This year, the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover Historical Society and Andover Village Improvement Society are teaming up to offer three back-to-back events on Sunday, Sept. 22, in conjunction with Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks & Water, which is organized by the Essex National Heritage Commission.
Starting at noon, AVIS will lead a 90-minute walk through the Goldsmith Woodlands to explore the mature forestland and the shoreline of Foster’s Pond.
From 2 to 3 p.m., Addison Gallery Director Brian T. Allen will offer a tour of one of the gallery’s fall shows, “Natural Selections,” exploring the many ways artists relate to the natural world.
And at 4 p.m., the Andover Historical Society will lead a 90-minute walking tour along beautiful Central Street in the heart of downtown Andover.
All of the events are free and open to the public, and participants can choose to do all or just one or two.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with AVIS and the Addison Gallery to coordinate these three terrific events, which complement one another perfectly,” Elaine Clements, executive director of the Andover Historical Society, said. “Whether you live in Andover or are coming to town from farther afield as part of the Trails & Sails program, these programs will make for a great afternoon exploring the town and will offer insights into Andover’s cultural and natural resources.”
Also in conjunction with the 12th annual Essex Heritage Trails & Sails, the Shawsheen River Watershed Association is hosting a paddle on a scenic section of the Shawsheen River in Andover on Saturday Sept. 28. Paddlers should meet at the Ballardvale dam at 8:30 a.m., where people will be shuttled to the launching point upstream. SRWA can provide gear for up to 15 people; people with their own gear are also encouraged to participate. Those interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 25.
The events are among more than 100 free activities planned as part of Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks & Water, Sept. 20 through 22 and Sept. 27 through 29. The annual event celebrates the historic, cultural and natural treasures found in the Essex National Heritage Area. Visit www.essexheritage.org/ts for a complete schedule.