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Bring your favorite Stuffies to the Teddy Bear Picnic at the Trustees of Reservations' Stevens-Coolidge Estate in North Andover
Join The Trustees of Reservations at the Stevens Coolidge Place for a a fun afternoon of Teddy Bears and Tea! There will be a storytime and picnic at the teddy bear garden.  We will begin with an hour of activities, crafts, sing-a-longs and a Bear Hunt, followed by a picnic with light refreshments provided. Stuffed animal best friends encouraged to attend! 
Location: Stevens-Coolidge Place
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
Tour Cape Pond Ice and chill wioth the coolest guys in town!
Chill with the coolest guys in town! Enjoy a cool visit to Cape Pond Ice Company, icing Gloucester's fleet since 1848. We were featured in Sebastian Junger's account of The Perfect Storm. Tours highlight the history of the ice industry, with vintage film of natural ice harvests. See first hand 300-pound block ice being made (up to 350 tons per day), fishing vessels taking on ice and ice sculptures being carved in our historic icehouse on Gloucester's working waterfront.
Location: Cape Pond Ice
Hilldale Cemetary is on of the North Shore's most active paranormal spots!
Join Essex County Ghost Project on a FREE guided ghost tour of Hilldale Cemetary - one of the Merrimack Valley's most active cemeteries as part of Trails & Sails 2017. Join us for a weekend of paranormal enlightenment! Join us for a weekend of paranormal enlightenment! On Friday night there will be an equipment class to learn how to use some of the tools we use today. After the class, tour one of the most haunted cemeteries in New England. On Saturday night the 16th join local EVP specialist Karen Mossey as she discusses EVPS.On the 22nd NEPA will lead the tour around the cemetery followed by an energy circle .On the 23 local author and Spirt Chaser will be presenting her new book and talking about some of her experiences.. After the presentation we will take a paranormal walk around the cemetery.
Location: Hilldale Cemetary
Run through Boo-tiful Historic Salem! Get your best running costume ready for the 11th running of this annual Salem Haunted Happenings Event. A great way to begin your day of Halloween fun in Salem. Let the kids join the Halloween costume fun with the Spooktacular Kids Broom Dash. Post-race awards, costume contest, music, photos, refreshments and more.
Location: Salem Willows Park, Downtown Salem
Creatures of the IRWS tell stories and interact with kids on the haunted trail!
At sundown this Halloween weekend, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary will be transformed into a magical forest with creatures that can talk! Take a guided walk along our Halloween trail, home to some interesting creatures that come out just for Halloween. Learn firsthand about the creatures of the night and some history and myths that surround this spooky holiday.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Learn about spiders at Ipsiwch River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield during this spooky time of year.
Learn about spiders at Ipsiwch River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield during this spooky time of year! All spiders spin silk, but not all make webs to catch their prey. How does a spider spin a web and not get caught in it? Come and find out the other ways these fascinating little animals use their magic threads.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Kids will build their own fairy houses at Mosely Woods in Newburyport!
Join educators from Joppa Flats Education Center with your preschooler for an adventure to collect acorns, pine cones, lichen, bark, and moss at Newburyport's Mosely Woods! We'll use our imaginations to create woodland homes and creature friends with the natural materials we find. You'll go home with your fairyland dwellings and a new excitement for finding natural treasues and turning them into creative projects.
Location: Moseley Woods
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!
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Farm Explorers is a great way for preschoolers to explore Appleton Farms!
Explore the rhythms of Appleton Farms with your pre-schooler. Meet the cows, harvest the fields, wander the woods, and dig in to farm chores. Fiddleheads experience it all through age-appropriate sensory activities, stories, songs, and games. Each program will last 1 hour and will have a different theme such as “What Plants Need to Grow” or “Meet the Cows.” Please pre-register. Fee covers one adult and child. Additional children for TTOR members: $24 [$30 for non-members].
Location: Appleton Farms

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