ANNUAL WINTER CONCERT. Sunday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m., Maple Street Congregational Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers. The StarSingers and Company and the Shine on Me Boys Chorus, all Danvers-based treble choruses for young people, will join local instrumentalists. Performance includes songs for Christmas, both traditional and contemporary; American folk songs; and spirituals, Jewish songs of the Hebrew tradition and songs from musicals and movies. Free. 978-777-8244.
“A MAGICAL EVENING OF MUSIC & MERMAIDS.” Tuesday, Dec. 4, and Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., 90 Lafayette St., Salem. Salem Theatre Company Second Stage presents stories from David Roper and music from Daisy Nell and Captain Stan. $10/ticket. www.salemtheatre.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-790-8546.
NATURE TALES: BUSY BEAVERS. Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Read “Beaver at Long Pond” by William T. and Lindsay Barrett George, then take a walk to Rockery Pond to see a beaver lodge, dam, beaver chews and scent mounds. As a group, participants will build a lodge. Led by Kim LoGrasso. For families with children ages 3 to 6. $7/Audubon member, $9/nonmember; $6/child member, $7/child nonmember. Meet in Nature Center. Dress for weather. 978-887-9264 or email@example.com.
THE ART OF NATURE: HIBERNATION. Saturday, Dec. 1, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Join watercolorist Brenda Sloane for a PowerPoint presentation highlighting the hibernating and non-hibernating animals of the sanctuary. Following the presentation, take a walk and try to locate the animals. Attendees will return to the Nature Center to sculpt a clay likeness of an animal of their choice and a watercolor background of its habitat. For families with children ages 6 to 12. $8/Audubon member, $10/nonmember; $7/child member, $8/child nonmember. All materials provided. Dress for weather. Register at 978-887-9264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fairs and festivals
CHRISTMAS FAIR. Presented through Saturday, Dec. 1, at Asbury Grove Historic Methodist Campground in Hamilton. Expanded fair includes a free live Nativity presentation each Saturday evening at 7 p.m. (weather permitting). A Festival of Trees will also run during all fair hours, in which businesses, organizations or families can decorate a tree according to a theme, and with themed gifts, gift cards and displays that can be auctioned off. Admission to the Festival of Trees is $4, and it includes a children’s scavenger hunt, prizes, snacks and a beverage. Children 5 and under are free. All proceeds from the event will benefit the historic restoration of Asbury Grove buildings. The fair hours are: Friday, Nov. 30, 6 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and dessert items will be served. 978-468-2113.