Destination Salem Blog
There's a new event coming down the pike, and I predict it is going to be an instant classic!
Mark your calendars and purchase your tickets for May Day on Chestnut Street. Several homes will be opened, giving you the opportunity to not only see the gracious homes, but to als olearn the stories and traditions associated with the homes from the owners and event guides.
- May Day on Chestnut Street
- Saturday, May 5, 2012
- House Tour 12:00 noon - 3:45 pm
- Tea at Hamilton Hall at 4:00 pm
- Ticket to view Ten Homes: $25.00
- Ticket to view Homes & Tea: $45.00 (Reservations required; space limited)
- To purchase tickets, email email@example.com or send check payable to: Hamilton Hall Inc., Hamilton Hall, 9 Chestnut Street, Salem, MA 01970
- Hamilton Hall | 978.744.0805
- Tickets are transferable but not refundable. The tour and the tea are not handicapped accessible.
If you have been in and around Salem during the past weeks, you may have noticed the ServiceMaster trucks parked on the Washington Square side of the Hawthorne Hotel, with enormous yellow tubes running down the side of the Hotel. Not one to jump to conclusions, I thought the trucks were related to the renovations the hotel has been working on since last year. I suppose the trucks were there because of the renovations... but in the worst possible way.
Here is information on the Hawthorne Hotel's Flood of February 27 that was released by the hotel last week:
Of the surprise flood of February 27 at the historic Hawthorne Hotel, the General Manager, Juli Lederhaus remembers, “Have you ever had one of those days you would like to forget? On February 27, I sure did!”
During the hotel’s recent bathroom renovations, the last portion of the bathroom remodel that was begun in 2011, an old pipe cracked and a major leak of fresh water--around 2,500 gallons--rushed from the top of the hotel to the basement.
“Water was everywhere, beginning in the attic and progressing through the sixth floor, fifth, fourth, and well, you get the idea,” says Lederhaus. “It didn't stop until it got to the basement, although it sure did a LOT of damage to the second floor lobby that we call the Alcove overlooking the Grand Ballroom. At that point it even gushed a river out of one of the wall corners.”
An unexpected event like this could have broken the spirit of the Hawthorne Hotel team, but instead they came together. All hands were on deck--literally, to move furniture, save paintings and pictures and cover everything that could not be moved out of the way. The Salem Fire Department arrived on the scene soon after because the smoke alarms went off when they got wet and Juli Lederhaus commends them for their assistance. They provided their tarps to cover the wooden bar in the Tavern, and assisted where they could.
ServiceMaster trucks are parked by the hotel and are working non-stop to thoroughly dry out, repair and restore everything impacted by the water. It is estimated that the Hawthorne Hotel will be “good as new by the end of April for the most part. Some things in the hotel are custom-made, such as the carpet, so that might take a little bit longer, but it will all be nice and clean and tidy soon.”
The Tavern was made ready the very next day, as was the business center and Library. The second floor alcove has taken a good deal of work to get dried, and then the restoration process will begin. The rooms on the third floor are coming back into service this week, and gradually all the rooms will be back.
Juli has sent out a request to all the fans and visitors of the hotel, “Please come by and show your support. We are open for business, and would love for you to come by and see us.”
The ServiceMaster trucks are gone, and the hotel is well on its way to recovery. I have actually been to the hotel for dinner since the flood, and to the visitor walking in the front door, there is little evidence of problem. True to their nature, the hotel staff never missed a beat in customer service and professionalism.
You can learn more about the flood, and daily life at the Hawthorne Hotel, on their blog.
I am so excited to see this exhibit in June, and I will certainly write about it first-hand when it opens. Now is the time, however, to mark your calendars to visit Salem for what is sure to be a wonderful exhibit of work by one of America's favorite photographers.
PEM presents Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge
A new look at the work of the iconic photographer and pioneering Modernist
Includes rare objects and images never before seen by the public
On view at PEM June 16 – October 8, 2012
This summer, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) will unveil an exhibition shedding new light on one of history’s most iconic and beloved photographers. Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge features more than 100 photographs combining famous images with extraordinary lesser-known works that focus on the artist’s treatment and exploration of water in all its forms. Full of energy and dynamism, Adams’ photographs of seascapes, beaches, bays, tide pools, clouds and waterfalls provide a fresh perspective on the artist’s celebrated career. Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge was organized by the Peabody Essex Museum where it will be on view for its exclusive U.S. engagement from June 16 through October 8, 2012, and will then travel to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, UK.
“Throughout his life, Adams was drawn to the water for its visual potential, exploring where elemental forces meet,” says Phillip Prodger, exhibition curator and PEM’s curator of photography. “As an innovative Modernist, he explored seriality, motion and time, using a range of techniques to capture a definitively fluid and elusive substance.”
In this exhibition, drawn from the Ansel Adams Archive at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona and other prominent private and institutional collections, viewers will have the opportunity to see the pictures that Adams made for himself. Both grand and intimate at turns, these personal, and sometimes experimental images express his thoughts about the natural world, and often push the boundaries between realism and abstraction. Ranging in size from 3 x 5-inch prints to 10 x 12-foot murals, many will be appearing publicly for the first time at the Peabody Essex Museum. Adams was one of the first photographers to work in the large-scale mural format which has now become standard among contemporary artists.
At the Water’s Edge provides a fresh look at Ansel Adams, as well-known and beloved pictures of rugged mountains, desert landscapes, and rocky cliffs blend with sparkling, spraying, whirling waters in all of their flowing power and reflective nuance. The undeniable attraction of water as a photographic subject captured Adams at an early age. The very first photograph Adams ever made, shown at PEM for the first time, features a watery pool at the Panama Pacific Exhibition of the 1915 World’s Fair, made when Adams was just 14 years old. Over time, his lens claimed the territory between Yosemite National Park and the Pacific, as well as Hawaii and Alaska, where he shot images shown in this exhibition.
Notably, he made a powerful group of photographs of New England, the only coastal location outside of California that Adams photographed steadily. Over a course of decades, he explored the coast from Connecticut to Maine, especially in Massachusetts, making repeated trips to Cape Cod and Boston’s North Shore.
Visitors will have the opportunity to see rarely-viewed objects, including the print of Golden Gate before the Bridge that used to hang over Ansel Adams’ desk, and which he considered among his very best photographs. At the same time, stunning, oversized exhibition prints of iconic photographs including Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite, Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park and Stream, Sea, Clouds, Rodeo Lagoo, Marin County, California will be on display, among others.
One of the surprises revealed in At the Water’s Edge is Adams’ interest in using sequential imagery to freeze motion in time. An especially powerful example is the majestic surf sequence, San Mateo County Coast, California, 1940. Adams was possibly the first well-known photographer since Eadweard Muybridge to attempt to use photography in this way, employing seriality and sequence to create a cohesive narrative. Another series of photographs of Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, shows a different approach to sequentiality. A poignant exploration of form, movement and time, they can be viewed as Adams’ version of Monet’s haystacks. As with Monet, Adams visited Old Faithful at different times of day, photographing in varying light and changing atmospheric conditions.
Another unexpected addition is the exceedingly rare Japanese-style screen, Grass and Pool, 1948, dating from a period of tremendous creativity in Adams’ work. Standing on round metal feet, it was designed to be shown directly on the floor in a domestic environment. In subject and treatment, it was inspired by Asian painted screens in which picture planes are flattened and perspectives tilted. The three articulated panels can be angled to catch the light differently, the rhythm of the fold cleverly mirroring the angular pattern of the exposed grass.
For Adams, part of the appeal of creating such a work was thwarting conventional expectations about what a photograph might look like and where and how it could be shown. Like many modernists, Adams considered photographs not just as images but as objects — the craft and sheer physical presence of the work reinforced its significance as a work of art and the focus of contemplation.
ABOUT THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM
The Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum's collections are among the finest of their kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime and Photography collections. In addition to its vast collections, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and a hands‐on education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 22 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200‐year‐old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.
HOURS: Open Tuesday‐Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 am‐5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
ADMISSION: Adults $15; seniors $13; students $11. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.
INFO: Call 866‐745‐1876 or visit www.pem.org
This story was featured on CD Traveler in the UK last week. It's a lovely portrait of Salem!
Just magic: there’s more to Salem than witches
By Kaye Holland
Salem is famous for its witch trials of 1692 but there’s more to this Massachusetts town than witchcraft, writes Kaye Holland
The seaside port city is only five stops and 30 minutes away from bustling Boston by train (www.mbta.com), but Salem – with its cobblestone streets chock full of old clapboard homes and quaint shops such as Ye Old Pepper Companie (America’s oldest candy store) – feels like another world.
Salem is the site where the colony of Massachusetts was first established in 1629 but it is the outrageous witch trials of 1692 that catapulted Salem (and Colonial New England) onto the world stage.
Nineteen Salem men and women were hanged as witches, all because a group of teenage girls reported, as truth, a mix of tales told by Tituba (a west Indian slave) while Cotton Mather – a pillar of the Puritan community – published a slew of scare stories.
If you want to learn a little more about Salem’s witch history, there’s a myriad of museums, presentations, dungeons and dramatic reenactments and reflections – all within easy walking distance – devoted to this grim chapter of early American history. The majority are unabashedly touristy and silly (although rather fun) but two of the more serious testaments to the trials include the Salem Witch Museum and Cry Innocent: The People versus Bridget Bishop. At the former, the untold stories of 1692 are told in a darkened auditorium using special effects and 15 life sized figures who recount the experience with moving eloquence. The latter is a critically acclaimed live reenactment of the witchcraft examination of Bridget Bishop (the first woman put on trial during the Salem witch hunt of 1692) that has been featured on The Travel Channel and TLC.
The witch trials might have taken place more than 300 years ago but witchcraft continues in Salem today: Wicca (modern day witchcraft) stores selling potions and crystal balls abound and almost every shop has a resident warlock or witch onsite inviting you to “discover your destiny”. I stayed strong – even when confronted by Laurie Cabot (dubbed the city’s ‘official witch’ in 1977 by then-governor Michael Dukakis) – until my final hour in Salem when I bizarrely found myself bewitched into handing over US$30 for a 15 minute physic reading. And yes, Doug – who read my tarot – was eerily accurate.
That Salem has built a thriving tourist industry around broomsticks, black hats and a bronze statue of Samantha Stevens – the character played by Elizabeth Montgomery in hit sitcom Bewitched – is best evidenced throughout October; a month long celebration of Halloween (www. hauntedhappenings.org) which sees some 200,000 tourists flock to Salem in search of a spooky experience. Activities include ‘Make a wand’ and ‘Ask a witch’ whereby visitors get to quiz Salem’s 2,000 self described witches about their religion.
Yet while October is the New England port’s busiest month by far, Spring is the best time to go if you want to see Salem without the people and prices – and beyond witches. For, while this small seaport of 41,000 citizens is powerfully (and profitably) linked with its witch history there’s more – much more – to Salem (whose name derives from the Hebrew word for peace, ‘shalom’) than witches.
A leisurely stroll offers intimate glimpses into the city’s lively seafaring past. From the 17th century until the early 19th century, Salem was one of the most important ports in North America and its waterfront was lined with wharves owned and managed by wealthy merchant families like the Derbys, Crowninshields and Turners. The Salem Maritime National Historic Site (978 740 1650; nps.gov/sama) is gem of a place that gives visitors an insider view into Salem’s rich maritime heritage.
As a self confessed book worm, I enjoyed immersing myself in novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne’s stories at the House of Seven Gables (www.7gables.org). America’s oldest wooden mansion was made famous by the American author – arguably Salem’s most famous son – in his 1851 novel of the same name, in which he described the home as “a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables [that has] always affected me like a human countenance.”
However the jewel in Salem’s crown is perhaps the Peabody Essex Museum (978 745 9500; www.pem.org). The museum – which recently benefitted from a $200 million reinvention – is home to a captivating collection of art and culture not only from New England, but from around the globe. The big headline grabber is Yin Yu Tang – a two storey Chinese house detailing family life in the east, over eight generations. Don’t miss the bright red speaker – installed by Chairman Mao’s government during the Cultural Revolution so that all residents could hear official announcements.
But enough of the history lesson, you’re on holiday and one of the pleasures of any break is great grub. Here Salem excels: food is exquisite and as good as anything you’ll eat in Boston. I was well fed and watered at both the Green Land Cafe (978 744 7766; www.greenlandcafe.com), an achingly hip haunt offering fresh twists on traditional dishes, and at Finz (978 744 0000). This Pickering Wharf restaurant specialises in seafood and is the perfect place for a not so light bite before retiring to your room at the neighbouring Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina (www.salemwaterfronthotel.com). It is possible to ‘do’ Salem in a day (Boston Parents Paper named Salem as a ‘Best Day Trip’) but if you favour long lie ins and late breakfasts (you are on your hols after all), the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina is one of the most polished places to stay. The 86 rooms and suites are an exercise in elegance, the service is personal and relaxed, the decor inviting and, the deal clincher in these tough economic times, a night here is much more affordable than back in Boston.
All told while nobody visits New England simply to go to Salem, this seaport is a nostalgic charmer – the kind of laid back time warp that’s worth stopping in. For such a small place, Salem has an incredible variety of things to see and do but it’s also the hospitality of locals like Kate Fox – who saw me studying my guidebook and offered me a lift from the station to Salem’s centre, and then arranged to meet me the next day for lunch – that help make Salem special.
For more information on Salem, check out www.salem.org.
The Witch House, AKA The Corwin House, is changing its hours this week. They will be open this week from 12pm - 3pm, Monday through Friday, and 10am - 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Beginning April 1, the house is open 10am-5pm daily.
The Witch House is a 17th-century structure, and it is the only structure still standing in Salem wtih direct ties to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Tours of the house provide information about Corwin's role during the trials, as well as the daily life of the wealthy Corwin family. If you are interested in the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 or Salem's architectural heritage, the Witch House should be on your itinerary.
- The Witch House
- 310 1/2 Essex Street
- Salem, MA 01970
Two Weeks Left to Submit to Salem’s ArtBox 2012
Winners to Receive Significant Visibility & $500 dollars
Utility to Beauty
The City of Salem calls all artists to submit proposals to paint one out of six downtown utility boxes as part of ArtBox 2012. Winning artists will have their work in front of one million people annually and will receive $500.
With the recent announcement of the Peabody Essex Museum’s pending expansion and last year’s successful Rob Lorenson sculpture series, the city is on the rise as a regional, national and international arts destination.
In the hopes of promoting individual artists as well as the community’s burgeoning arts scene, ArtBox asks all interested to propose a piece of art that presents his or her visual interpretation of Salem’s cityscape, culture, community pride or art itself.
Salem’s first art box, located on Essex Street in front of its sponsor’s popular café (Gulu Gulu Cafe), has been received very positively. Inspired by its success and the city’s increased artistic momentum, a group of local art appreciators and community leaders came together at the end of 2011 to spearhead ArtBox, a program to transform these utilitarian eyesores into original works of art.
Beyond adding to Salem’s spirit of creativity, community and innovation, these boxes are meant to beautify and inspire. If successful, ArtBox will be a perennial project. These first boxes will set the bar, generating the buzz and spurring future boxes in the coming years—just as painter Greg Orfanos’ vanguard box on Essex Street has done by adding a splash of creative genius to the street.
Nuts & Bolts
Open to all skilled and talented artists, the deadline for submission is Friday, April 6th. The work will be judged by a jury comprised of:
- Lynn Duncan, City Planner, City of Salem
- Ellen Hardy, President, Salem Arts Association
- Trevor Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art, PEM
- Steven Zevitas, President and Publisher, New American Paintings; and Owner, Steven Zevitas Gallery (Boston)
One box will be painted weekly starting in June.
A special thanks to local sponsors Waters & Brown Paint & Decorating for providing paint supplies and Gorilla Printing for providing a tent. Winners will be publically announced at the Salem Arts Festival on June 1.
See the city website at salem.com/pages/artbox to download the submission requirements and details.
Submissions must be received by noon on Friday, April 6, 2012.
The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) celebrates an unparalleled 200-year legacy of cultural exchange with India with its annual Sensational India! festival, March 31 – April 1, 2012. This year's festival celebrates Faces of Devotion, Indian Sculpture from the Figiel Collection and focuses on the theme of devotion — spiritual and artistic. Join us for a vibrant array of dance and music performances, traditional Indian cooking demonstrations, yoga workshops, film, art making activities and more. Program reservations may be made online at pem.org/calendar.
SATURDAY, MARCH 31 | 10 AM – 5 PM | DAYTIME ACTIVITIES FREE WITH ADMISSION
10 AM – NOON | YOGA CLASS WITH KOFI BUSIA | ADULTS & TEENS | ALL SKILL LEVELS
Enjoy this rare opportunity to experience yoga with Kofi Busia, one of the world's foremost teachers in the Iyengar tradition. Please do not eat immediately before class. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your own yoga mat and water bottle. Reservations by March 29.
11 AM – NOON | COOKING DEMONSTRATION: FESTIVAL FOOD | ADULTS
Chef Shruti Mehta returns to create and demonstrate special cuisine from India that is traditionally associated with Hindu festivals and devotional practices. Learn more about the roel of multi-sensory offerings to the deities in temples and homes. Reservations by March 24.
11 AM – 4 PM | DROP-IN ART ACTIVITY: BLOCK PRINTING | ALL AGES
See and handle different types of meticulously hand-carved woodblocks. Then use the woodblock to print a beautiful image to take home.
11:30 AM | STORY TIME: THE CLOSET GHOSTS | FAMILIES W/ CHILDREN 4 YEARS & UP
Sometimes moving to a new a new home can be a little frightening, but it's even worse when there are ghosts in the closet! What will happen if the ghosts don’t go away, Anu asks Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god, who can change shape in the blink of an eye and chase goblins away with his thundering voice.
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM & 2 – 2:45 PM | DANCE PERFORMANCE | ALL AGES
Parul Shah Dance Company presents works in Kathak, a classical dance tradition from the courts of North India. This dance style blends the lyricism of music, the kinetics of the body and an irresistible visual appeal to create a heady mix for the senses.
12:15 – 12:45 PM | DANCE WORKSHOP | ALL AGES
Learn the basic steps of Kathak and the use of hand gestures and rhythmic footwork.
1 – 2 PM | PRESENTATION: DARSAN: SEEING THE DIVINE IMAGE IN INDIA | ADULTS
Professor Diana Eck is considered one of the West's greatest experts on Hinduism. Using examples from the exhibition Faces of Devotion, she explains the role of the visual image in everyday Hindu practices. Reservations by March 29.
1 – 4 PM | DROP-IN ART ACTIVITY: TORAN | ALL AGES
Toran are hung above doorways to welcome gods and people into the home. Create a large collaborative hanging piece for the Art Studios.
1:15 – 2 PM & 4:15-5 PM | CONCERT: HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL MUSIC
Hindustani music, or classical music from North India, traces its origins to approximately 1000 B.C.E., when music was a way of memorizing and preserving philosophical and religious texts through repeated chanting. At PEM, students of Kumkum Sanyal, a Hindustani Classical singer and teacher, perform with live musical accompaniment and demonstrate ragas (melodic modes) and talas(rhythmic cycles) in a uniquely classical format.
3 – 5 PM | FILM & CONVERSATION: SITA SINGS THE BLUES | ADULTS & TEENS
The stories of two women separated by several centuries come together in this comedy-drama from artist and animator Nina Paley. Join Nina Paley after the screening as she discusses concepts in the Ramayana with Curator of South Asian and Korean Art Susan Bean, and the animation techniques in the making of this film. 2008, 82 minutes. Unrated. Reservations by March 29.
9 PM – MIDNIGHT | BOLLYWOOD DANCE PARTY WITH DJ REKHA | 21+
DJ Rekha transforms PEM’s soaring Atrium into a nightclub with the latest in Indian dance fusion. Lounge areas and a cash bar set the stage so you can join the party on the dance floor. Tickets $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Reservations by March 28.
SATURDAY, MARCH 31 | 9 PM – MIDNIGHT | BOLLYWOOD DANCE PARTY | $10 & $15
DJ Rekha will transform PEM’s soaring Atrium into a nightclub with the latest in Indian dance fusion. Lounge areas and a cash bar set the stage so you can join the party on the dance floor. Doors open at 8:45 pm. For adults 21 and older. Cash bar
SUNDAY, APRIL 1 | 10 AM – 5 PM | DAYTIME ACTIVITIES FREE WITH ADMISSION
10 AM – NOON | YOGA CLASS WITH KOFI BUSIA | ADULTS & TEENS | ALL SKILL LEVELS | See March 31 listing for details
11 AM – 4 PM | DROP-IN ART ACTIVITY: BLOCK PRINTING | ALL AGES | See March 31 listing for details
11:30 AM | STORY TIME: THE CLOSET GHOSTS | FAMILIES W/ CHILDREN 4 YEARS & UP | See March 31 listing for details
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM & 4 – 4:45 PM | DANCE PERFORMANCE | ALL AGES | See March 31 listing for details
12:15 – 12:45 PM | DANCE WORKSHOP | ALL AGES | See March 31 listing for details
1 – 2 PM | LECTURE: IYENGAR: THE YOGA MASTER WITH KOFI BUSIA
Indian yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar is the subject of Kofi Busia's collection of essays, stories and interviews that offer a deep understanding of Iyengar and his unique approach to yoga. Reservations by March 30.
1 – 4 PM | DROP-IN ART ACTIVITY: TORAN | ALL AGES | See March 31 listing for details
1:15 – 2 PM & 4:15-5 PM | CONCERT: HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL MUSIC | See March 31 listing for details
2:30 – 3:45 PM | LECTURE: AMITAV GHOSH
Amitav Ghosh is a critically acclaimed novelist, journalist and anthropologist and the author of several best-selling works of fiction and nonfiction, including the recently released River of Smoke. Join Ghosh for a talk and discussion of his recent work and his perspective on trade, culture and world history. Reservations by March 30.
Visit pem.org for more information and to make reservations!
Salem Spring Restaurant Week begins on Sunday, March 25! Do you have your reservations?!
Twenty-two (yup, that's 22!) restaurants are participating with three or four course prix fixe meals. Choose from Italian to Indian to Mexican to American... whatever your palate wants, we shall have in Salem with incredible prices!
For 10 days only, participating restaurants will offer either a two-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $15, or a three-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $25, or both (note that this price does not include drinks, taxes or gratuities).
For details and menus, visit Salem-Chamber.org.
- 43 Church
- 62 Restaurant and Wine Bar
- Adriatic Restaurant and Bar
- Bella Verona
- Black Lobster at Stromberg's Cove
- Cafe Polonia
- Capt's Waterfront Grill & Club
- Finz Seafood Restaurant & Grill
- Grapevine Restaurant
- The Great Escape
- Green Land Cafe
- Nathaniel's at the Hawthorne Hotel
- Red Lulu Lulu Cocina & Tequila Bar
- Regatta Pub at the Waterfront Hotel
- Salem Beer Works
- Scratch Kitchen
- Seaport Café
- Tavern In The Square
- Thai Place
- Victoria Station
Find more information on our Restaurants & Bars on Salem.org!
I am not a donut person. I'm really not. Ice cream, yes. Chocolates, absolutely. But donuts, eh. Not so much. Unless we are at Coffee Time Bake Shop on Bridge Street. Especially during Lent (which seems somewhat counterintuitive - shouldn't we be giving up things like donuts for Lent?) The Coffee Time Paczki has been a local favorite for years. It's a donut times ten - double rolled, filled with fruit, and - for the truly decadent - stuffed with fresh cream. This isn't your average dunking donut. This is a treasure from Poland.
Paczkis (pronounce it poonch-key) are only here until Easter, so don't miss out. Especially if you're a donut-lover.
Paczkis are not the only indulgent at Coffee Time, their coffee rolls, donuts (in the fall they sell a glazed apple cider donut that's the best around), cookies, Bizmarks filled with cream, Canoli, cakes, cupcakes... This is a classic bakery with all the fixin's.
If you have time, grab a seat at the counter or one of the tables and enjoy whatever you are indulging in with a cup of coffee or a hot chocolate. Be careful, though; you might just walk out with a couple of cup cakes!
- Coffee Time Bake Shop
- Open 5:00a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
- 96 Bridge Street, Rt. 1A, Salem, MA 01970
The esteemed Mrs. Derby will come to life this weekend and next when Salem Maritime National Historic Site Historian Dr. Emily Murphy presents hand-made reproductions and rarely seen original pieces from Salem Maritime's museum collections. This unique perspective on women's clothing in 18th-century Massachusetts will happen on March 24 and 31 from 11am - 2pm at the Derby House, 170 Derby Street.
The Derby Family was one of Salem's most renouned shipping families. Elizabeth Crowninshield Derby was married to Elias Hasket Derby, and the two lived in the Derby House, which is part of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.
The National Park Service tells us, "Built in 1762 as a wedding present, the Derby House was the home of Elias Hasket and Elizabeth Crowninshield Derby for the first twenty years of their marriage. The Derbys raised seven children in this house.
"Hasket, Elizabeth, and their children lived here during most of the Revolutionary War. As part of the war effort, Hasket converted many of his family's cargo vessels to privateers. The wealth that the Derbys amassed from privateering was the foundation of the great East India trade that Hasket and others pioneered after the Revolution."
This weekend, and next, you can visit the Derby's home and learn more about this remarkable family - especially its women!
- Dressing Mrs. Derby
- March 24, 31
- 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
- 170 Derby Street, Salem, MA
If you haven't perused our new site on Salem.org yet, you probably haven't gone down the list of restaurants. And if you haven't gone down the list of restaurants, you haven't seen the new video for Vic's Boathouse at Victoria Station. But you should. Because the video is great, and it will make you want to head down to Pickering Wharf to stop by Vic's Boathouse for some great food, a drink, and live music (there's never a cover!).
Continuing on the theme, if you haven't been to Victoria Station in some time, you probably aren't aware of the massive renovation they did last year. They moved the bar, turning what was a function room into the new Vic's Boathouse. Vic's has a great bar, window seating, a corner for performers, a fireplace, and the great food you expect from Victoria Station.
Visit VicsBoathouse.com for their schedule of live music and events and to check out the menu.
Victoria Station is participating in Spring Restaurant Week, so if you need a motivator to head to the end of the wharf, that is a good one!
The Salem Inn is comprised of three former sea captain's homes that have been converted into suites and rooms that blend the warmth and charm of the past with the comfort of today. Each building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, providing guests with an experience that is equally historic and comfortable. Located on Summer and Essex Streets, the Salem Inn is walking distance to everything in downtown Salem, allowing guests who bring a car to park it and leave it.
The Salem Inn has announced two new packages to entice you this spring.
Enjoy Restaurant Week in Salem with the Salem Inn
Stay at the Salem Inn during restaurant week and the Salem Inn will refund your credit card on file up to $30 toward your dinner with provided receipt. (Limit one credit per stay and cash will not be given). Valid Sun, Nov. 6 – Thurs, Nov. 10 & Sun, Nov. 13 – Thurs, Nov 17. Visit Salem-Chamber.org for information on Restaurant Week.
Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem
Come and explore the Massachusetts Poetry Festival with the Salem Inn. The Festival will feature readings, workshops, music and more. This two night package includes accommodations in a spacious guest room complete with a private bath. In addition to a continental breakfast you’ll also receive a $50 gift certificate for dinner one night at the intimate Ristorante Gioia Italian restaurant. Enjoy this package for $375, plus tax. Upgrade to a whirlpool suite for an additional $20. Package valid April 20 – 22, 2012. Must be requested at the time of booking and not valid on previously booked reservations.
- The Salem Inn
- 7 Summer Street
- Salem, MA 01970
Everyone who wants to be Irish can be Irish on Saint Patrick's Day, I'm pretty sure the requirements are a Guinness and a big boiled dinner on the plate in front of you. Here are some of the spots in Salem where you can find both of these things...
Capt.'s on Pickering Wharf will have a Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner in addition to their regular menu. Reservations are recommended.
Finz on Pickering Wharf is claiming to have the Biggest St. Patrick's Day Party Ever in the works. Conor Shanahan will be playing from 8pm - midnight.
Victoria Station on Pickering Wharf will celebrate St. Patty's day with Irish inspired food, live music, prizes and giveaways.
Rockafellas will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Colonial Hall with corned beef and cabbage, comedy, and live music.
Happy St. Patrick's to everyone! Be safe and have fun.
Have you discovered Scratch Kitchen? It's this hidden gem of a restaurant located on the corner of Derby and Congress Streets in the first floor of the South Harbor Parking Garage. Scratch joined the awesome Salem restaurant scene in 2011, and Chef Bill Fogarty's house-cured bacon, fish tacos, homemade chips, and seasonal fruit crisps have found a place in our hearts.
While stopping in for an amazing BLT (with oven cured tomatoes and herb-garlic mayo) yesterday, I picked up the new menu. They have added a Gridddled Shaved Steak au Poivre, which is described as, "Slow roasted pepper rubbed shaved New England beef, griddle seared and deglazed with brandy, charred scallions, Boggy Meadow Swiss cheese, Au Poivre dressing." Tell me your mouth isn't watering after reading that.
While Scratch is a carnivore's dream, it also has some awesome vegetarian options including the Black Bean Burger, which has found a permanent spot on the menu after being devoured as a special on several occassions, and a great selection of salads. New for spring in the salad section is the spring herb vinaigrette, which is served on the Scratch Salad of mixed local greens, dried cranberries, carrot threads, fresh apple, toasted nuts and seeds.
Scratch also stocks unique and delicous beverages,ranging from house-made Agave-Lemonade to craft beers to a nice selection of white, red and port wines.
You don't have to take my word for the deliciousness of Scratch. North Shore Dish reviewed the restaurant in September 2011.
- Scratch Kitchen
- 245 Derby St
- (978) 741-2442
Photo: Chef Bill Fogarty serving around the daily board. (c) Jared Charney
When considering seventeenth century Salem and New England, there are many, many books to put on your reading list. In recent years, several wonderful works of historical fiction have been published, including the Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe, The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent, and the prequel to Heretic, The Traitor's Wife (originally published as The Wolves of Andover). I just finished The Traitor's Wife, and, I have to admit, the transition back from 17th-century Massachusetts is a bit of a challenge.
I felt the same way after I read Heretic's Daughter - I just didn't want it to end. Both of Kent's novels fully immerse the reader in the 17th-century, and the story of The Traitor's Wife travels back and forth between England and Wales and Massachusetts. It is the story of Martha Allen and her husband, Thomas Carrier, before their marriage. It paints a vivid portrait of life in Massachusetts in the 1600s, and the life in England that led Thomas to the colonies. It gives us a wonderful depth of personality to Martha Carrier, who was hanged for witchcraft in 1692, and knowing her fate makes some of the scenes in the novel extremely poignant.
Salem has a very small part in The Traitor's Wife. The novel is rich in stories of the young colonies and the lives of those who were so brave and so strong as to settle here first. Living in 21st-century Salem, and being so lucky as to be able to frequently visit first period homes and farms that have been preserved for centuries, it is so easy to envision the homestead, the barn, the meeting house of the novel. One of Kathleen Kent's true talents is writing dialog that has just enough 17th-century dialect to be effective, and not so much that the reader gets bogged down in it.
If you enjoy historical fiction, and you are interested in 17th-century New England, add The Traitor's Wife to your reading list. And then come to Salem and the Essex National Heritage Area to explore our early settlement history. Perhaps Kathleen Kent's prose will transport you, as it did me, to an era that we talk about often in Salem, and give you a deeper understanding of what life was like 350 years ago.
I was delighted to see this announcement come across e-mail. It is so exciting to see more and more activities in our artistic and cultural communities, especially when it is an event like this, which shares Salem's extraordinary talent pool with the public. Located in the old Pequot Cotton Mill building, Shetland Park is a short walk from downtown, and an even shorter walk from Pickering Wharf. An art show could be the excuse you have been waiting for to wander across the South River!
The Salem Arts Association (SAA) has announced, Photo Salem: A Group Show of Professional Photography will be on view in the second floor Atrium of Building One at Shetland Park in the Small Business Center at 27 Congress Street in Salem from Friday, March 16 2012 to Saturday, June 30 2012. Visiting hours are 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday–Saturday. Each SAA member photographer participating in Photo Salem will present a small collection of their work.
From March 16 to June 13, Shetland Arts: A Group Exhibition of Photography and Sculpture will be on view at Shetland Park concurrently with Photo Salem. The Shetland Arts exhibition will be on the first floor of the Atrium of Building One, just below Photo Salem.
- Photo Salem: A Group Show of Professional Photography
- Sponsored by Shetland Park and the Salem Arts Association
- Shetland Park Waterfront Business Center, 2nd Floor Atrium of Building One, in the Small Business Center, 27 Congress St, Salem, MA
- Friday, March 16 2012 through Saturday, June 30 2012
- Visiting hours: 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday–Saturday
- Shetland Park sponsored reception: Friday, March 16, 4–6 p.m.
- Salem Arts Association Reception: Thursday, May 31, 4–6 p.m.
Salem Theatre Company opened Adam Bock's comedy, Swimming in the Shallows, last week to a very happy audience. Here is what I knew about Swimming before I entered the theatre: STC Executive Director Gary LaParl is in it, and "It's really funny, and short." Indeed, upon arrival at the theatre and perusal of the program, I saw that it was a play in one act. I learned from the program that Mary Niederkorn, whose performance the STC production of Wit in 2011 blew me away. Which excited me. And I saw that there is a shark. Somwhere in this play, there would be a shark. Which concerned me.
Turns out, the Shark was one of my favorite parts of this quirky comedy. Well, the Shark and Gary LaParl's portrayal of Bob, husband to Barb, and the hysterical dialog that Bock wrote - utilizing the New England accent (the story is set in Twig, Rhode Island) to its fullest affect - between Bob and Barb.
The six characters in Swimming use the quick-moving dialog to tell three stories: One about a marriage at its possible end, one about a marriage about to begin, and one about, well, a shark. The characters, Barb and Bob, Donna and Carla Carla, Nick and the Shark, and their stories wrap around each other and support each other as best they can. At the end of the day, just like the shark, we all must, "Swim, Swim, Swim," and hope we don't hit, "the glass."
The play moves quickly, with dialog that is more conversational than theatrical, and scene changes that often happen while the actors are on stage, that the audience barely has time to catch its breath between smiles and laughter. There are certainly poetic and poignant moments, and at the heart of the play are characters who are navigating the nuances of life, love, and reducing the number of personal belongings to only eight.
Swimming in the Shallows plays until March 31 at Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette Street. Incidentally, Spring Restaurant Week begins on March 25, giving those who love both theatre and food an excellent night out.
- Adam Bock's Swimming in the Shallows
- Directed by Scott Fortier
- March 8-31; Thursday - Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 3:00 pm
- Adults: $22; Seniors $18; Students: $12
Photo: Carla Carla, Barb and Nick during the yard sale. (Maureen Bucell, Mary Niederkorn and Mike Handelman)
Come one, come all to a special, one-time-only, performance of Wizardly Wunders at the Griffen Theatre! I have seen this show with my kids, and it is a feel-good, big-grins kind of event.
The Griffen Theatre uses special effects to make its regular, somewhat haunted and slightly paranormal, shows leap off the stage. During Wizardly Wunders, those special effects are take a whimsical turn as Professor Wunders teaches the audience to perform magical spells. This is an interactive experience for the kids that want to interact, and all children leave with a magical prize.
Bring your camera to take a picture of your children with the Wizard after the show!
Featuring Erik Rodenhiser as Professor Wunders, this show is perfect for kids age 4 - 8.
- Tickets: $12 per person.
- One show only! Saturday, March 17 at 11:00 AM.
- Reservations: 978-825-0222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Griffen Theatre
- 7 Lynde Street, Salem, MA
The Massachusetts Poetry Festival is holding a fantastic night of Readings and Refreshments at the House of the Seven Gables on March 23. The event is raising funds for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, which will return to Salem on April 20, 21, 22, 2012. In addition to a fundraiser, this is a great excuse to get out of the house on a Friday night to hear three wonderful, award-winning poets.
The event will feature:
Rhina P. Espaillat has published poems, essays, short stories and translations in numerous magazines and over ffty anthologies, in both English and her native Spanish, as well as three chapbooks and eight full-length books, including three in bilingual format. Her most recent are a poetry collection in English, Her Place in These Designs (Truman State University Press, Kirksville, 2008), and a bilingual collection of her short stories, El olor de la memoria/The Scent of Memory (Ediciones CEDIBIL, Santo Domingo, D.R., 2007). Her honors include the Wilbur Award, the T. S. Eliot Prize in Poetry, The Robert Frost “Tree at My Window” Award for Translation, the May Sarton Award and others. Espaillat lives in Newburyport, MA.
Afaa Michael Weaver (born Michael S. Weaver), a Baltimore native, has been a Pew fellow, a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan, and an NEA fellow in poetry. He has had plays produced professionally and worked as an editor and freelance journalist. His short fction is included in the anthology Children of the Night. His prizes include a Pushcart, the PDI Award in playwriting from ETA Theatre in Chicago, the May Sarton Award, and a gold friendship medal from the Chinese Writers Association in Beijing. His eleventh collection of poems is Kama i’reeh (Like the Wind) (2010) a translation of his work into Arabic by Wissal Al-Allaq. Afaa works as a translator, principally in Chinese. He is recognized in the Chinese literary community as one of America’s major supporters of contemporary Chinese poetry. Afaa lives in Somerville, MA and teaches at Simmons College. afaamweaver.com
Fred Marchant’s most recent book of poetry, The Looking House (Graywolf Press, 2009) was named by Barnes & Noble Review as one of the fve best books of poetry in 2009. The San Francisco Chronicle picked it as one of the ten best collections of poetry, and the Massachusetts Book Award committee listed as one of the “must reads” of the past year. Marchant is also the author of Tipping Point, winner of the 1993 Washington Prize in poetry, and Full Moon Boat (2000). He is the 2009 co-winner of the May Sarton Award from the New England Poetry Club. Marchant is Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program, and The Poetry Center at Suffolk University.
- Suggested donation: $35 per person, $60 for two.
- Donations will be accepted at the door and online at MassPoetry.org.
- The House of Seven Gables
- 115 Derby Street, Salem, MA
- Click here for the printable flyer
Salem is becoming quite the beer town. Green Land Cafe, Gulu-Gulu, Victoria Station, and Capt's all have great local and regional craft beers on tap. Finz is joining them next week, when they unveil a new six-tap system. Here are the details...
The Finz Tap Unveiling will be hosted in the lounge on Thusday, March 8th from 6:30-8:00pm. Representatives from breweries such as Ipswich, Notch, and Rapscallion will be on tap (I couldn't resist, sorry) to provide guests with craft beer knowledge and with samples of local brews.
Sous Chef Daniel Dugan has created an array of small passed appetizers to accompany the beers and compliment their distinguished tastes. Guests will receive a raffle ticket upon arrival, and each beer purchased will get them another raffle ticket. A variety of prizes will be given away, including ski passes, giving one lucky beer enthusiast the perfect opportunity to flee to the mountains and enjoy a glimpse of winter!
The six new taps will feature fantastic and innovative beers that are not only delicious, but also produced by local breweries. All beers have been researched and selected personally by bar manager Joe Keefe. The Finz philosophy? Think globally, drink locally!
This event is open to the public and provides an excellent opportunity to treat your taste buds to something new!
For more information you can contact Finz at (978) 744-8485 or HipFinz.com
The House of the Seven Gables spent the past several years updating the tour of the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion. The mansion - the actual house with seven gables - is the central character of the National Historic SIte at the House of the Seven Gables. Tours of the mansion interpret Salem's maritime, architectural and literary heritage, focusing on the Turner and Ingersoll families who owned the house. After touring the mansion, visitors are guided across the seaside gardens to Hawthorne's Birthplace, which was, until recently, a self-guided house tour filled with artifacts that represented the era in which the house was a home, and the artifacts were not necessarily specific to Hawthorne. Today the exhibits in the house interpret the life and family of Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Hawthorne's Birthplace is a self-guided tour, with a docent or guide on site to answer any questions, and each room gives the visitor a personal perspective on the great American novelist, Nathaniel Hawthorne. Furniture has been pulled out of storage and rearranged to give visitors insight into how and where Nathaniel Hawthorne lived. You can see the bureau in which he filed early drafts of The Scarlet Letter, and the chair in which he sat. Also on display is the Mahogany Fall Front Desk, built in Salem c. 1775-1780, at which Hawtorne wrote The Scarlet Letter in Salem, and then The House of the Seven Gables in Lenox, MA. A set of Hawthorne's first editions is also on display.
The exhibit also includes drawings and paintings by Nathaniel's wife, Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, and the books and personal objects of Nathaniel and Sophia's three children, Julian, Una, and Rose.
The bedroom in the house is set up to demonstrate how the room would have looked when Hawthorne was a young child at home with his mother and siblings while his fater was at sea. We learn early in the tour that Hawthorne's father died at sea in 1808 (Hawthorne was only four), and it was his mother's brother whom he recognized as a father figure during his childhood. To stand in the bedroom, looking out at the harbor, imagining Nathaniel, his mother and two sisters spending time together in in front of the fire in the bedroom.
On the first floor, the kitchen remains set up as a functioning early 19th-century kitchen (as opposed to the kitchen in the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, which was designed to look like what Cononial Revivalists believed it would have looked like in the novel, The House of the Seven Gables).
We are delighted that these artifacts and have been brought out of storage, cleaned, and exhibited in a context that relates to Nathaniel Hawthorne. As one of Salem's favorite native sons, and a major part of American literary heritage, we needed more interpretation of Hawthorne in Salem.
Learn more at The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street, Salem. 7Gables.org.
If you want more Hathorne, you may be interested in the Nathaniel Hawthorne Walking Tour, available on nps.gov/sama.
We have a new clothing shop in Salem! Refind, which opened on Washington Street last year, has opened a brother store - Refind Men's. Similar to its big sister, Refind Men has a mix of new and consignment clothing. Graphic T's, hip button-down shirts, funky socks punctuate the new apparel. Consignment items include shirts, jeans, ties, and more. The store also has a selection of gift ideas for the guy in your life.
The renovations to the space have created a Restoration Hardware meets J. Crew ambiance, perfect for browsing and shopping for him and her. Re-Find Mens is located at 244 Essex Street. You can find more pictures and info on their Facebook page.
The original Re-Find is around the corner at 72 Washington Street. Check them out for new and consignment, incdluding designer, women's clothing and accessories.