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Ipswich Crane Estate Castle Thursday night picnic concert series

Kick off Thursday nights at the Crane Estate TONIGHT, gates open at 5pm. Picnic Palooza with Orange Crush band - back to the 80's! Bring your best picnic game and there will be prizes for the most elegant sprea, best totally awesome 80's picnic and more. 


Rather drive to Gloucester? Harbor Loop in Gloucester also has Thursday night concerts - Get the full schedule here.  

Family camp out at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Family Campout at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Fireworks Displays in Massachusetts 2015 and Beyond


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Ipswich's Favorite Home Art Contest 2015

Just a few images from our Art Show this past weekend! We had 41 masterpiece entries, all amazing. Thank you to our sponsors Cummings Architects and Fairway Mortgage. 



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    Thank you Jessica Murphy for another incredible event!

    Ipswich's Favorite Home Art Contest


    Click here for Ipswich's Favorite Home Art Contest Registration Form.

    Calling all Doyon & Winthrop boys & girls  in grades Kindergarten-5

    We have a fun challenge for you.  Draw your favorite house - yours or a favorite in Ipswich.  We're looking for creativity, since we have such a wide variety of houses in our wonderful town of Ipswich.  Paint, illustrate, sketch - all mediums are accepted.  What's in it for you?  We'll publish your work of art online through our website and social media, give you a great t-shirt, and a chance to win the Grand Prize.

    Grand Prize:  2014 Summer Camp Scholarship towards summer camp of your choice and a collection of art supplies for a total prize worth $300.

    2nd Prize:  2014 Summer Camp Scholarship towards summer camp of your choice and a collection of art supplies for a prize worth a total of $200.

    3rd Prize:  2014 Summer Camp Scholarship towards summer camp of your choice and a collection of art supplies for a total prize worth $100.

    What:  We are looking for your sketch, coloring, or painting of the exterior of your own house or another favorite house in Ipswich.  Do your best work - we are anxious to see your creations!  Please keep the size to 8 ½" x 11" and be aware that the artwork will be scanned digitally (make sure it is dark enough).

    When:  The contest runs from March 8th to April 30th.  The deadline for dropping off your artwork is 5 pm on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

    Where:  Drop off both your completed registration form and artwork to Windhill Realty at 16 Market Street.  Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 and Saturday 9 to 3.

    All completed entries will receive a youth t-shirt.  A panel of community judges will determine the winners.  Winners will be announced the first week of May.  All the art will be on display from May 10-17th.  The final Art Show and Prize Pickup will be held on Saturday, May 17th  from 10:00am-2:00pm at Windhill Realty, 16 Market Street in Ipswich.

    Good luck!

    Windhill! Proud Sponsor of this Year's American Music and Harvest Festival!

    Buy your tickets IN ADVANCE if you want your money to support the IPSWICH EDUCATION FOUNDATION! Great line up this year. We are very excited to be sponsoring and supporting such a fun event for our schools!proceeds Here's how...

    Visit the link

    Choose either the one day or two day ticket for your family and add it to your cart.

    The next step is KEY! Make sure to choose where you want the proceeds donated! See screen shot to the right here:











    Downtown Ipswich Comes Alive!

    Tuesday nights for the remainder of the Summer, visit downtown Ipswich for outdoor dancing and lessons on the River Walk and poetry plus musical performances at First Church Meetinghouse, coffeehouse style. Click here for Wicked Local's write-up in the Ipswich Chronicle.

    Down-Town-TuesdaysHere's the lineup:

    July 23, Orville Giddings

    July 30, disco dance

    Aug. 6, Chelsea Berry

    Aug. 13, Motown dance

    Aug. 20 Brian Alex

    Aug. 27 big band swing

    This is a great way to spend an evening and it's all within walking distance to the many shops and excellent restaurants in town. As a matter of fact, SALT was just voted Best New Restaurant 2013 by BONS (Best of the North Shore, North Shore Magazine). Click here for North Shore Magazine online!

    Happy Halloween!

    Downtown Ipswich Trick or Treat was a huge success! I estimate we had a record number of kids and attribute that to the nice weather, the impending hurricane and the buzz created by the pole decorating contest. The Chamber of Commerce reports that hundreds of people voted at the ballot station and the winner of the pole decorating contest was Salon36, who decorated with a white mummy on Market Street as a tribute to the fight for breast cancer.  A check for $250 will be donated, by the chamber, to the Ipswich High School Scholarship Fund in the name of Salon36 ! Congratulations to our neighbors at Salon 36 and thanks everyone for coming out and supporting local businesses!