Saturday, July 23, 2011

Land Ho! Set your course for the 2011 Salem Maritime Festival

A Celebration of Four Centuries of Salem’s Maritime Heritage in “Ships, Sawdust, Sailors & Song” on Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6.


Friday, August 5th, 6:30-9 pm

Sunset Concert on Historic Derby Wharf featuring the exciting, contemporary Celtic rock band, Coyote Run 

Saturday, August 6th, 10am-5pm - Free Family Fun All Day!
Free Harbor Cruises!
Friendship of Salem Tours & Demonstrations
USS Constitution Master Gun Drill Team
USCG 47’ Motor Life Boat Tours
NE Aquarium Tide Pool Exhibit
Free Canoe, Kayak, Jolly Boat Rides, Hands-on! Sea Adventures
Horse-drawn Hayrides around Historic Salem (1:00 – 4:00pm)
Roving Storytellers, Craft Demonstrations
Boat building, Face Painting, Kite-flying and a Muck Walk!

Friday, August 5th 6:30 – 9:00pm

Sunset Concert on the Salem Waterfront featuring Coyote Run, with picnicking by the waterside and dancing under the stars. Coyote Run, a very contemporary Celtic rock band blends a marvelously eclectic Celt set list with their ancient earthy vibe for a lavish musical feast of harmony and rhythm. 

Saturday, August 6th 11:00am – 5:00pm
11:00 am: Ben Rudnick & Friends
12:30 pm: Three Sheets to the Wind
1:30 pm: Whose Muddy Shoes 
2:30 pm: New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus
3:30 pm: The Love Dog

Presented by the Salem Maritime, the National Park in Salem, the 23nd annual Salem Maritime Festival will host an exciting array of free family fun festivities, including live music, traditional craft demonstrations and seaport trade exhibits, story-telling, and much more!  The centerpiece of this year’s celebration will be the Friendship of Salem, a replica of 1797 merchant vessel that will host the NPS Junior Ranger Program for children. Visiting ships include a U.S. Coast Guard 47’ Motor Life Boat, Schooner Fame of Salem, which is a full-scale replica of a once famous Chebacco fishing schooner, the Vessel Finback offering the HOBBES onboard marine ecology program, Lewis H. Story, the flagship of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum with a fleet of kayaks, canoes, jolly boat, duck boats and radio-controlled model boats on display. Free 90-minute harbor cruises will be offered starting at 9am on the Schooner Fame of Salem and Vessel Finback (see website for Ticket Drawing information). Free kayak, canoe and jolly boat rides will be offered 10am – 4pm. Come celebrate four centuries of Salem maritime history at:

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