The Museum of Printing’s Annual Printing Arts Fair is a fun day for kids and families! Families will have a great time with printing, typing, a treasure hunt, demonstrations, shopping, tours, and a raffle!
Trails & Sails 2019
Join us at the Witch House and Pioneer Village for a look at medicinal curiosities from the 17th century. At the Corwin House (a.k.a. the Witch House) we will share an exhibit featuring some of the more startling remedies our New England settlers trusted such as “snail water” and “skull moss”. The exhibit will be included in admission and free to Trails and Sails attendees each day of the festival.
Enjoy a guided hike along on the Ipswich section of the Bay Circuit Trail, guided by Ipswich Bay Circuit Trail Committee members. Passing behind Marini Farms, the hike will pass through protected forest and wetland areas.
Picture yourself relaxing on the deck of this beautiful 65- foot schooner as she sails out of Gloucester harbor on a light southwesterly breeze. Join us for a sail and get a taste for what it was like to sail on a fishing schooner a hundred years ago. Help the crew raise the sails, or just sit back and take in the sights and sounds of Gloucester’s coastline.
Get your blood flowing as you climb up the clock and bell tower of Gloucester's magnificent City Hall to the belfry level! At the belfry level you will look down on Gloucester's civic center and, weather depending, beyond to Thacher Island's twin lighthouses, to Ipswich Bay and Magnolia. As you climb the stairs you will be regaled with the history of City Hall, enjoy learning about the functional design of the building and the current efforts to restore "our jewel in the crown". This is a photo-op par excellence. Note: The tower is not handicap accessible.
Visit the Brocklebank Museum, built in the late 1600s, with ties to the abolitionist movement and the famous Beecher family. The museum contains many interesting antiques and artifacts, including Georgetown's legendary "Haunted Meal Chest" and original 1754 tavern sign, along with collections of antique quilts, wedding dresses, toys, etc. Learn about the early businesses of Georgetown, fire-fighting companies, trains, trolleys and more. New in 2018 - World War I display honoring those who served.
Come to Rebecca Nurse Homestead to try your hand at ancient hunting practices! The technique of using an atlatl, or spear throwing stick, is an ancient global technology. Join us, along with the Eugene Winter Chapter of Mass Archaeological Society, as they teach you the finer points about hunting in the ancient world! Stop by the Rebecca Nurse Homestead and hunt a woolly mammoth or woolly rhinoceros. Fun and educational for kids of all ages. Also learn about the tools that Native Americans in Danvers made and used. Bring your Native American artifacts for identification. This event is FREE as part of Trails & Sails 2019! BUT If you would like to visit the Nurse Homestead museum, Admission is $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children 6-16.
This evening event will provide a tour of ifarm’s many facets, including: the farm’s 240-year history, our historic farmhouse, barn, and carriage house venues, our cut flower gardens, (which feature over forty varieties of flowers) and our permaculture (permanent agriculture) gardens, which utilize both traditional and innovative techniques for raising crops as sustainably as possible.
Come join the Lake Gardener Improvement Association for a guided, narrated hike of the Powow Hill Conservation Area -- the highest peak on the Essex County coast! This easy, guided hike starts at the beach, goes through the beautiful mixed forest to the scenic summit, pausing often to notice the sights, and sounds of the forest around us.
Come join the Lake Gardener Improvement Association for a twilight paddle on Lake Gardner! Enjoy the magic of twilight on the water! Bring your kayak, canoe or paddleboard and join us as we leisurely paddle the flatwater of Lake Gardner to enjoy the quiet as dusk turns to dark as we watch for migrating geese to land. The trip will depart the beach at 7:00 PM and will involve a talk about the history of the lake and its environs as we explore the shoreline as we watch the sky gradually change.