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Festival of Arts: Local artists launch Cods & Whales auction at Abbot Hall
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Festival of Arts: Local artists launch Cods & Whales auction at Abbot Hall

Hundreds of people packed Abbot Hall for the kick-off of the Marblehead Festival of Arts’ Cods & Whales auction on June 2. Nearly 60 local artists decorated one-of-a-kind wooden cods and — new this year — plastic whales to be displayed in local retailers and auctioned off. The cods measure 18 inches by 7 inches, and the whales are much larger at 55 inches by 15 inches.  Artist Stephanie Krauss Verdun, standing with her daughter Hannah, shows off her painted whale. CURRENT PHOTOS / LEIGH BLANDER “It’s super fun to have all the artists who are local come together like this every year,” said Stephanie Krauss Verdun, who owns Out of the Box Studio on Atlantic Avenue and painted both a cod and a whale this year. “People collect the cods. They’re so cool.” Verdun has been painti...
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MHS Culture Feast a big hit, students produce video of event

More than 150 students, families and residents came out for Marblehead High School's annual Culture Feast on May 19, organized by the METCO program. The night featured several live performances by students, as well as Kenyan singer, writer and activist Wangari Fahari. There was food from around the world, including food trucks Jamaica Mi Hungry, Bon Me and Cookie Monstah. MHS student Tamia Johnson produced a video piece about the evening. Her sister Tamya provided the voiceover. Students Piper Morgan and Alex Hersey recorded the footage. You can watch the video HERE. MHS students enjoy Culture Feast. COURTESY PHOTO
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Current Events: Marblehead’s best bets May 31-June 7

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    Cod & Whale unveiling partyFriday, June 2, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Join the Marblehead Festival of Arts Board and the artists behind this year’s Festival of Cod and Whales on the lawn at Abbot Hall for a launch party. Get the first look at these pieces and raise a glass to kick-off the online auction, which will be live through July 8 and raise funds to support the Festival events and scholarships. RSVP at Classical concertSaturday, June 3, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 4, at 2 p.m. Classical pianist Daniel Adam Maltz ret...
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Current launches its comprehensive Election Guide

Marblehead voters head to the polls on June 20 to approve or reject a $2.5 million permanent override and elect many town leaders. The Marblehead Current has got you covered with its comprehensive Election Guide that features up-to-date information on the override question and races for Select Board, School Committee, Board of Health, Recreation and Parks Commission, Light Commission and Abbot Public Library Board of Trustees. You'll find news articles, candidate Q&As and statements, editorials and letters to the editors, plus clips of the League of Women Voters of Marblehead's candidate's forum, courtesy of Marblehead TV. Find the Election Guide HERE. The Current will accept election-related letters to the editors until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 16. To submit yours, click here or...
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Honoring veterans: Check out Memorial Day activities in town

The town has several Memorial Day weekend activities planned, beginning with a traditional veterans breakfast and culminating with a parade and wreath-laying ceremony. The veterans breakfast, sponsored by the Masons, was held at the Council on Aging on Friday, May 26. On Saturday, the public placed flags on the graves of veterans at Waterside Cemetery, according to Veterans Agent Dave Rodgers. On Sunday at 1 p.m., the VFW will hold a public veterans service at Star of the Sea Cemetery. Then on Monday, all veterans are invited to muster at the Old Town House at 7:45 a.m. and walk together to State Street Landing.  “There’s a brief service there to honor the men and women who lost their lives at sea in the wars, including Merchant Marines,” Rodgers said. “We throw flowers ...
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Marblehead bike park grand opening set for Sunday

Marblehead's long-awaited bike park is having its grand opening at the Green Street Woods this Sunday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the community is welcome. The park is located at the corner of Green and Beacon Streets, across from the Transfer Station. It opened with a soft launch earlier this month. Teens use Marblehead's new bike park. COURTESY PHOTOS The park’s opening is the culimination of two years of heated public meetings and setbacks. The New England Mountain Bike Associatiation has signed a five-year agreement with the Marblehead Recreation and Parks Department to build and maintain bike trails on the site. Hopes for a bike park began during COVID when a group of teenagers started searching for places to ride their mountain bikes. In January 2021, they built small bike jumps ...
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Marblehead to celebrate Pride Month with art, flag raising, tea dance

To kick off Pride Month in June, Marblehead businesses Creative Spirit and MacRae’s Sustainable Goods will host a public reception on Friday, June 2, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., for the opening of their next non-juried art exhibit, “Love Wins.” The reception will be held at MacRae’s Sustainable Goods,108 Washington St. Learn more and register artwork at Families celebrate at the Pride flag raising in 2022. COURTESY PHOTO On Saturday, June 3, at 3 p.m., the town of Marblehead will celebrate Pride Month with its fifth annual flag raising ceremony on the lawn of Abbot Hall. The ceremony is produced by a small, grass-roots committee of local volunteers and the town. The event is open to the public and will feature  speakers including town officials, clergy, youth and...
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Salem Hospital considers Marblehead nonprofit’s fundraising vital 

In hindsight, Lindsey Walker could not be happier with the decision she and her husband made to bring their twins, who had been born prematurely, closer to home to continue their care. To be sure, the doctors and nurses at the Boston hospital where Mac and Marnie had been born were top notch, the technology state-of-the-art and gleaming. Marnie Walker, top, took a little while longer to be weaned off a feeding tube but was able to reunite at home with her twin brother, Mac, thanks to the dedication of a nurse in the Special Care Nursery at Salem Hospital. Now, their mom, Lindsey, is serving as a board member of the Merry Mixers, raising funds for the pediatric care of others. COURTESY PHOTOS But there was something special about having the twins at Salem Hospital, beyond sparing ...
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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 ConcertMay 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 ShowThrough June 2 Marblehead High School has launched its annual spring art exhibit at Abbot Hall. The...
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Marblehead Counseling Center wins $120K grant

Marblehead Counseling Center is one of 150 local nonprofits that will share in $30 million from the Cummings Foundation’s annual grants program. MCC was selected from a total of 630 applicants. It will receive $120,000 over three years. Marblehead Counseling Center COURTESY PHOTO MCC is a nonprofit mental health clinic with a mission to improve the quality of life for individuals and families in Marblehead, Swampscott and other North Shore communities. The $120,000 will support graduate clinicians at MCC while they're in the supervision phase of their career, explained MCC Board President Ruth Ferguson. "These funds will allow us to retain a clinician for this gap period, which in turn means MCC's clients get the continuity of care that is so important," she said. For more inf...
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