25th Anniversary Walk for HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change)

Lace up your sneakers and join HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) for the 25th anniversary of The Walk for HAWC with honorary chair Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.  On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States and HAWC, the longest-standing domestic violence agency on the North Shore, is entirely dedicated to supporting victims of domestic abuse. Beginning and ending at the beautiful Salem Common, the annual 5k is HAWC’s largest fundraising and community event, attended by over 1,000 people each year. Their goal is to raise $115,000, and all of the proceeds from this event will go toward HAWC’s programs and services, which support over 2,700 clients annually.

Community members and supporters are invited to volunteer, sponsor, create or join a team for the 25th anniversary of the Walk for HAWC. There will be music, food and exciting activities available in the Salem Common before the Walk kicks off at noon. Walkers are encouraged to return to the Common upon finishing to enjoy a complimentary lunch graciously provided by Kelly’s Roast Beef.

HAWC is dedicated to supporting the victims of domestic abuse and working to change social norms and behaviors that perpetuate violence and oppression. HAWC provides services and support to victims residing in 23 cities and towns on the North Shore, including offering a 24-hour hotline, Emergency Family Shelter, a Parent-Child Trauma Recovery Program, individual, legal and hospital advocacy, and dedicated support groups to assist victims of domestic abuse.

Registration begins at 10:30 am, walk begins at 12:00 pm.  Registration fee is $10 for adults (18+) and $3 for children. Pre-registering online is strongly encouraged. For more information or to register, please visit: www.hawcdv.org/walk.

Art in the Park

Come to Lappin Park and paint with us! Minimal materials will be provided, so if you have your own, bring ’em! More details to come. See Facebook event for the most up-to-date information.

Notch Sunday Series 5K/10K

Join Notch Brewing for a 5K or 10K run (your choice!) that will start and end at the Notch Tap Room. This isn’t a race, rather, it’s a chance for our lovely Team Notch Runners to get together and do what they do best: run and drink beer. This is a free event and we will provide space in the Tap Room to drop bags and gear while you enjoy the run. We also have free parking! The runs start promptly at 11:30 so show up a bit before that to get ready. Cheers from your friends at Notch Brewing!

Pet Friendly Salem, MA

Belle and Tipper Salem 2011_Barb Swartz

Planning a visit to Salem, MA with your entire family (pets included)? There are plenty of ways to experience Salem with your pet, from pet-friendly hotel rooms to outdoor dining opportunities. Click here for a complete list of pet-friendly locations around Salem.

Accommodations
Many of Salem’s hotels and inns welcome guests traveling with pets. Please note that fees vary by each location, and pet friendly rooms are based on availability.

The Hawthorne Hotel offers pet friendly rooms on the building’s 6th floor. A stay includes complimentary toys for guests’ dogs, and a specially crafted Doggy Room Service menu designed by the Hawthorne Hotel’s executive chef.

Pets are also welcome in select rooms at the Salem Inn, and the Stepping Stone Inn where guests may take advantage of dog walking services for an additional fee.

Guests planning to camp in Salem can bring pets to Winter Island Park which is open from May 20 to November 1.

Attractions & Tours
Well-behaved pets are able to join their humans on some of Salem’s walking tours included Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours and Spellbound Tours. Dogs can also learn about Salem’s history and get around town aboard the Salem Trolley and Mahi Cruises.

Belle and Tipper Salem 2011_Barb Swartz

Belle and Tipper, Image: Barb Swartz.

Shopping
Coon’s Cards & Gifts is home to Penelope’s Pet Boutique, which stocks collars, toys, tags, and treats for their furry friends. Pets may also visit New England Dog Biscuit Company, which bakes natural dog biscuits right in the shop and carries other natural treats and food, toys, collars/leashes, and more for both cats and dogs.

Pets are also welcome in some shops around town, like RJ Coins and Jewelry where guests with friendly pets may browse products like the Dog Fever and Cat Fever hug rings. Other local businesses may place water bowls outside their entrances to keep pets hydrated while they enjoy Salem with their families.

Dining
Local restaurants with outdoor dining spaces may allow pets to join their guests on patios. Flying Saucer Pizza Company, Gulu-Gulu Café, Village Tavern, and Victoria Station and Vic’s Boathouse all welcome pets in their patio dining areas. Village Tavern can also provide a puppy friendly menu and beef infused water.

Walking Locations
Some favorite dog walking spots in Salem include: Derby Wharf, Forest River Park, Salem Common, Salem Willows, and Winter Island Park. Remember to obey local leash laws and pick up after your pet while going for walks. Be sure to bring your pet’s proper identification and proof of Rabies vaccination while traveling, and follow posted regulations when walking along beaches.

ANTI-Valentine Tour

Join Salem Night Tours and visit many of the same places, but with a few different stops and a focus on murders, suspicious circumstances, and unusual spooky tales of famous couples throughout Salem’s past.

This special tour is perfect for couples or single travelers, the traveler who’s looking for a truly Salem experience, the couple with a predisposition for the paranormal, the ironic millennial, the independent woman who ‘don’t need no man.’ the friends who might be ‘more-than-friends’ but don’t want to label it by having a real date on Valentine’s Day, the husband who can’t handle another romantic comedy starring Ryan Gosling.

Comes with complimentary hot chocolate, and a guide that has nothing better to do on Valentine’s Day
Adults: $15, Seniors/Students: $13, and Children: $10. Purchase tickets at this link and use promo code VALOWEEN3 to save $2 per ticket!

Salem’s So Sweet at The House of the Seven Gables

Fall in love with The House of the Seven Gables all over again.

The House of the Seven Gables woos visitors with delicious sweet treats and Valentine’s crafts on Saturday and Sunday, February 11 and 12. In a weekend of celebrations, The Gables joins the Salem’s So Sweet festivities with a lineup of fun, family activities.

As part of the weekend events, two historic properties, The Gables and Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie, are installing an ice sculpture in their Derby Street neighborhood. Visitors are invited to view the sculpture and see how the artist interprets these two iconic sites in a single, ephemeral work of art.

Visitors can also take advantage of a 10 percent discount in the Museum Store on February 11 and 12. Free passes to explore the grounds are available, as well as The Gables’ new audio tour of the grounds, available through the UniGuide app on Google Play and the App Store. Be among the first to try it out!

Activities include:

Ice sculpture viewing: February 11 and 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free cookie decorating: February 11 and 12, noon to 3 p.m.

Valentine’s craft workshop with sweet treats: Sunday, February 12, 1 to 3 p.m. Sponsored by Salem Parks, Recreation, and Community Services. Led by local artist Linda Abbene. The cost for this craft workshop is $5 a person or $20 for the family. Those interested may register at www.salemrec.com.

Salem’s So Sweet Ice Sculptures Around Town

You are invited to attend the 15th annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival. A decadent tradition of delectable chocolate, sparkling ice sculptures, and Valentine’s Day shopping…don’t miss Salem’s sweetest event of the year!

This year, we have a record-breaking 25 beautiful ice sculptures that grace downtown Salem starting February 11. Some of the themes for this year’s ice sculptures will include the Queen of Hearts, Cinderella’s Carriage, a goat named Bella and more – plus an actual ice bar on Rockafellas’ patio! A map can be found in the brochure (available in shops around town) during the festival and online at salemsosweet.com. Be sure to make plans for a special evening stroll on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 5 pm to 9 pm, when the sculptures will be illuminated between by Retonica!

The Salem Trolley offers trolley rides around the festival route weather permitting on February 11 & 12 from 12 pm to 4 pm for only $2 an adult (free for children).

Many downtown businesses will offer chocolate samplings and sweet discounts around downtown Salem all weekend in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Check to see who is participating in the “Sweet 10% Promotion” – make a full-price purchase at one participating downtown business and get 10% off your purchase at the next participating business! Offer is good Feb. 11 and 12 only, some restrictions may apply. In addition, many of Salem’s finest restaurants and retailers will be offering their own luscious chocolate and love-inspired specials and events, including:

Good Night Fatty Pop-Up at Notch Brewing
Sweet Treats & Valentine’s Day Crafts at the House of the Seven Gables
Queen of Hearts High Tea at Jolie Tea Company
The Romance of Food Tour with Salem Food Tours
How Sweet It Is: Photography Exhibition at Kan.del
18th Century Foodways at The Witch House

…and more!

A full list of ice sculptures, participating businesses, and promotions is listed at SalemsSoSweet.com, and will be available in brochures around town during the festival.

Salem’s So Sweet is organized by Salem Main Streets and the Salem Chamber of Commerce,

Salem’s So Sweet at The House of the Seven Gables

Fall in love with The House of the Seven Gables all over again.

The House of the Seven Gables woos visitors with delicious sweet treats and Valentine’s crafts on Saturday and Sunday, February 11 and 12. In a weekend of celebrations, The Gables joins the Salem’s So Sweet festivities with a lineup of fun, family activities.

As part of the weekend events, two historic properties, The Gables and Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie, are installing an ice sculpture in their Derby Street neighborhood. Visitors are invited to view the sculpture and see how the artist interprets these two iconic sites in a single, ephemeral work of art.

Visitors can also take advantage of a 10 percent discount in the Museum Store on February 11 and 12. Free passes to explore the grounds are available, as well as The Gables’ new audio tour of the grounds, available through the UniGuide app on Google Play and the App Store. Be among the first to try it out!

Activities include:

Ice sculpture viewing: February 11 and 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free cookie decorating: February 11 and 12, noon to 3 p.m.

Salem’s So Sweet Ice Sculptures Around Town

You are invited to attend the 15th annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival. A decadent tradition of delectable chocolate, sparkling ice sculptures, and Valentine’s Day shopping…don’t miss Salem’s sweetest event of the year!

This year, we have a record-breaking 25 beautiful ice sculptures that grace downtown Salem starting February 11. Some of the themes for this year’s ice sculptures will include the Queen of Hearts, Cinderella’s Carriage, a goat named Bella and more – plus an actual ice bar on Rockafellas’ patio! A map can be found in the brochure (available in shops around town) during the festival and online at salemsosweet.com. Be sure to make plans for a special evening stroll on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 5 pm to 9 pm, when the sculptures will be illuminated between by Retonica!

The Salem Trolley offers trolley rides around the festival route weather permitting on February 11 & 12 from 12 pm to 4 pm for only $2 an adult (free for children).

Many downtown businesses will offer chocolate samplings and sweet discounts around downtown Salem all weekend in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Check to see who is participating in the “Sweet 10% Promotion” – make a full-price purchase at one participating downtown business and get 10% off your purchase at the next participating business! Offer is good Feb. 11 and 12 only, some restrictions may apply. In addition, many of Salem’s finest restaurants and retailers will be offering their own luscious chocolate and love-inspired specials and events, including:

Good Night Fatty Pop-Up at Notch Brewing
Sweet Treats & Valentine’s Day Crafts at the House of the Seven Gables
Queen of Hearts High Tea at Jolie Tea Company
The Romance of Food Tour with Salem Food Tours
How Sweet It Is: Photography Exhibition at Kan.del
18th Century Foodways at The Witch House

…and more!

A full list of ice sculptures, participating businesses, and promotions is listed at SalemsSoSweet.com, and will be available in brochures around town during the festival.

Salem’s So Sweet is organized by Salem Main Streets and the Salem Chamber of Commerce,

North Shore Polar Plunge

Take the plunge to end homelessness and build affordable housing on the North Shore! The Polar Plunge is great fun for a great cause!

Each Super Bowl Sunday, hundreds of brave supporters of all ages jump into the wintery waves to raise money for our neighbors in need right here on the North Shore of Boston.

The hardy souls who plunge gather donations from friends, relatives, coworkers, and others. Proceeds from the Polar Plunge benefit local non-profits including North Shore Community Development Coalition, River House Shelter and Opportunity, and the Salem Education Foundation.

Registration for the plunge begins at 9:30 am at Winter Island Park, with the plunge taking place at 11:00 am. Plungers may also enjoy a post-plunge celebration at the Winter Island Function Hall.

Visit the Polar Plunge website for information on pledging a plunger or becoming a plunger!

Salem Generation Games

The City of Salem, the Salem Department of Park, Recreation, and Community Services, the Salem State University (SSU) College of Arts & Sciences, the SSU Sport & Movement Science Department, and Rotterdam University’s Sport Marketing and Management Program are pleased to host Generation Games to be held in Salem from February 3-5, 2017.

All events are free to participants and the public. The Generation Games are an international sporting event for people of all ages. Beginning in Rotterdam in 2012, the Generation Games were created to bring multiple generations of people together to participate in sports & recreational activities. The goal is to have teams of moms, dads, grandparents, children, and friends come together to have fun, exercise, and communicate together.

It’s easy to participate: all you have to do is show up. Participants will be registered throughout the entire event time and rotating groups through within each activity time slot so everyone gets a chance to play. The games are as easy and convenient as possible for individuals and families to participate.

The full schedule for Sunday, February 5 includes:

Flag Football Tournament – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Get ready for Super Bowl Sunday! Get your pre-game workout in by participating in an early morning flag football tournament! Teams of 6-8 players will play for the glory of time on the gridiron. This event will be held at the Salem Common. Registration will opens at 9:00 am with games beginning at 10:00 am. If you would like to participate but do not currently have a team, please come as you will be placed on a team

Olde Dutch Games – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Nail pooping…yes, nail pooping will highlight a series of games including cake eating, can throwing, sack races, and others that hark back to Salem’s Dutch heritage. Teams of 2-4 will compete at these traditional Dutch family games. This event will be held at the Salem Community Center, 5 Broad St. Registration will open at 9:00 am with games beginning at 10:00 am. If you would like to participate but do not currently have a team, please come as you will be placed on a team

Outside/Snow Contests – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
A little snow fort building anyone? Pending snow, individuals and teams will work on building the coolest snow fort, seeing who can throw a snowball the farthest, and other outdoor games. Without snow, we will switch tracks and provide for a series of other games and contests. This event will be held at the Salem Common. Registration will open at 9:00 am with games beginning at 10:00 am. People can compete as individuals or teams.

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