Date Of Visit: February 9, 2019 (annually, the second weekend of February)
Location: Salem, MA
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Highlights: ice sculptures
Summary: As part of the Salem’s So Sweet celebration, 23 ice sculptures were placed throughout the city.
Website: Salem’s So Sweet
Salem’s known for a lot of things. But, sweet isn’t usually one of the words that come to mind. However, sweet has become an annual theme in Salem.
The 17th annual Salem’s So Sweet event kicks off with a wine and chocolate tasting gala Friday, Feb. 8. The sculptures were placed at different historical places and businesses throughout the city of Salem.
I figured today would be the perfect day to post about this sweet event, especially since some of the sculptures have a romantic theme.
I am showing the ice sculptures in the event in the same order they are listed on the attached map. I tried to photograph them all when they were lit up. But there were a few I was not able to photograph at night. There is a big difference in the way the sculptures when they are lit up. I plan on photographing them only at night in the future because of this difference.
The first sculpture of a cat was located at The Witch House.
This heartfelt sculpture of Hellboy was one of five sculptures located at Lappin Park.
This photo frame sculpture, also located at Lappin Park, was a popular sculpture. A lot of people would pose in the frame while another person took their photo.
There was some snow during my visit to Salem. This snowflake sculpture was also located at Lappin Park.
Valvoline Instant Oil Change sponsored this sculpture.
SSU (Salem State University) Graduate Snowman was, of course, sponsored by Salem State University.
I love the warm colors of the lights used to illuminate the sculptures, especially since it was so cold out during the event. These kissing fish were located outside of Turner’s Seafood.
There were also a group of sculptures located on the famous Essex Pedestrian Walkway.
This wicked good sculpture was located outside of Coon’s Card And Gift Shop.
This “piggy bank” sculpture was located outside of Rockafella’s.
You might think that since I frequent Salem I have dined at many of their establishments. You’d be wrong. In fact, I have only been to a few restaurants there (I used to like Victoria’s Station). I also liked Murphy’s Pub & Grill which has also closed and is becoming a “tequila bar.” In A Pig’s Eye was a pretty good restaurant too. I’m sensing a trend here. Maybe it’s best I don’t eat at the restaurants there. I may be a curse. But, I’m not much of a “foodie” or eater in general (although when I do eat, I eat my whole plate and then some). I would much rather be taking photographs than eating and I always think I may miss some cool photo opportunities while I’m eating which would really bother me. Besides, I just don’t get very hungry when I’m out in the field. I’m too focused on my job. I rarely eat at all when I go out on shoots. I have heard good things about some of the places in Salem though.
This sculpture of Cupid was located at Adriatic Restaurant and Bar on Washington St (I haven’t eaten there yet so they’re safe from my “curse”). I especially like how the lighting in the city complemented the lighting from the sculpture.
“Boy and Girl” was located in front of Maria’s Sweet Somethings on Front Street.
I actually missed two sculptures during my initial visit to Salem. Actually my camera batteries died (the cold weather affects camera batteries dramatically). So, I grabbed this photo the next morning. This sculpture of wine glasses was located at Stella’s Wine And Bar I especially like the subtle little details in the sculptures. Are those fangs or claws in the wine glasses?
This Mary Poppins sculpture had lights that changed colors. This sculpture was located near the Trolley Depot on Essex St.
This dove was located near the entrance to the Witch City Mall on Essex Pedestrian Walkway.
This “I Found My Heart In Salem” sculpture of the Tin Man was located at the Salem Witch Museum. This seems to be a theme with the Witch Museum. Last year they had a sculpture of Dorothy’s shoes with the phrase “There’s No Place Like Salem.”
This sculpture of a baker, which was the only sculpture that didn’t light up, was located at Coffee Time Bake Shop on Bridge St.
This sculpture, “Roots”, was located outside of the Hawthorne Hotel.
This butterfly ice sculpture was located on Union St at the Joile Tea Company
This beer mug was located in front of The Notch Brewing Company.
This sailboat and these roses in ice were located at the Salem Waterfront Hotel
This sculpture was located next to Bunghole Liquors. Hey I didn’t name the place. The sign for the store is probably one of the most photographed places in all of Salem. Of course this is actually a term used with wooden barrels. But it has a much different meaning for some other people apparently.
“Candy” which was located across the street from the Ye Olde Pepper Companie. There was actual candy in the dishes to the right and left of the vase.
Dogs loved the ice sculptures also. Sophie, a 5 month old mixed breed dog, had a fun time looking for the sculptures.
You can view the sculptures from the 2018 Salem’s So Sweet celebration here