Dance is a New England folk tradition. Fiddle/Folk music plays, a Caller calls: “Bow to your partner. Bow to your corner. All join hands, circle left…” As you and your partner progress through the dance, you will, before the night is through, have di-si-dow-ed with just about everybody in the hall.
Come to the white sands of CRANE BEACH to collectively welcome Springs revitalization with a BLAST of COLOR! Beach Bonfire & Om Drum 1-3pm, Color Blast precisely at 2pm! Bring a drum and join the circle if you like. We will have some number of percussion instruments available to share. Event is FREE. Crane Beach Parking fees apply.
Join us for an adventure in maple sugaring! Spend an afternoon in the sugar shack and along the trails learning about the great maples of Appleton, while helping us prepare for the sweetest season at the farm! Each day will be a new adventure. For children registered for the morning vacation program (Farmer for a Day), please bring a lunch to enjoy before joining the Sugaring Adventures! Lunch time will be supervised.
Warmer spring weather means its sheep shearing time on the farm. But what to do with all that wool? Learn about the time honored tradition of wool felting. We’ll start by learning how to “card” the raw wool into soft fiber for spinning or felting. Afterwards, we’ll try our hand at making felt balls to be used for farm-fun necklaces. Wool, wood beads and decorative string will be provided, but feel free to bring anything special of your own to add to your necklace. Recommended for ages 5-9.
Cooking together and having fun in the kitchen makes our farm family happy and we want to share that enthusiasm for cooking with you. With the help of our cheesemaker we will make a batch of fresh farm cheese while we learn about how our cows turn green grass to creamy, nutritious milk. Afterwords we'll enjoy the sweet fruits of our labor together. This program is designed for families with children ages 5-10.
Join The Trustees of Reservations at Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate in search of the Snowy Owl! Wide-open coastal sites are the location of choice for wintering Snowy Owls; common perches are dunes and salt hay staddles. In winters past, the owls have been frequent visitors to the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Join us as we hike the dunes in search of these magnificent birds. Unlike most owls, snowy owls are diurnal (they hunt and are active both day and night) so we have a good chance of sighting one even in the daylight hours!
February 2nd is Groundhog day – the day we find out whether we are in for an early spring or 6 more weeks of winter. Get your kids together and enjoy a fun morning of Groundhog Day stories and crafts in the great house, followed by a fun outdoor exploration and a snack!
Join North Shore Nordic for a guided cross-country ski tour of Appleton Farms. Strap on your skis and spend the eafternoon enjoying the outdoors, before ending at the Old Farm House for some hot drinks, smores and a campfire. Kids and adults are both welcome, however this is designed for people who have some basic experience cross country skiing. If you would rather snowshoe or hike on your own and then join in the smores afterwardss you are welcome! Please pre-register so we have enough refreshments for everyone!
Join Essex County Trail Association to escape cabin fever and get outside with the Middleton Stream Team and Ipswich River. The woodland route in the wilds of Middleton will depend on snow and ice conditions so we plan to meet at Angelica’s rear parking lot, corner of Routes 114 and 62, Middleton, at 12:00. From there we’ll direct participants to the hike starting point. Children are welcome.