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.

Tickets 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.

Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Wine Tasting 2018

Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival officially kicks off with a Chocolate and Wine Tasting, on Friday, February 9, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, at Colonial Hall, 231 Essex Street. This luscious tasting event features wine and chocolate samplings from premier Salem restaurants, stores and sweet shops.

The entrance to Colonial Hall is along the Essex Street side of the building.

Tickets are $30 each and must be purchased in advance. This year’s event is sold out. Follow Salem Main Streets on Facebook for updates on ticket sales for next year’s event. 

Salem’s So Sweet Ice Sculptures Around Town

Walk through downtown Salem to view 24 beautiful ice sculptures! Some of the themes for this year’s ice sculptures will include “Love Potion #9,” a Dragon, the Salem State University Superfan, the Gloucester Fisherman, Princess and Frog, and more! 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. 10, from 5 pm to 9 pm, when the sculptures will be illuminated by Retonica!

Be sure to make plans for a special evening stroll on Saturday, Feb. 10, when the sculptures will be illuminated between by Retonica!

Visit SalemMainStreets.org for more information.

Galentines at Ledger

Treat yo’ self to a Galentine’s Day Celebration! It’s only the best day of the year.

Hey, you poetic and noble land mermaid! You’re are invited to our first ever Galentine’s celebration. Join us as we kick it –  breakfast style, just ladies celebrating ladies. Waffles for snacking and a Parks & Rec inspired libation created by the staff at Ledger in Salem. Show off your best RBF in our photo booth and dance with your ladies like Leslie celebrating her leased house.

We love you AND we like you. So get your tickets before Ron tries to shut this party down.

Event features: Cash bar in addition to one free specialty drink created for this event upon entry, DJ, brunch-inspired passed appetizers and station, RBF Photobooth, and floral arrangements by Karla Cassidy.

Tickets ($59.99) available online.

Pop Rocks Craft Pop-Up

Looking for a last minute gift for your sweet? Looking for a last minute gift to celebrate Galentine’s? Do you just LOVE supporting local artists? Check out the first Pop Rock Craft Pop Up, an exciting addition to the Salem So Sweet Festival! Artisans from all over the Northshore will be at Old Town Hall from 11-6 so stop by to get something for your loved ones (or yourself!). A sweet bag of Pop Rock candy will be given to the first fifty guests, so get there early!

Salem’s So Sweet at The Gables

Celebrate Salem’s So Sweet at The House of the Seven Gables with a day of festive events.

Ice Sculpture Viewing: Sculptures will be installed around Salem through the day on February 10 and lit that evening for a special evening stroll. Free. Check out Salem Main Streets for all of the details.

Free Grounds Passes: Download our audio tour and enjoy a stroll around our snowy grounds or pop into our Museum Store for a last minute gift for your Valentine. Free. (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Cookie Decorating: Halloween isn’t the only time to enjoy a sweet treat in Salem. Stop by our Visitor Center from 1:00 – 3:00 and decorate a cookie. Free.

Family Valentine Crafts: Join Salem Park, Recreation & Community Services and make some creative Valentine crafts. Click below for a link to register. Free, registration required.(1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)

Dearest Dove: Join us for a unique reading of the love letters of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne while enjoying a chocolate and wine tasting. Thanks to Ye Olde Pepper Companie for supporting this event. Advance tickets start at $15.00. See 7Gables.org for more details. (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.)

Salem’s So Sweet Illuminated Evening Stroll

Visit downtown Salem to see 24 beautiful ice sculptures during Salem’s So Sweet! Some of the themes for this year’s ice sculptures will include “Love Potion #9,” a Dragon, the Salem State University Superfan, the Gloucester Fisherman, Princess and Frog, and more! A map can be found in the brochure (available in shops around town) during the festival and online at salemsosweet.com.

During this evening stroll, the ice sculptures will be illuminated by Retonica. Stay downtown for special promotions during Salem’s So Sweet through February 11.

5 Must-Do’s During Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Salem with the sweetest event of the year during the 16th annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival! The festival co-hosted by Salem Main Streets and the Salem Chamber of Commerce features an annual chocolate and wine tasting, stunning ice sculptures, deals and promotions, and more. Get the most out of your visit to Salem’s So Sweet with our five must-do’s:

1. Ice Sculptures Around Town

Salem's So Sweet ice sculptures

Photo: John Andrews.

This year’s ice sculptures make their debut on Saturday, February 10 with themes including “Love Potion #9,” a Dragon, the Salem State University Superfan, the Gloucester Fisherman, Princess and Frog, and more! From 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, get around town with the Salem Trolley for just $2 for adults (free for children, and weather permitting). For a complete list of sculptures, and a map of the festival pick up a guide from a local shop or visit SalemSoSweet.com.

2. Special Illuminated Stroll with Retonica

Salem's So Sweet ice sculptures

Photo: John Andrews.

Stay downtown after dinner on Saturday for an evening stroll to see the ice sculptures lit up by Retonica. Grab some hot chocolate and take your time exploring as the ice sculptures will be illuminated from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

3. Golden Ticket Promotions

Salem's So Sweet Ye Olde Pepper Companie

During the festival’s Golden Ticket Promotions, make a full-priced purchase at one participating business to earn 10% off the next one! Downtown businesses will offer additional chocolate and Valentines-inspired sweets and treats during the festival. Offers are valid only February 10-11 and some restrictions apply. A list of participating locations may be found in the Salem’s So Sweet map and online.

4. Additional Events

Salem's So Sweet House of the Seven Gables

Salem’s So Sweet doesn’t stop there! Additional events around town include a pop-up event and cask beer release with Goodnight Fatty at Notch Brewing, the Pop Rocks Pop-Up Craft Market at Old Town Hall, and Dearest Dove featuring readings of love letters by Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne at the House of the Seven Gables. View a complete list of events in the Salem’s So Sweet map and online.

5. Annual Chocolate & Wine Tasting Event

Salem's So Sweet chocolate wine tasting

Tickets for this year’s event are sold out. Be sure to follow Salem’s So Sweet on Facebook to be the first to know when tickets go on sale for next year’s Chocolate & Wine Tasting. Salem’s So Sweet kicks off with a Chocolate & Wine Tasting event on Friday, February 9 at Colonial Hall at Rockafellas. Satisfy your sweet tooth with chocolate samplings and sip wine from local restaurants, stores, and sweet shops, and enjoy live music by Molly Pinto Madigan during this annual kick-off event.

Visit SalemSoSweet.com for more information about this year’s festival, and share your Salem’s So Sweet adventures by using #salemsosweet.

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