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Spend your Saturday at Appleton Farms' Sugar Shack in Ipswich and experience the sights and smells of a historic New England tradition. Take a walk to see the maple-lined avenues and help collect sap, then learn how the sap turns into maple syrup. The program is free and open to the public, and takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 219 County Road. For more information, visit www.thetrustees.org, or call 978-356-5728.
The Hamilton-Wenham Community House presents a cabaret-style dance party/concert with Henri Smith tonight, starting at 7:30, at 284 Bay Road, South Hamilton. Smith and his musicians, along with guest vocalist Diane Disanto, will perform jazz in the high-spirited style of a Mardi Gras festival. Wear your dancing shoes and dress in a Mardi Gras costume. Tickets cost $18 at the door. The Community House is handicapped-accessible and has plenty of free, off-street parking. Visit www.communityhouse.org for details.
The Maple Street Congregational Church Artist Series presents a concert at 7:30 p.m., in the church sanctuary at 90 Maple St., Danvers. The concert features four local choruses, including the Beverly High School Vocal Ensemble, Building Bridges Through Music from Lynn, the Follow Hymn Gospel Choir from Lynn and the Chancel Choir of the Maple Street Church. Each chorus will perform a selection, and the program will conclude with a finale by all four groups combined. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children, students and seniors. For further information, call 978-774-4510.
The Pickering House, at 18 Broad Street in Salem, continues its four-part “Second Sunday Chowder and Lecture” series today with the Rev. Jeff Barz-Snell, who will discuss “The Other Renaissance Minister in 18th Century Salem — The Rev. John Prince.” John Prince was the minister of First Church in Salem, a Patriot during the Revolutionary War, and an amateur scientist and astronomer. Some of his instruments are now owned by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. The informal chowder lunch will begin at 12:30 p.m., and the speaker will start at 1 p.m. The fee is $20 for members of the Pickering Foundation and $25 for nonmembers. All are welcome and encouraged to come and see the newly refreshed home. Reservations are required; attendees should either call 978-744-4777 or send an email to email@example.com.