Weekend Slate Includes Free Music, Free Kids Fun

A look at the weekend calendar in Hamilton and Wenham at the nearby North Shore, with a music recital by Gordon College faculty and a chance for some free kid fun.

There’s a brass and piano concert at Gordon College on Sunday and this weekend is the final chance to catch the “Snow Train to Bakersville” this season at Wenham Museum. That’s just some of the things happening this weekend in Hamilton and Wenham during what is a relatively quite weekend on the events calendar.

Each Friday morning Hamilton-Wenham Patch’s brings you a quick guide to local events and activities. This week’s guide has a family-friendly feel to it, but there are also some picks for all ages.

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.

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Where/When: Appleton Farms, Route 1A, Ipswich; Saturday, 9 a.m.

Why Go: There’s a thin covering of snow with more expected on Saturday – just in time to explore two great winter sports close to home. Pre-registration is required (call on Friday; 978-356-5728 x18) for either cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, when you can also confirm that there is enough snow for it to happen.

Pricing: Skiing - $5 for Trustees members and $10 for nonmembers; Snowshoeing - $70 for REI members and $90 for non-members.


Where/When: Bright Horizons, 100 Cummings Center, Beverly; Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Why Go: There’s live music plus arts and crafts projects for the kids at a celebration designed to unveil some of the renovations at a local childcare facility.

Pricing: Free


Where/When: Cafeteria, Masconomet High School, 20 Endicott Road, Topsfield; Saturday, 1-4 p.m.

Why Go: Even though it’s wintertime, it is actually the best time to pick out a summer camp for your child and enroll them. This camp fair – just a few minutes out of the two town - will include 35 summer camps and summer education program for children of all ages. Locally, the La Vida summer camp at Gordon College will be there, as will overnight camps from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Pricing: Free


Where/When: ; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Why Go: This weekend is your last chance to catch the “Snow Train to Bakersville” at Wenham Museum this year. The display is always popular with the kids and is just one of the many train displays at the museum. While the rest are there year-round, this holiday-themed display is a treat.

Pricing: Museum admission $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for children.


Where/When: , Recital Hall in Phillips Music Hall: Sunday, 3 p.m.

Why Go: Here’s a great chance to see the talents of the music faculty at Gordon College in a free performance of music for brass and piano.

Pricing: Free


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