North Shore Bloggers Consortium Picks of the Weekend

You know they’ve debunked that turkey-tryptophan-food coma theory, don’t you?  This means there’s no longer any excuse for spending the Thanksgiving weekend falling asleep after leftover turkey sandwiches or Everything Casserole (my name for the one dish turkey bake that uses up bits and pieces of stuffing, cranberries, potatoes, vegetables, and gravy).  With no excuses left, there’s only one thing to do: Get out and experience the best of the North Shore!

Methuen’s 17th Annual Festival of Trees begins on November 20 and runs through December 4.  A fundraiser to support the restoration of the Tenney Gatehouse in Methuen, the Festival of Trees has become a huge force working for historic preservation in Methuen and the Merrimack Valley.  Billed as “a magical event held annually…to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season,” the proceeds “provide funding to preserve (the) heritage and the monuments that make Methuen and the other Merrimack Valley communities so unique.”  Two weeks’ worth of events intended to support this mission will take place in Methuen and environs.

Festival hours are: weekdays 5:00 pm-9:00 pm, and weekends 10:00 am-9:00 pm.  Special hours include: Closed on Thanksgiving Day; events reopen Friday, November 26, and run from 10:00 am-9:00 pm.  Admission is $8.00 for adults, while children 12 and under are free.

For event highlights and locations, visit

The beloved characters of The Nutcracker arrive in Newburyport’s Firehouse Theatre this weekend, giving three performances on Saturday and Sunday courtesy of the Methuen Ballet Ensemble.  The Nutcracker shows on Saturday, November 27 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 28 at 3 p.m. A gala reception with the cast will be held in the main lobby of The Firehouse at 6 p.m. on Nov, 27 prior to the 7 p.m. show.  Admission is $20 for matinees, and $22 for the evening performance. For more information, visit or call The Firehouse box office at 978-462-7336.

The Firehouse for Performing Arts is located in Market Square, downtown Newburyport.

And here are the North Shore Blogger Consortium Picks from a holiday weekend skeleton crew:


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


Heather Atwood from the Gloucester Times has her picks at Food For Thought


Kelly from North Shore Kid has her picks here.