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What’s Happening in the Merrimack Valley for Fun?

When you buy a home, you consider what the area has to offer – places to go and things to do for you.  Here are some of what is coming up in the Merrimac Valley – The options are endless – check the Greater Merrimack Valley Visitors Center website –

Or visit the Patch websites for many of the surrounding towns –


Discovery Museum – Saturday, Februay 1st at 5:30pm – “Especially for Me” – a free evening for families with children on the autism spectrum – how music therapy can help

Discovery Mucseum – Wednesday January 29th – all day events for National Puzzle Day

Discovery Museum –  Thursday January 30th 10am – celebrating Chinese New Year – the year of the horse


Chelmsford Agway –  Winter Farmers Market – Saturday January 25th


Veriill Farm – February 1st 9am – Pancake Breakfast – get entered into drawign for Verrill Farm BBQ for 4

Concord Museum – Monday February 17th 1pm – A visith with Abraham Lincoln


Four Oaks Country Club – Saturday January 25th 9am – “Blizzard Blast Race” – 5k Winter Obstacle Run


The Old Court Restaurant and Pub – Monday January 27th 7pm – “The Art of Wine Painting Party” – fundraiser to support Catie’s Closet (provides basic necessities to children in need)

Lowell Memorial Auditorium – Friday January 24th thru Sunday January 26th  – “Sesame Street Live”

Lowell Kids Week – February 17th thru February 24th

Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell – Thursday February 13th 7pm – Harlem Glovetrotters

Annual Lowell Winterfest –  February 21st and 22nd

North Reading

North Reading High School – Friday January 31st 7:30pm –  “Xanadu, a musical”


Westford Chorus – Winter Concert – January 25th 7:30pm


Wilmington Voices – 2 day Capella Festival – January 31st and February 1st 7pm – Wilmington Middle School

And for all your real estate needs contact Joan Parcewski, Realtor and Notary – Woods Real Estate     office 978-262-9665     or   cell  978-376-3978  or email

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See what the visitors see……

Have you ever had someone come to visit and it is your responsibility to show them around?  Suddenly you discover that, though you have lived here all your life, you haven’t really visited the many places in and around MA or sometimes even in and around your town.  Here are a few ideas of things to do.  Some may be season specific – eg baseball – others may be a year round opportunity.  Time to act like a visitor and see what they see. 

Lowell Spinners – affiliate of Boston Red Sox since 1996.  They provide great entertainment for all ages, with theme nights (eg July 13th – Hallowe’en night,  July 25 – JImmy Buffet night,  July 28th – Star Works Day with fireworks,  August 25th – Pirates night).  They also have peanut-free night, bobble head nights and so much more.

For those who want to make it an eat and baseball night, there is always the all you can eat Gatorpit.  For a minimum group size of 10, you and your friends and family are treated grilled steak tips, BBQ ribs, sausages, hot dogs, chicken wings, grilled chicken breast, tossed salad, pasta salad, New England baked beans, corn-on-the-cob,  fruit,  non-alcoholic beverages and  ice cream for dessert. There is also a cash bar for those who are looking for alcohol.  The ticket price includes the meal and seating for the game ($29pp premium box, $28pp box, $25 pp reserved)  Children under 3 free.  Gatorpit goes on rain or shine – even if the game is cancelled.


One of my favorite places to go yearround but especially late spring through early fall is Salem Willows (Salem MA), an historic public park.  Did you know that in 1906 Everett Hobbs & William Eaton served the first ice cream cone in America and “Blind Pat” Kenneally introduced double jointed peanuts from his cart at the Willows?  In addition to the food and the arcades there are also cruises and private charters available  Or maybe you would like to sit back and take a tour of the Witch City  by trolley or a high speed catamaran from Salem to Boston  or rent a kayak


Love literature and its history?  Visit the Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in Concord (home of her famous “Little Women”).  This year is special as it is their centennial year (1912 – 2012).  There are special events planned including – July 26th “A Morning with the Alcotts”, an interactive tour with old fashioned games, songs, stories and refreshments.  This particular activity runs several times thru July and August.

If you like the Alcott’s don’t miss a trip to Fruitlands in Harvard MA, a discovery of heritage, nature and art.  Here again you may find special day program – eg July 26th – How did the stars get in the sky?  (a native American story of the stars).


While many think of Lexington on Patriots Day, celebrated in April each year, there are activities year round in this historic town tied to the American Revolution.  For the artists there is the Artisans Market that runs July 21st thru August 11th.  For information contact the Lexington Arts & Crafts Society,  You can meet the artist and find out the story of their various works.  Admission and parking are free.

These are but a few of what is happening in and around Massachusetts.  Watch for more places to visit and events to enjoy.  Time to start up the car and head out for a day of adventure.  I’ll be back with more places to visit soon.

Joan Parcewski    Woods Real Estate (Billerica MA)  




Bedford MA – Seniors Cultivate Earth-Friendly Values

I am always looking for stories about communities.  Many times people are looking to move into a community and these stories help them decide if the community is the right fit for their family.  Bedford lies next to the towns of Lexington, Burlington, and Concord.

This is a great story in the Boston Globe by correspondent Nancy Shoehet West who talks about a wonderful senior community – Carleton Willard that sits on the grounds of a former farm.  You can read the full piece at

Among the approximately 350 residents in their 70s, 80s, and beyond living at the continuing care retirement community of Carleton-Willard Village in Bedford, suggestions from their adult children are a frequent topic of conversation.

But resident Peggy McKibben  may command a little bit more attention than some of her peers when she passes along wisdom from her son, especially if the topic is sustainability or conservation. She is the mother of renowned environmental activist and writer Bill McKibben, author of numerous books including “The End of Nature,”“Enough,” and most recently “Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.”

Bill McKibben is also the founder of, an international initiative to raise awareness about climate change and reduce carbon emissions to slow the rate of global warming.

A few months ago, when Peggy McKibben read about an event that was planning for May 5 called “Connect the Dots,” with projects and rallies scheduled worldwide, she knew that several of her friends at Carleton-Willard Village would want to participate with her.

“The idea behind ‘Connect the Dots’ is to map out the world using red dots to show the dramatic damage caused by catastrophic events related to climate change, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and tsunamis, and using green dots to show the ways in which people are practicing sustainable living,” Peggy McKibben explained.

It wasn’t the first time that a group from the retirement community had undertaken an environmental initiative.

In October 2010, when promoted its first major climate impact awareness day, residents at Carleton-Willard established the center’s composting program, which is still thriving today.

McKibben sent out an e-mail to gauge interest in “Connect the Dots,” and then held called a meeting.

Several who showed up were enthusiastic gardeners. Carleton-Willard already offers residents and staff access to individual garden plots. The group came up with an idea: What if they joined together in a gardening project, one that could eventually provide food for their own community?

After a little bit more discussion, the concept solidified: The group would plant cherry tomatoes, with the goal of serving their harvest in the Carleton-Willard dining halls later this summer.

Carleton-Willard staff responded enthusiastically: chief executive Barbara Doyle applauded the idea, and the buildings and grounds workers said they would help with tilling and other jobs requiring heavy lifting.

Those who assembled for the meeting were quick to find ways they could pitch in. Mary Waters Shepley offered her own garden plot for the project, and found a collection of tomato hoops they could use. Esther Braun,  the informal overseer of Carleton-Willard’s composting program, said she would ensure the garden would have an ample supply of enriched soil from her project.

“We all consider ourselves environmentalists, and we’re all very committed to making Carleton-Willard be as much of a community as possible,” McKibben said. “We also thought it was going to be a fun thing to do together.”Continued…

New Year’s Day Activity in Concord MA

Everyone learns about Henry David Thoreau at sometime during their school experience. Thoreau was born and lived his entire life in Concord MA.  He is known for this work – “Civil Disobedience” – and for his time at Walden Pond (on land owned by close friend and Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson) –

The following is taken from Billerica Townie News( Article of 12/6 –

Start the New Year off by joining Henry David Thoreau portrayed by historian Richard Smith on Sunday, January 1, 2012, at Walden Pond. From 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm, Thoreau will be entertaining visitors at the house replica near the main parking lot.

 From 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm join DCR staff for a First Day Hike to the Thoreau house site, (1 mile round trip). Come and celebrate the start of a new year with good company and a sprinkling of seasonal literary readings. This is a program for visitors of all ages. Meet at the Thoreau house replica and be sure to dress for winter weather. After the hike join park staff for hot chocolate at park headquarters.
For more information call (978) 369-3254. Parking fees will be waived on January 1, 2012. Pre-registration is not required. No dogs allowed, unless they are working guides.
Park programs are sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and bu the Friends of Walden Pond, an activity of the Thoreau Society.

Rt. 126 (near Route 2), Concord, MA.

(978) 369-3254
New Years Day 1847
Sunday, January 1st 2012, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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