Famous First Lines

“Halfway down a by-street of one of our New England towns stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables, facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge, clustered chimney in the midst.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne had hoped to finish The House of the Seven Gables by November, but, like many writers even today, finishing a novel on deadline can be difficult. The Witch City Writers challenges you to a speed writing event using the famous first line of Hawthorne’s novel as inspiration.

This event is $5.00 for the general public and free for members of The Gables and Witch City Writers.

Click here to reserve your spot for this workshop.  For more information email jarrison@7gables.org or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

Hawthorne 101 and Photo Hunt

Confused by some of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s verbose vocab? The Witch City Writers will give you a download of the language of 1851 by looking at passages from The House of the Seven Gables. Next, grab your camera and set off to search the grounds of the House of the Seven Gables to find the nooks and niches described by Hawthorne in the book. Document your findings for the chance to win a prize.

This event is $5.00 for the general public and free for members of The Gables and Witch City Writers.

Click here to reserve your spot for this fun event. For more information email jarrison@7gables.org or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

Meet the Past: A Walk with Nathaniel Hawthorne

Join Nathaniel Hawthorne, as portrayed by historian Rob Velella, for a walk around Salem. Learn about the places where Hawthorne lived, worked, and raised his family. See the places that inspired some of his most famous works.

There will be two tours: 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. and 1:00 – 2:30 P.M. The cost for the general public is $15. The cost for members of The Gables is $10.

Advance tickets will be available in January 2018. For more information about this event, email jarrison@7gables.org or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

April Vacation Poetry Workshop for Kids

Celebrate Nathaniel Hawthorne and National Poetry Month! Join the Witch City Writers to dissect Hawthorne’s poem “The Ocean” and learn a bit about how to write a poem. Get inspired by the view of Salem Harbor from the House of the Seven Gables and then try your best to come up with a tongue-twisting, ocean-themed poem of your own.

This April Vacation event will also include and lesson about our local oceans with Greater Atlantic Region Fisheries educators from Gloucester.

Light snacks will be provided.

This event is $5/child or $10/family. The workshop is free for household members of The Gables and for members of the Witch City Writers.

Click here to reserve a place for your family.  For more information, email jarrison@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

Meet the Past: A Walk with Nathaniel Hawthorne

Join Nathaniel Hawthorne, as portrayed by historian Rob Velella, for a walk around Salem. Learn about the places where Hawthorne lived, worked, and raised his family. See the places that inspired some of his most famous works.

There will be two tours: 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. and 1:00 – 2:30 P.M. The cost for the general public is $15. The cost for members of The Gables is $10.

Advance tickets will be available in January 2018. For more information about this event, email jarrison@7gables.org or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

Book Panel with the Authors of Images of America: The House of the Seven Gables

Join Ryan Conary, David Moffat, and Everett Philbrook for an in-depth conversation about their findings while writing Images of America: The House of the Seven Gables. Learn about the new information this team of authors discovered about the history of the house as well as the secret stories behind some of the rare photographs featured in the book. Copies of the book will be available in the Museum Store before and after the lecture.

Members: Free

Non-Members: $10.00

To reserve your spot for this panel please click here ; email groups email groups@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

Dearest Dove: The Love Letters of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne

Salem’s So Sweet weekend is all about the love, wine, and chocolate. Karen Nascembeni of the North Shore Music Theatre and Dana Hersey of North Shore 104.9 will be joined by local playwright Anne Lucas for a unique reading of the love letters of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne. A wine and chocolate reception before the reception is included.

Advance tickets will go on sale in mid-November for this event at 7Gables.org.

Advance Tickets:
Members: $12.50
Creative Salem Members: $15.00
Non-Members: $20.00

Walk-in Tickets: $25.00

For more information, call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

The House of the Seven Gables: A Staged Reading

Kick off the 350th anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables with a unique staged reading experience of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famed novel. Watch the characters come to life and explore themes of greed and guilt in Puritan New England.

This production was written by local playwright Jack Dacey and will be produced by John Fogle.

Advance Tickets will be available mid-November 2017 at 7Gables.org.

Advance Tickets:
Members: $12.50
Creative Salem Members: $15.00
Non-Members: $17.00

Walk-in Tickets: $20.00

Click here to learn more about JF Dacey

The House of the Seven Gables: A Staged Reading

Kick off the 350th anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables with a unique staged reading experience of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famed novel. Watch the characters come to life and explore themes of greed and guilt in Puritan New England.

This production was written by local playwright Jack Dacey and will be produced by John Fogle.

Advance Tickets will be available mid-November 2017 at 7Gables.org.

Advance Tickets:
Members: $12.50
Creative Salem Members: $15.00
Non-Members: $17.00

Walk-in Tickets: $20.00

Click here to learn more about JF Dacey

The House of the Seven Gables: A Staged Reading

Kick off the 350th anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables with a unique staged reading experience of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famed novel. Watch the characters come to life and explore themes of greed and guilt in Puritan New England.

This production was written by local playwright Jack Dacey and will be produced by John Fogle.

Advance Tickets will be available mid-November 2017 at 7Gables.org.

Advance Tickets:
Members: $12.50
Creative Salem Members: $15.00
Non-Members: $17.00

Walk-in Tickets: $20.00

Click here to learn more about JF Dacey

Never To Return – Conversation & Book Signing at Notch Brewing

Notch Brewing and Wicked Good Books are combining forces to bring you the story of Salem resident Nelson “Sparky” Nersasian who was a gunner on board the U.S. Coast Guard Destroyer Escort USS Leopold (DE-319) when it was sunk by a German U-Boat in 1944.

His story, and the story of how his niece and younger brother came to tell that story is one of history, heroism, tragedy, and true family love.

Come to Notch and listen as author and brother Robert Nersasian weaves this captivating story.

Books will be available for sale with a personalized autograph from the author.

“The Fifth Petal” at The House of the Seven Gables

Join Brunonia Barry for a talk about her latest work, The Fifth Petal, at The House of the Seven Gables over Thanksgiving weekend. Barry will talk about her newest book and the inspiration of living and working in Salem, Mass. Her newest work of fiction weaves a thriller with “ a complex brew of suspense, seduction and murder.” A book signing in the Museum Store will follow the lecture.

Brunonia Barry is the New York Times and international best-selling author of The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She was the first American author to win the International Women’s Fiction Festival’s Baccante Award and was a past recipient of Ragdale Artists’ Colony’s Strnad Fellowship as well as the winner of New England Book Festival’s award for Best Fiction and Amazon’s Best of the Month. Her reviews and articles on writing have appeared in The London Times and The Washington Post. Brunonia co-chairs the Salem Athenaeum’s Writers’ Committee. She lives in Salem with her husband Gary Ward and their dog, Angel. Her new novel, The Fifth Petal was released by Penguin Random House/Crown in January 2017.

Members: Free

Non-Members: $7.00

To reserve your spot for this lecture please CLICK HERE. For more information, please email groups@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

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