North Shore Bloggers Consortium: Picks of the Weekend

I love this local couple and wish them all the luck in the world as they begin their new life together.

But on to you.  What will you do this weekend?  It doesn’t have to be all about Halloween, believe it or not.  Get some ideas from my picks below, or check out the ideas from these pretty fabulous north shore bloggers: Heather of Food For Thought, Joey of Good Morning Gloucester, Seth of Lynn Happens, Kristen and Jill of North Shore Dish, Rob and Laura of The Two Palaverers.

Great Old Book Sale

The annual Great Old Book Sale opens on Thursday and runs through Saturday. The sale will be held in the Library Program Room, and runs from 9:00 AM to 8:30 PM on Thursday, 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM on Friday, and 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday.  The Library closes at 5:00 for regular business on Friday, but the book sale remains open until 6:30 PM.  Saturday is discount day, with prices slashed even further during the last hour of business.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Newburyport Public Library. Proceeds will benefit the Newburyport Public Library collections and programs.  Newburyport Public Library is located at 94 State Street,
Newburyport, MA 01950.  For more information call 978-465-4428.

After-Hours Zombie Party for Teens

Join staff at the Newburyport Public Library for some undead fun on Friday, October 29 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.  Attendees will learn the Thriller dance, learn how to apply zombie makeup, and play party games like “pin the pancreas on the zombie.” Registration and an admission ticket are required. For more information or to register, please call or visit the Information Desk at 978-465-4428. Newburyport Public Library is located at 94 State Street,
Newburyport, MA 01950.

The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia’s Convict Women

Drop in to Jabberwocky Bookshop on Friday, October 29 to hear Historian Deborah J. Swiss, author of The Tin Ticket, tell the “heartbreaking, horrifying, and ultimately triumphant story of the women exiled from the British Isles and forced into slavery and savagery-who created the most liberated society of their time.”

Deborah J. Swiss received her Ed.D. from Harvard University, and is the author of Women and the Work/Family Dilemma, Women Breaking Through, and The Male Mind at Work.

The book-author evening begins at 7:00 PM and runs through 9:00 PM.  Jabberwocky Bookshop
is located at The Tannery Marketplace,
50 Water Street,
Newburyport, MA 01950.  For more information about the program, call 978-465-9359.

Annual Halloween Bash

Don your best costume and join the crew at the Barking Dog Bar and Grill on Saturday, October 30 for their annual Halloween Bash.  There will be prizes, a DJ, and of course the Dog’s famously welcoming atmosphere.  As they say at the Dog: Come. Sit. Stay.

Bash begins at 8:00 PM and runs through midnight.  The Barking Dog is located at 21 Friend Street, Amesbury.  For more information call 978-388-9537.

And continuing through October 31:  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: 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

See what Joey C has on the list at Good Morning Gloucester



North Shore Dish spices things up with their weekend picks here North Shore Dish


Choices from all over New England at The Two Palaverers.


Media giant Seth gives up the best of Lynn at Lynn Happens.