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Come help build a fairy garden at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary!
Midsummer's Eve is the longest day of the year - the perfect day to create a fairy garden for you and your fairies! Join us to make individual fairy gardens for each family. We will provide the container, rocks, and native plants to make a garden bowl any fairy would be happy with. Please bring your imagination and love for fairies. We will celebrate the completion of our gardens with a solstice story and a short walk.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Enjoy this sensory walk on the trails of Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary with your children!
To spark a sense of wonder, Rachel Carson said, every child needs an adult "who can share it, rediscovering with him [or her] the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in." To this end, knowing facts about nature matters less than feeling a sense of beauty, admiration, excitement, and love, which can prompt a wish for knowledge later on and create an enduring legacy of meaning. Exploring nature, Carson reminds us, means being receptive to the surrounding world - "learning to use your eyes, ears, nostrils, and finger tips, opening up the disused channels of sensory impression."
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Learn about the meadow habitat and who lives there at Ipsiwch River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield
Butterflies flutter among the wildflowers. A spider does acrobatics in the tall green grass. Tiny insects drink plant juices and blow bubbles to make their own foam homes. We'll use nets to sweep the meadow and take a closer look at the fascinating creatures hidden in the grassland jungle. After our safari, we'll have fun making our own bubbles.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Runners, walkers and kids are invited to particitpate in the Coastal 5k
Calling all runners and walkers--and their children--who love our North Shore beaches. Sign up for the Annual Coastal 5K Run for the Beach! Enjoy a green road race* on a great course while helping to protect our local beaches and marine life! The course starts at Dane Street Beach, goes through wooded residential side streets to the Lighthouse at Hospital Point, loops back through historic Beverly to Independence Park and ends with more ocean views.
Location: Dane Street Beach
Learn and improve ukulele skills at the Ukulele Melee at the Cutler School in Hamilton!
Ukulele of Boston, The Friends of Cutler, and Cutler String Jam Presents Ukulele Melee 2017! The Ukulele Melee is a day of workshops, performances and ukulele fun! This year’s event will take place on June 10th at the Cutler School in Hamilton from 12 to 4:30 p.m. The headliners for 2017 will be featuring Jim and Liz Beloff. Tickets sold at the door. Parking is free. All proceeds are being donated to the Ukulele Kids Club.
Location: Cutler Elementary School
North Shore Free Concerts for North Shore Families
Come enjoy community and music each Sunday in Patton Park! Dust off your lawn chairs and bring your picnic down to the park on Sunday evenings. We have a fantastic line up of bands this summer ---presented by Institution for Savings Bank and sponsored by The Community House, Town of Hamilton, HW Cultural Council, and the Town of Wenham. Special thanks to the Friends of the Wenham COA and the Wenham Village Improvement Society. We appreciate all the support!
Location: Patton Park
Kick off the Summer at Salisbury Beach's Country Beach Jam!
Join us at the ocean’s edge on Saturday, June 24th, for the 2nd Annual Country Beach Jam, featuring: Four great bands on a beachfront stage from 3PM to 10PM An array of seafood, beach pizza and walk-up food stands Fireworks show over the ocean at 10:15PM It’s one sweet summer night of country music featuring The Ultimate Aldean Experience, Darren Bessette Band, Houston Bernard Band, and Annie Brobst Band. See the full schedule of performances below!
Location: Salisbury Beach Stage
Doo Wop every Friday night on Salisbury Beach! Enjoy classic tunes from the 50s, 60s, 70s and Motown on the Salisbury Beach stage. It’s the Rock & Roll Oldies Show with your host DJ Ralphie B and weekly special guest singers, 7:15 to 9PM. Then DJ Jeff B takes the stage from 9 to 10PM for a kid dance party under the stars – complete with hoola hoops, limbo, bubbles & much more. Be sure to join in all the fun!
Location: Salisbury Beach Stage
Sail with the tall ships from Boston to Gloucester aboard the Schooner Ardelle!
Schooner Ardelle invites you on a unique adventure on the coast of the North Shore!  Board the Ardelle as we depart the Sail Boston festival and sail back to Gloucester in company of the fleet of Tall Ships participating in the Tall Ships Challenge/Redez-vous Tall Ships Regatta race from Massachusetts to Canada. We will return to Gloucester in the afternoon, prior to the race start. Tickets are also available to join the Ardelle to watch the start of the tall ships regatta that afternoon! Passengers are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Boston and out of Gloucester. Trunnel tickets and Vouchers are not valid for this unique sailing experience.
Location: Maritime Gloucester
Ipswich River Watershed Association Paddle-a-thon!
Want to canoe or kayak on the Ipswich River? Would you like to help support the health and longevity of the river while you do? Join the Ipswich River Watershed Association for their second annual Paddle-a-thon. You can choose to it alone, or take a guided social paddle, and all participants invited to join the party after their paddle between noon and 3pm. This fun fundraising event is open to all, and the IRWA even has a limited supply of kayaks and canoes, so register today!
Location: Ipswich River Watershed Association