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‘Love, Shirley Temple’ visits Wenham

Shirley Temple pictured in her “duck dress,” with its matching Shirley Temple doll.

ON THE GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP “Love, Shirley Temple,” an exhibit of the actress’s childhood collection of movie costumes, dolls, and memorabilia, is at the Wenham Museum Thursday, May 7, through next Sunday, May 10.

Wenham is one of five museums in the country, and the only one in New England, selected to host the exhibit, which is on a national tour.

“This exhibit is truly a special treat for the region,” said Kristin Z. Noon, the museum’s executive director.

It spans Temple’s rise to stardom in 1928 that continued through the Depression and concludes with the end of her childhood career in 1940. The collection includes her most recognizable movie costumes, a child-sized racing car, a baby grand piano, autograph books, and her own dolls and toys.


Temple, who as an adult was ambassador to Czechoslovakia and Ghana, died in 2014 at the age of 85.

In advance of the exhibit, the museum — in collaboration with The Cabot Performing Arts Center in Beverly — is showing one of Temple’s beloved movies, “Curly Top,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3. Tickets are $15, $10 for children. Visit thecabot.org.

The museum’s spring fund-raiser is 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 8, and features a Hollywood glamour theme and a tour of the exhibit. Tickets are $50 for museum members; $75 for nonmembers. The museum is at 132 Main St. Visit wenhammuseum.org.

ARTFUL PATHS Works by three artists, each exploring new avenues in her chosen medium, are on display in The Gallery at Grosvenor Park in Salem through May 28.

An opening reception is 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 3.

After early retirement, Peggy A. Farrell took painting and photography lessons, and she now focuses on land and seascape photography.

Karen Hosking specializes in black and white photographs of architecture, scenery, and people.


Sheila Farren Billings is the author and illustrator of four children’s books. She works in different styles, including plein air landscapes and seascapes, and in various mediums from acrylic paints to watercolors, pencil and ink, and cut paper.

The gallery is at the Grosvenor Park Rehabilitation Center, 7 Loring Hills Ave. Call 978-741-5700 or visit grosvenor-park.com.

LONGTIME FOLKIES The New England-based folk quartet, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, takes the stage at the Me & Thee coffeehouse in Marblehead on Friday, May 8.

The band’s repertoire ranges from bluegrass to swing, gospel, and bluesy folk-rock. Original songs are performed alongside reworkings of Georgia Sea Islands music, Hank Williams, Leonard Cohen, and Bruce Springsteen.

The band members — who have been playing together for 15 years — are Rani Arbo, fiddle and guitar; Andrew Kinsey, bass, banjo, and ukulele; Anand Nayak, electric and acoustic guitar; and Scott Kessel, percussion.

They have five releases on Signature Sounds. The newest release is “Violets Are Blue,” a collection of love songs.

Nashville-based Suzie Brown and her husband, Scot Sax, are the opening act.

The show begins at 8 p.m. at the coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 at the door. Call 781-631-8987 or visit meandthee.org.

FUN ON THE FARM Saturday, May 9, is “Meet the Lambs Day” at Green Meadows Farm in Hamilton.

People can visit the lambs up close at the farmstand, and children can create a farm-themed craft with Mrs. Green.


Green Meadows Farm is the region’s oldest family-owned certified organic and community supported agriculture farm, founded by Major General George S. Patton in 1982.

It offers locally grown vegetables, eggs, bakery items, meats, and prepared food. The farmstand is at 656 Asbury St., on the Hamilton/Topsfield line, a half-mile from Bradley Palmer State Park. The event runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit gmfarm.com.

PARTY ON Guests to the third annual benefit for the VNA Care Network & Hospice get the chance to party in a private home that’s been featured in The New York Times and on “Chronicle.”

The home at 10 North St. in Danvers incorporates architectural finds from mansions and other buildings throughout its almost 6,000 square feet.

The evening features live music by pianist Nathan Johnson and the group Just In Time, as well as dance demonstrations in salsa, rumba, and foxtrot.

There are live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert. Tickets are $50 per person.

Call 888-663-3688, ext. 1361, or visit vnacarenetwork.org.

Wendy Killeen can be reached at wdkilleen@gmail.com