Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The book is the People Magazine pick of the week. The New York Times and The Washington Post both reviewed the book this past weekend, The Salem Gazette ran a piece on the book and author Brunonia Barry on July 18, and The Salem News and The Boston Globe have featured the The Lace Reader, Brunonia Barry, and Salem in today's editions.
There are two videos featured on salem.org/lacereader. The "theatrical" trailer for the book, and an interview with Brunonia Barry about The Lace Reader, its characters, and Salem. You will also find information about and a link to The Lace Reader sweepstakes - you can enter to win a weekend in Salem!
I hope this novel inspires you to visit Salem, to revisit some of your favorite sites that Towner and Rafferty mention or patronize, to perhaps seek out Ann Chase's shop - which is fictitious, but you will find elements in Artemesia Botanicals, Pyramid Books, Nu Aeon, and others - on Pickering Wharf. Follow the walking map through Towner's Salem and enjoy this very real city that is home to Brunonia Barry's most interesting characters!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Or, perhaps you are interested in the incredible Yin Yu Tang house. The house was originally a late Qing Dynasty merchants' house located in southeastern China. It was moved - piece by piece -and assembled at PEM where it is now open to visitors.
By Geoff Edgers, Globe Staff July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Here is the new trailer for The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry! If you have not yet entered the incredible sweepstakes for a weekend in Salem, you can find information on the sweeps on both The Lace Reader web site and Salem.org/lacereader.
Fireman Creative shot for this video in Salem back in April. You can see the other video they created on the Salem.org/lacereader page. The novel, set in Salem, hits bookshelves on Tuesday, June 29th. You can see Brunonia Barry tonight on Chronicle on WCVB-TV (Channel 5 in Boston) at 7:30 pm tonight.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Here we are at The Lace Reader: Blog Post II. (I told you there would be a few... I'm really excited about this book, and therefor think you should be, too.)
Here's the buzz for this week - The Sweepstakes is Live! You and your friends, neighbors and acquaintances can enter a fantastic sweepstakes for a weekend in bewitching Salem, Massachusetts. The prize packages (there are two - twice the chance of winning!) were compiled by Destination Salem and our participating sites and businesses. Visit the Salem.org sweepstakes page to find links to all of the participating businesses, museums, and sites.
Don't forget to buy the book when it is released on July 29th. Cornerstone Books will have it, as will every other bookseller in the nation.
The Lace Reader will be featured on Chronicle on Friday, July 25, so set your recorders!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Picture this: For $24 each round-trip, we boarded the Salem Ferry at the New England Aquarium and, 45 pleasant minutes later, disembarked from the high-speed catamaran in this North Shore city. We then walked only five minutes from the ferry dock to the Morning Glory Bed & Breakfast, which - by my assessment - has the best location of any of Salem's many B&Bs.
What we liked most: The inn's roof deck and its location within walking distance of most of Salem's tourist sites.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
These are the last few days of ART IN ACTION at the Kensington Stobart Gallery. Julia O'Malley-Keyes’ affinity for the ocean is reflected in her luminous coastal landscapes, seascapes, and paintings of classic yachts. In the historically dominated field of Marine Art, she is recognized as the premiere female marine artist in the United States. Ms. O'Malley-Keyes has continued her studies of traditional painting techniques and travels yearly to Europe and Asia to perfect her craft. Her work is often found in many of the most respected galleries and private collections in the United States. Ongoing exhibit through July 14th.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
The cast performed Summer Lovin' and You're the One that I Want during intermission on the 4th of July, and they were awesome. If that little taste of Grease, combined with the terrific performances by many of the same actors during A FunnyThing Happened on the Way to the Forum last month, are any indication of how great Grease is going to be... it's a must see! I know I can't wait to revisit Sandy and Danny and all the joys of Rydell High.
Performances are: July 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m., July 13 at 2:00 p.m., and then the same schedule the following week: July 18and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and July 20 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 general admission and $15.00 for seniors and students. Group discounts available for groups of 10 or more. To purchase tickets call 978-542-6290 or visit www.salemstate.edu/arts.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
This is, I will warn you, the first of a few posts about The Lace Reader. It's just too exciting to talk about it only once.
Here's the skinny: Salem native Brunonia Barry has written a wonderful novel called The Lace Reader. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers is publishing the book this summer - it hits book stores on July 29th. Brunonia will launch her national book tour in Salem at The House of the Seven Gables at an event presented by Cornerstone Books (get your tickets now through Cornerstone Books! All proceeds will benefit HAWC - Help for Abused Women & Children - in Salem).
Why all the "Bru-ha-ha," you ask? Well... the book happens to be set in Salem. And it visits some of our favorite places! The Salem Ferry, the Friendship, Chestnut Street, The First Church in Salem, Reds, the Roger Conant Statue (He's not a witch, by the way, but that's another post altogether.) , and on and on. It is a love story to Salem! And it has been a lot of fun for me to collaborate with William Morrow on the promotion of The Lace Reader and Salem.
So, mark your calendars to pick up The Lace Reader on July 29th, and check out Salem.org/lacereader for information on a fantastic sweepstakes that William Morrow is offering for a trip for two (there are two prizes!) to Salem! The sweepstakes launches next week, and I'll post a link at that time.
In the meantime, watch a video of The Lace Reader's Salem, listen to Brunonia talk about Salem, and join in the excitement about The Lace Reader!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
You can explore the region, or ride the Salem bike path.
Rent a Folding Bike for $7.00/hr; $35.00/day; $55.00/weekend (Fri-Mon); $150.00/week
Rent a Tandem Bike for $60.00/dayHere’s the fine print: Credit Card and Valid Driver's License required. Helmets and locks are included with all rentals. Helmet and lock rentals alone are $5 each per day. Rentals must be returned clean and in the same condition as when rented. Please call for reservations and availability. If you would like a bike to use for a local race or triathlon, please call for availability and pricing!
SALEM — Eva Coffey is the kind of tourist that local merchants and city officials want to see more of.
She and her friend hopped on a trolley yesterday, toured The House of the Seven Gables, explored the Peabody Essex Museum, and downed a sandwich and a frothy beverage at Salem Beer Works.
"We'll be back again," Dick Kiernan said. "It's been a few years since we've been here. It's more tourist-oriented now."
Already, the city has come a long way, said John Hunnewell, the ship's captain. In the past, American Canadian Caribbean Line had to moor in the harbor and ferry passengers to shore, a difficult task for the ship's mostly older crowd. Then passengers had to navigate a rickety dock.
Yesterday, the ship pulled right up to the pier, which was redesigned a few years ago to accommodate the Salem ferry, and disembarked.
Monday, July 7, 2008
The 4th was another incredible event, from the free Kid Space area with crafts, face painting, patriotic (temporary) tattoos, the DJ, and games, to the opening performance by Sandra Lee right on through the fabulous Hillyer Festival Orchestra. The soloists were wonderful, and the intermission performance by the Salem State College Summer Theatre cast of Grease made everyone want to get up and dance on our picnic blankets.
It was a perfect New England 4th of July!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
This year, the celebration begins at 9:00 AM on Salem Common when the Salem Common Neighborhood Association will host a public reading of the Declaration of Independence. The public is invited to attend and celebrate the 232nd birthday of this document that changed the history of the world!
7:15 PM - POPS! Concert featuring The Hillyer Festival Orchestra.
8:10 PM - Military flyover by the Barnes Air National Guard 104th Fighter Wing Unit.
8:15 PM - Intermission performance from Grease by Salem State College Summer Theatre.
9:15 PM - Fireworks Extravaganza! over Salem Harbor accompanied by the Hillyer Festival Orchestra.
Pack a picnic and bring your blankets and chairs - or buy your meal at the site. Food vendors will be on hand selling crowd-pleasers like hot dogs, popcorn, cold drinks, and desserts.
(It's a true family event - hence my pictures of Conductor Dirk Hillyer interacting with some of the children from the audience!)These events are made possible by contributions from the Greater Salem community, especially Skyrocket Sponsors Dominion Salem Harbor Station and Target. Thanks to the sponsors who allow for this incredible annual event to continue each year.
The visit to Salem is part of a five-week media promotion being conducted by Bentley Motors USA, which just moved to Boston.
If you want to see about a dozen more of the Continental Flying Spurs, Bentley is returning on Thursday, July 3rd. They will be parked on Central Wharf again (approximately 160 Derby Street) from about 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
(We're glad the Bentley crew from England was able to enjoy a bit of ice cream on the wharf while the journalists took their tour!)