Best Apple Picking on the North Shore & Beyond


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18 Howe Street, Ipswich, MA

Here is your opportunity to move into the desirable Pinefield neighborhood in the excellent Doyon School district. Lovely, nicely landscaped, well cared for ranch with attached garage located across the street from a brand new park. Comfortable, one level living with fireplaced family room opening to a large screen porch. The porch overlooks mature gardens and an expansive, flat, fenced in yard, perfect for games and entertaining. The kitchen has been updated and has a brand new floor. Other updates include new heating and cooling system. Master bedroom with bath and two other good sized bedrooms complete this well built home. The layout and neighborhood make this the perfect starter, retirement or anything in between home. Come and see the wonderful schools, beaches, fine dining and historic downtown that Ipswich has to offer. Showings begin at Open House on 10/5/17 from 5-7 and again on 10/8/17 from 11:00-1:00. All offers will be reviewed on 10/9/17.  Tour this home!

163 Leslie Road, Rowley MA - Accepted offer the first weekend!

Offer Accepted the first weekend!

This BEAUTIFUL & PRISTINE custom designed home sits atop a private wooded lot. The one and ONLY owner has thought of everything, therefore it is easy to maintain. Central Air is just one of the perks this gorgeous home offers. A well-designed floor plan creates a natural flow for any buyer, especially for those seeking single-level living from 2 car garage to master ensuite! Add'l bedrms share full bath & loft - ideal for office or library. Playroom expands throughout entire 29 x 24 finished walk-out lower level leading straight to fire-pit seating area - just one of several outdoor entertaining spots. Excellent storage & workshop in lower level, adorable private school bus stop shelter/shed, gazebo w/ electricity to perfectly situated in the back area to maximize the use of an incredible spot. Ideal location for commuters, only 2 miles to Rte 95 & minutes to MBTA commuter rail to Boston's North Station. View more North Shore properties here!


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2 Juniper Street, Ipswich, MA - Just listed!

Come see this great home! Lots of light, Wonderful neighborhood, set on 1/3 acre of land. OPEN CONCEPT multi-level, Great for ENTERTAINING. Attached 1 car garage. All remodeled and UPGRADED, GRANITE, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, HARDWOOD and MARBLE flooring. Laundry room off Family room. 2 fireplaces for those cold nights. PARTIALLY FINISHED LOWER LEVEL -sellers have just put in new drywall, closet and new lighting. All you need is flooring and furniture and your new family room,game room or playroom awaits.Minutes to DOWNTOWN IPSWICH! Close to Crane's Beach, Award Winning Restaurants, and shops.Kayak on the Ipswich River, and bike or walk the trails at Bradley Palmer park. Don't miss out on this fabulous home. Open house Thursday 9/28 5:30-7. Full listing details for 2 Juniper Street, Ipswich MA here.



Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill in Ipswich

A hallmark of Summer on the North Shore! The Thursday night picnic concerts at Castle Hill - Crane Estate - in Ipswich, MA. This year's line-up looks fantastic with everything from the feel good vibes of Entrain to the 60's beats of Help! to our very own Orville Giddings and the country sounds of Herland Brothers and everything in between! Full details on Castle Hill Thursday Night Picnic Series 2017 here.

 Castle Hill Ipswich Crate Estate Thursday Night Picnic Concerts


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Boating Safety by US Coast Guard in Ipswich

First the bad news - in New England 2016, there were 164 boating injuries and 37 boating fatalities – shocking statistics by any measure.

The good news – a primary goal for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary is to reduce this toll - a key element of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary mission is a focus on Recreational Boating Safety.  We provide instruction to boaters at all levels, from the basics to the advanced.  Our classes are taught by experienced and knowledgeable instructors committed to the highest standards of the U.S. Coast Guard.  

ABS - this beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely.

Within this course, subjects range from a basic boating introduction through safety equipment, typical problems, trailering, fishing, navigation, river boating and boating laws.*

Starting June 19, this course will be delivered in 4 * 2 hour Monday evening classes – right now there are still a few places available at $50 / per person.  If you would like to register, 

– contact Justin Wright at

  *  For more course information
 **  For the Ipswich Bay Yacht Club location flyer click here
***  For more information on USCG Auxiliary

Beyond Fireworks on the North Shore - Independence Day Celebrations

Parades! Concerts! Fiestas! Sails! Many towns on the North Shore are celebrating with day-long, or week-long events to kick off summer and celebrate our independence. Here's a short list of local towns with links to their full event schedules for 4th of July. 

Amesbury Days    
Beverly Farms
Boston Harborfest
Cape Ann
Danvers Family Festival
Lannon Fireworks Sail
Marblehead Fireworks & Illumination
Newburyport Rhythm & Roots
Salisbury Beachfest
West Beach Illumination Dedication

Please check with towns for any possible date/location/time changes. This list is subject change.


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Fireworks in Massachusetts - 2017

Where will you celebrate your independence?

This list will be updated periodically as we get closer to the first weekend of July. 

Important! This list could be a moving target, especially in the case of inclement weather. Check with town websites to confirm locations/dates/times. North of Boston towns, closer to the North Shore are highlighted below.

Acton 7/1/2017 9:00 PM Behind Nara Park – 25 Ledge Rock Way ( Rain Date 7/2/2017)
Agawam 7/4/2017 9:15 PM Town Common (No Rain Date)
Amesbury 7/3/2017 9:00 PM Woodsom Farm – 223 Lions Mouth Rd. (Rain Date 7/7/2017)
Andover 7/3/2017 Dusk Andover High School - 80 Shawsheen Road
Attleboro 7/3/2017 9:20 PM Parking lot at Cyril Brennan MS – Rathbun Willard Drive (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
Arlington 7/4/2017 10:30 PM Robbins Park: *Fireworks broadcast on the Big Screen
Auburn 6/29/2017 9:30 PM Pappas Recreation Complex – 203 Pakachoag St.
Ayer 7/1/2017 9:00 PM Pirone Park – 36 Bligh Street 7/2/2017

Bellingham 7/4/2017 9:00 PM Bellingham H.S. – 60 Blackstone Field
Beverly 7/4/2017 9:00PM West Beach  Fee to enter West Beach
Boston 7/4/2017 10:30 PM Hatch Shell on the Esplanade
Burlington 7/4/2017 9:00 PM View from Burlington Town Common or Simonds Park

Carlisle 6/25/2017 9:30 PM Baseball Field – Church Street (Rain Date 7/8/2017)
Chatham 12/31/2017 Midnight Oyster Pond (No Rain Date)
Chicopee 7/1/2017 9:30 PM Szot Park – Front Street 7/2/2017
Conway 6/16/2017 9:00 PM Field across from 59 Shelburne Falls Rd (Rain Date 6/17/2017)

Dalton 6/2/2017 10:00 PM Legion Grounds – E. Deming Street
Dalton 6/3/2017 10:00 PM Legion Grounds – E. Deming Street
Dighton 6/3/2017 10:00 PM Rear of Dighton Town Hall – 979 Somerset Ave.
Dedham 6/17/2017 9:15 PM Memorial Field – Eastern Avenue

East Harwich 7/4/107 9:15 PM 3 Barges off Wequassett Inn – On Pleasant Bay (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
Edgartown 7/4/2017 9:15 PM Edgartown Harbor – Oak Bluffs Ave. (Rain Date 7/5/2017) 

Falmouth 7/4/2017 Dusk Falmouth Heights Beach
Fitchburg 6/18/2017 10:00 PM Coolidge Park Baseball Field – 1000 John Fitch Highway
Fitchburg 7/3/2017 10:00 PM Rollstone Hill – access from Pratt Road 
Florence 6/24/2017 Dusk Look Memorial Park – 300 N. Main St. (Rain Date 6/25/2017)
Foxborough 6/10/2017 9:00pm 9:00 PM Army Field – South Street (Rain Date 6/11/2017)
Freetown 7/3/2017 9:30 PM Hathaway Park – Carleys Way

Granby 6/10/2017 9:00 PM Dufresne Park – 32 Kendall Street (Rain Date 6/11/2017)
Greenfield 7/1/2017 9:30 PM Poet’s Seat Tower – Mountain Road (Rain Date 7/2/2017)
Gloucester 7/3/2017 8:30 PM Fort Area – Stage Fort Park – 1 Hough Ave. (Rain Date 7/7/2017)

Halifax 7/1/2017 9:00 PM Halifax Elementary School Field (Rain Date 7/2/2017)
Hamilton 6/25/2017 4-9pm Patton Park Bay Rd & Asbury St (Rain date 6/26/2017)
Hanover 6/24/2017 9:00 PM Ball fields behind Center School – 65 Silver Street
Harvard 7/3/2017 9:15 PM Fruitlands Museum – 102 Prospect Hill Rd. (Rain Date 7/7/2017)
Haverhill 7/3/2017 9:15 PM Riverside Park – 163 Lincoln Avenue (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
Holyoke 6/30/2017 9:15 PM MacKenzie Stadium – 500 Beech St.
Hyannis 7/4/2017 Dusk Lewis Beach (Rain Date 9/2/2017)
Hull 6/24/2017 9:30 PM Barge off Nantasket Beach – 109-125 Main Street

Lexington 7/3/2017 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm Center Field, Lexington
Lincoln 7/4/2017 9:15 PM Codman Field – Ballfield Road (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
Lowell 7/4/2017 9:00 PM Pedestrian Walkway – Aiken Street (Rain Sate 7/5/2017)
Lynn 7/3/2017 9:00 PM Barge near Red Rock – 76 Marine Blvd. (Rain Date 7/6/2017)

Marblehead 7/4/2017 8:45:P.M. Fireworks and Illumination – Marblehead Harbor 188 Washington St.
Marion 7/2/2017 9:20 PM The Kittansett Club – 11 Point Road (Rain Date 7/3/2017)
Mashpee 6/30/2017 9:30 PM Mashpee H.S. – 500 Old Barnstable Rd
Mashpee 7/2/2017 9:30 PM Golf Course – 20 Red Brook Road 
Mashpee 7/4/2017 Dusk Willowbend Country Club – 130 Willowbend Drive
Methuen 7/2/2017 9:15 PM Barge on Merrimack River – Riverside Drive (Rain Date 7/7)
Middleton 6/24/2017 9:20 PM Town Transfer Station – Natsue Way (Rain Date 6/25/2017)
Milton 6/24/2017 10:15 PM 2 Barges in Neponset River – 1 Granite
Monson 6/24/2017 9:15 PM Quarry Hill School – 43 Margaret St. (Rain Date 6/25/2017)

Nahant 7/4/2017 9:00 PM Bailey’s Hill Park – Bass Point Road
Nantucket 7/3/2017 9:30-10 Jetties Beach (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
Needham 7/3/2017 9:30 PM Needham HS Parking Lot, Admiral Gracy Dr (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
New Bedford 7/3/2017 9:00 PM Jetties Beach Barge – 7 Fish Island (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
North Andover 7/3/2017 9:30 PM Hayes Stadium – 495 Main Street (Rain Date 7/8/2017)
North Reading 7/4/2017 9:30 PM Ipswich River Park – 8 Central Street
Northampton 6/24/2017 9:15 PM Look Park Gazebo Area – Look Park Service Road 6/25/2017
Northbridge 6/30/2017 9:00 PM Lasell Field – 171 Linwood Avenue
Norton 6/17/2017 9:00 PM Norton High School – 66 West Main St.

Ogunquit, ME 7/4/2017 9:15 Beach Street – main beach (Rain date 7/5/2015)
Onset 7/1/2017 Dusk Onset Beach & Bay (Rain Date 7/8/2017)
Orleans 7/2/2017 Dusk Rock Harbor (Rain Date 7/6/2017)

Pepperell 7/1/2017 9:30 PM Nissitissit Middle School – Chase Ave. (Rain Date 7/2/2017)
Pittsfield 7/4/2017 9:30 PM Pittsfield Cemetery Property – 105 Wahconah St. (Rain Date 7/8/2017)
Pittsfield 7/21/2017 9:30 PM Pittsfield Cemetery Property – 105 Wahconah St. (Rain Date 7/29/2017)
Provincetown 7/4/2017 9:00 PM MacMillan Pier

Quincy 6/10/2017 9:00 PM Pageant field Boat Landing – Vietnam Veterans Drive

Randolph 7/3/2017 9:30 PM Randolph HS baseball field – 70 Memorial Parkway (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
Reading 6/17/2017 9:00 PM Baseball field at the Reading Memorial High School – 62 Oakland Road (Rain Date 6/11/2017)

Salem 7/4/2017 5:00-10:00 PM Derby Street, Derby Wharf
Salisbury 6/24/2017 9:30 PM Salisbury Beach (Rain Date 6/25/2017)
Salisbury 7/4/2017 9:30 PM Salisbury Beach (No rain date)
Salisbury 7/8/2017 9:30 PM Salisbury Beach (Rain Date 7/9/2017)
Salisbury 7/22/2017 9:30 PM Salisbury Beach (Rain Date 7/24/2017)
Salisbury 7/29/2017 9:30 PM Salisbury Beach (Rain Date 7/30/2017)

Sandwich 7/3/2017 9:00 PM Ridge Country Club – 70 Country Club Road
Sandwich 7/4/2017 9:00 PM Old Town Cemetery – Grove Street (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
Sandwich 7/14/2017 9:30 PM Town Fair - 365 Quaker Meeting House Road  
Sandwich 12/31/2017 8:00 PM Sanwich Villag
Somerville 6/29/2017 9:15 PM Trum Field – Franey Road (Rain Date 7/8/2017)
South Hadley 7/3/2017 9:30 PM 100 Mosier Street (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
Swampscott 7/3/2017 No further details available 

Turners Falls 7/29/2017 9:00 PM Franklin County Boat Club – Unity Park 

Upton 6/24/2017 10:00 PM Front field at Nipmuc Regional H.S. – Pleasant Street (Rain Date 6/25/2017)
Uxbridge 7/8/2017 9:00 PM McCloskey M.S. – 62 Capron Street 

Waltham 7/4/2017 9:00 PM Leary Field – 19 Athletic Field Road (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
Walpole 7/3/2017 9:30 PM Launched from the center pool area on School St.
Ware 6/24/2017 9:00 PM Ware High School – 4 Gould Road 
Webster 6/24/2017 9:00 PM Webster Lake – Memorial Beach Hillside Ave. (Rain Date 6/25/2017)
Wenham 6/25/2017 4-9pm Patton Park Bay Road & Asbury St (Rain date 6/26/2017)
Westborough 6/10/2017 9:00PM 2 Barges on Chauncy Lake – Chauncy Street Boat Ramp
Wilmington 7/2/2017 9:30PM – Wilmington Town Common (Rain Date 7/3/2017)
6/3/2017 9:00 PM Manchester Field – 458 Main Street (Rain Date 6/4/2017)
Winthrop/Boston 7/4/2017 from Yacht Northern Lights 60 Rowes Wharf, Boston 8pm 617-951-2460
Woburn 6/17/2017 10:00 PM DPW Yard off N. Warren St. – North Warren Street
Worcester 6/25/2017 9:00 PM Worcester Country Club – 2 Rice Street (Rain Date 7/9/2017)
Worcester 6/30/2017 9:00 PM Bell Hill – 170 Belmont Street (Rain Date 7/1/2017)

Yarmouth 10/8/2017 8:00 PM Seaside Festival - Seagull Beach, South Yarmouth


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Peach's Point in Marblehead Massachusetts

Have you seen Windhill Builders' latest project? Coming soon...Waterfront dreams at Peach's Point in Marblehead. Windhill Builders is very proud to be selected as the builder for this new and very exciting project!  The scope will entail renovating this turn-of-the-century, once seasonal home and making it into a year-round residence for its new owners. This major, whole-house renovation including mechanicals, siding, kitchen, baths and much more is sure to be a remarkable transformation. Peach's Point, also known as Peaches Point, holds some fascinating history. The Fourth of July celebrations, tea parties and croquet tournaments where President Taft once summered are easy to conjure. Pam Peterson of Wicked Local penned a great "Marblehead 101" article. Marblehead Magazine also published a very in-depth look into the Peach family as one of the founding families of Marblehead. Follow the project and watch the transformation on the Windhill Builders Facebook Page. View our portfolio at