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September 4, 2015
In This Issue

(Addison Gallery entrance, Andover MA)

Museum Exhibits

Addison Gallery of American Art

Selections from the Permanent Collection (September 1 - early 2016)

In Tandem: Inspirations and Collaborations (September 1 - January 3)

Endicott College

Express Yourself: Move it!
  (August 28-October 20)

Peabody Essex Museum

Native Fashion Now (November 21-March 6)

Fall Apple Picking Guide:

45 Fern Avenue
Amesbury, MA

August - November

143 Argilla Road
Ipswich, MA

September - October

315 South Bradford Street
North Andover, MA

September - November

(Capri Seaside Italian Grille)


(October 18-25)

Great food, beautiful scenery and conversation galore make Cape Ann Restaurant week a favorite of many Cape Ann locals.   Come visit and let us show you the flavors of Cape Ann! 

Salem Fall Restaurant Week
(November 8-12, 15-19)

Salem Fall Restaurant Week is set to kick-off on Sunday, November 8th, featuring the best local cuisine at value pricing.
Expect a wide variety of delicious foods - from steak to seafood, American to ethnic, there is something for everyone.

Try 4 signature meatballs with chef's sauce pairing, choice of pasta, and a demi salad for just $9.99! Grab a fork and bite into Capri's crazy good meatballs!

Like it raw? Seaglass Lounge features $1 clams & oysters and $2 shrimp, served with your choice of sauce - cocktail, mignonette, or sauce Louis. Pair selections with a specialty martini or cocktail.

The Changing of the Leaves

In Massachusetts, the peak time to see the leaves change to their fall colors is in October.

For a guide to leaf peeping in the North of Boston, visit our blog.

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Salisbury, MA 01952
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North of Boston Fall Events
Step into history at the Witch Dungeon, Witch History, and New England Pirate Museums | Open through November
Take in local history at 3 of Salem's top attractions.  At the Witch Dungeon museum, enjoy an award winning live re-enactment of a Witch trial followed by a  guided tour of the Dungeon.  The stories of 1692 come alive at the Witch History Museum through a live presentation followed by a guided tour downstairs where you will view 15 life size scenes depicting these stories.  Or, experience the adventures of New England sea-robbers, board a pirate ship, and explore an 80ft cave at the NE Pirate Museum.   More info
Far From the Tree Weekend Events | Thursdays-Sundays (through October)
Get your weekend started right with Far From the Tree Cider!  Enjoy live music on Thursdays, followed the next day by a "Friday Fright Flight," which features frighteningly limited October ciders.  On Saturdays, watch their cider-makers grind and press apples and then relax with "Sunday Funday" (family and pups are welcome!).   More info
Tales & Tombstones Tour on the Salem Trolley | Through October 30
Dusk transforms the city of Salem.  As the city of renowned seafarers and distinguished architecture fades into the shadows, a new Salem of the occult and paranormal emerges.  Visit scenes of grisly murders and ghastly executions, hear tales of ghosts, both mischievous and malevolent, of Salem's haunted hotels and restaurants of long forgotten underground passageways, ancient curses and legends of ghost ships and haunted islands.   More info
Surfside Labor Day Weekend Bash | September 4-6
Celebrate the last weekend of summer on the giant oceanfront deck at SurfSide on Salisbury Beach! Live music from Don't Call Me Shirley on Friday night; Beach Heat Dance Party Saturday night with DJ music, laser light show, & fireworks; Reggae Sunday deck party with Hot Like Fire!   More info

Gloucester Schooner Festival | September 4-6
Twenty-plus schooners of all sizes will strut their stuff in the Parade of Sail, past Stacy Blvd. in Gloucester on Sunday morning, on their way out of the harbor for the race. Downtown Block Party on Friday night. Shoreside events on Saturday include public lobster bake, Maritime Gloucester Heritage Day, Boat Parade of Lights and fireworks.   More info
17th Century Saturdays | September 5, October 3
Essex County is home to an extraordinary collection of homes, buildings and artifacts from America's First Period(1625-1725) of European settlement. Explore these architectural treasures and discover what it was like to live in Essex County during America's first century. Join us for 17th Century Saturdays from June through October on the first Saturday of the month.   More info
Bread & Roses Heritage Festival | September 7
Experience food and art from around the world and celebrate the ethnic diversity and labor history of Lawrence, Massachusetts at the 31st Annual Bread & Roses Heritage Festival.  Every year the festival includes performers from around the region and the globe to celebrate the importance of people from all walks of life coming together.  Learn from discussions, lectures, and displays about labor history and current issues facing movements for social justice. More info
Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions at Cogswell's 
Grant | September 11-13
The Herrmann family, breeders and trainers of the famed Lipizzan horses, 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.   More info
Marini Farm Corn Maze | September 12-October 31
Make your way through an eight-acre labyrinth at the Marini Farm Corn Maze this fall.  After you make your way out, check out the many terrific activities and events (including apple cannons, hayrides, jumping pillow), refreshments from the new Farm Stand Bakery, and more!   More info
Savor Newburyport | September 17-26
Newburyport's newest festival, Savor Newburyport, features 10 days of celebration and highlights the coastal city's exceptional food, drink, shopping, and cultural experiences.  Enjoy various events throughout the festival; including innovative dining experiences with unique restaurant and shop parings.   More info
Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks & Water | September 18-20, 25-27
Explore Essex County's historic, cultural and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events.  Enjoy a variety of guided walks, sails, historical tours and other adventures for all ages, skill levels and interests, that will connect you to the spectacular places, history and heritage that define the Essex National Heritage Area-the 34 cities and towns of Boston's legendary North Shore.   More info
Taste of the Gables | September 20
Dozens of chefs, vintners, and distillers from across the region will showcase their specialties and vie for your vote in the Best Chef and Best Beverage competition at Taste of the Gables.  Set along the beautiful Salem harbor front on the lawn of the House of the Seven Gables, the night will feature a silent auction, with original pieces of art and other exciting items lining our beautiful garden paths.  This event is a benefit to raise money for the House of the Seven Gables important preservation projects and education initiatives.   More info
Team Haverhill River Ruckus | September 26
River Ruckus is a city-wide festival celebrating the natural resource and beauty of the Merrimack River.  Enjoy a day of family activities including a Classic Car show, live music produced by WXRV The River 92.5, children's activities, pontoon boat rides, kayak boating and a rowing exhibition on the Merrimack River, food from local restaurants, a spectacular fireworks display over the river, an art exhibition, crafts show and much more!  More info
American Music & Harvest Festival at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm | September 26
Buffalo Tom headlines a day of American music, including bluegrass, funk, and folk, along with a variety of farm activities.  Watch Vintage Base Ball played by 1861 rules, try your hand and win prizes at corn husking, enjoy a wagon ride through brightly colored autumn fields, build scarecrows, go on a pumpkin treasure hunt, make fall crafts, and much, much more!   More info
Celebrate Wearable Art III | September 27
Celebrate Wearable Art (CWA) is a half-day event that showcases hand-made, one of a kind art-to-wear for sale and for show. The event has two parts - a "sale" of locally made clothing and accessories and a runway show that combines art-to-wear, fashion, and sculptural, functional wearable art by local artists.   More info
Restaurant Mystery Tour | October 1
Enjoy a magical evening where you socialize, take a limo ride, revel in a meal, and dance the night away. You and your friends will be whisked away from a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres cocktail hour to a secret location to dine.  At the end of your mysterious meal, you'll be escorted back to our exclusive after-party.   More info
Salem Witch Museum Throwback Thursday - Samantha Bewitches Salem | October 1
No one could have predicted the impact the filming of the Bewitched TV show in Salem would have on the city in June of 1970.  Join author and Salem State teacher Peter Alachi as he follows the journey of the Bewitched cast and crew through Salem and Gloucester and examines the impact the show had on Salem.  Light refreshments served.  At the conclusion of the program step outside the museum and watch the Salem Haunted Happenings Parade wind its way to the Salem Common.   More info
Haunted Happenings | October 1-31
A festive celebration of Halloween and fall in New England, more than 250,000 people come to Salem Haunted Happenings each year. Events include a Grand Parade, the Haunted Biz Baz Street Fair, Family Film Nights on Salem Common, costume balls, ghost tours, haunted houses, live music, and chilling theatrical presentations.   More info
Topsfield Fair | October 2-12
A tradition for nearly 200 years, the Topsfield Fair is an Essex County staple.  The oldest fair in America, the Topsfield Fair is 10 days of fun for the whole family.  From the record-breaking giant pumpkin contest and sand sculpture exhibit to the mouth-watering food, countless rides, and concerts by your favorite artists, this year's fair is not to be missed!   More info
Open Doors of Ipswich House Tour | October 3
Discover the charming lifestyle and traditions of one of the oldest towns in the United States by going inside some of the most beautiful homes on the North Shore. The 2015 tour will showcase many of the wonderful features of Ipswich, including its scenic countryside, salt marshes and historical places.   More info
Beauport's Nooks and Crannies at Night Tour | October 7
This leisurely behind-the-scenes tour of Henry Davis Sleeper's summer retreat allows plenty of time to explore each room, including passageways, closets, and other spaces not usually open to the public. Guides highlight their favorite objects and share stories about Sleeper, his friends, and staff. Light refreshments included.   More info
Cape Ann Artisans' Open Studio Tour | October 10-12
Step into a world of beautiful paintings, intricate jewelry, delicate pottery, and everything in between while taking a rare look into a world of inspiration and creativity as you navigate through the Artisans' studios during Cape Ann Artisans' Fall Tour.  The tour is self-guided and follows the coastline around Gloucester and Rockport.  Just follow the magenta flags!   More info
Essex Clamfest and Clam Chowder Competition | October 24
The annual Essex Clamfest has everything the small town is known for including pony rides, arts and crafts, K-9 demonstrations and, of course, the ever popular clam chowder competition. Nearly 1,000 people tasted the best of the best in 2014, each voting for their favorite in the People's Choice Award, while nine esteemed judges helped to select the winner of the Judge's Award.   More info
Willowdale Estate's  3rd Annual Black and White Halloween 
Gala | October 29
"It's Baaaack...." Enjoy a spooky fun filled evening here at the festively decorated estate with fellow ghouls and goblins. With the d├ęcor, delicious food, and fantastic dancing, there is little surprise that this event has become one of the most popular Halloween parties on the North Shore.   More info
Hawthorne Hotel Halloween Party: A Night to 
Dismember | October 30
If you have not been to the Halloween Party at the Hawthorne, you have not really experienced Halloween. A tradition for over 20 years, this party sells out every year and is the "place to be" in Salem on All Hallows' Eve.  The Hawthorne Hotel's annual Halloween Party is the biggest and best Salem has to offer. Enjoy three floors of food, fine costumes, live music, DJs, dancing, psychics, and of course the big Hawthorne costume contest.   More info
Tricks, Treats, and Treasures at the Phillips House | October 31
Join the sea chanty singing Salem pirates for some tricks, treats, and treasures at Historic New England's Phillips House in Salem, MA on Halloween night.   More info
North Shore Music Theatre presents "Sister Act" - November 3-15
"Sister Act" is the feel-amazing musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that will have audiences jumping to their feet! When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique talents to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community.   More info
Thanksgiving on the Farm at Appleton Farms | November 5 
Roll up your sleeves and get ready for this Thanksgiving addition to the popular Appleton Cooks! series.  Learn to prepare updated versions of some holiday classics such as Sausage, Apple, & Herb Stuffing; Roasted Onion Gratin; and Cranberry-Pomegranate Relish.   More info
Rockport Music presents Capitol Steps | November 8
Political satire gets a musical makeover with the uproarious comedy troupe Capitol Steps.  Adapting familiar pop hits to skewer both sides of the political spectrum, the Capitol Steps revel in sardonic songs, side-splitting puns and over-the-top impersonations. No one is safe.   More info
Methuen Festival of Trees | November 19-December 5
The Festival of Trees has been a marvel of the Merrimack Valley for over two decades. Start the holiday season with this family celebration of the sights and sounds of the holidays. Featuring over 240 trees, wreaths and displays that you could win, the Festival of Trees has something for everyone.   More info

Sea Festival of Trees | November 20-December 6
Get ready for a giant maze of sparkling holiday trees, stage and ice skating performances, visits with Santa, a Giant Gingerbread House display, and more at the 3rd Annual Sea Festival of Trees!  This annual holiday fundraiser is designed to raise funds for designated local charities, and establish a fun holiday tradition for families and the general public.   More info
Walking Ward: Bog, Butterflies, & Bay Circuit 
Trail | November 21
Join us for this monthly walk series featuring: Bog Ecology, Butterflies, and Bay Circuit Trail. Enjoy this emerald quilt of fields, romantic hiking trails, and extraordinary views from the Ward Reservation (the highest point in Essex County).   More info
Wenham Museum's Sleigh Bell Artisan Fair | November 21-22
The finest New England artisans present exceptional quality handcrafted gifts at this festive holiday craft fair.  Pick up unique presents for the holiday, hostess, and home. Participating artisans generously donate 20% of their sales proceeds to benefit the Wenham Museum.   More info
Gloucester Stage Company presents "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)" | November 27-December 31
The Grinch, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, Charlie Brown, and George Bailey-and just about every other holiday character-make an appearance in this hilarious comedy when three actors decide to retell every Christmas story ever told in only 90 minutes.  This fast-paced and funny romp features holiday traditions from around the world, a sing-along of every carol ever sung, and all your holiday favorites reshaped into something entirely new. More info
Salt Marsh Antiques' Christmas Open House | November 28-29, December 5-6
All are invited to Salt Marsh Antiques' Holiday Open House!  Join owner/host Bob Cianfrocca for a lavish buffet featuring baked ham, chowder, delicious baked goods and more. Browse and socialize while enjoying live music by Rowleys Mark Maravale and his live band. This annual event was recommended by Early American Home magazine as one of the ten best ways to get into the holiday spirit.   More info
Hotel Packages
Cook & Stay with the Compass Rose Inn
Join us in the kitchen of the Compass Rose for a wonderful evening of fine food and fun. These intimate 2 1/2 to 3 hour classes include a hands-on cooking experience while learning creative recipes, professional tips, cooking techniques, and methods.  Then, enjoy luxurious accommodations at one of the Inn's five suites.   More info
Farm Fresh & Local package at the Inn at Castle Hill
Get an inside view (and taste) of Appleton Farms, the Inn's sister property in Ipswich and the oldest, continuously running farm in the country. Visit the farm for their popular Appleton Cooks program. This event will include a tour of the cheese kitchen and dairy barn as well as culinary demonstrations using farm products. Come back to the Inn and enjoy a wine and cheese tray with products from the farm.  Select dates only.   More info
Splash into Salem with the DoubleTree/CoCo Key
Combine your overnight stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore with one day of fun at CoCo Key Water Park for up to four (4) people, a one-hour narrated tour for four aboard the Salem Trolley, and four passes to tour the Salem Witch Museum.   More info
Stay and Dine with the Hampton Inn - Haverhill
Whether in town on business or leisure, enjoy staying at the Hampton Inn Haverhill and experience everything you've come to know and love when staying at a Hampton. When booking this package, you will receive a $25 gift card for your choice of either The Olive Garden or the 99 Restaurant.   More info
Suite Dreams at the Salem Inn
Relax and enjoy two nights in a romantic Honeymoon Suite, complete with a private bath and whirlpool tub. Chocolates and champagne with two keepsake Salem Inn flutes await your arrival. This getaway also includes a $50 gift certificate for a romantic dinner at the intimate Italian Ristorante Gioia and a continental breakfast each morning. Added to the romantic ambience is a bouquet of roses.  This "suite" package is available through September 30, 2015.   More info

Proudly serving the 34 Cities and Towns of Essex County
Amesbury - Andover - Beverly - Boxford - Danvers - Essex   -   Georgetown
Gloucester - Groveland - Hamilton - Haverhill
  -   Ipswich - Lawrence   -   Lynnfield
Lynn - Manchester by the Sea
  -   Marblehead - Merrimac   -   Methuen - Middleton
Nahant - Newbury
  -   Newburyport - North Andover - Peabody - Rockport
  -   Salem - Salisbury - Saugus - Swampscott - Topsfield 
Wenham - West Newbury

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