Salem Haunted Happenings will hit a new note in 2016

 

Salem MA Haunted Happenings 2016

The 36th Annual Salem Haunted Happenings will feature a month of programs and events to suit Halloween enthusiasts of all ages.  The October program, which always includes a scary dose of theatrics, will be enhanced this year by live music, great food, and costumed pets.

Headlining the new events for 2016 is the Haunted Harmonies a cappella festival on October 8. High school and collegiate a cappella groups will converge in Salem for a day of performance and learning that will culminate with a professional showcase and performance by Vox One.  Also new this year is a Food Truck Festival on October 1st and 2nd on Salem Common, the Howl-o-Ween Parade for pets on October 2, and a Chowder Fest to benefit Breast Cancer Research on October 15.

The 2016 Haunted Happenings Grand Parade will step off on October 6 with a celebration of the National Park Centennial.  The theme this year is, “100 Years of Parks & Play.” Salem students from preschool through Salem State University will be led by Grand Marshall Paul DePrey, Superintendent of the Salem Maritime and Saugus National Historic Sites.

The Guide to Salem Haunted Happenings is now available from Destination Salem. Featuring a zombie theme, the publication includes a robust calendar of events, and articles about Halloween Night Safety & Sense, Salem’s Historic Burying Grounds, and Haunted Happenings “Do’s and Don’ts.”  The Guide also includes information on Salem’s attractions, tours, entertainment, shopping, parking and transportation. New this year is a section on “Grab and Go Eats,” which flushes out a robust list of dining options.

October weekends in Salem are always busy and visitors are encouraged to use public transportation. The Salem Ferry, operated by Boston Harbor Cruises, provides daily service between Salem’s Blaney Street and Boston’s Long Wharf North.  Salem is located five stops from Boston’s North Station on the Newburyport/Rockport lines of the Commuter Rail.  The MBTA runs expanded service to and from Salem on the final weekend of October and on Halloween, and sells a Special Event Ticket on Halloween Night.

For more information, visit HauntedHappenings.org.

 

Happy Birthday to the National Park Service!

Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Salem MA

As part of the 100th birthday celebration for the National Parks, Salem Maritime National Historic Site is having a number of special events!

Schedule of Special Events for August 25, 2016:

9:00 – 5:00: Photo Exhibition: Your Parks Through History. On view at the Salem Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street, and various locations around Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 160 Derby Street.

10:15 – 11:30: Ranger-Led Sail on Schooner Fame sponsored by Eastern National
Please call (978) 740-1650 or stop by the Salem Visitor Center to reserve your spot (25 spots – first-come, first-serve. Tickets available beginning at 9am on August 25).

11:00 – 11:30: Cake Cutting at the Visitor Center. Stop by to hear a few words from our Superintendent Paul DePrey and grab a slice of our birthday cake!

11:30 –4:30: Family Crafts at the Visitor Center. Learn how to write your name in Signal Flags!

12:45 – 2:00: Ranger-Led Sail on Schooner Fame. Please call (978) 740-1650 or stop by the Salem Visitor Center at to reserve your spot (25 spots – first-come, first-serve. Tickets available beginning at 9am on August 25). Sponsored by Eastern National.

2:30 – 3:45: Ranger-Led Sail on Schooner Fame. Please call (978) 740-1650 or stop by the Salem Visitor Center at to reserve your spot (25 spots – first-come, first-serve. Tickets available beginning at 9am on August 25). Sponsored by Eastern National.

Regularly Scheduled NPS Programming Includes:

  • Custom House Open for Visitation: 10am-4pm
  • Narbonne House Open for Visitation: 2pm-4pm
  • Derby House Tours: 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm
  • Where Past is Present, Free Film at the Visitor Center: 9:25am, 10:15am, 12:00pm, 4:00pm
  • To the Farthest Port of the Rich East, Free Film at the Visitor Center: 2:00pm

All events are free.

Join the celebration on Facebook!

High Fashion in Salem

Add “fashion photo shoot location” to the long, eclectic list of credits to Salem’s name. W Magazine and renowned photographers Inez and Vinoodh chose Salem as the setting for their “Season of the Witch” feature in the September issue.

Photography locations included The Witch House, Salem 1630, Forest River Park, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, and Stickworks by Patrick Dougherty at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Here are a few of our favorite photographs from W Magazine.  You can see the entire gallery here. Which images are your favorite?

Photo from W Magazine taken at Pioneer Village in Salem MA

Photographed in Pioneer Village. The inspiration: “Season of the Witch,” photographed by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, styled by Edward Enninful; W magazine September 2016.

 

Photographed for W Magazine at Salem Maritime National Historic Site by Inez and Vinoodh, Styled by Edward Enninful

Photographed at Salem Maritime National Historic Site by Inez and Vinoodh, Styled by Edward Enninful

 

Photographed at Pioneer Village for W Magazine Salem MA by Inez and Vinoodh, Styled by Edward Enninful

Photographed at Pioneer Village for W Magazine by Inez and Vinoodh, Styled by Edward Enninful.

 

Photographed at The Witch House, Salem MA for W Magazine by Inez and Vinoodh, Styled by Edward Enninful

Photographed at Pioneer Village for W Magazine by Inez and Vinoodh, Styled by Edward Enninful

 

Photographed at Stickworks by Patrick Dougherty at the PEM Salem MA for W Magazine by Inez and Vinoodh, Styled by Edward Enninful

Photographed at Stickworks by Patrick Dougherty at the PEM for W Magazine by Inez and Vinoodh, Styled by Edward Enninful

Heritage Days events worth checking out

 

Salem Massachusetts Essex Street Fair

Essex Street Fair

We are apt to tell you that there is always something going on in Salem, but this weekend we really mean it.  August in Salem is a great time to visit.

The final weekend of Heritage Days promises the Essex Street Fair, Chestnut Street Car Meet, and free Jazz on Derby Square.  You can check out our entire weekend “at a glance” here, or visit our online calendar.

Our harbor will be bustling with regular sails aboard the Schooner FAME and cruises with Mahi Mahi and Sea Shuttle, as well as the visiting Yacht America, which will be at Central Wharf all weekend.

If the weather is stormy, this is a great weekend to check out Rodin and Childe Hassan at the PEM.

There is plenty to do throughout the weekend. Find it all, and build your own itinerary on Salem.org!

Pick of the Month for July

Congratulations to Rick Matthias and his photograph, Celebrating Independence Day, for being the Destination Salem Photo Contest “Pick of the Month” for July!

This beautiful shot was taken during the July 4 Celebration on Derby Wharf.

Celebrating our Independence by Rick Matthias

Celebrating our Independence by Rick Matthias

Do you have a fantastic photo of Salem? Submit it to Destination Salem’s photo contest!

Welcoming the Tall Ship Eagle to Salem

U.S. Coast Guard Northeast‎Coast Guard Barque EAGLE visits Salem, Massachusetts

The United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle is sailing toward Salem!  She will arrive mid-morning on Friday, July 29 and she will be in port a Salem Wharf, 10 Blaney Street, until August 1.

Both Schooner Fame and Essex Heritage’s Naumkeag Are planning cruises to welcome the Eagle to Salem on Friday morning.

  • Schooner Fame will be sailing out to meet EAGLE on Friday morning at 7:30 am, returning around 10:00. Cost for this special sail is $20 pp. Call 978-729-7600 if interested.
  • The Naumkeag will depart its dock at Salem Wharf on Friday at 7:15 AM to greet the arrival of the tall ship EAGLE and escort her from Bakers Island into Salem  Harbor. Space for this one-of-a-kind experience is limited to 18 passengers. Purchase tickets here.

Not ready to take to the seas to welcome Eagle?  She will be open for public tours on July 29, 30, and 31.  Click here for information, and follow the visit on Facebook.

EAGLE, also known as “America’s Tall Ship” is the largest tall ship flying the Stars and Stripes and the only square-rigger in U.S. government service. The ship was built in 1936 in Germany, and commissioned as Horst Wessel, one of three sail training ships operated by the pre-World War II German navy. At the close of World War II, Horst Wessel was taken as a war reparation by the United States, recommissioned as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle and sailed to New London, Connecticut. Eagle provides an unparalleled at-sea leadership and professional development experience for future officers of the U.S. Coast Guard.

A new way to cruise around Salem

Salem Harbor Shuttle

The City of Salem and Boston Harbor Cruises have launched the new Salem Harbor Shuttle as a way to travel around Salem with a ocean breeze and no traffic in site!  Coinciding with the opening of the expanded public docks at Salem Wharf on Blaney Street, the new Harbor Shuttle carries passengers between Salem Wharf (Salem Ferry landing), Winter Island, Salem Willows, and Congress Street near Pickering Wharf.

This is the perfect way to travel around Salem, whether you are trying to get to Salem Willows for Popcorn and Skee-ball, to Salem Wharf for the Salem Ferry or a drink at The Landing, to Waikiki Beach and the walking trails at Winter Island, or to Congress Street to enjoy downtown Salem, being on the water gives the feeling of vacation whether you are exploring Salem from near or far.

Rates

Adult: $7
Child (under 12): $4

Day Pass Adult: $15
Day Pass Child (under 12): $9

Adult Salem Ferry Transfer/Salem Resident: $4
Child Salem Ferry Transfer/Salem Resident: $2

Schedule

Salem MA Harbor Shuttle Schedule

July 19, 1692

Salem MA Witchcraft in Salem Village

Witchcraft at Salem Village.

The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 occurred in such a short amount of time, this being one of the reasons why they are so horrifically famous, and July 19th is no exception to the reasons.

Eight people were found guilty of witchcraft and hanged on July 19th.  Two of the first accused in 1692, Sarah Good and Sarah Wildes, were hanged that day, as well as the only minister to be executed during the trials: the Reverend George Burroughs.  It seems he was not only guilty of being a “witch”, but was overdue in repaying his debts to the Putnam’s; a prominent family in Salem Village whose daughter led the girls responsible for the accusations.  Elizabeth Howe, Sarah Martin, and Susanna Martin had all previously been accused of witchcraft, their charges dropped due to lack of evidence, but, like numerous historians and history books state, reasons or motives for many of the accusations in 1692 were due to politics and land disputes, making accusations about more than just witches.

Martha Carrier was unfortunate enough to land herself in a deathly land dispute with her neighbor, Benjamin Abbott.  After experiencing a disagreement, Abbott suddenly fell ill, and accused Carrier of bewitchment.  Not long after the accusation, he accused her whole family and made them testify against her in court.  She was hanged on July 19th, 1692.

John Proctor, one of the most famous victims of the trials due to Daniel Day Lewis’ film portrayal, was possibly the most outspoken citizen of Salem Village.  He would threaten to beat and whip the afflicted girls, knowing that they were lying and performing theatrics.  This was perilous to Proctor, as soon the girls accused his pregnant wife and then him.  In a final plea for help during this time of mass hysteria, Proctor composed and sent a letter to the Boston clergy asking them to intervene or move the trials to Boston.  This was to no avail for the poor man, as their reply came too late to save his own life, but was helpful in pardoning his wife’s’ and their unborn child’s.

One of the most memorable victims of the trials, was the beloved and pious Rebecca Nurse. A respected woman of Salem Village, Nurse was wrongly accused of witchcraft with no credible evidence against her.  “I am as innocent as the child unborn” stated Nurse.  39 citizens of Salem Village risked their lives in signing a petition to save this innocent woman.  Dismally, Nurse was given false hope, after first being found innocent there were fits and protests from the afflicted girls and townspeople, forcing the judge to order the jury to reconsider their verdict, resulting in her death sentence.

The fate of Rebecca Nurse might have been what sparked doubt in the people of Salem Village. How could this innocent, good-hearted Puritan woman be hanged for a crime she so clearly did not commit? Were these people really witches?

A month will pass before the next execution day. The Salem Witch panic is far from over.

-Margaret Kazan

Aloha Hōkūleʻa!

Hokule'a Sails into Woods Hole, MA

Hokule’a Sails into Woods Hole, MA

Salem will say Aloha to Hawai‘i’s iconic voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa when she arrives at Salem Maritime National Historic Site on Thursday, July 14. The 62-foot catamaran is in the midst of a multi-year circumnavigation of the globe to raise awareness of Polynesian maritime culture and ocean conservation.

Hōkūleʻa will be docked at Central Wharf at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site and she will be open for public canoe tours on Thursday from 1:00 – 5:00 PM.

A Polynesian voyaging canoe, Hōkūle‘a has been built in the tradition of ancient Hawaiian wa‘a kaulua (double-hulled voyaging canoe). Launched March 8, 1975, Hōkūle‘a (“Star of Gladness”) helped spark a revival of Hawaiian culture and wayfinding and is the iconic symbol of the Worldwide Voyage.

Salem has some remarkable connections to Hawaii via the Peabody Essex Museum, Phillips House, and the House of the Seven Gables.

Salem’s centuries-old connection with Hawai’i may be found at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), one of the oldest, largest and fastest-growing museums in the country. Since the museum’s inception in 1799, PEM has collected art and cultural objects from the Pacific Islands and its collection of more than 22,000 works — 3,000 of which are Native Hawaiian — is considered among the most important in the world. Visitors may explore another aspect of Salem-Hawaiian history through an immersive gallery recreation of Cleopatra’s Barge, an opulent 19th century yacht that launched from Salem and went on to become the royal yacht of King Kamehameha II who renamed it Ha’aheo o Hawai’i (“Pride of Hawai’i”).

Historic New England’s Phillips House is offering special tours focused on their Oceanic collection at 1:00pm and 3:00pm on Friday, July 15.  The Phillips House flies the Hawaiian flag to symbolize the family’s connection to Hawaii and passion for Oceanic culture, which goes back to 1866 when Stephen Henry Phillips was the Attorney General for the Kingdom of Hawaii under King Kamehameha V.  The family’s Oceanic collections include hundreds of artifacts, rare books, archives, and images dating from the late 1700s through the mid-20th century.

At the House of the Seven Gables visitors and crew can learn about Retire Beckett through a small exhibit, which  will be on view. The Retire Beckett House, now the Museum Store, was home of shipbuilder Retire Beckett (1753-1851). Beckett has to his credit the yacht Cleopatra’s Barge, which was built in 1817 and visited 16 ports in Europe and North Africa until it was stripped and sold to King Kamehameha II in 1820. A replica of the yacht’s cabins is on display at the Peabody Essex Museum.  On Friday and Saturday the Gables will feature interactive family programming inspired by the canoe’s visit to Salem.

For more information on the Hōkūleʻa , visit Hokulea.com; Salem Maritime National Historic Site: nps.gov/sama; and visiting Salem: salem.org. Join the conversation on social media with @destsalem and tag #SalemMA and #HokuleainSalem.

Follow the Hokule’a visit to Salem Maritime National Historic Site on the Facebook event page!

Friendship of Salem departs for repairs

Salem_History_1797_Friendship

Friendship of Salem left Derby Wharf on July 5, 2016, for a scheduled “haul-out.” The ship has gone to Gloucester where she will be removed from the water for inspections, repairs and routine maintenance.

Friendship  motored out of Salem at high tide on Tuesday, heading to Gloucester where the work will be done by Boothbay Harbor Shipyard and Gloucester Marine Railways Corporation on Rocky Neck in Gloucester, Massachusetts. When all inspections and repairs are complete she will return. The purpose of the estimated 12 week contract is to perform a variety of maintenance, inspection and repair work including:

  • Cleaning, inspection, repairs, and painting of the hull below the waterline;
  • Painting of portions of the hull and attachments above the waterline;
  • Inspection, cleaning and maintenance on propellers, shafts, rudder and other running gear components; and,
  • Repair of a deteriorated hull section on starboard side near the base of the foremast.

Learn more on Facebook and at nps.gov/sama.

Tour Bakers Island Light Station

Salem Harbor is home to five lighthouses, three of which are in Salem:  Derby Light is part of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Pickering Light is on Winter Island, and Bakers Light is on Bakers Island.  The other two lighthouses are Hospital Point in Beverly and Marblehead Light.  You can see all of the lighthouses from boat (Salem’s harbor tours are great for that), Pickering Light and Derby Light are accessible by foot, and beginning on July 1 you can tour Bakers Island Light Station on a guided tour provided by the Essex National Heritage Commission.

Bakers Island is a 60 acre island that is primarily occupied by a private summer colony.  The light station occupies 11 acres on the northern side of the island, and tours to Bakers Island Light will include a beach landing, tour around the base of the lighthouse, and return trip to Salem Wharf.  (Note: Tours to Bakers Island Light Station do not include other parts of the island, and tour participants are strictly prohibited from leaving the 11 acres of the light station.

Visit EssexHeritage.org for complete information on visiting Bakers Island Light Station, and click here to purchase tickets, which can also be purchased at the Salem Regional Visitor Center or at the dock.

Weather permitting, trips will go out at 11 am, 2pm, and 4:30 pm daily. Tickets cost $35 for adults, $32 for children. The Naumkeag holds no more than 17 passengers, so advance tickets are recommended. Access to Bakers Island is via a beach landing on a rocky beach, and passengers must be able to disembark, walk across the beach, and walk up a steep incline to get to the light station. People interested in taking the tour should read all restrictions and the FAQs answered by Essex Heritage prior to purchasing tickets.

Click here for the history of Bakers Island, as well as additional reading.

 

Salem Celebrates the Fourth

Festivities include the reading of the Declaration of Independence, children’s events, a military flyover, Pops concert, and Fireworks.

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Mayor Kimberley Driscoll is pleased to announce that Salem will hold its Independence Day celebration at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site on Derby Wharf on Monday, July 4th.

“There’s no better place to celebrate Independence Day than in historic Salem,” said Mayor Driscoll. “Start off bright and early at Salem Common for the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence, spend the day visiting the City’s numerous historic sites and attractions, dine at one of dozens of remarkable restaurants, and end your day at historic Derby Wharf for all of the festivities.”

“This year we are very excited to have a flyover by the 104th Fighter Wing from Barnes Air National Guard Unit,” Mayor Driscoll added. The 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard is located in Westfield, Massachusetts and proudly claims the honor of being one of the oldest flying units within the Commonwealth. “As the birthplace of the National Guard, it is especially meaningful for Salem to have a flyover by the 104th.” Salem Common was the site of the first muster in 1637 and continues to host the annual National Guard muster to this day.

“Salem is fortunate to have such a generous business community that continues to support this celebration,” Mayor Driscoll commented. “I’d like to express a special thank you to our Skyrocket Sponsors: Footprint Power – Salem Harbor Station, Salem Five, Tropical Products, and Walmart, along with our Star Spangled Sponsors: Aggregate Industries, Tache Real Estate, Market Basket, Eastern Bank, and KV Associates.”

Free children’s activities begin at 4:00 p.m. with the opening of the Kids’ Space, where young ones can play games, win prizes and get their faces painted, all thanks to the generosity of the MeetingHouse Church in Salem and Walmart. Also, look for the MAGIC 106.7 street team along with the MGH Pediatrics tent on-site with lots of cool give-a-ways.

Food tents on site also open at 4:00 p.m. with hot dogs, French fries, fried dough, kettle corn, and other fair favorites.

Live entertainment on the Main Stage begins at 5:00 p.m. The DITTO band will entertain the crowd on main stage. Lead vocalists and guitarists Gary Santarella and Roger Kimball have entertained audiences for over forty years and play mainstream music classics of James Taylor, Neil Young, Harry Chapin, Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby Stills and Nash, The Beatles, and many others.

Opening Ceremonies begin at 7:15 p.m. when Mayor Driscoll and other local dignitaries will lead a parade down the wharf accompanied by the Salem Veterans Honor Guard and Salem Boy Scout troops. The National Anthem will be sung by Nadine Adisho, Leah Morgenstern, Danielle Gautier and Tyler Leger of Salem High School’s a cappella group Witch Pitch?.
Immediately following opening ceremonies Maestro Dirk Hillyer and his orchestra has another great program in store for us. Dr. Hillyer commented, “This year we are doing a 50 year anniversary of the music from 1966—The Mamas and the Papas (California Dreamin’), Beach Boys (Good Vibrations), Henry Mancini film hits (Pink Panther, Peter Gunn), and cartoon favorites like Flintstones! Of course we’ll do our popular Tchaikowsky 1812 Overture to the fireworks along with other patriotic greats! Bring your blanket and join in on the fun!”

For this year’s intermission entertainment we have two treats. Some talented 8th grade singers from Salem’s Collins Middle School will be performing and members of the Marblehead Little Theater will entertain us with songs from Broadway.

At 9:15 p.m., Salem ends its Independence Day celebration with a fireworks extravaganza, accompanied live by the Hillyer Festival Orchestra playing the 1812 Overture and other patriotic live music throughout the entire fireworks display.24-July_4_062

Part of the allure of this celebration is its setting. The first National Historic Site in the National Park System, Salem Maritime National Historic Site consists of nine acres of waterfront land and houses a dozen historic structures. These include the Custom House, where famed author Nathaniel Hawthorne worked, and Derby Wharf, which was used by America’s first millionaire, Salem merchant Elias Hasket Derby. With historic Salem Harbor, including hundreds of boats moored and the replica of a 1700’s sailing vessel, the Friendship, as a backdrop, Independence Day in Salem is filled with the history that helped make American the free nation it is today.

Please note the following information for those planning to attend the July 4th celebrations in Salem this weekend:

Be safe. To ensure a safe and fun celebration, the Salem Police Department will have enhanced security in place on July 4th. Guests are asked to carry any items in clear plastic bags and be prepared for possible bag checks.

Say something. If you see something, say something to uniformed police at the celebration. In addition to officers who will be moving throughout the area all evening, you can also always find officers at the public safety tent, which will be clearly identifiable on site. Concerns can also be called into the Salem Police at (978) 744-1212.

Derby Wharf access. Police will be monitoring access points into the Derby Wharf area throughout the afternoon and evening. Please plan for additional time to arrive at the wharf for the festivities.

Road closures. Derby Street from Herbert Street to Daniels Street, and Orange Street and Curtis Street at Essex Street, will all be closed to traffic on Saturday from 5:00 pm. until 11:00 p.m.

Avoid driving to Derby Wharf. Seek parking downtown in a lot (parkinginsalem.com), or at Museum Place Garage on New Liberty Street or the South Harbor Garage on Congress Street, which are available for parking at $5 for the day, with the proceeds helping to fund the July 4th celebration. There is overflow parking at Shetland Properties on Congress Street, or take the commuter rail or Salem Ferry (salemferry.com) to avoid anticipated traffic congestion. The last MBTA trains depart Salem station at 10:40 p.m. (southbound) and 10:51 p.m. (northbound).

Handicapped parking. There is limited handicap parking at Derby Wharf and in the Immaculate Conception parking lot on Hawthorne Boulevard, which is first-come first-serve, and there is a mobility impaired/wheelchair seating section reserved at the beginning of Derby Wharf, so attendees do not have to traverse the park’s terrain.

Don’t bring fireworks. Salem has adopted the maximum fines allowable for both the sale ($1,000 fine) and use ($200 fine) of fireworks. In addition, a dedicated police unit will be tasked with enforcing the laws prohibiting the private use of fireworks. Please help ensure a safe July 4th for all and leave the fireworks to the professionals.

Harbor access. Recreational boaters and other craft will be restricted from the area around Derby Wharf and the channel in Salem Harbor and the South River for much of the evening. Mariners can call the Harbormaster’s Office at 978-741-0098 or on VHF 16 for emergencies after hours or for more information.

For more information check salem.com, follow the event on Facebook, or call Salem City Hall at 978-745-9595, ext. 5676.

Salem MA July 4

Morning Independence Day Event in Salem

Monday, July 4

Join Mayor Driscoll on Salem Common at 9:00 a.m. for the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Dann Maurno will read the document. Bob Kendall will provide piano music, a quintet from Salem High School’s Witch Pitch? will sing the National Anthem, and audience singing will be led by Maureen Dalton. Coffee will be provided by the Salem Common Neighborhood Association.

Salem.org