EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 29, 2013

Festival of Trees anniversary continues with treasure hunt, picnic

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — METHUEN — The Festival of Trees Inc. marks its 20th anniversary this year. To continue its yearlong celebration of this historic achievement, the Festival of Trees wants to invite the community to the following events:

Emerald City Treasure Hunt: Sept. 1 to Dec. 7

The Festival of Trees invites the community to participate in its first-of-a-kind treasure hunt through the historic treasures of its preservation sites and throughout the Merrimack Valley. Players will seek out “emerald medallions” strategically displayed at historic preservation sites, area businesses that are sponsoring the hunt (AAA Southern New England; Coco, Early & Associates; A.P. Michaud Insurance Agency; Century 21 McLennan and Co.; Pentucket Medical; and TD Bank) and in the 2013 Festival of Trees program booklet.

By correctly recording the numbers on all displayed “emerald medallions”, players are entered into the Treasure Hunt Grand Prize drawing, a trip for two to Ireland, generously donated by AAA Southern New England.

The treasure Hunt kicks off on Sept. 1 and ends on Dec. 7, with the Grand Prize drawing taking place on closing day of the 2013 Festival of Trees. Entry fee is $10, and registration forms will be available for download on Sept. 1 at www.methuenfestivaloftrees.com.

Greycourt Family Picnic: Saturday, Sept. 7

Noon to 5 p.m.

The Festival of Trees will host an old-fashioned family picnic at the historic Greycourt State Park. Bring the family and enjoy a day filled with amusements and fun for all including:

Bicycle parades

Face painting

Pie eating contest (sponsored by Mann Orchards)

The Marvelous Amusing Quack Medicine Show (sponsored by Methuen Historical Society)

Dance demonstrations by Dance Images

Classic car rally

Apparatus and canine tactical demonstrations presented by the Methuen police and fire departments

Plus plenty of fun, games and prizes for all

Enjoy live orchestras, bands and a DJ in the great outdoors.

Visit with friends and neighbors while enjoying great food from local restaurants and food vendors along with ice-cold refreshments. Admission and entertainment is complimentary. Greycourt State Park, Pleasant Street, Methuen. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 8.

The 20th Festival of Trees opens Saturday, Nov. 23 and runs through Dec. 7.

This spectacular holiday event will once again feature more than 240 beautiful trees, wreaths and fun events for children.

The Festival will begin with the annual “Taste of the Festival” featuring wonderful Merrimack Valley eateries and a special guest appearance by Chef Mary Ann Esposito of “Ciao Italia,” America’s longest running cooking show.

In celebration of the Emerald Anniversary, all visitors who purchase tree raffle chances will also be entered into a special drawing for a chance to win a $2,000 emerald ring donated by Nazarian Jewelers of Salem, N.H., Andover and Newburyport.

The Festival is located at Valley Office Park at 13 Branch St. in Methuen (Exit 46 off Rt. 93 to Rt. 113). For more information, visit www.methuenfestivaloftrees.com.

For more information, please call 978-685-8878 or visit www.methuenfestivaloftrees.com.

Lockhart returns to Valley for fundraiser

There is still time to buy tickets to see Keith Lockhart and Friends on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts at Andover High School.

This event is presented by the Northern Essex Community College Foundation, Inc., the Women of NECC, and the NECC Alumni Association. Proceeds from the event will benefit NECC’s Endowment Fund.

Lockhart will present a talk on composer Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” illustrated by periodic interludes of music performed by a group of seven musicians. The 1918 theatrical Russian parable meant to be “read, played, and danced” tells the tale of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the economy.

Lockhart became the 20th conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995, adding his artistic vision to the Pops tradition established by his predecessors John Williams and Arthur Fiedler. This is a return visit to the Merrimack Valley for the 53-year-old New York native.

For tickets, which are $35 each, call 978-556-3870 or visit www.mvarts.info. For more information or to request communication access, visit www.necc.mass.edu/signature-event. Discounts are available for students and groups.