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June 2017

Get Outside this Summer on a Guided Walking Tour

June 2 @ 10:00 am - August 26 @ 10:00 am

Take in some Gloucester history through the lens of art, history and culture GLOUCESTER, Mass. (May 23, 2017) – The Cape Ann Museum is again offering a series of guided walking tours on Friday and Saturday mornings during the months of June, July and August. Tours begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Museum, 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester and last about 1½ hours (participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time). Tours are held rain…

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Rock Bound: Painting the American Scene on Cape Ann and Along the Shore

Free - $12
June 3 - October 29

In the years immediately following the Civil War, Cape Ann set out on a path that would make it one of New England’s most vibrant and influential art colonies of the early 20th century. As the foundation on which this growth took place was broad, with countless artists working in a myriad of media, no one trend or style would come to dominate the emerging colony. There did arise, however, a fascination with capturing the “American Scene” as embodied on…

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July 2017

Vintage Base Ball Triple-Header

$5
July 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hosting Ohio Muffins Portsmouth Rockinghams, Lowell BBC, & Ohio Muffins Saturday, July 29th Time: TBD Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass. Free to Historic New England members $5 nonmembers Take family and friends out to the ballgame, nineteenth-century style. Two of teams of the new Essex Base Ball Association, the Portsmouth Rockinghams and the Lynn Live Oaks play using 1860s rules. At these fun, historically accurate games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an out,…

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The Evolution of Spiritual Communities Walking Tour

$10 - $20
July 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Learn about the histories and complex relationships among the spiritual communities that evolved in Gloucester over its 400-year history on this tour to eight places of worship (or their former locations). From the time of the earliest English settlers, the church was the center of community life, yet for nearly two hundred years there was only one denomination to choose from: Congregational. In a very short period of time, as immigration patterns shifted in the 19th century, choices blossomed as…

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Newburyport’s PTO Kitchen Tour

$30 - $40
July 29 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for the 17th Annual Newburyport PTO Kitchen Tour on Saturday July 29th from 11am-4pm.This self-guided driving tour will feature one-of-a-kind kitchens in a variety of homes ranging from newly constructed waterview dwellings to renovated historic residences. This year’s kitchens represents the latest in innovation, functionality and design from our riverside and coastal community craftsmen – where historical design meets modern amenities. The tour celebrates this year with complimentary local treats served in select homes on the tour from…

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Vintage Base Ball Triple Header

$5
July 30 @ 11:00 am

Hosting Ohio Muffins Newburyport Clamdiggers, Lynn Live Oaks, & Ohio Muffins Sunday, July 30th Time: TBD Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass. Free to Historic New England members $5 nonmembers Take family and friends out to the ballgame, nineteenth-century style. Two of teams of the new Essex Base Ball Association, the Portsmouth Rockinghams and the Lynn Live Oaks play using 1860s rules. At these fun, historically accurate games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an…

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August 2017

The Gables celebrates Salem Heritage Days

General admission
August 1 - August 13

The House of the Seven Gables celebrates Salem Heritage Days — August 1 to August 13 — with a line-up of maritime programs that connect The Gables to Salem’s storied maritime history. Salem Heritage Days are highly anticipated. Summer reaches its zenith and Salem’s residents and visitors enjoy, in fun and meaningful ways, programs related to Salem’s history, art and cultural scene. The city’s multitude of cultural resources are on proud display as friends and family take part in activities,…

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This Gallant Crew: USS Constitution

$7
August 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

— In celebration of Old Ironsides’ close connections to Salem and her historic waterfront, The House of the Seven Gables presents an illustrated lecture by Margherita M. Desy, the naval historian for the USS Constitution. This lecture, in the series ‘Seven Lectures at Seven Gables,’ takes place Wednesday, August 2, at 6 p.m. in the Visitor Center at 115 Derby St., Salem, Massachusetts. The lecture is free for members of The Gables and $7 for the public. Those interested may…

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The Hunters & the Hunted: Early Mariners of Cape Ann

Free with Museum admission
August 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

The early mariners of Cape Ann were not only hardy fishermen, boat builders, and prosperous merchant sea captains, but also cunning and courageous defenders of a new nation during both the War of Independence and the War of 1812. Join Stephanie Buck and John Huss as they share a wealth of fastening stories about the gallant seamen of Gloucester and Manchester as they battled the supposedly invincible British Navy! george steele Free with Museum admission. Registration required; please call (978)283-0455…

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Fiber Revival & Vintage Base Ball Double-Header

$6
August 12 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday, August 12th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Lowell BBC vs. Newburyport Clamdiggers Saturday, August 12th, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass. Free to Historic New England members $6 nonmembers Join the Newburyport Spinners Guild and Historic New England for a day-long exploration of fiber arts, featuring demonstrations of hand-spinning, weaving, metalwork, alpaca and sheep husbandry, rug making, and knitting. Try your hand at washing, combing, spinning, and weaving wool from our resident sheep.…

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September 2017

The Farmer’s Table

$85
September 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday, September 1st, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury, Mass. $65 Historic New England members $85 nonmembers Celebrate four centuries of farming with a multi-course farm-to-table dinner with cider, ale, and wine pairings prepared by Carry Out Cafe using produce grown by the Colby family at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. This event highlights the farmers who kept this rich land cultivated in the twentieth century. The Stekionis family lived and worked at the farm from 1913 until 1994, while Dick Walsh…

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The Farmer’s Table

$85
September 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, September 2nd, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury, Mass. $65 Historic New England members $85 nonmembers Celebrate four centuries of farming with a multi-course farm-to-table dinner with cider, ale, and wine pairings prepared by Carry Out Cafe using produce grown by the Colby family at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. This event highlights the farmers who kept this rich land cultivated in the twentieth century. The Stekionis family lived and worked at the farm from 1913 until 1994, while Dick Walsh…

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Ipswich Ale Harvest Festival & Vintage Base Ball Triple-Header

$5
September 16 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mudville vs. Lowell BBC/Newburyport Mixed Nine (1 game) Lynn Live Oaks vs. Portsmouth Rockinghams (2 games) Saturday, Sept 16th 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass. Free to Historic New England members $5 nonmembers Take family and friends out to the ballgame, nineteenth-century style. 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 using 1860s rules. At these fun, historically accurate…

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The American Music and Harvest Festival

September 30 @ 10:00 am

Saturday, September 30th, Time: TBD Game Time: TBD Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass. PRICE: TBD Enjoy music, baseball, and farm activities featuring four centuries of American music. This festival celebrates everything from traditional to bluegrass, funk, folk, and beyond. See the full schedule. Enjoy a variety of farm activities during the festival: Watch Vintage Base Ball played by 1861 rules. See tractors and other farm equipment spanning the last eighty years. Try your hand and win prizes at…

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October 2017

Drawn from Nature & on Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane

Free - $12
October 7, 2017 - March 14, 2018

The first ever comprehensive exhibition focusing on 19th century American artist Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865) as a printmaker. Georgia Barnhill, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts Emeritus at the America Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA, is serving as guest curator of the exhibition. The exhibition and the exhibition catalog are being organized in connection with Fitz Henry Lane Online, a catalogue raisonné and resource tool created by the Cape Ann Museum. Fitz Henry Lane has long been recognized as…

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Vintage Base Ball Game: Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts

$5
October 14 @ 11:00 am

Vintage Base Ball: Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts Game Saturday October 14th, Time: TBD Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass. Free to Historic New England members $5 nonmembers 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,…

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Tales and Ales

$65
October 20 @ 6:30 am - 9:00 am

Friday, October 20th, Swett-Ilsley House, 4 High Road, Newbury, Mass. $35 Historic New England members $60 nonmembers In the late seventeenth century, Swett-Ilsley House served the town as Swett’s Tavern, one of three watering holes in Newbury. The huge fireplace and massive beams make a perfect backdrop for an evening of historic fun. Join your friends around a rough tavern table and enjoy traditional local brews from Ipswich Ale Brewery and a hearty tavern dinner while listening to true tales…

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Tales and Ales

$65
October 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Saturday, October 21st, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Swett-Ilsley House, 4 High Road, Newbury, Mass. $35 Historic New England members $60 nonmembers In the late seventeenth century, Swett-Ilsley House served the town as Swett’s Tavern, one of three watering holes in Newbury. The huge fireplace and massive beams make a perfect backdrop for an evening of historic fun. Join your friends around a rough tavern table and enjoy traditional local brews from Ipswich Ale Brewery and a hearty tavern dinner while…

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Cradle to the Grave: Lamplight Tour of Coffin House and First Parish Burying Ground

$30
October 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Sunday, October 29th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Coffin House and First Parish Burying Ground, 14 High Road, Newbury, Mass. $15 Historic New England members $30 nonmembers Spend an evening getting to know the Coffin family and their neighbors in their home and in their final resting places. Enjoy a special evening tour of the 1678 Coffin House, and then visit its residents and other townsfolk across the street in the First Parish Burying Ground. Hear true tales of murder, heroism,…

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November 2017

Saltonstall’s Trial

$12 - $15
November 5 @ 7:30 pm

One Man Stands in Defense of the Salem Witches Directed by Myriam Cyr and Written by Michael Cormier Sunday, November 5, 7:30pm One man had the courage to speak out against the hysteria of the Salem witch trials. Judge Nathaniel Saltonstall of Haverhill quit the court after sitting on the very first trial, disgusted with its conduct and the evidence allowed. Thereafter, he became a voice in the wilderness against the unfair trials and the hanging that followed. This is…

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December 2017

Music in the Meeting House

$5
December 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Saturday, December 2nd, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Rocky Hill Meeting House, 4 Old Portsmouth Road, Amesbury, Mass. Free to Historic New England members and Amesbury Residents $5 nonmembers Experience the holiday season filled with song at Rocky Hill Meeting House. The Connexion Shape-Note singers, headed by Dr. Thomas Malone, bring the meeting house alive with music from the period in which it was built. The Connexion singers are an all-volunteer blend of community voices young and old, united by a…

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January 2018

Old Newbury Day Open House

January 13, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 13th, 2018 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass. Free, $10/car parking fee Visit Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm for a mid-winter open house to celebrate the official purchase of the town of Newbury on January 13, 1701. As part of this community-wide event, tour the 1690 manor house, enjoy hot cider and donuts for sale in the visitor center, and then walk to the nearby town-sponsored bonfire. Please call 978-462-2634 for more information.

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