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Chelsea: "Passing Secrets: A Year on the River's Edge," an exhibition of 24 highly detailed, color-saturated photographs by award-winning journalist Madeline Drexler, are displayed through Aug. 29 at Chelsea City cafe, 73 Washington Ave. The images document an abandoned factory and an overgrown nature trail and reveal the surprising beauty of benign neglect. The cafe's gallery is open Monday and Tuesday, 7 a.m.-noon; Wednesday-Friday; 7 a.m.-noon and 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 617-884-9887,

Danvers: An exhibit of watercolors by Danvers artist Sally Rothman is at Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., through Sept. 24. Viewing by appointment and on Sundays during the service, 10 a.m.-noon, starting Sept. 9. 978-774-7582.

Gloucester: North Shore Arts Association, 11 Pirates Lane, celebrates its 85th anniversary with the "Past & Present" exhibition, Aug. 28-Oct. 28. Paintings and sculpture from early and founding members will be displayed alongside work by current artist members. Reception Aug. 28, 2-4 p.m. In conjunction with this show the association is publishing a catalog with a history of the organization and color plates of works by early members. The Summer Lecture Series presents "An Evening with Nathaniel Hawthorne" starring Norman Jones, Aug. 29, 7 p.m. Jones, an associate professor of theater at Gordon College, brings to life the famed Salem writer Nathaniel Hawthorne in an hourlong performance. Lecture $8. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. 978-283-1857,

Gloucester: An exhibit and art sale to benefit Annisquam Village Association will be held Sept. 1-3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Annisquam Village Hall, Leonard Street. Featured artists include Walter Dean, Ken Gore, Robert Gruppe, Joseph Kaknes, James Kerr, Maria Lizst, and Wayne Morrell. 978-281-0680.

Gloucester: The third annual Gloucester New Arts Festival, "workweek: an experimental vacation," features five artists in residence, sharing ideas, integrating with the community, and culminating in performances and installations Aug. 24-26. GNAF aims to show innovative work from the outer borders of contemporary art and performance. This year's artists will create works in dance, sound, installation, and sculpture. Jennifer Monson will give a site-specific dance performance at the opening event, Aug. 24, 6 p.m. A Rocky Neck art scavenger hunt, organized by the artists of Rocky Neck Art Colony, will be held Aug. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to use alternative modes of transportation on Transportation Awareness Day, Aug. 25. CATA bus lines will provide free service for their Red Line buses, and Harborside Cyle is offering half-price bike rentals. A tour of the sites and informal discussion will be held Aug. 26, 11 a.m. Locations and schedule details online at Information also available at seARTS office, 11 Center St. All events are free.

Gloucester: "A Sea Garden," a large-scale installation celebrating unique aspects of Gloucester and Cape Ann by artist Rose-Marie Glen in collaboration with master ships rigger Stan Dulong, builder Craig Dulong, and architect Renate Heuser, is on view through the summer at Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, Harbor Loop. Featuring more than 600 linear feet of individually painted banners rigged on masts from local shipyards, the work reaches 40 feet above the docks. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 978-283-7188,, 978-281-0470.

Haverhill: "Put a Little Light in Your Life," Merrimack Valley Camera Club's annual photography exhibition, continues through Sept. 3 at Buttonwoods Museum at Haverhill Historic Society, 240 Water St. More then 100 photographs capture visions of a wide variety of subjects. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 978-374-4626.,

Ipswich: Paintings by Nina Lapierre and jewelry designed by Joanne Demetra are exhibited through Aug. 26 at Hall Haskell House, 36 South Main St. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 978-356-7881.

Ipswich: River Gallery, 4 Market St., is featuring oil paintings by Ipswich artist Janice Colby and oil paintings by Andover artist Sharon Hayes through Sept. 2. Fifteen other artists are exhibiting paintings, photography, jewelry, hand-blown glass, hand-carved birds, and ceramics. Free. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 978-356-1559,

Malden: "Electronica Artistica," a multimedia exhibition by Trevor Toscano, is displayed at MATV Gallery, 145 Pleasant St., through Aug. 27. Open Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free., 781-321-6400.

Malden: Nineteen artists are showing paintings, drawings, and etchings in the fifth annual Malden Sketch Group Exhibit at Commerce Place, 350 Main St., through Sept. 28. Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Reception will be held in the lobby Sept. 7, 6-8 p.m., in conjunction with the opening of Window Arts Malden on Sept. 8. For information about the sketch group, contact, 781-245-2337.

Marblehead: Fourteen artists will exhibit their work, Sept. 1 and 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., on the lawn of 280 Ocean Ave. on Marblehead Neck. Rain date Sept. 3. The exhibit "Evolutions '07" includes watercolors, oils, acrylics, photographs, etchings, prints, sculpture and ceramics. Also, live music by New Hampshire singer and songwriter Ted Sink. Saturday at 2 p.m., "The Wake-up Caller," a Tribeca Film Festival short film will be shown, and Sunday at 2 p.m., "What Does Your Soul Say?," a documentary examining the wellsprings of spirituality will be screened.

Marblehead: Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., presents the group show "9" featuring local artists known as P.A.D., or Professional Artists Dialogue. Maria Lakhman is showing mixed-media works in "Blue Color Emotions." "Pixels and Palettes" features works by watercolorist Judy Arnold and photographer Mike Dupuis. Shows continue through Aug. 26. 781-631-2608,

Marblehead: Acrylic and watercolor paintings by Suzanne Hennessey are displayed in the Virginia Carten Gallery at Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., through August. 781-631-1481,

Marblehead: Erlich Gallery, 96 Washington St., is featuring "Seaforms," shells painted in luminous pastels and other ocean-themed paintings by Robert Peterson, through August. 781-631-1202,

Newburyport: At Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water St. Paintings in oil and pastel by Ann Goldberg are displayed through Aug. 29. Reception, Aug. 24, 7-9 p.m. Goldberg will paint in the gallery the week of the show. The Fall Members' Juried Show Part I will be displayed Aug. 24-Sept. 16. Reception and awards ceremony, Aug. 25, 7-9 p.m. "Wild Thing: Wildlife Photography to Make the Heart Sing," by Richard Seeley, Aug. 30-Sept. 5, in Hills Gallery. Reception, Aug. 31, 7-9 p.m. Open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free. 978-465-8769,

Newburyport: Watercolor paintings by Anne Recchia are featured at Bridge Gallery, 113 Merrimac St., through August. Free.

Newburyport: A yearlong exhibit of contemporary sculpture by New England artists is displayed at Somerby's Landing Sculpture Park, at the west end of the boardwalk near the Black Cow Tap & Grill. Four new sculptures by Michael Alfano, David Skora, and Rob Lorenson join the sculptures on exhibit by Wendy Klemperer, Robert Motes, and Dale Rogers. Meet the artists at the reception Aug. 23, 5-7 p.m., at the sculpture park. Rain location: second floor, Firehouse Center for the Arts, 1 Market Square. 978-768-3600.

Newburyport: Photographs by Eva Timothy, owner of Illumea Photography in Newburyport, are displayed at Firehouse Center for the Arts, second-floor gallery, 1 Market Square, through Sept. 3. Reception, Aug. 25, 2-4 p.m.

Newburyport: "Courting Nature's Bliss," photography by Patricia Bashford, is displayed through Sept. 2 at MassAudubon's Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike. Open Tuesday-Sunday and Monday holidays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 978-462-9998,

Rockport: Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St. The Fourth Summer Show, with painting, graphics, sculpture, and the Fourth Summer Photography Show, Aug. 25-Sept. 27. Aug. 25, 7:30-11 p.m.: annual costume ball, "RAA Goes Hollywood," featuring a red carpet entrance and dancing to live music by Secret Agent. Come dressed as a favorite Hollywood personality or movie prop. $25. Reservations required. Outdoor painting classes, workshops for adults and children, sketch groups. Artist members give demonstrations in the Hibbard Gallery at 7:30 p.m. $5. Aug. 23: John Fleming, drawing. Aug. 28: Margaret Laurie-Abramo, watercolor painting. Aug. 30: David Curtis, oil painting. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. 978-546-6604,

Rockport: Thacher Island Association presents its annual Art and Photography Show, Aug. 23-26, in the Rockport Chamber Music Hall, 37 Main St. The exhibition opens with a reception Aug. 23, 6-9 p.m., and continues Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Works by more than 60 artists and photographers will be featured, including several works from the recent Art Days held on Thacher Island. Partial proceeds benefit Thacher Island restoration. Free. 978-546-2250.

Salem: Experimental Art Gallery & Studio, in Artist Row, 24 New Derby St., No. 4, presents "Digressions," explorations in painting and color on metal by Paul Walcott, through Sept. 2. Open Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 781-439-1540.

Swampscott: Acrylic paintings by Francesca Bastarache are displayed at Sovereign Bank, Vinnin Square, through Oct. 31. Reception, Aug. 24, 7-9 p.m., 781-842-4951.

Topsfield: Topsfield Town Library, 1 South Common St., is showing an exhibition of handcrafted furniture by Michael Dressen through August. Open Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tuesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, noon-5 p.m. 978-887-1528.

Salem: Salem artist Paula Beaulieu is exhibiting her work at New Civilitea, 318 Derby St., through Sept. 16.

Salem: An exhibition of monotypes by Coco Berkman is displayed at Cinema Salem, One East India Square, through Aug. 31. Berkman, whose studio is at Redbrick Art Center in Beverly, is one of the artists involved in the new partnership between Redbrick and Cinema Salem.,, 978-927-5615.

Salem: Students in Nordia Kay's watercolor classes at the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore exhibit their work in "Art In The Park," through Sept. 4, at Grosvenor Park, 7 Loring Hills Ave. Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 978-741-5700.

Wenham: Oil paintings by local artist Lorrie Berry are displayed at Wenham Tea House, Monument Street, through Sept. 4, with 20 percent of sales donated to the Wenham Tea House to support its philanthropic endeavors.


Marblehead: Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor's "Autumn Palette Art Auction" will honor the memory of artist Bunny Hannaway Sept. 16 at Tedesco Country Club. Art preview at 5:30 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar 6-7 p.m. Live auction at 7 p.m. Proceeds will fund The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor's scholarships and philanthropic projects. $20; two tickets for $35. Tickets at Arnould Gallery & Framery, 111 Washington St.; The Garden Collection, 155 Washington St.; and Marblehead Reporter, 122 Washington St. Tickets also at the door. 781-639-0624 or, or 978-741-0033 or

Rockport: Auction 2007, the annual goods and services auction sponsored by the Rockport Chamber of Commerce, will be held Sept. 14 at Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St. Auction preview and silent auction 5:30-7 p.m., live auction 7:15 p.m. Auction items online at To reserve a table, donate a good or service, or make a financial contribution, call 978-546-6575.


Beverly: Neverland Theatre will hold auditions for adults, teenagers, and children older than 5 for "Seussical the Musical" Aug. 27 at Temple B'nai Abraham Theater, 200 East Lothrop St. Times: 5:30 p.m. for ages 8 and younger, 6:30 p.m. for ages 9-12, 7:30 p.m. for ages 13-17, 8 p.m. for adults. Audition fee $4.

Beverly: Coro Stella Maris, a Renaissance music vocal ensemble based on Cape Ann, will hold auditions for all sections in soprano, alto, tenor, and bass voices through Aug. 31. Choral experience and good sight-reading preferred. Rehearsals Mondays at 7 p.m. in Beverly Farms, beginning in September. 857-919-4218 or e-mail for appointment.

Beverly: The newly formed St. John the Evangelist Community Players is looking for singers and male actors to perform "God on the Back Burner (Call of the Broken Heart)," a nondenominational inspirational drama. Tryouts Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-10 p.m., in August, and on Sept. 5, 7, and 10 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 111 New Balch St. To sign up, call 978-927-4819 or 978-685-4734,

Lynn: Follow Hymn Interfaith Choir, a North Shore-based community chorus, will hold auditions Aug. 27, 6-10 p.m., and Sept. 4, 6-9 p.m., at Lynn Arts Inc., 25 Exchange St. The choir is an interfaith, multicultural performance organization, offered by Follow Hymn Interfaith Music Ministries, Inc. ( It is committed to using the power of music through song, movement, and spoken word as a tool to bridge cultural gaps and provide greater understanding and awareness of all people. Repertoire is sung in English, Hebrew, Spanish, and Swahili. Singers with choral experience, ages 18 and older, are invited to audition. Sight-reading skills are helpful but not required. Rehearsals Mondays, 7-9 p.m. For appointment, or 781-953-1849.

Salem: Ages 6-18 may audition for the Theatre of Light's fall production, "Narnia, the Musical," Aug. 28, noon-6 p.m., at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Appointment required. 781-631-8175.

Saugus: Theatre Company of Saugus will hold auditions for "45 Seconds From Broadway" by Neil Simon, Aug. 27 and 28, 7:30 p.m., at the Little Theatre at St. John's Episcopal Church, Central and Prospect streets. Readings from the script. Auditioners may prepare a monologue. Roles open for six men and six women of varying ages. An apprentice assistant stage manager is also needed; candidates may e-mail the director or attend the auditions. Performances Nov. 9-17. or e-mail

Wenham: Gordon College will hold open auditions for its Symphonic Chorale, a choral ensemble made up of members of the local community, along with Gordon students, faculty, staff and alumni. Auditions 6:30-9 p.m., Aug. 27 and 30, in Phillips Music Center (office L110), on campus, 255 Grapevine Road, Rehearsals,Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 4. For appointment, 978-867-4429 or


Salem, Beverly: Music at Eden's Edge presents "The 18th Century Grand Tour in August," featuring sonatas and suites of baroque and early classical Europe performed on period instruments. The concert includes rarely heard music of Le Roux, Couperin, Laurenti, Mondonville, and Purcell, and works by Corelli, J.S. Bach, and Telemann. Performances: Aug. 24, 8 p.m., East India Marine Hall, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. $22, students $16 (includes access to Maritime galleries). 978-745-9500, ext. 3011. Aug. 25, 8 p.m., Endicott College Chapel, 376 Hale St., Beverly. $22, students and seniors $16. 978-270-4463,

Salem: Ensemble Tre's will perform "Hark How the Songsters, Baroque Music of England," Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m., at House of the Seven Gables Visitor Center, 115 Derby St. An evening of music and song followed by a cocktail and dessert reception. Deborah Rentz-Moore, mezzo soprano, and Jayne West, soprano, will perform duos and solos by Purcell and Handel. Michael Beattie, harpsichord; Lisa Brooke, Baroque violin; and Daniel Rowe, Baroque cello, provide instrumental sonatas and collaboration. $45. Reservations suggested. 978-744-0991, ext. 126, or


Gloucester: Gloucester Rotary Club sponsors a Comedy Night, Aug. 30, 8 p.m., at Cruiseport Gloucester, Rowe Square, featuring Paul D'Angelo, Tony V., Dave Rattigan, and Amy Tee. Doors open at 7 p.m. $25. Proceeds benefit Rotary projects. Tickets at Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce or 978-283-8600.


Danvers: The Danvers Police Department hosts its annual DARE summer car shows at Liberty Tree Mall every Wednesday through September. Local car enthusiasts show off their vehicles, 5-10 p.m., in the back parking lot of Liberty Tree Mall, across from Marshall's and the Sports Authority entrance. Donations benefit the DARE program. If it rains, the event shifts to Thursday.

Danvers: The Dunn Planetarium program, "50 Years of Space Exploration," takes a look at past achievements and examines the future of space exploration. A tour of the night sky is accompanied by music, science, and stories. Shows Fridays, 7 p.m., through Sept. 14 in Dunn Planetarium at Danvers High School, 64 Cabot Road. Tickets $2.50. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Free parking in front of the school and next to the tennis courts.

Gloucester: The schooner Thomas E. Lannon will host a Welcome the Bluenose sail on Aug. 30, noon-2:15 p.m., departing from Seven Seas Wharf at Gloucester House Restaurant, Route 127. The Lannon will sail out to greet the Schooner Bluenose II and return in its company to the Inner Harbor. $50. Reservations suggested. The Bluenose II, a reproduction of Nova Scotia's famous fishing schooner, will be berthed at Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, 23 Harbor Loop, during the Gloucester Schooner Festival., 978-281-6634.

Hamilton: Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic will be held Sept. 5-9 at Coldwell Banker Previews Grand Prix Field, Route 1A, adjacent to Myopia Hunt Club, South Hamilton. Jumper riders compete for more than $200,000 in prize money, culminating with the $75,000 Fidelity Investments AGA Grand Prix and the $10,000 Mohegan Sun Speed Stake on Sept. 9. Open daily 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission Wednesday-Friday. On Saturday, $20; 13 and older $15; younger than 13 free. Sunday $25; children $15; younger than 6 free. VIP tickets for the week $160; VIP table (seats 10) $1,550. Parking is free during the week, $5 Saturday and Sunday. "Ultimate Resort Family Day" activities begin at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 8. Ms. Massachusetts and Ms. Teen Massachusetts will sign autographs. Also, face painting for children, relay races for all ages and abilities, a cookie-decorating contest, hayrides, and an equestrian parade and fashion show with horses. On Sept. 8, the Lovelane Luncheon and Hat Contest, a benefit champagne luncheon for Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program, will be held in a ringside tent for children and adults. All female guests are encouraged to wear fun and creative hats at the luncheon. For tickets, contact Lovelane at or 781-259-1177, ext. 22. Also Sept. 8, the City to Saddle Luncheon benefits City to Saddle, a program that enables underprivileged children to enjoy the benefits of horseback riding. Tickets at, 978-283-7708.

Ipswich: The annual Crane Beach SandBlast! sand sculpture competition will be held Aug. 25 at Crane Beach, Argilla Road. Sculpting begins at 8 a.m.; judging at 4 p.m. Rain date, Aug. 26. Friendly competition at all levels children, teenagers, family, adult, corporate, organizations, and master blasters. The theme is "Save the Wave." Advance registration fee (includes parking) for a team is $29. Day of registration team fee is $7 plus regular beach admission. To ensure entrance, preregister at Rules online at or call 978-921-1944, ext. 4028. No advance sales for spectators.

Wenham: Super Summer Saturdays, a weekly outdoor market with free entertainment for families, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at 300 at Main. Aug. 25, Peter Stewart in concert.


Gloucester: The Gloucester Schooner Festival will take place Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1 and 2, with sailing races and shoreside events. Participating vessels range from 19 feet to more than 125 feet in length. Events on Saturday include Gloucester Maritime Heritage Day actitivies, dory races, the lighted boat parade, and a gala fireworks display over Gloucester Harbor. Sunday morning, a grand Parade of Sail passes the Boulevard promenade (Stacy Boulevard, Route 127) as more than a dozen large schooners head out to sea for the Mayor's Race. 978-283-1601,

Salem: The 25th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival, held Aug. 25 and 26 at Hawthorne Cove Marina, 10 Cove St., is a showcase of classic sailboats, powerboats, and hand-powered craft, including a 19th-century canoe, 1920-'40s mahogany runabouts and cabin cruisers, and sloops, sharpies, yawls, and schooners. Meet skippers and crew and vote for your favorite boat. Highlights include a Blessing of the Fleet (Sunday, 3-4 p.m.), a crafts market, antique automobiles, children's activities, live musical entertainment, and the Grand Parade of Boats in Salem Harbor (Sunday afternoon, depending on the tide). Hours: Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission $5; children younger than 12 free. For information or to enter your classic boat, call 617-666-8530 or 617-868-7587.


Rowley: Rowley Public Library, 141 Main St., Route 1A, shows free movies Mondays at 6 p.m., through August. All movies are rated PG and have been selected to appeal to young adults, age 10 and up. For movie titles and schedule, 978-948-2850 or


Salem: Historic Salem will hold a "Summer Sipping" fund-raiser aboard the schooner Friendship, Aug. 26, 6-9 p.m. Enjoy fine wines and cuisine, music by Jazz in the Air! The event will be dockside. In case of thunderstorm, it will be at St. Joseph's Hall on Derby Street. Handicapped accessible (prior notice requested). Friendship requires visitors to wear soft-soled footwear. $60. Tickets at HSI office, 9 North St.;; 978-745-0799.

Wakefield: Dancing with the Stars of BKP, a dinner and dance to support small libraries in the Philippines, will be held Sept. 15, 7 p.m.-midnight, at Wakefield Elks Lodge, 63 Bay State Road (Exit 41 off Route 128). $40 at the door; $35 before Sept. 5. One hour of group dance instruction is included. Also, Filipino cuisine, raffles, and music by a DJ. Dress is semiformal. The Bagibg Kulturang Pinoy (New Filipino Culture) is a registered organization that promotes love of reading among children living in low-income areas in the Philippines. BKP collects gently used children's books in the United States to establish small libraries where children can borrow books. Call Emile Rivera McSweeney, 508-527-0504; Ning Zuelke, 508-650-4245; or Liz Freeman, 781-246-2836.


Ipswich: The Trustees of Reservations hosts guided tours of Castle Hill, the "Great House" of the Crane Estate, Thursdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon, through Oct. 6. Recommended for ages 8 and older. $10, younger than 18, $5. The grounds and first floor of Castle Hill are accessible to the handicapped. Landscape tours are held Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Tours last 90 minutes. Bring comfortable shoes and a water bottle. $5. Purchase tickets for house and landscape tours at the gate, 290 Argilla Road. Completed in 1928, Castle Hill was once the summer residence of Chicago plumbing industrialist Richard T. Crane Jr. and his family; the 59-room English-style mansion features a library with 17th-century carvings by Grinling Gibbons, and luxurious bathrooms with Italian marble and sterling-silver fixtures manufactured by the Crane Co., 978-921-1944, ext. 4009.

Ipswich: Trustees of Reservations hosts guided tours of the Paine House at Greenwood Farm, 47 Jeffrey's Neck Road, Saturdays and Sundays, 1-3 p.m., through Oct. 7. The 1694 house on its original saltwater farm location features a rare 17th-century indoor dairy. Tours focus on architectural construction, archeology, and the Colonial Revival period during which the Dodge family lived on the farm. Recommended for ages 8 and older. $8, younger than 18 $5. Grounds are free; open 8 a.m.-sunset. 978-921-1944, ext. 4009;


Rockport: Free lecture at Rockport Public Library, 17 School St., Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. Author Todd Balf traces his interest in history to his days in Rick Ives's history class at Rockport High School. Balf, a former senior editor of Outside magazine and a frequent contributor to Men's Journal and Fast Company, will release his new book, "Major," in February. 978-546-6934.


Gloucester: Book signing with Captain Jim Sharp, author of "With Reckless Abandon," Aug. 24, 3-5 p.m., at Schooner Adventure on Cruiseport Gloucester Pier, 6 Rowe Square. Free. 978-281-8079,

Newburyport: Author Howard Frank Mosher will read from his latest novel, "On Kingdom Mountain," Aug. 27, 7 p.m., at Jabberwocky BookShop, 50 Water St., Tannery Mill No. 1. Free. 978-465-9359,


Danvers: Rebecca Nurse Homestead, 149 Pine St., was home to one of the women who were hanged during the Salem witch trials of 1692. The site is open Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., through Labor Day; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4:30 a.m., through Oct. 31. $5, ages 16 and younger $3, includes tour of house, old burying ground, replica of Salem Village Meetinghouse. 978-774-8799,

Gloucester: Cape Ann Historical Museum, 27 Pleasant St., is showing "Fitz Henry Lane and Mary Blood Mellen: Old Mysteries and New Discoveries," a scholarly exhibition exploring the artistic relationship between Lane and his most famous student and sometime collaborator. Free gallery talks by museum staff Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Lecture, Aug. 23, 7 p.m., "The American Sublime in Trans-Atlantic Perspective," presented by Tim Barringer of Yale University's art history department, in the auditorium. Lecture is free; suggested donation $10. The museum will be open until 6:30 p.m. on the day of lecture. The exhibition continues through Sept. 16. Also, through Sept. 23, the museum presents a show of still-life paintings by Cape Ann artist Paul Strisik (1918-1998). Works by students attending Annisquam Arts is on display in the education room through August. Walking tour of Fitz Henry Lane's Gloucester, led by Courtney Murphy, Aug. 25, 9 a.m. $12. Reservations required. 978-283-0455. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. $6.50; seniors $6, students $4.50.

Marblehead: Marblehead Museum and Historical Society events. Judy Anderson, Lee Mansion curator, leads walking tours of Marblehead, 1-3 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month through Oct. 6. Learn about some of Marblehead's 17th-century houses and sites, including Old Burial Hill, Doliber's Cove, Redd's Pond, and Fort Sewall. Meet at Jeremiah Lee Mansion, 170 Washington St. $5. The Vintage Model Pond Yacht Display, in the Frost Gallery, 170 Washington St., honors the 75th anniversary of the M design model yacht. Exhibition continues through August. Free admission. "Pirates & Privateers in Marblehead," paintings, portraits, documents, and re-creations of the mercenaries who sailed the region's waters in the 17th and 18th centuries, is displayed at Jeremiah Lee Mansion through December. Guided tours of the 1768 Lee Mansion offered through October. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Museum admission $5, seniors and students $4.50. 781-631-1768,

Marblehead: G.A.R. Meeting Room & Civil War Museum, second floor, Old Town House at Market Square, will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 25, Sept. 8 and 15, and Nov. 11. Free. The G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) was a Civil War veterans organization founded to provide support for soldiers and their families. The G.A.R. Room is preserved as it was when the last meeting was held in the 1930s. The DVD, "Marblehead and the Civil War," is shown throughout the day and is available for purchase. 781-631-1768,

Nahant: The Nahant Historical Society, 41 Valley Road, is exhibiting "Sacrifice of Self: Nahant and the Civil War" through Sept. 2. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Free. 781-581-2727,

Salem: In March 2007, the federal government designated The House of the Seven Gables nationally significant in the areas of historic preservation and architecture. In honor of becoming a National Historic Landmark District, The House of the Seven Gables will host a Preservation Lecture Series and a celebration party. On Sept. 19 at 7 p.m., the first lecture in the series provides an overview of the evolution of the preservation movement and changing philosophies. Free. The Gables' Landmark Celebration will be held Sept. 23, 4-6 p.m. Join Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne and dignitaries in a sunset toast on the seaside lawn. Tour The Gables. Also, music, hors d'oeuvres and open bar. $50. Advance reservation required for the party. Held at the Visitor Center, 115 Derby St. 978-744-0991,

Wenham: The exhibition, "Links to the Past: Historic Golf Courses of the North Shore," continues through Oct. 22 at Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. See historic North Shore courses and clubhouses in early photographs as well as the equipment golfers used long ago and the prizes they won. Test your skills at an indoor putting game and answer golf trivia on an electronic question-and-answer board. Special events held in conjunction with the show. Gary Larrabee will present "Historic Golf Courses of the North Shore," lecture, tour, and book signing, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. Free. Wenham Museum's annual benefit golf tournament will be held Oct. 2 at Myopia Hunt Club. Player fee $325. Register for golf tournament at 978-468-2377, ext. 105, or e-mail Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6.50, seniors $5.50, ages 2-16 $4.50. 978-468-2377,


Amesbury: Live music, Sundays, noon-3 p.m., at Powow River Grille, 33 Main St. Aug. 26 and Sept. 2, Danny Harrington; Sept. 9, Steve Wark Duo; Sept. 16, Dan Stevens; Sept. 23 and 30, Danny Harrington. 978-388-2300,

Essex: The annual Essex Music Festival will be held Aug. 25, noon-7:30 p.m., at Centennial Grove on Chebacco Lake, Route 22. Sweet Loretta's Snake Oil Jug Band hosts this outdoor acoustic music festival, which features folk, bluegrass, blues, Cajun and Zydeco, ragtime, Celtic, maritime, and country music performances. Musicians include Old Cold Tater, Daisy Nell and Captain Stan, Squeezebox Stompers, Tom Eaton and Pick 3, Chick & Ellen, Tamarac, Orville Giddings Acoustic Band, the Backwoods Ramblers, Paul Prue, Three Sheets to the Wind, Herb Broadbent, Carol Littlefield McIntyre, the Snake Oil Parlor Ensemble, Dusty and Joanna and friends, Bob and Jen Strom and company, Allan Aunapu, and Not That Blonde. All musicians are invited to bring instruments and join the Jam Circle. Bring a picnic, swim in Chebacco Lake, and watch jugglers perform. $6, children free. Proceeds benefit the restoration of Centennial Grove, a historic lakeside park. No pets permitted. 978-468-6581,

Gloucester: Harpist and composer Christine Tulis celebrates the release of her newest CD, "Portal," with a concert of contemplative, healing music, Aug. 25, 7 p.m., at Yoga for Health, 124 Main St. Accompanied by Kem Stralka on keyboard and percussion. $12. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Ipswich: Castle Hill's Thursday picnic concert series is held outdoors, 7-9 p.m., at the Grand Allee, 290 Argilla Road. Gate opens at 5 p.m. for picnicking. $25 per car. Tickets available at gate only. Concert series: Aug. 16, Entrain, jazz, funk, rock, and blues; Aug. 23, Beantown Swing Orchestra, playing '40s big-band swing; Aug. 30, Orville Giddings Band, boogie blues. Concerts canceled in severe weather. Call 978-921-1944, ext. 4028, for last-minute update.

Marblehead: The second annual Accessibility Benefit Concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., begins at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 25. "HELP! With a Little Help From Our Friends" will feature Beatles songs interpreted by acoustic musicians. Proceeds will benefit the accessibility project at the church, which hosts art and music programs throughout the year, including the me & thee coffeehouse and Marblehead Summer Jazz. Performers include Brooks Williams, Scott Alarik, Tony Toledo, Geoff Bartley, Raymond Gonzalez, Lisa Watkins, Debra Cowan, Thea Hopkins, Lenny Solomon, Shawn David Madden, Lin Sprague, and Paul Lee. $20. Tickets at,

Newburyport: Firehouse Center for the Arts, 1 Market Square, presents Tom Rush, Sept. 2, 3 and 7 p.m. $32. Sonya Kitchell, singer and songwriter, will perform Sept. 14, 8 p.m. $25. 978-462-7336,

Wakefield: Middlesex Concert Band will perform Aug. 29, 7 p.m., on Wakefield Common, Common and Main streets. Free. Sponsored by Wakefield Chamber of Commerce. 781-245-0741, b_wheelchair{gt}


Gloucester: Rhumb Line, 40 Railroad Ave. Open Jamm on Mondays. Open Mike with Fly Amero, Wednesdays. Dave Sag's Blues Party on Thursdays. Aug. 24, Three Day Threshold; Aug. 25, Groove Therapy; Aug. 26, Allen Estes & Orville Giddings; Aug. 31, Jamm Down. 978-283-9732.

Haverhill: Live music at the Peddler's Daughter, 45 Wingate St. Shows at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 23, Anna Fair; Aug. 24, Pop Farmers; Aug. 25, Revels Glen; Aug. 31, Celtic Clan; Sept. 1, Mike Barrett. No cover charge. 978-372-9555,

Manchester-by-the-Sea: The Landing at 7 Central. Friday and Saturday entertainment, 9 p.m.-midnight. Aug. 24, Nat Simpkins & Henri Smith; Aug. 25, Ric St. Germaine. Casual dress. No cover charge. 978-526-7494.

Marblehead: Landing Restaurant & Pub, 81 Front St. Weekend entertainment in the pub from 8:30 p.m. Aug. 23, Code 51; Aug. 24, Acoustic Alligators; Aug. 25, the Groove Cats; Aug. 30, Chad Hollister; Aug. 31, the Zacklys; Sept. 1, the Groove Cats. Casual dress. No cover charge. 781-639-1266.

Newburyport: CD release party for songwriter Eilen Jewell, Aug. 26, 6-9 p.m., at Glenn's Restaurant & Cool Bar, 44 Merrimac St. Free; donations welcome. 978-465-3811,

Salem: Guitarist and vocalist Michael Kirsch will perform Aug. 24, 8:30 p.m., at CinemaSalem Cafe, 1 East India Square. No cover charge. 978-774-1400.


Beverly: North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, presents musical "The Three Musketeers" through Sept. 9. Performances Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., matinees Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., ASL interpretation on Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. $75-$40. Related free events: Aug. 28 and 29, Meet the Theatre after the 7:30 p.m. performance, audience discussion with the artists; Sept. 2, Spotlight on History, a free preshow discussion focusing on historical issues related to the performance; Sept. 6, Out at the North Shore, an evening for the gay and lesbian community with a post-show reception; Sept. 8, Meet the Theatre after the 2 p.m. performance, audience discussion with the artists., 978-232-7200.

Beverly: Monet's Garden Art Cafe, in the Red Brick Art Center, 95 Rantoul St., hosts a Thursday night "Garden Party" series featuring storytellers, musicians, filmmakers, writers, poets, and playwrights. Storyteller Judith Black headlines the series with performances of "That Faded Scent" Sept. 6 and "North Shore Stories" Aug. 30. Shows at 8 p.m. Dessert buffet is $8.95. For tickets, 978-927-9270,

Gloucester: Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St., presents "The Widow's Blind Date" by Israel Horovitz, through Sept. 2. Set in Wakefield, a seemingly lighthearted reunion of three former high school classmates moves on to a stunning conclusion. $35, seniors and students $30. 978-281-4433,

Gloucester: "Van Gogh: The Final Lesson," will be on stage Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. at West End Theatre, 1 Washington St. In this one-man play, the artist recounts his life and the all-consuming passion that drove him to madness, while painting an original work of art. $20. Proceeds will benefit Annisquam Village Association. 978-281-0680.


Exeter: Original handmade contemporary furniture and lathe-turned bowls by John McAlevey are featured during August at Exeter Fine Crafts, 61 Water St. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 603-778-8282.

Portsmouth: Gallery 280 at Children's Museum of Portsmouth, 280 Marcy St., celebrates the wonder and diversity of the animal kingdom with the "Animals in Art" exhibition through Sept. 2; featuring drawings, paintings, fabric art, photography, and Chinese brushwork by Seacoast artists. Free admission to Gallery 280. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Admission to the museum: $6, seniors $5. 603-436-3853,

Portsmouth: See the restoration of the interior of the Music Hall and dance to Miami-based Latin band Tiempo Libre at the theater's opening gala on Sept. 8. Doors open at 7 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m.; for ages 21 and older. $50. Proceeds benefit the Music Hall's Community Outreach Program. Held at the Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., 603-436-2400.

Portsmouth: Riverrun Bookstore, 20 Congress St., hosts a book signing by Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher, Aug. 23, 7 p.m. Free. 603-431-2100.

Portsmouth: Stonewall Kitchen presents the annual Twilight Auction to benefit AIDS Response Seacoast Aug. 25 at Frank Jones Center, 400 US Route 1 Bypass. Bid on a privately catered dinner party for eight at River House in York, Maine, weekend getaway packages, work by local artists, and more. Dinner at 4 p.m.; silent auction 4-6 p.m.; live auction 6:30 p.m. $25, includes dinner and a bid card. Proceeds will help fund community services provided by AIDS Response-Seacoast, a nonprofit community-based HIV/AIDS service organization dedicated to providing education, direct assistance and advocacy to persons and communities affected by HIV infection. 603-433-5377, ext. 2234,

Portsmouth: Pontine Theatre presents "The Peace of Portsmouth" on Aug. 26 as part of the annual celebration of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Anniversary. The performance is at 2 p.m. at Pontine's West End Studio Theatre, 959 Islington St. Based on the Portsmouth Peace Treaty of 1905 and using period newspaper articles, historical photographs, and turn-of-the-century music and staging techniques, this international diplomatic event is explored from the viewpoint of local citizens. $20. Reservations recommended. 603-436-6660,