Salem, MA to Host Its First Food Truck Festival

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New England Open Markets will bring a cornucopia of food trucks to Salem Common to kick off the city’s annual Halloween celebrations with the first Salem Food Truck Festival. On October 1st and 2nd, 2016 from 11 AM to 6 PM over 25 food trucks from across New England will converge on historic Salem Common just in time for the kick-off of the month long 2016 Haunted Happenings Festival.

The City of Salem has partnered with New England Open Markets to expand the offerings in downtown Salem during this busy month-long celebration. Open Markets founder Chris Masci brings his festival/market expertise to Salem for another fantastic event that adds to the already successful roster of events that include Salem Open Market and Salem Holiday Market in Salem and many in South Boston including the highly successful Ink Block Market.

From Grilled Cheese to Poutine, from whoopie pies to cookies there is something on tap for everyone at the first food truck festival. Fan favorites Bon Me food truck, The Cookie Monstah, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and more will be bringing a food court like no other to the heart of the city. The two day festival will also include live music and local buskers.

For more information on Salem’s first food truck festival, visit New England Open Market’s website, or find the festival on Facebook.

“Hocus Pocus” Filming Locations in Salem, MA

hocus-pocusIt might be difficult to believe that Hocus Pocus, the famed cult classic starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy debuted 23 years ago, on July 16, 1993. You are probably familiar with the film’s story, which focuses on the Sanderson Sisters, who are executed as witches after casting a spell on young Thackery Binx, dooming him to roam the streets of Salem as an immortal black cat. 300 years later, a teenager named Max finds himself in the home of the Sanderson Sisters, where his lighting of the infamous black flame candle brings the trio back to life on Halloween night. Max, along with his sister Dani, and crush Allison, and Binx the cat of course, must then work together to put an end to the Sanderson Sisters once and for all.

Pioneer Village
310 West Ave | PioneerVillageSalem.org
The opening scenes of the film, featuring Binx as a human prior to his cursing as a cat, were filmed in Pioneer Village, a living history museum located at Salem’s Forest River Park. Pioneer Village was built in 1930, and is America’s first living history museum. Tours of the village are offered seasonally through September, and today the park is home to different events and festivals throughout the year.

Phillips Elementary School on Salem Common
The Phillips Elementary School building conveniently ended its run as a functioning school in 1992, making it the perfect location for a movie filming in Salem that required some exterior high school footage. While the building is not open to the public today the exterior can still be viewed from the Common.

The Ropes Mansion
318 Essex Street | PEM.org
One of the most memorable scenes in the film was when Max attends the Halloween party at Allison’s house, the exterior of which was actually filmed using one of the most prominent 18th century homes in Salem. The gardens located behind the mansion are free to visit and open to the public.

Old Town Hall
161 Essex Street | Salem.com
The other classic party scene in the film was actually filmed just a few blocks away at Old Town Hall in Derby Square. Famous in the film for Bette Midler’s rendition of “Put a Spell on You,” the building today is open to the public, and hosts the Salem Museum and performances of “Cry Innocent.”

Salem Common
Many of the outdoor scenes in the movie were filmed at Salem Common, where ironically enough the film is shown each year during Haunted Happenings. This year’s showing of Hocus Pocus on the Common will take place at 6 pm on October 29.

8 Ocean Avenue
This house on the end of Ocean Avenue was home to Max and his sister Dani in the film. While Hocus Pocus fans are welcome to view the exterior of the home from the street, please be advised that this site is private property.

Old Burial Hill
Orne Street, Marblehead, MA | OldBurialHill.org
The day-time cemetery scenes showing Max interacting with his new, not-so-welcoming classmates actually were not filmed in Salem at all. This footage was shot in nearby Marblehead at Old Burial Hill, one of the oldest graveyards in New England.

Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery
285 Derby Street | NightmareGallery.com
While this museum was not featured in the filming for Hocus Pocus, it is home to an impressive figure of Winifred Sanderson, portrayed in the film by Bette Midler. Count Orlok’s is located at 285 Derby Street and is open as a museum and haunted house throughout October.

Do have a good time visiting some of the locations from this classic film, but please don’t “run amok!”

October at The House of the Seven Gables

Hanging judges, cursed colonels, haunted hallways:
Bring a friend and hang on!

Secret Staircase House of the Seven Gables Salem MA

The Secret Staircase

For those who like a little fact with their fright, a little history with their hi-jinx, head for The House of the Seven Gables in October where truth is always stranger than fiction. On select weekend nights, two original theatrical events are staged in The House of the Seven Gables and the Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace. Each performance lasts 35 minutes and they begin every 5 or 10 minutes between 8 and 10:30 p.m. (7 and 9 p.m. on October 31). Tickets for individual shows or combination tickets for both performances are available. During the day, tours tip gently toward the dark side as visitors brave the Secret Staircase and marvel at a way of life long since passed. Daytime hours at The Gables are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Theatrical performances

Legacy of the Hanging Judge
In 1692 the Salem Witch Trials wrought havoc on a small New England community. “Legacy of the Hanging Judge” replays the events in the words of those who lived through the harrowing times —and those who did not fare as well. The performances take place in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birth house. Prepare to be interrogated by magistrate John Hathorne, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s great-great grandfather, infamous for his role in the condemnation and deaths of accused witches. Encounter the tormented, the accused and their accusers in this interactive theatrical experience. Beware. You may find yourself accused of “writing in the devil’s book!”

October 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29 from 8 to 10:30 p.m.
October 31 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Performances begin every ten minutes in The Nathaniel Hawthorne birth house and last approximately 35 minutes. Last performance begins at closing. Advance ticket purchase highly recommended. Visit 7gables.org for information and tickets.

Spirits of the Gables
Guilt! Greed! Revenge! Step into the world of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “House of the Seven Gables.” Watch as his troubled characters haunt the mansion’s halls, entangled in a family curse. Matthew Maule condemns Colonel Pyncheon with words that become his fate — “God will give you blood to drink!” Creep through The Gables at your own risk, for as long as there is a Pyncheon descendant inside, legend has it, only darkness and death will fill its walls.

October 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29 from 8 to 10:30 p.m.
October 31 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Performances begin every five minutes in The House of the Seven Gables and last approximately 35 minutes. Last performance begins at closing. Advance ticket purchase highly recommended. Visit 7gables.org for information and tickets

Rates
Tickets for each of the plays is $15 or $28 for a combination ticket. The combination ticket is available for any two performances on the same evening. Advance ticket purchase highly recommended. Visit 7gables.org for information and tickets.

Photo Contest Pick of August

Congratulations to Logan Goodwin for winning our “Pick of the Month” for August!

Bakers Island Lighthouse. Photo credit: Logan Goodwin

Bakers Island Lighthouse. Photo credit: Logan Goodwin

Logan’s picture of Bakers Island Light makes us sad the summer season has ended.  If you are looking for an adventure, check in with Essex Heritage and add a boat ride to Bakers Island to your summer list!

Do you have a memorable shot of Salem? Submit it to our Photo Contest and you could win a wonderful prize!

Salem Spice Festival Returns to Pioneer Village September 10 & 11

Salem MA Spice Festival. Photo credit: Creative Salem

Come celebrate nearly four centuries of Salem’s history with spices, herbs and tea in America’s first living history museum, Pioneer Village: Salem 1630. There will be exhibits, recipes, crafts, talks, demonstrations, music, food, storytelling and activities for children.

Admission is free but a suggested donation of $5.00 to Pioneer Village will happily be accepted. Salem Trolley is providing shuttle service to Pioneer Village for $5.00 round trip on Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th. For more information on the festival and for specific times and locations to catch the Salem Trolley please visit salemspicefest.com.

2016 Vendor List
Artemisia Botanicals, Atlantic Saltworks, Bambolina, Black Cat Tours, Comida, Copper Treez, Coven’s Cottage, Derby Square Tours, Desert Rose, Ed and Sons Popcorn Wagon, Green Witch School of Herbalism, Hervor Soaps, IFarm, Kristin Jay, K’s Kitchen, Mama Kyries Magickal Curiosities, Monarch Gardner, Perceptive Charm, Red Biddy Skincare, Remember Salem, Salem Canvas, Salem Food Tours, Salem Spice, Salem Trolley, Starbucks, Wynott’s Wands, Ye Olde Pepper Candy Company, and more.

Pioneer Village: Salem 1630 was built in 1930 to mark the tercentennial of Massachusetts, Pioneer Village is America’s first living history museum. The village sits on three acres of land and contains various examples of colonial architecture: dugouts, wigwams, thatched roof cottages, and the Governor’s Faire House. Culinary and medicinal gardens and a blacksmith shop further interpret early 17th-century colonial life. Nestled between the woods and the ocean, Pioneer Village is a five minute drive from downtown in Salem’s Forest River Park at 98 West Avenue, Salem.

Salem Spice Festival
Saturday, September 10, 10am – 4pm
Sunday, September 11, 10am – 4pm
Pioneer Village: Salem in 1630, 98 West Avenue, Salem, MA
Admission: Free, with a suggested donation of $5

Salem MA Spice Festival 2016

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

Salem.org