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September 26, 2013

North Shore Entertainment Calendar


SALEM STATE WRITERS SERIES. Thursday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Perry Glasser opens the Salem State Writers Series. Glasser will read from his newest works, “Riverton Noir,” the Gival Press Novel Award winner, and “metamemoirs.” Free. 978-542-7890,

WORDCRAFTERS POETRY GROUP MEETING. Saturday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Peabody Institute Library West Branch, 603 Lowell St., Peabody. The Wordcrafters Poetry Group, a chapter of the Massachusetts State Poetry Society, will meet. Original poems will be critiqued and the theme is “Rescued.” All are welcome to participate or just listen. Free admission. Refreshments available. Handicapped-accessible. 978-740-3212.

POETRY WORKSHOP BEGINS. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. First of five poetry workshop meetings taught by local poet Jennifer Jean. Workshop will focus on a different poetic form each week. Details and registration at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or


SIR JOHN HUMPHREY HOUSE OPEN HOUSE. Friday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 99 Paradise Road, Swampscott. The Swampscott Historical Society’s Trails & Sails program, sponsored by the Essex National Heritage Area. This historic first period house will be open free of charge to the general public. Guided tours will be led by several Historic Society members.

NINTH ANNUAL MUSEUM DAY LIVE. Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Free admission for two to The House of the Seven Gables for all participants presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket, available at Part of Smithsonian Magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live!, a nationwide event., 978-744-0991.

WALKING TOUR. Sunday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m., meet at 9 North St. behind the Witch House, Salem. 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. Tour will travel through the McIntire District with potential stops at the Athenaeum and Hamilton Hall. Tour is approximately two hours and ends on Church Street. Free. Part of Essex National Heritage Trails and Sails weekend., 978-745-0799.

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