, Salem, MA

December 19, 2013

North Shore Entertainment Calendar

The Salem News

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FOOD FOR FOBA. On Tuesday, Dec. 24, 15 percent of the receipt for a dine-in or take-out order for lunch or dinner at Not Your average Joe’s will be donated to the Friends of Beverly Animals. Promotion available only at 45 Enon St., North Beverly. Prior to placing the order, participants should inform their waiter or cashier that they wish to support FOBA with their order., 978-922-7190.

Music & caroling

ACOUSTIC CONCERT. Thursday, Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., 17 Cox, 17 Cox Court, Beverly. Acoustic concert featuring Dreamtigers, Aisha Burns and Colin Bugbee., 978-712-8858.

FIRESIDE NOEL. Saturday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., Community House of Hamilton and Wenham, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. The New England Tenors, featuring three tenor voices, will perform a selection of popular Christmas and holiday songs. Tickets cost $15 (plus $1.52 service fee) at, or $18 at the door. 978-468-4818.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT. Saturday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, 88 Elliott St., Danvers. As part of the Christ the Redeemer’s monthly Three Cords Coffeehouse series, the local trio Maeve will perform a Christmas Concert with an opening performance by Michael Pritzl of The Violet Burning. Beverages and snacks available for purchase. Free.

PAUL MADORE CHORALE CONCERT. Saturday, Dec. 21, 8 p.m., Sainte Anne’s Church, 290 Jefferson Ave., Salem. The Paul Madore Chorale, accompanied by an orchestra, performs “Stella Natalis” and “Joy to the World,” two contemporary works by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins. $25 general, $22 senior citizens age 60 and over and students age 18 and under. Purchase tickets at the door. 978-887-3298, 978-774-7981 or

GIFT OF LIGHT AND CHRISTMAS CAROLING. Sunday, Dec. 22, 5 to 9 p.m., along Dearborn Street, Dearborn Lane, Lee Street and Moulton Avenue, Salem. The luminaria will be lit along Dearborn Street, Dearborn Lane, Lee Street and Moulton Avenue from 5 to 9 p.m. No parking on the aforementioned streets between 4:30 and 9:30 p.m. A holiday get-together and singalong with refreshments will take place in the Greenlawn Cemetery Chapel from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Bring flashlights. Donations of food are welcome. In case of snow, rain or high winds, the event will be postponed to Dec. 22 from 5 to 9 p.m.

CHRISTMAS CAROL SINGALONG BY CANDLELIGHT. Sunday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m., St. John the Russian Orthodox Church, 16 Mount Pleasant Ave., Ipswich. Featuring an evening of singing traditional Christmas carols led by the parish choir in the candlelit historic church interior, a Christmas tree lighting, and a reception with classic holiday refreshments. Free; all are welcome. Parking available in rear of church. For details, contact Father Spyridon at 978 380 6499 or

CHRISTMAS CAROLING. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 4 to 7 p.m., Hawthorne Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 18 Washington Square W., Salem. Join Julie Dougherty for caroling. Admission is by freewill donation to a local charity; collections will be taken throughout the evening. Cash bar available in the ballroom. Restaurants open normal hours. 978-825-4311.


“A TUNA CHRISTMAS.” Performances through Dec. 21, Thursdays through Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, 3 p.m., at the STC Theater, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. Salem Theatre Company presents Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard’s comedic story about 22 residents of Texas’ third smallest town celebrating Christmas. Tickets cost $25 general, $20 senior citizens, $10 students. Tickets available at or 866-811-4111.

“THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER.” Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20 and 21, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 22, 2:30 p.m., Hogan Regional Auditorium, 6 Hathorne Circle, Danvers. The North Shore Players, in collaboration with Samuel French Publishing, presents Barbara Robinson’s 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, or call Linda at 978-902-1777 for group discounts.

THREE CHRISTMAS GIFTS: A NIGHT OF ONE ACTS. Friday, Dec. 20, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 21, 3 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 22, 3 p.m., Sea Change Theatre Company, inside Dane Street Church, 10 Dane St., Beverly. The Sea Change Theatre Company presents “Christmas Calories,” “The Burglar’s Christmas” and “The Gift of the Magi,” three heartwarming Christmas tales filled with love, joy and sacrifice. $12 adults, $10 students and senior citizens., 978-500-3885.


CHRISTMAS TOURS. The House of the Seven Gables will host Christmas Tours through Sunday, Dec. 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Dec. 24 and 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 115 Derby St., Salem. Explore the maritime, architectural and literary history of the house and discover Christmas’ transformation from a rowdy seasonal celebration to the peaceful family-centered traditions recognized today. $12.50 adults, $7.50 children.

Holiday Happenings

SNOW GLOBES & COOKIE DECORATING. Thursday, Dec. 19, 3 to 5 p.m., Abbot Public Library, Marblehead Room, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Teens are invited to get in the holiday spirit and make last-minute gifts by designing homemade snow globes. Sugar cookies will be served and a movie will be shown. 781-631-1481,

VOLUNTEER COOKIE SOCIAL. Thursday, Dec. 19, 3 to 5 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Museum volunteers are invited for cookies, eggnog, and holiday cheer in the Appleton Room. 978-356-2811,

PEM/PM EVENING PARTY: WRAP IT UP. Thursday, Dec. 19, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. Learn papercraft techniques to dress up holiday gifts using colorful washi tape and Japanese-style wrapping methods inspired by Future Beauty designs. Also, North Shore cellist and singer Kristen Miller will perform. Free for members and Salem residents with ID, $10 at the door for nonmembers. Cash bar available.

NUTCRACKER STORYTIME. Friday, Dec. 20, 10 to 11 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, Sutton Room, 82 Main St., Peabody. Join dancers from the Boston Ballet for a Nutcracker-themed story time for preschoolers and learn more about ballet performance. Free, registration required at

HOLIDAY VILLAGE OPEN HOUSE. Saturday, Dec. 21, noon to 3 p.m., Gerry 5 VFA Function Hall, 210 Beacon St., Marblehead. View the Holiday Village, crafted by the late Stu Curtis and his wife, Chicki. The lit village resembles Marblehead with trains, skiers, boats, skaters and more. Also, Santa will visit from 1 to 3 p.m.

IPSWICH EVERGREEN. Saturday, Dec. 21, noon to 4 p.m., indoor and outdoor festivities at Hall Haskell House Gallery & Visitor Information Center, Town Green, Heard House, Ipswich Museum and Sally’s Pond in Ipswich. Planned activities include make-your-own evergreen decor; three stories for children presented by readers/performers; craft station with a project related to one of the stories; theater by and for children, the Actors Company presents “Stone Soup”; ice sculpture by Wolf Hollow; art show curated by Time & Tide Fine Art; performances by Essex Harmony and North Shore Ringers; a display of nonprofit organizations and their activities; candy cane hunt; and a Winter Get-up and Go Contest. A soup party and ice skating are tentatively planned.

CHRISTMAS DINNER WITH FRIENDS. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1 p.m., Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. All are welcome to the church’s traditional Christmas Dinner with all of the fixings. Free. Transportation available. 978-774-7582,


HERITAGE FILMS. Thursday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m., Danvers Community Access Television, 87 Elm St., second floor, Danvers. Screening of “Early Settlers of New England” by Dan Tremblay of Heritage Films, followed by a discussion. Film was made at Pioneer Village and Rebecca Nurse Homestead. Free. 978-777-2711.


WINTER MARKET. Thursday, Dec. 19, 3 to 6 p.m., Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem. Old Town Hall is adjacent to Derby Square. Includes produce from local farms, pasture-fed meat, spices, pickles, soup, baked goods, artisan soap, jewelry, wreaths, and more. Also, the Salem Arts Association on Artists’ Row will be open from 3 to 7 p.m., with paintings, photographs, fiber art, sculptures, pottery, art glass, mixed media creations, cards, wearable art, jewelry and more available for purchase. All items are grown or produced in New England.

INDOOR FARMERS MARKET. Monday, Dec. 23, 3 to 7 p.m., Bell Market, 206 Cabot St., Beverly. The market features vegetables, meat, cheese, bread, soup, pie, honey, syrup, sweets, pottery, massage, marmalade, herbs, jewelry, artwork, gifts and music. For more information, visit or, or call 978-473-9891.


ART CLUB. Friday, Dec. 20, 1 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. The library’s Art Club will complete an art project exploration. For children in preschool and older. No experience needed.

WIL SWINK EXHIBIT. On view through Dec. 20 at Beverly Cooperative Bank, 254 Cabot St., Beverly. Exhibit of original paintings by Wil Swink of North Hampton, N.H. Open to the public during banking hours.

“PORTRAITS FROM AFRICA.” On view through Jan. 1 at the Gallery at Grosvenor Park Nursing Center and Rehab, Vinnin Square, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Salem. The gallery’s final exhibit for 2013 features wildlife images by Don Montemorra of Swampscott, highlighting his recent travels in Africa. 978-741-5700.

“SCORE FOR A COLOR FIELD.” On view through Jan. 2, 17 Cox gallery, 17 Cox Court, Beverly. An opening reception will take place for “Score for a Color Field,” an exhibit of Floor van de Velde’s work exploring light, space, sound and color. Elizabeth Woodward, or 978-712-8858.

“RITUAL AND FANTASY.” On view through Jan. 10, Spencer Presentation Gallery, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Exhibit features new work by Endicott College art professors Ric Haynes and Mark Towner.

“LIGHTING THE NIGHT: THE LANTERN AS ART.” On view through Jan. 11, True North Gallery, 25 Woodbury St., South Hamilton. A group exhibition of lanterns, candle holders and oil lamps, created by artists near and far. Exhibit features work in clay, stone, metal, concrete, glass and mixed media. All work available for purchase.

“GREETINGS FROM PEABODY.” The Art of Greeting Cards and Postcards” exhibit on view through May 4 at the Peabody Historical Society, Cassidy Art Museum, 33 Washington St., Peabody. Peabody Historical Society’s newest exhibit features a variety of antique cards from the Society’s collection. Learn how styles evolved from the elaborate and sentimental cards of the late Victorian Era, to the often humorous and “cartoonish” cards of the 1930s and 1940s. Visitors may also read the messages penned by Peabody residents to loved ones and friends. Heather Leavell, 978-531-0805.