Nichole’s Picks 6/18 + 6/19

Pick #1: Father’s Day Weekend Campout at the Crane’s Estate with REI.

Read all about it HERE     For Trustees members only…so sign up now if you haven’t already.

Adult $45 and Child $25.  Registration Required 

Spend an adventure-filled weekend camping at the Crane Estate! Our special site in the Pine Grove is an ideal location for both experienced campers and first-timers. This overnight includes a choice of optional programs and activities on Saturday afternoon, which may include a Great Marsh Creek Walk, a Dune Hike through the Crane Wildlife Refuge, a Guided Kayak Paddle in Essex Bay, or a Scavenger Hunt for the little ones. Of course you are also free to simply lounge on the beach, or explore the property on your own. Bring a bag lunch for Saturday. REI will teach us how to make a delicious, nutritious camp out supper – and we’ll follow that with s’mores around the campfire on Saturday night. A light breakfast will be provided on Sunday morning. After you pack up on Sunday morning, you are welcome to spend Sunday afternoon at the beach (parking in the lot by the Barn only).


Pick #2:  Connors Farm Strawberry Festival, Danvers

Always a favorite kick-off to summer!


Saturday, June 18, 2016 – 9am to 6pm (Rain date Sunday, June 19, 2016)

$7.95 Admission per Person, 2 and under are free.

(A Portion of the Proceeds Benefit Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana Farber)

Note: Everyone must pay the $7.95 fee for entrance to pick your own and all festivities

Activities Included with $7.95 admission: The Boston Rockabilly Band LIVE from Noon to 4pm, Jumping Pillow, Farm Animals, Hayrides, Cow Train, Grain Train, Duck Races, Pedal Carts & more!

Additional charge for: Food, Our Famous Strawberry Shortcake, BBQ Food, Pick Your Own Strawberries, Pony Rides, Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate and Face Painting.



Pick #3:  Arts Fest Beverly


Saturday, June 18th, 2016         10am-4pm on Cabot Street

NEW – Arts Fest is expanding – Cabot St will be closed from Judson to Bow St

Rain or Shine

Join us at Arts Fest on Saturday, June 18th from 10am-4pm. New this year, Arts Fest has expanded to include one more block of Cabot Street. Artist tents will be set up all the way from Judson Street to Bow Street. For fourteen years, Arts Fest has brought fine artisans and crafters downtown for a free festival that attracts thousands of shoppers and visitors. Artist tents will be set up with jewelry, clothing, furniture, paintings, photographs, pottery and more for sale. The free event also showcases live painting and local performers. There is plenty of fun for the whole family!


Pick #4:  Family Fishing Festival at Endicott Park, Danvers

Saturday, June 18th @ 10:00 a.m.


This festival is cosponsored by the MassWildlife Angler Education Program and Danvers Recreation. This is a non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours – limited equipment and bait will be provided. This is a free event; however, all visitors are subject to a $1 resident vehicle or $3 non-resident vehicle user fee. Open to the public. For more information, please contact Christine Dean at (978) 774-6518 or Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or

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