Staff Size: 11–25 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Free parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Antique toys, trains, dolls, and 1690 house
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Q&A with the Marketing Director
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Wenham Museum is a family-friendly museum that's perfect for young visitors. The museum’s collections and most popular attractions inlclude 10 model-train layouts, a world-renowned doll collection, vintage dollhouses, a costume and textile collection, antique toys, historic photographs, and the National Historic Register Claflin-Gerrish-Richards House. The museum’s changing exhibits and programming celebrate childhood, connect generations, and honor local heritage.
What special training do you or your staff have?
Our museum educators are great with young children (and big kids too). We have family-friendly programming, and [our] rotating exhibits are designed to bring our collection and exhibits to life. Our museum offers many hands-on activities.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Read about our exhibits and collections before you visit. Our welcome desk can also give you tips for a successful visit.
Check out [the] website for directions and hours at http://www.wenhammuseum.org/visit.html.
On a trip to Denmark to reconnect with his family roots, Dan Clapp brought home an unconventional souvenir for his wife, Deb: a ceramic bottle filled with the blend of fermented honey and water known as mead. Three years later, they finally tasted it. Once the longtime home brewers realized that Denmark wasn't the only place with bees, the founding of 1634 Meadery wasn't far behind.
Using honey almost always sourced from Massachusetts and New England apiaries, as well as local fruits, the artisans craft meads intended to showcase the tastes and scents of the region. When they're not hosting tastings in the storefront bar, the staff eagerly takes visitors back to the production room to witness the mead-making process firsthand.
Because 1634 Meadery is a small-batch operation, its selection may vary at any time. But here are just a few of the varieties you might find on its own shelves and those of area markets and wine shops:
Choate Bridge Cyser: a type of dry mead made with honey and fresh-pressed Massachusetts apples; named for the first double-arched bridge in America—an important Ipswich landmark
Strawberry Fields: a semi-sweet mead that blends the flavors of honey, local strawberries, and cinnamon
Puritan Pride: a traditional mead made with autumn wildflower honey and aged with American oak
Five Things to Know About Topsfield Fair
Dating back to a cattle show that started in the year 1820, Topsfield Fair has grown to encompass everything from beekeeping exhibits to whimsical sand sculptures. Read on to learn more about this legendary annual event:
It’s been held almost every year since its founding. The show only missed three years during the Civil War( when it was suspended by government order) and three years during WWII.
It showcases local arts and crafts. Coolidge Hall becomes an exhibition space for homespun artwork, and an open display kitchen provides room for contestants in baking and cooking contests.
There’s a huge range of ridiculous food. Fairgoers can feast on funnel cakes, hot dogs, fried oreos, and other fair favorites.
There’s a place for healthy food, too. Of course, notably large vegetables can compete for top prize in educational and aesthetic contests.
There will be monster trucks. Yup. Monster trucks. Keep in mind that you must purchase admission to the monster truck and demolition derby shows separately, though.
In a day spent at Sun 'N Air Golf Center, golfers can hit nearly every shot they would encounter in the course of a normal round—all under the pressure-free auspices of a practice session. At the driving range, laser-measured targets reward precise iron play, and a target field that extends nearly 300 yards into the distance provides ample space for ripping drives. A short game practice area lets golfers hone their finesse on the green and in approach shots up to 50 yards from the pin.
The center also lets golfers test their mettle at their 3-hole practice course. The trio of par 3s range from 100 to 200 yards in length, and each features four tee options to cater to golfers of all abilities. With its ample practice resources, Sun 'N Air Golf Center provides fertile training ground for golf lessons, too. Their staff of experienced instructors—including PGA pro Tim Kilcoyne, who has coached at the high-collegiate level—can assist on all aspects of the game, from hitting the ball straighter to fitting multiple golf bags into the trunk of a compact vehicle.
Started by a passionate dog mom, Pooch-A-Palooza is a two-day outdoor event that celebrates the relationship between dogs and their owners. Pups can relax at the Pampering Spa, where groomers perform spa treatments and a rest area provides the perfect spot for a nap. Families can also walk their four-legged friends over to the Pooch Pavilion to watch trained dogs complete obstacle courses and other tricks. If they get tired of watching their pals show off, sign them up for contests such as Best Talent or Most Unique Bark. As a family-friendly event, the entertainment isn't just for dogs: there are food trucks alongside a vendor marketplace, live music, and a kids' area with inflatables, face-painting, and a rock wall. The festival raises money for PAWS New England, a local rescue organization that places neglected dogs in safe homes. PAWS will host an onsite adoption booth at the festival to help find homes for some of their furry pet friends.
OptiGolf, though absent the acreage necessary for a real golf course, still boasts some pretty impressive dimensions. The 12,000-foot facility replicates world-class golf on 14-foot HD projection screens capable of simulating everything from 300-yard drives to three-foot putts, with players using their own clubs. All nine of these simulators possesses a library of 85 championship courses. Plus they include training resources—such as video swing analysis and ball-flight tracking—,which are instrumental during private lessons conducted by director of instruction Phil Cornetta.
The ping of flush drives may echo throughout the 7,000-square-foot center, but golf is not the only thing on the menu. Balls veer towards pockets on a pool table, six draft beers and top-shelf liquors wet whistles or clean sullied grooves on wedges, and free wireless Internet keeps the entire complex connected.