Current Events: Marblehead’s Best Bets May 24-31

Current Events spotlights exciting happenings in the coming week. If you’d like to contribute a listing, please email Current associate editor/senior reporter Leigh Blander at   

Hayley Reardon performs in Marblehead on Friday.

Hayley Reardon Concert
May 26, 7:30 p.m.
Marblehead’s own Hayley Reardon, a critically-acclaimed folk pop artist, will perform a Homegrown House Concert on Friday, May 26, in town. The show will be held in a living room or outside if the weather cooperates. There is space for up to 35 people. There’s a suggested donation of $20 per person.  For details and location, visit

MHS Spring Art Show
Through June 2 
Marblehead High School has launched its annual spring art exhibit at Abbot Hall. The show features 400 works by students in grades 9-12, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, photography, graphic design, woodworking and architecture.

Explore historic Marblehead.

Downtown Walking Tours
May 25 & 26, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m and May 27, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
June is National Preservation Month and in celebration Judy Anderson of Marblehead Architecture Heritage and Tours will lead two-hour walking tours of the town’s historic areas.  Meet at Abbot Hall, no reservations necessary. Donations are welcome. More information at

Bird-watching Walk
May 26, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Mass Audubon is hosting a free bird-watching walk at Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary.
Participants will learn about bird migration, breeding behavior and basic identification skills regardless of their skill levels. Although the event is free, registration is required at

Go bird watching.

Check out Mark MacKay’s artwork.

Painting & Pottery
May 28, noon
Marblehead artist Mark MacKay will display his painting and pottery at the Marblehead Unitarian Universalist Church. MacKay is a graduate of the Mass College of Art, where he studied graphic design and worked in multimedia. Before moving to Marblehead in 2022, he had his own studio in Newburyport, where he worked in acrylics, clay dishes and sculpture. His paintings are inspired by his time in the woods and living by the ocean.

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Leigh Blander is an experienced TV, radio and print journalist who has written hundreds of stories for local newspapers, including the Marblehead Reporter. She also works as a PR specialist.

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