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New England Pirate Faire at Pioneer Village

We have another weekend chock-full of events, including the New England Pirate Faire at Pioneer Village, The Tempest on Misery Island, and Native American Art of the Pacific Northwest at the Peabody Essex Museum.  If you are less in the mood for doing and more in the mood for relaxing, live acoustic music at The Landing at Salem Wharf is just one of the offerings listed in our Night Life calendar.

New England Pirate Faire is celebrating its tenth season.  A a weekend-long celebration of all things pirate, the festival takes place at Pioneer Village in Forest River Park and features fun and games with some of history’s most infamous buccaneers. Whether it’s a chance to throw a battle ax at a target, find the perfect hand-made present, or solve an interactive treasure hunt mystery, or even join the crew of the dreaded Blackbeard, everyone in your family will find fun and excitement at the New England Pirate Faire. Tickets: General Admission $14, Children $10. Learn more

The Tempest Trials will be a Shakespearean festival on Salem's beautiful Misery Island. The festival will feature actors of all ages participating in a dramatic reading competition before a panel of judges. Misery Island is accessible only by boat, and SeaShuttle's Endeavour, a 45-foot catamaran, has been contracted to ferry the audience to the island. Proceeds for the Trials will benefit the nonprofit organization Sea Station Inc., which works to safeguard the living ocean through hands-on education and the involvement of our community. Learn More

Ravens Many Gifts Gallery

Raven's Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast, on view at the Peabody Essex Museum, provides the opportunity to explore the living relationships among humans, animals, ancestors and supernatural beings through works of Native art from the Pacific Northwest Coast created during the past 200 years. Ceremonial regalia, trade goods and art sold in galleries today reveal creative expressions of family, heritage, politics and commerce in a changing world. Learn more

There always seems to be a musician or a band performing in Salem. One of our favorite spots for live music, a chilled refreshment, and a great view is the Landing at Salem Wharf.  Feeling like you are sitting in Salem harbor, this is a perfect place to enjoy live music and watch the boats pass by.  Learn more.

The Landing at Salem Ferry

Find more events in Salem on our calendar at, and visit our Facebook and Twitter feeds to find our "Weekend at a Glance," a printable, digested list of what is happening in Salem this weekend. 

Let us know what you do in Salem this weekend! Tag your posts with #SalemMA or #DestSalem. You'll find us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @destsalem.

Posted by Kate on 07/24 at 08:00 AM Permalink

About the 4th… and the 19th and the 22nd

My favorite part of our July 4th celebrations is always the reading of the Declaration of Independence on Salem Common or, as on this past rainy Fourth, in the ballroom of the Hawthorne Hotel. It’s not the flashiest, or the most fun, or the tastiest of all of our celebratory events, but it’s the one that makes me truly proud and grateful to be an American.

Declaration of Independence graphic Yes, the Declaration is a little long. And I don’t personally relate to every offense Mr. Jefferson cited, but it does makes me stop and think. Dann Anthony Maurno brings it to life…and brings home just how frighteningly radical that Declaration was for the Colonists. They considered themselves English after all.  

I kept thinking back to the reading of Declaration all weekend, the words and the pure defiance of the act resonating across picnics and parades and fireworks. Thank you, Hannah Diozzi for orchestrating this each year, to the Hawthorne Hotel, and all who participated. If you missed the reading this year, do put it on your calendar for 2015.

Now, about those other dates…

Does July 19th mean anything to you? How about August 19th or September 22nd? Those are the dates on which most of the victims of the Salem Witch Trials were executed. Again, not merry-go-round moments, but important ones. If you stop by the Salem Witch Trials Memorial behind the PEM at noon on those dates, the staff of the Corwin House (The Witch House) will be holding a brief ceremony to honor those who died, the victims of fear, feuds and a failed judicial system. (Thank you, Elizabeth Peterson and team.)  

Salem Witch Trials MemorialThe Trials are not just a part of our history, but of how we define ourselves today as a city of acceptance and tolerance. In fact, the purpose of the Salem Award Foundation is to bring forward the lessons from 1692 and apply them to contemporary issues of human rights abuses and social injustice.

Why not take a few minutes at noon this Saturday, July 19th. Or mark your calendar for August 19th or September 22nd.  Stop by the Memorial for a moment of remembrance and a reminder of the injustices that are part of our world today.

- Posted by guest blogger Shelby Hypes for the Salem Award Foundation

Salem Award Foundation graphic

Posted by Guest on 07/18 at 04:43 PM Permalink