Trustees of Reservations

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. 

When: 
Sunday, December 3, 2017 3-6PM
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Giving Thanks: The Holiday Harvest Table

Make the most of the harvest bounty for your Thanksgiving table using what you learn at this culinary workshop at Appleton Farms in Ipswich MA!

This special culinary workshop celebrates the bounty of the farm harvest with inspirational dishes perfect for your Thanksgiving table and beyond!  We’ll celebrate seasonal crops as we prepare delicious rustic dishes…..many of which can be made ahead to keep it stress-fresh for the big day.  Our menu may include recipes such as Roasted Sugar Pumpkin Soup, Country Sausage Stuffing with Apples & Herbs, Spaghetti Squash Gratin, Maple & Bacon Roasted Brussels, and scrumptious Cranberry-Pear Fruit Strudels.  Class includes hands-on cooking with chef instruction, printed recipes, and a wonderful harvest meal at the end of the evening.  Byob beer & wine allowed.

When: 
Friday, November 17, 2017 2:30-4PM
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Sweet as Pie Workshop at Appleton Farms

Learn about pies and how to make them at this culinary workshop at Appleton Farms in Ipswich MA!

Its pie time and we have you covered for the Thanksgiving holiday!  Come to the farm kitchen to learn all the basics for making delicious country-style pies including techniques on tender pie crust, rolling & assembly, and proper baking.…..all while keeping it fun, simple, and stress-free.  Class includes individual hands-on preparation of 9” deep dish Caramel Apple Pies using farm-fresh apples, with each participant taking home their very own unbaked pie to pop in the freezer and bake fresh for their holiday table! Additional pie recipes will be included in the recipe book, and class will enjoy coffee & pie at the end of the workshop 

When: 
Saturday, November 11, 2017 10am-Noon
Saturday, November 11, 2017 2:30-4PM
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Shine A Light: A Family Night Hike

Join the Trustees on a night hike with your Family at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts

On this Friday before Thanksgiving, in the dark of the new moon, we’ll walk with tea lights (no open flames!) to illuminate our passage through the trails and along the rolling hills at the Crane Estate. While we walk, we’ll talk about the first Thanksgiving, and how giving thanks can make us appreciate all the good and wonder in our lives. You’ll be amazed at how fortunate you are when you stop taking things for granted! Come with an attitude of gratitude! Pre-registration is suggested.

When: 
Friday, November 17, 2017 7-9PM

Autumn Ramble

The Cedar Point Trail at the Crane Estate winds through varied terrain to the be

Come explore the Crane Estate trails in this season between the chaos of summer and the quiet of winter. We’ll take note of the ways nature gets ready to rest – the preparations that plants and animals make to survive the snowfall that will arrive in a matter of weeks. Bring your sharp senses and your skills of observation! This is an outdoor adventure for the whole family! We’ll end our ramble with a campfire and hot chocolate.

When: 
Sunday, November 12, 2017 1-3PM

Haunted Hike

Walk through the Crane Wildlife Refuge Ipswich Massachusetts with the Trustees of Reservations on Halloween!

Join The Trustees of Reservations for a harrowing Halloween Hike through the haunted trails of the Crane Wildlife Refuge! All Hallow’s Eve is a night when the creatures of the woods roam the paths and the dunes, silent and scary. Bring someone you can hold on to – and be prepared to hike through soft sand up and down hills for approximately 1.5 miles! We’ll finish our adventure with witches brew and pumpkin bread around a campfire on the beach.

When: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 7-9pm

Family Fun Day at The Stevens-Coolidge Place

Enjoy an afternoon with your family at the Stevens Coolidge Place with the Trustees of Reservations!

This Columbus Day, join us at the Stevens-Coolidge Place for a day of free outdoor family fun! Play lawn games including ring toss, corn hole, tic tac toe, checkers, bocce, and badminton. Visit our craft table and take home a treasure from the day.  Go on a Fall nature-based scavenger hunt and explore the beautiful grounds and gardens.

When: 
Columbus Day, October 9, 2017 2-6PM

Appleton Farms Pinnacle to Pinnacle Hike

Explore The Trustees of Reservations Appleton Farms and learn about its rich history!

Join longtime volunteers Katrina and Susan to delve into the history of this magnificent working landscape.  You'll learn how the Appleton family worked the farm from 1636 through 1998, while exploring Harvard's Gore Hall granite pinnacles on the property, each dedicated to a different Appleton family member.  

When: 
Saturday, September 9, 2017 10-11AM
Saturday, September 30, 2017 10-11AM
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Beach Plum Jam Workshop at Appleton Farms

Learn about Beach Plums and making jam at this 'Appleton Cooks' Session in Ipswich MA!

Join us to gather these sweet and tart beach plums at Crane Beach. We’ll then head up to the Great House kitchen to make beach plum jam. All materials will be provided and participants are welcome to take their hard work home! Adults only. Pre-registration required. 

When: 
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 5-9PM
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Stevens-Coolidge Place Open House

Come enjoy the fantastic flower display in the gardens at the Trustees of Reservations Stevens-Coolidge Place during their open house!.

Step back into the 1920s during this season’s monthly Open Houses at The Stevens-Coolidge Place. Curious to see the full house? Join the Trustees for full house tours being offered every half hour from 10am to 2pm on a first come, first serve basis.  The last house tour will begin around 1:30. The tours will bring you through the whole house and will lead you in the story of Helen and John Coolidge.

When: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017 10am-2pm

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