate a market value? This means a home in Andover can be compared to a home in Lawrence, North Andover, Methuen, North Reading or Tewksbury. The sites will compare a 2,000 square foot 1956 Cape to a 2,000 contemporary built in 2012 and a 2,000 square foot ranch built in 1999 that has only 1,200 square feet on the main living level. There is no distinction between style, age, layout or condition as long the living space is equal. You don’t want to be disappointed by thinking your home is worth $600,000 when it’s really worth $450,000. Or leave money on the table (and a very happy buyer) when that online site says your home is worth $500,000 but the market indicates a realistic selling price of $575,000. In a market like ours where values fluctuate greatly between towns, neighborhoods and school districts, it is especially important to use a full time professional who knows your market in depth. A professional who can guide and educate you, properly present your home, and make sure your home's value is maximized.
Home values are also greatly influenced by other factors an algorithm won’t know about, such as the overall condition of a home, how well it shows, if there have been updates to the house, the local demand for a specific style of home, environmental factors around the property, recent neighborhood sale prices and other factors. So the commercial that says “our home sold for more than our neighbor’s home” really means nothing - unless the neighbor’s home is identical in every way. Totally identical. That’s pretty unlikely!
Whether you’re just curious about your home’s current value, planning to move soon, or planning to move in a few years, it’s always best to consult with an experienced local agent to get a realistic picture of where your home stands in today’s market.
Contact The Carroll Group and any time to see what your home is really worth today!