Enjoy the Weekend!


Valentine’s Sip & Shop at Boston Billiard Club & Casino in Nashua.  There will plenty of vendors to help you find those unique gifts or to pamper yourself!  Vendors include Pink Zebra, Savvi Fit boutique,  Color Street, Party Time Mixes, Athenas, Tupperware, Arbonne, Mary Kay, Papparazzi, Chaotic Lily, Pampered Chef, Mickey Guru Travel, 31 and Younique.  Friday from 6-9 pm.


Warm up your Winter with Fire & Ice at Castle Hill.  Enjoy magnificent ice sculptures, roaring bonfires, cool ice bars, and thrilling fire performances in the beautiful outdoor setting of the Great House courtyard and surrounding areas. You'll also find live music, dancing, outdoor games, s'more-making, warming nibbles, hot chocolate, and cash beer and wine bars. The Great House will be open for warming up and restrooms.  Tickets must be purchased in advance and you must be 21+ to attend.  Friday from 6-10 pm.  www.thetrustees.org


Kick off your Sunday shoes and go see Footloose the Musical, presented by the North Andover High School Drama Guild!  Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the North Andover High School Auditorium, just $15 or $10 for students and seniors.  Purchase tickets at the door or online at  www.actingouttheater.com


Punxsatawney Phil said spring will be here before you know it, so why not check out the New England Boat Show at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.  The show starts on Saturday.  Find your dream boat, participate in hands-on learning, dynamic demos, interactive activities and listen to entertaining speakers.  https://www.newenglandboatshow.com/


Have some outdoor fun at the 2nd Annual Wilderness Festival at Camp Denison on Nelson Street in Georgetown.  This family-friendly event will have a bonfire to keep you warm along with a long list of winter activities including nature-based crafts (indoors), sledding & ice skating, primitive fire-building lessons, shelter-building competition, s’mores and more!  Saturday 10-2.


It’s the Big Air & Rail Jam at McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester, NH.  From 1-3 pm you can test your jump skills off the custom-made groomed jump!  Each participant gets 2 runs to show their best jumps, twists and turns.  Prizes will be awarded to biggest air, best jump and best overall.  From 5:30pm-7:30 pm is the Rail Jam! Each participant gets two runs to showcase their best moves on the rail!  Age categories for both events are 12 & under, 13-17 and over 17.  Prizes will be awarded in all three age groups.  The registration fee includes an afternoon half day lift ticket.  https://www.mcintyreskiarea.com/


If you’re a long-time local resident you likely remember North Andover’s Boston Ski Hill.  If you don’t remember, did you know there was a ski hill in town?  Either way, come hear about the history of the ski area at a lecture and slide show presented by ski hill founder Bob Dunn.  Sponsored by the North Andover Historical Society, the presentation takes place in the Brightview multipurpose room at 1275 Turnpike Street on Saturday at 2 pm.


Who doesn’t love seeing ice sculptures?  Here’s your chance!  Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival celebrates its 5th year this weekend in downtown Salem.  There will be chocolate and wine tasting, special discounts at many local shops, trolley rides and ice sculptures throughout the downtown area.  Saturday night from 5-9 the sculptures will be illuminated, making for a magical sight!  www.salemsosweet.com


The Russian School of Mathematics on Haverhill Street in Andover hosts “Math Treasure Hunt in Winter Wonderland” at the school on Friday from 5-7 pm.  There will be lots of fun activities, tricky games and dazzling crafts that will lead you to the treasure chest! All Elementary school kids are welcome, bring your family and friends!


It’s not too early to be thinking about summer programs for the kiddos!  The Mother Connection’s Camp & Enrichment Fair takes place Saturday from 9:30-11:30 at the Andover School of Montessori on S. Main Street.  Discover the many options available for summer fun and enrichment, and some year-round activities as well.  Representatives from Brooks School, Empow Studios/STEM Enrichment, Grotonwood, Tinkergarten and many, many more will be in attendance. 


Skeletons in the Closet: A lecture by Historian Daniel Gagnon on the Memorialization of George Jacobs Sr. and Rebecca Nurse after the 1692 Witch Trials.  Mr. Gagnon will trace the story of how the Nurse family and the Danvers community constructed the first memorial to anyone executed for witchcraft in the United States. Learn how Danvers (formerly Salem Village) began to acknowledge its role in the witch hunt hysteria even before the City of Salem did.  Sunday at 2:00 pm at the Felton-Smith Historic Site Smith Barn at 38 Felton Street in Peabody.


Open Houses:  Check out this Sunday’s Open Houses!  Let us know if you’d like specific information on times and locations, or if you’d like to schedule a private showing of any properties currently on the market!