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For the 300 artists at Western Avenue Studios, the show will go on despite a raging pandemic and government mandates on large gatherings. And this is welcome news to an antsy populace starving for civility and culture. The 7th Annual ArtoberFest will indeed be held this year — in fact, this weekend, Oct. 3-4, from […]
If you missed out on the launch party at The Brush Art Gallery & Studios last Saturday, don’t worry. There are still six weeks left to take in the 38th Annual Exhibition at the downtown venue. This year’s event, 256 Market St., titled “Chroma,” runs through Nov. 1 and features the nine in-house artists, who […]
Santana’s Barber Shop is finally unlocked for cutting locks. The shop, which opened in February 2019 at 655 Chelmsford St., in Lowell, was just gaining steam when the lockdown forced a two-month closure. Owner Kenley Santana says the industry, like many others, suffered greatly during recent months. “We had a bad run there,” he said, […]
Gourmet food trucks have carved out a seat at the table of the culinary industry. Their growing popularity is noticeable at festivals, sporting events and entertainment venues throughout the country, particularly in warmer months. And despite the lack of cultural gatherings under current regulatory conditions, food trucks have weathered the pandemic better than traditional restaurants. […]
If 2020 hasn’t provided enough ups-and-downs for you, how about a thrilling roller-coaster ride to smooth the nerves? A midyear cannonball run probably has less tumult than the maelstrom we currently ride. The folks at Canobie Lake Park have been cleared by the state of New Hampshire to reopen their doors and welcome adventure-seekers back […]
If only there was a winter activity that is less challenging than skiing, less expensive than snowmobiling and less sedentary than watching television. It would be great if it also allowed for family participation and nature appreciation. A-ha! Drill a hole and drop a line to catch a cold trout. Ice fishing is steadily growing […]
In Lowell, October means more than foliage and farmers’ markets. It is the month that the city celebrates the life of arguably its most famous native. And this year’s Jack Kerouac festival, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac, will be especially meaningful as it marks the 50th anniversary of the Beat Generation icon’s death. On Oct. 21, 1969, […]
If classic cars are what drive you, then put some vroom on your calendar by attending any one of the dozens of weekly cruise nights that dot eastern and central Massachusetts, some extending from into October. Although some of the car shows are thematic and one-time only annually, most are recurring events that allow almost […]