Tuesday, April 29, 2014

We_Are_Salem -- a Social Media Experiment

As those of you who follow this blog may already know, I love taking photographs.  I have never considered myself a "photographer" especially since about 80% of the photos I take are with my trusty iPhone 4S.  However, I do like documenting things I enjoy, through this medium, so I was intrigued when I learned about the "We Are Salem" social media experiment being led by John Andrews of Social Palates here in Salem.

This article probably explains the project better than I can, so you can click on this link to learn more:  We_Are_Salem by North of Boston Magazine.

In any case I chose "my" date several months ago, and was excited when the day finally arrive -- Sunday April 27, 2014.  I decided to post a mix of pretty spring photos, and things that point to what a unique place Salem is -- such as the use of a very old-school silhouette of a "witch" on many City-owned entities -- just so you could get a flavor of what it is like to like in Salem, Massachusetts and have those kinds of things woven into the fabric of our daily lives.

I hope you enjoy my perspective of a "normal" spring day in Salem:

Our public library is in an old mansion on Essex St.  It has beautiful gardens as well as great books.

The House of the Seven Gables also has beautiful gardens.

View of the Andrew Safford House, with the Ward house in the background, as seen from the roof of the
 Hawthorne Hotel  -- both of these properties belong to the Peabody Essex Museum. 

The trellis entry to the Ropes Mansion Garden, 318 Essex St., Salem

View of Salem Common at the first edge of Spring, 2014, taken from the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel

The flag on the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel

We love our pets here in Salem, MA.  This is one of mine, and Dewey is his name.

Our antique homes here in Salem are greatly prized.  This is one of four working fireplaces in my home, built before the turn of the century.  That would be before 1800.

The Peirce-Nichols House on Federal St. in Salem.  Owned by PEM, very rarely open for tours of the ground floor.

Spring is popping up all around us (finally!)  This is a home in the Federal St. neighborhood district.

Our high school's mascot is the Witch.

So is our municipal golf course.

Our parks have jolly names like Gallows Hill Park.

Our police sport patches with the Witch City logo as well.

Our fire department has a touching memorial to the first responders in New York City who died dealing with the 9/11 tragedy.

Salem Willows Park is located at the water's edge.   Just go past the Hawthorne Hotel down Essex St. and keep going until you get to the park.
I waited until after the children were in bed to post this, my slightly irreverent post of one of my very favorite places -- Hobbs -- famous for the best popcorn in the world.  Hot buttered popcorn that is, and they don't just pour butter over it, they toss it with butter and just the right amount of salt.

I hope you enjoy this look at some of my favorite things about Salem.  This is hardly an all-inclusive list, and we would love to hear about your favorite places  And we would also like your feedback on my photos.



  1. E A Metje9:43 AM

    Great photos-Salem is beautiful any time of year, but especially in the Spring! Thanks for sharing.

  2. great representation of salem's beauty.

  3. Thank you for the beautiful pictures, I so love the energy and whimsical feel of Salem Mass.