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Entrain brings rock funk jam music to the Crane Estate in this Thursday evening
Part of the Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, this is a great way to get together and have fun with the whole family in an exclusive setting. You can pack a picnic dinner, bring the kids, and get ready to dance the night away under the stars on the Grand Allée. Explore the landscaped grounds and the family "Eye Spy."
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Kids celebrate the End of Summer Vacation at  Salem Library's End of Summer Party!
Kids and adults ar invited to a fun afternoon of games, prizes, snacks and more at the Salem Public Library as they celebrate the end of Summer vacation!
Location: Salem Public Library
Come to the Kay Ellis Memorial Fundraiser for a night of fun on Gloucester Harbor!
Come to the Kay Ellis Memorial Fundraiser for a night of fun in Gloucester! Dinner at the The Gloucester House will be followed by a sail aboard the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon or Schooner Ardelle or Whale Watch Privateer IV then back to Seven Seas Wharf for dessert, music, dancing and fun!
Location: The Gloucester House, Schooner Thomas E. Lannon, Schooner Ardelle
Learn about Old Creek Salt Marsh in Salem that is brimming with diversity
Join Salem Sound Coastwatch staff and volunteers for a "walk and talk" at Old Creek Marsh, a beautiful and productive salt marsh located at the edge of Salem State University's Central Campus. As we walk around the marsh, we'll talk about the plants, fish, birds, insects and more that live in this marsh, which is part of the Forest River Estuary. We'll explore the role of the salt marsh in our marine ecosystem and the history of this marsh, which has been restored from an industrial dumping ground. hosted by Salem Sound Coastwatch. Meet at: Pickman Park, Intersection of Monroe & Lincoln Roads, Salem, MA, 01970
Location: Pickman Park
Tour Salem State's Cat Cove Marine Lab for Trails and Sails! FREE!
Come tour the Cat Cove Marine Laboratory as part of Trails & Sails 2016! The Cat Cove Marine Laboratory is operated by Salem State University to promote the sustainable use of aquatic resources on the North Shore and elsewhere. Massachusetts’ North Shore is historically, culturally and economically linked with the ocean. More recently, the ecological importance of coastal waters has been recognized. Salem State University and its Cat Cove Marine Laboratory acknowledge the traditional, biological and social importance of our coastal waters. Methods to preserve, manage and utilize this treasured resource are developed and disseminated at the Laboratory. Participants in Trails & Sails will tour the Laboratory, learn about its relevance and gain insight into how some of their tax dollars are being spent. The visit is interactive, be prepared to feed fish, shellfish and to handle creepy crawlers!
Location: Cat Cove Marine Laboratory
The famous painting 'The Spirit of '76' by Archibald Willard
Did you know the famous painting The Spirit of '76 painting resides at Abbot Hall in Marblehead? Join this tour of Abbot Hall as part of Trails & Sails 2016 and explore Marblehead's history in the early American Revolution. Hear about the daring actions and unsung risks that helped our nation win independence, including Colonel John Glover and Marblehead's remarkable Regiment, and Colonel Jeremiah Lee's covert role in helping to secure weapons from Europe, causing his death.
Location: Abbot Hall
Tour the Newbuyrport Powder House and stick around for a musket firing demonstrationf for Sails and Trails 2016
As part of Trails & Sails 2016, tour the Newburyport Powder House, Come experience a Civil War encampment, musket firing demonstrations on September 18, 2016 at 1:30 and 3:30 pm, master cooper demonstration on September 25 and guided tours of this unique historic landmark critical to our defense. 
Location: Newburyport Powder House
Coast for the Cure starts at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, Massachusetts
The 6th Annual Coast to the Cure Neurofibromatosis Bike Ride starts and finishes at Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park. All routes travel along Cape Ann’s shores and through Manchester-by-the-Sea, Beverly, Hamilton and Ipswich. The terrain includes rolling hills, long, sunny flats, and rural roads winding through the quaint towns of Boston’s North Shore. The 100 mile ride takes you further north through Georgetown, Amesbury and Newburyport.
Location: Stage Fort Park
Come cool off with an air conditioned BINGO  and a movie at the Ipswich Library!
Come cool off at Ipswich Public Library with family and friends! Enjoy Family Movie Night at the library!  The movie begins at 6 p.m. and ends before 8 p.m., when the library closes.Children are encouraged to bring friends! Youngsters 8 and older may attend independently. Younger children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Movies are chosen to appeal to children ages 8 and up, so parents should determine if the movie is appropriate for younger children.
Location: Ipswich Public Library
Manchester Public Library Children and Families Storytime
Duckling Storytime is a 50-minute program for children ages 3-5 that helps preschool children to begin to develop pre-literacy skills through a specially formatted curriculum of stories, and hands-on activities.
Location: Manchester Public Library