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June 3, 2015
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Save $5 on a Sea Shuttle Tour

Depart from Salem Willows for a 90 minute Salem Sound Tour. Be dropped off and picked up on Misery Island for an additional fee. Use coupon code 4302015NBCVB online to save $5.  More info


Thursdays, June-August - MarketStreet Lynnfield's Music in the Square
MarketStreet Lynnfield's Summer Music Series will keep you grooving all summer long.  Enjoy great live music every Thursday from 6-8pm.    More Info


Through July 31 - On the Scene: 20th Century Street Photography
Lisette Model, Running Legs, NYC, 1940, gelatin silver print, museum purchase, 1985.31
This exhibition explores the myriad ways artists have approached the subject of bustling city scenes over time. Capturing the chaotic energy, chance juxtapositions, and fleeting encounters of everyday life in images that are by turns confrontational and tender, somber and witty, gritty and beautiful, each of these masters distills decisive moments into universal images of humanity.  


Through September 7 - Kayak Fishing Charters
Guided Fishing Excursions lead by Why Knot Fishing experts -- you'll fish from pedal-powered, hands-free Hobie Mirage Kayaks on the productive fishing waters off Marblehead.  We'll fish for striped bass, bluefish and whatever else we find!  Whether you are looking for a day or week of guided services, kayak and SUP rentals with family and friends or are ready to own your own Hobie Kayak and accessories, -- you'll enjoy a scenic trip to Little Harbor Boathosue and our historic Marblehead village, shops and eateries by the sea.   More Info


Through October 4 - Vintage Base Ball
Watch the four teams of the new Essex Base Ball Association--the Newburyport Clamdiggers, Lynn Live Oaks, Lowell Base Ball Nine, and the Portsmouth Rockinghams--play baseball using 1860s rules. At these fun, historically accurate games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and no gloves are allowed.  More Info


Now through October 31 - Mary Baker Eddy Historic House Tour
Eight historic houses in Longyear Museum's collection trace Mary Baker Eddy's footsteps as the Discoverer, Founder, and Leader of Christian Science. Each house marks a stage of Mrs. Eddy's life, from the struggles of her earlier New Hampshire years to the years of accomplishment represented by her home at Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Her story is rekindled as you cross each threshold to stand in the very rooms where she lived and worked.  More Info


Sunday Brunch at Seaglass


Throughout June, Turner's Seafood at Lyceum Hall is featuring four species of crab from across the US and Canada and will be offering delectable daily specials to satisfy your crab craving! 


Guests will be treated to a sumptuous array of breakfast items including a made-to-order omelet station, an ever-changing selection of poultry, beef and seafood dishes presented with seasonal vegetables, a carving station, accompaniments including fruit, salads and peel & eat shrimp and desserts.

Create your own pasta sensation.  Choose a pasta, sauce and add-in for just $11.99.  Includes bottomless salad and bread.

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Visitors Center
1-95 Southbound,
Exit 60

Salisbury, MA 01952
(978) 465-6555


Maria Miles Visitor Center
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The Maria Miles Visitor Center is open seven days a week!

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June 5-7 - Salem Arts Festival
For three days each June, this FREE family-friendly festival transforms downtown Salem, MA, into an opportunity for the arts community to showcase their talents.  Now in its seventh year, the festival boasts attendance numbers in the thousands and celebrates all the arts: painting, photography, sculpture, dance, music, writing, film, new media, performance, theatre, poetry, culinary, and more!   More Info


June 5 - July 12 & August 1 - Rockport Chamber Music Festival
On Friday, June 5, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival is kicked off with a solo, unaccompanied performance by Yo-Yo Ma.  The Festival continues with concerts by such pianists as Emanuel Ax, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Peter Serkin and Russell Sherman.  Quartet and other chamber performances include the Jupiter, Shanghai and Escher quartets, as well as the Boston Trio which will feature two national premieres by Sally Beamish.    More Info


June 6 - October 3 - 17th Century Saturdays
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 (please note that the July date will be July 11th).    More Info


June 6 - September 7 - American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood
Thomas Hart Benton, Self-Portrait with Rita (1922) National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution/Art Resource, NY. Works of Art by Thomas Hart Benton are ? T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
This is the first major exhibition on Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) in more than 25 years and the first to explore important connections between Benton's art and the movies. After working briefly in the silent film industry, Benton became acutely aware of storytelling's shift toward motion pictures and developed a cinematic style of painting that melded European art historical traditions and modern movie production techniques. In paintings, murals, drawings, prints and illustrated books, Benton reinvented national narratives for 20th-century America and captivated the public with his visual storytelling.  More Info


June 15 - July 10 - Monsterrat's Summer Immersive Workshop
From painting and fiber arts to comics and book arts, our diverse summer immersives are designed to allow participants time and instruction to explore new avenues of creative inquiry. We invite you to spend your summer devoted to your art in the unique environment that only a working art college can offer.   More Info


June 20 - The Stevens-Coolidge Place Open House: Tea & Porcelain
Welcome guests!  Our doors are open to The Stevens-Coolidge Place country estate and the simple c1800 farmhouse that was transformed into an elegant gentleman's estate with garden "rooms," murals, bowed windows, and many Colonial Revival architectural details. Step back into the 1920's as you roam through the neo-Georgian Colonial house taking in the house's collection of Chinese porcelain and artifacts from the Steven's travels through Asia and Europe in the early 1900's.  This Open House will focus on the Coolidge's prized and remarkable porcelain and china collection. Explore the house and the garden grounds.  Indulge in tea service while we learn about the Coolidge's travels that shaped their amazing porcelain collection.     More Info


June 20 - Coastal Farming Walking Tour at Cogswell's Grant
Join us for a walking tour that explores the property's history as a working farm from the seventeenth century to the present. Although the last owners, Bertram and Nina Fletcher Little, used the property as a summer home and filled the farmhouse with their collection of antiques, the farm was an important part of their life and they benefited year-round from its produce. Walk through fields and down to the marsh, discover the rich history of the families that lived and farmed here, and learn how coastal farming has evolved over the centuries.


June 20-21 - Cape Ann Artisans' Open Studio Tour
Step into a world of beautiful paintings, intricate jewelry, delicate pottery and everything in between and take a rare look into a world of inspiration and creativity as you navigate through the studios of the Cape Ann Artisans.  In June and October, the Artisans will be having their bi-annual open studio tour and invite everyone to explore their studios, watch them work and create, and delve into the vibrant arts community of Gloucester and Rockport.   More Info


June 20 - October 31 - Andover Farmers' Market
A weekly outdoor gathering of farmers, food vendors, artisans, families, and foodies, the Andover Farmer's Market offers educational programming and promotes healthy eating, local economies, sustainability, and community spirit by providing fresh, local produce, baked and prepared foods, as well as hand-crafted goods.   More Info


June 24-28 - St. Peter's Fiesta
Celebrate the fishermen of Gloucester and honor St. Peter, the patron saint of fishermen with this weekend-long festival (don't miss out on the race across the greasy pole!).     More Info


June 25 - August 20 - Rum & Revolution Sails on the Schooner Fame
Rum and sailors have always gotten along like wind and water!  On this cruise, you will see lighthouses, forts, and beautiful waterfront homes; learn to dance a hornpipe, enjoy live performances of 18th-century songs, and more!   Sing the songs, drink the drinks, and sail the schooners that helped earn us our independence from Great Britain!   More Info


June 26 - Free Fun Friday at the House of the Seven Gables

For the seventh consecutive year, the Highland Street Foundation's "Free Fun Fridays", a summer program that provides no cost admission to 70 treasured cultural institutions throughout Massachusetts, will kick off on Friday, June 26. For 10 weeks, seven venues, including museums, historic houses, performing arts centers and zoos, will be open every Friday, free-of-charge.  More Info


July - August - Salem Witch Museum Extended Hours
Enjoy extended summer hours - 10am-7pm.  The Salem Witch Museum presents one of the most tragic and emotional events in American History...The Witch Hysteria of 1692.  The story remains as fascinating today as it was when it happened over 300 years ago.  Our exhibit, "Witches: Evolving Perceptions" examines the pagan midwife, stereotypical witch, modern witchcraft and the phenomenon of witch hunts.  Do you believe in witches?    More Info


July - August, October - Tales & Tombstones on the Salem Trolley
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


July 2-5 - Marblehead Festival of Arts
The Marblehead Festival of Arts hosts a wide range of art exhibits (including painting, sculpture, photography and drawing), outdoor music concerts overlooking Marblehead Harbor, the Film Festival, the Street Festival, the Children's Festival, Artisans' Marketplace and many other cultural activities designed to provide a fun and enriching experience for the entire family.  More Info


July 3 - Fireworks over Gloucester Harbor
Experience Gloucester's annual fireworks display from the terrace and lawn of Beauport and enjoy an abridged evening tour as the house transforms at night. Bring blankets, chairs, picnics, and mosquito spray. Candles are prohibited.  More Info


Wednesdays, July 8 - August 19 - Whim Summer Dinner Series at Smolak Farms
Whim is a unique "pop up" dining experience held at Smolak Farms every Wednesday evening from July 8 - August 19. Join some of New England's finest chefs as they cook you a multi-course dinner in the rough, in the Smolak Farms Pine Grove.   A Farm to Table experience, all produce is grown on our Farm so you will experience the seasonal fresh fruits, berries and vegetables. Menus will be posted two weeks before each dinner.  The Chef will create their menu on a "Whim" based on the produce available from Smolak Farms.  More Info


July 9-12 - The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall & Museum
Gloucester Untied Veterans Council and the City of Gloucester are proud to present The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and Museum.  The Wall that Heals is a 250ft replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial which is located in Washington, D.C.  This memorial honors the more than three million American who served their country during the Vietnam War.   More Info


July 10-12 - Salem Willows Seafood Festival
Indulge yourself at the Salem Willows Seafood Festival! Dozens of restaurants and food vendors will be serving up their seafood specialties including lobster, chowder, shrimp, clams & all of the New England Favorites! Enjoy nonstop entertainment with the best regional bands, sample culinary masterpieces at the Wicked Bites Culinary Demonstrations tent, play away at Kiddie Land, and more!  More Info


July 11-12 - "Romeo and Juiet" at Hale Farm
Enjoy the tale of two houses (both alike in dignity) and a pair of star-crossed lovers as performed by the Starving Artists Theatre Company on the lawn at Hale Farm on July 11th and 12th at 4pm.  This summer Shakespearean event is free to the public.     More Info


July 18 - Voices of Hope's 5th Annual Barbara Byrd Memorial Golf Tournament
Please join us for the 5th annual Voices of Hope Barbara Byrd Memorial Golf Classic.  We will have a great day of golf at the beautiful Far Corner Golf Course in Boxford, MA.  The event will include a 4-person scramble, dinner and an awards reception following the golf. Registration will start at 10:00 AM and dinner will begin approximately at 6:00 PM.  More Info


July 18-19 - MCNAA Summer Moon Pow-Wow
Sharing the 'Round Dance' with the public at the 2013 Summer Moon Pow-wow at Endicott Park in Danvers. Courtesy photo by Charles McGrath.
A traditional Native American Cultural-Education event, the Summer Moon Pow-Wow features educational workshop discussions, dance-style demonstrations, storytelling in front of the tipi, eco-friendly craft-making, native games, and so much more.     More Info


July 23 - Three Moderns Paint Gloucester: Sloan, Hartley, and Hopper on Cape Ann
Although they never overlapped in Gloucester, three of the greatest painters of the early twentieth century-John Sloan, Edward Hopper, and Marsden Hartley-spent significant parts of their careers on Cape Ann.  These artists' responses to Cape Ann differed markedly, but the area's appealing vistas led each to a new, and modern, style. This lecture will trace their steps through Gloucester and compare what each found there.  More Info


July 23 - Hawthorne Hotel's 90th Anniversary Celebration
Celebrate the historic Hawthorne Hotel's 90th Anniversary in style with a 1920s-themed evening full of live ragtime music and dancing in our Grand Ballroom. Free and open to the public. Cash bar. Commemorative items available for sale.  More Info


July 23-26 - Village Theatre Company presents "Holmes on the Rangee"
Join the buffoonery and fun as Sherlock Holmes and, of course, his associate, Dr. Watson, investigate yet another murder in this clever farce.  Poor Sy Raited, the owner of a knife company, has been slain.  The entire cast of suspicious characters all have a possible motive:  Claudia Celluloid, the famous movie star; Edgar McMuffin, the hamburger magnate; Dr. Fixit, the scientist; and many more!  Watch as our sharp sleuth carefully unravels the mystery and the surprise motive behind it all!   More Info


July 24-26 - Olde Ipswich Days
On the last weekend of July, more than 60 artisans and fine craftsmen will show and sell their work on the South Village Green in Ipswich, MA. Olde Ipswich Days is a non-profit event, presenting a wide variety of quality arts and crafts to be appreciated outdoors in beautiful Ipswich, MA. Arts and Crafts include paintings, watercolors, woodworking, glass, pottery, jewelry, children's toys, fabric crafts, Hand-knits, folk art, photography, pen and ink prints, carved gourds, decorated furniture, and more!  More Info


July 25-26 - Misselwood Concours d'Elegance
As the premier concours show in New England, enjoy a full weekend of activities, starting on Saturday with a driving tour through the winding roads of Boston's historic North Shore. On Sunday, the prestigious Concours d'Elegance brings out rare and unique vintage automobiles and motorcycles, while fashion shows, a fancy hat competition and art exhibits make this for a perfect day out by the ocean.   More Info


July 26 - August 2 - Yankee Homecoming
Newburyport's "Yankee Homecoming" is the second oldest homecoming festival in the United States.  The weeklong event hosts downtown nightly concerts and street performers, road race, fireworks show, and ends with a parade down Historic High St.   More Info


August 1 - Beverly Block Party
Join Beverly Main Streets for the ultimate block party!  One block of Cabot St will be closed so guests can walk around, meet up with friends and listen to live music. Food, beer and wine will be sold by local restaurants set up on the street in the middle of the festival. Local bands will perform at each block party!  More Info


August 1 - Salem Maritime Festival
The National Park Service at Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Essex Heritage invite you to Derby Wharf on Saturday, August 1 for the Salem Maritime Festival! Join us to enjoy an exciting array of free, family fun throughout the park and on Derby Wharf. From live music, historical re-enactors, and tall ships, to interactive programs and crafts for families, all events and activities are free and open to the public.  More Info


August 2 - Pasture to Plate: Cheese-Making Tour at Appleton Farms
This in depth look at our dairy operation will take you from the pastures to the cheese kitchen viewing area - and everywhere in between - to learn about how we make our delicious farm fresh cheese. Finish up with a sampling of some of our products!  More Info


August 2 - Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at Castle Hill
Step back in time to the 1920s, the heyday of the Crane Estate. There's fun for all with swing dance lessons and demonstrations, a vintage fair, antique automobiles, and lawn games. Baby Soda Jazz Band with Tamar Korn and special guest Gordon Webster perform throughout the day. Bring a picnic or get your supper and dessert on-site.  Visit our beer and wine bar for refreshing beverages. Vintage attire encouraged.  Rain date August 9.  More Info


August 5-19 - Waterfront Movie Series
What could be better than watching a movie OUTSIDE on Newburyport's Waterfront Park on a warm summer night? Grab a blanket and your family & friends and join us!  Movies start at dusk (right around 8PM), but get there early to claim a spot on the lawn and enjoy some family favorite tunes on the guitar by Matt Jackson while you wait for the show to start.  More Info


August 8 - Gloucester Blues Festival
World-class blues reverberates through Stage Fort Park with some of the nation's finest performers playing on the Gloucester Blues stage. Located right on the waterfront on beautiful Cressey's beach, the event features a beer garden and outstanding food and craft vendors.   More Info


August 9 - 14th Annual Phillips House Car Meet
Join Historic New England and the North Shore Old Car Club for the 14th Annual Car Meet, where vintage and antique vehicles are displayed on historic Chestnut Street. See the Phillips family's collection of carriages, two Pierce-Arrows, and a Model A Ford.  More Info


August 11-13 - North Shore Music Theatre presents "Saturday Night Fever"
Get out your "Boogie Shoes" as NSMT presents a New England Regional Premiere that will leave you with "Night Fever!" Based on the 1970's hit film, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER The Musical tells the story of Tony Manero, a humble New York paint store clerk by day who transforms into a polyester-clad stallion king of disco by night. Every Saturday night, Tony slips into his flares, pulls on his ludicrously large-collared shirt and hits the streets and the clubs to strut his stuff. However, when the club nights come on and Tony and his friends emerge into the daylight, things are never as simple as they seem.  More Info


August 26 - 4th Annual Essex Wet Paint Auction
4th Annual Essex Wet Paint Auction brings numerous fine artists to Essex on Saturday, August 15, 2015 to paint the Great Marsh, Essex River, antiques, historic sites and landscape of Essex. Sculptors are welcome to build or donate sculptures to Sunday's auction and a limited number of photographers may participate. Several antique shop interiors are available for artists too.   More Info


August 26 - Northshore Magazine's BONS (Best of the North Shore)
The social event of the summer returns!  Sample, sip, and celebrate the Best of the North Shore. The 10th annual Best of the North Shore (BONS) award winners will be center stage at our 2nd annual BONS celebration on August 26th!  The event will feature special appearances by the region's top chefs, wine and food tastings from leading dining destinations, sensational entertainment, and celebrity guests.   More Info


Hotel Packages
Date Night Movie Stay at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center
The UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center has a great Date Night option for you!!! Book our Cinema Package, stay overnight at the Inn and receive two adult movie tickets at the Showcase Cinema in Lowell, two regular size drinks, and one large popcorn. All you need for the perfect date.  More Info


Fourth Night Free at the Emerson Inn
Stay three consecutive nights at the marvelous Emerson Inn by the Sea and the fourth night is on us!  Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Valid through 6/25/2015 (on new reservations only). Must mention this offer when booking.  More Info


July 4th Getaway at the Salem Waterfront Hotel
Stay at least 3 nights over the 4th of July Holiday and receive a discounted rate on each night. Don't forget to explore Salem and end your night with fireworks over the Harbo, and a relaxing drink by the fire pits at our Regatta Pub.  Call 888.33.SALEM to reserve this package. Use promo code July4 when booking online.  More Info


DoubleTree/CoCo Key Water Park Package
Combine your overnight stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore with two days of fun at CoCo Key Water Park for up to four (4) people.  With cozy cabanas, thatched roofed huts and brightly colored attractions, our 65,000 square foot indoor water park is a kaleidoscope of awesomeness that is sure to delight every member of your family.  More Info


Whale Watch Package at the Boston Marriott Peabody
Enjoy a trip to view nature's gentle giants with and then relax at the hotel to recap your adventures at sea!  Your Whale Watching Package includes two tickets aboard a Cape Ann Whale Watch (named "the best bet for whale watching" by Boston Magazine's New England Travel Guide) and a comfortable guest room with a king or two double beds.   More Info


Wylie Inn's Summer Escape Package
Explore the endless sights, sounds, tastes and experiences of the North Shore this summer and stay at the Wylie Inn.   Enjoy direct beach access, complimentary Wi-Fi and parking.  Your package includes a one-night accommodation at the Wylie Inn, $25 gas car, and a snack amenity for the road.  Valid June 1-August 28.  Based on availability, not valid towards other discounts, promotions or groups.  More Info


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Amesbury - Andover - Beverly - Boxford - Danvers - Essex   -   Georgetown
Gloucester - Groveland - Hamilton - Haverhill
  -   Ipswich - Lawrence   -   Lynnfield
Lynn - Manchester by the Sea
  -   Marblehead - Merrimac   -   Methuen - Middleton
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