August 2013  
RSVP for Essex Heritage's Annual Fall Meeting
Thursday, September 5, 2013


Essex Heritage's Annual Fall Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 5th, from 8am - 10am, at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester.


We invite you to participate in this free, valuable morning of networking and regional engagement! The agenda will include updates on Essex Heritage initiatives, introduction of new Commissioners and the presentation of Essex Heritage's Pioneers in Partnership Awards. Learn more and download a PIP Award Nomination Form.

Trails & Sails Trails & Sails Event Listing is LIVE!

The Trails & Sails website is now LIVE online! Check out all 150+ unique historic, cultural and outdoor events that have been scheduled for this year's Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water, September 20-22 & September 27-29, 2013! Log in to take advantage of all online features, search events, bookmark your favorites, plot your course and take the Trails & Sails Participant Challenge!

Trails & Sails Participant Challenge

We are pleased to announce that REI has stepped up, once again, to sponsor a Trails & Sails participant challenge! Our Trails & Sails Challenge to YOU: Explore more! Visit as many unique events as possible over the two Trails & Sails weekends in order to be entered to win an REI In-Camp 4 person tent. Ready to accept? Learn more and sign in.


Looking for a printed guide to Trails & Sails? 

After September 2, there are three ways to get your hands on a printed guide: 

Trails & Sails 2013 is generously sponsored by:
With Thanks to Eastern Bank:
Presenting Sponsor of Trails & Sails 2013
Eastern Bank is a long term partner of hundreds of local organizations that improve the quality of life within communities across eastern Massachusetts. Eastern Bank has partnered with Essex Heritage since the very beginning of our Heritage Area and this year serves as a presenting sponsor of the 12th annual Trails & Sails. Essex Heritage works tirelessly to coordinate these two weekends of free events to showcase the best of the heritage area and promote the quality of life across Essex County. With Eastern Bank's continued support we are able to keep Trails & Sails a FREE public outreach celebration. Thank you!
Along the Essex Coastal
Scenic Byway

Welcome Salisbury!

Salisbury recently became the 14th coastal community to host the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. Essex Heritage and byway consultants Brown Walker Planners, Inc. worked with a local advisory group to create an addendum to the 2011 corridor management plan which will help guide Salisbury's participation in the coastal byway's ongoing development.


Tour d'Elegance a Success

On Saturday, July 27 over 75 classic cars participated in an inaugural tour of the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway from the Newburyport waterfront to Endicott College in Beverly as part of the 4th Annual Misselwood Concours d'Elegance. See Photos.


Pioneer Village to Stay Open

The City of Salem recently assumed responsibility for operating Salem Pioneer Village, a 5-acre living history site built in 1930 to interpret Salem during the period of its early settlement in the 1630s. Read More.

2013 Essex Heritage 
Hero Award Dinner
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Last call to purchase a Sponsorship Package or Program Ad for the 2013 Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner. Please join us in honoring the Mrs. Joanne Holbrook Patton & The Patton Family for their legacy of service to our region, our heritage, our country and our military. We welcome your interest in all sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available for purchase online.
Essex Heritage is grateful to the regional and local businesses that have made an early commitment to the Heritage Hero Event through sponsorship and program ad patronage. We thank Eastern Bank for their Banner Sponsorship contribution; Institution for Savings for their Major Sponsorship contribution; Salem Five for their Lead Sponsorship contribution; A.P. Gardner Post 194 American Legion, Beverly Cooperative Bank, First Ipswich Bank, Gordon College, Hawthorne Hotel and North Shore Community College for Table Sponsorship contributions; and East Boston Savings Bank, Haverhill Bank, Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank, Saugusbank, The Provident Bank and YMCA of the North Shore for Landmark Sponsorship contributions.
Salem at SEA Exhibit

Salem at SEA Program Exhibit Highlights Work of English Language Learning High School Students

Culminating a month-long summer enrichment program, 40 Salem high school English Language Learning (ELL) students unveiled a self-curated art exhibit at the National Park Service Visitor Center in Salem on August 1. Documenting their experiences through photography and writing, the students created a six-panel display to educate the public about work in Salem's past, present, and future. 
Read on...
Caribbean Connection Youth Become Crew on Fame

As an extension of the "Making the Caribbean Connection" program tying youth to local heritage, middle school-aged children in Salem served as crew aboard the Schooner Fame during a week-long summer camp.  This experience, made possible with National Park Foundation funding secured by Salem Maritime National Historic Site, allowed English Language Learners to explore basic seamanship and navigation with Fame Captain Mike Rutstein and two youth leaders. 

Read on...

Park for Every Classroom Summer Workshop Concludes

Teachers Experience Place Based Learning at Professional Development Workshop

For the second year in a row, Essex Heritage collaborated with Salem Maritime National Historic Site to plan and facilitate a very successful teacher professional development four-day workshop that introduced Essex County educators to a Place-Based, Service-Learning (PBSL) pedagogy.  Teacher participants ranged from pre-school to high school levels and came from eight different local districts.  Evaluations completed by teacher participants showed overwhelmingly positive ratings, and all teachers plan to implement projects using local resources with their students based on their experiences at the workshop. Read on...

Partnership Grant Spotlight


Andover Historical Society

Weaving together the threads of fashion, industry, clothing construction and local history, "Behind the Seams Exhibition: Stories of Clothing, 1790-1920" draws from the historical society's 3,400-piece costume collection to present stories about social customs, economics, and style preferences in Andover and beyond. Read More.

Arts, Culture and Tourism Listening Session


A public hearing to gather input on ways to strengthen the arts, culture, and tourism in Massachusetts will take place on Monday, September 9 at 11:00am at Winnekenni Castle in Haverhill. Hosted by State Senator Kathleen O'Connor Ives and State Representative Cory Atkins, co-chairs of the state legislature's Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development, the hearing is one of several being held across the Commonwealth. For more information contact Maria Syrniotis of Senator O'Connor Ives' office.

Statewide Historic 
Preservation Conference


The 2013 Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference is scheduled for Friday, October 18th in Lexington. Sessions, roundtables and case studies will focus on current issues, best practices, preservation fundamentals and advanced topics. Visit the resource room and network with fellow preservationists and professionals throughout the day. To learn more, go to

In This Issue
RSVP for Fall Meeting
Trails & Sails 2013
Along the Coastal Byway
2013 Essex Heritage Hero
Salem At SEA
Caribbean Connection Crew
Park for Every Classroom
Partnership Grant Spotlight
Arts, Culture & Tourism Listening Session
Historic Preservation Conference
Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events

Wednesday, August 21, 7pm

The House of the Seven Gables Presents:  Hank Phillipi Ryan
How does an Emmy winning reporter become a best-selling author of fast-paced murder mysteries? Hank will share how she went from a reporter at Rolling Stone Magazine to the US Senate and then to under-cover investigations for NBC to following her dreams. Essex Heritage and Gables Members $10; Non-Members $15. Reservations Recommended.  Learn more.

Thursday, September 5
8am - 10am
Essex Heritage Fall Meeting
Essex Heritage's Annual Fall Meeting will be held at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester. We invite you to participate in this free, valuable morning of networking and regional engagement. The agenda will include updates on Essex Heritage initiatives, introduction of new Commissioners and the presentation of Essex Heritage's Pioneers in Partnership Awards. Free. 

September 20-22 & 27-29
Trails &  Sails: Trails & Sails
Two Weekends of Walks & Water
Explore Essex County's historic, cultural and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events during Trails & Sails! Enjoy a variety of guided tours, open house visits, hikes, walks, paddles, and other special experiences for all ages, skill levels and interests. 

Wednesday, October 16
Essex Heritage Hero Award
Join us as we honor Mrs. Joanne Holbrook Patton and the Patton family for their legacy of service and commitment to the Essex National Heritage Area, our state and our military. Tickets are on sale now. Learn More.
Regional Happenings
Saturdays, thru October 6

Sunday, August 11
2pm - 4:30pm

Saturdays, thru Oct. 5
10am - 2pm

Andover Farmers' Market 


August 1 - 31  

Various Dates, Times, Events

Harold Parker State Forest August Calendar (pdf)
Sunday, September 8
1pm - 3pm

Al French Loop History Hike



Mondays, 3pm - 7pm

Friday, August 9, 7pm - 9pm

Saturday, August 17
9am - 9pm

Saturdays, August 3, 17 & 31
Saturday, August 24

August 30 - September 1

Thursday, August 22
5pm - 9pm
Farm to Table Harvest Dinner


Saturdays, thru Oct. 26

9am - 1pm

Haverhill Farmers' Market



Tuesdays, thru August 20 

Down Town Tuesdays Community Event Series


Monday, August 19

3pm - 5pm

Art in August Workshop



Saturdays, thru October 26

9am - 3pm

Lawrence Farmers' Market


August 1 - 31 

Various Dates, Times, Events

Lawrence Heritage State Park August Calendar (pdf)



Thursdays, thru August 22

6pm - 8pm

Lynn-Nahant Beach Summer Concert Series


Saturday, August 17

7pm - 10pm

Arts After Hours: Backyard Bash



Saturdays, thru Nov. 23

9am - 12pm

Marblehead Farmers' Market 


August 10 - 11

Marblehead Maritime Festival


Wednesday, August 14


Wednesdays, thru August 28


Methuen Memorial Music Hall Organ Recital Series  



Saturday August 24, 8pm

Ellingwood Chapel Concert Series



Saturday, August 10

9am - 4pm

Fiber Revival



August 1- 31 

Various Dates, Times, Events

Maudslay State Park August Calendar (pdf)


July - September

Maudslay Art Center Summer Concert Series



August 14 - 18

Rockport Jazz Festival


August 1- 31 

Various Dates, Times, Events

Halibut Point State Park August Calendar (pdf)  



Thursdays, thru October 24

3pm - 7pm

Salem Farmers Market


Saturday, August 24

8th Annual Swim & Fin



Saturday, August 10

11am - 1pm

Breakheart Reservation: Advanced Hike



Saturday, August 10

Family Campout: Summer Owl Prowl



Saturday, August 24

10am - 4pm

Wenham Museum's 41st Annual Family Festival and Craft Fair 

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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.