, Salem, MA

May 15, 2014

North Shore Entertainment Calendar

The Salem News

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LACROSSE BOOSTERS COMEDY NIGHT. Thursday, May 15, Giggles Comedy Club, 517 Broadway, Route 1, Saugus. Danvers High School Lacrosse Boosters Committee presents a parents-only comedy night to support the high school lacrosse program. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 and include all-you-can-eat pizza and the comedy show. For details, contact Lou Tarricone,, or Ann Curley,, or visit

GERRY GIGGLES COMEDY NIGHT. Saturday, May 17, Gerry 5 VFA Function Hall, 210 Beacon St., Marblehead. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., followed by the show at 7. Comedy night features comedians Mike Prior, Paul Keenan and Patty Ross. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Cash bar available. Attendees may bring snacks. All proceeds go to the Gerry 5 VFA charities and scholarships. For tickets, reservations or more information, call 781-631-5214, or stop by the Gerry 5.

COMEDY FOR A CAUSE. Saturday, May 17, Giggles Comedy Club, Saugus. Comedy night fundraiser to benefit Disabled Veterans. Doors open at 7 p.m., followed by the 8:30 p.m. show, which features comedians Tony V, Steve Bjork and Johnny Pizzi. Tickets cost $25 and include pizza and nonalcoholic drinks. There will be auctions and a raffle of sports items. All proceeds assist disabled veterans with medical and other expenses. For details and tickets, call 978-927-4781.

GLOBAL INITIATIVE VOLUNTEERS CLUB FUNDRAISER. Monday, May 19, 4 to 9:30 p.m., Bluefin Japanese Restaurant, 260 S. Main St., Middleton. Masco’s Global Initiative Volunteers Club will hold a fundraiser for various domestic and international causes. Bluefin will donate 20 percent of all sales to Masco GIV.


MUSIC AT GULU-GULU. Shows are at 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted, at Gulu-Gulu Cafe, 247 Essex St., Salem. Thursday, May 15, 90 Mile Portage, acoustic; Friday, May 16, Sean Revoltah, experimental/psychedelic pop; Saturday, May 17, Pitch Black Ribbons, alternative Americana; Sunday, May 18, 8 p.m., Matthew Connor, jazz; Wednesday, May 21, 8 p.m., Open Mike Shindig., 978-740-8882.

ME & THEE COFFEEHOUSE. Friday, May 16, 8 p.m., located at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. The Steel Wheels perform as part its Slipstream Tour; Louise Mosrie opens. $18 advance, $21 at the door. 781-631-8987,

NORTHSHOREMEN BARBERSHOP CHORUS ANNUAL SHOW. Saturday, May 17, 3 p.m., Danvers High School, 60 Cabot Road, Danvers. Northshoremen’s 66th annual show, “Strolling Down Harmony Lane,” features guest performers North Shore Acapella, Falconize and Ingrid Sounds. Family-friendly concert. $20 general admission. Tickets available by calling Ernie Viens, 978-374-8865; Tony DiIanni, 978-927-7894; Northshoremen’s hotline, 866-727-4988; online at; and at the door.

AMES HALL CONCERT SERIES. Saturday, May 17, 7 p.m., Ames Hall, Salem YMCA, 1 Sewall St., Salem. All proceeds from performance will benefit the Salem YMCA’s new music studio and programming. With four local bands: The Dejas, Soul Rebel Project, Qwill and Kevin William. $20 per person, with a cash bar. Bands are performing free to support the Salem Y and its music program. 781-990-7061.

MUSIC AT CAPT’S RESTAURANT & GRILL. Saturday, May 17, 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., 94 Wharf St., Salem. Live music by Skyler Duo, an Americana, pop, rock and country band. Free.

PAUL MADORE CHORALE CONCERT. Sunday, May 18, 3 p.m., Ames Hall, Salem YMCA, 290 Essex St., Salem. “Then and Now: A Chorale Retrospective Concert” features favorite works by Brahms, Bruckner, Bizet and others. Tickets $22-$25 at the door or

TERCENTENARY CONCERT. Sunday, May 18, 5 p.m., St. Michael’s Church, 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead. The 2014 St. Michael’s Church Tercentenary Series concludes with “Organ Plus,” a program of Baroque organ works and 20th-century music for organ and string instruments, featuring Portland, Ore., organist Bill Crane, cellist Justin Kagan and violinist Neal Kass. $10 suggested donation at the door to benefit St. Michael’s concert series fund. Reception to follow in Parish Hall. 781-631-0657,

HOLLY NEAR CONCERT. Sunday, May 18, 5 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Holly Near, a musician and activist for social change, presents an evening of inspirational song and message. Near will be joined by longtime friends and fellow musicians Emma’s Revolution and bassist Jan Martinelli. Tickets, $26 online, $28 at the door. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Visit for details and tickets.

Theater & performance

“SHIRLEY VALENTINE.” On stage Thursday, May 15, and Friday, May 16, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 18, 5 p.m., STC Theater, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. The Salem Theatre Company presents Willy Russell’s “Shirley Valentine,” a one-woman tour de force about self-transformation. Tickets cost $25, $20 seniors, $10 students; available at or by calling Ovation Tix at 866-811-4111. On stage Thursday, Friday and Sunday through June 7.

COMEDY NIGHT. Friday, May 16, 8 p.m., Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis St., Beverly. Comedy night features comedians Juston McKinney, Beverly native Jeff Koen and Chris D. All tickets cost $25 and are available at or 617-531-1257.

“IN THE TERRITORIES.” Sea Change Theatre presents a western dramatic comedy about relationships, responsibility and revenge, on stage Friday, May 16, 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 17, 3 and 8 p.m., Dane Street Church, 10 Dane St., Beverly. Tickets cost $12 for adults, and $10 for students and seniors. For details and tickets, call the box office at 978-500-3885, or email

Lectures, discussions & presentations

“STEALING REMBRANDTS.” Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. In “Stealing Rembrandts,” art security expert Anthony M. Amore and award-winning investigative reporter Tom Mashberg reveal the actors behind the major Rembrandt heists in the last century. The authors track daring entries and escapes from the world’s most renowned museums. Register for the program at or 978-774-0554.

THE “BEWITCHED” STATUE CONTROVERSY. Friday, May 16, 10 a.m., Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Peter Alachi, author of three books about the TV series “Bewitched,” will trace the history of the memorial statue, which was met with both excitement and resentment at its unveiling in 2005., 978-744-0804.

“ARCHER ADVENTURES: BURMA/MYANMAR.” Monday, May 19, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Join Danvers resident John Archer for an illustrated presentation about his recent trip to Myanmar (formerly Burma), which is bordered in part by Bangladesh, India, China and Thailand. Archer’s program features his vibrant and observant photography along with educational commentary. Part of library’s Monday Mornings lecture series for adults. Free. Handicapped-accessible., 978-921-6062.

CYCLES 128: A HISTORY IN SHEET METAL AND CHROME. Tuesday, May 20, 7 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., S. Hamilton. Poet Peddlar Bridges has gathered together the history of a regional institution. Filled with anecdotes and technical information, as well as grit and heart, Peddlar shares some of the best bits and weaves in stories and poetry from the Road Poet News forums.

SEVEN LECTURES AT SEVEN GABLES: WILLIAM MARTIN. Wednesday, May 21, 6 p.m., The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. New York Times best-selling author William Martin presents his newest novel, “The Lincoln Letter,” a historical thriller traveling back to the days before Lincoln was shot, then forward to present day with a couple trying to make their long-distance relationship work and hunting for the elusive letter. Free/Gables members. Reservations suggested at

THE IPSWICH RIVER: THE LIFEBLOOD OF OUR COMMUNITIES. Wednesday, May 21, 7 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., S. Hamilton. Wayne Castonguay, executive director of the Ipswich River Watershed Association, will discuss the importance of the Ipswich River to Hamilton, Wenham and surrounding communities, with a focus on history, ecology and drinking water supply. Slideshow presentation followed by an interactive discussion with audience members about the major issues facing the river today, and the impact on the communities that depend on the river. Free., 978-468-5577.

CHARLES L. FLINT PROGRAM. Wednesday, May 21, 7 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. The Friends of the Flint and the Middleton Historical Society will sponsor a program on the history of Charles L. Flint and his family. Refreshments served. 978-774-8132,

WEDNESDAY EVENING LECTURE. Wednesday, May 21, 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Ipswich resident Jake Burridge presents “Pavilion Beach — Historically and Socially.” Free/museum members, $10/nonmembers., 978-356-2811.

Books & authors

GORDON COLLEGE FACULTY BOOK SIGNING. Thursday, May 15, 4 p.m., Gordon College bookstore, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. More than 10 Gordon College professors from seven disciplines will participate in a faculty book signing. From 4 to 5 p.m., students and guests may hear brief readings from professors, and browse or purchase books for signing. At 8 p.m. in the Ken Olsen Science Center, Gordon president and professor of sociology D. Michael Lindsay will host a signing of his most recent book, “View From the Top: An Inside Look at How People in Power See and Shape the World.” Both events are free and open to the public. To RSVP to Lindsay’s signing, visit

FARMS BRANCH BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, May 15, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library Farms Branch, Conrad Room, 24 Vine St., Beverly Farms. Group will discuss “The Double Bind” by Chris Bohjalian. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at checkout desk. Contact reference staff for availability of alternate formats. 978-921-6066,

EVENING WITH PAUL HARDING. Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m., Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St., Topsfield. Topsfield Town Library presents an evening with Paul Harding, a Topsfield resident and Pulitzer-Prize winning author of “Tinkers.” Harding will read from his new novel, “ENON,” a story about the consequences of loss and personal tragedy in a small New England town. Free; refreshments served.

LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Tuesday, May 20, 10 a.m., Abbot Public Library, Marblehead Room, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Group will discuss Kate Atkinson’s mystery novel “Case Histories.” New members welcome. 781-631-1481,

EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Tuesday, May 20, 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Fogg Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Group will discuss “Marjorie Morningstar” by Herman Wouk. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at checkout desk. Contact reference staff for availability of alternate formats. 978-921-6062,


POETRY CONTEST AWARDS RECEPTION. Thursday, May 15, 7 to 9 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., S. Hamilton. Everyone is welcome to hear award-winning author, balladeer, poet and songwriter John Perrault perform. After his presentation, winners of the teen poetry contest will recite their award-winning works.

POETRY SALON WITH CLAIRE KEYES. Sunday, May 18, 2 to 4 p.m., Abbot Public Library, Marblehead Room, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Claire Keyes, Marblehead poet and Salem State University professor emeritus, leads a discussion featuring Elizabeth Bishop’s last book, “Geography III.” The short book contains some of Bishop’s most famous poems. 781-631-1481,

POETRY & CREATIVE WRITING. Wednesday, May 21, 6 to 7 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. Teen and adult writers are invited to bring a sample of their work to share at the Poetry & Creative Writing meeting. 978-774-8132,

Walking tours

TOUR OF CENTRAL CEMETERY. Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m., Hale Farm, 39 Hale St., Beverly. Beverly Historical Society curator Darren Brown leads a tour through Beverly’s Central Cemetery. Tour will detail the history of the community’s largest cemetery, and the final resting places of poet Lucy Larcom, statesmen Robert Rantoul and Robert Rantoul Jr., and privateer Hugh Hill. Tour departs from Hale Farm. Free to Beverly Historical Society members, $5 nonmembers.

THORNDIKE STREET WALKING TOUR. Saturday, May 17, 2 p.m., meet at City Hall, corner of Cabot and Thorndike streets, Beverly. What do a self-made millionaire, a nationally prominent silversmith, one of the first responders to Abraham Lincoln’s call for soldiers, and a sailor who served aboard the USS Merrimack have in common? Join Gail and Lisa Balentine for a stroll down one of Beverly’s most historic streets for the answer. Sponsored by the Beverly Historical Society. $5 nonmembers, free to BHS members.

Connect with nature

TURTLE TIME. Saturday, May 17, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For families with children ages 5 and up. Explore the wetlands on the sanctuary in search of turtles. $9 adults, $7 children, discount for Mass Audubon members. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264 or

SNAKES ALIVE: SNAKE HUNT AND LIVE SNAKE SHOW. Sunday, May 18, 12:30 to 3 p.m., Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Hunt for local snake species around the Crane Estate, then head to the barn where Rick Roth, founder and executive director of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team and local snake expert, will present “Snakes of New England and the World.” Plenty of snakes to see and learn about during the show. TTOR members: $10 adult, $8 child; nonmembers: $12 adult, $10 child. To register, email or call 978-356-4351, ext. 4052.

SENSE OF WONDER WALKS: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT. Sunday, May 18, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For families with children ages 3 and older. Learn about camouflage and the many ways animals disguise themselves, then venture outside to see how many hidden creatures can be found. Meets in the Nature Center. Dress for weather. Mass Audubon members: $7 adult, $6 child; nonmembers: $9 adults, $7 child. Registration required at 978-887-9264 or

Learn something new

“DIY AROUND THE HOME.” Thursdays, May 15, 22 and 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Creativity Lab, Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Library hosts a free, three-week program for adults ages 16 and up, intended to assist participants with all their “fix it” projects. The instructor will help guide participants through their home repairs, answer lingering home improvement questions, and teach participants to be proactive in avoiding the need for future repairs. Interested community members may attend one class, or attend every week to learn a new skill. Sign-ups are encouraged but not required. For details or to sign up, visit the Creativity Lab calendar at

CALLIGRAPHY CLASS. Monday, May 19, 6:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Using bamboo pens and walnut ink, participants will practice the strokes needed to create or scribe the letters used in Arabic alphabets. After participants have perfected one word or a small phrase, the design will be transferred to a small canvas or paper and organized around a geometric shape. Color can also be added to create a truly personalized take-home project. Details and registration at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or


CRAFT TIME. Thursday, May 15, 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Green Meadows Farm, 656 Asbury St., Hamilton. A nature-related craft time. Workshops geared for prekindergarten children to grade three. Free; drop in at 11 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. 978-468-2277.

MUSIC & MOVEMENT CONCERT. Wednesday, May 21, 10:30 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Music and Movement Concert with singer/storyteller Steve Blunt. Lively musical performance for children up to age 5 and their caregivers. Free admission, but advance registration is required at 978-531-0100, ext. 29, or

MAGNETIC PERSONALITY: ARTS & CRAFTS. Monday, May 19, 11 a.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. For children ages 3 to 6. “Imajine That” visits the library for a fun and informative magnet story time and craft. Sign up at 978-774-8132 or

PAJAMAS & BOOKS. Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., S. Hamilton. Parents with children up to age 5 are invited to join Sue Shepard for books, music and intentional time together. Children may wear pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed friend. Preregister by contacting Lisa Cheney at 978-468-5489 or Presented in collaboration with the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant and the Department of Early Education and Care.

LEGOMANIA. Wednesday, May 21, 3 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., S. Hamilton. Children in kindergarten through grade five are invited to drop by and create a masterpiece, share ideas and designs, and work individually or as a team. Non-competitive, non-robotics program.


PEM/PM EVENING PARTY: BIKE NIGHT. Thursday, May 15, 6 to 9 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. Celebrate the art, design and style of the bicycle with music, art making, food, cocktails and conversation. Guests include Bikes Not Bombs, SCUL, Salem Bike Path Committee, and local bike shops. See decked-out art bikes, meet folks from the area’s bike scene, help create an interactive biking map of Salem and add a little bling to bikes. Attendees encouraged to bring their own bikes. Free to PEM members and Salem residents, $10 nonmembers at the door. Cash bar and special small plates menu from Hawthorne Hotel available. 866-745-1876,

“TAKE BACK OUR ECONOMY.” Saturday, May 17, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 79 Central St., Peabody. The North Shore Labor Council, at its 13th Annual Education Conference, invites labor and non-labor folks alike as it explores the economic trends that for the past four decades have widened the gap between America’s wealthy and its weakened middle class. Learn how such trends impact the lives of working people on the North Shore and what we can do to help build an economy that works for all. $10 registration fee acceptable at door. Includes catered lunch and day care. For information call 781-595-2538.

PEABODY PRIDE CLEANUP DAY. Saturday, May 17, 9 to 11:30 a.m., City Hall, 24 Lowell St., Peabody. Volunteer community cleanup effort. Volunteers invited to City Hall at 9 a.m. to pick up cleaning supplies then spread out to targeted areas throughout Peabody. Pizza lunch served to all volunteers afterward. Participants also receive commemorative Peabody Pride in Motion water bottle. Rain date: Saturday, May 31. Mayor’s Office, 978-538-5704.

2014 AMERICAN MODEL YACHTING ASSOCIATION. M Class National Championship, Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Redd’s Pond, 61 Pond St., Marblehead. Marblehead Model Yacht Club hosts the 2014 American Model Yachting Association M Class National Championship. Event concludes with an awards presentation. The Marblehead Class model yacht was first developed in Marblehead in 1930, becoming the most popular design for model racing yachts for more than 40 years. It is world-renowned as a “developmental design” with few design restrictions, which encourages skippers to change boat designs to increase sailing performance. Competitors using radio controls to replicate full-size yachting competitions. This year marks the first time that M Class yacht designs from 1971 to present day will race together for national recognition. For more information, contact Biff Martin at 978-828-9765.

FUELED BY FITNESS 5K & KINDS FUN RUN. Sunday, May 18, North Beverly School, 48 Putnam St., Beverly. North Beverly Elementary sponsors its fifth annual Fueled By Fitness 5K and Kids Fun Run. Anyone interested in participating should register by 8:15 a.m. on Sunday at North Beverly School. Warm-up provided by U.S. Taekwondo begins at 8:15 a.m., followed by the Fun Run at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K at 9 a.m. Wheel-measured course begins and ends at North Beverly School. T-shirts for 5K participants; water for both the 5K and Fun Run. Neither bikes nor dogs are allowed. Flag ceremony follows Fun Run, and Beverly High School’s R.O.T.C. students will help retire the school’s current flag and raise the new one, which was gifted to state Rep. Jerry Parisella, a North Beverly parent. Military families encouraged to attend and may run the 5K at no charge. $25 entry fee for the 5K, $5 for the Fun Run. Checks can be made payable to North Beverly PTO. For details and online registration, visit

UKRAINIAN CHURCH OPEN HOUSE. Sunday, May 18, noon to 2 p.m., St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 124 Bridge St., Salem. Refreshments, Ukrainian crafts, culture, history, music, icons, activities for children and more.

MOTHER’S DAY TEA. Sunday, May 18, 1 p.m., St. Michael’s Hall, 15 Endicott St., Peabody. The Daughters of St. Joseph will hold. No cost to attend, but those coming are asked to bring unwrapped gifts for newborn infants, such as diapers, receiving blankets, and sleep or play outfits. Gifts will be donated to an organization that offers comprehensive pre- and postnatal education and support programs for teens and young mothers. To attend, call Lola Busta at 978-531-5592, Ann Kostos at 978-774-0985 or Janis Marren at 978-531-8837.


LINE DANCING CLASS. Friday, May 16, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Beverly Senior Center, 90 Colon St., Beverly. The Senior Center will hold. Free; cupcakes served afterward. Sign up at the Senior Center. 978-921-6017.

ZUMBATHON. Sunday, May 18, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St., Peabody. Second annual Zumbathon to help Temple Ner Tamid’s team, The Band, with its efforts to raise money for the American Cancer Society. $20 suggested donation. Hosted by NSJCC staff and Zumba instructor Jenn Pomerantz. RSVP to Elyse Novak, 781-534-0884.

DANCING WITH THE STARS. Tuesday, May 20, 9:15 to 10 a.m., Beverly Senior Center, 90 Colon St., Beverly. Watch and judge favorite senior dancers with a celebrity from the Beverly community. Mirror Ball trophy awarded. Dancing to the R&R Big Band will follow the contest. Sign up at the Senior Center. 978-921-6017.

DANCE LESSONS. Wednesday, May 21, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Beverly Senior Center, 90 Colon St., Beverly. Over the course of four weeks, students will learn dance steps of the salsa, merengue, Cuban mambo, Argentine tango, milonga, waltz, swing, Charleston, Peabody and foxtrot. The final of four classes will take place May 28. $4/class, $14/four classes. Sign up in advance at the Senior Center. 978-921-6017.


PLANT SALE FUNDRAISER. Saturday, May 17, 8 a.m. to noon, Marblehead Community Center, 10 Humphrey St., Marblehead. The Marblehead High School Class of 2017 will offer a variety of outdoor plants, including hanging plants, annuals, patio pots and tomato plants. Stop by early for the best selection. Takes place rain or shine. Kendra Song, 781-639-3100, ext. 7180. Annual fundraiser for the Marblehead High School freshman class.

HUGE YARD SALE. Saturday, May 17, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Church in the Cove, 167 Hale St., Beverly. The Church in the Cove will hold, with items for all ages. 978-922-5135.

ANNUAL PLANT SALE. Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m. to noon, Hamilton Council on Aging, 299 Bay Road, Hamilton. Hamilton-Wenham Garden Club’s annual sale will be held on the front lawn. Details available at

FRIENDLY GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE. Saturday, May 17, 9 to 11 a.m., Beverly Senior Center, 90 Colon St., Beverly. Friendly Garden Club of Beverly holds, featuring perennials, annuals, vegetables and herbs grown by club members; garden boutique; raffle; specialty container gardens; and more. Plants may be purchased by cash, or checks made payable to the Friendly Garden Club.

DANVERS HISTORICAL SOCIETY: ANNUAL PLANT SALE. Danvers Historical Society holds on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, and Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. throughout the month of May, at Glen Magna Farms, Ingersoll Street, Danvers. Sale features perennials, herbs and select annuals and divisions from the Glen Magna gardens. Proceeds support the society’s ongoing preservation mission.

ANNUAL LONG HILL PLANT SALE. Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Long Hill gardens, 571 Essex St., Beverly. Features a vast selection of unusual plants; rare woody and herbaceous plants; hundreds of perennials; specialties propagated from Long Hill; empty and planted hypertufa troughs, some with dwarf alpine plants; vegetable seedlings provided by the Food Project; and a silent auction closing at 11 a.m. Also, stroll through the Sedgwick Gardens, which will be in peak bloom. Horticultural experts will be on hand to answer gardening questions. Rain or shine. A member-only preview sale will be held from 9 to 10 a.m.

Film & stories

“BAG IT.” Wednesday, May 21, 7 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Beverly Recycles (city of Beverly Solid Waste Management Committee) hosts the second of three screenings of this award-winning environmental documentary that follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he tries to make sense of society’s dependence on plastic bags. Berrier learns that the problem extends past landfills to oceans, rivers and ultimately human health.

“SHOW & TELL” STORYTELLING SERIES. Wednesday, May 21, 7 p.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Monthly series hosted by local writer and personal historian Meg Pier. Program coincides with Personal History Awareness Month. People are invited to share with others the meaning of a treasured personal possession. Bring a photo, object, article of clothing, a letter or other memorabilia from one’s life that may touch the lives of others. Presentations on items for sale will be excluded; this is a storytelling event, only. Each participant gets five minutes of sharing time. Attendees are not required to present. 781-631-1481,

Art exhibits & events

“TESTING THE WATERS.” Lindsay Hopkins-Weld’s art show on view Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17, noon to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, May 18, noon to 4 p.m., at the Hall Haskell House, 36 S. Main St., Ipswich. Exhibit features Hopkins-Weld’s recent oil paintings of local scenes.

ART FAIR. Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Middleton Historical Society Museum, Pleasant Street, Middleton. The Middleton Arts Association will hold an art fair, featuring a large art exhibit; paintings for sale; live painting demonstration by watercolor artist Louise Anderson; and raffles, with winners announced at 2 p.m. Refreshments served. Free admission. Handicapped-accessible.

ARTIST IN THE GALLERY. Saturday, May 17, 2 p.m., Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Artist Paula Engman will be in the MAA’s gallery as part of her acrylic paintings exhibit, “People, Real and Imagined,” on view through June 8 at the MAA. 781-631-2608,

ARTIST IN THE GALLERY. Sunday, May 18, 2 p.m., Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Artist Susan Kauder will be in the MAA’s gallery as part of her mixed media exhibit, “Collage: New Directions,” on view through June 8 at the MAA. 781-631-2608,

JOINT PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT RECEPTION. Sunday, May 18, 3 to 5 p.m., The Centennial Gallery, Musculoskeletal Medical Building, 4 Centennial Drive, Peabody. Photography exhibit features the works of Stephen Delaney and Maggie Delaney of Salem, their first joint exhibit. Exhibit on view through June 13. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

THE ARTIST HAND: A COLLECTION OF PAINTINGS. On view through May 25, Brush Strokes Gallery, 14 Prospect St., Marblehead. Art exhibit features paintings by Marian Carey and Claire Connelly. Free admission. Marian Carey, 978-376-5794.

2014 SENIOR ART SHOW. The Marblehead High School 2014 Senior Art Show is on view through May 28 at Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. The Virginia A. Carten Gallery has been transformed into a magical Secret Garden exhibit that features a variety of artwork composed by the Class of 2014. 781-631-1481,

FOUR-ARTIST EXHIBIT. On view through May 29, Gallery at Grosvenor Park, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Vinnin Square, Salem. Exhibit features the work of Swampscott contemporary mosaic artist Mary Taddie and the varied mediums of painting, photography and portraiture created by David Earley, Taddie’s husband, and their friends Jonathan and Sandra Willmer of Swampscott. 978-741-5700.

EXHIBIT: ART BY GEORGE MARTIN. On view through May 31, Beverly Public Library Farms Branch, 24 Vine St., Beverly Farms. Exhibit features recent work by artist George Martin. Hours are Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

PAINTING EXHIBIT. On view through May 31, Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. Paintings by Newburyport artist Annalee Johnson are on view before and after 10:30 a.m. Sunday services, or by appointment at 978-774-7582.

“PIECES OF NATURE: A MEDITATIVE JOURNEY II.” Photographer and painter Amy Friend Roberts of Swampscott is the featured artist throughout May at the Stetson Gallery, located in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St. Roberts’ work is showcased in this exhibit.,

EVA MARIA LEE: A SOLO EXHIBITION. On view through June 8, Zeitgeist Gallery, 222 Cabot St., Beverly. Exhibit features art by Eva Maria Lee. Free admission. Zhana Levitsky, 978-219-7172.

“A CENTURY IN ART.” On view through July 11, Endicott College, Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Exhibit titled “Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art” features the work of artist Theresa Ferber Bernstein, who has exhibited her artwork in every decade of the 20th century. Kathleen Moore, 978-232-2655 or

OIL PAINTINGS. Artwork by Ipswich painter Susana Bamford is on view throughout May and June at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., S. Hamilton. Bamford is primarily an oil painter who enjoys the challenge of working plein air. Her impressions of various landscapes often include man-made structures within a natural environment of varied shapes, colors, and light effects. Exhibit on view during regular library hours, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


HAM AND BEAN SUPPER. Saturday, May 17, 5 to 6 p.m., Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant St., Beverly. Menu features two kinds of home-baked beans, ham, coleslaw, rolls and beverages. Home-baked pies, $1.50/slice. Admission is $7/adults, $6/seniors and $3.50/children. Building is handicapped-accessible. This is the final supper of the season, which resumes in September.