12:00 - 4:00 PM
Seaside Wedding Show at Castle Hill
The Crane Estate
beauty of the Great House while
envisioning your special day of elegance. Members: $5;
Nonmembers: $7. Find out more.
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Explore vernal pools that are crucial to the
survival of salamanders and wood frogs. Join us to learn the process of
certifying and protecting them. Families welcome. FREE. Find out more.
April 18, 1:00 PM
Join the Essex Base Ball Organization as they
prepare for the 2010 season. New players are always welcome. Find out more.
8:00 - 10:00 AM
birding basics while enjoying the woodlands and heathlands at Halibut's
weather-beaten bluffs. Swarms of shorebirds can be viewed at this prestigious
coastal birding point! Meet at parking area. 3rd Sundays thru June 20.
FREE. Find out more.
Saturdays, 9 - 11 AM
Spring Garden Workshops
1 South Village Green
Come and work in a 17th century housewife's herb garden & 19th century rose garden on Saturdays thru May 1 (weather
permitting)! Hands-on experience, bring gloves. For info call (978) 356-8696.
Thursday, April 22
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
The Saugus River
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
244 Central Street, Saugus, MA (map it)
It's Earth Day, National Park Week and school vacation! Bring the kids for family fun at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site. Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site is home to a segment of the Saugus River that provides important habitat for a variety of aquatic life. Rangers and special guests will share changes that have taken place here over 400 years, exploring why the restoration and counting fish are important. We may even see some critters up close. Bring the kids and dress for fun and the weather!
April 23, 8:00 PM
Actors Studio of Newburyport
The Tannery, Mill #1
50 Water Street
Presented by the Actors Studio of Newburyport, "The Agawam is a play, but also a diner,
and a crossroads in space and time, a place where some lives are miraculously
changed and others continue as they were." All seats are general admission. Find out more.
Sat., April 24, 12:00 PM
Peabody Rail Trail Visit
Experience the Newly
Completed Peabody Rail Trail!
Get your bikes ready for a visit to the Peabody Rail Trail. The ride will head toward Middleton and make a 4.5 mile round trip. Participants can walk, ride, or roller blade. Light refreshments will be offered at both ends. Open to all ages. Find out more here.
April 25, 2:30 PM
Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra
315 Turnpike Street
North Andover, MA
be picked up starting 1/2 hour prior to the performance. Find out more.
and Glen Magna Farms & Estate
This is the first safari of the season and will feature Olympus equipment! Find out more.
This Treasure Matters
April 8th, Essex Heritage joined with
regional and national preservation advocates to raise awareness about proposed
federal funding cuts to historic preservation programs, including National
Heritage Areas. As a part of the "This Treasure Matters" campaign, Essex Heritage organized (pdf press release) a community photo opportunity at the Salem
Maritime National Historic Site to remind the community and members of
Congress that "History Happened Here" and
that its value as an important heritage site and tourist destination has significant economic
Treasures, Preserve America,
and National Heritage Areas do more than preserve our country's rich heritage -
they put Americans to work. Help spread the word and ask Congress to
restore this critical funding. Refer the
National Trust link for the facts about Heritage Areas, their impact, proposed budget cuts and
talking points that will help you craft a letter of support to congress.
|Essex Heritage Semi-Annual Meeting|
Join Essex Heritage Thursday, May 20, 4:00 - 5:30 PM at The Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury, for our spring semi-annual meeting, immediately preceding the Heritage Hero Annual Dinner. The meeting will celebrate Essex Heritage trail projects. The agenda includes updates on ENHC's activities & initiatives,
introduction of new Commissioners and recognition of Essex
Heritage's 2010 Partnership Grant recipients! We hope you will be able
to join us! For more information and to RSVP click here.
Leadership, Determination and Loyalty...
Just a few qualities
that define a hero and characterize our honorees.
- Mr. Nicholas Costello, Amesbury
Ms. Maria Miles, Salisbury (bio)
- Mr. Byron Matthews, Newburyport (bio)
and table sales are now available online
for the 2010 Essex Heritage Hero Award
Dinner on May 20th, 6-9pm, at the Blue Ocean Music Hall. Join us for a
festive evening celebrating the lifelong civic engagement and accomplishments
of three distinguished regional heroes whose leadership inspired a renewed
pride of place in Amesbury, Salisbury and Newburyport. For tickets and more information please click here
2010 Photo Safaris Are Fast Approaching!This year there are four opportunities to take part in an Essex Heritage Photo Safari! Equipped with all the latest camera gear from Canon, Nikon, Olympus or Tamron, provided by Hunt's Photo & Video, and personally coached by Hunt's technical experts and professional photographers, you'll be poised to capture that award-winning image. With a state-of-the-art digital camera in hand, explore four unique and
stunning Essex National Heritage Area landscapes and historic sites. For details, click here!
|Along the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway|
The high winds and rain that struck the region on February 25 and March 13-15 wreaked considerable havoc along the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway. Particularly hard hit were Newbury and Newburyport where hundreds of trees were uprooted or damaged. Read more.
Further south, the National Park Service is working to repair and prevent similar damage from two storms that impacted the Salem Maritime National Historic Site on Salem's harbor. Read more.
Though the skies cleared, the surf off Gloucester's Bass Rocks was still churning after the storm. Have a look.
North of Boston Convention and Visitor Bureau Auction Goes Live in April! There is still time to donate to the auction! The North of Boston CVB is seeking items from donors like you, which will be put up for bid on a website they will advertise to their extensive databases of North of Boston visitors, members and partners. The NBCVB Travel & Entertainment Auction
goes live on April 28, 2010. Show your support by clicking on
the "Donate Items" button to contribute to their catalog. Take advantage
of this opportunity to be promoted! Support your CVB while promoting your brand and product to a target audience of more than 40,000 supporters. To make a donation or find out more click here.
The Great Marsh Boat Excursion
Tour the Great Marsh by boat on June 26, 9:00AM - 1:00 PM! The 2010 Great Marsh Symposium offers a unique outdoor opportunity to view the Great Marsh from a new perspective
. On this high-tide trip, you will gaze over acres of newly green salt marsh and bright blue waters from our craft, captained by the experts from Essex River Cruises. Explore seldom-traveled creeks and rivers, look for birds and other wildlife and perhaps even make a stop to explore the marsh on foot. On board tour leaders include a Great Marsh historian, natural history experts and scientists who will share their knowledge of the region and current conservation activities. For more information or to register click here
Discover Our Rail Trails! Celebrate
the grand opening of new rail-trails in Newburyport and Salisbury on Sunday,
May 23, 12:00 - 4:00 PM! Free
family-oriented activities include ribbon cutting ceremonies, art,
music, community group exhibit booths, and refreshments - all along the
trail. The two trails will be linked by a water shuttle ferrying
pedestrians and cyclists across the Merrimack River. Come experience
how overgrown rail corridors have been transformed into safe, attractive
and popular community assets providing easy walking and bike access to
the MBTA commuter rail station, Merrimack River and the Great Marsh.
Find out more.
The Coastal Trails Coalition, Inc. (CTC) is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to assist in the development of the Coastal Trails Network, a 30-mile system of interconnected on- and off-road trails linking the four communities of Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport and Salisbury. The CTC was formed in 2004 with the support of the Essex National Heritage Commission, the National Park Service Rivers and Trails Program, and the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission.
Massachusetts History Conference
Registration for the Massachusetts History
Conference is now open! Join colleagues on Monday, June 7th at Holy Cross in Worcester
Imagining Lives: Preserving & Interpreting Personal Stories.
Historians Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore, authors of the joyful
Blindspot, will kick off the daylong exploration
of personal narrative history, from the 17th century to the present, as
it pertains to local historical organizations and small museums. For more information click here.
Resources for Your Organization The Enterprise Center at Salem State College offers programs, networking
opportunities, and individualized training for all members of the
business community. Sole proprietors, small businesses, entrepreneurs,
start-ups and non-profits are all welcome! Most programs are FREE.
Salem State College workshops and seminars more information available here.
As we close in on the end of the Essex Heritage fiscal year at the end
of June 2020, several efforts are underway to generate additional gifts
to help support this work of Essex Heritage. This is certainly a
critical time as diminished national and state resources makes it more
and more difficult to preserve these precious regional resources for
future generations. The mission of Essex Heritage is focused on the
preservation and the promotion of the historic, cultural and natural
resources of this region and throughout the year numerous programs are
offered to help focus that mission on the three quarters of a million
residents of this region. Read more here.
by Tom Leonard