CURRENT EVENTS: Marblehead’s best bets Sept. 27-Oct. 4

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 

Slavery to freedom walking tour
Saturday, Sept 30, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 7 1p.m.

Join Jarrett Zeman, assistant director at the Marblehead Museum, for his new walking tour on the history of slavery and abolitionism in Marblehead. Ever since Marbleheaders built the Desire, the first ship to transport enslaved people to Massachusetts Bay Colony, Marblehead has experienced close links to slavery. You’ll see sites of local slavery from the 1700s and sites from the 1800s where black and white abolitionists fought for freedom from the pulpit, the ballot box, and the Underground Railroad.

St. Andrew’s rummage sale
Saturday, Sept 30, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

St. Andrew’s will hold its traditional rummage sale offering gently-used, quality items including: adult and children’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, electronics, small appliances and tools, linens, lamps, kitchen things, toys, games, puzzles, gardening items,  sports equipment, artwork and some small furniture. The community is invited to attend. Proceeds benefit St. Andrew’s and its missions and ministries. St. Andrew’s is at 135 Lafayette St.

Marblehead Arts Association shows
Beginning Sept. 30

The MAA is launching several new shows on Sept. 30. They include:

Photography member show, “Fresh” show, Richard Ventre’s “Objet” photography exhibit the and New England Sculpture Association Outdoor Sculpture exhibit. For more information, visit

Fall Fest
Sunday, Oct. 1, 1-4 p.m.

Join Clifton Lutheran Church for its Fall Fest and buy a pumpkin from an assortment of about 2,000 on the church’s front lawn. Enjoy lawn games, cider donuts, hot apple cider and food trucks. All proceeds benefit the people of Haiti through Mission of Hope, International. 150 Humphrey St.

Fund the Field golf tournament
Monday, Oct. 2, registration at 10 a.m.

Help fund the new turf at Piper Field by participating in this golf tournament at Tedesco Country Club. Registration includes: greens fees, golf carts, prizes and a reception. Details at

Whaling history talk
Thursday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.

Award-winning author Jay Dolin, of Marblehead, will discuss his book, “Leviathan: A History of Whaling in America” at the Marblehead Museum. The book provides rich and often fantastic accounts of the men who mutinied, murdered, rioted, deserted, drank, scrimshawed and recorded their exploits in diaries and journals. More info and tickets at

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Editor Leigh Blander is an experienced TV, radio and print journalist who has written hundreds of stories for local newspapers, including the Marblehead Reporter.

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