, Salem, MA


August 24, 2013

Best Bets for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25

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

Saturday, Aug. 24

More than 60 juried regional artisan will descend on the Wenham Museum's lawn today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the 41st annual Family Festival and Craft Fair. The event will feature handcrafted items, family activities, barbecued food and open museum galleries, in addition to live music from 1 to 3 p.m. by the town's own Community Band. At the doll clinic, festival-goers are invited to bring a doll for minor repairs, appraisal referrals or to schedule repair appointments. All proceeds will support the museum's educational mission. In the case of rain, the festival and fair will be held tomorrow, Aug. 25. For more information, call 978-468-2377 or visit

Join local author Bonnie Hurd Smith as she leads an hour-and-a-half-long walking tour of the Salem Women's Heritage Trail. Interested walkers should meet at Armory Park, across from Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, at 10 a.m. Cost is $10 per person. To purchase a trail book, visit

Come see — or even participate — in the oldest organized sport in the country: The Marblehead Muster Antique Hand Pumper Fire Engine Contest. This Marblehead tradition, a competition to see which crew can shoot the longest stream of water with an antique, hand-pumped fire engine, runs from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Pond Street at Lime Street. Marblehead boasts two teams this year: The Okommakamesit and the Gerry 5.

Sunday, Aug. 25

Check out vintage motor yachts, sailboats and hand-powered craft at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina in Salem today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during day two of the weekend-long Antique and Classic Boat Festival. Board vessels in Salem Harbor, meet skippers and crews, and vote for a favorite boat. On land, check out exhibits, artists, a crafts market and old-time band music. Stay until 3:15 p.m. to see the grand finale, which will pass in review at the end of Derby Wharf. Organizers ask for a $5 donation to attend; the festival is free for children under 12. Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina is at 10 White St., Salem. For more information, call 617-666-8530 or visit

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