Essex Heritage Events
|Tuesday, October 25|
8:00 - 10:00 AM
Annual Fall Meeting
The Great House, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
|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 our partners. Find out more and RSVP here.|
Thursday, October 27
Smolak Farms Tour
315 South Bradford Street
North Andover, MA 01845
Autumn is around the corner! Join us for a farm tour at Smolak Farms in North Andover! Enjoy a guided narration about Smolak Farms while on a tractor drawn hayride. A knowledgeable guide will share the history of the farm as well as the different crops grown. We will stop for a chance to pick your own sugar pumpkin and then head back to visit their 150-year-old barn for a taste of their famous apple cider donuts and a cup of apple cider. The perfect fall outing.
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More fall member events and details coming soon...
|Wednesday, Sept. 21|
Paper Lantern Workshop
54 South Main Street
Ipswich, MA 01938
Ipswich Museum will host a paper lantern-making workshop for families. Come make and decorate a paper lantern in preparation for the upcoming Ipswich Illuminated and Art Show events! For further information please call 978-356-2811 or click here.
|Saturday, September 2410th Annual Spicket RiverGreenway CleanupGroundwork Lawrence
In partnership with the City of Lawrence and local schools, community groups, and businesses, this annual event brings together hundreds of volunteers to remove trash, debris and invasive plants from the banks of the Spicket River and the developing Greenway. Thank you to our first 2011 sponsor, Lawrence General Hospital! Find out more
.Wednesday, Sept. 28
6:30 - 8:30 PMThe Making of a Colonial Revival Mansion34 Chestnut StreetSalem, MA 01970
The Phillips family purchased in 1911 and hired William Rantoul to restore the 1821 mansion back to its heyday in the Federal era. Learn about the design and renovation process that took place both on the outside and inside of the house during a year and a half of renovations. Registration recommended. Tickets available by calling 978-744-0440 or click here
September 30-October 10Topsfield Fair207 Boston StreetTopsfield, MA
Conveniently located just 18 miles north of Boston on Rte 1 in historic Topsfield just minutes from I-95 the 192 year old Topsfield Fair still strives , "to encourage, promote and preserve Essex County agricultural activities and to educate the general public regarding their importance in an atmosphere of fun and excitement through the medium of the Topsfield Fair." Get your tickets and find out more here
.October is MassachusettsArchaeology Month
Begun in 1992 as Archaeology Week, Massachusetts Archaeology Month is a month-long celebration of archaeology in Massachusetts and around the world. Museums, libraries, archaeologists, and many more people and institutions join Secretary Galvin and the State Archaeologist in hosting exhibits, lectures, walks, and events for adults, children, and teachers. The annual calendar of events is available on-line. Find out more
.Wednesday, October 196:00-7:00 PM Ground Breaking Archaeology: Learning about 34 Chestnut Street from the Ground Up34 Chestnut StreetSalem, MA 01970
During the summer of 2010, Peter Sablock, a professor in the geological sciences department at Salem State University, brought in a team of students and a technology called ground penetrating radar to unveil an even more complete landscape history at the Phillips House. The findings of his team as well as a demonstration of ground penetrating radar technology and electromagnetic induction will be presented. Registration recommended. Tickets, call 978-744-0440 or click here
.Saturday, October 1511:00 AM - 4:00 PMPumpkin Day AtCogswell's Grant60 Spring StreetEssex, Mass 01929
Celebrate the arrival of fall. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, decorate pumpkins, compete in a pumpkin pie-eating contest, do crafts, play games, and try cider pressing. Enjoy hot mulled apple cider and homemade pumpkin pie. House is open for tours of one of the country's most celebrated collections of American folk art. Please call 978-768-3632 for more information.Saturday October 157:00-9:00 PM
Doors Open 6:45Rubbish to RunwayreFashion ShowLong Way Home, Inc.Nicholson Hall7 Harris StreetNewburyport, MA 01950
More than a dozen textile and multi-media artist/designers will direct their models to the runway clad in upcycled fashions. They will wow the crowd when ensembles constructed of textiles, plastic bags, newspaper, bottle caps and discarded bicycle tubes will be reborn into wearable art!To benefit Long Way Home. More info here
.Sunday, October 23
4:00 PMvon Trapp Children Benefit ConcertBelleville Congregational Church, 300 High St. Newburyport, MA 01950
The concert will include a 45 minute a capella performance by the von Trapps featuring an opening act by Country Rain followed by a question and answer session. The von Trapps will perform in the Belleville historic Meeting House--amazing acoustics! Tickets $20 in advance/$10 for ages 12 and under on sale now at the Belleville Church Office Tues/Thur/Fri 9-1 or online here
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In the Midst of TRAILS & SAILS!
Hopefully you were able to get out last weekend and enjoy some of the wonderful event offerings available during the first weekend of the 10th annual TRAILS & SAILS. Thankfully, if you didn't, there is still time! Experience inspiration as you explore the living landscape of natural, cultural and historic treasures that define the Essex National Heritage Area through 200+ free, fun, and family friendly events. Start planning and creating your very own itinerary for TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks and Water. Bring along your Passport to TRAILS & SAILS for a chance to win a prize! Your adventures begin again this Friday, September 23, 2011! Get started here.
Trails & Sails 2011 is generously sponsored by TD Bank and Eastern Bank with additional support from REI and regional sponsors:
Photo Contest Deadline Fast Approaching!
Photographers get snapping! All photographers are invited to submit images that capture the essence of the Essex National Heritage Area to Essex Heritage's 2011 Photo Contest. All submissions are due by October 1, 2011. Any photograph captured between October 1, 2010 and October 1, 2011, and assigned to one of four contest categories is eligible to win. The 2011 Photo Contest categories are: "People & Places," "Urban Landscapes," "Experiencing the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway" and "GreenSpaces."
2010 Grand Prize Winner "Full Sails At Sea"
by Rod Parker
Sponsored by the Essex National Heritage Commission and Hunt's Photo & Video, the 2011 Essex Heritage Photo Contest will award 13 prizes to 13 individual photographers! Award winning photographs are exhibited for one year at the National Park Service Regional Visitor Center in Salem, Mass.
Learn more about the 2011 Essex Heritage Photo Contest and download an entry form here.
Save the Date! October 25
Essex Heritage Annual Fall 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 our partners.
The agenda will include the introduction to new Commissioners and updates on Essex Heritage activities and initiatives as well as recognition of the 2011 Pioneers in Partnership Award winners. RSVP to Emily or call 978-740-0444. Find out more.
Every fall, Essex Heritage recognizes individuals and/or organizations that have shown leadership in building partnerships that preserve and enhance the heritage of the region. We invite you to nominate an individual or organization that exemplifies the spirit of partnership and goodwill, fostering initiatives that provide assistance to the historic, cultural, and natural resources of the Area. Fill out a nomination form (pdf).
Greenbelt Working to Close the Gap in Campaign to Save the Lower Green
Essex County Greenbelt, working in conjunction with local historic preservation advocates, is close to the finish line in a campaign to purchase and permanently protect a parcel of land abutting Newbury's historic Lower Green on High Road (Route 1A) in Newbury. This parcel is under imminent threat of development. In 2010, the Green and its surrounding pastoral landscape were listed as one of the state's 10 most threatened historic sites by Preservation Massachusetts.
The Campaign is in its final weeks. The 18-month option agreement held by Greenbelt expires in late September, 2011. As of September 8, 2011 the campaign had raised nearly $445,000 toward the $500,000 goal. If successful in raising the funds to purchase the property, the land will be owned by Essex County Greenbelt, a regional land trust, which will open the property to the public, and manage it for its scenic and historic values. Read more about why conserving Newman Farm Meadow is so important...
Partnership Grant Project Wins Award
Image taken before project completion.
A project funded in part with a 2005 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant was recently honored with an award. Over the past several years, the landmark North Parish Church in North Andover has been the subject of an extensive restoration and rehabilitation effort. A key element of the work focused on improving the 175-year old meeting house's handicapped accessibility. In recognition of the skill with which accessibility was integrated with historic preservation, the project received the William D. Smith Memorial Award at a state house. Read more here.
North of Boston CVB Announces
NEW Seafood App!
Got Seafood? There's an app for that!
The Seafood Trail application has arrived! If you own an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you can download the NEW Seafood Trail app from the Apple iTunes Store. Use the app to discover great seafood gems throughout the North of Boston region, find free events and activities, and enjoy reading about culinary experiences from the North Shore Dish blog. The Seafood Trail can also be accessed here.
|Michael Quijano-West named Superintendent of Salem Maritime & Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
Essex National Heritage Commission was pleased to learn that the National Park Service Northeast Regional Director Dennis R. Reidenbach has selected Michael Quijano-West as the next incoming superintendent of Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites.
"Essex Heritage has always had a close working with relationship with the National Park Service, and we look forward to working with Mr. Quijano-West as we embark upon many partnership programs together," said Annie C. Harris, Executive Director of the Essex National Heritage Commission. "We look forward to continuing to work with Rita Hennessy, the Acting Superintendent until he arrives."
He replaces Patricia Trap, who was recently named deputy regional director for the National Park Service Midwest Region. Mr. Quijano-West will start his new position in early November. Read more here.
National Park Service Employees Honored
Last month, in Washington, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis presented the Appleman-Judd-Lewis Awards to their 2010 winners. Nancy J. Russell, Museum Curator at Everglades National Park, received the award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Management. Woodcrafter Doug Law of Salem Maritime National Historic Site received the award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Stewardship through Maintenance. Kevin D. Brandt, Superintendent of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, received the award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Stewardship for Superintendents. Read more here.