Ipswich

Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938

Ipswich Contra Dance

Come join the community tradition of the contra dance at Ipswich Town Hall!

Contra Dance is a New England folk tradition. Similar to Square Dancing, one dances with a partner, but in lines, long lines that span the hall, in our case at the Town Hall Gym. 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. For community building Contra Dancing simply cannot be beat.

When: 
Friday, April 7, 2017 7pm
Friday, May 12, 2017 7pm

Out Like A Lamb Hike

Enjoy a night hike at the Crane Estate to celebrate the end of March!

Join the Trustees to celebrate the last evening of the month of March with a night hike through the dunes of the Crane Wildlife Refuge! We’ll hope for the almost-spring temperatures of the month going out like a lamb, but we’ll have a great hike even if the roaring cold lion is still around!  At the end of our walk we’ll warm ourselves with hot cider around a beach fire.

When: 
Friday, March 31, 2017 7-9pm

Winter Birding at Crane Beach

Learn about winter birds at the Trustees' Crane Estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts

Join Ranger Dave Williams for a walk along Crane Beach to look for birds that frequent the shore during winter. Birders will enjoy the opportunity to spot species they don’t often see, while beginners will learn what to look and listen for to help identify these feathered friends. Bring your binoculars and your life list!  

When: 
Sunday March 5, 2017 1-3pm

From the Sugar Shack: Maple Culinary Class and Sugaring Tour

Learn maple syrup is made and develop some recipes using farm fresh ingredients at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts

March is the time for sugaring in New England.  Appleton keeps this very special tradition alive by tapping the farms’ beautiful maple trees and producing wood-fired, small-batch syrup. The first part of the workshop will include a leisurely walk around the farmstead to show how sap is harvested and collected. The tour will wrap up at our sugar shack so you can see (and smell!) the transformation of sap to syrup. You’ll gather in the farm kitchen for the second part of the workshop, where chef Carolyn Grieco will teach how to make some of the most delectable maple syrup recipes.  Workshop ends with a generous sampling of all our delicious maple dishes!

When: 
Saturday, March 4, 2017 10am-12:30pm
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Culinary Skills Series at Appleton Farms

Hone you culinary skills at this Appleton Cooks workshop series in Ipswich Massachusetts!

This ‘back-to-basics’ series provides a comprehensive approach to the fundamentals of cooking as we explore traditional culinary methods & techniques to enhance your knowledge, skill, and understanding in the kitchen.  Each workshop will focus in-depth on a particular skill set, with guided hands-on practice as we prepare seasonal dishes applying specific techniques. Proper knife skills, measuring, and kitchen tools will also be discussed, and all workshops include chef instruction, printed recipes, and a light lunch in the farmhouse! 

When: 
Saturday, March 11 - 25, 2017 10am-12pm
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From the Farm Kettle: Stews

Learn to make chowders, soups and stews at this Appleton Farms workshop series in Ipswich Massachusetts!

Join Appleton Cooks! and chef Carolyn Grieco this winter for our winter culinary workshop series. With seasonal ingredients as our inspiration, these classes bring together the farm’s winter bounty and professional chef instruction to inspire, improve, and support your culinary endeavors at home. 

When: 
Saturday, February 18, 2017 3-5:30PM
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From the Farm Kettle: Stews (Evening)

Learn to make chowders, soups and stews at this Appleton Farms workshop series in Ipswich Massachusetts!

Join Appleton Cooks! and chef Carolyn Grieco this winter for our winter culinary workshop series. With seasonal ingredients as our inspiration, these classes bring together the farm’s winter bounty and professional chef instruction to inspire, improve, and support your culinary endeavors at home. 

When: 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 6-8:30PM
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Snowman Building Contest on the Grand Allée

Come join the fun and make snow people at the Trustees of Reservations' Crane Estate in Ipswich Masaachusetts

Looking for an outdoor activity to enjoy during school vacation? Come build snow people with the Trustees! What better place to form gigantic snowballs than the rolling hills at the Crane Estate? We’ll have a contest to determine the best winter characters – which snowman is the most traditional?  The most creative? The one that best represents Ipswich history? The one that best represents the Crane family? At the end of the day we’ll enjoy some hot chocolate to warm up.

When: 
Friday, February 24, 2017 1-3PM

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