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What does Red, White & Blue mean to you? Inspirational speeches from our Founding Fathers? Or something lighter like strawberries, whipped cream, and blueberries? Or something in between? The Salem Athenaeum Night Owls invite you to an evening of lively conversation, party games and fun in celebration of all that is Red, White and Blue, July 3rd from 7:30 – 10:30 pm .

salem-athenaeum-nightA party at The Salem Athenaeum? If your impression of the Athenaeum has been that it is only a historic library that lends, preserves and acquires collection of books and documents, or that its sole outreach is offering cultural and educational programs, then be prepared to be set free of that misconception by this next gathering of the Night Owls!

Carolyn McGuire, Athenaeum Marketing Coordinator explains, “Night Owls is a program we started last year. Each evening has had a different theme.”

On occasional First Fridays, the Night Owls convene with an open invitation to the general public to bring games to share, a topic to discuss, or to just show up and join the fun.

“Given the date of this event, the theme presented itself to me. This is our third time hosting Night Owls, and most people enjoyed the free-form format in contrast to our more traditional events (with a set program and start time). This is my first time hosting Night Owls—it was originally a member suggestion that was well received and continued to grow.”

For this pre-4th of July evening, you are invited to bring something specific to share: a Patriotic Song, a Radical Idea, your best Card Trick or favorite Party Game. Color-appropriate sweets or savories. Dress as you wish (if you’ve got a costume and are so inclined…)

Salem Athenaeum 1One other thing to note, you may arrive and depart as you like.

Night Owls has always had an informal schedule. They do not want you to feel obliged to arrive at a certain time, and you are more than welcome to stay for the entire event if you so choose.

McGuire adds, “The Athenaeum’s mission is ‘To preserve and excite the literary and cultural passions of the North Shore.’ We’re a community of people with a wide variety of interests. This event is simply an entertaining evening guided by the creativity of the participants—an opportunity for us to share our interests, appreciate what each of us has to contribute.”

One other thing to note is that although the Night Owls will have a CD and MP3 player available, if someone has a musical instrument and wants to perform a song, you are encouraged to do so!

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by calling 978-744-2540 or go to www.salemathenaeum.net . The Athenaeum is located at 337 Essex Street, Salem Ma.

(Athenaeum cover photo: Nightlife — Scott Booth Photo )