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It’s 2015 – What’s happening around the area this January?

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives sometime we forget about what is happening around us – here are a few places to check out as we kick off 2015 – There is always something we can do that is different

American Textile Museum Lowell

American Textile Museum (Lowell) – Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol –  This display has been running since November 21st and will continue thru March 29th

Lowell Memorial Auditorium

Lowell Memorial Auditorium – Sesame Street Live – January 2nd through 4th with 5 shows!

Lowell Memorial Auditorium – Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Charity Event – January 8th, 15th , 22nd. 29th 7pm

Weston Ski Track

Weston Ski Track Winter Trail Day – on Saturday, January 10th 9am to 2pm – is a national event designed to introduce everyone to the fun of being outside during the winter on cross-country skis or snowshoes.  You get a free snowshoeing trail pass, free snowshoe demos, and a free guided tour. Although some free snowshoes are available, they can only be used for 15-20 minutes per person in order to give everyone a chance to try them, but you can rent snowshoes and a pole at the regular rate of $13 ($7-$10 for kids & teens) if you want to spend a longer time on the trails.

Decordova Museum

Decordova Sculpture Park & Museum (Lincoln MA) – explore free on first Wednesday of the month – for individuals only – not intended for groups


Four Oaks Country Club in DracutBlizzard Blast, presented by Align Credit Union is a 4-6 mile Winter Obstacle Run that will be the only one of its kind in New England! Runners will be tested with a fun wintery obstacle course. There is “NO OFF SEASON this year, so grab your sneakers, gloves and winter hats as you look to take on the most exciting race of the year! – See more at: – January 24th all day

Peak your interest – check around your town and surrounding towns – there are probably events hosted by your local library, local changes, restaurants and more.  Discover your local community!

Joan Parcewski     Woods Real Estate   c 978-376-3978


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)  




Five Communities Join Forces – The Middlesex 3 Coalition

This story was carried in today’s Boston Globe as Bedford becaomes the 5th community to join in on this venture to market these communities along Route 3.  With so much competition in the marketplace to attract businesses this is one way to strengthen economic development in the area

An effort by five area communities to jointly market their combined stretch of Route 3 to prospective businesses is picking up speed.

The partnering municipalities — Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Chelmsford, and Lowell — have devised a brand name – Middlesex 3  — for their shared highway corridor, along with a logo.

The communities recently formed a nonprofit – The Middlesex 3 Coalition  – to spearhead the initiative, and have begun recruiting businesses and other groups to join them.

“We expect this thing will grow,” said Billerica town manager John C. Curran,  noting that a website for the coalition is coming and that the communities in the next several months will be discussing the hiring of a director for the group.

The effort grew out of discussions among Bedford, Billerica, and Burlington officials five years ago about marketing their shared region. At the suggestion of state officials, the talks were expanded to include Chelmsford and Lowell. The state then funded a study and the results, presented in 2010,  formed the basis of the current initiative.

Curran said a common push to promote that section of Route 3 would benefit all five communities.

“One of the struggles we have is that when you hear about Route 3, a lot of people think of the South Shore,” he said. “This is Middlesex County, that whole Merrimack Valley area. So we’ve gone through this whole exercise to determine what’s the best way to identify the area. Ultimately, what we came up with was Middlesex 3.”

The logo, a rendering of a map of the five communities with a roadway running through it, was designed by a Shawsheen Valley Regional Technical High School student, Shelby Rivers of Billerica.

“The mission is to promote the region as an area for economic development,” Curran said.

A particular goal is to build on the progress the area already has seen in attracting life science and emerging technology companies, Curran said, citing as examples EMD Serono and E Inc. Corp.,  which have facilities in Billerica.

The region has much to offer prospective companies, Curran said.

“The whole Merrimack Valley area that encompasses these five communities is rich with diverse labor resources,” Curran said. “You’ve got high-end professionals in this area, and also other types of labor, such as the medium-level technicians that many life science companies are looking for, and just the general labor force as well.”

The region is also home to the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Middlesex Community College, and Shawsheen, all three of which have programs teaching the skills that employers are seeking, Curran said.

Bedford town manager Richard Reed  said that a regional marketing approach makes sense because “companies that are coming to Massachusetts are thinking about the state and the region . . . where they want to be. I don’t think they are looking at it specifically as this community or that community.”

He said where they choose to locate within a region depends on the availability of sites.

But at least one local official is uneasy about the regional effort.

Burlington Selectman Ralph Patuto  said that its location on the Middlesex Turnpike, Route 3, and Route 128 makes Burlington the most attractive community to developers of the five involved in the initiative.

“We are a highly visible area. My concern is if this is really going to be beneficial to Burlington to be with a group that we are competing with,” Patuto said. “As far as I’m concerned, we are the economic engine out of that group of cities and towns.

“How do you sit down in a room with competitors and draw up common goals and objectives,” he asked, when all five communities are concerned about their own tax and job bases?

Curran said joining forces to market the region does not mean the communities will cease to compete for a particular business. “Each one of the communities hopes they are going to pick them,” he said of companies seeking a location. “But at the end of the day, they are not going to pick any of us if we don’t try to attract them to the region.”

“It’s really a great message to send to the business community that you have communities in the corridor coming together and putting on this type of effort going forward to provide jobs and other opportunities in this region,” said Chelmsford town manager Paul E. Cohen.

Bernard Lynch,  Lowell city manager, also sees promise in the coalition. “This initiative reflects both the increased collaborative spirit among the communities along the Route 3 corridor as well as our collective recognition that our economies are highly integrated with one another already,” he said in a prepared statement.

New business can also translate into more people buying homes and strengthening the home market as well. 

Joan Parcewski, Realtor & Notary             Woods Real Estate                                                                                            

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