Join Site Manager Kristen Weiss for an in-depth look at the collection of folk art portraits at Cogswell’s Grant. Discover the many families and artists represented in the house.
In the days before photography, portraits offered self-expression and family documentation, first to wealthy colonial settlers, then to the middle class. Itinerant artists of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, often self-taught, painted inexpensive portraits for rural families, and worked in a style whose charm still appeals today.
Calling all painters: come to Cogswell's Grant for a day of plein air painting. Join fellow artists from all over the North Shore to paint beautiful vistas including the Essex River and the Great Marsh, farm fields and landscapes, and our eighteenth-century historic house and barns.
Free beverages and snacks are available. Stay and tour the museum, which features one of the country's most celebrated collections of American folk art.
After thirty years, Nina Fletcher Little’s book Neat and Tidy: Boxes and Their Contents Used in Early American Households is still as popular as ever. Often beautifully decorated or made for a specific purpose, boxes offer insights into the lives of everyday people.
Join Site Manager Kristen Weiss for a special tour of Fletcher Little's home, Cogswell's Grant, and see some of the 148 boxes in the collection, many of which are not usually on display.
$5 Historic New England members $15 nonmembers
Registration is required. Please call 978-768-3632 or buy online.
When: May 28, 2016 10 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Sat, 28 May 2016 10 )
With 165 acres of grasslands, salt marshes, and woodlands, Cogswell’s Grant is a treasure trove for birders. Join Dr. David Weaver, naturalist at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center, for an introduction to the wide variety of species and habitats on the farm.
During a relaxing walk, explore the many aids to field identification, identify birds by their vocalizations, and discuss breeding behavior.
Please bring binoculars. Coffee and refreshments available. The house will be open for a brief tour.
$10 Historic New England and Mass Audubon members $14 nonmembers
Registration is required. Please call 978-768-3632 or buy online.
When: May 16, 2016 12 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Mon, 16 May 2016 00 )
Double your fun with two historic houses in one tour. The ceramics at Cogswell's Grant and Beauport represent a wide range of styles and origins, from expensive Chinese export porcelains, to high-quality English production pieces, to redwares made by individual potters in New England, and much more.
Join Historic New England’s Senior Curator of Collections, Nancy Carlisle, first at Cogswell's Grant and then Beauport as she examines these unique collections and presents a brief overview of ceramics.
Refreshments at Beauport are included. Tour begins at Cogswell's Grant.
$35 Historic New England members $45 nonmembers
Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 or buy online.
When: Jul 15, 2016 10 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10 )
The Agile Coach Bootcamp A 5 day Agile Immersion for Experienced Agilists The Agile Coach Bootcamp combines The Agile Facilitator class with the 3-day version of Coaching Agile Teams, taking place over 5 days and evenings in a retreat setting. Your Bootcamp leaders guide you on a comprehensive experience, resulting in class certifications in Team Facilitation & Agile Coaching by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) and 37 SEUs by the Scrum Alliance. The primary class components of the Bootcamp are: The Agile Facilitator: Catalyzing Collaboration, Delivering Results Coaching Agile Teams: The Mindset and Skills of Great Agile Coaching The two classes are woven together into a single, intensive and immersive experience that will catapult your agile coaching skills and results to new levels. You will leave a different person! YOU MUST ATTEND ALL 5 DAYS including evening practices, to get the full benefit for yourself and to be fair to your fellow colleagues as the skills in the class build on one another. When you are gone, even for a short time, you miss a lot. In addition, being absent impacts your ability to achieve ICAgile continuing education certifications You should arrive by 8:00 am on Monday for check-in, to get settled, for light breakfast, etc. Class starts promptly at 9 am on Monday. Class will end 4:30p on Friday. Daily Class Hours: Monday - 9 am to 8 pm Tuesday - 9 am to 5 pm Wednesday - 9 am to 5 pm Thursday - 9 am to 8 pm Friday - 9 am to 4:30 pm What's included in the course price: All Meals - (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) The two courses Lodging for 4 nights (double occupancy for Monday - Thursday night) We suggest you fully immerse in the retreat vibe and the ease of being "there" and being focused by committing to stay in Lodging at the retreat center. About the Retreat Center The Essex Retreat Center's property is set in a beautiful, peaceful place and is tucked amidst 18 acres of white pines and oaks, less than a mile from the ocean and surrounded by 250 acres of conservation land. Menus are healthy, wholesome and abundant meals with vegetarian options. All meals are prepared by our Executive chef and professional food service staff. While we feel you will be pleased with the accommodations, we want to make sure that you know this is a rustic retreat center - not a spa. A place to think and breathe in nature, eat wholesome food, and a chance to get to know your fellow students by sharing two (or three) to a room and three to a bathroom. A limited number of Sunday arrivals and single rooms are available for an additional fee. Contact Erika for details. Who Would Benefit from the Bootcamp ScrumMasters, Agile Project Managers or Iteration Managers well versed in the agile basics and who have experienced an agile team. You must have actual experience to benefit from the bootcamp because we use your real life experiences throughout. We suggest at least 6 months’ experience. Experienced ScrumMasters, Agile Project Managers or Iteration Managers who have had years of experience. Agile Coaches who want increased facilitation and coaching skills and the results they can provide. Any experienced agilist interested in bringing more rigor and structure to their facilitation of Agile ceremonies and other collaborative events. Any experienced agilist who wants to help people and teams achieve the changes it takes to use agile well. The Agile Facilitator You asked for it, we listened. We are SO excited to be offering a facilitation class that will help you professionally facilitate the Agile practices for your teams. We partnered with two great facilitators – Leslie Stein and David Chilcott – to design a course that fulfills industry requirements for becoming a qualified Agile Team Facilitator. This two-day course requires day and evening class time to cover what you need and allow you plenty of time to practice and get feedback. Here’s the full course description. Coaching Agile Teams To meet the full requirements of a comprehensive Agile coaching curriculum, we expanded our flagship Coaching Agile Teams course to 3 days. We offered the 3-day version, and students raved: don’t shortchange us with only 2-days! Finally, we can say this is a truly comprehensive course for Agile coaches. Here’s the full course description. Certifications The Bootcamp is accredited by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) as fulfilling all Learning Objectives in the Team Facilitation & Agile Coaching track. After successful completion of the Bootcamp, you can apply for ICAgile Professional continuing education certifications in Team Facilitation and/or Agile Coaching, provided you meet ICAgile's prerequisites. Learn more at ICAgile. The Bootcamp is also approved by the Scrum Alliance and yields 37 SEUs toward your Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) or to support your existing Scrum Alliance certifications, such as the CSM. Learn more at the Scrum Alliance. Any learning in Agile is typically acceptable to the Project Management Institute as continuing education. The Bootcamp yields 37 PDUs that you can claim toward your PMI-ACP or to support your existing PMI certifications, such as the PMP. Learn more at the PMI. Cancellation Policy We make business decisions based on how many people have registered for a given event. If you must change or cancel your registration, please know that it impacts everyone. Still, we know that sometimes things happen. Here's how it will work if you must reschedule or cancel: If you notify ACI at least 20 business days prior to the event, you may receive full credit for a future event -or- a full refund. If you notify ACI less than 20 business days prior to the event, you may receive full credit for a future event minus a $75 rescheduling fee -or- a full refund minus a $300 cancellation fee. If you notify ACI less than 10 business days prior to the event, you may receive full credit for a future event minus a $250 rescheduling fee plus any additional expenses incurred for catering and event charges resulting from your cancellation. No refunds. About the Retreat Center The Essex Retreat Center's property is set in a beautiful, peaceful place and is tucked amidst 18 acres of white pines and oaks, less than a mile from the ocean and surrounded by 250 acres of conservation land. Menus are healthy, wholesome and abundant meals with vegetarian options. All meals are prepared by our Executive chef and professional food service staff. While we feel you will be pleased with the accommodations, we want to make sure that you know this is a rustic retreat center - not a spa. A place to think and breathe in nature, eat wholesome food, and a chance to get to know your fellow students by sharing two (or three) to a room and three to a bathroom. A limited number of Sunday arrivals and single rooms are available for an additional fee. Contact Erika for details.
When: Mar 21, 2016 9 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Mon, 21 Mar 2016 09 )
Join us to restore and rejunivate your mind and body at our February Wellness Week. You deserve it. Come join us to focus on you. We will provide a menu free of processed carbs, sugar, alcohol & caffeine; leaving protein, veggies and fruits. Our goal is that you leave at the end of the week feeling stronger both physically and emotionally, happier, lighter and healthier. Monday, Wednesday , Friday- Allison Coughlin, a trainer, will join us. She will motivate you to bring out your inner strength. She will provide 3 days of core, glute and upper body strength work using body weight. Be prepared to be challenged and pampered. We will end each day with a meditation. Tuesday, Thursday- Kalanani Gallas will lead restorative yoga to help you step back from the turbulence of life and reconnect with the present, rejuvenating the body and mind. The pampering doesn't need to end when you leave each daily session...Enjoy a week's worth of prepared clean meals (lunches+dinner) for you and your family. Take a break from cooking and know that you and your family will still be nourished. (Cost: $40) Stay tuned for special treatments offer throughout the Wellness Week...
When: Feb 22, 2016 9 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09 )
On Saturday February 20th NER/PCA will be taking a tour of the famous restoration shop of Paul Russell in Essex Mass.  Arrival time will be 10am, Preregistration is required and a $25 per person donation to the Paul Russell & Company charity will be requested. This will be done through motorsport.reg.only. We are also limiting attendance to 75 people so plan to sign up early.
As always, the club will provide coffee and munchies, along with cold drinks. New this year, our host is interested in having teenagers who may be interested in a career in automotive restoration to attend and talk with the management.
More information about the company at https://paulrussell.com/rServices
Address is 106 Western Ave., Essex, Mass. 01929
As has been the custom, many of us will adjourn to Woodman’s in downtown Essex for lunch, feel free to join us.
Questions please email Steve Ross
When: Feb 20, 2016 12 AM to Feb 20, 2016 12 AMin Essex, Massachusetts (Sat, 20 Feb 2016 00 )
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