CASTLE HILL SUMMER PICNIC CONCERT SERIES: ROOMFUL OF BLUES. Thursday, Aug. 1, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Blues music. Gates open 5 p.m. for picnicking and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 per car for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.
MAHI SUMMER MUSIC SERIES. Thursday, Aug. 1, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., aboard the Hannah Glover, accessible at 23 Congress St., Salem. Blues guitar duo by Eric Reardon and Noe Socha. Event features live music, beer, tropical cocktails and grilled food. $19/person, or $15 per person in groups of five or more with advance purchase. Event for ages 21 and up. Tickets and details at 978-825-0001 or www.mahicruises.com.
SHARE THE MUSIC CONCERT. Saturday, Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m., Asbury Grove Tabernacle, Lee Park, Asbury Street, Hamilton. Rockport choral group Share the Music will perform a Favorite Songs Review. $5 donation at the door. Brad Tilley, 978-468-2319.
SUNDAYS IN PATTON PARK CONCERT SERIES. Sunday, Aug. 4, 5 to 7 p.m., Patton Park, Route 1A, Hamilton. Features songs from the American Songbook performed by The Community Band of Wenham, a local band of 50 members. In case of rain, concert will be cancelled. Free. www.communityhouse.org.
ANNUAL SUMMER CONCERT SERIES. Sunday, Aug. 4, 6 to 8 p.m., Leather City Common, Lowell Street, Peabody. City of Peabody’s 21st annual series features Britannica. Free. 978-538-5704.
2013 SUMMERSING. Monday, Aug. 5, 8 p.m., Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem. Come and sing the classics with guest soloists, guest conductor William Sano and a volunteer orchestra as part of Paul Madore Chorale’s 2013 SummerSing. No rehearsals necessary; all parts welcome. Choral scores will be available. Admission is a suggested donation of $10/adults, and $8/seniors ages 60 and up and students. www.paulmadorechorale.org.
NORTH SHORE CONCERT BAND PERFORMANCE. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 7 p.m., Robert F. Hayes Band Stand, Salem Willows. North Shore Concert Band’s 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.
DOWN TOWN TUESDAYS: MUSIC AT THE MEETING HOUSE. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 8 to 9:30 p.m., 12 Meeting House Green, atop Town Hill, Ipswich. Acoustic music by Chelsea Berry and spoken word. Free admission.
SUMMER CONCERT. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 6 to 8 p.m., Danvers Rotary Pavilion, Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. St. Richard’s Parish and the Danvers Recreation Department will co-sponsor a summer concert featuring The Oniontown Jam Band with lead singer Gardner Trask. Starting at 5 p.m., hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, chips, drinks, cookies and brownies will be available for purchase. Rain date is Aug. 8. Event part of St. Richard’s 50th anniversary celebration. www.stricharddanvers.org.
NELO’S FINAL SUMMER CONCERT. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m., Community House of Hamilton and Wenham, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. New England Light Opera’s concert series concludes with “Encore! Encore!,” featuring singers from NELO’s main stage shows performing music from operettas, Broadway and the Great American Songbook. 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.
SUMMER FAIRY TALE MUSICAL SERIES: “ALADDIN.” Friday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. Tickets range from $10 to $12. 978-232-7200 or www.nsmt.org.
“GOODNIGHT, CAPTAIN WHITE.” Friday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 4, 5 p.m., The Griffen Theatre, 7 Lynde St., Salem. History Alive! presents Salem’s hysterical history-mystery written by Mark Stevick and directed by Jill Miriam Rogati. $23/general, $20/seniors; tickets include bonbons and bubbly. goodnightcaptainwhite.brownpapertickets.com.
“SEUSSICAL, JR.” Friday, Aug. 2, Saturday, Aug. 3, and Sunday, Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m., Community House of Hamilton and Wenham, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. The Community House Theater presents this musical featuring Dr. Seuss’ characters who travel from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus and to the invisible world of the Whos. Tickets purchased in advance cost $13/children ages 18 and under, and $15/adults. Purchase tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/354663. Details available at communityhouse.org.
“THE WIZARD OF OZ.” Presented by North Shore Music Theatre with performances through Sunday, Aug. 4, at 62 Dunham Road in Beverly. Performances will run on Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $45 to $75. Tickets and details available at 978-232-7200 or www.nsmt.org.
OPEN MIKE NIGHT. Wednesday, Aug. 7, sign-ups begin at 5:30 p.m., performances start at 6:15 p.m., in the Hedge Garden behind Pingree School, 537 Highland St., South Hamilton. Teens in middle and high school are invited to perform music, comedy, dance, rap, slam poetry and more. Admission is free. A drum set, keyboard, amps and microphones will be provided. Local comedian Dylan Wack will emcee, and surprise professional musicians will also perform. North Shore families are invited to attend and bring picnic dinners. For more information, call 978-468-4415, ext. 233.
“THE TAFFETAS.” Salem Theatre Company’s Music & More Series to stage Purple Sun Productions’ presentation of Rick Lewis’ “The Taffetas” on Thursday, Aug. 1, through Saturday, Aug. 17, in the STC Theater at 90 Lafayette St., Salem. The all-girl music romp through the ’50s is directed by Ariane Grossi, with musical direction by Evelyn Mann and choreography by Jim Dawidowicz. Performances run at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets cost $22 for adults and $20 for senior citizens ages 60 and up. Purchase tickets at www.salemtheatre.com or 866-811-4111.
Families & children
ECO-ART: CELEBRATE SEEDS. Thursday, Aug. 1, 9 to 11 a.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For families with children ages 4 to 12. Look at a variety of seeds and seed cases and then participate in a seed scavenger hunt. Using found objects, create collages and sculptures from seeds. Instructor: Meg Atkins, sanctuary field teacher and artist. Cost $10 adults, $8 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.
STARGAZING. Friday, Aug. 2, 8 to 10 p.m., Moraine Farm, 701 Cabot St., Beverly. Cape Ann Waldorf School at Moraine Farm incites adults and grade school students to attend an evening of stargazing. Free. www.CapeAnnWaldorf.org or 978-927-1936.
AFTERNOONS IN THE CHILDREN’S GARDEN. Preschoolers accompanied by adults are invited every Wednesday through Aug. 28, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., at Long Hill, 572 Essex St., Beverly. Hear a story while sitting on the hay bales, discover things in the Children’s Garden, Flower Field and Demonstration Garden, and in the compost pile. Visit and feed the chickens, guinea hens and peacocks. Drop-in program meets in the Children’s Garden; sign-in upon arrival. Free/The Trustees of Reservations members, $5/nonmembers. www.thetrustees.org/ThingsToDo.
EARTH RHYTHMS. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 6:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Davis Bates and Roger Ticknell present a lively, participatory night of stories and songs for the whole earth. www.hwlibrary.org.
Books & discussions
DAYTIME BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, Aug. 1, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Group will discuss “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at the checkout desk; alternate formats may be available. 978-921-6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUMMER SALON SERIES: PERRY MCINTOSH. Friday, Aug. 2, 5:30 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. Perry McIntosh presents “Olive Oil Then and Now,” featuring a discussion on the high and low points of the 6,000-year history of olive oil and what makes olive oil taste good. No tickets or reservations required. www.salemathenaeum.net, 978-744-2540 or email@example.com.
LAW ENFORCEMENT IN ESSEX COUNTY. Monday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m., Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Essex Country District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett will discuss the status of his initiatives and special focus on limiting the spread of substance abuse among young people. Open to all. Donations accepted from nonmembers in attendance. 978-744-0804 or www.explorerslli.org.
BROWN BAG LUNCH. Monday, Aug. 5, noon, Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Curator Katherine Chaison discusses and displays seldom-seen objects in collections for perennial favorite “Collection Gems.” Free to Ipswich seniors. 978-356-2811 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.
DISCOVERING THE BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Author Christopher Klein presents a virtual tour through the colorful history and natural beauty of one of the best-kept local secrets: the Boston Harbor Islands national park area. 978-774-0554.
FROM THE FIELDS: SEASONAL TAPAS. Friday, Aug. 2, 6 to 9 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. With a farm-to-table twist, make classic and new tapas under the instruction of chef-teacher Jenn Knight, then eat them outdoors on the garden patio. Part of the Appleton Cooks! program. $75/Trustees of Reservations members, $85/nonmembers. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY PANCAKE BREAKFAST. Saturday, Aug. 3, 8 to 11 a.m., Masonic Hall, 20 Washington St., Beverly. Monthly breakfast features all-you-can-eat blueberry and plain pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and all the fixings. $5/adults, $3/children. Proceeds support the Mason’s charitable projects. George Haile, 978-807-4150.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST. Saturday, Aug. 3, 8 a.m. to noon, Masonic Building, 70 Washington St., Salem. The Essex Lodge of Masons will host. Featuring plain, blueberry and chocolate-chip pancakes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and the fixings. $5.50/adults, $3/children, free/children under 4. Proceeds benefit the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory in New York. For information, contact Donald R. Daly at Donrdaly@aol.com or 781-420-4039.
BASIC CHEESEMAKING. Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. A one-day course for participants to learn how to make a basic soft cheese, mozzarella, and butter. Workshop provides an opportunity for discussion on the basics of milk, curd and the cheese-making process, and questions for the experienced cheese maker. Participants gain direct hands-on experience in cheese-making on a small scale without a lot of investment in equipment that can be used in the home kitchen. Participants will take home some of their product. Part of the Appleton Cooks! program. $70/Trustees of Reservations member, $95/nonmember. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or email@example.com.
BEVERLY HOMECOMING. The 48th annual Beverly Homecoming unofficially kicks off with the annual fun run and road race on Thursday, Aug. 1, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 11, at various locations in Beverly. More than 80 events are scheduled, including Hospital Point lighthouse tours, Lobster Festival, softball games, cardboard boat races, baked-bean contest, live music, Beverly Guild of Artists exhibit sale, and fireworks. Beverly Main Streets will host its second block party on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., featuring a street festival with live music and food on Cabot Street. New this year is Airport Day on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., when Beverly Airport will be open for plane tours, a flea market and more. Visit www.beverlyhomecoming.com for a full schedule of events.
SALEM HERITAGE DAYS. Thursday, Aug. 1 to Sunday, Aug. 11, downtown Salem. Salem Heritage Days festivities include the Essex Street Fair; Ice Scream Bowl; 12th Annual Car Meet; movies on the Common, storytelling sessions in English and Spanish; quilt show; Boston Tough Kids race; 17th-century games; 25th annual Salem Maritime Festival; Firemen’s Muster; Bridge & Back 10K Road Race; Tour-A-Truck; Wild Fish 1 and 2 Mile Swim; button and card making workshop; ice cream social, barbecue; Senior Wellness Fair, Roaring ’20s Senior Dinner Dance, and other events for senior citizens; Salem’s Best Pizza Competition; Mayor’s Night Out; Community Concert Band and Community Jazz Band concert; restaurant sampler; Shelter to Showpiece House Tours; Witches Cup Bike Race; Lip Sync Night; Dance Enthusiasm performance; Comedy Night; window box and traffic island awards ceremony; Kids Night; Motorcycle Noise Testing; Improv on the Bricks; SJSF Berklee Summer Series Concert; Ladies Night Out Run, Wine & Chocolate; Chiptune, Electronica and Noise Extravaganza Sunset Hang; and more. For a schedule of events, visit www.salem.org.
PARTY ON THE BLOCK. Saturday, Aug. 3, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Cabot Street, Beverly. A block of Cabot Street will be closed for guests to walk around, meet up with friends, listen to live music and enjoy street food as part of Beverly Main Streets’ new free street party, THE BLOCK. Beer and wine will be sold at DRINK, a pop-up street bar located in the middle of the festivities. 978-922-8558 or www.beverlymainstreets.org.
MAYOR’S NIGHT OUT. Monday, Aug. 5, 5 to 7 p.m., Salem. A group of 30 to 40 guests will visit three different establishments on Bridge Street Neck for food and drinks, with the last stop at The Black Lobster where an awards ceremony for the Bridge Street Neck Pride Contests will take place. Tickets for Mayor’s Night Out are available at the Salem Chamber of Commerce for $20 per person; cash bar available. Details and tickets available at 978-744-0004.
FREE FUN FRIDAY. Friday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Free admission to the Wenham Museum as part of the “Free Fun Friday” program, created by the Highland Street Foundation. Parking is free but limited; carpooling encouraged. 978-468-2377; wenhammuseum.org.
LIFE ON A SALTWATER FARM: PAINE HOUSE TOURS FOR 17TH-CENTURY SATURDAYS. Saturday, Aug. 3, 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 adults, free for children 12 and under (free to Trustees members). 978-356-4351, ext. 4049, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHIPPLE HOUSE TOURS FOR 17TH-CENTURY SATURDAYS. Saturday, Aug. 3, 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, Aug. 3, 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, Aug. 3, 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.
PASTEL WORKSHOP. Thursday, Aug. 1, 7 to 9 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Greg Maichack presents “Paint the Starry Skies in Pastel,” a hands-on pastel workshop for teens and adults (inter-generational) with all materials included. Registration is required; space is limited. www.hwlibrary.org.
“I’VE JUST BEGUN TO TELL YOU” OPENING RECEPTION AND READING. Thursday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m., 17 Cox Gallery, 17 Cox Court, Beverly. A reading by writer Gerald Shea from his book “Song Without Words: Discovering My Deafness Halfway Through Life.” The exhibit features work by Randy Garber and Trimpin and explores how people relate to sound both internally and externally. For details, visit www.17cox.com.
TEXTILES ON DISPLAY. On view through Sunday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Hall Haskell House, 36 S. Main St., Ipswich. Therese Armstrong’s collection of embroidery, block-prints, batik, and weaving from India, Pakistan, Indonesia and South Africa are on view. Free admission. Therese Armstrong, 978-312-1990.
WATERCOLOR AND MIXED MEDIA EXHIBIT AND RECEPTION. Public reception on Sunday, Aug. 4, 3 to 5 p.m., at the Gallery at Grosvenor Park, Grosvenor Park Nursing Center and Rehab, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Vinnin Square, Salem. Watercolor and mixed media paintings by Barbara Rafferty are on view through Thursday, Sept. 5. Public invited to meet Rafferty and see her work. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. 978-741-5700.