, Salem, MA

October 31, 2013

North Shore Entertainment Calendar

The Salem News

---- — Good causes

JOURNEYS OF HOPE FALL FROLIC FUNDRAISER. Friday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m. to midnight, Vittori-Rocci Post, 143 Brimbal Ave., Beverly. Food, music, dancing, raffles, cash bar and more to benefit the Journeys of Hope Day Program, a nonprofit organization serving homeless and at-risk young adults between the ages of 18 to 23 on the North Shore. $35 person. Wear country attire; flannel and jeans. Tickets and details available at, or 978-500-7478.

GOODNESS GRACIOUS 5K RUN FOR RESCUE. Saturday, Nov. 2, noon, beginning near the lighthouse at Chandler Hovey Park in Marblehead, then traveling around Marblehead neck. A 5K fun run/walk for both recreational and serious athletes and their dogs; solo runners/walkers are welcome, too. Official race (chip) timing provided by Race Wire. Refreshments, raffles, and prizes for fastest finishers and funniest costumes. $35 registration fee includes a free T-shirt and a goodie bag (while supplies last). All net proceeds benefit a group of New England animal charities, including the Friends of Marblehead’s Abandoned Animals. Details and registration at

“ELKMANIA.” Saturday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m., Beverly/Salem Elks Lodge, 39 Bow St., Beverly. Doors open at 7 p.m.; bell time is 7:30 p.m. Elkmania features a night of wrestling with some of the biggest wrestling stars in New England. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase for a chance to win prizes from event sponsors. $10 ticket available at Harrison’s Comics & Collectibles, 252 Essex St., Salem. All proceeds benefit the Elks National Foundation, which supports youth programs, veteran services and scholarships.

CA$H FOR CANDY. Monday, Nov. 4, and Tuesday, Nov. 5, 100 Highland Ave., Suite 103, Salem. Highland Dental Group in Salem holds its fifth annual CA$H for Candy event. Children can bring their candy to the office where they will receive $1 for each pound of candy donated. The candy, along with toothbrushes, will be sent to troops serving overseas. For every child who attends, Highland Dental Group will donate $5 to The Boys and Girls Club of Salem. Katie Gonzalez, 978-740-5135.


LIVE IMPROVISATION. Friday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., First Church Wenham, 1 Arbor St. World renowned concert organist David Briggs performs live improvisation to the 1929 classic silent movie, “The Phantom of the Opera,” starring Lon Chaney. $15. All ages welcome and costumes are encouraged. Tickets and details available at 978-468-4900 or

ME & THEE COFFEEHOUSE. Friday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m., inside the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Heather Maloney Band with special guests Darlingside. $18 in advance, $21 at the door. 781-631-8987 or go to

GORDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FALL CONCERT. Saturday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m., A.J. Gordon Memorial Chapel, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. The Gordon Symphony Orchestra presents its fall concert. $10 general, $5 senior citizen.


“THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS.” The Gordon College Department of Theatre Arts presents C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters,” on stage through Saturday, Nov. 2, with nightly performances at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday matinees at 4 p.m., in the Margaret Jensen Theatre of the Barrington Center for the Arts at Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Adapted by associate professor of English Mark Stevick and directed by professor of theater arts Norman Jones, the production integrates three works by C. S. Lewis: “The Screwtape Letters,” “The Great Divorce” and “Poems.” The production dramatizes a series of letters written in Hell — where the souls are food and the stakes are high — by a senior tempter, the rigorous and ironic Screwtape, to her niece, Wormwood. $12 general admission, $8 for students, senior citizens and faculty/staff of Gordon College. Tickets and details at /Event Search?presenter=Gordon.

“THE YELLOW BOAT.” Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 3, 2:30 p.m., Pingree School, 537 Highland St., South Hamilton. Pingree School’s fall theater production is based on the true story of Benjamin Saar, a young boy who transformed his physical and emotional pain from a terminal illness into vibrant, colorful paintings and drawings up until his death at age 8. The play is written by Benjamin’s father, David Saar. $10 suggested donation at the door. Handicapped-accessible. 978-468-4415.

THEATER PERFORMANCE. Saturday, Nov. 2, 10:15 a.m. to noon, Abbot Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Marblehead Little Theatre’s Youth Repertory Experience Players will perform a series of well-loved children’s stories from popular children’s authors, such as Robert Munsch and Maurice Sendak, which have been adapted to entertain and educate. Program suitable for ages 2 to 12, but all ages are welcome. 781-631-1481,


“WISHING ON A STARRY NIGHT.” Friday, Nov. 1, 6 to 11 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. Bella Sera Bridal of Danvers hosts a fashion fundraiser to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Event includes dinner, dancing, a fashion show, raffles, and a silent and live auction. Lori Grande, co-host of JW and Lori in the Morning on WKLB Country 102.5, will emcee. Tickets and details available at 978-774-4077, or

NORTH SHORE FASHION NIGHT. Friday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., Marian Court College, 35 Little’s Point Road, Swampscott. Fashion night features five runway shows, food tastings, popup shows, signature cocktails and a DJ. Attire is creative chic. $50 ticket, available at

Fall festivities

NOT A FRIGHT IN SIGHT. Thursday, Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. Jeannie Mack performs songs and hand plays for babies and toddlers about pumpkins, trick-or-treating, jack-o’-lanterns, spiders and silly witches. Sponsored by the Friends of the Flint., 978-774-8132.

“DRACULA’S GUEST.” Salem Theatre Company presents a journey into terror on Thursday, Oct. 31. Shows are 45 minutes and begin at 5, 7 and 9 p.m., in the STC Theater, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. Tickets cost $15. 978-790-8546,

TRICKS, TREATS & TREASURES. Thursday, Oct. 31, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 34 Chestnut St., Salem. Take a stroll up historic Chestnut Street and join the sea chantey-singing Salem pirates for tricks, treats and treasures at Historic New England’s Phillips House on Halloween night. Family-friendly event is free and takes place during Salem’s official trick-or-treating hours. 978-744-0440,


OPEN HOUSE & DEDICATION CEREMONY. Saturday, Nov. 2, 3 p.m., Gassett Fitness Center, O’Keefe Complex, Salem State University, 225 Canal St., Salem. Open house and facility tours at 3 p.m., followed by the Harold E. and Marilyn J. Gassett Fitness and Recreation Center dedication ceremony at 4 p.m. Free.

WENHAM MUSEUM SPECTRUM EXPRESS. Sunday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Families with members on the autism spectrum are invited to enjoy the model trains and museum galleries at a special time. Take a break, have a gluten- and dairy-free snack, and view the special model train artifacts in Burnham Hall. Sponsored by the Danversbank Charitable Foundation, Inc. General admission., 978-468-2377.

WILDLIFE PREPARATIONS FOR WINTER. Sunday, Nov. 3, 1 to 4 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Fall is a time when local animals can find an abundant supply of food, but it is also the last chance they will have to store precious energy resources for winter. Join naturalist Bob Metcalfe to learn about some of the strategies different species use to prepare for the upcoming season of scarcity. Program begins inside where attendees will learn about the ecology of winter preparation, then continues out on the sanctuary to search for wildlife tracks and signs of autumn activities of local wildlife. Program for adults. $25 member, $30 nonmember. Meets in the barn. Dress for weather and wear sturdy footwear. Bring snacks and drinking water. Registration required at or 978-887-9264.

SALEM RESTAURANT WEEK. Sunday, Nov. 3, through Thursday, Nov. 7, at participating restaurants in Salem. Participating restaurants in Salem will offer two-course dinners for $18, three-course dinners for $28, or both. For details and a list of participating restaurants and menus, visit

Books, poetry

WORDCRAFTERS POETRY GROUP. Saturday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m. to 12:30 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. Anyone interested in poetry is welcome. If desired, bring a “How To” poem about how to perform a procedure or activity, no matter how casual. Free admission. Refreshments served. Handicapped-accessible. Beverley, 978-740-3212.

WRITERS SERIES: JOAN WICKERSHAM. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m., Ellison Campus Center, Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Award-winning author Joan Wickersham, whose most recent book is “The News from Spain: Seven Variations on a Love Story,” will speak as part of Salem State University’s Writers Series. Free. 978-542-7890,

JEWISH BOOK MONTH: PARENTING EXPERT TO SPEAK. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Cohen Hillel Academy, 6 Community Road, Marblehead. Parenting expert Meg Akabas will share her new book, “52 Weeks of Parenting Wisdom,” and outline the strategies that help busy parents make attainable changes in parenting, week by week. Free event part of JCCNS’ Jewish Book Month series. Details and reservations at, or 781-639-2880.

Fairs, festivals & sales

TALE OF A WHALE PRESCHOOL FESTIVAL. Friday, Nov. 1, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Ipswich Family YMCA, 110 County Road, Ipswich. Cynde McInnis brings her life-size whale classroom to the festival. Meet Nile, a 43-foot whale, in person. Learn about whales and water safety, create art, dance, and get sporty. Free community event.,

ST. ANN’S PARISH BAZAAR. Friday, Nov. 1, 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Ann’s Church Hall, 140 Lynn St., Peabody. Bazaar includes theme baskets; jewelry; children’s table; prize table; country store with baked goods, knitted items and homemade fudge; food; raffles; and almost 24 vendors and crafters. Free admission. Anne or Nate Masterson, 978-531-3945.

SIXTH ANNUAL HARVEST FEST. Friday, Nov. 1, 6 to 9 p.m., Essex River Bible Church, 391 Bay Road, South Hamilton. Free family fun night with food, musical chairs, Jell-O and donut eating contests, and more. 978-468-4500,, or

HARVEST FAIR. Saturday, Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Church in the Cove, 167 Hale St., Beverly. Fair features crafts, holiday decorations, quilts, baked goods, grandma’s attic, knitted items, used books, silent auction, raffles, jewelry, and more. Breakfast and lunch café also available. 978-922-5135.

FALL & WINTER RUMMAGE SALE. Saturday, Nov. 2, 8 to 11:30 a.m., Church of the Holy Name, Remick Hall, 40 Hardy Road, Swampscott. Sale features clothing and footwear for the whole family. Free admission. Limited free coffee available. Proceeds benefit the church.

HOLIDAY FAIR. Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., South Congregational Church, 60 Prospect St., Peabody. Fair features crafts; knit and sewn items; attic treasure and used jewelry rooms; antiques; homemade breads, beans, cookies, and apple pies; silent auction; and used tool shed. Food available for purchase at the lunch café. Event held in celebration of South Congregational Church’s 300-year anniversary. 978-531-1964.

FRIENDSHIP FAIR. Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tabernacle Church, corner of Washington and Federal streets, Salem. Fair features a silent auction; white elephant table; jewelry; CDs, videos and other media; baked goods; books; crafts; toys and children’s items; gift baskets; and an American Girl Doll raffle. Coffee and donuts available in the morning; luncheon with lobster rolls served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds from the event are donated to local charities.

HOLIDAY QUILT FAIR. Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Maple Street Congregational Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers. Annual Holiday Quilt Fair sponsored by Crossroad Quilters Guild of the North Shore. Sale features quilts of all sizes, holiday decorations, baby items, assorted gifts, and clothing. All items have been sewn by guild members. Free admission. Baked goods available for purchase.

14TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR. Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 18 Walnut St., Peabody. Peabody House Resident Council presents its 14th annual Holiday Bazaar, featuring boxed jewelry; grandmother’s attic items; toys; A Cut Above table with new items and antiques; raffle table; kitchen vendors with homemade jellies, jams, and relish; craft goods; health and beauty aids; and more. 978-538-0568.

OPEN HOUSE, ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR. Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:30 a.m., Brooksby Village, McIntosh Clubhouse Catering Room, 300 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody. Brooksby Village hosts an open house from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and an arts and crafts fair from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fair features 30 crafters selling handmade jewelry, paintings, holiday items, soaps, scarves, watercolor artwork, glass work, knitted items and more. Fifteen percent of proceeds donated to The Brooksby Village Scholarship Fund for student employees who are attending higher education in fall 2014. Raffle tickets and hot dogs for sale. Free admission to open house, $1 admission to fair. 978-536-7810, 1-800-979-7270.

AUTUMN HARVEST GIFT AND CRAFT FAIR. Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Essex Agricultural and Technical High School, Alumni Memorial Gymnasium, 562 Maple St., Danvers. Fair includes crafters, home party vendors, a bake sale, snack bar, super raffle, Kids Corner with free activities for children, and more. Sale proceeds benefit Essex Agricultural and Technical High School’s Classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016. Admission is $1 per person at the door, or a donation of a toiletry item, both of which will be donated to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans. Free admission for children 12 and under.

WEEKEND FESTIVAL. Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. The celebration for the redesigned Art & Nature Center continues. Explore the new art studios, meet artists, and enjoy a puppetry spectacle. Festivities include stacking stones art making; face painting with fur, feathers and more; Puppet Walkabouts; art making with Tagua Nut Scrimshaw and natural materials silk-screening; artist demonstration and art making with live owls and artist Sarah Seabury Ward; and a River Tales puppet show. A detailed schedule of events is available at

Lectures & presentations

MEET JULIA CHILD. Friday, Nov. 1, 10:30 a.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. The Delvena Theatre Company presents “Meet Julia Child!,” a live performance featuring Lynne Moulton as Julia Child. Learn more about Child’s life and see her on the set of The French Chef television show. A discussion with the cast about Child will follow the performance. Funded by the Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council.

LIVE A CLUTTER FREE LIFE. Saturday, Nov. 2, 10:30 a.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Professional organizer Tatjana Nugteren shares techniques on keeping things organized, and how to stay organized during the holidays.

YO-YO PEOPLE. Sunday, Nov. 3, 1 and 2:30 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Watch yo-yo tricks by the Yo-Yo People, and discover the history behind the yo-yo craze and 50 years of fads in the museum’s Fab Fads exhibit. Sponsored in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Advance ticket purchase: $6 member, $10 nonmember; at the door: $8 member, $12 nonmember., 978-468-2377.

“GET READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS.” Sunday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m., St. Thomas Church, 5 Margin St., Peabody. Bill Graham of Beautiful Things in Salem “gets ready for the holidays” with an afternoon of fashion, dressing up the little black dress, and floral arrangements, which will be raffled off. Light refreshments served. $20 admission. Proceeds benefit the Bring Back the Bells to St. Thomas Fund. For tickets and details, contact St. Thomas Office, 978-531-0224; Sally Hayes, 978-745-0505; Colleen Kolodziej, 978-531-2278; and Marcia Pelletier, 978-744-7099.

“ALL IN A DAY’S WORK: FLOTSAM AND JETSAM OF THE AUCTION BUSINESS.” Sunday, Nov. 3, 3 p.m., Hamilton Hall ballroom, 9 Chestnut St., Salem. Stephen Fletcher, partner/executive vice-president and chief auctioneer at Skinner Inc., presents the 2013 Hamilton Hall Americana Lecture. Fletcher will be introduced by Dean Lahikainen, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art at the Peabody Essex Museum. Admission, which supports the ongoing restoration of Hamilton Hall, is $25 per person. Seating is limited. To register, visit

“WHEN YOUR HEART SKIPS A BEAT.” Monday, Nov. 4, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. North Shore Medical Center cardiologist Michael S. Katcher will address issues related to an irregular heartbeat and other questions related to heart rhythm disturbances. Katcher is board-certified in electrophysiology, cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. His clinical interests include pacemakers, cardiac arrhythmia, congestive heart failure, and coronary artery disease. Presentation part of library’s Monday Mornings lecture series. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062,

BROWN BAG LUNCH. Monday, Nov. 4, noon, Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Local author Doug Brendel speaks about his cartoon-illustrated book series “Only in Ipswich.” Copies will be available for purchase and autographs. Brendel will also read from his “Outsidah” columns and preview his upcoming book. Free to Ipswich seniors and museum members, $5 nonmembers.

WORD BUBBLES & THOUGHT BALLOONS: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL AS AN ART FORM. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Montserrat College of Art professors Adam Miller and Blyth Hazen present a brief history of comics and graphic novels, followed by a survey of the artistic styles and sub-genres that make up the growing and evolving art/literary form. Presentation ends with examples of the professors’ work and processes from their own studios, followed by a question and answer session on how to develop a graphic novel from idea to finished product.

THE TENANT FARMERS OF HALE HOUSE. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Beverly Historical Society, 117 Cabot St., Beverly. Historian Ed Brown presents “The Tenant Farmers of Hale House,” which explores an unknown period in one of Beverly’s most historic properties. The “H-men” — Hale Hilton, Peter Hill and Alden Harris — lived in the ancient house with their families, and farmed the land for some 60 years between the last of the Hale family occupants and the property’s conversion to the summer estate of their Bancroft family descendents. Free for Beverly Historical Society members, $5 donation for nonmembers.

Gatherings for learning and discussion

15TH ANNUAL CAREGIVERS CONNECTIONS CONFERENCE. Saturday, Nov. 2, 8:30 to 1:30 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. North Shore Alzheimer’s Partnership’s conference features keynote speaker Susan Wornick of WCVB-TV NewsCenter5, and workshops presented by Dr. Buck Woo, director of the Center for Neuropsychology and Memory Disorders; Dr. Mona Sigal, medical director of Nourish Health with Food for Life; and Phyllis DeLaricheliere, regional director of sales at Benchmark Senior Living. Free care for those with Alzheimer’s, provided by Spectrum Adult Day Health to allow caregivers to attend the workshops; an Alzheimer’s virtual tour, presented by Right At Home; a continental breakfast; several vendor booths offering Alzheimer’s related products and information; and more than 30 raffle prizes also available. $10 at the door. Register at

NAVARASA DANCE THEATRE. Monday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m., Recital Hall, Salem State University, 71 Loring Ave., Salem. Navarasa Dance Theater presents a wide repertoire of solo and group works in classical and contemporary dance and theater. Inspired by Indian classical and folk dance forms, theater, world music, Indian martial arts, aerial dance, yoga, live singing and storytelling, Navarasa’s work is a dynamic and original style of dance theater. Navarasa Dance Theater will lead several classes as part of a two-day residency. The performance and classes are free and open to the public. Visit for schedule and additional information.

SAFER CHILD COMMUNITY SYMPOSIUM REVISITED. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. to noon, Salem State University, Marsh Hall 210, Central Campus, Loring Avenue, Salem. Center for Childhood & Youth Studies at Salem State University hosts a follow-up symposium on making Salem a child-safe community. Free; open to the public. Advance registration is required by contacting Yvonne Vissing at

Sustainability for a cause

BOTTLE AND CAN DRIVE. Friday, Nov. 1, 2 to 3 p.m., Centerville Elementary School parking lot, 17 Hull St., Beverly. Centerville Green Team will hold a can and bottle drive to raise money for the club’s activities. All returnable glass bottles, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans from beverages will be collected. Wine bottles and plastic water bottles will not be accepted as they are recyclable, but not returnable.

ZERO WASTE RECYCLING WEEKEND. Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Danvers High School parking lot, near the tennis courts, 60 Cabot Road, Danvers. The Danvers Department of Public Works, Big Brother Big Sister Foundation, Got Books, JRM and XTechnology Global present a Zero Waste Recycling Weekend for residents to drop off items for recycling that are not normally collected by curbside pickup. The town of Danvers will collect metal items and JRM will collect rigid plastics; residents may bring bagged clothing, shoes, purses, linens, stuffed animals and small toys for Big Brother Big Sister. XTechnology Global will collect used electronics; fees apply, but half of the money collected will be donated to the Danvers Community Council. Got Books will collect books, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, audio books and records. On Saturday, only, Cub Scout Pack 16 will collect redeemable bottles and cans., 978-777-0001, ext. 3011.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING COLLECTION. Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Landmark School, 429 Hale St., Beverly. Public welcome to bring used and unwanted electronics to Landmark to be property disposed. $5 per item, $5 for a small box of random equipment, $20 for TVs. Funds support Landmark High School’s service trip to Jamaica. For a list of accepted items, visit

BOTTLE AND CAN DRIVE. Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, Centerville Elementary School parking lot, 17 Hull St., Beverly. Centerville Green Team will hold a can and bottle drive to raise money for the club’s activities. All returnable glass bottles, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans from beverages will be collected. Wine bottles and plastic water bottles will not be accepted as they are recyclable, but not returnable.


“BAG IT.” Sunday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m., CinemaSalem, 1 East India Square, Salem. Free screening of the award-winning documentary about plastic. A question and answer session will follow. Free coffee to first 50 attendees. Presented by Salem Recycles, Salem Sound Coastwatch, S.A.F.E. (Salem Alliance for the Environment), and the Beverly Solid Waste Management Committee.,

“CARBON NATION.” Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m., St. James Conference Room, enter from parking lot at the corner of Bridge and Flint streets, Salem. The Salem Peace Committee will sponsor a screening of “Carbon Nation.” Free. 978-740-9917.


FALL EXHIBIT ABOLITIONISTS! OPENING. Friday, Nov. 1, 6 to 8 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. Fall exhibit opening with a gallery talk by Bethany Jay, assistant professor of history at Salem State University, who will explore the broad contours and major figures of the abolitionist movement within Salem, paying particular attention to the role of female and African-American abolitionists. Elaine von Bruns, curator of the Abolitionists! exhibit, will guide guests through the pieces from the Athenaeum’s collection and other sources to explore this polarizing time in American history. Talk begins at 6:30 p.m. Free. Reserve a spot at 978-744-2540 or

WATERCOLOR DEMONSTRATION. Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m., Danvers Art Association, 105 Elliott St., Danvers. Danvers Art Association will host a free watercolor demonstration by Carolyn Latanision.

THE ART OF NATURE: LATE FALL BIRDS. Saturday, Nov. 2, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. After learning about the habitats of migrating and non-migrating birds, join instructor Brenda Sloane for a walk on the sanctuary to find birds. Return to the Nature Center to create a perspective watercolor painting of birds. For families with children ages 6 to 12. Members: $8 adult, $7 child; nonmembers: $10 adult, $8 child. Registration required at or 978-887-9264.

“WORKING THE CROWD” OPENING RECEPTION. Saturday, Nov. 2, 4 to 6 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, 705 Hale St., Beverly Farms. Opening reception for “Working the Crowd,” an exhibit featuring paintings by Miranda Updike. Viewing hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“VIVID OBLIVION” OPENING RECEPTION. Saturday, Nov. 2, 5 to 8 p.m., Mingo Gallery, 284 Cabot St., Beverly. Opening reception for “Vivid Oblivion,” an exhibition of photographic images by Jennifer Lucey-Brzoza, created through a variety of methods ranging from graflex and photogravure to digital SLR and lof-fi consumer cameras. Light refreshments served. On view through Nov. 30., 978-927-5964.

RICHARD POHL PAINTINGS. Opening reception on Sunday, Nov. 3, noon to 2 p.m., Stetson Art Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Exhibit features paintings by Marblehead resident Richard Pohl, on view throughout November.,

“URBAN ANATOMY” OPENING RECEPTION. Sunday, Nov. 3, 2 to 4 p.m., Front Street Coffeehouse, 20 Front St., Salem. Opening reception for J. Hutchinson Fay’s exhibit “Urban Anatomy,” which features a semi-autobiographical collection of work that presents a romantic expression of landscape realism. On view throughout November. Artist will be present at the reception from 2 to 4 p.m.

EXPRESS YOURSELF: VIVA. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Carol Grillo Gallery and Desnoyers Overlook, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Reception for Express Yourself exhibit, titled “Viva,” which celebrates cultural diversity and the collaboration of artists and celebrities with isolated youth from 17 Department of Mental Health residential and inpatient facilities. Free.

EXHIBIT RECEPTION. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Abbot Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor hosts a reception for the exhibit “Home Base: A Retrospective of Work by 2013 Holiday Pops Artist Pam Schalck.” Event includes unveiling of this year’s featured holiday pops acrylic and watercolor piece called “Starry Night — Marblehead,” by Marblehead artist Pamela Schalck. Exhibit on view through Nov. 30. Free. Refreshments served. Signed and numbered artist giclee prints, note cards, and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. 781-631-1481,

EYE TO EYE: ENCOUNTERS WITH WILDLIFE. On view in the atrium of Building One, Shetland Park, 27 Congress St., Salem. Photographs by Mary Baures, a Beverly psychotherapist, are displayed on five floors in Building One. Each floor is dedicated to a particular type of animal, starting with large cats on the main floor, moving up to elephants, primates, and then assorted species. Baures’ passion for wildlife photography began during her first trip to Africa where she was visiting a baby elephant she had adopted. Baures continued to capture photos of wildlife on her return visits and safaris.

BITS & PIECES EXHIBIT. Collaborative exhibit titled “Bits and Pieces” on view through Nov. 20, Cloister Gallery, Church of St. Andrew, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Joint exhibit by artists Margot Stage and David Crane features artworks created from bits and pieces of wood and cloth. On view through Nov. 20. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to noon; Saturday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. Handicapped-accessible., 781-631-4951.

“RITUAL AND FANTASY.” On view through Jan. 10, 2014, Spencer Presentation Gallery, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Exhibit features new work by Endicott College art professors Ric Haynes and Mark Towner.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT. On view through Nov. 17, Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. MAA’s newest exhibit theme is “Build, Builders, Buildings,” and features photography from nonmembers and members alike.

“SECOND WIND.” On view through Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Gallery at Grosvenor Park, Grosvenor Park Nursing Center and Rehab, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Vinnin Square, Salem. Second Wind is a collaborative exhibit of paintings by Marblehead residents Linda Lea Bertrand, Barbara Dowd and Gloucester resident Isobelle K. Brown. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Handicapped-accessible. For more information, call 978-741-5700.

PHOTOGRAPHS ON DISPLAY. On view through Nov. 24 at Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. Andy Calnan’s photography portfolio, most of which includes high dynamic range (HDR) photographs, are on display. An HDR photograph is captured in three separate exposures to achieve a rich, hyper-realistic representation of the intensity and full range of light found in nature. Exhibit may be seen before and immediately after the 10:30 a.m. services on Sundays, or by appointment by calling 978-774-7582.

BEAR GALLERY’S BUILDING BEVERLY EXHIBIT. On view through Dec. 7, Beverly Historical Society, 117 Cabot St., Beverly. Montserrat College of Art’s student-run Bear Gallery and the Beverly Historical Society host an exhibit featuring art inspired by architecture found around Beverly.