A Stroll Through the Gardens of Salem with Salem Garden Club

The Salem Garden Club hosts a self-guided “Garden Stroll” with a tour of private gardens in the McIntire Historic District. Featured are more than 10 traditional, quaint, and eclectic gardens. Ticket holders will also enjoy a stroll through the beautiful Ropes Mansion Garden. Complimentary refreshments of lemonade and cookies will be served to strollers along the route. Local musicians and artists will be featured in several gardens. These private gardens are not handicapped accessible. Pets and carriages are not permitted.

This fund raiser benefits many Salem civic projects which include:
• the planting and maintenance of the Washington Street traffic island;
• the plantings of the City Hall window boxes;
• the plantings at the Blue Star Memorial on Hawthorne Boulevard;
• providing monthly flower arrangement at the Salem Public Library; and,
• an annual scholarship awarded to a deserving Salem High School senior.

Tickets: $20 on day of the tour at First Church, 316 Essex Street, Salem, MA
($18 if purchased by Thursday, July 6, 2017 on SalemGardenClub.com)
For tickets, parking and specific details visit: SalemGardenClub.com.

North Shore Medical Center Cancer Walk

Each year thousands of participants join together with family members, colleagues and friends for the North Shore Cancer WALK. As a walker, volunteer or donor, you can be part of an inspirational day in the fight against cancer.

The 10K (6.2 mile) WALK route is an unforgettable journey of shared purpose and commitment. It winds through historic Salem, featuring an array of entertainers that lend a festive air to this profound community event. We encourage you to become a part of this annual celebration of life, hope and courage of all those who have been touched by this disease.

Proceeds from the WALK will support oncology services at North Shore Medical Center and the Massachusetts General/North Shore Cancer Center. In the past, WALK contributions have supported renovations, clinical trials, wellness services such as massage and acupuncture to help alleviate pain and nausea, as well as supportive care programs for patients and their families.

See website for complete information and how you can support North Shore Medical Center’s oncology services.

McIntire Historic District Walking Tour

This informative and entertaining 90 minute walk will cover the other half of the Mcintire Historic District, significant structures and styles to be found there; restoration and preservation efforts; and social history.

The tour begins at 11:00 a.m. Admission $20. Reservations required. Please use email Culturecorner@gmail.com to reserve. If not possible then call or text  978.979.5907.

McIntire Historic District Walking Tour with Jim McAllister

This informative and entertaining 90-minute walk will cover the creation the original Chestnut Street Historic District and its subsequent expansion; significant structures and styles; restoration and preservation efforts; and social history.

Tour departs at 11:00 a.m. Admission $20. Reservations required. Please use email Culturecorner@gmail.com to reserve. If not possible then call or text  978.979.5907.

The Romance of Food Tour

Join Salem Food Tours on this special romantic stroll on the full moon, $32pp, includes a wine, cheese, sweet/chocolate and spice tasting (renowned aphrodisiacs), information on food and romance throughout the ages, and more!

Tickets are available at the link below.

5 Ways to Stay Fit in Salem, MA

Is staying fit part of your New Year’s resolution? A true walking city filled with fresh local food and a variety of ways to get moving, Salem is a great place to stay fit in the new year:

Cycling at any speed. You’ll find lycra-clad cyclists racing around Salem Common reaching speeds of 35-45 mph at the Witches Cup Criterium Race each August. During the rest of the year, however, we take a slightly slower pace. A bike-friendly community, “sharrows” are painted on many Salem streets to encourage the sharing of roads by automobile and cycle traffic.

Eat local. Pick up locally grown produce, local eggs, and fresh baked goods at the Salem Farmers’ Market, Thursday afternoons June through October and Salem’s Winter Market on select dates in November and December. During the warmer months you’ll find the Salem Farmers’ Market in Derby Square, and during the Winter Market events you’ll need to head indoors to the Museum Place Mall. Milk and Honey Green Grocer, located on Church Street, is another great place to shop for locally sourced foods to keep you healthy all year long. Looking for more local options? Consider visiting even more shops and restaurants (while also learning about Salem’s spice trade history) with Salem Food Tours.

Run it out. In 2012, the Road Runners Club of America, the oldest and largest distance running organization in the United States, designated Salem as a Runner-Friendly Community. This designation means that Salem is an environment in which organizations and businesses work together to promote running as healthy exercise and sport. Salem hosts a number of races annually. Check out the Wicked Frosty Four, a four mile race that takes place annually on New Year’s Day and benefits scholarship funds for local high school students. In October, Salem hosts the Devil’s Chase 6.66 Miler event which brings out thousands of pitchfork carrying runners each year.

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Take a walk. Salem prides itself on being a walkable city. Not quite sure where to walk? Go for a stroll down Derby Wharf. This scenic walk winds past the Friendship of Salem, the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, and the Derby Wharf Light Station. For a shorter walk, wander through the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall and Artists’ Row, which offers free public workshops from Memorial Day Weekend to Halloween. You’ll also pass by Old Town Hall, which houses Cry Innocent and the Spirit of Salem Film, and Derby Square which is home to the seasonal Farmers’ Market. Whether you find yourself speed-walking around Salem Common, strolling Chestnut Street, or walking the trails of Salem Woods, we hope you will get out there and explore. (And if you need help getting started, check out this Salem guide from WalkBoston.org!)

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!

Salem Food Tour

Salem Food Tours

Take a guided stroll of Salem’s culinary scene while learning about early colonial dinners, local history and culture, and Salem’s illustrious maritime spice trades with Salem Food Tours. Tickets ($54 per person) may be purchased online at SalemFoodTours.com.


Celebrating History & Nature in Greenlawn Cemetery

Salem’s Greenlawn Cemetery, founded in 1807, was influenced by the 19th-century rural cemetery movement. Centered on a High Victorian Gothic chapel built in 1894, Greenlawn features an imposing Civil War veterans monument, two ponds and more than 1,200 trees from all over the world. Over 100 different birds have been sighted in Greenlawn. Our tour will highlight graves of notable Salem citizens, exotic trees, and the ongoing restoration of the Dickson Chapel. Whether drawn by nature or history, Greenlawn Cemetery is a wonderful place to walk, learn, reflect and rest. Please join us to find out more about this historic treasure in Salem, MA

Please meet at the Dickson Memorial Chapel. Just inside the Orne Street gate, to the left & behind of the office. Parking is permitted on Orne street and in the Cemetery.


Salt Marsh in the City

Join us for a “walk and talk” at a beautiful and productive salt marsh on the edge of Salem State University. Salt marshes, which flood and drain daily, provide habitat for many species of plant, bird and marine life; breeding grounds for shellfish and fin fish; they improve water quality by filtering water; and they protect shorelines. As we walk around the marsh, we’ll talk about the plants, fish, birds, insects that live in the marsh, the role of the marsh in our marine ecosystem and the history of this marsh, which has been restored from an industrial dumping ground.

Light walking for less than 1/2 mile on a paved and hardpacked walking path. Anyone interested in going onto the marsh should wear closed toed shoes that can get wet or muddy.

SalemGo! Catch Em’ All! PokeWalk presented by Creative Salem & Flying Saucer Pizza Company

Pokemon Go Logo

Creative Salem and Flying Saucer Pizza Company present “SalemGo! Catch Em’ All!” A city-wide Pokemon Go event that will include a scavanger hunt, a costume contest, various prizes, pizza, and (of course) Pokemon!

The event will be an all-day PokeWalk that’ll be open to any willing participants. You can casually follow the map with some friends, or you can participate in the Pokemon-Themed scavanger hunt that’ll take you all around town.

And Flying Saucer Pizza Company will be the official Pokemon Center of the evening where you can grab a bite as well as some specialty drinks.

Wicked Running Club: Wicked Kidz Race

The Wicked Kidz Race is on for Saturday, July 30 at Salem Common. Registration starts at 8:00am. The 1/2 mile race takes off at 9:00a. and the 1 mile race at 9:15am. T-shirts will be available to the first 75 entrants. Age groups awards will be available, and every runner will receive a finisher ribbon.

We’ve got a great group of volunteers, but can always use a few more. Please email Marissa at roo76@att.net if you’d like to sign up.

Ice cream will be provided by Goodie’s in downtown Danvers. Please stop by for a scoop and to say thanks for sponsoring the race! Other sponsors include Ben Franklin Tees, and the Salem Parks, Recreation, and Community Services.

Please note: There will NOT be porta-potties at the race. Please plan bathroom needs accordingly– the closest public restrooms are at the Museum Place Mall on Essex Street and at the National Park Service Derby Wharf location.