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The Phillips House kitchen has gadgets and gizmos of plenty. Learn how these odd-looking tools in the kitchen made work easier for domestic staff in the 20th century during a special tour today, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the 1821 residence, located at 34 Chestnut St. in Salem. The tour is part of Historic New England’s “Everybody’s History,” which looks at daily life, work and heritage around New England. General admission is $15 per person and $10 for Historic New England members. Space is limited and advance registration is suggested by calling 978-744-0440 or visiting www.HistoricNewEngland.org.
Lace up your kicks and head to the Beverly School for the Deaf for the Beverly-Salem Elks Club's local competition of the annual Elks National Free Throw Contest. Boys and girls ages 8 to 13 are invited to give it their best shot in each of their separate divisions. The competition starts at 9 a.m. for participants ages 12 to 13; 11 a.m. for ages 8 to 9; and 1 p.m. for ages 10 to 11. Age is determined by the child's age on April 1, 2014. There is no cost to participate. For details, call Charles Summit at 508-843-1321 or the Beverly-Salem Elks Club at 978-922-9608.
Nicholas W. Kent grew up on the North Shore, spending countless hours in the boatyards of Marblehead with his father, Christopher, an avid sailor and boatman. Christopher’s death a few years ago affected Nicholas deeply. The love of boats and boat yards, use of boat-specific materials, images from the past, memories of his father, and the emotional turmoil of his father's loss are all reflected in Nicholas' exhibit, “Spirits of the Boatyard,” which is this month's featured exhibit at Stetson Gallery in Marblehead. An opening reception will be held from noon to 2 p.m. today at the gallery, which is located in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, visit uumarblehead.org, or email email@example.com.
Feel like monkeying around today? Head to the Peabody Essex Museum at 161 Essex St., Salem, for a Story Trails program from 2 to 3 p.m. Read Adam Lehrhaupt’s “Warning: Do Not Open This Book!” and discover the mischief some monkeys wreak. Then, make a painting inspired by the animal works in PEM's “Beyond Human” exhibit. The program is for children ages 5 to 8 with an adult. Tickets are available at PEM. Learn more at pem.org/calendar.
Salem Philharmonic Orchestra’s Winter Concert Series is celebrating its 110th season with diverse programs and guest soloists under the direction of Alan Hawryluk, who’s conducted the orchestra for the past 49 years. Today's concert at 3 p.m. features the Salem High School Symphony Orchestra. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. The concerts will take place in the Salem High School auditorium, 77 Willson St., which is handicapped-accessible.