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. www.ipswichmuseum.org, 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, email@example.com 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, www.salemathenaeum.net, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. www.thetrustees.org/appletonfarms or 978-356-5728.