January 2013      
Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program Announced


Back by popular demand... Essex Heritage will once again offer matching seed grants to Essex County organizations through our Partnership Grant Program!  Online applications are being accepted through Sunday, February 17. This year, ten (10) grants of $1,500 each will be awarded to organizations that support Essex Heritage's mission to preserve and promote the historic, cultural, and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area.
Read on for more information about the Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program, including guidelines, criteria, and application materials.

Along the EssexENHA Logo Coastal Scenic Byway
The 85-mile coastal route from
Lynn to Newburyport

Old Newbury Bonfire

Toast winter and family fun at the annual community bonfire on Saturday, January 12. Don't miss the events at the historic  Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm while you're there! Learn more. 



Byway Park Project Advances

Plans to develop a 4.9 acre waterfront park along the byway at the Marblehead-Salem line received a major boost in the form of a state grant. Read More. 


Byway Guidebook Available

"Essex Coastal Byway Guide - History, Culture & Nature on the North Shore," makes exploring the 85-mile coastal route even easier. 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. www.essexbywayguide.com

North of Boston
Tourism Summit


Don't miss the 7th Annual North of Boston CVB Tourism Summit on Friday, February 1, 8:30am - 4:00pm 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 Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism's "Tourism U" in the afternoon.

The North of Boston CVB 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!
Learn more and register here.
Winter Birding Weekends!


Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend, February 1- 3 

The Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend is back and better than ever! Working with the Mass Audubon, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is planning a weekend filled with opportunities for bird lovers of all skill levels to join expert guides on a tour of Cape Ann's birding hot spots - including a sea trip on the 7 Seas Whale Watch boat the Privateer IV!  Learn more or to register here.
Merrimack River Eagle Festival, February 9
Head up to Newburyport and Amesbury on Saturday, February 9,  for a full day of activities celebrating the return of bald eagles to the Merrimack Valley! The eighth annual Merrimack River Eagle Festival 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. Check out the schedule of events, tours and demonstrations. 
Find Funding:
Grant Opportunities

Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund
The Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) is accepting applications now through March 8, 2013 for Round 19 of the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund grant program. Learn more.

National Trust Preservation Funds

Grants from the National Trust Preservation Funds encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects. Application deadlines are February 1, June 1 and October 1. 
Learn more.

State Recreational Trails Grants

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and
Recreation's FY13 Recreational Trails Grants program will provide grants for a variety of trail protection, construction and stewardship projects throughout the state. The application deadline is February 1, 2013. Learn more.
Partner Spotlight


Ground Work Lawrence
Congratulations to Ground Work Lawrence (GWL) for recently being named the 2013 Healthy LifeStyles Social Innovator by Root Cause's Social Innovation Forum for their project Promoting Healthy Behaviors in Our Community!

Be sure to check out this beautiful documentary to learn more about GWL!
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 offer thanks to Haverhill Bank, Pentucket Bank, and Beverly Cooperative Bank for renewing as Sustainer Circle Members.


Thanks to Granite Savings Bank for renewing as a Corporate Benefactor, and to Friends of Camp Denison for renewing as a Corporate Supporter.


We would like to welcome new members Salem Witch Museum and Serafini, Darling & Correnti, LLP.


Your support is greatly appreciated!











In This Issue
Partnership Grant Program
Along the Coastal Scenic Byway
NBCVB Tourism Summit
Winter Birding Weekends
Find Funding
Partner Spotlight
Thanks to Corporate Members!

Essex Heritage Events & Featured Partner Events

Thursday, January 17, 6:00pm

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, 1:00pm
Featured Partner Event
Essex County Greenbelt 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, 10:00am
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. 

Sunday, February 10, 6:00pm
AVIS Annual Moonlight



Sunday, January 20, 1:00pm 

Walk/Snowshoe: Wildcat Conservation Area 



Saturday, January 12, 1:30am

Danvers Bi-Peds 4th Annual Chocolate Walk


Saturday, January 12
11:00am - 1:00pm

Sunday, January 27, 6:00 pm

Chasing Ice

January 19-20

New England Sled Dog Races 

Saturday, January 26, 7:30pm
A Burns Night Celebration Concert



Saturdays, January 12 & 26 and 

February 2 & 9 

Saturday, January 12
9:30am - 12:00pm
Urban Wild Clean Up

Tuesday, February 5, 10:00am
Little Lynners Storytime

Thursday, February 14, 7:30pm
Symphony by the Sea performs Romance is in the Hall


Tuesday, January 15, 7:00pm
The Eastern Oyster: An Iconic Fishery and Valuable Habitat

Tuesday, February 12, 7:00pm
Behind the Lens: Experiences in Environmental Film-Making

Saturday, January 12, 3:00pm Old Newbury Bonfire

Saturday, February 2,
11:00am - 3:00pm

Newburyport Winter Carnival

North Andover
Saturday, January 12
11:00am - 1:00pm 
Hike Boxford State Forest: Bay Circuit to Bald Hill (pdf)


Sunday, January 20
8:00am - 10:00am
Winter Birding Basics at Halibut Point

Thursday, January 31, 7:00pm
Bohemian Quartet

Thursday, January 30, 7:00pm

Witchcraft, Quakers, and Thomas Maule's Fight for Freedom of the Press - a lecture by Emerson "Tad" Baker


February 8-14 

Salem's So Sweet: Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival


Fridays, January. 4 & 18 and February. 1 & 15
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Movie Night at Breakheart Reservation (pdf) 



Sunday, January 13

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Sense of Wonder Walk: Feathered Friends 


Sunday, January 20

11:00am - 1:00pm 

Hike Bradley Palmer: Marker 48 to Wading Pool, Moon Hill (pdf) 



January 19-21

NMRA Hub Division Modular Railroad  


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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.