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Weekend Fun: From A Capella to Daddy Rock

This weekend's events calendar includes an artisan fair, a female a capella concert and vetrans forum on Friday night, plus a rockin' dad's concert on Saturday.

The holiday shopping season gets going this weekend with a holiday fair on the calendar and there's preparations for the popular day-after-Thanksgiving race in Hamilton.

Each Friday morning, Hamilton-Wenham Patch’s brings you a quick local events and activities. In addition there's an a capella group in Wenham on Friday night and a forum for veterans in nearby Danvers.

The weekend calendar also includes many other things to do and we encourage you to look past this weekend guide into our full calendar of events, where we have other events listed.

Remember, 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.

Where/When: : Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

Why Go: The holiday season gets going with local artisans selling unique gifts and bring along the kids – the Snow Train to Bakersville - a G-gauge holiday model train layout – will be set up and Matt Tavares, illustrator of "Over the River and Through the Wood," will be signing copies of his book.

Pricing: Free

2.

Where/When: , Danvers; Friday, 6 p.m.

Why Go: U.S. Rep. John Tierney (D-Salem) will host a forum to update local veterans and their families on veterans0-related actions in Washington in addition to a panel of experts on housing, health care, education, transportation and job training issues related to veterans. Tierney is the representative for the 6th District, which includes Hamilton and Wenham.

Pricing: Free

3.

Where/When: ; Friday, 8 p.m.

Why Go: Boston-based Lorelei Ensemble, an eight women a cappella vocal ensemble, comes to Wenham for what the groups bills will be a mix of music “inspired by the universal theme of light.”

Pricing: $20

4.  

Where/When: ; Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

Why Go: Dads, and moms for that matter, can enjoy Wenham musician (and dad) Brian Doser, known widely as the Music Man, joining his full band “The Puddin Pops.”

The concert runs close to an hour and is appropriate for infants through “tweens.” Advance registration is suggested.

Pricing: $8 per person, $25 maximum charge per family, dads are free

5.

Where/When: , Sunday, 1 p.m.

Why Go: There’s already 700 runners registered for Gabe’s Run, the day-after-Thanksgiving 5K race to benefit the Gabriel Pacione Memorial Scholarship Fund. And to get an upperhand on your competition (or maybe just to get a better sense of what you’ll be facing from the back of the pack) there’s a chance to walk through the course – a pre-trail trail running tradition.

Pricing: Free

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