Peabody Historical Society is seeking submissions for its first-ever miniature quilt challenge, “Reflections on Old Favorites,” which will be displayed along with the society’s antique challenge quilts at the Smith Barn on April 5 and 6. Visitors will cast a vote for their favorite quilt and Viewers’ Choice ribbons will be awarded to the top three entries, including $100 for first place. Quilters of all levels are invited to participate and entry forms must be received by Monday. Participants will choose one quilt from a selection of three antique quilts in the society’s collection and create a miniature quilt inspired by the design, technique, fabric, or color scheme of the original. There is no entry fee to participate in this challenge. For pictures of the antique challenge quilts, submission guidelines, and entry forms, visit www.peabodyhistorical.org or contact Heather Leavell at 978-977-0514 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The seventh annual Salem Film Fest, the largest all-documentary festival in New England, will take place on Thursday, March 6, through Thursday, March 13, at three locations in Salem, including CinemaSalem, 1 East India Square Mall; Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St.; and the National Parks Service Visitor Center, 193 Derby St. This year’s festival features 37 full-length documentaries; panel discussions with filmmakers, critics and experts; competitions; award ceremonies; after-hour parties; and more. Also, Salem Sketches, a shorts program with a focus on all things local, will precede each documentary. For details, passes, film descriptions and schedules, visit www.salemfilmfest.com/2014/.
“Words and Music,” Peabody Essex Museum’s concert program led by PEM’s first composer-in-residence, pianist Matthew Aucoin, is set for Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m., at 161 Essex St., Salem. The concert includes two world premieres by Aucoin and works by composers ranging from Mozart to Messiaen. The program juxtaposes music and words in forms that include instrumental music and recited poetry. Featured artists include violinist Keir GoGwilt and visual artist Nick Pope. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for PEM members and $30 for nonmembers. Reserve tickets by Wednesday, March 5, at pem.org/calendar.