1:00 - 3:00 PM
The Mighty Merrimack
Lawrence Heritage State Park, 1 Jackson Street
Join us for a walk along Lawrence's North Canal! We begin at the restored boardinghouse, now home to Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitor Center. Following the esplanade of a 19th-century canal, past giant mills, in the footsteps of the Bread & Roses strikers, to the base of the Great Stone Dam. See this 19th-century engineering wonder from a new and not often visited perspective. A ~1 mile round trip, all within a National Historic Register district! Details.
Please RSVP Explorers attend FREE, RSVP here.
Non-members $15 donation, please register online here.|
|Saturday, May 8, 9-12|
Danvers Historical Society Plant Sale
Glen Magna Farms
historic, award winning gardens and delight in our selection of
plants for your garden! Knowledgeable volunteers will
gladly help with your selection of plants. Proceeds help the
preservation efforts of this magnificent property. Open Mon,
Sat 9-12 through June 12. Find out more.
|Saturday, May 8|
Chickens in Your Backyard & Home Vegetable
Gardening with Farmer Andrew
Green Meadows Farm
656 Asbury Street
Chicken workshop: 9-10
$10/person, $20 for family.
$15/person, sign up in the farm stand for both events, call
Saturday, May 8,
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Celebrate Spring with Draft Horse Plow Day!
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Little's Lane
The Plow Match continues a long tradition of work horses on the farm used
to prepare the soil for spring planting.
Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, baby farm animals, sheep shearing, spinning and
weaving demos, black-smithing, and more. The 17th century manor house will be open from 12-4. Fresh lunch menu and cold drinks available, and Ipswich Ale on
tap! $6/adult, $4/child, FREE to Historic New England Members.
For more info call 978-462-2634or click here.
Saturday, May 15
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Arts Fair Fundraiser
The 23rd Annual Geraniumfest
On the Common, Lynnfield, MA
Proceeds go to planting trees in town! Over 600 trees so far. Free trolley tours, fun town stories, kids area, book sale, grilled lunch and live music. Tables for crafters available, see Kendall Inglese or call (781) 334-5131.
Saturday, May 15,
- 2:00 PM
How to Plant Your Raised Bed
Lynn Farm Fest
100 Munroe Street
For details please call (781) 346-6726.
Sunday, May 16
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Essex County Greenbelt Assoc.'s Annual Meeting
82 Eastern Avenue
Gather with friends in
celebration of Greenbelt's accomplishments over the past year, and recognize
some of the many people who contribute to our mission. Find out more.
May 18, 7 PM
R. S. Peabody Museum
180 Main Street
"10,000 Years and Counting:
Archaeology and Native American History in the
Monadnock Region" Dr. Robert Goodby, Assoc. Professor of
Franklin Pierce University will discuss some of the complexities of
history in the Monadnock region. Hosted by
the Northeast Chapter of the MA Archaeological Society. FREE to the
public. Contact: Jules Gordon (978) 685-1202.
Saturday, May 22
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Park and Glen Magna Farms & Estate
57 Forest Street
Danvers, MA 01923
With a state-of-the-art digital camera in
hand, capture unique and
stunning Essex National Heritage Area landscapes and historic sites!
equipped with all the latest camera gear provided by Hunt's Photo &
Video. Find out more and register.
Friday, June 11 thru
Sunday, June 13
Art in the Barn
Essex County Greenbelt Association
Cox Reservation, Essex
Celebrating its 19th year as the
region's premiere art exhibit and sale! Enjoy the
feast of oils, acrylics, watercolors, mono-prints, pottery, sculptures and
artwork by the regions' talented artists. Half of all proceeds from art sales
Find out more.
Thursday, June 17
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Old Town Hall
Front Street, Salem
Come visit us on Thursdays throughout the summer. Find out more.
2010 Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner
Don't miss the social event of the season and your
opportunity to celebrate with Essex Heritage, the National Park Service and the communities of
Amesbury, Salisbury and Newburyport when we honor 2010 Essex Heritage
at the Blue Ocean Music Hall on
Thursday, May 20th, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Purchase tickets online
or call 978-740-0444 for
TD Bank Returns as Presenting
Sponsor for Trails & Sails
Essex Heritage is pleased to
announce that TD Bank has
demonstrated continued regional leadership as the presenting Sponsor of Trails & Sails 2010. "We are very
grateful for TD Bank's support and their recognition of the significant economic impact of
the Trails & Sails experience in the 34 cities and towns within the
Heritage Area," said Essex Heritage Executive Director, Annie C. Harris. "Their
sponsorship allows for increased promotional activity, drawing new and greater
audience to the FREE and FUN experiences offered by Trails & Sails host
Site hosts are busy building this
year's calendar of events. We anticipate another strong showcase of 100+ events
over the two weekends, September 17-19 & 24-26. Keep current with Trails &
Sails event offerings at trailsandsails.org.
|Essex Heritage Spring Annual Meeting|The agenda will include 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! RSVP and find out more here.
Thursday, May 20, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
The Blue Ocean Music Hall
4 Ocean Front Street, Salisbury, MA
Get Ready to Join the 60 Day Campaign!|
Essex Heritage looks for your active participation as it
joins its sister Heritage Area organizations across the country in a
comprehensive public awareness initiative in May and June. A "60-Day Campaign"
using the banner and tagline above will be used to gain public support and grass-roots recognition for
results heritage areas have achieved. The campaign will culminate in a Capital Hill rally on June 15 to urge Congressional support of
key Heritage Area priorities. In the next few weeks, Essex Heritage partners,
volunteers and friends will be asked to demonstrate their support by snapping
photos, writing letters or even attending a local rally. If you want to take part, download your fliers (pdf) and get a snapshot of you with others holding them high at a Heritage Area site. Read more (pdf)...
Essex Heritage Grant Helps Save Powder House Following the recommendations of a
planning study funded by Essex Heritage, the restoration of the Newburyport
Powder House continues apace. Utilizing a 2008 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant,
the Newburyport Preservation Trust engaged building preservation consultant Bill
Finch of Beverly
to prepare a historic structures report for the 1822 Powder House. Following
documentation of the structure's historical development and close examination
and recordation of its existing conditions, Mr. Finch provided detailed guidance
and specifications which have helped the Trust to effectively arrest the
building's rapid deterioration. In addition to a new wood shingled roof, the
brick walls, door, and interior shelving system of the Powder House are being
restored. Once completed, the Powder House will serve as an education resource
for three nearby schools and the community at
|Along the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway|An 85-mile coastal route from Lynn to Newburyport
Abound Beginning in May and throughout the
year the community of Newbury will celebrate the 375th anniversary of
its founding in 1635. You won't believe the extensive schedule of events and
activities including interesting tours, major historical re-enactments,
festivals, all kinds of music, and lots of food! Keep checking it out here...
Congratulations to the City of
Gloucester on the recent listing of the First Parish Burial Ground in the National Register of
Historic Places, the nation's official list of places worthy of preservation.
Located just off the byway at 122
Avenue, the burying ground was Gloucester's first and is
one of the oldest public landscapes in the country.
Congratulations also to Dan Yaeger
of Swampscott, who was recently named Executive Director of the New England Museum Association. Dan, whose professional background includes museum
administration, marketing and communications, and tourism, has shared his ideas
for the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway as a participant in meetings of the
Swampscott local advisory group. Read more here...
LINCs Grant Extended!
The Connecting Essex LINCs' grant has been extended for the 2010-2011 school year! This federally funded grant helps elementary school teachers in Essex County bring primary source materials and hands-on learning into their classrooms. Begun in 2007, over 100 local teachers have used digitized local papers and photographs of artifacts within lessons which ask students to consider their own communities as historic sites. From creating their own public "buildings" using architectural blocks, to drawing scenes based on Champlain's 17th century descriptions of the area known today as Gloucester - these lessons help students start to think about history in a more personal way. Find out more about these lessons and how you can participate if you are an Essex County teacher by visiting our website.
Discover Our Trails!Celebrate
the grand opening of new rail-trails in Newburyport and Salisbury on
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. Get your map here (pdf) before you go. 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.
North of Boston Entertainment Auction
Essex Heritage and the National Park
Service are proud to support and promote the first ever North of Boston Travel and Entertainment Auction now online. Over 100 auction experiences and travel adventures await
you. Bid on local favorites and other far-flung destinations. Share the link with friends
and family! All proceeds will benefit the North of Boston Convention &
Visitors Bureau. Bidding will conclude Monday, May 10th.
In April 2010, Essex Heritage organized a rally at the replica sailing
ship, Friendship in Salem to bring attention to the plight that Heritage
Areas and other preservation based organizations find themselves in
today. We, along with others find ourselves in a difficult situation
with proposed federal budget cuts on the horizon. That rally proved to
be quite successful as a large number of our friends and partners came
to the National Park Service Site in Salem to express their concerns
about the proposed reductions. On that morning we gathered many
residents and students from the region that "dropped what they were
doing" and came to our assistance. Several pictures were taken showing
concerned citizens holding signs that said "This Place Matters". Many
of those photos found their way into local newspapers and several
editorials were written supporting the posture we had adopted and also
rallied to support our effort. Since those plans proved to be
successful more such efforts are being planned both at the local level
by Essex Heritage and nationally by the Alliance of Heritage Areas. Read more...
by Tom Leonard