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Ipswich, MA to Celebrate its 375th Anniversary in 2009
English colonists settled in the ancient Native American village called Agawam in 1633 to establish a Northern military outpost for the Massachusetts Bay Colony and to expand the size of the colony and its trade activity. On August 4, 1634, the colony's Court of Assistants voted to name the settlement "Ipswich" after Ipswich, England, where many of the early settlers had lived or were engaged in shipping. Today, 375 years later, Ipswich is poised to celebrate this landmark anniversary, as well as the contributions of thousands of people who have settled here from all over the world and through many generations. During 2009, Ipswich will celebrate its 375th Anniversary with events, educational programs, school projects, and outdoor activities that recognize and promote the town's heritage, diversity, and community. August 1 & 2—the official Celebration Weekend—marks the day in 1634 when "Agawam" became "Ipswich." The weekend features a town picnic, concert, parade, speeches by visiting dignitaries, and "Uniquely Ipswich" refreshments. Click here for more info

Ipswich Visitor Center Map
Reaches all tourists visiting Ipswich and the surrounding communities. Over 300,000 printed and made available at popular local attractions.

The Ipswich Website (ipswichma.com) serves the local community as well as helping with tourism. One feature, our event calendar is a main source of local events happening in Ipswich.

The Ipswich Website (ipswichma.com) appears on all IBA printed advertising materials and press releases

We have created a vast network of links containing State, local and tourism websites

We appear in magazines and TV when profiles of Ipswich are presented. We have appeared in Country Discoveries magazine, shown on Fox 25 TV Zip Trips to Ipswich.

We receive thousands of hits per month

We receive top 10 results, and in some cases first in most major search engines. Try it for yourself go to www.google.com and type in Ipswich, MA

Ipswich Music Arts and Drama Program (IMADA)
Ipswich Music, Arts & Drama Association, Inc.(IMADA) is a volunteer charitable organization that partners with the Ipswich, Massachusetts public Middle and High Schools to support and promote fine arts education and appreciation.

IMADA's mission is to:

1. advocate for the fine arts as an integral part of education

2. enhance performing and visual arts educational experiences

3. help ensure that all students have access to the highest quality arts education

For more information about IMADA and how you can help, click on CONTACTS and email one of our members.

Ipswich Caring
Ipswich Caring is a non-profit, completely volunteer-driven organization whose mission it is to give assistance to needy Ipswich families at Christmas by providing their children with gifts of clothing and toys. There is also a strong elderly component to the program where senior citizens are visited by volunteers who bring a small gift.

Ipswich Caring fully depends upon the support of the community both for volunteers and financial donations. Volunteers are used in many areas depending on availability and interest of the volunteer. The program starts in mid-October and finishes in mid-December. The community has always been very supportive of the program. Financial donations can be mailed or brought directly to the First National Bank. Some local businesses have also helped out by "sponsoring" a family. The employees shop for a specific family and provide all the gifts. Anyone interested in receiving more information about Ipswich Caring can contact Sheila Taylor at 978-356-1525.

Ipswich Community Food Pantry
Free food distributions for Ipswich residents are available on Thursday evenings from 5-7 PM at 31 N. Main Street, in basement space donated by the Ipswich United Methodist Church. Monetary and food donations are welcome, and can be dropped off at the Food Pantry when it is open on Thursdays. Food donations can also be dropped off at Shaw's Market, 146 High Street, Ipswich. Monetary contributions can be mailed to Ipswich Community Food Pantry, P.O. 316, Ipswich, MA 01938. The Food Pantry is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization, and donations are tax deductible.

Ipswich Football Boosters
Annually, we run a full page ad in support of Ipswich Tigers Football Program

Lions Club
On Saturday, April 8, 2006 the Ipswich Lions Club hosted a charity basketball game featuring the Harlem Rockets, a comedy team. The Rockets will be facing the newly formed "Ipswich Dream Team" at the Ipswich High School gymnasium. Tip off was at 7:00 PM which lead to an evening of fantastic play, zany comedy and audience participation.

Ipswich Neighbors Magazine
Monthly magazine mailed to all homeowners in Ipswich. We run a full page, color, inside-front-cover with a changing concept featuring all aspects of homeownership and local real estate.


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