For those who might think the weekend before the 4th of July would be a quiet one in Salem, think again! Normally the Salem Main Streets blog focuses on single events to give you extra insights. But every so often we dip into the calendars of Creative Salem and Destination Salem to give you a flat out “Column A” of events to pick from when you visit. Here are just SOME of the options for Saturday:
8am-6pm Peabody Essex Museum has commissioned its first major outdoor installation, a Stickwork by internationally acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty. This temporary site-specific installation is made entirely of saplings and constructed on the lawn of PEM’s historic Crowninshield-Bentley House, at the corner of Hawthorne Boulevard and Essex Street in downtown Salem
10am-4pm Join Salem 1630: Pioneer Village for the first Shakespeare Festival at Pioneer Village. Performances scheduled throughout the day. Performers include Rebel Shakespeare Company, Upstart Crows, Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe and more!
10am-5pm The Witch House is hosting its exhibit, “An Anatomy of Puck: Fairy Beliefs among Shakespeare and his Contemporaries”. Exhibit is included in cost of museum admission.
10am-5pm The House of the Seven Gables presents A Gracious Host: Visiting the Gables through the Years, an engaging exhibition showcasing the vibrant history of visitation at The House of the Seven Gables. Journey through the past, and experience the history of one of America’s most famous homes as it transformed from a residence into a cultural icon.
Noon-2pm The Derby Square Summer Series hosted by Creative Salem and Front Street Coffeehouse, continues this Saturday with local singer-songwriter Aspen Ridge. Come on down to Derby Square from 12-2 for some lunch and great music.
4-7pm, The Acoustic Series at Village Tavern presents DITTO which features the mainstream classic music of James Taylor, Neil Young, Harry Chapin, Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby Stills and Nash, The Beatles, and many others, showcases by the perfect blend of acoustic instruments and voices. Upright bass, cello, and acoustic guitar lend appealing visual interest while creating a big sound, often compared to that of a full band.
7:30-10pm Salem Theatre presents Larry Kramer’s award-winning social drama, The Normal Heart. The narrative follows one man’s fight to awaken the world to the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s in New York City.
9-11pm The Merj at Broadie’s Seaport, Eclectic, awesome club cover band on the North Shore of Boston!
What will you do? What will you do? Come to Salem Ma and have a good time no matter which you select. (And remember, this is only a partial list. Go to Creative Salem or Destination Salem for complete listings.)