Want to carve your very own pumpkin, or three? Come to the farm to help get our pumpkins ready for Appleton Farms Kids Pumpkin Trail ! Families are welcome to bring snacks & BYOB to enjoy while carving. All pumpkins have to stay on the farm for the trail, but if you help carve a few we encourage you to come for FREE and see if you can find your own creation along the way!
Choate Island is the jewel in the crown of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and is only accessible by boat. Join us for a rare chance to explore the cultural and natural history of this special treasure. Participants will be led on a modest 1.5 mile trek past these Proctor Barn, White Cottage, and Choate House all the way to the top of the island, where they will enjoy spectacular views of the back side of Crane Beach and spectacular Essex Bay before retracing their steps back to the boat dock.
Join The Trustees of Reservations for an afternoon hiking tour of Choate Island. What could be better than a Choate Island hike AND picnic? This special spot is the jewel in the crown of the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and is only accessible by boat. Join us for a rare chance to explore the cultural and natural history of this treasure. Participants will be led on a modest trek that will go past the Proctor Barn, White Cottage, and Choate House before landing all the way to the top of the island where spectacular views await. A picnic lunch (sandwich, fruit, cookie, drink) for each participant will be prepared by our award-winning Inn at Castle Hill.
This popular fall classic is one of the North Shore’s most anticipated events. Folks on the North Shore and beyond will flock to Ipswich for its famous fried clams, seafood and of course delectable clam chowder. What better way to round out the season than with an opportunity to, not only samples some of the best chowder around, but also become judge for a day?
Discover Cuvilly Arts and Earth Center for Children at the Open House on Monday, October 15, 2018. This is a fabulous opportunity for you and your child to meet the teachers, see the classroom and farm and enjoy connecting with the Cuvilly community.
Cuvilly Arts & Earth Center has promoted environmental education and sustainability since 1983. Located in Ipswich, Mass., Cuvilly operates a farm-based pre-school and kindergarten and summer programs as well as an alternative energy site.
Kids and their families are invited to the Ipswich Museum for an afternoon of Halloween fun! Join us in the courtyard of the Heard House for old fashioned games, scary stories, a haunted house, costume parade, and more. Costumes are encouraged!
The Great House at Castle Hill is open for tours on Columbus Day. Grab the family and take the Guest of the Cranes tour on the hour and our roof tour, Cupola with a View, at 11:30 AM and 1:30PM. Unique gifts and food options are available at our gift shop and Grab and Go cafe with 10% off for Trustees members. Last tour of the day is at 3PM.
It’s apple season in New England and we’re honoring this favorite crop in our farm kitchen! We’ll prepare a complete menu including both sweet & savory dishes using apples sourced from local orchards, with recipes such as Apple, Onion, & Cheddar Tart, Brick Chicken with Roasted Apples, Sage, & Cider Pan Gravy, Sweet & Sour Braised Red Cabbage with Apples, Caramel Apple Bread Pudding.
Take a Hayride through our fields of wonder at Marini Farm in Ipswich. On every stop you will come across scenes of characters waiting to hand out Tricks and Treats. The hayrides will take place during the daylight hours.
The Trustees and Notch Brewing are partnering to bring a series of family-friendly, outdoor ‘biergarten’ experiences to some of our parks, farms, and cultural sites this year. Each biergarten will present family-friendly activities, food, refreshments, and entertainment, and will highlight each location’s unique character, history, and natural wonders.