Grab your snow shoes, hiking boots or cross country skis and get the family outside between Christmas and New Years to seek out our elusive herd of wooden reindeer sculptures found throughout the Grass Rides. See how many you can find and leave a bell around each one's neck. Bells can be found at the bulletin board. This Self-guided program takes place on the Appleton Grass Rides entrance off of Highland St. Trustees members park free. Nonmember's are $5. Dogs are welcome in the grass rides!
Stop by The Stevens-Coolidge Place from Saturday, December 22 to Sunday, January 6 to get a jump start on those 2019 resolutions! Just inside the white gate, at the Little Free Library, you’ll find a scavenger hunt list to get you started exploring all that 2019 has to offer. On the sheet you’ll find a list of 15 common resolutions, turned into a call to action that will take you through the property. Borrow one and find what’s in store for you in the new year! This activity is suitable for all ages and is best completed in groups of 2 or more.
Join The Trustees of Reservations at Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate in search of the Snowy Owl! Wide-open coastal sites are the location of choice for wintering Snowy Owls; common perches are dunes and salt hay staddles. In winters past, the owls have been frequent visitors to the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Join us as we hike the dunes in search of these magnificent birds. Unlike most owls, snowy owls are diurnal (they hunt and are active both day and night) so we have a good chance of sighting one even in the daylight hours!
First Day Hikes take place at nearby State Parks nationwide on New Year's Day. The annual hike originated more than 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation in Massachusetts. The program was launched to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year-round recreation at state parks. On the North Shore, there will be First Day hikes at Bradley Palmer State Park and Breakheart Reservation.
The NCS Winter Concert features the 140-voice chorus, professional soloists, orchestra, and the Greater Newburyport Children's Chorus, all performing classical, traditional and “sing-along” seasonal favorites! our Winter 2018 Concert “Peace and Remembrance,” a joyful and reflective evening to ring in the holiday season, with music that will appeal to all ages and musical tastes!
The concert will explore the concepts of peace and remembrance through music of the season, both secular and sacred. The centerpiece of the concert is the Messe de Minuit de Noël by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. This masterpiece from the French Baroque era incorporates French carols within the framework of a traditional Christmas Oratorio/Midnight Mass.
We will also premiere a very special piece by Utah composer Andrew Maxfield commemorating the centenary of the signing of the Armistice after WWI. The Newburyport Choral Society will be the only chorus in Massachusetts to perform this piece in 2018 and will join choruses across the country in a special nationwide presentation of this work and this important commemoration!
And of course, our concert will include favorite carols of the season, professional vocal soloists, the NCS Orchestra, accompanist Dr. Kirsten Helgeland and the delightful voices of the Greater Newburyport Children’s Chorus: All under the baton of NCS Music Director Dr. George Case.
THIS WILL BE A MUSICAL EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED!
Come to Downtown Newburyport and the Tannery Marketplace for Newburyport’s Holiday Invitation Nights and shop for the holidays in style! Mark your calendars, book a babysitter and call your friends to make plans for two great nights in Newburyport! Enjoy merchant hospitality, live entertainment, fabulous shopping and dining - and of course the spirit of the holidays - in beautiful and festive downtown Newburyport and The Tannery as well as Merrimac Place and Horton's Yard!
Visiting Castle Hill at Christmas is a time-honored tradition for many New England families. Don't miss this year's spectacular "Christmas by the Sea". Each room in our 1920s mansion is festively decorated by florists, designers, garden clubs, or volunteers. You'll find live music and dance, fresh baked cookies and cider, a treasure hunt, family activities, and a visit with Santa.
Find out why Native Americans call the November moon the Beaver Moon. Spend an evening walking in the crisp autumn air searching for fishers and racccoons and scanning the barren treetops for the silhouettes of owls. Smell the wood smoke and hear the crunch of leaves underfoot, reminding us that winter is just around the corner. We'll stop in the wetlands to observe beavers making their final winter preparations. What a perfect way to spend a quiet evening with your family before the rush of the holidays begins.
Join naturalists from Joppa Flats Education Center on a nocturnal hike and learn about nocturnal animal senses, the moon, and the stars! We'll go on a short walk to Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm's back field to stargaze before returning to Joppa Flats' back yard for hot cocoa around the fire pit.
Tap into your childhood and celebrate the season with this very special adult Gingerbread House workshop!! We’ll cover all things gingerbread from making and baking the gingerbread pieces, to learning how to easily assemble houses that won’t crumble! From there, it’s all about creative fun decorating your very own gingerbread house to display & eat throughout the holidays! Class includes hands-on assembly and decorating, instruction, printed recipes, and take-home gingerbread house. Byob beer & wine allowed.
Sunday, January 20
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