Saturday Sessions at Appleton

Join the Trustees on Saturdays this summer for live music from local bands during our Farmhouse Wood-Fired.

Join us on Saturdays this summer for live music from local bands during our Farmhouse Wood-Fired at Appleton Farms. Grab a pizza and beer and a spot on the lawn while enjoying the music and the perfect pizza picnic on the farm. On days with special events, such as our Farmers Markets, Local Beer Tasting and Octoberfest weekend, we will have two bands on Saturdays, 12-2 and 3-5.

Saturdays, October 10, 2021 12-2pm and 3-5pm

Choate Island Day

Explore Choate Island with your family and experience the beauty of Essex Bay!

Spend a day with us in celebration of Choate Island – the crown jewel of the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Here deer and foxes roam through fields that once housed herds of sheep, and osprey fly over breathtaking views of Essex Bay. The island was first home to indigenous farmers and fishers, then to generations of the Choate family, and was later a retreat for Cornelius and Mine Crane, who loved the place so much they decided to be buried at the summit. Your day may take you on any adventure you choose, including hiking through miles of walking trails, observing wild landscapes with a fall treat in hand, hearing first-hand accounts of island life and history, and taking self-guided explorations of the historical Proctor Barn and Choate House.

Saturday, October 2, 2021 10AM - 3PM
Sunday, October 3, 2021 10AM - 3PM

Octoberfest at Appleton Farms

The spirit of Octoberfest is taking over Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts

The spirit of Octoberfest is taking over Appleton Farms for the weekend of October 9th and 10th, 12:00 - 6:00 pm both days. Featuring a special Octoberfest-inspired pizza menu both Saturday and Sunday along with lawn games, free fire pits, and local beer or cider to enjoy.

Saturday, October 9, 2021 12-5pm
Sunday, October 10, 2021 12-5pm

Newburyport Chocolate Tour

The Newburyport Chocolate Tour is a chance for chocolate lover to experience the best treats of Newburyport Massachusetts!

The Newburyport Choclate Tour invites chocolate lovers to savor fine chocolate and goodies throughout downtown Newburyport and the Tannery. The Chocolate Tour motto, "Eat Chocolate. Be Happy. Do Good.", sums up this delicious tour as 100% of net proceeds are donated to local non-profit organizations. This year's proceeds go to: Prescription Refill Program for Elders, MSPCA at Nevins Farm Animal Shelter, Beacon Coalition (youth suicide prevention) and Theater in the Open.  

Saturday, October 2, 2021 Noon-4pm

Fall Foliage Cider & Donut Cruises

Take a guided tour of the Essex Massachusetts Marshes with Essex River Cruises this Autumn

Essex River Cruises hosts a narrated sightseeing tour that winds down the beautiful Essex River aboard Essex River Queen, a pontoon boat. We’ll cruise up close to Hog/Choate Island to get a view of the area's magnificent dark spruce forest. See the leaves change into brilliant hues of yellow and orange. Enjoy complimentary hot cider and donuts from Russell Orchard of Ipswich. Don’t miss this magnificent opportunity to view some of New England’s most spectacular fall foliage.

Saturday & Sunday, October 16-24, 2021 1-3 pm

A Spiritual Quest Weekend at Hilldale Cemetery

Hilldale Cemetary is on of the North Shore's most active paranormal spots!

Join Essex County Ghost Project on a FREE guided ghost tour of Hilldale Cemetary - one of the Merrimack Valley's most active cemeteries as part of Trails & Sails 2021.  The gates open at 6:30 pm and at 7pm we will start exploring one of New Englands most haunted sites. There have been reports of full and partial body apparitions seen all over the cemetery. So pack up your cameras, digital recorders and all other paranormal equipment for a night of intrigue and paranormal history. Please wear good walking shoes.

Fridays, September 17 & 24, 2021 7-8:30pm
Saturdays, September 18 & 25, 2021 7-8:30pm

Farmhouse Wood-Fired at Appleton Farms

Join the Trustees at Farmhouse Wood-Fired every Thursday through Sunday, throughout the summer and fall. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets for a perfect wood-fired dining experience surrounded by the idyllic beauty of Appleton Farms. The menu will change weekly, featuring local and seasonal ingredients, including produce from our own farm. Pizza varieties will include cheese, meat and seasonal veggie, with other options available such as artisan pastries, seasonal salads and lighter fare.

Thursdays & Fridays through November 2021 4-7pm
Saturdays & Sundays through November 2021 12-6pm

Farm Days Festival

Appleton Farm's Farm Days Fall Festival will have lots of fun, food and live music in Ipswich Massachusetts!

Come celebrate and support Appleton Farms at our annual Farm Days Fall Festival! Bring your friends, family, neighbors and everyone you know for some good old fashion fun on the farm. This event is perfect for all ages. Your ticket and attendance support Appleton Farms continued effort to provide quality food, programs and space for our community.

Saturday, September 25th, 2021 10am – 6pm
Sunday, September, 26th, 2021 10am – 6pm

Hospital Point Lighthouse Open House

Take a tour of this historic Beverly landmark thats usually closed to the public as part of Trials and Sails!

One of Beverly's most familiar landmarks, this lighthouse commands a spectacular view of Salem Sound, and 3 other lighthouses. An enduring monument to Beverly's nautical heritage, it is one of 5 Massachusetts lighthouses that still retains its original Fresnel lens.

Saturday, September 18, 2021 10AM-3PM
Sunday, September 26, 2021 10AM-3PM


Adirondack Leadership Program at Gordon College’s La Vida Center

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Thursday, December 9

Academic Experience at Pingree School

Pingree School is offering an Academic Experience on their campus in South Hamilton Massachusetts
Pingree School invites prospective students, parents, and guardians to come and learn about Pingree’s academic and co-curricular programs. Attendees will meet students and teachers, attend sample classes, and hear from the associate head of school, faculty and students.
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Friday, December 10

Christmas at Castle Hill

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. Don’t miss this year’s elegant Roaring-Twenties-themed decorations–pearls, feathers, ocean liner memorabilia, and more. Each room in our 1920s mansion is uniquely decorated for the holidays. Timed entry will limit the number of guests...
12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Holidays at Hale Farm

The Holidays are back at Historic Beverly's Hale Farm in downtown Beverly Massachusetts
The Holidays are back at Historic Beverly's Hale Farm! Join us as we share the story of Hale House through three centuries of holiday history. Holiday tours will be offered throughout the day.
Where: Hale Farm
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Fire Pit Picnics at Appleton Farms

Appleton Farms hosts a fun outdoor experience for families who enjoy the outdoors and camp fires!
Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring on the farm as you make s’mores and memories around a fire pit at Appleton.
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Trustees Winterlights at Stevens Coolidge Place

The Trustees of Reservations Winterlights at the Stevents-Coolidge Place North Andover North Andover.
Winterlights is back! Join the Trustees for a magical outdoor experience at the Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens as it sparkles with thousands of shimmering and artfully designed holiday lights. Bring the whole family for a fun and safe outdoor experience. Winterlights runs Wednesday through...
4:45 pm to 7:45 pm

Santa's Workshop - Fridays

Santas Workshop in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Visit Newburyport MA
Newburyport is a favorite local town to shop - especially during the holidays. The fantastic lights downtown, the tree in Market Square, all the beautifully decorated window boxes and of course, Santa's Workshop, where the kids can whisper their wishes to Santa.
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Holiday Invitation Nights

Downtown Newburyport is the place to shop during the invitation nights!
Come to Downtown Newburyport and the Tannery Marketplace  Merrimac Place, and Horton's Yard for Newburyport’s Holiday Invitation Nights and shop for the holidays in style! Mark your calendars, book a babysitter, and call your friends to make plans for three great nights in Newburyport! Enjoy...
6:00 pm to 8:59 pm

The Nutcracker Panto

Come enjoy a Nutcracker Panto performed by Theater in the Open at the Firehouse Center for the Arts!
The tree is lit up and the stockings are hung and Clara’s Christmas is perfect…except for her Uncle Drosselmeyer sitting up on that clock and the sudden rat infestation…sounds like panto time!Edward Speck and Joshua Shack return to direct another cracking holiday panto, this time seizing on...
7:00 pm

Saturday, December 11

Middle Street Walk Gingerbread Contest 2021

Middle Street Walk Gingerbread Contest entries can take any shape.
Everybody is invited to enter the Gingerbread Contest for the Middle Street Walk in Gloucester this year! Groups and individuals are encouraged to get creative and come up with entries that can take any shape.  All entries will be judged during the Middle Street walk with winners being announced at...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
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