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Essex History Revealed Through Photographs

Saturday, April 17, 2010

By Lynn Beahm

Local authors Dawn Robertson and Kurt A. Wilhelm publish new book on Essex’s past

With the first boat being built in 1660, Essex thrived off of the shipbuilding industry and developed into one of the largest producers of fishing schooners in the country.

In a new book by local authors Dawn Robertson and Kurt A. Wilhelm, over 200 vintage photographs reveal a microcosm of American culture and growth, telling the story of leading patriots, entrepreneurs, Civil War heroes, and hardworking everyday citizens.

The authors hope the book will “let readers pause and reflect on America's previous way of life while absorbing a new cache of stories and facts.”

Highlights of Essex:

•Features never-before seen historic photographs from the Dana Story Collection and other private collections

•Orients the reader to the various sections of Essex by clippings from David Choate’s 1853 map of Essex and aerial photographs

•Showcases town teams, school classes, fire companies, military units and other group photographs

•Provides an outline on how the town developed

The profits from the sale of the book will be donated to the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or

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Agile Coach Bootcamp - Boston area

The Agile Coach Bootcamp

A 5 day Agile Immersion for Experienced Agilists

The Agile Coach Bootcamp combines The Agile Facilitator class with the 3-day version of Coaching Agile Teams, taking place over 5 days and evenings in a retreat setting. Your Bootcamp leaders guide you on a comprehensive experience, resulting in class certifications in Team Facilitation & Agile Coaching by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) and 37 SEUs by the Scrum Alliance. The primary class components of the Bootcamp are:

The Agile Facilitator: Catalyzing Collaboration, Delivering Results

Coaching Agile Teams: The Mindset and Skills of Great Agile Coaching

The two classes are woven together into a single, intensive and immersive experience that will catapult your agile coaching skills and results to new levels. You will leave a different person!

YOU MUST ATTEND ALL 5 DAYS including evening practices, to get the full benefit for yourself and to be fair to your fellow colleagues as the skills in the class build on one another. When you are gone, even for a short time, you miss a lot. In addition, being absent impacts your ability to achieve ICAgile continuing eduction certifications

You should arrive by 8:00 am on Monday for check-in, to get settled, for light breakfast, etc. Class starts promptly at 9 am on Monday. Class will end 4:30p on Friday.

Daily Class Hours:

  • Monday - 9 am to 8 pm
  • Tuesday - 9 am to 5 pm
  • Wednesday - 9 am to 5 pm
  • Thursday - 9 am to 8 pm
  • Friday - 9 am to 4:30 pm


What's included in the course price:

  • All Meals - (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • The two courses
  • Lodging for 4 nights (double occupancy for Monday - Thursday night)

 We suggest you fully immerse in the retreat vibe and the ease of being "there" and being focused by committing to stay in Lodging at the retreat center. 


About the Retreat Center

The Essex Retreat Center's property is set in a beautiful, peaceful place and is tucked amidst 18 acres of white pines and oaks, less than a mile from the ocean and surrounded by 250 acres of conservation land. Menus are healthy, wholesome and abundant meals with vegetarian options. All meals are prepared by our Executive chef and professional food service staff.

While we feel you will be pleased with the accommodations, we want to make sure that you know this is a rustic retreat center - not a spa. A place to think and breathe in nature, eat wholesome food, and a chance to get to know your fellow students by sharing two (or three) to a room and three to a bathroom. A limited number of Sunday arrivals and single rooms are available for an additional fee. Contact Meg for details. Who Would Benefit from the Bootcamp

  • ScrumMasters, Agile Project Managers or Iteration Managers well versed in the agile basics and who have experienced an agile team. You must have actual experience to benefit from the bootcamp because we use your real life experiences throughout. We suggest at least 6 months’ experience.
  • Experienced ScrumMasters, Agile Project Managers or Iteration Managers who have had years of experience.
  • Agile Coaches who want increased facilitation and coaching skills and the results they can provide.
  • Any experienced agilist interested in bringing more rigor and structure to their facilitation of Agile ceremonies and other collaborative events.
  • Any experienced agilist who wants to help people and teams achieve the changes it takes to use agile well.


The Agile Facilitator  You asked for it, we listened. We are SO excited to be offering a facilitation class that will help you professionally facilitate the Agile practices for your teams. We partnered with two great facilitators – Leslie Stein and David Chilcott – to design a course that fulfills industry requirements for becoming a qualified Agile Team Facilitator. This two-day course requires day and evening class time to cover what you need and allow you plenty of time to practice and get feedback. Here’s the full course description.

Coaching Agile Teams To meet the full requirements of a comprehensive Agile coaching curriculum, we expanded our flagship Coaching Agile Teams course to 3 days. We offered the 3-day version, and students raved: don’t shortchange us with only 2-days! Finally, we can say this is a truly comprehensive course for Agile coaches. Here’s the full course description.Certifications

  • The Bootcamp is accredited by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) as fulfilling all Learning Objectives in the Team Facilitation & Agile Coaching track.  After successful completion of the Bootcamp, you can apply for ICAgile Professional continuing education certifications in Team Facilitation and/or Agile Coaching, provided you meet ICAgile's prerequisites. Learn more at ICAgile.
  • The Bootcamp is also approved by the Scrum Alliance and yields 37 SEUs toward your Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) or to support your existing Scrum Alliance certifications, such as the CSM. Learn more at the Scrum Alliance.
  • Any learning in Agile is typically acceptable to the Project Management Institute as continuing education. The Bootcamp yields 37 PDUs that you can claim toward your PMI-ACP or to support your existing PMI certifications, such as the PMP. Learn more at the PMI.

 Cancellation Policy

We make business decisions based on how many people have registered for a given event.  If you must change or cancel your registration, please know that it impacts everyone.  Still, we know that sometimes things happen.  Here's how it will work if you must reschedule or cancel:

If you notify ACI at least 20 business days prior to the event, you may receive full credit for a future event   -or-  a full refund.

If you notify ACI less than 20 business days prior to the event, you may receive full credit for a future event minus a $75 rescheduling fee  -or-  a full refund minus a $300 cancellation fee.

If you notify ACI less than 5 business days prior to the event, you may receive full credit for a future event minus a $250 rescheduling fee plus any additional expenses incurred for catering and event charges resulting from your cancellation. No refunds.

When: May 4, 2015 1 PM to May 8, 2015 4 PMin Essex, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit for pricing. (Mon, 04 May 2015 13 )
Age Limit: All Ages


When: May 16, 2015 8 PM in Essex, Massachusetts (Sat, 16 May 2015 20 )
Introduction to the Birds at Cogswell's Grant
Introduction to the Birds at Cogswell's Grant

Monday, May 18, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.


$10 Historic New England and Mass Audubon members, $14 nonmembers


With 165 acres of grasslands, salt marshes, and woodlands, Cogswell’s Grant is a treasure trove for birders. Join Bill Gette, sanctuary director at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center, for an introduction to the wide variety of species and habitats on the farm. During a relaxing walk, explore the many aids to field identification, identify birds by their vocalizations, and discuss breeding behavior. Please bring binoculars. Coffee and refreshments will be served, and the house will be open for a brief tour.


Registration is required. Please call 978-768-3632 for more information. Purchase tickets now

When: May 18, 2015 12 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Mon, 18 May 2015 00 )
Artists' Plein Air Day
Artists' Plein Air Day
Saturday, May 23, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.


Artists and painters are invited to Cogswell's Grant for a day of plein air painting. Join fellow artists from all over the North Shore to paint beautiful vistas including the Essex River and the Great Marsh, farm fields and landscapes, and our eighteenth-century historic house and barns. Free beverages and snacks are available during the day. Artists can tour the museum, which features one of the country's most celebrated collections of American folk art.

Please call 978-768-3632 for more information.

When: May 23, 2015 9 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Sat, 23 May 2015 09 )
Neat and Tidy: Early American Boxes
Neat and Tidy: Early American Boxes
Saturday, May 30, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass

$5 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers

After thirty years, Nina Fletcher Little’s book Neat and Tidy: Boxes and Their Contents Used in Early American Households is still as popular as ever. Often beautifully decorated or constructed for a specific purpose, boxes offer insights into the lives of everyday people. Join Site Manager Kristen Weiss for a special tour of the house and see some of the 148 boxes in the collection, many of which are not usually on display.

Registration is required. Please call 978-768-3632 for more information. Purchase tickets now

When: May 30, 2015 10 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Sat, 30 May 2015 10 )
Kite Day at Cogswell's Grant
Kite Day at Cogswell's Grant
Saturday, April 11, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (rain date Sunday, April 12)
Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.

$10 for kite-making workshop, free for flyers and spectators

Come fly a kite at Cogswell's Grant! Bring your own kite or build one of your own, and watch professional kite flyers from Kites Over New England. Archie Stewart of Kite Education teaches a workshop with all materials included, where kids and adults can make their own kites and learn how to fly them.

Registration is recommended for the workshop only. Please call 978-768-3632 for more information. Purchase tickets now

When: Apr 11, 2015 11 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Sat, 11 Apr 2015 11 )

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