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Celebrate First Friday on Pickering Wharf

Scarves at Ocean Chic Boutique

The merchants and restaurants of Pickering Wharf are ushering in spring with a celebration of the First Friday of March. Lay your snow shovel down and head to down to Wharf Street on Friday evening, where you will find promotions, refreshments and good cheer from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (and later in the restaurants). 

To celebrate this welcome sign of spring, here are five things you may not know about Pickering Wharf. 

1.  Pickering Wharf is an extension of the Salem Harbor Walk, so after you stroll Wharf Street, shop at the boutiques, and grab a bite to eat, you can walk along the harbor and look at the boats. The view is much different in winter (working lobster boats, wrapped pleasure craft) than in summer (Schooner FAME, Hannah Glover, luxury yachts), so be sure to visit often!

2.  Ocean Chic Boutique and Water Bar features Vineyard Vines and Lily Pulitzer brands.

3.  Hedrington's and Edward John Home Decor both opened in 2014, and both specialize in home decor and design.

4.  Combine your love for cooking with your love for history at Salem Spice, where the spice trade is still alive and well in Salem.

5. Victoria Station, which opened in 1979, is the only original business still operating on Pickering Wharf. Today it is one of seven restaurants on the Wharf: 62 Restaurant, Longboards, Finz Seafood, Jaho Coffee, Brodie's Seaport, and Sea Level (opening soon).

Pickering Wharf Salem MA from the air

Here is the latest list of promotions for Friday.  Please visit First Friday on Facebook for the latest information and updates.

Clever Diva: 10% off with receipt from another Pickering Wharf merchant or restaurant!

Crafters Market Candles & Gifts: 10% off, 15% off with receipt from another PW merchant or restaurant!

Edward John Home Decor: 10% off!

Enchanted Shop: 10% off, 15% off with a receipt from another Pickering Wharf merchant or restaurant!

Finz Seafood and Grill: 10% off with a receipt from a Pickering Wharf merchant or restaurant! (excludes alcohol)

The Happy Sunflower: 15% off non-sale items and 50-75% off clearance items!

Hedrington's on Pickering Wharf: Sales, Snacks & SPIRITS as well as a Spring Preview!

The Joyful Artisans "Supernaturals": 20% off original price on clothing, 10% off jewelry, a raffle for a pair of custom made earrings and FREE snacks and goodies!

Longboards Restaurant & Bar: 10% off with a receipt from a Pickering Wharf merchant or restaurant! (excludes alcohol)

Ocean Chic Boutique & Waterbar: 10% off any full price item and 20-50% off winter items!

SalemSpice: 10% off all purchases, and FREE cider for the day!

RJ Coins and Jewelry: FREE watch battery installed while you wait with any purchase of $10 or more (limit one per person).

Posted by Kate on 03/03 at 11:43 AM Permalink

Film Spotlight: Shoulder the Lion

Shoulder The Lion will make its East Coast premiere at Salem Film Fest, Saturday March 7th, at 5:30pm. 

The film is comprised of a photographer who is blind, a brain injured painter who's story inspired the Academy Award® winning film "Million Dollar Baby," and a musician reinventing his future due to his hearing loss. 

Three artists, three tragedies. The usual story told in a very unusual way. Words inspire Alice Wingwall’s photographs, even though she happens to be blind; after Katie Dallam loses half her brain function in a boxing match, painting and sculpting become her only lifeline; advancing noise in his ears destroys Graham Sharpe’s musical aspirations, but he also runs the most successful independent music festival in Ireland.

The film takes viewers on a journey into the lives of these artists through haunting images that avoid prosaic documentation. Talking is largely eschewed in favor of long meaningful shots trying to put form to indescribable, making for a rare film that is more an artwork in itself. The film asks serious questions about art, self-image, and the meaning of images and sound, but leaves it to the audience to work through the answers.

"STL" has just been selected for Hot Docs 2015, in Toronto. It had it's world premiere at Palm Springs International Film Festival and played two sold-out screenings. 

"Unusual sensorial experience...the Rebiszes don’t settle for simple interviews, and have carefully edited in a lot of suggestive images and worked on an immersive soundscape that help suggest in audiovisual terms what the ideas, pain, struggles and thought processes of the artists must have been like."   - Boyd van Hoeij (The Hollywood Reporter)

"Superbly crafted art film. [...] Don't miss this one if art is in any way part of your life. Even more so if it is not."  - Robin E. Simmons (CV Weekly)

See Shoulder the Lion this Saturday at Salem Film Fest.  The filmmakers will be present for Q&A. 

Posted by Kate on 03/02 at 03:10 PM Permalink