May 30: 6-8 p.m., movie screening: “Gone Baby Gone”
Two Boston-area detectives investigate a little girl’s kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis, both professionally and personally (based on the best-selling Dennis Lehane novel). This 2007 film is rated (R) and is recommended for older teens and adults.
June 13: 7 p.m., A Tribute to Dennis Lehane
Melissa Pennell, professor of English at UMass Lowell, will explore the tradition of the hard-boiled detective novel, focusing on local author Dennis Lehane. She’ll discuss a few of best-selling novels that have been brought to life in film, including “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone.”
July 13: 10-11:30 a.m., Crime Vehicle Day
Come visit the Merrimac Fire Station and explore a variety of fire and crime investigation vehicles. This event is co-sponsored by the Merrimac Police Department.
July 18: 7 p.m., A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger
Jeff is one of the most visible paranormal researchers today and has written over a dozen books, including “Weird Massachusetts” and “The World’s Most Haunted Places.” He has written for newspapers like The Boston Globe and is the series writer and researcher for Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel. Jeff’s books will be available for purchase at the program.
Aug. 1, Community Read: “Deadly Cove”
Join others in Merrimac reading “Deadly Cove” by Brendan Dubois, the featured author for Merrimac Reads Local Mysteries. In “Deadly Cove” ( set in Hampton, N.H.), magazine columnist and former Department of Defense research analyst Lewis Cole is covering an anti-nuclear protest when gunfire breaks out, injuring his journalist friend and killing a charismatic activist.
Aug. 10: 7 p.m., play: “A Menacing Night at the Modern Museum”
Come and be a part of this interactive murder mystery play where the audience gets to guess whodunit. The setting is a modern art museum in Boston and includes a zany cast of characters. This free, family-friendly event is co-sponsored by Merrimac Old Homes Days Committee. Seating is limited and entry will be first come, first served.