June 2013  
Trails & Sails
Trails & Sails Update

Event Submission Deadline: June 20th!


Do you want to bring new visitors to your site or build public awareness and audience for your cause, mission and organization? Then host a free, fun Trails & Sails event to give residents and visitors the chance to connect and experience your special place! 


The Trails & Sails event submission website is back online and there is still time to plan and submit your event, or become a Trails & Sails event host! The event submission deadline for the printed guide is June 20th. Essex Heritage plans to print and distribute ~5,000 guides, so don't wait! Email or call us at 978-740-0444 to get involved!
Trails & Sails 2013 is generously sponsored by:
2013 Essex Heritage 
Hero Award Dinner


Essex Heritage and the National Park Service will be pleased to honor Mrs. Joanne Holbrook Patton & The Patton Family at the sixth annual Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner on Wednesday, October 16, 2013!


The Heritage Hero Award was established to recognize the special contributions of individuals whose passions 

embody the mission of Essex Heritage - to protect and preserve the region's rich historic, cultural and natural resources - for the benefit of all who live, work and visit the area.


There is no other family on the North Shore that exemplifies the spirit of giving more than the Patton Family. They have spent their lifetime honoring our region, this country, our heritage and our military. Learn more about each of the 2013 Heritage Hero Honorees.


Please join as a sponsor of the 2013 Essex Heritage Hero Awards dinner honoring the Patton Family! Proceeds from the event (ticket sales/sponsorship) will benefit Essex Heritage programs which support cultural resources in all 34 cities and towns across Essex County. We welcome your interest in all available ad and sponsorship opportunities (pdf).

A special thanks to Eastern Bank for joining as a Banner Sponsor, to Salem Five for joining as a Lead Sponsor, and to The Provident Bank for joining as a Landmark Sponsor!
Along the Essex 
Coastal Scenic Byway

Heritage Area Visitor Centers Open

Stop by an Essex Heritage-affiliated visitor center to get the inside scoop on things to see and do locally. Locate the centers by using the byway webpage search feature (check Visitor Centers).


Coastal Guide to the North Shore

Developed by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), this online guide provides information on publicly accessible sites ranging from expansive beaches with parking and concession stands to more out-of-the-way areas with scenic vistas.


Live Streaming Cameras - Essex and Newburyport

Check out these live cams to see what's happening in an osprey's nest (Essex) and in downtown Newburyport.

On the Trail


New Border to Boston Trail Map

Use the new Border to Boston Trail map to explore the rail trail in Salisbury, Newburyport, Topsfield, Wenham, Danvers and Peabody. Essex Heritage has provided technical support to a coalition of communities seeking to expedite development of the 28-mile trail linking nine communities.


Bikeable Communities Guide

Essex Heritage staff recently attended a bikeable communities training session presented by the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, which produced the guide entitled "Shifting Gears: An Introduction to Better Bicycling for Your Community." Get the guide!


Cape Ann Trail Group Launched

A new nonprofit organization, Cape Ann Trail Stewards (CATs), has been founded by citizens of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester and Essex to help landowners and conservation organizations protect, maintain and expand Cape Ann's trail networks. Learn More.

2013 Salem Maritime Festival
Saturday, August 3, 12pm - 4pm


This year Salem Maritime National Historic Site is celebrating two historic anniversaries!  It is the 75th Anniversary of the establishment of Salem Maritime National Historic Site - America's first national historic site - and the 25th Anniversary of the Salem Maritime Festival.


Celebrate Four Centuries of 

Salem's Maritime Heritage

The 2013 Salem Maritime Festival will be held on Saturday, August 3rd, from 12pm - 4pm! Join us to enjoy lots of free, family fun activities and music throughout the park and on Derby Wharf.


Stay tuned! The full schedule of programs, activities, demonstrators and events for 2013 will be posted on the Salem Maritime's website.

Park for Every Classroom Teacher Workshop

July 15 - 18, 2013


There is sill time to register for a Park for Every Classroom -  a free professional development program for K-12 educators of all disciplines at Salem Maritime National Historic Site this summer! 


Working with experts from the National Park Service, Salem State University, Salem Sound Coastwatch, KIDS Consortium, Essex National Heritage Commission and other exemplary teachers from the field, teachers will learn how to use our schoolyards, communities, public lands, and other special places as resources to engage students in place-based, service-learning projects that promote stewardship. Learn more and register.

Youth Jobs Program Update


We are pleased that our Future Leaders program for 2013 is underway! This summer 24 youths will be employed by Essex Heritage to work at Salem and Saugus Iron Works National Historic sites. Learn more about the Youth Jobs Program. Check out our photo album from last summer.

Essex Heritage Staff Update
Essex Heritage would like to express a fond farewell and many thanks to Deb Payson, former Essex Heritage Director of Development and Communications. Deb's tenure at Essex Heritage began in 2011, and we are grateful for her hard work and commitment. We wish her continued success and look forward to connecting with her in her new position as the Executive Director of the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce! 
Help The Great Marsh
The Great Marsh, one of the region's most iconic natural features is being attacked by Phragmites, an highly invasive reed that has damaged hundreds of acres in this ecologically important salt marsh system. A Kickstarter fundraising campaign has been launched to support production of a series of educational videos. Learn More.
Partnership Grant Spotlight

The Danvers Alarm List Company, the nonprofit steward of the Rebecca Nurse Homestead, recently celebrated the opening of a new permanent exhibit featuring some of the 5,000 artifacts unearthed on the grounds by archaeology field school participants. The artifacts, such as stone points, glassware, buttons, buckles, medicine bottles, nails, ceramics and smoking pipes, will help visitors learn about to the everyday lives of those who inhabited the area from the pre-historic Native American era through the early 20th century.

In This Issue
Trails & Sails Update
2013 Essex Heritage Hero
Along the Coastal Byway
On the Trail
2013 Salem Maritime Festival
Park for Every Classroom
Youth Jobs Update
Essex Heritage Staff Update
Help The Great Marsh
Partnership Grant Spotlight
Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events
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, June 19
The House of the Seven Gables Presents: Author
Giles LaRoche

Salem's noted children's author and illustrator will delight the audience (young and old) with a demo of his art form, discussion and reading of his latest book "If You Lived Here - Houses of the World." Reservations recommended. Essex Heritage and Gables Members $10; Non-Members $15. Learn more.

Wednesday, July 10, 6:30pm
Essex County Greenbelt Presents: "John Muir in the New World"

The first film in Greenbelt's Summer Film Series delves into John Muir's life and influences explaining his impact then and now.

Bring a picnic, and stroll the scenic grounds of the Cox Reservation before the movies begin in the Studio Barn. Free. Learn more.

June 27 -  June 30


Saturdays, June 29 - Oct. 5
10am - 2pm

Saturday, June 15

10am - 4pm

Arts Fest Beverly

Wednesday, June 19, 7pm
Tales from the Vault

July 27 - 28

June 15 - July 5


Saturday, June 22

Essex River Day



Saturday, June 15, 3pm - 5pm

Opening Reception: Four Winds, the Arts and Letters of Rocky Neck in the 1950's


Monday, June 17, 6pm - 8pm

Essex Schooner Challenge Match

June 26 - July 30



Saturday, June 22, 9am

Chebacco Woods Trail Walk



Sunday, June 16, 2pm

Winnekenni Castle's Free Father's Day Concert


Saturdays, June 29 - Oct. 26

9am - 1pm

Haverhill Farmers' Market



Saturday, June 29, 2pm - 5pm

1st Annual Heard Cup Homebrew Competition


June 1- 30

Various Dates, Times, Events

Sandy Point State Reservation 2013 June calendar (pdf)


Saturdays thru October, 10am

Historic Ipswich Walking Tours



Thursday, June 20, 5:30pm

Eartha Dengler History Award 



Thursday, June 27

6pm - 8pm

Sip and Paint


Saturdays, June 15 - Nov. 23

9am - 12pm

Marblehead Farmers' Market


Wednesday, June 19

7pm - 8:30pm
Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series: "Lobsters Vs. Cod"



Saturday, June 15

8:30am - 12:30pm

Paddle the Ipswich River in Middleton



Tuesday, June 18, 7pm

Beneath the Waves - Mini Film Festival


Thursday, July 13, 8pm

Ellingwood Chapel Concert Series presents: The Arcadian Woodwind Quintet (Wagner and Verdi)


Saturday, June 15

11am - 3pm

Father's Day Weekend Vintage Base Ball Triple-Header



Sundays, 9 & 30

2pm - 3pm and 5pm -6pm

Follow the Flower Flow (pdf)


Saturday, June 15

10am - 4pm

Tablet Day Centenary - Remembering our Civil War Veterans


June 16, 19, 23, 26

8pm - 9pm

Firefly Foray (pdf)


North Andover

Sunday, June 16, 10am - 4pm

Printing Arts Fair



Sunday, June 30, 12pm - 3pm

Opening Reception for Downton Abbey Style and Poetry on Canvas II



June 7 - July 14

Rockport Chamber Music Festival


Saturday, June 15, 10am
Community Concert:
Strings 'n Things: Musicians of Manchester Music Festival



June 1-June 29

Salem Pride Festival


Thursdays, June 13 - Oct. 24

3pm - 7pm

Salem Farmers Market


Tuesdays, June 25 -July 30

7pm - 9pm

Tuesday Evening Concerts at the Willows 



June 29 - 30

7th Annual Sand & Sea Festival



Saturday, June 29

10am - 3pm

Wenham Museum's 2nd Annual Faery Festival


Regional Happenings

June 2 - October 6
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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.