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 email@example.com.
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.