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Family Dusk Paddles: Discovering Wetlands
Bring your family and join us for an evening paddle in a canoe as we learn more about the river and some of its inhabitants. Sign up for one or more of these great paddles. Discovering Wetlands: August 18--Being on the water is one of the best ways to explore and discover the wonders of wetlands. We will paddle through the winding backwaters lined with cattails and other marsh plants, looking for hidden wildlife. Using buckets and strainers, we'll stop and sample the rich aquatic life to learn more about what lives under the water. Instructions and Directions: Meets in front of the Visitor Center. Basic canoeing instruction will be provided, along with all equipment. A confirmation with information on what to bring will be sent. Registration is required. Register online or call 978-887-9264 to register by phone. See the website for more information.

When: Aug 18, 2017 6pm in Topsfield, MA
Cost: $20; $18 children

The Red Door - a pop-up supper club

An evening where our elegant setting, refined cuisine and new friends come together to create a on-of-a-kind experience. Our Executive Chef will prepare a 4-course meal that is perfectly paired with unique wines from our dynamic portfolio. Reserve your seat today! Tickets will go on sale on Monday, July 24th at 9am.  Your ticket includes: State tax, food, and wine (gratuity is not included but always appreciated)  We encourage adventurous eaters! Please inform us of any dietary restrictions or allergies at least 5 days before the event. There are no partial refunds, and no refunds after 8/21. 

When: Aug 24, 2017 7pm in Topsfield, MA

Historic Tour - Fall - 9:30AM

The historic tour of Willowdale Estate covers historic background, context and conversation about the Arts & Crafts style mansion. Discover the hidden details decorating each room and hear the fascinating stories of our wonderful and unique estate as lead by a member of our educated staff. Join us for light refreshments and conversation after the tour. PARKING:  We are located within the Bradley Palmer State Park, our driveway is the second left when you enter the park, and there is a parking lot on the right.  ACCESS:  Willowdale Estate is over one hundred years old and although most of our public rooms are accessible to guests with limited mobility there is a small portion of the tour that features upstairs guest rooms of the estate which could make access difficult in the upper rooms of the home.  Comfortable seating and accommodation will be provided for those who do not wish to or cannot travel to the upper rooms. 

When: Sep 16, 2017 9:30AM in Topsfield, MA

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About Topsfield, MA
Topsfield Massachusetts is an area of rolling hills and meandering streams and has some of the highest land in Essex County. Topsfield has a rural nature and contains a typical New England town common.

The town is home to many acres of protected land and trails which includes Bradley Palmer State Park. It is an excellent choice for hiking and biking in the spring and summer and cross country skiing in the winter. Topsfield also has plenty of agricultural land and hosts the Topsfield Fair.

The Topsfield Fair is America’s oldest agricultural fair established in 1818 and held every October during harvest time. The Fair is chock full of agricultural exhibits as well as homemade baked goods and farm animals. There is also a largest pumpkin contest-always the most popular exhibit. It also has plenty for the kids including great stuff to eat and also a midway loaded with amusement park rides and games and a parade. The Topsfield Fair is a fun time for everyone and well worth the price of admission. Plan to spend a day there next October-you will be glad you did.