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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Annual Progressive Dinner

Everyone in the Derby Street neighborhood is invited!  The holiday dinner is a great way to meet your neighbors.  Come for all or part of the evening.  Soft drinks and juices will be provided and you can BYOB (wine and/or beer but please no hard stuff). Families with children are highly encouraged to attend.
Hors d’oeuvres & drinks
at the home of Bill Sano, 35 Daniels Street
BYOB beer or wine, juices and soft drinks provided. 
No hard liquor please!

Entrees, sides, & salads 
at the home of Jim & Claire Bailey, 188 Derby Street
Bring a main dish or a salad or vegetables/potatoes/rice.

Dessert & coffee 
at the home of Mira & Don Riggin, 2 Curtis Street
(corner of Essex)
Bring hors d'oeuvres, salad, side dish, main dish, or dessert to share.  RSVP to Bill Sano at 978-744-4787 or so he can balance the menu.  If you find you cannot make the dinner, please give him 24 hours notice to adjust.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving Danvers Historical Society

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!
The Danvers Historical Society Office and Museum Store
will be CLOSED Friday, November 24th.

We will be open Saturday, December 2nd, 9th,16th, 23rd, 9am to 1pm
View our ornament collection here
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We are looking forward to seeing you at the

9th Annual Parade of Trees! 
Sponsored, in part, by    
See this week's Danvers Herald news clipping

Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page Street, Danvers

More details at Parade of Trees

Call or email Laura with your questions: 978-777-1666

While CYBER shopping, visit AmazonSmiles to benefit the Society
Amazo will donate a portion of your purchase!!

Monday, November 20, 2017

A lecture with Brunonia Barry

The Fifth Petal
Saturday, November 25, 1-3PM

Join Brunonia Barry for a talk about her latest work, The Fifth Petal, at The House of the Seven Gables over Thanksgiving weekend. Barry will talk about her newest book and the inspiration of living and working in Salem, Mass. Her newest work of fiction weaves a thriller with “ a complex brew of suspense, seduction and murder.” A book signing in the Museum Store will follow the lecture.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

General Announcement November 2017

General announcements

Noah Flaherty, General Manager of Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, informed us that there will be a hearing regarding the proposed construction at the marina at the Planning Board meeting on Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 PM at City Hall Annex (120 Washington Street), Room 131. Find the meeting agenda at (PDF); discussion of the marina's application is listed as item C. Noah can be reached at
Father Robert Murray, Pastor of the Mary, Queen of the Apostles parish which includes Immaculate Conception Church on Hawthorne Boulevard, introduced himself to the neighborhood and gave news of upcoming activity, including conversion of the parish schoolhouse. The parish is also considering renting parking spaces in the lot off Union Street. Father Murray can be reached at 978-744-1278 or
Stan Franzeen announced that the Salem Film Fest will present For Ahkeem at The Cabot in Beverly on Sunday, November 26 at 4:30 PM, followed by a Q&A with director and Beverly native Jeremy Levine.
Stan Franzeen announced that SAFE will present The Hidden Costs of Salem's Gas Leaks on Tuesday, November 28 from 7:00 to 8:30 PMat The Enterprise Center at Salem State University.
The House of the Seven Gables is collecting for the It Starts With Me food drive through Monday, November 20. Bring non-perishable goods including gravy, roasting tins, stuffing, canned vegetables, bottled juice, cranberry sauce, cooking oil, and gift cards to Market Basket (used to purchase turkey and other perishables) to the Seven Gables Visitor Center and receive 10% off at the Museum Store.
The House of the Seven Gables will host a talk by Brunonia Barry about her latest work, The Fifth Petal, on Sunday, November 25 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

HDSNA announcements

The HDSNA thanks the House of the Seven Gables and Deb Costa for their continued generosity in allowing us to use their space for meetings.
HDSNA dues are a voluntary donation of $10 per household per year. See Sharon Smith at any meeting to contribute.
Sign up for the HDSNA email announcement list by sending a message to There have been addresses from signup sheets in recent months that were either illegible or bounced when added to the list, so if you you signed up but haven't been getting announcements, please try again.
Brianna Kenny gave a reminder about the HDSNA referral list to recommend contractors and other service companies and individuals, especially those with experience working with old homes.  Fill out the form online or contact Brianna at
Katie Loeffler gave a reminder about the effort to discuss ideas regarding the use of the powerplant land. Contact Katie at to get involved.
Our next meeting will be our holiday potluck, date and place(s) to be determined.

HDSNA business

Changes to the HDSNA bylaws (last updated 2002; PDF) were proposed, including updating the bylaws to increase dues from $5 to $10 and to reflect that the annual meeting is held in November (changes as PDF). The changes and new bylaws (PDF) were approved unanimously by the membership.
HDSNA board elections were held. Officers for Treasurer, Secretary, and Communications Officer ran unopposed and were elected unanimously. The results of the Co-chair election were: Keith Crook: 9, Margaret Crosby: 27, Wendy Meigs: 24, Other/write-in: 2. At-large board members (not subject to election) were introduced.
The new HDSNA board is:
  • Co-chair: Margaret Crosby, Wendy Meigs
  • Treasurer: Sharon Smith
  • Secretary: Katie Loeffler
  • Communications Officer: Steven Gribbin
  • At large: Ellen Clark, Will Dowd, Chris Hatch, Dolores Jordan, Brianna Kenny, Mira Riggin, Susan Strauss

Salem Youth Commission

Emily Ullman, Director of Expanded Learning at the Salem Public Schools, joined with members of the Salem Youth Commission to engage with the neighborhood. Emily can be reached at

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November Meeting

HDSNA board elections
Salem Youth Commission

Monday, November 13
The House of the Seven Gables
6:30 PM refreshments
7:00 PM meeting

We will start the meeting with elections for next year's HDSNA board. Board positions are two co-chairs and one each of treasurer, secretary, and communications officer. There are also at-large board positions for those wishing to help more generally. To nominate yourself or someone else for the HDSNA board, send email to

Read the current bylaws (PDF) governing the HDSNA and its elections.

We will also vote on changes to the bylaws. Read the proposed changes (PDF).

Then share your voice with Salem's Youth Commission. The Youth Commission is facilitating dialogues across the city to increase awareness about immigration and to share insights and experiences of growing up in Salem to build bridges across differences and create a more welcoming city for everyone.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Announcing the 2017 Danvers Ornament!

The Crayon!
Announcing the 2017 Danvers Ornament!
Each year the Danvers Historical Society selects a Christmas ornament which symbolizes an important part of Danvers history. This year we have chosen a crayon in honor of the Standard Crayon Factory.  Read the full story here.

For years the large Crayola Crayons billboard attached to the side of the main office on Maple Street was a familiar fixture in downtown Danvers, and local kids during the post-World War period into the 60s often were lucky to obtain samples and broken crayons from the company.

This building, on Maple Street, built in the 1880s, was a roller skating rink. In the 1890s, it became the Drill Shed for Company K, and was where the troops met before deployment to the Spanish American War.  Share your stories of Danvers here.

The crayon ornament is priced at $9.99 and available in red, blue, or yellow at The Danvers Historical Society Museum store located in the historic Jeremiah Page HouseBecome a member of the Historical Society and receive 10% discount on all your purchases. Hours are Monday through Friday 9am-1pm. Extended holiday hours will include Saturdays December 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 9am-1pm. Other collectible Danvers ornaments for sale include the Danvers Globe onion, Danvers Half-Long carrot, schoolhouse, train, Plains train station, Ideal baby shoe, Newlin's Snowdrop mushroom, Endicott pear, Putnam apple, Great Oak acorn, Putnam Pantry candy cane, Day's potato chips, Batchelder grandfather clock, Robins Hill peach, Twi-League ball and glove and the teapot!! Stop on by and say hello!

Visit the Jeremiah Page House to see all the ornaments on display

The Danvers Historical Society Museum Store,
has re-stocked the popular
Made in U.S.A. and machine washable! 

9th Annual Parade of Trees!
Tuesday, November 28th through Saturday, December 2nd
FREE viewing hours: W,Th,F, 1pm-8pm and Sat., 10am - 5pm
RAFFLE winners announced 5:15pm Saturday Dec. 2nd
Raffle chances: five for $5; fifteen for $10; twenty-five for $15

Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page Street, Danvers

More details at Parade of Trees

Call or email Laura with your questions: 978-777-1666
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