September 2013  
Essex Heritage
Hero Award Dinner
Location Changed!
Due to the overwhelming response, the Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner is moving to the Danversport Yacht Club on October 16, 2013. Everyone is saying "YES"!

We are surprised and delighted that the number of friends and supporters who want to join Essex Heritage in celebrating Joanne Holbrook Patton and the Patton Family has greatly exceeded our expectations. While we are sorry to give up the lovely Willowdale Estate, this facility cannot accommodate our growing numbers.
So, please Join Us on Wednesday, October 16 at the Danversport Yacht Club, starting at 5:30pm.

Tickets are available for purchase online and you still have time to become a sponsor or buy a congratulatory ad.


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 ads. We offer great thanks to Banner Sponsor Eastern BankMajor Sponsors Green Meadows Farm and Institution for SavingsLead Sponsors Beverly Rotary, C.P Berry HomesIpswich Shellfish Fish Market & Chrissi's Cafe and Salem FiveTable Sponsors A.P. Gardner Post 194 American LegionBeverly Cooperative Bank, Boston Private BankEssex Agricultural Society/Topsfield FairFirst Ipswich BankGordon College, Hawthorne Hotel, North Shore Community CollegeNorth Shore Bank and People's United BankLandmark Sponsors The 1911 Trust Company, East Boston Savings Bank, Haverhill BankHenry's of BeverlyLahey Health, Lowell Five Cent Savings BankNewburyport Five Cents Savings BankNortheast Arc, Saugusbank, The Provident BankWenham Museum, and YMCA of the North ShoreThank you all!

One Week 'Til Trails & Sails!
Trails & Sails
Get ready to experience the very best of our region - for free!


Interested in tasting wine made in Topsfield? Seeing some of the oldest Tiffany glass windows in the world - in Lynn?  How about visiting where gunpowder was stored during the Civil War in Newburyport, or going rock climbing in Lawrence? No matter what your interest, you can find something to learn, explore and enjoy during Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water, September 20-22 and 27-29.


For Trails & Sails 2013, Essex Heritage has partnered with a diverse network of local sites to offer two spectacular weekends of 150+ free events. Participate in a variety of walks, guided hikes, paddles, historical tours, lectures and other adventures.  


Our Trails & Sails Challenge to YOU: Explore more!
Take the Participant Challenge to win an REI In-Camp 4 person tent. Ready to accept? Learn more and sign in.


Trails & Sails 2013 is generously sponsored by:
Along the Essex Coastal
Scenic Byway
Trails & Sails Features Byway Sites 
A significant number of this year's Trails & Sails events occur in byway communities, making the byway your gateway to fun and adventure. Look for the byway logo at as you make plans.
Essex Heritage Supports Community
Tourism Initiatives
For the past few months, Essex Heritage staff have served on two committees advancing local cultural tourism projects: Ipswich Way Finding Task Force and Newburyport Cultural District Committee, which recently submitted an application for state designation. Read More.

Essex Eyes Byway Enhancement Project
Utilizing a recently awarded state grant, the Town of Essex will study improvements to the town landing, which is located on the byway adjacent to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. Read More.
Give It A Shot! Photo Contest Deadline Coming Up
Submit by: October 1, 2013
2012 Grand Prize: Schooner Ardelle By Arlene Taliadoros
Give it a shot! All photographers are invited to submit images into the 2013 Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest to win some amazing prizes. Photographs must be taken within the Heritage Area and represent one of this year's three contest categories: "Images of the Essex National Heritage Area", "People & Places" or "Exploring the Scenic Byway." 

Shoot, Enter, Win! Sponsored by Essex Heritage, Hunt's Photo & Video and the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, the 2013 Photo Contest will award 10-13 prizes to photographers.
Submissions are due (or postmarked) by October 1, 2013. Learn more and grab your entry form.
Partnership Grant Spotlight

Ipswich River Watershed Association
With the goal of introducing audiences to recreational paddling as well as the watershed's remarkable natural and cultural resources, the association produced an updated Ipswich River Paddling Guide and Map. The river is widely recognized as one of the premier canoeing and kayaking destinations in the state and is one of the most utilized recreational resources in Essex County.
Annual Fall Meeting News
Incoming President Jack Good (L) & Past President Richard Yagjian (R)
Essex Heritage welcomed a record 140 business and community leaders from around Essex County to its Annual Fall Meeting on Thursday, September 5. The meeting was hosted by Gloucester's Cape Ann Museum. The business portion of the session focused on the importance of sustaining the region through youth engagement, partnership projects and regional support. In addition, new members were elected and the recipients of the 2013 Pioneer in Partnership Awards were announced. Read on.
Say Cheese (Cave)! 
A Historic Farm Seeks to Build A Cheese Cave
for Essex County

Valley View Farm is the only working dairy in Topsfield, and one of the only goat cheese producers in Essex County. A family farm with kids, human and goat - the Mulhollands have produced delicious handcrafted farmstead goat milk and artisanal cow milk cheeses since 1998. And now, they are building an old-world cave into the farm's hillside that will allow them to enhance their cheese offerings, craft aged artisanal cheese, grow their farm and expand their community outreach efforts. A Kickstarter fundraising campaign has been launched to help them complete the cheese cave to authentically age cheese for Essex County. Learn more. Check out the cheese cave construction photos.

Call For Partners: Decorated Evergreen Scavenger Hunt
Cape Ann Museum decorated Evergreen at Seine Field
Essex County Greenbelt is seeking partners to participate in the 2nd Annual Decorated Evergreen Scavenger Hunt. Last December's first self-guided scavenger hunt for decorated evergreen trees on Greenbelt and other protected land was a big hit. Are you interested in helping out this year? Greenbelt is reaching out once again to groups and individuals to help select and decorate an evergreen on one of its properties or other conservation land in your community. Working together with Greenbelt, your organization will provide clues that will help people locate the tree and register their success with photos. If you, or a group would like to participate, contact 978-768-7241, ext. 13 or email
Read About the Region

Lighthouses and Lifesaving Stations on Cape Ann by local author Paul St. Germain, boasts more than 200 historic images highlighting the maritime history, heroism and dedication of the lighthouse keepers and lifesaving surfmen who served. A Rockport resident for 18 years with a view of both Thacher and Straitsmouth Islands from his home, St. Germain worked with the Cape Ann Museum, the Sandy Bay Historical Society archives, U.S. Coast Guard Historian and other private collections to put together a most revealing record and a fascinating history through vintage photographs of the lighthouses and life saving stations around Cape Ann. Learn more or purchase a copy of this book at

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
Heritage Hero Award Dinner
Trails & Sails 2013
Along the Coastal Byway
Give It A Shot! Photo Contest
Partnership Grant Spotlight
Fall Meeting Updates
Say Cheese (Cave)!
Call For Partners
Read About the Region
Historic Preservation Conference
Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events
September 20-22 & 27-29
Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water
Explore Essex County's historic, cultural and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE, fun, family friendly events during Trails & Sails.

Tuesdays, 7:30pm
September 17 & 24 and
October 1, 8 & 15
Learn from experts how climate change is affecting our New England region, what is being done about it, and how you can help. "Climate Change in New England" is a free, 5-part lecture series featuring a different topic and speaker each Tuesday. FreeLearn more.
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.
Heritage Happenings
Regional Happenings
Saturdays, thru October 6

September - October

Various Dates, Times, Events

COASTSWEEP - The Annual Statewide Beach Cleanup



Saturday, September 21

6:30 - 8:30pm

Celebrating Whittier

Saturdays, thru October 5
10am - 2pm

Andover Farmers' Market


September 1- 30

Various Dates, Times, Events

Harold Parker State Forest September Calendar (pdf)


Friday, September 20

7:30 - 9pm

Behind the Seams: Catalog Debut & Reception



Mondays, 3 - 7pm

Sunday, October 6, 11am

Explore the Privateer Trail

(part 2)

Friday, October 18, 7 - 9pm


September 13 - 15

Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions of Austria at Cogswell's Grant


Sunday, September 15

2 - 4pm

Essex Graveyard History Tour



September 19, 6pm

The Show that Shook the World


Mondays & Thursdays, 10am

The Music Man


Saturday, September 21

5 - 9pm

Farm to Table Harvest Dinner


Saturdays, thru Oct. 26

9am - 1pm

Haverhill Farmers' Market


Sunday September 15

2 - 4pm

Ladies in Jazz Concert


Saturday, September 28

6 - 8pm

Haverhill Firefighting Museum's 7th Annual Chili Cook-off



Wednesday, September 25

3 - 5pm

Lantern Workshop


Saturday, September 28

6:30 - 9:30pm

Ipswich Illuminated



Saturdays, thru October 26

9am - 3pm

Lawrence Farmers' Market



Fridays, 1 - 2pm

Yoga at the Lynn Museum





Saturday, Septermber 21, 8pm

Ellingwood Chapel Concert Series


Saturday, October 5

10am - 3pm

MSC Annual Open House



September 28 & 29

American Music and

Harvest Festival



September 1- 30

Various Dates, Times, Events

Maudslay State Park September Calendar (pdf)


Sunday, September 22

10am - 3pm

Seacoast Carnival 


North Andover

Saturday, September 14

10am - 3pm

Type/Letterpress Sale


Monday, September 16

9:30am - 3pm

Preservation Round Table: The Fountain & Gardens of Fletcher Steele


October 10-13

Calligraphy & Stonecutting Workshop



September 1- 30

Various Dates, Times, Events

Halibut Point State Park September Calendar (pdf)


Sunday, September 29

3pm & 7pm;

Monday, September 30, 2pm

Saturday, October 5, 7pm

Manhattan Short Film Festival



Thursdays, thru October 24

3 - 7pm

Salem Farmers Market


Thursday, September 26

6:30 - 9:30pm 

80 Days: A Steampunk Celebration



September 1- 30

Various Dates, Times, Events

Breakheart Reservation September Calendar (pdf)



Saturday, September 28, 1pm

Capturing the Colors of Fall



Saturday, October 19

11am - 4pm

6th Annual Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour

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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.