, Salem, MA

May 2, 2013

North Shore Entertainment Calendar

The Salem News

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CATHOLIC CHARITIES NORTH SPRING GALA. Thursday, May 2, 7 to 9 p.m., Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square West, Salem. Presentation of A Salute to Partnership awards to Mary Jane and David Solimine Sr. and their family and the faith community at St. Mary’s Parish in Lynn. The cocktail reception theme is an International World Market featuring five unique buffet spreads, including signature drinks, hors d’oeuvres, entrees and desserts.

DAA ANNUAL FUNDRAISER. Friday, May 3, 6 p.m., Danvers Art Association, 105 Elliott St. Silent and live auctions, food, and drinks. $10 at the door.

SPRING SCHOLARSHIP GALA. Friday, May 3, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Marian Court College, 35 Little’s Point Road, Swampscott. Features Jim Braude of WGBH and NECN, locally crafted food and beverages, and silent and live auctions. Event kicks off with a reception with Sheriff Frank Cousins at 6 p.m., open to silver, gold and platinum sponsors. Tickets for the gala start at $50, and sponsorship levels start at $500. Money raised benefits the college’s scholarship fund.

“HATS OFF TO EDUCATION” GALA AND AUCTION. Friday, May 3, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square West, Salem. To benefit Salem Education Foundation and academic and extracurricular programs at all public schools in Salem. The “hat-themed” ticketed event features a live auction, $5,000 reverse raffle, food, live music and the new Wall of Wine. Wear a festive hat. 978-744-8008, or

90TH BIRTHDAY GALA FOR WENHAM MUSEUM. Saturday, May 4, Misselwood Estate, Endicott College, Beverly. A pre-party, Kentucky Derby Watch will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by the gala from 7 to 11 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear flapper finery to the Kentucky Derby Watch, where Southern fare will be served amid a selection of 1920s artifacts from the museum. The celebration will continue in Roaring ’20s style in the main tent with the music of the White Heat Orchestra; casual dining; and a live auction including an African photo safari, Porsche Boxster weekend getaway, Great Gatsby movie package and a Red Sox Day at Fenway Park. Proceeds from the gala support the museum’s mission to protect, preserve and interpret the artifacts of childhood, domestic life, and the history and culture of Boston’s North Shore. Tickets are $175 for the gala, $225 for the pre-party and gala at or 978-468-2377.

WALK/RUN FOR HAWC. Sunday, May 5, 9 a.m. registration, noon walk/run, 1 p.m. festivities, Salem Common. Olympian gold medalist Kayla Harrison will serve as this year’s honorary chairwoman. Event raises awareness of domestic violence; HAWC, Healing Abuse Working for Change, works to provide advocacy to victims of domestic violence.

MOTHER’S DAY CUT-A-THON FOR BREAST CANCER PREVENTION. Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Radiance Aveda Lifestyle Salon & Spa, 316 Derby St., Salem. In honor of Mother’s Day, join Miss Pink 2010, 2012 and 2013 for a haircut, raffle, refreshments and a DJ. All proceeds from haircuts will be donated to the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, a grass-roots advocacy organization that seeks to prevent environmental causes of breast cancer through community education, research advocacy and changes to public policy. $15 haircut for men, women and children; new customers only. or 978-741-8110.

Poetry, writing and literature

“A NIGHT OF MYSTERY ... AND GOLF.” Thursday, May 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Beverly Farms Branch Library, Conrad Lecture Hall, 24 Vine St. Authors Sharon Cook and Gary Larrabee will discuss their new books, one a collection of mysteries and the other a sports history. Copies of both books will be available for purchase. Free. 978-921-6066 or

KEROUAC SYMPOSIUM: “BEBOP AND BEATS: AN EVENING OF MUSIC AND BEAT POETRY.” Thursday, May 2, 8 p.m., Gulu-Gulu Cafe, 247 Essex St., Salem. Commemorate Salem State’s first academic conference on Jack Kerouac and the Beats in 1973. SSU students and faculty will read poetry by Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, as well as play music from the artists who inspired the Beat Generation writers. Special guest reading by Laura Boss, editor of Lips poetry magazine and a contemporary of Gregory Corso. Kicks off the opening of the 2013 Mass Poetry Festival. Free.

KEROUAC SYMPOSIUM: “KEROUAC AND THE BEATS PANEL DISCUSSION.” Friday, May 3, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Salem State University, Marsh Hall 210, 71 Loring Ave., Salem. Panelists include Gerald Nicosia, Kerouac scholar and author of the critical Kerouac biography “Memory Babe”; Matt Theado, Gardner-Webb University faculty member, beat scholar and author of “The Beats: A Literary Reference”; and Ann Douglas, Parr Professor Emerita of English and comparative literature at Columbia University. Free.

KEROUAC SYMPOSIUM: “PULL MY DAISY” SCREENING FEATURING COMPOSER DAVID AMRAM. Friday, May 3, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Morse Auditorium, Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. Composer David Amram will discuss his role in Jack Kerouac’s film. Free.

POETRY & CREATIVE WRITING. Tuesday, May 7, 6 to 7 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. Teen and adult writers are invited to share samples of their writing. 978-774-8132.

AUTHOR BOOK TALK. Wednesday, May 8, 7 p.m., Beverly Historical Society, 117 Cabot St. Featuring Quincy S. Abbot on his new book, “From Schoolboy to Soldier: The Correspondence and Journals of Edward Stanley Abbot, 1853­–1863.” Abbot will speak about his ancestor and his extraordinary writings, the process of researching one’s family history and the rewards of doing so. Open to the public. Free/Society members, $5/nonmembers. 978-922-1186.

Get outside

SPRING BIRD WATCHING. Saturday, May 4, 8:30 a.m., meet at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, 101 Forest Ave., Swampscott. Environmentalist and bird watcher John Benson will lead a short hike through some of Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary’s open spaces. 781-595-8836, ext. 12, or

NATURE TALES: FROGS AND POLLYWOGS. Saturday, May 4, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For families with children ages 3 to 6. Read “From Tadpole to Frog” by Wendy Pfeffer, then hike to the vernal pool and learn about the exciting life cycle of a frog. $9 adults, $7 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.

SENSE OF WONDER WALK: FAIRY HOUSES. Sunday, May 5, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For families with children ages 3 to 10. After reading “Fairy Houses” by Tracy Kane, attendees will venture out on the sanctuary to create their own fairy homes using natural, nonliving materials. Cost $9 adults, $7 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.

TREE WALK. Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m., meet at the Bonad Road entrance to Sally Milligan Park, Beverly. As part of Beverly Open Space and Recreation Committee’s annual Earth Day Walk Series, North Shore botanist Erika Sonder will lead a walk that will teach participants the different methods used for identifying trees and the relationships between trees and the fungi that grow near them. Free.

Sustainable living, gardens and flowers

MOTHER’S DAY ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE PEABODY GARDEN CLUB. Thursday, May 2, 7 p.m., Smith Barn, 38 Felton St., next to Brooksby Farm, Peabody. Create Mother’s Day arrangements for donations to two nursing homes in Peabody. $5 guest fee. You do not have to be a Peabody resident to join. 978-535-2228 or 978-531-4558.

“MY GARDEN: FROM DREAM TO REALITY.” Friday, May 3, 10:15 a.m. to noon, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Norman “Dugie” Russell will talk about the variety of areas within his yard and gardens. After years of work, the Russells converted their dismal plot into an award-winning dreamscape.

CLEAN SALEM GREEN SALEM. Saturday, May 4. Clean sweeps from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Leslie’s Retreat Park, off Route 114 and North Street, or at the beginning of the Essex Street pedestrian mall, corner of Washington and Essex streets. SalemRecycles Green Programs, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., include plastic bag recycling drop-off, clothing and household swap and drop, free water conservation showerheads for first 50 who swap, goodwill textiles recycling drop-off, environmental displays, recycling information, and music from Green-Infusion. Volunteer thank-you party, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers are invited to celebrate their hard work with food and entertainment by Erik Rodenhiser and his acting troupe, and The Dejas and their music students from the Plummer Home, On Point Program and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem. Also, community recycling event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Salem Commuter Rail Parking Lot. Electronics, metal, toys, appliances, yard and power equipment will be accepted.

“PLAN YOUR GARDEN” WORKSHOP. Saturday, May 4, 10 to 11 a.m., Green Meadows Farm, 656 Asbury St., Hamilton. Led by Rob Eckman, Green Meadows Farm field managerp. Learn how to optimize seeds, soil and plantings in an Earth-friendly way. Workshop includes a garden tips worksheet and plenty of time for questions and answers. Free. Space is limited; registration required at 978-468-2277.

PLANTING DAY. Wednesday, May 8, 3:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, South Branch, 78 Lynn St., Peabody. For children ages 5 to 9 with an adult. Start flowers and vegetables from seed. Children can then transplant them into their own gardens at home and watch them grow. Stories will be read. Reserve a spot at 978-531-3380, or register at the library.

Presentations, discussions and lectures

LAW DAY LECTURE. Thursday, May 2, 7:30 to 9 a.m., North Shore Community College, Math and Sciences Building lecture hall, DS119, 1 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. This year’s theme is “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.” Professor Savannah Overton will address the theme in her lecture, “From the Kitchen to the Front Lines: The Status of North American Women in Modern Times.” Free. Seating is limited; registration required at 978-762-4000, ext. 5481, or

“PROFESSIONALISM AND THE MORAL DOMAIN OF EDUCATION.” Thursday, May 2, 4:30 p.m., Salem State University, Sullivan Building, room 305B, 352 Lafayette St. Avril Brock of Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, and Louise Swiniarski of Salem State present a lecture that draws on the authors’ joint contributions to the book “Working With Children and Young People: Ethical Debates and Practices Across Disciplines and Continents.” Both will address current concerns and approaches for promoting the moral domain in educational professionalism. Free. Reservations requested at 978-542-6534 or

“FIVE YEARS ON A SAILBOAT IN THE CARIBBEAN.” Friday, May 3, 10 a.m. to noon, Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Monty and Betsy Morris will share their sailing adventures, one that lasted two years on a 35-foot boat, and another that lasted three years on a 39-foot boat. Monty, a retired architect, and Betsy, a retired banker and author, now spend their winters on this boat in Florida. Donations appreciated from nonmembers in attendance. 978-744-0804 or

“LIFE IS NOT A STRESS REHEARSAL.” Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m., North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. An evening with stress management consultant Loretta LaRoche, an author who has hosted several of her own PBS specials and has made hundreds of appearances with the likes of former President Bill Clinton and Ellen DeGeneres. Fundraising event for Friends of Northshore Education Consortium includes a silent auction from noon to 2 p.m. Tickets are $40, $50 or $100 at or 978-232-7200.

“THE BOY WHO WOULD BE SHAKESPEARE.” Monday, May 6, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. In London in the winter of 1795, a 19-year-old apprentice named William-Henry Ireland pretended he had discovered an unknown play in Shakespeare’s handwriting in an old trunk. The boy had hoped to impress his emotionally distant father, an admirer of Shakespeare, but caused a sensation. Join author Doug Stewart for an illustrated talk about this true story of an astounding hoax and the strained relationship behind it. Part of free “Monday Mornings” lecture series. Light refreshments served starting at 9 a.m. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062 or email

MONTHLY BROWN BAG LUNCH. Monday, May 6, noon, Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Museum members George and Marcia Gray will show slides and discuss their latest travels to Italy and Croatia. Bring lunch; coffee and tea will be provided. Free/museum members and Ipswich seniors, $5/nonmembers. 978-356-2811 or

“NATURE VS. THE BOOK: PRESERVING LIBRARY COLLECTIONS.” Tuesday, May 7, 7 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St. Many different things wind up in libraries, but all of them are made up of materials that deteriorate. The librarian’s job is to make these things last as long as they can, despite the forces of nature and time, man and industry. Sidney Berger, the Ann C. Pingree director of the Peabody Essex Museum’s Phillips Library, will introduce attendees to the nature of the library’s physical world and the preservation and conservation tactics employed to extend the useful life of objects. $10/Salem Athenaeum members, $15/nonmembers, free/students with ID. Also, the opening reception of the Athenaeum’s new exhibit, “All About Books,” will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. with Win Wilkens. Reserve a spot at 978-744-2540 or

STORIES FROM SOUTH SUDAN. Wednesday, May 8, 5:30 p.m., Zumi’s Cafe, 40 Market St., Ipswich. Zumi’s concludes its 10th anniversary lecture series with a talk on world travel and development. Ipswich resident Ana Laguarda will share her experiences living and working in Kajo Keji, South Sudan, from September 2010 through July 2011, and consulting with teachers and principals about improving elementary schools. Free admission. 978-356-1988 or

“MIDDLETON READS! CHARLES FLINT’S BIRTHDAY.” Wednesday, May 8, 7 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. Adults are invited to learn more about Flint and his many accomplishments.

PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER SHARES EXPERIENCE. Wednesday, May 8, 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, Collins Room, 25 N. Main St. Judy Gates, 70, returned home in January 2012 after three years in the Peace Corps serving as a business volunteer in Mongolia. Gates will share her experiences in an illustrated presentation accompanied by samples of the local crafts. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ipswich Public Library. 978-356-6648.


ENDICOTT SINGERS’ POPS CONCERT: OFF THE HOOK. Thursday, May 2; Friday, May 3; and Saturday, May 4, 7:30 p.m., Tia’s Theater, Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Endicott Singers and guests perform pop, rock, hip-hop and country music in a “pops” setting with cafe tables, refreshments and club ambiance. The singers will perform as a chorus and with the select women’s choir, Harmonelle; the select men’s group, Bassline; guest student performers from this spring’s songwriting course; soloists; and a live band. $10/general, free/EC ID holders. Admission includes desserts and soft drinks. or 978-998-7700.

ME&THEE COFFEEHOUSE CONCERT. Friday, May 3, Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., concert at 8 p.m. Double-bill folk concert featuring Bill Staines and Cormac McCarthy. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $23 at the door. 781-631-8987 or

CONCERT SINGERS OF GREATER LYNN PERFORMANCE. Friday, May 3, 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 101 Forest Ave., Salem. 33rd annual spring concert features a more serious, classical first half, followed by a lighter “Pops”-style second half and the premiere of “Agnus Dei.” Free. 781-639-4558 or 978-744-4787.

PEACE PIPES BENEFIT CONCERT. Saturday, May 4, 7:30 p.m., Tabernacle Congregational Church, 50 Washington St., Salem. Featuring Peabody’s North Shore Pipe Band, supports Healing Abuse Working for Change and its work to eliminate domestic violence and support its victims. $15 suggested donation, $10/students and seniors. 978-468-1876.

FOLK MUSIC CONCERT. Saturday, May 4, 7:30 p.m., Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. The Gloucester Clog and Hornpipe Society will perform. The rescheduled concert is part of the church’s Music in the Woods series and will feature traditional Irish tunes and songs in celebration of Irish Music Month, with some original songs by Diane Taraz and Lynn Noel and original tunes by Nancy Koch and John Berger. Concert will also include maritime songs, a modern parody of an Irish ballad and an Appalachian tune with a pogo cello solo by David Rosen. $20/adults, $15/seniors and students, free for children under 13. 978-774-7582 or

CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT: JEMUR PIANO TRIO. Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Gordon Room, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Classical music concert featuring Boston Conservatory Honors Group performing selections from Rachmaninov, Mendelssohn and Piazzolla. Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Library. Reception will follow. 978-774-0554.

SPRING AFTERNOON OF CONCERTS. Sunday, May 5, 2:30 and 5 p.m., Gordon College, A.J. Memorial Chapel, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Presented by Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras. Afternoon will be split into two events: 2:30 p.m. concert features the Prelude and Overture String Ensemble, Intermezzo Orchestra, Junior Flute Choir and Flute Choir; 5 p.m. concert features the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Select Flute Choir. Free. Each concert lasts between one and two hours, and both will be followed by a reception. The NMYO Silent Auction will also take place during the concerts., or 978-309-9833.

Theater and comedy

“CHILDREN OF EDEN.” Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3, 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 4, 1 p.m., Bishop Fenwick High School, 99 Margin St., Peabody. St. John’s School presents musical based on the book of Genesis that draws on the themes of contentment, commitment, conflict, family, determination, love, the strength of individuality, and the challenges and blessings of free will. Thursday and Friday admission is $10/adults, $7/children; $5 admission on Saturday. Tickets at the door or 978-531-0444.

“LATE NITE CATECHISM.” Thursday, May 2, through Sunday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m., Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis St., Beverly. Catechism classes are never as much fun — or as hilarious — as when they are led by Sister in the international hit comedy by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan. The irrepressible Sister teaches an adult catechism class to a roomful of “students” (the audience). Tickets available at the door prior to each performance or at or 617-531-1257.

ONIONTOWN VARIETY SHOW. Friday, May 3, 7 to 9 p.m., Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. Danvers Historical Society will sponsor, featuring local entertainers and community talent. Dan Tremblay will emcee the first in a series of live performances in the restored Tapley Memorial Hall. Light refreshments. $5 admission for nonperformers; proceeds support restoration costs. 978-777-2711.

“GREASE.” Friday, May 3, 7 p.m., and Saturday, May 4, 2 and 7 p.m., Masconomet Regional Middle School, Henry F. Long Auditorium, 20 Endicott St., Topsfield. The Masconomet Regional Middle School Drama and Music Department presents the rock musical with story, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. $10/ticket, available at the door.

“THE MOUSETRAP.” Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 5, 2:30 p.m., Hogan Regional Center Auditorium, 6 Hawthorne Ave., Danvers. The North Shore Players presents Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery. $18 adult, $15 student/senior. Group discounts available or $3 discount for advance ticket purchase. or 617-365-5653.

“BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” AND “PEGGY, THE PINT-SIZED PIRATE.” Sunday, May 5, 2 and 5 p.m., Old North Church, 35 Washington St., Marblehead. The Theatre of Light Playhouse presents a comedy version of two one-act plays. $10 suggested ticket donation. Reserve tickets at 978-210-9818 or Walk-ins welcome, but reservations recommended.


HERITAGE INDEPENDENT FILMS. Thursday, May 2, 11:40 a.m., “O’l Revere Beach”; 12:05 p.m., “Mysterious Places in Essex County”; 12:30 p.m., “Schoonermen of Cape Ann,” at Hollywood Hits Theatre, 7 Hutchinson Drive, Danvers. $5/general, $4/seniors. 978-777-2711.

“IMAGES OF JEWISH WOMEN IN AMERICAN FILM.” Thursday, May 2, 7 p.m., Aviv Centers, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. “The Way We Were” will be discussed. A program of the Jewish Women’s Archive, the free, special film and discussion series traces cultural representations of and attitudes toward Jewish women in American films in the past 50 years. Future dates and movies include “Private Benjamin,” June 5, JCC in Marblehead; and “Kissing Jessica Stein,” July 22, at Aviv Centers in Peabody. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Reserve a spot at 978-740-4431 or

“SCHOONERMEN OF 1926.” Thursday, May 2, 7 to 8 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Presented by archival film preservationist Dan Tremblay, features fishing crews and the historic schooner Adventure.

FILM DISCUSSION GROUP. Wednesday, May 8, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. “The Wild Bunch.” Watch film prior to discussion. Discussion includes the art of filmmaking and current trends and historical contexts that drive the creation of the selected film. 978-531-0100 ext. 10, or


“THE HIRED HELP OF HISTORIC CHESTNUT STREET.” Saturday, May 4, 10 to 11:30 a.m., tour starts at the corner of Summer and Chestnut streets, Salem. Historic New England and Jim McAllister of Derby Square Tours present a walking tour of the Chestnut Street neighborhood, focusing on the lives of servants, coachmen, chauffeurs, gardeners, and other workers who helped make life on Chestnut Street run smoothly through the centuries. Tour is based upon local stories, oral histories, and journals from former homeowners. $15/general, $10/Historic New England members. Space is limited; registration recommended at 978-744-0440 or

CRANE ESTATE OPEN HOUSE. Sunday, May 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Includes lawn games, maypole dance, Montserrat College of Art student sculpture exhibit, family treasure hunt and more. Castle Hill’s 59-room mansion the Great House will be open for self-guided tours and refreshments. Also, the estate’s summer camp SummerQuest will hold an open house and scheduled camp games. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic. Pizza and ice cream available for purchase from local vendors. or 978-356-4351.


ARTIST MEET AND BOOK SIGNING. Friday, May 3, 5 to 7 p.m., Appleton Room, Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Dorothy Monnelly will sign copies of her new book, “For My Daughters,” featuring large-format black and white photography and poetry. Available for purchase in the museum store.

AN EVENING WITH NORMAN LALIBERTE. Thursday, May 2, 5 to 8 p.m., King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Celebrate Laliberte’s current exhibit at the Marblehead Arts Association, titled “Exuberance 2013: Varied Expressions of Norman Laliberte,” which features never-before-exhibited, private-collection pieces throughout all galleries of King Hooper Mansion. Laliberte will donate 25 percent of sales to the Marblehead Arts Association and 25 percent of sales to Montserrat College of Art’s student scholarship. Exhibit on view through June 2. 978-921-4242, ext. 1180.

“FROM PENCIL TO PRINT” EVENTS. Friday, May 3, 3 to 5 p.m., Kensington-Stobart Gallery, Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square West, Salem. Join Salem resident and artist Katy Bratun for “Kid’s Carnival.” Bratun will read “Rabbits’ Carnival,” then lead a workshop to make carousel animals. Reserve spaces; $10 donation for local animal shelter. Also, from 5 to 7 p.m., after a talk on sketching children’s book characters, Bratun and attendees will draw characters together. Bring a pencil and a friend. Refreshments served. Events part of Salem’s First Fridays. 978-825-0022 or

ANNUAL ART FAIR. Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lura Watkins Museum on Pleasant Street, behind Flint Public Library, Middleton. Middleton Arts Association presents an art exhibit, grandma’s attic, more than 50 raffles and a live demonstration by artist Louise Anderson. Free admission and refreshments. Only outdoor exhibits will be handicapped-accessible.

STETSON GALLERY EXHIBIT RECEPTION. Sunday, May 5, noon to 2 p.m., Stetson Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. “Daly Inspirations,” a group show by students of artist Elaine Caliri Daly of Marblehead, will be on view through May. Exhibit features watercolor paintings by nine local women and by Daly. Opening reception with light refreshments. 781-631-1215.

SPRING EXHIBIT RECEPTION. Opening reception on Sunday, May 5, 3 to 5 p.m., at the Gallery at Grosvenor Park, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Salem. Exhibit features work by local artists Peggy Farrell of Marblehead and Jan Condon of Salem, on view Saturday, May 4, through Thursday, May 30. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Handicapped-accessible. Details available at 978-741-5700.

MONTSERRAT’S DESIGN AND ANIMATION SENIOR THESIS RECEPTION. Wednesday, May 8, 5 to 8 p.m., 301 Cabot St., Beverly. “Render” features the work of Montserrat Graphic Design and Animation seniors Ian Corrigan, Gina DiPietro, Lauren Georgiades, Nicole Lariviere, Tim Olech, Alexa Szilagyi and Jes Thayer. This is the eighth and last senior exhibition in a weekly series of receptions. On view through May 10. or 978-867-9604.

“THE PAINTED STORY: NEW WORK BY BRIAN BROGAN.” On view through Friday, May 24, True North Gallery, 25 Woodbury St., Hamilton. Exhibit features North Shore artist Brogan’s vibrant paintings inspired by indigenous traditions from around the world. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment. 978-468-1962 or

For children and families

MAYPOLE DANCE AND BREAKFAST. Saturday, May 4, 8 to 10 a.m., Asbury Grove, Pleasant Avenue, Hamilton. The maypole dance begins at 9:30 a.m. for kids big and small. Come in spring or May Day dress if you like. Breakfast will be served in the dining hall. Suggested donation for breakfast is $5 for adults and $3 for children to benefit the Asbury Grove Historical Society.

BLOOMIN’ BINGO. Saturday, May 4, 12:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, South Branch, 78 Lynn St., Peabody. For children ages 5 to 9 (with adult). Prize will be awarded. Reserve a spot at 978-531-3380 or register at the library.

COOPER THE RABBIT STORYTIME. Saturday, May 4, 2 to 3 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., S. Hamlton. Tales of naughty bunnies and trickster hares. Meet Cooper after the stories.

AMERICAN GIRL TEA PARTY. Sunday, May 5, 1 to 3 p.m., JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Children can bring their American Girl dolls or other favorite dolls for an afternoon of arts and crafts, games and snacks. Children and their dolls will leave with a matching take-away prize. Parents may drop off children. Reserve a spot with youth director Ashley Corcoran at 781-476-9907 or

KIDS CRAFT DAY. Every Tuesday through the end of May is “Kids Craft Day” at Green Meadows Farm, 656 Asbury St., Hamilton. Christine Green will lead a craft project using recycled materials. For parents and children ages 3 to 8. Drop in at 11 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. Free. Donated materials accepted, especially fabric, lace, beads, feathers, and old CDs or disks.


RUMMAGE SALE. Saturday, May 4, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Church of St. Andrew, 135 Lafayette St., Route 114, Marblehead. Coffee, muffins and lunch available for purchase. Sale features small appliances, kitchen wares, adult and children’s clothing and shoes, sporting goods, books, linens, furniture, gardening supplies, boutique items, artworks, luggage, lamps, baskets, craft items, and more. Free admission. Proceeds benefit St. Andrew’s outreach and ministries. 781-631-4951.

MOTHER’S DAY SALE. Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Maple Street Congregational Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers. A church sale featuring rings, watches, bracelets and more than 300 earrings. Collectible dolls from Danbury Mint, Franklin Heirloom and Ashton Drake Galleries. Proceeds benefit the Outreach Programs of Maple Street Church.