, Salem, MA

July 4, 2014

North Shore Community Calendar

The Salem News

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Beverly: Farms-Prides 4th of July Horribles Parade, 8 a.m., 4th of July Horribles Parade steps off from the corner of Oak and West streets. The parade proceeds up West, goes right onto Hale, left onto High, left to Haskell, left to Everett, left back to Hale, right to West and a final left back onto Oak where it will disband in front of the Hastings House. Rain or shine.

Salem: New location: Annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence, 9 a.m., Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square, W. Following the singing of the national anthem by select members of the Glee Club of the North Shore YMCA, the document will be read by Dann Maurno. Bob Kendall will provide piano music, and John Howard will lead the audience in singing. Coffee will provided by the Salem Common Neighborhood Association.

Marblehead: Marblehead Festival of Arts, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., venues throughout downtown Marblehead, with arts exhibits, model boat building, writers world, performing arts and en plein air painting. Visit for weather updates as events may change. Satellite parking at Marblehead High School.

Beverly: Ryal Side Parade & Ceremonies, 10 a.m., corner of Western Avenue and Bridge Street. The Ryal Side Civic Association will sponsor its annual Fourth of July Parade, which starts at the corner of Western Avenue and Bridge Street, and proceeds down Bridge Street onto Kernwood Avenue, then ends at Obear Park. All children welcome to participate. Following the parade will be an opening ceremony, then children’s activities. Prizes and ribbons awarded in categories of costumes, bikes, carriages and floats. Judging begins at 9 a.m. Free to all children. Rain or shine.

Hamilton: Two-Town Fourth of July Celebration, 10 a.m. to noon, Patton Park, Bay Road. Two-town Independence Day celebration includes a bike parade, musical entertainment, bouncy house, cow pie bingo (weather permitting) and other festivities. In case of rain, there will be no outside activities; all activities will take place inside the Community House.

Saturday, July 5

Danvers: Highlands Horribles Parade rain date, 8 a.m. registration followed by parade from 9 to 11 a.m. Parade starts at Seaboard Products, corner of Beachwood and Collins streets. Part of Danvers Family Festival. All are welcome to dress up and decorate wagons, bikes, and floats, or just march in festive Fourth of July attire. Prizes awarded for different categories. Refreshments for participants.

Marblehead: Marblehead Festival of Arts, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., venues throughout downtown Marblehead, with arts exhibits, writers world, performing arts. Satellite parking at Marblehead High School.

Marblehead: Film Festival Redux, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St. Repeat showing of films from this year’s Marblehead Arts Festival. Some filmmakers present to answer questions. 781-631-1481 or

Marblehead: Horribles Parade rain date, parade starts at 10 a.m., at the Village School athletic field track, 93 Village St. Sponsored by the Gerry 5 Veteran Fireman’s Association. Categories will be original, current events, and historical. This is a children’s parade. No animals or cars are allowed. Updates at

Ipswich: Life on a Saltwater Farm: Paine House Tours for 17th-Century Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Greenwood Farm, Jeffrey’s Neck Road. Tour the 1694 Paine House at Greenwood Farm, the site of 250 years of family farming. Explore trails through the pastureland and salt marsh; open daily, sunrise to sunset. Free/TTOR members, $8 nonmembers, free for children 12 and under 978-356-4351, ext. 4049.

Ipswich: Whipple House Tours for 17th-Century Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Free tours of the 1677 Whipple House and authentic reproduction 1657 Knight House. Tours of the 1800 Heard House are $7 for nonmembers, free for members.

Salem: Gedney House Tours for 17th-Century Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gedney House Museum, 21 High St. Tours leave on the hour for an architectural masterpiece that spans four centuries of construction and social history. Free for Historic New England members and Salem residents, $5/adults. Space is limited. 978-744-0440 or

Danvers: Back Bay Parade rain date, 11 a.m. to noon, Back Bay Neighborhood. Parade will assemble on the corner of Damon and Porter streets at 10:30 a.m., followed by the parade start at 11 a.m., which will travel through local neighborhoods. Wear costumes, bring decorated doll carriages, bicycles and wagons, take an antique car out for a spin, walk as a Boy Scout, Girl Scout or sports group, make a float, carry a sign, or simply enjoy watching the parade. Mary Jo O’Connell, 978-774-7572.

Salem: The Blue Aces, noon, Salem Willows, 167 Fort Ave. The U.S. Air Force Heritage Band, The Blue Aces, will perform a free concert. Visit for updates.

Marblehead: Making a 10-minute movie, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St. Workshop with filmmaker Keith Waserman, writing, producing, editing and distributing a short film. 781-631-1481 or

Marblehead: “Les Miserables,” 2 and 7:30 p.m., Marblehead Little Theatre, at the Marblehead High School, 2 Humphrey St. Tickets are $20 to $30 at the door or by visiting For information, call 781-631-9697.

Danvers: Fireworks Festival rain date, 5 to 10:30 p.m. at Plains Park, Holten Richmond Middle School, 55 Conant St. Part of Danvers Family Festival. Live music begins at 5 p.m.; dancing; rides; second annual Food Truck Festival, featuring Boston-area food vendors; games; patriotic program at 8:30 p.m.; 50-50 raffle, winner announced at 9:15 p.m.; and the fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Danvers Idol winner will also perform. Bring blankets and chairs. Bill or Lois McKenzie,,

Marblehead: Marblehead Fireworks & Harbor Illumination rain date, 8:45 p.m. start of Harbor Illumination, followed by the Friends of the Marblehead Fireworks’ 2014 Fireworks Forever display at (approximately) 9 p.m. Should unsafe sea conditions arise, event will be cancelled. Visit for details and weather updates.

Beverly: Shoreline Illumination and Fireworks rain date, 9 p.m., West Beach. Tickets for the Farms-Prides Fireworks are available for $15 at the gate on the Fourth. General admission begins at 5 p.m. for those who are not members of West Beach. There is no parking at the beach and parking is very limited along local streets. No alcohol, fireworks, glass containers or coolers allowed and all bags are subject to search on entry.

Sunday, July 6

Marblehead: Marblehead Festival of Arts, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., venues throughout downtown Marblehead, with childrens festival, arts exhibits, writers world. Satellite parking at Marblehead High School.

Hamilton: Annual Boat Parade rain date, 1 p.m., Chebacco Lake. Meet in front of Centennial Grove Beach, then proceed slowly counterclockwise around the entire lake. Categories are most patriotic, most original and best costume(s). Prizes for all decorated boats. For more information, call 978-468-7715.

Marblehead: “Les Miserables,” 2 p.m., Marblehead Little Theatre, at the Marblehead High School, 2 Humphrey St. Tickets are $20 to $30 at the door or by visiting For information call 781-631-9697.

Ipswich: Kayak to Choate Tour, 2 to 5 p.m., Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Argilla Road. Paddle across Essex Bay from the Trustees of Reservations boat dock to Choate Island, then beach the boats and take a tour of the island, stopping in at the Proctor Barn, the White Cottage and the Choate House, then continuing to the highest point on the island where Cornelius and Miné Crane are buried. After the hike, kayak around the island to get views from the water (tides permitting). Life jackets and kayaks provided; attendees may bring their own Coast Guard-approved life jacket, but personal kayaks are not allowed. Attendees must be competent swimmers and have some previous kayaking experience. $25 TTOR members, $35 nonmembers. Limited to ages 15 and older. Preregistration required at

Salem: Salem Celebrates the Fourth rain date, 4 to 10 p.m., Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Derby Wharf, 160 Derby St. Free children’s activities begin at 4 p.m., food tents open at 4 p.m., Pocket Money Orchestra on main stage at 5 p.m., opening ceremonies with Mayor Driscoll at 7:15 p.m., pops concert with the 42-piece Hillyer Festival Orchestra following, fireworks launched over Salem Harbor at 9:15 p.m. with Festival Orchestra playing 1812 Overture., 978-745-9595 ext. 5676.

Hamilton: Sundays in Patton Park Concert Series, 5 to 7 p.m., Patton Park, Route 1A. The 2014 summer concert series features the Merrimack Valley Band performing patriotic tunes and more. Free outdoor musical concert. Supported in part by a grant from the Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council.

Beverly: Concerts at Lynch Park: Overdrive, 6 to 8 p.m., Lynch Park band stand, 55 Ober St. Concert series continues with Overdrive. Free parking for residents with stickers, $15/nonresident parking.

Swampscott: Town Fireworks Display, beginning at dusk. Rain date for the town of Swampscott’s fireworks display. For updates, visit

Monday, July 7

Danvers: The American Cancer Society’s Look Good, Feel Better program, 10 a.m., Mass General Hospital North Shore, 102-104 Endicott St. Free program teaches cancer patients hands-on cosmetic techniques to help them cope with appearance-related side effects from chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments. To reserve a spot, contact Patty Hanson at 978-882-6700 or

Ipswich: Brown Bag Lunch, noon, Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Ipswich native and author David Kent will speak about his recent book on Nikola Tesla, which explores Tesla’s life, his complex mind, and his experiments and contributions to science. Free/Ipswich seniors and museum members, $5 nonmembers.

Salem: Glassblowing demonstrations, 6 p.m., Salem State University, Glassworks Studio, Enterprise Center, Suite 750, 121 Loring Ave. Glassblowing demonstration will take place as part of the Rosenberg Institute for Emerging Glass Artists. Four glass artists will be in residence at SSU throughout July. Free; open to the public. 978-542-7890 or

Tuesday, July 8

Topsfield: Nature Adventures with Picture Books: Who Lives in a Tree?, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. For families with children ages 3 to 6. Read “Who Lives in a Tree?” by Susan Canizares, then take a hike to find signs of animals hiding in and around the forest trees. Using hand lenses and bug boxes, examine salamanders, fungi and other forest creatures. Mass Audubon members: $7 adult, $6 child; nonmembers: $9 adult, $7 child. Preregistration required at 978-887-9264 or

Hamilton: Armchair Travel: Visiting Through Fiction, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Discuss Sue Henry’s “Murder at Five Finger Light,” then take a look at a few DVD clips highlighting the region. Bring a lunch; coffee, tea and dessert provided.

Middleton: Dragons and Dreams, 2 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St. Learn about the science of fire and ice by experimenting, exploding bottles, dry ice and more. 978-774-8132,

Swampscott: Skins & Scales Live Animal Program, 3 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. An in-depth and hands-on program about the secret world of nature’s most terrifying and awe-inspiring animals. Live animals will be present. For children ages 5 and up. Free. Beth Coughlin/Izzi Abrams, 781-596-8867.

Beverly: Teens: Historical Swords, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Check out a large collection of historical swords, learn all about them and see live demonstrations. A teen event open only to young adults entering grades 6 to 12. Free admission. Refreshments provided. Handicapped accessible. For more information call 978-921-6062 or email Allison at

Beverly: American Quilts, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Beverly Farms Branch Library, 24 Vine St. Elizabeth Enfield, a quilt dealer for more than 40 years, will present an illustrated lecture and quilt display titled “American Quilts from 4-Square to Mickey Mouse.” Audience members may bring an old quilt for discussion. 978-922-2513.

Salem: The North Shore Concert Band, 7 to 9 p.m., Salem Willows Park, 167 Fort Ave. Tuesday evening Summer Concert Series continues with Music of the Silver Screen: Hollywood Hits. Free. Gordon Bowman, 978-531-9339.

Wednesday, July 9

Hamilton: Dinoman, 6:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., S. Hamilton. A dinosaur program with magic, merry mayhem and magnificent inflatable dinosaurs.

Hamilton: Open mike night for teens, 6:30 p.m., Pingree School, 537 Highland St. Open mike night for teen performers. Sign-ups at 6 p.m. for comedians, instrumentalists, vocalists, rappers, dancers and other performers in middle and high school. Performances begin at 6:30 p.m. Free admission. Outdoors in Hedge Garden behind school. Bring chairs and a picnic dinner. All ages welcome. 978-468-4415, ext. 233, or

Salem: Journeys of Hope Sunset Cruise, 7 p.m., Hannah Glover, Mahi Mahi Cruises, 24 Congress St. Fundraiser for Journeys of Hope Inc., which is a nonprofit organization on the North Shore serving homeless and at-risk young adults between the ages of 18 to 23. Funds raised will purchase chef outfit for those who graduate from our culinary class. $35. Contact Michelle Phippen at 978-922-3205.

Thursday, July 10

Topsfield: Eco-Art: Flower Power, 9 to 11 a.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. For families with children ages 4 and up. Create a decoupage flower container for summertime arrangements, then explore the sanctuary to look for wildflowers, and learn the important role butterflies and bees play in producing new flowers. Use hand lenses and nets to observe insects and share a butterfly story in the meadow. Meet in front of the Visitor Center. Mass Audubon members: $8 adult, $7 child; nonmembers: $10 adult, $8 child. Registration required at 978-887-9264 or

Middleton: Cooks & Books: Cooking Class, 11 a.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St. Make delicious and nutritious granola and fruit kabobs. Sign up at 978-774-8132 or

Beverly: Kerouac’s “On the Road,” Daytime Book Discussion Group, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Fogg room, Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. New members always welcome; no registration needed. Handicapped accessible. Discussion titles are available at our checkout desk. Contact reference staff for availability of alternate formats (CD or download): 978-921-6062 or

Marblehead: National Teddy Bear Picnic Day, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St. Children and their teddies will get together for snacks, stories, activities. Bring teddy bear and blanket. Registration required at 781-631-1481 or

Wenham: Wenham Museum’s Memory Café, 2 to 4 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Free admission for participants. Visit with miniaturist Ed Parent of Hamilton as he shares his collection of Civil War model ships and the stories behind each one with other memory loss caregivers and their loved ones. 978-468-2377, Admission: Adults $10, children (1+) $6, senior rate $8 on Wednesdays.

Hamilton: Blue Star Planetarium, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Narrated by actor Liam Neeson, “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity” is a cutting-edge production inside the Blue Star Planetarium, and features high-resolution visualizations of cosmic phenomena, including the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole lurking at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Learn about gravity and about galaxies. Audience size is limited to dome capacity. To attend, register at the library’s reference desk or call 978-468-5577. Meet in the gym next door to the library.

Marblehead: Teen Literature Book Group for Adults, 4 to 5 p.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St. To discuss “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer, about a gifted mechanic and cyborg, who must stop a deadly plague. New members always welcome. Information at 781-631-1481 or

Beverly: Concerts on the Common: Quintessential Brass, 6 to 8 p.m., Beverly Common gazebo alongside Essex, Dane and Hale streets. Concerts on the Common music series features Quintessential Brass. Free.

Peabody: Mark Kilianski in concert, 6 p.m., Peabody Institute Library courtyard, 82 Main St. First concert in the Courtyard Concert Series features bluegrass singer and songwriter Mark Kilianski. Bring a blanket or folding chair, and a picnic dinner. In case of rain, concert will be moved to the Sutton Room and food will be prohibited. 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or

Middleton: Modern Dance Technique, 6:30 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St. The Studio presents the first in a four-week Modern Dance Technique workshop for teens in grades nine and up. All levels of dance experience are welcome. Space is limited. Sign up at 978-774-8132.

Salem: “Concerts Royaux: Instrumental Gems from the French Baroque,” 7 p.m., Grace Church, 385 Essex St. Performed by baroque ensemble Très, and Duo Maresienne. Celebrating French Culture for Bastille Day, with French attire and all things French welcome. Hear virtuoso instrumental music from 18h-century France. Duo (Carol Lewis, viola da gamba; Olav Chris. Suggested donation is $20. For further information call 978-744-1119.

peabody: Healthy Cooking Demonstration, 7 p.m., South Branch, Peabody Institute Library, 78 Lynn St. Dr. Uma Naidoo on creative ways to use garden veggies or CSA farm share to cook delicious, healthy recipes. Naidoo is both a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and a graduate of Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. For more information and to register for this program go to or call 978-531-3380.

Ipswich: Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert Series: Orange Crush, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road. Castle Hill’s 2014 Summer Picnic Concert series kicks off with Orange Crush performing ’80s cover tunes. Gates open at 5 p.m. for picnicking and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 per car for TTOR members. or 978-356-4351.