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Those were the days: A look back at the historic Chestnut Street Days with Jim McAllister

Chestnut Street Days in Salem Ma

Jim McAllister of Derby Square Tours has been collecting stories about Salem's history for decades. Join him on the most beautiful street in America for a special lecture about Salem's Chestnut Street Days celebrations through the years. Through journals and correspondence, learn about the characters who made these unique fundraisers happen and from Historic New England's film archives, see the festivals in action.

Registration is suggested as space is limited for this special talk. Those Were the Days will take place on Saturday, May 16 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the Phillips House Museum at 34 Chestnut Street. The cost is $12 for the general public and $8 for Historic New England members. Please call 978-744-0440 or visit to register.

This is one of Jim's 52 Lectures in 52 Weeks. Visit the Salem Calendar for more opportunities to hear Jim speak about Salem's rich history.

Posted by Kate on 05/09 at 07:45 AM Permalink

Letters from War

Letters from War at Salem Theatre

Salem Theatre will present the World Premiere production of Letters from War written, directed and designed by Nate Bertone. Performances will take place at Salem Theatre’s black box theatre at 90 Lafayette Street from May 14th-23rd, 2015. Letters from War is a musical tale of love, loss and the strength of family.

Nate Bertone, a Salem native, returns from NYC to Salem Theatre to produce this premiere production of his new musical play. Nate, a storyteller by nature, works as a professional Scenic Designer in the industry, and writes beginning in a visually oriented nature. Letters from War was written in response to the affects of Alzheimer’s Disease on his grandmother and his family, utilizing images, memories, and stories from the past and present.

Letters from War tells the story of Mae, a Mississippian grandmother in advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, who must move into a nursing home when her adult daughter, Lily, can no longer care for her. Mae’s granddaughter, Madison, uncovers a mysterious box of letters while cleaning out the home. As Mae reads these letters, she recalls her lost love in fragmented, clouded memories. With the help of Lily, Madison, and a young stranger, Mae must fight the effects of age and Alzheimer’s to uncover the truth of her past before time runs out, in a musical tale of love, loss, and the strength of family.

Letters from War was originally workshopped at Carnegie Mellon University in 2014.

Preview Performance
May 14th, 2015 at 7:30pm

Opening Night
Thursday, May 15th at 7:30pm

Performances run thorugh Saturday, May 23
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm

$17 in advance and $20 at the door
Purchased in advance at

Posted by Kate on 05/07 at 07:20 AM Permalink