CURRENT EVENTS: Marblehead’s best bets Sept. 27-Oct. 4
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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 lblander@marbleheadnews.org.  Slavery to freedom walking tourSaturday, 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 ...
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CURRENT EVENTS: Best bets in Marblehead Sept. 20-27

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 lblander@marbleheadnews.org.  Poetry SalonThursday, Sept. 21, 2-4 p.m. Abbot Library’s Poetry Salon kicks off its fall series by exploring the works of Boston-area poet Moira Linehan. Join Salem State University Professor Emerita Claire Keyes to discuss Linehan’s four books of poetry. Join in person at 3 Brook Rd., or via Zoom. More info at abbotlibrary.org. Folk-rock at Me&TheeFriday, Sept. 22, 8 p.m. Folk-rock star Jon Pousette-Dart performers at Me&Thee Music. He has performed with greats like Bonnie Raitt, The Eagles, James Taylor, The J. Geils Band, Billy Joel and more. Pous...
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What’s new at the Council on Aging

All programs are held at the Judy and Gene Jacobi Community Center, 10 Humphrey St., unless otherwise stated. For more information or to RSVP for programs, call 781-631-6225 or email councilonaging@marblehead.org. Increased feesThe Council on Aging Board voted August 31 to increase many fees, including most fitness programs by $1, Lunch by Doug by $2 and Instructional Bridge by $5. These increases will offset instructors fees, fuel and food supply costs. All participants, including online participants, are required to pay for classes. New Fitness/Recreation pricesBalance & Mobility $4Instructional Bridge $10Bocce/Curling $15 per seasonChair yoga $4Fitness Center $3 visit Fitness $15 for 5 visitsMonthly Fitness Center $35 Line Dancing $6 classMuscle Conditioning $4 classOsteo ...
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Great Gatsby comes to Marblehead

More than 175 people came out for the End-of-Summer Speakeasy at the Lee Mansion Saturday night to raise money for the Marblehead Museum. The event was sponsored by the museum and Discover Marblehead and raised $10,000. Marblehead Old Car Club vintage cars parked in front of the Jeremiah Lee Mansion COURTESY PHOTO / RICK DODGE The Johnny Ray Band COURTESY PHOTO / RICK DODGE Marblehead Museum Executive Director Lauren McCormack with The Rubin Brothers Jazz Duo COURTESY PHOTO / MELISSA STACEY  Peyton Pugmire, Bonnie Buckley and Melissa Stacey COURTESY PHOTO / RICK DODGE Left to right: William Dean, Jeanne Smith, Karl Smith and Pam Ferris COURTESY PHOTO / MELISSA STACEY
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Meet the Current’s arts and culture intern

The Marblehead Current welcomes a fresh face in arts and culture coverage: Benji Boyd, a junior at Marblehead High School, who will be helping the newsroom chronicle the town’s diverse artistic and cultural events for the upcoming year. Meet Benji Boyd, the Marblehead Current's arts and culture intern, who's as versed in martial arts as he is in the arts of the written word. From the dojo to the newsroom, this multi-talented junior at Marblehead High School is set to make a mark. CURRENT PHOTO / LEIGH BLANDER Boyd’s affinity for writing traces back to his childhood. “I’ve had a love for writing since a young age. I even attempted to write a novel in third grade, which wasn’t exactly a masterpiece,” he said with a chuckle. Despite early setbacks, Boyd has continued to hone his ...
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‘FolkZinger’ Christine Lavin returned to Me&Thee

Me&Thee Music kicked off its 54th season with a one-night-only performance from folk singer Christine Lavin on Sept. 8.  Known for her catchy ballads based on personal experiences and for her comedic commentary, the so-called “folkZinger” performed songs from her 25th solo album “On My Way to Hooterville,” as well as classic older tracks such as “If You’re Drunk You Cannot Buy a Puppy,” for an enthusiastic audience of fans new and old.  Lavin has played at Me&Thee multiple times in her long career, though as she put it, “Who’s counting?” Since releasing her first album in 1981, Lavin has toured all over the world and collaborated with many other folk artists. Despite hailing from New York, Lavin turned to the Boston area to get started as a musician, thanks to the app...
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Me&Thee announces 54th season lineup, starting with Christine Lavin

The 54th season at Me&Thee Music will kick off Friday, Sept. 8, with the woman the Orlando Sentinel called a “fearless folkZinger.” Christine Lavin will perform songs from her latest solo album, her 25th, “On My Way to Hooverville.” The album includes a retelling of the time Lavin was an entourage driver for the first week of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue tour. Lavin  ‘FolkZinger’ Christine Lavin will kick off the Me&Thee season. COURTESY PHOTO Me&Thee founder and board member Anthony Silva is excited for the new season. “This really is the little Miracle on Mugford Street,” Silva told the Current. “We’ve become one of the longest running, all-volunteer, acoustic music series in America. With our growing volunteer staff, we have upgraded our sound system, implemen...
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‘End of Summer Speakeasy’ to support Marblehead Museum

The Marblehead Museum and Discover Marblehead and hosting a fundraising event called "September Soiree: End of Summer Speakeasy" at the Lee Mansion Gardens on Saturday, Sept., 9, 6-10 p.m. Photos of last year's soiree by Rick Dodge. The party kicks off with the jazz duo the Rubin Brothers, 1920s-themed cocktails, a full bar and food. Snap a pic in the photo booth and win prizes from the balloon pop. As night settles in, dance in the lower garden to the sounds of the Johnny Ray Band and enjoy dessert. Tickets include one free drink. A portion of each ticket price will be tax deductible. Tickets and more information at marbleheadmuseum.org/soiree/ The funds raised for this event directly support the Marblehead Museum’s mission to preserve, protect and promote Marblehead’s...
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Registration open for MLT’s fall children’s musical theatre program

Submitted by Marblehead Little Theatre Welcome to the BOTS Robotics Competition where teams and their (singing and dancing) robots are all vying for the top prize! Amidst the coding, building and fierce competition, two members from rival teams befriend one another and throw everything off-balance. Will their collaborative spirit sabotage their teams’ chances of winning? This STEM musical invites humans and robots alike to discover the power of technology and teamwork! MLT’s Children’s Theatre productions are age-appropriate scripted musicals licensed from companies who specialize in children’s theatrical titles. Each child will be cast with a speaking and singing part with choreographed movement. Everyone has a unique role or roles. This program is limited to under 24 actors...
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Could this be your big break?

Marblehead Little Theatre is holding auditions next week for its fall production of "Arsenic and Old Lace." The schedule for auditions is:Sunday, Aug. 13,1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.Monday, Aug. 14, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Auditions are by appointment and actors must be 18 or older. Audictions can be booked at mltlive.org. Walk-ins will be auditioned as time permits. Callbacks, if any, may be held onThursday, Aug. 17 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.Running October 6-13 at Marblehead Little Theatre, "Arsenic and Old Lace" is about the Brewsterfamily of Mayflower descendants, who are mostly homicidal, a perfect theme for this Octoberproduction. Lead roles include Mortimer, Jonathan, Abby, Martha and Teddy Brewster. Actorsare also needed to portray Doctor Einstein and Elaine Harper, along with officers and othe...
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