Spirit Photography: A lecture on eerie Victorian photo trends at The Gables

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SALEM — The tug of war between science and culture has deep roots. Back in the 1800s, before the general public understood how photography worked, sympathetic photographers and clever charlatans produced manipulated images of the deceased mysteriously hovering near their loved ones. Called spirit photography, these eerie images nonetheless brought comfort to the bereaved.  On [….]

It’s Time for October-ween! 11 Events You Don’t Want to Miss This Halloween Season

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Fall officially begins this weekend and all North Shore residents know what that means: it’s officially the season of Halloween! With so many great events to go to, it’s hard to even know where to begin. Here are a few of the best events coming to the North Shore this October, so mark your calendars, [….]

A Celebration of Books and Authors at The 2019 Salem Literary Festival

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The Salem Literary Festival is returning to Salem this weekend for a celebration of literature and the writers who created it. Events will take place at the Salem Athenaeum and the Cellar at Hotel Salem starting on Friday evening and going through Sunday Now presented by the Salem Athenaeum, the Salem Lit Fest aims to [….]

Cry Innocent: The People Vs. Bridget Bishop returns to Salem for its 27th October

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“Not all of Salem’s witchiness is silly… the play Cry Innocent: The People Versus Bridget Bishop, in which the audience may question the accused, is educational and beautifully performed.” – The New York Times Next month, Cry Innocent: The People Vs. Bridget Bishop returns to Salem for its 27th October of bringing the Salem Witch [….]

You Can’t Keep a Good Open Mic Down

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Images and Story by Joey Phoenix The Triumphant Return of the Son of the Gulu Gulu Open Mic Shindig brings performers of all types back through the café doors to share their talents with anybody willing to pay attention.  Good news performers, musicians, poets, puppeteers, and people who like to do weird stuff on stage, [….]

Join PEM for an Anchor Drop Monday, September 16

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Photo Credit: Eric H. Muller (photographer), East India Marine Hall, ca. 1958. Photographic print. Courtesy of the Phillips Library. © Peabody Essex Museum. PEM Invites Public to Celebrate Historic 4,450-Pound Anchor’s Return to the Museum Campus on Monday, September 16 @ 2:00 pm SALEM, MA – In coordination with the opening of its new wing, the Peabody Essex Museum [….]

Goodnight, Captain White!, Returns for One More Night

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Goodnight, Captain White!, after a popular run at the historic Ipswich Museum, has been extended for one final goodnight!  This historical, hysterical murder-mystery invites the audience to 1830’s most lavish affair– the retirement party of Captain White’s favorite ship, the Caroline. But it’s not long before a sinister plot is revealed, and your fellow party-goers [….]

Black Widow Yoga Clothing Release at Opus – Photos

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Images by Joey Phoenix for Creative North Shore On Sunday, September 1, Tina Moroney of Black Widow Yoga released her brand new gothletics clothing line during a release party at Opus: Underground in downtown Salem. The event saw performances from Salem burlesque troupe The Baphomettes along with metal bands Upheaval, Imipolex, and Deathstate. Read: The [….]

History Alive, Inc. proudly presents: Homestead

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Written by Macey JenningsDirected by Carl Schultz Homestead is a new, site-specific play that allows the audience to observe a 17th-century colonial family on the brink of panic and witness firsthand how quickly a community can devolve under the pressure of a witchcraft accusation. This work will debut at The Witch House at 310 Essex [….]

Feline Lovers Rejoice! It’s Almost Time for Witch City Kitty

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by Joey Phoenix Witches, grab your familiars! Salem’s first-ever Cat Convention is coming to Old Town Hall.  Witch City Kitty is taking over Salem’s Old Town Hall on Saturday, September 14 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, bringing in 30+ vendors, interactive performances, and cat adoption opportunities. The event is the brainchild of Notso Kitty [….]

Naturalization ceremony to be held at The Gables September 17

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House of the Seven Gables’ Executive Director Kara McLaughlin congratulates a new U.S. citizen at last year’s Naturalization Ceremony. Citizenship to be granted on Constitution Day SALEM — At noon on Tuesday, September 17, a group of North Shore residents will become naturalized United States citizens. They have spent months of study and preparation to [….]

37th Salem Haunted Happenings Set for October

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Highlights to include the Great Salem Pumpkin Walk, Salem Horror Fest, Salem Night Market, and the new Halloween Museum Salem, MA  – Salem Haunted Happenings returns this October with a full month of programming that celebrates Halloween and fall in New England.  Visitors can expect a calendar full of costume parties, film nights, ghost stories, [….]

‘17th Century Saturdays’ at The Gables this fall – The mastery of early carpenters

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Educator Mike Welsh demonstrates how early carpenters relied on skill, ingenuity and an assortment of hand tools.   SALEM — The house you’re living in now may well have been built more than a century or two ago — before power tools, sheetrock or foam insulation. If you’ve ever wondered how early carpenters were able to [….]

‘It’s a celebration!’ The 7th Taste of The Gables is Sunday, September 15, 2019

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SALEM — Good food. Good friends. Good fun. It’s all happening on Sunday, September 15, starting at 4 p.m. For the seventh year, the House of the Seven Gables and its community of supporters come together for an evening of merriment and mingling to help The Gables preserve, share and continue the American story. “Taste [….]

North Shore Nightlife (That You May Not Be Aware Of): Salem

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North Shore Nightlife is a Creative North Shore series highlighting unique and alternative programming on the North Shore after dark.  It’s a Saturday night on the North Shore, where do you go? A decade ago, the choices were slim. You could grab a bite to eat, maybe hear some live music, maybe go do karaoke.  [….]