Five Things to Know Today in Hamilton and Wenham: July 20

An essential get-me-going daily morning column from Hamilton-Wenham Patch.

Today is Friday, July 20. Here are five things you need to know:

1. Relief: Wow, Thursday was a refreshing break from what had been quite a streak of hot and humid weather. And Friday is forecasted to be even cooler, with temperatures topping out around 80 degrees. The sun is also is the forecast straight through Sunday.

2. Teddy Bears and Trains: We’re coming up on two registration deadlines for popular summer events for kids at – the Teddy Bear Picnic and Toot Toot Thomas. Friday is the deadline to register for the picnic, which happens on Tuesday, July 24 at 11 a.m. It will be “an afternoon of silly songs, teddy bear tales, and games” for ages three and up. It is free with museum admission. Saturday is the deadline to register for Toot Toot Thomas, which is on Thursday, July 26. The cost is $10 for member, $14 for nonmembers and $7.50 for adult nonmembers.

3. Trails: A reminder from the Essex County Trail Association that a portion of one of the trails in Hamilton will be closed through Friday. The trail off Bridge Street that runs between and "Yellow House Field" will be closed through Friday because a landowner is the area is doing work with heavy equipment.

4. Butterflies: Wildlife will fly right into the on Saturday, when Boston College professor Dr. Charlie Hoffman hosts at 1 p.m. Participants will learn how to identify, collect and care for Monarch eggs and caterpillars, plus even get some tips about how to raise butterflies at home. It is free and open to the public.

5. School Committee: The meeting schedule for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Committee is a bit lighter during the summer months, but one of its subcommittees meets on Friday afternoon. The has moved its meeting from 7:30 at the to 1 p.m. at Hamilton-Wenham Library. The committee will be discussing responsibilities for the working group members and any need for new policies, among other items.

To find out what is going on today in Hamilton and Wenham, check out our events listings.


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