COASTSWEEP 2021

CoastSweep encourages families to volunteer and help preserve some of the nicest coastal properties on the planet!

Living on the North Shore has a lot of benefits, and one of the best is our proximity to the beach.  Wherever you might be living or visiting on the North Shore, you are never more than a half-hour car ride from the nearest spot to bury your toes in the sand.  We have miles and miles of beautiful beach available to us, and it's our obligation to help keep it clean. Each September through November, thousands of volunteers throughout Massachusetts turn out for COASTSWEEP—the statewide coastal cleanup sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). Our list of 2021 North Shore Coastsweep Cleanups 

COASTSWEEP - The Annual Statewide Coastal Cleanup

COASTSWEEP, organized by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, is part of an annual campaign to raise awareness of marine debris and clean beaches on the coasts of oceans, rivers, lakes, marshes and ponds.  It relies on volunteers from local communities to step up and provide the man power to clean debris and litter from the shoreline of their local bodies of water. 

In Massachusetts, volunteer rates have consistently increased since 1987. The annual cleanup has grown over the years, resulting in 138 miles of coastline, river bank, marsh, seafloor, and lakeshore in eastern Massachusetts, 3,246 volunteers and 14,446 pounds of debris from 97 locations in 2018 alone.

Most of the trash comes from from nearby roads, parking lots and fields that is blown into the water. Some of the trash is directly from marine activities and unfortunately some is left right on the beach by the very people who use it. What's in that giant pile of trash?  All kinds of stuff that doesn't belong on our beaches like toilet bowls, rubber boots, pieces of fishing net, truck tires, industrial tubing, milk crates, vinyl siding, cigarette butts, furniture, and mountains of paper and plastic debris.

COASTSWEEP isn't just another  beach clean up either.  Participants are encouraged to quantify what they find and collect on data cards during the cleanup and handed over to organizers.  This data is then sent to the Ocean Conservancy in Washington DC, where its kept in a massive database of the International Coastal Cleanup program.  The data is then analyzed, and used to identify patterns of marine debris and its source, which helps in developing comprehensive coastal management policies.

Take part in COASTSWEEP this year, and bring your kids to show them conservation by example! You'll learn a lot, have a great time and give back to your community in a way that will really make a difference. Your kids will be able to see their contribution to the cleanup as part of the whole - which make a lasting impact on how your child will value their own effort.  You'll be cleaning up today's trash and helping to eliminate the same kind of trash ever making it to the beach in the future. Last but not least, you'll also have the chance to spend another great day at the beach!

Adirondack Leadership Program at Gordon College’s La Vida Center

Marblehead Christmas Walk

The Marblehead Christmas Walk is several days of local Holiday events in Marblehead Massachusetts
The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce invites you to Marblehead to enjoy several days of holiday festivities, family events and activities!  Come for one or all days with highlights that include Santa's arrival by lobster boat,Festive shopping, Tree Lightings, a holiday parade, Artisan Markets,...
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Deck The Halls: Hammond Castle

A holiday themed tour of Hammond Castle in Gloucester Massachusetts
Enjoy the spirit of the holidays with Christmas Trees in nearly every room, numerous wreaths and candlelight throughout. Immerse yourself in a lost era of quiet luxury and holiday grandeur unlike any other on the North Shore.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician, Brian...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Arts & 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....
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Festival of Trees By the Sea (Sundays) in Salisbury

 Experience the joy and excitement of Salisbury’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more,
The Annual Sea Festival of Trees is open Weekends (Friday-Sunday) Saturday, Nov. 19- Sunday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, December 1.. Experience the joy and excitement of the Seacoast’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more! Enter to win a...
11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Festival of Trees By the Sea in Salisbury

 Experience the joy and excitement of Salisbury’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more,
The Annual Sea Festival of Trees is open Weekends (Friday-Sunday) Saturday, Nov. 19- Sunday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, December 1.. Experience the joy and excitement of the Seacoast’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more! Enter to win a...
11:00 am to 8:00 pm

Wreath Making Workshop

Annual Wreath Making Workshop at the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum
Join us at the Essex Historical Society & Shipbuilding Museum as Susie Talbot guides the group through decorating a 20" wreath. Susie is an extraordinarily talented individual who not only designed, but takes care of our front gardens. Amongst her many talents is decorating Holiday greens.
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Lighting of the Memory Tree

The Lighting of the Memory Tree is a solemn occasion to remember loved ones.
Gather around the tree in front of Essex Town Hall to honor loved ones past and place your memorial ornament. This is always a meaningful and peaceful way to begin the holiday season.
6:30 pm

Sunday, January 1

New Years Day

12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Friday, December 2

Marblehead Christmas Walk

The Marblehead Christmas Walk is several days of local Holiday events in Marblehead Massachusetts
The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce invites you to Marblehead to enjoy several days of holiday festivities, family events and activities!  Come for one or all days with highlights that include Santa's arrival by lobster boat,Festive shopping, Tree Lightings, a holiday parade, Artisan Markets,...
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

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...
10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Deck The Halls: Hammond Castle

A holiday themed tour of Hammond Castle in Gloucester Massachusetts
Enjoy the spirit of the holidays with Christmas Trees in nearly every room, numerous wreaths and candlelight throughout. Immerse yourself in a lost era of quiet luxury and holiday grandeur unlike any other on the North Shore.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Festival of Trees By the Sea in Salisbury

 Experience the joy and excitement of Salisbury’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more,
The Annual Sea Festival of Trees is open Weekends (Friday-Sunday) Saturday, Nov. 19- Sunday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, December 1.. Experience the joy and excitement of the Seacoast’s most popular holiday tradition with glittering trees, indoor ice skating, Santa visits and more! Enter to win a...
11:00 am to 8:00 pm

Hamilton-Wenham Farmers' Market

Hamilton-Wenham Community House hosts a Popup farmers market on the front lawn!
The Hamilton-Wenham Farmers’ Market is a food and flower market presented by The Community House. Vendor offerings must be grown, raised, or produced within 100 miles of Hamilton.
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Santa Comes to Essex

After Santa arrives in Essex, kids will have a chance discuss their wish list with him in person!
Kids of all ages are welcome to come down to Essex Town Landing for a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Tree Lighting in Marblehead

Marblehead's tree lighting is always a festive occasion to kick off the holidays
The Tree Lighting will take place at the new National Grand Bank Parking Lot on Pleasant Street in Downtown Marblehead this year!  Enjoy the festive atmosphere and live music as the town lights the yearly Christmas tree! Festivities begin at 5:30pm with the tree lighting at 7pm.
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Hamilton-Wenham Carol Sing & Tree Lighting

Hamilton-Wenham Community Sing and tree lighting
The Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham invites children to bring their own flashlight or glowsticks for the tree and gazebo lighting and a Christmas Carol Sing for all ages! Carol Sing is coming back! Plus a special arrival of Santa, and a tree lighting! We have an amazing festive evening...
6:30 pm

Saturday, December 3

Winter Wonderland Pancake Breakfast

Come have breakfast with Santa at the Essex Elementary School in Essex Massachusetts!
Come on up to Essex Elementary School and ring in the cold winter with a hot pancake breakfast! Suggested contribution is $10 per individual or $25 for a family and all proceeds go to Essex Elementary fifth grade students’ end-of-year activities and the student activities fund.
8:00 am to 11:00 am