Nichole’s Picks 10/22 + 10/23

Pick #1:  Essex Clamfest14479611_10153961060041724_7149893393695934696_n

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The 33rd annual Essex Clamfest has everything the small town is known for including pony rides, arts and crafts, K-9 demonstrations and, of course, the ever-popular clam chowder competition. Nearly 1000 people tasted the best of the best in 2014.

Each voting for their favorite in the People’s Choice Award while nine esteemed judges helped to select the winner of the Judge’s Award. The event is open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm with the chowder contest from Noon to 2:00 pm.

Pick #2: Halloween Happenings at Ipswich River

Read more about it HERE

October 21 & 22, 2016
Giant carved pumpkin at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

At sundown this Halloween season, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary will be transformed into a magical forest. Join us for a guided walk along our Halloween trail, home to some interesting creatures that come out just for Halloween. Glowing luminaries and carved jack o’lanterns will light our way. Learn firsthand about the creatures of the night on this fun family-friendly walk.

Children and adults are encouraged to come in costume but dress warmly since we will be outdoors most of the time. The program begins in the Barn, where a variety of activities will keep children entertained before the outdoor walk.

Allow about 1-1/2 hours total for the program. At the end of the walk, warm up by the bonfire as you enjoy fresh local cider and Halloween cupcakes made by Ipswich River volunteers. Appropriate for children ages 4-10.

Please choose a date and an arrival time:

Friday, October 21: 6:00, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45, 7:00, 7:15, or 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 22: 5:30, 5:45, 6:00, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45, or 7:00 pm


$9 per person (members)
$10 per person (nonmembers)

Register Online

Please register early for this very popular event, and list a second time in case your first choice is filled.

Because of the popularity of this program, we cannot accommodate extra people the night of the program. When you arrive, please check in at the Barn to receive your group number. Rain or shine.

Advance registration required. Call 978-887-9264 to register.

Pick #3:  The Head of the Charles Regatta


I’m so sad that I used to LOVE this event so much…and yet I never seem to get in there anymore to watch it.  But, if you can make it in, you should!  Such a great way to spend a fall afternoon in New England!


Since 1965, rowers have come from near and far to take part in the world’s largest Regatta. But the fun isn’t limited to competitors. There are many ways for spectators to get involved in the weekend’s festivities.

Take part in the excitement on the banks of the Charles

Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran, the Regatta offers spectators a variety of activities. Individuals looking for a relaxed setting that boasts spectacular views should check out the Eliot Bridge Enclosure; while, the Weld Exhibition is the go to place for great local grub and Regatta merchandise. For a lively and energetic venue, check out the Reunion Villagewhere alumni and spectators gather to support their favorite teams. Visit theRowing and Fitness Expo at the finish line to test out a rowing machine or browse vendor merchandise.

We encourage spectators traveling to and from the Regatta to use public transportation or catch a ride on one of our complimentary shuttle buses. Visit for schedule and route information, or click here for our Shuttle Schedule. Parking availability is limited for spectators and parts of Memorial Drive will be closed over Race Weekend. For more information please click “Here.”

As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

One comment

  • Excellent picks number #1 would be mouth watering and the other two will get it settled in after full belly event the whole clam not strips or minced 🙂 Dave & Kim 🙂


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