Monday, July 29, 2013

Salem Maritime Festival is This Coming Saturday!

Salem Maritime Festival


August 3, 2013, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 193 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970
Celebrate Four Centuries of Salem's Maritime Heritage!
The National Park Service at Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Essex Heritage invite you to Derby Wharf on Saturday, August 3rd for the 25th annual Salem Maritime Festival. Join us in celebrating "Ships, Sawdust, Sailors & Song" and enjoy lots of free, family fun activities and music throughout the park and on Derby Wharf.

What's in store for you at the 2013 Festival?

  • Live Music
  • Free 90-minute Harbor Cruises
  • Friendship of Salem Ship Tours
  • Numerous Kids Activities including the Junior Ranger Program
  • Boat Tours & Demonstrations
  • Opportunities to Cruise, Sail, Paddle, Row Salem Harbor
  • Traditional Craft Demonstrations
  • Seaside Kite-flying
  • Muck Walk, featuring "Life at Low Tide"

2013 Harbor Cruises

Probably the most popular feature of the Salem Maritime Festival are the free, 90-minute boat rides around Salem Harbor on:
  • Schooner Fame, a full-scale replica of a War of 1812 Privateer
  • Schooner Ardelle, a Gloucester Schooner
  • Sea Shuttle's Endeavor, come aboard and learn about the marine science of Salem Sound!
All Salem Maritime Festival visitors are invited to enter a drawling for one free boat ride on the vessel of their choice. Tickets may be secured via an onsite lottery on the day of the Festival. Random drawings at the Harbor Cruise Tent on Central Wharf will be held 30 minutes prior to each cruise departure. Ticketed passengers (only) should be prepared for immediate departure down the Central Wharf gangway, and will come aboard, meet the crew and join in the hands-on activities. NOTE: All children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Live Music at the 2013 Festival

Ricardo Monzón Orchestra @ 12:00 and 1:00pm
Ricardo Monzon is Associate Professor of Percussion at the Berklee College of Music and part of a network of Latino musicians throughout the East Coast. His orchestra specializes in music from the Dominican Republic (Bachata and merengue) and other Latin American styles. They were awarded "the best performance of the Tito Puente concert series" in 2010. This is a very energetic 12 piece band, with the bestmusicians in Massachusetts, from different countries, including Cuba, Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Sweden, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Australia and the USA, with an authentic sound for this music.
Sharks Come Cruisin' @ 2:00pm
Sharks Come Cruisin' plays an energetic mix of original and traditional sing-along songs, keeping the themes of audience participation and celebration at the center of their music and live performances. SCC has played several festivals up and down the east coast, from Florida to Maine, and had the opportunity to play with Dropkick Murphys, The Loved Ones (Fat Wreck Chords), and Lemuria (Bridge Nine Records). They have been compared to Flogging Molly, The Pogues, and Against Me!, and have been described as sea shanty punk, Irish punk, and folk punk. Michael Bilodeau, Bass and Vocals, Jonathan Cannon, Fiddle, Mark Lambert, Guitar and Vocals, James Toomey, Drums, Erik Wohlgemuth, Banjo, Erica Sachs, Melodica.
Hosted and organized by the Schooner Ernestina, this 43-member chorus was created in 2001, and is made up of some of the Ernestina's most vocal volunteers. The repertoire includes a variety of chanteys and songs that reflect the rich maritime heritage of New Bedford, and the region. Sea Chanteys were traditionally sung as work songs on board sailing ships both as a way to pass the time and as a means of helping establish a rhythm for various types of work aboard the ship.
As a sampler of musical traditions connected to New Bedford Harbor and the New England seafarer, their performances feature the chanteys of the Yankee sailor, along with the ballads and ditties of global mariners and coastwise fisherfolk in North America, the Cape Verde Islands, and the British Isles.

Visiting & Participating Vessels

  • Schooner Fame, Full-scale replica of a War of 1812 Privateer
  • Schooner Ardelle
  • Sea Shuttle's Endeavour
  • Lewis H. Story, authentic replica Chebacco Boat

Children's Activities

Radio controlled boats and kite-making are only some of the children's activities that will take place on the historic wharves. There's an entire Children's Tent of fun crafts to do. Kids can also tour the tall ship Friendship of Salem, and earn Junior Ranger badges by participating in scavenger hunts and other fun activities. On the Derby Wharf beach, the Salem Sound Coastwatch will sponsor a muck walk. Learn about life at low tide in Salem Harbor. Boots will be provided.

Demonstrators and Exhibitors

Hands-on demonstrations and other activities will be scattered around the park. Traditional crafts like spinning, coopering, traditional small craft building, and model shipbuilding will be exhibited in working demonstrations. This year's exhibitors and demonstrators include:
  • Shipwrecks of New England
  • Essex County Hand Spinners
  • Linda Corcoran Chair Caning
  • USS Constitution Model Shipwright Guild
  • Marine Modelers Club of New England
  • American Textile History Museum
  • Marlinspike Sailor of Marblehead
  • Linda Lane Lace Making
  • Norumbega Canoe Club
  • Ould Colony Aritsans
  • Furniture Institute of MA
  • Soy Negra Productions
  • R.P. Raiseles Cooperage
  • Color of India
  • Essex Shipbuilding Museum
  • Historic New England
  • Cat Cove Marine Labs SSU
  • Div. of Marine Fisheries
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • US Coast Guard Auxillary
  • Witch House/ Corwin House
  • Salem Common Neighborhood Assn
  • Traditional Small Craft Association
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • Salem Kayaks
  • Sea Side Kites
  • Salem Sound Coastwatch 

Friendship of Salem

The tall ship, Friendship of Salem, will be open from 12pm to 4pm, with hands-on cargo loading and sail setting activities, Junior Ranger booklets, and National Park Service Rangers and Volunteers to introduce visitors to the lives of sailors, captains, and merchants in the Great Age of Sail.
The 2013 Salem Maritime Festival is hosted by Salem Maritime, your national park in Salem in cooperation with the Essex National Heritage Commission. Visit the National Park Service's webpage about the Salem Maritime Festival.

I hope to see you here, or there.

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