This Week’s Distractions: August 2 to 8

By Keith Spencer

This Week’s Distractions correspondent Mary Kate is taking a well-deserved week off, but don’t worry! We still have the best options to keep you distracted across the NoBo region. From honoring the region’s rich maritime history to celebrating our pets, there’s something for everyone this weekend.


Family Movie: More of Shaun the Sheep

Thursday, August 9 from 10:30AM to 12PM/Noon

Can’t get enough of Shaun the Sheep’s shenanigans? Come watch more shorts featuring Shaun and his farm pals during this casual, kid-friendly movie morning. We’ll also investigate stop-motion clay animation and make a sheep to take home. Bartlett and Copeland Galleries. Reservations by August 7. Families with Children ages 4 and up.


17th Century Saturdays across the NoBo region

Saturday, August 4, 2012; times vary by location

The NoBo region is the birthplace of some of the most renowned artists, authors, and architects from the earliest days of our nation. When wandering the streets and seaports that dot the communities of the north shore, travel back and gain a unique, New England experience by taking part in this summer’s 17th Century Saturdays program.

The program is part of Escapes North, and allows visitors to experience the historic events that helped shape our nation including homes, buildings and artifacts that date back to 1625. Discover more than 15 architectural paragons that truly exemplify America’s first period of settlement.

For more information on the 17th Century Saturdays program and other great experiences each and every day in Essex County, visit the Escapes North website.


2012 Salem Maritime Festival

Fri. August 3 and Sat. August 4, 2012

This weekend, the Salem Maritime National Historic Site hosts the 24th Annual Salem Maritime Festival. This celebration of “Ships, Sawdust, Sailors & Song” will feature a number of family-friendly and fun activities, including live music and dancing, storytelling, kite-flying, face-painting, arts & crafts, a “muck walk”, touch tanks and much more. The concert series kicks off tonight, August 3, at 6:30PM with the Boston Horns. Visitors are encouraged to pack a picnic. For more information, visit the Salem National Historic Site webpage.


2012 Marblehead Maritime Festival

Fri. August 3 to Sun. August 12, 2012

The Marblehead Maritime Festival is the first celebration of the community’s maritime history. Organizers hope to enrich visitors about the town’s maritime history as well as a look inside their modern community and all it has to offer. Planned events include a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Marine Corps Aviation, Garden Tours at the Jeremiah Lee Mansion, Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta, maritime exhibits at Abbot Hall, and a visit with The Privateer Lynx. The core of the festival’s events will take place August 11 and 12 when visitors admire dozens of classic yachts as they compete in the regatta. They will also be able to explore the exhibits and vendors as well as participate in family activities, harbor tours, and other water activities. For printable schedule of events as of June 14, 2012, click here! For schedule of Lynx sails & tours as well as pricing, click here.


Photo Safari at Long Hill and the Sedgwick Gardens

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Sponsored by Essex Heritage and Hunt’s Photo and Video, travel to Long Hill and the Sedgwick Gardens this Saturday to take part in a Photo Safari. The event invites photo enthusiasts of all ages and abilities to try some of the latest gear from Hunt’s, receive personal instruction and tips from area photographers and experts, and take in the beauty of this great site. The event will run on Saturday from 8AM to 12PM/Noon and 1 to 5PM. Reservations required, and a fee will be collected ($35/Essex Heritage members and $45/nonmembers). For more information, please visit the Essex Heritage Area website or call (978) 740-0444.


The North Shore Pet Fair

Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 10AM

Join other pet-owners on Salem Common this Sunday to celebrate a shared love for animals at the 2nd Annual North Shore Pet Fair on Sunday, Aug. 5 beginning at 10AM on the Salem Common. The event will feature pet-friendly exhibitions and vendors, free dog photo sessions, free nail clippings and doggie massages, and FREE Salem Five doggy bags filled with goodies for the FIRST 100 pet owners. A four-category dog show with prizes for winners will be held beginning at 1PM. For more information, visit the North Shore Pet Fair website or call 781-913-3523.


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