Art In The Park (Lappin Park, Salem, MA)

Date Of Event: April 9, 2017

Location: Lappin Park, Essex St, Salem, MA

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Highlights: Aspiring and casual artists painting and drawing works of art


Once known exclusively for the tragic Salem Witch Trials and tales of haunted attractions, Salem, MA, has become a hub of artistic and creative expression.  The “Art In The Park” event held last weekend (April 9) at Lappin Park (also known as the park with the Bewitched statue) is proof of this.

This was the first “Art In The Park” event and it was such a success another event has been planned for May (details of the upcoming event can be found near the end of this post).  The idea came to a school teacher who resides in Salem, MA.  And, the Salem Collective of Arts And Musicians (SCAM) ran with the idea.

Gary, one of the organizers of the event, told me, it was great seeing people from all walks of life, ages and backgrounds getting together to bond over art.

From novices to skilled artists, all were welcome to participate.  This family’s work of art was aptly called, “Family.”

This work of art was a collaborative effort with at least 3 or 4 people taking turns working on it.


This work of art was created by the creator of the event, John.



Another Art In The Park event is scheduled for Sunday, May 7 at Lappin Park in Salem, MA , at 11 a.m.  Minimal materials will be provided.  For more details, check out their Facebook page:Art In The Park.

Below are some photos of the exterior of the SCAM building on Essex St

Although they weren’t interested in painting, I saw a lot of dogs in Salem enjoying the beautiful Salem weather.

Bella is a 2 year old rescue from Alabama.  Although her exact breed is not known, her mom thinks she probably has some Lab in her.  Either way, she cute’s as a button!

Nora is a 5 year old Chihuahua.  Don’t you just love those ears!

As an fyi, the Salem garage (at least the one on New Liberty St where the Museum Plaza is) no longer has attendees in their parking garage.  They have automated their pay system.  Gone are the friendly faces that greeted you as you entered and left the garage.

Although it seems like a minor change and for the better for some, I’ll actually miss having a person taking my money and wishing me a good day instead of paying a lifeless machine.  It’s funny how such a small and seemingly innocuous change can bother me so. I suppose it’s also a sign that things are changing (and I suspect there will be many more changes coming to Salem).  Or, it could just be another sign the machines are taking over!


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Hi I'm Wayne. Welcome to my blog. I am a true New Englander through and through. I love everything about New England. I especially love discovering new places in New England and sharing my experiences with everyone. I tend to focus on the more unique and lesser known places and things in New England on my blog. Oh yeah, and I love dogs. I always try to include at least one dog in each of my blog posts. I discovered my love of photography a couple of years ago. I know, I got a late start. Now, I photograph anything that seems out of the ordinary, interesting, beautiful and/or unique. And I have noticed how every person, place or thing I photograph has a story behind it or him or her. I don't just photograph things or people or animals. I try to get their background, history or as much information as possible to give the subject more context and meaning. It's interesting how one simple photograph can evoke so much. I am currently using a Nikon D3200 "beginner's camera." Even though there are better cameras on the market, and I will upgrade some time, I love how it functions (usually) and it has served me well. The great thing about my blog is you don't have to be from New England, or even like New England to like my blog (although I've never met anyone who doesn't). All you have to like is to see and read about new or interesting places and things. Hopefully, you'll join me on my many adventures in New England! View all posts by New England Nomad

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