Join The Trustees of Reservations as we kayak the winding waters that meander through the marsh between the Ipswich River and Essex Bay. We’ll start our adventure at Steep Hill Beach, then paddle into the Ipswich River to Fox Creek, traveling through the oldest man-made tidewater canal in the United States! As we wend our way through the marsh, we’ll be on the lookout for herons, egrets, and other shore birds -- with luck we’ll spot an osprey hunting for its supper! A picnic lunch will be waiting for us when we return. We’ll supply the kayaks and lifejackets; please call to learn more.
The Escape from Boston Revolutionary War Reenactment is a weekend encampment and battle scenario that plays out this “what-if” scenario that might have changed the course of the American Revolution. Meet Revolutionary War soldiers from both sides of the conflict. Members of the Continental Line and His Majesty's First Regiment of Foot Guards re-enact a retreat from Boston with cannon, cavalry, and drills throughout the day. Come watch the colonial forces battle with the British Redcoats at the Escape from Boston Revolutionary War Reenactment to determine our destiny as a nation.
Part of the Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, this is a great way to get together and have fun with the whole family in an exclusive setting. You can pack a picnic dinner, bring the kids, and get ready to dance the night away under the stars on the Grand Allée. Explore the landscaped grounds and the family "Eye Spy."
Join the The Trustees of Reservations or some family fun this April Vacation week! We’ve got activities all week long! On Friday we will close out the week of activities with a scavenger hunt challenge in the gardens. Work together with your child to follow clues through the gardens and discover hidden treasures among the plants.
Shakespeare invites his audience into the Forest of Arden, where the beneficent and chaotic forces of Nature will melt away the synthetic bonds of the city and restore us to our proper selves…perhaps. One of Shakespeare’s most simple, flirtatious and playful comedies, As You Like It takes us away from the preening theater of the court to explore the primal theater of Nature; here is a play that belongs outside. Join us for a journey into the woods as we overlay the Forest of Arden on Maudslay State Park for Shakespeare’s As You Like It.
Come support our veterans in need and see bluegrass band E.C. and the Moonshiners, led by renowned fiddler Ellen Carlson, perform at a Southern style barbeque! This family fun afternoon offers ribs or chicken plus all the Southern barbecue fixings for adults and hot dogs for children.
Theater in the Open invites you to bring the family to Maudslay State Park! Bring the kids, the dog, and the picnic blanket out to beautiful Maudslay State Park! The third Saturday of every month, we will be joined by many of our good friends in the community to present storytelling, song, dance, fairytale-theater and a fun group activity, all right here in the park and all entirely free! Come make a friend, sing a song, take in some sun and get to know your park better.
The evening flight of herons, egrets, and ibises as they return to their night roost is an amazing spectacle to watch, especially when they are returning into the largest heronry in Massachusetts, just off the coast of Coolidge Point. Bring your dinner and enjoy the aerial drama of the life-and-death struggle in the colony.
Theater in the Open starts their 2014 performance season with Harlequin Mother Goose: A Higgeldy Piggledy Panto! The year is 1764… And in the town of Olde Newbury, at Hoyt’s Lane and Main, there lives an old dame, whose name is Jane Crane! Please join us once again in ye olde Panto-land, where we’re counting on you to lend us a hand! You’ll meet an old woman who lives in a shoe, with Little Bo Peep and Little Boy Blue, but, wouldn’t you know it, the shoe rent is due, and the owner, Baron Bromfield…something something…fondue! Well, you get the idea. We’ll have an eight-foot-tall bird, a caper of clever clowns, and plenty to cheer for and boo at with the whole family this June in Maudslay State Park.