Good causes

FALL FOLIAGE EVENT & FUNDRAISER. Thursday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 18, Moraine Farm, 719 Cabot St., Beverly. Salem’s Bobbie Bush Photography presents the second annual Fall Foliage Event & Fundraiser to benefit the Friends of the Olmsted Landscape. Half-hour photo sessions for children or families will be available at various times on the aforementioned dates. The $100 donation per family goes directly toward the Friends’ mission of preserving the original integrity of Frederick Law Olmsted’s landscape design at Moraine Farm. Schedule a fall foliage portrait session at 978-744-6918, or visit for more details or to fill out an online reservation form.

WALK TO END HOMELESSNESS. Saturday, Oct. 18, 8 a.m. to noon, Lynch Park, 55 Ober St., Beverly. Family Promise North Shore Boston hosts a Walk to End Homelessness to support its mission to end homelessness one family at a time. Registration confirmation, T-shirts, coffee and breakfast items available at 8 a.m., followed by 5K walk at 9 a.m. Rain or shine. Course begins at Lynch Park and travels through downtown Beverly, then back to Lynch Park for food, raffle prizes, face painting and more. Details and registration at

ANTIQUE APPRAISAL DAY. Saturday, Oct. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. , Swampscott. The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library holds an antique appraisal day with Kaminski appraiser Mary Westcott. $10 per item, $25 for three. No jewelry, coins or stamps. If items are large, bring photos. 781-596-8867.

EIGHTH ANNUAL NORTH SHORE WALK FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE. Sunday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m., First Church Congregational, 40 Monument Ave., Swampscott. Three-mile walk to benefit Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, walk aims to raise $25,000 or more. Registration is $25 at 1 p.m.; walk begins at 1:30 p.m. Free T-shirts for first 100 walkers. Walk was started by Wistran family of Swampscott to honor Dr. Daniel Wistran, battling Parkinson’s disease since 1997. There is no known cure for Parkinson’s, a degenerative nerve disorder that will be diagnosed in 60,000 Americans this year alone. For more information, call 781-307-5804 or email Donate online at

ANNUAL HALLOWEEN WITCH RIDE. Sunday, Oct. 19, 1 to 5 p.m., 26th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association fundraiser by motorcycle enthusiasts from across the state. Scenic ride from Boston Harley-Davidson on Route 16 in Everett to Shetland Park in Salem. All bikes welcome. Tickets and details at For weather updates on the day of the ride, visit

WORKING TO HEAL BREAKFAST, HAWC. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Sponsored by HAWC, which supports individuals experiencing domestic violence. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, the program will feature a speech by a former HAWC client, who will share their story about the healing process as a survivor of abuse. Individual tickets $55 person, and sponsorships available at For information call Maryanne Tierney Askwyth, 978-744-2299, ext. 127, or


COFFEEHOUSE CONCERT. Saturday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., Maple Street Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers. Folk rock and country singer Kirsten Manville, accompanied by a guitarist, fiddler and bass player, will be the guest artist. Public welcome. $15 adults, $10 students and seniors, free to children under 10. 978-774-4510.

ALUMNI SONGWRITERS CONCERT. Monday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., Salem State University Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave., Salem. SSU alumni Molly Madigan, Via Perkins and Ross Livermore perform a concert of their beautifully-crafted original songs in combination with their extraordinary musicianship. Free admission. 978-542-7890,


PEM/PM EVENING PARTY: BALANCE IN MOTION. Thursday, Oct. 16, 6 to 9 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. Inspired by Calder — an artist, engineer and master of movement — explore the beautiful tension between balance and motion. Marvel at aerial silk and static trapeze performances, experience the physics of swing dance led by skilled instructors, watch indoor kite flying and try art making that challenges one’s balance skills. Admission: Free/members and Salem residents (with ID); $10 nonmembers. 978-745-9500,

MODEL SHIP SHOW. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18 and 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Torigian Community Center, 79 Central St., Peabody. Hundreds of model ships made by modelers from Greater Boston will be on view at the Model Ship Show. All types of models from wood, paper, plastic and other miscellaneous media will be on display, and modelers will be in attendance to discuss their work and share stories. Family-friendly show. Free admission and parking. Enter through the side entrance. 978-531-2254,

WITCH CITY 5K. Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Salem Willows, 167 Fort Ave., Salem. A 5K costume race. Race winners and costume contest winners receive prizes. Post race party and awards ceremony will be held at Tavern in the Square at 11:30 a.m. 781-990-7063,

PROVIDENCE GRAYS BASEBALL GAME. Saturday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Salem Common. Watch baseball the way it was played during the time of the Civil War. The Providence Grays take on the Brooklyn Atlantics in two 1864-style vintage baseball games. See how much the game has changed since the time of no gloves, wool uniforms, and heavy wooden bats.

WINE TASTING. Saturday, Oct. 18, 5 to 7 p.m., Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish Center, 80 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. Event features wines from around the world with gourmet pairings. Admission is a $5 donation to support the church. Open to the public. Register at 781-631-0086 or

‘WHO DID THE WITCH BEWITCH IN SALEM?’ Saturday, Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m. to midnight, Knights of Columbus, 94 Washington Square, Salem. Inaugural mystery and Halloween party for ages 21 and up. Free buffet, cash bar, dancing and surprises. 978-998-9788,

AN EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLAN POE. Saturday, Oct. 18, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Finz, 76 Wharf St., Salem. An intimate, one-night-only experience with the dearly departed Edgar Allan Poe, whose spirit returns to Salem to perform dramatic readings of “The Raven,” “A Tell-Tale Heart” and more. Event includes music, morsels and cocktails. Each guest receives an exclusive item commemorating the experience. Period costumes encouraged. 978-741-1850,

Theater & performance

‘VIOLET.’ Marblehead Little Theatre’s production of “Violet” is on stage Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 19 at 2 p.m., at 12 School St., Marblehead. Written by Brian Crawley, “Violet” is based on “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

‘HAMLET.’ The Sea Change Theatre Company presents William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” the classic tragedy of vengeance, murder and madness, on stage Friday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 18 at 3 and 8 p.m., in the performance space inside Dane Street Church, 10 Dane St., Beverly. Tickets purchased in advance cost $15 for adults and $12 for children, students and seniors; tickets at the door cost $20 for adults. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, call 978-500-3885 or email

MARIAH MALONEY DANCE COMPANY PERFORMANCE. Monday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m., Salem State University, O’Keefe Center, Multipurpose Gym, Canal Street, Salem. Mariah Maloney’s recently-premiered “Light” will be among the works performed by members of Maloney’s dance company and students of Salem State’s dance program. “Light” features dancers interacting with strands of lights and LED costumes. Free. 978-542-7890,


WHOLE SHEBANG: ARTS/CRAFT FAIR AND FLEA MARKET. Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kevin O’Grady School, 112 Sohier Road, Beverly. Event features artwork for sale — including paintings, greeting cards, earrings, decorative items — created by the Northshore Recovery High School and Kevin O’Grady School students; food; music; face painting; outside vendors selling art, photography, sewing, jewelry, crafts, white elephant and more. For more information, contact Kathy Hardwick at

Lectures & presentations

“TENT TALK.” Thursday, Oct. 16, noon, Salem Witch Trials Memorial, Liberty Street, Salem. The Salem Award Foundation is hosting a 15-minute “Tent Talk” by Salem State University Assistant Professor Margo Shea, titled “What Does the Salem Witch Trials Memorial Really Mean?“ Talk is free and open to the public.

WHITE HOUSE HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. Educator and Danvers Historical Society Trustee Sharon Taskey presents a talk on the formation of the White House Historical Society in Washington, D.C. Reservations appreciated to help with hall set up. Parking available on Page Street or in the lot at the corner of Page and Elm streets. RSVP to 978-777-1666 or $5 donation at the door for nonmembers. Proceeds benefit the ongoing preservation mission of the society.

INTRODUCTION TO TAROT CARD READING. Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Sally Cragin presents a hands-on introduction to tarot card reading. 978-774-0554,

“EVENING WITH THE ARCHIVIST.” Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Beverly High School Auditorium, 100 Sohier Road, Beverly. Beverly Education Foundation presents an “Evening with the Archivist of the United States,” an exclusive event with distinguished Beverly High School alumnus David S. Ferriero. Event features conversation and question-and-answer session with archivist, and performances by the BHS Color Guard and BHS String and Vocal ensembles. All ages welcome. Free admission.

NEW DISCOVERIES IN HUMAN GENE RESEARCH. Friday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m., Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Temple Smith will review recent discoveries in human gene research and potential benefits for health. Smith, professor emeritus in biomedical engineering at Boston University, directed the BioMolecular Engineering Research Center at BU for 20 years. Open to all. 978-744-0804 or

HAUNTED LIGHTHOUSES OF NEW ENGLAND. Friday, Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m., Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St., Topsfield. Jeremy D’Entremont, author and historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation, will share macabre tales of New England’s coastal beacons, including Portsmouth Harbor and White Island lights, as he mixes history with the ghostly. Free. Refreshments served. Information, email Anne Barrett at

QUAKER WORSHIP & BELIEFS: INFORMATIONAL PROGRAM. Sunday, Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m., Glen Urquhart School, 74 Hart St., Beverly Farms. North Shore Friends Meeting (Quaker) holds an informational program for those interested in learning more about Quaker beliefs and practice. Brief introduction to Quaker worship at 9:30 a.m., followed by meeting for worship from 10 to 11 a.m. Hospitality hour and informal discussion of Quaker beliefs and practice held after worship. School is wheelchair-accessible. Child care provided. For details, call Nancy Coffey at 978-922-2513.

SURPRISING LINKS BETWEEN SALEM AND POLAND. Sunday, Oct. 19, 2 p.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Salem State University Professor Nancy Schultz presents “Bridges Between Cultures: Salem’s Intriguing Links to Poland,” a talk about the numerous connections between Salem and Poland, both before and after the period of the Great Immigration. All are welcome. 781-631-1481,

INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGY. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7 to 8:15 p.m., Peabody Institute Library’s Main Branch, 82 Main St., Peabody. The library presents an introduction to genealogy. Learn how to start the search to learn more about one’s family tree. The library’s archivist will demonstrate what resources are available on the Internet, at the library and how to overcome roadblocks. Free; open to the public. Register in advance at or 978-531-0100, ext. 10.

OUIJA: THE MYSTERY BEHIND THE GAME. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7 to 10 p.m., Salem Waterfront Hotel, 225 Derby St., Salem. A night of ghostly evidence, a history of spirit contact, and an interactive live Ouija board experiment in which that all attendees can partake in. Robert Murch and Jeff Belanger will be the featured speakers. Event is free and open to the public.


“VAMPIRES OF NEW ENGLAND.” Presentation and screening on Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., at CinemaSalem, 1 East India Square, Salem. Dacre Stoker (great-grand nephew of Bram Stoker) will give a special presentation on the Stoker family perspective that includes seldom seen historic images on the mysteries behind Bram Stoker’s writing of “Dracula.” Dacre’s presentation will be followed by the screening of Historical Haunts LLC’s award-winning documentary “Vampires of New England,” which explores the gradual evolution of vampire mythology from stories of reanimated rotting corpses to the aristocratic Dracula. After the film, Stoker will sign autographs in the lobby.

FILM DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library’s Main Branch, 82 Main St., Peabody. The library’s Film Discussion Group will meet to discuss “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.” Free; open to the public. View the film prior to discussion. Register in advance at or 978-531-0100, ext. 10.

RADIO 92.9 HAUNTED MOVIE SERIES. Saturday, Oct. 18, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Salem Common. Bring a blanket or beach chair to watch “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” under the stars. Free.

Literature, books & discussions

AUTHOR TALK. Thursday, Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., S. Hamilton. Author Dorothy Stevens presents her latest work, “A Door Just Opened.” Stevens will read excerpts from her book, talk about her writing process and answer questions. Free; open to the public.

FARMS BRANCH BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library Farms Branch, Conrad Room, 24 Vine St., Beverly Farms. Group will discuss “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at checkout desk. Contact reference staff for availability of alternate formats. 978-921-6066,

FALL FEST BOOK SWAP & OPEN HOUSE. Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ipswich Montessori School, 75 Turnpike Road, Ipswich. Book swap, crafts and activities for children, face painting, refreshments and more. Donations of gently used books for children and adults may be dropped off at the school. 978-356-2838.

LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m., Abbot Public Library, Marblehead Room, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Group will discuss Edith Wharton’s “The Glimpses of the Moon.” New members welcome. 781-631-1481,

LITERARY LUNCHEON DISCUSSION. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., S. Hamilton. Group will discuss “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls. Bring a brown-bag lunch; coffee, tea and dessert will be provided, plus something extra inspired by the book. Free; open to the public.

JBM AUTHOR SERIES: GIRLS NIGHT OUT. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m., Kernwood Country Club, 1 Kernwood St., Salem. The JCC’s 20th annual Jewish Book Month continues with Allen Salkin, author of “From Scratch: Inside the Food Network.” Salkin presents a behind-the-scenes look at the Food Network — the business, media, and cultural powerhouse that changed the way America thinks about food — and the intersection between business, television, pop culture, food and the American audience. Event features Food Network-inspired buffet stations with hors d’oeuvres, main dishes, desserts and fun cocktail party seating. Learn more at

BRITISH WOMEN MYSTERY WRITERS. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m., Abbot Public Library, Marblehead Room, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Discussion and review of some great British Women Mystery Writers. Salem State University adjunct professor Ann McGreevy will review such writers as Agatha Christie, P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, Anne Perry, M.C. Beaton and others. All are welcome to participate in a relaxed session chatting about this favorite genre and new authors. Space is limited. Sign up in advance at 781-631-1481.

SCIFI & FANTASY BOOK GROUP MEETING. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7 to 8 p.m., Peabody Institute Library’s Main Branch, 82 Main St., Peabody. The library’s Fantasy & Science Fiction Book Group will meet. Free; open to the public. Register in advance at or 978-531-0100, ext. 10.

EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Fogg Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly Farms. Group will discuss “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” by Christopher McDougall. New members welcome. Handicapped- accessible. Discussion titles available at checkout desk. Contact reference staff for availability of alternate formats. 978-921-6062,

‘BRIDESHEAD REVISITED’ DISCUSSION SERIES. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Four-part fall book discussion series on “Brideshead Revisited” by Eudora Welty. Led by Professor Theo Theoharis. Prior to the first class, read the Prologue and Book 1. Meetings continue on Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and 12. Books available at the Main Library on first-come first-serve basis. Details and registration at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or

Children, teens & families

CHESS FOR KIDS. Thursday, Oct. 16, 3:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., S. Hamilton. Sandra Stolle teaches chess for kids every Thursday in October. All skill levels are welcome, including beginners. Registration requested at 978-468-5577. Free; open to the public.

KIDS KRAFTS. Saturday, Oct. 18, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, 78 Lynn St., Peabody. Kids ages 5 to 9 are invited for seasonal stories and a craft to take home. Free; open to the community. Registration required at or 978-531-3380.

ANNUAL CHILDREN’S HALLOWEEN PARADE & COSTUME PARTY. Saturday, Oct. 18, noon to 2 p.m., Salem Common and 89 Margin St. Children ages 3 to 10 are invited to Salem Common in costume to parade down Essex Street to a costume competition in Riley Plaza. Register at 11:15 a.m. at Salem Common; parade begins at noon. Games and crafts at the Phoenix School after the parade. Rain location, 89 Margin St. $10 admission for both events.

THE ART OF NATURE. A Pinecone for Your Thoughts – Creating a Field Notebook, Saturday, Oct. 18, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Every naturalist needs a field notebook. Create a personal nature journal of pages decorated with rubbings, sketches, stencils and silhouettes. Pages will serve as a collection of observations, poetry, doodles, drawings, lists and mementos gathered while wandering in the woods or the marshlands. Meet in the Nature Center. For families with children ages 6 to 12. Mass Audubon members: $8 adult, $7 child; nonmembers: $10 adult, $8 child. Preregistration required at or 978-887-9264.

“THE BOX!” INTERACTIVE FAMILY EVENT. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2 and 3 p.m., Salem Common. A fun, entertaining and interactive event suitable for families, locals and visitors who want to laugh. Erik Rodenhiser leads the frantic fun. Presented by the Gallows Hill Museum/Theatre and the Salem Common Neighborhood Association. Performances at 2 and 3 p.m. Free. 978-317-1169,

SENSE OF WONDER WALK: SPOOKY SPIDERS. Sunday, Oct. 19, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. All spiders spin silk, but not all make webs to catch their prey. How does a spider spin a web and not get caught in it? Learn other ways spiders use their magic threads. Suitable for children ages 3 to 18. Mass Audubon members: $7 adult, $6 child; nonmembers: $9 adult, $7 child. Meet in the Nature Center. Dress for weather; most of the program takes place outdoors. Preregistration required at or 978-887-9264.

TEEN STEAMPUNK ADVENTURE. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St., Swampscott. Catch the baroness on the loose by applying the skills that you and fellow “punks” have in all the realms of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). Open to fifth- through 12th-graders. All are welcome to bring or wear favorite Steampunk paraphernalia; all other materials provided. Space is limited; register at 781-596-8867.

Workshops & classes

PARENTING WORKSHOP. Thursday, Oct. 16, 8:30 a.m., Glen Urquhart School, Nance Assembly Room, Upper School, 74 Hart St., Beverly Farms. The Glen Urquhart School Parents’ Association presents “Creating Calm in Family Life,” a parenting workshop by Kim Woods who is an author, expert on child advocacy and Glen Urquhart parent. Woods will speak about the complexities of parents navigating childhood learning and development. Workshop includes how to set and track effective goals for children, how to deal with anxiety, and how to be a leader advocating for children’s education and wellness in today’s busy and complex world. Free; open to the public., 978-927-1064.

HIP-HOP AND MODERN WORKSHOP. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2 to 5 p.m., Endicott College, Wax Auditorium, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Artistic directors Hind Benali and Soufiane Karim of Fleur D’Orange conduct a three-hour workshop on modern dance and hip hop with influences of Moroccan culture. These Casablanca-based performers will blend European and African dance techniques as they share their extensive skills and creativity. $15 general, free/EC ID holders.

BASIC CROCHET CLASS. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to noon, Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. First of three Basic Crochet Classes. Learn to chain, single, half double and double crochet. Instruction is free. Participants are asked to bring their own supplies: one skein of worsted weight yarn in a solid light color, a size H crochet hook and scissors. Classes continue Oct. 28 and Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to noon. Details and registration at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or

MEDITATION FOR HEALTH & WELLBEING. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7:15 p.m., Beverly Public Library Farms Branch, Conrad Room, 24 Vine St., Beverly Farms. Instructor Ruth-Ellen Holland will lead a free meditation class, which includes a brief discussion of the scientifically proven benefits of meditation, clear meditation instruction, meditation practice sessions and a question-and-answer time. Free. All are welcome. 413-824-7010.

“THURSDAYS AT TWILIGHT.” Thursday, Oct. 16, 6 to 8 p.m., Phillips House, 34 Chestnut St., Salem. Wine reception, historic home movies and a twilight mansion tour. Registration required. Tickets: $15 Historic New England members, $30 nonmembers. 978-744-0440,


COOKBOOK CLUB. Friday, Oct. 17, 1 p.m., Lincoln Hall, 561 Main St., Boxford. Boxford Town Library invites all to attend its new Cookbook Club, which meets at Lincoln Hall on the second Friday of each month. Members can check out a copy of the selected book, pick a recipe and prepare it for the program. Members will sample lots of food, talk about what worked and what didn’t, and select future cookbooks. First cookbook is “Spices of Life: Simple and Delicious Recipes for Great Health” by local author Nina Simonds. Free; open to the public. Registration required at or 978-887-7323.

HARVEST TABLE. Friday, Oct. 17, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. Celebrate the bounty of the season by preparing a special menu using pumpkins, winter squash, hearty root veggies, potatoes and more as part of the Appleton Cooks! program. $60 The Trustees of Reservations members, $65 nonmembers. Register at


GREENLAWN CEMETERY TOUR. Saturday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m., Dickson Chapel, 57 Orne St., Salem. Friends of Greenalwn Cemetery hosts its fourth Greenlawn Cemetery tour themed “The Greatest Generation — Greenlawn’s Veterans.” Tour begins with introduction in the Dickson Chapel, then to various veteran burial sights. The history of the veterans, cemetery, and trees along the route will be discussed. Free admission; donations to the Friends of Greenlawn appreciated. All are welcome.

CRANBERRY PICKING & CANNING WORKSHOP. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2 to 6 p.m., Crane Wildlife Refuge, Argilla Road, Ipswich. Join TTOR staff naturalist for a cranberry workshop to learn about the history and habits of this local fruit, and get a boots-on-the-ground feel for the matrix of trails that crisscross Castle Neck. After hiking up and down soft sand dunes for about 2 miles, arrive at the bog and pick cranberries. Then, head up to the Great House kitchen on Castle Hill to make something tasty. Participants will take home some Thanksgiving recipes. The hike is fairly strenuous. Limited to ages 15 and older. $35 TTOR members, $50 nonmembers. Preregistration required at

Art exhibits & events

ARTIST TALK: AMELIA SPINNEY. Thursday, Oct. 16, 11:30 a.m., Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Talk by artist Amelia Spinney, a master printmaker and art educator whose work is on view in the Frame 301 Gallery through Oct. 31. Free; open to the public.

MEMBERS ORIENTATION & EXHIBIT OPENING. Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. “Nooks & Crannies” tour for all Athenaeum members. Discover what’s hidden away in the library, hear stories and facts about the Athenaeum’s collections, and socialize with fellow members. Wine and cheese served. Also, opening reception for fall exhibit “Bookplates: Miniature Works of Art,” an array of historic bookplates from the Athenaeum’s collection and other sources. Meet curator Elaine von Bruns. Free admission. RSVP to 978-744-2540,

SEASONAL SKETCHBOOK: FALL. Sunday, Oct. 19, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Workshop with artist Sandy McDermott begins with a short walk to Rockery Pond to focus on a pond scene, then after a quick sketch of the landscape, select some details to work on. Class held almost entirely outside with a fair amount of walking over uneven terrain; dress and plan accordingly. If it rains, participants will work from photos provided by the instructor, or they can bring their own. Some drawing experience will be helpful. Goal of the class is to sketch a landscape as a vignette and showcase a few details from that landscape on the same page. Meets in the Barn. A materials list will be sent. Program for adults. $45 Mass Audubon members, $54 nonmembers. Registration required at or 978-887-9264.

WATERCOLOR DEMONSTRATION. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m., Middleton Senior Center, 39 Maple St., Middleton. Middleton Arts Association continues its project on Middleton Landmarks by hosting a watercolor demonstration with guest artist Louise Anderson. Public invited. Those painting along may use their choice of medium and bring their own supplies. Wheelchair-accessible. Refreshments served. $3 donation from nonmembers. Program supported in part by a grant from the Middleton Cultural Council. Finished artwork will be exhibited at Flint Public Library in November. For more details, contact Carolyn at 603-557-4422.

ARTIST IN GALLERY. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Photographer Kathy Archer will be in the gallery. All are welcome., 781-631-2608.

EXHIBIT RECEPTION & LECTURE. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Exhibit features a visual exploration by Essex County Greenbelt of local land conservation, complemented by the work of local artists, in the Abbot Library’s Virginia A. Carten Gallery. Public invited to a free reception, with light refreshments, to meet Greenbelt staff members. At 7 p.m., join Dave Rimmer, Greenbelt’s director of land stewardship, for an illustrated talk, “Ospreys in Essex County: The Dramatic Comeback Story of this Magnificent Bird of Prey.” Exhibit on view through Oct. 22. 781-631-1481,

ONE-WOMAN SHOW. On view through January, 2015. The Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in Danvers invited Salem artist Sheila Farren Billings to feature her work in a one-woman show as part of the hospital’s Illuminations program, a rotating art exhibit designed to enhance the hospital’s environment of care. The show features “feel-good” paintings.

GROUP ART EXHIBIT. On view through Sunday, Nov. 30 at Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. Group art exhibit by 13 members of the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church features an eclectic mix of oils, watercolors, acrylics, photography and crafts. 978-774-7582,

“REDACTIONS” EXHIBIT. On view through Monday, Nov. 3, CinemaSalem, 1 East India Square, Salem. CinemaSalem presents “Redactions,” an exhibition featuring a collection of collages, assemblages, and objects created by Courtney Chelo. Exhibit is free and open to the public during regular CinemaSalem hours.

“LIES IN THE DUST.” On view through Wednesday, Nov. 5, Salem State University, Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Exhibit titled “Lies In the Dust: Constructing A Graphic Novel” features the work generated by the creation of the new graphic novel, “Lies in the Dust: Tales of Remorse from the Salem Witch Trials,” which is the story of Ann Putnam Jr. written by author Jakob Crane and illustrated by artist Timothy Decker. Admission is free and open to the public. 978-542-7890 or

“FLOATING BY.” On view through Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Gallery at Grosvenor Park Nursing Center, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Salem. Exhibit features work by John Fogle, an award-winning photographer who lives in Marblehead. The gallery is open seven days a week. For more information, call 978-741-5700.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT. On view throughout October at Stetson Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Exhibit of photographs of Marblehead by June A. Rhodes.,

“CONFLUENCE IV.” On view through Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Gallery at Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul St., Beverly. An exhibit of abstract paintings by resident artist Jessica Hartley. Open to the public. Learn more at or

FLYING HORSE OUTDOOR SCULPTURE EXHIBIT. On view through Sunday, Nov. 23, on the grounds of Pingree School, 537 Highland St., S. Hamilton. Fifth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit features more than 40 sculptures by 34 artists displayed on Pingree’s 100-acre campus. Free; open to the public during daylight hours., 978-468-4415.

EXPRESS YOURSELF EXHIBIT. On view through Tuesday, Oct. 21, Endicott College, Carol Grillo Gallery and Desnoyers Overlook of the Manninen Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Express Yourself Inc. is celebrating 20 years in performance with its “Party in the Set” exhibit. Express Yourself celebrates cultural diversity and collaboration with isolated youth from 17 Department of Mental Health facilities. Since 1989, more than 7,000 children have worked collaboratively with artists, including Blue Man Group, STOMP and Keith Lockhart, to create set designs, visual art and performance pieces for Express Yourself’s grand celebration at the Wang Theatre. These sets are on display in the “Party in the Set” exhibit and feature large, colorful works of art, including puppets, origami fabric, lanterns, silhouettes and geometric patterns. Free; open to the public. 978-232-2655,

MAA PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITS. On view through Sunday, Nov. 2 at the Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Photography exhibits on view in six galleries at the MAA.

ART BY PEABODY TEACHERS. Eight visual arts teachers from Peabody public schools will present a group exhibition of their personal artwork through Friday, Nov. 14 at ArcWorks Community Art Center, 22 Foster St., Peabody. The show highlights work by elementary, middle and high school visual arts teachers Cynthia DeSando, Carolyn Dexter, Penny Nelson, Katy Millman, Sara Steffensmeier, Elaine Barry, Erin Clark and Melissa Guimaraes. The exhibited media include jewelry design, photography, painting, printmaking and textiles. For more information, call the ArcWorks Community Art Center at 978-531-7146.

“CELEBRATING 75 YEARS!” An exhibit that explores 75 years of growth and change of Endicott College will be on display through Friday, Dec. 19 in the Halle Library Archive and Museum Gallery at Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Barbara Broudo at 978-232-2257 or

“JUDDRULES.” Montserrat College of Art presents an exhibit by New York-based artist Franklin Evans through Saturday, Dec. 13, in Montserrat Gallery, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Evans is a painter whose works are process-based physical environments, surrounded by the source materials that inform his paintings. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or contact