Category Archives: Activities

The Fun Ramps up at Canobie Lake Park Weekends in September & October With A Country Music Festival and SCREEEMFEST!!!!

SALEM, NH – It may be back to school and off to work during the week, but Canobie Lake Park has your weekends covered with plenty of thrills and chills over the next two months. The Park is open Labor Day Weekend, Friday through Monday, when you can enjoy rides, games and the final performances of Canobie’s summer shows.

Then get ready for Canobie Lake Park’s new Country Music Festival to be held over two weekends, September 9-10 and September 16-17. In addition to Canobie rides, games and attractions, there will be live shows featuring tributes to the music of Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks and Shania Twain. Live bluegrass bands are also scheduled throughout each day. Bring your appetite and dig in at the Festival’s “Smokin’ BBQ,” featuring a variety of apple-wood smoked items including ribs, pulled pork and brisket, plus a selection of beer and wine.

Beginning September 9th, Canobie’s Petting Zoo is also open every Saturday and Sunday from 1PM to 5PM through October 22nd. Youngsters and their families can interact with a menagerie of gentle animals.

The fun continues each weekend through October with your favorite Canobie rides, games and more. On September 23rd, SCREEEMFEST adds its special brand of fear to all the fun after dark, haunting Canobie Lake Park each Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening through October 29th. And there’s plenty to “screeem” about, too.

There are five terrifying haunted houses open during SCREEEMFEST, including their newest haunt, The Culling.” You’ll also find roaming “monsters” and a monster parade throughout the park, Halloween-themed games and much more.

Canobie Lake Park is known for delivering quality live entertainment at no additional charge, and fall is no exception. Rock on with Canobie’s ROCKtoberfest event that features a different rock tribute band each weekend during Screeemfest on Canobie’s Midway Stage. As if that wasn’t enough, the “SwingShift SideShow” presents strange feats of physical daring that are truly not for the faint of heart. And the live show, “Tribute to Michael: Ghosts,” will thrill audiences the last three weekends in October.

One low admission price for Canobie’s fall events includes all haunted houses, operating rides, ROCKtoberfest, the petting zoo, all live entertainment and much more. For park hours, show schedules, directions, and more information, visit

Newburyport Art Walk Oct. 18th & 19th, 2014

Name: Art Walk Weekends 2014
Date: Oct. 18, 2014 – Oct. 19, 2014
Website: Click Here
Event Description:
Please join us for the 2014 Newburyport Art Walk Weekends!  Each Art Walk is free and open to the public.  Galleries will showcase special exhibitions, artist demos, lectures, tours and some of the finest visual art in the region…all within easy walking distance in our beautiful, historic downtown.  This year we are pleased to welcome several new galleries as well as partnerships with local inns, restaurants and coffee shops, many of which also display original art on a rotating basis.
Date/Time Information:
October 18-19
Saturdays 3-7 pm
Sundays 1-5 pm

Country Comes to Byfield June 21, 2014

Name: Country Comes to Byfield!
Date: June 21, 2014
Website: Click Here
Event Description:
Country comes to Byfield! Award winning Ayla Brown comes to the Byfield Community Arts Center on June 21, 2014. Ms. Brown’s powerful ballads and inspiring lyrics show her emotion and grace on stage. Every song reflects her passion, and compassion, for those around her and those who might be encouraged by her strength and power.Opening for Ayla Brown is another Massachusetts native, Whitney Doucet. This young singer/songwriter has already won musical awards and captivates her audience with her distinctive voice and stage presence while performing traditional country and gospel songs as well as new and pop country.

Doors open at 7:00pm on June 21. Admission is $15 at the door or $10 with a non-perishable food item. These items will be given to area veterans in recognition of Ayla Brown’s upcoming USO tour.

The Byfield Community Arts Center is located at 7 Central Street, Byfield, MA. The Cat Café will be serving beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks throughout the evening.

For information call 978-463-3335 or check our website at

By Newburyort Chamber of Commerce.

Salisbury MA Sand & Sea Festival Volunteers Welcomed

It’s Not Too Soon to Mark Your Calendar for the
8th Annual Salsibury, MA Sand & Sea Festival: June 28-29, 2014

If you are interested in Volunteer Opportunities, we sure could use your help! And you’ll have a lot of fun and meet new people!

To find out more contact Carol DePetrillo at: carolbearlady

We need volunteers for the following:

  • The Sand & Sea Festival

  • To staff our Information Booth

  • Parking Attendant – short shifts

  • Relay Race – July 21, 2013

  • and more!

    Get Sand & Sea Festival and other Summer Events Updates :

Thank you for your time.
Enjoy Life.
Ginger Ross
603 918 6510

11th Annual Charity Chocolate Tour Newburyport MA

Name: 11th Annual Chocolate Tour
Date: May 17, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Event Description:
Come and experience an afternoon of pure chocolate indulgence…..Take a tour of 24 local stores and sample delicious chocolate treats with all your friends and family.Buy your ticket in advance as tickets are limited

Checks payable to Central Congregational Church.  Mail to: The Chocolate Tour, c/o Debbie Aldrich, 39 Marlboro St, Newburyport, 01950


Cash or Check on the day outside the Unitarian Universalist Church located on Pleasant Street

The American Red Cross
Local Councils on Aging Prescription Program
The Greater Newbury Elder pet Fund


Tickets $15.00.
Email with questions.

Plum Island’s Birds of Winter

Every year when winter makes its chilly debut in New England the pristine coast is abandoned until the following summer. Plum Island is one of many communities that, contrary to popular assumption, remain a cornucopia of attractions year round with plenty of winter activities that are too often overlooked. Plum Island is home to the Joppa Flats and Parker River Wildlife Refuge, two prime destinations for any outdoors enthusiast and centers for the island’s animal visitors. During the winter months seals can be spotted along the beach in the Refuge, deer frequent the island when foraging, but the animals most eagerly sought after are those with wings.

Birds are what make Plum Island wildlife stand out, and in the winter as thousands of birds migrate south thousands of watchers migrate to the island as well. The Refuge and Joppa Flats are common stopovers for birds heading south and some birds from northern New England and Canada make it their seasonal home. Among the common waterfowl, some winter residents are the red-breasted merganser, the common eider, white winged scoter, and the grebe. These birds add to the local waterfowl of ducks, teals and loons who reside on the island and in the wetlands surrounding it. There are also a number of finch and ‘bird-feeder’ species that can be spotted on Plum Island during the colder months, such as the pine siskin, crossbills and red polls.

Large birds of prey can be found on the island as food becomes scarce during the winter. Owls are among the most common, with sightings of Snowy owls, short-eared owls, and more rare barred owls and long-eared owls reported each season. Another predatory bird is the rough-legged hawk (also called the rough-legged buzzard) which frequently winters around marshes, making Plum Island ideal. However the most celebrated bird of prey is the bald eagle, a rare and beautiful sight for avian lovers. Sightings have frequently made visitors pull over on the Plum Island Turnpike while they exit their cars to get a better view.

Bird watching culture is so prevalent on Plum Island that it has even inspired yearly events. The Mass Audubon Society at Joppa Flats has created the Superbowl of Birding, a competition between teams to find the most avian species on and around the island at the end of January. The following month is the Merrimac River Eagle Festival, celebrating the eagles returning to the region and filled with bird watching tours and learning activities. This time of year may not be beach weather, but for those who appreciate the beauty of nature and bird watching this is perfect island weather. For those of you who can brave the cold, visit Plum Island for a slice of the New England outdoors.