Photo collage of the Essex National Heritage Area
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Get a sneak peek of events that are planned for Trails & Sails 2007: A Weekend of Walks and Water! Save the date, September 28-30, and visit for up-to-date information about Essex County's favorite weekend presented by TD Banknorth and Eagle Tribune Publishing. 
In This Issue
August 11: Sign up for the Tamron Photo Safari
August 15-19 Friendship Sails to Lynn
ENHA Legislation Finally Passes Senate
Commission Partner: Patty Trap
"Spinning His Wheels for a Good Cause" - ENHC Staff Member Bill Steelman
Ipswich Opens Its Doors
Heritage Area Highlight:The Upper Housatonic Valley NHA
August 11: Sign up for the Tamron Photo Safari
Halibut Point State ParkThe Essex National Heritage Commission and Hunt's Photo & Video present the final 2007 Essex Heritage Photo Safari on August 11 at Halibut Point State Park. Participants will have the opportunity to bring their DSLR cameras and experiment with the latest lenses from Tamron with the backdrops featuring some of the Area's best natural, cultural, and historic landscapes.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to explore the remarkable landscape of Halibut Point State Park with your camera.  Register online now...
August 15-19 Friendship of Salem sails to Lynn!

Friendship of Salem by Leighton O'ConnorENHC is proud to partner again this year with the National Park Service to sail Friendship of Salem on an ambassadorial visit to Lynn's Seaport Marina. Join us on Thursday, Aug.16th at 9:00 at the Lynn Heritage Waterfront Park gazebo for the Welcome Ceremony. Thanks to the generosity of many local sponsors and partners, the ship will be open for free public tours August 16-18. Directions, Parking maps and detailed information about Friendship's visit to Lynn can be found at Read the full article on Friendship of Salem (pdf)...

ENHA Legislation Finally Passes Senate &
Bill For Five National Heritage Areas Passes the Senate National Park Committee
July 26, 2007  (Salem, MA) The Essex National Heritage Area, along with four other heritage areas across the country, received news today that legislation "re-authorizing" its federal funding has passed the Senate Committee on National Parks.  

Senators Edward Kennedy and John Kerry co-sponsored Bill S817, along with senators from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.   "We are very pleased the senators have taken a leadership role in championing this legislation," said Annie Harris, ENHC Executive Director. "Doing so this early in the current legislative session could allow for passage of the bill during 2007, which would really be exciting."
Click here to read the full press release (pdf)...
Partnership Corner: Meet Patricia S. Trap
Annie Harris, Congressman John Tierney, Patricia Trap, and Larry Harrington at the welcoming ceremony for Friendship in Newburyport, MAIt was two years ago this month that The National Park Service selected experienced park professional Patricia S. Trap as the new superintendent of Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites (NHS). In her first twenty-four months, Patty has made an impressive impact, overseeing major staff structuring and relocation, the on-going renovation of the Saugus Iron Works site and the introduction of several new and exciting initiatives all designed to make National Park Service assets more accessible to the residents and visitors of Essex County. Her leadership and commitment has been responsible for the success of the Friendship Sails! ambassadorial tour program, which brings the icon of Salem to hosting communities both within and outside of the Essex National Heritage Area. She'll be a part of the festivities when Friendship visits the City of Lynn, August 15-19.
Read more about Patty Trap (pdf)...
"Spinning his wheels for a good cause"
Photo of Bill on his bike by Nicole Goodhue BoydThis past June, Bill Steelman, ENHC's Co-Director of Heritage Development, participated in the inaugural ride of the country's longest multi-purpose trail, a 335-mile off-road journey from Washington, DC. to Pittsburgh. To learn more about the 2007 Greenway Sojourn and Bill's effort on behalf of ENHC to develop regional trails, read the newspaper article below that appeared in The Newburyport Current.

"When it comes to rail-trails, Bill Steelman's wheels are always turning. The Newburyport resident not only bikes Essex County's trails as often as he can, but as co-director of heritage development for the Essex National Heritage Commission, he also works to preserve them. Click here for the full article...

Ipswich Opens Its Door
Home on the house tourThe Ipswich Visitor Center will be hosting "Ipswich Opens It's Doors" on Saturday October 20, 2007 from 10 am to 4 pm (rain or shine). This is an eclectic tour of ten of Ipswich's fascinating homes to benefit the Ipswich Visitor Center. You can pick which you wish to visit. Tickets will be available the first of August at the Institution for Savings Bank, Ipswich Visitor Center, Ipswich Shellfish Fish Market or online at
Heritage Area Highlight: The Upper Housatonic Valley NHA
Image from Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area (UHVNHA) received official designation from the U.S. Congress on September 29, 2006.  This Act was then signed into law by President Bush on October 10, 2006. One of the most recent to be desingated, the UHVNHA exists to illuminate the diverse, rich identity of the Upper Housatonic River Valley region and to preserve and promote its historical, cultural, and natural resources. The upper Housatonic Valley is noted for its scenic landscape and traditional New England towns. Writers, artists, and vacationers have visited the region for over 150 years, making it one of the country's leading cultural resorts. Encompassing 29 communities in the hilly terrain of western Massachusetts and northwestern Connecticut, the upper Housatonic Valley is considered by many to be the quintessence of a civilized, independent, and thoughtful retreat. Visit the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area.
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Saturday,August 4
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Woodman's of Essex
121 Main Street
Essex, MA

Join us in Essex! Walk through the same doors that Chubby and Bessie Woodman first opened in the spring of 1914 and taste a sampling of the Woodman's famous recipe. Food historian and regional nutrionist, Joe Carlin will share a brief history of the humble clam and how it became a culinary icon in Massachusetts. How and why did clam chowder, clambakes, and fried clams achieve their status? For colonists, clams were survival food. Farmers set their pigs free on the clam-flats to eat their fill and fishermen trolling for cod used them for bait. The salty story of the clam is also the story of American technology and an emerging middle class with disposable income to enjoy leisure activities. 
Please RSVP
Explorers FREE
Non-Explorers: $7

Saturday, August 25
11AM - 12:30PM
Sweet Taste of Amesbury

R.E. Kimball & Co.
73 Merrimac Street
Amesbury, MA

The Kimball Family will give us a hands-on tour and demonstration of their Jelly Factory, located on Merrimac Street since 1955. Joy, Kate & Kim will share with you The Sweet Taste of Amesbury. Come and see how jelly is made and taste some of the 151 flavors they manufacture all by hand from one 75-gallon kettle. Each Explorer will receive one free jar of jelly! Please RSVP
Explorers FREE; Non-Explorers: $7.00

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