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.

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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.

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Christmas Tree Sale at the shop!

Stop by to pick out a fresh New England Balsam Fir Christmas tree. Available in 6, 7 or 8 ft. lengths.


Essex Artist’s Collective Group Art Show

Show open now through January 1st in the artist’s cottage. Come on over and support local Cape Ann artist.


Afternoon for Kids to Make Gifts:

Let the Children Experience the Joy of Giving as well – Friday, December 22nd 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Friday afternoon, (early release day, when school vacation begins), we will have a craft time in the upper barn with several options for children to make gifts for parents, grandparents, siblings and others.

All supplies provided.

$10.00 per child. Ages 3-12

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“Beautifully Said” Book Launch with author Pauline Weger

December 22nd, 5PM – Join North Shore author, and founder of Quotabelle, Pauline Weger for a conversation about her inspiring new book “Beautifully Said.”

About the book: This timeless and timely collection of quotes and stories brings a dose of inspiration to anyone’s vision board. Discover 110 trailblazers: classic icons Eleanor Roosevelt, Ella Fitzgerald and Audrey Hepburn; contemporary sheroes Serena Williams, Amy Poehler and Malala Yousafzai; plus noteworthy up-and-comers…an Everest-climbing mountaineer, a space archeologist, an eco-jewelry designer and a crowdfunding pioneer.

About the Author: Founder of Quotabelle – Stepped away from corporate life to support nonprofits, launch a startup and write her 1st book. Her favorite role…mom to 2 daughters.

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Weekly Story and Activity Time for Preschool Age:

Every Thursday , 10am – 11:30 am beginning January 4th-mid June. Activities to include art, crafts, science, math, literacy and/or life skills as each day unfolds. Caregivers welcome to stay or use the time as they see fit. Each Session 20.00 to include any supplies for crafts.

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click on specific date to register: Jan. 4thJan. 11thJan. 18thJan. 25thFeb. 1stFeb. 8thFeb. 15thFeb. 22nd

Sailors Valentine Workshop

Sunday Jan. 21st 3-6pm
Materials Included

Using shells and wooden plaques we will create Sailors Valentines. This shell craft tradition began in the late 1800’s. Sailors would bring sentimental shell designs back from their voyages to gift to their loved ones. Come and design your very own for yourself or a loved one.

Workshop led by Alison Taylor and Kristen Wilson

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Intentional Book Study: Why not use the colder hours of winter to do a little reading and thinking?

“The Open Door- A Journey to the True Self” (by Joyce Rupp) explores the opportunity each one of us has for spiritual growth and the contentment and happiness it can bring.

Led by Rama Ziegenhals, Spiritual Director, and founder of PAX, participants will meet once a month for discussion after reading a portion of the book on their own.  Participants can purchase the book at Rivers and Roads or wherever they would like. First meeting Friday January 12th, 7PM – 8:30Pm in the store. Free of charge.

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Family time: Learn about Owls in our area and take a walk in the dark to try to spot some.

Saturday evening, February 3rd, 6:30-8:30ish

We will meet in the barn at Rivers and Roads, learn a bit about owls (hopefully from an expert) and read the warm, award winning book, “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen. A craft will be provided. Afterwards we will all drive to a walk not far away and try our best to spot or hear one of these beautiful creatures.  Regardless of whether we spot an owl or not, this is bound to be a night of getting out together and appreciating the nature around us. Date subject to change if weather is too extreme

Flashlights or headlamps, a hot drink in a thermos, and appropriate clothing suggested.  $10.00 per family.

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Community Book Club:

The last Wednesday evening of every other month 7:00-8:30 pm beginning February 28th.

First book is : “The Orchard”- A Memoir by past Ipswich resident, Adele Crocket Robertson. Book available at Rivers & Roads and a review of book is as follows: The Orchard is an exquisitely beautiful and poignant memoir of a young woman’s single-handed struggle to save her New England farm in the depths of the Great Depression. Recently discovered by the author’s daughter, it tells the story of Adele “Kitty” Robertson, young and energetic, but unprepared by her Radcliffe education for the rigors of apple farming in those bitter times. Alone at the end of a country road, with only a Great Dane for company, plagued by debts, broken machinery, and killing frosts, Kitty revives the old orchard after years of neglect. Every day is a struggle, but every day she is also rewarded by the beauty of the world and the unexpected kindness of neighbors and hired workers.

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Build a Traditional Lobster Trap (coming in February)

Teaser/Sneak Preview: Coming this February Rivers & Roads will offer customers the chance to learn the art of building a wooden lobster trap.

Keep checking back here for details on specific dates and times. In what is sure to be a true Essex experience we are privileged to have John S., a fourth generation lobsterman, here with us to instruct guests in this seafaring tradition. Guest will be regaled by John’s instruction, conversation, and colorful interaction, during their time building a wooden lobster trap to take home. Turn it into a bedside table, a seacoast front yard treasure or use it with your kids. No matter what you choose to do with your finished trap, you will have a deeper appreciation for the history and skills embedded in our local lobstering traditions. Materials and tools will be provided and reflected in class cost.

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