December 2012      

Holiday Greetings from Essex Heritage
As 2012 draws to a close, all of us at Essex Heritage would like to thank you - our friends, members and partners - for embracing our mission to preserve, promote and enhance the historic, cultural and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area. We hope you will enjoy
your Heritage Area this winter and we wish you a very happy holiday season and joyous new year!
Celebrate the Region with Heritage Gifts!
Give the Gift of Membership!
Join us in celebrating the Heritage
Area - give the gift of membership or make plans to attend one (or many) of Essex Heritage's upcoming events with friends and family! When you give the gift of membership, you'll be giving the opportunity to discover special places and experiences throughout the year. It's also another great way to extend your own support of our work to champion the historic, cultural and natural resources so vital to our region's quality of life. Learn more about membership.

Deck the Halls with Heritage
Need a few more gift ideas? How about a special heritage gift - something unique to the Essex National Heritage Area? See more unique heritage gifts!
2012 Photo Contest Winners Announced!

Photographers searched
Grand Prize: "Pinky Schooner Ardelle" by Arlene Taliadoros
out the best and most beautiful locations for their award-winning submissions to the 2012 Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest. Presented by Essex Heritage and sponsored by Hunt's Photo and Video and the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, images from the 2012 photo contest showcase the natural, cultural and historic resources that define Essex County. From the 126 images submitted, 13 winners were selected by a panel of judges that included representatives from Essex Heritage, the National Park Service, and Hunt's Photo & Video. See the 2012 Photo Contest results!
Along the Essex Coastal Scenic BywayENHA Logo
The 85-mile coastal route from
Lynn to Newburyport

Holiday Gift Idea - Byway Guidebook

The recently published book, "Essex Coastal Byway Guide - History, Culture & Nature on the North Shore," makes exploring the 85-mile coastal route even easier. Researched and written by Boston Globe correspondent Joel Brown, the guide showcases a broad array of the byway's historical, natural and cultural destinations. Organized by community, the book provides an insider's understanding of how to experience the best of coastal New England. 



Downtown Rowley Enhanced

Following a two-year effort, residents and downtown merchants are celebrating the rehabilitation of three buildings that had been vacant for nearly 30 years. Read more. 


Ipswich Houses Illuminated 

The community's unique and extensive collection of First Period houses was recently awash in bright lights for all to see! Check it out. 

"Making the Caribbean Connection" Wraps-Up

Essex Heritage was the recipient of a grant from the National Park Foundation, in partnership with The House of Seven Gables, titled "Making the Caribbean Connection."  The program built stronger connections by engaging local youth in uncovering the untold stories - past and present - between their homeland islands in the Caribbean and the historic sites in Salem.  Over the course of the second session, 12 middle school students met at the Bowditch Elementary School in Salem, to explore historical themes, as well as personal themes of being Latino, cross-cultural relationships, and family perspectives on the process of adapting to a new country.  The culmination of this program is a display at the National Park Service Visitor Center in Salem, now through mid-February. Stop by and see their work. A special thanks to the National Park Service for their participation in the program! Read more about the exhibit. 
Annual Fall Meeting News

Essex Heritage welcomed over 100 business and
community leaders from around Essex County to its Annual Fall meeting on November 8. The meeting was sponsored by the Peabody Historical Society and held at its Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm in Peabody. The business portion of the session focused on the importance of sustaining the region through youth engagement, partnership projects and regional support. Members elected new members of the Commission and announced the recipients of the Essex Heritage Awards.
Read more.
Partnership Grant Spotlight

Danvers Trail Signs Dedicated

On November 14, the Danvers Rail Trail Advisory Committee held a trailside dedication ceremony for the trail's four new interpretive signs. The signs, funded in part with an Essex Heritage Partnership Grant, tell the story of the railroad's role in shaping the development of Danvers and region. Read more. 

Special Thanks to Our Corporate Members


We are so thankful for the generosity of our Corporate Members - businesses who believe in our mission.

This month, we would like to extend a special thanks to Saugusbank president Kevin M. Tierney, Sr. for his ongoing dedication to and support of Essex Heritage. We also offer thanks to Hawthorne Hotel, Mass General/ North Shore Center for Outpatient Care, and Union Oyster House for renewing as Corporate Benefactors, and to Endicott College and North Shore Music Theatre for joining as Corporate Supporters. Your support is greatly appreciated!









Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are key to the preservation, protection and enhancement of the nationally significant heritage resources of Essex County. Make a difference and support our community - check out the latest volunteer opportunities.

If you need volunteers, please
email us with news of your volunteer activities and we will help spread the word! 
In This Issue
Celebrate with Heritage Gifts
Photo Contest Results!
Along the Coastal Scenic Byway
"The Caribbean Connection"
Annual Fall Meeting News
Partnership Grant Spotlight
Thanks to Corporate Members
Volunteer Opportunities
Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events 


Wednesday, December 12


Featured Partner Event 

The House of the Seven Gables Presents: An Orchestra at Her Fingertips 

Pianist Jacquelyn Schwab will perform vintage 19th century American parlor music, including Stephen Foster and Civil War songs, hymns, spirituals, and ballroom dances. A folk and classical improvisational pianist, she has a unique style that defies easy categorization. Reservations Required. Learn more.

Thursday, January 17

Old Ipswich Rum Tour & Tasting at Turkey Shore Distilleries
Learn how rum was made 175 years ago, then have a drink with history!  Enjoy an evening reconnecting to a significant part of New England's past, and taste a line of hand-crafted, local rums at Turkey Shore Distilleries. Reservations Required. Learn more.

Sunday, January 27

Featured Partner Event
Essex County Greenbelt Association Presents: Snowshoe/Hike the Warren-Weld Woodland
Grab your gear and join Greenbelt and Manchester Essex Conservation Trust for an invigorating afternoon snowshoe excursion! Reservations Required. Learn more.

Saturday, February 2

Strange Typographic Tales at The Museum of Printing

Discover strange stories, legends and tales of type! Explore the museum and learn the history of type that your teacher never taught you as industry expert and museum President Frank Romano shares strange typographic tales that he has collected in his travels around the world. Reservations required. Learn more. 


Thursdays through
December 13
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Amesbury Invitation Nights

December 1 - 29

Tree Time at the Andover Historical Society



Wednesday, December 19

3:00pm - 7:00pm

Beverly Farmers' Market 



Saturday, December 15
Stroll the Rail Trail with Santa


December 13 - 16

Holiday Delights at the Gloucester Stage Company 


Saturday, December 15


Chance, Choice - Ralph Coburn in Context 


Saturday, December 15

4:00pm - 6:00pm 

Solstice Stroll in Ravenswood Park 



Saturday, December 15


Fireside Noel: A Holiday Concert Spectacular


January 19-20

New England Sled Dog Races 



Through December 23  
The Shops @ 90 Washington 
Friday, December 14,
6:00pm - 9:00pm &
Saturday, December 15
10:00am - 8:00pm

Friday, December 21
3:30 - 5:00pm
The Farm Nisse 



Sunday, December 16


Christmas Brass and Carols 


Friday, December 14 

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Holiday Invitation Night 


Saturday, December 15 11:00am - 12:00pm

Holiday Sing-Along at the Firehouse Center 

North Andover
December 1 - 23


Thursday, December 20


ArcWorks Community Art Center Holiday Open House


Saturday, December 22 7:00pm
Holiday Community Sing-Along


Thursdays through

December 20

3:00pm - 7:00pm

Salem Farmers Market 


Through January 1 



Saturday, December 15

4:00pm - 6:00pm 

Winter Solstice Lantern Walk 



Monday, December 31

10:00am - 2:00pm

Wenham Museum's New Year's Eve Kids- Countdown- to- Midnight  


Throughout Essex County 

Through December 20

North Shore Toy Drive 

Join the tradition of giving! See the list of donation centers and broadcast locations.


Through December 31  

Greenbelt's Evergreen Scavenger Hunt 

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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.