Myopia Thanksgiving Day Hunt in Ipswich, MA

Yesterday, I was one of many onlookers at the annual Myopia Hunt Club Thanksgiving Day Hunt. The day dawned as beautiful as you could wish; spectators were treated to beautiful horses, riders in their hunt attire, and the magnificent foxhounds. It was a nice prelude to Thanksgiving dinner with family. I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving...
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Holy Cow! Appleton Farms

I love cows.  I love their big, expressive eyes, their peaceful natures, the way they seem to enjoy each others’ company.  It gives me a calm feeling watching them grazing in a field.  In upstate New York, where I grew up, you didn’t have to go far to find a dairy farm with a field full of cows.  On the North Shore, however,  they’re not exactly a common sight.  That’s why it’s such a pleasure to visit Appleton Farms in Ipswich, a Trustees of Reservations property.  In addition to miles of walking trails, there are lots and lots of …cows!  Most of them are Jersey cows, which are my favorites. On September 19, from 10 am to 3 pm, Appleton Farms will be holding Family Farm Day, a great time to visit with the barnyard animals, pick a pumpkin, and ride a pony. Go to Appleton Farms; for the exercise, for the beauty, for the wildlife, and for the...
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It's Planting Time On The North Shore

No matter the size of your garden –  a patch, a pot, a window box, an acre – May is the month for planting on the North Shore.  The area nurseries are chock-full of tempting plants and the weather has been delightfully cooperative.  This weekend, I visited Corliss Brothers in Ipswich and picked up tomato, pepper, basil, and lettuce plants, as well as a basket of petunias, some bean and spinach seeds, and a bale of salt hay.  I was having a grand time wandering among the flowers, shrubs, and trees, envisioning them planted in my landscape – while my husband waited in line with our purchases.  There are many great garden centers on the North Shore.  Others I frequent are Northeast Nursery in Peabody, Wolf Hill in Ipswich (which is holding “Date Night” on Thursdays & Fridays), and Ward’s Greenhouse in Beverly for hanging and bedding plants. Of course, this is only a partial list of all of the great places you can find healthy and happy plants for your garden.  What are your favorites?  Write in and tell us. Happy...
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The Myopia Thanksgiving Day Hunt

Thanksgiving morning I got up bright and early and went to Gloucester to help my friends at Cape Ann Animal Aid.  On the way home, I decided to try and find the Myopia Thanksgiving Day Hunt.  I knew they met somewhere near Waldingfield Road in Ipswich at 10:00 a.m., but wasn’t sure exactly where.  Parking on the side of the road, I hooked up with a small group of people who were also trying to find the hunt.  Deciding there was strength in numbers, I willingly followed them along wooded paths and picked my way through muddy fields.  The gray and drizzly day made everything around me look ghostly, including a large flock of geese that took flight when we startled them.  Suddenly, on a ridge, we saw a group of riders.  Once we climbed up the hill, we could see the large gathering of horses, riders, and hounds before us in the distance.  It was a sight to make me forget about my soaking wet and muddy feet.  Once the group shouted “hip, hip, hooray!” they were off.  The group of bystanders waited patiently for the riders to reappear.  All of a sudden, the hounds came into view, running excitedly down the field.  Horses and riders followed in hot pursuit.  The black and tan hounds, red, blue and gray blazers of the riders, assorted colors of horses, and the muted scenery made for an extraordinary sight.  When it was over, I wasn’t quite sure how to find my way back to the car; but after asking a few kindly strangers and walking a few miles, I finally found it.  It was a nice way to spend Thanksgiving morning before leaving to be with family and eat myself silly.  I’ll definitely make this a Thanksgiving tradition, but will be sure to wear rubber boots next...
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Fun Friday

Holy Cow! Appleton Farms in Ipswich hosts a “Cow Fest” celebration on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2:30-4:30 pm.  The main event is the Strolling of the Dairy Herd, with the herd of milking Jersey cows and the farms’ Topsfield Fair award-winning heifers and calves in costume.  Other activities include hands-on dairy activities and tours of the dairy barn during milking time.  Bring a blanket or chair to Dawson’s True Value, 50 Enon Street on Saturday, October 24th.  The Beverly Chamber of Commerce will host a Fall Family Music Festival outside under tents.  The event is open to all and is free, featuring a D.J. and live music, balloon creations, face painting, apple cider, coffee, free pizza and hot dogs.  Rain or Shine.   Mahi Mahi Cruises of Salem offers a Haunted Harbor Cruise through November 1.  Passengers will enjoy a fun-filled informative cruise with ghost stories, pirate lore, and more.  Tonight.  Trick or Treat night at Pickering Wharf.  Parents with children in costume, 14 or younger, are encouraged to visit stores at Pickering Wharf with balloons outside their doors from 5:30-7:30 pm for treats.  The annual Children’s Costume Parade & Party takes place on Salem Common, October 24, 11 am-3 pm.  Finally, visit the Essex Clamfest in Essex’ Memorial Park – which has been pushed to this Sunday, October 25, 11 am – 4 pm.  It’s beautiful outside.  Enjoy the...
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