Where The Bolt of Cupid Fell
Friday, February 9th @ 7 PM – 8 PM
Early Modern English Love Magic. The links between love and magic, of enchantment and sympathia, have long been considered by poets, philosophers, and magicians alike.
This talk explores the variety of occult theories and magical practices that seek to grasp both the divinity and madness of love, ranging from remedies of the ancient world, through to the love sorcery of Shakespeare’s day, and even offering some compare-and-contrast to various techniques and ingredients of modern American folk magic and hoodoo. It will consider medical ideas about the elemental Humours, as well as psychological notions of the passions, and both spiritual and physical mysteries of the heart. We will delve into the love magicians’ toolkit, examining means of seduction: from aphrodisiacal herbs to conjuring matchmaking spirits to more forceful bindings, leashes, and so-called “erotic malefic” workings.
Dearest Dove: The Love Letters of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne
February 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Dearest Dove: your letter came today, and I do think it the sweetest of all letters…
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 performer Jennifer Hurley for a unique reading of the love letters of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne. Our thanks to playwright Anne Lucas for the creation of this unique experience.
A wine and chocolate reception before the reading is included.
Salem’s So Sweet Ice Sculptures Festival
Starting Feb. 10, 2018
All day and illumination after dark.
This year, we have 24 beautiful ice sculptures that grace downtown Salem starting February 10. Some of the themes for this year’s ice sculptures include “Love Potion #9,” a Dragon, the Salem State University Superfan, the Gloucester Fisherman, Princess and Frog, and more! See our map below with hearts denoting each sculpture to plot out your tour.
Be sure to make plans for a special evening stroll on Saturday, Feb. 10, when the sculptures will be illuminated between by Retonica!
Galentines at Ledger
February 10, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
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. Floral arrangements by Karla Cassidy Designs!
Salem’s So Sweet popup with Goodnight Fatty!
Sat. and Sun. Feb 10,11, 2018 @ 12PM-4PM
Greek + Roman Love Magic w/ Lakshmi Ramgopal
Saturday, February 10th @ 7 PM – 8:30 PM
In honor of Valentine’s Day and Lupercalia, the Roman festival of purification and fertility, this workshop will focus on erotic magic, a major feature of ancient Greek and Roman magical practice. We will read translations of curse tablets, inscriptions, poems, and more to discover how people cursed their rivals in love, concocted aphrodisiacs for their lovers, and thought about sexuality, consent, and desire. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a solid introduction to how the Greeks and Romans differed from us in their approach to magic and what those approaches tell us about life in the ancient Mediterranean world.
Pop Rocks – A Pop Up Craft Market
February 11 @ 11AM-6PM
Old Town Hall – Salem MA.
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 Rocks – A Pop Up Craft Market, an exciting addition to the Salem So Sweet Festival! Artisans from all over the Northshore will be at Old Town Hall from 11-6 selling their wares 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.
Barcrafting: Valentine’s Voodoo Doll
February 13 @ 8 PM
Make your own felt Valentine’s or Anti-Valentine’s Voodoo Doll! We will have the felt, thread, findings, and examples. Bring your bursting or broken heart. No existing sewing skills required. Fabric glue easy mode available. $3 to cover materials.
A Romantic Valentine’s Day with Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio & dancer Nélida Tirado
Wednesday, February 14 – 8:00 pm
Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio takes listeners on a magical journey between the lands of flamenco, the rainforest, Chicago and even India–speculated as a source of some of the rhythms and tonalities of early flamenco. Some of the tracks go so far as to mix soul with flamenco sounds–rhythms from other parts of the world morph inside the rhythms and the haunting scales of the flamenco tradition and here and there the harmonies go wild. Clapping, singing, whispering dreams meld together with the passion, the throbbing voice of anguish and lust all in one amazing musical celebration.
The Nearlywed Game at Koto
Wednesday, February 14 @ 8 PM – 9:30 PM
What speaks more to love than competition? This Valentine’s Day, head down to Koto and watch couples compete, head-to-head, for love! How well do these couples *really* know each other? Watch the drama unfold live while you enjoy some sushi this Valentine’s Day! Hosted by Captain Crew it’s…The Nearlywed Game!
Super Sweet Improv Comedy Night
BONUS EVENT Super Sweet Improv Comedy Night! ONE NIGHT ONLY! February 10th Love is in the air (and on the stage at) Gallows Hill! Join us for an evening of live improvisational comedy, just like the hit show”Whose Line is it, Anyway?” Our talented cast of comic actors are given scenes to perform based on suggestions from the audience, with hilarious results! Bring your sweetheart, sig niff, BFF, friend with benefits, or just come to fall in love with the comedy improv of: Brian Donnelly, Meghan Holtz, Sarah Mann, Ted Neary, Bruce Whear. Hosted by Erik Rodenhiser.