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March 2017

Women of Essex: Stories to Share at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum

March 18 @ 5:00 pm - April 30 @ 5:00 pm

This exhibit focuses on remarkable women in the history of Essex.  Funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the exhibit is a collaborative effort of long time residents, museum staff, volunteers and contributors from Historic New England and Salem State University.  Discover incredible stories including the story of our first meeting house, the tragedy of a young singer, and  our own baseball star. Opening Reception: March 18 5-8 PM Open Sunday March 19 10-5 and then weekends 10-5 until…

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April 2017

Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop

$10 - $20
April 29 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

In this workshop, former North Andover poet laureate Gayle Heney will teach participants how to write poetry using the Museum’s collections as inspiration. As time allows, participants will be introduced to poetry prompts, stanzas, quatrains, ekphrastic poetry and experimental poetry. Depending on interest, discussion of the editing process and the option to read/perform may also be included. $10 Museum members/ $20 non-members. Space is limited; reservations required. For more information email info@capeannmuseum.org. Tickets can be purchased by calling 978-283-0455 x10…

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May 2017

Vintage Base Ball Opening Day

$5
May 6 @ 10:00 am

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Portsmouth Rockinghams vs. Newburyport Clamdiggers Lowell BBC vs. Lynn Live Oaks Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass. Free to Historic New England members $5 nonmembers Take a step back in time and enjoy a springtime day on the farm. Enjoy traditional New England music and cheer on your favorite team as the Newburyport Clamdiggers, Lynn Live Oaks, Lowell Base Ball Club, and Portsmouth Rockinghams take the field. The teams of the Essex Base Ball…

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Sacred Cod Documentary

$10
May 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am

Created by filmmakers, Steve Liss, Andy Laub and David Abel and premiered on the Discovery Channel on April 13, 2017, SACRED COD is a feature-length documentary that captures the collapse of the historic cod population in New England, delving into the role of overfishing, the impact of climate change, the effect of government policies on fishermen and the fish, and the prospect of a region built on cod having no cod left to fish. A donation of $10 is suggested…

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Tales and Ales

$65
May 12 @ 6:30 am - 9:00 am

Friday, May 12th, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Swett-Ilsley House, 4 High Road, Newbury, Mass. $40 Historic New England members $65 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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Tales and Ales

$65
May 13 @ 6:30 am - 9:00 am

Saturday, May 13th, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Swett-Ilsley House, 4 High Road, Newbury, Mass. $40 Historic New England members $65 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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Escape from Boston: Revolutionary War Reenactment

$8
May 20 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Escape From Boston Saturday, May 20th, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass. Free to Historic New England members $8 nonmembers $5 children under 12 Meet Revolutionary War Soldiers from both sides of the conflict. Members of the Continental Line and His Majesty’s First Regiment of Foot Guards re-enact a retreat from Boston with cannon, cavalry, and drills throughout the day. Learn how battles were planned and how camp life was managed. Tour the 1690…

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Vintage Base Ball Double-Header

$5
May 21 @ 1:00 am - 4:00 am

Lowell BBC vs. Portsmouth Rockinghams Sunday May 21st 1:00 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 games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and…

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Escape from Boston: Revolutionary War Reenactment

$8
May 21 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Escape From Boston Sunday, May 21st, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass. Free to Historic New England members $8 nonmembers $5 children under 12 Meet Revolutionary War Soldiers from both sides of the conflict. Members of the Continental Line and His Majesty’s First Regiment of Foot Guards re-enact a retreat from Boston with cannon, cavalry, and drills throughout the day. Learn how battles were planned and how camp life was managed. Tour the 1690…

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June 2017

Vintage Base Ball Double-Header

$5
June 10 @ 10:00 am

Saturday June 10th 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 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. Three of the teams of the new Essex Base Ball Association, the Newburyport Clamdiggers, and the Portsmouth Rockinghams and visiting team Mudville Base Ball Club from Holliston play using 1860s rules. At these fun, historically accurate games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is…

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Vintage Base Ball Triple-Header

$5
June 11 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Lowell BBC, Boston Beaneaters, & Newburyport Clamdiggers Sunday June 11th 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 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. Two of the teams of the new Essex Base Ball Association, the Lowell Base Ball Nine and Lynn Live Oaks play using 1860s rules. At these fun, historically accurate games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is…

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Vintage Base Ball Father’s Day Game

$5
June 18 @ 12:00 am - 4:00 am

Sunday, June 18th 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 two historic teams the New York Knickerbockers and the New York Nine play 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. Snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for…

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Music in the Meeting House

$5
June 25 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Sunday, June 25th, 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 UMass Lowell’s Connexion singers, headed by Dr. Thomas Malone, bring the 1785 Rocky Hill Meeting House alive with music from the period in which it was built. The Connexion singers are a blend of community and student voices bringing the four-part hymns and anthems of Fasola music, also known as Sacred Harp…

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July 2017

Vintage Base Ball Double-Header

$5
July 9 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Lowell BBC vs. Lynn Live Oaks Sunday July 9th 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. Two of the teams of the new Essex Base Ball Association, the Newburyport Clamdiggers and the Lynn Live Oaks, and the visiting Boston Beaneaters play using 1860s rules. At these fun, historically accurate games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once…

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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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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

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 - $15
October 7, 2017 @ 10:00 am - March 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

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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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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