Friday, August 12, 2011

EsSEX HAPPENINGS August 12 2011

Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Spotlight

Ipswich Kids Dig It!

This past spring the Ipswich Museum used an Essex Heritage Partnership Grant to fund development of Dig It!, an after-school archaeology program. With assistance from a paid consultant, museum staff created a six-week curriculum focused on Ipswich's rich industrial history and its Bull Brook archaeological site, the latter being one of the most important Paleo-Indian sites in the northeast (and largest in Massachusetts). Twenty students participated in learning activities that included tabletop exhibits, walking tours, a simulated town meeting, and a visit to the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology in Andover. The museum hopes to offer Dig It! again next year.

Welcome Rita Hennessy!
Acting NPS Superintendent of the Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites

The Essex National Heritage Commission welcomes Rita Hennessy as the Acting NPS Superintendent of the Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites. In her first few weeks in Salem/Saugus, Rita has displayed a commitment to ensuring that the park service continues to engage young people in a great appreciation of our natural resources. She brings with her a deep understanding and support for partnerships.

Rita serves as Assistant Park Manager for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, where she has spent 14 of her 22 years with the National Park Service. Among her many accomplishments is the launch of the Trail To Every Classroom program in 2006 which has trained 275 teachers and engaged more than 15,000 students as they focus on conservation, civic participation and learning about healthy lifestyles. We look forward to working with and learning from Rita. Welcome!

Along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
The 85-mile coastal route from Lynn to Newburyport
New Coastal Byway Website Launched
Essex Heritage is pleased to announce the launch of a new website promoting visitation to the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. The new marketing tool will make it easier for residents and visitors alike to discover over 50 historic, cultural, and natural sites along the byway. Check it out at

Lynn Beach Summer Concerts
There is still time to enjoy the ocean views and music at the free waterfront concerts organized by the Friends of Lynn & Nahant Beach. Shows are held at Red Rock Park on Lynn Shore Drive. For more information click here.

Gold Coast Exhibit at Endicott College
Endicott College's popular exhibit "From Summer Estates to College Campus" is on display through December 16, 2011. Free and open to the public, the installation focuses on the former historic summer estates that now contribute to the college's seaside setting. Read more here.

Organic Gardening Program to be Offered in Newburyport

On the morning of August 19, 2011 starting at 9:00 am the Northeast Organic Farming Association will hold a half day session at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge for residents of the region with an interest in organic farming measures. The focus of the workshop will be problem solving and the development of practical skills. To register for the program that will have a cost of $75 visit or call Kathy Litchfield at 413-773-3830 or contact her at Walk-ins will also be welcome that morning.

Marblehead Chamber Offering a Mobile Application

Similar to other visitor oriented organizations, the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce has invested in the creation of a mobile web site application that is compatible with most smart phones. The site that can be found at also includes a quick response code. The code will allow certain users with cell phones with bar code readers and cameras to link quickly to other sites included on the chamber’s web site. This new technology seems to be moving fast and visitor oriented organizations needs to stay aware of these changes.

Wenham Museum to Hold Annual Rummage Sale

The collection phase of the annual Wenham Museum Fall Attic Treasures Sale is underway. This year the Fall edition of the thirty year old event will be held at the Museum on September 24 and 25, 2011. If patrons and friends of the Museum want to contribute small furniture, jewelry, china, silver, clean clothing, furs, bike or other items they can now bring donations to the museum. This twice a year event has become an important element of the fundraising work of the museum, as the funds raised benefit and support the educational programs and exhibits held at the site.

Spaulding Rehabilitation Web Site

I am particularly indebted to all of the people who make Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital the spectacular resource it was for me and many others both before and after my experience, As my way of saying thank you for the care and support that I received during my long stay in 2010, I agreed to provide an endorsement for their web site that focused on my experience at the Salem facility. The endorsement will be used on the hospital’s web site and we spent a good part of Wednesday afternoon filming a segment about my story at the Spaulding corporate facility in Boston. The segment was created and filmed by One on One Interactive from Charlestown, a sub contractor who was most professional. It took us about two hours to record what will be a two minute piece on the updated web site. In addition to recording my thoughts about the care I received, they also simulated some of the therapy I received from two of my most prominent therapists from Salem who impacted my success. Lori and Betsy joined me in Boston for the filming. The recording ended with filming outside the hospital along the Charles River, where I was able to demonstrate the progress I have made learning to walk again as Marge and I took in the sights along the river.

The DANVERS BI-PEDS are seeking opinions as they begin to develop goals for their future agenda.

I have taken the liberty of re-printing an excerpt from their most recent newsletter to give their wishes an even larger audience. I have also printed information about a planned event offered in conjunction with Essex Heritage’s Trails and Sails

Everyone has an opinion, we would like yours -
Danvers Bi-Peds is committed to safer biking and walking in Danvers, at least that is what our goal states. The question is - what exactly does that mean to the members and supporters?? As meeting dates for the coming year are being set up, what would you like to see on the agenda - items important to you that you are willing to work for and support in some way? They can be specific things, short term or long term, educational, fun or just business - as long as they pertain in some way to making biking and walking safer in Danvers. Please send your ideas to or

September 24, 2011, Saturday, 10:00 - Danvers Bi-Peds will host an event for Trails and Sails Weekend. For all the details and complete list of fun, free events in Essex County, go to

St John’s Prep Campus and Cronin Stadium to serve as Backdrop for Lacrosse Film

During the last week the St. John’s Prep campus in Danvers has served as a site for a film being shot in Danvers. The film, about a fictional team of native American Lacrosse players called the “Crooked Arrows”, will culminate with the filming of the game segment at Cronin field. The films producers have invited any students or families, who would like to appear as extras in game scene, to be at Cronin Stadium At 7:00 AM on Saturday, August 12. There will be no parking at the Prep. Parking at the Topsfield Fair Grounds with busing to the PREP. There will be prizes and refreshments at the filming.

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