CASTLE HILL SUMMER PICNIC CONCERT SERIES: DIGNEY FIGNUS. Thursday, July 18, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Americana music. Gates open at 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.
MAHI SUMMER MUSIC SERIES. Thursday, July 18, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., aboard the Hannah Glover, accessible at 23 Congress St., Salem. Cuban son, salsa and rumba-flamenco performed by Los Sugar Kings. Event features live music, beer, tropical cocktails and grilled food. $19/person, or $15 per person in groups of five or more with advance purchase. Event for ages 21 and up. Tickets and details at 978-825-0001 or www.mahicruises.com.
SUNDAYS IN PATTON PARK CONCERT SERIES. Sunday, July 21, 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, concert will be canceled. Free. www.communityhouse.org.
MUSIC AT EDEN’S EDGE 2013 CONCERT SERIES. Monday, July 22, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody; and Tuesday, July 23, 2 p.m., Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. The theme for July is “High Jinks and Summer Scapes — A String Trio, A Bassoon Quartet, and Assorted Escapades.” Violinist Joshua Peckins, bassoonist Neil Fairbairn, cellist Velléda C. Miragias and violist Maria Benotti will perform music by Ludwig van Beethoven, François Devienne, Eugène Bozza and Henry Purcell. Free admission. Families with young children encouraged to attend afternoon performance on July 23. Reserve seats at 978-531-0100, ext. 10.
2013 SUMMERSING. Monday, July 22, 8 p.m., Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem. Come and sing the classics with guest soloists, guest conductor Max Hobart and a volunteer orchestra as part of Paul Madore Chorale’s 2013 SummerSing. No rehearsals necessary; all parts welcome. Choral scores will be available. Admission is a suggested donation of $10/adults, and $8/seniors ages 60 and up and students. www.paulmadorechorale.org.
DOWN TOWN TUESDAYS: MUSIC AT THE MEETING HOUSE. Tuesday, July 23, 8 to 9:30 p.m., 12 Meeting House Green, atop Town Hill, Ipswich. Music by Orville Giddings and spoken word by poet, activist and Ipswich native Blaine Hebbel. Free admission.
NORTH SHORE CONCERT BAND PERFORMANCE. Tuesday, July 23, 7 p.m., Robert F. Hayes Band Stand, Salem Willows. North Shore Concert Band’s free summer concert series. In case of rain, concert will move to the following Tuesday. For details, contact band manager Gordon Bowman at 978-531-9339 or email@example.com.
NELO SINGS GILBERT AND SULLIVAN. Wednesday, July 24, 7:30 p.m., Community House of Hamilton and Wenham, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. New England Light Opera’s annual Summer Concert Series presents “Here’s a How-De-Do!” Show features musical silliness from the most performed creators of musical theater in history. Tickets at the door, $12/adults, $10/seniors 65 and older, $5/children and students. Purchase tickets in advance at www.newenglandlightopera.org or 866-811-4111.
BROADWAY AND DISNEY IN BEVERLY. Neverland Theatre presents the Broadway musical “Shrek” and Disney’s “Cinderella” at Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 E. Lothrop St., Beverly. Performances of “Shrek” will run on Thursday, July 18, 7 p.m.; Friday, July 19, 4 p.m.; and Sunday, July 21, 4 p.m. Tickets cost $17 to $20. Performances of “Cinderella,” which feature an all-youth cast, will run on Thursday, July 18, 3 p.m.; Friday, July 19, 1 p.m.; and Sunday, July 21, 1 p.m. Tickets cost $13 to $15. Handicapped-accessible. www.neverlandtheatre.com or 978-500-8832.
“THE WIZARD OF OZ.” North Shore Music Theatre presents “The Wizard of Oz” with performances through Sunday, Aug. 4, at 62 Dunham Road in Beverly. Performances will run on Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $45 to $75. Tickets and details available at 978-232-7200 or www.nsmt.org.
HERITAGE FILMS PRESENTATION. Thursday, July 18, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Dan Tremblay of Heritage Films presents “Early Settlers in New England.” The program features old text material and a video produced in the area. Free. 978-777-2711.
“IMAGES OF JEWISH WOMEN IN AMERICAN FILM.” Monday, July 22, 7 p.m., Aviv Centers for Living, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. “Images of Jewish Women in American Film,” a program of the Jewish Women’s Archive, will feature a screening of “Kissing Jessica Stein” as its final film in its special film and discussion series tracing cultural representations of and attitudes toward Jewish women in American films in the past 50 years. Free; refreshments served. To reserve a spot, contact Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OPEN MIKE NIGHT FOR TEENS. Wednesday, July 24, 6:15 p.m., Pingree School, 537 Highland St., Hamilton. Open mike night for teen performers. Sign-ups at 5:30 p.m. for comedians, instrumentalists, vocalists, rappers, dancers and other performers in middle and high school. Performances begin at 6:15 p.m. Free admission. Outdoors in Hedge Garden behind school. Bring picnic dinner or buy food from vendors. 978-468-4415, ext. 233.
Families & children
ECO-ART: A WEALTH OF WILDFLOWERS. Thursday, July 18, 9 to 11 a.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For families with children ages 4 to 12. While exploring the sanctuary’s different habitats, search for wildflowers, 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.
FAMILY LEGO NIGHT. Thursday, July 18, 6 to 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Children’s Room, 82 Main St., Peabody. Families with children ages 3 and up are invited to play with Legos. Registration required at 978-531-0100, ext. 29.
MONARCH BUTTERFLY PROGRAM. Saturday, July 20, 1 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Learn all about monarch butterflies from Dr. Charlie Hoffman. Learn how to identify, collect and care for monarch eggs and caterpillars and how to raise these butterflies at home or appreciate them in the wild. Free; program suitable for all ages. www.hwlibrary.org.
NATURE ADVENTURES WITH PICTURE BOOKS: SPIDERS. Tuesday, July 23, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. 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.
“WHEELS AND THINGS THAT GO.” Tuesday, July 23, 1 to 3 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Join museum educators for a visit to the summer exhibit “Wheels: Getting from Here to There,” then make a cardboard racer, play with Brio-style trains and race die-cast cars. Ages 3 and up. Drop-in activity included with museum admission; $8/nonmember adults, $6/nonmember children. 978-468-2377 or wenhammuseum.org.
SPARKY’S PUPPETS: DIG INTO READING. Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Explore a pirate’s buried treasure; a chest full of gold, jewels and stories. www.hwlibrary.org.
AFTERNOONS IN THE CHILDREN’S GARDEN. Preschoolers accompanied by adults are invited every Wednesday through Aug. 28, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., at Long Hill, 572 Essex St., Beverly. Hear a story while sitting on the hay bales, discover things in the Children’s Garden, Flower Field and Demonstration Garden, and in the compost pile. Visit and feed the chickens, guinea hens and peacocks. Drop-in program meets in the Children’s Garden; sign-in upon arrival. Free/The Trustees of Reservations members, $5/nonmembers. www.thetrustees.org/ThingsToDo.
Books, presentations & lectures
TALES FROM THE CHAUFFEUR. Thursday, July 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Phillips House, 34 Chestnut St., Salem. Step back into the more genteel time of the early 1900s. Join costumed interpreter Merrill Kohlhofer as he tells the story of the Phillips family’s chauffeur, Patrick O’Hara, and the daily chores, drives and special trips. $10 Historic New England and North Shore Old Car Club members, $15 nonmembers. Admission includes talk and tour of the carriage house. Space is limited. Reservations recommended at 978-744-0440 or www.HistoricNewEngland.org.
A VISIT FROM THE GRAVESTONE GIRLS. Thursday, July 18, 7 to 9 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. The Gravestone Girls present “Welcome to the Graveyard.” Learn about cemetery art, history and symbolism with a local twist. The presentation will examine cemeteries, gravestones and the significance of the cemetery art from Colonial times to 21st century locations. Free program for teens and adults. www.hwlibrary.org.
FARMS BRANCH BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, July 18, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library’s Farms Branch, Conrad Room, 24 Vine St., Beverly Farms. Group will discuss “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at checkout desk; alternate formats may be available. 978-921-6066 or email@example.com.
SUMMER SALON SERIES: KATE MURRAY. Friday, July 19, 5:30 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. Kate Murray presents “A Rwandan Odyssey: Accomplishments of a Great People.” No tickets or reservations required. www.salemathenaeum.net, 978-744-2540 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION BOOK CLUB MEETING. Tuesday, July 23, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. First meeting of the library’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club features Neil Gaiman’s newest book, “The Ocean at the End of the Lane.” Limited copies available at the circulation desk on a first-come, first-served basis. Book selection may contain adult-oriented themes. Details and registration available at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
GOURMET ORGANIC MEAL. Thursday, July 18, 5 to 9 p.m., Green Meadows Farm, 656 Asbury St., Hamilton. The menu for the meal under the stars features buttermilk fried chicken, apricot couscous, blueberry cobbler, a cocktail and other goodies. All meals are prepared at the farm by Chef Manny. $55/person. Cash bar available. Eat outside or, if it rains, in the greenhouse. Space is limited. For reservations, call 978-468-2277 or visit www.gmfarm.com for details.
FROM THE OUTDOOR KITCHEN: SUMMER GRILLING AND SALADS. Thursday, July 18, 6 to 9 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. Evening of culinary learning, incredible flavor and hands-on cooking experience. Menu includes grilled planked fish tacos with citrus slaw, red wine and mustard marinated grass-fed sirloin with chimichuri sauce, orzo salad with grilled vegetables, feta, olives, and fresh herbs, and grilled chicken kabobs with red onion, mint, and grilled greek salad. All produce, beef, and chicken to be sourced locally. The three-hour Appleton Cooks! class will end with a shared meal in the outdoor kitchen. $75/Trustees of Reservations members, $85/nonmembers. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or email@example.com.
FAMILY FARM DINNERS: EARTH OVEN PIZZA NIGHTS. Friday, July 19, 5:30 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
PEM/PM: MIDSUMMER NIGHT. Thursday, July 18, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Midsummer Night celebration with cocktails, conversation, and Russian music and dance performances by the Barynya Dance Ensemble of New York City. Visit the Fabergé Revealed exhibit. Free/museum members and Salem residents; $10/nonmembers. Cash bar available. 866-745-1876 or www.pem.org.
NATIVE AMERICAN SUMMER MOON POW-WOW. Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Endicott Park, 57 Forest St., Danvers. Event features Native American dancing and dance demonstrations, flute music, storytelling, craft-making for children, native games, craft demonstrations, drumming and singing, and native foods and crafts for sale. $5/general, $3/children. For details, contact Burne Stanley, 617-642-1683.
ROARING TWENTIES LAWN PARTY. Sunday, July 21, 3 to 8 p.m., Castle Hill on Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. 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.
ARTIST RECEPTION FOR “SEVEN”: AUTUMN AHN. Thursday, July 18, 4 to 6 p.m., Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Montserrat Galleries is hosting “SEVEN: A Performative Drawing Project,” which features seven artists, one of whom is Autumn Ahn, who have transformed the seven gallery walls, highlighting the performative aspects of drawing. On view through Aug. 8. email@example.com, 978-867-9624, or www.montserrat.edu/galleries.
OPEN GLASSWORKS STUDIO DEMONSTRATION. Monday, July 22, 6 p.m. in the Glassworks Studio, Enterprise Center, Suite 750, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Salem State University’s Glassworks Studio kicks off its new program, The Rosenberg Institute for Passionate and Emerging Artists, with a series of open demonstrations in July by four glass artists in residence who are living on campus and creating new work in the SSU’s glassblowing studio. Free admission. salemstate.edu/arts or 978-542-7890.
“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 Sunday, July 21. www.artgrowshere.com.
“FISHERMEN’S PLATTER.” On view through July 25 at the Cloister Gallery, 136 Lafayette St., Marblehead. The exhibit features original paintings and drawings by Tom Brennan, one of Maine’s leading artists. 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 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“SUMMERTIME.” On view through July 31, at the Gallery at Grosvenor Park, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Vinnin Square, Salem. Show features work by Swampscott Art Association’s member artists. Venue is handicapped-accessible. For details, contact gallery director Nancy Ferguson at 781-631-3685.
ART EXHIBIT: DAN MURPHY. On view throughout July at Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. Exhibit features oil paintings of nautical scenes by local artist Dan Murphy. The exhibit may be seen before and after the 10:30 a.m. Sunday services or by scheduling an appointment at 978-774-7582. www.nsuu.org.
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT. On view through Aug. 1 at the Beverly Cooperative Bank, 254 Cabot St., Beverly. Exhibit features the photography of Jackie Chon. Public welcome during banking hours, which are Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. blog.daum.net/cornerinmemories or www.beverlycoop.com.