Thursday, July 30, 2009
On Sunday, August 23rd, Sixty2 on Wharf is teaming up with Natasha Bansfield Events to bring you an Italian wine dinner. This dinner will be a part of the Northshore Wine Tour, which features 3 dinners in the region.
Sixty2 on Wharf will be the first dinner in the series and we're lucky enough to have Eric Olsen from Salem Wine Imports to moderate and describe all of the night's wine selections.
The menu for that evening, is of course, subject to slight change:
Red snapper crudo with shaved fennel, citrus oil and sea salt
Fiore di Zucca
Fried zucchini blossoms, stuffed with whole milk ricotta with a roasted grape tomato vinaigrette
Hand-rolled garganelli with white wine braised rabbit, rosemary and picholine olives
Thyme-smoked duck breast, roasted sweet corn, cippoline onions and fregola with a pomegranate vinaigrette
Summer peaches in a red wine syrup and biscotti
Tickets can only be purchased through Natasha Bansfield Events (not through Sixty2 on Wharf or Salem Wine Imports) and they are sure to go fast, so order yours today!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The proud name and heritage of the Frigate Essex were carried on by the aircraft carrier USS Essex, first of 24 Essex-class ships commissioned 31 December 1942. She bore the name nobly for more than 26 years of an illustrious career.
Dedicated 20 June 1979.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Across the street on the south side of Essex Street is a monument and flag (of course!) remembering Salem Captain William Driver who was the first to name the American flag "Old Glory." That flag, which was given to Driver by his mother as he departed on a trip, is part of the Smithsonian's collection.
Adjacent to the Driver memorial is the entry plaque to the Samuel McIntire District. This is an amazing district of Federal Style Architecture. Salem has the largest collection of Federal era architecture in the world, and it is concentrated on Essex, Chestnut, and Federal Streets - as well as around Salem Common (Heritage Trail, Part 2). There is a self-guided tour brochure of the McIntire District available at the visitor center. You can do it without the brochure though - just follow the plaques with the sheaves of wheat that are installed in the sidewalks, and make sure to read the house plaques so you know when and for whom each house was built.
Boston Hot Dog on Washington Street is just a few steps from the MBTA Station. After lunch, we will head down Washington Street, to the Salem Common and the waterfront.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tidbit #1: If you come to see Big Man Japan today or tomorrow, for goodness sake, stay through the final credits!
Tidbit #2: Last week's Harry Potter 6 midnight premiere completely sold out two theaters by 10:30 pm. For the several hundred whom we had to turn away, we're working on a three-screen interlock for next year's HP7a.
Tidbit #3: We had a ton of people coming to our weekly LOST parties last winter and spring, where we projected the mythic TV show for free on our big screen. Theories were discussed, friendships formed, community built, and popcorn sold. We'll be doing the same thing this coming winter when the final season unfolds, but we had a question for you: what other shows would you shuffle out of the comfort of your home to see on the big screen with a bunch of like-minded geniuses such as yourself? Glee? Friday Night Lights (on DirecTV before they go to NBC)? The Office/30 Rock? Desperate Housewives? The only technical requirement is that they be on weekday evenings and start at 9pm or later. Indicate your preference by replying to this email, and we'll count up the results and report back soon.
Tidbit #4: Last week's Discount Variety was one of the best yet, with a totally improvised, hilarious monologue about intercultural relationships by the comedienne and an awesome, courageous set of extraordinary music by someone who will soon be compared to Kate Bush. We hope to put some of it up online so you can catch it. In the meantime, mark August 20 on your calendars for the next Discount Variety show in the Café.
Tidbit #5: Away We Go (R) has been called " one of the best films about love I've ever seen" by the film critic at the Kansas City Star, who must have seen loads of movies. The Oregonian writes: "Away We Go is offbeat enough to feel like a breakthrough indie but familiar and warm enough to serve as a thinking person's romantic comedy."
Away We Go will screen Friday and Saturday at (12:00), (2:10), (4:20), 7:10 and 9:20; and Sunday-Thursday at (12:00), (2:10), (4:20) and 7:10.
Tidbit #6: Bruno (R) arrives at CinemaSalem with Sasha Baron Cohen's typical understated subtlety and a 69% positive rating at RottenTomatoes.com. This is London loves it and also finds it important: "Brüno is a brave and necessary comedy. The film will appear to be a succès de scandale, and will outrage many people, but it is actually just a success, a film with an instinct for naming and shaming a host of overprotected wrongs. Go and see it."
Bruno will screen on Friday and Saturday at (12:30), (2:30), (5:00), 7:30 and 9:40; and Sunday-Thursday at (12:30), (2:30), (5:00) and 7:30.
Tidbit #7: In the Screening Room this week is Outrage (NR), which the New York Times calls an "indignant and methodical documentary which offers a lot of insight into the ideology and psychology of present-day political homophobia." The Philadelphia Inquirer was similarly impressed: "Despite its title, Outrage is calm, riveting, and provocative, taking pride in officials who come out and and taking aim at those who remain closeted," while the Hollywood Reporter submits "Audiences, regardless of their politics, will find Kirby Dick's film entertaining, brisk, visually interesting and perhaps even thrilling."
Outrage will play on Friday and Saturday at (11:45 AM), (1:45), (4:00), 7:00 and 9:00; and Sunday-Thursday at (11:45 AM), (1:45), (4:00) and 7:00.
Tidbit #8: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is the best movie of the series, in the humble opinion of this scribe, yet remains accessible and engaging for people who haven't experienced the books or movies. The Los Angeles Times writes, "The Potter pictures have become the modern exemplars of establishment moviemaking," while across the pond, the Globe and Mail pens: "The experienced team behind the Harry Potter movie series is comfortably in the groove with the sixth film, which plays down the fantastic elements and introduces contrasting playful teenaged romance and a new tone of adult gloominess."
HP6 will play Friday and Saturday at (11:30 AM), (3:00), 6:45; and 10:00; and then Sunday-Thursday at (11:30 AM), (3:00) and 6:45.
Tidbit #9: One of the most exciting days of the year in Salem will occur on August 12. Why? Because that's the day of the Witches Cup Bike Race around the Salem Common. If you haven't seen this sort of race, it's truly exhilarating. The Witches Cup is a criterium -- a short fast bicycle race requiring a mix of power, speed and technical skills. Those skills include the ability to corner rapidly and sharply, all while riding safely with a large group on a short circuit, requiring exceptional fitness to outflank other riders and repeatedly accelerate around corners. These races are 45-60 minutes of very fast cycling, with racers averaging 25-35 mph and reaching speeds of up to 45 mph during sprints and attacks.
There will be less-intense, but just as fun racing starting at 4 pm, with the professional Witches Cup commencing at 6:45.
In conjunction with this great event, SunlightSolar is sponsoring a FREE showing of the cycling classic film, Breaking Away, on the big screens of CinemaSalem on August 12 at 10 am. Watching this great movie about youth, dreams, and cycling will get you in the mood for the races later in the afternoon.
So mark your calendars for a great day of racing on August 12.
Tidbit #10: Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Salem Maritime National Historic Site today announced that the tall ship Friendship of Salem will not be at the Salem Maritime Festival, July 31-Aug 1, or making her much-anticipated trip to Newburyport’s Yankee Homecoming, August 13-16. “We are very disappointed that Friendship has not been able to sail this summer, as we had planned one of our most exciting sailing seasons so far,” said Salem Maritime Superintendent Patricia Trap. “However, ensuring the safety of the ship, her crew, and the visitors we hope to welcome aboard as passengers in the near future is our top priority. We want Friendship to be afloat at Derby Wharf and sailing as an ambassador for the National Park Service, the Essex National Heritage Area, and the City of Salem for years to come.”
Friendship traveled up to Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in early June to be hauled out for routine inspection and maintenance. Close inspection discovered rot in the bow of the ship that will necessitate extensive repairs. “Rot prevention and removal is a constant process on a wooden vessel.” said National Park Service rigger Jeremy Bumagin, who is the chief mate for the vessel, “and to this end, when the ship is in port you will see our carpenter John Pyndynkowski and our dedicated volunteers replacing weakened wood and making sure that the exposed wood is painted, sealed or oiled to minimize water infiltration. But in this instance, we had more water infiltration than we anticipated.”
Repairs are currently anticipated to take another two months, although the final schedule has not yet been determined. It is hoped that Friendship will be back at Derby Wharf in September. For updates on the ship’s status, please visit the “Friendship Sailing Schedule” page on Salem Maritime’s web site, www.nps.gov/sama.
NPS Photo: Friendship in dry dock, Boothbay Harbor, Maine, June 2009.
Friday, July 17, 2009
For complete rules, regulations, and details on the contest, click through to Salem.org or Click here for complete contest details and a submission form.
Here's the theme: Discover the Magic of Salem!
What does that phrase mean to you? Capture the magic of Salem, Massachusetts in your image – be it history, maritime, architecture, dining, shopping, a statue, a cemetery, the harbor, a museum. Show us the magic in your Salem, and it could win you a great prize!
- First Prize: $100 and the image will be featured on the cover of the 2010 Salem, MA Visitor & Travel Guide!
- Second Prize: $50 Salem Gift Certificate
- Third Prize: $25 Salem Gift Certificate
- The deadline for submission is December 1, 2009.
- Images should be submitted in a high-resolution (at least 300 dpi) digital format.
- Photographs must be submitted in .jpeg, .jpg or .tif format via email to DestinationSalem@gmail.com or on disc to Destination Salem, PO Box 630, Salem, MA 01970.
- High resolution scans of photographs are acceptable.
- Each photograph must be accompanied by a submission form (Download form).
- Winners will be announced on December 18th, 2009 on Salem.org.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
This week at the Salem Farmers’ Market you will find great produce (last week there was Connecticut corn, tomatoes, peas, beans, lettuce, herbs, squash, and more!), seafood (inclding lobster!!), plants, soap, art work and bread.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Footloose!! I'm so excited for this show. The cast performed during intermission on July 4th (see photo below) and it was great - get up and dance music. And the Main Stage is a great theater. Buy your tickets online, and be sure to use the discount that is on Salem.org!! Here's the official scoop on Footloose at Summer Theatre at Salem:
Summer Theatre at Salem, the professional troupe in residency at Salem State College, celebrates fifteen seasons with its production of Footloose, The Musical. The musical is the story of a small Bible town turned upside down by a teenage dancer, best known from the Kevin Bacon movie of the 1984. Hit songs include Almost Paradise, Holding on for a Hero, Let’s Hear it For the Boy, and of course, Footloose.
“This is the largest summer theatre cast we have ever assembled,” according to Director Peter Zachari. “In addition to great dancing and classic songs, Footloose has some wonderful themes: that community does come together when tragedy strikes and that suppressing things we don’t like or disagree with can actually make those things stronger. “ The production team of Zachari, along with Joey Mirabile, choreographer and Brent Kincaid, music director reunites the creators of last summer’s hit, Grease.
New comer Nicholas Christopher plays Ren, the film role that shot actor Kevin Bacon to stardom. The cast is rounded out with other local favorites: Jaime Slatt, Harry Rothman, Brianne Beatrice, Ursina Amsler and, making a special appearance as Principal Clark, local director, Henry Dembowski.
Thursday-Sunday, July 16-July 26
7:30 pm shows, Sundays at 2 pm
$20 general/$15 students and seniors
Mainstage Theatre, 352 Lafayette Street, Salem
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
While cleaning her "Granna's" house, Connie finds a key with a name, Deliverance Dane. And thus begins her adventure into seventeenth century Salem and Massachusetts.
You can experience Connie Goodwin's Salem, and - better yet - you can experience Deliverance Dane's Salem. Here's how to do it:
Cry Innocent - Bridget Bishop was accused of witchcraft in 1692. Participate in Cry Innocent, presented at Old Town Hall by the Gordon College Institute for Public History, and be a part of the jury. Hear the historical testimonies and find yourself considering the fate of Bridget Bishop just as her jury did in 1692. This case is not cut-and-dry. It is complicated. And being part of the jury just might give you a new perspective on the daily struggle of life in Salem in the late 1600s.
The Witch House, or the Corwin House, at 310 Essex Street, is Salem's only building with direct ties to the Witch Trials of 1692. Explore the rooms where Judge Jonathon Corwin lived and determined the fate of so many people more than three hundred years ago. Stand in the kitchen and close your eyes - now imagine this is the house of Deliverance Dane, and she is sitting at the table while her daughter Mercy checks the bread in the oven.
The Old Burying Point, Charter Street Cemetery, and the Salem Witch Trials Memorial is the most appropriate place to remember the people who lost their lives during the trials of 1692. You will find the grave of, among others, "hanging judge" John Hathorne, in the Charter Street Cemetery. Behind the cemetery - and it is no accident that it is behind the cemetery - is the Witch Trials Memorial, which was dedicated in 1992.
The Memorial has a bench for each of the condemned men and women, and each bench is inscribed with their name, the date of their execution, and the method of execution. The memorial is intended to be stark, and the words inscribed in the entrance are fading away and have blocks falling over them - symbolizing the communities inability to hear the pleas of innocence from the accused.
At The Witch Dungeon Museum, 16 Lynde Street, you can watch a dramatic reenactment of one of the trials, and then you will go downstairs to tour the recreated dungeon. The actual dungeon was destroyed, but The Witch Dungeon Museum conveys the dank, dark, uncomfortable quarters where people were held for years. The only thing it is missing is the human smells - and I for one forgive that omission. It's best left to our imaginations.
The Salem Witch Museum, 19 1/2 Washington Square, will start you in 1692 and bring you to present day with their two exhibits. The first presentation tells the story of 1692 and the girls' crying out that led to the trials and executions, the trials themselves, the living conditions in the jails, and the end of the Trials. The second exhibit talks about Witchcraft: Evolving Perceptions, and presents the different faces of Witchcraft and witches in different cultures and over time.
After the second exhibit at the Salem Witch Museum, you will be 2009 Salem, which is different from Connie Goodwin's 1991 Salem... we have many more shops and restaurants, the Peabody Essex Museum has been dramatically expanded, the House of the Seven Gables has invested in and restored their exhibits. We have a Ferry that connects Salem and Boston.
Don't ignore all of these fantastic aspects of Salem, but if you want to focus on the Salem of 1991 that Connie Goodwin experienced, visit Crow Haven Corner, 125 Essex Street, which was Salem's first Witch shop, to pick up a spell or have your fortune told.
If you want to visit a meeting house like the one where Connie meets Sam in the beginning of her exploration, you have a few options. Stop at Rockafellas for a bite to eat, because it is in the Old Daniel Low building, which was Salem's first meeting house and one of the first churches in America.
I suspect The First Church in Salem at 316 Essex Street would be the parish where Connie began her research. Parishioners of this church were excommunicated during the trials, and it is the oldest church in Salem. Another beautiful historic church in Salem is St. Peter's Episcopal Church at 24 St. Peter's Street. St. Peters founded after the trials, in 1733, but it was founded by Phillip English, who was accused during the 1692 Trials, and thus has an interesting tie to the Trials of 1692.
A short walk down Essex Street from the First Church is The Salem Athenaeum, a private library in Salem that was founded in 1810. The Athenaeum received the collections of Salem's Social Library, which began in 1760.
I thought a lot about Connie's Granna's house in Marblehead, and I think it may be similar to the Narbonne House (pictured) at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. You'll have to imagine the overgrown garden, though, as the yard around the Narbonne House is quite pristine! The Gedney House, a Historic New England property at 21 High Street, is another First Period home in Salem that could be similar to the house in Marblehead. Both the Narbonne House and the Gedney House are study houses, so they are not furnished, but a visit to to either will give you a sense of how a house from the 1600s looks today.
Katherine Howe will be doing a reading and a book signing of The Physic Book of Deliverance Dane on July 31st at Cornerstone Books in Salem. Perhaps she will shed some light on other sites in Salem that may have inspired her novel.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Salem.org features a list of 10 Free Things to Do in Salem. It's a handy list to know, and any of the activities included will make for a lovely afternoon - especially when paired with an ice cream from Ben & Jerry's or Maria's Sweet Somethings - both of which are adjacent to the Heritage Trail.
Here's the abbreviated list. Click here for more complete information.
- See the two free films at the National Park Service sites: Where Past is Present, and To the Farthest Ports of the Rich East.
- Walk the African American History Trail and the Nathaniel Bowditch Trail: A Walking Tour of the Great Age of Sail.
- The McIntire Historic District Walking Trail and beautiful Chestnut Street
- The Ropes Mansion Gardens at 318 Essex Street.
- Salem Common is a favorite spot for jogging, reading, concerts, and wedding ceremonies.
- Take the half-mile walk out Derby Wharf to Derby Light and enjoy a beautiful view of Salem, Salem Harbor, and Marblehead.
- Salem Willows offers a waterside park, beaches, and a pier that is great for fishing and crabbing.
- Pause to reflect on the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 at the Witch Trial Memorial.
- Visit the Old Burying Point Cemetery (Charter Street).
- Follow the Heritage Trail, which is the red line painted on the sidewalk.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
The Grand Opening promises a day of discovery and relaxation to visitors of all ages. Cry Innocent will begin at Old Town Hall at 11:30AM, followed by a 1:30PM and 3:00PM afternoon show. From either Old Town Hall or Pioneer Village, visitors can catch a free ride on the Salem Trolley between both locations with the purchase of a History Alive! ticket.
The trolley pickup for Pioneer Village comes directly behind Old Town Hall on Front Street. At the village, visitors can explore 17th century life by joining a scheduled Folkways event or simply wandering through the village on their own. Folkways events include the recreation of a Sabbath Day meeting at 11:20AM and 1:20PM; Puritan songs and dance taught at 11:40AM and 1:40PM, and Colonial games at 12:00 noon and 2:00PM.
The following ticket prices apply to both shows: $9 adults, $8 seniors/students, free for children under six years, and a $2 discount is available with the purchase of a Cry Innocent and Folkways ticket.
Having been closed the past four and a half seasons, Pioneer Village is opening its doors to the public once again!
At Pioneer Village, visitors can take a leisurely country picnic at Forest River Park. They are also invited to take part in 17th century song, dance, and games before investigating the new Pioneer Village gift shop. Free colonial refreshments such as non-alcoholic burnt wine, fruits, and ginger snaps will also be offered at various points within the village. Before leaving, visitors can take home a bundle of fresh herbs from the garden, along with recipes on how to use them.
The village attempts to recapture the essence of 1630 Salem—the first capital of Massachusetts Colony. “At Pioneer Village, visitors can experience what life was like for people who lived in the 17th century, but another very important part of our story is to demonstrate who the Puritans were and what they accomplished,” said David Goss
For More Information: go to www.gordon.edu/historyalive/productions or visit http://www.pioneervillagesalem.com/