, Salem, MA


July 25, 2013

Crafts take center stage at Olde Ipswich Days

At 379 years of age, the town of Ipswich is a lot older than Olde Ipswich Days, the annual celebration of its history.

But as the heritage event enters its 43rd year this weekend with a crafts fair, live musical performances by local bands Swamp Groove and One More, and plenty of good things to eat, it has seen plenty of changes.

“It started with 17th century days, They made quite an event here; the historical houses were open,” said Sue Burton, who has helped organize the event for more than 30 years. “We also had the Ipswich marathon, but we’ve lost the marathon.”

The event itself used to be something of a marathon, lasting nine days, but has since been cut to three.

“Now it’s primarily the crafts fair,” Burton said. “The friends of the library will have a used book sale. The Boy Scout troop has always run the booth where you get hot dogs and hamburgers — it’s one of their big fundraisers. The Ipswich High graduating class of 2014 will sell slush, and the cheerleaders will sell fudge.”

“But 10 years ago, it narrowed down to the crafts fair,” she said.

With so much focus on this part of the celebration, Burton and her committee of four other volunteers try to provide a variety of vendors.

“It’s a small fair, so what we try to do is not overlap,” Burton said. “You can only have so many jewelers or potters.”

Limiting the number of vendors also allows the committee to pick and choose.

“Over a period of time, we just had many more applications, so we would really pick,” she said. “They’re getting to see the best of the best.”

They have also tried to make sure that not only all tastes, but also every pocketbook, will be pleased with their options at the fair.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Orchid North Shore Gardener: It’s the summer without hydrangeas August "Fairest of the months! Ripe summer's queen, the hey-day of the year, with robes that gleam with sunny sheen Sweet August doth appear." -- R. Combe Miller Q: Can you tell me why my numerous "Endless Summer" hydrangea plants are not blooming th

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dr. Kate: 8 strategies to help your child overcome a fear of bullies Despite the massive anti-bullying campaigns that dominate our current culture, many students continue to feel bullied. The current anti-bullying campaign focuses on decreasing bullying by policing the bullies, but what about empowering the victims? B

    August 1, 2014

  • booknotes0801 Stroll through a story at Danvers library Reading can be good for the body as well as the mind. That's especially true for visitors of the new StoryWalk at Peabody Institute Library of Danvers. "StoryWalk is combining physical activity with reading," said Karen Veilleux, a children's librar

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • frenkel Quick pick: Bring stories to life Bring stories to life Explore and experience the challenges and satisfactions of combining text with images in a four-session illustration workshop, led by award-winning published illustrator Yetti Frenkel at the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • TV Outlander [Duplicate] 'Outlander' brings novels to life vibrantly NEW YORK -- There's an odd believability you find inside "Outlander" that somehow makes it feel true-to-life. Never mind that it's a rip-roaring fantasy. Claire, a lovely British Army nurse on a second honeymoon in Scotland, is mysteriously swept fr

    August 1, 2014 4 Photos

  • Dear Abby: Diabetic friend suffers close call miles away from hospital Dear Abby: My husband and I have a lake house and invited a couple (close friends) to join us for a few days. The husband has cancer and has been taking chemo. We wanted them both to rest, as the wife is his only caregiver. We all thought this would

    August 1, 2014

  • People-Alicia Keys [Duplicate] Alicia Keys pregnant with second child NEW YORK (AP) -- Alicia Keys is getting ready for another big release: her second child. A representative for the Grammy-winning performer confirmed Thursday that the singer is pregnant. Keys posted a photo with her baby bump on Instagram early Thurs

    August 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • Friday's Best Bets Best Bets for Friday, Aug. 1

    Looking for something to do today? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thursday's Best Bets Best Bets for Thursday, July 31

    Looking for something to do today? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • homecoming1 Festivals in Salem and Beverly celebrate cities' heritage

    Salem Heritage Days and Beverly Homecoming, both of which start this weekend, are roughly the same age. "This is the 49th year," said Bruce Doig, director of parks and recreation in Beverly. "The most recent form of homecoming started in 1966 as a wa

    July 31, 2014 6 Photos

NDN Video
Comments Tracker