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July 2, 2013

Events for families on the North Shore


The Salem News

---- — Castle Hill Tours: The Great House: Revealed tours are offered through Oct. 12 at the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last tour at 3 p.m.), and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (last tour at 1 p.m.). TTOR members, $7 adults, free for children age 12 and under; nonmembers, $12/adult, free/children. Castle Hill Estate Tour: The Designed Landscape offered Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Oct. 26. Members, $5 adult, free for children 12 and under; nonmembers, $10 adult, free/children. Combined Great House and Estate Tour admission, $9/members, $18/nonmembers. www.thetrustees.org.

Marblehead Festival of Arts: 48th annual festival from July 4 to 7 at venues throughout Marblehead. MFoA kicks off with the 2013 Film Festival on July 3, 9 to 10:30 p.m., at Crocker Park; parents should preview the film lineup as some films may not be appropriate for younger children. MFoA activities include performing arts at Crocker Park, Artisans’ Marketplace outside Abbot Hall, exhibits on view at various locations in town, activities at Devereux Beach, Unitarian Universalist Church, King Hooper Mansion and Abbot Hall. July Fourth features a street festival in Old Town and music and fireworks at Crocker Park. For details, visit www.marbleheadfestival.org.

Wenham Museum: “Wheels: Getting from Here to There,” on view through Sept. 22 at the Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Learn how people moved themselves and their belongings 200 years ago, and how moving from place to place has evolved since then. View historic photos and artifacts, and the toys that transportation inspired. “Crowning Glory: Hats for Every Occasion,” on view through Aug. 11. Celebrate hats and their many uses with an array of headgear from the museum’s own collection. A century of caps and bonnets, shakos and top hats, whimsies and fascinators, stocking caps and huge cartwheels adorned with ostrich plumes are among some of the hats on view. “Bow-Wow Wiggle-Waggle” on view through Aug. 25. Follow a red bouncing ball through a story, illustrated with watercolors, about a boy and his dog who discover their love for each other during a game of fetch. “Castles in the Clouds,” open through Sept. 29. Learn about the busy community in a medieval castle, then dress in costume and play in the castle. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 16 and under. 978-468-2377 or www.wenhammuseum.org.

Pick-your-own flowers at Long Hill: Public picking hours are Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m.; Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., July through October, at The Trustees of Reservations Long Hill, 572 Essex St., Beverly. Pick-your-own bouquet of flowers at Long Hill Flower Fields. The garden is home to a unique variety of flowers, a tunnel made of vines and a sunflower house with furniture. Scissors and water will be provided. Nonmembers, $3 small bouquet, $7 large bouquet. Visit www.thetrustees.org for a complete schedule.

Tuesday, July 2

Peabody: Dig Into Art: Digging Up Dinosaurs, 10 a.m. for ages 8 to 11, 11 a.m. for ages 5 to 7, Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St. Explore the ancient world of dinosaurs, learn all about fossils, then dig for and make fossils out of clay. Advance registration required at 978-531-0100, ext. 29.

Danvers: The Noiseguy, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St. Charlie Williams, the noiseguy, is an author, vocal sound impressionist and children’s comedian. 978-774-0554.

Wednesday, July 3

Danvers: Fireworks Festival, 5 to 10:30 p.m. at Plains Park, Holten Richmond Middle School, 55 Conant St. Part of Danvers Family Festival. Includes live music, rides, food, games, patriotic program, raffle, and fireworks display. Bring blankets and chairs. Rain date, July 5. www.danversfamilyfestival.com.

Thursday, July 4

Danvers: Highland’s Horribles Parade, 8 a.m. registration followed by parade from 9 to 11 a.m. Parade starts at Seaboard Products, corner of Beachwood and Collins streets. Part of Danvers Family Festival. All are welcome to dress up, and decorate wagons, bikes, and floats, or just march in festive Fourth of July attire. Prizes awarded for different categories. Refreshments for participants. www.danversfamilyfestival.com.

Beverly: Farms-Prides Horribles Parade, 8 a.m., parade route starts at the corner of Oak and West streets and, after making a loop, ends in front of the Hastings House on Oak Street. www.beverlyfarms.org.

Ipswich: Town Parade, 8:30 a.m., decorate bikes, trikes and wagons at Winthrop School, 325 Bay Road, South Hamilton. Parade starts at Winthrop at 10 a.m., then proceeds up Mineral Street, then right on High Street, left on County Street, right on Hovey Street, right on Water Street, then along Ipswich River ending at Town Hall for a ceremony at 10:45 a.m.

Salem: Reading of the Declaration of Independence, 9 a.m., Salem Common. Join Mayor Kimberley Driscoll for a reading of the Declaration of Independence. 978-745-9595 or www.salem.com.

Danvers: Back Bay Parade, 11 a.m. to noon, Back Bay Neighborhood. The Back Bay Parade will assemble on the corner of Damon and Porter streets at 10:30 a.m., followed by the parade start at 11 a.m., which will travel through local neighborhoods. Wear costumes; bring decorated doll carriages, bicycles and wagons; take an antique car out for a spin; walk as a Boy Scout, Girl Scout or sports group; make a float; carry a sign; or simply enjoy watching the parade. Mary Jo O’Connell, 978-774-7572.

Hamilton: Two-Town Fourth of July Celebration, noon to 3 p.m., Patton Park, Bay Road. Two-town Independence Day celebration includes a bike parade at noon; opening ceremony at 12:15 p.m. with the Military Color Guard and patriotic tunes by Essex County 4; a cookout by Hamilton-Wenham Rotary Club; artisans; music; monkey bridge; ice cream; cow pie bingo; bouncy house; face painting; children’s games, activities and rides. To participate in the bike parade, meet at the Methodist Church by 11:45 a.m. www.communityhouse.org.

Hamilton: Boat parade, 1 p.m., around Chebacco Lake. Attendees are invited to participate in the Chebacco Lake & Watershed Association’s annual July Fourth Boat Parade, which meets at 1 p.m. in front of the Centennial Grove beach for a slow cruise around the entire lake. Awards will be given for the most patriotic and creative entries. All decorated boats will get a prize. Spectators are invited to cheer on the parade from shore. www.chebaccolake.org.

Salem: Salem Celebrates the Fourth, 4 to 10 p.m., Salem Maritime Historic Site, Derby Wharf. Festivities begin with the opening of Kids’ Space, featuring face painting, games, crafts and prizes for children, and live music from Britannica followed by Julie Dougherty. Opening ceremonies at 7:15 p.m. followed by a performance by the Hillyer Festival Orchestra; fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. 978-745-9595 or www.salem.com.

Friday, July 5

Beverly: Summer Fairy Tale Musical Series: “Cinderella’s Wedding,” 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road. Tickets range $10 to $12. 978-232-7200 or www.nsmt.org.

Ipswich: Children’s Treasure Hunt at The Great House on Castle Hill, 11 to 11:45 a.m., 290 Argilla Road. For families with children ages 4 to 8. A 45-minute guided treasure hunt throughout the Crane family mansion. $10/nonmember adult and child, $5 for each additional child; $8/adult member and one child. Pre-registration required at www.ttor.org/things-to-do/.

Saturday, July 6

Ipswich: Life on a Saltwater Farm: Paine House Tours for 17th-Century Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Greenwood Farm, Jeffrey’s Neck Road. Tour the 1694 Paine House at Greenwood Farm, the site of 250 years of family farming. Explore trails through the pastureland and salt marsh; open daily, sunrise to sunset. $8 adult, free for children 12 and under (free to Trustees members). 978-356-4351, ext. 4049, or lmarshall@ttor.org.

Ipswich: Whipple House Tours for 17th-Century Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Tour the 1677 Whipple House and see the authentic reproduction of the 1657 Knight House. $7/nonmembers, free/members.

Wenham: Claflin-Gerrish-Richards House tours for 17th-Century Saturdays, 11:30 a.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Tour Wenham Museum’s 17th century Claflin-Gerrish-Richards House and discover how New England families lived from the first period to the Victorian era. Nonmember admission, $8/adults, $6/children. 978-468-2377; wenhammuseum.org.

Sunday, July 7

Hamilton: Sundays in Patton Park Concert Series, 5 to 7 p.m., Patton Park, Route 1A, Hamilton. The 2013 Summer Concert series features the Brass Connection, performing patriotic tunes, and ragtime, dixieland and swing music. In case of rain, call 978-468-4818 for concert location. Supported in part by a grant from the Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council. Free. www.PattonParkConcerts.org.

Monday, July 8

Danvers: Otha Day: Drum to the Beat, 11 a.m. to noon, Peabody Institute Library, Children’s Room, 15 Sylvan St. Otha facilitates fun and lively drum/rhythm circle events. All ages can participate. 978-774-0554.

Peabody: Nature Journaling, 11 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St. Join Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary to explore the natural world and record discoveries through drawing and writing. For ages 9 to 13. Part of library’s “Dig Into Reading” summer program. Advance registration required at 978-531-0100, ext. 29.

Tuesday, July 9

Topsfield: Nature Adventures with Picture Books: Who Comes From an Egg?, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. For families with children ages 3 to 6. Read “Animal Babies that Hatch” by Robert O’Brien, then go on a hike in search of eggs and try to figure out what might hatch from each. Cost $9 adults, $7 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.

Wednesday, July 10

Hamilton: Charlie Hope music concert, 6:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. All-ages music concert with Charlie Hope, winner of Juno’s 2012 Best Children’s Album of the Year. www.hwlibrary.org.

Salem: “Moments of Play” Festival of 10-Minute Plays, 7:30 p.m. at the Salem Theatre Company, STC Theater, 90 Lafayette St. Admission $15. Tickets available at www.salemtheatre.com, 978-790-8546, or at info@salemtheatre.com.

Thursday, July 11

Topsfield: Eco-Art: Busy Beaver Builders, 9 to 11 a.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. For families with children ages 4 to 12. Examine a beaver mount up close, then take a walk to see a beaver lodge, dam, and scent mounds. Discover how beavers continue to change the habitats in which they live and how other species of plants and animals benefit. Upon return, make beaver dioramas out of natural materials. Instructor: Meg Atkins, sanctuary field teacher and artist. Cost $10 adults, $8 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.

Beverly: Fun with Fossils & Dinosaurs, 10 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Families with children are invited to learn about dinosaurs and how to find fossils with fossil hunter Paulette Morin. There will be more than 100 fossil specimens to examine. Free program part of library’s “Dig Into Reading” summer reading program. www.beverlypubliclibrary.org.

Ipswich: Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert Series: Entrain, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road. A rock, funk, jam band kicks off Castle Hill’s 2013 Summer Picnic Concerts. Gates open 5 p.m. for picnicking, and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 per car for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.

Friday, July 12

Hamilton: “Art Grows Here,” annual self-guided tour of large outdoor art installations, sculpture, dance, poetry, musical performances, theater, street performers and more by local artists. On view in Hamilton and Wenham through July 21. www.artgrowshere.com.

Ipswich: Children’s Treasure Hunt at The Great House on Castle Hill, 11 to 11:45 a.m., 290 Argilla Road. For families with children ages 4 to 8. A 45-minute guided treasure hunt throughout the Crane family mansion. $10/nonmember adult and child, $5 for each additional child; $8/adult member and one child. Pre-registration required at www.ttor.org/things-to-do/.

Topsfield: Family Dusk Paddle: River Mammals, 6 to 8 p.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. While paddling, look for muskrats, beavers and other elusive mammals and discover the clues they leave behind. All equipment provided; participants must be able to swim. Cost $15 adults and $13 children (member discounts available). Suitable for family and children ages 6 to 16. Registration required. 978-887-9264.

Saturday, July 13

Wenham: Military History Day, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Celebrate the service of American veterans during an exploration of historic Army life. Hear patriotic songs sung by strolling singers, read letters penned home by Civil War and WWII soldiers, and explore artifacts and antique military vehicles with veterans and re-enactors. Also, author and WWII veteran John Katsaros will share stories in a morning lecture and sign copies of his book. Free admission for active-duty and veterans with ID, $8/adults, $6/children ages 16 and under. 978-468-2377 or www.wenhammuseum.org.

Salem: Salem Jazz and Soul Fest Berklee Summer Series concert, 5 to 7 p.m., featuring Albino Mbie at Derby Square. Free. Rain location, The Vault, 217 Essex St., Salem. www.salemjazzsoul.com.

Sunday, July 14

Hamilton: Sundays in Patton Park Concert Series, 5 to 7 p.m., Patton Park, Route 1A, Hamilton. The 2013 Summer Concert series features Jumpin’ Juba, performing rhythm, blues and rock. In case of rain, call 978-468-4818 for concert location. Supported in part by a grant from the Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council. Free. www.PattonParkConcerts.org.

Monday, July 15

Marblehead: Marblehead Meanderings: Tide-Pooling Trek, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Chandler Hovey Park, at the end of Follett Street, off Ocean Avenue on Marblehead Neck. For families and children ages 4 to 12. Instructors Joan McDuff, Susan McMullen and Laurie Hark will lead an exploration of the rocks and tide pools of Chandler Hovey Park. Look at crabs, sea stars, and other seashore creatures that have adapted to survive a changing environment. Cost $9 adults, $7 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.

Tuesday, July 16

Topsfield: Nature Adventures with Picture Books: Frogs and Toads, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. For families with children ages 3 to 6. After reading “See How They Grow: Frogs” by Angela Royston, children will learn about the life cycle of frogs, and how they move, eat, and swim, as attendees explore the wetlands, vernal pools, and fields of the sanctuary. Cost $9 adults, $7 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.

Wednesday, July 17

Peabody: Mini-Beast Menagerie, 11 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St. Discover the world of gentle, non-flying, non-stinging, wingless beasts. Children will each receive a magnifying glass to better observe their friends and make a fun insect-related craft. For children ages 3 and up. Part of library’s “Dig Into Reading” summer program. Advance registration required at 978-531-0100, ext. 29.

Wenham: Pajamas of My Dreams, 6 to 8 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Wear pajamas and hear a bedtime story that will inspire all children to reach for their dreams. Free admission with donation of new children’s pajamas. Donations will be distributed to children in need. $8/adults, $6/children ages 16 and under. 978-468-2377 or www.wenhammuseum.org.

Hamilton: Scott Jameson: Magician, 6:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and the audience will travel through time. www.hwlibrary.org.

Thursday, July 18

Topsfield: Eco-Art: A Wealth of Wildflowers, 9 to 11 a.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. For families with children ages 4 to 12. While exploring the sanctuary’s different habitats, search for wildflowers and learn how to use field guides to identify them, and take a closer look using hand lenses. Attendees will begin their own wildflower collection by making flower presses to take home. Instructor: Meg Atkins, sanctuary field teacher and artist. Cost $10 adults, $8 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.

Peabody: Family Lego Night, 6 to 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Children’s Room, 82 Main St. Families with children ages 3 and up are invited to play with Legos. Registration required at 978-531-0100, ext. 29.

Ipswich: Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert Series: Digney Fignus, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road. Americana music. Gates open 5 p.m. for picnicking, and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 per car for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.

Friday, July 19

Ipswich: Children’s Treasure Hunt at The Great House on Castle Hill, 11 to 11:45 a.m., 290 Argilla Road. For families with children ages 4 to 8. A 45-minute guided treasure hunt throughout the Crane family mansion. $10/nonmember adult and child, $5 for each additional child; $8/adult member and one child. Pre-registration required at www.ttor.org/things-to-do/.

Ipswich: Family Farm Dinners: Earth Oven Pizza Nights, 5:30 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. Join the farm staff and a volunteer guest chef for a Friday night pizza party on the farm. Children can visit the chickens, pick herbs for their pizzas, and play some good old fashioned games while homemade pizzas are baked in the new earth oven in the outdoor kitchen. Salad (from the farm) and tart lemonade for all. Attendees can also make their own ice cream for dessert; bring a bowl. Event part of Appleton Cooks! program. $10/person. 978-356-5728 or afeducator@ttor.org.

Sunday, July 21

Ipswich: Roaring Twenties Lawn Party, 3 to 8 p.m., Castle Hill on Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road. The Trustees of Reservations and Boston Swing Central will host a Roaring Twenties Lawn Party, featuring ‘20s and ‘30s jazz music, swing dancing lessons, Charleston performances and a vintage fair on the Grand Allée, a half-mile long landscaped lawn lined with statuary and hedgerows. Boston Swing Central will start the festivities with a group dance lesson beginning at 3 p.m. Brooklyn-based Baby Soda Jazz band will take the stage at 4 p.m. and play throughout the evening. Attendees are encouraged to wear ‘20s-style dress, and bring a picnic supper or purchase one on-site. $20/nonmembers, $15/TTOR members, students and seniors. Purchase tickets in advance at www.thetrusteees.org. 978-356-4351.

Hamilton: Sundays in Patton Park Concert Series, 5 to 7 p.m., Patton Park, Route 1A, Hamilton. The 2013 Summer Concert series features Don’t Call Me Shirley, performing contemporary and classic hits from 1950 to present day. In case of rain, call 978-468-4818 for concert location. Supported in part by a grant from the Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council. Free. www.PattonParkConcerts.org.

Tuesday, July 23

Topsfield: Nature Adventures with Picture Books: Spiders, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. For families with children ages 3 to 6. Explore the differences between spiders and insects and read “Are You a Spider?” by Judy Allen. Equipped with nets and bug boxes, attendees will look for these useful and beautiful creatures. Cost $9 adults, $7 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.

Wednesday, July 24

Hamilton: Sparky’s Puppets: Dig Into Reading, 6:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Explore a pirate’s buried treasure; a chest full of gold, jewels and stories. www.hwlibrary.org.

Thursday, July 25

Topsfield: Eco-Art: Meadow and Wetland Fliers, 9 to 11 a.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. For families with children ages 4 to 12. Hike the sanctuary trails safari-style in search of dragonflies and butterflies. Learn about the life cycles of these fliers by catching them in sweep nets and comparing and observing them up close. After the safari, make models of the dragonflies and butterflies using recycled materials. Instructor: Meg Atkins, sanctuary field teacher and artist. Cost $10 adults, $8 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.

Ipswich: Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert Series: Grupo Fantasia, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road. Latin music. Gates open 5 p.m. for picnicking, and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 per car for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.

Friday, July 26

Beverly: Summer Fairy Tale Musical Series: “Beauty and the Beast,” 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road. Tickets range $10 to $12. 978-232-7200 or www.nsmt.org.

Ipswich: Olde Ipswich Days Arts and Crafts Fair on South Village Green, Route 1A, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 60 juried art and craft exhibitors, food and entertainment. Free admission and parking.

Ipswich: Children’s Treasure Hunt at The Great House on Castle Hill, 11 to 11:45 a.m., 290 Argilla Road. For families with children ages 4 to 8. A 45-minute guided treasure hunt throughout the Crane family mansion. $10/nonmember adult and child, $5 for each additional child; $8/adult member and one child. Pre-registration required at www.ttor.org/things-to-do/.

Topsfield: Family Dusk Paddle: Owls on the Ipswich River, 6 to 8 p.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. While paddling, look and listen for owls and talk about the different types of owls that are likely to be seen. All equipment provided; participants must be able to swim. Cost $15 adults and $13 children (member discounts available). Suitable for family and children ages 6 to 16. Registration required. 978-887-9264.

Danvers: Friday Flicks and Fires, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Endicott Park, 57 Forest St. Watch a “green themed” movie in the Carriage House and then head out to the campfire for roasting marshmallows and telling stories. Drop-off program suitable for children in grades three to five. $12. Sign up at danversrec.com.

Saturday, July 27

Ipswich: Olde Ipswich Days Arts and Crafts Fair on South Village Green, Route 1A, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 60 juried art and craft exhibitors, food and entertainment. Free admission and parking.

Sunday, July 28

Beverly: Misselwood Concours d’Elegance, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Misselwood Estate, Endicott College, 407 Hale St. Boutique car and motorcycle show attracts car owners and crowds from across New England. Event features judged Concours Field, fashion shows, seaside brunch, jewelry, music, fancy hat contest and more. $8/early-bird special, $10/general admission, $15 at the door, free/children under 12. Rain or shine. All proceeds benefit scholarships for Endicott College students. www.endicott.edu/concours.

Ipswich: Olde Ipswich Days Arts and Crafts Fair on South Village Green, Route 1A, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 60 juried art and craft exhibitors, food and entertainment. Free admission and parking.

Hamilton: Sundays in Patton Park Concert Series, 5 to 7 p.m., Patton Park, Route 1A, Hamilton. The 2013 Summer Concert series features Jen and Bob Strom and Rob Huffman, performing Irish songs and American ballads. In case of rain, call 978-468-4818 for concert location. Supported in part by a grant from the Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council. Free. www.PattonParkConcerts.org.

Monday, July 29

Peabody: Children’s Theater Workshop, 11 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St. Play fun theater games and act out different characters. At the end of the one-hour program, children will perform a skit in costumes for their families and friends. For children ages 7 to 9. Advance registration required at 978-531-0100, ext. 29.

Tuesday, July 30

Topsfield: Nature Adventures with Picture Books: My River, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. For families with children ages 3 to 6. After reading “My River” by Shari Halpern, attendees will hike to the Ipswich River and discover who lives in, on, and near the river. As a group, participants will look for evidence of wetland animals and plants and dip from the water’s edge. Cost $9 adults, $7 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.

Topsfield: Lazy Afternoon on the Ipswich River, 2 to 4 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. Escape the heat with a relaxing paddle on Ipswich River to Perkins Island where frozen treats will be served. Attendees will take their time traveling downstream while enjoying the beauty of the surrounding marshes and forests. Meets in front of canoe kiosk. All equipment and basic canoeing instruction provided. Upon registering, inform staff of any food allergies. Cost $16 adults, $14 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.

Wednesday, July 31

Hamilton: 15th Annual Vehicle Night, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Visit the library’s parking lot for a festival of fire engines, emergency trucks, cruisers and snow plows. Event made possible by the fire, police, and public works departments of Hamilton and Wenham, Dodge Tree Service, and Mix 104.1. www.hwlibrary.org.

Thursday, Aug. 1

Topsfield: Eco-Art: Celebrate seeds, 9 to 11 a.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. For families with children ages 4 to 12. The seed is the most common way for plants to multiply. If conditions are right, each seed can grow into a plant that will produce many other seeds. Look at a variety of seeds and seed cases and then participate in a seed scavenger hunt. Using found objects, create collages and sculptures from seeds. Instructor: Meg Atkins, sanctuary field teacher and artist. Cost $10 adults, $8 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.

Ipswich: Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert Series: Roomful of Blues, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road. Blues music. Gates open 5 p.m. for picnicking, and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 per car for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.

Hamilton: Pastel Workshop, 7 to 9 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Greg Maichack presents “Paint the Starry Skies in Pastel,” a hands-on pastel workshop for teens and adults (inter-generational) with all materials included. Registration is required; space is limited. www.hwlibrary.org.

Friday, Aug. 2

Beverly: Summer Fairy Tale Musical Series: “Aladdin,” 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road. Tickets range $10 to $12. 978-232-7200 or www.nsmt.org.

Wenham: Free Fun Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Free admission to the Wenham Museum as part of the “Free Fun Friday” program, created by the Highland Street Foundation. Parking is free but limited; carpooling encouraged. 978-468-2377; wenhammuseum.org.

Ipswich: Children’s Treasure Hunt at The Great House on Castle Hill, 11 to 11:45 a.m., 290 Argilla Road. For families with children ages 4 to 8. A 45-minute guided treasure hunt throughout the Crane family mansion. $10/nonmember adult and child, $5 for each additional child; $8/adult member and one child. Pre-registration required at www.ttor.org/things-to-do/.

Hamilton: “Seussical Jr.,” 8 p.m., Community House of Hamilton and Wenham, 284 Bay Road. The Community House Theater presents “Seussical, Jr.,” a musical featuring Dr. Seuss’ characters who travel from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus and to the invisible world of the Whos. Tickets purchased in advance cost $13/children ages 18 and under, and $15/adults. Purchase tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/354663. Details available at http://communityhouse.org/.

Saturday, Aug. 3

Ipswich: Life on a Saltwater Farm: Paine House Tours for 17th-Century Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Greenwood Farm, Jeffrey’s Neck Road. Tour the 1694 Paine House at Greenwood Farm, the site of 250 years of family farming. Explore trails through the pastureland and salt marsh; open daily, sunrise to sunset. $8 adult, free for children 12 and under (free to Trustees members). 978-356-4351, ext. 4049, or lmarshall@ttor.org.

Ipswich: Whipple House Tours for 17th-Century Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Tour the 1677 Whipple House and see the authentic reproduction of the 1657 Knight House. $7/nonmembers, free/members.

Wenham: Claflin-Gerrish-Richards House tours for 17th-Century Saturdays, 11:30 a.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Tour Wenham Museum’s 17th century Claflin-Gerrish-Richards House and discover how New England families lived from the first period to the Victorian era. Nonmember admission, $8/adults, $6/children. 978-468-2377; wenhammuseum.org.

Hamilton: “Seussical Jr.,” 8 p.m., Community House of Hamilton and Wenham, 284 Bay Road. The Community House Theater presents “Seussical, Jr.,” a musical featuring Dr. Seuss’ characters who travel from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus and to the invisible world of the Whos. Tickets purchased in advance cost $13/children ages 18 and under, and $15/adults. Purchase tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/354663. Details available at http://communityhouse.org/.

Sunday, Aug. 4

Hamilton: Sundays in Patton Park Concert Series, 5 to 7 p.m., Patton Park, Route 1A. The 2013 Summer Concert series features songs from the American Songbook performed by The Community Band - Wenham, a local band of 50 members. In case of rain, call 978-468-4818 for concert location. Supported in part by a grant from the Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council. Free. www.PattonParkConcerts.org.

Hamilton: “Seussical Jr.,” 7 p.m., Community House of Hamilton and Wenham, 284 Bay Road. The Community House Theater presents “Seussical, Jr.,” a musical featuring Dr. Seuss’ characters who travel from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus and to the invisible world of the Whos. Tickets purchased in advance cost $13/children ages 18 and under, and $15/adults. Purchase tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/354663. Details available at http://communityhouse.org/.

Wednesday, Aug. 7

Hamilton: Earth rhythms, 6:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Davis Bates and Roger Ticknell present a lively, participatory night of stories and songs for the whole earth. www.hwlibrary.org.

Danvers: Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St. Author Christopher Klein presents a virtual tour through the colorful history and natural beauty of one of the best-kept local secrets: the Boston Harbor Islands national park area. 978-774-0554.

Thursday, Aug. 8

Beverly: Ballroom with a Twist, 7:30 p.m., North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road. Celebrity professionals from “Dancing with the Stars” will dance with finalists from “So You Think You Can Dance” along with live vocals provided by finalists from “American Idol.” Tickets cost $59 to $69. 978-232-7200 or www.nsmt.org.

Ipswich: Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert Series: Beantown Swing Orchestra, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road. Big Band Swing music. Arrive at 6 p.m. for a group dance lesson. Gates open 5 p.m. for picnicking, and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 per car for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.

Friday, Aug. 9

Beverly: Summer Fairy Tale Musical Series: “Alice in Wonderland,” 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road. Tickets range $10 to $12. 978-232-7200 or www.nsmt.org.

Ipswich: Children’s Treasure Hunt at The Great House on Castle Hill, 11 to 11:45 a.m., 290 Argilla Road. For families with children ages 4 to 8. A 45-minute guided treasure hunt throughout the Crane family mansion. $10/nonmember adult and child, $5 for each additional child; $8/adult member and one child. Pre-registration required at www.ttor.org/things-to-do/.

Topsfield: Family Dusk Paddle: Discovering Wetlands, 6 to 8 p.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. Paddle through the winding backwaters lined with cattails and other marsh plants and look for hidden wildlife. Using buckets and strainers, sample the aquatic life to learn more about what lives underwater. All equipment provided; participants must be able to swim. Cost $15 adults and $13 children (member discounts available). Suitable for family and children ages 6 to 16. Registration required. 978-887-9264.

Beverly: Ballroom with a Twist, 8 p.m., North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road. Celebrity professionals from “Dancing with the Stars” will dance with finalists from “So You Think You Can Dance” along with live vocals provided by finalists from “American Idol.” Tickets cost $59 to $69. 978-232-7200 or www.nsmt.org.

Saturday, Aug. 10

Salem: Salem Jazz and Soul Fest Berklee Summer Series concert, 5 to 7 p.m., featuring Nick Hakim at Derby Square in Salem. Free. www.salemjazzsoul.com.

Beverly: Celebrity Concert featuring Harvey Robbins’ Royalty of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Superstars of Motown and Legends of Las Vegas, 8 p.m. at the North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road. Includes “America’s Got Talent” finalist Pete Peterkin; The Contours, Stars of Dirty Dancing; The Original Vandellas, Dave Somerville, original lead singer of The Diamonds; The Ink Spots; and Ritchie Valens Revue. Tickets range $40.50 to $55. 978-232-7200 or www.nsmt.org.

Sunday, Aug. 11

Salem: 12th Annual Phillips House Car Meet, noon to 3 p.m. at the Phillips House, 34 Chestnut St. Free admission. Join the North Shore Old Car Club for the 12th Annual Car Meet, featuring vintage and antique vehicles on display, including the Phillips family’s collection of carriages, two Pierce-Arrows and a Model A Ford. 978-744-0440.

Wednesday, Aug. 14

Marblehead: Marblehead Meanderings: Beach Exploration, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Chandler Hovey Park, at the end of Follett Street, off Ocean Avenue on Marblehead Neck. For families and children ages 4 to 12. Join instructors Joan McDuff, Susan McMullen and Laurie Hark at Grace Oliver Beach during low tide and discover the life along the sandy coastline. Walk across mudflats to Crowninshield Island to search for tiny fish, hermit crabs, periwinkles, and other sea creatures, and explore the island and its unusual variety of landforms. Cost $9 adults, $7 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.

Thursday, Aug. 15

Ipswich: Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert Series: The Brew, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road. Rock music. Gates open 5 p.m. for picnicking, and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 per car for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.

Friday, Aug. 16

Ipswich: Children’s Treasure Hunt at The Great House on Castle Hill, 11 to 11:45 a.m., 290 Argilla Road. For families with children ages 4 to 8. A 45-minute guided treasure hunt throughout the Crane family mansion. $10/nonmember adult and child, $5 for each additional child; $8/adult member and one child. Pre-registration required at www.ttor.org/things-to-do/.

Ipswich: Family Farm Dinners: Earth Oven Pizza Nights, 5:30 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. Join the farm staff and a volunteer guest chef for a Friday night pizza party on the farm. Children can visit the chickens, pick herbs for their pizzas, and play some good old fashioned games while homemade pizzas are baked in the new earth oven in the outdoor kitchen. Salad (from the farm) and tart lemonade for all. Attendees can also make their own ice cream for dessert; bring a bowl. Event part of Appleton Cooks! program. $10/person. 978-356-5728 or afeducator@ttor.org.

Saturday, Aug. 17

Salem: Salem Jazz and Soul Festival at the Salem Willows, 167 Fort Ave., from 11:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. Lineup features Tough Love Trio, Qwill & The Soul Review Project, Eric Reardon and Noe Socha, Aruda Wakening, Dwight & Nicole, Salem High School Jazz Band, and Radio Scotvoid. Event includes food, music education classes, arts and crafts, activities for children and more. Free. www.salemjazzsoul.org.

Sunday, Aug. 18

Salem: Salem Jazz and Soul Festival at the Salem Willows, 167 Fort Ave., from 11:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. Lineup features NSJP All Stars, The Soul of a Man, Tough Tenors: Mike Tucker and Gordon Beadle, Greg Luttrell, Diane Blue & Toni Lynn Washington, Turkuaz, and Radio Scotvoid. Event includes food, music education classes, arts and crafts, activities for children and more. Free. www.salemjazzsoul.org.

Monday, Aug. 19

Ipswich: Art in August Workshop, 3 to 5 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Workshop complements the Museum’s summer exhibit, “I must go down to the seas again.” All ages welcome. Materials fee: $5 members, $6 nonmembers. Pre-registration recommended at educator@ipswichmuseum.org or 978-356-2811.

Thursday, Aug. 22

Ipswich: Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert Series: HELP!, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road. Beatles tribute band. Gates open 5 p.m. for picnicking, and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 per car for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.

Friday, Aug. 23

Ipswich: Children’s Treasure Hunt at The Great House on Castle Hill, 11 to 11:45 a.m., 290 Argilla Road. For families with children ages 4 to 8. A 45-minute guided treasure hunt throughout the Crane family mansion. $10/nonmember adult and child, $5 for each additional child; $8/adult member and one child. Pre-registration required at www.ttor.org/things-to-do/.

Saturday, Aug. 24

Wenham: 41st Annual Family Festival and Craft Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Crafts fair features some of the region’s best artisans offering unique hand-crafted items, and family activities, food, and open museum galleries. Also, bring a doll to the doll clinic for minor repairs, appraisal referrals or to schedule repair appointments, and commission a keepsake silhouette with renowned silhouette artist Carol Lebeaux. Free with museum admission. Rain date, Aug. 25. 978-468-2377 or www.wenhammuseum.org.

Salem: Antique & Classic Boat Festival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, 10 White St. The 31st annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival features vintage motor yachts, sailboats, and hand-powered craft, exhibits, artists, crafts market, old-time band music, children’s activities, blessing of the fleet, and a chance to board vessels, meet skippers and crews, and vote for a favorite boat. $5 donation, free/children under 12. Details at 617-666-8530 or www.boatfestival.org.

Sunday, Aug. 25

Salem: Antique & Classic Boat Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, 10 White St. The 31st annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival features vintage motor yachts, sailboats, and hand-powered craft, exhibits, artists, crafts market, old-time band music, children’s activities, blessing of the fleet, and a chance to board vessels, meet skippers and crews, and vote for a favorite boat. $5 donation, free/children under 12. Details at 617-666-8530 or www.boatfestival.org.

Wednesday, Aug. 28

Wenham: Castle Wenham Medieval Tournament, 1 to 3 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Build castle crafts, a medieval siege engine and defend the castle in a foam-noodle tournament. Come early to explore the museum’s Family Discovery Gallery staged as a medieval castle. $10/members, $14/nonmembers. Register at FamilyID.com.

Thursday, Aug. 29

Ipswich: Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert Series: Orville Giddings Band, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road. Boogie blues music. Gates open 5 p.m. for picnicking, and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 per car for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.

Friday, Aug. 30

Ipswich: Children’s Treasure Hunt at The Great House on Castle Hill, 11 to 11:45 a.m., 290 Argilla Road. For families with children ages 4 to 8. A 45-minute guided treasure hunt throughout the Crane family mansion. $10/nonmember adult and child, $5 for each additional child; $8/adult member and one child. Pre-registration required at www.ttor.org/things-to-do/.

Saturday, Aug. 31

TOPSFIELD: 35th Annual New England Arts & Crafts Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Route 1, 207 Boston St. Indoor and outdoor event with live musical entertainment. $7/adult, free/children under 12; one-time admission fee valid for entire festival. www.castleberryfairs.com.