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. www.thetrustees.org 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. www.ipswichmuseum.org/.
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 www.kensingtonstobartgallery.com.