Visit the the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover. The museum is free and open to the public, though reservations are required. It’s located on the campus of Phillips Academy, at the corner of Main St. and Chapel Ave. This local gem boasts one of the most comprehensive collections of American art in the world. It currently has two special exhibits: 60 sculptures as well as a selection of table-top sculptural “sketches,” prints and photographs from contemporary artist Mel Kendrick and Learning to Look: The Addison at 90, which features works by artists such as Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, McArthur Binion, Carrie Mae Weems and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. If you see Jerry Selissen in his role as security guard, tall him the Carnation sent you.
Catch some live music while supporting local eateries. TJ Callahan’s presents 6 Ways to Sunday on Saturday starting at 8 p.m., while Bobby & Jack’s hosts Neeley Luna & Mark Clement beginning at 6:30. You can’t go wrong with the wings at TJ’s or B&J’s.
The Fresh Beets Fest at Kerouac Park, 75 Bridge St., Lowell, will be held Sunday from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Fresh Beets is a food and music organization based in Lowell; the event will include music from around the world and food vendors. Featured performers will be indie/punk band Castling; H Con Sabor, an authentic salsa band; The Party Band; and Silimbo D’Adeane West African Drum and Dance Company. And yes, there will be beets.
Show the bees some love. Find a beekeeper class, aka Bee School; check out the Mass Bee summer newsletter for a project to build a Monarch waystation, to give this threatened pollinator, which annually migrates some 2,500 miles to the mountains of Central Mexico, a rest stop; or just plant a pollinator garden. The newsletter also has info on purchasing a Pollinator license plate.
Finally, Tewksbury’s Iconic Automotive Detailing is having a school supplies drive for the Wish Project. Backpacks will be distributed through various social services agencies in the Merrimack Valley. Stop by 91 Washington St., Unit C, on Saturday between noon and 4 p.m. to drop off some items or make a monetary donation.