Blackwood/March Auction
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
(Severe weather date:
Thursday, January 4th)
FREE Preview 3 - 5 pm
Auction Begins at 5 pm
The Essex Room
125 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Blackwood/March Auction - Join renowned auctioneer, Michael March at an auction of fine art, antique furniture and accessories. Well worth attending!

ARTWORKS: Fitz H. Lane Gloucester lithograph, 19 works from the estate of Carl W. Peters, 2 C. Movalli, 4 John Nesta, Antonio Cirino, Mildred Jones, Charles Jones, Otis Cook, Vern Broe, A. N. Davis, M. Mercci, Continental oils, Bruce Turner, R. Kent, Reynolds Beal, Morris H. Pancoast, Harrison Cady, C. Pont, etc.

ORIENTAL RUGS: Tribal and formal scatter and room size rugs.

ACCESSORIES: Tiffany, A. Stone and other Sterling hollowware, a collection of gold and gem jewelry, a collection of marine antiques, Grenfell, Chinese porcelain, early photos, 1691 map of America, etc. FURNITURE: blanket boxes, dining table, etc.

A catalog of the items to be sold is online at www.blackwoodauction.com/january-2018-auction/. For consignment information please call Michael March at 978-768-6943 or email michael@blackwoodauction.com

 
Mike Francis - Solo Acoustic
Monday, January 15, 2018
7:30 - 11 pm
C.K. Pearl Restaurant
112 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Mike Francis - Solo Acoustic - Join C.K. Pearl and ECI Entertainment on Martin Luther King Day (January 15) for a beautiful night of music featuring Soul Rebel Project's very own, Mike Francis, great food and cocktails. Mike will be playing a mix of covers and originals, ranging from rock and soul to reggae and pop – a little bit for everyone!
 
Winter Hike and Snowshoe
Thursday, January 18, 2018
9:30 - 11:30 am
Donovan Reservation
/Sagamore Hill Conservation Area 473 Sagamore Street
Hamilton, MA
 
Winter Hike and Snowshoe - Hike the expansive natural wonderland of the Donovan Reservation and Sagamore Hill Conservation Area with Greenbelt and Y Connections. The hike and snowshoe offers extraordinary views to the mouth of the Essex River, Cape Ann and Atlantic Ocean. The walk will be at a brisk pace (4mph) with some hills. FREE!

Click here for more hike information and directions >

 
2018 Film and Lecture Series:
Tomorrow - Documentary Film
Thursday, January 25, 2018
2 pm and a second
showing at 4 pm
Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
Tomorrow - Documentary Film- Tomorrow is a hugely positive, affirming and inspirational film, exploring creative solutions in the field of food, energy, transport, economics and education. It visits permaculture farms, urban agriculture projects, community-owned renewable projects, local currencies, creative schools, ambitious recycling projects. Tomorrow is not just a film, it is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet. FREE!

Watch the Film Trailer >

 
Climate...Water...Soil and Hope
Saturday, February 3, 2018
1 - 5 pm
Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
Climate...Water...Soil and Hope - Soil's Biology's Role in Public Health and Climate Resiliency - Join Didi Pershouse of the Soil Carbon Coalition in this participatory workshop as we explore the deep relationship between carbon and water in the soil pore and in the atmosphere.

Learn the principles of healthy land functions, and how biological work of plants, soil microbes, and other life forms create the water absorbing and water filtering soil infrastructure that our farms and communities depend on.

Why are sunlight and microbiology the most powerful forces in creating the structure and function of land, and in directing flows of water? What are the connections between soil health, public health, and climate resiliency?

This workshop welcomes farmers, teachers, scientists, climate activists, climate skeptics, land managers, conservationists and any other interested people.

$15 for members / $20 for non-members / $25 the day of the event

 
Fundraiser for the
Ipswich Refugee Program
Thursday, February 8, 2018
4 - 9 pm
Shea's Riverside Restaurant
122 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Fundraiser for the Ipswich Refugee Program - Dine at Shea's on this special evening and Shea's will donate 10 percent of their profits the Ipswich Refugee Program, a community-based organization that welcomes and supports refugees and immigrants as they integrate into our local community and into American culture and society. Be sure to mention IRP when you Dine Out and Do Good!
CSI: Fact and Fiction
Thursday, February 8, 2018
7 - 8 pm
T.O.H.P. Burnham
Public Library

30 Martin Street
(Route 22)
CSI: Fact and Fiction - Do popular crime shows on television accurately depict the role of forensic science in solving crimes? Discuss the myths and realities of crime scene investigations with Professor Mike Cross. You’ll learn the strengths and limitations of modern forensics and have the chance to test your own skills at crime solving!

Presentation will be held on the Third Floor (an accessible facility).

Questions, call the library at 978-768-7410.

 
Cork & Canvas Artist Series
Wine Tasting
Friday, February 9, 2018
4 - 7 pm
Essex Wine Exchange (EWX)
91 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Cork & Canvas Artist Series Wine Tasting - Join EWX as they kick off their new tasting series that welcomes local artists to showcase their work while they pour some fantastic wines. The first guest artist is Gerry O'Leary, a very talented painter from Manchester. Gerry will have several pieces on display and will be there to talk first-hand about the inspiration behind each one.

Other local artists who are interested in joining the Cork and Canvas Artist Series can send us an email at info@essexwineexchange.com.

 
A Woman's Place is at the Top
Thursday, February 15, 2018
7 - 9 pm
Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
A Woman's Place is at the Top - Author Hannah Kimberley, of Gloucester, discusses her book about Annie Smith Peck, a scholar, writer, mountain climber, suffragette, and political activist.

"Peck was one of the most accomplished women of the twentieth century that I had never heard of," writes Kimberley.

When Peck climbed to the summit of the Matterhorn in 1895, the focus of the public was not on her accomplishment, but whether or not she should be arrested for wearing pants on the climb.

Admission is FREE! Please RSVP >

Weekly Knitting Club
Fridays, January 12, 2018
through February 16, 2018
3:30 - 4:30 pm
T.O.H.P. Burnham
Public Library

30 Martin Street
(Route 22)
Weekly Knitting Club - Come learn or join your friends for a knitting afternoon. All knitting materials and yarn supplied. Ages 8 and up are welcome. FREE!

Questions, call the library at 978-768-7410.

 
Sound Healing Meditation
with Joe Hayes
Sunday, March 4, 2018
4 - 5:30 pm
True North Hypnosis
and Wellness
(across from 36 Pickering Street)
 
Sound Healing Meditation with Joe Hayes - Come Get Re-Tuned with Therapeutic Sound and Tone. ULTIMATE RELAXATION! An amazing afternoon awaits: Join us as Joe Hayes of SoundScapers builds a temple of therapeutic sound and tone in this group sound healing practice. Be bathed in sacred chant, guided imagery meditation, the didgeridoo, shruti box, and a full complement of quartz, fusion, and Tibetan sound bowls in a deeply therapeutic, community-based, profoundly relaxing 90 minute practice. You will feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and literally re-tuned!

"Everyone has a vibration that is a signature of their health and well-being. Similar to a musical instrument that can fall out of tune, our bodies can also fall out of vibrational harmony and develop illness. Sound and vibration can be used to re-tune and return us to health. One of the most powerful modalities for this is the use of singing bowls...."

– Suren Shrestha, traditional Himalayan sound therapist

Click here to register >

Essex Elementary School
Book Fair
Thursday, March 1, 2018
8 am - 4 pm

Monday, March 5, 2018
8 am - 4 pm and 6 - 8 pm

Shop Online through
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Library Media Center
12 Story Street

Essex Elementary School Book Fair - This Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that provides the books kids want to read. It's a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.

Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Please make plans to come to our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child's reading habits.

All are welcome to shop with us in person or online and feel good about helping out the EES library.

Cash, local check, and credit cards accepted at the Book Fair event.

Community Movie Night
Thursday, March 8, 2018
6:30 - 8:30 pm
T.O.H.P. Burnham
Public Library

30 Martin Street
(Route 22)
Community Movie Night - Join us to watch the film, "Murder on the Orient Express" based on the popular novel by Agatha Christie. Film is rated PG-13. Sign-up is not required. FREE!

For more info, contact April Wanner at 978-768-7410 or awanner@essexpl.org

Be sure to check out the library's new website for more special events!

Cape Ann Winter Birding
Boat Trip
Saturday, March 10, 2018
8 am - 1 pm
Cape Ann

Leaving from
7 Seas Whale Watch
7 Seas Wharf
Gloucester

Cape Ann Winter Birding Boat Trip - Join the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce as they visit one of New England’s most productive marine habitats: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. This a special opportunity for bird lovers of all skill levels to join expert guides migratory seabirds only during this time of year.

Space is limited - sign up today by calling Kerry at 978-768-1601. SOLD OUT!

Birdwatchers from New England and beyond flock to Cape Ann to participate in the Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend each year. Although we are not doing the full weekend in 2018, weather permitting, we are hosting the Winter Birding Boat Trip, aboard the Privateer IV, with 7 Seas Whale Watch. Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 8:00am - 1:00pm. Afterwards, we will reserve a room at the Gloucester House restaurant for you to sit and discuss your findings from the trip. You may order off of the regular menu. Lunch is not included in the price of the trip.

Cape Ann is known worldwide for its exciting concentrations of Winter Seabirds, and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is planning a morning at sea which will delight all levels of Birders. Expert Guides will help you identify the winter birds you will see. In doing the boat trip in March, we hope to see some of the early Spring migrant birds, such as Fulmars, and we hope to see some whales too- Right and Humpback in particular!

On this trip we will be visiting one of New England’s most productive marine habitats: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Stellwagen Bank is probably best known for its large concentrations of whales (Humpback and Finback especially) which attract tens-of-thousands of eager whale watchers each Spring through Fall. But the activity continues all year long! Even in Winter many species of marine wildlife can be seen, and while this trip will focus primarily on the birds of Stellwagen Bank, the possibility certainly exists that we may sight non-avian marine wildlife as well… including whales just returning from the Caribbean!

This a special opportunity for bird lovers of all skill levels to join expert guides on a tour of one of New England’s most productive marine habitats at a time when most other passenger vessels have closed down for the year. The possibilities of what we might see on this winter boat trip are endless, but in the five years we have been running this trip we have seen:

Black-legged Kittiwakes, Iceland gulls, Glaucous gulls, Razorbills, Dovekies, Common murres, Thick-billed murres, Atlantic puffins, Common eiders, King eiders, Long-tailed ducks, all three scoter species, Greater scaup, Northern gannets, Buffleheads,

Common loons, Red-throated loons, Horned grebes, Red-necked grebes, and even a Snowy owl just to name a few! (I’m still hoping for that Great Skua!)

The cost for this wonderful excursion is $75 per person.

Click here for more info >

 
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Tours
Open Weekends in April 2018
10 - 5 pm

Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
(Route 133)

 
Essex Shipbuilding Museum Tours - Tour resume on weekends in April. Come take a guided tour to learn how our small New England village built close to 4,000 wooden vessels and became a major producer of the American Fishing Schooner.

- Relive history through full scale displays and dioramas

- Use traditional shipbuilding tools to make a trunnel

- Learn how schooneres evolved

- Watch a shipbuilding video

- Stand before a schooner built over 80 years ago

For more information, call 978-768-7514.

 
Special Taste of Essex
Thursday, April 5, 2018
All Day (Lunch & Dinner)
to benefit
Mr. & Mrs. L. Dexter Woodman
Scholarship

 
Special Taste of Essex - Woodman's of Essex is teaming up with 10 restaurants from the original "Taste of Essex" fundraising event to raise money for the scholarship that helps local students attend college. Top restaurants in Essex will give back 10 percent or more of their daily sales to the Mr. and Mrs. L. Dexter Woodman Scholarship - celebrating 30 years of giving.

Dine out at any time on Thursday, April 5th at any one of the following Essex restaurants:

Blue Marlin Grille
Boat House Grille

Cape Ann Pizza
C.K. Pearl
Essex Seafood
The Farm Bar and Grille
Riversbend
Shea's Riverside
Village Restaurant
Windward Grille
Woodman's of Essex

For more info call 978-768-2559 or visit www.woodmans.com/scholarship

 
Blackwood/March Auction
Thursday, April 5, 2018
FREE Preview 3 - 5 pm
Auction Begins at 5 pm
The Essex Room
125 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Blackwood/March Auction - Join renowned auctioneer, Michael March at an auction of North Shore estates, estate art collections, early furniture, Tiffany gold and silver, and diverse accessories make for an auction sale well worth attending.

FINE ART: John F. Carlson, George L. Noyes, Theodore Rousseau, Al Czerepak, M.S. Pearson, Frank Benson, Anthony Thieme, F. M. Lamb, Caleb Stone. Anton Fischer, Ken Gore, early Continental art, J. A. Cook, Erte, 6 Earl Merchant, etc. ACCESSORIES: Remarkable 11 piece 18K gold Tiffany dressing set, 50 pieces old silver including Tiffany, L. Vuitton trunk and suitcase, Chinese porcelain, Chinese robe, Italian carvings, doorstops, Rolex and Vacheron watches, Oriental rugs, clocks, old toys, etc. FURNITURE: Fine Federal card table, Sheraton chest, French secretaire, Chippendale table, Victorian center table, etc.

A catalog of the items to be sold is online at www.blackwoodauction.com/april-2018-auction/. For consignment information please call Michael March at 978-768-6943 or email michael@blackwoodauction.com

 
Long Loop Hike
Manchester-Essex
Conservation Trust

Sunday, April 8, 2018
1 - 4 pm
Upper Pine Street/Pipeline Road – Wilderness Conservation Area, Pine Street at Rte. 128
Manchester, MA
 
Long Loop Hike - Explore the forested trails of western Manchester and into the Gordon Woods. This hike, led by Mike McDonagh and Jeff Cochand, is for hardy hikers and will cover ~ 6 miles over terrain of moderate difficulty, maintaining a brisk pace.

Note: Wear appropriate waterproof hiking shoes. Bring insect repellent, drinking water and a snack. For cancellations due to weather, check here.

Questions? email: conserve@mect.org.

FREE!

 
Majesty and Mystery
of Crop Circles
Thursday. Apriil 12, 2018
11 am
Essex Senior Center
17 Pickering Street
 
Majesty and Mystery of Crop Circles - All are welcome to join Naturalist, John Root for this FREE presentation:

- Discover the meanings and messages encoded in these formations

- Learn about their unexplained effects on soil, plans, animals and people

- Discuss the possible origins and motives of their creators

Hosted by the Essex Council on Aging.

 
Kite Day at Cogswell's Grant
Saturday, April 14, 2018
11 am - 4 pm
Cogswell's Grant
60 Spring Street
 
Kite Day at Cogswell's Grant - Come fly a kite at Cogswell's Grant. Bring your own kite or build one with us, and watch professional flyers from Kites Over New England.

Archie Stewart of Kite Education leads an optional workshop with all materials included, where kids and adults can make their own kites and learn how to fly them.

$10 for kite-making workshop (pay when you arrive)
FREE for flyers and spectators

Registration is recommended for the workshop only.
Please call 978-768-3632 for more information.
Details at http://shop.historicnewengland.org/COG-KITE-9448/

 
Ancient Markers and
Town Lines Hike

Manchester-Essex
Conservation Trust

Sunday, April 15, 2018
3 - 5 pm
Wilderness Conservation Area Gateway, School Street at
Old School Street
Manchester, MA
 
Ancient Markers and Town Lines Hike - You can help hike leader Fred Wales search the deep woods for old markers that reveal boundaries which existed since colonial times. Moderate difficulty; may involve some "bush-whacking"! Wear waterproof hiking shoes.

Note: Wear appropriate shoes for all hikes. Bring insect repellent, drinking water. For cancellations due to weather, check here.

Questions? email: conserve@mect.org.

FREE!

 
Touching the Angelic Realm
Thursday, April 19, 2018
6:30 - 9 pm
True North Hypnosis
and Wellness
(across from 36 Pickering Street)
 
Touching the Angelic Realm - Do you know that you can touch the angelic realm by connecting and working with your angels? Your angels can bring you much joy, happiness, and peace. This class will discuss the four forms of Divine Communication, conduct exercises to help you to discover your natural style of communication, review some of the blocks that prevent us from connecting and communicating with the Angelic realm, and describe the Angel's calling card for delivering important and meaningful messages. The class will close with a technique that helps to open your clairvoyance and an Angel Connection exercise that will help you to experience the angels that surround you right now, and even touch the angelic realm.

$40 Click to Register >

 
Boating Information Night
Thursday, April 19, 2018
7 - 8 pm
Essex Town Hall, 3rd Floor
30 Martin Street
(Route 22)
 
Boating Information Night - This informal and informative session led by Police Chief Pete Silva is for all those who enjoy our local river and lake. Q&A to follow. For more info, contact Deb French 978-768-7410 or email dfrench@essexpl.org.

Please note: This event is not a boating safety course. To find out about the upcoming official course, About Boating Safely, go to http://wow.uscgaux.info/pe_class_flyer.php?unit=NAT&course=22051

 
Earth Day Long Hike
Manchester-Essex
Conservation Trust

Sunday, April 22, 2018
1 - 4 pm
Wilderness Conservation Area Gateway, School Street at
Old School Street
Manchester, MA
 
Earth Day Long Hike - This long loop hike will cover about 6 miles of moderate to difficult terrain in the Agassiz Rock Reservation and the Wilderness Conservation Area of Essex and Manchester. The pace will be brisk and is recommended for hardy hikers only. Wear hiking shoes, bring water and a snack.

Note: Wear appropriate shoes for all hikes. Bring insect repellent, drinking water and a snack. For cancellations due to weather, check here.

Questions? email: conserve@mect.org.

FREE!

 
Love from Heaven -
A Mediumship Demonstration
with Katie Vandi
Friday, April 27, 2018
7 - 9 pm
True North Hypnosis
and Wellness
(across from 36 Pickering Street)
 
Love from Heaven - A Mediumship Demonstration with Katie Vandi - Have you ever wanted to hear from a loved one in heaven? Do you know they never really leave you? This is a gallery style event in which Katie will bridge the gap connecting you to your loved ones in heaven. Expect to receive healing, comfort, and a knowing that your loved ones are still very much a part of your lives. All readings are conducted with love, gentleness, and compassion for all involved.

For this larger group reading please know that not everyone may receive a message. However, it is Katie's intention that everyone who attends witnesses the healing power of spirit and is able to see that life and love continue on after we depart from the physical world

Katie Vandi is a Medium, Holistic Registered Nurse and Spiritual Teacher. It was ten years ago that Katie's journey into Mediumship began and has since turned into a career that she's incredibly grateful for. Katie has also studied Behavioral Kinesiology and flower essences along with several other healing modalities. These modalities are incorporated into Katie's sessions giving a unique healing experience, marrying the mind, body, and soul. It is Katie's intention that all her work is done with the highest light and healing possible for all involved, including those in spirit. It is an honor and a privilege for her to serve the world of spirit and bridge the gap between this world and the next.

$46 Click to Register >

 
Early Signs of Spring Hike
Manchester-Essex
Conservation Trust

Sunday, April 29, 2018
3 - 5 pm
Warren-Weld Woodland
110 Apple Street
 
Early Signs of Spring Hike - Join MECT President Mike Dyer and find signs of spring and hike the Essex woodlands including the Warren-Weld reserve, Bear’s Den, etc.

Note: Wear appropriate shoes for all hikes. Bring insect repellent, drinking water and a snack. For cancellations due to weather, check here.

Questions? email: conserve@mect.org.

FREE!

 
Reiki Share
Monday, April 30, 2018
5:30 - 7:30 pm
True North Hypnosis
and Wellness
(across from 36 Pickering Street)
 
Reiki Share - True North's team of Reiki practitioners are offering a complimentary 20 minute session! Drop by (first come, first served) or call 978-852-4797 or 978-500-3030 or email for a specific time slot.

Reiki is a Japanese complementary alternative mind body medicine therapy that works with the human body's own bioenergy field. It uses vibrational, or subtle energy, administered most commonly by a light touch of the hands to assist the body's ability to heal itself.

A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels: physical, mental, and emotional. A session is pleasant and relaxing!

FREE!

 
Sound Healing Meditation
with Joe Hayes
Sunday, May 6, 2018
4 - 5:30 pm
True North Hypnosis
and Wellness
(across from 36 Pickering Street)
 
Sound Healing Meditation with Joe Hayes - ULTIMATE RELAXATION! An amazing afternoon awaits: come join us as Joe Hayes of SoundScapers builds a temple of therapeutic sound and tone in this group sound healing practice. Be bathed in sacred chant, guided imagery, the didgeridoo, the shruti box, and a full complement of quartz, fusion, and Tibetan sound bowls in a deeply therapeutic, community-based, profoundly relaxing 90 minute practice. You’ll feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and literally re-tuned! Sound healing, an ancient protocol of wellness, is now undergoing a global renaissance as people discern its many benefits.

$30 (Register early, this event can sell out).
Chairs provided; feel free to bring a seat cushion and blanket for your comfort. Join us for this deeply relaxing, transformative, profoundly therapeutic event.

Nada Brahma – All is Sound (The Buddha)

"Everyone has a vibration that is a signature of their health and well-being. Similar to a musical instrument that can fall out of tune, our bodies can also fall out of vibrational harmony and develop illness. Sound and vibration can be used to re-tune and return us to health. One of the most powerful modalities for this is the use of singing bowls...."

– Suren Shrestha, traditional Himalayan sound therapist
in How to Heal with Singing Bowls

Essex River Race
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Check-in begins 7 am
First Heat Starts 10 am

Finish Line Facilities Open
11:30 am

Launch at
Riversbend Restaurant
35 Dodge Street Street
Essex River Race is a 5.5+ mile open water event from the Essex River at Route 133 in Essex, out behind the barrier beaches of Ipswich and back. Participants row or paddle small boats through one of the most scenic tidal areas in New England. The Essex River Race is open to all seaworthy human-powered rowing and paddle boats. Serious racers are allowed and encouraged, within the guidelines of safety and sportsmanship, to push one another to their limits. Casually oriented participants are equally welcome, and may cover the course in a more relaxed fashion. No rain date. There is always an event. Awards will be given!

Race is capped at 180 boats. No walk-ins on race day. For more information visit www.blackburnchallenge.com/ERR_Race_Info.html

See photos of past Essex River Races on our facebook page!

 
Mother's Day River Cruises
Sunday, May 13, 2018
10:30 am
Coffee and Muffin Cruise
plus 1 - 2:30 Cruise
Essex River Cruises and Charters
35 Dodge Street
 
Mother's Day River Cruises - Join us as we start off the 2018 season. Sunday morning's cruise is a Coffee and Muffin cruise. Treat Mom and yourself to a wonderful cruise on the Essex River!

Please call to confirm afternoon cruise. For tickets and more information, call 978-768-6981.

 
Introduction to the Birds
at Cogswell's Grant
Monday, May 14, 2018
8:30 - 10:30 am
Cogswell's Grant
60 Spring Street
 
Introduction to the Birds at Cogswell's Grant - With 165 acres of grasslands, salt marshes, and woodlands, Cogswell's Grant is a treasure trove for birders. Join Dr. David Weaver, naturalist at Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center, for an introduction to the wide variety of species and habitats on the farm.

During a relaxing walk, explore the many aids to field identification, identify birds by their vocalizations, and discuss breeding behavior.

Please bring binoculars. Coffee and refreshments available. The house will be open for a brief tour.

$10 Historic New England members / $14 Nonmembers

Advance tickets recommended.
Buy tickets online at http://shop.historicnewengland.org/COG-BIRDS-1-8454
Please call 978-768-3632 for more information.

 
Plant Something!
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Don't Just Stand There...Plant Something! - Essex residents and businesses are encouraged to take part in the state-wide initiative, Plant Something. See www.plantsomethingma.org for more about the fun and benefits of gardening.
 
Essex River Cultural District Renewal Meeting
Thursday, May 17, 2018
8 am
Essex Town Hall
30 Martin Street
3rd Floor
(Route 22)
 
Essex River Cultural District Renewal Meeting - Essex River Cultural District, established in 2013, is due for renewal this year. As part of the renewal process, the Town will hold a goal setting meeting with the district's cultural organizations, artists, and stakeholders. All are welcome to attend. The agenda will include:

- An introduction to Cultural Districts
- Essex River Cultural District activities
- Discussion of goals going forward

The Cultural Districts are a Mass Cultural Council designation. Their goals as defined by statute are:

- Attract artists and cultural enterprises
- Encourage businesses and job development
- Establish the district as a tourist destination
- Preserve and reuse historic buildings
- Enhance property values
- Foster local cultural development

The Districts can be thought of as a means of encouraging economic development as well as highlighting local attractions. Essex has a long history of cultural and recreational attractions, including the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum, numerous antiques shops and galleries, outdoor recreation on the Essex River, the Essex County Greenbelt conservation activities, the Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust, and historic Cogswell's Grant administered by Historic New England. The Cultural District has become an important tool in focusing many of these ongoing activities and planning for the future. In addition, by having a Cultural District, Essex attains access to some State resources that we would otherwise not have access to.

More information on the districts can be found at http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/services/cultural_districts.asp

 
Greenbelt's Annual Meeting
and Creative Potluck Supper
Thursday, May 17, 2018
5:30 pm Cocktail Reception
6 pm Potluck Supper
7 pm Meeting/Election/Awards
Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
Greenbelt's Annual Meeting and Creative Potluck Supper - Come early to the Cox Reservation to help celebrate the Greenbelt's successes and ongoing campaigns!

More details to come.

* Please consider bringing your favorite dish to share.

 
Artist-in-Residence
Joli Ayn Wood
May 11 - 31, 2018
Open Studio Hours:
Every Friday beginning
May 11th from 3 - 7 pm,
Saturdays from 2 - 6 pm,
Sundays from 11 am - 3 pm

Sea Meadow's Studio for the Arts
7 Main Street
(Visitor entrance to studio
is located across from
36 Pickering Street)

 
Artist-in-Residence, Joli Ayn Wood - Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens is excited to announce the sponsorship of a new program supporting the arts in Essex. At Sea Meadow’s Studio for the Arts, we are inviting fine artists from the region and beyond to take up residence here in Essex. Sea Meadow’s Studio Artist-in-Residence Program will give emerging artists visibility, time and space, to grow and develop their craft in an area rich with art traditions and history. As part of this program, each artist may facilitate workshops and classes, as well as offer the sale works created during their stay. Artist shows and sales will take place in our Essex Studio.

We are pleased to announce Joli Ayn Wood from the little mountain town of Floyd, Virginia will be joining us during May 2018. She’s our FIRST artist to kick off this exciting artist program.

Joli is an oil painter, working primarily out of doors, “en plein air.” She spends a great deal of time visiting our Cape Ann cultural area and painting on our beloved local marshes and beaches. Her favorite plein air subjects include the mountains, rural landscapes, and towns of Southwestern Virginia, the rugged coastlines of New England, as well as the striking Desert Southwest. While painting on location, her passion is to capture value, shape, color, and light quickly - most times within a couple of hours. Joli finds inspiration in the luminous works of Fitz Henry Lane and the abstract modernity of Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings, as well as contemporary plein air painters and illustrators of California and the West.

During her tenure at the Sea Meadow’s Studio for the Arts, Residency, the following workshops and activities with Joli are offered:

May 19 – Artist Plein Air Day at Cogswell Grant
9am - 4 pm
Grab your art supplies and easel and head to historic Cogswell Grant for an enjoyable day of painting with our Resident Artist, Joli, and many other local artists. There is no fee for this event.

May 20 - Creativity Boost with Hypnosis
5:30 pm
Join us at True North Wellness for a special hypnosis session designed to help boost and expand your creativity, no matter your medium. A great way to kick off an artistic week!

May 21-23 - Essex Plein Air Workshop
Sea Meadow’s Studio for the Arts Plein Air Workshop consists of three days painting Plein Air with Joli, demonstrations, individual assistance, and a group review each day. This 3-day workshop will cover not only the basics of plein air painting, but includes a more in depth study of color theory, composition, and values. Artists begin each morning in the studio with a demo, and discussion of materials and techniques. Artists and Joli venture out of doors the remainder of each workshop day to paint. Based on weather and where the group desires, artists set up to paint the marshes, beaches, and town. This workshop is geared for the intermediate to advanced artist working in oils, acrylics, or gouache.

For more information and to register, contact Joli Wood directly through her website www.joliaynwood.com.

Joli Ayn Wood will be in the Sea Meadow’s Studio to greet patrons, discuss work, and to offer “fresh” paintings for sale throughout the month of May.

Open Studio Hours: Each Friday in May beginning May 11, 2018 from 3 - 7 pm, Saturdays from 2 - 6 pm, and Sundays from 11 am - 3 pm.

 
Women of Essex -
Stories to Share

FREE Exhibit
Open Mondays - Thursdays
7:30 am - 3:30 pm
Essex Town Hall
30 Martin Street
3rd Floor
(Route 22)

 
Women of Essex - Stories to Share -
Discover the interesting lives of women who lived in Essex!

This exhibit – the first of its kind in Essex – expands our understanding of the women of Essex and the ways they have influenced our town and reflected the larger story of women’s history. The exhibit includes:

• Women whose ingenuity got the first meeting house built
• A young woman’s 19th century journal
• One of the first woman auctioneers in the country
• A professional female baseball player
• A Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy
...and more!

The project is financed by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, with matching support from Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum and private donations.

 
Historic Essex Walking Tour
Open year-round
Self-guided tour of 16 historic
sites along Main Street with
short side trips extending
onto Martin Street
and Eastern Avenue
Historic Essex Walking Tour - Take a walk through time, connecting past and present day Essex and experience over 300 years of history through photos and stories on our self-guided tour. The walk spans the one-mile Essex River Cultural District on Main Street with short side trips extending onto Martin Street and Eastern Avenue. A brochure - with a map inside to guide you - is available at most signs along the tour.

The 16 interpretive signs mark historic sites dating as far back as the 17th century - including the Old Burying Ground and the First Congregational Church, which houses an original Paul Revere bell, cast in 1797. Journey forward in time to the Victorian Era and view our unique Shingle Style Essex Town Hall and T.O.H.P. Burnham Library as well as other century old structures. Learn how over 300 years of shipbuilding in Essex produced close to 4,000 wooden vessels. Gain insight into the history of clamming and the antique and railroad industries, and the importance of the Essex River and Great Marsh.

Tour goers who have a smart phone or tablet can view additional history related to each site by scanning the QR (quick-response) code on each sign for additional stories, historic photos, video and audio clips. So grab your smart phone or tablet and head to Essex to walk the tour!

The tour is handicapped accessible.
For more information, email info@essexwalkingtour.com.

 
Jazz Brunch
The 1st and 3rd Sunday
of Every Month
Brunch 10 am - 3 pm
Jazz begins at 11 am
C.K. Pearl Restaurant
112 Main Street
 
Jazz Brunch at C.K. Pearl - Relax and enjoy Sunday brunch - a modern, eclectic and delicious take on classic New England fare - with live music on the banks of the Essex River.
 
Shea's Cribbage Tournament
Every Tuesday
6:30 pm
Shea's Riverside Restaurant
122 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Shea's Cribbage Tournament - Every Tuesday! Sign in by 6:30pm, no entry fee, winner takes home a $50 Shea’s Gift Card!
 
Artists' Plein Air Day
at Cogswell’s Grant
Saturday, May 19, 2018
9 am - 4 pm
Cogswell's Grant
60 Spring Street
 
Artists' Plein Air Day at Cogswell's Grant - Calling all painters: come to Cogswell's Grant for a day of plein air painting. Join fellow artists from all over the North Shore to paint beautiful vistas, including the Essex River and the Great Marsh, farm fields and landscapes, and our eighteenth-century historic house and barns.

Free beverages and snacks are available. Stay and tour the museum, which features one of the country's most celebrated collections of American folk art.

FREE!

Please call 978-768-3632 for more information.

 
Family Pollinator Day
Saturday, May 19, 2018
10 am - 1 pm

Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
Family Pollinator Day - There’s so much to learn about pollinators!This Pollinator Day, join Greenbelt for kid-friendly activities to learn about the important insects and mammals that are part of the pollinator cycle. Kids will enjoy:

- A pollinator scavenger hunt
- Creating their own pollinator garden seed kit
- Building a mason bee house and more.
- Weather permitting, there will be an introduction to the Cox Reservation bees with a hive opening.

Interested gardeners are encouraged to stay for “Pollinator Friendly Pest Control in the Residential Garden” lecture, geared towards adult gardeners, from 1 - 2pm (details below).

For more information call 978-768-7241.

 
Pollinator Friendly Pest Control in the Residential Garden
Saturday, May 19, 2018
1 - 2 pm

Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
Pollinator Friendly Pest Control in the Residential Garden - Capping off Pollinator Day, join local experts Randy Johnson and Mike Garvey as they discuss how to garden with an eye towards helping pollinators, from planting to control pests naturally to selecting plants that will encourage a healthy pollinator community. This lecture discuss pollination and how it works, common garden pests and pollinator-friendly ways to control them, and an overview on what to look for when choosing garden materials that will not harm pollinators.

There is much to learn, and this lecture aims to plant seeds of ideas to make your garden pollinator-friendly. A Q&A will be held at the end, and relevant handouts will be available.

This lecture is geared towards adult gardeners.

For more information call 978-768-7241.

 
Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 28, 2018
9 am, in front of Town Hall
Memorial Park
24 Martin Street
Downtown Essex
 
Essex Memorial Day Parade - Don’t miss the small town charm of a Memorial Day Parade in Essex. The parade begins at 9 am and progresses to the Town Cemetery for a military rifle salute to our country’s war veterans and then up Main Street to the Causeway Bridge. Town officials lead the parade followed by members of the school band and various athletic organizations. Norman Rockwell couldn’t have painted a better picture than our parade coming down Main Street.
 
Essex Bay Sailing Club
Summer Sailing Program
June - August 2018
Essex River
at Conomo Point
Essex Bay Sailing Club's Summer Sailing Program - The Essex Bay Sailing Club, a non-profit club founded in 2000, reaches out to teach sailing to youngsters in the area surrounding Essex Bay. The goal of the club is to develop sailors who enjoy a strong knowledge of sailing while also learning to appreciate, and protect the beautiful resources of the Essex River. The Club offers beginner to advanced level sailing lessons for children aged 8 and up in Escape Captivas and International 420s. Children may enroll in 4 or 8 week sessions on a first come, first served basis.

For more information and to register, go to www.essexbaysailingclub.org

 
Essex Merchants Group
Best of Essex Online Auction
Monday, June 4, 2018
Opens at 7 am
- Monday, June 18, 2018
Closes at 10 pm
 
Best of Essex Online Auction - This is a great opportunity to support your Essex business community and get a chance to bid on "Best of Essex" items.

BROWSE AND BID on these items and more:

- Restaurant Gift Certificates

- Gourmet Gift Packages

- Custom Services

- Kayak Tours and Cruises

- Original Fine Art

- Antiques & Collectibles

- Gifts for Home & Garden

- Health & Wellness

- Event & Concert Tickets

- Boating Cruises and Charters plus much more!

Many items are on display from May 23 - June 18 at First Ipswich Bank, Essex Branch at 8-10 Martin Street (Route 22).

This auction is a fundraiser for the Essex Merchants Group. All proceeds will be used to promote Essex. Get ready to browse and bid for great deals and thank you for your support!

 
Art in the Barn
June 8 - 10, 2018

Friday, June 8, 2018
10 - 3 pm
Opening Reception
5 - 8:30 pm

Saturday and Sunday
June 9 - 10, 2018
10 - 5 pm

Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)

 
29th Annual Art in the Barn Exhibit and Sale - For three days every June, the barns at the Cox Reservation are transformed with color and form as paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, monoprints, ceramics and pottery, jewelry and sculpture in wood and iron adorn the walls, window sills, tables, stairs and every nook and cranny of our rustic barns. Come see the diverse work of over 150 talented artists from throughout the region, inspired by the natural landscapes and light that have drawn artists to Cape Ann and Essex County for decades. You are welcome you to come find that special piece of artwork that completes your living space, seek out a special gift for a family member or friend, or simply come to browse. Last year approximately 3,500 visitors viewed the show.

FREE admission.

Opening Reception on Friday night features live music, food and beer by Ipswich Ale Beer.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Shelley at shelley@ecga.org. For more information call 978-768-7241.

 
Father's Day River Cruises
Sunday, June 17, 2018
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
and
1:30 - 3 pm
Essex River Cruises and Charters
35 Dodge Street
 
Father's Day River Cruises - Acknowledge dad with a special two-hour cruise along the protected Essex River and enjoy views of Crane Beach, Hog Island and all of Essex Bay. We will provide complimentary coffee, tea, juice, and an assortment of pastries, bagels and muffins from Henry’s of North Beverly. Enjoy lunch in town after the tour! We’ll suggest a restaurant that suits your taste.

Sunday, June 18th / Departs 10:30am – Returns 12:30pm

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Not a morning person? Enjoy our afternoon Father’s Day trip with coffee and cookies on board. Dine in Essex before the boat ride and have dessert with us.

Sunday, June 18th / Departs 1pm – Returns 2:30pm

For tickets and more information, call 978-768-6981.

 
Essex River Day

Kick-off Sunset Cruise
Friday, June 22, 2018
5:30 - 7 pm

NEW DATE:
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Whiffle Ball Game, Relay Races,
Cookout and Music

Begins at 6 pm

Bonfire
8:30 pm

Memorial Park
24 Martin Street
Downtown Essex

 
Essex River Day - This is a chance for everyone in town to enjoy one of our most valued resources - the Essex River. This simple idea has grown into a full day of events including a whiffle ball game, picnic, music and a bonfire.

KICK -OFF CRUISE: Friday at 5:30 - 7 pm enjoy a FREE Essex River Cruises & Charters sunset cruise along the river. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Essex River Cruises & Charters at 978-768-6981 to reserve your spot.

NEW DATE FOR MEMORIAL PARK'S RIVER DAY FESTIVITIES:
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Memorial Park entertainment will feature music and vendors Cape Ann Brewery and Essex Lions Club. The Lions will provide FREE hot dogs and hamburgers as long as supplies last. (Donations welcome.)

Special thanks to Corliss Bros. and Matt Watfield for the pallets! Join us to kick-off the start of summer!

See photos of past year's Essex River Day on our facebook page!

6th Annual Schooner Challenge
Monday, July 9, 2018
6 - 8 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Event held at
Maritime Gloucester
Harbor Loop in Gloucester
6th Annual Schooner Challenge - This action-packed fundraiser benefits the care and stabilization of the Essex-built Evelina Goulart and feature the Schooners Ardelle and Thomas E. Lannon and Lewis H. Story. This is an ideal club, association or family team event! Climb aboard and participate in a unique brand of schooner challenges, and help your boat win the Challenge!

Challenge activities will include:

- Sail raising exercises

- Sailing around a marked course

- Man over board drills

- Salty song writing (extra credit for instrumentation)

- Knot tying

- Best photo competition

- Whatever else the (conspiring) captains dream up

Arrive by 5:30 pm to load - boats will depart from Maritime Gloucester, Harbor Loop, Gloucester. Every effort will be made to seat friends and/or couples on the same boat - please select the boat of your choice when purchasing tickets.

There will be cash bars on board the Schooners Ardelle and Thomas E. Lannon, and light hors d'oeuvres will be available.

Tickets: $50 per person. Buy tickets online >
For more information, call 978-768-7514.

 
Artist-in-Residence
Sarah Lewiecki
Summer 2018
Open Studio Hours:
Friday, July 6, 2018
4 - 7 pm

Sunday, July 8, 2018
11 am - 2 pm

Sunday, July 22, 2018
11 am - 2 pm

Sea Meadow's Studio for the Arts
7 Main Street
(Visitor entrance to studio
is located across from
36 Pickering Street)

 
Artist-in-Residence, Sarah Lewiecki - Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens is excited to continue the sponsorship of a new program supporting the arts in Essex. At Sea Meadow’s Studio for the Arts, we are inviting fine artists from the region and beyond to take up residence here in Essex. Sea Meadow’s Studio Artist-in-Residence Program will give emerging artists visibility, time and space, to grow and develop their craft in an area rich with art traditions and history. As part of this program, each artist may facilitate workshops and classes, as well as offer the sale works created during their stay. Artist shows and sales will take place in our Essex Studio.

We are pleased to announce Sarah Lewiecki from Essex will be joining us for the summer.

During her time at Sea Meadow's Studio for the Arts, Sarah Lewiecki plans to create a collection of works evocative of spiritual energy in the form of shrines and altar pieces. Her primary mediums are oil paint and maple wood. Sculptural fabrication is essential to the manifestation of her work and she will be combining those techniques with traditional painting and wood carving.

 
SUPilates
Saturday, July 14, 2018
8 - 9:15 am
Sponsored by
Cape Ann SUP
and 4x4 FitnessPro
Chebacco Lake
340 Chebacco Road
Hamilton, MA
 
SUPilates - A morning adventure of paddling and pilates on beautiful Chebacco Lake! Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to get registered and enjoy complimentary coffee or juice. 10 boards are available for this event, so space is limited!

$40
Price includes all equipment, SUP tutorial for all participants (beginners are welcome), and Pilates class on the boards.

Register online >

 
Summer Sound Healing
with Joe Hayes
Sunday, July 15, 2018
6 - 7:30 pm
True North Hypnosis
and Wellness
(across from 36 Pickering Street)
 
Summer Sound Healing with Joe Hayes - ULTIMATE RELAXATION! An amazing evening awaits: come join us as Joe Hayes of SoundScapers builds a temple of therapeutic sound and tone in this group sound healing practice. Be bathed in sacred chant, guided imagery, the didgeridoo, the shruti box, and a full complement of quartz, fusion, and Tibetan sound bowls in a deeply therapeutic, community-based, profoundly relaxing 90 minute practice. You’ll feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and literally re-tuned! Sound healing, an ancient protocol of wellness, is now undergoing a global renaissance as people discern its many benefits.

$30 (Register early, this event can sell out).
Buy tickets online >Chairs provided; feel free to bring a seat cushion and blanket for your comfort. Join us for this deeply relaxing, transformative, profoundly therapeutic event.

Nada Brahma – All is Sound (The Buddha)

"Everyone has a vibration that is a signature of their health and well-being. Similar to a musical instrument that can fall out of tune, our bodies can also fall out of vibrational harmony and develop illness. Sound and vibration can be used to re-tune and return us to health. One of the most powerful modalities for this is the use of singing bowls...."

– Suren Shrestha, traditional Himalayan sound therapist
in How to Heal with Singing Bowls

Soginese Cup Golf Tournament
Saturday and Sunday
July 14 - 15, 2018
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cape Ann Golf Club
99 John Wise Avenue
(Route 133)
Soginese Cup Golf Tournament - Try your hand at 36 holes at four-ball stroke play on this hidden gem of a golf course. First Round on Saturday, Second Round on Sunday. Two-Person teams and CAGC Handicap. Click here to register online by July 7th >
 
Wild Edibles Walk
Monday, July 16, 2018
6 - 8 pm
Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
Wild Edibles Walk - Chowder from cattails, fritters from black locust and a pokeweed frittata are among the recipes made from the wild edible plants commonly found in New England. Learn to find and sustainably gather delicious edibles in the wild with local expert Russ Cohen. FREE! Russ' book, Wild Plants I Have Known and Eaten, will be available for purchase for $15.

Cohen, one of New England's foremost edibles experts, regularly lectures and teaches people how to forage safely on our local landscape. Cohen first compiled decades of learning, practicing and teaching about wild food foraging into a book in 2004. Over 6000 copies later, Cohen's following is stronger than ever.

 
ERBA Family Kayaking Tour
Sunday, July 22, 2018
9 - 11 qm
Essex River Basin Adventures
1 Main Street
 
ERBA Family Kayaking Tour - Take a leisurely two-hour paddle for the whole family with ERBA guides at your side and explore the beautiful Essex River Basin.

$50 per person or $80 per parent/child tandem. Call 978-768-ERBA (3722) to register.

 
Sitting with the Angels
with Elizabeth Foley
Sunday, July 22, 2018
10 am - 12 pm
True North Hypnosis
and Wellness
(across from 36 Pickering Street)
 
Sitting with the Angels with Elizabeth Foley - UCome and sit in the higher energies of the angelic realm in this small group forum led by Elizabeth Foley, and allow yourself to be open to receive guidance and messages from your Guardian Angels. All messages will be delivered with love and respect for all. Each participant can ask their angels 2-3 questions. You are encouraged to bring a pen and paper to record your answers.

$45 Buy tickets online >

 
"Belle's Journey:
An Osprey Takes Flight"
Book Signing and Talk
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
7 - 8 pm
Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
"Belle's Journey: An Osprey Takes Flight" Book Signing and Talk - Dr. Rob Bierregaard, ornithologist and author of the new children's book Belle's Journey: An Osprey Takes Flight, will discuss his work with local osprey and the research and writing of the book. Appropriate for birders of all ages. FREE. Book available for purchase and signing.

Click to RSVP > For more information call 978-768-7241.

 
Mushroom Identification Class
Saturday and Sunday
August 18 - 19, 2018
10 - 11:30 am
Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
Mushroom Identification Class - Mushroom Hunting is all the foraging rage, however, there is much to know about edible varieties before indulging. Join expert Gary Gilbert of the Boston Mycological Club for an Introductory (Aug. 18) and Intermediate (Aug. 19) mushroom identification class to help you become familiar with local fungi.

$15 each class
Click to RSVP > For more information call 978-768-7241.

Herrmann’s Royal Lipizzan Stallions of Austria
Two Weekends:
Friday - Sunday
September 7 - 9, 2018
and
September 14 - 16, 2018

Cogswell's Grant
60 Spring Street
Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions of Austria - The Herrmann family, breeders and trainers of the famed Lipizzan horse, demonstrate the highest levels of horsemanship in six shows. These stallions are among the last horses capable of executing the "Airs Above the Ground" maneuvers, dramatic leaps and plunges that were developed as aggressive battle maneuvers in the sixteenth century, and are now among the most beautiful displays of equine grace and strength. Snacks and souvenirs are available. Please bring seats and bug spray.

Show times:
Fridays, 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Saturdays 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Sundays 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Advance Tickets:
$13 Historic New England members/$11 children (6-12 years old), $15 nonmembers/$13 children (6-12 years old)

Please note: Advance tickets are non-refundable. If a performance is cancelled due to rain, tickets are valid at remaining performances.

Day-of Tickets:
$15 Historic New England members/$13 children (6-12 years old), $18 nonmembers/$15 children (6-12 years old)

Registration is recommended. Discounts available for groups of 15 or more.
Please call 978-768-3632 for more information.

 
Family Movie Night
Saturday, September 8, 2018
7:30 am
Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
Family Movie Night - Outside Under the Stars...more details to come!
 
Essex Police Department
5th Annual Car Show
Sunday,
September (Date TBA), 2018
RAIN DATE:
Sunday,
September (Date TBA), 2018
1 - 4 pm
Essex Municipal Parking Lot
near Essex Police and
Fire Station and Town Hall
24 Martin Street (Route 22)
 
Essex Police Department - 5th Annual Car Show - ANTIQUES, CLASSICS, MUSCLE, SPECIAL INTEREST, TRUCKS & MOTORCYCLES!

- People's Choice Awards for Best Car and Best Motorcycle

- Live Music

- Food and beverages served by the Essex Lions Club

FREE ADMISSION! No cost to enter your vehicle.

Sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.

Please contact Chief Peter Silva or Officer James Romeos for more information at 978-768-6628. Click here to see photos of last year's show on Facebook >

 
Mums the Word Festival
Mums for sale beginning the
third week of September 2018

Everyone is welcome to
purchase $5 mums from
Main Street Antiques
44 Main Street

 
Mums the Word Festival - This fall, the town comes alive with thousands of potted and planted mums adorning the roadways and doorsteps of the shops and homes in Essex. The Essex Merchants Group, the Essex Enhancement Committee, the Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, as well as local businesses, citizens, and organizations all pitch in to make this impressive, colorful fall event happen. There are mums everywhere throughout the fall, and the town is ablaze with color!

Businesses and residents are welcome to purchase these beautiful, locally grown mums. Decorate your store front, porch and yard. Everyone is invited. Please let us know that you, your business or organization will be participating and how many plants you will be purchasing. Mums are $5 per 8" pot.

If you are an individual, a business or an organization and would like to adopt a site or make a donation to the Mums Fund you can send your check payable to "Essex Merchants Group" to:

Bob Coviello
c/o Main Street Antiques
44 Main Street
Essex, MA 01929

For more information, contact Bob Coviello 978-768-7039 or email.

 
Exploring Insects
- Greenbelt Family Nature Series
Saturday, September 15, 2018
10 am - 12 pm
Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
Exploring Insects - Using nets and bug boxes, families will explore fields in search of insects. Special attention will be paid to differing insect lifecycles as well as how some insects are masters of camouflage. Families will be encouraged to design and hide their own insect to see how well they can use camouflage.

Program Limited to Maximum of 20 people. Recommended ages are 6 and older. FREE!

For more information call 978-768-7241.

 
Trails & Sails:
Two Weekends of Walks & Water
September 21 - 23, 2018
and September 28 - 30, 2018

Throughout Essex County
Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks & Water - Get ready to experience the sights and sounds of the Essex National Heritage Area during TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks & Water.

Explore Essex County’s cultural, historic, and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events! Enjoy a variety of walks, guided hikes, sails, historical tours, and other adventures that will connect you to the spectacular places, faces, history and heritage that define the Essex National Heritage Area’s 34 cities and towns just North of Boston.

An Essex River Basin Kayak Tour and the Historic Essex Walking Tour take place in Essex! See the full listing of 150+ events at www.essexheritage.org/ts.

 
4th Annual Tour de Greenbelt
Saturday,
September 29, 2018
Race-day Registration
7:30 am - 8:45 am

Start time 9 am

Cox Reservation and
throughout Essex County
Greenbelt
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)

 
4th Annual Tour de Greenbelt - Join us for a 25-mile/50-mile road routes through the North Shore, past more than 50 properties conserved by Greenbelt, Essex County's Land Trust. This year there will also be a 37-mile Gravel Grinder (on/off road). Enjoy spectacular scenery, on-route support, and finish-line festivities including a BBQ and live music after the ride. We welcome individuals, families and teams to ride, cheer and volunteer.

Please visit our website www.tourdegreenbelt.org for more information, including registration, route maps and cue sheets, sponsorship information and volunteer opportunities.

 
3rd Annual Cape Ann Plein Air
WEEK-LONG EVENT
CAPE ANN PLEIN AIR (CAPA)
Sunday, October 7, 2018
- Monday, October 15, 2018
Artists create work
throughout Cape Ann

Welcoming Reception
Sunday, October 7, 2018
6 - 8 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
(Route 133)

ATTENTION ARTISTS and ART COLLECTORS!

3rd Annual Cape Ann Plein Air - An invitation to paint En Plein Air where it all first began! 40 juried artists have been selected to participate in CAPA's Annual Painting Competition and Festival from across the country. Local artists are invited to participate as well.

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Highlights of CAPA's Essex events include:

FREE Cape Ann Plein Air Painting Demonstrations throughout the week

Collectors Preview and Awards Gala

Quick Draw Event and Wet Paint Art Sale

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To learn more about the week-long Cape Ann Plein Air events click here.

 
36th Annual Essex ClamFest
Saturday, October 20, 2018
11 am - 4 pm
Chowder Tasting Noon - 2 pm
Memorial Park
24 Martin Street
Downtown Essex

Rain Date:
Sunday, October 21, 2018

 
36th Annual Essex ClamFest - The Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Essex ClamFest in Memorial Park in Essex. The highlight of the day will be the Clam Chowder Tasting, a competition that pits area restaurants against one another to determine who serves the best clam chowder on Cape Ann. Local restaurants are expected to serve up their favorite chowder recipes starting at noon and ending about 2 pm.

Judges of the chowder will be announced in advance. The public will also have the opportunity to sample and vote on their favorite chowder.

In addition to the Chowder competition, you'll find an interesting variety of activities including an arts and crafts area and vendors providing food and fun. Join us for entertainment throughout the afternoon; the Lions Club food pavilion; organization, church, and non-profit tables. The crafts area will be open to the public starting at 11 am. For more information contact Kerry McKenna at kerry2@capeannchamber.com. Sorry, no dogs or skateboards allowed.

Chowder tasting admission: $5

 
Fall Foliage
Cider and Donut Cruises

Saturday and Sunday
October (Dates TBA), 2018
1 - 3 pm
Essex River Cruises and Charters
35 Dodge Street
 
Fall Foliage Cider and Donut Cruises - View some of the New England's most spectacular fall foliage by boat (rain or shine)! Cruise up close to Choate Island to get a view of the areas magnificent dark spruce forest. See the leaves and native marsh grasses change into brilliant hues of yellow and orange. Enjoy complimentary hot cider and donuts from Russell Orchard of Ipswich.

Share the opportunity to escape to the unspoiled natural beauty of the Essex River onboard the Essex River Queen. Surrounded by fine restaurants, antique shops, working museums and cultural attractions, you'll cruise through spectacular views of scenic salt marshes rich with unique wildlife. Cruise with us to learn about the history and lore of the Essex area. Our boats allow you to fully enjoy the unspoiled charm of the area rain or shine, all season long.

Please call to confirm. For tickets and more information, call 978-768-6981.

 
Ales Over ALS:
A Crafter's Delight
October (Date TBA), 2018
3 - 8 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Ales Over ALS: A Crafter's Delight - Celebrated in scenic Essex, where they take pride in all things locally crafted from farm, sea, and brew kettle, this fundraiser will benefit Compassionate Care ALS, in support of people living with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease). The afternoon will be highlighted by a competition of hand-crafted beers from amateur home brewers judged by special guests as well as by fundraiser attendees. Food will be provided by Woodman's of Essex and by other local supporters.

On-line tickets are on sale until noon, the day before the event. Advance ticket purchase highly encouraged. Tickets will also be available at the door.

 
Powerful Pink for a Purpose
October (Date TBA), 2018
11 am - 4 pm
Sea Meadow Gift
and Garden Shop

7 Main Street
 
Powerful Pink for a Purpose - Breast Cancer Fundraiser - Join Sea Meadow and celebrate women's health, support those in treatment, encourage family and friends, and honor survivors. Come make a difference in the fight against breast cancer! All proceeds benefit our Boston division Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, breast cancer research.

- Shopping specials
- Refreshments
- Drawings for local prizes and gift cards
- Health Information
- Mini massages

Sea Meadow loved the spirit and atmosphere from past years' event, and they are really looking forward to the event this year!

 
7th Annual Locally Made
Holiday Open House
Saturday, November 17, 2018
9 am - 4 pm
Sea Meadow Gift
and Garden Shop

7 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
7th Annual Locally Made Holiday Open House - Stop by and Sea Meadow will get you in the holiday spirit! Get a head start on your holiday shopping, enjoy seasonal treats, meet with friends, maybe win a prize and find weekend specials. It's always a good time!
 
Holiday Fairs at
Essex Churches
Saturday, November 17, 2018
9 am - 2 pm
Main Street (Route 133)

 
Holiday Fairs at Essex Churches - The warmth of an old country church fair enlivens the town on a fall day when all three of Essex’s downtown churches hold their annual Holiday Fairs. All three churches are within walking distance with FREE on-street parking. Gift bargains are served up along with homemade food and hot beverages. A dollar goes a long way at this event!

Participating Churches:
The First Universalist Church
, 59 Main Street
St. John the Baptist Parish
, 52 Main Street
The First Congregational Church
, 39 Main Street

 
Essex Firemen's
Spaghetti Supper
Saturday, November 17, 2018
5 - 7 pm
Essex Fire Station
24 Martin Street (Route 22)
 
28th Annual Essex Firemen's Spaghetti Supper - The town’s volunteer firefighters put out quite a spread of all-you-can-eat homemade spaghetti and meatballs accompanied by salad, beverage and dessert. A great night to enjoy a home-cooked meal with neighbors and friends.

Everyone welcome! Donations accepted at the door.

 
Turkey Trot Road Race
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Race begins at 1 pm

Registration 10:30 am to Noon
Upstairs at
Woodman's
121 Main Street
(Route 133)

 
41st Annual Turkey Trot Road Race - This challenging 5K course is a US Track and Field sanctioned event, as well as, an 5K “Fun Walk” over the same course, both ending at Woodman's of Essex with complimentary chowder for all participants. Free Race T-shirt for first 150 paid registrations!

Proceeds benefit Essex Lion’s Club projects and charities. For entry or sponsorship information please email info@essexmalions.com or visit www.essexmalions.com/turkeytrot.html

 
Small Business Saturday
November 24, 2018

SHOP SMALL
and support local
Essex Businesses

 
Small Business Saturday - Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is another day, one dedicated to the businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country. It’s Small Business Saturday. Shop Small and let’s make this the biggest day of the year for small businesses in Essex and Cape Ann.

To learn more, visit http://www.ShopSmall.com

 
Get Kissed on
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 24, 2018
9 am - 4 pm
Sea Meadow Gift
and Garden Shop

7 Main Street
 
Get Kissed on Small Business Saturday - At Sea Meadow Gift and Garden Shop, everyone who makes a purchase during Small Business Saturday can choose a chocolate kiss to reveal a sweet deal on that purchase. You could receive up to 45% off! Each kiss has sweet savings, but some are sweeter than others! Shop local and test your luck!
 
Annual Toy and Clothing Drive
Action Inc., Project Uplift
Tuesday, November 27 through
Friday, December 14, 2018

Collection boxes located at
businesses throughout Essex
(see list >)

 
Annual Toy and ClothingDrive - Collecting new, unused toys and clothing for children on Cape Ann (ages 0-14 years). Gift cards are always a big hit and can be purchased at your local grocery store or pharmacy! You can also contribute securely online through Network for Good. Help make the holiday season brighter and less stressful for our Cape Ann neighbors and friends.

Collection boxes in Essex:

Carpenter and MacNeille, 106 Western Avenue
C.K. Pearl, 112 Main Street
Essex Elementary School
, 12 Story Street
Essex Police and Fire Departments, 30 Martin Street
Essex Town Hall, 30 Martin Street
The Farm Bar and Grille, 233 Western Avenue (receive $5 off your purchase)
First Ipswich Bank, 65 Eastern Avenue
Highwave Hair Design, 65 Eastern Avenue
Lil' Sprouts, 1 Scot's Way
Sea Meadow Gift and Garden Shop, 7 Main Street
T.O.H.P. Burnham Library, 245 Western Avenue
Woodman's Restaurant, 121 Main Street (receive a FREE Cup of Chowder)

To learn more, visit http://www.actioninc.org/projectuplift.html

 
Essex Holiday Festival
Thursday - Saturday
November 29 -
December 1, 2018

Tree Lighting
Thursday, November 29th
Essex Fire Station
24 Martin Street

6:30 pm

Carolers at Essex Restaurants
Friday and Saturday,
November 30th -December 1st
5:30 - 9 pm

Santa Arrives by Boat
Friday, November 30th
Town Landing
6 pm

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 1st
Essex Elementary School
8 - 11 am

Holiday Shopping Open Houses
Saturday, December 1st

 
Essex Holiday Festival - The end of November and first weekend of December is set aside in anticipation of this very special time of year…the giving and sharing of holiday spirit in Essex. We start Thursday evening with a solemn special ceremony, the lighting of our Memory Tree, in front of the Fire Station, where we honor our lost loved ones. The town’s bell choir performs in the background.

Friday and Saturday evenings, carolers from Big Smile Entertainment in Victorian dress will visit Essex restaurants from 5:30 - 9 pm and Santa arrives on the Essex River by boat and walks up to the shipyard with a cast of toyland characters.

- Children can sit on Santa's lap and review their holiday "wish list"
- Woodman's Clam Chowder
- Hot Chocolate
- Munchkins from Dunkin' Donuts
- Carols by Sound Waves

WEATHER CONTINGENCY: Friday evening events will be held at Essex Elementary School in case of inclement weather.

Saturday morning have breakfast with Santa at the Essex Elementary School. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and take a photo with Santa! Cost $5 per person or $25 per family. Come join in all the fun!

Shop locally and enjoy Essex's Holiday Open Houses. Many participating businesses will be offering refreshments, discounts and sales, or complimentary gift wrapping. Eat, Shop and Be Merry in Essex!