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Find love at the library
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Find love at the library

Abbot Public Library is ready to help you find love this Valentine’s Day. COURTESY PHOTO: YLANITE KOPPENS Stop by the Program Room of Abbot Public Library, 3 Brook Road, on Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to pick your date. Library books of various genres will be wrapped with a short description to help you get acquainted and see if one piques your interest. Take your date straight home or stay for a craft. Light refreshments will be served. This program is generously sponsored by the Marblehead Council on Aging and the Friends of Abbot Public Library. For additional information, please visit www.abbotlibrary.org, email mar@noblenet.org or call 781-631-1481.
‘Once Upon a Time’ coming to Marblehead Little Theatre
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‘Once Upon a Time’ coming to Marblehead Little Theatre

Marblehead Little Theatre, in conjunction with Hello Friends Productions, is excited to bring "Once Upon a Time" to its stage just in time for Valentine's. Hello Friends Productions and its talented group of performers present great night of music and storytelling through music. Featuring incredible voices from all over New England, the evening begins with Broadway classics from past and present. Songs from "Sunset Boulevard," "Legally Blonde," "Hadestown," "Shrek," "Finding Neverland" and "The Scarlet Pimpernel" are just a few of the soaring solos, duets and group numbers. The second act will feature a premier performance of a different telling of the classic tale "Cinderella," featuring popular hits of the 1950s through today in what will surely be a great evening of song, fun ...
Been there, done that: Paul credits exercise, clean living for longevity
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Been there, done that: Paul credits exercise, clean living for longevity

NAME: Bea Paul AGE: 91 BIRTHPLACE: Boston Bea Paul, center, plays canasta at the JCCNS with friends Beverly Nathan, left, and Arlene Padulsky. CURRENT PHOTO / LEIGH BLANDER How long have you lived in Marblehead? I’ve lived here for over 50 years. I was teaching at the JCC in Lynn and became the director of the early childhood program. When the center moved to Marblehead it was a natural move for me.  What is your fondest childhood memory? I grew up in Revere and I loved walking Revere Beach in the winter when the snow was piled up high on the sand. Revere Beach was always fun for me.  What jobs have you had and what was your favorite? My favorite job was being the director of the early childhood program at the JCC. I loved the involvement with parents and seei...
KITCHEN CALL: Roast chicken, the ultimate comfort food
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KITCHEN CALL: Roast chicken, the ultimate comfort food

Roast chicken is the ultimate comfort food. It warms and perfumes the kitchen on a winter afternoon. It radiates golden goodness on a platter. Is anything easier than throwing a whole chicken into the oven and taking it out when the timer sounds? Yet, we seem to have forgotten the art of roasting a chicken. Convinced it's too difficult, messy and time-consuming, we depend on take-out or supermarket rotisserie. So, I did an archival deep dive to discover what scared us off. Linda Bassett COURTESY PHOTO / LINDA BASSETT I found an early culprit in the 19th century in Eliza Leslie's popular cookbook. Her recipe instructed country cooks to "catch a plump chicken and wring its neck." Even city cooks in those days faced the messy job of searing off pin feathers. Catching, neck-wringing ...
In Marblehead, Me&Thee kicks off winter season
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In Marblehead, Me&Thee kicks off winter season

From the vibrant rhythms of Brazil to a homegrown talent from Marblehead, from the melodies of two young mothers who were rock stars to a father and son birthday performance, Me&Thee Music opens its winter season with a compellingly varied lineup. The schedule kicks off with the warm sounds of Brazilian Jazz and bossa nova by the Teresa Ines Quintet on Friday, Feb. 3, beginning at 8 p.m.  The warm Brazilian jazz of the Teresa Ines Quintet opens the winter season at Me&Thee Music on Friday, Feb. 3. No-Fee Tickets and Information are available at: meandthee.org. COURTESY PHOTO / ME&THEE Ines, born in Rio de Janeiro, has performed to sold-out houses at the world-famous Zinc Bar in New York City, the Regattabar and Ryles in Cambridge, as well as in concert halls across Eu...
Update: Christmas Walk Parade canceled, Santa moving to MHS
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Update: Christmas Walk Parade canceled, Santa moving to MHS

The 51st Marblehead Christmas Walk Parade has been canceled for Saturday, Dec. 3, due to a stormy forecast and will not be rescheduled. Santa and Mrs. Claus will move to Marblehead High School from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., instead of arriving by lobster boat at The Landing. Children will be able to take photos with Santa at the high school. "Unfortunately, we have made the decision to cancel the parade this year due to severe weather conditions forecast for Satrday afternoon," Marblehead Chamber of Commerce Exec. Dir. Katherine Koch told the Marblehead Current. For the Marblehead Current's updated Christmas Walk weekend schedule, click HERE. Stay with the Marblehead Current for Christmas Walk updates. You can also check the Marblehead Chamber Facebook page and website.
The art of the loom: Local artist keeps ancient craft alive one thread at a time
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The art of the loom: Local artist keeps ancient craft alive one thread at a time

Weaving has been called one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world, tracing back to Neolithic times, and one Marblehead artist is working hard to keep that thread of history alive. When she began working at craft fairs, Kari Breed discovered not a lot of people realized weaving is a craft that is still very much in vogue. So, she developed a slide show that she runs during shows to give people a feel for what has been her passion for decades.   Breed deftly moves a shuttle through the tunnel of yarn as her feet work the pedals of the 24-inch Schacht Baby Wolf loom that takes center stage in her home studio.  Weaver Kari Breed makes the ancient art look effortless on her loom in her home studio in Marblehead. The studio is filled with light and scarves in bl...
Cottage Gardeners to screen ‘The Gardner’ on Dec. 13
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Cottage Gardeners to screen ‘The Gardner’ on Dec. 13

The Cottage Gardeners of Marblehead and Swampscott will be showing the movie, "The Gardener" on Dec. 13. The public is invited to attend free.  Please come at 12:30 p.m. to the Jewish Community Center (4 Community Road, Marblehead, Massachusetts 01945) for light refreshments in the Weiss-Kirstein Right Room.The movie will start at approximately 12:45 p.m. According to organizers, Frank Cabot was a major force behind establishing the Garden Conservancy. He was an award-winning horticulturist, garden designer and philanthropist, who in 2009 at the age of eight-four opened his world-renowned twenty-acre garden "Les Quatre Vents," located in La Mainale, Quebec. Please RSVP to Sara Ewing:  sewingjccns.com
A stitch in time: Longtime Marblehead tailor retires at 96
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A stitch in time: Longtime Marblehead tailor retires at 96

Tailor Charles Katsoulakos is closing up shop after more than 55 years. CURRENT PHOTO / LEIGH BLANDER One of Marblehead’s longest-running businesses is closing next month, and its 96-year-old owner is retiring - reluctantly. “What am I going to do now?” asked Charles Katsoulakos, who opened his tailor shop more than 55 years ago. “Maybe I’ll sleep a little later.” Katsoulakos said he has served "hundreds and hundreds" of customers over the decades. He's seen dramatic swings in fashion, but doesn’t have a favorite style. “For me, it doesn’t make a difference. I’ll narrow the legs or shorten the hemline, to modernize." He enjoys working on prom and wedding dresses the most. “Those beautiful dresses, I love seeing them,” he said. Many of his customers send him photos of th...
WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT: Ben and Eileen Bryant
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WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT: Ben and Eileen Bryant

When Ben Bryant and Eileen Plaehn met on September 14, 2018, at a bar in Boston, neither of them knew or expected it would lead to a lifetime of friendship and commitment to each other. After exchanging phone numbers that night, a week later they had their first date at Franklin Cafe in Boston’s South End. In the years since, they have become best friends and life partners, and times have been filled with memorable experiences, including summers in Marblehead, Swampscott, and travels across the country. Ben is a native of Marblehead, and Eileen a native of Wrentham. Ben’s family continues to live in Marblehead, while Eileen’s parents coincidently moved to Swampscott in 2017, just down the road from the Bryant home.  In December of 2021, after three years of dating, Ben p...