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August 6, 2013

Talk on Boston Harbor Islands Thursday

NORTH ANDOVER — The 2010 movie “Shutter Island,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was set on a fictitious island in Boston Harbor.

The true stories of the 34 Boston Harbor islands, however, are even stranger than fiction, according to Christopher Klein, author of “Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City’s Hidden Shores,” published by Union Park Press in 2008.

Klein, an Andover resident, will talk about the islands at the Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main St., at 7 p.m. Thursday. His presentation, “The Real Shutter Islands: Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands,” will provide a virtual tour through their colorful history.

Klein will tell stories of ghosts, shipwrecks, prisoners of war, and Revolutionary War battles that took place on these islands.

Klein is an author and freelance writer who specializes in history, travel and sports.

Thanks to the Boston Harbor Alliance, it is easier to visit the harbor islands this summer. The Stevens Memorial Library has museum passes for the Boston Harbor Islands Ferry. These passes provide a 2-for-1 ticket for up to four people. Passes can be reserved via the library’s website, by phone or in person.

Klein’s presentation is another of the library’s free Thursday Nights programs, a series of speakers at the library every Thursday through Aug. 15.

The library’s summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library is closed Saturdays and Sundays. For more information about the library or Summer at the Stevens, visit the library, its website, www.StevensMemLib.org, or call 978-688-9505, extension 42016.

Classic Car Show Sunday

NORTH ANDOVER — Smolak Farms will host its second annual Antique and Classic Car Show on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More than 250 antique and classic cars will be spread out over the grass fields overlooking the pond and apple orchards. The gates will open at 8 a.m. for show car registration. There will be an outdoor barbecue, ice cream, pizza and popcorn.

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