New Year's Day Jazz Brunch
Sunday, January 1, 2017
12 - 3 pm
C.K. Pearl Restaurant
112 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
New Year's Day Jazz Brunch - Ctart the year with some swing from the original Tug Boat line up and a fabulous Sunday brunch! Click here for the menu >

Please call to make a reservation at 978-890-7378.

 
Blackwood/March Auction
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
(Severe weather date:
Thursday, January 5th)
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!

FINE ART: Dwayne Hanson bust of Dr. M. Bush acquired from the artist by Mr. Bush, Emile Gruppe harbor oil, 8 estate Carl Peters, Paul Strisik Vermont oil, John Von Wicht abstract oil, Pierre Ambrogiani, H. Hachen, John Terelak, Gifford Beal, Mildred Jones, Bruce Backman, Otis Cook sawmill oil, 20+ John Vassos and H. Dreyfuss radio designs: John Vassos was a fine artist and industrial designer who helped define the shape of radio, television and computers, Lynn Brodton was an industrial and automotive designer, Phillip Little etchings, 13 Marge Mills acrylic paintings, 2 Henry Twardzik, Frank Shapleigh, Chinese school, 10 Japanese prints, Currier and Ives, etc.

ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Chippendale sofa, Chinoisery decorated desk, Queen Ann table, Chippendale chest, night stands, card table, and blanket chests, etc.

ORIENTAL RUGS: 20 + old formal and tribal rugs.

ACCESSORIES: Indian jade and gouaches, a collection of books including William Bly 1792, James Cook, etc. A collection of early baseball photos, 2 Louis Vuitton suitcases, silver, etc.

A catalog of the items to be sold is online at www.blackwoodauction.com/january-4-2017-auction/. For consignment information please call Michael March at 978-768-6943 or email michael@blackwoodauction.com

 
State of Our Oceans
Lecture and Film Series
Part 1: Importance of Salt Marsh Ecosystems Lecture
Thursday, January 12, 2017
2 - 4 pm
Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
Importance of Salt Marsh Ecosystems Lecture - Take part in the kick off of the Greenbelt’s State of Our Oceans Lecture and Film Series. Join Robert Buchsbaum, regional scientist at Mass Audubon, who will speak on the importance of salt marsh ecosystems for the health of the oceans, as well as their impacts on the surrounding communities. FREE.

Learn about:

- The benefits of salt marshes
- The negative effects of human activities on them
- Why it is important to conserve and protect these marshes as well as the land around them

Salt marshes are located all around us in Cape Ann and along the North Shore, and they have many environmental and economic values that positively affect our communities. They are home to a wide variety of organisms and provide many functions that may not be commonly known to the public, and it is vital that we preserve these ecosystems and attempt to limit the human activities that negatively affect them.

By living in areas so abundant with salt marshes, it is our responsibility to ensure the safety and health of these ecosystems for future generations and for the overall health of the ocean.

After the lecture is concluded, there will be a time for questions and discussion. There will be small refreshments to enjoy throughout the event.

Click to RSVP
For more information email andrew@ecga.org.

Organizing 101
Saturday, January 21, 2017
1 - 2:30 pm
T.O.H.P. Burnham
Public Library

245 Western Avenue
(Route 22)
Organizing 101 - Declutter, Simplify, Get Organized! - Ages 8 to 108, children and adults are welcome! You don't have to know how to knit - come and learn from our expert volunteers.

Supplies are provided, but we are in need of 10 inch needles, size 8 through 12. If you have any that you are willing to donate, please drop them off at the library. Thanks!

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

 
Persephone:
The Unspeakable Girl
Photography Exhibit
on view through
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Walker Creek Furniture
and Art Gallery

57 Eastern Avenue

 
Persephone: The Unspeakable Girl - A Photography Exhibit by Leslie Bartlett - Talk at 6:30 pm “The Woman Dressed in White - feminine images held in rock.”

"This [exhibit] represents a full 17 year visitation to the quarry of Flat Ledge and, with such focus on drought and what lies below the horizon of where we normally walk, a quiet somber reminder of what we might wish to remember and honor.”

- Leslie Bartlett

 
State of Our Oceans
Lecture and Film Series
Part 2: “Sea the Truth”
Film Screening
Thursday, February 2, 2017
2 - 4 pm
Parket River National
Wildlife Refuge Auditorium

sponsored by
Essex County
Greenbelt Association

82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
“Sea the Truth” Film Screening - Join the Greenbelt for the second segment of the State of Our Oceans Lecture and Film Series, as we screen an eye-opening film on the issue of overfishing, with a specific emphasis on the North Atlantic Ocean. FREE!

Learn about:

- The history of overfishing
- The negative activities causing the depletion of fish stocks
- Why it is important to protect against overfishing
- What is being done to solve this issue

Watch the Film Trailer

Overfishing has long been a problem in the Northern Atlantic Ocean, highlighted by the collapse of the Atlantic Cod Fishery in the 1990s. The cod population has not been able to recover to this day, and was adversely affected by technological advances in the fishing industry that allowed for both an increased area and depth of the ocean to be fished.

This film will highlight the decreasing fish stocks in the ocean, and the causes of this depletion. As a region heavily focused on the fishing industry, this issue has extreme relevance to Massachusetts.

As described in the film, this issue has serious implications. If we keep consuming at the current rate, the oceans will be empty in just 30 years.

After this presentation emphasizes the importance of sustainable fishing, learn about innovative solutions on how to help stabilize fish populations as well as what is being done to ensure the health of fisheries for the future. Viewers will hopefully leave with motivation to help make a change and a feeling of hope for the recovery of fish populations.

After the screening there will be a time for open discussion. Light refreshments will be available.

For more information email andrew@ecga.org.

 
Jazz Brunch
Sundays
February 5 and 19, 2017
Brunch starts at 10 am
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.
 
Fantastic Wood Sculptures!
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
10:30 am - 12 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Fantastic Wood Sculptures - Bend and fasten wood into your own imaginative creations. The sky is the limit with help of hammers, nails, and paint! All Ages Welcome.

Class limited to 15. Children 12 and younger must be assisted by an adult. Handicapped accessible.

$7 per person. FREE for adults assisting children.

For more information email education@essexshipbuildingmusem.org
or leave a message at 978-768-6441.

 
State of Our Oceans
Lecture and Film Series
Part 3: Aquaculture and its Growing Importance Lecture
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
2 - 4 pm
Parket River National
Wildlife Refuge Auditorium

sponsored by
Essex County
Greenbelt Association

82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
Aquaculture and its Growing Importance Lecture - Are you interested in aquaculture and how it can help revive our wild fish population? Join the Greenbelt for the third segment of our State of Our Oceans Lecture and Film Series featuring a presentation given by Dr. Joe Buttner, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Salem State University. FREE!

Learn about:

- What aquaculture is and why it is important
- The different species involved and the process
- How it can help reduce overfishing of wild fish populations

Aquaculture is a growing field and will continue to gain importance in the coming years as we try to combat the depletion of natural fish stocks. In relation to the previous part of this series on overfishing, this presentation will explain how aquaculture is a way for people and society as a whole to protect and help rehabilitate the wild fish stocks to healthy levels in the oceans by consuming farmed fish.

Dr. Buttner will also describe the different forms of aquaculture and species involved, and why it is becoming more prevalent. There are numerous aquaculture farms in our area, as well as a growing number in the United States. Aquaculture is not designed to replace the natural fisheries, but rather to go hand-in-hand with it to ensure sustainable fishing in the future. Not only does aquaculture produce food, it also helps to restore habitats and rebuild populations of threatened species.

There will be time for questions and a discussion after the presentation. Light refreshments will be available throughout the event.

For more information email andrew@ecga.org.

 
Bowl Painting for the Open Door
Thursday, February 23, 2017
2 - 4 pm: Families/Children
5 - 7 pm: Adults Only
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Bowl Painting for the Open Door - Decorate ceramic bowls for the Annual Empty Bowl Dinner in May.

FREE! Registration required - please RSVP by February 21st at education@essexshipbuildingmusem.org or leave a message at 978-768-6441.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more info about the Empty Bowl Dinner in May, visit www.foodpantry.org

Weekly Knitting Club
Fridays, January 13, 2017
through March 31, 2017
3:30 - 4:30 pm
T.O.H.P. Burnham
Public Library

245 Western Avenue
(Route 22)
Weekly Knitting Club - Special guest and professional organizer, Marilyn Cruickshank will explain the basics of getting organized, tried and true strategies and simple solutions for dealing with the overload we all face on a daily basis and ideas to apply to be inspired to de-clutter and get your spaces organized for a fresh start to 2017. FREE!

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

Cape Ann Winter Birding
Boat Trip
Saturday, March 11, 2017
8 am - 12 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.

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 2017, weather permitting, we are hosting the Winter Birding Boat Trip, aboard the Privateer IV, with 7 Seas Whale Watch. 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. Because we are doing the boat trip a bit later in the season, we hope to also see some of the early Spring migrant birds, such as Fulmars, and we hope to see some whales too - Right and Humpback in particular! Last year we even saw some Dolphin!

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! (still hoping for that Great Skua!)

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

More info at http://web.capeannvacations.com/events/Winter-Birding-Boat-Trip-2778/details.

Annual Pie Fest Fundraiser
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
1 - 5 pm
T.O.H.P. Burnham
Public Library

245 Western Avenue
(Route 22)
Annual Pie Fest Fundraiser - Join us for one of our favorite traditions. This year it's on PI DAY! Buy a slice of pie for $3 and help support future library programming.

Hosted by The Friends of the Library.
Sign up at the Circulation Desk to donate a pie!

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

Business After Hours
at the Village Restaurant
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
5 - 7 pm
Village Restaurant
55 Main Street
(Corner of Routes 133 and 22)
Business After Hours at the Village Restaurant - The owners and staff of the Village Restaurant in Essex would like to invite you to come and visit their great restaurant in beautiful downtown Essex!

Come network with thet Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and other area Business Leaders in the relaxed atmosphere of one of Essex's oldest and most successful restaurants. Sample appetizers from their delicious menu and check out this great venue! A cash bar will offered.

There is no charge for this event. However, please pre-register (required) in order to give the host an accurate headcount in advance.

 
State of Our Oceans
Lecture and Film Series
Part 4: "A Sea Change"
Film Screening
Thursday, March 23, 2017
2 - 4 pm
Parker River National
Wildlife Refuge Auditorium

sponsored by
Essex County
Greenbelt Association

82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
"A Sea Change" Film Screening - Join the Greenbelt for the fourth segment of our State of the Oceans Lecture and Film Series as we view “A Sea Change.” Follow along as a retired history teacher goes on a quest to different parts of the world in an attempt to discover what is happening to the world's oceans. Not only is he interested in this phenomena for himself, but he is also on a journey to see what the state of the oceans will be like for his grandchild and future generations. FREE!

Learn about:

- How sea temperature rise is affecting ocean ecosystems
- What human activities are causing this sea temperature rise
- What can be done to attempt to stop this rise

Watch the Film Trailer

Even though it may be hard to tell from jumping in the ocean along the North Shore, the ocean temperature is rising around the world. This rise in sea temperature poses serious problems and concerns for our society as well as for the health of the ocean ecosystem.

Warming waters are a serious threat to all marine life as well as the ecosystems they reside in, and the temperature rise has been accelerated greatly over the past few decades due to human activities.

This film will touch upon the human activities that are causing this change, with the main emphasis being on the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere and absorbed by the oceans. Learn more about what needs to be done to control this, and what you can do to help stabilize and protect the ocean for future generations. Land conservation can play an indirect role in helping to combat the rising sea temperatures.

After the screening there will be time for open discussion. Light refreshments will be available..

For more information email andrew@ecga.org.

 
Blackwood/March Auction
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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!

FEATURING: North Shore estates, paintings from the estates of Carl W. Peters and Marge Mills, tribal Oriental rugs, early silver, Asian antiques including Indian gouaches, marine antiques and diverse accessories.

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

 
Women of Essex
Stories to Share

FREE Opening Reception
Saturday, March 18, 2017
5 - 8 pm

Exhibit Open Weekends
Sunday, March 19, 2017
March 25 - April 2, 2017
April 15 - 30, 2017
10 am - 5 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
(Route 133)

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

In conjunction with Women’s History Month, 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!

Free for museum members | Free with regular museum admission

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.

For more info, call 978-768-7541 or email mainoffice@essexshipbuildingmusem.org.

 
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Tours

Open Weekends in April 2017
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.

 
Kite Day at Cogswell's Grant
Saturday, April 22, 2017
11 am - 4 pm
Cogswell's Grant
60 Spring Street

Rain Date:
Sunday, April 23, 2017

 
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 / FREE for flyers and spectators

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

 
State of Our Oceans
Lecture and Film Series
Part 5:
Protecting the Piping Plover
Thursday, April 27, 2017
2 - 4 pm
Parker River National
Wildlife Refuge Auditorium

sponsored by
Essex County
Greenbelt Association

82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
Protecting the Piping Plover - Have you seen these adorable, tiny creatures scampering on the North Shore beaches? Want to learn more about them? Join Greenbelt's Director of Land Stewardship Dave Rimmer for the final segment of the State of Our Oceans Lecture and Film Series as he gives a presentation on this unique species. FREE!

Learn about:

- Piping Plovers and their habitat
- Major threats they face and why they are endangered
- What can be done to help protect Piping Plovers

Many of you may have seen the signs on beaches and the roped off areas by the dune grasses used for protection of Piping Plovers and their nests while they breed and fledge their young.

Piping Plovers are a type of shorebird that feed and nest along coastal sands in North America. This species migrates up to New England beaches each year to nest their young. However, the Piping Plover is endangered and in a critical state.

Piping Plover nests can be seen all over New England, and perhaps on your favorite beach in Massachusetts.

The goal of this presentation is to help people become more aware of the Piping Plover, and inform them about the different ways beachgoers and local communities can help protect this species. There will be time for questions and a discussion after the presentation. Light refreshments will be available.

For more information email andrew@ecga.org.

 
Mother's Day River Cruises
Saturday & Sunday
May 13 and 14, 2017
1pm


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 2017 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.

 
Plant Something!
Monday, May 15, 2017
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.
 
Greenbelt's Annual Meeting
and Creative Potluck Supper
Thursday, May 19, 2016
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 success of the Capital Campaign!

* Please consider bringing your favorite dish to share. Click to RSVP for attendance and food plans to Alexandra or call 978-768-7241 ext. 10.

 
An Abundance of Boxes, Ceramics, and Decoys: The ABCDs of Collecting at Cogswell's Grant
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
10 am - 12:30 pm
Cogswell's Grant
60 Spring Street
 
An Abundance of Boxes, Ceramics, and Decoys: The ABCDs of Collecting at Cogswell's Grant - For ages 6-12. The owners of Cogswell's Grant were passionate collectors of American folk art and filled their summer home in Essex with treasures. During the program, participants will explore the house to discover stories of the past embodied in the pieces on display, try their hand at rug hooking, and create decorative boxes to hold their own collections.

$10 Historic New England members
$15 nonmembers

Advance registration required. No registrations will be accepted on the day of the program. One adult per family admitted free, additional adults pay full price. Each program is limited to 24 people.

The appropriate age range for each program differs and may not be suitable for younger siblings. Strollers and backpack carriers are not permitted in the house museums.

Email Education@HistoricNewEngland.org for more information.Registration is recommended for the workshop only.
Please call 978-768-3632 for more information.
Buy tickets online at http://shop.historicnewengland.org/EDU-HS3-2017-10241

Essex River Race
Saturday, May 20, 2017
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!

 
Artists' Plein Air Day
at Cogswell’s Grant
Saturday, May 20, 2017
10 am - 4 pm
Cogswell's Grant
60 Spring Street
 
Artists' Plein Air Day at Cogswell's Grant - Artists and painters are invited to Cogswell's Grant for a day of plein-air painting. Join your 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 will be available during the day, and artists can take a free tour of the museum and its important collection of American folk art.

FREE!

Please call 978-768-3632 for more information.

 
Spring Migration Birding Walk
Manchester-Essex
Conservation Trust

Sunday, May 21, 2017
7 - 9 am
Wilderness Conservation
Area Gateway
School Street
at Old School Street
Manchester, MA
 
Spring Migration Birding Walk - DUE TO A RAINSTORM, THIS MOTHER'S DAY BIRDING WALK WAS POSTPONED UNTIL SUNDAY, MAY 21. Enjoy a morning of Spring Migration Birding in the Wilderness Conservation Area. Expert birders, Manchester's Dave Weaver, and MECT President Mike Dyer will help you look and listen for beautiful warblers, vireos, tanagers, and other spring specialties. Bring your Mom. Bring your Grandma.

Questions? email: conserve@mect.org.

FREE!

 
All Ages Nature Walk
Manchester-Essex
Conservation Trust

Sunday, May 21, 2017
3 - 5 pm
Wilderness Conservation
Area Gateway
School Street
at Old School Street
Manchester, MA
 
All Ages Nature Walk - Bring the whole family for a nature walk with botanist, ecologist “Boot” Boutwell, an expert naturalist with tales to tell. “Boot” is one of the area’s most popular walk leaders. Everyone will be delighted!

Questions? email: conserve@mect.org.

FREE!

 
Building a Model Story
Thursday, May 25, 2017
7 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Building a Model Story: A presentation by model maker Len Burgess with guest Harold Burnham - Join us as model maker Len Burgess unveils his model of the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum's Flagship, Lewis H. Story and speaks about the model building process. Len will be joined by the builder of the Lewis H. Story, Master Shipwright, Harold Burnham.

For more information, call 978-768-7514.

 
Spring Wildflower Walk
Manchester-Essex
Conservation Trust

Sunday, May 28, 2017
3 - 5 pm
Meet at the trailhead
on Upper Pine Street /
Pipeline Road
north of Route 128 at Exit 16
Manchester, MA
 
Spring Wildflower Walk - John Dick, wetland scientist, educator and forest ecologist will lead this walk to look for beautiful spring wildflowers in the Wilderness Conservation Area.

Note: Google Maps does not pinpoint this meeting location. Rain Date June 4.

Questions? email: conserve@mect.org.

FREE!

 
Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 29, 2017
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 2017
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

 
Launch Party
for the Lewis H. Story
Saturday, June 3, 2017
beginning at 4 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
66 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Launch Party for the Lewis H. Story - Join us to watch and celebrate the re-launch of the Museum's Flagship, the Lewis H. Story that has undergone some restoration! Music, food, libations and family activities all day in the Shipyard, it will be a great way to kick off the summer season!

For more information, call 978-768-7514.

5th Annual Schooner Challenge
Monday, June 5, 2017
6 - 8 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Event held at
Maritime Gloucester
Harbor Loop in Gloucester
5th Annual Schooner Challenge - Our fundraiser which benefits the shoring up and attention needed by our grand old girl, the Evelina Goulart, will feature the Schooners Ardelle and Thomas E. Lannon. The Lewis H. Story will be joining in the fun too! 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!

Challenges will include:

- Racing around a course (with man over board drills at a moment's notice)

- Fastest to weigh anchor

- Knot tying

- Song writing (extra credit for instrumentation)

- Sail raising

- Whatever else the (conspiring) captains dream up between now and then

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, and light hors d'oeuvres will be available.

A great start to summer on Cape Ann - please sign up today!

Tickets: $50 per person.
All proceeds to benefit the care and preservation of Essex-built schooners.

For more information, call 978-768-7514.

 
Celebrate Shea’s Riverside
10 Year Anniversary
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
5 - 8 pm
Shea's Riverside Restaurant
122 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Celebrate Shea’s Riverside – 10 Year Anniversary - Everyone is invited to celebrate our 10th year at Shea's Riverside! Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. Henry Welch and some members of his band will be performing. Stop by and enjoy the spacious deck overlooking the Essex River for a wonderful evening celebration.
 
Essex Small Business
Person of the Year
Thursday, June 8, 2017
5 - 7 pm
Shea's Riverside Restaurant
122 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Essex Small Business Person of the Year - Congratulations to Georgeanne Richards of Sea Meadow Gift and Garden Shop on being named Small Business Person of the Year in Essex by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. Join us at the celebration in her honor! Sea Meadow recently marked their 20th year in Essex showcasing gifts inspired by nature and supporting the work of many local artists and artisans. (Stop by her store to find great gifts for Dad with free gift wrapping too!)

And a shout out to the other Cape Ann communities' Small Business Persons of the Year:

- In Gloucester, Greg Bover of C.B. Fisk
- In Manchester, Jay Sibulkin of Allen’s Pharmacy
- In Rockport, Matt and Missy Anzivino of Rockport Inn & Suites

 
Cape Ann Small Business
Persons of the Year Luncheon
Friday, June 9, 2017
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
The Essex Room at Woodman's
125R Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Cape Ann Small Business Persons of the Year Luncheon - Celebrate the winners from all four Cape Ann communities at a luncheon featuring a short talk by Senator Bruce Tarr.

$30 per person Click to register >

Come celebrate with all of Cape Ann's Small Business Persons of the Year:

- In Essex, Georgeanne Richards of Sea Meadow Gift and Garden Shop
- In Gloucester, Greg Bover of C.B. Fisk
- In Manchester, Jay Sibulkin of Allen’s Pharmacy
- In Rockport, Matt and Missy Anzivino of Rockport Inn and Suites

 
Art in the Barn
Friday, June 9, 2017
12 - 4 pm
Opening Reception
6 - 8:30 pm

Saturday and Sunday
June 10 - 11, 2017
10 - 5 pm

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

 
28th 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 by EJ Ouelette and Crazy Maggie, with beer and food by Ipswich Ale Beer Truck and Flatbread Mobile Pizza Oven.

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

 
Live Music by Cold Engines
Sunday, June 11, 2017
4pm
C.K. Pearl Restaurant
112 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Live Music by Cold Engines - Enjoy acoustic live music and great food on the banks of the Essex River.

Cold Engines, (Best Rock Band 2016), (Song Of The Year 2017)-New England Music Awards, is an amalgamation of some of the finest players on Boston’s north shore. Brought together by David Drouin formally of The Brew, this all star cast of artists brings together a mix of soul, new wave, rock, and dance all across the country. After exploding on the Northeast scene and releasing 3 records inside of 18 months, the band was seen sharing stages with their heros and honing their instantly identifiable sound. Averaging 150+ shows a year since launching in 2015, Cold Engines is preparing to release their most ambitious record to date. "Physical Education" June 2017, sets the bar ever higher.

More about the band at www.coldengines.com

 
Father's Day River Cruises
Sunday, June 18, 2017
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 / Adults $32, Children $16

. . . . .

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 / Adults $28, Children $15

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

 
Essex Merchants Group
Best of Essex Online Auction
Monday, June 5, 2017
- Monday, June 19, 2017
 
Best of Essex Online Auction - This is a great opportunity to support your Essex business community and get a chance to bid on over 100 "Best of Essex" items.

CLICK HERE TO BROWSE AND BID JUNE 5th-19th! Auction closes at 10 pm on Monday, June 19th.

- 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

- Fishing Charters & much more!

Many items are on display through June 19 at First Ipswich Bank, Essex Branch at 8 Martin Street (Route 22).

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

 
Geocaching Adventure
(Family Fun)
Friday, June 23, 2017
1 - 2:30 pm
Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
Geocaching Adventure - Are you up for a summer adventure? Do you want to find some hidden treasures? Join Greenbelt and Carl Nelson for an intriguing summer afternoon of geocaching around the Cox Reservation in Essex! FREE!

Learn about what geocaching consists of during this family-friendly event and be on the lookout for some hidden geocaches as you go out and explore the trails.

This monthly walk will begin with a brief introduction and discussion on the history and details of geocaching. Carl Nelson will then take the group out with the GPS units provided and go in search of concealed geocaches known to be located on the Cox Reservation property.

This will be an adventure you do not want to miss, as you get to experience what its is like to search for hidden goods while enjoying the surroundings of this beautiful property on a relaxing summer afternoon. This will be perfect for kids and adults of all ages, and you will be able to apply what you learn during this event to future geocaching adventures on your own!

Capcity will be limited so don't forget to RSVP. For more information call 978-768-7241.

 
Essex River Day

Kick-off Sunset Cruise
Friday, June 23, 2017
5:30 pm

Saturday, June 24, 2017
(Rain Date
Sunday, June 25, 2017)

Live Music
4 - 9:30 pm

Softball Game, Relay Races,
and Cookout

Begins at 5:30 pm

Bonfire
8:30 pm

Memorial Park
24 Martin Street
Downtown Essex

 
Essex River Day - Experience the beauty of the Essex River. That simple thought of encouraging everyone to get out on the river, has grown into a full day of events. Gather with neighbors and friends for an afternoon and evening cookout with live music, a pickup softball game for all ages, a cookout, beverage vendors and a bonfire to start the summer season.

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

KICK -OFF CRUISE: Friday at 5:30 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.

 
Grand Re-opening of the Newly Renovated Essex Town Hall
Saturday, June 24, 2017
1 - 3 pm
Essex Town Hall
30 Martin Street (Route 22)
 
Grand Re-opening of the Newly Renovated Essex Town Hall - All are invited to the Grand Re-opening of Essex Town Hall. Ribbon Cutting begins at 1pm followed by tours of the fantastic historic restoration, along with refreshments. Essex resident, Rebecca Axelrod will sing, The Fishermen (a song her relative, Carrie Andrews was scheduled to sing at the original Town Hall dedication in 1894.) The Women of Essex - Stories to Share exhibit, sponsored by the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum, will be on display on the 3rd Floor along with a slide show of the renovations.

Then kick off your summer at Essex River Day with music, picnics and an evening bonfire at Memorial Park behind Town Hall (details above)!

 
John J. Donovan Reservation Grand Opening
Sunday, July 9, 2017
1 - 3 pm
Sagamore Hill
473 Sagamore Street
Hamilton
 
John J. Donovan Reservation Grand Opening - Join Greenbelt and the Trust for Public Land, along with officials from Hamilton, Essex and the State of Massachusetts for the public opening of the John J. Donovan Reservation, within the Sagamore Hill Conservation area. A short speaking program acknowledging the many partners in this project, including donors, will be followed by music, guided walks and family-friendly activities. Bring a picnic and enjoy the afternoon. Greenbelt will provide the beverages and snacks.
 
Cooking Series with Chef Ned
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
6 - 9 pm
The Essex Room at Woodman's
125R Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Cooking Series with Chef Ned - Join award-winning Chef, Ned Grieg to explore the extremely diverse cuisine of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. This region is rich in ingredients and spices that make ordinary food pop with flavor.

Tickets: $25 with RSVP and $30 at the the door

Email essexroom@woodmans.com or call 978-768-7335 to RSVP.

 
Woods Excursion
Thursday, July 20, 2017
9:30 - 11:30 am
Warren Weld/Essex Woods
Apple Street
 
Woods Excursion - Join Greenbelt and the Y Connection Hiking Club of Marblehead for an invigorating hike through the Warren Weld Woodland in Essex and into the Essex Woods. Mary Williamson of Greenbelt and Michael McDonagh of the Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust will be the walk leaders and will provide information about the surrounding forest.

Click here to learn more about what you may see in the woods >

 
Jazz Night with Joe Weinberg
Every Wednesday
in July and August
beginning July 19, 2017
6 - 9 pm
Woodman's
121 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Jazz Night with Joe Weinberg - Get jazzed at the Top Deck with some live jazz music by Joe Weinberg - one of the most in demand jazz guitarists and music educators in the New England area. Often performing as a solo guitarist, Joe has been featured on television all over New England.
 
"Baby Birds" Book Signing
with Julie Zickefoose
Thursday, July 20, 2017
6 - 7 pm
Meet and Mingle with refreshments

7 - 8:30 pm
Presentation and Discussion

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

 
"Baby Birds" Book Signing with Julie Zickefoose - Join Greenbelt for a fun birding experience as we welcome acclaimed artist and author Julie Zickefoose, who will give a presentation on her new book "Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest." This presentation will be followed by a discussion with Julie as well as a chance to purchase any of her books and have them signed!

For more information call 978-768-7241.

 
"Endless Summer"
FREE Movie on the Hill
Friday, July 21, 2017
8 - 9:30 pm
Cape Ann SUP
2 Southern Avenue
 
"Endless Summer" FREE Movie on the Hill at Cape Ann SUP - Bring a beach chair, blanket and whatever movie snacks you want to enjoy "The Endless Summer." Everyone who wants to quietly enjoy a movie outdoors is welcome!

Watch the movie trailer >

 
Colorful Origins: Historic New England's Period Paint Pioneers
Saturday, July 22, 2017
10 am - 12:30 pm
Cogswell's Grant
60 Spring Street
and
Beauport
the Sleeper-McCann House
75 Eastern Point Boulevard
Gloucester
 
Colorful Origins: Historic New England's Period Paint Pioneers - Join paint color expert Sally Zimmerman, senior preservation services manager at Historic New England, for an in-depth paint tour of two North Shore properties.

Cogswell's Grant and Beauport reveal their owners' pioneering efforts to portray period color in their homes in the early twentieth century. Both houses provided color references for the Twentieth Century Colors of America paint palette.

Each guest receives the Twentieth Century Colors of America paint card and guide. Tour begins at Cogswell's Grant. Refreshments at Beauport are included.

$15 Historic Homeowner members
$20 Historic New England members
$35 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 978-768-3632 for more information.
Buy tickets online at http://shop.historicnewengland.org/COG-PAINTORGIN-9909/

 
Live Music by Cold Engines
Sunday, July 30, 2017
4 - 7 pm
C.K. Pearl Restaurant
112 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Live Music by Cold Engines - Enjoy acoustic live music and great food on the banks of the Essex River.

Cold Engines, (Best Rock Band 2016), (Song Of The Year 2017)-New England Music Awards, is an amalgamation of some of the finest players on Boston’s north shore. Brought together by David Drouin formally of The Brew, this all star cast of artists brings together a mix of soul, new wave, rock, and dance all across the country. After exploding on the Northeast scene and releasing 3 records inside of 18 months, the band was seen sharing stages with their heros and honing their instantly identifiable sound. Averaging 150+ shows a year since launching in 2015, Cold Engines is preparing to release their most ambitious record to date. "Physical Education" June 2017, sets the bar ever higher.

More about the band at www.coldengines.com

 
Business After Hours
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
5 - 7 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Business After Hours - JJoin us in Essex for an evening of networking with Cape Ann business professionals while learning about the extraordinary story of a small New England village that built more two-masted wooden fishing schooners than any other place in the world.

There is no charge for this event. PLEASE NOTE that registration is still required for each BAH event so we can give accurate head counts to our hosts. Thank you!

To RSVP, call the Chamber at 978-283-1601.

 
5.3 Miler: Cox to Conomo
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Race-day Registration
7:30 am - 8:45 am

Start time 9 am

Cox Reservation
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133) to Conomo Point
 
5.3 Miler: Cox to Conomo - Run trails along the Great Salt Marsh from the Cox Reservation by Clammer's Beach to Conomo Point along the Essex River. The race is part of the 2017 New England Running Company All Terrain Series.

Register by August 12th to guarantee a tech cap!
Greenbelt members $25 race entry / Non-members $30 race entry

Print Registration Form >

Register Online >

 
Faces and Families:
Folk Art Portraits
at Cogswell’s Grant
Saturday, August 26, 2017
10 am - 12 pm
Cogswell's Grant
60 Spring Street
 
Faces and Families: Folk Art Portraits at Cogswell’s Grant - In the days before photography, portraits offered self-expression and family documentation, first to the wealthy colonial settlers, and then increasingly to the middle class. Itinerant artists of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, often self-taught, painted inexpensive portraits for rural families, and worked in a style whose charm still appeals today. Join Site Manager Kristen Weiss for an in-depth look at the folk art portrait collection at Cogswell’s Grant, and an exploration of the many families and artists represented in the house.

$5 Historic New England members
$15 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 978-768-3632 for more information.
Buy tickets online at http://shop.historicnewengland.org/COG-PORTRAITS-1-9154/

 
Jazz Night with Joe Weinberg
Continues Every Wednesday
in August
6 - 9 pm
Woodman's
121 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Jazz Night with Joe Weinberg - Get jazzed at the Top Deck with some live jazz music by Joe Weinberg - one of the most in demand jazz guitarists and music educators in the New England area. Often performing as a solo guitarist, Joe has been featured on television all over New England.
 
MECT Photo Contest
Manchester-Essex
Conservation Trust

Continues through
September 1, 2017
Wilderness Conservation
Area Gateway
School Street
at Old School Street
Manchester, MA
and
photos taken on any
outdoor conservation land
in Essex and Manchester, MA
 
MECT Photo Contest - Photographers have until midnight on September 1, 2017 to submit their finest images to the Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust Photo Contest. Let the outdoors entice you to look closely at nature in open spaces in Manchester and Essex, and survey your files for your best shots from seasons past. Each photographer may submit up to 5 photographs taken throughout the year.

There are four contest categories:

- The Four Seasons
- Animal Kingdom
- Plants and Fungi
- Landscape

Each category will have two winners and one honorable mention. One outstanding photo will win Best in Show. A special award will be given to the best photo taken in the Manchester-Essex Wilderness Conservation Area.

Photographers ages 5 - 17 and under can submit entries to a Youth Division category that also will issue awards.

All winning photographs will be on display at the Santander Bank in Manchester during November 2017, with an opening reception to introduce the photographers. Photos chosen for display will be printed by MECT.

Essex and Manchester are fortunate to have a variety of protected natural habitats in beautiful locations: woodland, open field, salt marsh, salt marsh island, river and stream, forested and shrubby wetland, sandy beach, intertidal, and rocky headland. These locales support a diversity of interesting and photogenic animals, plants and fungi, and the seasonal changes of light and weather are tempting lures to get out your camera, explore, sharpen your awareness of nature, your artistic eye, hone your technical skills and join the fun.

See the photo contest page www.mect.org/photo-contest/ for complete contest rules and submission instructions, including technical specifications.

 
FREE Outdoor Movie:
The Sandlot
Friday, September 8, 2017
Event begins 7:15pm
Movie begins about 8 pm
Ball Field behind Essex Town Hall
30 Martin Street (Route 22)
 
FREE Outdoor Movie: The Sandlot - This fun FREE event sponsored by the Essex Police Department begins as soon as it gets dark. Delicious ice cream from DownRiver Ice Cream and popcorn will be served (for as long as they last.) Bring a blanket, a comfortable lawn chair, and bug spray. 21-foot movie screen! Meet some of the officers at this community initiative recognizing citizens and police officers partnering in a fun, informal, and positive way.

Watch the movie trailer >

 
Coastal Farming Tour
Saturday, September 9, 2017
11 am - 12:30 pm
Cogswell's Grant
60 Spring Street
 
Coastal Farming Tour - On this special walking tour, explore the history of Cogswell's Grant as a working farm from the seventeenth century to the present. Walk through fields and down to the marsh, discover the stories of the families who lived and farmed here, and learn how coastal farming has evolved over the centuries.

FREE to Historic New England members
$5 Nonmembers

Registration is recommended. Please call 978-768-3632 to register or buy tickets online at http://shop.historicnewengland.org/COG-COASTAL-2-9157/

 
Essex Police Department
4th Annual Car Show
Sunday, September 10, 2017
RAIN DATE:
Sunday, September 17, 2017
1 - 4 pm
Essex Municipal Parking Lot
near Essex Police and
Fire Station and Town Hall
24 Martin Street (Route 22)
 
Essex Police Department - 4th 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 >

 
10th Annual
Happy-as-a-Clam Race
(Rain or Shine)
Friday, September 15, 2017
5 pm Walkers Start
5:30 pm (Kids' Fun Dashes)
6 pm (5K race)
Essex Elementary School
(back parking lot)
12 Story Street
10th Annual Happy as a Clam Race - The 10th Annual Happy as a Clam race is open to anyone who wants to support their community school and all the wonderful enrichment programs the students enjoy throughout the year. The 5K route meanders through the beautiful back roads of Essex. The Kids Fun Dashes are always a hit, with even the littlest ones smiling from start to finish. The highly coveted Clam Cup, awarded to the EES class that displays the highest percentage of participation, is being shined up for this year's new winners! Come out, lace up, and pound the pavement for the students of EES. It's sure to be another fun race this year!

For more details and to register, go to www.essex5k.org.

Herrmann’s Royal Lipizzan Stallions of Austria
Friday - Sunday
September 15 - 17, 2017
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 three 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:
Friday, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Buy tickets to Friday's show
Saturday 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Buy tickets to Saturday's show
Sunday 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Buy tickets to Sunday's show

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.

 
Trails & Sails:
Two Weekends of Walks & Water
September 15 - 17, 2017
and September 22 - 24, 2017

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

 
Tour de Greenbelt
Saturday, September 16, 2017
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)
 
Tour de Greenbelt - Join us for a 25-mile/50-mile cycling event through the North Shore, past more than 50 properties conserved by Greenbelt, Essex County's Land Trust. 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.
 
The Fundamentals of Conservation Restriction Stewardship
Thursday, September 21, 2017
5 - 7:30 pm
Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
The Fundamentals of Conservation Restriction Stewardship - Does your municipality or land trust have conservation restrictions that need monitoring? Are you wondering where to start? This workshop is for you! FREE (dinner provided).

Learn:

- The what, when, and how of monitoring CRs

- How to efficiently produce Baseline Reports

- The key to effective landowner relationships

- How to create a volunteer monitoring program

Click here to register >
Questions? Email vkjohnson@ecga.org or 978-768-7241 x16.

Presenters:
Becca Washburn, New England Program Manager, Land Trust Alliance;
Dave Rimmer, Director of Stewardship, Essex County Greenbelt Association

Sponsors:
Greenbelt
Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition
Land Trust Alliance

 
Trails & Sails:
Two Weekends of Walks & Water
September 15 - 17, 2017
and September 22 - 24, 2017

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 Festival
in the Shipyard

A FREE Trails & Sails Event
Saturday,
September 23, 2017
1 - 6 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center and Shipyard
66 Main Street
(Route 133)

 
4th Annual Festival in the Shipyard - A free afternoon of Music and Art! This spirited event overlooking the Essex River includes an art show and sale, an Essex-built boat launch, live music, cookout, brick oven pizza, baked goods and beer and wine for sale on site, kids craft station, a raffle station and activities for all. The event will showcase artists and makers and celebrate local creativity.

The event is FREE and open to the public. Handicapped Accessible. Good dogs on leashes welcome. No parking on site. Parking available on streets and behind the Essex Fire Station at 24 Martin Street.

View Poster >

ARTIST/VOLUNTEER INFORMATION:

Artist Members: Free participation. 20% of sales will go to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum.

Non-Artist Members: A $10 participant/registration fee per artist. 25% of sales will go to the museum. (Inquire about becoming an Artist Member! Artist members get free participation at museum art shows.)

If you would like to participate, please fill in the form below and send a copy via email to: chris@essexshipbuildingmuseum.org -OR- mail or drop it by the museum. Non-Artist Members please send or deliver your $10 fee as well.

Work should be delivered to the museum by Wednesday September 20th. The volume of work to be exhibited by each participant will be determined once we receive all forms. We will let you know soon how much room there is! Larger or outdoor work such as sculptures can be delivered at an agreed upon time.

If you would like to help or support the festival in any way, please chris@essexshipbuildingmuseum.org or leave a message at 978-768-6441.

 
Plein Air Painting Workshop
Sunday, September 24, 2017
10 am - 4 pm
Cogswell's Grant
60 Spring Street
 
Plein Air Painting Workshop - Join artist Marianne Thompson for a plein air painting workshop at Cogswell's Grant. Beautiful vistas, including the Essex River and Great Marsh, farm fields and forests, and our eighteenth-century historic house and barns, offer an ideal setting for landscape painters looking to refine their skills with expert instruction, including work with a palette knife.

For this drop-in class, bring your own materials and equipment, receive direction as you work, and gather for an end-of-day critique with the instructor. A free tour of one of the country's most celebrated collections of American folk art is available to participants. Weather permitting, please call.

$20 Historic New England members
$25 nonmembers

Please call 978-768-3632 for more information.

 
Blackwood/March Auction
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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!

The auction will feature New England estates and estate art collections, 20 + paintings from the estate of artist John A. Cook, Anthony Thieme paintings, paintings from the estate of artist Carl W. Peters, property from the estate of artist Arnold Knauth, collections of tribal and formal Oriental rugs, estate gold and diamond jewelry, marine antiques, musical instruments, silver, early furniture and diverse accessories.

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

 
Favorite Things,
Hidden Treasures
Monday, October 9, 2017
10 am - 12 pm
and 1 - 3 pm

Cogswell's Grant
60 Spring Street
 
Favorite Things, Hidden Treasures - This extended house tour highlights the favorite objects of American folk art collectors Bertram and Nina Fletcher Little, including objects hidden in cupboards, cabinets, and drawers. Hear detailed stories about the Littles and their collecting, take an up-close look at the many objects in the house, and enjoy a rare opportunity to see treasures stored in the attic, which is not usually open to the public.

$10 Historic New England members
$20 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 978-768-3632 for more information.
Buy tickets online at http://shop.historicnewengland.org/COG-FAVTHINGS-MTX-2-9474/

 
Cape Ann Plein Air
Painting Demonstration
with
Dennis Poirier
Monday, October 9, 2017
12 - 1 pm
Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
Painting Demonstration with Dennis Poirier - This Cape Ann Plein Air event is FREE and all are welcome to watch accomplished artist, Dennis Poirier at work creating a plein air painting. Hear how he approaches the canvas and see it come to life in this one-hour session.
 
Cape Ann Plein Air
Painting Demonstration
with
David P. Curtis
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
12 - 1 pm
Cogswell's Grant
60 Spring Street
 
Painting Demonstration with David P. Curtis - This Cape Ann Plein Air event is FREE and all are welcome to watch accomplished artist, David P. Curtis at work creating a plein air painting. Hear how he approaches the canvas and see it come to life in this one-hour session.
Welcome to the Graveyard:
A Virtual Tour of your Local Cemetary
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
7 - 8:30 pm
T.O.H.P. Burnham
Public Library

245 Western Avenue
(Route 22)
Welcome to the Graveyard: A Virtual Tour of your Local Cemetary - Presented by the popular Gravestone Girls, this virtual tour takes us from colonial burial grounds, through the rural cemetery movement of the 19th century and into 21st century locations. It examines why we have cemeteries and gravestones, why they look like they do and how styles and art have evolved over almost 400 years.

Come learn about Essex own cemeteries! The aim of the program is to connect with the audience and teach them what's in the backyards and main streets of their towns. Be inspired to go out and explore on your own; help or initate graveyard clean ups, documentation projects and other fun and educational cemetery experiences!

For more information, call the library at 978-768-7410.

 
Plein Air Painting Workshop
Thursday, October 12, 2017
10 am - 4 pm
Cogswell's Grant
60 Spring Street
 
Plein Air Painting Workshop - Join artist Marianne Thompson for a plein air painting workshop at Cogswell's Grant. Beautiful vistas, including the Essex River and Great Marsh, farm fields and forests, and our eighteenth-century historic house and barns, offer an ideal setting for landscape painters looking to refine their skills with expert instruction, including work with a palette knife.

For this drop-in class, bring your own materials and equipment, receive direction as you work, and gather for an end-of-day critique with the instructor. A free tour of one of the country's most celebrated collections of American folk art is available to participants. Weather permitting, please call.

$20 Historic New England members
$25 nonmembers

Please call 978-768-3632 for more information.

 
Scary Movie Night
with Two Roads Brewing
Friday, October 13, 2017
7 - 11:30 pm
THE FARM Bar & Grille
233 Western Avenue
(Route 22)
 
Scary Movie Night - Get yourself primed for Halloween with a spooky double feature out on the patio and under the stars. Two Roads Brewing will provide tastings of several of their beers, including the deliciously spooky, Roadsmary's Baby, a tasty pumpkin ale aged in rum barrels with notes of pumpkin, spices, vanilla, oak and a touch of rum. The tastings start at 7 pm and there will be food specials, giveaways and of course, tasty candy treats.

Then at 8 pm, grab your Roadsmary's and head on outside to our patio, where the projecter will be showing Rosemary's Baby followed by the original Friday the 13th. The fireplace will be stoked all evening for you scaredy cats. So bring a beach chair, bring a blanket, bring a teddy bear if you need to!

 
Fall Foliage
Cider and Donut Cruises

Saturday and Sunday
October 14 - 15, 2017
and
October 21 - 22, 2017
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.

Adults $30 per person
Children 12 and under $16 per person
Toddlers 3 and under Free

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

 
Cape Ann Plein Air
Quick Draw Competition
and Wet Paint Art Sale
Sunday, October 15, 2017
9 - 11 am Quick Draw
Timed Artists Painting Event

12 - 3pm
Public Reception and Art Sale

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

 
Quick Draw Competition and Wet Paint Art Sale - This Cape Ann Plein Air event is open to all levels of artists, you'll feel the excitement and energy of the artists at work during this timed painting event! They will have just 2 hours to complete their painting before it is hung and available for sale. A FREE public reception with complimentary food and a cash bar by Chebacco Market begins at noon, with these one-of-a kind wet paint masterpieces of Essex scenes up for sale.

The following awards will be presented:

1st Prize: Juried and Non-Juried Artists $500 each, sponsored by Essex Merchants Group

2nd Prize: Juried and Non-Juried Artists $300 each, sponsored by Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum

3rd Prize: Juried and Non-Juried Artists $200 each
Juried prize sponsored by Chebacco Market
Non-Juried Artists prize sponsored by Sea Meadow Gift and Garden Shop
. . . . . . .

Artists' pre-registration ($20 fee) is strongly encouraged as the number of participants is limited.

If you would like to help or support the event as a volunteer, please info@essexshipbuildingmuseum.org or leave a message at 978-768-6441.

 
2nd Annual Cape Ann Plein Air
WEEK-LONG EVENT
CAPE ANN PLEIN AIR (CAPA)!

Sunday, October 8, 2017
- Monday, October 16, 2017
Artists create work
throughout Cape Ann

QUICK DRAW
Sunday, October 15, 2017
9 - 11 am Paint
12 - 3 pm Art Sale

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

ATTENTION ARTISTS and ART COLLECTORS!

2nd 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 Second Annual Painting Competition and Festival from across the country and Canada. Local artists are invited to participate as well.

Here's the calendar of events:

Sunday October 8, 6-8 pm: Opening Reception, North Shore Arts Association, Pirates Lane, Gloucester

October 9 – 13, 3 pm daily: “Cape Ann Plein Air, Highlights of the Collection”
Docent-led tours at Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester
(All are welcome free with museum admission)

. . . . . . . .

Highlights of CAPA's Essex events include:

Cape Ann Plein Air Painting Demonstration with Dennis Poirier
Monday, October 9, 2017 from 12 -1pm
Greenbelt's Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Avenue (Rte. 133)
FREE!

Cape Ann Plein Air Painting Demonstration with David P. Curtis
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 12 -1pm
Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street
FREE!

Quick Draw Event and Wet Paint Art Sale
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Plein Air Painting from 9 - 11am
Awards, Public Celebration and Art Sale from 12 - 3pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum, 66 Main Street (Rte. 133)
FREE ADMISSION!

. . . . . . . .

Wednesday October 11, 12 - 1pm: Manchester Demo Day at Masconomo Park.

Saturday October 14: 6-10 pm: Cape Ann Plein Air Awards Exhibition & Gala, Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport

Sunday October 15: 10-5 pm: CAPA Exhibit open to public, Rockport Art Association & Museum

Sunday October 15: 9 - 11 am: Official Quick Draw, Essex Shipbuilding Museum and surrounding area (free registration for CAPA applicants) with Art Sale from 12 - 3 pm at the museum's Waterline Center. Free admission!

Monday October 16, 10-5 pm: CAPA Exhibit open to public, Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport

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

 
Essex Bicentennial Meeting:
Plans for 2019
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
7 - 8:30 pm
Essex Town Hall
30 Martin Street, 3rd Floor
(Handicapped Accessible)
 
Essex Bicentennial Meeting: Plans for 2019 - All are welcome to come hear about the exciting events planned for Essex's Bicentennial Celebration in 2019! Fireworks, a parade, a winter solstice celebration and much more are in the works. Meet the committee chairmans and sign up to get involved in planning the year-long festivites!
 
Healthy Body, Healthy Planet:
The Power of Plant-Based Nutrition with Tracie Hines
Thursday, October 19, 2017
7 - 8:30 pm
Essex Town Hall
30 Martin Street, 3rd Floor
(Handicapped Accessible)
 
Healthy Body, Healthy Planet - Join the T.O.H.P. Burnham Public Library as they host Certified Plant-Based Chef and Food for Life Instructor, Tracie Hines. Tracie will share tips for plant based nutrition and cooking including a cooking demo and tasty samples followed by a Q&A session.

Please register by emailing sagetracie@gmail.com or mes@essexpl.org.

 
Mums the Word Festival
Mums for sale beginning the
third week of September 2017

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.

 
Mushroom Identification Class
Saturday, October 21, 2017
9 am Class
11 am Walk

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, in the Cox Studio Barn in Essex for an introductory class in Mushroom Identification followed by a mushrooming excursion at nearby Agassiz Rock.

$10 participation / materials fee, payable at the door

Please click here to RSVP. For more information call 978-768-7241.

 
35th Annual Essex ClamFest
Saturday, October 21, 2017
11 am - 4 pm
Chowder Tasting Noon - 2 pm
Memorial Park
24 Martin Street
Downtown Essex

Rain Date:
Sunday, October 22, 2017

 
35th 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 21 - 22, 2017
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.

Adults $30 per person
Children 12 and under $16 per person
Toddlers 3 and under Free

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

 
Ales Over ALS:
A Crafter's Delight
Saturday, October 21, 2017
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, Iggy's Bread and by other local supporters.

On-line tickets are on sale until Friday, October 20th at 12pm. Advance ticket purchase highly encouraged. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Donate or buy tickets >

 
Powerful Pink for a Purpose
Sunday, October 22, 2017
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!

 
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!
 
Women of Essex -
Stories to Share

FREE Exhibit
Open Mondays - Thursdays
7:30 am - 3:30 pm
Essex Town Hall
30 Martin Street
(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.

 
Cape Ann SUP Turkey Paddle
Saturday, November 4, 2017
12 - 2 pm
Cape Ann SUP at Essex Marina
35 Dodge Street
 
Cape Ann SUP Turkey Paddle - In this fun 1.5 mile race, paddlers launch from the Essex Marina and paddle to the Cox Reservation where they will be handed an item to paddle back to the marina. Item(s) are TBD (full Turkeys are not out of the question!). Donation amount is $40 and proceeds go to The Open Door, Cape Ann's food pantry, who will help fill the bellies of many Cape Ann-ers this holiday season. Spectators can cheer on the paddlers from the Essex Causeway! After the event, participants and family members are invited to the Cape Ann SUP board barn for a post-race, pot-luck celebration.

Click here for more details >
Register online >

 
16th Annual Fall Fundraiser:
Spirits in the Shipyard
Saturday, November 4, 2017
6 - 9 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
16th Annual Fall Fundraiser: Spirits in the Shipyard - You are cordially invited to a festive evening with fine foods and a tasting of the best beer, wine, and liquor around. WIN BIG in our live drawing, and GIVE BIG during our general ask!

Admission: $50 per person

Reservations may be made by calling 978-768-7541 and leaving a message.

View Poster >

 
Great Marsh Coalition
5th Annual Sea Level Rise Symposium
Thursday, November 9, 2017
8:30 am - 3:15 pm
The Essex Room at Woodman's
125R Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Great Marsh Coalition - 5th Annual Sea Level Rise Symposium - Join The Great Marsh Coalition, a group of organizations and agencies that began meeting in 2000 to discuss ways of building a regional consciousness and identity for the Great Marsh as they share ideas on important issues relating to climate adaptation and strategies for resiliency of our Great Marsh. Lunch featuring Great Marsh Portuguese Green Crab Brodo Seafood Stew and other treats included!

Generously supported through contributions from Essex County Greenbelt, Essex National Heritage Area, Ipswich River Watershed Association, League of Women Voters-Cape Ann, Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, National Wildlife Federation, Trustees, and Woodman’s of Essex.

Click for more information >

Click to register online >

 
6th Annual
Essex Seniors Boutique

PREVIEW SALE
AND REFRESHMENTS
Friday, November 17, 2017
6 - 8 pm

Saturday, November 18, 2017
9 am - 3 pm

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

 
6th Annual Essex Seniors Boutique - Early holiday shopping for the whole family! All items are handmade, including: soaps, hand creams, hand-knitted hats, socks, and scarves, Essex signs, and many more items. A must see for winter warmth, craft lovers and baby goods MADE IN ESSEX.

Proceeds go to the Friends of the Council on Aging (COA). For more info contact Kristin Crockett at 978-768-7932 or email kcrockett@essexma.org.

 
6th Annual Locally Made
Holiday Open House
Sea Meadow Gift
and Garden Shop

Saturday, November 18, 2017
9 am - 4 pm
7 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
6th 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 18, 2017
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 18, 2017
5 - 7 pm
Essex Fire Station
24 Martin Street (Route 22)
 
27th 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.

 
Sagamore Hill Expedition
Sunday, November 19, 2017
12 - 3 pm
Donovan Reservation
/Sagamore Hill Conservation Area 473 Sagamore Street
Hamilton, MA
 
Sagamore Hill Expedition - Chris LaPointe, Greenbelt's Director of Conservation, leads this hike through beautiful forests and small meadows on your way to the top of Sagamore Hill that spans Hamilton and Essex. Once at the top, experience beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and valley below. FREE!
 
Muzio Designs:
6th Annual Thanksgiving
Open House at The Barn
Sunday, November 19, 2017
1 - 5 pm
Muzio Designs
55 John Wise Avenue (Rte. 133)
 
Muzio Designs: 6th Annual Thanksgiving Open House at The Barn - See the constantly changing collection of unusual goods including sets of antique leather bound books, rugs, chairs, pillows, bedding, linens, Faribault wool blankets, fine art by KT Morse, jewelry, ornaments and more! Stop in for out of the ordinary Thanksgiving and Christmas gifts.

Muzio Designs is also available to bring a fresh inspired look to your home or business. Together we will create a space that is renewed with interest and energy. Whether your goal is to choose a fresh new color scheme, make better use of a particular space or redesign your home with furnishings and items you already own.

For more information, call 978-890-7160.

 
Turkey Trot Road Race
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Race begins at 1 pm

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

 
40th Annual Turkey Trot Road Race - This challenging 8K course is a US Track and Field sanctioned event, as well as, an 8K “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

 
Annual Toy Drive
Action Inc., Project Uplift
November - mid December 2017

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

 
Annual Toy Drive - 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
Essex Elementary School, 12 Story Street
Essex Police and Fire Departments, 30 Martin Street
Essex Town Hall, 30 Martin Street
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 (FREE Cup of Chowder with your toy donation)

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

 
Small Business Saturday
November 25, 2017

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
November 25, 2017
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!
 
Essex Holiday Festival
Thursday - Saturday
November 30 -
December 2, 2017

Tree Lighting
Thursday, November 30th
Essex Fire Station
24 Martin Street

6:30 pm

Carolers at Essex Restaurants
Friday and Saturday,
December 1st - 2nd
5:30 - 9 pm

Santa Arrives by Boat
Friday, December 1st
Town Landing
6 pm

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 2nd
Essex Elementary School
8 - 11 am

Holiday Shopping Open Houses
Saturday, December 2nd

 
Essex Holiday Festival - The 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!

 
Wreath Making Workshop
Monday, December 4, 2017
4 - 6 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Wreath Making Workshop - Join us as Susie Talbot guides us through decorating a 20" wreath. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced wreath maker, this is the event for you!

We will provide wreaths, ribbons and a variety of decorations to choose from. Your choices will ensure the wreath you take home will reflect you.

Should you have a unique item you with to use on your wreath, please bring it. We would also appreciate it if you have your own clippers or scissors if you brought them along.

$40 per wreath