Oct 312012

Have a Happy Halloween!!!

The witching hour is at hand! Actually every hour is a magical one today in Salem, MA. Our Information Booth is open on the corner of Washington and Essex Streets (across from the Bewitched Statue) where our Volunteer Ambassadors stand ready to answer questions and provide directions. Also, we urge you to make your next stop at the National Park Service Visitor Center (2 Liberty Street) where they have brochures, bathrooms, and more.

Speaking of more, what could you ask for? Temperatures expected in upper 50’s with partly cloudy (essential spooky look for Halloween) skies. Visit our haunted attractions, our diverse dining establishments, and all the shops along Essex, Front, Derby and other streets easily within a 15 minute walk of our Info Booth.

There will be music tonight starting at 4 p.m. at Washington and Federeral Street provided by 92.9 The Halloween Fireworks Finale will be at 10 p.m. (weather permitting) at Washington and Bridge Street. Trick or treating starts at 5:30 p.m. For a full list of events and attractions visit www.hauntedhappenings.org.

Don’t forget for your post-Halloween fun the Salem Winter Market which opens Thursday from 3 – 6 p.m. in Old Town Hall and First Friday November 2 with live music, discountes, and lots of great events.

Oct 132012

Haunted Happenings is only just beginning for Salem! There are many more spooks and scares to experience before the season ends. Just this weekend alone there is the 15th Annual Child’s Day festival, a war memorial, an 80’s zombie prom and the ghostly Haunted Harbor Cruise as well as many other events.

The Children’s Day Festival –  Saturday, Salem celebrates its 15th annual Children’s Day with live performers, costume contests, games, yummy food, pony rides and many more! Come to the Salem Commons from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to take part in the festival activities.

80’s Zombie Prom – The 80’s and zombie have one thing in common – there are eternal and full of fashion faux pas. So dusty off your jelly bean skirt and that keyboard tie, and mix it with a little rotting flesh. And of course there will be an undead prom King and Queen. Saturday night at Rockafellas from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. with musical guests Bail Out Boston and DJ Tony SAP.

And on a more somber note, this Saturday and Sunday the Salem Waterfront Hotel will be hosting the Moving Memorial for Massachusetts Service Members who have made the ultimate sacrifice since 2001. All are welcomed to visit the kiosk and honor their memory.

Aug 222012

Volunteers Needed as Visitor Ambassadors

Salem Main Streets is looking for volunteers with enthusiasm for Salem to help greet visitors at the Downtown Salem Information Booth in October.  Volunteers will staff the booth at the start of the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall handing out maps and giving out information about Salem’s wide variety of attractions, events and businesses.  Last year volunteers assisted over 25,000 visitors during the weekends and holidays. Volunteers will be trained.

All volunteers are asked to be available for a minimum of two shifts for two hours each and will be required to complete a one hour training session.  The training will take place on Saturday, September 22 at 9:30 a.m. at the National Park Service Regional Visitor Center.  If you enjoy helping visitors by showing them your enthusiasm for our cultured and historic city and want to make it fun and easy for visitors to explore all of Salem’s sites and attractions, please join us. 

For more information or to become a volunteer please email Volunteer Coordinators, Judy Kearney at judykearney830@gmail.com or Mira Riggin at mriggin2@comcast.com or call Salem Main Streets at (978)744-0004. This program, which assists visitors to Salem in October, is a partnership between Salem Main Streets, the National Park Service, the City of Salem, Destination Salem and the Salem Chamber of Commerce.