Salem Massachusetts may be known for its history of witchcraft but it is actually an extremely pleasant city in which to live in and work in or visit. Salem is a conveniently located coastal city with much to offer both residents and visitors.
Salem Willows is an oceanfront park with spectacular views of Salem harbor. Here you will also find beaches and children's amusement rides as well as refreshments and a video arcade. Downtown Salem offers convenient shopping and also outdoor dining and night time entertainment.
If you enjoy museums there are plenty here that will interest you. We highly recommend the Salem Witch Museum and the House of the Seven Gables along with the Peabody Essex Museum among the many others
Pickering Wharf is Salem's gateway to all seafaring activities. From there you can hook up with a Lobstering and Lighthouse cruise or visit the Salem Museum of Myths & Monsters. You may also wish to shop in some of the finest stores and dine in any of three of the best restaurants the city has to offer.
$5 Historic New England members, $10 nonmembers; $20 member series, $50 nonmember series
Follow the Phillips family on a wintry jaunt around New England. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies while viewing film clips of the family engaged in their favorite winter activities. Tour the house and see Phillips family items not usually on display, including sporting equipment, postcards, photographs, and artwork. Registration is required. Special pricing for tickets for the entire series is available. Please call 978-744-0440 for more information. Purchase tickets now
When: Jan 17, 2015 12 AM in Salem, Massachusetts (Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00 )
Dreams are one of the most powerful forms of contact with the dead, and have been documented for centuries. The dead visit in dreams at the time of their transition, soon after they have died, and occasionally after a long time has passed since death. Their visits have different purposes: to ease grief, deliver messages, dispense personal advice and warnings, make requests, and reveal the afterlife. Dream visits with the dead are intense and realistic, and are strikingly different from ordinary dreams. This workshop will cover how to distinguish visitation dreams from ordinary dreams; how to interpret them; and how to integrate their healing energy. It will also cover techniques for dream sending into the afterlife, and tips for dreamwork in general and ways to improve dream recall. Participants are invited to bring one or more dreams involving the dead for group discussion. Rosemary Ellen Guiley is the author of 59 books on metaphysical and paranormal topics, including seven books on dreams, among them Dream Messages from the Afterlife and Dreamwork for Visionary Living. She has been a dreamwork facilitator since the early 1990s. Adult - $30.00
When: Nov 15, 2014 7 PM in Salem, Massachusetts Cost: $30.00 (Sat, 15 Nov 2014 19 )
UPDATE: We have a schedule in place -- as well as a temporary discount code. Click HERE to view.
The Writer Unboxed Un-Conference is unique.
Part symposium. Part networking affair. Part workshop. Part retreat.
Unlike other conferences, our hybrid event will not focus on the business of writing; there will be zero (zip, nada) sessions on finding agents or writing query letters or building platform. Instead, our focus will be exclusively on the things WU'ers crave most:
mind-stretching sessions to help you understand yourself better as a writer
time to interact with peers and group leaders in and outside of sessions, because everyone knows that the best part of a conference happens when the conversation begins
time to write
In other words, we're going to lean on our strengths, the qualities that have made Writer Unboxed such a strong site and community. We're going to empower you. But this time, we're going to empower you in person—or as Porter Anderson would say, “IRL.”
Tell me more.
Our sessions will be centered around the theme "Rock, Paper, Scissors."
SCISSORS sessions are all about the craft, with topics that go a level deeper than the norm. For example, you might join a session entitled “developing the roots of your story by tapping into your personal history.”
ROCK sessions are focused on developing a writer’s inner strength. For example, you may join a session on “wringing the most out of critique while preserving your self-esteem.” Or you may join a “book therapy” session, where you and other writers will discuss trouble spots in your stories—or even your process—and offer one another suggestions and support.
PAPER sessions provide you with time to write. Some of these sessions may involve quiet group writing in the mornings (“morning coffee”), while others provide writing prompts and group sharing. Evenings may find you in the WU green room for story sharing (“bedtime stories”)—a great experience for those who want practice with public speaking or simply to gauge the ability of their story to keep an audience awake.
We've talked about putting together a live event for a few years, but the holler-cry of the community has grown deafening, in the very best of ways. It’s time. And it's going to be a blast.
When and where?
The Writer Unboxed Un-Conference will kick off on Monday, November 3rd in Salem, Massachusetts, and span the week, culminating in a full-day workshop by Donald Maass on Friday, November 7th, and a cocktail party hosted by the Salem Literary Festival. Sessions will take place in The House of the Seven Gables Visitors Center, the Hawthorne Hotel's Library and Ballroom, and--for those who want to write--space in one of the oldest membership libraries in the country, The Salem Athenaeum.
What follows is a rough look at the schedule.
Monday: check-in between noon and 5 p.m. (EST), followed by an orientation dinner in the ballroom at the Hawthorne Hotel at ~6 p.m. Don't worry about showing up early and having nothing to do. We'll plan some ice-breaker activities for the afternoon, or if you'd rather you can always plug in and start writing.
“Rock, Paper, Scissors” sessions; just like the game, you can choose what you'd like to focus on throughout your day
one-on-one meet-ups and small-group lunches between mentors and attendees
Friday: Donald Maass's all-day "21st Century Fiction" workshop, followed by a cocktail party hosted by the Salem Literary Festival
We highly encourage attendees to stay through Saturday and register for the Salem Literary Festival's fiction event, filled with panels on both the craft and business of fiction, and intended for both writers and readers. Though tickets are not yet available for the Salem Literary Festival, discounts will be offered to WU event attendees.
Registration will include a tour through The House of the Seven Gables, built in 1667 and inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel of the same name. The tour will also include a look at Hawthorne’s birth home.
Intimate and Affordable
As this is our first time out of this particular gate, and because we want to preserve a certain intimacy with this event, we're capping attendance at ~100 attendees. If this event is a success, we'll consider doing it again and possibly doing it bigger. Early support, though, will mean a lot. That's why we’re attaching an early-bird price tag we think is pretty sweet:
Early registration ends on June 30th, after which costs will increase to $599/registrant for any remaining spots.
Registration will close once we’ve reached 100 registered attendees.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Transportation arrangements are outside the scope of this event, however we're happy to provide you with information.
Another option may be to find others to travel and split fees with in the WU Un-Conference Facebook group, which you’ll have access to upon registration.
Where should I stay?
While it isn’t mandatory, we highly recommend that you stay at The Hawthorne Hotel, where much of the event will take place and where we have a block of rooms reserved. Discounted rates will apply for event-goers, with single rooms offered at $149/night and doubles at $169/night.
The Hawthorne Hotel includes complimentary Internet access via Wi-Fi for all guests.
Room-block code and additional information will be made available to you following registration.
One final note: That aforementioned Un-Conference Facebook group could be a good place for you to find a roommate, to help alleviate costs.
Are meals included in the event?
Two meals are included: the opening night dinner (Monday), which will have a cash bar, and lunch on Friday, during Donald Maass’s workshop. Morning coffee service will also be made available to attendees.
Related tidbit: It’s Restaurant Week in Salem, and we will be distributing discount tickets to help keep your costs low.
What's the dress code?
This isn't the conference that will require you to pack high heels or shoe polish. We want you to be comfortable! We're also going to ask you to walk a bit, as some of our sessions are in the Hawthorne Hotel and others are at The House of the Seven Gables Visitor's Center, which is about a ten minute walk from the hotel. Pack sneakers.
Possible exceptions to the yoga-pants-or-jeans-and-T-shirt rule: (1) We’ll have dinner in the ballroom of the Hawthorne Hotel on Monday night, and (2) we’ll be guests at a cocktail party hosted by the Salem Literary Festival on Friday. (3) If you'll be staying for the Salem Literary Festival on Saturday, pack accordingly.
What should I bring to the event?
your laptop if you plan to write, and an extension cord just in case
your manuscript for work sessions and/or if you’d like to share excerpts with others
layers of clothing, in case of rain or cold, or even a warm snap; early November can be mercurial in the northeast
sneakers, for walking the cobbled streets of historic Salem
Do I have to bring my printed ticket?
No, but bring photo ID. If you're gifting your ticket to someone else, please inform us ahead of time or your recipient will be turned away at the door.
Why are there fees associated with this event?
Eventbrite charges 2.5% of the price of the event + 99 cents per registration processed. They charge an additional 3% to process credit cards. We simply opted to pass along these fees rather than increase the cost of registration to reflect absorption of those fees. All of the details are available here on Eventbrite.
Is there a deposit?
Yes. Registration commits you to a nonrefundable deposit of $149 that will be applied toward your total fees.
Is there a refund policy?
Yes. Because we have contracts with the hotel regarding our catering needs, our refund policy closely follows theirs to us.
Following is the refund policy for those registering under the Early Bird price of $499. Please note that refunds do not include Eventbrite or credit card fees incurred at registration.
If you cancel on or before August 5th (91 days prior to the event), you will be refunded all but the $149 deposit, for a total refund of $350.
If you cancel from August 5th-September 3rd (61-90 days prior to the event), you will be refunded 50% of the total, equal to $249.50.
If you cancel from September 4th-October 3rd, you will be refunded 25% of the total, equal to $124.75
Cancellations after October 4th, within 30 days of the event, are not eligible for a refund.
For those registering under the Late Bird price of $599, the refund policy will be as follows. Again, refunds do not include Eventbrite of credit card fees incurred at registration.
If you cancel from August 5th-September 3rd (61-90 days prior to the event), you will be refunded 50% of the total, equal to $299.50.
If you cancel from September 4th-October 3rd, you will be refunded 25% of the total, equal to $149.75
Cancellations after October 4th, within 30 days of the event, are not eligible for a refund.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can email our dedicated email account at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, registrants will be invited to join a Facebook group for attendees, where you can discuss the event with others.
We hope you're able to join us for WU's first live event, the Un-Conference.
Until we see you, write on!
When: Nov 3, 2014 12 PM to Nov 7, 2014 5 PMin Salem, Massachusetts Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Mon, 03 Nov 2014 12 )
Party with us on Halloween night right in the heart of downtown Salem! Live music by Delta & Chicago Blues artist, Mark T. Small! Costume contest with prizes! Limited, reduced price menu with admission. Almost 100 craft & imported beers from our award-winning beer menu!
When: Oct 31, 2014 9 PM to Nov 1, 2014 1 AMin Salem, Massachusetts Cost: 15 - 15 USD (Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21 )
Judy Garland in this mashup of Halloween spooky songs and her standards meets Uncle Arthur and Endora from Bewitched. This infamous Witchy comedy sitcom duo pop-in unannounced and need the audiences help to leave Salem. Heartwarming and hillarious! Mac made his debut as Ms. Garland in 2002 in his autobiographical play, "Judy and Me," which ran for nearly two years at Rose's Turn in New York. It made its Off-Broadway debut in 2008 at St. Luke's Theater, also in New York, where it enjoyed a successful limited run. It toured throughout the East Coast and spawned his cabaret show, "Judy Garland: Live in Concert which has been playing at Opus since June. The Opus Underground is Located at 87 Washington Street in Salem Mass. Dinner seating will begin at 6 PM. The show starts promptly at 7 PM. There is a $30 cover charge in effect for Judy Garland: LIVE IN CONCERT for General Admission and a $40 cover charge in effect for best available premium seating. Premium is guaranteed to be within the first 25 seats in front of the stage. There is also a two item minimum purchase requirement (food and/or drink) from the restaurant. To that end the sumptuous Opus menu is available for those who would like to dine anything from yummy appetizers to dinner to dessert. The establishment also offers elevator service and is handicap accessible. Here is what one legend said: "I was here tonight to see Peter Mac as Judy. It's the most wonderful show, and I had the most wonderful time. It's like being back with Judy. He is absolutely fantastic!" -- Margaret O'Brien, Judy's little sister in "Meet Me in St. Louis" Another Legend upon seeing Mac's performance as Miss Garland the late great Mickey Rooney responded in kind: "This is beyond an imitation. Peter Mac is Phenomenal!" Peter has a repertoire of over 30 different women. FOR MORE INFO ON PETER: TheJudyGarlandShow.com PLEASE NOTE NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN AFTER 12 HOURS OF PURCHASE THROUGH BROWN PAPER TICKETS.
When: Nov 2, 2014 7 PM to Nov 2, 2014 9:45:00 PMin Salem, Massachusetts Cost: 12 - 40 USD (Sun, 02 Nov 2014 19 )
Adults: $23 Child $15Tues / Wed / Thurs at 7:pmFri / Sat at 6pm 7pm and 8pmSundays 6pm and 7:pm.Allow 60 minutes.Trolley does not run on Halloween, October 31st. Tickets on sale now for October,2014 Board the Ghosts & Legends Trolley and get ready for a thrilling ride as an eerie and sinister guide takes you on a journey through the darkened streets of Salem. Hear stories of witches, ghosts, murder and more. You’ll see The House of the Seven Gables, the old cemetery, Winter Island and much more. Perfect for any age, this frightening, amusing, and entertaining ride sells out quickly, so buy tickets now!Ghosts & Legends Trolley departs from Gallows Hill, 7 Lynde Street, Salem, MA 01970Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour time. The trolley leaves PROMPTLY the designated time.Tour is approximately 50 minutes.Remember to dress warm!Want to see Gallows Hill too? Then get:Ghosts & Legends Trolley/Gallows Hill Combo ticket Want more fright for your buck? Go for the combo ticket! Immediately before your Salem Trolley tour, you’ll enter Gallows Hill for our live witchcraft and ghost experience. Its an incredible show with frightening characters and special effects. A perfect combination for your visit to Salem during Haunted Happenings! Adults: $30 (Save $4) Child $20 (Save $3) HERE’S HOW THE COMBO TICKET WORKS:Combo ticket holders for the Ghosts & Legends Trolley will see the Gallows Hill main showBEFORE the Trolley departure.6pm ticket holders will see the 5:15 pm show.7pm ticket holders will see the 6:15pm show.8pm ticket holders will see the 7:15pm show. Adult Trolley - $23.00 Child Trolley - $15.00 Adult Trolley / Show Combo - $30.00 Child Trolley / Show Combo - $20.00
When: Nov 1, 2014 8 PM in Salem, Massachusetts Cost: $15.00 - $30.00 (Sat, 01 Nov 2014 20 )
NoTox: http://notoxpunk.com Mamá Ladilla: (noun. ma'mah la-dee-jaw) All the way from Madrid Spain celebrating 20 years of progressive toilet punk. Since their first demo in 1994 Directo A La Basura (Live from a garbage can) to their 2014 EP Bilis (bile) this trio have created some of the most brilliantly absurd music from the old continent. This november they'll visit New England to present their latest musical spawn (out now on Rod. Ponch. Records) and confuse the already confused masses. Free spanish class at every show* For fans of Nomeansno, Victims Family, Eskorbuto, Dead Kennedys, Toy Dolls, Rosetta Stone, Mastodon, Primus, La Polla, Ramones,Paco De Lucia etc. Www.mamaladilla.com Los Bungalitos: https://www.facebook.com/losbungalitos
When: Nov 17, 2014 9 PM to Nov 18, 2014 1 AMin Salem, Massachusetts Cost: 5 - 5 USD (Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21 )
Why do bankers say, “Cash flow is king?” How is cash flow different from profit? This workshop and its simple but realistic class exercise will help you understand cash flow, assess when you will need capital, and position your business for bank financing.
Speaker: Paul Shaughnessy, Founder, Lincoln Payroll Services.
Sponsored by MA Small Business Development Center.
When: Nov 20, 2014 8 AM to Nov 20, 2014 10 AMin Salem, Massachusetts (Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08 )
History Alive! presents Goodnight, Captain White Salem's hysterical history-mystery Written by Mark Stevick. Directed by Jill Miriam Rogati. With Brett Johnson, Matt Schwabauer, Dave Babcock, Anne Colpitts, Beth Pearson, Conor Burke, Carl Schultz, Austin Meuller, Taylor Jones and Audrey Claire. at the historic OLD TOWN HALL, 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA It's 1830. "All friends and well wishers are invited to attend" the retirement party of Captain Joseph White's favorite ship, the Caroline. But this magnanimous invitation lures a host of enemies and ill-wishers into the perfect opportunity to murder the rich, old captain. Allegiances twist and turn. Foibles are exposed, depravities revealed. It's up to the audience and an under cover Daniel Webster to figure out who-dunnit and how. The creators of Cry Innocent give Salem a crime to laugh about. "A hysterical interactive whodunnit"--Salem Evening News "Dashedly clever"--Georgetown Record "quick-witted, playful"--Weekender "A zany who-done-it. It captivates you. Four stars!"--The Eagle Tribune Reviews Around The Web! "Rich with innuendo, and relies on a talented cast for improv and audience interaction" -- Destination Salem http://salem.org/blog/goodnight-captain-white-a-comic-whodunit
When: Nov 1, 2014 7:15:00 PM to Nov 1, 2014 9 PMin Salem, Massachusetts Cost: 38 - 38 USD (Sat, 01 Nov 2014 19:15:00 )
The Tenth Annual Million Dollar Women Symposium celebrates women CEO’s who have created and are leading their own companies. Learn how our exceptional panelists did it and what advice they have for other women who are running, starting or thinking about starting their own businesses.
This popular event is held every November and has been sponsored since its inception in 2005 by Beverly Bank. It features panelists and keynote speakers who lead organizations with $1,000,000 or more in revenues. It is a great networking opportunity, but what makes it unique is the willingness of these women to share their personal stories; they speak openly and from the heart.
Ticket price for this year's event is $35 and includes full breakfast.
We are celebrating our 10th Anniversary by launching"The Year of the Million Dollar Woman" program series. Program details and special offers will be announced at this year's symposium; be the first to hear about this unique, year-long celebration and special opportunities!"At the first Million Dollar Women breakfast I attended, I heard that only two to three percent of women-owned businesses earn $1 million or more in revenues. I decided then and there that I would be a million-dollar woman, and I am on track to reach my goal in the next two to three years." – Susan Shelby, President & CEO, Rhino PR
When: Nov 13, 2014 8 AM to Nov 13, 2014 11 AMin Salem, Massachusetts (Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08 )
Finding the right distributors to work with and understanding the distribution process, costs, and decisions are critical issues for many food businesses. The right distributor is key to a business's ability to get products on the shelf to consumers or into the kitchens in restaurants. In this workshop, food professionals will talk about the distribution process and what food businsses need to know.
Speakers: Laura MacPhail, Princiapal, The Hale Group. Peter Minich, Owner, Fresh City. Daniel Wright, National Food Service Sales Manager, Teatulia Organic Teas. Sponsored by the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development. Co-sponsored by the MA Small Business Development Center and YENS (Young Entrepreneurs of the North Shore).
When: Nov 14, 2014 8 AM to Nov 14, 2014 10 AMin Salem, Massachusetts (Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08 )
Unlock the mysteries of Italian Folk Magic as you explore the secrets of Stregheria with Salem Strega Witch Leanne Marrama! Witchcraft has been found in cultures across the world and through all spans of time since we first painted on the walls of caves. In Old World Italy it is known as Strega, the magic of La Vecchia Religione, or The Old Religion. The heredity of witchcraft lives in all of us for each of us has magic within the very DNA of our bloodlines. These oral traditions, passed down from generation to generation through families, become powerful for they make us all connected with love. In Italy, this magic live on today in the form of folk practices woven into families through their food, rites of passage, and even their most basic daily rituals. Empower yourself by learning how to harness your own psychic abilities. Discover the power of the Roman Gods of old and learn how to honor and work with them. Explore the magic of Italian food and how the secret really is in the sauce ... or gravy! Tap into the wisdom of your ancient ancestors to know the mysteries of old. Learn to make magical recipes to infuse your home with old world magic for protection, prosperity, fertility, and love! Let Italian Strega Witch Leanne Marrama guide you into the true ways of Stregheria in this fun and informatiive magical workshop! Sandwiches, soda, and magical Strega cookies will be served! General Admission - $60.00
When: Nov 22, 2014 1 PM in Salem, Massachusetts Cost: $60.00 (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13 )
Join us for an evening to speak with current graduate students, alumni, graduate school faculty and staff, to learn about the benefits of pursuing a graduate degree or certificate program. We will also discuss a number of challenges multicultural students may encounter while in pursuit of a graduate education.
Don't miss this interactive opportunity to commune with other students, and prepare for success as you begin your graduate school journey.
All attendees will be given a Salem State University School of Graduate Studies application fee waiver.
All students in attendance will qualify for the opportunity to win: - A SSU Course Voucher - Discounts at the Bookstore
When: Nov 13, 2014 6 PM to Nov 13, 2014 8 PMin Salem, Massachusetts (Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18 )
Nathaniel Gould was a prominent cabinetmaker and craftsmen of 18th century Massachusetts. “In Plain Sight” features 20 of Gould’s most ambitious and impressive works, many of which have only been recently attributed to the artist. The works are presented with supporting sketches, models, and other historically appropriate pieces.
When: Nov 8, 2014 12 AM to Feb 16, 2015 12 AMin Salem, Massachusetts (Sat, 08 Nov 2014 00 )
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