A big, fat Greek festival

The Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church cooks up its annual Greek Festival this weekend on the grounds of the Hellenic Center at 117 County Road (Route 1A). The church will be serving up roasted leg of lamb, spanakopita, dolmathes, gyros, baklava and other Greek delicacies, and there will be plenty of Greek music and dancing, vendors, a fun photo booth, and big cash raffle prizes. Hours are Saturday, July 13, from 12:30 to 11 p.m. and Sunday, July 14, from 12:30 to 7 p.m. The $5 admission is valid for both days; children under 10 are welcome for free.

Journey with The Great Escape

The Journey tribute band The Great Escape kicks off Castle Hill's Picnic Concert series this Thursday, July 11, in Ipswich, performing on the grand allee overlooking Crane Beach from 7 to 9 p.m. Enjoy the sounds and stroll the gardens' 32-piece sculpture exhibition. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner, ice cream and beverages, including beer and wine, from vendors; no outside alcohol is allowed. Gates to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, open at 5 p.m. Admission is $35 per car, $25 for Trustees of Reservation members; motorcycles and walk-ins are $10 for nonmembers, $8 for members. Visit thetrustees.org/picnicconcerts for more details and weather cancellations. 

A Paddle for Plummer 

The Plummer Youth Promise Foundation's sixth annual Paddle for Plummer splashes down on Saturday, July 13, starting at 6 a.m. at the foundation's waterfront property at 37 Winter Island Road, Salem. This event raises significant funds for the Plummer Home, which is dedicated to providing young people who leave foster care or the juvenile justice system with a nurturing and supportive home environment. Participants will enjoy paddling, live music, food, waterfront spin and yoga sessions, and more. For information or to register, visit plummeryouthpromise.org/get-involved/paddle-for-plummer/.