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Events Calendar — 191 events

Farm Friends at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Tuesdays, February 3 - March 17, 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Fridays, February 6 - March 20, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Tuesdays, March 24 - April 28, 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Fridays, March 27 - May 1, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.

 

$45 per session for Historic New England members, $60 per session for nonmembers

 

Join us at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm for a weekly program of farm-related activities, outdoors in the sunshine or the sprinkles. Highlights include: animal care, farm chores, crafts, and games. Appropriate outdoor dress and footwear are required, boots are suggested. A parent or guardian must attend. Younger siblings welcome. Pre-registration is required.

 

For ages three to six. Please note: there will be no class on February 17 or February 20. Visit the Farm Friends webpage or call 978-462-2634 for more information. Register now

Fun with Fiber Arts

Wednesdays, February 4 - February 25, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, March 4 - March 25, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, April 1 - April 29, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, May 6 - May 27, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.

 

$45 per session for Historic New England members, $60 per session for nonmembers

 

For children in grades 2 - 6

 

These monthly sessions are for students who are interested in or already working with fiber. Participants learn hand sewing, weaving, felting, knitting, dying wool, and carding/spinning wool, from featured guest artists. All crafts and completed projects are taken home. Students also learn how to use a sewing machine.

 

Please call 978-462-2634 for more information. Register now

Tales and Ales, May 1

Friday, May 1, 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 listening to true tales of sword fights, scandalous romances, and bloody brawls, all from Newbury’s storied past. Participants must be over 21.

This event is SOLD OUT.

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

Beacon Hill Walking Tour, May 2

Saturday, May 2, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.

$10 Historic New England members, $15 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. Purchase tickets now

Tales and Ales, May 2

Saturday, May 2, 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 listening to true tales of sword fights, scandalous romances, and bloody brawls, all from Newbury’s storied past. Participants must be over 21.

This event is SOLD OUT.

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

Cleaner, Greener Quincy

Saturday, May 2, 9:00 a.m. - noon
Quincy House, 20 Muirhead Street, Quincy, Mass.

Free

Historic New England partners with the Wollaston Garden Club for the City of Quincy’s annual spring clean-up. Learn about the landscape surrounding the Quincy House and help prepare the garden for another growing season. Other projects will take place throughout the city, including beaches, marshes, school grounds, parks, and open spaces. Bring work gloves if you have them.

Please call 617-994-5930 for more information
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Shared Spaces: Maintaining History in Condo Living

Saturday, May 2, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Mass.

$15 Young Friends and Historic Homeowner members, $20 Historic New England and Historic Salem Inc. members, $25 nonmembers


If you've recently bought a condo, learn how to prioritize improvement and maintenance projects; choose historically appropriate colors, details, and furnishings; and work with your condo association on preservation issues.

Speakers include Sally Zimmerman, senior preservation services manager at Historic New England; Elizabeth Randall, independent project manager and interior designer; and Julie Arrison, site manager at Historic New England's properties in Salem and owner of a historic condo.

Bring pictures and information about your own projects for a short consultation section. Take home a packet of resources, including Historic New England color charts. Light refreshments served.

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

History and Herb Hike, May 2

Saturday, May 2, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Arnold House, 487 Great Road, Lincoln, R.I.

Free to Historic New England members, $10 Lincoln residents, $15 nonmembers

Join Historic New England and herbalist Maureen Lapre for a walk through the beautiful, rolling trails of Lincoln, Rhode Island, and learn about the history-filled landscape from the seventeenth century to today. Lapre points out various herbs and explains their benefits in both colonial times and today. Tours begin at Arnold House and travel through Gateway Park to Chase Farm Park and back again. Includes admission to Arnold House.

Registration is recommended.
To register in advance, Lincoln residents must call. Please call 401-728-9696 for more information. Purchase tickets now

"A Quiet Hour" Writers Group, May 4

Monday, May 4, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Maine

$4 Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers

In 1908 Sarah Orne Jewett wrote to her friend and budding author Willa Cather, "Do not hurry too fast in these early winter days--a quiet hour is worth more to you than anything you can do in it." She advised her friend to "keep and guard and mature your force, and above all, have time and quiet to perfect your work." On the first Monday of each month through May, enjoy a quiet hour in Jewett's home to mature your force as a writer. Facilitated by former poet laureate of Hampshire County, U.K., Brian Evans-Jones, this group serves to inspire and nurture writers of all levels and genres.

Drop-ins welcome. Please call 207-384-2454 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Weeding Wednesdays at the Lyman Estate

Wednesday, May 6, 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.  
Events Calendar — 191 events