Antique & Classic Boat Festival Aug. 24, 25

The 31st annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival will be held Aug. 24 and 25 at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, Turner Street, Salem. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 25. Admission is $5; children under 12 are free. The festival offers a chance to see vintage motor yachts and sailboats, tour vessels, meet skippers and crews and vote for a favorite boat. A crafts market, artists, children’s activities, the Blessing of the Fleet, boat parade and more. The show goes on rain or shine.

Craft & Gift Festival at Austin Preparatory School

This year’s event is Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s MultiPurpose Facility, 101 Willow St., Reading. The festival attracts hundreds of people every year who are looking for jewelry, cards, home décor items, handbags, gift baskets and many other goods. The festival also features bake and flower sales and raffle prizes.

Cost is $70 for a single space and $140 for a double space. This is a non-juried festival and limited to the first 70 vendors who register. Jewelry vendors are limited to 12 and some spaces with electricity are available.

To register, go to, click Giving and then Craft & Gift Festival.

The event is organized by the Friends of Austin, a volunteer parent group, and serves as a fundraiser for the school. All proceeds benefit Austin Prep. Questions may be directed to

Discounted advance ticket sale at Topsfield Fair

Through Oct. 3, Topsfield Fair discounted advance tickets will be on sale. The discounted advance sale price is $9 per ticket, or $8 per ticket if bought in a bundle over 100. The Topsfield Fair ticket booth will open on Aug. 19 to buy tickets in person, in addition to online and phone orders. This year’s Topsfield Fair will be held from Oct. 4-14.

In search of MMA Officer Candidate School alumni

The Massachusetts Military Academy Alumni Association is seeking graduates of the MMA Officer Candidate School, all classes/all years. Contact the Massachusetts Military Academy Headquarters staff; or write: PO Box 955, Salem, NH 03079; or email; Make contact as soon as possible before Sept. 1. The academy will be hosting a formal banquet and balloon Oct. 5 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Massachusetts Military Academy — the Officer Candidate School of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, 1913-2013.

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