Friday, July 22, 2011

So Much to Do in Salem This Weekend, Newer Version with More!

Besides coming to the Hawthorne Hotel on Sunday to enjoy our delicious (and may I say SERVED) Sunday Jazz Brunch, here are some more things to do in our fair city this weekend:

Today, Friday July 22, is FREE day at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM).  For more information go to and admission is free to everyone, not just Salem residents.

Late-breaking new addition to this blog post from Destination Salem's blog post: sixth annual Hearth & Field Day at the Witch House, featuring Colonel Bailey's 2nd Massachusetts Regiment reenactment group, is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, July 23rd.

This is an great opportunity to interact with 18th century reenactors who will be demonstrating weaving, cooking, sewing and other household tasks from the 1700s. There will be a mess tent set up on the front yard where the women (presumably!) will be preparing a meal, and the men (again, I'm presuming a gender-based division of tasks!) will discuss the militia and weaponry of the time.

Each year the group brings different reenactors, providing a new focus and different experience for visitors, and new insight into the life of 18th-century colonial life.

At 12:45 PM the Regiment will march from the Witch House to Derby Wharf, via Essex Street and Hawthorne Boulevard, for a musket firing demonstration at 1:00 PM. & Field Day is free to the public.
Saturday, July 23, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Guided tours of the 17th-century Witch House are available for $10.25 ($8.25 for seniors, $6.25 for children 7-14). Self-guided tours are $8.25. The Witch House is the only structure in Salem with direct ties to the Salem Witch Trials open to the public today. It was the home of Judge Jonathon Corwin, a magistrate during the trials. Self-guided tours cost $8.25

For more information call The Witch House at 978-744-8815.

The Salem CultureFest is happening on both Saturday and Sunday, on the Common.  Included in the CultureFest is an ethical "e-waste" recycling event, to benefit the sponsoring organization that puts on CultureFest each year, and that will be noon to 4 pm.  For more information, including the schedule of entertainment, click on this link:

On Sunday there will be an event here in the Ballroom of the Hawthorne Hotel where you can have fun, learn a new skill and donate money to a good cause at the same time.  Here is the link to that event, for which all the necessary components (including the use of our Grand Ballroom) were donated in order to make sure every dollar spend will go to fighting cancer.  For more information:

Last but not least:

Fundraiser aboard the Friendship Join Historic Salem, Inc. aboard the Friendship of Salem on Sunday, July 24, 6:30-9 p.m., for its annual summer fundraiser, called Summer Sipping. Cost: $50 for members of Historic Salem, Inc. and $65 for non-members. Tickets purchased on the day of the event cost $65. Advance tickets are suggested, as this event typically sells out. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 978-745-0799, or by visiting the HSI at 9 North St. The Friendship will be dockside. Attendees can sip a selection of wines, sample cuisine from Salem’s finest purveyors and bid at the silent auction, which will feature a selection of prizes from local hotels, restaurants, cultural attractions and retailers. HSI thanks the National Park Service for their help with this event. Donations of prizes and food were provided by businesses, individuals and organizations. The event is handicapped accessible but prior notice is requested to best fulfill the attendees’ needs. Soft-soled footwear is required by the NPS. For information, call 978-745-0799 or e-mail

I hope to see you here, or at one of these events!


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