Thursday, August 02, 2012

Heritage Days & Maritime Festival Host Delightful Events in Salem

There is so much going on in Salem, it almost takes one's breath away at times just keeping up with it all.  This is one of those times!

Here, courtesy of the City of Salem Event Calendar, is a list of all of those events:


SALEM HERITAGE DAYS

Updated Information posted 8/1/12

ATTENTION SALEM RESIDENTS
The Peabody Essex Museum and the Salem Witch Museum are always free to Salem residents, so include a visit to them in your Heritage Days' plans.

PARKING -- ALL FESTIVAL SPECIAL (Aug. 1-12)
Attention Downtown shoppers- merchant 1 hour validation stamps are worth double at both garages, so spend a little bit longer enjoying downtown.  *restrictions do apply (4, 1 hr stamps per visit, valid for a max of 8 hours)

ALL FESTIVAL SPECIAL (Aug. 1-12)
20% off Senior and Family Admission (children under 18) at the House of the Seven Gables located at 115 Derby Street.  Proof of residency is required.  Also, check out all the free activities listed in this schedule.

Salem Ferry Week Day Special (Aug. 8-12)
Salem residents* will receive $5.00 off (non-commuter rates) their Salem Ferry ticket August 8-12.   * Proof of residency is required

Thursday, August 2

The House of the Seven Gables – 1PM – 4PM - 115 Derby Street - Experience 17th Century games on our beautiful seaside lawn. Free event.

Movie on the Common –~Dark (8:30PM)~– Salem Common - Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy Rookie of the Year. ~The Salem Common Neighborhood Association will be selling snacks.

Friday, August 3

The House of the Seven Gables – 1PM – 4PM - 115 Derby Street - Come watch the lost art of lace making in Hooper Hathaway Great Room. Event is free.

Maritime Festival Kick-Off Concert Event – 6:30PM-9:00PM - Salem Maritime Park on Derby Wharf – Come on down to this historic venue and listen to the Boston Horns, the highly acclaimed Boston-based 7-piece funk/jazz/soul/ band with a BIG sound.

Quilt Show-Wesley United Methodist Church (8 North St.)
6PM-8PM - BRAND NEW EVENT – Come view hundreds of beautifully crafted quilts.  There will also be vendors, a silent auction and food and beverages available. Rain or Shine.  Admission: $5 (to benefit the Church Building Fund).  For more info email info@salemwesley.org

Saturday, August 4

Quilt Show-Wesley United Methodist Church (8 North St.)–9AM-3PM - BRAND NEW EVENT – Come view hundreds of beautifully crafted quilts.  There will also be vendors, a silent auction and food and beverages available. Rain or Shine.  Admission: $5 (to benefit the Church Building Fund).  For more info email info@salemwesley.org

24th Annual Salem Maritime Festival – 10AM-5PM – Salem Maritime National Park on Derby Wharf - The 24th annual Salem Maritime Festival will host an exciting array of FREE Family Fun festivities, including live music, free harbor cruises, traditional craft demonstrations, story-telling, dancing, theatre and much more! Kids will enjoy hayrides, face painting, kite-flying, “Muck Walks” and touch tanks with their favorite marine critters.  Come cruise, sail, paddle, and row through four centuries of Salem maritime history.  Explore the Friendship of Salem and visiting vessels that include: Schooner Fame of Salem; Lewis H. Story, Flagship of Essex Shipbuilding Museum; U.S. Coast Guard 47’ Motor Life Boat; Finback offering the HOBBES onboard marine ecology program; plus a fleet of kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and jolly boat!  Enjoy continuous music throughout the day by Annie and the Natural Wonder Band, Children’s interactive song & dance about marine life (11:00am); Squid Jiggers, A salty, high-energy folk duo hailing from Maine (12:30pm); Debra Cowan, Singer, song writer with captivating "Women and the Sea" program (1:30pm); Salem ChanteySing, An impromptu performance of traditional sea chanteys (2:30pm); and Squeezebox Stompers, A spicy blend of Lousiana roots: Cajun, Zydeco & New Orleans R&B (3:30pm).
For more information log onto: www.nps.gov/sama/planyourvisit/maritimefestival.htm

Clown Day – 10AM-4PM – Salem Willows - Stop by the Salem Willows and have clowns make balloon figures for your children, get their face painted and let them be entertained by continuous performances all afternoon.

The House of the Seven Gables – 1PM – 4PM - 115 Derby Street - Free exhibit of five ship models, past and present, with a demonstration of re-rigging a brig of the 19th century in the Hooper Hathaway Great Room.

Firemen’s Muster – 12:30PM - Salem Willows (Dead Horse Beach area) - Which crew can throw the longest stream of water with an antique hand pumped fire engine?  Come and see a 19th century sport that is being kept alive in the 21st century by a bunch of historic preservationists who like to get wet!

Sunday, August 5

Haunted City Junior Triathlon and Little Witch Duathlon- 8AM-12PM - Forest River Park - For kids 5-12 who hate the to swim-we've created a~duathlon option this year!! The triathlon will continue to young athletes to the test in a pool swim, bike and run.  Each athlete is treated like a professional at this~inspiring event.  For more information log onto: www.bnsfitness.com

Tour-A-Truck – 10:00AM-NOON – Salem Willows
Youngsters get a chance to climb and explore the insides of all kinds of big trucks.  Rita's Ice will be on-site with free samples.

Pet Fair & Dog Show – 10AM-3PM – Salem Common
From 10AM to 2PM join us on the Common where there will be a variety of pet exhibitors showcasing products, services, activities, demonstrations and loads of tail waging fun!    At 2PM the dog show takes place.  Categories are:  Dog & Owner Look-A-Like, Best Dressed, Best Trick, and Biggest Coach Potato For more information and to register your dog for dog contest, visit www.northshorepetfair.com. All Dogs Must Be on a 6 Ft. Lead.

The House of the Seven Gables – 115 Derby Street
1PM – 4PM - Free Ship Models exhibit (see Aug 4 description)

Monday, August 6

Senior Event:  Trolley Rides - Salem residents ages 60 and over can ride The Salem Trolley free from 10AM to 4PM.  Board at the National Park Service Visitor Center.  Proof of age and Salem residency is required.

Senior Event:  Ice Cream Social – 11:45AM-1:30PM – 5 Broad St. - The Salem Council on Aging will host an ice cream social sponsored by Treadwell’s Ice Cream and State Representative John Keenan at the Senior Center.  Guests may choose from chocolate or vanilla ice cream and an assortment of toppings. This event is free and open to Salem Seniors 60 and older.~ For more information call 978-744-0924.

Salem's Best Pizza Competition – 5PM-7PM – Salem Common
Come decide which Salem restaurant has the best pizza.  Bring the whole family. We will award the top adult and kids pick.
$5 Adults / $3 Kids. For more information contact the Salem YMCA at 978-744-0351.

Salem Night Out Restaurant Sampler –~ with City Council President Joan Lovely~ 5PM-7PM - Join City Council President Joan Lovely for a delicious hors d'oeuvres sampler highlighting three restaurants downtown Salem. ~Restaurants are Rockafellas, 43 Church, and 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar. ~Pre-registration required (max. 40 participants). Cost: $20 (Cash Bar) Proceeds benefit the Salem Main Streets program. For more information or to register call Salem Main Streets at 978-744-0004

Salem Community Concert Band & Community Jazz Band
7PM-9PM – Salem Willows Shell - Come listen to two bands made up of Salem residents from Grade 8 through adult. Led under the direction of Cynthia Napierkowski, director of the Salem High School Band.   Rain location:   Salem High School Auditorium~

Tuesday, August 7

Senior Event: Trolley Rides - Salem residents ages 60 and over can ride The Salem Trolley free from 10AM to 4PM.  Board at the National Park Service Visitor Center.  Proof of age and Salem residency is required.

Senior Event: BBQ - 10:30AM-1PM - Winter Island
The Salem Council on Aging will host a barbecue at the Winter Island pavilion. The menu will include hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon, lemonade and slush. Entertainment will be provided by Tony Malionek. Tickets are $5 and are on sale at the Senior Center, 5 Broad St. For more information, call 978-744-0924.

Shelter to Showpiece House Tour – 11AM – Peabody Essex Museum - Come tour the historic houses at the Peabody Essex Museum and experience three centuries of Salem.  (Tour free with museum admission to out-of-town patrons and free to Salem Residents - Space is limited – First come first serve). All patrons must check in at admission desk prior to tour.  For more information contact the PEM at 978-745-9500.

Story Time at the Witch House – 5PM-5:30PM
310 ½ Essex St. - Curious tales for the young read aloud in the Witch House's 17th century kitchen.  Free.  For more information contact 978-744-8815 or email info@witchhouse.info

Ice Scream Bowl - 6PM-7:30PM – Salem Common
We all scream for ICE-CREAM! Indulge your sweet tooth!~ Sample flavors from many of the North Shore's finest creameries, ice cream shops and restaurants. Music by DJ Doug and free face painting during the event. Bring the whole family. $5 Adults / $3 Kids. Proceeds to benefit Salem Main Streets.~ For more information contact Salem Main Streets at 978-744-0004.

The North Shore Concert Band - 7PM-9PM – Salem Willows Shell - Under the direction of Dave Benjamin, come hear 25 local professional musicians play a variety of music including marches, semi-classical, and show and pop tunes.

Wednesday, August 8

Senior Event:~ Health & Wellness Fair, Farmers Market Coupon Distribution – 9AM-NOON – Salem High School Field House, 77 Willson St. - The Salem Council on Aging will host a health & wellness fair adjacent to the Farmer’s Market coupon distribution day, co-sponsored by the Elder Service Plan on the North Shore.  ~Senior service-related agencies from all over the North Shore will hand out information, hold free giveaways and answer questions. ~Farmers’ Market coupons will be available to income-eligible Salem seniors, identification and proof of income is required for Farmer’s Market coupons only. For more information, call 978 744-0924.

The House of the Seven Gables – 1PM – 4PM - 115 Derby Street - Free story time (see Aug. 1 description)

Witches Cup Bike Race – 4PM – 8PM – Salem Common
The 2012 Witches Cup presents bicycle racing for both men and women at all levels. For more information log onto www.witchescup.com

Lip Sync Night – 5PM-6:30PM – Salem Willows Shell
We're doing it again.  Would you like to perform?  We are looking for groups of 2 or more.  Participants should be between the ages of 6-14.  Please bring your own music in CD form only.  You must pre-register at the Salem Park, Recreation~& Community Services Department, 5 Broad Street. For more information, please contact Tim Short at 978-744-0180, ext. 20 or tshort@salem.com.

Dance Enthusiasm Performance – 7PM-9PM – Salem Willows Shell - You won't want to miss the amazing performances of Salem's Dance Enthusiasm Dance Company, winners of hundreds of awards at dance competitions across the United States.  The dance company will perform many of their award-winning routines.  It's a show that's guaranteed to entertain all ages.

Thursday, August 9

Senior Event:~ Witch House ~- 10AM-5PM - 310 ½ Essex St.
Salem residents ages 60 and over can visit the Witch House free of charge.~ Proof of age and residency is required.

Shelter to Showpiece House Tour – 11AM – Peabody Essex Museum  (see Aug. 7 for description)

The House of the Seven Gables – 1PM – 4PM - 115 Derby Street - Free games on the lawn (see Aug. 2 description)

Farmers' Market – 3PM-7PM - Derby Square
Come visit us at Historic Derby Square on Front Street in Downtown Salem the market  is held every Thursday evening from 3:00PM - 7:00PM through December 21, 2012.

Window Box & Traffic Island Awards Ceremony – 5:30PM – Brookhouse Garden – 180 Derby Street - Please join Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, the Salem Garden Club and the Salem Beautification Committee as they award the winners of the City's window box competition and traffic island sponsorship program. Light refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony.

Senior Event:  Dinner Dance – 4PM-7PM – 50 Grove St.
Salem's seniors are invited to a night of dinner and dancing. The menu will include: Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, rolls, dessert and coffee.~ Entertainment will be provided by Trilogy. Tickets are $1 and are limited to two tickets per Salem resident.~ After August 1, tickets will be available to senior citizens of other communities for $2.~ For tickets and more information contact the Council on Aging at 978-744-0924.

Movie on the Common –~After Dark (8:30PM)~– Salem Common
Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy Madagascar 2.. ~The Salem Common Neighborhood Association will be selling snacks.

Friday, August 10

Senior Event:~ Witch House ~- 10AM-5PM - 310 ½ Essex St.
Salem residents ages 60 and over can visit the Witch House free of charge.~ Proof of age and residency is required.

Shelter to Showpiece House Tour – 11AM – Peabody Essex Museum  (see Aug. 7 for description)

The House of the Seven Gables – 115 Derby Street – 1PM – 4PM - Lace Maker Event (see Aug. 3 for description)

Kids Night – 5PM-7:30PM – Salem Common - The Salem YMCA will transform the Salem Common into a paradise for children with moon bounces, rides, games and arts & crafts.  $3 per child will pay for unlimited rides. For more information contact the Salem YMCA at 978-744-0351. (rain location:  Salem YMCA, Sewall Street)

Saturday, August 11

Essex Street Fair – 10AM-6PM – Essex St. Pedestrian Mall
Fun for all ages this street festival has something for everyone. Crafts, jewelry, paintings, stained glass, and other unique items will be featured along the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall.Buskers, face painters, and strolling musicians will entertain crowds.  For more information, contact the Salem Chamber of Commerce at 978-744-0004.

Shelter to Showpiece House Tour – 11AM – Peabody Essex Museum  (see Aug. 7 for description)

New England Pirate Faire – 11AM-6PM - Pioneer Village (Forest River Park)  Come experience the life of a pirate.  Fun for the whole family.   For more information, log onto www.pioneervillagesalem.com

Ice Cream Social – 2PM-4PM – Woman's Friend Society, 12 Hawthorne Boulevard - The Woman’s Friend Society will host their annual Ice Cream Social fundraiser. Come enjoy delicious ice cream sundaes in a beautiful garden setting.  Event is held rain or shine.  Cost is $5 per adult and $3 per child. From 10am to 2pm there will be a yard sale at the Emmerton House to benefit the Woman's Friend Society.

The House of the Seven Gables – 1PM – 4PM - 115 Derby Street  - A short slide show of sailing ships abandoned in the Falkland Islands 150 years ago and still intact.  Admission is free and show runs continuously.

IMPROV on the BRICKS – 3:30PM– 4:30PM - Derby Square
Join the Salem Theatre Company for their annual free improv comedy bash.  Bring a lawn chair! Bring padding! It's improv on a hard surface and anything can happen!  For more information visit www.salemtheatre.com.

Jewelry Beading Workshop – 3:00PM – 5:00PM – Artist Row
Come visit the Salem Collective of Artists and Musicians at Artist Row where local artist, Andrea Gourley, will be hosting a free beading workshop.~ For more information contact: salemcollective@gmail.com or 978.219.7226.~

Salem Jazz & Soul Festival, Berklee Summer Series Concert - 5PM–7PM - Derby Square (in case of rain, event will be held at The Vault - 217 Essex Street.)  This concert features Cosmodrome, a four-piece band whose style is a forward thinking and eclectic blend of soul, funk, and hip-hop. The enchanting lead vocals of Madison McFerrin intertwine and lock with guitar, bass, and drums to create a sound and live show that is captivating.. ~Don't forget your chair.  For more information visit www.salemjazzsoul.com

Sunday, August 12

Essex Street Fair –10AM-6PM – Essex St. Pedestrian Mall
(see Aug. 11 for full description)

DUNK-A-COP - 10AM-6PM – Essex St. Pedestrian Mall- Sunday August 12 (updated date)
Ever want to see a police officer get dropped into a dunk tank? Ever want to be the person who threw the baseball into the big red button to send the officer to their cold wet fate?  Well you will have your chance as some of Salem's finest will be sitting waiting for you to knock them into the dunk tank in Salem's very first Dunk-A-Cop!  Dunk-A-Cop is an event to raise money for a new Salem Police Department K-9 Unit.~ There will be a booth at the Essex Street Fair by the Shirley Cervoni Walkway (between Cabot Money Management and the Salem Five ATM).

Shelter to Showpiece House Tour – 11AM – Peabody Essex Museum  (see Aug. 7 for description)

New England Pirate Faire – 11AM-5PM - Pioneer Village (Forest River Park) - Come experience the life of a pirate.  Fun for the whole family.   For more information, log onto www.pioneervillagesalem.com

The House of the Seven Gables – 115 Derby Street – 1PM – 4PM  - Free Falklands Slide Show (see Aug. 11 for description)

Phillips House 11th Annual Antique Car Meet – NOON–3PM –
34 Chestnut Street - Join Historic New England's Phillips House and the North Shore Old Car Club for the Eleventh Annual Car Meet.  Vintage and antique vehicles, including a collection of carriages, two Pierce-Arrows, and a Model A Ford, will be displayed.  There will be special tours of the Phillips House and Carriage House and family activities and games will be set up in the backyard.  Jazz music will be provided by Trent Austin Duo and light refreshments will be served.  Free admission.  For information, call 978-744-0440 or visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org

IMPROV on the BRICKS – 3:30PM– 4:30PM - Derby Square
(see Aug. 11 for full description)

Salem's Chiptune, Electronica and Noise Extravaganza (S.C.E.N.E.) – 5PM-9PM – Salem Willows Shell
Join local vj's, dj's and live electronic musicians as they showcase their amazing talent and new music that might otherwise be overlooked by the mainstream. For more information log onto: http://radioscotvoid.com/scene

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Wow, so much to do, with something for everyone.  I hope to see you there, or here!

Juli


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