North Shore Bloggers Consortium: Weekend Picks

Here are my picks for the weekend of October 15-17.  I think books, chili, Christmas trees, and being frightened are in my future.  How about you?

Friends of the Salisbury Public Library Book and Bake Sale

The Friends of the Salisbury Public Library will host a Book and Bake Sale this weekend.  Proceeds help fund the Friends’ mission to provide resources for information, education and recreation at the library.  Enjoy coffee and an assortment of home baked goods while you browse the gently used books and other materials for sale.

The sale takes place at the Hilton Senior Center at 43 Lafayette Road in Salisbury.  Hours are as follows: Friday, 10/15 from 4 pm-7 pm; Saturday, 10/16 from 9 am-4 pm; and Sunday, 10/17 from noon-2 pm.

Boo!  Castle of Fear

Winnekenni Castle on Kenoza Lake in Haverhill gets a visit from a spooky interior decorator on Friday, October 15, just in time for the castle’s annual Halloween Extravaganza featuring harrowing fun for the whole family! The castle and grounds will be being transformed into a Haunted Hilltop of Terror for the Halloween season.  Attractions in addition to the Haunted Castle include the Treacherous Tunnel of Terror and the Vile Vortex of Vertigo.

Castle of Fear is open 6:30pm-11pm on the following days:  Friday-Sunday, October 15-17, and Wednesday-Sunday, October 20-24 and 27-31.  On Halloween Sunday, the Castle has extended daytime hours, opening at noon.  Admission to all venues is $18 per person or $50 for a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children).

Winnekenni Castle is located at 347 Kenoza Avenue in Haverhill.  For more information about the castle or the Halloween events call 978-521-1686, or visit

Enter at your own peril.

Get Your Chili On!

Can’t ever get enough chili?  Then you’re in luck this weekend when downtown Amesbury plays host to its annual chili cook off.

On Saturday, October 16, from 12 noon-4 pm, Amesbury chefs and firefighters go head-to-head in the Annual Chili Cook Off to benefit the Shriners Transport Burn Unit.  Come prepared to sample many interpretations of this firehouse favorite and pay as you eat.  The event will be held in the Friend Street Municipal Parking Lot, behind the Barking Dog Bar and Grill at 21 Friend Street, Downtown Amesbury.  All are welcome.

Tree Tagging at Indian Hill Farm

Technically Indian Hill Tree Farm isn’t in Massachusetts, but at only 5 minutes up the road from downtown Amesbury, it’s close enough to qualify for local residents.

Bring the family to tag the annual cut-your-own Christmas tree on either Saturday or Sunday, October 16-17.  Once at Indian Hill make an afternoon of it: stroll the grounds to find the perfect tree, take a hayride on the farm trails, and stay for lunch with hamburgers and hot dogs grilled to order.

Indian Hill Farm is located at 161 Main Avenue, South Hampton, New Hampshire.  Tagging hours on both days are noon-4 pm.

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.

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5thjoy is a blog about the things that make life shimmer: Food, Fashion, Feathering the Nest and whatever glinting Flotsam floats our way.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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