Greenheads Gone Party!

August 2nd, 6pm to 8pm

Celebrate the departure of the menace of the marsh with a family friendly cookout. Come by and enjoy snack bar style burgers, hot dogs, frozen treats, and a cash bar.

Pop Up Rowing

Free, two hour rowing trips into the Great Marsh in one of our Sharptown Barges, scheduled 24 hours ahead of time and weather and tide dependent. Open to ESM members only. Sign ups will be open in our online store after each date is announced.

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Sign Ups Opening Soon for The Great Rowing Adventure!

Thursday, September 12 through Friday, September 13 

Join us for the Great Rowing Adventure- the first collaborative rowing program with Lowell’s Boat Shop and the Essex Shipbuilding Museum! The program starts on Thursday, September 12, with a tour of Lowell’s Boat Shop, the oldest operating boat shop in America. We will then drive to Plum Island to board the rowing vessels, a Surf Dory built at Lowell’s and two Sharptown row boats built at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. From the Northern tip of Plum Island, we will wend our way through the marsh and creeks in Plum Island Sound, with a stop for lunch a swim. We will end the first day at Steep Hill Beach on the Crane Estate; a delicious meal will be provided in the Pine Grove, where we will camp for the night.

Early the next morning, after breakfast in the Pine Grove,  we will get back into the boats to begin the magical journey through Fox Creek into Essex Bay; time permitting, we will stop to explore Choate Island, where the The Crucible was filmed. By afternoon we will be closing in on the end of our journey as we make our way up the Essex River. We will stop at one of the restaurants on the river for lunch before finally arriving at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum to learn about the 350 year tradition of shipbuilding in Essex. The finale of the trip is a sunset sail in Gloucester Harbor- a chance to relax and enjoy the ocean and a libation or two.

Prior rowing and camping experience is not required, our trained staff will show you all you need to know. Our staff is also lifeguard, first aid, CPR, and U.S. Coast Guard certified. 

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Clam Basket Making Workshop

Come join us on September 8th or September 15th for a Sunday Workshop lead by Master Basket Maker Billy Ray Sims to create a traditional Essex Clam Basket! Baskets will be constructed from white oak, cane, and wire using traditional methods.

The workshop will run from 9 am to 3 pm and is open to adults and children ages 12 and up. Coffee and lunch will be provided.

The workshop is free with a $65 materials charge.

Frame Up to Fit Out Lecture Series

Thank you to everyone that joined us for our first season of Frame Up to Fit Out talks! Thanks to your support, the series will return this fall - watch this space for more details.