Explore and experience
TRAINS AND RAILROADS. The Wenham Museum will host members of the Northeastern Region of the National Model Railroad Association on Saturday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Jan. 21, at 132 Main St. Model train engineers will share their expertise on building a classic HO-scale model train layout and simple scenery. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children. 978-468-2377 or wenhammuseum.org.
OLD IPSWICH RUM TOUR & TASTING. Thursday, Jan. 17, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Turkey Shore Distilleries, 23 Hayward St., Unit 8, Ipswich. Join Essex Heritage for an evening reconnecting to a significant part of New England’s past, and taste a line of handcrafted, local rums. Attendees must be 21 or older to sample the spirits. Children must be accompanied by parents. Reservations required at www.essexheritage.org/membership/events. $17/Essex Heritage members, $24/nonmembers. 978-740-0444.
FLY TYING. The Orvis Co. will hold free classes on Saturdays, Jan. 19 through Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Orvis, Northshore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Includes an introduction to the tools, materials and techniques of fly tying, plus two flies and in-store shopping offers. Space is limited. 978-531-0185.
PEABODY COMMUNITY DAY. Sunday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Phillips House Museum, 34 Chestnut St., Salem. Historic New England invites Peabody residents for tours. Learn about the lives of the Phillips family and their domestic staff in the early 20th century. View the collection of fine furnishings, paintings, Chinese export porcelain, ship paintings and architectural details. Free admission offered only to Peabody residents. Bring proof of residency. 978-744-0440.
MODERN SQUARE DANCING. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Calvary Episcopal Church, 46 Cherry St., corner of Holten and Cherry streets, Danvers. A free introduction, with exercise for mind and body. Entrance is at end of driveway on Holten Street, across from Danvers Town Hall. Homemade soup and chili will be served. No experience necessary, no partner needed to learn, casual dress. All you need is ability to walk briskly. Classes will continue on Wednesdays for 15 sessions at $65 per person. Sponsored by Riverside Squares. 978-774-8159 or riversidesquares.org.