February 2013      
A special thanks to
Eastern Bank...


We extend a special thanks to Eastern Bank for their continued support and dedication to the mission of Essex Heritage. We appreciate your commitment to our community!


Partnership Grants Application Deadline
Applications due: Sunday, February 17, 2013


Essex Heritage is currently accepting online applications  for the  2013 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program. The Partnership Grant Program is a matching grant program created to foster and support the stewardship activities of organizations that share the Commission's mission to preserve and promote the historic, cultural and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area.


Essex Heritage will award $1,500 grants to ten (10) qualified applicants who apply for funding in one of three categories: Education, Interpretation, and Preservation.  Read on for more information about the Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program, including guidelines, criteria, and application materials.
Annual Spring Meeting
Save the Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Essex Heritage will host its Annual Spring Meeting on Wednesday, April 10, from 8:00am - 10:00am, at Winnekenni Castle in Haverhill. 


We invite you to participate in this free, valuable morning of networking and engagement as we connect to our region, our partners and each other! We will be announcing the 2013 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant recipients - celebrating local organizations that foster collaboration in our region and help us promote the region's unique resources. Learn more and RSVP.

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

Watch New Byway Video 

Check out this three-minute video featuring byway images submitted to the Essex Heritage Photo Contest.



Walking Tours of Newburyport

Thoroughly researched and well presented, the Clipper Heritage Trail is a series of self-guided history tours of Newburyport that will fascinate visitors and residents alike.


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


Trails & Sails Update 
September 20-22 & 27-29, 2013

Planning is underway to celebrate our region during the 12th annual Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water, September 20-22 & September 27-29, 2013!


Keep in touch and stay involved...

Event Hosts: Start planning now - event submission begins online in March! Hosting a Trails & Sails event is a great way to build public awareness and audience for your cause, mission and organization! Please email Emily for more information about hosting an event or to add your organization to the Trails & Sails line-up!


Participants: Can't wait until September? Become a member of Essex Heritage!  Members are invited to events throughout the year, and membership support helps keep Trails & Sails a FREE public outreach eventLearn more about membership.

Alliance of National Heritage Areas at Capitol Hill
Photo of Congresswoman Tsongas and NPS Director Jarvis
Photo of Congressman
Tierney and Essex
Heritage Director Harris

Essex Heritage Director Annie Harris attended the annual meeting of the Alliance in DC. The evening reception at Capitol Hill was attended by members of the National Heritage Area Congressional Caucus - including Congressman John Tierney and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. The Director of the National Park Service, Jon Jarvis, spoke enthusiastically about the important role the heritage areas play in conserving large landscapes and providing recreation and educational benefits to their regions. Caucus chairmen Congressman Dent of Ohio and Congressman Tonko of NY announced they had refilled the bill to make the National Heritage Area Program a permanent part of the National Park Service.

Benefits of Local Historic Preservation Designation
There are many great benefits of a Local Historic Preservation designation. One of the strongest reasons to seek local historic district designation is to protect and preserve local resources, even while the community is changing. If you are working to inspire your friends, neighbors and community leaders to establish a Local Historic District, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has a few tips that might help. Learn more.

For the Birds Gala

The Board of Directors of the Peabody Institute Library Foundation are pleased to announce For the Birds, a gala to support the restoration of the John James Audubon's elephant folio collection Birds of America.


For the Birds will be held at the Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main Street, Peabody on April 5, 2013 at 6:30pm.


To learn more, visit peabodylibrary.org/forthebirds or read the press release (pdf).


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 Georgetown Bank, North Shore Bank and Newburyport Five Cent Savings Bank for renewing as Sustainer Circle members.


We would like to welcome new member Cummings Center in Beverly!


Your support is greatly appreciated!





In This Issue
Partnership Grant Program
Annual Spring Meeting
Along the Coastal Scenic Byway
Trails & Sails Update
ANHA at Capitol Hill
Historic Preservation Benefits
For the Birds Gala
Thanks to Corporate Members!

Essex Heritage Events & Featured Partner Events

Sunday, February 24, 1:00pm
Featured Partner Event
Essex County Greenbelt Presents: Wildlife Tracking at
 the Arthur Ewell Reservation

Join wildlife-tracking expert Bob Metcalf and learn about the wildlife corridors or animal highways that exist all around us.  Reservations Required. Learn more.

Sunday, March 24, 1:00pm
Featured Partner Event
Essex County Greenbelt Presents: Signs of Rebirth at the Willowdale Meadow
Look for signs of the natural world's rebirth as you tour the trails within Greenbelt's Willowdale Meadow, Bradley Palmer State Park, and the Willowdale Mill Reservation.
Reservations required. Learn more.

Wednesday, April 10
8:00am - 10:00am
Essex Heritage Annual Spring Meeting at Winnekenni Castle

Participate in this free, valuable morning of networking and engagement! Reservations required. Learn more.

Saturday, February 23, 2:00pm


Friday, February 15, 11:00am
Wednesday, February 20



Sunday, February 17, 3:00 pm

Symphony by the Sea performs Romance is in the Hall



Sunday February 24

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Tea Time at the Page House



February 18 - February 22 

February School Vacation Programs at Maritime Gloucester


Saturday, March 2

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Opening Reception for special exhibit: Cape Ann Artisans at 30



Fridays, March 1 & 8, 7:30pm
Saturdays, March 2 & 9, 
3:00pm & 7:30pm

Sundays, March 3 & 10, 3:00pm

The Community House Theater Presents: The Sound of Music!  



Thursday, February 21

10:00am - 1:00pm  

February 19 - February 21

10:00am - 2:00pm

Maple Sugaring Crew



Tuesday, March 5, 10:00am

Little Lynners Storytime



Tuesday, March 5, 7:00pm

Special screening of Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?


Wednesday, March 6

6:30pm - 8:00pm

As the Wind Turns: There is No Such Thing as Smooth Sailing-Mishaps and Mayhem on the High Seas



Wednesday, February 20

Doors open at 7:00pm
Winter Film Festival



Sunday, February 17, 4:00pm

New England String Quartet (NESQ) Performance


Wednesday, February 20


Wednesday Morning Birding


North Andover

Wednesday, February 20

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Adventures in Time Children's Workshop



Sundays, February 17,

March 3 & March 17

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Exhibit: From the Bustle to the Hustle: 150 Years of Women's History in Peabody



Saturday, February 23

2:00 - 7:30pm

Music 101 



February 11 - 17

Salem's So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival 


Thursday, February 21

6:30pm - 9:30pm

Hot Fusion: Explosive Global India


Wednesday, February 27

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series: Eelgrass in Salem Sound



Sunday, February 17

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Hike Breakheart Reservation: Saugus River (pdf)



February 19 - 22

February Vacation Adventure Days (for children grades K-5) 



Tuesday, February 19

1:00pm & 3:00pm


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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.