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Posted: 2012-11-02

Salem Patch - Salem Events Win Trails & Sails Awards

Thousands of people took to the byways, waterways and trails of the Essex National Heritage Area over the last two weekends of September to participate in the 11th annual TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks and Water.

Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage) and its partners organized over 200 free and unique events designed to showcase the historic, cultural and natural resources of the Heritage Area.

Over 100 event hosts opened their doors and scheduled more than 200 events to connect people to the special places and organizations that comprise the Essex National Heritage Area. While event tallies continue to trickle in, over 3,000 participants have been recorded at events extending throughout the 34 cities and towns of Essex County.

Trails & Sails 2012: People's Choice Awards

Essex Heritage is very grateful to the hundreds of organizations, event leaders and businesses that opened their doors and created experiences that continue to thrill and delight residents and visitors alike.

Based on participant feedback Essex Heritage will present "People's Choice Awards" to the top ten events that received the most votes from participants.

The 2012 "People's Choice Awards" go to: �1. Old Ipswich Rum Tour & Tasting hosted by Turkey Shore Distilleries, Ipswich �2. 1812 Privateer FAME: Go Sail, hosted by the Schooner Fame, Salem �3. Newburyport's Historic Powder House open house hosted by the Newburyport Preservation Trust, Newburyport �4. Sea Level Rise at Crane Beach, hosted by The Great Marsh Coalition, Ipswich �5. Historic Ice House Tours hosted by Cape Pond Ice Company, Gloucester �6. Appleton Farmstead Tour hosted by The Trustees of Reservations, Ipswich �7. Winter Island Tour hosted by Friends of Winter Island, Salem �8. Learn to Kayak with REI hosted by REI Outdoor School, Newburyport �9. A Working Winery Experience hosted by Mill River Winery, Rowley �10. Rowing the Jolly Boat hosted by the National Park Service, Salem Maritime National Historic Site

The Essex National Heritage Area is comprised of the 34 communities of Essex County and designated by US Congress in recognition of the important role that this region played in American history and the significant heritage sites still extant in the region.

Essex Heritage is the non-profit management entity for the Area, working in collaboration with the National Park Service to promote public/private partnerships, and develop programs that enhance, preserve and encourage regional awareness of the Area's unique historic, cultural and natural resources.




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