North Shore Weekend Picks: Meet More of the Crew

Introducing…the North Shore Bloggers Consortium: fifth joy, Food For Thought, Good Morning Gloucester, Greater Newburyport Today, Lynn Happens, North Shore Dish, Orchid Grey, The Two Palaverers, and yes, Food and Fiction.  You’ll find these great blogs to your right in the blogroll.

I’m pleased to announce that these pretty fabulous north shore bloggers have joined forces to bring you news of the best community, cultural, and food events our region has to offer.  We’ll be posting our picks weekly – and just in time for you to plan your weekend, promise.  Take time to check out all the contributors and their listings, then let’s all get out and explore the north shore!

We’re rolling in week two.  Next week we will also have entries from  Abby Cahill O’Brien’s Fifth Joy and Julie O’Boyle’s Orchid Grey

And we’re off…………..

Jane Ward writes fiction and is the author of Hunger (Forge, 2001) and The Mosaic Artist (to be released).  She is currently at work on her third novel, The Welcome Home.  She also writes about food – in a weekly blog called Food and Fiction, and as a contributing writer to the online regional food magazine, Local In Season – because she loves to cook and eat.  And so does everyone she knows.

Food and Fiction’s picks for the weekend of October 1-3, 2010:

A Night of Pinot Noir

Friday, October 1

Prepared to be wowed on Friday night when Chef Kevin Jacques of the private dining facility at Amesbury Sports Park whips up his monthly wine dinner.  Using seasonal ingredients, Chef Jacques serves a food and wine menu of passed appetizers and four courses together with his favorite examples of domestic pinot noirs. Price is $65.00 per person.  For times and to purchase dinner tickets visit or call 978-388-5788.

  • Amesbury Sports Park
  • 12 South Hunt Road
  • Amesbury, MA

Fall Festival

Saturday, October 2

This Saturday, over 40 craft and food vendors will line Market Square and the adjoining main shopping streets of downtown Amesbury to kick off the fall season with fun and activities.  With local musicians playing in the Upper Millyard Amphitheatre, face painters and balloon artists strolling the crowds, plus a sampling of food from Amesbury’s vibrant restaurants, the festival makes a great take in for families.  Come and explore all Amesbury has to offer!  The event is free to the public, and runs from 10 am to 3 pm.

  • Amesbury Downtown Business Association Fall Festival
  • Market Square, Main and Friend streets
  • Amesbury, MA

Maudslay Open Sculpture in the Park

Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3

Catch the last two full days of the 11th Annual sculpture stroll on the grounds of Maudslay State Park before the installations are dismantled on Monday.  Park visitors can take their time walking Maudslay’s marked trails on a self-guided tour and take in this year’s exhibit of public art.  On the banks of the Merrimack River, the state park’s grounds make a stunning natural setting for some of the area’s boldest artists and their work.  Admission is free and the park is open during daylight hours.  For more information visit or call 978-465-7223.

  • Maudslay State Park
  • 74 Curzon Mill Road
  • Newburyport, MA

Food For Thought- Heather Atwood

As a painter and writer, Heather Atwood spent a lot of time waiting on tables in great restaurants. While struggling with color and line, she was also learning how to roast a great chicken, and what it means to balance textures in a dish. She’s been interested in good food ever since. Married, the mother of two daughters, Heather now lives in Rockport, Mass. and is the food columnist for the Gloucester Daily Times. She is featured regularly in Taste of the Times videos and her writing can also be seen in the Wednesday food section of the Times.

Click here for Heather Atwood’s Weekend Picks

Good Morning Gloucester brings you the best of Gloucester MA and surrounding communities. From the docks to the restaurants, the sporting fields to the art scene and anything in between, if it’s happening in Gloucester it’s generally covered on GMG.

Click here for Joey’s weekend picks

At its core, is a place to find out what’s happening in Lynn. It features an events calendar, local weather, arts and events coverage, photo galleries, complete City Council videos, letters to the editor and more.

Click here are for editor Seth Albaum’s picks for the weekend

North Shore Dish is your guide to restaurants and all things food related on the North Shore. Whether it’s gourmet dining or a hole-in-the-wall, if these gals have tasted it, they’ll dish up the inside scoop.

Click here for North Shore Dish weekend picks

The Two Palaverers are the husband and wife team of Rob and Laura Ciampa, two passionate New Englanders who have spent decades exploring the highways and byways of New England in search of regional character, culture and cuisine. Their goal is to recognize the people, places and things that exemplify the character of New England. Join them as they palaver about New England.

Click Here For The Weekend Picks From The Two Palaverers

Greater Newburyport Today is your online guide to the wide range of activities and events occurring within the Greater Newburyport region of coastal Massachusetts, including the surrounding New Hampshire seacoast and the Ipswich/Essex and Cape Ann regions of the North Shore.

Click here for Greater Newburyport today’s weekend picks