SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

May 18, 2013

Best Bets for Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19

BY MURIEL C. HOFFACKER

— Looking for something to do this weekend? There are several events scheduled on the North Shore. Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

If you're looking for sustainability then head to GreenFest 2013, today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Brown Elementary School. Peabody's third annual event features dozens of educational exhibits by environmentally-focused organizations and institutions, “green” storytelling, recycling arts and crafts, and student-led recycling and garden club tours. Also, for a minimal fee, old electronics and paperwork may be dropped off for recycling; paperwork will be confidentially shred. For a complete list of exhibitors and information, visit www.greenpeabody.org/greenfest or join the GreenPeabody group on Facebook. Brown Elementary School is located at 150 Lynn St. in Peabody.

Historic New England and Historic Salem Inc. present “Colorful Federal Street: Exterior Paint Treatments and the History Behind the Colors,” a colorfully historic walking tour of Salem's Federal Street neighborhood with architectural historian and color specialist Sally Zimmerman, the senior manager of historic preservation services at Historic New England. During the tour, Zimmerman will focus on how paint color and architectural style come together to add value and character to a neighborhood that has some of the oldest houses in Salem. She'll offer simple tips on how to use period color to add curb appeal to an old home. Local historian Hannah Diozzi of Salem Strolls will also accompany the tour and bring the “colorful” history of the neighborhood to life. Visitors are welcome to bring along photos of their homes for a basic color consultation following the tour. Those attending should meet at 9:30 a.m. today, at the corner of North and Federal streets in Salem. The cost is $20 for nonmembers and $5 for Historic New England and Historic Salem Inc. members. Registration is requested at 978-744-0440 or www.historicnewengland.org.

Light up your evening at 7 p.m. with Jeremy D’Entremont, an author and leading expert on New England lighthouses who will present a talk titled “Lighthouses of the North Shore," at the First Baptist Church, 221 Cabot St. in Beverly. Desserts and coffee will be served and D'Entremont will be available to sign copies of his book. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 12. The event is a fundraiser for the First Baptist Church, known as the “Church With the Harbor Light,” the only church in the United States with an operating lighthouse. For more information, call 978-922-3295.

Join Mass Audubon ecologist Dr. Robert Buchsbaum at 1 p.m. on Sunday for an exploration of Fox Hill, an open space woodland area in Beverly where a newly established access trail has opened for public walking, biking and nature study. Attendees should bring binoculars and magnifying glasses as the walk will focus on identifying and recording just about everything found along the way. The free walk is held rain or shine as part of Beverly Open Space and Recreation Committee’s Earth Day nature walks. All are welcome to attend, but carpooling is suggested as parking is limited. Those attending can park and gather at the end of Tall Tree Drive in Beverly.

Renowned pianist Jacqueline Schwab will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday in the Marblehead Arts Association's King Hooper Mansion, located at 8 Hooper St. in Marblehead. Schwab, who has played for several Ken Burns documentaries on PBS, has specialized in meditative, spirited arrangements based on traditional and vintage tunes from America, England, Scotland and elsewhere, which she accompanies with stories. She has performed at the White House for President Bill Clinton, with singer Jean Redpath on “A Prairie Home Companion” and on CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman.” Tickets are $20, $15 for MAA members, and may be purchased at 781-631-2608.

The Congregational Church of Topsfield is commemorating its 350th birthday with “350 Years in Words and Music,” a celebration concert featuring the Combined Choirs, CCoT Chancel and Handbell Choir, and the Arlington Ward Choir of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with organ and trumpet accompaniment, narration and audience participation. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend Sunday's event at 5 p.m., which will be held in the Meeting House at the corner of Main and Washington Streets in Topsfield. For more information, contact Wendy S. Colby at 978-887-2101, ext. 11, or wendy@topsfieldchurch.org.