The Dane Street Congregational Church will host its 35th annual free Spring Pops Concert on Friday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. at church, 10 Dane St., Beverly. Avard Rushton will conduct the Dane Street Church Community Concert Band, For more information, call 978-922-4325.
Ipswich Museum’s Special Women’s Luncheon is scheduled for Friday, June 7, at the Heard House, 54 South Main St., at 11:30 a.m. Join independent costume historian Katy Bishop, for “Underneath It All: A Century of Fashionable Undergarments and Accessories, 1810-1910,” a revealing look at the long hidden secrets of attaining the perfect women’s figure. Tickets are $75; please RSVP to the Ipswich Museum, at 978-356-2811.
The North Shore Players of Danvers present Neil Simon’s “Rumors” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 7, 8 and 9, at the Hogan Regional Auditorium, 450 Maple St., Danvers. The play centers around a deputy mayor of New York who invites eight friends to his anniversary party, then attempts suicide. Or does he? “Rumors” was Neil Simon’s first farce, and the New York Times said the play’s only goal was to get laughs. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15/$20, available at the door or online at www.northshoreplayers.org.
On Friday, June 7, at 10:30 a.m., Hamilton-Wenham Library invites visitors to learn about Faith Trumbull Huntington, an 18th century woman who, when traveling to the patriot encampment in Roxbury during the siege of Boston in 1775, arrived on the day of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Researcher Margaret Meahl’s presentation is based on family archives at the Connecticut Historical Society, with details culled from primary source documents (letters, newspaper articles, art), and sheds light on many issues: girls’ education, religion, Colonial women, the war, mental illness, funerals and family bonds. Free and open to the public.
The Northshore Universalist Church (NSUU) in Danvers will host an A Cappella Concert on Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m. Presented by the voluntary group SoulSong, “Songs of Peace and Healing for Challenging Times”is a free program of multi-cultural music and songs of peace. There will also be a sing along. SoulSong’s mission is, through song, to bring peace to the souls of those with serious illnesses and/or at the end of life. Anyone interested in this ministry should contact Helen Brandt, the Founder/Director of SoulSong. No audition is required. The church is located at 323 Locust St. (Rte 35), and donations accepted. For more details, contact Ms. Brandt at the church: 978-774-7582, or visit www.nsuu.org.
On Friday, June 7, the 11th annual Salem Arts Festival kicks off with a free reception at 7 p.m. at Salem’s Old Town Hall. Sponsored by Salem Waterfront Hotel, it’s the first in a showcase of events lasting through Sunday, June 9, rain or shine, in the heart of Salem. This free celebration of arts, culture, creativity, and community features over 200 artists, four performance areas, onsite art-making, local artisans and makers selling their creations, a juried art exhibition, and a temporary eco-friendly public art installation ‘Roots on the the Row’ on Artists’Row. A joint project of Salem Main Streets and Creative Collective, it features a juried Art Gallery in Old Town Hall, an artisan street fair in the surrounding Pedestrian Mall, and live performances on Derby Square and Front Street. In the event of bad weather, outdoor events move indoors. Volunteers are encouraged to contact Kylie Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org for sign up at salemartsfestival.com/call-for-volunteers. For more information, visit www.salemartsfestival.com.
On Saturday, June 8, the Bourque Family Foundation will host the Second Annual 7.7K Road Race fundraiser at Ferncroft Country Club, 10 Village Road, Middleton. The race falls just one day before the 18th Anniversary of Ray winning the Stanley Cup, and the foundation strives to continue the impact made through his community leadership by supporting a wide variety of charitable and educational endeavors. Both the 7.7K Run and the 5K Walk will take off at 4 p.m. There will also be a Mites Fun Run taking place for children at 3:30 p.m. Registration prices are: runners $40, walkers $30, mites $10 and team $35. Registration is open open until June 8. Following the race there will be food, beverages, and live music. For more information, email: email@example.com, or call 978-502-7828.
The Ipswich Museum and Ipswich ReCreation & Culture will present six Saturday-night performances of “Goodnight, Captain White,” a maritime history-mystery. Written by Mark Stevick and directed by Lynda Robertson, the play’s setting is Salem in 1830, when the fabulously wealthy Joseph White is found dead in his bed at his own party. The audience becomes party guests turned Committee-of-Vigilance for this historical whodunnit. Performances are June 8 and 22, July 13 and 27, and Aug. 10 and 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Heard House, Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main St., Ipswich. Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 for museum members and $20 for students. For tickets go to: https://goodnightcaptainwhiteipswich.brownpapertickets.com.
Beverly’s Cove Community Yard Sale will be held rain or shine on Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 19 E. Corning St. Tables are $20 each, $25 for non-members. Proceeded benefit the Scholarship Fund. For more information, or to reserve a spot, contact Nancy Coletti at Nancygrav@comcast.net.
The Topsfield Historical Society’s 51st annual free Strawberry Festival, takes place on the Topsfield Common on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with strawberry shortcakes will served in Emerson Center. Also this year: a juried craft show with over 65 artisans, a Youth Artisans Fair, Kingsnakes playing in the gazebo, children’s games and tours of the 17th century Parson Capen House. Hot dogs, drinks and snacks will be available, Admission to this family event, sponsored by TD Bank, is free and there is plenty of free parking. For more information, contact chairperson Shawn Whitworth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A wine tasting benefit for The House of the Seven Gables will be held Saturday, June 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. “The Art of Wine” will make some 100 wines available for tasting on the Gables’ outdoor lawn area overlooking Salem Harbor, along with light bites and music. The wines, from Salem Wine Imports, will include premier wines valued at up to $100 per bottle. There will be a silent auction featuring bottled wine and a gift certificate for two for a Salem Food Tour. Discounted wine can be ordered on the day of the event, which runs rain or shine (with a tent covering the tasting area). Tickets are $38, available at Salem Wine Imports, 32 Church St.; online at localwineevents.com (fees apply), or by calling 978-741-9463. A Facebook event page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/412204299600954/
The City of Peabody’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Day is Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, at the Department of Public Services, 50 Farm Ave. City residents may dispose of up to a car’s worth of hazardous materials. Contractors may not dispose of materials. Clean Harbors Environmental Services will be on site to accept oil-based paints (no latex paint), varnishes, pesticides, spray cans and other household hazardous chemicals. You may also dispose of mercury-containing waste, including batteries, thermometers, thermostats, and fluorescent lamps. The recycling center at 50 Farm Ave. will be closed. For a full list of accepted materials, call the Health Department at 978-538-5926, or Department of Public Services at 978-536-0600. Cost is $20 per household, payable by check to “City of Peabody.” Proof of residency is required. TVs and computer monitors will also be accepted with the purchase of a $20 sticker per item, available on-site. Non-residents may drop off materials from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and must pay the full fee ($30 for up to 3 pounds/gallons, $36 for up to 10 pounds/gallons or $60 for up to 25 pounds/gallons). For more information, call the Health Department at 978-538-5926. This event is co-sponsored by the Peabody Municipal Light Plant.
The Plummer Youth Promise Foundation is holding its 6th annual Paddle for Plummer event on Saturday, July 13, at its waterfront property at Plummer Youth Promise, 37 Winter Island Road, Salem. This day full of energy, fun and fitness raises significant funds for the Plummer Home which aims to find a family for every child. Participants and spectators enjoy paddling, live music, food, waterfront spinning, SUP yoga with sponsors and vendors. For information/registration, visit: https://plummeryouthpromise.org/get-involved/paddle-for-plummer/
The Marblehead Museum & Historic District present ‘The Patriot Houses: An Exclusive Tour’ on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is your chance to explore the magnificent interiors of five of Marblehead’s finest privately-owned Revolutionary and post-Revolutionary-era houses, all built for families who put their lives on the line to fight for the establishment of the fledgling country. Set your own pace as you they walk through downtown Marblehead to visit these storied homes, includeing the two gems known as Bank Square: the Jeremiah Lee Mansion and the Robert “King”Hooper Mansion. Check-in and pick up your tour guide booklet at the Marblehead Museum, 170 Washington St. $35 members; $40 nonmembers. Tickets available the day of, or online at marbleheadmuseum.org, in person at 170 Washington Street, or call 781-631-1768.
On Monday, June 10, The Historic Derby Street Neighborhood Association is hosting a tour and of Salem’s historic ship the Friendship. Meet on the ship at Derby Street at 6:30 p.m. for coffee and snacks, meet your neighbors, and get a tour of all the repairs done to her and learn what is next. The HDSNA is for all who live, work, or play in the neighborhood. We encourage you to join us at our monthly meetings. The next meeting is the annual summer picnic in August, date to be determined.
On Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m. the Beverly Public Library will host Books & Brunch, a special book group in celebration of our Summer Reading theme, “A Universe of Stories.” The group will discuss “Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon,” by Robert Kurson at Bonefish Harry’s, 218 Cabot St., Beverly. Registration is required and you must be 21+. Discussion titles are available at our checkout desk. To register stop by the Reference Desk or call 978-921-6062. Questions? Contact Lisa at email@example.com.
St. Peter’s Church in Beverly will host a concert featuring 500 years of guitar music with New York guitarist, composer and recording artist Peter Griggson on Saturday, June 15, at 7 p.m. in the church at 4 Ocean St. There is onsite and street parking. Griggson will provide a chronological tour of his eclectic repertoire, from the Renaissance to the contemporary. Admission is free, but free will offerings will be accepted. A concert preview is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2lFywZSjhI. Griggson has performed more than 600 concerts in a wide range venues, and recorded on Treecastle Music, Folkways Records, Locust Records, Music of the World and CD Baby.
Best-selling author and award-winning journalist Dan McNichol will present the next program in the “Seven Lectures at Seven Gables” series, sharing tales of travel through America’s interstate roadways taken in his 1949 Hudson. “The Great American Road Trip” is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Come early to check out antique and vintage cars gathered for the occasion by the North Shore Old Car Club. McNichols will discuss how new roads quickly gave rise to motels, diners, historical markers and tourist attractions. Tickets are $10, free for Gables members. To reserve a spot, visit https://store.7gables.org/Events.aspx; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 978-306-7003.
The First Baptist Church in Beverly, 221 Cabot St., will hold its Spring Rummage Sale in the church gym on Friday, June 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. Clothing, small appliances, toys, books and more will be for sale. All proceeds benefit the work of the church. For more information, visit: www.fbcbeverly.org
The June Women’s Connection Brunch will be held Monday, June 10, from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m., in the Lighthouse Point Room at Danversport Waterfront, 161 Elliott St. (Route 62), Danvers. Guest speaker Barbara Austin will demonstrate how to make any place beautiful by creating a garden, as well as sharing “Smiling Through Life’s Difficulties” — how you, like flowers, can bloom where you are planted. Brunch is $17 inclusive and all women are welcome. To make a reservation, call Jan at 978-303-7873 or email Laura at email@example.com.
Tickets are on sale for Salem State University’s public lecture featuring PBS “Masterpiece” executive producer Rebecca Eaton on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Eaton’s lecture will be at Salem State University’s Sophia Gordon Center. Tickets are $25 general admission, $10 for Salem State students, and are available at salemstate.edu/series or by calling 978-542-7555.
The Swampscott High School Drama Club announces the return of Swampscott Summer Theater, a fun-filled musical theater program for kids entering grades three through nine. This year’s program will culminate in a performance of Seussical Kids, Aug. 1, at 11:30 a.m. in the Swampscott High School Auditorium. Kids get a chance to act, sing, dance, play theater games, and do projects. The program runs three mornings a week beginning July 2, ending Aug. 1, and is available to kids from Swampscott and surrounding communities. Email Director Jim Pearse for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org) . For more information, call Director Jim Pearse at 617 459 2440.
North Shore Idol, affiliated with the Theatre of Light, is offering its 6th annual one-week Summer Musical Theatre Program for North Shore children ages 7 to 15. The theme is: “A Tribute to Queen and Freddy Mercury.”Rehearsals will be at the North Shore Children’s Theatre, 10 Tioga Way in Marblehead and the performance will be at the Old North Church in Marblehead. The program takes place Monday through Friday, July 29 through Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enrollment, limited to 15 participants, is now in progress. There are a few openings still available. For more information or to enroll your child, call 978-210-9818 or email: email@example.com .
The Miracle League of the North Shore’s remaining spring date is June 15. Children with cognitive and physical abilities play together on the Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf (CCCBSD) field, the only fully accessible, rubberized baseball field on the North Shore at 6 Echo Ave., Beverly. Player registration and volunteer arrivals begin at 9:30 a.m., with warm-ups at 10 a.m. The game begins at 10:30 am, followed at 11:30 a.m. with pizza. The league is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that gives children with unique challenges a chance to play baseball as a part of a team in an organized league at no cost to their family. Every player bats and scores a home run each inning, with volunteers serving as buddies. For more, visit: www.cccbsd.org/community/miracle-league or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.