BY MURIEL C. HOFFACKER
The Salem News
---- — Here are The Salem News' Best Bets for celebrating summer this weekend:
Sift through the treasures at South Congregational Church's annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 60 Prospect St., across from Macy's in Peabody. Men's, ladies and children's clothing, bed and bath linens, curtains, shoes, pocketbooks and other items will be available for purchase. Everyone is invited to check out the bargains. For more information, call 978-531-1964.
Kick-off summer with themed games, tie-dye, face paint, contests, a jump in the bounce house, prizes and more at Ipswich High School Interact Club's Summer Kick-off Carnival from 8 to 11:30 a.m., at the polo field on Waldingfield Road in Ipswich. Bring a T-shirt to tie dye, or buy one at the tie-dying booth. Admission is $10 for children and $25 per family. All proceeds support the club's future projects. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Find out if a “rose is a rose is a rose” at Ipswich Museum's Old Rose Sale from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Historic old rose bushes from the gardens at the Whipple House will be available for purchase for $25 each. All proceeds benefit Ipswich Museum's gardens. The sale will be held at the Whipple House at 1 South Village Green in Ipswich. For more information, call 978-356-8696.
Sail over to Fisherman's Beach at 10:30 a.m. for the Annual Harbor Festival in Swampscott. The festival kicks off with Swampscott Yacht Club’s Blessing of the Fleet at 10:30 a.m. The yacht club will be selling hamburgers and hot dogs. Then, at 1 p.m., Swampscott Rotary Club’s Duct Tape Regatta casts off and all proceeds raised will be used to fund clean-water projects. The Swampscott Public Library will host the local teen band concert from 4 to 9 p.m., featuring 10 of the hottest bands on the North Shore. Afterwards, if the weather cooperates, the yacht club will have a bonfire on Fisherman's Beach, which is located near the yacht club at 425 Humphrey St. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.noblenet.org/swampscott/.
Flip-flop into summer at St. Michael's Society's dance from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., at 15 Endicott St. in Peabody. All are welcome to dance along to rock 'n' roll music by the Lee Hawkins Band. Admission is $5 per person. For details, call St. Michael’s at 978-532-3208.
Don't miss Danvers Polish Club's annual picnic from 1 to 6 p.m. at 12 Cheever St. in Danvers. The club's picnic is part of the Danvers Family Festival and includes a DJ, Polka music, Polish food and traditional picnic fare, a moon bounce, balloons, ice cream and more. The free picnic will take place rain or shine and the community is welcome to attend. For more information, visit www.danversfamilyfestival.com.
The Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice is sponsoring a free community screening of “The House I Live In,” at 3 p.m. in the National Park Service Visitor Center at 2 New Liberty St. in Salem. The film is a 2012 Sundance Film Festival award winner and focuses on the tragedy of addicts being treated as criminals. According to the Salem Award Foundation's website, more than 45 million arrests have been made since the war on drugs began four decades ago. Directed by Eugene Jarecki, the 52-minute educational documentary examines the seriousness of drug abuse, what has gone wrong with the fight against drugs, and possible solutions. A question-and-answer session will follow with Whitney Taylor of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts; Barbara Dougan of Families Against Mandatory Minimums; and Attorney Matt Gilbertson of Massachusetts Public Counsel Services. For more information, visit http://www.salemaward.org/, or click here to watch the official trailer on YouTube.
Pack a blanket and a picnic and celebrate summer with the first concert in the 11th season of Hamilton's Sundays in Patton Park Concert Series. Broadway in the Park, featuring popular show tunes performed by local talent, will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gazebo at Patton Park, which is located near the Police and Fire Stations in Hamilton. The free concert is suitable for all ages. In case of rain, call 978-468-4818 for the concert location, or visit http://communityhouse.org/adultsall-ages/ for more information.