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Gloucester: The White-Ellery House will be open to the public on Saturday as part of Escapes North’s 17th century Saturdays. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St. Free. 978-283-0455, www.capeannmuseum.org.
Reading: The Old South Brass & Organ Concert will feature pieces from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, including music by Bach, Mussorgsky, Michael Praetorius, Heironymus Praetorius, Monteverdi, Gabrielli, and Gwyneth Walker. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Old South United Methodist Church, 6 Salem St. Free. 781-944-2636.
Topsfield: The 16th annual Audubon Nature Festival features live owl presentations by Marcia and Mark Wilson of Eyes On Owls, a demonstration beaver lodge, nature walks, and face painting. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mass Audubon-Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. $12 per carload. 978-887-9264, www.massaudubon.org.