Charlie Hoffman will present a lecture on identification, collection, and care of monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars on Saturday at 1 p.m.

The free lecture will be held at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton.

All ages welcome. For more information, click here.

Start your engines for the Motorcycle Poker Run Mystery Ride this Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Franco American Club, 44 Park St., Beverly.

Organized by cancer survivor Dorrie Kimkaran of Hamilton, the 100-mile ride through Massachusetts and New Hampshire benefits the American Cancer Society.

There will be free food and entertainment by the Night Flight Band, and riders who guess each stop correctly and get their tally card stamped along the way may win a $100 cash prize for the highest “hand.”

All “wheels” are wecome to attend/donate/enjoy, Kimkaran said.

To register with a $20 donation, click here, then click “donate” and search for “Cruisin’ for a Cure” team.

Fred Marshall Bauer

Marblehead author Fred Marshall Bauer spent 25 years unearthing a story of money, lust and vindication about Marblehead’s own Agnes Surriage.

In the 18th century, Surriage, a “girl of all works” at the Fountain Inn, became the charming and dignified Lady Agnes, wife of Sir Charles Henry Frankland.

Bauer will be at the Salem Athenaeum at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow to share this compelling tale and some lessons learned from his research, which he crafted into a book, “Marblehead’s Pygmalion: Finding the Real Agnes Surriage.”

No tickets or reservations are required. The Salem Athenæum is at 337 Essex St., Salem.

For a complete schedule of the Athenaeum’s Summer Salon Series, click here or contact Jean Marie Procious at 978-744-2540.

Moments of Play

Playwrights Richard Dresser and Kate Snodgrass will participate in the Moments of Play Playwrights’ Panel on Saturday, which is a free event.

The Salem Theatre Company brings its  Moments of Play (MoP) festival of original 10-minute plays back to the stage, today through Sunday.

This year’s 10-play program features work from playwrights across the country, as well as directorial and acting debuts.

On Saturday, three nationally-recognized playwrights will gather on the STC stage to discuss and review the 10 plays presented this year. The public is invited to this free event which features Richard Dresser, Ronan Noone and Kate Snodgrass.

The 10 plays to be performed this year include “Upstairs Fred” by Georgette Beck of Marblehead and “The Rabbit Lesson” by Christopher Kent of Gloucester.

The plays will be presented today through Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 5 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $15. The Salem Theatre Company is at 90 Lafayette St., Salem. For information and tickets, click here.

Old cars and carriages will be on display at the Phillips House in Salem on Wednesday, July 13.

SALEM — Replacing horses with the internal combustion engine was one of the most significant technological changes of the last 100 years.

Anyone who is interested in understanding this transition, or who simply thinks old cars and carriages are cool, will want to visit the Phillips House at 34 Chestnut St. in Salem on Wednesday, July 13, from 6:40 to 7:30 p.m.

Biff Michaud, an avid car collector when he’s not busy running the Salem Witch Museum, will discuss this development in our culture in “From Carriage to Car: 100 Years of Locomotion and the Phillips Family.”

His talk will provide a context in which to appreciate the Phillips House’s collection of five carriages and three cars, which will be on display.

Weather permitting; the talk will take place outside, and Michaud may bring one of the vehicles from his private collection to show.

The Phillips House, a member of the Historic New England group of historic properties, allows visitors to view local history through the lives and artifacts of the Phillips family.

They moved into the house, which dates to 1821, a century ago, bringing with them a family collection that spanned five generations. This is the only house on Salem’s famed Chestnut Street that is open to the public.

The cost for this talk is $10 for members of Historic New England, the North Shore Old Car Club, and the New England Pierce Arrow Societ,y and $15 for nonmembers.

Registration is recommended at 978-744-0440, and more information is available at

Donna Halper

For her part, Donna Halper has been on a campaign to retain our radio memories with a series of books.

She will give a free talk at the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers on her latest, “Boston Radio 1920-2010,” a history in

Arnie "Woo Woo" Ginsburg

words and pictures on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Louise Morgan

Halper will speak about the local radio personalities who defined the air waves over the last century – people like Arnie “Woo Woo” Ginsburg, who was the introduction for many in Boston to the latest musical “fad,” top-40 rock ‘n’ roll.

Media critic Dan Kennedy will provide an introduction to Halper’s talk on Wednesday.

Halper is currently an assistant professor of communication at Lesley University in Cambridge. To learn more about Halper and to enjoy some radio memories, click here.

Where’s Leni?


The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library is calling on kids to spot its mascot, “Leni,” around local businesses and town offices.

People who spot Leni can enter their names in the library’s weekly raffle.

One entry per visit, for 12 years and younger.

The contest ends Aug. 19. For information, click here.

Head to Alfonso’s Hair Salon in Beverly tomorrow to get your hair cut for a cause.

Hair cuts are $5 and proceeds will benefit awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.

The event, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, includes pizza, drinks and a raffle.

The salon is located at 321 Rantoul St., Beverly. For details, contact EricaLee Kontarasis at 978-927-3894.

Jodi R.R. Smith. Photo by Ken Yuszkus

Jodi R. R. Smith‘s newest book, “The Etiquette Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Manners,” addresses everything from wedding advice and faux pas to graduation etiquette.

Smith, who owns Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting on the North Shore and writes the Salem News etiquette advice column, has been doling out pointers on politeness for decades.

Her new book is her third — and largest — book, and she’ll be at the Barnes & Noble in Peabody at 7 p.m. on Tuesday to sign copies and field questions.

The book is $27.95 and there will be a free gift with purchase at the event while supplies last.
To read the full article in the Salem News, click here.

"Lilies in Limelight" by Claudia Kaufman

Marblehead resident Claudia Kaufman, who is a contemporary realist painter, has an exhibit on view through July 19 at the Rocky Neck Gallery.

A public reception for Kaufman will be held tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester.

Kaufman lives in Marblehead and is a member of the North Shore, Rockport, and Marblehead art associations and the Copley Society of Art.

She worked as a commercial artist in New York followed by a career as marketing executive and creative director of a national health care technology company.

“As a contemporary realist painter, my works are studies in observation … still life set-ups of familiar objects that are deceptively simple, yet complex,” she said.

For information, click here.

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