Evening oceanside performances and a walk through newly preserved land in Hamilton are two of this weekend’s events.
Plus, Asbury Grove’s duathlon returns on Saturday and the Old Ipswich Days runs all weekend just up Route 1A – that’s all part of this week’s weekend events preview.
Below, get the when and where for those events and other happenings in Hamilton, Wenham and the nearby area.
Remember, each Friday Hamilton-Wenham Patch’s “Get Out” weekend planner brings you a quick guide to local events and activities.
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1. OLD IPSWICH DAYS
Where/When: Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day; South Village Green, Route 1A
Why Go: About 65 artists and crafters will be on display on the common and Friends of the Ipswich Library will be hosting its book sales – plus food will be for sales – at the annual summertime event in Ipswich.
2. SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: ‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM’
Where/When: Lynch Park, 55 Ober St., Beverly; Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m.
Why Go: The show will be in Beverly, but this weekend’s performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to kick off Homecoming has strong Hamilton connections. The directors are Katie Stewart, a Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School graduate, and Jonathan Kinney of Hamilton and includes many actors from both towns. And the venue cannot be beat – set in Lynch Park’s rose garden, just feet from the ocean.
Where/When: Asbury Grove; Saturday, registration at 7 a.m., race starts at 8 a.m.
Why Go: Maybe you’re not a good swimmer but have always wanted to do a triathlon – a duathlon is a good place to start. Saturday morning’s race starts and ends at Asbury Grove and includes a 2.4 run, 9.7 bike and 2.4 run. Winners get a gift certificate to the Asbury Grove coffee shop.
Where/When: Donovan Fields; Sunday, 1 p.m.
Why Go: It’s another chance to get a guided look at the newly conserved Donovan property with the Greenbelt's Director of Land Conservation, David Santomenna. Meet in the parking lot of the playing fields.
5. SUNDAYS IN PATTON PARK CONCERT: GLOUCESTER HORNPIPE & CLOG SOCIETY
Where/When: Patton Park; Sunday, 5-7 p.m.
Why Go: The Hornpipe and Clog Society bring “a lively mix of Celtic jigs and reels, American Colonial-era tunes, sing-along sea chanteys” to Patton Park on Sunday night. Remember to bring a chair or blanket plus pack dinner. In case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors to the Community House.