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Berwick Academy offers transportation to North Shore families with pickup & drop-off in Newburyport
Whether you are considering applying for next year or just want to understand the educational options for your child, Berwick's Open House gives families the opportunity to see our facilities, meet our teachers, and understand the difference Berwick makes in the lives of its students. The Fall Open House showcases our Middle and Upper School but students of all ages and their are families are invited to attend. This Open House will offer an informative and interactive afternoon where students and families can tour the campus, attend mini-classes, meet our teachers, work in the Makerspace, and hear about extra-curricular opportunities.
Location: Berwick Academy
Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
Enjoy a guided tour of Halibut Point State Park around the Babson Farm Quarry, unearthing the granite industry era followed by a traditional hand-tool stone splitting demonstration.  Halibut Point itself is made of sheets of 440 million year-old granite that now cascades from rocky headlands to the abundant tidal pools below. The panorama encompasses views from Crane Beach in Ipswich to Mount Agamenticus in Maine and the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire. This glorious natural landscape is breathtaking and inspiring.
North Shore Kids' list of farms that offer 'Pick Your Own' pumpkins on the North
Celebrate Fall and take the kids to a pumpkin patch!  Picking your own pumpkin is just part of the fun!  Some places listed may have closed pick your own in the field, but should have a great selection available at the farm! Here is a short list of some local pumpkin patches north of Boston:
Topsfield Fair opens the gates at 1pm Friday! Topsfield Fair is one of the longe
The Topsfield Fair is a perennial favorite for us.  We're not the biggest fans of the midway, although it is always worth a walkthrough and a ride or two.  We love fruits and vegetables, and are always on the lookout for the winning 'biggest pumpkin'.  Another favorite is checking out the pigs and other farm animals, as well as the interesting variety of guinea pigs and rabbits.
Come see fall foliage from a different perspective on the Fall Foliage Paddle.
Mid-October is an excellent time to take in the spectacular and stunning colors provided by the Ipswich River. The riverside silver maples will be showing off their yellow-gold, while the cattails and other marsh grasses will provide beautiful greens and browns, all set against the winding blues and blacks of the river. Have your family join us for a few hours as we explore this pristine habitat via a gentle paddle in canoes. With a little luck we might encounter a beaver, otter, or muskrat as well!
The Swampscott Farmers Market happens every Sunday through October.
Rain or shine, the Swampscott Farmers’ Market features a wide variety of produce, meats, fish, breads, flowers and crafts from farmers, food producers, and artisans from around Massachusetts and nearby New England states. Anchoring the market, Swampscott will have Clark Farm providing a large variety of produce, as well as John Crow Farms bringing produce, meats and poultry. Other vendors include Maitland Mountain Farms (known for their pickles and flowers), Fille de Ferme (producer of homemade jams and jellies), Cherry Street Fish Market, Big Sky Breads, and more.
Independent schools are welcoming communities that nurture students, have exceptional teachers and offer tremendous opportunities. The Independent School Fair at Shore Country Day School in Beverly is an opportunity for families and students to meet with representatives from private schools, including day schools in the Boston area and boarding schools around New England. If you are considering the possibility of an independent school for your child for the Fall of 2016, now is the time to start looking. Attend and use this unique opportunity to meet with a number of schools under the same roof, meet representatives and gather information from boarding and day schools in New England and beyond.
The Gran Prix of Gloucester is an annual international cyclocross race held in Gloucester Massachusetts in the beautiful setting of Stage Fort Park by the sea.
The CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester Presented by Ipswich Ale Brewing is two days of international calibre races where competitors from all over the US, Canada & Europe converge to race in North America by the sea at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Cyclocross is the  most spectator-friendly form of bicycle racing, so bring the family and join the excitement.  Who knows? Maybe next year someone in your family will be part of the action!  Hosted by ECV - Essex County Velo.
Location: Stage Fort Park
Join Ms. Katie at for stories about the sky and things that fly! Hamilton Wenham Library
Join Ms. Katie at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library for stories about the sky and things that fly!  After the stories, children will make a super-soaring paper rocket, and enjoy some tasty treats. Designed for ages two and older, no registration necessary. Open to the public at no charge.
The Friends of the South End Portsmouth Fairy House Tour--the world's largest fairy house tour
The Friends of the South End Portsmouth Fairy House Tour--the world's largest fairy house tour--takes place each fall in the historic South End Neighborhood of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Built by creative professionals, community members, and students, these works of imagination and creativity more than 150 fairy houses will be on display on the grounds of Strawbery Banke, the Governor John Langdon House, and in Prescott Park.