SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

June 28, 2013

Destination Ipswich Events Calendar

Muriel C. Hoffacker
Staff writer

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Ipswich Museum is open for seasonal historic house tours. Tours last 30 minutes in each house, which includes the 1677 Whipple House and the 1800 Heard House, where a collection of paintings by Arthur Wesley Dow is displayed. Tours will continue until Oct. 30. Museum hours are Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission for both houses is $10, or $7 for one house for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children under 6. For more information, call 978-356-2811 or visit www.ipswichmuseum.org.

Castle Hill Tours: “The Great House: Revealed” tours are offered through Oct. 12 at the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last tour at 3 p.m.), and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (last tour at 1 p.m.). Adults, $12; children 12 and under, free. Discounts for Trustees of Reservations members. Castle Hill Estate Tour: The Designed Landscape offered Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Oct. 26. $10 adults, children free; discounts for members. Combined Great House and Estate Tour admission, $18/nonmembers. $9 members. www.thetrustees.org.

Friday, June 28

Children’s Treasure Hunt at The Great House on Castle Hill, 11 to 11:45 a.m., for families with children ages 4 to 8. A 45-minute guided treasure hunt throughout the Crane family mansion. $10 adult and child, $5 for each additional child; discounts for members. 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Pre-registration required at www.ttor.org/things-to-do/.

Family Farm Dinners: Earth Oven Pizza Nights, 5:30 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. Join the farm staff and a volunteer guest chef for a Friday night pizza party on the farm. Children can visit the chickens, pick herbs for their pizzas, and play some old-fashioned games while homemade pizzas are baked in the new earth oven in the outdoor kitchen. Salad (from the farm) and tart lemonade for all. Attendees can also make their own ice cream for dessert; bring a bowl. Event part of Appleton Cooks! program. $10/person. 978-356-5728 or afeducator@ttor.org.

Saturday, June 29

Heard Cup, 2 to 5 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. The Museum will host its first-ever Heard Cup Homebrew Competition, sponsored by Turkey Shore Distilleries and Ipswich Ale Brewery. Tickets cost $35 each, free for children. 978-356-2811 or visit www.ipswichmuseum.org.

Sunday, June 30

Community Concert, 4 to 6 p.m., Hall-Haskell House lawn, 36 S. Main St. Ipswich Community Concert featuring the Merrimack Valley Concert Band.

Monday, July 1

Brown Bag Lunch, noon, Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Museum docent and college professor George Gray discusses the rewards and challenges of teaching Chinese students in the United States. Free to Ipswich seniors. 978-356-2811 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.

Thursday, July 4

Ipswich Parade, 8:30 a.m., decorate bikes, trikes and wagons at Winthrop School, 325 Bay Road, South Hamilton. Parade starts at Winthrop at 10 a.m., then proceeds up Mineral Street, then right on High Street, left on County Street, right on Hovey Street, right on Water Street, then along Ipswich River ending at Town Hall for a ceremony at 10:45 a.m.

Friday, July 5

Children’s Treasure Hunt at The Great House on Castle Hill, 11 to 11:45 a.m., 290 Argilla Road. For families with children ages 4 to 8. A 45-minute guided treasure hunt throughout the Crane family mansion. $10 adult and child, $5 for each additional child; discounts for members. Pre-registration required at www.ttor.org/things-to-do/.

Game Day, noon to 3 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St. Children are invited to play board and card games, including Battleship, Sorry, chess, checkers, Connect Four and more. Details and registration at 978-356-6648.

Saturday, July 6

From the Kitchen Garden: Cooking with Fresh Herbs, 10 a.m. to noon, Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. The Appleton Cooks! program presents a two-hour class, taught by chef-teacher Debbie Powell, to learn the qualities, uses and treatment of fresh herbs grown at Appleton Farms. Herbs discussed include parsley, dill, chives and cilantro. $45 admission, $35 for members. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or appletoncooks@ttor.org.

Life on a Saltwater Farm: Paine House Tours for 17th-Century Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Greenwood Farm, Jeffrey’s Neck Road. Tour the 1694 Paine House at Greenwood Farm, the site of 250 years of family farming. Explore trails through the pastureland and salt marsh; open daily, sunrise to sunset. $8 adults, free for children 12 and under (free to Trustees members). 978-356-4351, ext. 4049, or lmarshall@ttor.org.

Whipple House Tours for 17th-Century Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Tour the 1677 Whipple House and see the authentic reproduction of the 1657 Knight House. $7 admission; free for members.

Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert Series: Entrain, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road. A rock, funk, jam band kicks off Castle Hill’s 2013 Summer Picnic Concerts. Gates open at 5 p.m. for picnicking, and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.

Wednesday, July 10

Cartooning Workshop, 10 to 11 a.m., Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St. Local illustrator and author Andy Smith will lead workshops for children ages 6 and up. Register at 978-356-6648.

Gluten Free Living, 6 to 9 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. The Appleton Cooks! program presents an overview outlining the gluten-free diet, the do’s and don’ts, guides to substitutions, and helpful hints on how to live life the gluten-free way. Attendees will make bread, pizza and pasta without regular flour. Workshop led by chef-teacher Jenn Knight. $75/Trustees of Reservations members, $85/nonmembers. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or appletoncooks@ttor.org.

Friday, July 12

Children’s Treasure Hunt at The Great House on Castle Hill, 11 to 11:45 a.m., 290 Argilla Road. For families with children ages 4 to 8. A 45-minute guided treasure hunt throughout the Crane family mansion. $10/nonmember adult and child, $5 for each additional child; $8/adult member and one child. Pre-registration required at www.ttor.org/things-to-do/.

Game Day, noon to 3 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St. Children are invited to play board and card games, including Battleship, Sorry, chess, checkers, Connect Four and more. Details and registration at 978-356-6648.

A Culinary Workshop: The Farmer’s Market, 6 to 9 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. An Appleton Cooks! three-hour, hands-on workshop, led by chef-teacher Carolyn Grieco, with new culinary skills and recipes that feature the foods of the season. Participants will share a full meal at the end of the workshop. $75/Trustees of Reservations members, $85/nonmembers. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or appletoncooks@ttor.org.

Tuesday, July 16

Downtown Tuesdays: River Walk Dancing, 6 to 9 p.m., Ipswich Riverwalk Mural patio, Union Street. Dance instructions from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by dancing under the stars from 7 to 9 p.m. Free admission.

Wednesday, July 17

Cartooning Workshop, 10 to 11 a.m., Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St. Local illustrator and author Andy Smith will lead workshops for children ages 6 and up. Register at 978-356-6648.

Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. The Museum’s lecture series is sponsored by First Ipswich Bank. Free admission for members and participants, $10 for nonmembers. 978-356-2811 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.

Thursday, July 18

From the Outdoor Kitchen: Summer Grilling and Salads, 6 to 9 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. Evening of culinary learning, incredible flavor, and hands-on cooking experience. Menu includes grilled planked fish tacos with citrus slaw, red wine and mustard marinated grass-fed sirloin with chimicchuri sauce, orzo salad with grilled vegetables, feta, olives, and fresh herbs, and grilled chicken kabobs with red onion, mint, and grilled Greek salad. All produce, beef, and chicken to be sourced locally. The three-hour Appleton Cooks! class will end with a shared meal in the outdoor kitchen. $75/Trustees of Reservations members, $85/nonmembers. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or appletoncooks@ttor.org.

Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert Series: Digney Fignus, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road. Americana music. Gates open 5 p.m. for picnicking, and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 per car for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.

Friday, July 19

Children’s Treasure Hunt at The Great House on Castle Hill, 11 to 11:45 a.m., 290 Argilla Road. For families with children ages 4 to 8. A 45-minute guided treasure hunt throughout the Crane family mansion. $10/nonmember adult and child, $5 for each additional child; $8/adult member and one child. Pre-registration required at www.ttor.org/things-to-do/.

Game Day, noon to 3 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St. Children are invited to play board and card games, including Battleship, Sorry, chess, checkers, Connect Four and more. Details and registration at 978-356-6648.

Family Farm Dinners: Earth Oven Pizza Nights, 5:30 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. Join the farm staff and a volunteer guest chef for a Friday night pizza party on the farm. Children can visit the chickens, pick herbs for their pizzas, and play some good old-fashioned games while homemade pizzas are baked in the new earth oven in the outdoor kitchen. Salad (from the farm) and tart lemonade for all. Attendees can also make their own ice cream for dessert; bring a bowl. Event part of Appleton Cooks! program. $10/person. 978-356-5728 or afeducator@ttor.org.

Sunday, July 21

Roaring ’20s Lawn Party, 3 to 8 p.m., Castle Hill on Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road. The Trustees of Reservations and Boston Swing Central will host a Roaring ’20s Lawn Party, featuring ’20s and ’30s jazz music, swing dancing lessons, Charleston performances and a vintage fair on the Grand Allée, a half-mile long landscaped lawn lined with statuary and hedgerows. Boston Swing Central will start the festivities with a group dance lesson beginning at 3 p.m. Brooklyn-based Baby Soda Jazz band will take the stage at 4 p.m. and play throughout the evening. Attendees are encouraged to wear ’20s-style dress, and bring a picnic supper or purchase one on-site. $20/nonmembers, $15/TTOR members, students and seniors. Purchase tickets in advance at www.thetrusteees.org. 978-356-4351.

Tuesday, July 23

Downtown Tuesdays: The Meeting House Coffee House, 7 to 10 p.m., Meeting House atop Town Hill. Acoustic music and spoken word. Free admission.

Wednesday, July 24

Cartooning Workshop, 10 to 11 a.m., Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St. Local illustrator and author Andy Smith will lead workshops for children ages 6 and up. Register at 978-356-6648.

Thursday, July 25

Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert Series: Grupo Fantasia, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road. Latin music. Gates open 5 p.m. for picnicking, and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 per car for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.

Friday, July 26

Olde Ipswich Days Arts and Crafts Fair on South Village Green, Route 1A, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 60 juried art and craft exhibitors, food and entertainment. Free admission and parking.

Children’s Treasure Hunt at The Great House on Castle Hill, 11 to 11:45 a.m., 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. For families with children ages 4 to 8. A 45-minute guided treasure hunt throughout the Crane family mansion. $10/nonmember adult and child, $5 for each additional child; $8/adult member and one child. Pre-registration required at www.ttor.org/things-to-do/.

Game Day, noon to 3 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St. Children are invited to play board and card games, including Battleship, Sorry, chess, checkers, Connect Four and more. Details and registration at 978-356-6648.

Saturday, July 27

Olde Ipswich Days Arts and Crafts Fair on South Village Green, Route 1A, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 60 juried art and craft exhibitors, food and entertainment. Free admission and parking.

In the Fields and Farm Kitchen: Fresh Crop Cooking Series, 3 to 5 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. Take a guided walking tour to the field to see how crops grow. Choose one specific crop for the group to harvest and then head back to the state-of-the-art farm kitchen to learn new ways of preparing it, followed by sampling. Chef-teacher Carolyn Grieco will lead the Appleton Cooks! two-hour workshop. The crop variety is not pre-determined, but will be chosen by what is in season on the farm. Wear boots. $45/Trustees of Reservations members, $55/nonmembers. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or appletoncooks@ttor.org.

Sunday, July 28

Olde Ipswich Days Arts and Crafts Fair on South Village Green, Route 1A, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 60 juried art and craft exhibitors, food and entertainment. Free admission and parking.

Tuesday, July 30

Down Town Tuesdays: River Walk Dancing, 6 to 9 p.m., Ipswich Riverwalk Mural patio, Union Street. Dance instructions from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by dancing under the stars from 7 to 9 p.m. Free admission.

Wednesday, July 31

For the Pantry: Pickling, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. Appleton Cooks! program will teach attendees how to safely preserve a summer harvest. Hands-on demonstration with a discussion about food safety. Produce and materials provided to make a batch of seasonal preserves. Space is limited. $20/Trustees of Reservations members, $25/nonmembers. Pre-register at 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or appletoncooks@ttor.org.

Thursday, Aug. 1

Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert Series: Roomful of Blues, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road. Blues music. Gates open 5 p.m. for picnicking, and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 per car for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.

Friday, Aug. 2

Children’s Treasure Hunt at The Great House on Castle Hill, 11 to 11:45 a.m., 290 Argilla Road. For families with children ages 4 to 8. A 45-minute guided treasure hunt throughout the Crane family mansion. $10/nonmember adult and child, $5 for each additional child; $8/adult member and one child. Pre-registration required at www.ttor.org/things-to-do/.

Game Day, noon to 3 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St. Children are invited to play board and card games, including Battleship, Sorry, chess, checkers, Connect Four and more. Details and registration at 978-356-6648.

From the Fields: Seasonal Tapas, 6 to 9 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. With a farm-to-table twist, make classic and new tapas under the instruction of chef-teacher Jenn Knight, then eat them outdoors on the garden patio. Part of the Appleton Cooks! program. $75/Trustees of Reservations members, $85/nonmembers. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or appletoncooks@ttor.org.

Saturday, Aug. 3

Basic Cheesemaking, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. A one-day course for participants to learn how to make a basic soft cheese, mozzarella, and butter. Workshop provides an opportunity for discussion on the basics of milk, curd and the cheese-making process, and questions for the experienced cheese maker. Participants gain direct hands-on experience in cheese-making on a small scale without a lot of investment in equipment that can be used in the home kitchen. Participants will take home some of their product. Part of the Appleton Cooks! program. $70/Trustees of Reservations member, $95/nonmember. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or appletoncooks@ttor.org.

Life on a Saltwater Farm: Paine House Tours for 17th-Century Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Greenwood Farm, Jeffrey’s Neck Road. Tour the 1694 Paine House at Greenwood Farm, the site of 250 years of family farming. Explore trails through the pastureland and salt marsh; open daily, sunrise to sunset. $8 adult, free for children 12 and under (free to Trustees members). 978-356-4351, ext. 4049, or lmarshall@ttor.org.

Whipple House Tours for 17th-Century Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Tour the 1677 Whipple House and see the authentic reproduction of the 1657 Knight House. $7/nonmembers, free/members.

Monday, Aug. 5

Brown Bag Lunch, noon, Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Curator Katherine Chaison discusses and displays seldom seen objects in collections for perennial favorite “Collection Gems.” Free to Ipswich seniors. 978-356-2811 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.

Tuesday, Aug. 6

Downtown Tuesdays: The Meeting House Coffee House, 7 to 10 p.m., Meeting House atop Town Hill. Acoustic music and spoken word. Free admission.

Thursday, Aug. 8

Homemade Pasta Making, 6 to 9 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. Under the direction of chef-teacher Jenn Knight, participants will learn about pasta by making different shapes and filling, cutting and rolling the fresh pasta, then making a sauce using ingredients from the farm. Part of the Appleton Cooks! program. $75/Trustees of Reservations member, $85/nonmember. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or appletoncooks@ttor.org.

Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert Series: Beantown Swing Orchestra, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road. Big Band Swing music. Arrive at 6 p.m. for a group dance lesson. Gates open 5 p.m. for picnicking, and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 per car for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.

Friday, Aug. 9

Children’s Treasure Hunt at The Great House on Castle Hill, 11 to 11:45 a.m., 290 Argilla Road. For families with children ages 4 to 8. A 45-minute guided treasure hunt throughout the Crane family mansion. $10/nonmember adult and child, $5 for each additional child; $8/adult member and one child. Pre-registration required at www.ttor.org/things-to-do/.

Game Day, noon to 3 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St. Children are invited to play board and card games, including Battleship, Sorry, chess, checkers, Connect Four and more. Details and registration at 978-356-6648.

Tuesday, Aug. 13

Downtown Tuesdays: River Walk Dancing, 6 to 9 p.m., Ipswich Riverwalk Mural patio, Union Street. Dance instructions from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by dancing under the stars from 7 to 9 p.m. Free admission.

Wednesday, Aug. 14

Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Ipswich resident Jake Burridge presents “Pavilion Beach ­— Historically and Socially.” The museum’s lecture series is sponsored by First Ipswich Bank. Free admission for members and participants, $10 for nonmembers. 978-356-2811 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.

Thursday, Aug. 15

Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert Series: The Brew, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road. Rock music. Gates open 5 p.m. for picnicking, and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 per car for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.

Friday, Aug. 16

Children’s Treasure Hunt at The Great House on Castle Hill, 11 to 11:45 a.m., 290 Argilla Road. For families with children ages 4 to 8. A 45-minute guided treasure hunt throughout the Crane family mansion. $10/nonmember adult and child, $5 for each additional child; $8/adult member and one child. Pre-registration required at www.ttor.org/things-to-do/.

Game Day, noon to 3 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St. Children are invited to play board and card games, including Battleship, Sorry, chess, checkers, Connect Four and more. Details and registration at 978-356-6648.

Family Farm Dinners: Earth Oven Pizza Nights, 5:30 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. Join the farm staff and a volunteer guest chef for a Friday night pizza party on the farm. Children can visit the chickens, pick herbs for their pizzas, and play some good old-fashioned games while homemade pizzas are baked in the new earth oven in the outdoor kitchen. Salad (from the farm) and tart lemonade for all. Attendees can also make their own ice cream for dessert; bring a bowl. Event part of Appleton Cooks! program. $10/person. 978-356-5728 or afeducator@ttor.org.

Saturday, Aug. 17

Advanced Cheesemaking, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. A one-day course will build off of the skills learned during basic cheesemaking. The course will focus on hard and rind cheeses. An Asiago cheese will be featured. Cheesemaking knowledge is required. Part of the Appleton Cooks! program. $95/Trustees of Reservations member, $125/nonmember. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or appletoncooks@ttor.org.

Monday, Aug. 19

Art in August Workshop, 3 to 5 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Workshop complements the museum’s summer exhibit, “I Must Go Down to the Seas Again.” All ages welcome. Materials fee: $5 members, $6 nonmembers. Pre-registration recommended at educator@ipswichmuseum.org or 978-356-2811.

Thursday, Aug. 22

Summer’s Bounty: Four Farm Fresh Dishes, 6 to 9 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. Menu focuses on the farm’s August bounty. If the weather cooperates, the menu will include roasted corn, red pepper and tomato chowder; eggplant and tomato gratin; summer risotto with grilled squash, mixed peppers, and fennel; and berries in almond cream. A shared meal ends the evening. Participants will keep the recipes. $75/Trustees of Reservations members, $85/nonmembers. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or appletoncooks@ttor.org.

Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert Series: HELP!, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road. Beatles tribute band. Gates open 5 p.m. for picnicking, and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 per car for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.

Friday, Aug. 23

Children’s Treasure Hunt at The Great House on Castle Hill, 11 to 11:45 a.m., 290 Argilla Road. For families with children ages 4 to 8. A 45-minute guided treasure hunt throughout the Crane family mansion. $10/nonmember adult and child, $5 for each additional child; $8/adult member and one child. Pre-registration required at www.ttor.org/things-to-do/.

Game Day, noon to 3 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St. Children are invited to play board and card games, including Battleship, Sorry, chess, checkers, Connect Four and more. Details and registration at 978-356-6648.

Saturday, Aug. 24

In the Fields and Farm Kitchen: Fresh Crop Cooking Series, 3 to 5 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. Take a guided walking tour to the field to see how crops grow. Choose one specific crop for the group to harvest and then head back to the state-of-the-art farm kitchen to learn new ways of preparing it, followed by sampling. Chef-teacher Carolyn Grieco will lead the Appleton Cooks! two-hour workshop. The crop variety is not pre-determined, but will be chosen by what is in season on the farm. Wear boots. $45/Trustees of Reservations members, $55/nonmembers. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or appletoncooks@ttor.org.

Wednesday, Aug. 28

From the Fields: Celebrating the Summer Tomato, 6 to 9 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. Learn new, interesting ways of cooking with tomatoes. The farm’s tomatoes will be featured throughout the menu, from appetizer to entrée to fun salads and special sides. Participants will share the meal at the end of the program. Chef-teacher Carolyn Grieco will lead the three-hour, hands-on cooking workshop. Part of the Appleton Cooks! program. $75/Trustees of Reservations members, $85/nonmembers. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or appletoncooks@ttor.org.

Thursday, Aug. 29

From the Fields: Eggplant Every Way, 6 to 9 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. Chef instructor Debbie Powell will lead a three-hour hands-on class devoted solely to recipes that have eggplant as the main ingredient. Dishes will include ratatouille, caponata and fire roasted eggplant and tomato stew with farro. Participants will eat at the end of class. Part of the Appleton Cooks! program. $75/Trustees of Reservations members, $85/nonmembers. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or appletoncooks@ttor.org.

Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert Series: Orville Giddings Band, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road. Boogie blues music. Gates open 5 p.m. for picnicking, and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 per car for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.

Friday, Aug. 30

Children’s Treasure Hunt at The Great House on Castle Hill, 11 to 11:45 a.m., 290 Argilla Road. For families with children ages 4 to 8. A 45-minute guided treasure hunt throughout the Crane family mansion. $10/nonmember adult and child, $5 for each additional child; $8/adult member and one child. Pre-registration required at www.ttor.org/things-to-do/.

Game Day, noon to 3 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St. Children are invited to play board and card games, including Battleship, Sorry, chess, checkers, Connect Four and more. Details and registration at 978-356-6648.

Friday, Sept. 6

Game Day, noon to 3 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St. Children are invited to play board and card games, including Battleship, Sorry, chess, checkers, Connect Four and more. Details and registration at 978-356-6648.

Family Farm Dinners: Earth Oven Pizza Nights, 5:30 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. Join the farm staff and a volunteer guest chef for a Friday night pizza party on the farm. Children can visit the chickens, pick herbs for their pizzas, and play some good old fashioned games while homemade pizzas are baked in the new earth oven in the outdoor kitchen. Salad (from the farm) and tart lemonade for all. Attendees can also make their own ice cream for dessert; bring a bowl. Event part of Appleton Cooks! program. $10/person. 978-356-5728 or afeducator@ttor.org.

Saturday, Sept. 7

Life on a Saltwater Farm: Paine House Tours for 17th-Century Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Greenwood Farm, Jeffrey’s Neck Road. Tour the 1694 Paine House at Greenwood Farm, the site of 250 years of family farming. Explore trails through the pastureland and salt marsh; open daily, sunrise to sunset. $8 adult, free for children 12 and under (free to Trustees members). 978-356-4351, ext. 4049, or lmarshall@ttor.org.

Whipple House Tours for 17th-Century Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Tour the 1677 Whipple House and see the authentic reproduction of the 1657 Knight House. $7/nonmembers, free/members.