May 2013 
2013 Essex Heritage 
Hero Award Dinner
Please join as a sponsor of the 2013 Essex Heritage Hero Awards dinner honoring
Mrs. Joanne Holbrook Patton
 & The Patton Family
Wednesday, October 16, 5:30pm
Willowdale Estate, Topsfield  
A special thanks to Eastern Bank for joining as a Banner Sponsor!
For sponsorship opportunities read more (pdf)! 
Photo Safaris Start Soon!

Experience inspiration through
your lens - attend an Essex National Heritage Area Photo Safari!

This year, Photo Safari p
articipants will explore Essex at Cogswell's Grant with Olympus and the Cox Reservation with Tamron! Photographers of all levels are invited to capture these unique and stunning Essex National Heritage Area landscapes and historic sites using the latest camera gear from Olympus or Tamron, provided by Hunts Photo & Video, with guidance from Hunt's technical experts and visiting professional photographers! 
Check out the 2013 Photo Safari schedule and register to attend.
Along the Essex 
Coastal Scenic Byway

Historic Beverly Garden Restoration

Volunteers are helping to restore the Beverly Historical Society's venerable Cabot House garden. Read more.


Support Sought for Ipswich Play at Smithsonian

"Within These Walls,"a living history play set in Ipswich will have the rare honor of being performed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. on August 3rd. Donations are needed so the theatrical production, which tells the story of one house, five families and two hundred years of history, can be staged in front of the original First Period house that inspired the work and is now the museum's largest single artifact. Read more.


Byway Book at Lynn Museum Meeting on May 15 

Joel Brown will discuss his new book, "Essex Coastal Byway Guide", at the Lynn Museum's annual meeting on Wednesday, May 15. Read more.

Trail News & Events

Salisbury Rail Trail Connector Dedication
Friday, May 17, 2:00pm
You are cordially invited to celebrate completion of the Salisbury Rail Trail Connector with state and local officials and the Salisbury Rail Trail Committee. Location: Rt. 1/Gillis Bridge adjacent to Strippers Restaurant, 175 Bridge Road, Salisbury.
Old Eastern Marsh Trail
Salisbury Art Stroll 
Saturday, May 18
10am - 4:00pm
Join the artists, crafters, sculptors and plein air painters celebrating the new Salisbury Rail Trail Connector and Old Eastern Marsh Trail. Multi-panel mural unveiling and dedication at Noon under the Rt.1/Gillis Bridge at Friedenfels Road in Salisbury. Learn more.

Discover Hamilton Trail Walk
Saturday, May 18, 9am - 2pm
Join the Essex County Trail Association for the grand re-opening celebration and walk of the Discover Hamilton Trail. Created by ECTA in the 1990s as an 8-mile loop, the trail highlights significant open spaces and natural features of Hamilton. Meet at Patton Park in South Hamilton. Learn more and register.

Bikeable Communities Workshop
Thursday, May 30, 9am - 12pm
Focusing on policy, programmatic and infrastructure solutions to common biking barriers, attendees will gain a deeper knowledge of safety research, infrastructure innovations, Complete Streets policies and transit/parking policies. Sponsored by MassBike and the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission. Location: North Andover Town Hall, 120 Main Street. Learn more and register.
New Essex Heritage
Website Unveiled

Essex Heritage launched the redesign of our website,, to provide visitors, members and partner organizations with even more relevant and easy-to-find information on the historic, cultural and natural resources in Essex County, MA.
"Our website has always been an important way for us to share information about the resources in Essex County with residents and visitors alike," said Annie C. Harris, CEO of Essex Heritage. "The redesigned website has a new look and improved functionality to ensure an easier and more engaging experience for users."  Please visit us today!

National Park System 
Advisory Board Report
In 2016, the National Park Service will be 100 years old. The approaching centennial presents a wonderful opportunity not only to celebrate the agency's important work but it is also the perfect time to think about its future. NPS Director Jon Jarvis charged the National Park Service Advisory Board with enlisting the assistance of a distinguished group of 100 outside experts to think creatively about the future and how the Park Service can connect with all Americans. A summary of their ideas and recommendations can be found at "Engaging Independent Perspectives for a 21st Century National Park Service."Download the Full Report (pdf).
The summary is comprised of 10 separate tasks. For information on the value of the National Heritage Areas to NPS currently and into the future go to Plan for a Future National Park System at Task 1 Summary (pdf), and for information on Essex Heritage see appendix D - Large Landscape Conservation Case Studies (pdf)and Appendix E - Notes on New Models for the National Park System (pdf)


Special Thanks to Our Corporate Members


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


Thank you to Crosby's Market for renewing as a Sustainer Circle member!


A warm welcome to People's United for joining as a Benefactor Circle Member and to Thacher Island Associationfor joining as a Supporter Circle member.


Your support is greatly appreciated!






In This Issue
2013 Essex Heritage Hero
Photo Safaris Start Soon
Along the Coastal Byway
Trails News & Events
New Essex Heritage Website
NPS Advisory Board Update
Thanks to Corporate Members!
Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events
Wednesday, May 15, 7:00pm
The House of the Seven Gables Presents: 
"Paranormal Salem"
Join Kimberly Bizjak for an evening to explore the paranormal side of Salem's history. Reservations recommended. Essex Heritage and Gables Members $10; Non-Members $15. Learn more.

Saturday, May 18, 8:00am
Photo Safari featuring Olympus at Cogswell's Grant
Join us at Cogswell's Grant, a 165-acre coastal farm, to photograph the pristine marshland, rolling hayfields, and beautiful views of the Essex River stretching to the sea. Reservations required. Essex Heritage & Historic New England Members $35; Non-Members $45. Learn more.

Saturday, May 18, 9:00am
Essex County Trail Association Presents: Discover Hamilton Trail Walk
Join the grand re-opening celebration and trail walk for the Discover Hamilton Trail! Reservations Required. Learn more.

Saturday, June 1, 9:00am
Photo Safari featuring Tamron at the Cox Reservation
Capture magnificent views of the Great Marsh, Essex River, the back of Crane Beach, Castle Hill and Choate Island from the Cox Reservation! Reservations required. Essex Heritage & Greenbelt Members $35; Non-Members $45. Learn more.

Friday - Sunday, June 14 - 16
Essex County Greenbelt Presents: Art in the Barn at The Cox Reservation
Art transforms the Cox Reservation barns and grounds into an exciting weekend-long art exhibition and sale. Learn more.



Wednesday, May 15, 6pm

Friends of the Addison Event: Spotlight on Education


Saturday, June 1, 10am - 4pm

Gates & Gables House Tours



Saturday, May 11, 10am



Thursday, May 16, 7pm

Salute to Our Vietnam Veterans



Wednesdays through June 5 

3:30pm - 5pm

Art in the Shipyard


Saturday, May 25, 9am - 5pm
Artists' Plein Air Day





Sunday, May 19, 2pm

Essex Chamber Music Players present "Streets of New York"



Saturdays thru October, 10am

Historic Ipswich Walking Tours


Wednesday, May 15, 7:30pm

Art in the Landscape: Three Major Sculptors at Castle Hill



Saturday,  June 8

11am - 3pm

Lawrence Kite Festival



Wednesday, May 15, 6pm

Lynn Museum Annual Meeting



Thursday, May 9, 7:30pm

Massachusetts Women in the Civil War Lecture


Saturday, May 11

10am - 5pm

Marblehead Art Walk 



Tuesday, May 21, 7pm

Summer Cinema by the Sea -Dawn of the Oceans


Thursday, May 9, 6:30pm

Tales and Ales



May 8 - 12

Newburyport Preservation Week


Monday, May 27, 2pm

Footsteps of Heroes: Civil War Walking Tour of Newburyport


Saturday, June 15

10am - 4pm

Tablet Day Centenary - Remembering our Civil War Veterans


North Andover

Sunday, May 19, 10am - 3pm
Sheep Shearing Open House at North Andover Historical Society


Saturday, June 1, 6pm
Essex Art Center 15th Annual New Paint Auction 



Saturday, May 18

Motif No. 1 Day


Tuesday, June 11, 7pm

Community Concert: The Next Generation 



Saturday, June 1, 1pm - 3pm

Phillips House Ice Cream Social

June 7 - 9

Salem Arts Festival



Friday, May 24, 7am - 3pm

Birdwatcher's Getaway: Local Gems of Essex County


Sunday, June 2, 10am - 4pm

Audubon Nature Festival



Thursday, May 21

3:30pm - 5pm

Alice in Wonderland Tea

Regional Happenings
June 2 - October 6
State Wide Happenings
May 11 - 19
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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.