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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

Bald Eagles and Bagels

Kids are invited to come learn about eagles at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport!

The bald eagles are back along the Merrimack River, and we know where to find them! Join us at Joppa Flats, where we'll kick things off with some bagels and cream cheese while we learn about eagles and other birds of prey before we hit the road. We'll use recent sightings from our bird observation log, pass out binoculars and radios, and caravan out to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Deer Island, and Salisbury Beach State Reservation to seek out these majestic birds.

When: 
Sunday, February 19, 2017 9-11:30am

From the Farm Kettle: Stews

Learn to make chowders, soups and stews at this Appleton Farms workshop series in Ipswich Massachusetts!

Join Appleton Cooks! and chef Carolyn Grieco this winter for our winter culinary workshop series. With seasonal ingredients as our inspiration, these classes bring together the farm’s winter bounty and professional chef instruction to inspire, improve, and support your culinary endeavors at home. 

When: 
Saturday, February 18, 2017 3-5:30PM
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From the Farm Kettle: Stews (Evening)

Learn to make chowders, soups and stews at this Appleton Farms workshop series in Ipswich Massachusetts!

Join Appleton Cooks! and chef Carolyn Grieco this winter for our winter culinary workshop series. With seasonal ingredients as our inspiration, these classes bring together the farm’s winter bounty and professional chef instruction to inspire, improve, and support your culinary endeavors at home. 

When: 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 6-8:30PM
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Snowman Building Contest on the Grand Allée

Come join the fun and make snow people at the Trustees of Reservations' Crane Estate in Ipswich Masaachusetts

Looking for an outdoor activity to enjoy during school vacation? Come build snow people with the Trustees! What better place to form gigantic snowballs than the rolling hills at the Crane Estate? We’ll have a contest to determine the best winter characters – which snowman is the most traditional?  The most creative? The one that best represents Ipswich history? The one that best represents the Crane family? At the end of the day we’ll enjoy some hot chocolate to warm up.

When: 
Friday, February 24, 2017 1-3PM

Farm Inspired Crafts and Cocoa for Kids

Kids will enjoy crafts and cocoa at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts!

Join us in the farmhouse for a craft making party! Leave your hat and mittens at the door and come get creative with our Farm Educator. While the farm animals are hunkered down and the wild animals are hibernating, we will use the winter landscape as our inspiration. Hot chocolate will be available in the farm kitchen throughout the program. Drop in between 9:30am-11am. Your crafting fun will take around 30 minutes so plan as you need for your schedule.

When: 
Monday, February 20, 2017 9:30-11:30AM
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Making Felt at Appleton Farms

Learn about the process of making felt from wool at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts.

Warmer spring weather means its sheep shearing time on the farm.  But what to do with all that wool? Learn about the time honored tradition of wool felting. We’ll start by learning how to “card” the raw wool into soft fiber for spinning or felting. Afterwards, we’ll try our hand at making felt balls to be used for farm-fun necklaces. Wool, wood beads and decorative string will be provided, but feel free to bring anything special of your own to add to your necklace. Recommended for ages 5-9.

When: 
Saturday, February 25, 2017 2-3pm
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Wingmasters Presents "Owls"

Come learn all about owls from Wingmasters at Wenham Museum! Photo by Beth Reynolds

Wenham Museum hosts a fun presentation by Wingmasters during February Vacation! Come see live owls up close in this indoor presentation that will introduce you to different owls that live in our region. We’ll discuss the special features these birds have and we’ll talk about how they hunt, what they eat, and their amazing vision, hearing, and feathers. 

When: 
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 10:30am
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Annual Danvers Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

Annual Danvers Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast will raise funds for local kids

This is the 47th year for this annual event hosted by the Danvers Kiwanis Club! Bring your family to the Danvers High School Cafeteria for a morning of fun and good breakfast! The Danvers Kiwanis Club, your community service club, is celebrating their 56th year of service – and thanks to fundraisers like this, has been able to donate over $570,000 to the Danvers Community. So come eat some flapjacks and help them raise money for the kids of the Danvers community. The price is $5 for adults and $4 for children.

When: 
Saturday, March 11, 2017 7am-12pm

North Shore Polar Plunge

Take the Polar Plunge in Salem or Beverly Massachusetts to raise funds for local non profits!

North Shore Community Development Coalition, in partnership with River House and the Salem Education Foundation, are set to host the 11th Annual Polar Plunge. This event brings families, friends, and community members together to benefit the organization’s efforts to build affordable housing and strengthen communities in the North Shore. Join hundreds of brave supporters of all ages as they jump into the wintery waves to raise money for neighbors in need right here on the North Shore of Boston.

When: 
Sunday, February 5, 2017

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