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'Hot Mikado' and Happy Birthday Celebration Are Part of Local Weekend Plans

There's plenty happening this weekend in Hamilton and Wenham during the first weekend of summer, including "Hot Mikado" and a 90th birthday celebration at Wenham Museum.

The weekend is bookended by two great events put on by the Community House of Hamilton-Wenham.

Community House Theater’s production of Hot Mikado opens on Friday night at Pingree School’s auditorium and on Sunday night, “Classmates” will gather in the bandstand to entertain the Patton Park crowd.

In addition, Wenham Museum celebrates its 90th birthday with a parade for kids and families and kayak tours start at Crane Wildlife Refuge, which will run weekends all summer.

Below, get the when and where for those events and other happenings in Hamilton, Wenham and the nearby area.

Remember, each Friday morning Hamilton-Wenham Patch’s 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.

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Where/When: ; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 3 p.m.

Why Go: Blues, swing and hot gospel combines in what is being billed as a “hilarious 1940s-style update of a Gilbert and Sullivan favorite” put on by Community House Theater. It is directed by Hannah Lynn Mell and choreographed by Greg Warwick

Pricing: $18 in advance, $23 at the door.

2. CRANE WILDLIFE REFUGE GUIDED KAYAK PADDLE

Where/When: Crane Beach, Ipswich; Saturday and Sunday, 2-4 p.m.;

Why Go: This is a fun and unique way to see the natural world nearby with the help of the Trustees of the Reservation and Essex River Basin Adventures. Make sure you register beforehand, up to 5 p.m. on Friday by calling 978-356-4354.

Pricing: $40 for Trustees of the Reservations members, $50 for nonmembers

3. BRING ON THE FUN: A CELEBRATION OF 90 YEARS OF CHILDHOOD

Where/When: ; Saturday, 4-7 p.m.

Why Go: It’s a kid-focused birthday celebration for the Wenham Museum with a parade (the registration deadline has passed to participate but spectators are welcome) plus folk musician-historian Jeff Warner. There will also be face painting and family games plus an ice cake from Cherry Farm Creamery

Pricing: Free with museum admission; $7.50 for adults and $5.50 for children.

4. ESSEX COUNTY GREENBELT HOE DOWN & HAPPENIN'

Where/When: Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Ave., Essex; Sunday, 4-9 p.m.

Why Go: They will have it all, from lobster salad sliders to a farm-fresh salad – all the benefit Essex County Greenbelt, an organization that is active in the two towns. Tickets are available online.

Pricing: $100 per person

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Where/When: ; Sunday, 5-7 p.m.

Why Go: Sunday evenings in Patton Park during the summer is really a great way to relax and the “Classmates” will make it fun. Yes, they really are classmates (class of 1966 at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School) made up of Mike Pohas on drums, Gary Brewer on guitars, Ed Dupont on bass and Doug Tybor on keyboards.

Pricing: Free

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