Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Set your course for the Salem Maritime Festival this weekend!

Set Your Course for Salem Maritime National Historic Site This Friday and Saturday, August 6 & 7

Salem Maritime Festival is happening this weekend, kicking off on Friday with Mango Blue, in an outdoor evening concert of Afro-Latin world music, integrating rhythm & blues, jazz, funk and Caribbean influences. Saturday is free family fun day, with a wide array of waterfront activities to delight visitors of all ages. Come celebrate four centuries of Maritime heritage at your National Park in Salem! For a complete schedule, visit the NPS website.


Free Harbor Cruises on the schooner Thomas E. Lannon of Gloucester, schooner Fame and vessel Finback of Salem.
9:00am - Central Wharf ticket booth opens
All Festival visitors are invited to enter the drawings for a ride on the ship of their choice. Random drawings will be held 30 minutes prior to each departure. Ticketed passengers (only) should be prepared for immediate departure down the Central Wharf gangway, and will come aboard, meet the crew and join in the hands-on activities. All children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Scheduled departures for the 90-minute boat rides are:
10:00 am - Fame (Ticket drawing at 9:30am)
10:15 am - Finback (Ticket drawing at 9:45am)
10:45 am - Thomas E. Lannon (Ticket drwg at 10:15am)
11:45 am - Fame (Ticket drawing at 11:15am)
12:00 noon - Finback (Ticket drawing at 11:30am)
1:30 pm - Fame (Ticket drawing at 1:00pm)

Kayak Trips
Rock, Paddle Surf will be providing kayaks for short trips in the harbor, and partnering with the Coast Guard Auxiliary on paddling safety.

Rowing Trips
Friendship's jolly boat will also be hosting short rowing trips in the harbor on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Live Music Program
11am-1pm Warszawiaki Orchestra
1-3pm Sharks Come Cruisin'
3-5pm New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus

Special Exhibit
Presented by Excelerate Energy, a marine life detection Research Buoy protecting marine mammals & right whales

Friendship of Salem open house
USS Constitution Master Drill Team
Sea-faring trade demonstrations of boatbuilding, coopering, rope making, cargo loading, sail-setting
17c Homes
Historical reenactments
Traditional crafts
Model Boats
Lobstering demonstrations
Small Boats exhibit

National Park Service Junior Ranger Program
Seaside kite flying
Environmental "Muck Walks"
Model boat building
Colonial Games
Fish printing
Horse-drawn wagon rides and more!

The Festival is organized by the National Park Service and Salem Maritime Festival Committee, with logistical support from the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Essex National Heritage Commission, the City of Salem and Derby Street Neighborhood Association.

To date, sponsors for this program include:
Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
Excelerate Energy
1805 Custom House Realty Trust
Beverly Cooperative Bank
Shetland Park
Best Maps/Haunted
Fred J. Dion Yacht Yard, Inc.
Hawthorne Cove Marina
Instant Signal and Alarm
Michaud & Raymond Oil, Inc.
Salem Five Charitable Foundation
Salem Witch Museum
The Salem Inn
Bouchard and Sons

For more information, visit us on the web at or call 978-740-1650.

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