Need to get out of the city for a day, or do something different to feel inspired?

Would you like your kids try something new and be excited about life?

For Chris and I, it is our love of learning that draws us to people that can show us new things. Chris and I will always be offering classes on things near and dear to our hearts: wood working, fly tying, science, art, nature, and faith. We draw on others to offer things like: painting, crafting, building a lobster trap, metal detecting for artifacts, making fairy houses and little animals, getting healthier through nutrition, wool felting, beekeeping and so much more. We are always looking for people to share their talents and passions. Please view and sign up for workshops and classes on our calendar, but always keep in mind we could be adding something new at any moment.

Check the Calendar for upcoming classes and workshops keeping in mind that new things are always being added. Examples of things to come are that are not yet on the calendar are: Intro to metal detecting and finding local history, building your own lobster trap, local interest book talks, fly tying and fairy house building.

Make sure to sign up for our email list if you would like to be notified as things get scheduled.

Host a Birthday Party Here.

We can design a fun and engaging event with crafts and activities on site to celebrate that special day. Prices vary depending on craft, activities and number of persons attending.

email here to ask a question.

Summer Happenings at Rivers & Roads in Essex, MA

Every Saturday in June from 10-12am.
Twig Trellis and Pyramid Making

$20.00 will cover the supplies and guidance.
Sign up at is appreciated for planning, but not required.


Thursday mornings from June 28- Aug 9th

Free Story/Art and Nature Time for Ages 2 – 6 (from 10 – 11am)


Thursday Community evenings from July 5th – August 9th
Free Evening Event from 6:30 – 8:00pm. (listed below)

Food trucks, music and wine tastings will be added to many evenings:


July 5th: Robert and Patty Hanlon art show opening ( along with their kids’ various work as well)
July 12th: all town art night and show – bring your work to show or just bring an easel, sketchpad, paints, or crayons! – age or expertise is no matter – just a time to enjoy
July 19th art opening for Robin Sears: “Fur and Fleur” – don’t miss the furry woodland creatures she brings to life so well.
July 26th: all town croquet party– bring your blanket and croquet set if you have one-
August 2nd: Jon Macadam Art Exhibition and painting demonstration – Bring a memory of your favorite barn as we celebrate the “Asa Stone Barn” she has painted near Russell Orchard


Sunday Evenings July 1st – August 12th, 6:00 – 6:30pm
A moment of peace and mindfulness, with short homily and music to end and start your week.


Cooking Classes with Rosalie Harrington-Restaurateur, TV personality, food columnist

Rosalie is the renowned owner of “Rosalie’s” Italian restaurant in Marblehead which delighted for 25 years. She was the first woman hired by the food network and now gives cooking classes, as well as write a Food Column for the Lynn Item. More than anything though, you will find Rosalie is a lovely, entertaining human being with a huge heart and a wealth of knowledge and stories.

Saturday June 23rd 4-5:30pm Cooking With Summer’s Fresh Herbs

Learn how to incorporate the best summer has to offer. Tasting included!
Reservation and prepayment required $45 per person click here to register (bring your own wine!)

Friday, July 2oth, 7:00pm – Cooking Demonstration from Cocktail to Dessert

Rosalie will start by teaching you how to make her watermelon and fresh mint cocktail, move into small bites, a main course and most likely her to die for panna cotta, homemade ice-cream, or crostata, depending on what is in season. $75 per person. Reservation and prepayment required – click here

Rivers & Roads – Purveyors of Good Things

57 Eastern Ave. Essex, MA