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June 15, 2013

Best Bets for Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16

Check out The Salem News' Best Bets for staying active this weekend:


More than 100 juried fine artists and crafters will pack the Cabot Street area in downtown Beverly during Beverly Main Streets' annual Arts Festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The outdoor festival features exhibits, art work available for purchase, music and entertainment, activities for children, art-on-the-spot creations, food trucks and much more. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 978-922-8558 or visit

George Crozer, vice president of the New Hampshire Orchid Society, presents “Yes! You Can Grow Orchids!” at the Boxford Town Library on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon. Green- and brown-thumbed gardeners alike will learn different techniques for growing orchids, and then hear about the various species that exist and where they live. Crozer's plants will be on sale after the presentation. The program will be held at 10 Elm St., in Boxford, and is made possible by the Friends of the Boxford Town Library. For details or to reserve a spot, visit

Bring an empty stomach and a hearty appetite to a ham and bean supper on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., at First United Methodist Church of Hamilton and Essex, located at 391 Bay Road in Hamilton. The church's traditional meal is open to the community. Dinner includes a silent auction of Red Sox items, home-baked cookies, baskets, framed photographs, grocery gift certificates and other treats. Admission is a suggested donation of $7 per person. All proceeds will support the church’s local missions. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 978-468-1256.


Celebrate Father's Day at the Phillips House Museum in Salem. All fathers will receive free admission to the museum any time between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Forty-five-minute guided tours depart on the half-hour and explore the library of Stephen Willard Phillips and the carriage house, which showcases decades of locomotion history. Regular admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children and students. The museum is located at 34 Chestnut St. in Salem. For more information, visit

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