Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa is coming! Kick off your holiday celebration with Breakfast with Santa on December 6th from 8-11 AM at the Proctor School. Enjoy the Topsfield American Legion's pancake breakfast. Come have your photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 9-11 am. In addition, there will be crafts, games, face painting, snacks, and raffle tickets all sponsored by TESPTO. Any questions, contact Elizabeth Riley.

Gingerbread House Decorating Event - December 6th

The Friends of the Topsfield Library will host a Gingerbread House Decorating Event the morning of the Holiday Walk, Saturday, December 6th.

Did you know that Friends' volunteers construct the houses in advance of the event? Last year, we made over 130 houses in just one night! It is a fun event and we need newcomers and veterans alike! Please visit our sign up sheet or email Mary Shannon at or Beth Aylmer at to volunteer. Join us, Tuesday, December 2 or Wednesday, December 3, anytime from 6-9pm or Friday, December 5 in the 9-11am to help with frosting and set-up. Click here for the sign up sheet.

This will be the LAST YEAR of this event if we are unable to find two new co-chairs for 2015 and 2016. Please consider volunteering for this role. Contact Mary Shannon at the above e-mail address to learn more about the position. The local children really love this event and it is always sold out!

St. Rose Christmas Bazaar 2014

The St. Rose Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 22nd from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM in the Church Hall, 12 Park Street, Topsfield. All of the money raised on November 22nd is used to support the numerous Religious Education programs and outreach efforts at St. Rose.

The Christmas Bazaar offers something for everyone: handmade crafts, knit items, fresh greenery, flower arrangements, a bake table, jewelry and raffles. For the children there will be face painting, mystery grab bags, and a visit from Santa.

Please join us for this festive event!

The Congregational Church of Topsfield Hosts Community Wide Christmas Concert & Carol Sing December 6th

The Congregational Church of Topsfield invites you to attend a Christmas Concert & Carol Sing Saturday, December 6, 2014 7:30 PM at the Meetinghouse located at Main & Washington St. at the Topsfield Common. Setting a festive tone for this year's concert will be the jazz cantata La Fiesta de la Posada by Dave Brubeck. Rounding out the program will be bell choir numbers and carols.

Bart Dahlstrom, CCoT Director of Music and Organist along with a jazz group from Berklee will accompany the Bell and Chancel Choirs as well as the Children's Choir led by Abby Bowling. The concert concludes by breaking a piñata and sharing the candy with the audience.

A reception will follow in the Emerson Center Fellowship Hall.

All are welcome - Free admission

Topsfield Education Foundation Seeks Board Member

The Topsfield Education Foundation seeks a new board member to fill the position of secretary. All community members are welcome! The board meets quarterly, so the time commitment is minimal. Please contact Kimberly Johnston at if interested.

Toys for Tots - Topsfield Fire Department

The Topsfield Fire Department is collecting Toys for Tots. Please take your donations to the Fire Department at the Fire Station, 27 High Street, Topsfield.

Trinity Christmas Craft Fair

The annual Christmas Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, December 6th from 9 AM - 3 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church, 124 River Road, Topsfield. There will be Gifts, Crafts, Knit Items, Bakery and also a Morning Cafe and Lunch offered from 12-2 PM.

Memory Tree

The Village Gardeners will again sponsor Topsfield's beloved Memory Tree and Brownie Tree, to be lighted at the annual Holiday Walk on December 6th. Contributions are now being accepted in memory of loved ones. Donation envelopes and boxes will be placed at the Topsfield Town Library, Dawson's Hardware, Curves and The Gift Horse. Donations will be accepted through January 3, 2015.

Donations may be mailed to: The Memory Tree Fund, P.O. Box 68, Topsfield,MA 01983. Please make checks payable to Village Gardeners.

The names of the loved ones will be displayed at the Town Library, the Village Shopping Center kiosk and on the Town's and the Recreation Committee's websites.

Thank you for your generous support so that this long standing community tradition may continue.

Download Contribution Form Here

Holiday Walk - December 6th

Topsfield's annual Holiday Walk will be held on Saturday, December 6th from 4-7 PM. Come celebrate the season with your friends and neighbors in Topsfield's Village where activities for young and old will take place. The bonfire will be lit at 7 PM on the Proctor playing field. More Information

Friends of the Library Events and Newsletter

Upcoming Events at the Library

December 2: Steve Blunt, Children's Storyteller

December 4: Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

December 6: Gingerbread Houses

Please click below on "Newsletter" for information about how to participate in these great events.


Mary Ellen McGee Pillar of the Community Award

Nominations are now being accepted by the Recreation Committee for the 2014 Mary Ellen McGee Pillar of the Community Award. This award, presented at the Holiday Walk, recognizes a member of the Topsfield community who has demonstrated superior community service and has contributed time, talents, and efforts to community organizations.

Nominations must be received by November 5, 2014. Please mail to: Pillar of Community Award, C/O Stephen Powers, P.O. Box 44, Topsfield, MA 01983.

Nomination Form and Further Information

Steward Integrated Preschool Open House and Registration

The Steward Integrated Preschool Open House and Registration for the 2015-16 school year will be held on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from 1:30-2:30 PM at Steward School, 261 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Parents and children are invited.

Open Registration, December 3-18.

Program and Contact Information

Important Taxpayer Notice

SECOND QUARTER REAL ESTATE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX BILLS have been mailed and will be due NOVEMBER 3rd. There will be 4 mailings this year, one for each quarter.

Volunteer Opportunity at the Library

The Friends are seeking a volunteer to oversee the Drop In Club for 4th through 6th graders. The program meets every Monday from 3:15 to 4:00 PM, except on holidays or when school is not in session. Responsibilities include overseeing snack time while the children do their homework. Please email Jane Johnson at if you are interested in this position. If multiple parties are interested, a rotating schedule can be accommodated.

Water Ban Lifted

The Topsfield Water Department has removed all water restrictions.

Senior Scoop On-Line

The December edition of the Senior Scoop is available here with the Council on Aging's Calendar of Events and information about upcoming programs.


The Town of Topsfield has partnered with Greenscapes to spread the word about reducing stormwater pollution. For more information about "Keeping Water Clean," please visit or Greenscapes: Reducing Stormwater Runoff.

Watch the Stormwater Rubber Duckies! Video on Vimeo - Stormwater Problems

Further Information

Cable TV Announcements

Topsfield Cable TV accepts announcements for its Community Bulletin Board. Please submit text announcements of fewer than 600 characters for best results. Alternatively, send a pre-formatted image that will show exactly as-is when aired. The image file must be 720x540 pixels and in .jpg or .ppt format. Please e-mail announcements to Tuesday-Friday before 5 PM for immediate posting.

Town Calendar

Monday, December 22
8:30 am : Essex Regional Retirement System

Recycling Calendar

Wednesday, December 24
7:00 am : Zone 1 | Details
Friday, December 26
7:00 am : Zone 2 | Details
Saturday, December 27
7:00 am : Zone 3

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