, Salem, MA

September 21, 2013

Best Bets for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22

The Salem News

---- — Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

Saturday, Sept. 21

Get some good reads at good prices at this weekend's book sales. Hamilton-Wenham Public Library's sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features thousands of titles and subjects, including the latest fiction, mysteries, thrillers, sports, travel, classics, cook books, gardening, biographies, religion, and more; CDs; DVDs; and audiobooks. Most selections are $2 or less; all proceeds benefit the library. If you can't make it today, be sure to check it out next week — the sale continues Sept. 23 to 26 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Swampscott Public Library's sale runs from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library. The sale continues Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Hit up one or go to both and make a day of it. The Hamilton-Wenham library is at 14 Union St. in Hamilton. The Swampscott library is at 61 Burrill St. in Swampscott. For more information, visit or call 978-468-5577 (Ham-Wen) or 781-596-8867 (Swampscott).

There's lots to do in the region this weekend as part of Essex National Heritage Commission's Trails and Sails program, including three tours today in Beverly and Salem. For more information on these or other Trails and Sails programs, visit

Enjoy Bavarian pretzels, knockwursts, bratwursts and, of course, a beer or two at Henry's Oktoberfest, today from 2 to 4:30 at the Wenham Tea House, 4 Monument St., Wenham. A live Polka band will provide the entertainment. A $10 donation is requested, to benefit Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston. For more information, call 978-468-1398.

Sunday, Sept. 22

It's Puppy Mill Awareness Day in Salem. From noon to 5 p.m. at Salem Common, on Washington Square North, get information about puppy mills and guidance for organizing peaceful protests; take part in a raffle; watch K-9 deomonstrations by the Essex County Sheriff's Department and Salem K-9 units, and meet Lilly, the hero pit bull, who rescued her human from certain death. A Breed Specific Legislation awareness walk will begin at the Common at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit


Storyteller Alicia Quintano will bring her combination of humor and dramatic interpretation to a performance of folktales and original songs at Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. The featured story is “The Vingananee and the Tree Toad,” illustrated by Ellen Weiss Goldstrom. Refreshments will be served and all ages are welcome. The fun starts at 2 p.m. For more information, call 781-631-1481 or visit

In conjunction with Create Topsfield Arts Festival, the Congregational Church of Topsfield will host a concert featuring Bart Dahlstrom, director of music and organist at CCoT, and Richard Webster, director of music and organist at Trinity Church Boston, at 3 p.m. at the CCoT Meeting House, 9 E. Common St., Topsfield. The performance will include organ, piano, flute, solos and duets. Admission is free; all are welcome. For more information, call 978-887-2191 or email