Come enjoy a Saturday night of music, food, drinks and fun at The Stevens-Coolidge Place! Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket and settle in for a wonderful summer evening with family and friends. Grab a drink from our beer and wine truck, grab food and dessert from the food trucks, explore the gardens, and play lawn games that will be set up around the grounds. But, above all, make sure you are ready to dance because this year’s Summer Picnic Concert features the funky stylings of Mother Ton.
Trustees of Reservations
Have you ever wondered about the moths attracted to your porch light? What are they called, what do they eat, why are they attracted to light and where do they go when the summer ends? Join independent researcher Deb Lievens for an illustrated talk about moths inside The Stevens-Coolidge historic house, followed by moth viewing in the gardens at night. Several "viewing stations" with black lights will be setup prior to the talk so that upon its conclusion, we'll have plenty of specimens to view under expert supervision.
Berlin-based contemporary artist Alicja Kwade (b.1979, Poland) has long been engaged with value systems, philosophical questions about the essence of reality, and with attempting to examine, if not resolve, issues of inherently subjective concepts such as space and time. In her sculptures, as well as installations, photographs, and films, Kwade occupies herself with the structural properties of everyday objects and questioning the veracity of matter, revealing possibilities for alternate realities, while examining social agreements and supposed truths.
Have you ever wanted to kayak the winding waters that meander through the marsh between the Ipswich River and Essex Bay? Join The Trustees of Reservations at Steep Hill Beach for this early-in-the-day adventure as we paddle Fox Creek, the oldest man-made tidewater canal in the United States! As we wend our way through the marsh, we’ll be on the lookout for herons, egrets, and other shore birds -- with luck we’ll spot an osprey hunting for its supper! We’ll supply the kayaks (sit on top) and lifejackets.
Join The Trustees of Reservations as they celebrate June's Strawberry Moon. Local Native American tribes knew this moon as a signal to gather ripening fruit. We’ll welcome the arrival of summer with a snack involving fresh strawberries and a celebratory bonfire at the end of the evening.
It’s Strawberry season here on the farm and we’re celebrating the arrival of this favorite crop by cooking up all things strawberry in the kitchen! Our workshop begins with a brief walk out to the fields (weather permitting), learning more about berries while sampling and harvesting some for our class. We’ll then head to the kitchen to prepare a delicious menu of sweet & savory strawberry recipes while covering traditional cooking skills and techniques along the way. Class includes hands-on cooking, professional chef instruction, printed recipes, and a ‘strawberry celebration’ dinner at the end of the evening. BYOB beer & wine allowed.
Bring a picnic blanket and load up the kids for a summer evening on the farm to celebrate the special fathers in your life. Enjoy dinner from a variety of local food trucks and beer and wine from Ipswich Ale and others. (As we book vendors we will update this page). Live bluegrass from Old Cold Tater!
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 crafts, bubbles and a Bear Scavenger Hunt, followed by a storytime at 2PM and a picnic with light refreshments provided. Stuffed animal best friends encouraged to attend! Our friends at the Andover Bear Company will also be in attendance to fulfill all your teddy bear needs.
The Trustees and Notch Brewing are partnering to bring a series of family-friendly, outdoor ‘biergarten’ experiences to some of our parks, farms, and cultural sites this year.
The The Trustees of Reservations are hosting The Orchestra on the Hill for a Spring concert at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate! Celebrate Spring with a delightful evening of concerto favorites performed at the beautiful Crane Castle with music by Mozart, Haydn, Caliendo and Handel. The Orchestra on the Hill will perform feature presentations by renown soloists from the North Shore area. As a special tribute to our gifted young musicians in Ipswich, we will feature youth cello soloist winner, Tessa Devoe.
Sunday, June 24
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