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October 2010 Headline Image
In This Issue
Trails & Sails Recap
Explore. Connect. Live!
Photo Contest Deadline
Special Thanks to New Members During First Ever Membership Month
NEMA Conference
Along the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway
Editorially Essex
by Tom Leonard
Essex Heritage Events
Green Meadows Farm Tour and Lunch!
Friday, October 8, 11-1
New England Farm
Tour & Picnic Lunch
Green Meadows Farm
656 Asbury Street
Hamilton, MA 01982

Today is your last chance to sign up for a New England farm tour and picnic at Green Meadows Farm! Take in the fall folliage while Farmer Andrew Rodgers leads the group on a one hour tour of Green Meadows Farm, a certified organic farm here in Essex County! Get to know what real farm life is like, from organic vegetable production and heritage breed animals to sustainable farming practices. After the walk, enjoy a delicious tented picnic lunch provided by the farm chef followed by warm apple crisp baked with locally grown apples!
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October 1-11
Topsfield Fair
The colorful and exciting history of Topsfield Fair began in 1818. 192 years later, the Essex Agricultural Society, the non-profit organization that owns the Topsfield Fair, still strives "to encourage, promote and preserve Essex County agricultural activities." For tickets and information click here.

Northern Essex Community College Grant Writing Fall 2010 Workshops
Nonprofits eager to break into the grant writing arena can send participants to attend a series of free workshops, sponsored by the Associated Grant Makers, Jericho Road of Lawrence, and Northern Essex Community College.  The workshops will be held at Northern Essex Community College's Lawrence campuses, beginning in October.
Find out more here.

Thursdays, Sept 9-Oct 7 7:00PM
Charles Olsen Study Group
Bookstore of Gloucester
61 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01830
Join a free study group lead by poet, editor and teacher James Cook with writer and former Gloucester Times columnist, Peter Anastas. The Charles Olson Society of Gloucester in collaboration with the Cape Ann Museum and partners, is organizing events to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of Charles Olson's birth. RSVP 978-281-1548. Find out more...

Thurs., Oct. 14, 7:00PM
Schooner Adventure Lecture Series
Exploring Cape Ann's Cosmic Origins
Sawyer Free Library

Friend Room
2 Dale Ave.
Gloucester, MA

Presented by William Waller, Ph.D., astronomer and science educator, galactic astronomer, and author of general interest books on astronomy.A former NASA scientist and university professor, Bill currently teaches physics and astronomy in the high school he attended more than 40 years ago. Find out more email or call 978-281-8079. 

October 15 - 31
6:30-11PM (most days)
Castle of Fear

347 Kenoza Avenue
Haverhill, MA
Winnekenni Castle is transforming into a haunted place of terror for their annual Halloween attraction! Halloween festivities include the "Treacherous Tunnel of Terror", the new "Forbidden Forrest of Fright" and of course, the eerie & ominous "Castle of Fear" itself! $18/person. For details call 978-521-1686. Not recommended for those under age 8. Food & refreshments available on site. Find out more here.

Friday, October 15,
7:00 - 10:00PM

9th Annual Wine Reception & Silent Auction
Waterline Center, Essex Shipbuilding Museum
66 Main Street
Essex, MA 01929
Join us for an evening of fun and bidding and support the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. Sample a variety of wine and local spirits for your enjoyment, or for holiday hosting and gift giving. Appetizers, cheeses and sweets will be served.
Bid on Silent Auction items including Spa Gifts, Essex Themed baskets, gift certificates to local restaurants, home-made preserves, and more! Find out more here.

Sunday, October 24
11:00AM - 3:00PM
Lowell's Boat Shop
Fall Haul
Featuring The Mighty Merrimack Rowing Race
Fall Classic, victuals, grog & music by Demijon!
Please RSVP by October 20th here 978-834-0050.

"The Big Ask: How to succeed at major gift fundraising" Two dates:
Wednesday, October 27

8:30-11:00 AM
Cascia Hall
Merrimack College
North Andover, MA

Tuesday, November 2
8:30-11:00 AM
The Community House of Hamilton & Wenham
South Hamilton, MA
Jay Caporale, Executive Vice President and Director of Philanthropy, Essex County Community Foundation, presents valuable strategies for raising major gifts including donor identification, cultivation, and stewardship. Workshop is targeted to all nonprofit organization executives, development staff and board members.

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Read About the Region
Read Judith Sargent Murray's remarkable story, skillfully woven together through her own words and Bonnie Hurd Smith's mastery of Murray's letters, told with insight, zeal, and deep appreciation for Murray's contributions. This book will properly introduce you to the remarkable Judith Sargent Murray-and you will never forget her. You can download NOW for instant gratification here.
Trails & Sails RecapTrails & Sails logo and link

Another BANNER year for TRAILS & SAILS!

The 2010 TRAILS & SAILS event line-up offered 100+ opportunities to connect people to the special places and organizations that comprise the Essex National Heritage Area. While tallies continue to trickle in, we estimate that over 4,000 people participated in the annual 6 day festivities. We are very pleased with audience reaction to our printed guide, web-based guide (traffic up 51% year to year) and the new mobile site.

Essex Heritage thanks TD Bank and Eastern Bank, for their long-time sponsorship commitment that keeps Trails & Sails a FREE public outreach celebration. We thank the 100+ site hosts for opening their doors and creating experiences that continue to thrill and delight residents and visitors. We could not present this event without their enthusiasm. And we thank all participants for sharing these weekends with us. We greatly appreciate your feedback and hope you will complete the Trails & Sails survey, where you can vote for your favorite event and help us begin planning for next year - the Trails & Sails 10th Anniversary! You can lend your support to keeping Trails & Sails free by donating here.

Congratulations, Olyce Moore of Amesbury, the winner of our registration raffle, selected at random from all e-mail registrations received. She will receive a camera package courtesy of Hunt's Photo & Video of Melrose.

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TRAILS & SAILS 2010: Two Weekends of Walks & Water is presented by TD Bank, with additional financial support from Eastern Bank and other local sponsors. TD Bank logo and link
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Explore. Connect. Live!
Essex Heritage Northern National Parks Tour

Trip Preview and Slide Presentation

Essex Heritage Northern National Parks Tour

August 5-12, 2011

Featuring: Salt Lake City Jackson Hole Oregon Trail Museum  Yellowstone National Park Old Faithful
Grand Teton National Park Optional side excursions  Professional Tour Manager Local Expert Guides
All on-tour transportation Key sight-seeing, many meals, admissions and cultural activities included.

Join us on November 3, 6:30-8PM for a trip preview with Pamela Strand of Collette Tours. The presentation will take place at the Salem Maritime NPS Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street, Salem. Find out more about this eight day tour organized by one of the oldest and most reputable tour providers in the country! RSVP here.


Photo Contest Deadline is November 1!
All photographers are welcome to submit images to the Essex Heritage
2009 photo submitted by Anthony Spittle, Rockport Gathering
2009 photo submitted by Anthony Spittle, Rockport Gathering
Photo Contest that capture the essence of the Essex National Heritage Area or speak to Essex Heritage's role in preserving the historic, cultural and natural treasures of Essex County. All photographs must be taken within the Essex National Heritage Area and represent one of the four contest categories; people, Essex Heritage events, Essex Heritage Scenic Byway or Four Seasons. For complete contest rules and information or to see last year's winning photos, click here.
Special Thanks to New Members During Our First Ever Membership Month

Help us celebrate October by becoming a mission-based champion of Essex Heritage. Help us reach our goal of enrolling 100 new members in the month of October. Your Essex Heritage Membership is tax-deductible, makes a great gift and helps to support programs that enhance, preserve and promote the unique historic, cultural and natural resources found within the Essex National Heritage Area. Become a member here.

This month Essex Heritage would like to extend special thanks to Blue Ocean Music Hall, Pentucket Savings Bank, Crosby's Marketplace, Haverhill Bank and the Hawthorne Hotel for becoming Sustainer Circle members. In addition we are pleased to welcome the Rotary Club of Newburyport as a Benefactor Circle Member as well as Cirrus Development LLC, Merrimac Savings Bank and Henry's of Beverly as Supporter Circle members. Thank you for helping to kick off our first ever membership month! all corporate members are listed on our membership page.
NEMA Conference NEMA logo and link
On November 3-5, 2010, take part in the 2010 New England Museum Association Annual Conference in Springfield, MA, home to the much-loved Theodor Geisel, known around the world as "Dr. Seuss." No one needs "proof" of the impact of Dr. Seuss books on our culture, but museums are often asked to "prove" their value as collection stewards, educators, community centers, and contributors to the economy. It's incumbent upon all of us to help find the best ways to promote museums' value. This "proof" will take many forms, from benchmarking data to the eyewitness account of a delighted six-year-old. We will teach the "Who, what...and how" of demonstrating museums' value. Make the most of your budget in the coming year. Choose a conference that's an easy drive from home, with dozens of sessions and the camaraderie of your New England colleagues. Find out more.
Along the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway Find  us on Facebook
The 85-mile coastal route from Lynn to Newburyport

Byway meetings planned in 13 communities

Public meetings are being scheduled in each of the 13 byway communities this fall to review the overall scenic byway program and solicit input regarding its benefits, opportunities, and management. During the evening meetings local residents can view maps, hear a short presentation, and discuss their ideas with the byway project team. Check for meeting updates here.


Saving Newbury's Lower Green

Situated along the byway (Rt. 1A) just north of the Parker River, the southernmost of the Newbury's two commons, with its historic one room school house, still projects a strong sense of its early colonial origins. Spurred by the possible development of adjacent farmland, the Essex County Greenbelt Association is working with a growing coalition of area residents and organizations, including Essex Heritage, to protect the "lower green" in Newbury. Read more here.


Maplecroft Farm in Ipswich Saved  

A very significant byway resource was saved this spring when several organizations, agencies, and the Town of Ipswich successfully protected the 250-acre Maplecroft Farm on Rt. 133. See photos and text here. Join Essex County Trail Association (ECTA) and partners, Wednesday, October 6 at 10:30AM to celebrate this significant conservation project.  Governor Patrick and others will speak, including representatives from ECTA, Trust for Public Land, Essex County Greenbelt Association, the Town of Ipswich, Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Mass Department of Agriculture.

Essex Heritage Annual Meeting
Join us for a morning of engagement! Participate in this FREE, valuable networking opportunity that will further connect you with the work of Essex Heritage and that of our partners.

The agenda will include updates on Essex Heritage activities and initiatives, introduction to new Commissioners as well as presentation of the Annual Essex Heritage Pioneer in Partnership Award, designed to recognize individuals and/or organizations that have shown leadership in building partnerships that preserve and enhance the heritage of the region. We hope you will be able to join us! RSVP online or call 978-740-0444.
ENHA LogoEditorially Essex
by Tom Leonard
Recently the staff at Essex Heritage spent time looking at the activities that took place over the two weekends of Trails and Sails to set some planning for 2011 in place.  The event next year will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the event and there will be some nuances built into next years event that will help bring attention to that decade anniversary.  This year's event was most successful, as both the number of free events and the number of participants that took advantage of the region-wide event were up from the previous year.  During the last month the section of our web site devoted to Trails and Sails saw an incredible increase in "traffic" as visits to the site were up over 40 % from the previous period.  Inquires about the event were recoded from all six New England states and many neighboring States and several foreign countries.  Residents from the City of Boston were particularly interested in the event with over 10% of all inquires coming from that city.  Locally we received a great deal of interest from several local communities led by Danvers, followed closely by Beverly and Gloucester. Read more...
Special thanks to New Corporate Members


                Cirrus Development, LLC
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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 150 words or less and fit the editorial scope of our newsletter may be submitted to Essex Heritage 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.