Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January Meeting is Dinner Out at FINZ


HDSNA January Meeting is 'Dinner Out at FINZ'

Let's start the new year with great conversation, great company, and great food!

Monday, January 15, 2018
6 pm at FINZ seafood & grill
76 Wharf Street
Pickering Wharf

Check out the new menu: Menus - Finz Seafood and Grill
RSVP to Margaret Crosby margaret.crosby6@gmail.com

Monday, January 1, 2018

The House of Seven Gables January 2017






The House of the Seven Gables: A Staged Reading


By JF Dacey, playwright

In the spring of 1967, a good friend asked if I could help him out; and I told him I would. As a result of his request, I took the fateful plunge into the wild and woolly world of community theatre. Since then I have never left it. I have acted in plays and directed plays. I have designed sets and painted sets. I have moved scenery, hung lights, and stage managed more productions than I could count. As a true theatre junkie, I have also swept out the house and scrubbed out the restrooms.

Sometime around 2006 I took another plunge, this time into playwriting. I turned out a collection of nine quirky short plays. I gave them the omnibus title, "Anatomically Correct." I had the good fortune to see them produced at my "home" theatre in Tyngsboro, Mass. These were followed by a few more short pieces. Soon I began to think I should try my hand at a full-length script; but since I did not have any ideas for a full-length play, that idea was put on hold. Then, in the spring of 2009...




The Gables on TV


Click the image above to watch The Gables' own Kara McLaughlin and David Moffat on Newton Access TV's Museum Open House.



Stories From The Settlement


Once again this year, The Gables’ Adult ESL and Citizenship program attracted many eager adult students. Since the spring of 2014, The Gables has offered instruction in English as a Second Language and citizenship to adults in Salem and other cities of the North Shore.

For the fall segment of the program, students attended classes twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, at Salem Academy Charter School.  Demonstrating their drive as new immigrants, three new citizens emerged from the citizenship program, led by instructor Néstor Grullón.  The proud new citizens are:  Luchy Jiménez, Germania Peguero, and Altagracia Zoquier. As the holidays approached...




Preservation Never Stops - Even During Shutdown


Some say that idle hands are the devil’s tools. In the case of our two week shutdown from January 1-11, the staff of The Gables will not be idle. While we are closed to the public during this period, there will be quite a bit of activity here at 115 Derby Street. This window gives our staff the time to care for our extensive collection in our historic houses and storage areas.

The first task will be to shed the holiday decorations found across the site and pack them away for next year. Then the fun begins. After a collections care refresher training for the staff, we will begin to carefully clean collections items found around the site. Materials to be cleaned include wood surfaces and furniture, silver ware, windows and other glass, porcelain, earthenware, iron, and more. Our staff will work in teams to ensure that each room in The Gables and the other buildings are finished in time for the reopening of the museum on January 12. Collections items are routinely cleaned throughout the year, but during our annual shutdown in January, we are able to give much more specific attention to all of the objects without interfering with tours. The grounds and maintenance crew will also be hard at work on some projects that can not be done during operating hours.



Gifts at The Gables


In 1935, The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association founder, Caroline O. Emmerton, published a small hardcover book about our historic site. Her book titled The Chronicles of Three Old Houses details her lifelong familiarity with the house and its association with famed Salem author Nathaniel Hawthorne.

First opened in 1910, growing visitation to the house and interest in its storied past made a detailed account of its restoration a frequent request. The book is her account of how she began a neighborhood settlement house, and soon afterwards...




The House of the Seven Gables: A Staged Reading
January 19 and 20, 7:00-8:30pm
January 21, 2:00-3:30pm

Kick off the 350th anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables with a unique staged reading experience of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famed novel. Watch the characters come to life and explore themes of greed and guilt in Puritan New England. This production was written by local playwright Jack Dacey and will be produced by John Fogle.
 


Welcome Home, Swampscott
January 28, 2018
10:00am-5:00pm
The House of the Seven Gables will be welcoming residents from our surrounding communities to be a part of the 350th anniversary of the famed Turner-Ingersoll mansion. Free guided tours will be available with a valid i.d. Tour times vary throughout the day.
Free for Swampscott residents with valid i.d.


The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape
January 30 - March 2, 2018
The House of the Seven Gables will have photographer Mark Chester’s work The Baystate: A Multicultural Landscape on view from January 30 – March 2 in the Visitor Center during normal operating hours.
One in six of us in Massachusetts was born in another country. This extraordinary project by the photographer Mark Chester captures the rich diversity of the Commonwealth’s immigrant and refugee community. A sample of the collection, which contains more than 400 portraits, will be on view.

Welcome Home, Marblehead
January 21, 2018
10:00am-5:00pm
The House of the Seven Gables will be welcoming residents from our surrounding communities to be a part of the 350th anniversary of the famed Turner-Ingersoll mansion. Free guided tours will be available with a valid i.d. Tour times vary throughout the day.
Free for Marblehead residents with valid i.d.


Exhibit Opening and Community Conversation
January 30, 2018
6:00-8:00pm
The House of the Seven Gables will have photographer Mark Chester’s work The Baystate: A Multicultural Landscape on view from January 30 – March 2. Join us for an opening reception followed by the first Community Conversation of 2018. Diane Portnoy, the director of the Immigrant Learning Center in Malden and Mr. Chester will explore the impact of immigrants in Massachusetts while sharing some stories behind the images on view.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP’s are appreciated.



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Friday, December 15, 2017

2018 Festivals in Salem Mass

A year filled with special events celebrating heritage, arts, food, and fun  

Released: December 15, 2017
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Salem, Massachusetts has a robust annual festival schedule that compliments its museums, attractions, tours, and year-round activities. All of our favorite festivals will return in 2018, including the Salem Film Fest in March, Salem Arts Festival in June, and the biggest event of the year, Salem Haunted Happenings in October.

2018 also marks the 350th anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables, and there are several programs throughout the year planned for the celebration.  In addition, the Peabody Essex Museumhas several exciting exhibitions on tap for 2018 including Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style and XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions, both of which opened at the end of 2017.    

This list of annual festivals is a starting point for the programming planned throughout the year. For complete information, contact Destination Salem or peruse the pages of Salem.org, where you can create your own Salem adventure.
Salem Comedy & Spirits Festival | January 11-13
Salem Comedy and Spirits Festival
Warm up winter with laughter and spirits at the first annual Salem Comedy & Spirits Festival. Top area co
medians and delicious locally-made spirits highlight this weekend celebration.
SalemComedyFestival.com


Salem's So Sweet | February 9-11
Salem_s So Sweet. Photo_ John Andrews Photography
Chocolate, ice sculptures, and a Golden Ticket take center stage at Salem's annual Valentine celebration
in February.  Featuring a Chocolate & Wine Tasting, Ice sculptures - at least a dozen of them, and a  
Golden Ticket Raffle. Downtown businesses offer promotions, events, tastings, and great shopping throughout the festival. SalemMainStreets.orgSalem-Chamber.orgFacebook.com/SalemSoSweet

Salem Film Fest | March 22-29
Salem Film Fest
Come to Salem, see the world during the largest all-documentary festival in New England. Film screenings and talkbacks with the directors are the highlights of the week-long film fest.
SalemFilmFest.com


Salem Spring Restaurant Weeks | March 18-22 and 25-29
Salem Restaurant Weeks
Salem Restaurant Week is the perfect time to dine out at the dozens of excellent eateries. There will be a wide variety of delicious foods, including steak, seafood, Italian classics, contemporary cuisine, American favorites and exotic ethnic treats. Restaurants will offer multiple choices for appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Salem-Chamber.org

Massachusetts Poetry Festival | May 4-6
Poets with New Books reading at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival 2014
Massachusetts Poetry Festival offers rare opportunities to hear the nation's best poets read and discuss their work in intimate and engaging forums. The Festival showcases nearly 100 poetry readings and workshops, a small press and literary fair, panels, poetry slams, visual arts, and open-air performances. MassPoetry.org

Salem Arts Festival | June 1-3
Salem Arts Festival
For three days each summer, this free festival transforms downtown Salem into an opportunity for the local arts community to showcase their talents. Featuring scores of artists, a juried art show, outdoor performances, interactive art presentations, vendors who feature local arts and crafts. People of all ages and backgrounds enjoyed viewing art, participating in art making and purchasing art.  SalemArtsFestival.com

Salem Farmers' Market | June 7 - October 11
Salem MA Farmers Market
Every Thursday, Derby Square turns into a convenient means to purchase locally grown or prepared food products and support local agriculture and producers. With new vendors every 
year, the Salem Farmers' Market always has something new to offer. SalemFarmersMarket.org

North Shore Pride Parade | June 23
North Shore Pride Parade
Join dozens of local businesses, faith groups, and community organizations for the fourth annual North Shore Pride Parade and Festival. All are welcome to attend this day-long event celebrating unity in the community. NorthShorePride.org


Salem Celebrates the 4th | July 4 
Salem Celebrates the Fourth
Bring your beach blankets and folding chairs to enjoy the 42-piece Hillyer Festival Orchestra on Derby Wharf at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site for a grand celebration of our nation's Independence Day. Featuring a Pops concert, a Kid Space play area, and fireworks launched over Salem Harbor, this is a quintessential celebration of the 4th of JulySalem.org

Salem Heritage Days | August 3-12
Salem MA Heritage Days
Celebrate the past and the present during the annual Salem Heritage Days. Featuring 
food, fun, and activities for all ages, highlights include live music, free movies on Salem Common, the Essex Street Fair, the Ice Cream Bowl, and the Car Show on Chestnut Street. Salem.org

Salem Maritime Festival | August 4-5  
Salem Maritime Festival
Celebrate ships, sailors, sawdust and song at this annual free family festival. Hosted by the National Park Service, the festival features live music, historical re-enactors, tall ships, demonstrations, and interactive programs and crafts for families.

Salem Jazz & Soul Festival | August 18-19
Salem Jazz and Soul Festival
The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival recreates and renews the vibrant jazz scene that began at the Salem Willows in the 1920s when Duke Ellington and other musicians from the Big Band era played at the seaside park. The festival adds soul, blues, and funk to the mix and shines the spotlight on talented musicians from Boston's North Shore and beyond. SalemJazzSoul.org

Antique & Classic Boat Festival | August 25 - 26
Antique and Classic Boat Festival
A rare chance to see vintage motor yachts and sailboats, board vessels, meet skippers and crews and vote for your favorite boat! A crafts market, artists, old-time band music, children's activities, the Blessing of the Fleet and more! The vessels will be on display to the public over the weekend at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina. BoatFestival.org

36th Annual Salem Haunted Happenings | October 
Salem Haunted Happenings
A festive celebration of Halloween and fall in New England, more than 50,000 people come to Salem Haunted Happenings each year. Events include a Grand Parade, the Haunted Biz Baz Street Fair, Wicked Wednesdays family fun, Film  nights on Salem Common, costume balls, ghost tours, haunted houses, live music, and chilling theatrical presentations. HauntedHappenings.org

Salem Restaurant Week | December 2-6
Salem Restaurant Week is the perfect time to dine out at the dozens of excellent eateries. There will be a wide variety of delicious foods, including steak, seafood, Italian classics, contemporary cuisine, American favorites and exotic ethnic treats. Restaurants will offer multiple choices for appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Salem-Chamber.org

Salem Holiday Happenings | November 25 - January 1, 2019
Holiday wreath Salem MA
Celebrate, shop, and dine in Salem during the holiday season. Festival highlights include Historic Salem, Inc.'s annual Christmas in Salem Historic House Tour and Santa's arrival atop the Hawthorne Hotel. Don't miss the annual Launch! family-friendly celebration on New Year's Eve. Salem.org