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The Gloucester Schooner Festival celebrates maritime, sailing and fishing herita
The Gloucester Schooner Festival is a  wonderful celebration of Gloucester's fishing and maritime history during labor day weekend. This year's festival, hosted by Maritime Gloucester, is Gloucester’s major marine event, with participating vessels coming from ports along the Eastern seaboard and beyond. There will be both large and small vessels—ranging from 19 feet to over 100 feet in length. You will see new boats and old boats, from newly built (Ardelle - launched 2011) to over 100 years old!
Location: Downtown Gloucester, Gloucester Harbor
Explore The Trustees of Reservations Appleton Farms and learn about its rich history!
Join longtime volunteers Katrina and Susan to delve into the history of this magnificent working landscape.  You'll learn how the Appleton family worked the farm from 1636 through 1998, while exploring Harvard's Gore Hall granite pinnacles on the property, each dedicated to a different Appleton family member.  
Location: Appleton Farms
Take a guided kayak paddle to Choate Island with the Trustees of Reservations!
Join The Trustees of Reservations for a paddle and a hike – what better way to spend a summer afternoon? Paddle across Essex Bay from the Trustees of Reservations boat dock to Choate Island. We’ll beach our boats for a tour of the island, stopping in at the Proctor Barn, the White Cottage and the Choate House, then continuing to the highest point on the island where Cornelius and Miné Crane are buried. After the hike, we’ll kayak around the island to get the views from the water (tides permitting).
Location: Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Walk through the Crane Wildlife Refuge Ipswich Massachusetts with the Trustees of Reservations under the full moon.
Join The Trustees of Reservations as they celebrate the September's Full Moon!  When the Harvest Moon falls in October, the September Full Moon is known as the Full Corn Moon or the Barley Moon because it traditionally corresponds with the time to harvest corn and thresh the ripened barley.
Location: Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Explore Choate Island with your family and experience the beauty of Essex Bay!
Explore an amazing island home to deer, foxes, osprey, and other magnificent creatures. Once home to generations of the Choate family and later a retreat for Cornelius and Mine Crane Choate Island, Choate Island remains a magical place boasting miles of walking trails, historic buildings, and breathtaking views of Essex Bay. The day's festivities include optional walks, talks, a children's treasure hunt, and refreshments.  Park at Crane Beach, catch the shuttle at the boat dock, and your adventure begins.
Location: Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Learn about Beach Plums and making jam at this 'Appleton Cooks' Session in Ipswich MA!
Join us to gather these sweet and tart beach plums at Crane Beach. We’ll then head up to the Great House kitchen to make beach plum jam. All materials will be provided and participants are welcome to take their hard work home! Adults only. Pre-registration required. 
Location: Appleton Farms
Camp out on Castle Hill this Labor Day Weekend in Ipswich!
Spend an adventure-filled Labor Day weekend camping at the Crane Estate! The Trustee's special site in the Pine Grove is an ideal location for both experienced campers and first-timers. This overnight includes a choice of optional programs and activities on Saturday afternoon, which may include a Great Marsh Creek Walk, a Dune Hike through the Crane Wildlife Refuge, a Guided Kayak Paddle in Essex Bay, or a Scavenger Hunt for the little ones. Of course you are also free to simply lounge on the beach, or explore the property on your own. Bring a bag lunch for Saturday. There will be a camp out dinner and s’mores around the fire on Saturday night, and breakfast provided on Sunday morning. After you pack up on Sunday morning, you are welcome to spend Sunday afternoon at the beach (parking in the lot by the Barn only).
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Enjoy and evening concert with your family at the Stevens Coolidge Place with the Trustees of Reservations!
End the summer with a bang at this exciting outdoor concert at The Stevens-Coolidge Place in collaboration with Crossroads Music Series! Enjoy a meal and drink from our food, hard cider and beer vendors as you listen to the "hits you've never heard of" from the band, The Country Hits, followed by Cuban Roots, Rock & Reggae Fusion band, Los Sugar Kings.  This is a full day of family fun and music with a festival vibe, sure to bring you back to those carefree summer days and get your feet moving.
Location: Stevens-Coolidge Place
Down on the Farm Fall Concert Series at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts
Join Appleton Farms for the Down on the Farm Fall Concert Series at Appleton Farms! These family-friendly concerts will feature live music, food trucks, lawn games, and an opportunity to meet our dairy cows and farm animals. The series kicks off on Sunday, September 24th at 4pm.  Bring your own picnic or purchase food from Joe's on a Roll and CopperDome Pizza.  Beer and wine will also be available for purchase from Ipswich Ale and Old Planters Brewing.
Location: Appleton Farms
Families enjoy dinner on at Appletons Farms with ingredients fresh from the farm!
Join Appleton Farms for a dinner on the farm! Each Friday Appleton Farms and Chive Events invites you to join us for dinner. Relax under the setting sun and enjoy a truly unique farm to table experience. From fresh vegetables and fruits, to local pasture raised meats and sustainable seafood, Chive Events will prepare each meal using the best ingredients available from our own and other local farms. Menus may include slow roasted pork with rhubarb jam, seasonal fresh salads and homemade strawberry short cakes. Watch the season change with each meal and bring the whole family to enjoy the weekly harvests. A casual dinner set overlooking the Great Pasture will remind you to slow down and breathe in the summer's air. Enjoy a cold beverage from our friends at Ipswich Ale while you play oldfashioned lawn games and listen to live music.
Location: Appleton Farms