Weekend Events Include Designers on Display, Fishing Derby

Get a look at the quick info about some of the local events happening this weekend in Hamilton and Wenham.

Weekend events in Hamilton and Wenham range from Hamilton Town Meeting on Saturday morning to the start of the Design Show at Wenham Museum.

There’s also an “event” everyone can take part in Saturday – the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Leave some non-perishable food (that is not past the expiration date) out for your mail carrier.

Get the when and where below for those events and other happenings in Hamilton and Wenham.

Remember, each Friday morning Hamilton-Wenham Patch’s “Get Out” weekend planner brings you a quick guide to local events and activities.

We encourage you to look past this weekend guide into our full calendar of events, where we have other events listed.

Remember, if you have great ideas of your own that you want to share, please feel free to add them in the comments section at the bottom.


Where/When: ; Saturday, May 12 through Sunday, May 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, except closed on Monday and 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday

Why Go: For the fourth straight year, interior designers from the North Shore and greater Boston create “favorite spaces” in the museum, ranging from an elegant gentleman’s study and a beachy cottage bedroom to a horse country tack room and a tree house bower. One of the featured designers is of Hamilton and owner Sheila Whalen, who has created a “playful tree house” that is “a place of peace, solace, and respite --to awaken one’s senses, to hear the quiet, smell the fresh air with the wind rustling the leaves under the escape of a tree top canopy.”  On Mother’s Day on Sunday, there will also be complimentary tea and muffins.

Pricing: $10 in advance (by May 11), $15 at the door


Where/When: Auditorium, ; Saturday, 9 a.m.

Why Go: This is your one chance to make some very important decisions about Hamilton town government, including how much money will be spent on the regional schools and town government in the coming year plus decide whether . If you don’t live in Hamilton, are not a registered voter or otherwise cannot make it to the meeting, we will keep you up to speed on the meeting here on Patch on Saturday.

Pricing: Free


Where/When: All of Hamilton and Wenham; Saturday

Why Go: You don’t need to “go” anywhere for this – just make sure you have a bag of non-perishable food out near your mailbox on Saturday morning. At some point this week, your mail carrier should have dropped off a plastic grocery bag, donated by Essex County Community Foundation and EBSCO Publishing of Ipswich, to place the food in. Mail carriers will collect the food, which will help stock in Hamilton before the summer.

Pricing: Free


Where/When: ; Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Why Go: This is a recent spring tradition at Pleasant Pond where boys can have fun dropping a line in the pond and getting an idea about what the Cub Scouts offer. Boys in kindergarten through firth grade should bring a fishing pole (if they don’t have one there will be a few to borrow) plus a drink and snack. You’ll learn all sorts of things, including how to bait a hook and cast a rod but find out about what being a Boy Scout is all about. RSVPs are requested to Mr. Wieman at hwieman@propertyworks.us or Mr. Bailey at m.mbailey@verizon.net.

Pricing: Free


Where/When: ; Saturday, 7 p.m.

Why Go: “Women Signing Out” – an all-female singing group based on the New Hampshire seacoast, returns to Wenham in a performance to raise awareness of domestic violence and raise money for Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC). The performance, titled “See Me How I Rise,” comes to Wenham in large part because the group’s artistic director is Claudia Frost, the former director of choral music for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District.

Pricing: $15; students and seniors, $12

Jay Burnham May 11, 2012 at 06:34 PM
As I said before Michelle...Please take the time to watch the Monday night meeting and all will be made clear to you. The quote is by John McWane, the Chairman of our FinCom. He explains it fully. You need to watch the video. And please stop distorting the facts with fuzzy math and non-related issues. Haven't you heard? That doesn't work anymore.
Michelle Bailey May 11, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Not bonding the Cutler Boiler saved the towns $100,000 in fees and interest. Why are you complaining about that? The MSBA funded 40+% of the Cutler Boiler. In order to get that funding the school district had to prove they could pay for the full cost of the project, $1.3mil. At the time they considered using E&D funds, but they could not because they had already encumbered them to pay for the HS/MS waste-water treatment plant required by the MassDEP. Lucky for us, the waste-water treatment plant was a less expensive fix and the Cutler Boiler was substantially paid for by the state. That meant the SC had more funds available than they had expected (THAT'S GOOD NEWS!!!)
Bob Gray May 11, 2012 at 08:52 PM
What the heck is this about not doing the summer capitol projects if the schools give back $500K? Absolute nonsense! Those projects, including bringing the Cutler School up to ADA compliance, are still in the budget no matter what happens.
Jay Burnham May 12, 2012 at 09:51 AM
No Michelle...Not bonding for something that you already have the funds to pay for does not SAVE the taxpayers anything. Talk about SPIN! Now that everyone knows bonding the Cutler boiler, which we were told was absolutely necessary because there was NO OTHER MONEY available, was in fact UNTRUE... and you have the audacity to suggest now that SAVED us $100k? NEW IDEA: Why not apply for a new bond for say $7 million...not use it...and then tell everyone we should be overjoyed because we just saved $1 million in fees and interest? What a ridiculous notion.
Jay Burnham May 12, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Excellent news today from the Hamilton Town Meeting! Reason prevailed and Hamilton residents voted to reduce Hamilton's share of the school budget by $285,683.00. Expect this to be complimented in Wenham by a reduction of their proportionate share (approximately $134,400.00) and we have ($420,000) close to the $500k the taxpayers were seeking from the school district to help reduce the burden of our high property tax rates in both towns. Congratulations Hamilton! And the funds for the summer projects...including the ADA ramp we were told could not be funded if the towns received the "giveback" NOW...will in fact be paid for despite the hue and cry expressed by certain commenters above. Did I get my facts right MB? ;-) And in the fall, after the E&D funds have been certified, the district should be returning another $373,000 in unspent funds to the towns. I call that a win-win. It's almost exactly what we were advocating.


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