, Salem, MA

November 9, 2013

Best Bets for Saturday, Nov. 9 and Sunday, Nov. 10

The Salem News

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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


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 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,

Peabody: Annual Harvest Craft Fair today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Rosewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 22 Johnson St. Annual Harvest Craft Fair includes handmade crafts by local artisans, baked goods, games, raffles and more. All are welcome. 978-535-8700.

Danvers: Arts A Glow today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Danvers Art Association, 105 Elliott St. Danvers Art Association’s Arts A Glow annual holiday craft fair features original works by members, including jewelry, hand painted pieces, framed photography, knit goods, ornaments, raffles, and more. A portion of the proceeds from the fair benefit Danvers Art Association. Free admission; all are welcome. Fair continues every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. through Dec. 22.

Peabody: St. Vasilios Greek Festival today from noon to midnight, and tomorrow from noon to 6 p.m., at St. Vasilios Church, 5 Paleologos St. Annual festival includes homemade Greek foods and pastries, country store, boutiques, children’s games and religious items. A live band and dancing start at 7 p.m.; $2 cover per person charged thereafter. Raffle tickets available for purchase. 978-531-0777,

Peabody: A Fair for All Seasons today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Adelaide’s Church, 708 Lowell St. A Fair For All Seasons features hand-knit items, gift baskets, holiday boutique, raffles, food, baked goods, children’s activities, and more. 978-535-1985,

Salem: Holiday Extravaganza today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, 24 St. Peter St. Holiday Extravaganza features jewelry, gift items, holiday and ceramic items, baked goods, children’s items, silent auction, raffles, lottery tree with $300 worth of lottery tickets, grandma’s and grandpa’s attic, luncheon, snacks and more.

Ipswich: Christmas Bazaar today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Hope Parish, Linebrook Road. Annual Christmas Bazaar features crafts, candy, raffles, toys, knitted goods, baked goods, a silent auction, and white elephant and boutique tables. Lunch and snacks will be available. Free admission. Ample parking available. Proceeds support parish activities and youth education. For more information, call the rectory at 978-356-3944.

Danvers: Holly Berry Fair today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by a bean supper from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Maple Street Congregational Church, 90 Maple St. Third annual Holly Berry Fair features a holiday table with handmade seasonal gifts; bakery shop with pudding, frozen, unbaked pies and baked pies, yeast and quick breads, cookies, gluten-free baked items, and more; Nana’s Attic with books, puzzles, children’s toys, and more; children’s game room; cake walk; and brown bag auction. Maple Tree Cafe will be open in the morning for coffee and treats, then lunch at noon. A traditional bean supper begins at 5 p.m.; tickets cost $7 adults, $4 ages 12 and under. For more information, call 978-774-4510.

Danvers: Annual Holiday Crafters Fair & Vendors Expo today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore, 46 Cherry St. Annual Crafters Fair and Vendor’s Expo features more than 40 tables of goods from local artisans, crafters, and vendors; silent auction; raffles; white elephant rooms; homemade holiday pies available to order for Thanksgiving and Christmas; holiday luncheon, and more. All are welcome. Plenty of free parking available on the street and in the adjacent Elm Street parking lot. 978-774-1150.

Peabody: Annual Fall Fair today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 32 Ellsworth Road. The women of St. John Lutheran Church will hold their annual Fall Fair, including a baked goods table with Finnish coffee bread, “nisu,” available for order and purchase; jewelry table; and white elephant table. 978-531-1731.

Danvers: La Petite Boutique For Elliot’s Fund today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St. La Petite Boutique/Fair features knitted and crocheted items by the Nightingales, a group of women who meet weekly to knit and crochet items for this annual fundraiser. All money raised from the event goes directly to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Jimmy Fund, which funds research to find treatment for children diagnosed with leukemia. Event is named in honor of Elliot Carlin Handin, 8, who received a bone marrow transplant that saved his life. For details, contact Katy Carlin at 978-594-1468.

Ipswich: Crane Estate Art Show & Sale today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Castle Hill on Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road. View more than 150 pieces of art highlighting the beauty of North Shore landscapes and landmarks. This year’s theme is “Shifting Perspectives.” Special exhibition of North Shore student artwork and a community art project in the Casino complex. Art sale proceeds benefit The Trustees of Reservations and the artists. Small works will also be available for purchase in the small works gallery. Free admission. 978-356-4351,

Peabody: Holiday Craft Fair tomorrow from noon to 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Help function hall, 61 Northend St. Mass Motion Dance Project will hold its first holiday craft fair featuring more than 30 tables with handmade jewelry, clothing, bags, soaps, vanity items, candles and more. Raffles, baked goods and special performances by the Dance Project Dancers also included. The event raises funds for Mass Motion Dance Project’s travel to Disney World, where they have been invited to perform. 978-404-6634,