IPSWICH — The 27th annual Ipswich Art Show and Sale will kick off with an opening reception tonight at Town Hall, 25 Green St.
There will be exhibits and live music with Tom Palance & Friends from 7 to 10 p.m. The exhibits will also be open tomorrow from noon to 9 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Ipswich Cultural Council.
There will be a full day of events tomorrow, ending with the popular Ipswich Illuminated Festival from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with floating bonfires on display down the Ipswich River. The annual festival brings the community together for an art show, live music and theater, and an illuminated trail along the river to stroll between events.
At the EBSCO patio, there will be live music featuring Orville Giddings and Sam Ward & Jake Pardee and an ongoing launch of Jessie’s Floating Wish Lanterns. The floating bonfires will be lit at dusk.
A poetry reading will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at Town Hall earlier in the day.
The living history play “Within These Walls” will be performed at 3 and 5 p.m. tomorrow at 16 Elm St., behind the police station.
The play, written by J.T. Turner of Ipswich, tells the story of five of the families that lived at 16 Elm St. — from the Choate family that built the home in the 1760s to the Scott family that planted a victory garden in the yard during World War II.
The house that originally stood at 16 Elm St. was moved to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., and made into an exhibit. “Within These Walls” is performed in front of a replica of the house, made of painted canvas draped over a wood frame.
The cast of local actors performed the play at the Smithsonian to mark the 50th anniversary of the house being moved to the museum.
All the events are free, with food and beverage available for purchase.
Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County St., will host an Oktoberfest event from 6 to 9 p.m.
For more details and full schedule go to ipswicharts.com.