, Salem, MA

March 13, 2014

North Shore Entertainment Calendar

The Salem News

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SHAMROCK SWEEPSTAKES. Thursday, March 13, 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. drawing, Moose Family Lodge, 50 Grove St., Salem. More than $13,000 in prizes. Three hundred tickets will be sold for $100, resulting in prizes that range from a first prize of $10,000 to seven prizes of $200. A $10 admission includes buffet. Details and tickets at 978-744-0915 or

PSYCHIC FAIR FUNDRAISER. Sunday, March 16, noon to 4 p.m., 81 Wharf St., Salem. The Cabot Kent Hermetic Temple has joined Divinations, Psychic Parlor and Learning Center to sponsor a fundraiser for 2-year-old Mason, who is battling liver cancer. For details, visit

ONLINE AUCTION. Marblehead Museum’s online auction is open for bidding through Sunday, March 16, at, and features more than 100 items, including boat trips, dining, collectibles, gift certificates and unique experiences. The auction supports the museum and its mission to preserve, protect and promote the history of Marblehead for the community and future generations. For more information, call 781-631-1768.


MUSIC & PAINTINGS. Thursday, March 13, 8 p.m., Gulu Gulu Cafe, 247 Essex St., Salem. Artist, singer/songwriter and Salem resident Don Hammontree will share his music and paintings during a performance. His artwork features photographs and colorful paintings. For more information about Hammontree’s performance, email or call 508-615-5808.

ME & THEE COFFEEHOUSE. Friday, March 14, 8 p.m., David Francey at the me & thee coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. $20 in advance, $23 at the door. 781-631-8987,

GUITAR SUMMIT. A rock-n-blues guitar summit on Saturday, March 15, 7 p.m. doors open, performance starts at 8 p.m., Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis St., Beverly. Featuring James Montgomery Blues Band, Barry Goudreau (formerly of Boston), David Hull (of Farrenheit) and Gary Hoey. Tickets: $29, $35, $39 at or 978-525-9093. All proceeds from meet and greet with performers, which can be reserved day of show, go to Beverly Bootstraps.

KALEIDOSCOPE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE IN CONCERT. Sunday, March 16, 4 p.m., Old North Church, 35 Washington St., Marblehead. The Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble performs a program of chamber music featuring flute, oboe, clarinet, cello, violin and viola. Free admission; free-will offering collected at the door to benefit the Old North Church Piano Restoration Fund., 781-631-1244.

NANCY GRANERT IN CONCERT. Sunday, March 16, 5 p.m., St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Organ recital as part of the church’s 300th anniversary celebration. Open to the public. $10 suggested donation to benefit the Recital Series Fund. Granert was formerly associate organist and choirmaster at Harvard University. A light reception follows the concert.

Theater & talent

“JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.” Presented by Beverly High School in the school auditorium Thursday to Sunday, March 13, 14, 15 at 7 p.m. and on March 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and may be reserved at The ensemble includes 70 high school students, a choir of 25 teachers and students from Briscoe and several elementary schools, and a pit orchestra of 20. The biblical saga comes to vibrant life in the musical parable of Joseph, set to a variety of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ’n’ roll.

DANVERS HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S ONION TOWN VARIETY SHOW WITH AN IRISH TWIST. Friday, March 14, 7 to 9 p.m., Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. Emcee Dan Tremblay gathers local volunteer talent, novice and professionals. Everyone is welcome. Anyone wishing to perform should contact Dan at For a list of performers, visit $5 nonperformers. Proceeds benefit the preservation mission of the Society. Reservations are appreciated to help with hall setup. Parking on Page Street or in community lot at the corner of Page and Elm streets. RSVP to 978-777-1666 or

“GREASE.” Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15, 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 16, 2 p.m., at Bishop Fenwick High School, 99 Margin St., Peabody. Bishop Fenwick presents its spring musical featuring the high school love story written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. $10/adults, $8/students and seniors. Tickets available at the door or at

“ANTIGONE.” The Sea Change Theatre Company presents Sophocles’ “Antigone,” a contemporary horror story of the ancient Greek tragedy that explores the questions of civil disobedience, unwritten laws and human rights. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 14, and 3 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, in the performance space inside Dane Street Church, 10 Dane St., Beverly. The two-act tragedy about truth and death runs 100 minutes and is supported in part by a grant from the Beverly Cultural Council. Tickets $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. For details and tickets, call 978-500-3885 or email

“MEET JULIA CHILD!” Wednesday, March 19, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. The Delvena Theatre Company presents “Meet Julia Child!”, a live performance featuring “Julia Child.” Learn more about Child’s life and watch her on the set of “The French Chef.” After the performance, the cast will open up for discussion regarding Julia Child. Register at or 978-774-0554. Performance supported in part by a grant from the Danvers Cultural Council, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Swaps & stories

SEMI-ANNUAL BOOK & MEDIA SWAP. SalemRecycles, Salem’s recycling committee, holds a free book and media swap on Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations of commercial CDs, DVDs, videos and all books, including textbooks, may be dropped off on Friday, March 14, 5:30 to 7 p.m., or before noon on Saturday, March 15, at the Senior Center, 5 Broad St., Salem. No swap necessary. Drop off, take away or do both. Everything that doesn’t find a new home will be donated or recycled., 978-619-5679.

STORY TRAILS. Sunday, March 16, 2 to 3 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. How does one describe a number that’s too big to believe? Follow Uma on her quest by reading “Infinity and Me” by Kate Hosford, then create some “infinitely cool” math-art magic. Tickets available day of program. For children ages 5 to 8 with an adult. Meet at information desk.

Discussions & presentations

TEEN LITERATURE BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS. Thursday, March 13, 4 to 5 p.m., Abbot Public Library, Marblehead Room, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Club will meet to discuss Rick Yancey’s novel “The 5th Wave.” New members welcome. 781-631-1481,

FILM DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, March 13, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Monthly group where the art of filmmaking is discussed, as well as current trends and historical contexts which drive the creation of films. The focus is on documentaries and award-winning films. At the March meeting, “Casablanca” will be discussed. Participants should view the film prior to the discussion. For more information and to register, call 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or visit

BOOK DISCUSSION. Saturday, March 15, 2 p.m., Cabot House Museum, 117 Cabot St., Beverly. Guest author Matthew E. Thomas will discuss his new book, “Historic Powder Houses of New England, Arsenals of American Independence,” which explores the powder houses associated with duels, murders, public hangings and disastrous explosions. Free/society members, $5/guests. Public welcome., 978-922-1186.

POETRY SALON WITH CLAIRE KEYES. Sunday, March 16, 2 to 4 p.m., Abbot Public Library, Marblehead Room, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Claire Keyes, Marblehead poet and Salem State University professor emeritus, leads March’s Poetry Salon focusing on the second book of poetry by 20th-century American poet Sylvia Plath, called “Ariel,” which was published posthumously by her husband, Ted Hughes. All are welcome. 781-631-1481,

LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Tuesday, March 18, 10 a.m., Abbot Public Library, Marblehead Room, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Group will discuss Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel “Americanah,” which was named one of New York Times’ Ten Best Books of the Year in 2013. New members welcome. 781-631-1481,

EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Tuesday, March 18, 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Fogg Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Group will discuss “Money” by Martin Amis. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at checkout desk; alternate formats may be available. 978-921-6062,


“SEARCH SALEM: HISTORY & BEYOND.” Thursday, March 13, 7 p.m., Salem Public Library, 370 Essex St., Salem. A series of workshops designed to improve your research skills. Learn more about the library’s print and online resources. All programs are free and open to the public. Call for more information at 978-744-0860.

“DESIGNING YOUR LIFE.” Thursday, March 13, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. “Designing Your Life,” led by photographer Lou Jones, will explore how to enlist the element of time as an asset to one’s creativity, craft and pocketbook. Photography can initiate a lifestyle and also be a source of revenue. Lecture will demonstrate how Jones integrates and aligns his interest and resources to design his life. Part of MAA’s 2014 Winter/Spring Program Series for artists. $10/members, $12/nonmembers. Sign up at 781-631-2608.

WATERCOLOR DEMONSTRATION. Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m., Middleton Senior Center, 39 Maple St., Middleton. Middleton Art Association presents a watercolor demonstration with Louise Anderson. Attendees are welcome to bring their own supplies and paint along. Public welcome. Free admission. Handicapped-accessible. Irene, 978-774-9466.

ENGLISH PAPER PIECING. Tuesday, March 18, 7 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 556 Cabot St., Beverly. Crossroads Quilters Guild meeting features a program by Michele Maurice on English paper piecing in quilting, a method of making hexagons for the “make and take” project. Members and guests asked to bring a basic hand-sewing kit with neutral thread. Fabric supplied. $5 guest fee. Marsha Gadzera, 978-774-7165.

“HELP ME GET READY TO READ.” Wednesday, March 19, 6 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St., Ipswich. “Help Me Get Ready to Read,” a workshop with authors Susan Marx and Barbara Kasok designed for all adults who read aloud to children from infancy through their preschool years. Workshop’s goal is to help raise reading-ready children who love books and learning by demonstrating how to use parenting and reading strategies to read aloud effectively to young children. Program is free, but registration is required by calling the Children’s Room at 978-412-8713.


“THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NORTH SHORE IN THE GAMES INDUSTRY.” Thursday, March 13, 7 p.m., Salem Atheneum, 337 Essex St., Salem. Lecture by Tom Dusenberry. Dusenberry has worked in the games industry for the past 30 years. $15 nonmembers, $10 members, free to students with ID. 978-744-2540 or

“REMEMBERING THE NORTHERN IRELAND ‘TROUBLES.’” Monday, March 17, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Historian Margo Shea of Salem State University will discuss how and why memories of the past, and their expressions in public life, have become so important to the reconciliation process in Ireland since the 40-year period of protracted political conflict known as “The Troubles.” Shea will talk about how very different understandings among nationalists and unionists, Catholics and Protestants, and of the legacies of British involvement in Ireland and the history of Northern Ireland, shape and inform efforts to establish an equal and open post-conflict civil society. She will share stories and observations about the reconciliation process from her work in Derry. Program part of library’s Monday Mornings lecture series. Free; open to adults. Refreshments served at 9 a.m. Handicapped-accessible., 978-921-6062.

SEVEN LECTURES AT SEVEN GABLES: LISA GRAVES. Wednesday, March 19, 6 p.m., The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Author and illustrator Lisa Graves kicks off the Seven Lectures series with a discussion on some of history’s most colorful women and their amazing, courageous and often times humorous adventures. Graves will share her process of researching and writing her books “History’s Witches” and “Trail Blazers.” Reservations recommended; RSVP to Free/Essex Heritage and Seven Gables members, $15/nonmembers. Details at

BUILDING A BETTER ROBOT LOBSTER. Wednesday, March 19, 7 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St., Swampscott. Daniel Blustein, graduate student at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center Biomimetic Underwater Robot Lab, will talk about his work studying animals and trying to create robots similar to these creatures. Blustein will bring a lobster robot, a lamprey robot and a flying robot. Blustein works with students using Legos to create robots. Free admission. All are welcome. 781-596-8867.

WEDNESDAY EVENING LECTURE. Wednesday, March 19, 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Susan Hill Dolan, Northeast Region Cultural Resources specialist for The Trustees of Reservations, presents “Art in the Landscape: Three Major Sculptors at Castle Hill.” Discover how architects, landscape architects, and artists collaborated in the overall design of the Crane family’s great estate. Free/museum members, $10/nonmembers., 978-356-2811.

St. Patrick’s Day

ST. PATRICK’S DAY IRISH BREAKFAST. Friday, March 14, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Finz Seafood & Grill, 76 Wharf St., Salem. Annual St. Patrick’s Day Irish Breakfast benefits HAWC, Healing Abuse Working for Change Inc. Suggested donations: $50, $100 and $150. RSVP to Maryanne Tierney Askwyth, or 978-744-2299, ext. 127.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER. Saturday, March 15, 6 to 9 p.m., Hastings House, 14 Oak St., Beverly Farms. A traditional dinner of corned beef and cabbage, boiled potato and Irish soda bread will be served buffet style. Kid-friendly food will be available, along with a cash bar and Irish music. Reservations requested at 978-922-9705. Admission also available at the door for $10 for members, and $15 for nonmembers.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY. Saturday, March 15, 7 to 10 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. Join the mysterious Friar Fergus, an eighth-century Celtic monk, who reappears once every 100 years to take stock of the human condition, hear the confessions of sundry supplicants, and raise a tankard of stout ale in song and celebration of the Hibernian spirit. $30/person; proceeds benefit the Salem Athenaeum. Snow date, March 16. Details and reservations at 978-744-2540,, or

Maple sugaring

MAPLE FESTIVAL. Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. Appleton Farms hosts its first-ever Maple Festival, a community-friendly event for attendees to discover the process of maple sugaring. Activities include tree exploration and sap tasting; syrup taste bud test; maple syrup treats; sugar shack tours; and more. All ages welcome. Trustees members, $10/adult, $5/child (3 to 12); nonmembers, $12/adult, $6/child. Free for children under 3. or 978-356-5728.

MAPLE SUGARING TOURS. Saturday, March 15, and Sunday, March, 16, 10 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Learn how to identify a sugar maple tree, observe tapping and sap collection methods, discover how sap becomes syrup in the sugar house, and get a sweet taste of the final product. After the tour, warm up by the wood stove in the barn. One-hour, naturalist-guided tours run rain or shine; dress warmly. Mass Audubon members, $8/adult, $7/child; nonmembers, $9/adult, $8/child. Children under 3 are admitted for free and should be in a backpack. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264. Visit for details.


OWL PROWL FOR FAMILIES. Friday, March 14, 7 to 9 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Join sanctuary field teacher Angela Walsh and teacher-naturalist Scott Santino for a night hike to look and listen for barred and great horned owls, and eastern screech-owls. Prior to the hike, learn owl facts through hands-on activities and a slideshow in the barn. Program ends with an owl hooting lesson. Members, $8 adult, $7 child; nonmembers, $10 adult, $8 child. Open to families with children ages 5 and up. Dress warmly. Meet in the barn. Preregistration required at 978-887-9264 or

FULL MOON AND FOLKLORE HIKE. Sunday, March 16, 7 to 10 p.m., Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Celebrate the Algonquin Worm Moon with a night hike through the dunes of the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Transformed and illuminated by the glow of the full moon, the dunes are an eerily beautiful landscape. Attendees have a chance to hear the howls of coyotes. At the end of the walk, warm up with hot cider around a bonfire. Part of new, year-round Crane Outdoor Adventures Program. $15/Trustees members, $20/nonmembers. Program suitable for ages 13 and older. Details and reservations at or 978-356-4351, ext. 4052.

“NEPTUNE’S HARVEST & GATHERING MUSHROOMS.” Wednesday, March 19, 7 p.m., Buker Elementary School, 1 School St., Wenham. Ann Molly of Neptune’s Harvest Organic Fertilizer will discuss her family’s wholesale seafood company in Gloucester. Later, Norman “Dugie” Russell will share the do’s and don’ts of gathering mushrooms. This event, sponsored by the Hamilton Wenham Garden Club, is free and open to the public. For more information call Pat Lucy at 978-468-5829.


HAM AND BEAN SUPPER. Saturday, March 15, 6 p.m., Church of the Holy Name, corner of Monument Avenue and Thomas Road, Swampscott. Baked ham, homemade baked beans, different types of breads and coleslaw, desserts and hot and cold drinks. Raffle. $10/adults, $5/children ages 12 to 16, free/children under 11. Open to all. Entrance at 40 Hardy Road.

SALEM SPRING RESTAURANT WEEK. Salem Chamber of Commerce’s eighth annual Salem Spring Restaurant Week, a 10-day event, takes place Sunday, March 16, through Thursday, March 20, and Sunday, March 23, through Thursday, March 27, at 20 restaurants in Salem. Participating restaurants will offer either a prix-fix, two-course dinner menu for $18 or a prix-fix, three-course dinner menu for $28. For details and a list of participating restaurants, visit Reservations are encouraged.


RIVERSIDE SQUARES. Saturday, March 15, 7:30 p.m., North Shore Community Baptist Church, 9 Hart St., Beverly. Danvers-based square dancing club celebrates its 50th anniversary with three different callers. Anyone can stop by to watch for free. The club normally dances at the All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore, 46 Cherry St. in Danvers and offers 15-week class sessions twice a year, in September and January on Wednesday nights. Anyone who would like to join the September class can leave contact information during their visit or call 978-774-8159.

“DIVERGENT” PARTY FOR TEENS. Wednesday, March 19, 1 to 3 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. The library’s Teen Department hosts a “Divergent” Party for teens, ages 11 to 18, to celebrate the upcoming release of the movie “Divergent,” which is based on Veronica Roth’s young adult novel. Event includes games, food and other fun activities inspired by the book. Fans are encouraged to adopt their chosen faction’s dress. Sign up at 978-531-0100, ext. 14, or

Art exhibits & events

HIGH SCHOOL ART COMPETITION RECEPTION. Thursday, March 13, 5 to 7 p.m., Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Endicott College’s third annual High School Art Competition 2014 is a juried exhibit featuring works by 46 students from local high schools. A reception, musical presentation by the Endicott Singers, and awards ceremony will be held; exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Kathleen Moore, 978-232-2655 or

M IS FOR MUSEUM: ILLUSTRATORS SHOW. Friday, March 14, 10 a.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Children and the museum’s educator will look at and talk about the original children’s book illustrations in the Draw Me A Story exhibit, then draw a picture to take home. Included with museum admission; $8 adult, $6 children, free/members. 978-468-2377,

SCULPTURES IN WOOD. Artists reception will be held for the new exhibit, “Sculptures in Wood: Students of Joseph Wheelwright,” on Friday, March 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at ArcWorks Community Art Center, 22 Foster St., Peabody. On view through April 19. Free; open to the public., 978-531-7146.

ARTIST RECEPTION: SUSAN DODGE. Saturday, March 15, 3 to 5 p.m., Howling Wolf Taqueria Restaurant, 76 Lafayette St., Salem. Meet Salem artist and Marblehead native Susan Dodge, whose paintings and prints are on view at the Howling Wolf, and in the lobby of the Salem Theatre Company during the showing of “Heroes” from March 20 to April 12.

CHARITY EXHIBITION RECEPTION. Saturday, March 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., The Centennial Gallery, 4 Centennial Drive, Peabody. To celebrate their adoration of the Atlantic Ocean, a group of six artistic Salem Willows Yacht Club members are exhibiting their various works of art, many with a focus on the area’s seaside surroundings, at The Centennial Gallery. Light snacks and refreshments served. Ten percent from all sales donated to Sandy Point Junior Sailing Program. Mary Concannon, or 978-998-0240.

WATERCOLORS BY ANN JONES. On view March and April at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Exhibit features watercolor paintings of local landscapes, as well as landscapes from her travels to England, Nova Scotia and Egypt.

“ON EARTH.” An exhibit of paintings by Heather Johnson Reid of Beverly Farms is on view through Thursday, March 27, in the Celebration Hall at St. John’s Church, 705 Hale St., Beverly Farms. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 978-927-0229,

DRAW ME A STORY: ALPHABETS AND ANIMALS. Annual exhibit on display through March 30 at Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. The exhibit features displays of original illustrations by creators of children’s books, many of whom will be on hand and happy to sign books at the reception and at an event for the whole family, “A Sunday of Sweetness,” on Sunday, March 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 978-468-2377 or visit Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 1 and up.

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ELISABETH NEVILLE. On view throughout March at the Stetson Art Gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St.,

AMANDA BEARD. Original artwork by Amanda Beard, illustrator and designer from Beverly, on view through April 4 at Beverly Bank, 254 Cabot St., Beverly, during regular banking hours.