Join the Salem Maritime National Historic Site for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Friendship of Salem with Captain Jeremy Bumagin, Rigger John Newman and ship volunteers. Participants can see and visit areas of the ship typically not open to the public, as well as learn about numerous ongoing maintenance projects.
Join The Trustees of Reservations on a misty evening in early Spring, vernal pools are hopping! The swales we find tucked amongst the dunes are coming alive, host to a variety of creatures waking from a long winter’s nap and ready for action! We’ll hike out under cover of darkness to spy on – and listen to – this celebration of awakening. Bring a flashlight or headlamp, and wear boots! We’ll have nets and buckets for up-close observations, but our specimen collecting is strictly catch-and-release.
Join Museum staff for a family oriented tour and specialized activities focusing on the dynamic work and life relationships formed by these artists. This drop-in program is perfect for families with preschool and elementary school aged children. Free for children and Museum members or with Museum admission.
Join The Trustees of Reservations for a leisurely hike through the dunes of the Crane Wildlife Refuge to celebrate the winter solstice. On this, the shortest day of the year, we'll take advantage of the dark with a stroll beneath the stars. We'll warm up after our walk with hot cider and refreshments in the Tavern at the Inn at Castle Hill. The perfect balance to counteract the bustle of the holiday season!
View the Sargent House in all its holiday splendor while sharing in the joy of the season with tasty holiday treats and music performed by the Rockport High School Madrigal Choir from 2-3PM. Take home decorations at the end of the day and fresh holly cut from our own trees at prices sure to make you rejoice!
Sawyer Free Library celebrates native American History Month with 'Fast Hawk', a member of the Micmac Northeast American Tribe! He will be bringing feathers, claws, animal skulls, a talking stick, pipes, stories, and more to this informative celebration! All ages welcome. No sign-ups required.
Did you know the celebration of Christmas was once illegal in Massachusetts? Please join the folks at Rebecca Nurse Homestead for a celebration of the fall harvest and see what all the fuss was about! Activities will include Colonial living history demonstrations, kid's crafts, a special holiday themed exhibit, seasonal refreshments - including everything from gingerbread to hot wassail!
Join The Trustees of Reservations on an exploration of the dunes at the Crane Wildlife Refuge in ipswich! This hike explores the wild wonders of the dune trails through the Crane Wildlife Refuge, from the Crane Beach parking area to Essex Point and back again! We'll launch our long walk at the dunes trailhead, and make our way along the backside of Crane Beach, then tuck into the dunes again to reach Essex Point. A bag lunch prepared by Ferreira Foods of Salem will be delivered to us at the approximate halfway point. Come prepared for a leisurely long-way-around walk of about 8 miles!
Come to Rebecca Nurse Homestead for the next Way Back Weekend. After more than 320 years there have been countless stories told about the infamous 1692 Witch Hysteria. After so many yeras, and countless retellings can you tell the difference between documented fact and what is in fact a myth? Join the Rebecca Nurse Homestead as they delve through some of the most common myths and misconceptions.
Presented by the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, come aboard the replica tall ship, Friendship of Salem, to explore and chat with a National Park Service Ranger!
Saturday, December 15
Sunday, December 16
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