North Shore Picks of the Weekend, April 1-3

I’ll be blogging from Boulder, Colorado this weekend (Saturday is opening day of the downtown Boulder farmers’ market and I plan to be there snapping shots!), and my trip means I’ll miss all these local events.  Until I have a chance to catch up with all that’s going on in my neighborhood, I hope one or more of my intrepid readers will get out and explore in my place, maybe even send in a comment or two to let me know how much fun you had.

Remember to keep checking for my Boulder updates!

Here’s what’s up for the weekend ahead:


Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection

What a coup for the PEM to schedule this exhibit of master works by such artists as Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Brueghel the Elder and Jacob van Ruisdael.  And what an amazing piece of luck for us folks on the north shore!  The entire showing includes 67 paintings in total, as well as a number of pieces of 17th-century furniture created by masters of art and woodworking.

The exhibit runs through June 19, and the museum is open Tuesday to Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $11 for students. The Peabody Essex Museum is located at 161 Essex Street, East India Square, Salem.

For more information, visit or call 978-745-9500.


Spring Juried Members’ Show

On display are member works done in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, sculpture, photography and more – anything goes at this annual show.  The show runs from March 31 through May 1, and the galleries are open Mondays through Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm, and on Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm.  The opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 2, from 7 to 9 pm.

For more information, visit or call 978-465-8769.


Featuring Four Local Artists

The exhibit of the works of Joan Gessner, Sandy Jenkins, Ann Johnson and Ellen Rittgers kicks off with an artists’ reception tonight (Friday) in the Provident Bank lobby in downtown Amesbury.  The reception runs from 5:30 to 7pm, and all are welcome.

The show runs through May 6.  It is free and open to the public during bank business hours.  The Provident Bank is located in Market Square in Amesbury.


Local Author Aine Greaney, Book Launch and Reading

Dance Lessons, the latest novel from Newburyport author Aine Greaney, tells the tale of a young widow and her quest for the truth about her husband’s life.  The celebration of the book’s release begins at 7pm on Friday

y at Jabberwocky Books in the Tannery building, Newburyport.  The event features a reading followed by discussion and book signing.

For more information visit either or, or call the bookstore directly at 978-465-9359.


TTS Players Present Alice in Wonderland Jr.

Beginning this Friday, the TTS troupe of young actors presents an abbreviated version of the Disney classic, Alice in Wonderland.  The family-friendly musical shows on Fridays and Saturdays, 4/1-2 and 4/8-9, at 7 pm, and on Sundays, 4/3 and 10, at 2 pm.  Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for children and seniors.

The yellow playhouse of the Community Arts Center is located at 7 Central Street, Byfield.  For tickets and directions, call the box office at 978-463-3335.

Here are the updates from my fellow North Shore bloggers:

Seth at Lynn Happens runs it down for you here.

Kim Bingham has ideas for you here.