Weekly Buzz is a regular feature of special events and happenings on the North Shore. If you have an upcoming special event, project, or initiative that you’d like to see featured here. Send our editor an email at joeyphoenix@creativecollectivema.com 


What: Second Annual Resistance Ball
Where: Hamilton Hall, Salem
When: Saturday, April 6th, 2019
Cost: $65, $60 for members – Proceeds to benefit the maintenance of Hamilton Hall, 50% of ticket prices are tax deductible.

Get Tickets


The Second Annual Resistance Ball at Hamilton Hall is tomorrow night on downtown Salem’s historic Chestnut Street. Partygoers will dress in their Revolutionary finery to take a step back in time for revels, dancing, and general merriment. Guest are invited to come and celebrate Salem’s history of rebellion and get in touch with their more roguish side.

Hamilton Hall started this tradition last year as a way to commemorate the spirit of resistance that characterizes the American Revolution in particular and American (and Salem) History in general. The particular event, Leslie’s Retreat, celebrates how on February 26, 1775, the townspeople of Salem resisted the attempt of British Lt. Colonel Leslie and his troops to confiscate concealed cannons – the same cannons used in the Battles of Lexington and Concord nearly two months later – on the north side of the North River: peacefully and resolutely.

This event set a precedent for revolutionary and progressive activity in Salem over the next two centuries, leading to inclusiveness and equality, and the Resistance Ball exists to mark this grand occasion. Attendees should expect creative costumes, fiddlers, dancing and free-flowing spirits. Plus, all proceeds benefit the ongoing preservation of Hamilton Hall.

“This event has everything that I love in a night out – great music, dancing, inclusivity, creativity and a touch of history; all against the backdrop of historic Hamilton Hall,” says Alicia Diozza, member of the Resistance Ball Resistance Committee. “This is a “must-do” in Salem.”

In addition to music, dancing, victuals, and libations, guests who attend will also be treated to a thank you gift bag including a custom sample of tea from Jolie Tea Company, free passes to Old State House Museum, a bag of spice from Salem Spice Company, and other sundries.

Put on your finest wear – be it historical or formal – and head down to Hamilton Hall tomorrow night for the Second Annual Resistance Ball. It’s a night not to be missed.


About Hamilton Hall:

Hamilton Hall in Salem is widely recognized as one of the most important Federal buildings in America. It was designed in 1805 by the famous architect and master woodcarver, Samuel McIntire, and has been a vibrant part of the community for over two hundred years, with a long held tradition as a venue for weddings, lectures, meetings, and social events.