Friday, November 13, 2009

Essex Heritage Long Range Planning, Trustee Emeritus Meeting, Heritage Hero Location and Date Announced, Local Events and a Personal Note


Essex Heritage Long-Range Planning Process Continues

Earlier this week, under the capable direction of President Kevin Tierney and Immediate Past President Nancy Stager another long planning session was held in the Essex Heritage offices. As with all of the past sessions we had a wonderful representation from the members of the Commission’s Board of Trustees and as in the past we had a spirited discussion about the proper path or paths for the Commission in the future. It is clear that in the future we need to continue to build greater awareness and create continuing collaborative opportunities throughout the region we serve. It will also be important for the Commission to” speak” in a clear and articulate voice on issues of importance to the region in areas like quality of life, education, green issues, smart growth and regional alternative transportation issues. The relationship that has been built with the National Park Service over the last decade needs to be expanded, and Essex Heritage will work even closer with the Park Service to create collaborative programs in the region that benefit more of the residents of the region. Essex Heritage works cooperatively with dozens of partners throughout the region and in some cases plays a lead role to insure that a project is completed quickly, and in other cases works more cooperatively on longer range issues that when completed will have lasting, quantifiable benefits to the region. In either case the work being accomplished by Essex Heritage is always designed to provide support for the region as a whole. The long range plans that are currently being developed will enhance those efforts in the years ahead.

Essex Heritage Trustee Emeritus Meeting

Since its inception, the Essex Heritage Commission has been served by a wide range of Trustees many of whom served Essex Heritage for a maximum of three, multi year terms. When those terms were completed and individuals were then required to step down from the Board, it was decided to keep them involved in the work of Essex Heritage by naming them as Trustee Emeritus. This coming Tuesday at noon, we will be gathering these committed volunteers for a meeting to continue to lean on them and to gain from their knowledge and wisdom. This group of individuals has much to offer and is always will provide us with guidance and it will be pleasant to share a meeting with them to hear their opinions on the direction of Essex Heritage.

Essex Heritage Announces Date and Location of Heritage Hero Event

On May 20, 2010 at the recently opened Tupelo Music Hall on Salisbury Beach, Essex Heritage in conjunction with the National Park Service will present its 2010 Heritage Hero Awards to three wonderful awardees from the communities of Amesbury, Newburyport and Salisbury. The event will be a spectacular event in an equally spectacular venue. If by then you will not have had the opportunity to visit the recently opened Tupelo Music Hall and the accompanying Seaglass Restaurant on the beach in Salisbury. this will be an event that you can not miss. Watch this space and other communications for more detail.

Several Regional Events of Note Scheduled in North Andover and Danvers

The North Andover, and Andover Historical Societies in conjunction with the Essex Chamber Music Players and the North Parish Church in North Andover will hold a performance to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of poet Anne Bradstreet,. The event scheduled for this Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 2:00 pm will be held at the at the North Parish Church in North Andover. The event will feature a presentation by the Essex Chamber Music Players and readings of the poetry of Anne Bradstreet who spent most of her life in Andover and is widely believed to be the first North American poet. Tickets for the event are priced at $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door the day of the event. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Andover Bookstore or at either of the two sponsoring Historical Society websites.

The Danvers Historical Society is now taking reservations for their Annual Soiree at Glen Magna Farms on Friday December 4, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and for the Christmas Tea and Fashion Show scheduled for Glen Magna on Sunday December 6, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ticket prices range from $65.00 to $85.00 for the Soiree and $30 to $40 for the Tea depending on if one is a member of the society or not. Tickets are available now in advance at the Society headquarters on 11 Page Street in Danvers, but both events are usually sold out so one should act quickly to secure a reservation.

Closing Today with a Personal Note

Earlier in this weekly communication I noted that I had to make a change in my appearance at Brother’s Restaurant in Danvers due to a personal schedule conflict. Yesterday and today, my wife Marge and I paid our final respects at a wake and a funeral service to a very dear friend who passed away rather unexpectedly. We met Michael Sullivan of Hampton New Hampshire several years ago during our winter visit to Florida and continued the friendship until the present. Mike and I had much in common both medically and socially, and we enjoyed each others company during log discussions about Essex County and particularly the two High Schools where we attended and served well into our adult life. Mike served and loved Central Catholic High School in Lawrence with all of his heart and soul. He was a teacher, a coach, an administrator and the Athletic Director at Central Catholic and he reveled in that school’s successes and lamented at their defeats. The school he served for so long will miss him dearly as will we. Rest in Peace, Michael. We will miss you and I will never ever attend another event between Central Catholic in Lawrence and St John’s Prep in Danvers without fondly remembering you and your passion for high school sports.

As always we value your comments, questions and observations about the work of Essex Heritage. Please contact me with your thoughts at Thanks. Tom Leonard

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