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Events Calendar — 128 events

Weeding Wednesday at the Lyman Estate, September 2

Wednesday, September 2, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.

Call for volunteers!

Volunteer alongside Historic New England's staff experts and members to care for and learn about historic gardens and landscapes. Work includes seasonally appropriate tasks, such as weeding of the gardens and paths, dividing plants, planting new materials, invasives removal, and other clean-up activities. Weeding Wednesdays takes place at four different properties each month.

Meet at the Peach Wall behind the Mansion. No advance registration is required. Please call 617-994-5912 for more information.


The Age of Innocence and the Tuckers of Wiscasset, Maine

Friday, September 4, 10:00 a.m.- Noon
Castle Tucker, 2 Lee Street, Wiscasset, Maine

Complicated relationships, rooms that tell stories, and a changing world where strict unwritten rules determine social success. What are the connections between the wealthy and socially prominent Tuckers of Wiscasset, Maine, and the characters and world of Edith Wharton's classic novel, The Age of Innocence? Find out during this special enhanced tour of Castle Tucker filled with colorful characters from fact and fiction.


$15 Historic New England members
$20 nonmembers


Registration is required. Please call 207-882-7169 or buy online.

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Beacon Hill Walking Tour, September 5

Saturday, September 5, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.

Go beyond the brick sidewalks and charming gardens and learn about Beacon Hill’s development in the Federal era. The fortunes, ambitions, and struggles of Beacon Hill’s early residents, both wealthy and working class, shaped the streets, architecture, and character of the hill. Start with a tour of Otis House, the earliest intact mansion in the neighborhood, and continue on Beacon Hill’s historic streets. Private group tours available by appointment.

$10 Historic New England members
$15 nonmembers

Registration is recommended. Please call 617-994-5920 or buy online.

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Behind the Scenes at Roseland Cottage

Saturday, September 5, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169, Woodstock, Conn.

Explore Henry Bowen's remarkable summer retreat and see parts of the estate usually hidden from public view (even to Mr. Bowen's guests) from cellar to attic, cisterns to servants' quarters, and horse stalls to hayloft. Learn about some of the servants who ran the domestic systems still in place at Roseland Cottage. Bring a flashlight.

This tour does not include the public spaces of the main house. If you have never taken the regular house tour, you may want to arrive early enough to do so.

$10 Historic New England members
$15 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 860-928-4074 or buy online.

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Schooner Festival Fireworks

Saturday, September 5, 7:00 p.m.

Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, Mass.

Celebrate Gloucester's annual Schooner Festival with a fireworks display viewed 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. Adults and children over twelve only, please.

$10 Historic New England members
$18 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 or buy online.

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Parade of Sail

Sunday, September 6, 10:30 a.m.
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, Mass.

Come to Beauport for some of the best views of the annual Gloucester Schooner Festival's Parade of Sail. Watch schooners sail to the Eastern Point Light breakwater to begin the Mayor's race for the Esperanto Cup. Coffee and light breakfast refreshments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring blankets and/or chairs and other refreshments if preferred. The house is not available for tours during this event.

$5 Historic New England members
$10 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 or buy online.

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Woolworth's: Remembering Haverhill's Shopping District

Wednesday, September 9, Reception 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Film Premiere 7:00 p.m.

Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water Street, Haverhill, Mass.

Discover the story of Haverhill's iconic Woolworth's building, a reminder of a time when downtown Haverhill was a bustling retail hub. Historic New England, the Buttonwoods Museum, Haverhill Community Television, and Haverhill Public Library's Special Collections present the premiere of the new documentary film, Woolworth's: Remembering Haverhill's Shopping District. The film features historic images and interviews with Haverhill residents who remember what it was like to work, shop, and play downtown during the mid-twentieth century.

Before or after the screening, see the Buttonwoods Museum's exhibit on downtown Haverhill, featuring a restored section of the counter from the Woolworth's building. Refreshments will be served.

Woolworth's: Remembering Haverhill's Shopping District is part of Historic New England's Everyone's History series.

Free

Please call 617-994-5970 for more information.

Weeding Wednesday at Rundlet-May House, September 9

Wednesday, September 9, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Rundlet-May House, 364 Middle Street, Portsmouth, N.H..

Call for volunteers!

Volunteer alongside Historic New England's staff experts and members to care for and learn about historic gardens and landscapes. Work includes seasonally appropriate tasks, such as weeding of the gardens and paths, dividing plants, planting new materials, invasives removal, and other clean-up activities. Weeding Wednesdays takes place at four different properties each month.

Meet in the driveway. No advance registration is required. Please call 603-436-3205 for more information.

Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions at Cogswell's Grant, September 11

Friday, September 11, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.

Please note: Advance tickets are non-refundable. If a performance is cancelled due to rain, tickets are valid at remaining performances. For online purchases, your e-mail receipt acts as your ticket (no tickets are mailed).

The Herrmann family, breeders and trainers of the famed Lipizzan horse, demonstrate the highest levels of horsemanship in three shows. These stallions are among the last horses capable of executing the "Airs Above the Ground" maneuvers, dramatic leaps and plunges that were developed as aggressive battle maneuvers in the sixteenth century, and are now among the most beautiful displays of equine grace and strength.

Snacks and souvenirs are available. Please bring seats and bug spray.

Advance tickets:

$10 Historic New England members/$8 children (6 to 12 years old)

$12 nonmembers/$10 children (6 to 12 years old)

Day-of tickets:

$12 Historic New England members/$10 children (6 to 12 years old)

$15 nonmembers/$12 children (6 to 12 years old)

Registration is recommended. Discounts available for groups of 15 or more. Please call 978-768-3632 or buy online.

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Walk with Washington, September 11

Friday, September 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Gov. John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, N.H.

Walk the streets of Portsmouth in the footsteps of George Washington when he visited the city in 1789. See where he took tea with his secretary's mother, Mrs. Lear, attended services at St. John's Church, and was feted at a reception at Governor John Langdon House. The tour returns to Langdon House, which Washington thought "may be esteemed the first in Portsmouth," where you can use your ticket for a tour of the house at half price.

$6 Historic New England members
$12 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 603-436-3205 or buy online.

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Events Calendar — 128 events