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April 5, 2014

Best Bets for Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6


The Salem News

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Saturday

Salem's celebration of the 377th anniversary of the first muster begins this morning at 9:30 with a service at St. Peter’s Church, 24 St. Peter St., Salem. The annual event celebrates Salem’s federal designation as the birthplace of the National Guard, because the first regiment of the Massachusetts Militia to muster was the East Regiment in Salem. This year’s event features National Guard dignitaries, veterans groups, the Second Corps Cadets, National Lancers (horses), re-enactors, a howitzer salute and a flyover. Following the service at St. Peter’s, troops will process to Armory Park at Peabody Essex Museum for a ceremony at 10 a.m.; then to Salem Common for a second ceremony at 11; a pass in review of troops by a National Guard official and F-16 flyover (weather permitting) at 11:30; and a collation at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 94 Washington Square, at 12:30 p.m. For details, contact retired Lt. Col. Larry Conway, irish6941@comcast.net.

The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is kicking off Jazz Appreciation Month by hosting its fifth annual City of Salem Jazz Appreciation Day concert today, from 2 to 4, in the Salem Five Community Room, 210 Essex St., Salem. The concert features the North Shore Jazz Project All Stars, which is a big band made up of the North Shore’s premier high-school jazz musicians, directed by professional saxophonist Mike Tucker. The show opens the festival’s eighth season of producing free concerts and supporting music education causes on the North Shore. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit salemjazzsoul.org.

Endicott College’s spring musical theater production is “Wonderful Town” by Leonard Bernstein, on stage today at 2 and 7:30 p.m., in the Manninen Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Set in 1935, “Wonderful Town” tells the story of two sisters from Ohio who go to New York to make their fortunes: Ruth, the older, wisecracking one in writing and journalism, and Eileen, the younger, beautiful one, in show business. General admission is $15, $5 for seniors and students of other institutions, and free to Endicott ID holders. For tickets and details, visit www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts or call 978-998-7700.

Sunday

The Friends of the Ipswich Public Library are hosting the First Church Bell Ringers for a performance this afternoon at 2, in the Rogers Room at the library, 25 N. Main St., Ipswich. The community is invited to attend. For more information, visit www.ipswichlibrary.org or call 978-356-6648.

This afternoon at 2, Rita Parisi of Waterfall Productions presents Gothic Romance Tales by Candlelight, a theatrical storytelling presentation featuring mysterious stories of love and betrayal by Louisa May Alcott, Emily Bronte and Kate Chopin. The program takes place at Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead, and is made possible by funding from the Marblehead Cultural Council. For more information, visit www.waterfallproductions.com.

From noon to 3 p.m., The Trustees of Reservations hosts its fifth annual Premier Sustainable Seaside Wedding Show for couples to be wed, event planners and the community, at The Great House on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. The event features more than 50 selected vendors with eco-conscious wedding options, and event managers and professionals onsite for consultation. Tickets purchased online in advance cost $10 each, or $15 on the day-of at The Great House. For details and tickets, visit www.craneestate.org, or call 978-356-4351, ext. 4025.