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Best of the North Shore 2018

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NORTHSHOREMAG.COM 130 AUGUST 2018 play READERS' CHOICE SCHOONER THOMAS E. LANNON, GLOUCESTER C O M M U N I T Y W A L K R U N R A C E EDITORS' CHOICE STEP UP FOR COLLEEN, COMMUNITY WALK RUN RACE, ANDOVER STANDOUT QUALITIES: For five years, thousands have gathered to honor the legacy of young teacher Colleen Ritzer through a 5K road race to raise money for a scholarship fund in her name. The beloved teacher was killed by a student in 2013. INSIDER TIP: In 2018, more than $50,000 in scholarship money was awarded to future teachers. FUN FACT: Dogs are welcome to run with their owners. stepupforcolleen.com READERS' CHOICE STEP UP FOR COLLEEN, COMMUNITY WALK RUN RACE, ANDOVER C O U N T R Y C L U B EDITORS' CHOICE THE GOLF CLUB AT TURNER HILL, IPSWICH STANDOUT QUALITIES: Play through on the historic Rice estate, set on approximately 700 beautiful acres for connecting and unwinding. Move into one of the stunning collections of new homes nestled on the grounds of the historic mansion, offering enviable entertaining options for friends and family, in grand style. Choose from a variety of picturesque settings, architectural styles, and curated finishes. INSIDER TIP: Guest accommodations are offered in a four-bedroom, two-and-a- half-bathroom historic home overlooking the golf course and mansion. FUN FACT: Like many of the top golf courses in the United States, the par 72 course preserves and promotes the area's breathtaking, natural surroundings, offering a balance of dramatic and challenging play. 3 Manor House Lane, Ipswich, 978-356- 7070, turnerhill.com READERS' CHOICE IPSWICH COUNTRY CLUB, IPSWICH STANDOUT QUALITIES: Set against a backdrop of lush pitch pine woodlands, find a sanctuary with 18 holes, tennis, swimming, fitness, and dining. Beauty meets challenging golf, with practice facilities. Plus, there's a 52,000-square-foot clubhouse with spa experiences and a living room feel. INSIDER TIP: Planning a wedding? The large outdoor terrace will accommodate all your guests and is available for cocktail hour. Winter nuptials take advantage of the cozy separate indoor cocktail area. FUN FACT: As a member, you'll have access to a network of more than 300 private golf and country clubs, business clubs, and resorts. 1 Country Club Way, Ipswich, 978-356-4822, clubcorp.com/Clubs/Ipswich- Country-Club D A N C E S T U D I O EDITORS' CHOICE MAGMA, GLOUCESTER STANDOUT QUALITIES: With a focus on movement for people of all ages, improvisation- based classes, dance socials, and movement for those with special needs, this place is inclusive and unintimidating. INSIDER TIP: Midweek Adult Hip Hop is a great way to meet people, not to mention burn off a big dinner. FUN FACT: Director Sarah Slifer Swift has some serious dance cred. In addition to the North Shore's own Salem State University, she's been on faculty at Boston Ballet School, George Washington University, Amsterdam College of Art/School for New Dance Development, and Scotland's National Center for Dance. 11 Pleasant St., Gloucester, 978- 381-3494, magma.center READERS' CHOICE DANCE ENTHUSIASM, SALEM STANDOUT QUALITIES: Around since 1992, Dance Enthusiasm has everything from Kinderdance on Saturday mornings, to pointe class and an award-winning competitive dance team. There is a whole lot of dancing going on in this beautiful, spacious studio. INSIDER TIP: Catch a perfor- mance at Salem Heritage Days in the Willows on August 15. FUN FACT: Dance Enthusiasm dancers have been seen in A Christmas Story: The Musical on Broadway, the Boston Ballet, and the Patriot Cheerleaders, as well as being backup dancers for various artists and making appearances in music videos, and more. 41 Mason St., Salem, 978-741-1900, danceenthusiasm.org F A I R EDITORS' CHOICE TOPSFIELD FAIR, TOPSFIELD STANDOUT QUALITIES: This fall festival has been bringing corpulent pumpkins, show pigs, and floppy-eared bunnies to tiny Topsfield since 1818. It's a full-on celebration of the agricultural roots of Essex County. INSIDER TIP: From weddings to corporate events, you can rent the fairgrounds. Also, the Mrs. Essex County Pageant will be held on the second Sunday of the fair. The con- testants will demonstrate their cooking abilities by entering a food dish for judging, have private interviews, and present themselves at the pageant on Sunday. This is not a beauty contest but an opportunity for "the women of today" to talk about themselves, their interest in the fair, and their daily ac- tivities. The winner will be the official hostess for the upcom- ing Topsfield Fair. FUN FACT: The Honorable Timothy Pickering, a 1763 Harvard graduate and Revolutionary War hero with a renowned political background, was elected as the first president of the Essex Agricultural Society. 207 Boston St., Topsfield, 978- 887-5000, topsfieldfair.org READERS' CHOICE TOPSFIELD FAIR, TOPSFIELD

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