The Salem News
---- — Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary will hold Maple Sugaring Tours at 10 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays, March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16, at 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Learn how to identify a sugar maple tree, observe tapping and sap collection methods, discover how sap becomes syrup in the sugar house, and get a sweet taste of the final product. After the tour, warm up by the wood stove in the barn. One-hour, naturalist-guided tours run rain or shine; dress warmly. The cost for Mass Audubon members is $8 per adult and $7 per child, or $9 per adult and $8 per child for nonmembers. Children under 3 are admitted for free and should be in a backpack. Advance registration is required at 978-887-9264. Visit www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver for details.
A ham and bean supper will be held Saturday, March 22, at Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant St., Beverly, from 5 to 6 p.m. The menu features two kinds of home-baked beans, ham, coleslaw, rolls and beverage. Home-baked pies are $1.50 per slice. Prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3.50 for children. The building is handicapped accessible.
Nancy Granert will play a program of organ music by J.S. Bach and others on Sunday, March 16, at 5 p.m. at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 26 Pleasant St. in Marblehead, as part of the church’s 300th anniversary celebration. The concert is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 benefiting the Recital Series Fund. Granert was formerly associate organist and choirmaster at Harvard University. A light reception follows the concert. Visit www.stmichaels2014.org.
At “Neptune’s Harvest & Gathering Mushrooms,” a presentation on Wednesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at Buker Elementary School, 1 School St. in Wenham, Ann Molly of Neptune’s Harvest Organic Fertilizer will discuss her family’s wholesale seafood company in Gloucester. Later, Norman “Dugie” Russell will share the do’s and don’ts of gathering mushrooms. This event, sponsored by the Hamilton Wenham Garden Club, is free and open to the public. For more information, call Pat Lucy at 978-468-5829.
“Get to Know the Festival Poets,” a program at the Peabody Institute Library, will discuss the work of poets who will be featured at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, which will be held in Salem from May 2 to 4. Led by poet and Salem State University Professor Jennifer Jean, the first of six meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 25, at 12:30 p.m. at the Main Library at 82 Main St. in Peabody. The poets discussed will be: March 25, Phil Levine; April 1, Rhina Espaillat; April 8, Carol Ann Duffy; April 15, Li-Young Li; April 22, Susan Rich; and April 29, Cornelius Eady. For more information and to register, call 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or visit www.peabodylibrary.org.
The Anchor Pub and Grill and Jubilee Yacht Club will hold their annual Anchor Dip on Sunday, starting at noon, to benefit Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston. Participants will take a dip into the winter waters at Sandy Point off Water Street and by the Jubilee Yacht Club in Beverly. To make a donation or to sign up, visit the Anchor Pub and Grill at 20 Cabot St., Beverly, or call 978-921-0504.
The Peabody Institute Library presents a four-week painting class taught by local artist Paula Kulas. Classes will be held at 10 a.m. on Fridays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28, at 82 Main St., Peabody. The course will focus on the watercolor works of John Singer Sargent. All materials will be provided. For details and registration, call 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or visit www.peabodylibrary.org.
Democrats in Salem will hold a caucus at Salem High School, 77 Willson St., Salem, at 10 a.m. tomorrow to elect 31 delegates and 21 alternates to the 2014 Massachusetts Democratic Convention in June. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Salem. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women, and all ballots will be written and secret. Youth, minorities and people with disabilities who are not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be “add-on” delegates. The school is handicapped-accessible. For more information, contact Salem Democratic City Committee Chair Marsha Finkelstein at 978-219-9890 or email@example.com, or visit www.massdems.org for details.
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, March 3. 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/.