October 2012      
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Trails & Sails!


THANK YOU to all Trails & Sails event hosts, participants, fans, volunteers and sponsors for making the 11th annual TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekend of Walks & Water such a success!    



Thank you to the 100+ site hosts for opening their doors and all the participants for sharing these weekends with us - especially those of you who didn't let a few raindrops get in the way of your passion for the Essex National Heritage Area! We could not present this event without your enthusiasm!  Check us out on Facebook to see and post photos from Trails & Sails events around the region!


As planning begins for next year, we want to know what you thought. Please take part in this short survey to let us know about your Trails & Sails  experience, vote for your favorite event and enter your name into the drawing to win one of two Novara hybrid bikes from REI!


Thank you to our sponsors, without whom we couldn't host these fabulous and FREE events! 

Trails & Sails 2012 is generously sponsored by:


October is
Membership Month!


Make TRAILS & SAILS last all year long...

Keep the spirit of September's Trails & Sails alive by becoming a member of Essex Heritage.  Now is the time to join - and assist us in opening the doors of discovery to the exceptional cultural, historic and natural resources that abound in the Essex National Heritage Area.  Help us get Membership Month off to a great start - join today! 



Your support matters.  Essex Heritage relies on your membership to fulfill our mission, support our partners, and encourage stewardship of our treasured resources. Learn more about  what it means to be a member!

Along the Essex Coastal Scenic BywayENHA Logo

Tour d'Elegance Debuts Along the Byway

The scenic byway will be the setting for the inaugural Tour d'Elegance. Slated for Saturday, July 27, 2013, many of New England's finest classic cars will drive a 40-mile coastal route from Newburyport to Beverly. The tour is organized as part of the Misselwood Concours d'Elegance, the region's premier boutique car show held at the Misselwood estate of Endicott College. Learn more!

Potential Waterfront Park on Bywayp

The former Chadwick Lead Mills property - a stunning green space spanning Salem and Marblehead at the mouth of the Forest River - has long been identified as a prime candidate for conservation by Greenbelt, municipal leaders and community conservation activists. The effort to permanently protect this waterfront landscape took several critical steps forward this spring. Read more. 

Photo Contest Deadline Extended!
Deadline for submission: November 1, 2012 

We are extending our deadline to allow for a few more submissions. The photos thus far are amazing.  You still have time! All photographers are invited to submit images to Essex Heritage's 2012 Photo Contest.

Photographs must be taken within the Heritage Area and represent one of this year's three contest categories: "Images of the Essex National Heritage Area", "The Merrimack Valley" or "In Town/Downtown." 

Sponsored by the Essex National Heritage Commission, Hunt's Photo & Video and the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, the 2012 Photo Contest will award 10-13 prizes to photographers.
Shoot, Enter, and Win! Find out more.


Thanks to Our Corporate Members!


We are so thankful for the generosity of our Corporate Members. Businesses who believe in our mission, and as public funding decreases, they have increased their support of Essex Heritage so that we can fund programs to conserve endangered historic sites, build trails for recreation and health, employ under-served youth in heritage preservation jobs, support after-school enrichment for Latino students, and lead our coastal communities in developing cultural tourism along the new Essex Coastal Scenic Byway.
A special thank to new Corporate Members C.P. Berry HomesCommonwealth Financial, and NorthEast Community Bank for joining as Corporate Sustainers. A special thanks to renewing member Salem Five for rejoining as a Sustainer.
Thank you to East Boston Savings Bank and Metro Credit for joining the Corporate Membership program at the Benefactor Level. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Volunteer Opportunities in the Heritage Area
Check out our latest volunteer opportunities. Time to make a difference and support our community!


Salem, The House of Seven Gables
October volunteers!
The House of Seven Gables is looking for volunteers to help with Theatrical Performances on weekend nights, concierges for the visitor center, ticket checkers, and to help line up groups during the day. For more information please email them.


Protect the River: River Cleanup Oct. 13, 11-2.

The MRWC is hosting a river cleanup at Moseley Woods Park, and Plum Island, Newburyport as part of COASTSWEEP. Dress for the weather, gloves and trash bags provided. For more information contact Caroly Shumway 978-655-4742 or Kate Yeomans 978-463-2233. Please let them know if you are coming!


In This Issue
Membership Month
Along Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Photo Contest Deadline
Thanks to Corporate Members
Volunteer Opportunities
Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events

Friday, October 26    

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Featured Partner Event

The Andover Historical Society Presents:

Trials and Taverns with Dr. Emerson Baker 

97 Main Street

Andover, MA 01810 

Salem State University historian Dr. Emerson Baker will discuss the bewitched and debauched Quaker tavern at the center of his book, The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England. Come join us for a drink and find out. Reservations required. Learn more.  


Tuesday, October 30

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM 

Essex Heritage
Annual Fall Meeting

The Smith Barn at

Brooksby Farm
38 Felton Street  

Peabody, MA 01960 

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. For more information.


Saturday, November 3
10:00 AM - 11:30AM
Behind the Scenes Tour of the Danvers Archival Center
15 Sylvan Street
Danvers, MA 01923
Join Historian and Danvers Town Archivist Richard Trask for a special behind the scenes tour of the Danvers Archival Center. Our knowledgeable host will spotlight rarely seen items and artifacts as well as some of the valuable and historically important materials that directly relate to our local, regional and national history. Reservations required. Learn more.

Wednesday, November 7

7:00 PM

Featured Partner Event
The House of the Seven Gables Presents:
Strong Women at the Gables: Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, a Notable Local Figure with International Connections
115 Derby Street

Salem, MA 01970 

Louise B. Swiniarski, Education Department Professor at Salem State University, will focus on Elizabeth Peabody: her work, friends, and the literary salon she hosted on West Street in Boston. Reservations required. Learn more. 


Thursday, October 18

11:30am - 1:30pm

Coastal Trails Coalition Luncheon


Sunday, October 26


Cider Mash 5K Run 



Sun, Oct. 7 - Thurs, Oct. 11 &

Sun, Oct. 14 - Thurs, Oct. 18

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Beverly's Very First Restaurant Week 


Mondays through October 22

3:00pm - 7:00pm

Beverly Farmers Market 



Saturday, October 13
11:00am - 4:00pm

October - December

2 Saturdays per month

Family Yoga

The Community House of Hamilton & Wenham



Saturday, October 27

10:00am - 2:00pm

Tombstones and Trowels 

at the The Buttonwoods 

Museum/Haverhill Historical Society



Wednesday October 24 


Harvest Supper at Ipswich Museum 



Saturday, October 13 

11:00am - 3:00pm

Lynn Wood's Dungeon Rock Day 


Saturday, October 13 

7:00pm - 10:00pm



Sunday, October 14


Big Walk Through the Wilderness Conservation Area with the Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust 



Saturday, October 13

10:00am - 3:00pm 

Northeastern University's Marine Science Center Annual Open House 



Saturday, October 13

11:00am - 2:00pm 



North Andover

Wednesday, October 17

7:30pm - 9:00pm

A Reconciliatory Marriage in Action at the Andover Historical Society 



Wednesday, November 7


North Shore Privateers in the War of 1812 



Friday, October 12

Fall Crush Wine Making Demo and Harvest at Mill River Winery



Ocotober 1-31

Haunted Happenings   


Throughout October 

The House of the Seven Gables Presents: Spirits of the Gables & Legacy of the Hanging Judge 


Thursdays through December 20

3:00 - 7:00pm

Salem Farmers Market 



Saturday, October 13 

The 5th Annual Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour

to benefit the Wenham Museum


September 12 - October 21

It's a Snap! Community LEGO Art at the Wenham Museum  

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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.