Monday, August 11, 2014

Heritage Days

Stumble upon. . . is not only a Social Media app, but it is exactly what happened to me this past Saturday. I was walking home from downtown Salem, having been to see The Turner and the Sea exhibit at PEM for the third time (YES! It is that good!!) and I walked by the Witch House at the corner of Essex and Summer/North Streets to see a huge amount of activity going on right on their front lawn.

Today I went searching for more information about what exactly this was, as I only had a few moments to take my photos and get on with my day.  Here is what I found out -- this event has been taking place at the Witch House for about 8 years now.  These cool folks are Colonial re-enactors whose period dates from the 18th century, so while not exactly the period of the Witch House, this is nonetheless fun to see from a "Heritage" perspective.

This year their mission was to make a dress, by hand, in one day:


I spoke to Elizabeth who is the Director of the Witch House, and she said they don't heavily advertise this event as the Witch House already has a big draw, and they don't want to overwhelm the place.

If you are planning to come to Heritage Days in 2015, this is something to put on your agenda as a "not to miss" event, at least in my opinion.  The dates of Heritage Days next year are August 1 - 9, and this event, if held on the "same" weekend would be on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

I hope to see you here.


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