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Topsfield Fair

Topsfield Fair is one of the longest running annual fairs in the United States

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.

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Friday, September 30, 2016 1 - 11pm
October 1-10, 20116 10am - 11pm

Trail Blazing Trek

Join Mass Audubon naturalists on a hike some of the less travelled trails at IRWS.

Ipswich River Sanctuary invites you to come explore! Looking to get off the beaten path and take "the one less traveled?" Haven't yet hiked alll 12 miles of our sanctuary's interconnected trails? Have a yearning to explore places like Hassocky Meadow or White Pine Loop? Come with us as we trek some of the sanctuary's less frequented trails to discover new sights and sounds in these spectacular habitats.

When: 
Saturday, October 1, 2016 1:30 pm - 3pm

Endless Summer Picnic Concert

Enjoy and evening concert with your family at the Stevens Coolidge Place with the Trustees of Reservations!

Liven up your week with this mid-week outdoor concert at the Stevens Coolidge Place! Bring a picnic and join us for an evening of family fun. Enjoy live music by “The Ways and Means Committee,” explore the gardens, and play lawn games that will be set up around the grounds. Founded in Somerville, Massachusetts, The Ways and Means Committee band plays Blues & Roots-rock, drawing upon the record collections of our Hippie antecedents, and the spirit of the Indie Revolution. We have the Ways and we have the Means to move you with sweet tunes of yesterday and today.   

When: 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 5-7PM

Take a Trolley Ride with Scrooge! - Fridays

Salem Trolley Christmas Carol, Fun Holiday Events north of Boston

Join Scrooge on the Salem Trolley as you ride through Salem Massachusetts in this rolling production performed by the Griffen Theater . Now entering into it's 26th Season, this humorous & whimsical interactive performance reanimates Dickens’ timeless seasonal holiday classic!

When: 
Fridays, December 2 - 23, 2016 6, 7 & 8 pm
Weekends, November 26-December 20, 2016 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8pm
Monday-Thursday, November 28-December 22, 2016 6pm or 7:30pm
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Maritime Archaeology and Heritage on the Wharf

Celebrate 400 Years of Maritime History at Derby Wharf in Salem Massachusetts!

Join the Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Dr. Calvin Mires, Co-Founder and Instructor of Seafaring Education and Maritime Archaeological Heritage Program (SEAMAHP) in bringing maritime heritage to life through hands-on activities. Although we won't actually be practicing archaeology, visitors young and old will have the opportunity to use the tools and methods of archaeological research, survey and documentation.

When: 
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 11am-4pm (Open Doors)

Digging for History in Danvers!

Dig for History at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers as part of Trails and Sails!

Come to Rebecca Nurse Homestead and get a liitle dirty as you become an archaeologist for the day! The Rebecca Nurse Homestead was at the center of a summer archaeology program, run by the University of Southern Maine and Phillips Andover Academy, teaching students of all ages how to become archaeologists. Now it’s your turn. Thousands of artifacts have given a glimpse into the lives of those who have walked these grounds for the past millennia, many now on display. What will you uncover?

When: 
Saturday, September 17, 2016 10am-3pm
Sunday, September 18, 2016 10am-3pm

Saugus River Estuary Walk

Take a hike alon the Suagus River Estuary with a National Park Ranger!

Join a ranger in a short walk down a nature trail, as we discuss different plant and animal adaptations for living in a tidal riparian zone. Learn about some of the different plant and animal species that call the Saugus River home, and come see why it makes a great habitat for a diverse array of species. This walk will be fun for all ages, but is not stroller friendly. Find Your Park and celebrate the National Park Service Centennial!

When: 
Saturday, September 17, 2016 1-2pm
Saturday, September 24, 2016 1-2pm

Ipswich Empty Bowl Dinner

 Proceeds from the Open Door Empty Bowl dinner benefit community programs.

The Open Door and the Ipswich Lions Club team up to host an evening of food and hospitality. The meal is simple—soup, bread and a cookie. Guests can choose and keep a soup bowl handcrafted for this community event. The bowl goes home as an unspoken reminder that “somewhere - someone’s bowl is empty” Tickets available at the door, costing $15 for adults and $10 for children under 10. Empty Bowl events are held nationally to generate awareness concerning hunger and to raise money for local hunger-relief programs. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Ipswich Open Door Food Pantry.

When: 
Thursday, November 3, 2016 4 - 8pm.
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Climb Up City Hall Tower

Take a Free tour of Gloucester City Hall's renovated tower as part of Trails and Sails 2016!

Get your blood flowing as you climb up the clock and bell tower of Gloucester's magnificent City Hall to the belfry level! At the belfry level you will look down on Gloucester's civic center and, weather depending, beyond to Thacher Island's twin lighthouses, to Ipswich Bay and Magnolia. As you climb the stairs you will be regaled with the history of City Hall, enjoy learning about the functional design of the building and the current efforts to restore "our jewel in the crown". This is a photo-op par excellence. Note: The tower is not handicap accessible.

When: 
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 12-3 PM
Sunday, September 25, 2016, 1-3PM

LEGOS AT LARGE

Drop in at LEGOpalooza at Wenham Museum in Wenham Massachusetts

LEGOs At Large exhibit at Wenham Museum features extra-large LEGO installations – one of them has 20,000 LEGO bricks in it!

In this exhibit, you’ll be inspired to make your own at LEGO sculptures at LEGO and DUPLO building stations in the gallery, and feel what it’s like to be a LEGO mini-fig and GO INSIDE a LEGO building made from extra-large LEGO bricks.

When: 
Now Open through October 23, 2016
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