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Events Calendar — 63 events

Thursdays at Twilight, October 2

Thursday, October 2, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Mass.

$15 Historic New England members, $30 nonmembers

Visit Phillips House at twilight and see how electric light of the early twentieth century transforms a Federal-era house. Selections from Phillips family home movies provide a glimpse of how the family lived in the house and entertained, and where they traveled in their leisure time. A casual wine reception will start the evening.

Registration is required. Please call 978-744-0440 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Walk with Washington, October 3

Friday, October 3, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Gov. John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, N.H.

$6 Historic New England members, $12 nonmembers

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.

Registration is required. Please call 603-436-3205 for more information. Purchase tickets now

The Farmer's Table

Friday, October 3, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane, Newbury, Mass.

$65 Historic New England members, $85 nonmembers

Celebrate four centuries of farming with a multi-course farm-to-table dinner with 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 came to grow spinach during World War II and never left. Historic New England leases the land to local farmers such as Colby Farm, whose produce is served at this meal. Participants must be over 21.

This event is SOLD OUT.

Registration is required. Please call 978-462-2634 for more information.

Art at Marrett

Saturday, October 4, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 5, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Marrett House, 40 Ossippee Trail East, Route 25, Standish, Maine

Free

The Saco River Art League and other Maine artists display and sell their work at Marrett House during this fifth-annual event. Children can come and create their own art at the "Create Your Own Masterpiece" table. Refreshments are available for sale by the Standish Historical Society. Free tours of the house are offered on the hour. A selection of art works chosen by the artists will be sold to benefit Historic New England. Be sure to visit the lovely Colonial Revival-style garden next to the house.

Please call 207-882-7169 for more information. Artists interested in participating should call 207-642-3032.

Beacon Hill Walking Tour, October 4

Saturday, October 4, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.

$6 Historic New England members, $12 nonmembers

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.

Registration is recommended. Please call 617-994-5920 for more information.
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Knowing and Growing Gesneriads, Not Just African Violets

Saturday, October 4, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman St. Waltham, Mass.

$15 Historic New England members, $20 nonmembers

The world of Gesneriads is very diverse. These African violet relatives are often brightly colored, long flowering, and fun to grow. Explore this family of exotic houseplants with Greenhouse Manager Lynn Ackerman, as she introduces you to Kohleria, Streptocarpus, Petrocosmea, Chirtia, and Columnea.

Registration is required. Please call 781-891-1985 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Vintage Base Ball Championship

All Teams

Saturday, October 4, 10:00 a.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.
 
Free
 
Watch the teams of the Essex Base Ball Association, the Newburyport Clamdiggers, Lynn Live Oaks, Lowell Base Ball Nine, the Portsmouth Rockinghams, and the new (old) Georgetown Samosets, 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. Snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase. Grass field seating: bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating. Weather permitting, please call.

This program coincides with the National Farmers Market Association.

In partnership with the Essex Base Ball Association and Ipswich Ale.
 
Please call 978-462-2634 for more information.

Discover Quincy Day

Saturday, October 4, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Quincy House, 20 Muirhead Street, Quincy, Mass. and other locations in Quincy

$5 for adult admission to all sites for the day (children under 16 are free)

Experience Quincy and all of its rich history during Discover Quincy Days. Visit Historic New England’s Josiah Quincy House, the Adams National Historical Park, the Dorothy Quincy Homestead, and the United First Parish Church.

Tickets can be purchased at any of the participating sites the day of the events. Please call 617-994-5930 for more information.

Wollaston Walking Tour, October 4

Saturday, October 4, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tour departs from Moswetuset Hummock parking area, E. Squantum Street, near junction with Quincy Shore Drive. Tour is almost two miles in length.

$5 Historic New England members and Quincy residents, $10 nonmembers
 
In 1770, Edward Pierce, a Dorchester carpenter, built a mansion for Col. Josiah Quincy.  Originally surrounded by fields and pasture, the estate's boundaries once encompassed several hundred acres and reached from what is now Hancock Street to Quincy Bay. When the house was built the area around it, now a densely populated neighborhood known as Wollaston, was very rural. This walking tour illustrates how the area evolved over a 300-year period. Explore Moswetsuet Hummock, the seat of the ruling chief Chickatawbut; see Quincy Bay and Boston Harbor through the eyes of Col. Josiah Quincy and General George Washington; and witness the development of an early twentieth-century middle class neighborhood that reflects a range of architectural styles.
Tour the 1770 Josiah Quincy House following the walking tour.

Registration is recommended. Quincy residents should call to register. Please call 617-994-5930 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Tour de North Shore

Presented by the Young Friends of Historic New England

Saturday, October 4. Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. 30-mile ride begins at 10:30 a.m. 15-mile ride begins at 11:30 a.m. Post-ride refreshments and entertainment until 3:00 p.m.

This event has been postponed. Please contact 617-994-5934 or Events@HistoricNewEngland.org for more information.

Rides begin at Cogswell's Grant, Spring St., Essex, Mass. Rides end at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane, Newbury, Mass.

$50 for 30-mile ride, $30 for 15-mile ride. Young Friends members receive $10 discount.

Join the Young Friends of Historic New England for a cycling tour of the North Shore from Cogswell's Grant in Essex to Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury. Choose either a thirty- or fifteen-mile ride through historic towns and the Great Marsh in its fall colors. Finish at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, where the National Farmers Market Association showcases local produce, and the Essex Base Ball League plays a double-header using 1860s rules.

Cost includes pre-ride drink and snacks, route support, admission to Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm and Cogswell's Grant, two beer tokens, and discounts on fresh food at the farmers market. Participants should arrange for return transport to Essex. 

Must be over 21. Registration is required. Please call 617-994-5934 or e-mail Events@HistoricNewEngland.org for more information. Purchase tickets now

Events Calendar — 63 events