Fourth annual Trails & Sails Weekend Offers More than 100 Free Events in Celebration of Area Resources

Salem, MA (PRWEB) July 26, 2005 — The Essex National Heritage Commission (ENHC) is presenting the fourth annual Trails & Sails: A Weekend of Walks and Water, September 24and 25, 2005. The weekend events are designed to highlight the diversity of historic, cultural and natural resources found within the Essex National Heritage Area, which is located just north of Boston.

This year’s line up of events includes dory rowing on Gloucester Harbor, an intimate discussion with legendary composer Jerry Herman (“Hello, Dolly!”) at the North Shore Music Theater, a river and waterfall walk in Lawrence, and a birdwatching bicycle tour of the Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newbury. Involving historic, cultural and community organizations as well as recreation-based businesses, the weekend offers events for every age, skill level and interest and will include guided tours, hikes, walks, sails, paddles and special events such as an old-time baseball game.

“This is our fourth year and the success of the event has definitely caught on,” said Annie Harris, ENHC Executive Director. “We are pleased to be able to offer so many new events this year, many that aren’t available at any other time. Virtually all of the sites and organizations that participated last year have returned and many have taken the time to developed new walks and events just for Trails & Sails. Sites have also been very cooperative in helping us space events throughout the day, offering early morning as well as evening options. The end result is a wonderful mix of activities spanning both days. There truly will be ‘something for everyone’.”

Other new events this year include: Green Meadows Organic Farm tour in Ipswich; ,the “Legends and Literature of Lynn Beach,” hosted by the Lynn Museum; the “Wonders of Wooden Boats” at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum in Essex; and the “Legacy of Edward F. Searles, Methuen’s Reclusive Millionaire”, presented by the Methuen Historical Society.

The ENHC is producing a detailed Trails & Sails brochure with event descriptions, times and any restrictions dictated by the event or the location. The brochure will be available in August. A Trails and Sails website will also be online in Auguts. will feature all of the events chronologically, allowing participants to search and sort events by theme or special interest, such as wheelchair accessibility and pet friendly walks.

All Trails and Sails events are FREE. Some events do have space restrictions and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Most Trails & Sails events will be held rain or shine but some may be cancelled at the discretion of the provider.

For more information or to receive a Trails & Sails brochure with descriptions and times for all events, please visit the website at or call 978-740-0444.

Trails & Sails: A Weekend of Walks and Water is presented by TD Bank North and the Eagle Tribune Publishing Company. Additional support has been received from Eastern Bank, First National Bank of Ipswich, The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, North Shore Medical Center, and Rockport National Bank and North Shore Medical Center. The ENHC is extremely grateful to these sponsors for making the fourth annual Trails & Sails possible.

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