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Taste of the Market: Tomatoes

Saturday, August 29, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road, Saunderstown, R.I.

The Coastal Growers' Market and Historic New England invite you to taste a variety of fruits and vegetables from local Rhode Island farmers during the height of Southern New England's agriculture season.

Casey Farm is one of three vegetable growers offering a taste of the season. Tasting is free, but feel free to support local farmers by purchasing your favorites from each of the vegetable growers. In addition to tasting, there will also be music, coffee, bakery items, and many other delicious treats.


Date is subject to change due to availability of crop. Please call 401-295-1030 for more information.

Faces and Families: Folk Art Portraits at Cogswell's Grant

Saturday, August 29, 10:00 a.m. - noon

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

In the days before photography, portraits offered self-expression and family documentation, first to wealthy colonial settlers, then to the middle class. Itinerant artists of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, often self-taught, painted inexpensive portraits for rural families, and worked in a style whose charm still appeals today.

Join Site Manager Kristen Weiss for an in-depth look at the folk art portrait collection at Cogswell's Grant, and an exploration of the many families and artists represented in the house.

$5 Historic New England members
$15 nonmembers

Please call 978-768-3632 for more information or buy online.

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Artist Demonstration at Langdon House: Mosaic Workshop with Yetti Frenkel

Saturday, August 29, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Gov. John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, N.H.

Every Saturday through August, artist members of New England Sculptors Association (NESA) demonstrate sculpture techniques as part of the exhibition Sculpted Spaces, Historic Places.

Sculptor Yetti Frenkel covers some of her sculptures with hundreds of pieces of glass, creating a sculptural mosaic. She will demonstrate her techniques and have materials available so you can participate in creating a group mosaic. Families are welcome.

Free. Families are welcome.

Please call 603-436-3205 for more information.

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.


Please call 617-994-5970 for more information.

Events Calendar — 131 events