Fourth of July festivities
HIGHLAND’S HORRIBLES PARADE. Thursday, July 4, 8 a.m. registration followed by parade from 9 to 11 a.m. in Danvers. Parade starts at Seaboard Products, corner of Beachwood and Collins streets. Part of Danvers Family Festival. All are welcome to dress up, and decorate wagons, bikes and floats, or just march in festive Fourth of July attire. Prizes awarded for different categories. Refreshments for participants. www.danversfamilyfestival.com.
FARMS-PRIDES HORRIBLES PARADE. Thursday, July 4, 8 a.m., parade route starts at the corner of Oak and West streets and, after making a loop, ends in front of the Hastings House on Oak Street in Beverly Farms. www.beverlyfarms.org.
IPSWICH TOWN PARADE. Thursday, July 4, 9 a.m., decorate bikes, trikes and wagons at Winthrop School, 325 Bay Road, South Hamilton. Parade float participants and antique cars should arrive at 9:15 a.m. Parade starts at Winthrop at 10 a.m., then proceeds up Manning Street to High Street, toward East Street to Water Street, ending at Town Hall for a ceremony at 10:45 a.m. Excerpts from the Declaration of Independence will be read, followed by old-fashioned children’s races. www.town.ipswich.ma.us.
READING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. Thursday, July 4, 9 a.m., Salem Common. Join Mayor Kimberley Driscoll for a reading of the Declaration of Independence. 978-745-9595 or www.salem.com.
GERRY 5 VFA HORRIBLES PARADE. Thursday, July 4, 10 a.m., parade starts in the National Grand Bank parking lot, 91 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Free admission. Joan Champlin, 781-631-3264.
BACK BAY PARADE. Thursday, July 4, 11 a.m. to noon, Back Bay Neighborhood in Danvers. The Back Bay Parade will assemble on the corner of Damon and Porter streets at 10:30 a.m., followed by the parade start at 11 a.m., which will travel through local neighborhoods. Wear costumes; bring decorated doll carriages, bicycles and wagons; take an antique car out for a spin; walk as a Boy Scout, Girl Scout or sports group; make a float, carry a sign, or simply enjoy watching the parade. Mary Jo O’Connell, 978-774-7572.
TWO-TOWN FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION. Thursday, July 4, noon to 3 p.m., Patton Park, Bay Road, Hamilton. Two-town Independence Day celebration includes a bike parade at noon; opening ceremony at 12:15 p.m. with the Military Color Guard and patriotic tunes by Essex County 4; a cookout by Hamilton-Wenham Rotary Club; artisans; music; monkey bridge; ice cream; cow pie bingo; bouncy house; face painting; children’s games, activities and rides. To participate in the bike parade, meet at the Methodist Church by 11:45 a.m. www.communityhouse.org.
BOAT PARADE. Thursday, July 4, 1 p.m., around Chebacco Lake, Hamilton. Attendees are invited to participate in the Chebacco Lake & Watershed Association’s annual July Fourth Boat Parade, which meets at 1 p.m. in front of the Centennial Grove beach for a slow cruise around the entire lake. Awards will be given for the most patriotic and creative entries. All decorated boats will get a prize. Spectators are invited to cheer on the parade from shore. www.chebaccolake.org.
SALEM CELEBRATES THE FOURTH. Thursday, July 4, 4 to 10 p.m., Salem Maritime Historic Site, Derby Wharf. Festivities begin with the opening of Kids’ Space, featuring face painting, games, crafts and prizes for children, and live music from Britannica, followed by Julie Dougherty. Opening ceremonies at 7:15 p.m. followed by a performance by the Hillyer Festival Orchestra; fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. 978-745-9595 or www.salem.com.
JULY FOURTH FIREWORKS AND HARBOR ILLUMINATION 2013. Thursday, July 4, 8:45 p.m., around perimeter of Marblehead Harbor, Marblehead. Flares will be lit around the perimeter of the harbor for the Harbor Illumination at 8:45 p.m. About 9 p.m., fireworks will be launched off a barge at the mouth of the harbor. Public viewing at Fort Sewall, Chandler Hovey Park and Crocker Park. For details, including parking, and traffic tips, visit www.marbleheadfireworks.org.
SHORELINE ILLUMINATION & FIREWORKS. Thursday, July 4, 9 p.m., West Beach, Beverly Farms. Tickets for the Farms-Prides Fireworks are $15 at the gate on July 4. General admission begins at 5 p.m. for those who are not members of West Beach. No parking at the beach; parking is limited along local streets. Alcohol, fireworks, glass containers and coolers are not allowed, and all bags are subject to search on entry. For more information, visit www.beverlyfarms.org.
Music and theater
SUMMER FAIRY TALE MUSICAL SERIES: “CINDERELLA’S WEDDING.” Friday, July 5, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. Tickets range $10 to $12. 978-232-7200 or www.nsmt.org.
SOUSA NATIONAL COMMUNITY BAND CONCERT. Sunday, July 7, 3:30 p.m., Gordon College, A.J. Gordon Memorial Chapel, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. The National Community Band, a project of the John Philip Sousa Foundation, will present a free concert. Gregory Lowther, 978-867-4273.
SUNDAYS IN PATTON PARK CONCERT SERIES. Sunday, July 7, 5 to 7 p.m., Patton Park, Route 1A, Hamilton. The 2013 Summer Concert series features the Brass Connection, performing patriotic tunes, and ragtime, Dixieland and swing music. In case of rain, call 978-468-4818 for concert location. Supported in part by a grant from the Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council. Free. www.PattonParkConcerts.org.
MUSICAL TOURING GROUP TO PERFORM. Sunday, July 7, 6 p.m., Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem. A touring group of 44 students from The Leys School will present a free concert featuring music from the Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Orchestra and String Orchestra. The group’s performance comes after their series of concerts in New York and Boston. Anne Cottrell, 416-364-5235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NORTH SHORE CONCERT BAND PERFORMANCE. Tuesday, July 9, 7 p.m., Robert F. Hayes Band Stand, Salem Willows. 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.
OPEN MIKE NIGHT FOR TEENS. Wednesday, July 10, 6:15 p.m., Pingree School, 537 Highland St., Hamilton. Open mike night for teen performers. Sign-ups for comedians, instrumentalists, vocalists, rappers, dancers and other performers in middle and high school at 5:30 p.m.. 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.
CHARLIE HOPE MUSIC CONCERT. Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. All-ages concert with Charlie Hope, winner of Juno’s 2012 Best Children’s Album of the Year. www.hwlibrary.org.
MOMENTS OF PLAY — FESTIVAL OF 10-MINUTE PLAYS. Wednesday, July 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Salem Theatre Company, STC Theater, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. Admission $15. Tickets available at www.salemtheatre.com, 978-790-8546, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NELO SINGS BROADWAY. Wednesday, July 10, 7:30 p.m., Community House of Hamilton and Wenham, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. New England Light Opera’s Annual Summer Concert Series kicks off with “Curtains Up!,” featuring songs from the Great White Way with an emphasis on the classic shows by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, and more. 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.
FREE FUN FRIDAY AT PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM. Friday, July 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 161 Essex St., Salem. PEM will open its doors with free general admission to visitors all day long. Special exhibition Fabergé Revealed and tickets to Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House are not included. Free Fun Fridays program is sponsored by Highland Street Foundation and includes 60 museums and cultural venues across Massachusetts all summer. Visit www.highlandstreet.org for listings. 978-745-9500 or www.pem.org.
LIFE ON A SALTWATER FARM: PAINE HOUSE: TOURS FOR 17TH-CENTURY SATURDAYS. Saturday, July 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Greenwood Farm, Jeffrey’s Neck Road, Ipswich. Tour the 1694 Paine House at Greenwood Farm, the site of 250 years of family farming. Explore trails through the pastureland and salt marsh; open daily, sunrise to sunset. $8 adult, free for children 12 and under (free to Trustees members). 978-356-4351, ext. 4049, or email@example.com.
WHIPPLE HOUSE TOURS FOR 17TH-CENTURY SATURDAYS. Saturday, July 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Tour the 1677 Whipple House and see the authentic reproduction of the 1657 Knight House. $7/nonmembers, free/members.
CLAFLIN-GERRISH-RICHARDS HOUSE TOURS FOR 17TH-CENTURY SATURDAYS. Saturday, July 6, 11:30 a.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Tour Wenham Museum’s 17th-century Claflin-Gerrish-Richards House and discover how New England families lived from the first period to the Victorian era. Nonmember admission, $8/adults, $6/children. 978-468-2377; wenhammuseum.org.
GEDNEY HOUSE TOURS FOR 17TH-CENTURY SATURDAYS. Saturday, July 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gedney House Museum, 21 High St., Salem. Tours leave on the hour for an architectural masterpiece that spans four centuries of construction and social history. Free for Historic New England members and Salem residents, $5/adults. Space is limited. 978-744-0440 or www.HistoricNewEngland.org.
Literature, workshops and discussions
BEST-SELLING AUTHOR TO SPEAK. Friday, July 5, 2 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Laurie Faria Stolarz will talk about her young adult titles and her inspiration for writing them. She will also describe her path to publication, sign books, and answer questions. Event ends with a writing workshop. Part of Marblehead Festival of Arts’ Writers’ World Workshops. www.marbleheadfestival.org.
SUMMER SALON SERIES: OPEN FORUM. Friday, July 5, 5:30 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. In connection with Salem’s First Friday, the series opens with an open-topic gathering to discuss subjects of interest to the group. No tickets or reservations required. www.salemathenaeum.net, 978-744-2540 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WRITERS’ WORLD WORKSHOP: PHYLLIS KARAS. Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Author and teacher Phyllis Karas presents “Finding Your Voice,” a workshop to help dissolve some of the mystery around publication. Karas is the author of “BRUTAL: The Untold Story of My Life Inside Whitey Bulger’s Irish Mob” and “Where’s Whitey.” Also, a roundtable discussion about writers’ groups will be held at 2 p.m. Events are part of Marblehead Festival of Arts’ Writers’ World Workshops. www.marbleheadfestival.org.
WRITERS’ WORLD READINGS. Sunday, July 7, 2 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Mugford Street Players will read selections from the Writers’ World winning entries, including Best of Show and Outstanding Work in each category, and the Marcia Doehner Award winning piece. Part of Marblehead Festival of Arts’ Writers’ World Workshops. www.marbleheadfestival.org.
NATURE JOURNALING. Monday, July 8, 11 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Join Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary to explore the natural world and record discoveries through drawing and writing. For ages 9 to 13. Part of library’s Dig Into Reading summer program. Advance registration required at 978-531-0100, ext. 29.
LOCAL AUTHOR SPEAKS. Tuesday, July 9, 7 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St., Swampscott. Local author and TV personality Ted Reinstein will discuss his new book, “New England Notebook: One reporter, six states, uncommon stories.” Reinstein will answer questions and sign copies of his books. For details or to register, call 781-596-8868.
CARTOONING WORKSHOP. Wednesday, July 10, 10 to 11 a.m., Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St., Ipswich. Local illustrator and author Andy Smith will lead workshops for children ages 6 and up. Register at 978-356-6648.
MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP AND OPEN MIKE NIGHT. Wednesday, July 10, 6 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Writer Bridget Rawding will lead a memoir-writing workshop prior to the library’s open mike session. Anyone interested in performing music, poetry or prose is welcome to participate in the open mike portion of the event, which begins at 7 p.m. Sign-up required for participants of either event; register at 978-774-0554.
GAME DAY. Friday, July 5, noon to 3 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St., Ipswich. Children are invited to play board and card games, including Battleship, Sorry, chess, checkers, Connect Four and more. Details and registration at 978-356-6648.
OTHA DAY: DRUM TO THE BEAT. Monday, July 8, 11 a.m. to noon, Peabody Institute Library, Children’s Room, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Otha facilitates fun and lively drum/rhythm circle events. All ages can participate. 978-774-0554.
NATURE ADVENTURES WITH PICTURE BOOKS: WHO COMES FROM AN EGG? Tuesday, July 9, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For families with children ages 3 to 6. Read “Animal Babies that Hatch” by Robert O’Brien, then go on a hike in search of eggs and try to figure out what might hatch from each. Cost $9 adults, $7 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.
READING IS MAGIC. Tuesday, July 9, 11 a.m., Topsfield Town Library, 1 S. Common St., Topsfield. Ed the Wizard uses magic, comedy and suspense to weave together the importance of building and maintaining reading skills for all ages. Supported in part by a grant from the Topsfield Cultural Council. Ed the Wizard will also perform at 6:30 p.m. at Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St.; program sponsored by the Swampscott Cultural Council. www.edthewizard.com, email@example.com or 978-544-8092.
Food and workshops
ANNUAL LOBSTER ROLL SALE. The Victory Chapter No. 157 Order of the Eastern Star will hold the sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, and Saturday, July 6, at the Masonic Temple, 62 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Rolls will be served with pickles and chips; chicken, tuna and egg salad rolls, hot dogs, clam chowder, minestrone soup, beverages, and baked goods will also be available to purchase. Also, attendees will have a chance to test their luck at the table of “opportunities.”
FROM THE KITCHEN GARDEN: COOKING WITH FRESH HERBS. Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m. to noon, Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. The Appleton Cooks! program presents a two-hour class, taught by chef-teacher Debbie Powell, to learn the qualities, uses and treatment of fresh herbs grown at Appleton Farms. Herbs discussed include parsley, dill, chives and cilantro. $35/Trustees of Reservations members, $45/nonmembers. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GLUTEN-FREE LIVING. Wednesday, July 10, 6 to 9 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. The Appleton Cooks! program presents an overview outlining the gluten-free diet, the do’s and don’ts, guides to substitutions and helpful hints on how to live life the gluten-free way. Attendees will make bread, pizza and pasta without regular flour. Workshop led by chef-teacher Jenn Knight. $75/Trustees of Reservations members, $85/nonmembers. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or email@example.com.
TEEN COOKING (AND EATING!) PROGRAM. Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St., Swampscott. Teens and their friends are invited to prepare their own three-course dinner with chef Anna Tourkakis. Participants will learn to cook the meal and then eat the results. The menu features chicken kabob in a pocket, yogurt cucumber sauce and chocolate dipped strawberries. Admission is free. To register, call Sandy at 781-596-8867, ext. 304.
BEVERLY FARMS SIDEWALK BAZAAR AND ARTS FESTIVAL. Friday, July 5, and Saturday, July 6, along West Street, between Hale and Oak streets in Beverly Farms. Event features sidewalk sale bargains, guest vendors and crafters, and an art show on the Farms Library lawn. Refreshments available on Saturday from participating restaurants. 978-927-9895.
47TH ANNUAL MARBLEHEAD FESTIVAL OF ARTS. Arts Festival through Sunday, July 7, at venues throughout downtown Marblehead. The festival features fine art exhibits; outdoor concerts; outdoor film festival; workshops, exhibits, and presentations by authors, novelists, poets, essayists and journalists; family events including a kite festival, sand sculpture competition, children’s festival, model boat building workshop followed by a regatta at Redd’s Pond, and a street festival; Tea Room; Artisans’ Marketplace; and more. It is a celebration for all ages, and almost all events are free. www.MarbleheadFestival.org.
OPEN GLASSWORKS STUDIO DEMONSTRATION. Monday, July 8, 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.
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.
“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.
TEMPORARY SCULPTURES ON VIEW. Three contemporary sculptures, created by artist Austin Collins, are on view through early November on Artists Row along New Derby Street, at the intersection of Front and Washington streets, and on the green in front of the former Salem Jail, next to Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Drive in Salem. The sculptures are painted steel and range from 10 to 22 feet tall. For more information, contact Dominick Pangallo, chief administrative aide in the office of Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, at 978-619-5600 or email@example.com.
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.
SUMMER MEMBER EXHIBIT. On view through July 14 at the King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Marblehead Arts Association’s annual exhibit features work in various mediums that have been juried in two categories: fine art and photography. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; and Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 781-631-2608 or marbleheadarts.org.