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November 29, 2012

North Shore Entertainment Calendar


ARTWORKS AND HANDCRAFTED GIFTS. Available at the Marblehead Arts Association during the Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Walk held citywide on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Arts Association will kick things off with a holiday shopping preview party on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5 to 8 p.m., where appetizers and wine will be served while shoppers visit galleries and the Artisan Shop. Five Marblehead Garden Clubs have decorated mantels in Hooper Mansion for the occasion. On Saturday, the Kiwi Kids singers, a group of 11- to 15-year-old girls, will entertain at a Jingle Jam from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the third-floor ballroom. A singalong for children will follow. The association’s annual member exhibit then opens on Dec. 1, and all are invited to enjoy the works on display. A special collection called “Hooper’s Treasures,” framed, small works for $100 and under, will be included. The association is at 8 Hooper St., Marblehead, and can be reached at 781-631-2608.

GREENING OF THE GREAT HOUSE: A WINTER FESTIVAL. Friday, Nov. 30, 5 to 9 p.m., Great House, Castle Hill on Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Enjoy live music, a dance performance, a children’s “Eye Spy,” refreshments and more. Live jazz music and cash bar on Friday. Bring an unwrapped gift for the “Giving Sleigh” to benefit needy families through Ipswich Caring. Also, Saturday, Dec. 1, noon to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2, noon to 4 p.m., enjoy live music, a dance performance, a children’s “Eye Spy,” refreshments and more. Fee range $5 to $15; discount for members. 978-356-4351.

WASSAIL PREVIEW PARTY & HEART OF CHRISTMAS FAIR. Friday, Nov. 30, 6 to 8:30 p.m., St. Michael’s Church, 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Festive preview party for Saturday’s fair. Early buying opportunity with a cup of wassail, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. $15/advance, $20/at the door, $5/children ages 2 to 12. Also, Heart of Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring artisan crafts, baked goods, jewelry, paintings, rich uncle’s table of antiques and collectibles, and historic church open house. Also, “chili in a bag” will be served on Washington Street lawn during Christmas Walk parade. Hot beverages and baked good sales begin at 9 a.m.; lunch begins at 11 a.m. Silent auction closes at 1:30 p.m. or 781-631-0657.

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