Wicked Frosty Four

Celebrate the New Year and run a four-mile course through Salem during the Wicked Frosty Four!

The race kicks off near the cemetery on Charter Street.

Registration information and packet pick-up details are available online.

Salem Zombie Walk 2017

Come walk with the dead during the 2017 Salem Zombie Walk. Departs from Collins Cove Park/East Collins Street.

Face painting and zombie kickball at 3:30 pm, walk begins at 4:30 pm.

Pickerings, Pirates & Physicians: Secrets of an Old Salem Cemetery

An important and visible part of Salem for 350 years, the quaint and historic Broad Street Cemetery across from Salem’s Pickering House has been overlooked by many and contains many “history mysteries.” Historian John Goff will look anew at this city resource and showcase some of the important early Salem citizens who now reside there. After the lecture, we’ll walk over to the site to look at some fine examples of 17th – 19th-century hand-carved gravestones.

Reservations required. Please RSVP at pickeringhouse1@gmail.com.

North River Walk & Talk—Ecology, History and the Future

Once called the Blue Danube of Salem, the ecologically important tidal North River provides the largest source of fresh water to Salem Sound. Originally lovely and wide, flowing through forests and meadows, the river was transformed by both the industrial revolution and urban development. Polluting tanneries lined the banks. The railroad came along and narrowed the banks with fill. Land pressures from urban development brought more fill and channelization of the river. Today, flooding and sea level rise pose new challenges.
As we walk, we’ll look at the river in a historical context–showing how and where the river changed over time, how and why decisions were made affecting the river (which thankfully no longer stinks to high heaven or runs red or blue!) and efforts to turn this impaired waterway back into a thriving ecosystem. We’ll look at amazing photographs from the old days and learn how the revolutionary war almost started on the banks of the North River. We’ll visit newly created rain gardens that are helping protect the river for American eel and rainbow smelt. Bring your questions and stories. Participants should be able to walk approximately one mile.

Punto Urban Art Museum Tour

Tours will start on the hour, beginning at the North Shore Community Development Coalition offices at 96 Lafayette Street.

Our vision is to create a world class urban arts district in Salem’s Point Neighborhood, one that embraces its rich immigrant and architectural history and present a dynamic opportunity for the neighborhood’s future. The Punto Urban Art Museum has two primary goals: to create a beautiful, uplifting environment for Point residents, particularly for children to grow up in, and to break down the invisible divide between the Point and the rest of Salem by inviting visitors into the Point to experience world-class art first-hand.

Please join us for an informative walking tour around the Point Neighborhood to learn more about the Punto Urban Art Museum and the individual murals! This tour will take place on Peabody Street and Ward Street and will be roughly one hour long, so wear your walking shoes!

Special Instructions:
Please meet us outside our offices on Lafayette Street!
Reservation Information: RSVP to Abbie Allenson at abbie@northshorecdc.org

Punto Urban Art Museum Tour

Tours will start on the hour, beginning at the North Shore Community Development Coalition offices at 96 Lafayette Street.

Our vision is to create a world class urban arts district in Salem’s Point Neighborhood, one that embraces its rich immigrant and architectural history and present a dynamic opportunity for the neighborhood’s future. The Punto Urban Art Museum has two primary goals: to create a beautiful, uplifting environment for Point residents, particularly for children to grow up in, and to break down the invisible divide between the Point and the rest of Salem by inviting visitors into the Point to experience world-class art first-hand.

Please join us for an informative walking tour around the Point Neighborhood to learn more about the Punto Urban Art Museum and the individual murals! This tour will take place on Peabody Street and Ward Street and will be roughly one hour long, so wear your walking shoes!

Special Instructions:
Please meet us outside our offices on Lafayette Street!
Reservation Information: RSVP to Abbie Allenson at abbie@northshorecdc.org

The Quakers of Early Salem

Join Salem State University Professor Emerson “Tad” Baker for a walking tour examining the history and influence of the Quakers in Salem. Three hundred years after the Witch Trials we explore the lessons learned, its effect on our country and the evolution of tolerance. Starting at the Witch Trials Memorial, continuing to the Quaker Meeting House at the PEM and then a walk through the McIntire District to Maule’s Well and the Quaker “Friend’s Burial Ground” on Essex Street. This 90-minute tour will be outside on city sidewalks.

A Day in Salem for $50 or Less

A day-trip to Salem doesn’t have to break the bank. From free events and tours to reasonably priced attractions and restaurants, there is so much to see and do even with a tight budget in mind. Continue reading to learn tips for planning your next low-budget visit to Salem, Massachusetts:

Getting here

Parking costs in Salem ranges from $.25 to $1.00/hour at garages and metered spots. We recommend parking at the Museum Place Garage at 1 New Liberty Street, which is conveniently located across the street from the Salem Regional Visitor Center.

Public transportation to Salem is accessible through the MBTA commuter rail’s Newburyport/Rockport line which extends from cities north of Salem to Boston’s North Station. Ticket prices range from $3.25 – $7.50 (one way) depending on where you depart from. (Note: The Newburyport/Rockport line will not run on weekends through September 30 due to required maintenance and repairs. During this time shuttle service is offered to/from Salem for $10 roundtrip).

Museums & Attractions

The Visitor Center is home to two films that can give some context for Salem’s history before you head out to explore. Where Past is Present is a free 27-minute film that gives an overview of Salem’s history. Salem Witch Hunt presented by Essex Heritage is a 38-minute film that focuses specifically on the Salem Witch Trials and costs only $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors and kids.

 

The National Park Service Rangers and volunteers at the Visitor Center can also help the kids complete Junior Ranger Programs, and brochures for various self-guided walking tours of Salem are available all free of charge. Salem’s Heritage Trail offers a free self-guided walk to many local historic sites, and the National Park Service also offers free guided and self-guided tours of the Custom House and Narbonne House on Derby Wharf.

Learn about the Salem Witch Trials by taking a tour of the Witch House. The home of Witch Trials Judge Jonathan Corwin, the Witch House is the only building in Salem today with direct ties to the Witch Trials. Admission ranges from $8.25 for adults and $6.25 for kids for the guided tour and $6.25 for adults and $4.25 for kids for the self-guided tour.

Adjacent to the Witch House is the Ropes Mansion. Currently owned by the Peabody Essex Museum, the Ropes Mansion is open on Saturdays and Sundays for free self-guided tours. The Ropes Mansion (c. 1727) is a beautiful Georgian Colonial that was home to four generations of the Ropes Family. The Mansion contains original furnishing a variety of 18th and 19th-century artifacts including ceramics, glass, textiles, and more.

Moving on to the 20th century, guided tours of Historic New England’s Phillips House are available for just $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors and $4.00 for students. Built in 1821, the Phillips House houses the collection of five generations, while presenting information on the lives of both the Phillips family and their domestic staff during the turn of the century.

 

Visit the Salem Wax Museum to learn more about the Salem Witch Trials and Salem’s maritime history. View exhibits with London-made wax figures from Salem’s and visit the museum’s interactive area to learn nautical knot-tying and gravestone rubbing. Admission to the Salem Wax Museum is $9.00 for adults and $7.00 for kids, and combination tickets with neighboring attractions are available for select dates.

From the Wax Museum, cross the street to Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery. This monster movie museum is home to life-size figures and props all designed by Hollywood special effects artists. Admission to Count Orlok’s is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids.

Events

Salem celebrates with a different festival each month of the year, many of which are free or inexpensive to attend. Coming up next is the Salem Jazz & Soul Festival which happens at Salem Willows August 19-20. This free event features live performances by local Jazz, Blues, and Soul artists from around the North Shore, local craft and artisan vendors, music education workshops, and more. (While the festival is free, donations or purchases of festival merchandise help support music education causes and additional free concerts on the North Shore).

The Antique & Classic Boat Festival takes place August 26-27 at the Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina. For a $5 entry fee (kids 12 and under are free), you’ll be able to spend the day meeting with skippers and crew from rare vintage motor yachts and sailboats. Enjoy boat rides, craft markets, and music, and close out the event with the Blessing of the Fleet.

Flying Saucer Pizza Company

Fall festivals include Trails & Sails in September and Salem Haunted Happenings in October. A full list of annual festivals is available here, and all events may be viewed on our online calendar.

Dining

Grab and go lunches in Salem can help save you time and money. To pick up lunch on the run, grab a sandwich or salad from Milk & Honey, or stop for pizza at Essex’s NY Pizza and Deli or Flying Saucer Pizza Company.

Low-budget lunch does not always have to mean eating on the run. KOTO Asian Grill offers sushi lunch specials, bento boxes, and noodle dishes for about $12.00/person or less. Red’s Sandwich Shop serves up all-day breakfast, sandwiches, pasta, salad, and classic entrees like meatloaf and macaroni and cheese many for under $10.00/person. Another great downtown lunch spot is Thai Place, where specials start at $6.95 for adults and $2.95.

You can visit every attraction listed here (and enjoy a $10 lunch) for $50. For more budget-friendly fun, check out our picks for the Top 10 Free Things to Do in Salem or create your own adventure.

2017 Wicked Kidz Race

For full details about the Wicked Kidz race, please visit https://www.wickedrunningclub.com/wicked-kidz-race.

Time note: The 1/2 mile race will start at 9:00 a.m. The 1 mile race will start at 9:30 a.m. Day-of registration for BOTH races will close at approximately 8:50 a.m.

Parking: Public and on street parking available

Course: Shaded, flat crushed stone path

Entry Fee: $2.00 per race; suggested amount

Timing: New for 2017! This race will be professionally timed by North Shore Timing!

Information: Contact any co-director: roo76@comcast.net; williamlavaughan@gmail.com; zarok213@yahoo.com

Registration: Online registration is available at wickedrunningclub.com.Please note, there is a $1.00 fee/race to cover processing fees. Online registration will close on Friday, July 28 at 3:00 p.m. Downloadable mail-in applications are available at wickedrunningclub.com. Day-of registration is available and will close at 8:50 for both the ½ mile and 1 mile race. Registration will open at 8:00 a.m. on race day.

Awards: Trophy to top male & female finishers; Medals to top 3 in each age group; ribbons to all finishers

Age Groups: 5 & under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14

T-Shirts: Shirts to the first 75 registrants. Shirt sizes cannot be guaranteed.

Post-Race: Post race food and beverages provided.

Wild Edibles at Bakers Island Light

Come join naturalist and wild foods enthusiast, Russ Cohen on a special edible excursion out to Bakers Island Light Station, a historic property owned by Essex Heritage. This 3.5 hour special trip includes the boat ride aboard Naumkeag and a walking tour of the property with expert Russ Cohen pointing out special species along the trails including the kind you can snack on! Before departing for the main land, enjoy sumacade (a natural alternative to Kool-Aid) and a wild goodie or two made by Russ Cohen himself! The wild edibles tour includes over 3 dozen species of edible wild plants that have existed on the island for some time. Also expect to encounter at least six of the additional native wild edible species that were planted last summer.

Tickets ($40) and additional information available through Essex Heritage.

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.

5th Annual Bridge & Back 10K Road Race

The 5th Annual Bridge & Back 10K Road Race kicks off at 8:00 am on Charter Street with the post party will be held at the Tavern on the Square in Salem. The race crosses over the Salem/Beverly bridge and back!
The first 400 runners to register will receive a short sleeve tech shirt from Brooks.

Entry Fee: $25. For further information email: dougbollen12@yahoo.com. All proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem.

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