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Merrimack Valley

August 29, 2013

Festival of Trees anniversary continues with treasure hunt, picnic

(Continued)

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.

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