April First Friday Social - Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Our North Shore Corridor Through Nature, History and Culture
Members of the Custom House Maritime Museum and their guests are cordially invited to our First Friday Social on April 5th from 6:00-8:00pm, and the opportunity to enjoy the sensation of local discovery.
March 10th begins Daylight Savings time -- and 10 days later it's Spring -- well, in theory at least. So, with another New England winter on the wane and the plethora of exceptional attractions found all along the North Shore -- it's a perfect time to get reacquainted with our Essex Coastal Scenic Byway -- and have we got the perfect duo to guide you!
Join us on Friday, April 5th, in welcoming Bill Steelman of Essex National Heritage Commission, coordinator of the grassroots coalition guiding the Byway's development, along with veteran journalist and author Joel Brown who wrote the handbook on this magnificent 85-mile route through the 13 coastal communities from Lynn to Newburyport that comprise it.
Bill and Joel will whet your appetite for some local exploration with captivating details and insights of this exceptionally picturesque and historically unique coastal corridor. Hear their inside stories on all the special places, offbeat traditions, cultural treasures and hidden discoveries that await you up and down the North Shore -- PLUS, you get to ask these experts your very own questions.
Joel will also be available to sign copies of his new book, Essex Coastal Byway Guide, available in the museum gift shop. The Guide features all manner of fertile details on the North Shore destinations you'll find along the Byway, from museums and historic homes to beaches and wildlife refuges, including the real things you need to know like reasons why the Great Marsh is so important to everyone, where you can really get the best fried clams -- and how on earth Motif No.1 got to be so famous. Oh, and when to avoid the greenhead flies!!!
Through chapters on each of the 13 Byway towns plus Plum Island, the Guide fills you in on Salem witches, Gloucester fishermen and Essex shipbuilding, of course -- but locals will truly appreciate finally getting the skinny on the surprising back stories of their favorite spots (those things everyone is supposed to already know!) plus tips for making the most of them!
We encourage all our members to invite a guest to this event to introduce them to the Custom House Maritime Museum and treat them to an evening of conversation, company and maritime discovery in the heart of downtown Newburyport.
We proudly feature the great and distinctive beers of Harpoon Brewery, the official beer of the Custom House Maritime Museum!
Above: Essex National Heritage's Bill Steelman (left) and Journalist, Author and Boston Globe Contributor, Joel Brown (right)