, Salem, MA

December 14, 2013

Best Bets for Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15

The Salem News

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How about completing a good deed today? The Wenham Affordable Housing Trust is seeking volunteers to assist with painting a housing unit, located at 11 Friend Court in Wenham, from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will be supplied with painting supplies and equipment, and light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome to participate. For more information, contact Mark Andrews, Wenham town administrator, at

The bakers of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church will hold their seventh annual Christmas Cookie Sale today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the church social hall at 64 Forrester St., Salem. A large variety of festive cookies will be available on decorative holiday plates. For more information, contact Father Theophan Whitfield at 978-744-5869, or Maria Johnson at 603-659-6669.

Haven't met with Santa yet? While his sleigh and reindeer are resting up for the big night, Santa will arrive by hay cart to join visitors on a hay ride at Green Meadows Farm, 656 Asbury St., South Hamilton, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aspiring elves and children may also make themselves an ornament to keep. Everyone is welcome. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $1 helps pay for materials. For more information, call 978-468-2277.

After his visit to South Hamilton, Santa will pack his lobster boat, check his charts and at 2:30 p.m., head for the site of Washington's Naval Base. Thanks to the Beverly Lobster Fleet and the Beverly Harbormaster Department, the sea borne Santa will arrive aboard the Janie M., captained by Michael Malewicki, at the Ferryway Public Landing, where he’ll greet boys and girls and hand out candy canes and hot chocolate. Most importantly, he will be taking children’s last-minute requests for the holiday. Santa's visit to Beverly will take place rain, snow or shine. The Ferryway Public Landing is near the Veterans Memorial Bridge and Public Pier.

The First Church of Danvers and North Point Evangelical Presbyterian Church will present a live performance of “The Man Born to be King,” a radio play by Dorothy L. Sayers that was originally written for the BBC. The performance takes place at 8 p.m., at the First Church, 41 Centre St., Danvers. Admission is a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Danvers Food Pantry, or a warm coat for those without a home. For more information, call 732-744-6407.


Hear the sounds of the season performed by the Manchester Singers at 4 p.m. in Endicott College's Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St., Beverly. The community chorus of 45 local men and women presents its annual Holiday Concert, featuring a 90-minute program of secular and sacred holiday choral music. Admission is $10 for adults, and $8 for senior citizens and students. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, call 978-283-9021 or visit

Also at 4 p.m., the StarSingers and Company and ZipTone Boys Chorus, all Danvers-based choruses for young people, will present their annual winter concert at the Maple Street Congregational Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers. The program includes traditional and contemporary songs for Hanukkah and Christmas, and features violinist Elizabeth Davidson-Blythe of Beverly. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

The North Shore Players, in collaboration with Samuel French Publishing, presents Barbara Robinson’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at 2:30 p.m., in the Hogan Regional Auditorium, 6 Hathorne Circle, Danvers. The play tells the story of a pageant director who is determined to produce the best church Christmas pageant, despite having six delinquents bully their way into the pageant, the church catching on fire, and losing baby Jesus. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens. For tickets and details, visit