Gardens and Grounds Seasonal Stroll with Crane Horticulturist: 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 15, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Cost: $12, Trustee members; $20, nonmembers. For information: 978-356-4351, ext. 4015; Crane horticulturalist Beth Walsh will lead visitors on a walking tour of the grounds, including the woodland path, Italian Garden and Rose Garden. Participants will learn about what’s in bloom and what it takes to keep these restored gardens historically appropriate to the original landscape design and adaptable to modern usage.

United Methodist Church Strawberry Festival: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 15, Masonic Lodge, 70 Topsfield Road, Ipswich. For information: 978-356-5533. The United Methodist Church of Ipswich will hold its annual Strawberry Festival, which has been held for more than 50 years. Members of the church and friends prepare about 250 quarts of strawberries, grown locally at the Marini Farm, for strawberry shortcake, strawberry pies and strawberry punch. Over 500 shortbread biscuits are baked the morning of the festival. Other strawberry items include strawberry cream pie and sundaes. Food items such as hot dogs, tuna rolls and ice tea will be available as well. There will also be a craft table and baked goods. The festival will be held rain or shine.

Downeaster, Brewhouse Lunch and Tour of Portland, Maine: June 20, departing from Rowley Senior Center, 39 Central St. Cost: $77. This trip will include a train ride from Haverhill to Portland, Maine, with a Brewhouse Restaurant lunch and a tour of Portland.


“What We See”: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays June 13-16, Hall Haskell Gallery, 36 S. Main St., Ipswich. For information: 978-356-8540. This art show will be presented by Julie Gressler Kurtz, Grahame and Kristen Ledson and Lisa Marum. The mediums will include water colors, pastels and photography. A meet and greet with the artists will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. June 15.

“Spirit of Place” exhibit: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Nov. 11, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Cost: free, Trustee member; $15 per car, general admission. For information: 978-356-4351, ext. 4015; The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association will partner to present “Spirit of Place,” a six-month outdoor sculpture exhibition, which includes 32 pieces created by New England sculptors and placed in gardens, along woodland paths and alongside historic landscape features.

Public tours of the Great House: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends, plus 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday starting May 21, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Cost: $5-$20. For information: 978-356-4351, ext. 3203; Castle Hill will open and begin four different tours: “Guest of the Cranes,” “A Cupola with a View,” “Help Wanted: Becoming a Servant a Castle Hill,” which starts May 21, and “Highlights on the Hill: Castle Hill Estate Tour,” which starts on May 24. The tours are first come first serve and operate on pre-set schedules.

Ipswich Junior Sailing: July 1-Aug. 21, Ipswich Bay Yacht Club on Great Neck, 1 Quay Road. Cost: $425-$495. For information: This class will focus on teaching safe boat handling, motivating young sailors to gain confidence and teamwork within the confines of scenic Ipswich Bay. The program is open to all area youth, between the ages of 8-16.

Meals on Wheels volunteers: The SeniorCare Inc. Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver noontime meals to homebound seniors in Ipswich. The program is looking for anyone interested in volunteering one or more mornings a week. Hot meals are fully prepared and packaged for delivery at Caroline Avenue in Ipswich. For information: 866-927-1050; 978-281-1750.

Tom Palance and Friends: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, The Mayflower, 11 Depot Square, Ipswich. For information:

“Circle of Care”: 4-5 p.m. second Sunday of the month, St. Matthew’s Parlor in Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County St., Ipswich. For information: 978-356-2560; Circle of Care is for those who have experienced a loss. It is a “resource for learning how to live within a new narrative, a way of living that honors and acknowledges loss while not being limited and defined by loss.” Anyone is welcome. This offering is co-led by Rev. Bradford Clark and clinical social worker Brandon Schroeder.

Learn to Cope weekly meetings: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Immanuel Baptist Church, 45 Central St., Ipswich. Learn to Cope is a private, confidential and free peer-led support network for families affected by addiction. Meetings are held weekly. For information: 508-738-5148;;

Dinner Bell community meals: 5-6:30 p.m. Mondays, Masonic Hall, 70 Topsfield Road, Ipswich. The Masonic Hall hosts the Ipswich Dinner Bell community meals weekly. All are welcome. Meals are cooperatively sponsored by local Ipswich churches, the Masons and other community organizations.

Food, personal hygiene donation collection: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Windhill Realty, 16 Market St., Ipswich. Items most needed this year are tuna, 100 percent juice, hearty soups, peanut butter, pasta sauce, breakfast cereal and baking items. Please make sure food has not expired. All food pantry donations will be delivered to the The Open Door food pantry in Ipswich. For information: 978-356-8922; email

The Open Door Ipswich Community Food Pantry: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, 00 Southern Heights (Agawam Village), Ipswich. For information: 978-283-6776.

Free weekly dance: noon Fridays, Town Hall Gym, 25 Green St., Ipswich. The Recreation and Culture Department hosts a free dance every Friday, featuring eclectic music. Song requests are welcome.

Free tai chi classes: 10:30-11:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Mark Warner’s Professional Martial Arts Academy, 43 Market St., Ipswich. Wear comfortable clothing. The venue is air conditioned. For information: 978-356-9800;

Boston by Foot passes: To see the many tours this group offers, visit Passes are provided by the Friends of the Library. To reserve passes: 978-356-6648;; or visit the library.

Appleton Farms Visitor Center: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Appleton Farms, Old House Visitor Center, 219 County Road, Ipswich. For information: 978-356-5728, ext. 18; Appleton Farms’ Visitor Center is located in the Old House, a newly remodeled “green” building that was an original home to the Appleton Family. Staffed with on-site docents, the visitor center is a special room furnished to represent the family’s life in the mid-1800s.

J&C Entertainment: Free DJ service is offered for up to four hours for service members returning or leaving for Afghanistan. J&C will play welcome-home or going-away parties, based on availability. For information: