, Salem, MA

December 21, 2013

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

The Salem News

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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

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

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


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 or email

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