, Salem, MA

December 7, 2013

Best Bets for Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8

The Salem News

— Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out The Salem News' Best Bets:

Saturday, Dec. 7

Salem: Winter Waterfowl Training, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Winter Island Park. Salem Sound is the winter home of many waterfowl from the far north. Learn to spot the birds at the annual Winter Waterfowl Identification Training. At the session, observe the waterfowl (mostly from the Arctic) that spend the winter in Salem Sound. Experienced birders will set up spotting scopes, answer questions and talk about the birds. No birding experience needed., 978-741-7900.

Take your pick from several holiday fairs happening today:

And what can better get you in the Christmas spirit than a film about the Grinch? Flint Public Library in Middleton presents a screening of the cartoon version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" at 4 p.m. at the library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. Afterward, take part in the Jingle Bell Parade to the Winter Festival. For more information, call 978-774-8132 or visit the library's website.

Sunday, Dec. 8

Tour a gallery of more than 30 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths donated by local organizations, families and businesses, all of which will be raffled off with their decorations, at the Tree Jubilee, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Marini Farm, 259 Linebrook Road., Ipswich. Admission is free, but there is a nominal fee for raffle tickets. All proceeds benefit the Ipswich Humane Group. Winners will get their festival prizes next weekend. For more information, visit

Take a "Jolly Jaunt," a USATF-certified 5K and 1K Kids Fun Run that benefits Special Olympics of Massachusetts. Dress for the occasion, and stay after the race for a holiday party with music, prizes, raffles, refreshments and fun. The race starts at Beverly Hospital at Danvers, 480 Maple St., Danvers. Visit the Jolly Jaunt's website for more information and to register online. 


Peabody Historical Society & Museum’s annual Christmas Open House features tours of the Fire Museum and Felton Jr. House, which is decorated by the Peabody Garden Club, and items by the Peabody Art Association available for purchase in the Smith Barn. This free event takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Nathaniel Felton Jr. House on Felton Street in Peabody. For more information, call 978-531-0805 or 978-977-0514.