2019 brochure is out! Woman Owned Businesses on the Byway

Trifold brochure see the front here and the back here. Donna Ardizonni, Johnanne Cassia, Bachman and Essex Heritage contributed photography for the new edition.

Woman Owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway post on Facebook and Instagram. Contact Pauline Bresnahan paulinesgifts@gmail.com or Johanne Cassia jwcassia@gmail.com with any questions. Tours welcome.

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Donna and Pauline

Essex National Heritage – Essex Coastal Scenic Byway

Group show of Essex Heritage 2018 Photo contest winners at Salem Visitor Center

News from Essex National Heritage- Congratulations to all the winners including Amy Smith of Gloucester:

Essex Heritage Announces Winners of 2018 Photo Contest

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest. The annual photo contest encourages photographers of all levels to “capture” the living landscapes, unique places, and interesting people of Essex County, MA. The contest is presented in partnership with Hunt’s Photo & Video, the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, and the National Park Service at Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites.

From rocky coasts and harbors and rural farms to historic downtowns and parks, photographers vividly captured a variety of special places in Essex County for their award-winning submissions to this year’s contest. All of the photographs were taken within the Essex National Heritage Area and fell into the categories of “Off the Beaten Path,” “People of Essex County,” and “A Closer Look.”

2018 Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest Winners
Grand Prize Winner
• “Waves,” taken in Salem by Laurence Spang of Salem

Category: A Closer Look
• 1st Prize: “Sunflower, All For Me,” taken in Newbury by Ken Jordan of Lynn
• 2nd Prize: “Storm Damage,” taken in Salisbury by Caroline Stella of Saugus
• 3rd Prize: “Head Sails,” taken in Gloucester by Frank Conahan of Groton

Category: People Of Essex County
• 1st Prize: “Sandstorm,” taken in Ipswich by Kristin Bender Kyllingstad of Beverly
• 2nd Prize: “Essex Tech Teaching Moment,” taken in Danvers by Sue Plutsky of Beverly
• 3rd Prize: “Winter Hop” taken in Peabody by Judy Schneider of Middleton

Category: Off The Beaten Path
• 1st Prize: “Walking on Clouds” taken in Gloucester by Sarah Burrows of Wenham
• 2nd Prize: “Appleton,” taken in Ipswich by Amy Smith of Gloucester
• 3rd Prize: “Nature’s Window,” taken in Manchester by the Sea by Stephen Dagley of Beverly

People’s Choice Winner
• “Monarch and Thistle,” Taken in Haverhill by Kathy Diamontopoulos of Haverhill

Instagram Winners

New to the Essex Heritage Photo Contest was an Instagram category. Instagrammer were encouraged to tag photos that they took during 2018 with #essexheritagephotocontest. Over 450 photos were entered and 9 winners were selected for their stunning shots that captured the special quality of Essex County. The accounts that won the Instagram category are as follows: @a.a.g.photo, @dcmills89, @funky_monkey_photos, @harbors_edge_photography, @lomachusetts, @saltwaterlabphoto, @sarahtracyburrows, @sjdagley, @tugapeaks

 

Group Show in 2019 for the 2018 contest winners

The eleven winning images will be exhibited for one year at the National Park Service Visitor Center in Salem (2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA 01970) and at the office of the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (160 Main Street, Haverhill, MA 01830).

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See all the winning photographs on the Essex Heritage Facebook page: www.facebook.com/EssexHeritage

Prints for the Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest exhibits were generously provided by Hunt’s Photo & Video. Prizes for the Photo Contest were generously contributed by Hunt’s Photo & Video and the National Park Service.

About Essex Heritage and the Essex National Heritage Area
Essex Heritage is the non-profit organization that manages the Essex National Heritage Area by developing programs that enhance, preserve and encourage recreation, education, conservation and interpretation projects on Boston’s North Shore and the Lower Merrimack River Valley. The Essex National Heritage Area is comprised of the 34 cities and towns of Essex County, MA. For more information, visit EssexHeritage.org or call (978) 740-0444.

Chronicle Re-Airing “Women on the Coastal Byway” on 3/8 just in time for spring travel plans

“WCVB #Chronicle 5: Along #MAshoreline scenic byway, a sisterhood of shops invites browsing” All images in this post are from the Chronicle story shot by Carl Vieira

CHRONICLE Business Meeting the Women of the Byway, Ipswich
STILL FROM CHRONICLE VIDEO, meet the women of the Byway, trail #5 Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery, Ipswich

“…Many of those entrepreneurs are women that (narrator) may have met on a very scenic north shore shopping trail!”

“(Narrator) The Essex Scenic Coastal Byway. Ninety miles of salt marsh and working waterfronts, dotted with famous clam shacks, antique stores, and open coastal dreamscapes, stretching from Lynn to Salisbury. The (Essex) Coastal (Scenic) Byway is ONE OF THE PRETTIEST, MOST INTERESTING and DISTINCTIVE DRIVES IN THE STATE. Now you can approach it from a distinctly feminine point of view. A group of women have joined forces to market themselves with a brochure, a sort of coastal byway treasure map.”

Fun route is easy to follow– original trail below. The map has been updated twice since the endeavor began. Look for fun events throughout 2019~

#1 Pauline’s Gifts, Gloucester
#2 Essex Bird Shop & Pet Supply, Essex
#3 Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens, Essex
#4 The Essex Exchange, Essex
#5 Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery, Ipswich*
#6 AnnTiques, Ipswich
#7 Be Modern, Ipswich
#8 Lost Treasures, Rowley
#9 Serendipity at Todd’s Farm, Rowley

Byway CHRONICLE Business Meeting the Women of the Byway

9 ribbon cuttings! Byway kiosks

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Essex National Heritage Heather Goss, Project Manager, shares save the date notice

Ribbon Cuttings – Essex Coastal Scenic Byway Kiosk Installations save the dates

  • BEVERLY, Wednesday, December 5th, 9:30am
    Location: 191 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915

    IPSWICH, Wednesday, December 5th at 1:00pm
    Location: 36 South Main Street, Ipswich, MA 01938

    LYNN, Friday, December 7th, 9:00am
    Location: Intersection of Union and Broad Street, Lynn, MA 01901

    SALEM, Friday, December 7th, 11:00am
    Location: 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA 01970

    SALISBURY, Friday, December 7th, 4:00pm
    Location: Maria Miles Visitor Center, Exit 60 on Route 95, South Bound, Salisbury, 01952

    MARBLEHEAD, Monday, December 10th, 1:00pm
    Location: Chamber’s Information Booth, at the intersection of Pleasant, Essex and Spring Streets, Marblehead, MA 01945

    NEWBURYPORT, Tuesday, December 11th, 9:30am
    Location: Information Booth, 35 Merrimac Street, Newburyport, MA 01950

    ESSEX, Tuesday, December 11th, 1:00pm
    Location: 113 Main Street, Essex, MA 01929

    GLOUCESTER, Wednesday, December 19th, 10:00am
    Location: Stage Fort Park, 24 Hough Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930

Essex Coastal Scenic Byway Essex National Heritage new kiosks 2018About the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway kiosks:
The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage) is pleased to announce the installation of 9 informational kiosks in communities along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, a state-designated route linking 14 coastal cities and towns from Lynn to Salisbury. These kiosks are a part of a wayfinding signage project that has been ongoing for over a decade with the goal of supporting a tourism-based economic initiative by showcasing the region’s historic, cultural, and natural places. Envisioned as a sustainable form of economic development, the route of the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway was established by the state legislature in the mid-2000s. The 90-mile Essex Coastal byway is one of 15 state-designated scenic byways in Massachusetts and guides visitors and residents through one of the country’s most picturesque and historically significant regions – Boston’s legendary North Shore. The route features mile after mile of breathtaking vistas, historic homes, access to world-class art and culture destinations, distinctive local businesses and visitor centers. With the addition of these kiosks to the existing wayfinding signage, travelers of the byway will be able to access visitor- related information about the communities and the Essex National Heritage Area, stimulating the exploration of the byway region’s extensive heritage sites, recreational resources, and visitor services. Additionally, these kiosks list byway access routes from local major highways and are an accessible resource for the public year-round. From south to north byway communities are Lynn, Swampscott, Marblehead, Salem, Beverly, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Ipswich, Rowley, Newbury, Newburyport and Salisbury. “Essex Heritage is working to support our local economy and the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway is an excellent vehicle for promoting tourism within these communities,” said Essex Heritage CEO Annie Harris, “The kiosks help bring attention to our enduring local landmarks and demonstrate how heritage sites continue to financially benefit the businesses and residents of this coastal region.” The wayfinding signage and kiosk system was funded by a grant from the Federal Highway administration (FHWA) with matching funds provided by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The hardware and panels were designed by Omloop Design based in Framingham, with strong support and direction from stakeholders within the represented communities*. The kiosks were fabricated and installed by Design Communications Ltd (DCL). Essex Heritage is organizing ribbon cutting ceremonies for each community receiving a Byway Kiosk. 

*In Gloucester most recently those assisting ENA with the Kiosks include Marie Santos, Gloucester’s Community Development (and Voice of Gloucester HarborWalk narration), and Elizabeth Carey, Director Discover Gloucester.

About Essex Heritage and the Essex National Heritage Area:
Essex Heritage is the non-profit organization that manages the Essex National Heritage Area by developing programs that enhance, preserve, and encourage recreation, education, conservation and interpretation projects on Boston’s North Shore and the Lower Merrimack River Valley. The Essex National Heritage Area is comprised of the 34 cities and towns of Essex County, MA. For more information, visit http://www.EssexHeritage.org or call (978) 740-0444. 

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Gloucester HarborWalk marker (#42) was installed at Stage Fort Park in 2012

Calling all photographers! Capture the beauty of Essex County photo contest…Essex National Heritage 📷

Rules for the 2018 annual photography contest from Essex National Heritage

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Photographers get snapping!

All photographers are invited to submit images to the 2018 Photo Contest. This contest captures the spirit of the Essex National Heritage Area & images that speak to the role of Essex Heritage in preserving the historic, cultural, and natural treasures of Essex County.  All submissions are due by December 15, 2018. Any photograph captured between January 1, 2018 and December 15, 2018, and assigned to one of three contest categories is eligible to win: People of Essex County; Off the Beaten Path; A closer Look

We’re looking for Instagram-worthy pics you have snapped that showcase the beauty and uniqueness of Essex County. The rules are simple: at any point during our Photo Contest period (January 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018) you can tag your best Essex County photos with #EssexHeritagePhotoContest to enter; if your account is private, be sure to direct message us the pic so we can see it. After the cut-off date, Essex National Heritage will compile what we have and our staff will pick the top 9. Then our Instagram community will vote on the best one! Questions? DM us @EssexHeritage

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kiosk for Essex Coastal Scenic Byway coming to Stage Fort Park

Essex National Heritage has helped Gloucester produce 2D informational signage at the Stage Fort Park Visitor Center; one large arts focused placard has served multi use as a screen.  These new kiosks are the first ‘in the round’ wayfinding markers for Essex National Heritage area and a natural progression for the Scenic Byway. The highway wayfinding signs for the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway have been in place and successful and took years to coordinate. David Rhinelander and others helped facilitate that endeavor in Gloucester and Cape Ann.

Save the date- Ribbon cutting December 19th

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Essex Heritage is pleased to announce the installation of 9 informational kiosks in communities along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway at the end of November-early December. The Byway is a state-designated route linking 14 coastal cities and towns from Lynn to Salisbury. These kiosks are a part of a wayfinding signage project that has been ongoing for over a decade with the goal of supporting a tourism-based economic initiative by showcasing the region’s historic, cultural, and natural places.

The 90-mile Essex Coastal Scenic Byway guides visitors and residents through one of the country’s most picturesque and historically significant regions – Boston’s legendary North Shore. The route features mile after mile of breathtaking vistas, historic homes, access to world-class art and culture destinations, distinctive local businesses and visitor centers. To celebrate the installation of the kiosk in Gloucester, please take note of the event details below.

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 19th at 10:00am

Location: Gloucester Visitor Center, 24 Hough Avenue, Gloucester

cultural districts across the state convened at Natick Center for the Arts MCC #powerofculture

Cape Ann participated in the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) statewide cultural district convening which was hosted by the Natick Center for the Arts. Statewide district gatherings occur once or twice a year: the last two were held in Cambridge, and Beverly. Representatives from Gloucester, Rockport and Essex cultural districts were in attendance. (Manchester and Ipswich do not not have a designation at this time. Gloucester could have seven.)

Massachusetts Cultural Council Director, Anita Walker, welcomed the crowd, and introduced officials from Natick and new additions to the MCC staff. Jill Cahill, Gloucester’s Director of Community Development, brought a gift from the Mayor and the City to add to a send-off  of thanks and well wishes for Meri Jenkins, longtime MCC leader who managed cities and towns through cultural facilities funding and district designations. Luis Edgardo Cotto and Justina Crawford will be taking over the MCC Community Initiative programs managed by Meri.

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The MCC approved five year district renewals for both Rocky Neck and Rockport last year. District renewal for Gloucester’s downtown is underway. Essex received official citations for their renewal at this convening. Here’s a photo of Christopher Stepler, artist and Manager of Essex Shipbuilding Museum, and Lee Spence, former Director. One update they shared was that the successful historic exhibition The Women of Essex – Stories to Share displayed at Essex Town Hall in a renovated bright space on the top floor above the TOHP Burnham Public Library (thanks in part to Cultural Facilities funding) was selected to travel to the NPS regional Visitor Center in Salem.

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prior GMG post with MCC October news 

Essex National Heritage Trails & Sails 2018 starts this weekend!

FREE Trails & Sails events throughout Gloucester, Cape Ann and all of Essex County during two upcoming weekends September 21-23 & 28-30, 2018!

dsc_0167.jpg3rd Annual Phyllis A Marine Association Art Show and Sale  Hosted by Phyllis A Marine Association
Climb Up City Hall Tower, Hosted by Gloucester City Hall Restoration Commission

 

Historic Ice House Guided Tours Hosted by Cape Pond Ice Company

rafe.jpgOcean Views Walk from Ravenswood to Rafe’s Chasm Hosted by Cape Ann Trail Stewards

 

Sustainable Foraging: Wild Food and Medicine by the Sea Hosted by Gloucester’s Magnolia Library & Community Center & Iris Weaver

 

IPSWICH Come Paint with Me Decorative Painting Demonstration, Hosted by Johanne Cassia, American Folk Artist, AnnTiques’ owner. Co-founder of the Woman Owned Businesses Along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway trail map celebrating street level, local women retailers from Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich and Rowley who share a regional ‘Main Street’ – Route 133/1A, part of the gorgeous 90 mile Essex Coastal Scenic Byway

10_1930293_zm.jpgANDOVER: Addison Gallery of American Art Gallery Talk: Paul Manship and His Artistic Legacy  Manship Artists Residency + Studios (MARS) President Rebecca Reynolds and Addison Gallery Associate Director and Robert M. Walker Curator of Art before 1950, Emerita Susan Faxon will discuss the significant work of Paul Manship, his influential presence in Gloucester, and his connection to the Addison.

Essex National Heritage Trails and Sails 2018

Woman Business Owners Donation Drive for Women in Active Duty is going great!

People are so generous! The donation drive for women in Active Duty has filled boxes many times over. Collections continue through Columbus Day and will be delivered to Operation Troop Support.

Courtesy photos below include GMG readers 🙂 

 

 

Pauline Bresnahan, Johanne Cassia (Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery) and Adam Curcuru, Director of Cape Ann Veterans Services, shared a quick video with veteran Vionette, “Vee”, Chipperini describing essentials that are great to receive when deployed. (Convinced me to go for bras!) Pauline said people have been creativite getting the word out and selecting special items to donate. 

 

 

Organized by Woman Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, donation boxes can be found at particpating locations:

  • The Bookstore of Gloucester     owner  Arwen Severance 61 Main St. Gloucester MA
  • Cape Ann Olive Oil       owner Patty Gates 57 Main St. Gloucester MA 
  • Essex Bird Shop and Pet Supply    owners Shelly Nicastro and Susan Eason 121 Eastern Ave. Essex MA
  • Pauline’s Gifts      owner Pauline Bresnahan 512 Essex Ave. Gloucester MA
  • Premier Imprints     owner Patty Gates 48 Main St. Gloucester MA  
  • Roamin’ Baths Mobile Pet Spa.     Owner Kathleen Silva Gloucester MA 978-835-3072

Rick from Rowley, chair of local chapter of Austin-Healey Owners, races over to Pauline’s Gifts – thanks Essex National Heritage, Byway, Gloucester, Cape Ann

Pauline Bresnahan shares photosand a message from Rick from Rowley, who is the chair of the local chapter of Austin Healey Owners Club:

“Rick zipped by to ask that I thank all of the Woman Businesses that hosted the group of ladies on Tuesday. Thank you to Heather at Essex National Heritage for recommending our trail to this group. There were over 150 members at the summit from around USA and Canada. The ladies told Rick they were thrilled with the shops and the refreshments and customer service. I Love This Car!!” 

Thanks for sharing, Pauline. Cool car and positive message. There’s a Rowley stop on your Byway trail. The video looks like he’s heading back to Gloucester 🙂

Austin Healey summit Cape Ann 2018 ©Pauline Bresnahan

 

 

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Woman-Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway to welcome Austin-Healey auto tour

It has been just over 6 months since the first airing of the “ Woman Owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway” on Chronicle WCVB Ch.5.

Pauline Bresnahan writes, “We have seen a tremendous amount of visitors to our trail since because of that show. We have also mailed about one hundred copies of our trail map when we get a request either on our Facebook page or when they call a shop.

“We can’t begin to thank the Chronicle crew from the show. We have seen visitors from Needham, Pembroke, Roslindale, Methuen, Holliston, Quincy, Tewksbury, Chelmsford, Gardner, Andover, Gloucester, Rockport, Cambridge, Boston, Arlington, just to name a few. (courtesy photos – find more on the Facebook page)

 

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“We were thrilled to have visitors arrive on a small bus from the Council on Aging in Topsfield MA. We encourage small tours when organizations contact us, including this exciting news:

VINTAGE CAR ENTHUSIASTS INSPIRED TO BOOK A ROAD TRIP for our tour

“Recently we were contacted by an Austin-Healey Auto owners group. They will be holding a weekend summit in Beverly and have asked to do part of our trail on an early morning in August. They have a three hour window and have asked for information. We are very excited to host this group of about 60 owners and their spouses. Some of us will offer refreshments and small gift pack on information about our own towns. “We have connected four communities along a beautiful road by working together. It has been awesome!”-

photo challenge: can you name the stars with an Austin-Healey? Look forward to seeing photographs of Austin Healeys August 2018 in Gloucester and along the Byway.

 

Woman Owned Businesses on the Byway 2018 NEW brochure is out…and meet two new members!

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The partners have been busy planning for 2018 and held their last meeting at Village Market / Sandwich & Coffe Shop in Essex, one of the newest local establishments to join this award-winning and Chronicle WCVB Channel 5 recommended trail:  “Woman Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway”.

MEET Village Market Essex, MA

Village Market / Sandwich & Coffee Shop, 978-768-0001, 1 Martin St. Essex Ma. 01929 (On the corner of Rt133/Rt.22, across from the Essex Post Office)

“Owners Patricia Wright along with her Mom, Laura opened the Village Market Coffee shop almost 3 years ago. They are open 7 Days a week Monday – Saturday 7am-3pm and Sunday 8am-1pm. Their baked goods are made fresh daily with a wonderful asst. of flavors. They also have some amazing baked cookies and scones. I had a blueberry scone , OMG yummy. So moist and fresh. They have wonderful home made soups and great comfort food lunches packed and ready to take out. I enjoyed the atmosphere and talked to many of the people in the coffee shop. What a wonderful local friendly vibe. I have attached photos of their menus and learned that they also do small platters. They feature Boars Head deli meats and also use fresh breads and rolls from our own Virgilio’s in Gloucester MA. We are thrilled to Welcome the Village Market Coffee shop to our Trail Map “Woman” Owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Byway.” Here is a link to their Facebook page

(All Photos this post credit-  Pauline Bresnahan)

 

MEET Barbara Breaker owner of The Barn at Todd Farm Rowley Ma

located at 275 Main St. Rowley MA. 978-948-5111   Barn.toddfarm@gmail.com

 

Barbara opened November 2014. Shop is open  Wed. – Sun. Year round  Hours are Wed. Thru Sun  10:30 to 5.  Sunday morning opening at 8 when Todd Farm Sunday Flea Market runs April – November. Always open by appointment. “The focus of the shop is Antique, Vintage, Craft, and Handmade. I opened the shop because I fell in love with the beautiful 2,000. Sq.Ft. Restored historic Barn and wanted to start my own business after years of experience working for other talented business owners.  The timing was perfect! We are a group of 12 dealers and artists in the shop. I run and manage the daily business. I enjoy being part of the creative expression of others and want to promote and support their growth and success both creatively and financially. The Todd Farm Flea Market has been running for 50 yrs and is an important part of the Rowley community. My shop offers a reflection of that experience in a unique way. We are hosting a Spring Open House Saturday, May 5th.” Like is on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram

Co-founders Pauline Bresnahan wrote the nice introductions for the new members and took the photographs. She did not include a note for her own business, but I will! Pauline’s Gifts will open April 17, 2018, at 11am for  her 19th season. Spring days and hours: open Tuesday-Friday 11-6 and Saturdays 11-5.

 

COMING SOON: Don’t miss the Mother’s Day special SPRING event they’ve planned – May 5 & 12- “Moms are Everything”! They are planning a Woman Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway Farm to Home event in August and a Woman Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway Helping Our Woman Veterans Event during September, along with  special days during Essex National Heritage’s annual Trails and Sails weekends.

 

 

 

free Teacher workshop at Cape Ann Museum with support from Essex Heritage | “Unfolding Histories” exhibition opens March 31!

Exciting news from Cape Ann Museum:

March 2018

Teachers throughout Essex County are invited to Cape Ann Museum to study Unfolding Histories: Cape Ann Before 1900, the first major exhibition to bring together historical and archival material from nine Cape Ann institutions focused on life during Cape Ann’s early years, including stories which illuminate the Native American and European contact period, the Revolutionary War, and 19th century history and culture.

Teachers who attend the April 7th Teacher Workshop will discover strategies to increase student literacy with primary source documents using an inquiry-based learning model to tie larger themes to our local area. Designed for K–12 teachers currently working in public & private schools throughout Essex County, this free workshop is a way to earn 10 PDPs for attending the session and creating an activity plan, with additional opportunities to earn more. Space is limited to twenty teachers; registration required. For more information please contact Essex Heritage Education Director Beth Beringer at bethb@essexheritage.org or (978) 740-0444.

The Unfolding Histories exhibit will be on view March 31, 2018- September 9, 2018. Massachusetts Teacher Association members are admitted free!

 

Chronicle WCVB Channel 5 shares Exciting updates from Woman owned Business on Essex Coastal Scenic Byway

These local businesses are bringing a lot of positive coverage and energy about our region. Woman owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway re-aired March 9, 2018, International Women’s Day, on Chronicle with a new introduction from the hosts because of the trail’s continued success and expanded special offers and plans! Johanne Cassia and Pauline Bresnahan share the news for 2018: Our “Woman owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway”, a full day shopping destination, is moving forward in several ways.  

EXCITING NEWS!

  • We are currently updating our brochure, creating special events and partnering with Essex Heritage Foundation. The 2018 printing will arrive in April and  include additional “Woman owned Business on Essex Coastal Scenic Byway”. Shops will still be located on the 10 mile trail along the coast of Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich and Rowley, MA. We have developed a Calendar of Events to market our serious fun businesses. All shops will have refreshments, special products, promotions and giveaways.  Mark your calendars for a trio of 2018 seasonal outings hosted by the Woman Owned Business on Essex Coastal Scenic Byway:
  • SPRING May 5 & 12- “Moms are Everything”, a “special event” , will be held on two Saturdays, May 5 and May 12. We will honor ALL MOMS and invite them to shop with us. This is a “Women helping business Women” event as well: we are inviting other local “woman owned businesses” to bring in their products to our shops. We will give them space in our shops to sell their goods and services during this event.
  • SUMMER August 22,23 – “Harvest Festival” weekend:  Each shop will invite a local farm to partner with them. Local Farms will have tents in front of our shops where they can offer farm products, flowers and tastings.
  • FALL Sept 21-23 and 28-30 “Trails & Sails Weekends” sponsored by Essex Heritage, Salem, MA. We are partners with Essex Heritage Foundation and part of 150 events offered by Trail or Sail on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. Each shop will offer a demonstration event on these dates. For more information about Trails and Sails :https://essexheritage.org/ts  Essex National Heritage is in the process of building a new and better website. We’ll have our own shopping destination page and sub pages for each shop!
  • Several organizations and groups have offered mini-bus tours since we unveiled our trail
  • People ask where can you find the brochure? Contact Essex Heritage they will have the brochures, or any of our businesses. Our FB page is https://www.facebook.com/Woman-Owned-Businesses-on-the-Essex-Coastal-Scenic-Byway-1945965882357445/?ref=bookmarks

 

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$750,000 #NEH grant opportunity for Gloucester…so many possible ideas and projects!

Archival documentation of a federal grant awarded to Gloucester and nationally recognized for its innovation at the time: reclaiming the City dump for an atheletic field at the High School. Photographs of the project included a sweeping vista from atop Hovey Street. Innovative public works dump reclaimed as Gloucester High School track WPA Annual Bulletin

overlay-banner2_originalShared projects and working together are a focus for a new 2018 NEH grant opportunity.

Contact Mayor Romeo Theken’s arts & culture hotline sefatia4arts@gloucester-ma.gov  by Febraury 28 to add to a list of potential projects for Gloucester for this NEH Deadline, March 15, or to consider as other funding opportunities arise.

Mayor Romeo Theken shares the 2018 press release from the Commonwealth:

Activities supported by National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant funds include:
 capital expenditures such as the design, purchase, construction, restoration
or renovation of facilities and historic landscapes;
 the purchase of equipment and software;
 the documentation of cultural heritage materials that are lost or imperiled:
 the sustaining of digital scholarly infrastructure;
 the preservation and conservation of collections; and
 the sharing of collections.

The grant below is a new grant from NEH and could be a great opportunity to enhance your local cultural or historical organizations. Please share it far and wide. And let us know if we can provide a letter of support for an application from your community.  Regards, Rick Jakious

Good afternoon, 
The National Endowment for the Humanities has just announced a new grant program to support humanities infrastructures. Cultural institutions, such as libraries, museums, archives, colleges and universities, and historic sites, are eligible to apply for grants of up to $750,000.
 
These challenge grants, which require a match of nonfederal funds, may be used toward capital expenditures such as construction and renovation projects, purchase of equipment and software, sharing of humanities collections between institutions, documentation of lost or imperiled cultural heritage, sustaining digital scholarly infrastructure, and preservation and conservation of humanities collections.
 
The application deadline for the first NEH Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grants is March 15, 2018. Interested applicants should direct questions about grant proposals to challenge@neh.govor 202-606-8309. 
 
Please consider sharing this exciting new funding opportunity with cultural institutions in your district.
 
Thank you,Timothy H. Robison
Director of Congressional Affairs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 7th Street, SW  4th Floor
Washington, D.C.  20506
(202) 606-8273

Innovative and worthy contemporary Gloucester possibilities abound: shared Archives (NSAA, Rocky Neck, Sargent House, City Archives, CAM, Legion, Libraries, Wards historical societies, etc); Digitize City Archives; Digitize Gloucester Daily Times archives; building and historic landscape projects city owned (City Archives, City Hall, Legion, Fitz Henry Lane, Fire Station, Stage Fort, beaches, etc) or in partnership; DPW work; on and on.

Additional grant opportunities, news, and deadlines: Continue reading “$750,000 #NEH grant opportunity for Gloucester…so many possible ideas and projects!”

2018 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant opportunity is now open

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Essex National Heritage Commission preserves and promotes the historic, cultural and natural resources of Essex County, MA. The organization’s annual partnership grants have primed several projects in Gloucester and throughout Cape Ann. REGISTER by February 16, 2018 for the latest round of Essex Heritage Partnership grants: twelve $2000 awards will be granted.

How to Apply

  • Log In or Register  to apply online. Applications will be accepted ONLINE ONLY.
  • Applications are due no later than Monday, February 16, 2018 by 11:59 PM
  • Read the 2018 Partnership Grant Program Description (pdf)
  • Please anticipate being in attendance at the Essex Heritage Spring Annual Meeting at Saugus Town Hall on Thursday, April 5 in the event that your organization is awarded a grant
  • Contact Charles Smith to Gain Grant Applicant Status.

Video WCVB #Chronicle5: Along #MAshoreline scenic byway, a sisterhood of shops invites browsing

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STILL FROM CHRONICLE VIDEO, meet the women of the Byway, trail #4 The Essex Exchange, Essex (owner Katrina Haskell with client)

In case you missed the wonderful tv special about these local businesses, here’s the link to watch the video (it’s not on YouTube, yet or downloadable or I’d upload it here in the post): CHRONICLE WCVB Channel 5: Business Meeting: The Women of the Byway,plus stills from the Chronicle video (all images in this post are from the Chronicle story shot by Carl Vieira), and some of the transcription excerpt from the show:

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STILL FROM CHRONICLE VIDEO, meet the women of the Byway, trail #5 Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery, Ipswich

“THIS IS CHRONICLE ON WCVB CHANNEL 5. One, two, three…”We have a little bit of everything”…seven, eight, nine…”And we specialize in mid-century Danish modern furnishings…” Along this Massaschusetts shoreline, a sisterhood of shops invites browsing…”There’s room enough in this business for everyone”…

JOIN OUR BUSINESS MEETING. NEXT. ON CHRONICLE…[CREDITS/MUSIC]

host Anthony Everett- “Good evening. Working Women are our focus tonight. Opening night of the 13th Annual Massachusetts Conference For Women at the Boston Convention Center (Boston). And Shanya Seymour is there now.

host Shayna Seymour– “Hi, Anthony! Well, thousands of women have gathered here to hear Gloria Steinem, and I just got off the stage with Bethanny Frankel and she’s going to join us a little bit later in this show. Now, the conference also features professional networking. Best selling authors are here to talk, as well as products from many different female entrepreneurs…NOW, many of those entreprenurs are women that (narrator) may have met on a very scenic north shore shopping trail!”

[cue to story produced by Clint Conley and vidographer Carl Vieira, and narrated by _____]

“(Narrator) The Essex Scenic Coastal Byway. Ninety miles of salt marsh and working waterfronts, dotted with famous clam shacks, antique stores, and open coastal dreamscapes, stretching from Lynn to Salisbury. The (Essex) Coastal (Scenic) Byway is ONE OF THE PRETTIEST, MOST INTERESTING and DISTINCTIVE DRIVES IN THE STATE. Now you can approach it from a distinctly feminine point of view. “It’s ten woman owned businesses in a ten mile stretch along the coastal byway.” A group of women have joined forces to market themeselves with a brochure, a sort of coastal byway treasure map. “It’s all in a straight line on our map and we call ourselves by number. I am number one on the map, so I’ll say, go [she points], number two is a mile up the street.”  

read the rest of the transcript-

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Road to Success!

Great title and read! Gloucester and Cape Ann in the news thanks to these businesses and Essex National Heritage. Ethan Forman article running in the Gloucester Daily Times, Salem, and more:  Road to Success: Scenic Byway Unites Woman Owned Businesses

TOMORROW: award-winning local trail featured 7:30pm Wed December 6 2017 on WCVB-TV Channel 5 CHRONICLE

from August GMG post “Local women retailers and colleagues from Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich and Rowley (#1 Pauline’s Gifts, Gloucester; #2 Essex Bird Shop & Pet Supply, Essex; #3 Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens, Essex; #4 The Essex Exchange, Essex; #5 Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery, Ipswich*; #6 AnnTiques, Ipswich; #7 Be Modern, Ipsiwch; #8 Lost Treasures, Rowley; #9 Serendipity at Todd’s Farm, Rowley) met early last spring about working together to market their businesses.  These street level shops represent 4 cities and towns, and share a regional ‘Main Street’ – Route 133/1A, part of the gorgeous 90 mile Essex Coastal Scenic Byway.”

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Chronicle WCVB Ch 5 “Women on the Byway” airs 12/6! #GloucesterMA #EssexCounty in the news

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Filming the filming: Chronicle @paulinesgifts with Pauline and Mayor Romeo Theken, still from ©TheBridge

Save the date! Chronicle  is devoting a special to Woman Owned Businesses Along The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway which is sceduled to air December 6, 2017

Chronicle has been a popular news magazine TV show focusing on stories of New England for 35 years. Weeknights at 7:30pm on WCVB-TV Channel 5 Boston.

The award-winning Woman Owned Businesses Along the Essex Coastal Byway is comprised of local women retailers and colleagues from Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich and Rowley. They are working together to market their businesses and began work on a great trail map brochure last spring.  Their street level shops represent 4 cities and towns, and share a regional ‘Main Street’ – Route 133/1A, part of the gorgeous 90 mile Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. They’ve inspired other routes and articles, and now Chronicle. Congratulations to all!

#1 Pauline’s Gifts, Gloucester; #2 Essex Bird Shop & Pet Supply, Essex; #3 Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens, Essex; #4 The Essex Exchange, Essex; #5 Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery, Ipswich*; #6 AnnTiques, Ipswich; #7 Be Modern, Ipsiwch; #8 Lost Treasures, Rowley; and #9 Serendipity at Todd’s Farm, Rowley

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