SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

October 1, 2013

North Shore in Fall: What to do


The Salem News

---- — Ongoing events and programs

Salem Theatre Company’s Season 11 Main Stage lineup includes Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” on stage through Oct. 19, and Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams’ “A Tuna Christmas” from Nov. 29 to Dec. 21 at the STC Theater, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. Details and tickets at www.salemtheatre.com.

“Miss Saigon” on view Nov. 5 to 17 at the North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. From the creators of “Les Misérables,” this classic love story sets Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” within the turmoil of the Vietnam War where an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years are a moving testament to the human spirit as she fights to find a better life for the child he never knew he had. Tickets range $45 to $75. 978-232-7200, www.nsmt.org.

“A Christmas Carol” on view Dec. 6 to Dec. 22 at the North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. Based on Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol” tells the tale of curmudgeonly miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future hoping to change his destiny and save his soul. The musical, an original adaptation written for NSMT audiences, follows Scrooge through a series of strange and magical journeys, where he ultimately discovers the true spirit of the holiday season. Dazzling special effects with traditional and original songs and colorful costumes. Tickets range $50 to $65. 978-232-7200, www.nsmt.org.

The Peabody Essex Museum is currently featuring the following exhibits in its galleries: “Constructed Landscapes,” landscape photography by Toshio Shibata; “Golden Light,” selections of Dutch paintings from the Van Otterloo collection; and “Freeport [No. 005]: Michael Lin,” armorial designs by Michael Lin painted directly on gallery walls and floors. The following exhibits open this fall: “Beyond Human: Artist-Animal Collaborations,” Oct. 19, works by artists engaging creatively with animals; “Impressionists on the Water,” Nov. 9, oil paintings, works on paper, models and small craft; “Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion,” Nov. 16, redefined Japanese fashion $15 adults, $13 seniors, $11 students, free for PEM members, youth, and Salem residents with ID. PEM is located at 161 Essex St., Salem. 978-745-9500, pem.org.

“Wish You Were There?” on view through Dec. 14 in the Montserrat Gallery at Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. The exhibit showcases a re-imagination of the notion of utopia through the vision of contemporary artists. www.montserrat.edu/galleries/montserrat.

Wednesday, Oct. 2

America’s Music: Swing Jazz, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Sutton Room, 82 Main St., Peabody. Explore the films “Ken Burns’ Jazz: Episode 6: Swing, the Velocity of Celebration” and International Sweethearts of Rhythm. Event is part of a six-week program series featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th-century American popular music. www.peabodylibrary.org.

Friday, Oct. 4

Thompson Chamber Music Series: Polyakov, Raykhtsaum and Eskin, 8 p.m., Phillips Recital Hall, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Gordon piano faculty member Alina Polyakov joins Boston Symphony violinist Aza Raykhtsaum and principal cellist Jules Eskin in a concert featuring music for violin, cello and piano. $20 general, $10 senior citizens. www.gordon.edu.

Saturday, Oct. 5

Wee Ones Paddle, 10 a.m. to noon, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Instructors Angela Walsh and Michele Kierstead will pair up two adults and two children per boat and lead a leisurely paddle up the river. Attendees will stop off in one of the backwater areas and do some dipping in the river to observe the creatures under the surface. Lunch at the canoe landing where the day’s discoveries will be discussed. Bring a lunch and a blanket; sweet treat provided. Meet in front of the Visitors Center. Basic instruction and all equipment provided. For families with children ages 4 to 6. Members: $13 adult, $11 child; nonmembers: $15 adult, $13 child. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.

The Art of Nature: Leaves, Nuts and Berries, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Join instructor Brenda Sloane as she talks about the organization and shape of leaves and the process of photosynthesis. Then take a look at some nuts and berries and discuss animals that eat them. Head out on a walk to look for evidence these animals may have left behind. Return to the Nature Center to create a watercolor painting based on the shapes observed in the wild. For families with children ages 6 to 12. Members: $8 adult, $7 child; nonmembers: $10 adult, $8 child. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.

Beaver Fun in the Setting Sun, 6 to 8 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Join sanctuary staff for a dusk adventure hike to the ponds and wetlands in search of beavers. Attendees will see beaver lodges, dams, chews, and scent mounds, and, if they are very quiet, maybe even a beaver. Early evening is a magical time at the sanctuary, and new discoveries await. Meet in front of the Nature Center. Program suitable for children ages 6 to 16. Members: $8 adult, $7 child; nonmembers: $10 adult, $8 child. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.

Sunday, Oct. 6

Wenham Museum Spectrum Express, 9 a.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Families with members on the autism spectrum are invited to enjoy the model trains and museum galleries at a special time. Take a break, have a gluten- and dairy-free snack, and view the special model train artifacts in Burnham Hall. Sponsored by the Danversbank Charitable Foundation, Inc. General admission. www.wenhammuseum.org, 978-468-2377.

Edible Wild Mushrooms Workshop, 1 to 4 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Join field biologist, naturalist, and nature artist Erika Sonder for a workshop on how to identify a few of the most common wild edible mushrooms, and get ideas on how to prepare and cook them. Program begins indoors with an introduction to mycology, a look at samples, and discussion of characteristics to differentiate edible mushrooms from the most poisonous ones, and then outside for a walk to find mushrooms. Return to the barn to cook up some samples to taste. Although Mass Audubon does not permit collecting on its properties, Sonder will discuss similar sites on the North Shore where collecting is permitted. Meet in the barn. Dress for weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Program for adults; $25 member, $30 nonmember. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Starry, Starry Night X, 6 to 9 p.m., Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm, Felton Street, Peabody. The Trustees of the Peabody Institute Library and the Peabody Institute Library Foundation will host a cocktail party fundraiser with music, food and conversation under the stars. $20 ticket. Proceeds support programs, collections and services provided by the Peabody Institute Library. Purchase tickets at the Main, South or West Branch libraries, or at https://peabodylibrary.eventbrite.com.

America’s Music: Country and Bluegrass, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Sutton Room, 82 Main St., Peabody. Explore the film “High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music.” Event is part of a six-week program series featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th-century American popular music. www.peabodylibrary.org.

Thursday, Oct. 10

Life in 17th-Century New England: An Archaeologist’s View, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Sutton Room, 82 Main St., Peabody. Emerson “Tad” Baker, author and professor of history at Salem State University, will explore everyday living in 17th-century New England. Baker’s presentation will draw upon his excavations at many 17th-century archaeology sites and surviving buildings and historical records such as probate inventories. www.peabodylibrary.org.

Friday, Oct. 11

M is for Museum: Colonial Kids Help at Harvest, 10 a.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Play with old-fashioned tools and experience children’s fall harvest chores in the Family Discovery Gallery. For children in preschool and older. Included with general admission. www.wenhammuseum.org, 978-468-2377.

Saturday, Oct. 12

Peabody Downtown Scarecrow Decorating Contest, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Peabody Institute Library Courtyard, 82 Main St., Peabody. Drop off decorated scarecrows between 9 and 11 a.m. Games and refreshments from 9 to 11 a.m. Judging at 1 p.m. Prizes awarded at 1:30 p.m.; participants must be present to win. Free; open to the public. Entries by families, teams, schools, churches, clubs, organizations and businesses are welcome. To fill out an entry form, visit the Peabody Downtown Association at 71 Main St., Peabody. Forms are due by Thursday, Oct. 10 at noon. For more information or to submit an entry form, visit the PDA, or email peabodydowntownassociation@gmail.com.

Teen Birding: Duck!, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. During the autumn months, thousands of migratory waterfowl fly directly over the sanctuary as they travel from their summer breeding grounds in the north to their winter homes in the south. Each night, hundreds of ducks drop into Bunker Meadows to rest and refuel for their journey. Spend an evening with fellow teen birders to observe the magnificent spectacle of ducks coming in to roost. Suitable for teens ages 13 to 17. Meets in the Nature Center. $8 member, $10 nonmember. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.

Tuesday, Oct. 15

Award-winning documentary screening, 4 p.m., Rose Performance Hall, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Screening of “Carved from the Heart: A Portrait of Grief, Healing and Community” by Ellen Frankenstein and Louse Brady. Film explores questions of death and dying, family relationships and parenting, domestic violence, and the impact of the war in Vietnam on veterans and their families. Free. www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

America’s Music: Rock, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Sutton Room, 82 Main St., Peabody. Explore the film “The History of Rock ’n’ Roll: Episode 6, Plugging In.” Event is part of a six-week program series featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th-century American popular music. www.peabodylibrary.org.

Friday, Oct. 18

DANVERS: Oniontown Community Variety Show, 7 to 9 p.m., Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St. Cabaret-style program features community talent in music, comedy and show pieces. Open mike for walk-in performers as time allows. Refreshments available. $5 admission for non-performers. Sponsored by the Danvers Historical Society. To perform, contact Dan Tremblay at 978-777-2711.

Saturday, Oct. 19

Nature Tales: Salamander Secrets, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Read “A Salamander’s Life” by John Himmelman, then walk through the woodlands in search of salamanders under rocks and logs and discover which ones make their homes at the sanctuary. Meets in the Nature Center. Dress for the weather. For families with children ages 3 to 6. Members: $7 adult, $6 child; nonmembers: $9 adult, $7 child. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.

Sixth Annual Heart of the Home Kitchen tour, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Tour extraordinary kitchens in distinctive historic and contemporary homes that highlight interior design in the room that is the heart of every home — the kitchen. Event benefits the museum. Advance ticket purchase $18 members, $23 nonmembers; $25 day of. wenhammuseum.org, 978-468-2377.

Fall Foliage Paddle, 1 to 3 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Join sanctuary staff for a gentle paddle along the Ipswich River to explore the pristine habitat and fall colors. Attendees may encounter a beaver, otter, or muskrat. Meet in front of canoe kiosk. All equipment and basic instruction provided. For families and children ages 6 to 16. Members: $13 adult, $11 child; nonmembers: $15 adult, $13 child. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.

Sunday, Oct. 20

Sense of Wonder Walk for Families: Food Webs in the Pond, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Though they are small, ponds are known for their rich variety of plant and animal life. Explore Waterfowl Pond with lead field teacher Rita Gallant for a close-up look at a place where hundreds of hungry creatures are always on the hunt. Using nets and other collecting equipment, dip into the water, sweep through the weeds, and scoop up some mud to discover the creatures that live there. Meet in the Nature Center. Dress for weather and wear boots. For families with children ages 3 to 10. Members: $7 adult, $6 child; nonmembers: $9 adult, $7 child. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.

Tuesday, Oct. 22

West Shore Piano Trio Concert, 7:30 p.m., Rose Performance Hall, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. The West Shore Piano Trio, featuring pianist Jay DeWire, cellist Diana Flesner and violinist Heather Haughn, will perform. $10 general, free to EC ID holders. Free reception to follow. www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

America’s Music: Latin Rhythm from Mambo to Hip Hop, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Sutton Room, 82 Main St., Peabody. Explore the films “Latin Music, USA: Episode One: Bridges” and “From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale.” Event is part of a six-week program series featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th-century American popular music. www.peabodylibrary.org.

Thursday, Oct. 24

Endicott Singers perform with Symphony by the Sea, 7:30 p.m., Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St., Marblehead. Join the Endicott Singers as they perform opera choruses with Symphony by the Sea, Boston North’s all-professional chamber orchestra, as part of the orchestra’s 2013-2014 season. Details and tickets at www.symphonybythesea.org.

Friday, Oct. 25

Halloween Happenings, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Guided walks along Halloween trail leave every 15 minutes. Learn about the creatures of the night and some history and myths that surround the holiday. Allow an hour-and-a-half for total program. Refreshments served. For families with children ages 4 to 12. Choose from one of the following arrival times: 6, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45, 7, 7:15, or 7:30 p.m. Event also on Saturday, Oct. 26. Costumes welcome; dress warmly. Rain or shine. $9 adult and child members, $10 adult and child nonmembers. Advance registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.

Fab Fads Costume Cocktail Party, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Come dressed wearing a favorite fad and enjoy games, cocktails, and dances. Twist, slide or bump to the most popular music of the past 50 years in celebration of the Fab Fads exhibit. Included with museum admission. wenhammuseum.org, 978-468-2377.

Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series: Awadagin Pratt, 8 p.m., Phillips Recital Hall, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Celebrated pianist Awadagin Pratt presents the first concert in the 2013–2014 Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series. Pratt’s international career has brought him to major concert stages, including the White House and Sesame Street. $20 general, $10 senior citizens. www.gordon.edu.

Saturday, Oct. 26

Halloween Happenings, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Guided walks along Halloween trail leave every 15 minutes. Learn about the creatures of the night and some history and myths that surround the holiday. Allow an hour-and-a-half for total program. Refreshments served. For families with children ages 4 to 12. Choose from one of the following arrival times: 6, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45, 7, 7:15, or 7:30 p.m. Costumes welcome; dress warmly. Rain or shine. $9 adult and child members, $10 adult and child nonmembers. Advance registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.

Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band Fall Concert, 7 p.m., A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. The Gordon Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. David W. Rox, perform their annual fall band concert featuring guest conductors, instrumental soloists and a wide variety of music from the wind band repertoire. $10 general, $5 senior citizens. www.gordon.edu.

Sunday, Oct. 27

Ed Emberley Halloween Program, 1 to 3 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Children ages 3 and up can dress up and come to the museum for an afternoon of spooky fun, ghoulish games, and creepy crafts. Author Ed Emberley returns to sign copies of his new book, “Nighty Night, Little Green Monster.” wenhammuseum.org, 978-468-2377.

Monday, Oct. 28

Neha Swing Jazz Concert, 7 to 8 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Sutton Room, 82 Main St., Peabody. Neha and Evan present a musical journey from the early 1930s to the heart of the swing jazz era. Performance interspersed with ballads and up-tempo numbers made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, and Chet Baker. www.peabodylibrary.org.

Blue Heron in Concert, 7:30 p.m., Salem State University, Recital Hall, Central Campus, 71 Loring Ave., Salem. Vocal ensemble will explore the music of the 15th century. $15 general, $10 students and seniors, free with valid Salem State ID. Tickets available in advance at 978-542-6365 or salemstatetickets.com, or at the door. www.salemstate.edu/arts.

Tuesday, Oct. 29

Children’s Halloween Party, 3:45 to 5 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St., Boxford. The Friends of the Boxford Library will hold its annual Halloween Party for Kids. Come in costume, enjoy treats and crafts, and hear seasonal storytelling by Mark Binder. 978-887-7323.

“Ritual and Fantasy,” 5 to 7 p.m., Spencer Presentation Gallery, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Reception for Endicott art professors Ric Haynes and Mark Towner’s exhibit of new work. Free. On view through Jan. 10, 2014. www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.

Saturday, Nov. 2

The Art of Nature: Late Fall Birds, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. After learning about the habitats of migrating and non-migrating birds, join instructor Brenda Sloane for a walk on the sanctuary to find birds. Return to the Nature Center to create a perspective watercolor painting of birds. For families with children ages 6 to 12. Members: $8 adult, $7 child; nonmembers: $10 adult, $8 child. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.

Gordon Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert, 7 p.m., A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. The Gordon Symphony Orchestra presents its fall concert. $10 general, $5 senior citizen. www.gordon.edu.

Sunday, Nov. 3

Wenham Museum Spectrum Express, 9 a.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Families with members on the autism spectrum are invited to enjoy the model trains and museum galleries at a special time. Take a break, have a gluten- and dairy-free snack, and view the special model train artifacts in Burnham Hall. Sponsored by the Danversbank Charitable Foundation, Inc. General admission. www.wenhammuseum.org, 978-468-2377.

Wildlife Preparations for Winter, 1 to 4 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Fall is a time when local animals can find an abundant supply of food, but it is also the last chance they will have to store precious energy resources for winter. Join naturalist Bob Metcalfe to learn about some of the strategies different species use to prepare for the upcoming season of scarcity. Program begins inside where attendees will learn about the ecology of winter preparation, then continues out on the sanctuary to search for wildlife tracks and signs of autumn activities of local wildlife. Program for adults. $25 member, $30 nonmember. Meets in the barn. Dress for weather and wear sturdy footwear. Bring snacks and drinking water. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.

Yo-Yo People, 1 and 2:30 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Watch yo-yo tricks by the Yo-Yo People, and discover the history behind the yo-yo craze and 50 years of fads in the museum’s Fab Fads exhibit. Sponsored in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Advance ticket purchase: $6 member, $10 nonmember; at the door: $8 member, $12 nonmember. wenhammuseum.org, 978-468-2377.

“All in a Day’s Work: Flotsam and Jetsam of the Auction Business,” 3 p.m., Hamilton Hall ballroom, 9 Chestnut St., Salem. Stephen Fletcher, partner/executive vice-president and chief auctioneer at Skinner Inc., presents the 2013 Hamilton Hall Americana Lecture. Fletcher will be introduced by Dean Lahikainen, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art at the Peabody Essex Museum. Admission, which supports the ongoing restoration of Hamilton Hall, is $25 per person. Seating is limited. To register, visit www.hamiltonhall.org.

Tuesday, Nov. 5

Express Yourself: Viva, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Carol Grillo Gallery and Desnoyers Overlook, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Reception for Express Yourself exhibit, titled “Viva,” which celebrates cultural diversity and the collaboration of artists and celebrities with isolated youth from 17 Department of Mental Health residential and inpatient facilities. Free. www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.

Friday, Nov. 8

M is for Museum: Fads Now and Then, 10 a.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Children and grandchildren discover toys of yesteryear and explore the Fabs Fads exhibit featuring 50 years of fabulous fads. For children in preschool and older. Included with general admission. www.wenhammuseum.org, 978-468-2377.

Oniontown Community Variety Show, 7 to 9 p.m., Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. Cabaret-style program features community talent in music, comedy and show pieces. Open mike for walk-in performers as time allows. Refreshments available. $5 admission for non-performers. Sponsored by the Danvers Historical Society. To perform, contact Dan Tremblay at 978-777-2711.

Saturday, Nov. 9

Crane Estate Art Show and Sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Castle Hill on Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. View more than 150 pieces of art highlighting the beauty of North Shore landscapes and landmarks. This year’s theme is “Shifting Perspectives.” Special exhibition of North Shore student artwork and a community art project in the Casino complex. Art sale proceeds benefit The Trustees of Reservations and the artists. Small works will also be available for purchase in the small works gallery. Free admission. 978-356-4351, tschell@ttor.org.

Otters, Beavers, and Muskrats, Oh My!, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Visit the numerous wetlands on the sanctuary and explore active and abandoned beaver lodges, scan the marshes for signs of muskrats and search for signs of otter activity. Construct and test a beaver dam and lodge. For families with children ages 6 to 16. Dress for weather. Meet in front of Visitor Center. Members: $7 adult, $6 child; nonmembers: $9 adult, $7 child. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.

The GOES-R Weather Satellite, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. The program will introduce the nation’s next generation of geosynchronous environmental satellites, as described by a member of the GOES-R Ground Segment team. GOES-R will provide atmospheric and surface measurements of the earth’s western hemisphere for weather forecasting, severe storm tracking, space weather monitoring, and meteorological research. The satellite, due for launch in 2015, will also provide improved monitoring of solar X-ray flux, solar flares, and coronal mass ejections, and improved geomagnetic storm forecasting. Afterward, gaze at the night sky through telescopes provided by local amateur astronomers. Visual highlights of the fall sky will include the moon, the Pleiades star cluster, and the Great Andromeda Galaxy, located some three million light years away. For families and children ages 10 to 18. Meet in the barn. Dress warmly for outdoor portion of the program. Members: $6 adult, $5 child; nonmembers: $7 adult, $6 child. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.

Sunday, Nov. 10

Crane Estate Art Show and Sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Castle Hill on Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. View more than 150 pieces of art highlighting the beauty of North Shore landscapes and landmarks. This year’s theme is “Shifting Perspectives.” Special exhibition of North Shore student artwork and a community art project in the Casino complex. Art sale proceeds benefit The Trustees of Reservations and the artists. Small works will also be available for purchase in the small works gallery. Free admission. 978-356-4351, tschell@ttor.org.

Sense of Wonder Walk for Families: Food Webs in the Stream, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Running water is important to many plants and animals. Join lead field teacher Rita Gallant to explore a stream from top to bottom and side to side, turning over rocks and netting water creatures. Find out where the water comes from and where it is going. Meet in the Nature Center. Dress for weather and wear boots. For families with children ages 3 to 10. Members: $7 adult, $6 child; nonmembers: $9 adult, $7 child. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.

Thursday, Nov. 14

Instrumental Invasion: Endicott Ensembles, 7 p.m., Rose Performance Hall, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Concert features Endicott’s instrumental ensembles, including Modern Band Project, Jazz Band, and other student instrumental ensembles. $5 general, free for EC ID holders. Free reception to follow. www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.

Saturday, Nov. 16

Nature Tales: Fall Harvest, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Read “Autumn Story” by Jill Barklem and learn how fall is a busy time for animals who are preparing for winter. It is also a time when trees and shrubs are filled with nuts and berries. Participate in a harvest hunt and create a group collage. Meets in the Nature Center. Dress for the weather. For families with children ages 3 to 6. Members: $7 adult, $6 child; nonmembers: $9 adult, $7 child. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.

Turkey Time Bingo, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library South Branch, 78 Lynn St., Peabody. For ages 5 to 9 with adult. Prizes will be awarded. Seating is limited. Registration required at the library or 978-531-3380.

Full Beaver Moon Hike, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. November nights are cool, crisp, and clear. Spend an evening walking around the sanctuary under a full moon, searching barren tree tops for the silhouettes of owls, fishers, and raccoons while stopping in the wetlands to observe beavers making their final winter preparations. Meet in the Nature Center. Dress warmly. For families with children ages 6 to 16. Members: $7 adult, $6 child; nonmembers: $9 adult, $7 child. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.

Co-Opera: Endicott Singers, 7:30 p.m., Rose Performance Hall, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. The Endicott Singers will perform favorites and feature student soloists in small scenes from well-known and loved operas. $5 general, free to EC ID holders. Free reception to follow. www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.

Sunday, Nov. 17

Big Woods Hike, noon to 1:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Sanctuary naturalists will lead small groups every 15 minutes for a walk to the “Big Woods” on Averill’s Island. Hear stories of the original settlers, learn about the cultural history of the sanctuary and look for animal signs. Outside program lasts about two hours. Dress warmly and comfortably. Warm up by the wood stove upon return. Hot drinks, homemade soups and desserts available for purchase. Rain or shine. Open to adults and families with children ages 5 and older. Members: $7 adult, $6 child; nonmembers: $8 adult, $7 child. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.

A Community of Song, 3 p.m., A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. The Gordon Children’s Choir, Women’s Choir and Men’s Choir join together to present an interactive concert focused on the communal aspect of singing and music-making. Free admission. www.gordon.edu.

Monday, Nov. 18

Robin O’Herin Concert, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Sutton Room, Peabody. Robin O’Herin is a touring blues and gospel musician specializing in historically rich, often interactive concerts that include original and traditional American music. Song selections may include Robert Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson and O’Herin’s own original blues and finger-style ballads. www.peabodylibrary.org.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

Award-winning documentary screening, 4 p.m., Rose Performance Hall, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. “Inocente,” an Academy Award-winning documentary by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, is a coming-of-age feature documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. Free. www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.

Wednesday, Nov. 20

Seven Lectures at Seven Gables: Brunonia Barry, 7 p.m., The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Part of The House of the Seven Gables’ annual lecture series honoring Nathaniel Hawthorne and his literary works. Salem’s own Brunonia Barry, a New York Times best-selling author, Baccante award winner and Strnad Fellowship recipient, will present her brand-new novel. Registration and details available at www.7gables.org.

Thursday, Nov. 21

Candlelight Stroll at the Paine House, 5 to 7 p.m., Greenwood Farm, 47 Jeffrey’s Neck Road, Ipswich. The Trustees of Reservations presents a candlelight stroll and tour of the 17th-century saltwater farm. Free. Offered in conjunction with Ipswich is First, Period, a community celebration of 17th-century architecture. 978-356-4351, ext. 4049.

“Capturing Camelot” exhibit reception and lecture, 5 p.m., Heftler Visiting Artists Gallery, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Reception for “Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the Kennedys” from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a lecture and presentation by Kitty Kelley, New York Times best selling author of “Capturing Camelot,” from 6:45 to 8 p.m., and a book signing from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Exhibit on view through Dec. 20. www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.

Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert, 8 p.m., Phillips Recital Hall, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. The Gordon Jazz Ensemble and The Coy Pond Piranhas perform a fall concert under the direction of Dr. David W. Rox. Concert includes popular jazz standards and will feature vocal and instrumental soloists. $10 general, $5 senior citizens. www.gordon.edu.

Friday, Nov. 22

Sleigh Bell Artisan Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. New England artisans present handcrafted gifts at a festive holiday craft fair. Appointment recommended for silhouette artist Carol Lebeaux’s hand-cut portraits. Also, bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the 18th annual Holiday Toy Drive. Free admission. wenhammuseum.org, 978-468-2377.

Sleigh Bell Holiday Party, 6 to 8 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Sip, shop and celebrate the season with new and old friends. Find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts created by the North Shore’s artisans. $10 donation. wenhammuseum.org, 978-468-2377.

Saturday, Nov. 23

Birding for Beginners, 10 a.m. to noon, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. According to a survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, more than 51 million Americans report that they watch birds. Over the next 50 years, birding will grow at a faster rate than the U.S. population. Join naturalist Scott Santino to discuss how to choose the right binoculars and what to look for in a field guide. Then, head out onto the sanctuary and learn what to look and listen for to help identify these beautiful creatures. Meet in the Nature Center. Dress for weather and bring binoculars; loaners available. Program for adults. $12 member, $14 nonmember. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.

Sleigh Bell Artisan Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. New England artisans present handcrafted gifts at a festive holiday craft fair. Appointment recommended for silhouette artist Carol Lebeaux’s hand-cut portraits. Also, bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the 18th annual Holiday Toy Drive. Free admission. wenhammuseum.org, 978-468-2377.

Gordon Composers Guild Fall Concert, 7 p.m., Phillips Recital Hall, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Gordon composition students, advised by adjunct faculty member Travis Alford and Composer-in-Residence Carol Barnett, present a fall concert featuring new works for various instrumentations. Free admission. www.gordon.edu.