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2021 Real Estate Tax Rates North Shore of Boston, MA

Across the North Shore, communities have announced their FY21 property tax rates.
Approximately two-thirds of Essex County cities and towns decreased their tax rates from 2020 to 2021. That doesn’t necessarily mean that property owners will see a decreased tax bill though as property values have been continually rising year after year.

How does your town compare? Full list below...


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Fireworks and Independence Day Celebrations 2019 - North of Boston

Parades! Fireworks! Concerts! 2019
Hundreds of ways to celebrate Independence Day!

Also... See our extensive list of outdoor concerts north of Boston - click here

July 2
Boston – Boston Harbor Fireworks 8:25pm

July 3

Andover – Andover High School, 80 Shawsheen Road 9:20 (rain date 7/5)
Gloucester – Gloucester Harbor – Fireworks, Concert & Horribles Parade 5pm
Gloucester – Fireworks Cruise
Gloucester – Red & White at the Beauport
Haverhill – Riverside Park, 163 Lincoln Ave. 9:15 (rain date 7/5)
Lynn – Barge near Red Rock Park 9pm (rain date 7/5)
Manchester – Entrain Concert at Masconomo 
Methuen – Barge on Merrimack River, The Loop – Riverside Drive 9:15
Milford – Plains Park on Cedar Street 10pm (rain date 7/5)
Millbury – Windle Field on Canal Street, Lions Club Carnival Dusk
Needham – Needham HS parking lot, 609 Webster St. 9:30 (rain date 7/5)
Randolph – Randolph HS baseball field, 70 Memorial Parkway 9:30 (rain date 7/5)
Salisbury Beach - Pet Parade 6-9pm
Stoughton – O’Donnel Middle School on Cushing Street 10pm
Swampscott - Ocean Bar at Mission on the Bay
Swampscott – Nahant Bay, Fireworks 9pm (rain date 7/5)
Walpole – Joe Morgan Memorial Field – 220 School Street 9:30 (rain date 7/5)
Webster – Webster Lake Memorial Beach 9pm (rain date 7/4)
Weymouth – George Lane Beach on River Street in North Weymouth 9:30

July 4

Acton – Nara Park 25 Ledge Rock Way 9:30
Amesbury - Woodsom Farm, 223 Lions Mouth Road 7-10pm
Amherst – McGuirk Stadium at UMass Amherst 9pm
Barnstable – Aselton Park, Bismore Park, Veteran’s Park Beach 9pm
Beverly – West Beach - all day $15 admission
Boston – Hatch Shell on the Esplanade 10:30
Boston Greenway – Atlantic Ave & High, simulcast of the Boston Pops Fireworks
Burlington – View from Burlington Town Commons or Simonds Park 9pm
Edgartown – Edgartown Harbor, Oak Bluffs Ave 9:15
Fall River – Waterfront/Battleship Cove 9:30
Falmouth – Falmouth Heights Beach 9:15
Hampton Beach, NH – Fireworks at dusk, 9:30
Hyannis – Lewis Beach, Hyannis Harbor/ W.Yarmouth Beaches dusk (rain date 8/31)
Ipswich – Parade 9am starting at the Winthrop School
Lowell – Edward A. LeLacheur Park 9pm (rain date 7/5)
Manchester-by-the-sea – Parade and Skydivers at Brook Street 10am
Marblehead – Harbor, 9pm
Mashpee – Golf course 20 Red Brick Road 9:30
Millbury – Windle Field on Canal Street, Lions Club Carnival
Nahant – Bailey’s Hill Park, Bass Point Road 9pm
New Bedford – Downtown New Bedford State Pier 9pm
North Adams – Joe Wolfe Field 9:30
Pittsfield – Pittsfield Cemetery Property, 203 Wahconah St. 9-11pm (rain date 7/5)
Plymouth – at Plymouth waterfront 9:15
Provincetown – MacMillian Pier, Provincetown Harbor 9pm (rain date 7/5)
Salem – Derby Wharf 5-9pm – Orchestra and fireworks
Salisbury - Salisbury Beach  - 4pm , Beachfront Concert Joppa Flatts, Fireworks at dusk
Springfield – Riverfront Park 9:30
Wakefield – Lake Quannapowitt dusk/9:30
Waltham – Leary Field 19 Athletic Field Road 9:30 (rain date 7/5)

July 6

Ayer – Pirone Park 36 Bligh Street 9pm (rain date 7/7)
Everett – Glendale Park 9pm
Franklin – Franklin High School 10pm
Pepperell – Varnum Brook Elementary School dusk
Salisbury – Salisbury Beach 9:30 – Beatlejuice Concert 7:30
Uxbridge – McCloskey M.S. 62 Capron St. 9pm
Wareham – Onset Harbor 9pm (rain date 7/7)
Wilmington – Wilmington Town Common 9:30 (rain date 7/7)

August 3
Newburyport -9:15pm

August 9
Essex - 4-9pm Biergarten, Big Band, 7:45 Fireworks

August 10
Rockport – Illuminations weekend, fireworks 8/10 at 9pm

Salisbury Beach – Beach concerts Wednesdays and Saturdays with some fireworks
Hampton Beach - Fireworks every Wednesday with special displays the fourth, labor day and seafood fest.

Please check dates and times before heading out – subject to error, change and rain date rescheduling.


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Summer Concerts North of Boston 2019

Music Festivals throughout the summer, not recurring - most of these require purchased tickets:

6/28 - Amesbury, Beer & Music Walk Festival
7/7 - Gloucester, Music at the Museum 
7/12 - Music Town Ipswich 6-10pm - one night only
7/20 - Newburyport, Reggae Fest
8/3 - Manchester-by-the-sea, Festival by the Sea
8/10 - Gloucester, Gloucester Blues Festival
8/22 - Topsfield, Annual BBQ & Blues
8/24 - Gloucester, Riverfest
9/14 - Gloucester, Harvest Music Festival

Recurring communty concerts 

Tuesdays - Ipswich Riverwalk 7:30
7/10 Orville Giddings Band
7/24 Sqeezebox Stompers
7/31 Sonomatics
8/7 Rhythm Method
8/14 Renee & Joe
8/21 Mood Swings
8/28 Marsh Hoppers 

Tuesdays - Masconomo Park Manchester-by-the-sea 6-8pm
6/25 The Lisa Love Experience
7/2 Riverside Renaissance Swing Band
7/3 (Wednesday) Entrain 
7/9 215th Army Band Operations
7/16 Spike the Punch
7/23 4Ever Fab
7/30 Conscious Reggae
8/6 East Coast Soul

Wednesdays & Saturdays - Salisbury Beach
Check website for times
6/29 No Shoes Nation 
7/3-7/6  Joppa Flatts
7/6 Beatlejuice
7/10 Stones Cry Out & Right Hand Shade
7/13 Entrain
7/17 Rock Worship & Two Bands
7/20 Joshua Tree U2 tribute
7/24 Hope Worship Band & Tenley Westbrook with Friends of Bethany Church
7/26 Buffet Beach Blast
7/27 James Montgomery Band
7/31 Raging Grace Brad Illian & Calvary Bible Praise Band
8/3 The Rebels Tom Petty tribute
8/7 Byfield Parish Praise Band & Live2Love
8/10 The Eagles Experience
8/14 The Thom Stolar Band & Crossroads Praise Band

Thursdays – Ipswich The Crane Estate (not free)
7/11 The Great Escape - Journey tribute
7/18 Beantown Swing Orchestra - Swing dance lesson
7/25 Disco Dream 
8/1 Soul City - Motown, soul & funk
8/8 Entrain - Rock funk jam band
8/15 Soul Rebel Project - Reggae
8/22 HELP! - Beatles tribute
8/29 Orville Giddings Band - boogie blues

Thursdays - Beverly on the Common 6-8pm
6/27 Civil Disturbance
7/11 Quintessential Brass
7/18 The Avocates Big Band
7/25 Ditto Trio
8/1 Variations
8/8 Cold Spring Harbor

Sundays – Gloucester Stage Fort Park 7pm
7/7 The Continentals
7/14 Grupo Fantasia
7/21 Compaq Big Band
7/28 Old Cold Tater & Down Home Swing
8/4 Martin & Kelly
8/11 4Ever Fab Beatles
8/18 Cape Ann Community Band
8/25 Cape Ann Big Band

Sundays - Georgetown Prospect Street
7/7 Brian Maes Band
7/14 Woodland Protocol
7/21 UC5
7/28 Rust Never Sleeps
8/4 4 Ever Fab
8/11 DeAngelis School of Music

Sundays - Beverly Lynch Park 6-8pm
6/30 Dane Street Pops
7/7 Decades of Rock
7/14 Overdrive
7/21 Legacy
7/28 Ditto the Band
8/4 Tiny Tots Day 1-3pm
8/4 Chin Friction 6-8
8/7 Wednesday, Lobster Festival noon -8pm The Reminisants, Ted Solovicos & Rosemarie, Rule of 3
8/10 Saturday, Teen Band Day 2-5pm
8/11 Final day with fireworks, Alton Bay Band 12:30-2:30, Grits & Groceries 3:30-5:30, Horizon 6:30-8:30

Sundays – Hamilton Patton Park 5pm
6/30 White Heat 
7/7 Broadway in the Park
7/14 Blue Heartache
7/21 Tree House Charlatans
7/28 4Ever Fab
8/4 Southern Rail
8/11 Soul Rebel Project 

Sundays - Peabody Leather City Common, all concerts 6-8pm
7/14 All that 90's Band
7/21 Decades of Rock
7/28 Tangerine
8/4 Eleventh Hour Concert & Fireworks - Peabody High School 7-9pm
8/11 Pizza Fest & Lisa Love Experience
8/18 Bare Bones
8/25 Renee & The Renegades

Mondays & Wednesdays – Danvers Rotary Pavillion Peabody Institute Library, all concerts 6-8pm
7/8 The Shana Stack Band - check website for rain dates
7/10 Good Stuff
7/15 Decades of Rock
7/17 Toe Jam Puppet Band
7/22 Steel Rhythm Band
7/24 Rhythmix
7/29 Big Band Swing
7/31 Ultimate Soul Band
8/5 Blue Rebel
8/7 The Groove
8/14 Shark Martin
8/19 The Merj
8/21 Northshoremen
8/28 UC5

Mondays – Rockport, Back Beach 6:30

Thursdays & Fridays at The Promenade at the North Shore Mall, Peabody 5-9pm
Thursday, June 27th – 5:30 – 9:00p.m. – Qwill and Joe Cardoza
Friday, June 28th – 5:30 – 9:00p.m. – Nick Consone and Friends
Monday, July 15 - 5:30 - 9:00 pm - Greg Coles Line Instruction and Dance Party
Thursday, July 18 - 5:30 - 9:00 pm - Greg Coles Line Instruction and Dance Party
Friday, July 19 - 6:00 - 9:00 pm - An Evening with Frank Sinatra!
Friday, August, 16 - 5:30 - 9:00 pm - Katrina Gustafson


Every day of the week at Hampton Beach Seashell

JUNE 2019

Wednesday, June 26: Ray of Elvis – Elvis Tribute
Thursday, June 27: King Kountry – Country
Friday, June 28: “The Visitors Band”
Saturday, June 29: Magic Moments Band
Sunday, June 30: Revolver

JULY 2019

Monday, July 1: The Reminisants – Oldies
Tuesday, July 2: HELP – Beatles’ Tribute Band
Wednesday, July 3: OVERDRIVE
Thursday, July 4:  The Continentals
Friday, July 5: 39th Army Band
Saturday, July 6: Soulmate Band – Motown, FUNK, Soul, & Disco
Sunday, July 7: Angela West and Showdown 3 p.m. / No Shoes Nation Band a Tribute to Kenny Chesney 7 p.m.
Monday, July 8: Martin & Kelly 3 p.m. / Kevin White’s Tribute to
Garth Brooks 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 9: Maddi Ryan 3 p.m. / Nick Drouin 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 10: Houston Bernard Band, 3 p.m. / Timmy Brown 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 11: Kevin Herchen 3 p.m. / Old Town 7 p.m. / William Michael Morgan 8 p.m.
Friday, July 12: Neurotic Gumbo
Saturday, July 13: Neurotic Gumbo
Sunday, July 14: Acoustic Radio
Monday, July 15: On Tap Band
Tuesday, July 16: The “All You’ve Got Tour”
Wednesday, July 17:  The Continentals
Thursday, July 18: Tequila Bonfire – Country
Friday, July 19: Mark Shelton and the Jailhouse Rockers
Saturday, July 20: George Hosker (noon) B Street Bombers (7 p.m.)
Sunday, July 21: The Nevers Band
Monday, July 22: Apathetics
Tuesday, July 23: Mike & Me The Vic Paul Show
Wednesday, July 24: The Salem Boyz – Classic Rock
Thursday, July 25: The Darren Bessette Band – Country
Friday, July 26: Brandy / Talent Application Deadline
Saturday, July 27: Miss Hampton Beach / Rico Barr and the Jumping Jive Review (7 p.m.)
Sunday, July 28: Miss Hampton Beach / The Reminisants – Oldies 7 p.m.
Monday, July 29: Bobby G
Tuesday, July 30: Little Big Shots
Wednesday, July 31: Ayla Brown – Country


Thursday, August 1: The Mychael David Project – Country
Friday, August 2: The Reminisants – Oldies / Charlie Thomas and the Drifters
Saturday, August 3: Soulmate Band – Soul, Classic Rock, Top 40
Sunday, August 4: Talent Auditions (12-3 p.m.) Bel-Airs (7 p.m.)
Monday, August 5: Manchester Music School
Tuesday, August 6: HELP – Beatles Tribute Band
Wednesday, August 7: (Four Part Country) Mark 209
Thursday, August 8: Goat Ropers – Country
Friday, August 9: Brandy Band
Saturday, August 10: Brass Attack of Springfield
Sunday, August 11: Ian Black Band

Monday, August 12:The Reminisants – Oldies
Tuesday, August 13: Little Big Shots
Wednesday, August 14: The Continentals
Thursday, August 15: Martin & Kelly – Country
Friday, August 16: Mark 209
Saturday, August 17: Heritage Pop Orchestra
Sunday, August 18: Strafford Wind Symphony
Monday, August 19: All Summer Long
Tuesday, August 20: Little Big Shots
Wednesday, August 21: Legacy Swing Band 
Thursday, August 22: The Mychael David Project – Country
Monday, August 26: Amity Drive
Tuesday, August 27: Mike & Me – The Vic Paul Show
Wednesday, August 28: HELP
Thursday, August 29: Angela West and Showdown – Country
Friday, August 30: GOOD STUFF
Saturday, August 31: Boston Circus Guild


Sunday, September 1:  The Continentals
Monday, September 2: The Reminisants – Oldies

Check websites before heading out, subject to change. Also look for rain dates and locations.


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Windhill Builds a Bed for Every Child

 Together with the North Shore Association of REALTORS® and this amazing community project, team Windhill pitched in and built a bed for a child. The recipient was an 11 year old girl from Swampscott and she will receive not only the bed frame, but a mattress and bedding set! It was an amazing experience to participate in something so basic yet so profound. 
A Bed for Every Child began over five years ago, when a public school teacher reached out to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. She was concerned because many of her students were coming to school tired and unfocused each day, and she knew the reason was because they did not have a bed of their own. Knowing beds were financially out of reach for their families, the teacher was looking to access beds free of of cost for these children. This one simple request launched A Bed for Every Child Initiative, which sets out to provide new twin beds sets to children living in poverty throughout Massachusetts without a bed of their own.  
A bed may seem like a simple piece of furniture, but for a child who goes to sleep each night on a couch, an air mattress, or sharing a bed with a parent or a sibling, it makes a huge impact on their health, well-being and their education. A Bed for Every Child is presently partnering with over 70 school districts across the state to get beds to their students. We know that a bed is not going to solve poverty, but we do know that it is one of the tools needed to ensure a child comes to school rested and ready to learn, and able to reach their full potential.
A Bed for Every Child on Facebook 

Easter Brunch & Easter Events Boston and North

Ipswich's Favorite Home Art Contest - 2019

Ipswich Kids! It's that time again! Find your favorite "house" in Ipswich (it can even be your own) and get creative! All mediums accepted, 8.5x11 preferred. Perfect project for April school vacation. Drop your artwork off at our office, along with the entry form below, no later than Friday May 5th, 2019. Keep an eye on our facebook page for your masterpieces! Paper registration forms are also available at our office. Stop by our office or the Ipswich Public Library any time for an entry form. You can also fill one out at our office when you deliver your masterpiece. Thank you to this year's co-sponsor Cummings Architects for supporting this great community event! It get's bigger every year!

Ipswich Illumination 2018

Another successful year of community spirit at Ipswich Illumination! Andrea Della Valle, despite her broken ankle, handed out over 250 light sticks and the word on the street is that they were a huge hit! The look on this little girl's face tells the story! 

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Ipswich MA Haunted Happenings and October Events 2018


Thursday 10/4

Ipswich Rotary/Chamber Annual Legislative Breakfast at Ipswich Country Club

Thursday 10/11

6:30-9  Spirit Readings by Beth 

Friday 10/12

6:30-8:30  Music of the Sea at Ipswich Library

Saturday 10/13

12:00-4:00  23rd Annual Ipswich Chowderfest 

7:00-9:00  Jeff Warner - Along the Way Coffee House

Friday 10/19

Ipswich Cultural Council 32nd Annual Community Art Show

7:00-11:00  North Shore Swing Dance, Dan Gable & The High Society Orchestra

Saturday 10/20

10:00-1:00 Ipswich Fire Department Open House

10:00-4:00 Annual Trick or Treat Hayride at Marini Farm

11:00-2:30 Ipswich Harvest Marketplace 

11:00-4:00 Essex Clamfest 

12:00-6:00 Notch Traveling Beirgarten at Appleton Farms

Ipswich Cultural Council 32nd Annual Community Art Show

5:00-9:00 Ipswich Illumination - Visit our office from 5-7 for Illumination goodies! 

6:00-8:00 Got Poetry? at Zumi's

Sunday 10/21

10:00-4:00 Annual Trick or Treat Hayride at Marini Farm

Ipswich Cultural Council 32nd Annual Community Art Show

12:00-6:00 Notch Traveling Beirgarten at Appleton Farms

1:45-3:00 Fall Foliage Paddle Ipswich Watershed Association

Friday 10/26

3:00-5:00 Family Halloween Party at Ipswich Museum

Halloween Parade starting 6:30PM

Saturday 10/27

10:00-2:00 Walk for Wolves by Wolf Hollow

2:00-4:00 Ipswich Downtown Trick or Treating 

Wednesday 10/31

Town-wide trick or treat

Events all subject to change - please confirm directly.