New Year's Day Jazz Brunch
Sunday, January 1, 2017
12 - 3 pm
C.K. Pearl Restaurant
112 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
New Year's Day Jazz Brunch - Ctart the year with some swing from the original Tug Boat line up and a fabulous Sunday brunch! Click here for the menu >

Please call to make a reservation at 978-890-7378.

 
Blackwood/March Auction
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
(Severe weather date:
Thursday, January 5th)
FREE Preview 3 - 5 pm
Auction Begins at 5 pm
The Essex Room

125 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Blackwood/March Auction - Join renowned auctioneer, Michael March at an auction of fine art, antique furniture and accessories. Well worth attending!

FINE ART: Dwayne Hanson bust of Dr. M. Bush acquired from the artist by Mr. Bush, Emile Gruppe harbor oil, 8 estate Carl Peters, Paul Strisik Vermont oil, John Von Wicht abstract oil, Pierre Ambrogiani, H. Hachen, John Terelak, Gifford Beal, Mildred Jones, Bruce Backman, Otis Cook sawmill oil, 20+ John Vassos and H. Dreyfuss radio designs: John Vassos was a fine artist and industrial designer who helped define the shape of radio, television and computers, Lynn Brodton was an industrial and automotive designer, Phillip Little etchings, 13 Marge Mills acrylic paintings, 2 Henry Twardzik, Frank Shapleigh, Chinese school, 10 Japanese prints, Currier and Ives, etc.

ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Chippendale sofa, Chinoisery decorated desk, Queen Ann table, Chippendale chest, night stands, card table, and blanket chests, etc.

ORIENTAL RUGS: 20 + old formal and tribal rugs.

ACCESSORIES: Indian jade and gouaches, a collection of books including William Bly 1792, James Cook, etc. A collection of early baseball photos, 2 Louis Vuitton suitcases, silver, etc.

A catalog of the items to be sold is online at www.blackwoodauction.com/january-4-2017-auction/. For consignment information please call Michael March at 978-768-6943 or email michael@blackwoodauction.com

 
State of Our Oceans
Lecture and Film Series
Part 1: Importance of Salt Marsh Ecosystems Lecture
Thursday, January 12, 2017
2 - 4 pm
Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
Importance of Salt Marsh Ecosystems Lecture - Take part in the kick off of the Greenbelt’s State of Our Oceans Lecture and Film Series. Join Robert Buchsbaum, regional scientist at Mass Audubon, who will speak on the importance of salt marsh ecosystems for the health of the oceans, as well as their impacts on the surrounding communities. FREE.

Learn about:

- The benefits of salt marshes
- The negative effects of human activities on them
- Why it is important to conserve and protect these marshes as well as the land around them

Salt marshes are located all around us in Cape Ann and along the North Shore, and they have many environmental and economic values that positively affect our communities. They are home to a wide variety of organisms and provide many functions that may not be commonly known to the public, and it is vital that we preserve these ecosystems and attempt to limit the human activities that negatively affect them.

By living in areas so abundant with salt marshes, it is our responsibility to ensure the safety and health of these ecosystems for future generations and for the overall health of the ocean.

After the lecture is concluded, there will be a time for questions and discussion. There will be small refreshments to enjoy throughout the event.

Click to RSVP
For more information email andrew@ecga.org.

Organizing 101
Saturday, January 21, 2017
1 - 2:30 pm
T.O.H.P. Burnham
Public Library

245 Western Avenue
(Route 22)
Organizing 101 - Declutter, Simplify, Get Organized! - Ages 8 to 108, children and adults are welcome! You don't have to know how to knit - come and learn from our expert volunteers.

Supplies are provided, but we are in need of 10 inch needles, size 8 through 12. If you have any that you are willing to donate, please drop them off at the library. Thanks!

Questions, call the library at 978-768-7410.

 
Persephone:
The Unspeakable Girl
Photography Exhibit
on view through
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Walker Creek Furniture
and Art Gallery

57 Eastern Avenue

 
Persephone: The Unspeakable Girl - A Photography Exhibit by Leslie Bartlett - Talk at 6:30 pm “The Woman Dressed in White - feminine images held in rock.”

"This [exhibit] represents a full 17 year visitation to the quarry of Flat Ledge and, with such focus on drought and what lies below the horizon of where we normally walk, a quiet somber reminder of what we might wish to remember and honor.”

- Leslie Bartlett

 
State of Our Oceans
Lecture and Film Series
Part 2: “Sea the Truth”
Film Screening
Thursday, February 2, 2017
2 - 4 pm
Parket River National
Wildlife Refuge Auditorium

sponsored by
Essex County
Greenbelt Association

82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
“Sea the Truth” Film Screening - Join the Greenbelt for the second segment of the State of Our Oceans Lecture and Film Series, as we screen an eye-opening film on the issue of overfishing, with a specific emphasis on the North Atlantic Ocean. FREE!

Learn about:

- The history of overfishing
- The negative activities causing the depletion of fish stocks
- Why it is important to protect against overfishing
- What is being done to solve this issue

Watch the Film Trailer

Overfishing has long been a problem in the Northern Atlantic Ocean, highlighted by the collapse of the Atlantic Cod Fishery in the 1990s. The cod population has not been able to recover to this day, and was adversely affected by technological advances in the fishing industry that allowed for both an increased area and depth of the ocean to be fished.

This film will highlight the decreasing fish stocks in the ocean, and the causes of this depletion. As a region heavily focused on the fishing industry, this issue has extreme relevance to Massachusetts.

As described in the film, this issue has serious implications. If we keep consuming at the current rate, the oceans will be empty in just 30 years.

After this presentation emphasizes the importance of sustainable fishing, learn about innovative solutions on how to help stabilize fish populations as well as what is being done to ensure the health of fisheries for the future. Viewers will hopefully leave with motivation to help make a change and a feeling of hope for the recovery of fish populations.

After the screening there will be a time for open discussion. Light refreshments will be available.

For more information email andrew@ecga.org.

 
Jazz Brunch
Sundays
February 5 and 19, 2017
Brunch starts at 10 am
Jazz begins at 11 am
C.K. Pearl Restaurant
112 Main Street
 
Jazz Brunch at C.K. Pearl - Relax and enjoy Sunday brunch - a modern, eclectic and delicious take on classic New England fare - with live music on the banks of the Essex River.
 
Fantastic Wood Sculptures!
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
10:30 am - 12 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Fantastic Wood Sculptures - Bend and fasten wood into your own imaginative creations. The sky is the limit with help of hammers, nails, and paint! All Ages Welcome.

Class limited to 15. Children 12 and younger must be assisted by an adult. Handicapped accessible.

$7 per person. FREE for adults assisting children.

For more information email education@essexshipbuildingmusem.org
or leave a message at 978-768-6441.

 
State of Our Oceans
Lecture and Film Series
Part 3: Aquaculture and its Growing Importance Lecture
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
2 - 4 pm
Parket River National
Wildlife Refuge Auditorium

sponsored by
Essex County
Greenbelt Association

82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
Aquaculture and its Growing Importance Lecture - Are you interested in aquaculture and how it can help revive our wild fish population? Join the Greenbelt for the third segment of our State of Our Oceans Lecture and Film Series featuring a presentation given by Dr. Joe Buttner, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Salem State University. FREE!

Learn about:

- What aquaculture is and why it is important
- The different species involved and the process
- How it can help reduce overfishing of wild fish populations

Aquaculture is a growing field and will continue to gain importance in the coming years as we try to combat the depletion of natural fish stocks. In relation to the previous part of this series on overfishing, this presentation will explain how aquaculture is a way for people and society as a whole to protect and help rehabilitate the wild fish stocks to healthy levels in the oceans by consuming farmed fish.

Dr. Buttner will also describe the different forms of aquaculture and species involved, and why it is becoming more prevalent. There are numerous aquaculture farms in our area, as well as a growing number in the United States. Aquaculture is not designed to replace the natural fisheries, but rather to go hand-in-hand with it to ensure sustainable fishing in the future. Not only does aquaculture produce food, it also helps to restore habitats and rebuild populations of threatened species.

There will be time for questions and a discussion after the presentation. Light refreshments will be available throughout the event.

For more information email andrew@ecga.org.

 
Bowl Painting for the Open Door
Thursday, February 23, 2017
2 - 4 pm: Families/Children
5 - 7 pm: Adults Only
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Bowl Painting for the Open Door - Decorate ceramic bowls for the Annual Empty Bowl Dinner in May.

FREE! Registration required - please RSVP by February 21st at education@essexshipbuildingmusem.org or leave a message at 978-768-6441.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more info about the Empty Bowl Dinner in May, visit www.foodpantry.org

 
Shea's Cribbage Tournament
Every Tuesday
6:30 pm
Shea's Riverside Restaurant
122 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Shea's Cribbage Tournament - Every Tuesday! Sign in by 6:30pm, no entry fee, winner takes home a $50 Shea’s Gift Card!
Weekly Knitting Club
Fridays, January 13, 2017
through March 31, 2017
3:30 - 4:30 pm
T.O.H.P. Burnham
Public Library

245 Western Avenue
(Route 22)
Weekly Knitting Club - Special guest and professional organizer, Marilyn Cruickshank will explain the basics of getting organized, tried and true strategies and simple solutions for dealing with the overload we all face on a daily basis and ideas to apply to be inspired to de-clutter and get your spaces organized for a fresh start to 2017. FREE!

Questions, call the library at 978-768-7410.

 
MECT Photo Contest
Manchester-Essex
Conservation Trust

Continues through
September 1, 2017
Wilderness Conservation
Area Gateway
School Street
at Old School Street
Manchester, MA
and
photos taken on any
outdoor conservation land
in Essex and Manchester, MA
 
MECT Photo Contest - Photographers have until midnight on September 1, 2017 to submit their finest images to the Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust Photo Contest. Let the outdoors entice you to look closely at nature in open spaces in Manchester and Essex, and survey your files for your best shots from seasons past. Each photographer may submit up to 5 photographs taken throughout the year.

There are four contest categories:

- The Four Seasons
- Animal Kingdom
- Plants and Fungi
- Landscape

Each category will have two winners and one honorable mention. One outstanding photo will win Best in Show. A special award will be given to the best photo taken in the Manchester-Essex Wilderness Conservation Area.

Photographers ages 5 - 17 and under can submit entries to a Youth Division category that also will issue awards.

All winning photographs will be on display at the Santander Bank in Manchester during November 2017, with an opening reception to introduce the photographers. Photos chosen for display will be printed by MECT.

Essex and Manchester are fortunate to have a variety of protected natural habitats in beautiful locations: woodland, open field, salt marsh, salt marsh island, river and stream, forested and shrubby wetland, sandy beach, intertidal, and rocky headland. These locales support a diversity of interesting and photogenic animals, plants and fungi, and the seasonal changes of light and weather are tempting lures to get out your camera, explore, sharpen your awareness of nature, your artistic eye, hone your technical skills and join the fun.

See the photo contest page www.mect.org/photo-contest/ for complete contest rules and submission instructions, including technical specifications.

 
Historic Essex Walking Tour
Open year-round
Self-guided tour of 16 historic
sites along Main Street with
short side trips extending
onto Martin Street
and Eastern Avenue
Historic Essex Walking Tour - Take a walk through time, connecting past and present day Essex and experience over 300 years of history through photos and stories on our self-guided tour. The walk spans the one-mile Essex River Cultural District on Main Street with short side trips extending onto Martin Street and Eastern Avenue. A brochure - with a map inside to guide you - is available at most signs along the tour.

The 16 interpretive signs mark historic sites dating as far back as the 17th century - including the Old Burying Ground and the First Congregational Church, which houses an original Paul Revere bell, cast in 1797. Journey forward in time to the Victorian Era and view our unique Shingle Style Essex Town Hall and T.O.H.P. Burnham Library as well as other century old structures. Learn how over 300 years of shipbuilding in Essex produced close to 4,000 wooden vessels. Gain insight into the history of clamming and the antique and railroad industries, and the importance of the Essex River and Great Marsh.

Tour goers who have a smart phone or tablet can view additional history related to each site by scanning the QR (quick-response) code on each sign for additional stories, historic photos, video and audio clips. So grab your smart phone or tablet and head to Essex to walk the tour!

The tour is handicapped accessible.
For more information, email info@essexwalkingtour.com.

Cape Ann Winter Birding
Boat Trip
Saturday, March 11, 2017
8 am - 12 pm
Cape Ann

Leaving from
7 Seas Whale Watch
7 Seas Wharf
Gloucester

Cape Ann Winter Birding Boat Trip - Join the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce as they visit one of New England’s most productive marine habitats: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. This a special opportunity for bird lovers of all skill levels to join expert guides migratory seabirds only during this time of year.

Space is limited - sign up today by calling Kerry at 978-768-1601.

Birdwatchers from New England and beyond flock to Cape Ann to participate in the Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend each year. Although we are not doing the full weekend in 2017, weather permitting, we are hosting the Winter Birding Boat Trip, aboard the Privateer IV, with 7 Seas Whale Watch. Afterwards, we will reserve a room at the Gloucester House restaurant for you to sit and discuss your findings from the trip. You may order off of the regular menu. Lunch is not included in the price of the trip.

Cape Ann is known worldwide for its exciting concentrations of Winter Seabirds, and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is planning a morning at sea which will delight all levels of Birders. Expert Guides will help you identify the winter birds you will see. Because we are doing the boat trip a bit later in the season, we hope to also see some of the early Spring migrant birds, such as Fulmars, and we hope to see some whales too - Right and Humpback in particular! Last year we even saw some Dolphin!

On this trip we will be visiting one of New England’s most productive marine habitats: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Stellwagen Bank is probably best known for its large concentrations of whales (Humpback and Finback especially) which attract tens-of-thousands of eager whale watchers each Spring through Fall. But the activity continues all year long! Even in Winter many species of marine wildlife can be seen, and while this trip will focus primarily on the birds of Stellwagen Bank, the possibility certainly exists that we may sight non-avian marine wildlife as well… including whales just returning from the Caribbean!

This a special opportunity for bird lovers of all skill levels to join expert guides on a tour of one of New England’s most productive marine habitats at a time when most other passenger vessels have closed down for the year. The possibilities of what we might see on this winter boat trip are endless, but in the five years we have been running this trip we have seen:
Black-legged Kittiwakes, Iceland gulls, Glaucous gulls, Razorbills, Dovekies, Common murres, Thick-billed murres, Atlantic puffins, Common eiders, King eiders, Long-tailed ducks, all three scoter species, Greater scaup, Northern gannets, Buffleheads, Common loons, Red-throated loons, Horned grebes, Red-necked grebes, and even a Snowy owl just to name a few! (still hoping for that Great Skua!)

The cost for this wonderful excursion is $75 per person.

More info at http://web.capeannvacations.com/events/Winter-Birding-Boat-Trip-2778/details.

Annual Pie Fest Fundraiser
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
1 - 5 pm
T.O.H.P. Burnham
Public Library

245 Western Avenue
(Route 22)
Annual Pie Fest Fundraiser - Join us for one of our favorite traditions. This year it's on PI DAY! Buy a slice of pie for $3 and help support future library programming.

Hosted by The Friends of the Library.
Sign up at the Circulation Desk to donate a pie!

Questions, call the library at 978-768-7410.

 
Women of Essex
Stories to Share

FREE Opening Reception
Saturday, March 18, 2017
5 - 8 pm

Exhibit Open Weekends
Sunday, March 19, 2017
March 25 - April 2, 2017
April 15 - 30, 2017
10 am - 5 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
(Route 133)

 
Women of Essex - Stories to Share -
Discover the interesting lives of women who lived in Essex!

In conjunction with Women’s History Month, this exhibit – the first of its kind in Essex – expands our understanding of the women of Essex and the ways they have influenced our town and reflected the larger story of women’s history. The exhibit includes:

• Women whose ingenuity got the first meeting house built
• A young woman’s 19th century journal
• One of the first woman auctioneers in the country
• A professional female baseball player
• A Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy
...and more!

Free for museum members | Free with regular museum admission

The project is financed by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, with matching support from Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum and private donations.

For more info, call 978-768-7541 or email mainoffice@essexshipbuildingmusem.org.

Business After Hours
at the Village Restaurant
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
5 - 7 pm
Village Restaurant
55 Main Street
(Corner of Routes 133 and 22)
Business After Hours at the Village Restaurant - The owners and staff of the Village Restaurant in Essex would like to invite you to come and visit their great restaurant in beautiful downtown Essex!

Come network with thet Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and other area Business Leaders in the relaxed atmosphere of one of Essex's oldest and most successful restaurants. Sample appetizers from their delicious menu and check out this great venue! A cash bar will offered.

There is no charge for this event. However, please pre-register (required) in order to give the host an accurate headcount in advance.

 
State of Our Oceans
Lecture and Film Series
Part 4: "A Sea Change"
Film Screening
Thursday, March 23, 2017
2 - 4 pm
Parker River National
Wildlife Refuge Auditorium

sponsored by
Essex County
Greenbelt Association

82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
"A Sea Change" Film Screening - Join the Greenbelt for the fourth segment of our State of the Oceans Lecture and Film Series as we view “A Sea Change.” Follow along as a retired history teacher goes on a quest to different parts of the world in an attempt to discover what is happening to the world's oceans. Not only is he interested in this phenomena for himself, but he is also on a journey to see what the state of the oceans will be like for his grandchild and future generations. FREE!

Learn about:

- How sea temperature rise is affecting ocean ecosystems
- What human activities are causing this sea temperature rise
- What can be done to attempt to stop this rise

Watch the Film Trailer

Even though it may be hard to tell from jumping in the ocean along the North Shore, the ocean temperature is rising around the world. This rise in sea temperature poses serious problems and concerns for our society as well as for the health of the ocean ecosystem.

Warming waters are a serious threat to all marine life as well as the ecosystems they reside in, and the temperature rise has been accelerated greatly over the past few decades due to human activities.

This film will touch upon the human activities that are causing this change, with the main emphasis being on the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere and absorbed by the oceans. Learn more about what needs to be done to control this, and what you can do to help stabilize and protect the ocean for future generations. Land conservation can play an indirect role in helping to combat the rising sea temperatures.

After the screening there will be time for open discussion. Light refreshments will be available..

For more information email andrew@ecga.org.

 
Blackwood/March Auction
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
FREE Preview 3 - 5 pm
Auction Begins at 5 pm
The Essex Room
125 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Blackwood/March Auction - Join renowned auctioneer, Michael March at an auction of fine art, antique furniture and accessories. Well worth attending!

FEATURING: North Shore estates, paintings from the estates of Carl W. Peters and Marge Mills, tribal Oriental rugs, early silver, Asian antiques including Indian gouaches, marine antiques and diverse accessories.

A catalog of the items to be sold is online at www.blackwoodauction.com. For consignment information please call Michael March at 978-768-6943 or email michael@blackwoodauction.com

 
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Tours

Open Weekends in April 2017
10 - 5 pm

Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
(Route 133)

 
Essex Shipbuilding Museum Tours - Tour resume on weekends in April. Come take a guided tour to learn how our small New England village built close to 4,000 wooden vessels and became a major producer of the American Fishing Schooner.

- Relive history through full scale displays and dioramas

- Use traditional shipbuilding tools to make a trunnel

- Learn how schooneres evolved

- Watch a shipbuilding video

- Stand before a schooner built over 80 years ago

For more information, call 978-768-7514.

 
Kite Day at Cogswell's Grant
Saturday, April 22, 2017
11 am - 4 pm
Cogswell's Grant
60 Spring Street

Rain Date:
Sunday, April 23, 2017

 
Kite Day at Cogswell's Grant - Come fly a kite at Cogswell's Grant. Bring your own kite or build one with us, and watch professional flyers from Kites Over New England.

Archie Stewart of Kite Education leads an optional workshop with all materials included, where kids and adults can make their own kites and learn how to fly them.

$10 for kite-making workshop / FREE for flyers and spectators

Registration is recommended for the workshop only.
Please call 978-768-3632 for more information.
Buy tickets online at http://shop.historicnewengland.org/COG-KITE-9448/

 
State of Our Oceans
Lecture and Film Series
Part 5:
Protecting the Piping Plover
Thursday, April 27, 2017
2 - 4 pm
Parker River National
Wildlife Refuge Auditorium

sponsored by
Essex County
Greenbelt Association

82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
Protecting the Piping Plover - Have you seen these adorable, tiny creatures scampering on the North Shore beaches? Want to learn more about them? Join Greenbelt's Director of Land Stewardship Dave Rimmer for the final segment of the State of Our Oceans Lecture and Film Series as he gives a presentation on this unique species. FREE!

Learn about:

- Piping Plovers and their habitat
- Major threats they face and why they are endangered
- What can be done to help protect Piping Plovers

Many of you may have seen the signs on beaches and the roped off areas by the dune grasses used for protection of Piping Plovers and their nests while they breed and fledge their young.

Piping Plovers are a type of shorebird that feed and nest along coastal sands in North America. This species migrates up to New England beaches each year to nest their young. However, the Piping Plover is endangered and in a critical state.

Piping Plover nests can be seen all over New England, and perhaps on your favorite beach in Massachusetts.

The goal of this presentation is to help people become more aware of the Piping Plover, and inform them about the different ways beachgoers and local communities can help protect this species. There will be time for questions and a discussion after the presentation. Light refreshments will be available.

For more information email andrew@ecga.org.

 
Mother's Day River Cruises
Sunday, May 14, 2017
10:30 - 12 noon
Coffee and Muffin Cruise
plus
1 - 2:30 Cruise
Essex River Cruises and Charters
35 Dodge Street
 
Mother's Day River Cruises - Join us as we start off the 2017 season. Sunday morning's cruise is a Coffee and Muffin cruise. Treat Mom and yourself to a wonderful cruise on the Essex River!

Please call to confirm afternoon cruise. For tickets and more information, call 978-768-6981.

 
Plant Something!
Monday, May 15, 2017
Don't Just Stand There...Plant Something! - Essex residents and businesses are encouraged to take part in the state-wide initiative, Plant Something. See www.plantsomethingma.org for more about the fun and benefits of gardening.
 
An Abundance of Boxes, Ceramics, and Decoys: The ABCDs of Collecting at Cogswell's Grant
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
10 am - 12:30 pm
Cogswell's Grant
60 Spring Street
 
An Abundance of Boxes, Ceramics, and Decoys: The ABCDs of Collecting at Cogswell's Grant - For ages 6-12. The owners of Cogswell's Grant were passionate collectors of American folk art and filled their summer home in Essex with treasures. During the program, participants will explore the house to discover stories of the past embodied in the pieces on display, try their hand at rug hooking, and create decorative boxes to hold their own collections.

$10 Historic New England members
$15 nonmembers

Advance registration required. No registrations will be accepted on the day of the program. One adult per family admitted free, additional adults pay full price. Each program is limited to 24 people.

The appropriate age range for each program differs and may not be suitable for younger siblings. Strollers and backpack carriers are not permitted in the house museums.

Email Education@HistoricNewEngland.org for more information.Registration is recommended for the workshop only.
Please call 978-768-3632 for more information.
Buy tickets online at http://shop.historicnewengland.org/EDU-HS3-2017-10241

Essex River Race
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Check-in 8 - 9 am
First Heat Starts 10 am

Finish Line Facilities Open
11:30 am

Launch at the
Town Boat Ramp
Downtown Essex
66 Main Street
Essex River Race is a 5.5+ mile open water event from the Essex River at Route 133 in Essex, out behind the barrier beaches of Ipswich and back. Participants row or paddle small boats through one of the most scenic tidal areas in New England. The Essex River Race is open to all seaworthy human-powered rowing and paddle boats. Serious racers are allowed and encouraged, within the guidelines of safety and sportsmanship, to push one another to their limits. Casually oriented participants are equally welcome, and may cover the course in a more relaxed fashion. No rain date. There is always an event. Awards will be given!

Race is capped at 180 boats. No walk-ins on race day. For more information visit www.blackburnchallenge.com/ERR_Race_Info.html

See photos of past Essex River Races on our facebook page!

 
Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 29, 2017
9 am, in front of Town Hall
Memorial Park
24 Martin Street
Downtown Essex
 
Essex Memorial Day Parade - Don’t miss the small town charm of a Memorial Day Parade in Essex. The parade begins at 9 am and progresses to the Town Cemetery for a military rifle salute to our country’s war veterans and then up Main Street to the Causeway Bridge. Town officials lead the parade followed by members of the school band and various athletic organizations. Norman Rockwell couldn’t have painted a better picture than our parade coming down Main Street.
 
Essex Bay Sailing Club
Summer Sailing Program
June - August 2017
Essex River
at Conomo Point
Essex Bay Sailing Club's Summer Sailing Program - The Essex Bay Sailing Club, a non-profit club founded in 2000, reaches out to teach sailing to youngsters in the area surrounding Essex Bay. The goal of the club is to develop sailors who enjoy a strong knowledge of sailing while also learning to appreciate, and protect the beautiful resources of the Essex River. The Club offers beginner to advanced level sailing lessons for children aged 8 and up in Escape Captivas and International 420s. Children may enroll in 4 or 8 week sessions on a first come, first served basis.

For more information and to register, go to www.essexbaysailingclub.org

5th Annual Schooner Challenge
Monday, June 5, 2017
6 - 8 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Event held at
Maritime Gloucester
Harbor Loop in Gloucester
5th Annual Schooner Challenge - Our fundraiser which benefits the shoring up and attention needed by our grand old girl, the Evelina Goulart, will feature the Schooners Thomas E. Lannon, Ardelle, and Adventure. This would make an ideal club, association or family team event! Climb aboard and participate in a unique brand of schooner challenges, and help your boat win the Challenge!

Challenges will include:

- Racing around a course (with man over board drills at a moment's notice)

- Fastest to weigh anchor

- Knot tying

- Song writing (extra credit for instrumentation)

- Sail raising

- Whatever else the (conspiring) captains dream up between now and then

Arrive by 5:30 pm to load - boats will depart from Maritime Gloucester, Harbor Loop, Gloucester. Every effort will be made to seat friends and/or couples on the same boat - please select the boat of your choice when purchasing tickets.

There will be cash bars on board, and light hors d'oeuvres will be available.

A great start to summer on Cape Ann - please sign up today!

Tickets: $40 per person.
All proceeds to benefit the care and preservation of Essex-built schooners.

For more information, call 978-768-7514.

 
Art in the Barn
Thursday, June 8, 2017
12 - 4 pm
Opening Reception
6 - 8:30 pm

Friday & Saturday
June 9 - 10, 2017
10 - 5 pm

Sunday, June 11, 2017
12 - 4 pm
Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)

 
28th Annual Art in the Barn Exhibit and Sale - For one weekend every June, the barns at the Cox Reservation are transformed with color and form as paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, monoprints, ceramics and pottery, jewelry and sculpture in wood and iron adorn the walls, window sills, tables, stairs and every nook and cranny of our rustic barns. Come see the diverse work of over 150 talented artists from throughout the region, inspired by the natural landscapes and light that have drawn artists to Cape Ann and Essex County for decades. You are welcome you to come find that special piece of artwork that completes your living space, seek out a special gift for a family member or friend, or simply come to browse. Last year approximately 3,500 visitors viewed the show.

FREE admission.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Shelley at shelley@ecga.org. For more information call 978-768-7241.

 
Father's Day River Cruises
Sunday, June 18, 2017
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
and
1:30 - 3 pm
Essex River Cruises and Charters
35 Dodge Street
 
Father's Day River Cruises - Acknowledge dad with a special two-hour High Tide Cruise along the protected Essex River and enjoy views of Crane Beach, Hog Island and all of Essex Bay. Complimentary coffee, tea, muffins, and juice on board. Enjoy lunch in town after the tour! We’ll suggest a restaurant that suits your taste.

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Not a morning person? Enjoy our afternoon Father’s Day trip with coffee and cookies on board. Dine in Essex before the boat ride and have dessert with us.

Please call to confirm afternoon cruise. For tickets and more information, call 978-768-6981.

 
Geocaching Adventure
(Family Fun)
Friday, June 23, 2017
1 - 2:30 pm
Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
 
Geocaching Adventure - Are you up for a summer adventure? Do you want to find some hidden treasures? Join Greenbelt and Carl Nelson for an intriguing summer afternoon of geocaching around the Cox Reservation in Essex! FREE!

Learn about what geocaching consists of during this family-friendly event and be on the lookout for some hidden geocaches as you go out and explore the trails.

This monthly walk will begin with a brief introduction and discussion on the history and details of geocaching. Carl Nelson will then take the group out with the GPS units provided and go in search of concealed geocaches known to be located on the Cox Reservation property.

This will be an adventure you do not want to miss, as you get to experience what its is like to search for hidden goods while enjoying the surroundings of this beautiful property on a relaxing summer afternoon. This will be perfect for kids and adults of all ages, and you will be able to apply what you learn during this event to future geocaching adventures on your own!

Capcity will be limited so don't forget to RSVP. For more information call 978-768-7241.

 
Essex River Day

Kick-off Sunset Cruise
Friday, June 23, 2017
5:30 pm

Saturday, June 24, 2017
(Rain Date
Sunday, June 25, 2017)

Live Music
4 - 9:30 pm

Softball Game, Relay Races,
and Cookout

Begins at 5:30 pm

Bonfire
8:30 pm

Memorial Park
24 Martin Street
Downtown Essex

 
Essex River Day - Experience the beauty of the Essex River. That simple thought of encouraging everyone to get out on the river, has grown into a full day of events. Gather with neighbors and friends for an afternoon and evening cookout with live music, a pickup softball game for all ages, a cookout, beverage vendors and a bonfire to start the summer season.

See photos of past year's Essex River Day on our facebook page!

KICK -OFF CRUISE: Friday at 5:30 pm enjoy a FREE Essex River Cruises & Charters sunset cruise along the river. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Essex River Cruises & Charters at 978-768-6981 to reserve your spot.

 
Trails & Sails:
Two Weekends of Walks & Water
September 15 - 17, 2017
and September 22 - 24, 2017

Throughout Essex County
Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks & Water - Get ready to experience the sights and sounds of the Essex National Heritage Area during TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks & Water.

Explore Essex County’s cultural, historic, and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events! Enjoy a variety of walks, guided hikes, sails, historical tours, and other adventures that will connect you to the spectacular places, faces, history and heritage that define the Essex National Heritage Area’s 34 cities and towns just North of Boston.

An Essex River Cruise, Essex River Basin Kayak Tour and the Essex Arts Festival take place here! See the full listing of 150+ events at www.essexheritage.org/ts.

 
4th Annual Essex Arts Festival

A FREE Trails & Sails Event
Saturday,
September 23, 2017
(Times to be announced)
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center and Shipyard
66 Main Street
(Route 133)

 
4th Annual Essex Arts Festival - A Free Afternoon of Music and Art! Relax overlooking the Essex River basin with food, beer and wine for sale on site, kids activities and live music and performances.

If you would like to participate as an artist, musician, recite a poem, or if you would like to help or support the festival in any way, please email or leave a message at 978-768-6441.

This is an Essex National Heritage Area Trails and Sails event. The event is free and open to the public. Handicapped Accessible. Good dogs on leashes welcome. No parking on site. Parking available on streets and behind the Essex Fire Station at 24 Martin Street. www.trailsandsails.org

Supported in part by a grant from the Essex Cultural Council, a local agency, through the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

 
35th Annual Essex ClamFest
Saturday, October 21, 2017
11 am - 4 pm
Chowder Tasting Noon - 2 pm
Memorial Park
24 Martin Street
Downtown Essex

Rain Date:
Sunday, October 22, 2017

 
35th Annual Essex ClamFest - The Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Essex ClamFest in Memorial Park in Essex. The highlight of the day will be the Clam Chowder Tasting, a competition that pits area restaurants against one another to determine who serves the best clam chowder on Cape Ann. Local restaurants are expected to serve up their favorite chowder recipes starting at noon and ending about 2 pm.

Judges of the chowder will be announced in advance. The public will also have the opportunity to sample and vote on their favorite chowder.

In addition to the Chowder competition, you'll find an interesting variety of activities including an arts and crafts area and vendors providing food and fun. Join us for entertainment throughout the afternoon; the Lions Club food pavilion; organization, church, and non-profit tables. The crafts area will be open to the public starting at 11 am. For more information contact Kerry McKenna at kerry2@capeannchamber.com. Sorry, no dogs or skateboards allowed.

Chowder tasting admission: $5

 
From Vineyard to Shipyard
Wine Reception and Auction
Friday, November 3, 2017
6:30 - 9 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
16th Annual Wine Reception and Auction - This fundraiser is hosted by Chebacco Market and Essex Shipbuilding Museum to benefit the museum. A great wine tasting event with appetizers and desserts along with items in silent and live auctions. Sports tickets, Fine Art, Gift baskets from local businesses, a Cruise on the Essex River, Lobsters, and Restaurant gift certificates are among the items to be auctioned.

Join us for an evening of fun and bidding and support the Essex Shipbuilding Museum.

Admission: $50 per person

Reservations may be made by calling 978-768-7541 and leaving a message.

 
Holiday Fairs at
Essex Churches
Saturday, November 18, 2017
9 am - 2 pm
Main Street (Route 133)

 
Holiday Fairs at Essex Churches - The warmth of an old country church fair enlivens the town on a fall day when all three of Essex’s downtown churches hold their annual Holiday Fairs. All three churches are within walking distance with FREE on-street parking. Gift bargains are served up along with homemade food and hot beverages. A dollar goes a long way at this event!

Participating Churches:
The First Universalist Church
, 59 Main Street
St. John the Baptist Parish
, 52 Main Street
The First Congregational Church
, 39 Main Street

 
Essex Firemen's
Spaghetti Supper
Saturday, November 18, 2017
5 - 7 pm
Essex Fire Station
24 Martin Street (Route 22)
 
27th Annual Essex Firemen's Spaghetti Supper - The town’s volunteer firefighters put out quite a spread of all-you-can-eat homemade spaghetti and meatballs accompanied by salad, beverage and dessert. A great night to enjoy a home-cooked meal with neighbors and friends.

Everyone welcome! Donations accepted at the door.

 
Turkey Trot Road Race
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Race begins at 1 pm

Registration 10:30 am to Noon
Upstairs at
Woodman's
121 Main Street
(Route 133)

 
40th Annual Turkey Trot Road Race - This challenging 8K course is a US Track and Field sanctioned event, as well as, an 8K “Fun Walk” over the same course, both ending at Woodman's of Essex with complimentary chowder for all participants. Free Race T-shirt for first 150 paid registrations!

Proceeds benefit Essex Lion’s Club projects and charities. For entry or sponsorship information please email info@essexmalions.com or visit www.essexmalions.com/turkeytrot.html

 
Annual Toy Drive
Action Inc., Project Uplift
November - mid December 2017

Collection boxes located at
businesses throughout Essex
(see list >)

 
Annual Toy Drive - Collecting new, unused toys and clothing for children on Cape Ann (ages 0-14 years). Gift cards are always a big hit and can be purchased at your local grocery store or pharmacy! You can also contribute securely online through Network for Good. Help make the holiday season brighter and less stressful for our Cape Ann neighbors and friends.

Collection boxes in Essex:

Carpenter and MacNeille, 106 Western Avenue
Essex Elementary School, 12 Story Street
Essex Police and Fire Departments, 30 Martin Street
Essex Town Hall, 30 Martin Street
First Ipswich Bank, 65 Eastern Avenue
Highwave Hair Design, 65 Eastern Avenue
Lil' Sprouts, 1 Scot's Way
Sea Meadow Gift and Garden Shop, 7 Main Street
T.O.H.P. Burnham Library, 245 Western Avenue
Woodman's Restaurant, 121 Main Street (FREE Cup of Chowder with your toy donation)

To learn more, visit http://www.actioninc.org/projectuplift.html

 
Small Business Saturday
November 25, 2017

SHOP SMALL
and support local
Essex Businesses

 
Small Business Saturday - Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is another day, one dedicated to the businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country. It’s Small Business Saturday. Shop Small and let’s make this the biggest day of the year for small businesses in Essex and Cape Ann.

To learn more, visit http://www.ShopSmall.com

 
Essex Holiday Festival
Thursday - Saturday
November 30 - December 2
2017

Tree Lighting
Thursday, November 30th
Essex Fire Station
24 Martin Street

6:30 pm

Carolers at Essex Restaurants
Friday, December 1st
5 - 9 pm

Santa Arrives by Boat
Friday, December 1st
Town Landing
6 pm

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 2nd
Essex Elementary School
8 - 11 am

Holiday Shopping Open Houses
Saturday, December 2nd

 
Essex Holiday Festival - The first weekend of December is set aside in anticipation of this very special time of year…the giving and sharing of holiday spirit in Essex. We start Thursday evening with a solemn special ceremony, the lighting of our Memory Tree, in front of Town Hall where we honor our lost loved ones. The town’s childrens bell choir performs in the background.

Friday evening, carolers from Big Smile Entertainment in Victorian dress will be visiting and singing at 16 Essex restaurants from 5 - 9 pm and Santa arrives on the Essex River by boat and walks up to the shipyard with a cast of toyland characters.

- Children can sit on Santa's lap and review their holiday "wish list"
- Woodman's Clam Chowder
- Hot Chocolate
- Munchkins from Dunkin' Donuts
- Carols by "Sound Waves"

WEATHER CONTINGENCY: Friday evening events will be held at Essex Elementary School in case of inclement weather.

Saturday morning enjoy breakfast with Santa at the Essex Elementary School. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and take a photo with Santa! Cost $5 per person or $25 per family. Come join in all the fun!

Shop locally and enjoy Essex's Holiday Open Houses. Many participating businesses will be offering refreshments, discounts and sales, or complimentary gift wrapping. Eat, Shop and Be Merry in Essex!

 
Wreath Making Workshop
Monday, December 4, 2017
4 - 6 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
(Route 133)
 
Wreath Making Workshop - Join us as Susie Talbot guides us through decorating a 20" wreath. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced wreath maker, this is the event for you!

We will provide wreaths, ribbons and a variety of decorations to choose from. Your choices will ensure the wreath you take home will reflect you.

Should you have a unique item you with to use on your wreath, please bring it. We would also appreciate it if you have your own clippers or scissors if you brought them along.

$40 per wreath