Sunday, June 12, 2011

Fundraising Lecture by Historian Jim McAllister

Local historian, and owner of Derby Square Tours, Jim McAllister will be hosting "Love Song for Salem: A Visual Tribune" on June 30 in the auditorium at the Salem Regional Visitor Center on New Liberty Street.

McAllister calls the show “an impressionistic portrait of a place, a visual poem , a  nostalgic time capsule  containing almost than 300 images representing four seasons, five neighborhoods, and fifteen years (1978- 1993) of photographing.”  There are images of sunsets and snowstorms, streetscapes and street people, walking malls and  walking trails, and  museums  and mansions . Also featured are many past Salem event:  sports celebrations, house tours and  garden tours, concerts - and circuses - on the common, parades, museum openings, and, of course,  Halloween “scenes.”

The majority of the photographs in the show were taken in the downtown business district, Salem Willows, Derby Street, the Salem Common, and the McIntire Historic District. But the people  - among them familiar faces like the Cahill brothers , Laurie Cabot, Ted  Buczko, Tony Salvo, ‘Sailor Bill,” Buddy Hobbs,  and Jello the Clown – who appear come from all corners of the city.

There will be two showings of “Love Song for Salem: A Visual Tribute” on June 30th, at 5:30 and 7:30.

Admission is $10.  For reservations and tickets contact Jim at culturecorner@gmail.comor (978)745-6314. 

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Essex National Heritage Commission and North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, two organizations that promote tourism in Salem and the region.

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