Day Tripper Dispatches

North Shore Outings
Opening Day Celebration, Ipswich Historical Society, Ipswich – May 23
  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – What better way to launch the summer season and check out this favorite North Shore destination? View the Student Clothesline Art Show, timber frame construction demonstration, new colonial house display, maypole dance, antique carriages, crafts, food, and more. Visit the new and improved gift store or take a tour of the houses. The event is co-sponsored by Mercury Brewing Company, makers of Ipswich Ale, who will present the history of beer making. Admission: free. Address: Ipswich Historical Society, 54 South Main Street, Ipswich, MA 01938. Information: 978-356-2811.

Also around the North Shore this weekend and in the coming week:

Stevens-Coolidge Place House Tours, Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover – May 23- 24

  • 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Discover how the Coolidge family transformed an early 19th-century farm into a bucolic summer estate in the early 1900s. The house features murals, a tavern ballroom, and original collections of furniture, glass, porcelain, textiles and personal belongings. Recommended for children 8 years and older. Fees: Members: Free and Nonmembers: Adult (18 and older): $8 and Children: $5. The spectacular gardens are free and open to all, sunrise to sunset. Address: Stevens-Coolidge Estate, 137 Andover Street, North Andover, MA 01845. Tel: 978-921-1944 x4009.

Newburyport Spring Fest, Downtown Newburyport – May 24 – 25

  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Enjoy spring and merchant hospitality in Newburyport as art, crafts, food & music fill downtown for Newburyport Spring Fest 2009. Downtown Newburyport, Market Square, Newburyport, MA 01950. Tel: 978-462-6680.

Young Farmers, Appleton Farms, Ipswich- May 26

  • 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Become a first-hand farmhand as you dig in the dirt, compare compost, plant seeds, grow crops, churn butter, spin wool, care for cows, and more! Fees: Members: $72 per session and Nonmembers: $90 per session. Please pre-register. Address: Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich, MA 01938. Tel: 978-356-5728 x15.

Traditional Quilting, Ipswich Museum & Historical Society, Ipswich – May 26

  • 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Classes to adults and middle school students in the traditional quilting by teacher and quilter, Rhonda Galpern, of the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell. Times: Adults: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and Students: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Fees: Adults: $65, students: $55. Address: Ipswich Museum & Historical Society, 54 South Main Street, Ipswich, MA 01938. Tel: 978-356-2811.

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