Thursday, June 24th|
1:00 - 3:00 PM
The Salem Athenaeum
337 Essex Street
As the Salem
Athenaeum celebrates its 200th anniversary, you are invited to this
special library and cultural center to learn about it as it exists today
and throughout the past two centuries. Director Jean Marie Procious, and honorary curator, Elaine von
Bruns, will walk us through the public and private spaces filled with
collections, including their current exhibition, "Delights and
Light refreshments will be served. Details.
Please RSVP Members attend FREE, RSVP here.
Non-members $15 donation, please register online here.|
|Get Out and Play! Paddle, Run and Ride with Greenbelt: A guide to the best paddling, trail running and biking in Essex County|
Find out more here...
Saturday, June 5th
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tamron Photo Safari
Rolling Ridge Retreat
North Andover, MA
With a state-of-the-art digital
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.
Sat., June 5, 1 - 5 PM
Centennial Open House
hundred years, Historic New England has served as the region's
storyteller, opening its doors to share four centuries of New England
home and family life. From Maine to Rhode Island, learn about the people who lived in
stone-enders, urban mansions, rural estates, and working farms during FREE guided tours at Historic New England's house museums. Download press release (pdf) or find out more...
|Sun., June 6, 3 - 5 PM|
Members Garden Party
The Salem Athenaeum
337 Essex Street
Find out more...
Tuesday June 8, 2010
2010 Art at Bass Rocks
Meet the Artist 6 - 7 PM
Open House 7 - 8:30 PM
Bass Rocks Golf Club
34 Beach Road
the artists about their work. seARTS will launch the 2010 Viewer's Choice Award sponsored by Hershey Frame Shop of Rockport. For more info click here.
Purchase tickets here.
Friday, June 11 thru
Sunday, June 13
Art in the Barn
Essex County Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
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 benefit Greenbelt! Find out more...
Sat., June 12, 11:00 AM
The Kite Festival is a family-friendly event that includes free kite-making and kite-flying (with Archie Stewart of Kite Education) at Pemberton Park, located on the banks of the Merrimack River. The event features lunch courtesy of the Summer Meals Program, face-painting, music and free trolley rides. Free and open to the public. Find out more...
Sun., June 13 at 2:00 PM
Lecture and Book Signing on the East
2 New Liberty
Dr. James R. Fichter, Assistant Professor of History at Lingnan University
in Hong Kong, will discuss the role of Salem and
in the American trade to the East Indies
between 1793 and 1815. Essex
County merchants provided
crucial support in the American challenge to the East India Company's Asian
trade. Find out more (pdf)...
Sun., June 13, 5:00 PM
Music at Eden's Edge
The Salem Athenaeum
337 Essex Street
Find out more...
June 14, 7:00 PM
Book Talk with Ulrich Boser, author of The Gardner Heist
The Salem Athenaeum
Find out more...
Thursday, June 17
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Salem Farmers' Market
Old Town Hall
Front Street, Salem, MA
Come visit us on Thursdays throughout the summer. Find out more...
Find YOUR farmers market
Visit Northeast Harvest
Sat., June 26, 3:00 PM
Green Meadows Farm
656 Asbury Street
with Farmer Andrew and the Essex County Greenbelt Association. Find out more...
Sun., June 27, 2:00 PM
Seven Lectures at Seven Gables IV: Creating Fabric Inspired by History, Place, & Time Roger Roby and Dan Weidmuller of Blue Hill Fabrics, New York
Blue Hill Fabrics has designed a line of quilt fabrics based on The Gables inspired by and created after visits to the Mansion. Roby and Weidmuller will discuss the history of fabric in the US and Europe, exemplifying how modern fabric making techniques reflect past advancements. Find out more...
Celebrating Heritage Areas & Going to DC
is ticking, but there's still time to support Essex Heritage and its sister
Heritage Areas across the country as we raise public and legislative awareness
with the Smart, Green & Working Campaign. Last month we asked for your
participation...let's not let up on the momentum. Let's
Send A Message to Congress...The Essex National Heritage Area is IMPORTANT! Now is
not the time for Washington to cut back on
programs that save America's
heritage but save America's
your organization can make a difference. Here's what you can do to take action
Us June 15th in Washington
Trails & Sails 2010 News
Essex Heritage is proud to announce
that Eastern Bank has returned to TRAILS & SAILS as a higher level sponsor
this year. "We are extremely grateful to Eastern Bank, who has expanded their
long-time commitment to the program, said Essex Heritage Executive Director,
Annie C. Harris. "We rely on sponsorship support to enable us to offer TRAILS
& SAILS as our FREE premier community outreach event."
Over 85 site hosts are busy building this year's
calendar of events. We anticipate another strong showcase of 100+ events over
the two weekends, Sept 17-19 and 24-26. Keep current with Trails & Sails
event offerings at www.trailsandsails.org.
Reminder to Trails & Sails site hosts...deadline for on-line event
submission is Friday, June 25th.
|2010 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program Recipients Announced|
On May 20, 2010, Essex Heritage announced the recipients of
the 2010 Partnership Grant awards. Over the next year municipalities and nonprofit
organizations will be working to implement a diverse range of educational, interpretive,
and preservation projects.
Essex Heritage's Partnership Grant Program is a matching
grant program created to foster and support the stewardship activities of
organizations that share its mission to preserve and promote the historic,
cultural and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area. Impacting
many in the region, the 12-year old program has provided more than $1,600,000
to municipalities and nonprofit heritage organizations that steward the
region's nationally significant heritage. Read about each of the projects here.
Heritage Hero: Thank You!
What a night! Hundreds of people joined in
celebration of the 2010 Essex Heritage Hero Awards, honoring Nick Costello,
Maria Miles and Byron Matthews for their significant civic accomplishments on
May 20th at the Blue Ocean Music Hall
in Salisbury. Click here to enjoy photos from the event.
is sincerely grateful to all attendees, "toast-makers", sponsors and program
patrons who helped to make the evening a sparkling success. Essex Heritage is
particularly thankful to Charlie Cullen, President & CEO of The Provident
Bank, who artfully served as the event Master of Ceremonies. Thanks go out to
The Provident Bank as Presenting Sponsor, to Wayne Capolupo and his terrific
staff at the Blue
hall, our Host Sponsor, to Banner Sponsors the
Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank and the Institution for Savings and to lead
sponsors Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation and Saugusbank, Sheriff Cousins
Committee and National Grid.
Annual Appeal - You Make a Difference |
month we provide a comprehensive update on Essex Heritage outreach events and
community-building initiatives in this newsletter. From youth engagement
programs with the National Park Service, to recreational trail building projects
that criss-cross communities and the ever popular Trails & Sails Weekends, we
rely on your support to advance our mission work. Our fiscal year ends JUNE 30th, please make a gift of support today. With your financial
help, we can continue to be a regional voice for our spectacular heritage
resources and a catalyst for positive change in the 34 Cities and towns of Essex County. Contribute today.
|Coming Soon: Essex Heritage |
Membership Program - JOIN US!
month, Essex Heritage will launch its new Membership program. This multi-level
program will offer a direct connection to furthering the Essex Heritage mission
and will provide opportunities for our members to connect to heritage
resources in exciting ways. Look for our invitation to become an Essex Heritage
Member in your email and traditional mail box in July. Get a sneak peak of our membership opportunities...
Farm Season Reminder
If you act fast you may still find a local farm offering CSA (Consumer Supported
Agriculture) programs for the 2010 growing
season. CSAs provide a way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food
directly from a farmer. It's a simple enough idea, but its impact has
been profound. Now's your chance to invest in local farm
sustainability. Although many are full for the 2010 season you may get lucky and
find one that is still accepting members or has expanded, like First Light Farm in Hamilton or Colby Farm in Newburyport. Find a CSA, farm or farmstand near you at Northeast Harvest.
The year 2010 marks the
300th anniversary of the White-Ellery House, an important First
Period house located on the byway at 245 Washington Street just off the Grant
Circle Rotary in Gloucester. The house and adjacent barn are
owned and stewarded by the Cape
(see grant article above on Essex Heritage grant awards), which is commemorating the
tercentennial with a summer series of open houses, lectures, and art
installations. Find out more...|
A number of popular byway beaches
are accessible by bicycle on summer weekends via the MBTA's bike coach service.
Find out more (pdf)...
The Rowley Chamber of Commerce has
demonstrated its support for the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway by creating a
dedicated byway page on its website.
Please send information about any
upcoming events, activities, and happenings along the Essex Heritage Scenic
Byway to Bill.
Trail Openings A Huge Success!
Blessed by great weather, an
estimated 4,000 area residents and visitors discovered the new rail trails in
Newburyport and Salisbury during the Coastal Trails Grand
Opening on Sunday, May 23. Whether they walked or rode all experienced the
health and quality of life benefits these dynamic linear parks instantly
bestowed upon communities. Whether exploring the Clipper City Rail Trail or the
Old Eastern Marsh Trail, trail users had their senses stimulated by an array of
food, music, history, art, and children's activities provided by local
organizations and businesses. U.S. Congressman John Tierney and Lt. Governor
Timothy Murray were among the speakers recognizing the many who contributed to
the trails' completion. Essex Heritage and the Coastal Trails Coalition helped
to organize the half-day event. See pictures from the day in an online album. For more details and information about the Coastal Trails Coalition click here.
On December 16, 1996, United States President Bill Clinton signed
legislation that was championed by the late US Senator Edward M.
Kennedy that created the Essex National Heritage Area. The work that
our elected officials from this State and this region did to accomplish
that task is appreciated by all in this region who have benefited from
this status. In the almost fourteen years since the legislation was
signed to create the Essex Heritage Area much has been accomplished. A
governance structure has been created to mange the Area, and hundreds
of volunteers have offered their time and many talents to assure that
the work of the Essex National Heritage Commission was successful. Read more...
by Tom Leonard
Read About the Region
A Space for Faith: The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England is the first book of Paul Wainwright's photographs, and the only current book featuring images from all the "mint condition" meetinghouses still standing in New England. Commentary from noted experts and an essay by Peter Benes complement the images. "My work seeks to convey my emotions about these places, and is in the permanent collections of both private and corporate collections including the Boston Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston." An excellent addition to anyone's library, a great gift for arm chair historians, photography enthusiasts, and want-to-be New Englanders on your list! Book sale and signing will take place at
the Rocky Hill Meeting House Saturday, June 5 during Historic New England's Centennial Open House event.
Essex Heritage Explorers might recall Paul Wainwright co-hosting a
Victorian photography workshop with another area author, Bethany Groff, at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury! Find out more about Paul's book here...