Jul 292011

 A Celebration of Salem’s Heritage in “Ships, Sawdust, Sailors & Song” August 5-6, 2011

The 23nd annual Maritime Festival will host an exciting array of free family fun festivities, including live music, free harbor cruises, traditional craft demonstrations, story-telling, dancing, theatre and much more!  The Festival is organized and hosted by Salem Maritime National Historic Site, your National Park in Salem.

The Friendship of Salem, a replica of 1797 merchant vessel will host the NPS Junior Ranger Program for children. Other visiting ships include a U.S. Coast Guard 47’ Motor Life Boat; Schooner Fame of Salem, a full-scale replica of a once famous Chebacco fishing schooner; the Vessel Finback offering the HOBBES onboard marine ecology program; Lewis H. Story, the flagship of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum; plus a fleet of kayaks, canoes, jolly boat, duck boats and radio-controlled model boats on display. Free 90-minute harbor cruises will be offered starting at 9am on Schooner Fame of Salem and Vessel Finback (see website for Ticket Drawing information). Free kayak, canoe and jolly boat rides will be offered 10am – 4pm.

Celebrate four centuries of Salem maritime history at: www.nps.gov/sama


Friday, August 5th, 6:30-9 pm  Sunset Concert on Historic Derby Wharf featuring the Celtic rock band, Coyote Run.

Saturday, August 6th, 10am-5pm

Free Family Fun All Day! Free Harbor Cruises!, Friendship of Salem Tours & Demonstrations, USS Constitution Master Gun Drill Team, USCG 47’ Motor Life Boat Tours, NE Aquarium Tide Pool Exhibit, Free Canoe, Kayak, Jolly Boat Rides, Hands-on! Sea Adventures, Horse-drawn Hayrides around historic Salem, Roving Storytellers, Craft Demonstrations, The Rebel Shakespeare Company performing “Shakespeare Asea”, Boatbuilding, Face Painting, Kite-flying and a Muck Walk! Look for the Salem Farmers’ Market Table.

Historic Derby Wharf and Central Wharf will be abuzz with activities.  For more information, or a full schedule visit:  www.nps.gov/sama or call 978-740-1650.



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