Thursday, December 4, 2014


Since 1996, The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage) has championed the heritage development of Essex County by fostering public-private partnerships that preserve and enhance the significant aspects of the region’s history, cultural heritage and character. We look forward to working with you to promote the sustainability of this great region. Some of our current initiatives include:
                     Bakers Island Light Station
                     Border to Boston Trail
                     Education Programming
o    Park for Every Classroom
o    Salem at SEA
o    Making the Caribbean Connection
                     Youth Jobs Program
                     Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
                     Heritage Hero Award
                     I Heart Heritage!
                     Move It! 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge
                     Northeast Harvest - Buy Fresh, Buy Local
                     NPS Passport Program
                     Partnership Grant Program
                     Photo Contest
                     Photo Safaris
                     Salem Witch Hunt: Examine the Evidence (a film)
                     Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks & Water
and much, much more! Learn more about our accomplishments here.

Local Woman named to Governor Elect Charlie Butler’s Leadership Team
Several years ago, when Annie Harris and I were creating the Essex Heritage Concept, we worked at the Salem Partnership, that helped create ESSEX HERITAGE with a young lady who was most talented and capable.  Those capabilities and her work ethic have led to her recent appointment to lead the new Governor’s budget office.   Ms. Kristen Lepore of Danvers has held a number of Federal and State positions in the Commonwealth including a term with Governor Paul Cellucci.   We wish Kristen much success in her new role and are more than certain that she will play a strong role on the Baker team.  

IMPORTANT: Danvers Council on Aging has a new real time online registration system!! To register, you will need to first set up an account for your household. The registration must be done by everyone regardless of previous activity with Danvers Council on Aging. This new real time registration system will create a more streamlined process for all of our customers.  The initial account set up should take no longer than fifteen minutes and can be done as you are registering. If you have not yet registered for a program but will be, please take 10-15 minutes to “Create an Account” with Danvers Council on Aging on our new system.

The Danvers Council on Aging is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for participation in our unique Supportive Day Program. This program provides a variety of engaging activities designed to promote socialization with other seniors in a safe and nurturing environment. The advantages are numerous and have provided benefits to both the participant and family member/caregiver alike. We are happy to offer a risk “FREE” trial day to experience the program first hand. Financial assistance is also available for Danvers residents 60 and older through the generosity of the Clara & Harvey Pillsbury Foundation. For more information please call Allison Jopling, R.N., Program Coordinator at (978) 762-0208.

Timely Topics 10:30am-11:30am

There is no charge for this event but if you plan on attending please call 978-762-0208 or sign up at the front desk for this presentation so that we can plan appropriate space.

•    December 3rd – “Java with a Jake” – Join us for a cup of coffee with members of the Danvers Fire Department for another installment of our series “Java with a Jake”. This month, Deputy Chief James McPherson and Captain James Brooks will discuss holiday safety. Discussion will include: extension cords, candles, indoor and outdoor lights, trees and more. Make sure you come to this program to learn how to have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

•    Please join us on Wednesday, December 10th from 10:30 to 11:30 for a free Winter Safety Workshop. The workshop will be presented by Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students from North Shore Community College. Topics will include snow removal tips and tricks, strategies for safe driving, and transportation alternatives. We will also discuss tips for staying warm and minimizing your risk for falls as you are out and about this winter. Light refreshments will be provided, all are encouraged to attend!"

Danvers Historic holiday Events
Upcoming Events    
Visit full listing at DanversHistory.Org for current details
We Make History Fun!
Historic Properties
Every 2nd Friday, through November 14th, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
1:00 PM film at Tapley Hall: Colonials and the British
$15 at the door for all four properties.
Location: Page House, Rebecca Nurse Homestead,Judge Samuel Holten House and Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St. Danvers.  Learn more at DCAT Intern Productions here

Onion Town Variety Show
Every 2nd Friday, through November 14th, 2014
7:00 to 9:00 P.M.  $5 for non-performers.
Please visit the list of Danvers Access Shows at DCAT
Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St. Danvers.

Speaker Series: Soup Kitchens
Thursday, November 20th 7:00 P.M.
Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St. Danvers.
Brian O'Loughlin presents a talk on the Soup Kitchen and its role in the community throughout history. Reservations appreciated to help with hall set up. Please bring canned goods for the People to People Danvers Food Pantry.
Parking on Page St. or in the Community Lot at the corner of Page and Elm Streets. RSVP to 978.777.1666 or E-mail to .   FREE and ALL are welcome!

Parade of Trees: Dec 3rd through 6th   event details
Become involved, please decorate a tree or wreath.
             See details and guidelines.
Wednesday, 3rd:  Preview Party 5:30 - 8pm
    FREE for tree & wreath donors. $10 general admission.
Thursday, 4th: 1-8pm FREE admission.
    6:30pm:Theatrical reading of the Polar Express, details
Friday, 5th:  1-5pm FREE admission.
Saturday 6th: 10am-5pm FREE admission.
     3:30-4:30 Roaming Magician: Jay Fraser 
Saturday: 5:15pm all trees & wreaths raffled to lucky winners!

Christmas at Glen Magna Farms
Fri-Sun Dec. 5th - Dec. 7th. Full Developing Details
The Society and The National Association of Women Artists are celebrating their 125th Anniversaries!! Local florists will deck the halls of the Endicott Mansion. This weekend of events is not to be missed!! Candy Shoppe on site, featuring Harbor Sweets!
Gala Celebration: Friday Dec. 5th  tickets sure to sell out!

National Association of Women Artists Art Show:
          Sat. 6th 9am-3pm & Sun. 7th 10am-5pm
High School Chamber Chorus: Sat. Dec. 6th 1pm at Art Show
Meet The Artists: Sat. Dec 6th, 3-5pm.
Gilded Harps: Sat. Dec. 6th, 3-5pm at Reception
Tea at Endicott Mansion: Sun. Dec.7th, 11:30am 
                                            tickets sure to sell out!

Holiday Concert: The Essex Harmony
Sunday, Dec. 14th 3:00 P.M. Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St.
The Essex Harmony, Artists-In-Residence of the Society, will perform. This mixed media, acapella concert is directed by Tom Carmody. More about The Essex Harmony.
Donations encouraged. Proceeds benefit the ongoing preservation mission of the Society, including supplies for our Artists-In-Residence. Reservations appreciated to help with hall set up. Parking on Page St. or in the Community Lot at the corner of Page and Elm Streets. RSVP to 978.777.1666 or E-mail to .
FREE and ALL are welcome! Donations encouraged

Speaker Series - check our website often for details
      Feb. 19th, David McKenna, Native Americans in Danvers
      March 19th, Dana Smith, Underground Railroad
      April 21st, George Saluto, Photography Past to Present

Heritage Films - NEW RELEASE: Dan Tremblay, Topsfield Fair Trustee and Danvers Historical Society Member, has prepared a 2.5 hour film of this year's Topsfield Fair, America's Oldest Country Fair. It would make a wonderful keepsake gift, especially entertaining for the elderly who could not attend, and reflects the wonderful Essex County annual event we've all witnessed. Order your DVD thru the Danvers Historical Society. $19.95. Allow 4 days to process.
St. John’s Prep Information
Alumni Christmas Party - December 3
Host Joe Milano ‘62 invites all alumni to this annual event at the Union Oyster House on Wednesday December 3 from 6-8 pm. Enjoy an evening of relaxing conversation and holiday merriment as you reconnect with classmates and friends over savory hors d’oeuvres and refreshing beverages. Take this opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with the local Prep community at the Union Oyster House – a Boston landmark and America’s oldest restaurant. Please register in advance PLEASE

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem
A major event to support the club will be offered early in 2015 See details that follow
The date of the Champion for Kids Celebration honoring Mayor Driscoll has been changed to accommodate the Salem High School Band. I am so happy to tell you that the great High School Band will be part of the event.
The date is now firmly established for Sunday, January 25th from 6 to 9 PM.  (There are no NFL football games scheduled that day.)

Many thanks to my former Employer…The Salem Five Bank for their generous grant to support the broad and encompassing program of COP-AA as they continue to offer support programs for people that have suffered Amputations in this Region.

We certainly wish all of you our heartiest wishes for a wonderful holiday at the end of this year, and offer our best wishes for a great New Year 2015.