Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:
The 18th annual Equine Exposition and Sale, today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., raises money to help the nonprofit Essex County Trail Association maintain trails for all types of passive recreation in local towns. Taking place at the Arena Building on the Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston St., Topsfield, the expo features a large marketplace of businesses, groups and individuals selling (new and used) items and services for the horse and rider/driver. Attendees will also see demonstrations throughout the day, get information on land organizations, trail maps, state parks and more. A silent auction and a food vendor will also be available. This event is wheelchair-accessible, and there's ample parking at the fairgrounds. Admission is $5, free for children under 10. For more information, call 978-468-7715 or visit www.ectaonline.org.
Celebrate the Bard's birthday today at noon, as the Ninjas of The Actors Company take over the streets of downtown Ipswich with merriment and scenes from William Shakespeare's works. The free festivities start at noon at the Visitors Center, 36 S. Main St., Ipswich. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/162176007281610/?fref=ts.
Find out firsthand how rainbow smelt are recovering from pollution at the Salem Sound Coastwatch's North River rainbow smelt count and fish demonstration, today at 12:30 p.m. at the North River at Howley Street (just past the Salem/Peabody line at Harmony Grove Road). Children and adults alike are invited to watch as aquatic biologists from the Division of Marine Fisheries catch eggs with nets to check on the local rainbow smelt population. Park in the Super Stop & Shop parking lot. For more information, visit www.salemsound.org or email 978-741-7900.
Tomorrow, families are invited to The Trustees of Reservations’ Long Hill property for self-guided tours, refreshments, a daffodil walk, a visit to the Children’s Garden, and a pick-your-own daffodil bouquet from the PYO Flower Fields. Daffodil Day, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., is free; however, a $5 donation is suggested. The event takes place at Long Hill's Sedgwick Garden, 572 Essex St., Beverly. For details, contact Beth O’Grady, garden educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-921-1944, ext. 1825, or visit www.thetrustees.org for information.
Later tomorrow afternoon, take in Salem Sound Coastwatch's photography show, showcasing entries in the organization's year-long photo contest. Among those on exhibit are 170 photographs capturing the beauty and nature of the Salem Sound watershed, taken in Beverly, Danvers, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Peabody and Salem. Tomorrow, honor the winners at a reception from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Atrium Gallery of the Musculoskeletal Center, 4 Centennial Drive, Peabody. If you can, RSVP at 978-741-7900 or email@example.com.
Tomorrow night at 7:30, Topsfield Town Library's "Concerts in the Barn" music series presents “An Evening of Glorious Song,” featuring classical songs performed by soprano Dana Schnitzer and mezzo-soprano Megan Roth, with accompaniment by conductor/pianist Andrew Altenbach. The free concert takes place in Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St., Topsfield. For more information, contact Beth Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-887-9137.