24 Asbury St, Topsfield, MA
Join us for a day of walking and hiking among blooming Rhododendrons followed by a Bistro Brunch and Polo!
Bradley Palmer State forest is a 721-acre former estate featuring pine needled paths, acres of sunny rolling meadows and spectacular rhododendrons which line old carriage roads. Peak bloom is usually in mid-June.
Bradley Palmer was a noted attorney of the early 1900s who represented Sinclair Oil in the Teapot Dome Scandal and President Wilson at the Versailles Peace Conference after the First World War.
We will walk around Bradley Palmer enjoying the sites, find the footbridge to Willowdale and poke around there for a while! Figure on 2 hours of walking/hiking. Dogs are permitted on leash.
From North or South: Take Rte. 1 to Topsfield, right on Ipswich Rd., right on Asbury St.
From Newbury Port: Take Route 1 south to Topsfield (approximately 8 miles). Turn left onto Ipswich Road at set of lights. Follow Ipswich Road 1.2 miles then take a right onto Asbury Street. The park entrance is located approximately ¼ mile on the left.
15 Walnut, 15 Walnut Road, Hamilton, MA - http://www.15walnut.com/
After the hike, we'll drive a few miles to the restaurant. This place has AMAZING food! They will be serving their brunch menu on Sunday.
POLO MATCH! - C.G. Rice Cup
Myopia Polo Club, 435 Bay Road, South Hamilton, MA (Route 1A)
After lunch we will take a short drive (less than one mile) to Myopia Polo Club's Polo Match! I have NEVER been to a Polo match and have always been curious! There is a $10 fee at the match.
Myopia Polo holds the distinction of being the oldest active polo club in America. One of five charter members of the United States Polo Association in 1891, except for two wartime hiatuses, club players have competed on summer Sundays on the original Gibney Field (named after what was Gibney Farm) since the first game in 1887.
Gibney Field was the scene of the first formal intercollegiate game, with Harvard playing Yale in 1907. It has hosted the U.S. Senior Championship, the equivalent of what is now the U.S. Open championship. Polo scenes from the 1967 movie classic 'The Thomas Crown Affair' with Steve McQueen were shot on the site.
Gibney Field is highlighted in Horace Laffaye's sweeping 2009 book "The Evolution of Polo" quoting from Newell Bent's 1929 volume 'American Polo': "The dip at the clubhouse end has never been graded, and, after all, to the spectators watching the game, there is always the added interest in the wonder as to whether the players whose bobbing heads can be seen in the distance are making a goal or not. They will still bob after a knock-in. But if they slowly ride towards us, growing in size as first hull down under the horizon, we know that the score has changed and that they are coming back to the center of the field for play to begin again... In spite of the dip, it is a very excellent field."
All matches begin at 3:00 p.m. if not otherwise advertised. The gates to the polo grounds open at 1:30 p.m.
ADMISSION AND FEES:
The matches are open to the public. The admission fee is $10.00 per person. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Tickets are purchased at the gate on the day of the event. Tickets are non-refundable.
All parking is free. Unless otherwise reserved, spectators can get field side parking on a "first come - first served" basis.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE:
For the time being we do not have a concession stand at the Polo Grounds. Spectators are welcome to bring their own food and beverage and are also allowed to have tailgate parties prior and during the matches.
Dogs are allowed, but we request that they be kept on a leash.
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