CURRENT EVENTS: Marblehead’s best bets Oct. 18-25

Where the bodies are buried
Thursday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.

This Halloween season, Pam Peterson will reveal the history of local cemeteries, from the colonial gravestones of Old Burial Hill to the Victorian vaults of Waterside Cemetery. She’ll share the stories of the Marblehead fishermen, merchants, church leaders and heroes who lie six feet under. Peterson is a Marblehead cemetery commissioner and leads the Historical Commission. The program will be in person at the Marblehead Museum, 170 Washington St., and on Zoom. More info at

Hear Ken Burns’ pianist
Thursday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.

Jacqueline Schwab has performed at the White House and with The American Pops Orchestra, as well as played the piano for Ken Burns’ documentaries. Now she’s coming to Marblehead! She’ll perform in the Jazz at the Arts series at the Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St. More info at

Gallery opening
Friday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m.

Artist Ian Sherwin is opening his new gallery at 1 State St. Sherwin grew up in Marblehead and returned home this summer to open his new gallery to display and sell art, as well as teach classes and support artists with special needs. “I’m here to inspire, teach and lead,” he said.  The grand opening will feature six artists, including Sherwin.

Bluesman Chris Smither back at  Me&Thee
Friday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m.

Fresh from the Kennedy Center, singer, bluesman and poet Chris Smither comes back to Me&Thee Music, 28 Mugford St. Smither has performed for 50 years and stars like Bonnie Raitt and Emmylou Harris have recorded his songs. Learn more and get tickets at 

Creepy craft fair
Saturday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-3p.m.

Come shop from local artists, crafters and vendors at the Marblehead VFW, 321 West Shore Dr. Wear your favorite Halloween costume and get a free stripe of raffle tickets. 

Town-wide trick or treat
Thursday, Oct. 26, 4-6 p.m.

Join the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce and local businesses for the town-wide trick or treat at businesses throughout town.

Pumpkin Illumination
Thursday, Oct. 26, 4-7 p.m.

Have your very own pumpkin creation displayed at the 15th Annual Pumpkin Illumination at the Jeremiah Lee Mansion garden, 161 Washington St. Pumpkin Entry is free and all are welcome to participate. Info 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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