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July 24, 2011

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Gloucester: The producers of Winslowshire Festival for the Animals are bringing a new Renaissance Festival to Hammond Castle, Abbadia Mare (Abbey by the Sea). Enjoy entertainment, food, and views of Hammond Castle along with historical reenactment. Today, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Hammond Castle Museum, 80 Hesperus Ave. 978-283-7673,

Newburyport: The Greek Food Festival features authentic homemade Greek food - baked fish-plaki (Friday only), gyros, lamb shanks, souvlaki (shish kabob), pastichio, spanakopita, dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves), moussaka, kefkethes (meatballs), and homemade pastries such as baklava, karithopita, finikia, galatoboureko, kataifi, koulourakia, kourambiethes. Friday through Sunday. Greek Orthodox Church, Harris Street.

Newburyport: The Newburyport Kitchen Tour is a fund-raiser to benefit the Newburyport PTO. Visit 11 of Newburyport’s fabulous kitchens. This year’s homes include a beach house, restored antiques, new construction, and a converted church. If you are looking for renovation ideas or enjoy looking at beautiful design, this tour is a must. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Downtown Newburyport, High and State streets. $20. 978-462-6680,

Topsfield: Jumpin’ Juba mixes blues from Chicago, Memphis, and New Orleans with rootsy rock ’n’ roll, jazz, calypso, and Latin flavors. Today, 4-6 p.m. Topsfield Town Common, Route 97 and E. Common St. Free.

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