Thursday, April 30, 2009
Friday May 1st at 7pm
Music: Caroline Smith
When Caroline was a junior in high school back in Texas, her mom taught her a few chords on the guitar… and she has been writing songs ever since. Come see this enchanting singer-songwriter in a cover-free show at the Cornerstone Café!
Wednesday May 6th at 7pm
Free Investment Seminar with Ken Nagy
Follow the reconstruction packages of China and The United States: The governments of several countries will soon begin spending money like sailors on leave! Join Ken and find out which companies will benefit and which may be hurt, and how this may affect your investments.
Friday May 8th at 7pm
Bryan Gruley and Starvation Lake
In the dead of a Michigan winter, pieces of a snowmobile wash up near the crumbling, small town of Starvation Lake—the same snowmobile that went down with Starvation’s legendary hockey coach years earlier. Every small town has its triumphs and disappointments, secrets and festering grudges. In the enormously accomplished Starvation Lake, debut novelist and award-winning Chicago bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal Bryan Gruley gives readers a window into the lives of townspeople shocked out of their complacency by a discovery that turns the town, and its history, upside down.
Starvation Lake was an Indie Next pick for March ’09.
“A wonderfully polished and assured first novel. Many good crime novels appear every month, but few have the depth and poignancy of Starvation Lake, which deserves comparison with Dennis Lehane’s Mystic River.”– Booklist, starred review
“A great debut from a major talent.” – New York Times bestselling author, Harlan Coben
Sunday May 17th at 1pm
David Brody and The Cabal of the Westford Night
A mix of The DaVinci Code and India Jones, set locally, The Cabal of the Westford Night is sure to be a summer hit! Inspired by the legend of the Westford Knight – an effigy carved in stone in Westford, MA – the novel takes readers on a tour of 600-year-old sites and artifacts located in New England, in a plot that reveals the true secrets of the Knights Templar and the Jesus bloodline.
“Brody delves right into the historical fiction field made so trendy by works like The Da Vinci Code and picks up where they leave off. The novel is extremely well-researched and self-aware, and Brody does a terrific job of wrapping his research in a fast-paced thrill ride that will feel far more like an action film than an academic paper, though both elements are distinctly present.” – Publishers Weekly
Wednesday May 20th at 7pm
Kristin Bierfelt and The North Shore Literary Trail: From Bradstreet’s Andover to Hawthorne’s Salem
From the careful craftsmanship of the late John Updike to the timeless poetry of Robert Frost, the writers of the North Shore have left a lasting impression on the literary world. In The North Shore Literary Trail, Author Kristin Bierfelt shares the treasured homes and favored haunts of these beloved writers, revealing places of unique inspiration and the importance of home. Complete with a list of must see stops; Bierfelt offers readers the chance to view the North Shore in a completely new way— through the eyes of its writers.
Saturday May 23rd at 7:30pm
Steve Kluger and My Most Excellent Year
Last Spring’s #1 Book Sense YA pick is now in paperback! Romance, real life challenges and frequent hilarity follow three Boston-area teens in My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins and Fenway Park. Written in a series of school essays, diary entries, emails and instant messages, this novel about family, friendships, politics, baseball and musical theater (!!) is a heartwarming book for people who hate heartwarming books.
“Funny, affecting, smart and surprising, too. The climactic moment is good as a Broadway curtain call--or a neighborhood outing to Fenway.” -- The Washington Post
Tuesday May 26th at 7pm
Salem History Society Annual Meeting
Please join us for this Annual Year-End All-Members Meeting: Questions and Answers, Favorite Stories, and Favorite Things about Salem!!
Thursday May 28th at 7pm
Thursday’s Theater of Words and Music
Thursday's Theatre of Words & Music features three to four established and emerging writers and artists to read/display/perform their work for the public at Cornerstone Books in Salem, MA on the fourth Thursday of every month at 7pm. An open mike will be held following featured writers/artists--artists are chosen by first-come-first-serve. May's featured artists will include Kevin Carey and Kim Triedman.
Friday May 29th at 7pm
Music: Matt Scott
Matt returns to Cornerstone for an evening of his special acoustic/folk/indie mix. Join him in the café for this cover-free show!
Monday, April 27, 2009
This event FREE fun for everyone!
Celebrate Salem’s rich history through games, food, theatre, music, dance, demonstrations and more Performers include The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers, Essex Harmony, Pastimes Entertainment, Empire Theatre Company, Norman Jones, and History Alive!
If you have a favorite Salem memory, you can record it in Gordon College's public history project during the event.
The City of Salem and Gordon College thank American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation for considering the Old Town Hall to receive $100,000 in preservation funding.
Visit http://www.partnersinpreservation.com/boston/ to cast YOUR vote for the Old Town Hall! Voting reminders and other information can be obtained at http://www.salemoldtownhall.com/
If you go, take pictures and you can post them on the Partners in Preservation web site AND I invite you to send them to me - I will run a blog post that features your pictures of people interacting and having fun at Old Town Hall!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Junior Ranger Day will be celebrated on April 25, 2009 at the two National Park Service sites in Essex County: Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Salem and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site in Saugus.
Junior Ranger Day is part of National Park Week (April 18-26, 2009), which is designated annually by Presidential proclamation as a week for celebration and recognition of America’s National Parks. In 2008, nearly 50,000 people participated in Junior Ranger programs at 200 National Parks around the country, including Salem Maritime NHS and Saugus Iron Works NHS. “This is a wonderful opportunity to bring your children to the National Park in your back yard,” said Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works Superintendent Patricia Trap, “I would encourage all parents to do the National Parks’ Junior Ranger programs with their children, and I am very pleased with the new Junior Ranger programs that we are able to present in Salem and Saugus.”
Salem Maritime National Historic Site’s free Junior Ranger Day activities will take place on the tall ship Friendship of Salem from 10 AM to 4 PM. Two Junior Ranger programs will be offered that will teach kids about ships and what a sailor’s life was like. One is aimed at four to six year olds, and those who complete the activities will earn a ribbon; the other is for seven to twelve year olds, and kids who complete those activities will earn a badge.
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site’s free Junior Ranger program will be offered all day. The program helps kids to explore the people and technology of the 17th century iron works. Participants in the program can choose their activities to create a custom program tailored to their interest and age. Children that complete the program will earn a badge and certificate.
The programs will be available at Salem Maritime NHS on board Friendship,which is docked at historic Derby Wharf, 193 Derby Street, and at Saugus Iron Works, which is located at 244 Central Street in Saugus.
For more information about Salem Maritime NHS and the Junior Ranger Day activities in Salem, please visit www.nps.gov/sama or call 978-740-1650. For more information about Saugus Iron Works NHS and the Junior Ranger Day activities in Saugus, please visit www.nps.gov/sair or call 781-233-0050.
Photos: The Salem Maritime Festival, held annually on the first weekend of August; Friendship of Salem under full sail. Both photos courtesy NPS.
With the nice weather coming, lots of people want to dine al fresca (outside). Rockafellas has outdoor seating, and so does Gulu Gulu Cafe, Upper Crust Pizza, Maria's Sweet Somethings (ice cream is always better outside, isn't it?), Victoria Station, Finz, The Lobster Shanty, and Capt's. Visit the dining pages of Salem.org for restaurant information.
AND... the Garden Cafe at the Peabody Essex Museum is open for the season.
It's going to be unseasonably warm this weekend, so grab the sunscreen and set out for some outdoor exploration and dining in Salem!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I was in The Trolley Depot last month, and I bought magnetic pads with floral designs for hostess gifts. Last week I went in looking for Pirate garb (dress like a pirate for The Pirates of Penzance at Salem State College and save $$ on your admission!) and I stumbled upon some great items for Earth Day - for example: lamp sets that you make out of glass bottles, and trivet kits that you make out of your corks.
And while I was there I asked Betty Bouchard, the store owner, "What is the most popular souvenir?" And she said, "The Good Witch/Bad Witch T." True enough - I bought one of said T's in 1998 and wore it until the sleeves fell off. Things have changed since '98, and now the T's come in women's sizing as well as unisex. And these are just one t-shirt of many options at The Trolley Depot.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
I don't have a date for the postcards - if anyone has a sense of when the illustrations were done, please share! There are about a dozen images, which I will share a few at a time over the next few weeks.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Enjoy spring in Salem at winter rates at the Clipper Ship Inn! Offering spacious rooms with nightly rates between $75-$105. 10% discounts to local restaurants, including Capt.'s, Black Lobster, and Damatas. Complimentary Dunkin' Donuts gift cards. Ample free parking. Rates effective through June 15, 2009.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Everybody loves a good pirate story – especially when it is filled with silliness, adventure and a lively song or two. Salem State College’s award-winning theatre department adds its own unique ingredients to this formula with its production of “The Pirates of Penzance”, running April 16-26 in the College’s Mainstage Theatre.
“ Pirates is one of the most popular comic operas ever written,” according to Celena Sky April who shares directing duties with colleague David Allen George. “When people hear the word opera they might think boring. Pirates is anything but that! Gilbert and Sullivan made some outrageous comments about Victorian society hidden behind wild antics and terrific music.”
Audiences will be led through a rollicking adventure as the hero and heroine of the story try to find true love. The adventure includes a Major General who knows nothing about military strategy, bumbling police, a chorus of beautiful sisters and two surprises that lead everyone to a happy ending. And did we mention the pirates are always lost?
This production is music directed by Mark Morgan, Artistic Director of
Performances are April 16-18 at 8:00 pm, April 23-25 at 8:00 pm and April 26 at 2:00 pm. Tickets for this production are $20 general and $15 seniors and students. If you come to any performance dressed as a pirate admission is only $10. Sunday, April 26 will include free admission for all
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Salem's Old Town Hall is a finalist in a unique grant competition. After making it through two rounds of cuts, Old Town Hall is one of 25 sites competing for part of $1 million through the Partners in Preservation program--a joint initiative between American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
If Old Town Hall gets the most votes, it's guaranteed to receive $100,000. The funding will help preserve the building for future generations.
You can vote once a day from April 14 to May 17. Go to http://www.partnersinpreservation.com/ to vote. Check out http://www.salemoldtownhall.com/ to learn more and sign up for a daily e-mail reminder to vote.
As part of the competition, Old Town Hall will be hosting "Time Travel Days" on May 2 and 3. It will be a fun (and free!) event for the whole family. Go to http://www.salemoldtownhall.com/ for details. And remember--for this competition it's important to vote early and often!
Monday, April 13, 2009
We've had - okay, I've had - so much fun working with Brunonia Barry and William Morrow in New York, and HarperCollins UK, on the promotion of The Lace Reader and Salem, as the fortunate location of the plot. If you haven't read the book yet, the plot takes you past many of the most recognizable and most famous sites in Salem - Winter Island, Salem Willows, Derby Wharf, Pickering Wharf, Salem Common... You can visit Salem on a "Lace Reader Package" at many of the hotels and inns in town, and you can take a trolley tour (http://www.salemtrolleycom/) or a pedicab tour (Historic Salem Pedicabs) of The Lace Reader's Salem.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
76 Wharf Street, Salem, MA 01970
Join Finz for Easter with their delectable buffet inspired by the arrival of Spring! 11:00 am – 2:30 pm. $ 39.99 per person –$ 15.99 under 12
18 Washington Square West, Salem, MA 01970
Sunday, April 12th from 10:30am - 7pm Buffet in the lobby, Nathaniel's, Sophia's, and the Tavern. Meet the Easter Bunny. $39.95 per person; $14.95 for children 3-12. For information and reservations please call, 978-825-4311.
231 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
Experience a wonderful brunch featuring a variety of breakfast items as well as a carving station. Lunch options range from lamb fricassee to roasted salmon. Enjoy the extensive dessert table. 11:00 am-3:00 pm. Kids menu available. $27.99 per person - $12.99 kids 12 and under.
Capt’s Waterfront Grill
94 Wharf Street, Salem, MA 01970
Join Capts with your family on Easter! Offering full dinner menu plus special menu items. A Grand Buffet with a Raw Bar, Omelet Station, Carving Station and numerous entrees including seafood, pasta, poultry and vegetable selections. $29.95 per person and $9.95 for children 12 and under. Price includes soft drinks, hot beverages and dessert.
And, further afield... lovely Rockport is a beautiful 40 minute drive from Salem.
Emerson Inn by the Sea
1 Cathedral Ave, Rockport, MA 01966
Enjoy a delicious Easter Buffet created just for this time of year. Experience dining at its finest at this lovely historic inn. 11:30 am –3:30 pm.
Start this weekend at Penelope's Pet Boutique (99 Washington Street) and their Easter Biscuit Hunt on Saturday, April 11, from 12-3pm. Find biscuits... win prizes. What dog doesn't love that?
If you miss the Biscuit hunt, or are in town with Fido on another occasion, Coon's Card & Gift Shop (226 Essex Street) is right around the corner, and the "bubble gum" machines out front are filled with biscuits. If they had thumbs, the dogs would be putting the quarters in the machine themselves.
If you're coming overnight, The Hawthorne Hotel and Clipper Ship Inn are both pet-friendly. The Hawthorne Hotel has a VIP package right now - for your Very Important Pet - that includes a special treat for your dog.
If you're shopping for books, Cornerstone Books (45 Lafayette Street), The Trolley Depot (191 Essex Street), and Salemdipity (86 Wharf Street) are all pet-friendly - and they are a handful of places that are pet-friendly.
Salem has great dog-walk areas, as well. The Salem Maritime National Historic Site's walk out to Derby Light (1/2 mile each way) is a great walk, Salem Common and Salem Willows are also excellent areas to stretch your legs - regardless of how many you have. Please respect leash laws and pick up after your pooch!
What else can I say? Salem loves pets!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Raw Bar: Local oysters, Littleneck clams, Shrimp Cocktail
Cold Items: House salad, Caesar salad, Fruit salad, Cheese assortment, Muffins, Danishes
On the Buffet: Scrambled eggs, Eggs Benedict, Bacon, Sausage, Home Fries, Strawberry stuffed French toast, Carved Sirloin, Swordfish Oscar, Banana encrusted salmon, Coconut rice, pineapple salsa
Sweets: Chocolate cakes, Cheesecake, Chocolate covered strawberries, Mini pastries
School Vacation Package - Starting at $399, plus tax There's something for "kids" of all ages in historic Salem. Visit the Peabody Essex Museum and enjoy the special kids events going on all week! Learn more about the infamous witch trials of 1692 by visiting the Salem Witch Museum. This package includes two nights is a spacious Family Suite, complete with a fully equipped kitchenette and private bath, as well as family passes to the Peabody Essex Museum and the Salem Witch Museum. A hearty continental breakfast is also inlcuded each morning. All this fun for only $399.00, plus tax. Add a night for only $129.00, plus tax. Package valid April 19, 2009 through April 26 ,2009 only. Package is based on 2 adults and 2 children and is subject to availability. Additional night includes room and breakfast only. This package is not valid on previously booked reservations.
Happy Mother's Day Special - $215.00, plus taxRelax and enjoy an overnight stay in a romantic guest room complete with a double Jacuzzi. Awaiting Mom's arrival is a chilled bottle of champagne, a handmade box of delicious chocolates and two keepsake Salem Inn flutes. Also included is a romantic dinner to the intimate Ristorante Gioia. Followed by a hearty continental breakfast the next morning. Package is available from May 10, 2009 through May 14, 2009 only. This package is based upon availability. Must be requested at time of booking. Not valid on previously booked reservations.
The best part is that CinemaSalem gives back to the community - providing grants to arts and cultural organizations in Salem.
Hannah Montana (G);
I Love You, Man (R);
The Pope's Toilet (NR);
Monsters vs. Aliens (PG)!
Visit CinemaSalem.com for complete info, descriptions and times.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Potential programming participants are invited to submit a response to the call for proposals below. Programmers whose proposals are selected may be required to submit an additional application.
Programmers will not be paid, but items such as recordings, books, lectures on tape, etc may be sold.
Call for Proposals
Deadline: Wednesday, April 9, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Donate early and have a chance to win every month. All names will remain in the pool through June and you can enter as often as you like. Each donation will have a chance month after month after month to win.
We hope you share our passion to support an organization that has been making a difference for almost two decades in the care and treatment of all the Mary’s on the North Shore and beyond. We truly appreciate all those that have been so generous to our team: There’s Something About Mary.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Participating restaurants will offer a prix-fixe, three course dinner for $24.09 (beverage, tax, and gratuity not included).
Salem Restaurant Week features a week of great dining and fun at many of Salem's fine restaurants. There is a wide variety of delicious foods to choose from, from steak to seafood, Italian to Asian.
Reservations are recommended. Please call restaurants direct.
Capt.'s Waterfront Grill & Club 94 Wharf Street 978-741-0555
Cilantro 282 Derby Street 978-745-9436
Finz Seafood 76 Wharf Street 978-744-0000
Grapevine Restaurant 26 Congress Street 978-745-9335
The Lobster Shanty 25 Front Street 978-745-5449
Lyceum Bar & Grill 43 Church Street 978-745-7665
Nathaniel's at the Hawthorne Hotel 18 Washington Square West 978-744-4080
Passage to India 157 Washington Street 978-832-2200
Regatta Pub at Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites 225 Derby Street 978-740-8788
Rockafellas 231 Essex Street 978-745-2411
Sixty2 on Wharf 62 Wharf Street 978-744-0062
Strega Restaurant & Lounge 94 Lafayette Street 978-741-0004
The Tavern at the Hawthorne Hotel 18 Washington Square West 978-744-4080
Thai Place Museum Place 978-741-8008
Victoria Station 86 Wharf Street 978-745-3400
If you haven't shopped J.Mode yet, it's on hip and trendy Front Street - a neighborhood of boutiques, coffee shops, and confections just around the corner from the restaurants of Washington Street and the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall.
J.Mode caries great lines, including... collections from Rebecca Taylor, BCBG, Nicole Miller, ISDA, Margaret O'Leary, Autumn Cashmere, Babette, Kinross, Hale'Bob, Alice & Trixie.
Not to mention Christopher Blue jeans, great accessories and the incredibly popular Spanx and Hanky Panky.
17 Front Street, Salem, Ma. 01970
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Participating merchants will hand out Golden(raffle) Tickets the week leading up to April 11th to the “egg hunters” who spot a golden egg in the store’s window. No purchase is necessary just have your ticket validated at 8 participating stores and turn in your ticket at a participating business or the Salem Chamber of Commerce by close of business April 11.
Many of these businesses will also have special on-going events to entertain, entice and thank customers for their patronage. For example, Pamplemousse will be holding a wine tasting, Penelope’s Pet Boutique is hosting the 3rd annual Easter Biscuit Hunt from 12 – 3, Rose Medallion Tea Room will have free brownies, Rita’s will have free samples, Signatures is offering 20% off all full priced clothing and delicious desserts, and Maria’s Sweet Somethings will have visits by the Easter Bunny, a jelly bean counting contest and much more.
You can visit the Easter Bunny from noon to 2 p.m. at the Museum Place Mall on April 11th. Afterward, from 2-3 p.m. the bunny can be spotted meeting and greeting people throughout downtown Salem. Salem Vintage Photography will be offering photos with the Easter Bunny for a fee.
Refreshments will also be available that day at these participating stores: Bewitched in Salem, Coons, Crunchy Granola Baby, Goddess’ Treasure Chest, Laura Lanes, Lotus Gifts, Marias Sweet Somethings, Pamplemousse, Penelope’s, Picklepot, Red Lion, Rita’s, Rose Medallion, Rouge Cosmetics, Samantha’s Costumes, Signatures, Thai Place, Treasures Over Time, The Trolley Depot, Turtle Alley, Salem Vintage Photography, Witch City Ink, Witch Tee's, and Witch’s Hide.
For more information, please contact Jennifer Bell at Salem Main Streets, 978-744-0004 or go to salemmainstreets.org.