, Salem, MA

April 3, 2014

North Shore Entertainment Calendar

The Salem News

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MANN EVENT. Friday, April 4, 7 to 11 p.m., Victoria Station, 86 Wharf St., Salem. The 19th annual Mann Event Horace Mann Laboratory School Fundraiser features a buffet dinner, raffles, silent auction and wine pull. Proceeds help fund field trips and additional school enrichment programs. Adult-only event. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For more information, visit and click on the Mann Event in the school calendar.

GOSPEL/JAZZ BRUNCH. Saturday, April 5, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Angelica’s Restaurant, 49 S. Main St., Middleton. Building Bridges Through Music Inc. celebrates 14 years of unity through music at the 11th annual Gospel/Jazz Brunch. The event includes food and music, featuring John DiTomaso & Friends with vocalist Tony Gallo of the Follow Hymn Interfaith Choir; Voices for Change, a youth vocal ensemble; and Nzuri Kusonga Roho, an African dance ensemble. The scholarship and community service recognition awards will be presented. Tickets cost $50 per adult, and proceeds benefit Building Bridges Through Music’s “Educate, Engage, Empower” Integrative Arts programs. To purchase tickets, visit or contact Virginia Makkers at 781-479-8327.

SENIOR CLASS SPAGHETTI SUPPER. Saturday, April 5, 6 p.m., Torigian Community Life Center, 79 Central St., Peabody. Peabody Veterans Memorial High School Senior Class Spaghetti Supper features homemade desserts, live and silent auctions. Doors open at 6 p.m. Event proceeds help defray the costs of senior week activities. To reserve a table or purchase tickets, call 978-536-4500.

MCC BEACH PARTY FUNDRAISER. Saturday, April 5, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s Parish Hall, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Summer Season Kickoff Beach Party to benefit the Marblehead Counseling Center. Music and dancing to ’60s rock music, limbo, hula hoop, dance contests, barbecue, cash Tiki bar and silent auction. $40/person.

“FUN-RAISER DANCE.” Saturday, April 5, 7 to 11 p.m., Moose Family Center Lodge No. 218, 50 Grove St., Salem. The Lightning Boltas will spin danceable tunes from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and beyond. Cash bar and pub menu available. Try winning the 50-50 raffle. $10/ticket, available for purchase from Moose Family Center Lodge officers and bartenders; the Mack Park Neighborhood Association,; or RoseMary, 978-745-3281. Proceeds support the Moose Family Center Lodge No. 218 and the Mack Park Neighborhood Association.


WIRED.TO.THE.EDGE. Thursday, April 3, 7:30 p.m., Salem State University Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave., Salem. Featuring Salem State faculty members Abe Finch, Nick Giarratani and Mike Testa, presents an evening of original, experimental multimedia programming meant to amuse, challenge and inspire. $10 suggested donation at the door to benefit scholarships for music majors. 978-542-7890 or

ME & THEE COFFEEHOUSE. Friday, April 4, 8 p.m., Bill Staines and Sally Rogers with special guest Amanda Maffei at me & thee coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. $25 in advance, $28 at the door. 781-631-8987,

ANNUAL JAZZ APPRECIATION DAY CONCERT. Saturday, April 5, 2 to 4 p.m., Salem Five Community Room, Essex Street Walking Mall, 210 Essex St., Salem. Salem Jazz and Soul Festival presents its fifth annual City of Salem Jazz Appreciation Day concert to kick off Jazz Appreciation Month. Concert features the North Shore Jazz Project All Stars, a big band made up of the North Shore’s premier high-school jazz musicians, directed by professional saxophonist Mike Tucker. Show opens the festival’s eighth season of producing free concerts and supporting music education causes on the North Shore. Free.

THE FIRST CHURCH BELL RINGERS. Sunday, April 6, 2 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, Collins Room, 25 N. Main St., Ipswich. Group will perform in the Rogers Room. Program sponsored by the Friends of the Library., 978-356-6648.

NORTH INDIAN VOCAL MUSIC CONCERT AND TALK. Monday, April 7, 6:30 p.m., Salem State University Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave., Salem. Guest artist Ashwini Bhide Deshpande and Saili Oak Kalyanpur perform a concert of Hindustani classical music. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Music professor Dr. Peter Kvetko will present a preconcert talk, The Guru-Disciple Relationship in Indian Music, at 6:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. General admission is $15, $10 non-Salem State students and seniors, free/Salem State students with ID. Details and tickets at

Theater & performance

“HEROES.” Salem Theatre Company presents Tom Stoppard’s award-winning comedy on stage through April 12, with performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m., at 90 Lafayette St., Salem. The play is about war heroes Gustave, Henri and Philippe who plot an escape from their retirement home. General admission is $25, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. Tickets and details are available at or 866-811-4111.

“WONDERFUL TOWN.” Endicott College’s spring musical theater production is on stage Thursday, April 3, and Friday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, April 5, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., in the Manninen Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Set in 1935, Leonard Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town” tells the story of two sisters from Ohio who went 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 or call 978-998-7700.

“METAMORPHOSES.” Gordon’s Theatre Arts Department presents “Metamorphoses” by award-winning playwright Mary Zimmerman, on stage Thursday, April 3, Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, in the Margaret Jensen Theatre of the Barrington Center for the Arts, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Under the direction of professor of theatre arts Jeffrey S. Miller, the play explores the tension between the real and the transformational, the human and the mysterious, told through vignettes of classical Greek myth and drawn together by the universal need for water. Details and tickets are available at

“GOTHIC ROMANCE TALES BY CANDLELIGHT.” Sunday, April 6, 2 p.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Rita Parisi of Waterfall Productions presents a theatrical storytelling presentation featuring mysterious stories of love and betrayal by Louisa May Alcott, Emily Bronte and Kate Chopin. Made possible by funding from the Marblehead Cultural Council.

“MEET JULIA CHILD.” Wednesday, April 9, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St., Swampscott. The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library will host a live performance by The Delvena Theatre Company that deals with the life of the beloved French chef. Learn about Child’s life from her privileged childhood in California to becoming one of the culinary legends of all time. Audience will have the opportunity to view Julia on the set of “The French Chef” television show. After the performance, the cast will open up for discussion about Child. Door prizes, raffle and refreshments. Free tickets available at the Reference Desk. For details, call 781-596-8867.

Nature-inspired events

THE STATE OF THE BIRDS. Friday, April 4, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Joan Walsh, Mass Audubon director of bird monitoring, discusses the challenges breeding birds encounter and the changes documented during Mass Audubon’s landmark Breeding Bird Atlas 2. Take an in-depth look at the changes in distribution of breeding birds, with an eye on the North Shore and the rest of the Commonwealth, and discuss strategies for effective conservation of breeding birds. Program for adults. Free, but preregistration required as seating is limited. 978-887-9264.

DESIGNING A BUTTERFLY GARDEN. Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m. to noon, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. In this workshop based on organic methods, Catherine Carney-Feldman, accredited organic land care professional, will guide participants in designing their own butterfly garden using native plants. Participants will bring home a completed design ready to plant. Program for adults. $30/nonmembers, $25/Mass Audubon members. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264.

THE ART OF NATURE: SIGNS OF SPRING. Saturday, April 5, 1:30 to 4 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Join watercolor artist Brenda Sloane for a walk on the sanctuary to observe the season’s changes from winter to spring, then return to the drawing boards in the Nature Center to create a watercolor painting of the findings. All materials provided. Dress for weather. For families with children ages 6 to 12. Mass Audubon members, $8/adult, $7/child; nonmembers, $10/adult, $8/child. Preregistration required at 978-887-9264 or

IT’S BIG NIGHT. Saturday, April 5, walks at 6, 6:10, 6:20, 6:30, 6:40 and 6:50 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. As wood frogs and mole salamanders migrate to vernal pools where they breed, take a one-hour guided walk along the Vernal Pool Trail and meet interesting characters who will share facts and stories about themselves, vernal pools and this time of year. Upon return, refreshments and other surprises await in the barn. Rain or shine. Dress for weather and wear warm foot gear. Open to families with children ages 4 and older. $7/members, $9/nonmembers. Preregistration required at 978-887-9264 or

VERNAL POOL SPRING HIKE. Sunday, April 6, 1 to 4 p.m., meet at entrance to gated path around Middleton Pond on Lake Street, Middleton. Middleton Stream Team’s annual spring hike to vernal pools and other water bodies to see what animals might have come forth as the ice melts. Bring a camera; a light, long-handled net; and a white plastic bowl to catch and observe small creatures. Visit the morning of for possible weather changes., 978-777-4584.

FLY-FISHING WORKSHOP. Tuesday, April 8, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Capts. Derek Spingler and Nat Moody teach and demonstrate the fundamentals of fresh and salt water fly-fishing and casting. Time for attendees to try casting. Topics covered include fly rod selection, reels, lines, fly selection for salt and fresh, knot-tying and leader designs. Space is limited; registration is required at 978-468-5577 or Funded by the Friends.


AMERICA’S CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE: FILM FORUM. Thursday, April 3, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Salem Five Community Room, 210 Essex St., Salem. Salem State University presents “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” a series of film forums that illustrate the history of civil rights in America to raise the level of discourse on the legacy of slavery and emancipation. Screening of “The Loving Story” and discussion of loving and interracial relationships with Renée M. Landers, professor of law at Suffolk University Law School. Free. 978-542-7349,

ISRAEL SEMINARS MUSICAL HISTORY TOUR. Thursday, April 3, 7:45 p.m., Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St., Peabody. Jeremy Maissel of Kibbutz Alumim presents the Israel Musical History Tour. Seminar is free and open to the public. Reservations suggested at Refreshments will be served.

FIRST MUSTER. The city of Salem celebrates the 377th anniversary of the first muster on Saturday, April 5, beginning at 9:30 a.m. 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,

“A KING, A JUDGE AND A FORT.” Sunday, April 6, 3 to 4 p.m., King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. As part of its Winter/Spring Program Series, the Marblehead Arts Association presents a talk by Judy Anderson of Marblehead Architecture Heritage. Anderson will discuss King Hooper Mansion’s second owner, Supreme Court Judge Samuel Sewall, after whom Fort Sewall was named, and the second period of ownership from 1791 until 1814. Presentation will illustrate some of the physical changes that took place; what people would have looked like; how they would have dressed; and they way they could have furnished their homes. $5/MAA members, $10/nonmembers. To sign up, call 781-631-2608.

Authors, literature & books

AUTHOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING. Sunday, April 6, 2 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. The Salem Athenaeum will host Donna Thorland for a talk and book signing to celebrate the launch of her second book in the Renegades of the Revolution Series, “The Rebel Pirate.”

BOOK SIGNING WITH GORDON COLLEGE PROFESSOR. Thursday, April 3, 1 p.m., Gordon College Bookstore, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Dr. Elaine Phillips, author and professor of biblical students at Gordon College, will sign copies of her first book for lay audiences, “With God, Nothing is Impossible,” a devotional based on the stories of women in the Bible. Refreshments and a limited-time price reduction available. Free.

DAYTIME BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, April 3, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Group will discuss “Lucrezia Borgia” by Sarah Bradford. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at checkout desk; contact reference staff for availability of alternate formats. 978-921-6062 or

CELEBRATE SHAKESPEARE’S 450TH BIRTHDAY. Friday, April 4, 10:30 a.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Author Doug Stewart presents “The Boy Who Would be Shakespeare: A Tale of Forgery and Folly.” In London in the winter of 1795, 19-year-old clerk William-Henry Ireland pretended he discovered an unknown play in Shakespeare’s handwriting while rummaging in an old trunk. He hoped to impress his chilly, Shakespeare-worshiping father, but instead caused a public sensation. Program part of the Friends of the Library’s First Fridays Series. Free.

BROWN BAG LUNCH. Monday, April 7, noon, Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Monthly Brown Bag Lunch features a discussion by Martha Mauser on “Ipswich Reads One Book,” co-sponsored by the Ipswich Public Library. The 2014 book is Alfred Lansing’s “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage.” Free.

“GET TO KNOW THE FESTIVAL POETS.” Program will discuss the work of poets who will be featured at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, which will be held in Salem from May 2 to 4. Led by poet and Salem State University Professor Jennifer Jean, the next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 8, at 12:30 p.m. at the Peabody Institute Library Main Branch, 82 Main St., Peabody. The poets discussed will be: April 8, Carol Ann Duffy; April 15, Li-Young Li; April 22, Susan Rich; and April 29, Cornelius Eady. 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or

Exercise creativity

CRAFT TIME. Thursday, April 3, 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Green Meadows Farm, 656 Asbury St., Hamilton. A nature-related craft time. Workshops geared for prekindergarten children to grade three. Free; drop in at 11 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. 978-468-2277.

FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS. Thursday, April 3, 7 p.m., Aviv Woodbridge, in the community room, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. Peabody Garden Club’s meeting features professional designer Priscilla Styler who will create floral arrangements. Styler’s demonstration includes tips on containers, color and material selection. Arrangements will be raffled off during the meeting. Guests welcome; $5 guest fee may be applied to membership. Diane Currier, 978-531-4417.

Art exhibits & events

FINE ARTS II SENIOR THESIS RECEPTION. Thursday, April 3, 5 to 8 p.m., Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul St., Beverly. Featuring works by Montserrat seniors Emily Fung, Ania Gruca and Elizabeth Paddock. The fifth senior exhibition in a weekly series of receptions. On view through April 13., 978-867-9624.

SENSATIONAL INDIA. Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. Sensational India, PEM’s annual weekend festival, features music, dance, art-making, lectures, demonstrations, stories and more to explore India’s many contributions to the world of design. Included with museum admission. Also, on Saturday, April 5, 9 p.m. to midnight, PEM hosts a Bollywood Dance Party for ages 21 and up. $15/members, $20/nonmembers.

REFLECTIONS ON OLD FAVORITES. Saturday, April 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, April 6, noon to 3 p.m., Smith Barn, 38 Felton St., Peabody. Reflections on Old Favorites features contemporary quilts created for Peabody Historical Society’s first-ever quilt challenge in which participants chose one quilt from a selection of three antique quilts in the Society’s collection as inspiration for their work. All entries and inspiration quilts will be on view in the Carriage Room. Visitors may cast votes for their favorite quilts, and prizes will be awarded to top three entries. Voting ends April 6, 2:30 p.m., followed by announcement of winners at 2:45 p.m. Event also features an exhibit of the Society’s quilts arranged throughout the Nathaniel Felton Senior House. $5 admission per person. 978-531-0805,

PLEIN-AIR PAINTINGS. Reception, Sunday, April 6, noon to 2 p.m., Stetson Art Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Opening reception for “Places I’ve been, Things that I’ve seen, A collection of paintings by Bill Cloutman,” an exhibit of plein-air paintings by Marblehead native and Salem resident William S. Cloutman. On view throughout April. Gallery hours are weekdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., ( Mondays, 1 p.m.) and during church events at other times. or

FINE ARTS III SENIOR THESIS RECEPTION. Wednesday, April 9, 5 to 8 p.m., Montserrat College of Art, 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St., Beverly. “Happy Birthday” features work by Montserrat seniors Daniela Thomas, Kerry McDermott, Gregory Lines, Katy Rogers, Leon Vuong, Alexandrea Gurney and Erin Patterson. The sixth senior exhibition in a weekly series of receptions. On view through April 13., 978-867-9624,

AMANDA BEARD. Original artwork by Amanda Beard, illustrator and designer from Beverly, on view through April 4 at Beverly Bank, 254 Cabot St., Beverly, during regular banking hours.

SCULPTURES IN WOOD. Exhibit, “Sculptures in Wood: Students of Joseph Wheelwright,” on view through April 19, at ArcWorks Community Art Center, 22 Foster St., Peabody. Free., 978-531-7146.

SUSAN DODGE EXHIBIT. Paintings and prints by Salem artist and Marblehead native Susan Dodge are on view in the lobby of the Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette St., Salem, during the showing of “Heroes” through April 12.

WATERCOLORS BY ANN JONES. On view through April at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Exhibit features watercolor paintings of local landscapes, as well as landscapes from her travels to England, Nova Scotia and Egypt.

Sales, fairs & shows

CRAFT FAIR. Friday, April 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Peabody Council on Aging, 79 Central St., Peabody. Peabody COA’s Craft Fair features 20 crafters on display and a 50-50 raffle drawing at the fair’s conclusion. Raffle tickets on sale daily at the COA. 978-531-2254.

INDOOR YARD SALE. Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Memorial United Methodist Church, 2 Dane St., Beverly. Church will hold an indoor yard sale featuring small items, craft items, games, books, CDs, toys and white elephant items. 978-927-1066.

LIFEBRIDGE THRIFT SHOP SALE. Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 47 Canal St., Salem. Lifebridge celebrates its two-year anniversary with a sale on clothes and furniture. Admission is free. For information, call 978-745-2459.

SUSTAINABLE SEASIDE WEDDING SHOW. Sunday, April 6, noon to 3 p.m., The Great House, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. The Trustees of Reservations presents its fifth annual Premier Sustainable Seaside Wedding Show for couples to be wed, event planners and the community. Event features more than 50 selected vendors with eco-conscious wedding options, and event managers and professionals onsite for consultation. Advance online ticket, $10; day-of ticket purchased at The Great House, $15. Details and tickets at or 978-356-4351, ext. 4025.

BABKA SALE. The United Polish Organizations of Peabody are holding a preholiday babka sale by telephone. Babkas available are plain, raisin, raisin-cinnamon, plain cinnamon, cheese and prune. Orders must be made no later than Monday, April 7, by calling Lola Busta, 978-531-5592; Anne Kostos, 978-774-0985; Ann Blazewicz, 978-531-7999; or Janis Marren, 978-531-8837. Ordered babkas may be picked up on Monday, April 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. at St. Michael’s Hall, 15 Endicott St., Peabody.


SHOP MIDDLETON RESTAURANTS. The Shop Middleton Committee of the Middleton Board of Trade presents the Shop Middleton Restaurants promotion from Sunday, April 6, to Thursday, April 10, at 25 restaurants in Middleton. Larger restaurants will offer a prix-fix menu at $18 or $28. Other establishments will offer Shop Middleton specials. For details and a list of participating restaurants, visit and