, Salem, MA

July 5, 2013

Best Bets for Friday, July 5

The Salem News

---- — Looking for something to do today? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

The Peabody Essex Museum will open its doors with free general admission to visitors today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as part of the Free Fun Fridays program. Through Free Fun Fridays, sponsored by Highland Street Foundation, 60 museums and cultural venues across the state will over similar free admission days throughout the summer. The special exhibition "Fabergé Revealed" and tickets to Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House are not included. Peabody Essex Museum is at 161 Essex St., Salem. Visit for listings across Massachusetts, or call 978-745-9500 or visit

Best-selling author Laurie Faria Stolarz will talk about her young adult titles and her inspiration for writing them today at 2 p.m. as part of Marblehead Festival of Arts’ Writers’ World Workshops. She will also describe her path to publication, sign books, and answer questions. The event ends with a writing workshop. The talk will take place at Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. For more information, visit

In connection with Salem’s First Friday, the Salem Athenaeum Summer Salon Series kicks off with an open-topic gathering to discuss subjects of interest to the group. No tickets or reservations required. The forum takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. For more information, visit, call 978-744-2540 or email