Check Out What's Happening at the Danvers Family Festival This Weekend

Five things to know today, Friday, June 21, in Danvers.

Today is Friday, June 21. Here are five things to know today in Danvers.

  1. This weekend is all about the Danvers Family Festival.  at the Danversport Yacht Club. Go ahead and share your photos from the event right here on Danvers Patch in our local galleryYou can also check out the festival schedule here online.
  2. The Danvers Kiwanis bike safety rodeo is Saturday over at the Great Oak School parking lot from 9 a.m. - noon. Kiwanis and Beverly Hospital will be talking about bicycle safety and proper helmet use, testing helmets and there will be a skills course for anyone who wants to try. Bike and helmet fitting will be done by Beverly Hospital Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation staff and safety testing stations will check out brakes, tire pressure, gears, and tighten all nuts and bolts.
  3. Meanwhile, stop by Connors Farm for the annual strawberry festival from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. The family-friendly event will feature strawberries, live bands, duck races, a petting zoo, hayrides, Elmo, barbecue food and lots more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Children's Hospital Boston. The rain date is Sunday, same time.
  4. Party like it's 1912: The Rebecca Nurse Homestead museum will be holding its 1912 Gala Day on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. The museum will be re-creating a gardan bazaar that would have been held in 1912, complete with staff dressed in 1912 garb. Activities include period games, colonial demonstrations and more. More details here.
  5. The annual Touch-a-Truck at the Liberty Tree Mall is next. Stop by the rear parking lot at the mall between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to check out the trucks and other vehicles. There is no admission, but donations are suggested and all proceeds will go toward The One Fund Boston. The first 100 people who attend will also get a fireman's hat.

OK, there are a lot more than five things going on just with the festival this weekend, and here they are:

  • Local amateur radio hams are at it again. The 16th annual field day put on by the North Shore Radio Association at Endicott Park gets underway at 2 p.m. on Saturday and runs through Sunday. The hams start setting up on Friday afternoon to arrange complete field radio stations, including radio equipment, temporary antennas, tents and lighting. Some of the antennas are on towers more than 40 feet high. The equipment is run off emergency power sources that allow for communication with other hams across North and South America, and beyond. The public is invited to tour the site from noon - 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Sunday to watch the hams in action as they set up and operate the field stations. If you'd like to get a hands-on experience with the equipment, a ham radio license exam will be held at noon on Saturday in the carriage house at Endicott Park. Check out www.nsradio.org and www.arrl.org/pio for more information.
  • The People & Places art show is back at the Danvers Art Association from noon - 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Members of the art association and non-members who live in Danvers can show their paintings or photographs or crafts depicting scenes of Danvers. It's a judged show. The "take-in" for the show will be from noon - 4 p.m. on Saturday. Call John Archer for more information: 978-922-4600.
  • The Friends of the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers begin their annual book sale Saturday, which runs through July 6. There will be used books, videos, books on tape, CDs and more. Proceeds go toward the museum pass program, performances and other projects at the library.
  • The Mike Gordon Fishing Derby starts Sunday morning at the Mill Pond (behind the library). From 9 a.m. - noon, the annual derby will pit anglers of all ages against each other to see who can catch the most fish. All fish must be weighed in at noon. The rules of the derby require the catch to be released immediately after it is weighed by the judges. Some worms will be available, but you should bring your own. Trophies and bragging rights will be awarded to the top three families or teams.
  • And lastly, the Danvers Polish Club hosts its annual picnic Sunday from 1-6 p.m. at the Cheever Street club, rain or shine. There will be a DJ, polka music, food and fun. Admission is free. More details here.

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