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Welcome to White Court

Come join the Town of Swampscott for a celebration of the historical, cultural, and natural wonder of Swampscott’s iconic White Court (Calvin Coolidge’s Summer White House). Visitors will be able to enjoy memorabilia from President Coolidge’s family as well as stories of his presidency. Visitors can also view cars from the 1920s, take part in programming and fun activities for kids, as well as music and light refreshments.

Watercolor Class *FULL*

*This program is full. Please contact rhayes@andover.edu or 978-749-4017 to be added to the wait list.* With inspiration from the Addison exhibition "Color and Light: Watercolors from the Collection," learn techniques from artist and educator Frances McCormick to create your own watercolor paintings!

North River Walk & Talk—Ecology, History and the Future

Once called the Blue Danube of Salem, the ecologically important tidal North River provides the largest source of fresh water to Salem Sound. Originally lovely and wide, flowing through forests and meadows, the river was transformed by both the industrial revolution and urban development. Polluting tanneries lined the banks. The railroad came along and narrowed the banks with fill. Land pressures from urban development brought more fill and channelization of the river.

Historic Fletcher Steele Garden Tour

Fletcher Steele is recognized as one of the most influential landscape architects of the early twentieth century. For 60 years Steele practiced landscape architecture as a fine art, designing nearly 700 gardens in his lifetime. The garden at Rolling Ridge was the first of his creations. Join us for a tour of this historic garden. Although the fountain is no longer in operation and the grounds are being restored, you will discover the visionary genius of Steele as we walk the grounds and appreciate the natural beauty of this 38 acre peninsula along Lake Cochichewick.

Andover Artist Guild Reception and Show

The Lakeside Dining Room of Rolling Ridge features the works of local community artists. Join us at the reception for our new quarterly show, "Fall in New England." Meet the artists. Enjoy the new show in the Lakeside Dining Room. And browse other art work on display and for sale at the art show in Tyson Hall. Cash and check only. Since 1948, Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center has been a peaceful, beautiful and historic place offering hospitality and programs for the renewal of spirit and transformation of the world.

Plein Air Painting

Join members of the Andover's Artist Guild for a day of outdoor painting at Rolling Ridge, located on the shore of Lake Cochichewick. Bring your painting supplies, watch the artists work, or simply walk the grounds and enjoy the beauty of this historic mansion and grounds. Artists will also have their works for sale. Cash or check only. Since 1948, Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center has been a peaceful, beautiful and historic place offering hospitality and programs for the renewal of spirit and transformation of the world.

Nahant Life Saving Station

In response to the tragic wreck (including loss of the crew) of the coal schooner Charles Briggs off the coast of Nahant in the winter of 1898, Senator Henry Cabot Lodge was moved to request that the town vote ‘to give to the United States a suitable site for a Life Saving Station.’ The station was established in 1900, and was one of 33 such stations built in the state. It is the only one that was not built to a standard plan, and is one of only twelve to survive in any significant form. The Life Saving Service later combined with U.S. Revenue Cutter Service in 1915 to become the U.S.

Family Nature Exploration

Come learn about the birds and nature found on Veasey Park's 48 acres of conservation land. Inside we will have nature themed crafts, hands on exploration, and a story time. Learn how to make nature fun for kids and grown-ups alike. Recommended for all ages. After take a self-guided nature walk on our marked trails to see what you can find. We will provide nature bingo sheets and trail maps.

Hike along Merrimack River

Hike along the Merrimack River on newly acquired land of A.V.I.S., which is a land trust holding about 1100 acres of land in Andover with 30 miles of walking trails. This walk will take about one and one half hours and cover about 2.5 miles. There are some hilly sections along the route.

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