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Join author Bonnie Hurd Smith at 2 p.m. for a stroll past historic sites in downtown Ipswich and learn about women lace makers, writers, artists, mill workers, tavern keepers, preservationists and reformers who, for four centuries, helped shape the town. “Meet” the poet Anne Bradstreet; Jenny Slew, an enslaved African who won her freedom; Mary Lyon and the Ipswich Female Seminary; Emma Safford, a descendant of Massasoit; and victims of the 1692 witchcraft hysteria who were held in the Ipswich “gaol.” The tour will take place rain or shine and departs from the bottom of town hill. Tickets cost $15 per person. For more information, call 978-578-9307 or email email@example.com.
Running water is important to many plants and animals. Join lead field teacher Rita Gallant from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Topsfield to explore a stream from top to bottom and side to side, turning over rocks and netting water creatures. Find out where the water comes from and where it is going. Meet in the Nature Center at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. Attendees should dress for weather and wear boots. The walk is for families with children ages 3 to 10. The fee for Audubon members is $7 per adult and $6 per child, or, for nonmembers, $9 per adult and $7 per child. Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.
There are several fairs, bazaars and festivals to visit this weekend. Here are some of the many happening on the North Shore:
Peabody: Annual Parish Bazaar today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the school gym at St. John the Baptist Parish, 17 Chestnut St. Annual Parish Bazaar features craft tables, raffles, Grandma’s Attic, photos with Santa, baked goods, children’s games, ice cream sundaes, baseball cards, costume jewelry table, wheel of fortune, popcorn, fried dough and American and Dominican food. All are welcome. 978-531-0002, stjohnspeabody.com.