, Salem, MA

October 26, 2013

Best Bets for Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27

The Salem News

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Put on work gloves, pack a pair of trimmers and head to Salem Athenaeum's building and grounds work day from 9:30 to 11 a.m., at 337 Essex St. in Salem. The Athenaeum's Building and Grounds Committee is seeking extra hands to help with pruning, raking, cleaning and storing outdoor furniture, placing storm windows and doors, and draining and storing air conditioners. Most tools are available, but volunteers are asked to bring their own gloves and snippers. Have questions? Visit for answers.

Anyone drawn to art will be drawn to Brooksby Farm, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a Harvest Art Festival celebrating the artwork created by students in kindergarten through grade 12 in the Peabody school district. Festivities include live entertainment, refreshments and an art activity for children. Attendees are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. Admission is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the festival will take place on Saturday, Nov. 1. Brooksby Farm is located at 54 Felton St. in Peabody. For more information, visit

The Swampscott Police Department is offering informative tours through the new police station from noon to 2 p.m., and an opportunity for residents to see the equipment and tools used by police officers, including police cars and motorcycles. In addition to the open house, the department will offer crime prevention information and treats for children. Light snacks and beverages will also be available. Tours begin every 15 minutes from noon to 2 p.m, at 531 Humphrey St. in Swampscott. For more information, call 781-595-1111, or email

Branch Church is sponsoring a “Trunk or Treat” event for children of all ages from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Covenant Christian Academy in Peabody. Admission is free and includes candy, inflatable bounce houses, hot dogs, drinks, prizes and giveaways. Attendees should bring a bag for their candy. The event will take place at 83 Pine St. For details, visit

Sunday, Oct. 27

Join the Middleton Stream Team from 1 to 4 p.m., for the annual family fall foliage hike that explores the rough terrain around boulders left by the continental glacier 10 to 15,000 years ago in the northern forests of Middleton, adjacent to North Andover and Boxford. Be on the lookout for signs of wildlife at ponds and streams, observe old stone walls and foundations, and hear about the process of leaf color changes. Dress for the weather and bring water, a camera, and tick repellant. Meet on Liberty Street, about one mile north of its junction with School Street. The meeting place is on the unpaved road about a half-mile south of Sharpners Pond Road in Middleton. If it's raining, the hike will be postponed to Sunday, Nov. 3. For more information, visit, or call 978-777-4584.

Green Meadows Farm and Essex County Greenbelt Association present “This Farm is Haunted,” a family-friendly event from 1 to 3 p.m., with hayrides, a costume parade, pumpkin and gourd decorating, marshmallow roasting, cider and seasonal goodies. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. The event takes place at Green Meadows Farm, located at 656 Asbury St. in South Hamilton. For more information, visit

Have breakfast in Beverly anytime between 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the Vittori Rocci Post No. 56, located at 143 Brimbal Ave. The Deluxe Pancake Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, ham, scrambled eggs, baked beans, juice, coffee, and tea. Admission is a suggested donation of $4 for adults and $3 for children; donations support the Edith Nourse Rogers Hospital and the Veteran's Aid Fund. The building is handicapped-accessible. For more information, call 978-927-2103.

The Civil War represents the first generation of photojournalism. Photo gallery exhibitions brought the war home to people like never before, and had significant impact at the time. Many of these famous pictures were shot with stereo cameras. Visit the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library from 1 to 2 p.m. and view these photos as they were meant to be seen. The program is presented by John Wojtowicz and funded by a grant from the Library of America in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History. The library is located at 14 Union St. in South Hamilton. For more information, visit