In support of our fellow non-profit organizations servicing the Essex County Community and sponsored by Hestia Creations.
We introduce Hidden Orbs.
15 Ceramic Orbs have been hidden throughout the walking trails of Marblehead. The Orbs are designed by a local artist to represent the mission of the non-profit will be numbered and labeled with Marblehead Festival of Arts. If you find an Orb, we ask that you post a picture of yourself and your Orb on our Facebook page or send us your picture here.
June 20 thru July 31, 2023
Marblehead Rail Trail and Steer Swamp Trail
(see maps below)
Orbs (ceramic orbs about the size of a navel orange - 4 inches/10cm in diameter)will be hidden on the trails of Marblehead including the Rail Trail and Steer Swamp Trail. They will be within a few feet of either side of any trail they are placed on. Orbs are never on Private Property, nor in an area that would have you in wetlands or causing harm to nature, to retrieve. Please leave property undisturbed! Orbs are not hidden at beaches or cemeteries.
A Fun Outdoor Activity.
This event is finders keepers! But we ask that you only keep
ONE PER FINDER, PER SEASON, AND… Please post your Festival Orb Here!
Keep looking until you find one! If you find a second Orb, feel free to leave it where it is or re-hide it! If you choose to re-hide an Orb, please be sure to follow the rules and stay off private property, be kind to the wildlife and the ocean fronts.
Marblehead Council on Aging
The Marblehead Council on Aging (COA) was established as an officially designated agency in 1969 to promote and identify the total needs of the community's senior population. Since then, the COA's mission has been to enhance the quality of life for seniors, to promote respect and good will in the community by informing, educating and advocating for seniors and those who care for them, and to provide services and programming that encourages healthy and positive aging.
The League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political membership organization which:
acts after study and member agreement to achieve solutions in the public interest on key community issues at all government levels.
builds citizen participation in the democratic process.
engages communities in promoting positive solutions to public policy issues through education and advocacy.
The Abbot Public Library
The Abbot Public Library serves as a vibrant hub of education, community and culture for the Town of Marblehead. It will continue to be a free, inclusive and safe gathering place for all
where the pursuit of knowledge, literacy and continuing education is actively encouraged and
supported. Our Summer Reading program runs from June 10 through August 18, and the theme is "Find Your Voice."
Marblehead Counseling Center
For over 50 years, Marblehead Counseling has embodied the mission to improve the quality of life for individuals and families in Marblehead, Swampscott and other North Shore communities by providing a high-quality, local source of mental health and family support. The center provides individual and family therapy to assist in resolving personal and interpersonal issues, including but not limited to, moderate to server mental health crises.
We are a community organization working to educate and engage the Marblehead community to reduce waste and pollution and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040. Our vision is a vibrant and engaged community actively addressing the climate crisis to ensure our town and planet are habitable and safe for future generations.
SPUR makes volunteering at any age easy by providing accessible opportunities that meet the tangible needs of the community. We offer a variety of thoughtful and flexible engagement opportunities which result in rewarding volunteer experiences and measurable community impact. Through our dynamic service-learning initiative, we equip the youngest members of our community with tools to identify problems, cultivate an innate response to community needs, and develop as future change-makers. We SPUR others on to action, embracing the notion that we can make positive change when we all work together to make a difference.
Salem Sound Coastwatch
Salem Sound Coastwatch is leading the way to a healthier sea and shore. Our work in the Salem Sound and its watershed covers many different areas, from working with local communities to make their coastlines more resilient to climate change, to engaging with the public through events and educational opportunities. We also promote citizen science through organizing the monitoring of marine invasive species, salt marsh health, and water quality testing in waters around the North Shore.
The Friends of the Marblehead Dog Park
Artist: Penny Raynor
The Friends of Marblehead Dog Park Inc. is an all-volunteer, nonprofit (501c3) organization that works with the Recreation & Parks Commission to support and sustain our municipal dog park. We arrange and pay for all waste disposal services and raise money for better access, parking, playing surfaces, and user amenities. Visit the park, located off Lime Street above Green Street (Reynolds) Playground, and join us!
Task Force Against Discrimination
The Commission, consisting of nine members, includes a member of the clergy, a law enforcement officer, an attorney or educator, and concerned citizens appointed yearly by the Select Board. The Commission's goal is to maintain a community where all individuals are welcome regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or ethnic background. The Task Force meets throughout the year in open sessions to discuss concerns raised by the residents of the Town and to create ongoing programs that will celebrate diversity within the Town.
Marblehead Museum & Historical Society
Artists: Patti D. Baker and Kimberly Downing
Marblehead Museum & Historical Society preserves, protects, and promotes Marblehead’s past as a means of enriching the present. Marblehead Museum welcomes people of all ages to discover what makes Marblehead extraordinary through innovative learning opportunities. The Museum’s three properties (Jeremiah Lee Mansion, J.O.J. Frost Gallery & Carolyn Lynch Education Center, and Grand Army of the Republic & Civil War Exhibit) and its preeminent collection serve as the catalysts for programming that connects individuals to the past and present, broadening perspectives and understanding of Marblehead and the wider world.
Camp Erin Boston
Artist: Niko Mahan
Camp Erin® Boston is a FREE bereavement camp for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Traditionally a weekend long program, we are currently offering a family camp program for children and teens and their families that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities. Led by bereavement professionals and caring volunteers, campers are provided a safe environment to explore their grief, learn essential coping skills, and make friends with peers who are also grieving.
The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor
The mission of Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor is to demonstrate the objects of Rotary and build a better world of understanding and peace through service activities of its individual members, groups or total membership, while embodying the highest ethical standards and Rotary "Four Way Test".
Chartered September 16th, 1996, The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor consists of more than 50 members, full of spirit and enthusiasm.
We are a group of professionals who meet weekly in the belief that we can change our world, whether that be around the corner or across the world.
The Haven Project
Our Client Service Center is located in the heart of downtown Lynn. Through individualized case management we provide basic needs, such as food, clothing, hygiene products, and onsite laundry/showering facilities. Our case managers work with youth and young adults to help them obtain and maintain stability. Through life skills classes and advocacy, we offer growth opportunities in employment, education, housing, health, and community.
Marblehead Democratic Town Committee
Artist: Cathy Marie Michael
The mission of the Marblehead Democratic Town Committee is as follows: To foster and advance the ideals and the aims of the Democratic party; To work and organize for the success of the Democratic candidates of the District, County, State and Nation; and To do all things necessary and incidental to the building and strengthening of the Democratic party in Massachusetts and within Marblehead.
For more than three decades, Lifebridge has been working to meet the most urgent needs of the homeless and under-housed on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Our history began in 1980 when The Crombie Street Congregational Church made it their mission to provide outreach to the homeless population. Initially a soup kitchen that served the homeless two evenings each week, soon grew to a place where meals were being provided on a regular basis seven days a week.
Marblehead Rail-Trail Map
Steer Swamp Trail Map