More than 200 events are being offered in September at The Trustees of Reservations sites across the Northeast region, including outdoor adventures, cooking classes, family-friendly farm programs, and historic home and garden tours.
At Crane Estate in Ipswich, there are many outdoor programs called CraneOutdoors that feature activities like sunset kayaking, paddling out to Choate Island for a hike, and kayaking on the historic Fox Creek. Down on Crane Beach, visitors can also partake in several wellness options, such as HIIT workouts on Tuesdays and yoga on Thursdays.
Crane Beach also offers a program geared toward families with children ages 5-12 on Saturdays called CraneExplorer. These programs offer short hikes or interactive educational programs aimed at children learning about the ecology and coastal habitat of Crane Beach. More details are on the Crane Beach webpage.
Other programs offered at Crane Beach in September include:
- Dunes by the Light of the Full Moon – On Sept. 28 and 29, take this guided, after-hours hike on Crane Beach and in the dunes where you will explore the trails around Castle Neck. This hike is best-suited for families with children ages 12 and older.
- Choate Island Day – On Sept. 30, there will be two programs offered, one in the morning and one in the afternoon for visitors to explore the crown jewel of the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Visitors can opt for a guided or self-guided experience of this interesting island that is home to a variety of wildlife and has breathtaking views of Essex Bay.
Castle Hill on Crane Estate offers a variety of recurring tours of the historic home and property throughout the week, allowing visitors a look into life at this seaside estate. Please consult the Crane Estate webpage for dates and details. Other events at Castle Hill include:
- Castle Hill Picnic Concert – On Sept. 7, come hear Soul Rebel Project, a reggae band, perform at the final Castle Hill Picnic Concert of the season. Enjoy the music and a picnic on the lawn.
- Scenic Songs: A Hiking Concert with Taylor Ashton – Singer and songwriter Taylor Ashton will lead a hike while performing an acoustic concert at Castle Hill. Trail snacks will be provided, and it is recommended guests bring a blanket or camp stool for the performance.
- The Harrington Circus – The afternoon of Sept. 24 will be a fun-filled experience as Castle Hill recreates a popular neighborhood circus from the 1910s that performed on Agrilla Road. Join us for Harrington Circus, which features aerial performers, juggling and more. There will be old-fashioned games, races, contests, a midway and wandering performers who will teach visitors some circus tricks. Wearing period costumes is encouraged, but not required. Food and drinks will be available to purchase.
- Theater on Castle Hill: Macbeth – On Sept. 29, come out to experience live theater at Castle Hill with Open and Glass Doves’ production of Macbeth. This production is designed to use both indoor and outdoor spaces in Castle Hill’s Barn Complex and Tower Garden.
Appleton Farms in Hamilton and Ipswich is one of the country’s oldest continuously operating farms. It’s also teeming with programs and activities during September. There are recurring programs geared at families who want to learn more about farms and the animals who call them home. There are also hayrides, preschool programs, homeschool programs, and barnyard story hours.
Appleton also offers a culinary workshop series focusing on baking bread and cooking with seasonal produce. Dates and details are available on the Appleton Farms webpage.
Other programs offered in September include:
- Hike and Paddle – On Sept. 9, join Appleton Farms and the Ipswich River Watershed Association for a hike and paddle. Meet at the farm to hike over to the association’s headquarters right on the Ipswich River. From there, participants will paddle to downtown Ipswich and back, and then hike back to the farm.
- Appleton Mix and Mingle Singles Hike for Beer – Meet up with other singles (ages 21 and over) on Sept. 15 for a hike on the Appleton Farms trails and relax with a beer afterward at the Farmhouse.
- Farm Days – Come out to this annual fall celebration on Sept. 16-17 and spend the afternoon exploring the farm, enjoying good food, listening to live music, and playing entertaining games with the children.
- Appleton Fall Equinox Sunset Hike – Celebrate Fall Equinox with this sunset hike on Appleton’s trails. This easy to moderate hike will give you a chance to see the fall foliage.
- Sunday Sessions at Appleton Farms – Join us for the last Sunday Session of the season on Sept. 24 and enjoy the live music of the Psychedelic Relics. Farmhouse wood-fired pizzas will be available.
- Full Moon Hike – Enjoy the full moon during this nighttime hike on Sept. 29. All ages and experience levels welcome.
Long Hill in Beverly has garden tours and yoga in the gardens every Saturday throughout September. Other programs include:
- Garden to Vase Fall Floral Design Workshop – On Sept. 16, join us for a floral design workshop to learn how to choose the right flowers and vessels, centerpiece construction, incorporating traditional and non-traditional elements in your designs, and the basics of floral design.
- In a Green Shade: An Evening of Poems in the Gardens of Long Hill – The gardens will host an evening of poetry on Sept. 17 featuring poet and longtime gardener Tess Taylor. Several other poets will also join Taylor in reading their work.
- Fall Equinox Sound Healing – Karen and Kelley from Wild Rose Holistic Health will be on hand Sept. 19 for a sound healing experience in the garden. This guided relaxation will be accompanied by crystal singing bowls, drums, flutes, and gong.
- Afternoon Tea in the Garden – Come out Sept. 24 for afternoon tea on the terrace in the historic Sedgwick gardens. Sandwiches, scones and mini desserts will be served along with a variety of teas.
Stevens-Coolidge House and Gardens in North Andover has recurring garden tours and a children’s program called Wee Explorers. Please check its webpage for dates and details. Other programs on tap for September include:
- Southern Rail Concert – Bring your picnic goodies and join us for a bluegrass concert by Southern Rail on Sept. 9.
- Plein Air Painting with ZNT Art – Join guest artist Zahirah Nur Truth of ZNT Arts on Sept. 10 for a fun and special Plein Air Painting Workshop. All materials will be provided, and participants will delve into soft impressionism techniques to create abstract vibrant flowers inspired by the French Garden.
- Community Days – Enjoy free admission on Sept. 15 for Community Days and enjoy the waning days of summer in the gardens and historic home.
Interested individuals should check The Trustees’ website at https://thetrustees.org/events/ to confirm event details and status. Some events may sell out or be cancelled due to low enrollment.