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Holiday Invitation Nights!

Downtown Newburyport is the place to shop during the invitation nights!

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!

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Friday Evenings, December 7, 14 & 21, 2018 6-9 pm

Castle Hill's Christmas by the Sea

The Trustees' Castle Hill Christmas by the Sea is a weekend of festivities hosted by the Trustees of Reservations at Castle Hill in Ipswich Massachusetts

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.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018 10am-4pm
Sunday, December 2, 2018 12-4pm

Beaver Moon Hike at IRWS

Walk through the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary under the Beaver moon.

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.

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Saturday, November 30, 2018 7-8:30pm

Family Nature Night: Half-Moon Stroll

Hike to Spencer Peirce-Little Farm in Newburyport Massachusetts with the Mass Audubon under the half moon.

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.

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Friday, November 30, 2018 6:30-8:30pm

Gingerbread for Grownups Workshop

Gingerbread House workshop at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts

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. 

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Sunday, December 9, 2018 3-6PM
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Not Too Stuffed to Hike at Bradley Palmer

A post-Thanksgiving hike at Bradley Palmer State Park

You’ll feel better about that Thanksgiving indulgence if you come join us for a hike over the Blueberry and Moon Hills of Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield! Best for children ages 7 and up. We will be hiking for a couple of hours on moderate trails. Wear clothing for hiking; bring rain gear as appropriate. Only pouring rain cancels.

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Friday, November 23, 2018 11am-1:30pm

Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Pops - Matinee

Join the Cape Ann Symphony featuring Wendy Bets and the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus

A Cape Ann holiday tradition, the Cape Ann Symphony Pops is a celebration of the holidays with a program of favorites by Strauss, Anderson, Mozart, Tchaikovsky. The orchestra will be joined by the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus directed by Wendy Betts. We will conclude with the ever popular audience sing-along.

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Saturday, November 24, 2018 2pm [Ipswich]
Sunday, November 25, 2018 2pm [Manchester]

Thanks for the Trails 5k

ECGAs Thanks for the Trails 5k Race on the Friday after Thanksgiving in Patton Park

ECTA is holding its inaugural Thanks for the Trails 5k and Kids Fun Run the day after Thanksgiving at Patton Park in Hamilton. Using a scenic and challenging course and offering great prizes, this will be an event for all!  In addition to cash (or gift certificates) for top finishers, and many other terrific prizes, there will be cash prizes for the teams (co-ed) with the most runners and that have the best score (on a traditional XC scoring basis).  This race builds on the fine tradition enjoyed by so many for the last 10 years with Gabe's Run, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Gabe's Fund.  Whether you seek a personal record or camaraderie with old friends and rivals, this event is for you!

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Friday after Thanksgiving
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Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Pops

Cape Ann Symphony Holiday Pops Concert in Ipswich and Manchester Massachsusetts

A Cape Ann holiday tradition, the Cape Ann Symphony Pops is a celebration of the holidays with a program of favorites by Strauss, Anderson, Mozart, Tchaikovsky. The orchestra will be joined by the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus directed by Wendy Betts. We will conclude with the ever popular audience sing-along.

When: 
Saturday, November 24, 2018 2PM [Ipswich]
Saturday, November 24, 2018 7:30pm [Manchester]
Sunday, November 25, 2018 2pm [Manchester]

Full Moon and Folklore Hike

Walk through the Crane Wildlife Refuge with the Trustes under the full moon.

Join The Trustees of Reservations as they celebrate the November Beaver Moon!  Also called the Frosty Moon, this full moon heralds the coming winter, and serves as a warning that ponds and swamps will soon freeze. Beavers are particularly active around this moon, storing food and making repairs to their lodge. Native American tribes knew this moon appeared when it was time to set beaver traps to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.

When: 
Friday, November 23, 2018 5:30-7:30PM

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Big Apple Circus 2019 - at North Shore Mall in Peabody MA

Big Apple Circus at NorthShore Mall in Peabody MA
The Big Apple Circus brings together the most acclaimed circus acts from all over the world. See horizontal juggling for the first time in America, our award-winning aerial duo Desire of Flight, the astonishing quadruple somersault on the flying trapeze, horses and dogs, clowns, acrobats, and so...

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA. Parent and Child classes offer parents, grandparents, and caregivers the opportunity to learn about child development, Waldorf education and parenting the young child all within a home-like environment at our beautiful location on...
9:00 am to 11:30 am

Nature Playgroup at The Stevens-Coolidge Place

Toddlers are invited to come play and discover nature at the Stevens-Coolidge Estate in North Andover!
Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens-Coolidge Estate for a nature playgroup designed just for the little ones! To encourage outdoor play and familiarity with the natural world, a nature-based toddler playgroup will be held at the Stevens-Coolidge Place on every-other Tuesday, April...
9:30 am to 11:00 am

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

AJH: Mother & Baby Support Class - Newburyport

Mother & Baby Support Groups at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport MA
Mother & Baby Groups Anna Jaques is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and answer questions that arise after going home. Mother & Baby Groups are facilitated by a Lactation Consultant/Registered...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

DIY Birdfeeders at NPL

Kids are invited to come to NPL to make their own custom birdfeeders!
Kids are invited to come to NPL to make their own custom birdfeeders! Make your neighborhood birds happy! We’ll create super-simple feeders with pipe cleaners & Cheerios.
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Whale Alert!: Meet the Author

Whale Alert! author Angela Kakabeeke at Abbott Library in Marblehead
Join the effort to protect our endangered right whale. Hear local children’s author Angela Kakabeeke share her new book, Whale Alert!, about the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale.
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Saturday, April 27

YMCAs Healthy Kids Day on the North Shore

YMCA of the NorthShore North Shore Healthy Kids Day
Get ready for the best summer ever! Join us for fun games, camp information and more. Healthy Kids Day is free and open to the public. Activities include Bouncy House Obstacle Course, Family Zumba, Beverly Public Library Bookmobile, Hoola-Hoop training, camp open house, zip line, and much more! For...

Ipswich YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Healthy Kids Day coincides with Earth Day at the Ipswich YMCA!
Healthy Kids Day is an annual event that inspires parents and kids to stay moving and learning all summer long. On April 20th at the Ipswich Family YMCA will collaborate with the Town of Rowley Conservation Commission on Earth Day to celebrate Healthy Kids Day with fun and free activities that...

Big Apple Circus 2019 - at North Shore Mall in Peabody MA

Big Apple Circus at NorthShore Mall in Peabody MA
The Big Apple Circus brings together the most acclaimed circus acts from all over the world. See horizontal juggling for the first time in America, our award-winning aerial duo Desire of Flight, the astonishing quadruple somersault on the flying trapeze, horses and dogs, clowns, acrobats, and so...

Annual ECTA Equine Exposition

Essex County Trail Association is hosting the annual Equine EXPO at Topsfield Fairgrounds
ESSEX COUNTY TRAIL ASSOCIATION is hosting the 24th annual EQUINE EXPO to be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9-3 in the Arena Building at the Topsfield Fairgrounds on Route 1, Topsfield, MA.  This popular event draws over 800 people each year.  Individuals, groups & businesses make up over...
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Twin Lights Half Marathon

Twin Lights Half Merrython starts at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester and follows a route along the Gloucester's beautiful back shore.
Whether you're just hitting the road for the first time or already passionate about the sport, our races provide fun, festive and competitive events where everyone is welcome. Come enjoy beautiful ocean views as you run along the scenic coastline on Cape Ann and race towards our huge finish line...
9:00 am

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Day of Play at Sparhawk School

Sparhawk School Amesbury MA
Build, explore, design & create at Sparhawk School's Day of Play. This highly interactive event is filled with family friendly activities celebrating nature & play-based learning. Our incredible staff will guide your family through experiential stations designed to inspire and spark...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

AJH: Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth Education Classes at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Haverhill  MA
Congratulations: you are pregnant! This class is for mothers and partners during the last trimester of pregnancy to learn skills needed for the childbirth experience such as breathing methods, relaxation techniques, and comfort measures. Topics covered include: Anatomy Labor & delivery...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

AJH: Birthing with Hypnosis

Anna Jaques Hospital Birthing with Hypnosis
Relax, clear your mind, and experience the positive effects of self-hypnosis during pregnancy and birthing. Class focuses on easy and natural relaxation techniques. If your birth plan does not embrace a firm decision for an epidural, this is a great option for you and your partner. Recommended to...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm
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