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Celebrate the season at Ipswich Evergreen, a holiday festival with indoor and outdoor festivities from noon to 4 p.m., at the Hall Haskell House Gallery and Visitor Information Center; Town Green; Heard House; Ipswich Museum; and Sally's Pond. 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; a presentation of “Stone Soup” by the Actors Company; ice sculpture by Wolf Hollow; art show exhibits on view in galleries; performance by the North Shore Ringers; open mike hosted by Ipswich Outsidah; bonfire; outdoor screening of “The Snow Man”; a display of nonprofit organizations and their activities; candy cane hunt; a Winter Get-up and Go Contest; food, and much more. In case of rain, the event will be moved to Saturday, Dec. 28. For details and updates, visit www.ipswichvisitorcenter.org/2013/12/18/ipswich-evergreen/.
The Second Congregational Church is hosting a ham and bean supper from 5 to 6 p.m., featuring two kinds of home-baked beans, ham, coleslaw, rolls and beverages. Home-baked pies are available for $1.50 a slice. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and $3.50 for children. There will be musical entertainment during dinner. The church is handicapped-accessible and located at 35 Conant St. in Beverly.
As part of Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church’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. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the church, 188 Elliott St., Danvers. Admission is free and open to the public. Beverages and snacks will also be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.ctr-anglican.org.
Accompanied by an orchestra, the Paul Madore Chorale performs “Stella Natalis” and “Joy to the World,” two contemporary works by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, at 8 p.m., at Sainte Anne’s Church, 290 Jefferson Ave., Salem. Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $22 for senior citizens age 60 and over and students ages 18 and under. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, call 978-887-3298, 978-774-7981 or visit www.paulmadorechorale.org.
The Stetson Art Gallery at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead is hosting a special exhibit through Dec. 31, which features the artwork of Salem State University visiting scholar Guanghui Xu. Xu's works range from room-sized installations to wall-hung paper sculptures to screen printed impressionistic works. While the size of Stetson Gallery doesn't allow a large installation, the selection of works on view demonstrates the range of Xu’s artistic expression. Everyone is welcome to attend the opening reception today from noon to 2 p.m. in the Stetson Gallery, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. For more information, visit uumarblehead.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After having been postponed last weekend because of the snow storm, the Luminaria that was rescheduled for this evening has officially been cancelled due to a high chance of rain. But don't let this dampen the holiday spirit as Christmas caroling will still take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Greenlawn Cemetery Chapel, 57 Orne St., Salem. The holiday get-together and sing-along includes refreshments, and everyone is invited. Carolers are asked to bring cookies, a flashlight and a singing voice. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/groups/FriendsofGreenlawn/.