I Heart Heritage! with Deb Carey, Member & Commissioner

i heart heritage banner is an interview series to highlight and celebrate Essex Heritage’s diverse community of partners and supporters. This fall we asked Deb Carey, Planner and Environmental Advocate -- and Commissioner since 2003 -- to share her view of Essex Heritage and why she loves the Essex National Heritage Area. Interviewed November 2015.

Essex Heritage Commissioner Deb Carey

Are you an Essex National Heritage Area  (Essex County) native? If not, when and why did you move here?
I’m not a “native”.  My husband, new son and I moved to Essex County MA from CT and before that from CA to be near my older parents on LI.

What do you find most inspiring about the Essex National Heritage Area?
Amazing array of natural, cultural and historic resources all in one small area....and the ocean!  Gloucester and Salem for fishing and maritime history, Andover and Amesbury for trails and views, Ipswich and Essex for antiques and clams, Newburyport and Topsfield for farms and food.

What is your favorite place in the Essex National Heritage Area? (Or, think of it this way: If you could have an all-access pass to any place in Essex County, where would you go?)
I do have an all-access pass because there are so many fine outdoors hiking, biking and walking trails and the ocean shore to visit in every season. 

When did you first become involved with Essex Heritage?
1998

What is your most memorable Essex Heritage moment, event, or program?
Trails & Sails at Philips Andover where they had students from Lawrence collaborate with the Philips Andover students to make art with a theme of multicultural advertisements.  It was stunning and so excellent. 

Essex Heritage is important to me because…
Without it there’d be no way to promote our county’s stunning history and places.

Essex Heritage is important to our region, our state, or our nation because…
Essex Heritage shines a beacon on our regional resources sharing our strengths and making it easy to be proud of this place.

Help us continue to connect people and the places that make our Heritage. Become an Essex Heritage Member.