Bark Ranger Walk

Bring your favorite pups and join a Park Ranger for a special walk around the grounds of Saugus Iron Works. On this walk we'll discuss what it means to be a "Bark Ranger," the importance of the wetland habitat within the park, and the best ways to keep pets and natural resources healthy as we enjoy National Parks. The tour will conclude with a graduation ceremony where each dog will be sworn in as official "Bark Rangers" and receive their tag and certificate.

Come Paint with Me

Come paint a rock or similar small object with American Folk Artist, Johanne Cassia. Johanne will have sample pieces for you to follow. She will help you every step of the way. If you have a nice, round beach rock of your own you would like to paint, bring it along. Bring your enthusiasm and take home your piece of art. Join in this fun, free event.

From Country Estate to State Park: Bradley Palmer’s Gift

Learn how wealthy corporate attorney Bradley Webster Palmer donated his 721 acre Willow Dale Estate, now Bradley Palmer State Park, to the Commonwealth. Experience his extravagant early 1900s world as you take an outdoor tour of his mansion, the ghost of a formal garden, the stable, gardener’s cottage, and other surviving buildings. The Park Interpreter takes you on a stroll around the core area of the former estate.

AtlAtl Days

Try your hand at ancient hunting practices! The technique of using an atlatl, or spear throwing stick, is an ancient global technology. Join us, along with the Eugene Winter Chapter of Mass Archaeological Society, as they teach you the finer points about hunting in the ancient world! Stop by the Rebecca Nurse Homestead and hunt a woolly mammoth or woolly rhinoceros. Fun and educational for kids of all ages. Also learn about the tools that Native Americans in Danvers made and used. Bring your Native American artifacts for identification. Trails & Sails Events are always FREE!

100 Years of Agricultural Education

Granted by descendents the Hawthorne family in 1913, the 166 acre campus of the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School has been used as both a farm and a classroom. With over 2.5 miles of on site and adjoining wetland trails the school's grounds offer many things to do and explore. See farm animals, wildlife, and even the remains of the Danvers TB infirmary. Our wetland conservation efforts are beginning to get results with more accessible trails, decreases in invasive plants, and increases in wildlife diversity.

Valerie McCaffrey: Landscapes - Out of My Mind and Into Yours

Come to the Wenham Museum to meet local artist Valerie McCaffrey and hear about the creative process for her paintings, many of which were inspired by the scenery right here in Essex County. This spectacular exhibit is a retrospective of landscape paintings created by the artist over the past two decades. McCaffrey's style is deceptively naïve – visitors might correctly be reminded of Grandma Moses.

Rolling Ridge 70th Anniversary and Art Show

Since 1948, Rolling Ridge has been in the business of transforming lives through the love and power of God. Join us as we celebrate 70 years of ministry with an afternoon of workshops, tours, and activities, with a program beginning at 4:30 pm. See the fall show of the Andover Artist Guild in the Lakeside Dining Room with works for purchase. Discover for yourself why Boston Magazine named Rolling Ridge one of the top wellness centers in New England. Information on the scheduled workshops and tours may be found at

Live and in Color! The Poets' Theatre of Cambridge presents "The Abolitionists" in Lynn

An ensemble of skilled actors from the Poets' Theatre give voice to the wide range of anti-slavery attitudes in Massachusetts during the decades leading up to the Civil War. Black and white, female and male, well-known and obscure, these important writers and orators, including Lydia Maria Child, Paul Cuffee, Frederick Douglass, and Angelina Grimké Weld, among others, transformed fringe ideas—rejected by many in Boston as dangerous and “fanatical”—into a mainstream movement for emancipation

First Parish Church Sanctuary and Burying Ground

Both the historic Sanctuary and Burying Ground of First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Road, will be open, with guides to provide information and answer any questions. Gathered in 1635, First Parish is the oldest, "mother church", in the Newburyport area and many of the original settlers and their descendants are buried in the Burying Ground, including Henry Sewall, Tristram Coffin and his wife Judith, and the Reverend John Tucker. Come visit our historic sites - there will be a scavenger hunt in the Burying Ground!


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