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The Farm Nisse of Appleton Farms

You may run in to the Nisee at The Trsutees' Appleton Farms this time of year!

The Nisse – a farm elf from Scandinavian folklore – will visit Appleton Farms. While we wait for the Nisse to awake from his slumber in the hayloft, there will be children's holiday crafts, cookies and hot chocolate, and carolers. Upon his decent from the hayloft, the Nisse must be offered his porridge. If his porridge isn't just right, he will play tricks on the farmers and tie the cows tails in knots! If he likes his porridge, he will let us help spread the magic seeds bringing good fortune to the farm in the year ahead.

When: 
Friday, December 7, 2018 4:30-5:30pm
Saturday, December 8, 2018 4:30-5:30pm
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Winter Solstice Stroll

Come for a solstice hike at Ward Reservation to celebrate the Winter Solstice and watch a fire-themed performance by Tetra!

Celebrating the winter solstice goes back 5,000 years. Join the Trustees to light up the night with a Solstice stroll and celebration at Ward Reservation. Participants will meet in the parking lot for a guided candlelit walk through the woods that will include presented passages from the story "The Shortest Day" by Wendy Pfeffer. After hiking to the top of Holt Hill, which at an elevation of 420 feet above sea level is the highest point in Essex County and offers views of the Boston skyline and even the Blue Hills, the celebration will commence with a gathering around the solstice stones at Holt Hill's summit.

When: 
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 6-8:30pm
Strolls at 6-7pm or 7:30-8:30pm
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Kids in the Kitchen: Preschool Farm Explorers

Join Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts for a kids in the kitchen session for preschoolers and try out some delicious kid-friendly recipes with ingredients right from the farm!

Join Appleton Farms for a kids in the kitchen session for preschoolers and try out some delicious kid-friendly recipes with ingredients right from the farm! Each week we’ll practice our cooking skills and make something tasty together. While our creations bake, cool or simmer we’ll pass the time with a fun farm craft. Recipes will include: Bread & Butter, No-Bake Granola Bars, Farm Frittata, and Home Made Apple Sauce. Please pre-register. Fee covers one adult and child. Younger siblings are welcome with an additional fee of $24/$30 for member/nonmembers.

When: 
Wednesdays, November 7, 14 & 28, 2018 9:30-10:30AM
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 9:30-10:30AM
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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.

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

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 9, 2018 3-6PM
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Holiday Children's Party at Castle Hill

Kids will meet Santa at the Crane Estate in Ipswich MA!

In celebration of the holidays, we’re hosting a children’s Christmas party with Santa. Families will enjoy interactive songs and music from children’s entertainer Jeannie Mack, a yummy edible craft, holiday refreshments, and, of course, a visit with Santa, who will have a small gift for every child. Advance reservations required.

When: 
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 4-5:30pm

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

From the Forest: Wreath Making Workshop

Come to a wrCome to Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts to make your own Holiday Wreath!

Get into the holiday season by creating your own stunning natural wreath! There is nothing more beautiful that what nature offers us to decorate our homes in fall. Using evergreens, burgundy blueberry twigs, fallen lichen, mosses, a variety of seed pods, unusual cones, deep red rosehips, dried flower heads, and autumn leaves, we will build our 16” wreaths by hand.

When: 
Saturday, November 17, 2018 3-5PM
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Castle Hill Christmas by the Sea | Sunday

Chirstmas at Castle Hill 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.

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

Leaf Hunt at Stevens-Coolidge Estate

Come join the fun with the Trustees on a leaf hunt at the Stevens Coolidge Place in North Andover! Photo: Bill O'Connor

Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens Coolidge Place for a fall outdoor adventure. The garden is full of discoveries and changes with the changing season. Enjoy a scavenger hunt through the gardens, nature journaling or story time on the lawn and collect leaves for making celebratory fall crowns to take home.

When: 
Sunday, November 11, 2018 10am-Noon

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Stargazing at Mendel Observatory

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