Hotlist December 10-16

SAYmedia Center Grand Opening

Come and join the Salem YMCA as it celebrates the opening of a new media center for teens, which will provide exciting opportunities for youth in the community. Meet donors, partners, local officials, and friends who have helped make this initiative possible. View videos made by local teens and hear directly from them on the impact the project is already making in their lives. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, December 11
Salem YMCA
1 Sewall Street, Salem
6:00pm until 8:00pm
Tickets: FREE |

Stone, Sea, Sky

The Firehouse Gallery invites you to experience “Stone, Sea, Sky,” a collection of collagraph prints by Kathleen Buchanan.  With her depiction of scenes of coastal Maine, Buchanan brings a charming and primitive quality to her work. Located in the lobby of the historic Market Square Theater, the show will be on display through January 2.

Wednesday, December 12
Firehouse Center for the Arts
Market Square, Newburyport
12:00pm until 5:00pm
Tickets: FREE |

Doug Brendel Story Reading

Pay a visit to Time & Tide Fine Art for a reading by Ipswich humorist Doug Brendel of his beloved Christmas story “Dirty” and his story-poem “The Day After Christmas.” The event will serve as a fundraiser for the humanitarian charity “New Thing” that Doug and his wife Kristina direct in the former Soviet Union. Between the two readings, Doug plans to briefly introduce New Thing and answer questions.

Thursday, December 13
Time & Tide Fine Art
4 Market Street, Ipswich
Tickets: FREE |

Holiday Open House

Be sure not to miss the Holiday Open House at Pamplemousse! Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, free gift-wrapping, and live music, while sampling beer from Cody Brewing and Mayflower Brewing.

Friday, December 14
185 Essex Street, Salem
5:00pm until 8:00pm
Tickets: FREE |


Reckless begins innocently enough with visions of puppies and children all snug in their beds on a snowy Christmas Eve. Suddenly Rachel (a housewife and heroine of our story) is forced out into the snow where she embarks on a crazy ten-year journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Reckless is a richly inventive and often startling comedy filled with bizarre characters and events. The show will run through December 22.

Friday, December 14
Salem Theatre Company
90 Lafayette Street, Salem
Tickets: Adults $25, Seniors (60+) $20, Students $10 |

Wrap It Up

Drop-in for the Peabody Essex Museum’s yearly holiday wrapping paper workshop.  This year Regina from the Boston Paper Collective will teach participants Suminagashi, the ancient Japanese art of paper marbling.  Make your own Suminagashi paper and see some examples of Ebru (Turkish paper marbling).

Saturday, December 15
Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex Street, Salem
1:00pm until 3:00pm
Tickets: FREE with museum admission |

A Christmas Carol

Tickets are now on sale for Marblehead Little Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol.  This show is an all new adaptation by Erik Rodenhiser of the classic Dickens Christmas tale.  This production promises to be fun for the whole family. Tickets are available online at or at the Spirit of 76 Bookstore.

Saturday, December 15
Marblehead Little Theatre
12 School Street, Marblehead
Tickets: Adults $23, Students $15 |

Book Signing by Chris Van Allsburg

Caldecott Medal winner Chris Van Allsburg, author of The Polar Express, Jumanji, The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, and many others, will be signing copies of his books on Sunday, December 16, at The Book Shop of Beverly Farms. Books may be ordered in advance for signing by calling 978-927-2122 or visiting

Sunday, December 16
The Book Shop of Beverly Farms
40 West Street, Beverly Farms
2:00pm until 4:00pm
Tickets: FREE |

New England Ringers

Ring in the holidays with the New England Ringers performing classical and holiday favorites! This fifteen-member highly energetic ensemble plays advanced hand bell works with a blend of musical moods and styles—from classical transcriptions, familiar favorites, and original compositions, all with a touch of entertaining humor.

Sunday, December 16
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street, Rockport
Tickets: $28, $22, $15 |

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