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Join us for "A Taste of TRAILS & SAILS"
GO! Experience Essex Heritage
Congressman John F. Tierney Invites You
Tom Leonard, Editorially Essex
Friendship Sets Sail Beyond the Heritage Area
Join us for "A Taste of TRAILS & SAILS"
For the first time ever, Essex Heritage will kick off our popular weekend with a celebration entitled "A Taste of TRAILS & SAILS," on Thursday, September 25 from 5:30 - 8:30pm, at the Willowdale Estate at Bradley Palmer State Park, Topsfield. We'll offer the "best of" TRAILS & SAILS, with fresh native produce, local cheeses and spirits from area wine and beer makers, live music and stargazing, and great raffle prizes to help you GO! Experience Essex Heritage. "A Taste of TRAILS & SAILS" promises to be an evening that will tickle your taste buds and provide a true sensory experience of all that is essentially Essex. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at after August 15 or by calling 978-740-0444.
TRAILS & SAILS Weekend: September 26 - 28
Trails & Sails logo and linkGo! Hike, Paddle, VOLUNTEER!
TRAILS & SAILS offers FREE! guided hikes, walks,
sails, paddles, historical tours and special art happenings for all ages, skill levels and interests. As Essex Heritage's premier partnership event of the year, we anticipate 4,000+ attendees at 200 events throughtout scenic Essex County, MA. We are looking for volunteers to help with promotion and event support for the weekend. Assignments might include distributing program guides, staffing information kiosks, registering participants and/or providing support to event leaders. All tasks offer flexibility in scheduling and consideration of physical limitations.
This is a great opportunity to give back to your community, support local preservation efforts and learn about your Heritage Area! If you are 15+ and able to make a minimum 3-hour commitment between Friday, September 26 and Sunday, September 28; and can attend an Orientation Session Thursday, September 18, 2008, 6:00-700PM, please contact Rachel here...
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Thank you to the TRAILS & SAILS

presenting sponsor:
Congressman John F. Tierney Invites You to
Making Cents out of Grants
Congressman John F. Tierney invites you to attend his grants seminar titled:"Making Cents out of Grants" on Tuesday, August 12, 2008.  Learn about accessing funding opportunities on the federal, state and private levels. Join in networking and build collaborative partnerships! Registration check-in begins at 8:00 AM and the program runs from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM at Salem State College, The Bertolon School of Business. There is no charge for this event. Pre-registration is required since seating is limited. To secure your participation and find out more click here...
Tom Leonard, Editorially Essex...
Tom Leonard, President Emeritus, Essex National Heritage Commission When the Essex National Heritage Area was created a decade ago, it was important to me that some of its resources be devoted to education. During the last month, two exceptional experiences have been offered to area educators and I want to relate those to you today.  Through two Federal Teaching American History grants and partnerships with Salem State College, the National Archives and Records Administration and the Beverly Public School System, two special programs have been established with teachers in this region.  One effort, nearing conclusion is with secondary teachers and the other, just starting, is with elementary school educators.  Both initiatives recently offered weeklong education symposiums and I want to recap those sessions for our readers.
Friendship Sets Sail Beyond the Heritage Area
This summer, the National Park Service has been sharing the resources of "Friendship of Salem" by welcoming visitors to her decks at various ports outside of the Essex National Heritage Area. Port visits for summer 2008 will include: Duxbury, MA; Portsmouth, N.H.; Boothbay Harbor and Portland, ME. These opportunities were made possible by several initiatives including the NPS Centennial Challenge Project. The Friendship Sails! Centennial project was created to extend the reach of the Park Service beyond its traditional boundaries and to promote our maritime history and heritage to new audience. The dedicated staff of the National Park Service, Friendship's volunteer crew and Essex Heritage are  working in partnership to make history come alive for thousands of visitors in seaside communities up and down the New England Coast.

"News from the Essex National Heritage Area" is a monthly electronic newsletter for members, non members and site partners of Essex Heritage. Our mission is to raise the visibility of the Essex National Heritage Area and all its historical, cultural and natural resources, and promote our ongoing activities. Articles that are 250 words or less and fit the editorial scope of our newsletter may be submitted to the Essex Heritage eNews Editorial Committee for publication. We reserve the right to select an article or portion of an article whose content is found appropriate and edit it for publication.

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Thursday, August 7, 4-6PM
Discovering Dogtown
Dogtown Road
, MA 01930
Directions (pdf)
Join Mark Carlotto and Shep Abbott as we explore Dogtown! This colonial Cape Ann settlement has been abandoned since 1830 and today offers many stories as well as miles of trails that traverse almost 3,600 acres.  Mark and Shep will share what they have uncovered from meticulous explorations of this fascinating place that has shaped Cape Ann.
Explorers FREE,
non-Explorers $15. 
RSVP here...
Become an Explorer...

Friday & Saturday

August 15 & 16
Photo Safaris

continue at Hunt's Photo & Video in Melros
e with a field trip to Parker River National Wildlife refuge on Plum Island featuring Tamron lenses and special guest photographer Roy Toft! For more information on this and September Safaris click here...

Saturday, August 16
Land to Sea: A
Celebration of Local Foods

Green Meadows Farm in Hamilton is celebrating local flavor. Enjoy hayrides, live music, and meet those responsible for growing and producing some of Essex County's best food. Dinner includes a Woodman's Lobsterbake, local beer & wine, cheese and bread. For reservations call 978-468-3720 or visit the farmstand. (rain date, Aug. 17th) For more information click here...

Fri, Aug. 15 & Sept. 3, 2PM
Tea in the Garden
presented by The Whittier Home Association in Amesbury. For more information and reservations call 978-388-1337.

Save the Date!

Thursday, September 25, 5:30-8:30PM
Trails & Sails Kick Off Party
Willowdale Estate
At Bradley Palmer State Park
Topsfield. For more information click here...

September 26-28
Mark your calendar for Trails & Sails 2008!
Each year,
thousands of residents and visitors to the Essex National Heritage Area experience Trails & Sails.With over 200 FREE! events Trails & Sails promises to be memorable. For a sneak preview of this year's events visit

Essex Heritage 2008
Photo Contest

Submission Deadline is
October 1, 2008
Photographers, get snapping! We invite you to submit images that capture the essence of an Essex Heritage experience and/or speak to Essex
Heritage's role in preserving and promoting the rocky coasts, harbors, farms, forests, historic districts, rivers and marshes of Essex County. For more information
click here...

Want to know what to do and where to go?
For listings of local events visit the Essex Heritage online calendar...

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