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March 8, 2013

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Strap on your clogs and head over to Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church for a performance by the Gloucester Clog and Hornpipe Society, a five-member folk band. The concert is part of the church's Music in the Woods series and will feature traditional Irish tunes and songs in celebration of Irish music month. The performance will include original songs by Diane Taraz and Lynn Noel, Nancy Koch and John Berger, and maritime songs, a modern parody of an Irish ballad, and an Appalachian tune with a pogo cello solo by David Rosen. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., and will be held at 323 Locust St., in Danvers. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students and free for children under 13. For more information, call 978-774-7582 or visit

You won't be needing your passport for today's global adventure. At 10 a.m., hear the story of how Miss Columbia, Wenham Museum's most famous doll, traveled the world long before airplanes. Enjoy a snack from the other side of the world, then make a keepsake passport to record your travels. The program is part of the museum's M is for Museum activities, which are designed to introduce young children to the world of museums in a fun and interactive setting. Visitors of preschool-age and older are invited to attend. Museum admission costs $8 for adults and $6 for children. The museum is located at 132 Main St. in Wenham. For more information, visit, or call 978-468-2377.

Movie buffs, aspiring cinematographers and anyone who likes a good story will enjoy the sixth annual all-documentary Salem Film Fest, which features a line-up of 32 films from 17 different countries. The festival, which runs through March 14 at CinemaSalem, is New England’s largest all-documentary festival and includes forums, question-and-answer sessions, special musical guests, film-related activities and, of course, documentary films that will inspire, outrage, intrigue and amaze viewers. This evening's film schedule includes “Bay of All Saints,” 5 p.m.; “Buzkashi!,” 6 p.m.; “Scarlet Road,” 6:45 p.m.; “Water Children,” 8:20 p.m.; “West of Memphis,” 8:30 p.m.; and “Radio Unnameable,” 10 p.m. For more information and film descriptions, visit and CinemaSalem is located at 1 East India Square, Salem.

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