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.

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

Wakefield Farmers Market

Wakefield Farmers Market

Wakefield Farmers Market (WFM) provides locally grown produce and help local farms remain vibrant, as well as promote our town as a cultural arts, recreation, and dining destination so as to bring more business activity to our town, and bring neighbors together to commune and share resources.

Now in its 9th season, WFM includes 32 vendors, some coming every week and some with alternating week or occasional schedules, for an average of 20 vendors each week. Including many produce and/or meat/poultry/or dairy/cheese farmers, a great fish vendor, and a wide selection of other foods, including locally produced baked goods, preserves, salsa, root beer, and Middle Eastern fare. Find soap vendors and 1-3 artisans each week. Hula hoops, jump ropes, and sidewalk chalk are always on hand, as is balloon twisting magicians!

When: 
Saturdays from 9-1 p.m. June 17 - October 14, 2017

Nelson Island Tour at Parker River

Tour and discover Nelson Island at Parker River Wildlife Refuge.

Join a ranger for a tour of a beautiful spot that few people visit: Nelson Island. If we’re lucky, we might catch a glimpse of a nesting osprey. Learn about the history of this little known refuge jewel. If weather and tide permits, we’ll take a very short walk along the marsh. (Muddy, wet areas are possible so rubber boots are recommended.) Consider bringing binoculars and/or a camera. *Please note: Those who call and leave messages after hours, your registration is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation call from a refuge staff member.

When: 
Monday, July 17, 2017 10am-Noon

Alex’s Team to Host 4th Annual Spirit Ball

Alex's Team Fundraiser

The Alex’s Team Foundation is proud to announce that the 4th Annual Spirit Ball will be held on December 2nd at the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts.

This signature event celebrates the life of Alexandra Jane Miliotis and memorializes her journey of hope and courage during her battle against Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Her angelic smile, positive outlook, and unwavering loyalty to her friends and family has been instilled in the Foundation. As a testament to her strength and courage, the Alex’s Team Foundation strives to find unique ways to support childhood cancer research and nursing. The Foundation’s motivation lies within the impact they are able to make within the cancer community by providing multiple layers of service-driven support to nursing care staff, doctors and families. Through their flagship programs with Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard University Medical School and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Alex’s Team Foundation truly believes that the groundwork has been laid to establish a lasting impact on the search to cure childhood cancer and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

When: 
December 2, 2017 from 7pm to midnight

Animal Tracking Program

Kids will learn about animal tracks and behaviors at Parker River Wildlife Refuge.

Many animals live on the refuge, but are hard to find.  They are either active at night, wary of people, or both.  Though you may not see them, their tracks can be just as interesting to find.  Go out on the refuge with intern Dominic Noce as he teaches you how to find and identify tracks of different types of animals.  Meet the program leader in the refuge visitor center auditorium for a brief slide show, after which he’ll lead you on a tracking exploration on the refuge.  Please wear long pants and boots (for tick prevention) and otherwise dress for the weather.  NO preregistration for th

When: 
Sunday, July 16, 2017 10am-Noon

Meet the Monarch Gardner

Come to Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about Monarch Butterflies!

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge invites families to join Katie Hone, The Monarch Gardener, for a fun and hands-on program that will focus on the charismatic monarch butterfly and its fascinating life cycle.  Meet live monarch caterpillars.  Make a common milkweed seed bomb to take home and start your very own monarch habitat.  Visit the refuge's butterfly garden to see milkweed and to look for monarch eggs.  Meet in the r

When: 
Saturday, July 15, 2017 10:30-11:30pm

Beach Discovery Program

Learn about beach creeatures and their habitats at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport. Photo: ©2013

Your family loves spending time at the beach at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, so do many wildlife families!  Come join refuge staff and volunteers to learn who else makes the refuge beach their home, and all the shoreline treasures that help support their food, water, shelter needs. This is a drop-in program.  Come for 15 minutes or a few hours.  Kids and families will play games, make crafts, and learn about wildlife and beach habitats using discovery kits.  Earn prizes.  Look for our tent on the beach at Lot #1.  NO preregistration for this program.

When: 
Saturday, July 15, 2017 10am-Noon

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