News from the Essex National Heritage Area
April 2007

ENHC's semi-annual meeting is fast approaching!
Please join us, Wednesday, May 9th
8:00AM – 8:30AM, Continental Breakfast Reception
8:30AM – 10:00AM, Business Meeting
Veasey Memorial Park
201 Washington Street, Groveland
For more information and to RSVP click here.

  • Essentially Essex County 2007-Farm Fresh & Online Auction
  • ENHC Reinvesting State Funding In A Variety Of Essex County Initiatives
  • Commissioner Cormer: Christine Rasmussen
  • MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region
  • National Heritage Area Highlight: Motorcities National Heritage Area

  • Essentially Essex County 2007-Farm Fresh & Online Auction

    Capture an Essentially Essex County experience at
    ENHC's Online Auction, May 1- June 6. Proceeds to benefit the ENHC and the Essex County/Merrimack Valley Buy Fresh - Buy Local program.
  • Soar like an eagle over Essex County
  • Explore the Great Marsh by moonlight
  • Discover your inner dairy-farmer
  • Intrigued? Realize your dreams and whimsies. Unique explorations, experiences and escapades await you, visit EssexHeritage.org's on-line to live Heritage Auction.
    Join us, Thursday, June 7th, for
    Essentially Essex County-Farm Fresh
    at the historic Smith Barn in Peabody

    ENHC continues its tradition of gathering friends, partners and supporters for a unique heritage experience celebrate the region's rich agricultural heritage. An invitation for you to support local agriculture is on its way!
  • Connect with friends and associates
  • Sample local foods while mingling with people and organizations that support agriculture in Essex County
  • Learn how you can make a difference and support local farms farmers and Buy-Local champions
  • Bid on 10 "select" auction items and experiences that conclude the ENHC's first ever "Heritage' auction.
    Proceeds benefit the ENHC and Buy Fresh-Buy Local Find out more at EssexHeritage.org.

  • ENHC Reinvesting State Funding In A Variety Of Essex County Initiatives

    Thanks to the work of local legislators, the ENHC received $100,000 in MA state funding which it has used to expand its Partnership Grant program and develop new initiatives to market and promote the resources of the region.

    The ENHC Partnership Grant program is a matching grant program providing financial support to projects that encourage greater understanding, interpretation and enhancement of the unique historic, cultural and natural resources within the Essex National Heritage Area. With grant applications up by 63% from 2006, the new state funds will allow the ENHC to increase the total grants awarded to $125,000.

    The state funding has also enabled the ENHC to launch several new initiatives designed to promote the resources of the Area, including the development of a series of "theme" trails that encourage residents and tourists to connect with some of our unique regional treasures. The Farm Fresh and First Period Architecture guides provide detailed information and maps of agricultural resources and historic, 17th century homes that are open to the public. The guides will be available free in both on-line and print versions. Other themed trails and guides are in development. The ENHC has also used the funding to create an online guide to the proposed Essex Coastal Scenic By-way, a 40-mile, 8-community route which travels from Lynn to Rockport, and to submit a grant application to create a corridor management plan for the by-way.

    Commissioner Cormer: Christine Rasmussen
    Buy Fresh-Buy Local program logo and link

    Executive Director of the Essex County and Merrimack Valley Local Program, Christine Rasmussen of Gloucester, tirelessly advocates on behalf of the interest of the farmer at the local, state and federal level. A few years ago, she developed BuyFresh.org, a website which affirms the many benefits of purchasing food from local farmers and farmers markets. Her work was recently given state-wide recognition for a collaborative venture that produced a new brochure that educates and directs consumers to resources for "Buying Local"across Massachusetts. The ENHC is proud that ENHC Commissioner Christine Rasmussen will be a featured guest at Essentially Essex County - Farm Fresh on June 7th, and that proceeds raised through this event and auction will be shared with the Essex County and Merrimack Valley Buy Local Program.

    MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region
    MetroFuture logo

    Metropolitan Area Planning Council invites you to a Boston College Citizen Seminar on Tuesday morning, May 1, for MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region. There, they will unveil the plan to guide Metro Boston's growth through 2030 and identify action steps that the region can take, over the coming months and years, to make the plan a reality.

    Governor Deval Patrick has been invited to offer remarks at this event, which will include discussions about the region's workforce and housing supply, municipal finances, public safety and more. Whether you are new to the project or you're a longstanding participant, please join us!

    National Heritage Area Highlight: Motorcities National Heritage Area
    Motorcities National Heritage Area logo and link

    The Alliance's bi-ennial International Heritage Development Conference, hosted in 2007 by MotorCities National Heritage Area, promises interesting learning experiences, thought- provoking dialogues, cutting edge technology and communication ideas and plenty of networking opportunities. We'll hear a keynote address by the world's most respected documentary film maker, Ken Burns, and along the lines of our theme, "Passport to Crossing Boundaries in Heritage Development", share two days of workshop sessions and community-based regional labs in both the U.S. and Canada. We'll celebrate our heritage during a night of fabulous Motown sounds that will bring you back to your high school days. Join us in Detroit June 18-21!

    MotorCities National Heritage Area is proud to be among the regions in our country recognized for making significant contributions to America's story. We encourage you to visit the region's museums and towns, drive our backroads and byways and pause for just a moment to think about the impact the auto industry has had on your life. Our mission is focused on raising awareness and understanding about the impact of the automobile on this region with emphasis on increasing tourism, expanding education and encouraging revitalization.

    Sat. May 5, 10AM-12PM
    Gardening with Native Plants on the North Shore
    Ipswich Public Library

    Peter Phippen, landscape architect and coastal coordinator for the Eight Towns and the Bay Committee of the Upper North Shore, will discuss the importance of native plants and offer techniques for gardening and landscaping with native plants that provide beauty, enhance wildlife habitat, and are tolerant of environmental stresses. Participants learn about Greenscapes North Shore then have the opportunity to get their hands dirty and help build a demonstration at IRWA's new Riverbend property nearby in Ipswich. Please Pre-register for this event as space is limited. Please arrive 15 minutes early to claim your seat. This event is FREE to all.

    Sat., May 12, 10-11:30AM
    Discover Hardy American Plants
    Kelsey Arboretum, Boxford

    Join us for a walk of the grounds of The Kelsey Arboretum, preserved and maintained by the Horticultural Society of Boxford, and learn about noted conservationist from Tom Falzareno, a Kelsey Arboretum guide. Some historical background will be presented by the Horticultural Society of Boxford's Chairman, Nancy Merrill. Discover the botanical collection preserved at the arboretum and how to care for and maintain these plants in your own landscape, including a pruning demonstration by Mr. Len Phillips, Boxford Tree Warden, Landscape Architect, Horticulturalist, and Arborist.

    Click here for event details.

    To RSVP for an event or for information on becoming an Explorer, visit the Explorers webpage or email Sheilagh.

    Summer 2007

    This summer is looking tasty! Explorers will a get tastes of our region's food heritage throughout the summer.

    Explorers check in for updates and discounts at sites across the region. Visit HeritageExplorers.org.

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