Take advantage of free admission at The House of the Seven Gables as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! program. Visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket will be admitted for free between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The house, which is located at 115 Derby St. in Salem, was built in 1668 and was occupied by three generations of the Turner family before being sold to Captain Samuel Ingersoll. After his death at sea, the house was left to Ingersoll's daughter, Susanna, a cousin of author Nathaniel Hawthorne whose visits to Susanna's home inspired the setting and title of his 1851 novel, “The House of the Seven Gables.” Visit the house to learn more. Tickets are available at Smithsonian.com/museumday. For more information, visit www.7gables.org or call 978-744-0991.
Accomplished Italian classical pianist Francesco Attesti returns to the Endicott College campus in Beverly for a special concert performance with his colleague, an acclaimed clarinetist, Pietro Tagliaferri, from La Scala, Italy. The Cortona Duo's performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Rose Performance Hall of Endicott's Manninen Center for the Arts at 376 Hale St. Admission is free. For tickets and details, visit www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts, or call 978-998-7700.
Sunday, Sept. 29
A silent auction of birdhouses made by local artists and the community at large will take place between 1 and 3 p.m. on Artists' Row at 24 New Derby St. in Salem. The Gimme Shelter Birdhouse Auction event includes live music by BlackDogBrother and food from local restaurants. Birdhouses will be on display throughout artists’ spaces on Artists’ Row. The public is also invited to help make a popsicle stick birdhouse. For more information, contact Laura Potter at email@example.com or 978-219-7226, or visit www.facebook.com/salemcollective for details.
Salem State history professor Bethany Jay leads a tour to sites that tell the story of the Salem citizens who were at the forefront of abolishing slavery. The tour begins at 1 p.m. at 9 North St. behind the Witch House in Salem, then travels through the McIntire District with potential stops at the Salem Athenaeum and Hamilton Hall. The tour is approximately two hours and ends on Church Street. Admission is free. The event is part of the Essex National Heritage's Trails and Sails weekend. For more information, call 978-745-0799.