, Salem, MA

March 9, 2013

Best Bets for Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10


— Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

Check out the creative bargains at the McCarthy School's Spring Craft Fair, which will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 76 Lake St., Peabody. The fair includes more than 50 crafters and vendors, raffles, a cookie walk, snack bar, Scholastic book fair and activities for children. Admission is free. For more information, email

If your tomato slices look more like ketchup, then perhaps it's time to sharpen your knife. Shubie's Marketplace, at 16 Atlantic Ave. in Marblehead, is hosting a knife sharpening clinic on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., led by a representative from Wusthof Knives. Learn how to care for knives and have your own knives (any brand) sharpened during the clinic. Your first knife will be sharpened for free; a $3 fee will be applied to each additional knife (up to three). All proceeds will be donated to The Marblehead Food Pantry. For more information, call 781-631-0149.

If you think a baby chick is cute, wait until you see 300 of them. Children of all ages are invited to meet Green Meadows Farm's 300 baby chicks anytime between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, at 656 Asbury St., in Hamilton. For more information, visit or call 978-468-2277.

The Peabody Historical Society will host a lecture and slide show presentation by Christopher Daley, titled “Irish need Not Apply.” Daley will share stories about the Irish immigration into Boston after the potato famine, the anti-Irish-Catholic sentiment, how the Irish banded together, and how they were finally assimilated into American culture. The presentation starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, and will be held at the Felton-Smith Historic Site, which is adjacent to Brooksby Farm on Felton Street in Peabody. The program is free to Peabody Historical Society members and $5 for nonmembers. For more information, call 978-531-0805 or visit