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In This Issue
Heritage Hero Tickets & Sponsorship Available!
Trails & Sails Planning is Underway!
Special Thanks to Corporate Members
Along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
North of Boston CVB Tourism Summit
$1 Million to Restore Rumney Marsh
Read About the Region

Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events

Featured Partner Event
Presented by:
Essex County Greenbelt Association: NEW DATE!
February 4-5 
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM  
Sled Dog Races 
Appleton Farms
Ipswich, MA 
Check details for entrance and directions 
An annual event not to be missed! The Sled Dog Races return! The courses will run through Greenbelt, TTOR and Essex County Trail Association conserved properties. Stop by and join us for something warm to drink! Find out more.  
Saturday, February 18, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Maritime Gloucester
23 Harbor Loop
Gloucester, MA 01930
Join NOAA maritime archaeologists, Deborah Marx and Matthew Lawrence for a tour of the Stellwagen Bank National Maritime Sanctuary's historic shipwrecks and presentation of the 45-minute Science Channel's Viewers Choice award-winning documentary, "The Wreck of the Steamship Portland." This event received a 2011 Trails & Sails "People's Choice Award" for being a top ten, fan favorite!
Find out more and register here.
Heritage Happenings Article Block
January, 18 and 25
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Legos, Blocks, and Tea
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
66 Main Street
Essex, MA
The Essex Shipbuilding Museum Education Committee is offering a wonderful Legos, Blocks and Tea outreach event for families with young children. Find out more.
Saturday, January 14, 1:30 PM
Danvers Bi-Peds
Chocolate Walk
Ski and Snowshoe
Putnamville School lot 
Bring your skis, snowshoes, or hiking boots. The group will trek north towards Rt. 97 and then enjoy chocolate refreshments and a raffle upon our return. Rain date 1/15. Call Laura for details 978-777-4661.
Find out more
Wednesdays, 10:00 AM
We Walk the Woods
Harold Parker State Forest Headquarters
305 Middleton Road
North Andover, MA
Exercise, along with a good night's sleep can increase serotonin, giving a sense of well-being. This is a moderately paced walk
appropriate for all ages. Wear walking footwear; bring water.This FREE program is co-sponsored by the Friends of Harold Parker and DCR. For more info call (617) 828-1728 or click here (pdf).

Saturday, January 14
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wenham Museum's
Annual Model Train and Toy Hobby Show
132 Main Street
Wenham, MA
This year the show is expanded to include collectible toys in addition to the event's traditional model train equipment and memorabilia. Meet local historian and author, Harold Boothroyd as he signs copies of his book, "Getting Around: A Short History of Transportation in the Wenham, Hamilton, and Essex Area." Find out more.

Wednesday, January 18 6:00 PM 
An Evening with
Lynn's Legislators

Lynn Museum
590 Washington Street  Lynn, MA 01901 

Join the Lynn Museum as we dive into legislative history from the unique perspective of the incumbent Senator and the four State Representatives who serve the City of Lynn. Senator Thomas M. McGee and Representatives Robert F. Fennel, Steven M. Walsh, Lori Ehrlich and Donald H. Wong will share their experiences and provide an insider's look at the legislative process and how an idea becomes law. For more info. call (781) 581-6200 or click here.

Thursday, January 19
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

North of Boston CVB
New Year's Luncheon!
Capt's Waterfront Grill
Salem, MA 01970
Enjoy a delicious 3-course meal, network with friends and colleagues, and join in on the discussion on exciting new programs and events for 2012! Tickets are $25/members, $30/nonmembers and can be purchased online - or call 978-465-6555 to RSVP. Tickets available here.

Saturday, January 28 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Winter Carnival
Newburyport, MA 01950
Join us at Bartlet Mall for a day of winter fun including the Fourth Annual Human Dog Sled Race, open skating throughout the day with sledding, snowshoeing and snowboarding, horse drawn hayrides, skate races, winter games, children's activities and more! Find out more.

Sunday, January 29
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Winter Tracking Hike with Dave Brown
Christopher P. Dunne Memorial Visitor Center
Breakheart Reservation
177 Forest Street
Saugus, MA 01906
We may discover the trails of the coyote, fisher, deer, otter, and other animals normally associated with distant wilderness. Two miles or less will be covered at a slow pace. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear. Find out more or call (781) 233-0834.

Thursday, January 26
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
The Business Of
Local Food

Enterprise Center

121 Loring Avenue
Salem, MA  01970
Families, restaurants, stores and businesses are increasingly buying their food locally. Come listen to a discussion. What does the future of local food look like on the North Shore, in Mass. and the country as a whole? Speakers: Antonio Bettencourt, Chef, 62 on Wharf; Peter Mikedis, CEO/Founder, SideKim Foods and Andrew Rogers, Farm Manager, Green Meadows Farm. Register here.

Sunday, February 12
6:00 PM
Moonlight Snowshoe at Goldsmith Woodlands
491 S. Main Street
(park at the Goldsmith Woodlands entrance)

Andover, MA
Family moonlight snowshoe and cross country ski trek for all ages and abilities. Bring a headlamp or flashlight. Park in front. No registration, no pets. Hike if no snow, rain cancels. Leaders Burt Batcheller 978-475-3665 days, David Dargie 978-996-4475 david@dargie.com
Find out more about this and other Andover Village Improvement Society (AVIS) events here.
Quick Links
May 9, 2012 Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner Honoring Thomas M. Leonard

Essex Heritage and the National Park Service are pleased to honor Thomas M. Leonard on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at the fifth annual Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner! This celebration recognizes the special contributions of individuals across Essex County whose passions embody the mission of Essex Heritage - to protect and preserve the region's rich historic, cultural and natural resources. 


A Salem native and enduring advocate for heritage preservation in Essex County, Tom's long and distinguished career with Salem Five reinforced his pursuits as a strong community leader. Tom is a committed supporter of local organizations in need, and currently serves on a number of non-profit boards such as the Danvers Council on Aging, Danvers Historical Society, North Shore Elder Services, Town of Danvers Finance Committee, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem, Salem Rotary, Salem Partnership. He is President Emeritus of the Essex National Heritage Commission. In addition, Mr. Leonard's 65-year relationship with St. John's Preparatory School includes service as a committee chair, Board Trustee, and recipient of a distinguished alumni award. Mr. Leonard was elected to the school's Hall of Honor and remains a Trustee Emeritus. Tom Leonard's lifetime achievements embody the qualities that define 'Heritage Hero.' 


Please join us to honor Tom! Tickets are available for purchase online and we welcome your interest in all available ad and sponsorship opportunities.
Thanks to Salem Five for their generous commitment as the Presenting Sponsor of this event. 

Trails & Sails 2012 Planning is Underway!
ENHA Logo Planning is underway to once again celebrate our region's distinctive history, breathtaking landscapes and hidden gems during the 11th annual Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water, September 21-23 & September 28-30, 2012! Mark your calendars to join us for FREE guided tours, open house visits, hikes, walks, sails, paddles, and special experiences for all ages, skill levels and interests.

ENHA LogoKeep in touch and stay involved...

Event Hosts: Get creative! Get involved! Start planning now, online event submission begins in March! We seek all kinds of experiences and invite any heritage organization or business to consider offering a unique, free event that provides residents and visitors the chance to connect and experience your special place. Build public awareness and audience for your cause, mission and organization! Please contact Emily Levin with your ideas for a possible Trails & Sails tour, lecture or workshop. Prior-year hosts will be contacted via email soon.

Participants: Can't wait until September? Make Trails & Sails last all year long by becoming a mission-based champion of Essex Heritage! As a member of Essex Heritage there are many opportunities to connect to resources in this region beyond Trails & Sails weekends, making the fun and discovery last all year long! Join today!
Special Thanks to Corporate Members

Essex Heritage would like to extend special thanks to our new and renewing corporate members! Thank you to Hawthorne Hotel, and Saugusbank, for renewing commitments as Sustainer Circle Members and to Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care for becoming a new Corporate Sustainer Circle Member. In addition, Essex Heritage would like to thank Rockport National Bank who has renewed its Supporter Circle Membership! Business contributions to Essex Heritage illustrate a strong demonstration of your company's investment in the unique quality of life we enjoy in the Essex National Heritage Area. Find out more here.  


Become a member at any level! Discover special places and experiences throughout the county. Your tax-deductible Essex Heritage Membership helps to support programs that enhance, preserve and promote the unique historic, cultural and natural resources found within the Essex National Heritage Area. Join today

Fine Food and Fundraising in February!
ENHA LogoCome join us for an evening of fine food and fundraising to benefit Trails & Sails on Tuesday, February 7 from 5:00-9:00 PM at the Landing Restaurant (81 Front Street, Marblehead, MA 01945)! Bring your friends and family and enjoy a great meal with the staff of Essex Heritage and the Landing will generously donate 20% of your meal to support the programs and initiatives of Essex Heritage. A delicious and easy way to support your favorite regional event. Join us!

Byway Featured at Tourism Summit

The coastal byway takes center stage during a presentation on regional efforts to promote visitation to the North Shore's coastal communities. Organized by the North of Boston CVB, the half-day summit is on Friday, February 3 in Peabody. Learn more here or for additional details, see article below


ENHA LogoOld Newbury Bonfire

Get outdoors and toast winter at the second annual community bonfire set to take place on Saturday, January 14, (3:00-9:00) just off the byway in Newbury. Don't miss seeing the historic Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm while you're there! For more information


Winter Weekends at the Philips House, Salem

Films, food, and fun, what a better way to learn about the fascinating Phillips family of Salem. Saturdays through February 25 at their former house on historic Chestnut Street. For more information click here.

North of Boston CVB Tourism Summit
ENHA LogoDon't miss the 6th Annual North of Boston CVB Tourism Summit on Friday, February 3, 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM at the Boston Marriott Peabody at 8A Centennial Drive, Peabody, MA. Join the North of Boston CVB for an exciting day with compelling speakers, educational seminars and edgy topics. The NBCVB Annual Tourism Summit (Conference) is the region's largest industry event, bringing together key personnel from all public and private tourism sectors. From the Merrimack Valley to the region's southern gateway, all businesses can profit from this educational program designed to enhance regional identity and promote tourism opportunities. Don't miss this premier networking event! Summit Highlights include:    
  • New Casino Bill & Its Impact on the North Shore;
  • Mini-Grants & North of Boston Marketing for 2012;
  • Breakout sessions that will leave you inspired!

Find out more and register here.

Merrimack River Eagle Festival!
ENHA Logo On Saturday, February 11, celebrate the seasonal return of bald eagles to the Merrimack Valley with the seventh annual Merrimack River Eagle Festival! In the deep winter of February, when everything else is frozen and asleep, the Newburyport area along the river is alive with the spectacular sight of wintering bald eagles flying, fishing, and sitting in the sun. Staff and volunteers from Joppa Flats and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge help visitors find eagles and other winter specialties and answer questions about behaviors and habitats. Visit eagle hot spots at your own speed or go on an eagle tour to see birds in the wild; come indoors for nature activities or to see an up-close view of rehabilitated hawks, owls, and eagles. This is a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the magnificence of nature by observing bald eagles and the habitats they need to survive. Find out more about available events, tour and demonstrations here.
US Fish & Wildlife Service Awards $1 Million to Restore Rumney Marsh

Rumney Marsh In their most recent e-newsletter, The Saugus River Watershed Council reported that on January 3rd, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that a $1 million National Coastal Wetland Conservation Grant has been awarded to support the Rumney Marsh Restoration and Conservation Project in Saugus. The award was part of $20.5 million in grants from the US Fish & Wildlife Service to support 24 projects in only 13 states. Funds will enable the long-awaited Ballard Street Salt Marsh Restoration project to move forward.


"This $1 million federal award marks an excellent beginning for the Saugus River watershed in 2012", said SRWC Executive Director Joan LeBlanc. "Implementing the Ballard Street Salt Marsh Restoration project will remove historic I-95 fill, restore valuable wildlife habitat, and improve flood storage capacity in the Rumney Marshes Area of Critical Environmental Concern", said LeBlanc. The Saugus River Watershed Council will work with project managers at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, as well as local and state public officials to assist with public outreach and project review.

ENHA Logo Read About the Region
With biting wit and an eye for the macabre, local author Robert Wilhelm traces the first documented cases of murder and mayhem in Essex County, Massachusetts in his book, "Murder and Mayhem in Essex County." Discover the story of Hannah Duston's revenge on her Abenaki Indian captors, why the witchcraft hysteria hung over Salem and Andover, and how Rachel Wall made her living as a pirate. Decide for yourself whether the accused are guilty or if history lends itself to something else entirely. The idea of a criminal record originated in the early seventeenth century when the magistrates of the Massachusetts Bay Colony began recording dates, places, victims and criminals. Despite, or perhaps because of, the strict code of the Puritans, some early settlers earned quite the rap sheet that landed them either in the stocks or at the end of a noose. Find out more about the book and its author here.
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