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Find your PARK!

Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site joins parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at


Launched yesterday by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.

Find Your Park - Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Find Your Park invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place -- it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as the National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide. "Find Your Park" is also the theme for National Park Week, April 18 –26.

"National Park Week is all about visiting and exploring our 407 national parks," said Zach Bolitho, Acting Superintendent. "These parks belong to you and each of them offers an opportunity to learn, reflect and relax within an inspiring place. We're fortunate to have sixteen national park areas in Massachusetts, including both Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites, so there is a park out there for everyone."

During National Park Week visitors to Salem Maritime National Historic Site can enjoy free ranger-led tours, a Junior Ranger Program, the free award-winning film "Where Past is Present" and a comprehensive audio-walking tour of the 9-acre site. Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site opens to the public on May 1st with free public tours, live demonstrations and education programs.

Visit to learn more about how you can join parks, programs, and partners in celebrating National Park Week across the country.

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Posted by Kate on 04/01 at 03:29 PM Permalink

Five Edible Additions to your Easter Baskets

Hoppity-hop-hop, Hoppity-hop-hop, Easter's on its way. If you are preparing Easter baskets this year, you will want to stop by these decadent sweet shops in Salem. And remember the old rule of shopping for sweets: one for you, one for me...

Easter Chocolates Salem Ma

The Harbor Sweets Easter Rabbit, formally known as the Robert L. Strohecker Assorted Rabbit, is filled with almond butter crunch toffee, caramel, pecans and toasted almonds. This amazing Chocolate Rabbit is in two halves, gold foiled, packed in a clear bag and tied with a satin ribbon. It even comes in milk and dark chocolate.

Maria’s Sweet Somethings is featuring beautiful and yummy Easter chocolates, including bunnies, chicks, ducks, eggs and more, in milk, dark, and white chocolate.

Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie has eggs and bunnies in several chocolates and sizes. They also have house-made, chocolate-dipped Peeps. We’ll say that again: chocolate-dipped Peeps.

Turtle Alley is featuring edible Easter baskets and Bunny Boxes. Available in milk or dark chocolate, these baskets are filled with an assortment of Turtle Alley’s delicious chocolate or candy.

Easter Basket 2

You may not want to put a Coffee Time Bake Shop Paczki in an Easter basket, but you should pick one up for your Easter, or pre-Easter breakfast because they go away on Easter until next year. Hand-rolled, fruit-filled, with or without whipped cream, Paczkis are a seasonal favorite.

Posted by Kate on 03/29 at 08:00 AM Permalink