Aug 152012

It’s time to revisit the decade of teased hair, leg warmers, and neon leggings at the biggest dance party fundraising event of the year, the 8O’s Dance Party! This like totally hip event is on Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Salem Waterfront Hotel.  There is a contest for the best 8O’s outfit, as well as raffles, and a cash bar. There will be free appetizers and 8O’s music which will be provided by the popular Sound City Entertainment. Dance the night away to popular hits of the 80’s while supporting the efforts of Salem Main Streets and downtown revitalization.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Call (978) 744-0004 to reserve your ticket now, or you may purchase your ticket in person at the Salem Chamber of Commerce at 265 Essex St. or at Eastern Bank on 125 Washington St.

Mar 222012

Downtown Salem has numerous opportunities for artists and art patrons. The Salem Arts Festival organized by Salem Main Streets is now accepting applications through March 31 for the Salem Arts Festival June 1 – 3. Go to the website for more information. 

The City of Salem is also offering opportunities for artists. Artists are asked to submit designs for decorating downtown utility boxes by Friday, April 6. Selected artists receive $500.   See the city website at to download the submission requirements and details for the Art Box Program.

The city has also just announced the opportunity for artists to apply for a spot in Artists Row for a seasonal program from May 24, 2012 – Oct 31, 2012.  Space is provided rent-free in exchange for free workshops/ performances.  Applications are available on the City’s Website at  Applications must be received by or before 4:00pm, April 11, 2012.  

Finally the Lady of Salem Downtown Beautification project is looking for business sponsors to purchase figures to be painted by local artists. For more information please contact Ellen Talkowsky at 978-619-5676 or or Mary Ellen Halliwell at