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Salem, Massachusetts 01970

PEM: Patrick Dougherty Stickwork

PEM Peabody Essex Museum for Families

Patrick Dougherty bends, weaves and flexes saplings into architectural sculptures that dynamically relate to the landscape and built environment around them. Over the last 30 years, he has created more than 250 works throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Constructed from saplings collected by area volunteers, What the Birds Know provides dramatic counterpoint to the highly finished wood-frame Crowninshield-Bentley House that dates to the early 18th century. This is the first time PEM has commissioned an outdoor sculptural installation.   
Stop by to see What the Birds Know, Dougherty's new Stickwork daily 8 am-6 pm.
Stickwork is made possible in part by supporters of PEM's Present Tense Initiative:
Mr. Alfred D. Chandler III and The Reverend Susan Esco Chandler
Fay Chandler

When: 
On view May 14, 2015 to December 31, 2016

Salem Firemen's Muster

Come join the fun at the Salem Willows for the firmen's muster!

An antique hand pumped fire engine muster where crews pump their machines to see who can shoot the longest stream of water. This is the oldest organized sport in the United States. These are hand pumped fire engines built of wood, copper, bronze, steel, and iron with valves made of leather. It's part historic preservation and part competition.  Spectators are invited to try out pumping the machines!

When: 
Saturday, August 1, 2015 Noon-3pm
Location: 
Salem Willows Park

Midsummer Night's Dream at Winter Island

Rebel Shakespeare will perform Midsummer Nights Dream at Winter Island in Salem

The You do not have access to view this node will be performing the Shakespeare classic 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at Winter Island in Salem! This popular Shakespeare comedy is four intertwined tales connected by the main story of a royal wedding, where woodland fairies manipulate the characters until the plot devolves into a maelstrom of hilarity! Pack a picnic and bring the family to this fun and entertaining show! 

When: 
Thursday, July 23 - Sunday, July 26, 2015 6pm

Miles Over the Moon Road Race

Join the Wicked Running Club in a mid-summer nights run that raises funds

Wicked Running Club Presents the Fifth Annual Miles Over the Moon Road Race, a Mid-Summer Night Tradition in Salem, Mass. Proceeds Help Fund Salem High School Athletics. Race headquarters are the Knights of Columbus located at 94 Washington Square, by the Salem Common. Race will start on Pleasant Street. This unique twilight 4-mile run is a tremendous event that helps to raise funds for local High School Athletics teams. Very flat and fast, wheel measured 4 miles (with water stops). This year’s proceeds recipient will be Salem High School.

When: 
Friday, July 24, 2015 8pm
Location: 
Salem Common

Salem Willows Seafood Festival

The Salem Willows Seafood Festival is a weekend of fun in Salem MA!

Indulge Yourself at the Salem Willows Seafood Festival! Dozens of restaurants and food vendors serve up their seafood specialties including lobster, chowder, shrimp, clams & all the New England Favorites! Nonstop entertainment with the best regional bands, sample culinary masterpieces at the Wicked Bites Culinary Demonstrations tent, Kiddie Land, Local Arts, Crafts & Merchants. Beverage Courtyard serving beer & wine. Fireworks Saturday night at 9:30pm!

When: 
Friday - Sunday, July 10-12, 2015 11am-10pm
Location: 
Salem Willows Park

PEM Pals

Peabody Essex Museum programs for children and families. PEM Pals story and move

This fun, interactive programs with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers (5 and under) and their caregivers.

When: 
Wednesday's from 10:30 am - 11:30 pm

Salem Willows Seafood Festival Fireworks

The Salem Willows Seafood Festival Fireworks on Saturday July 11, 2015

The Salem Willows Seafood Festival wrap up Saturday's festivities with a Fireworks show over Salem! 

When: 
Saturday, July 11, 2015 9:30pm
Location: 
Salem Willows Park

Salem Celebrates the Fourth of July

Salem Massachsuetts Celebrates the Fourth of July Independence Day Fireworks

Join the City of Salem at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site for a 4th of July Celebration! The evening includes live music by the 42-piece Hillyer Festival Orchestra and Fireworks starting after dark from Derby Wharf.

When: 
Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 4pm

Salem Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade in Salem Massachusetts

The Salem MA Memorial Day Parade Schedule is as follows:

  • 10am - Free trolley ride from the VFW to Commercial Street for any veteran who is unable to walk.
  • 10:15am - All marching organizations will marshal on Commercial Street.
  • 10:30 am - Parade departs from Commercial Street.
  • 11:00 am - Memorial Day ceremony at Green Lawn cemetery. Guest speaker is USMC LtCol Michael Hunter.
  • 12:30 - (Approx.) Collation at the VFW, 95 Derby Street. All are welcome to attend.
When: 
Monday, May 25, 2015 10:30am
Location: 
Downtown Salem

April Vacation at PEM

Kids are invited to the PEM for April Vacation

Looking for stuff to do during April Vacation on the North Shore? Peabody Essex Museum has a fabulous line-up of fun activities, workshops and tours for kids and families. There are story times, drop-in art making, artist demonstrations, hands-on workshops and community art happening Tuesday-Thursday!  All activities are included in the price of admission, so pack up the gang and come to the museum! Check the links below for activities for that day.

When: 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - Thursday, April 23, 2015 10am - 4pm
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