Concerts kick off in Hamilton on Sunday

Enjoy the sounds of summer Sundays, 5-7 p.m., at Hamilton’s Patton Park for the 20th season of free outdoor summer concerts, starting June 26. The park is located on Route 1A. The program is as follows: June 26, 1973 Duster (blues, reggae, folk and jazz); July 3, The Rat Pack on Broadway; July 10, Abraxas (Santana tribute band); July 17, Jah Spirit (African reggae mix); July 24, The BackTrack Band (Motown and classic power vocals); July 31, Jim Coyle & Friends (Americana and bluegrass); August 7, Psychodelic Relics (classic rock); and on August 14, The Marsh Hoppers (jazz swing). The Summer Concert Series is organized by the Hamilton Wenham Community House and sponsored by: The Institution for Savings, The Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council, the Towns of Wenham and Hamilton, Anthony & Dodge, Friends of the Wenham Council on Aging, HW Veterinary Hospital, SOLO and the Wenham Village Improvement Society. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Tabernacle in Asbury Grove (follow the pink lawn signs on Asbury Street approximately 1 mile from Lee Park, Hamilton). For more information, visit

Ward 2 Civic Association Meeting

On Tuesday, June 28, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., will host a meeting regarding the election and discussion of the proposed redevelopment project at 218-224 Cabot St. Updates issues and concerns related to events in Ward 2. will also be discussed. All Ward 2 residents and business owners are encouraged to attend. The meeting is open to the public and, weather permitting, can be held outdoors. For more information, email: [email protected], or go to:

Misselwood Concours d’Elegance at Endicott

Excellence, style and elegance are the watchwords when the historic Misselwood Estate of Endicott College hosts the 12th Annual Misselwood Concours d’Elegance July 15-17. If cars are your passion, this one is for you. All of North America’s first annual car and motorcycle show, celebrity and movie cars, race cars, 1950s Buicks and the Ferrari Dino, are some of the classics. The Cars & Coffee and Tour d’Elegance events on July 16 are free; all other events are chargeable. All proceeds support Endicott College Scholarships. Sunday’s main event features live music, food trucks, art, a silent auction, top sponsors, vendors and an elegant VIP pavilion. The launch reception will take place on Friday, July 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. Cars & Coffee Saturday, July 16, 8 to 11 a.m., with free viewing; 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 12th Anniversary Dinner is Saturday, July 16, 6 to 9 p.m. The main event day is Sunday, July 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For tickets, parking, directions, etc., visit

Peabody Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers, is holding their annual book sale, Wednesday, June 22 through Saturday, June 25, in the Gordon Room (ground floor of the library). The hours will be June 22, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; June 23, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; June 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and June 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Used books, videos, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks will be available for purchase at great prices. If possible, bring your own reusable shopping bag. Donations of lightly used books/CDs for sale can be dropped off at the Gordon Room the week of June 13-June 18. Proceeds benefit the library and support its programs, museum passes and more. The Friends members-only preview night will be on Tuesday, June 21, 6-8 p.m., in the Gordon Room. Questions? Call 978-774-0554.

Gather and Write for Elders and Veterans

In partnership with Patton Homestead, The Room to Write invites seniors and veterans to participate in free informal writing sessions Tuesday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. in June and July at the historic Patton Homestead, 650 Asbury St., Hamilton. Participants write on the screened porch overlooking the park or perhaps on a chair under a tree, and can stay part or all of the time. Novices and future novelists, bring your own idea or share the inspiration with others. The Gather & Write sessions take place on June 14, 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19 and 26. Bring your own writing materials, paved playpen, upper lot or on gravel in the lower lot, then head out to the screened porch either through the front door or the back of the main house. Questions? Contact Linda Malcolm, Coordinator, at: [email protected] Or visit: www.theroomtowrite.orgWhere

Chorus North Shore Show Saturday

On June 25, Our Lady of Hope Church in Ipswich will host a concert with selections from Faure Requiem and Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” from 7-9pm. Soloists Erin Smith, soprano and Nathan Halbur, baritone, will be accompanied on harp by Emily Lewis, Frank Corbin, Ph.D. Proof of vaccination and masks are essential. The concert is significant in the Chorus’ 90-year history, bringing light and peace in these difficult times. To hear selections from previous concerts, visit:

Salem celebrates the fourth

After a two-year hiatus, “Salem Celebrates the Fourth,” which entertains approximately 15,000 residents and guests at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, will return to the historic Salem waterfront this year on Saturday, July 2 for an evening of music. free, fireworks and celebration. The Hillyer Festival Orchestra will return to the stage, preceded by the opening act “Dis N Dat”, a group of steel drums. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or beach chairs, as seating on Derby and Central Wharves is first-come, first-served. Food will be available for purchase.

‘Mudhook’ play Ipswich on June 18

Mudhook, a Manchester, New Hampshire-based band specializing in traditional songs, folk ballads, instrumentals and contemporary sea songs, will be on board at Along The Way Coffee House, 12 Meeting House Green in Ipswich, for a show on Saturday, June 18. Join the kind of singing that has made it a staple of concerts and tall ship events in New England. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 per person and light refreshments will be available. Masks are not mandatory but recommended. Questions? Call 978-350-2487.

Children grow up on June 22

The Peabody Institute Library’s free children’s gardening program grows in the yard on June 22 at 2 p.m., when children will have the chance to learn the basics of gardening while planting vegetables in the raised garden bed. the main library. They will also pot their own plants for home use. The library garden will be maintained throughout the summer, so the children can come back and watch the plants grow. Middle and high school students can volunteer to help out and earn community service hours. For more information on volunteering, email Teen Librarian Allison Bridgewater at [email protected] Children of all ages are welcome; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required online at Note: Subject to cancellation due to weather.