December 2012 To Do List


Open Studios at Porter Mills Saturday, December 1st.

Porter Mills is a converted Artist Workspace jammed full with three floors of wonderful art and artists space.  Beyond paintings there are printmaking studios, jazz lessons, jewelry shops, and as with any Open Studio event… tons and tons of food.  Be sure to check this out, meet the artists in your neighborhood, possibly even find a unique Christmas gift.  Connect Shore’s, Madelene Pario, will be there showing off her fabulous art as well.

22nd Annual Toy Sale at the Church of St. Andrew in Marblehead.  December 8. 9am to 11am.

According to the Salem News: “Toys Only Rummage Sale, 9 to 11 a.m., Church of St. Andrew, Lafayette St., Marblehead. The 22nd annual Toys Only Rummage Sale features games, puzzles and children’s books. Most toys are used, some are new and all are in good condition.”

A Victorian Child’s Play!

December 8th, from 10am-1pm at Salem’s Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square.

Madelene’s friend is the president of the Dickens’ Fellowship on the North Shore, and they are hosting a day of Victorian and Steampunk family fun! Activities include a costumed promenade from Armory Park, a piper performance and sing-a-long, Victorian games, crafts, and a short performance of a scene from the Nutcracker by the NE Ballet Ensemble. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies as well as a gingerbread ornament to eat or take home.$17 will get one child and accompanying adult through the door. Each additional child is $8.50.  Visit to buy tickets or get  more information or call Deb Benvie at 978-979-0574. Tickets will also be sold at the door for only a few dollars more than the online price.

Also worth checking out on the same day: an organ & vocal song by Boston Boys Choir, and a musical and dance performance highlighting Dickens favorite 19th Century Christmas music, and his own original compositions (including a sing and dance-a-long for young children!). More information is on the website after you click on “buy tickets”.

Christmas Memories by the Sea Change Theater Company

Three grown siblings and their spouses desire a traditional Christmas.  Yet, without their parents alive, Christmas seems emptied of meaning.  Or is it?  With mishap and merriment, the family explores past and present as they struggle to find new meaning for memories and old traditions.  Be sure to check out the Sea Change Theatre Company facebook page here.

Donate Food to Beverly Bootstraps (or another Food Bank)

The Holiday season is a great time to give to others who are less fortunate, and one of the easiest ways to do it is to donate to a food pantry near you.  Beverly Bootstraps is a nonprofit organization located in Beverly, MA on Cabot Street.  They have a wide array of services dedicated to “giving a hand up, not a hand out.”  For example, they provide fuel assistance, GED classes, and run a thrift store in addition to a food pantry.  Consider donating to them this Holiday season, or to a similar community organization near you.


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