The Stevens-Coolidge Place is located at 113 Andover St., North Andover. Visit http://thetrustees.org/things-to-do to register for the following programs. For information or to become a Trustees member and receive free and discounted admission prices, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yoga in the Gardens: 9 a.m. Fridays. Cost: $5, Trustee members; $10, nonmembers. This program will teach breathing techniques to calm the mind, postures to balance and stretch the body and relaxation to soothe the soul. No prior experience necessary. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes to move in and bring a large towel or yoga mat. Instructor Molly Gring is a retired elementary school teacher who started her journey on her mat in 2011. She completed Marlena Bruno’s 200-hour Teacher Training Course at Mantra Yoga Studio in Danvers. Pre-registration encouraged. Class will move inside in case of inclement weather.
Pick Your Own Bouquet from the Cutting Garden: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 6. Cost: $5 Trustees members; $10 nonmembers. Drop-in; registration not required. In addition to favorites like zinnias, cosmos and rudbeckia, visitors will find new varieties to add pop and flair to their bouquets. The garden is fun for all ages and there is always something new to learn. Note there is a fee to cut flowers, and picking is only available at the Cutting Garden during PYO hours. Stop by the tent to pick up scissors, cup and water before starting a 10-stem bouquet. Explore other gardens including a French Potager Garden, Rose Garden and Perennial Garden, borrow a blanket and a book to read under a tree or play a game of checkers in the lawn.
Make Your Own Flower Crown: noon-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Cost: $9 Trustee members; $15 nonmember. Guests will pick flowers at the Stevens-Coolidge Place Cutting Garden and then use them to create a flower crown. Steves-Coolidge will have all the supplies and printed instructions needed to learn how to make a floral crown. Participants of all ages and genders encouraged to attend.
Nature’s Playgroup: 9:30-11 a.m. every other Tuesdays through Nov. 5. Cost: free; $5, nonmember child. To encourage outdoor play and familiarity with the natural world, a nature-based toddler playgroup will be held at the Stevens-Coolidge Place on every-other Tuesday, Sept. 10 through Nov. 5. Come to one or all of the sessions and explore the gardens, fields and orchard and imagine hidden worlds beneath our feet and above our heads. Children and their care-givers will peek under rocks, inspect tree bark for hiding bugs, jump in puddles and have fun together in snowy fields and a shady apple orchard. Recommended for ages 2-5; babes in backpacks are welcome. No registration required, simply stop by the gardens to play on the days that work.
Family Homestead Festival Family Homestead Festival: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 28. Cost: $5-$30. This event will focus on history. Demonstrations will be held every 30 minutes in addition to vendors and informational booths, plus foods and drinks made locally. There will also be kids crafts and a community mural for all.
Stevens-Coolidge Place Open House: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28. Cost: $5 Trustees members; $10 nonmembers; free for ages 12 and younger. Step back into the 1920s during this season’s monthly Open Houses at The Stevens-Coolidge Place. Full house tours offered every half hour from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. The last house tour will begin around 1:30 p.m. These guided tours bring visitors through two floors of beautiful architecture, artifacts from around the world and of course the story of Helen and John Coolidge as they transformed Helen’s multi-generation family farm into a gentleman’s summer estate fit for the most avid Colonial Revival enthusiasts. Guided tours of the gardens are also available at no additional fee and will leave from the back patio at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Throughout the day, the gardens and grounds are open for exploring.