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Winter Birding at Crane Beach

Learn about winter birds at the Trustees' Crane Estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts

Join Ranger Dave Williams for a walk along Crane Beach to look for birds that frequent the shore during winter. Birders will enjoy the opportunity to spot species they don’t often see, while beginners will learn what to look and listen for to help identify these feathered friends. Bring your binoculars and your life list!  

When: 
Sunday March 5, 2017 1-3pm

From the Sugar Shack: Maple Culinary Class and Sugaring Tour

Learn maple syrup is made and develop some recipes using farm fresh ingredients at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts

March is the time for sugaring in New England.  Appleton keeps this very special tradition alive by tapping the farms’ beautiful maple trees and producing wood-fired, small-batch syrup. The first part of the workshop will include a leisurely walk around the farmstead to show how sap is harvested and collected. The tour will wrap up at our sugar shack so you can see (and smell!) the transformation of sap to syrup. You’ll gather in the farm kitchen for the second part of the workshop, where chef Carolyn Grieco will teach how to make some of the most delectable maple syrup recipes.  Workshop ends with a generous sampling of all our delicious maple dishes!

When: 
Saturday, March 4, 2017 10am-12:30pm
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Culinary Skills Series at Appleton Farms

Hone you culinary skills at this Appleton Cooks workshop series in Ipswich Massachusetts!

This ‘back-to-basics’ series provides a comprehensive approach to the fundamentals of cooking as we explore traditional culinary methods & techniques to enhance your knowledge, skill, and understanding in the kitchen.  Each workshop will focus in-depth on a particular skill set, with guided hands-on practice as we prepare seasonal dishes applying specific techniques. Proper knife skills, measuring, and kitchen tools will also be discussed, and all workshops include chef instruction, printed recipes, and a light lunch in the farmhouse! 

When: 
Saturday, March 11 - 25, 2017 10am-12pm
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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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Ipswich School Jazz Bands Join Beantown Swing

Jazz is alive and kicking up its heels in Ipswich when the whole town is invited to participate in an evening of big band swing music and dance at the Dolan Performing Arts Center. Ipswich Music Art and Drama Association has arranged with Beantown Swing, the premier swing orchestra on the north shore, to spend a day giving jazz master classes at the high school, followed by a joint concert in the evening. This will be more than just a concert! The orchestra pit will be turned into a dance floor for the evening while the band plays on the stage above.

When: 
Friday, February 10, 2017 7:30pm
FREE Swing Dance Lessons Start at 6:45pm!

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: 
Monday, April 17, 2017 10-11am
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From the Farm Kettle: Soups

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

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, January 12, 2017 6-8:30PM
Saturday, January 14, 2017 10am-12:30pm
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Meet Backyard Birds

What birds come to your yard in the winter? Find out at Joppa Flats Education Center!

Drop in at Joppa Flats for an up-close winter wildlife experience! On select weekend and school vacation days, Joppa Flats volunteer Deb La Roy presents demonstrations on bird research and banding. After capturing wild birds in the Joppa backyard, Deb brings them inside to measure, weigh, examine, and then release them. The unique band that Deb places carefully on each bird’s leg connects other bird researchers with the data she’s collected. You’ll learn about your own backyard birds and why they’re here while watching scientific research in action.

When: 
Fridays, January 13 & 20, 2017 10:30-1:30

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