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Sleigh Bells and Stage Production Top Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Calendar

A look at local weekend events in Hamilton and Wenham and nearby areas of the North Shore.

Take a look at all sorts of locally handcrafted gifts at Wenham Museum and help the less fortunate in the two towns this weekend.

There’s also a reception for a local artist on Saturday night and the YMCA is hosting a family-friendly stage production in Ipswich.

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.

If you have great ideas of your own that you want to share, please feel free to add them in the comments section at the bottom.

1. SLEIGH BELL ARTISAN FAIR

Where/When: Wenham Museum, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, 12–4 p.m.

Why Go: It is a weekend full of fun at the museum, with a variety of local artists selling handcrafted gifts at one of the first holiday craft fair’s in the region this year. There will be a silhouette artist on hand all three days and Flying Yankee Toy Train Designer Ben Merry will be there on Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Also remember to bring along an unwrapped toy for North Shore 104.9 and state Senator Bruce Tarr’s toy drive.

Pricing: Free

2. FAMILY GAME NIGHT

Where/When: Pinkberry, 23 Enon St., North Beverly; Friday and Saturday, 6-9 p.m.

Why Go: Pinkberry invites families and friends to stop by on Friday and Saturday night to “enjoy free board games fun for the whole family.” Pinkberry says it will supply the games “but you are more than welcome to bring your own as well."

Pricing: Free

3. CHARLOTTE’S WEB

Where/When: Ipswich Town Hall, 25 Green St., Ipswich; Friday, 7 p.m. and Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Why Go: The North Shore YMCA Theatre Company brings Charlotte’s Web to life on the stage. The theater company, which draws students from many communities across the North Shore, has been rehering for most of the fall for the big shows this weekend.

Pricing: $6 children, $8 senior and $12 for adults.

4. PUBLIC SAFETY FOOD DRIVE

Where/When: All across Hamilton and Wenham; Saturday, before 9 a.m.

Why Go: This is one event that every can participate in and can happen right at home. Public safety workers from the two towns, including police officers, firefighters and dispatchers will go to every home in Hamilton and Wenham to collect food donations for Acord food pantry. Remember to have it out along the road at the end of your driveway by 9 a.m. in a recycling bin. And make sure none of the food is expired since Acord cannot hand out expired food.

Pricing: Free

5. TIMOTHY NEILL ARTIST'S RECEPTION

Where/When: Mingo Gallery and Custom Framing, 284 Cabot St., Beverly; Saturday, 5-8 p.m.

Why Go: Mingo will host an artist's reception for Hamilton-native Timothy Neill, who owns Allied Conservation. According to the gallery, Neill’s work “is representational in nature, however both his still life and figurative pieces utilize dramatic lighting and compositions which create a palpable narrative much broader than what is seen on the canvas.” His paintings are “nostalgic, candid, and even riddled with a touch of mystery.” Light refreshments will be served.

Pricing: Free

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