May 062013

Leave it to the creative minds at Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum to unearth a really ground breaking topic for their next PEM/PM party event: DIRT!

Or more accurately, things you can do with what grows out of well-tended dirt.

On May 16 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, you will be able to sip specialty cocktails made with fresh basil and thyme and dig right into this fabulous party that celebrates growing gardens and eating local.

The event is part of the 3rd Thursday of every month series that PEM established in 2011. Facilities stay open until 9:30pm to accommodate the varied activities. Last month the event showcased the Nick Cave experience. Over 800 people attended.

Healthy dirt

In the midst of this night’s party atmosphere, new ways to use seasonal and locally grown food will be presented. Members of both Salem Community Gardens and Salem Farmers’ Market will be on hand to share tips for gardening and local, healthy eating.

Meanwhile, environmental artist Kyle Browne demonstrates how to create a seedbomb, a little ball made of compost, clay and seeds that can be launched into inaccessible areas such as wasteland or railways.

Want to make a work of art at PEM? Since sketching is becoming a popular pastime. PEM encourages you to grab a sketchpad to draw a costumed, live model from Modern Millie Vintage and Consignments of Salem and Newburyport.

Word is that Modern Millie is providing a styled model and this one will be appropriate to the theme DIRT.

And music will be provided by the rootsy sound of Dan & The Wildfire. These Boston-based boys from Berklee College of Music are cultivating crowds as they perform up and down the East Coast.

PEM/PM is an fun opportunity for people to explore the galleries after dark and a way to engage the community in art-making, music and stimulating conversation.

Admission is free to Salem residents (with ID), $10 for non-members. There will be a cash bar. For more info call 866-745-1876.


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