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2018 Zombie Walk (Salem, MA)

Date Of Event: October 6, 2018 (usually held annually the first Saturday of October)

Location: Salem Commons, Washington Square, Salem, MA

Highlights: costumed marchers and dogs, march through downtown Salem

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Zombies were all over Salem last weekend!  And I don’t mean the people with their eyes glued to their cellphone screens.

Zombies, young and old, came to the Commons to spook the public.

Jason brought a guest to the walk. But he or she wasn’t moving much.

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There were also some zombie dogs at the event.

Jason was there to say hi to the victims, I mean visitors.

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The Zombie Walk is a family friendly event.  After all, the family that stalks together stays together.

But, fear not, there were also zombie fighters at the walk.  They look a little outnumbered if you ask me.  That’s the thing.  Most of the participants prefer to dress as zombies or other creepy characters.

Salem being Salem there were many other people dressed up for the Halloween season.

Maybe this doctor and queen can help save us from the zombies!

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Or maybe these foxes can help save us!

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Or maybe this is a job for this Wonder Dog!

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The talented Leann from Making Faces By LeeAnn was there to help everyone look their spookiest.

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After a quick game of kickball, the zombies took the streets of Salem (the route went up New Liberty St to Essex St, down Artists Row, to the wharf and back to the Common if you’re familiar with the area).

I haven’t heard of any incidents but keep your eyes open if you do go to Salem.  They could be anywhere!

Below are some videos from the zombie walk.


Haunted Happenings Grand Parade 2018 (Salem, MA)

Date Of Event: October 4, 2018 (held annually the first Wed of October)

Location: Downtown Salem (Congress St, Derby St, Essex St)

Highlights: marching bands, costumed marchers, floats, exhibits

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It’s that time of the year again in Salem, MA.  Ghosts, goblins and traffic have begun inundating the streets and walkways of Salem for the Halloween season.

The Salem Chamber of Commerce kicked off the Halloween season with their 23rd annual Haunted Happenings Grand Parade.

Decorated vehicles and costumed marchers lined the streets of downtown Salem.

The Salem Marines JROTC and Irish American Association of Police Officers and other men and women also marched.  Some of them even gave candy to the spectators.

The theme of this year’s parade was Hocus Pocus, the film starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Bette Midler.  This year marks the 25th anniversary of the film which features several Salem landmarks in the film such as the Old Town House which I have photographed in the past.

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Or, from the more prominent side in the film, the front side of the building.  The building doesn’t usually have words written in chalk on it usually.  There are poems in chalk written on this building in this particular photo because I took the photo during a poetry festival in which visitors could either write their own poems or other famous poem in chalk on the building or on the street.

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Keeping with this theme, there were lots of people dressed up as the Sanderson sisters.  It is a very common costume theme in Salem each year, likely because of the connection to the filming sights from Salem in the movie.  In the second photo, Mary Sanderson couldn’t make it to Salem, so they had a stand in for her.

Even the spectators were dressed up for the event.

Not to be outdone by the humans, there were also dogs dressed up at the parade.

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This king is Buster, a 7 year old Yorkie.

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Ginger is an 11 month old butterfly, I mean Goldendoodle.  Or is she a Goldenfly or butterdoodle?

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I saw Roy, a 7 year old German Shepherd, while I was walking to the parade.  He is posing in front of a cool classic car in front of the Peabody Essex Museum.

I’m not sure why this sweet ride was parked there since Essex St is usually closed to vehicles during the Halloween festivities.  But, a good bet is that the mistress of the dark, Elvira, drove to the museum in that car as she was the special guest at the museum that day.  If only I could be in two places at once.

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Due to the low light environment (the parade began shortly after 6 p.m. EST) and the various characters to show, it was a little easier to video parts of the parade.  Unfortunately, YouTube failed to upload the last part of the parade that I had videotaped.  Below are the three videos I took from the parade.

 


Vintage Lawn Party (Salem, MA)

Date Of Event: September 9, 2018

Location: Salem Common, Washington Square, Salem, MA

Highlights: people (and dogs) dressed in vintage clothing, dance floor, lawn games

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Flappers, parasols and the Charleston may seem like things of a bygone era.  But, they were all the rage earlier this month at Salem Common (Salem, MA).

The first and hopefully annual free Vintage Lawn Party had family friendly events and entertainment from an earlier day.

People came dressed in their best vintage clothing and vendors sold their wares, mostly from the olden days.

I thought these two visitors had a cool steampunk look.

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Leeann of Making Faces With Leann, looked smashing in her vintage attire.  If you’re in need of a face for your Halloween haunts stop by her page.

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In keeping with the theme of the party, I thought it was only appropriate to process some of these photos in black and white.

 

There was a dance floor for people to test their skills and learn a how to swing dance with some help from the instructors at Northshore Swing Dance.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, a conga line began.

If dancing or shopping for vintage items, there were vintage lawn games such as croquet, badminton and hand bag toss.

Dogs were also welcome to the vintage party.  The two visitors were dressed in their Sunday bests.

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From left to right are Bjorn, a 4 and a half year old Aussie Lab mix (or Aussiedor). Ellie is a 14 and a half year old Westie.

While I was strolling around Salem before the party began I met two dogs and their parents.

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This fluffy cutie is Cinco, a 4 month old Eurasier.

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Russell is an 8 month old Treeing Tennessee.  I love his coat.  He reminded me of my mom’s dog.  So, of course I had to take his photo!

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Maisy is an 8 year old half Shih-Tzu and half Pug.  Look at that cute smile!

Below is a video of some of the dance instructors teaching the guests some vintage dance moves at the lawn party.

 

 


Fairy Door Trail (Salem, MA)

Date Of Visit: July 14, 2018

Location: Salem, MA (about 30 minutes northeast of Boston, MA)

Hours: The doors are able to be viewed all day

Cost: Free

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Dog Friendly: Yes

Websites: Fairy Door Trail

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Highlights: Trail of fairy doors hidden in a variety of stores in the downtown Salem area

Tips:

  • the Fairy door trail exhibit is expected to continue all year long
  • if a business is not open when you come to look at the door, they are supposed to post it in an area that is visible to people walking past the store can view it

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There are some new doors in Salem.  Really, really tiny doors.

Hosted by the Witch’s Education League, the fairy door trail is a family friendly trail door hunt.  Every door in the trail is able to be viewed at all of the stores on the map, even when the stores are closed.  The stores are supposed to show of the doors by a window when they are closed so people can still see them.  Everyone is allowed to look for and photograph the doors.  But don’t expect the workers at the stores to help you.  You’re supposed to find them yourself.  You may get a “warm” or “cold” from some of the people working at the stores.

As an example of how well the doors are often hidden, can you find the door here in these photos?

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Okay, in retrospect, some of them stand out.  But, considering you have to look throughout the store for them, they can be hard to find sometimes.  I love walking through these stores, especially since many of the wares being sold were made by Salem residents or people who live in the Salem area.  They have such are so quaint and different, even while Salem seems to become less quaint with each passing year.

Don’t be like me and look for doors attached to trees, buildings or some other structure.  I spent a good half hour doing this while people gave me a sideways look.  No, these doors are not actual doors.  They are artistic renditions of doors located inside the stores of certain merchants throughout Salem.

The 14 doors were made by 6 different artists:  Kendra D’Angora, Hope Hitchcock, Meghan Kalgren, Jane Kelly, Harry Lancaster, Kosat Pslakis.

I am posting the doors in the order they are listed on the attached map.  But, you do not have to look for them in any particular order and it may be best look for them by location rather than the way they are numbered on the map.

Keep in mind the map I have attached from the official website for the event is not accurate to the map I used when I went to visit.  There isn’t a fairy door at The Hawthorne Hotel (instead I have replaced that listing with The Witch & Fairy Emporium at number 5 which is the one on the handout I received).  Also, the fairy door listed as being at The Happy Sunflower is actually at The Happy Home which is located across the street.  I have done my best to match up the doors with the listing on the map I attached while making the corrections as needed.

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The first door is located at The Witch House.  It was made by Harry Lancaster.

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The next fairy door is located at The Marble Faun Books & Gifts.  It was made by Marcia Nickerson.

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Kosta Psalikis made this door located at Freaky Elegant.

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This door, which is located at Maria’s Sweet Somethings, was made by Marcia Nickerson.

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The Witch & Fairy Emporium in the Museum Mall is host to this door by Jane Kelly.

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The Happy Home is home to this Fairy door made by Marcia Nickerson.  It is listed as being at the Happy Sunflower in the original map.  But, it was actually located at the Happy Home during my visit.

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This door, made by Marcia Nickerson, is on display at one of my favorite shops along the trail; Enchanted.

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Yet another door by Marcia Nickerson, this door can be found at Circle Of Stitches.

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Harry Lancaster made this door located at The Coven’s Cottage.  Just as fyi, they do not allow photography at the Coven’s Cottage usually.  But, they do allow people to photograph the fairy door.

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This door is located at The Cauldron Black.  It was made by Meghan Kaldron.

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Witch Pix,located at the Museum Mall Palace, has this cute door made by Hope Hitchcock.

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Harry Lancaster made this door which is located at the Derby Country Store.

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This door, which is a little hard to see but is located behind the goblin or troll like figure, is located at The Salem Witch Museum.  It was made by Marcia Nickerson.

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This door by Kendra D’Angora is located at Modern Millie.

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This door, which was made by Kendra D’Angora, can be found at The Witchery.

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Meghan Kalgren stands by her fairy door at Artemisia Botanicals.

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There were also faeries out and about to help the kids (big and small) find the doors.  As an aside, there are fairies and then there are faeries.  Stop by my friend Joey’s and her faerie friends website at Moonrise Fae.

The dogs in Salem were busy looking for the fairy door trails as well.

Sammy is a 3 year old Pitbull

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Cocoa, a 4 month old Chocolate Pomeranian, showed off her pretty flower.

 

Fenway is a 2 year old Rat Terrier and Heeler mixed breed.

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Sweet Pea is a 2 to 4 year old Dashalier (Dachshund, Cavalier mix).

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Fiona is a 13 week old Golden Retriever.

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These two Golden Retrievers (from left to right) Lynes (pronounced “Li-nus”) 8 years old and Charley 1 year old shared a bowl of water.  They drank it all too!  They are father and son.

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I also have posted some photos from a couple of my favorite shops on my Facebook page. There are so many awesome little shops along the trail and to be honest I could photograph all of them.  But, I just focused on two for this particular visit.  Maybe next time I will photograph some other shops.  So stop by my page to see a few of the shops I stopped by and give my page a like if you want to see more like that!

 

 


Friday The 13th (Salem, MA)

Dates Of Visit: July 13 & 14, 2018

Location: Salem, MA

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Dog Friendly: Yes

Highlights: architecture, dogs, flower boxes

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What is a better place to spend Friday the 13th than Salem, MA?  Well, maybe Camp Crystal Lake would be more appropriate.  But, I’m not stepping one foot there!

I actually spent the weekend in Salem and it was not at all scary during my visit.  In fact, it was downright peaceful.

The city of Salem was holding their annual window box competition that was judged at the end of July by the Salem Garden Club.  Roughly 40 people compete.   I was able to capture some of the prettier flower boxes.  I am not sure if all or any of these flower boxes were involved in the competition.  But, all of the window boxes and other flower baskets definitely looked like winners to me.

As an aside, Salem’s buildings are not always straight which can make photographing them difficult.  It’snot just an excuse for the photographer.  Well, maybe a little.  But, due to soil erosion and the age of some of the buildings in the area, the buildings have shifted.  So, while a window may look straight, the building may, in fact, not be.

I didn’t want to spend the entire day photographing the usual sites.  Well, maybe I did include a few popular places in this post.  But, I mostly wanted to get some photos of buildings that don’t get as much attention like the Essex Bank Building (built by Charles Bulfinch in 1811).

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And the Stepping Stone Inn (built in 1933).

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This is the back side of the Old Town Hall in Salem.  You may recall seeing this building in the Hocus Pocus movie athough it may look more familiar from the front.  It is the oldest municipal building in Massachusetts dating back to 1816.  It is now used to display art and historical exhibits.  The second floor of the building, called Great Hall, has always been used as a public hall, and contained Town offices until 1837.

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Located across from historic Derby Wharf, the Custom House has a

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The eagle on top of the house is actually a replica of the original.  The original eagle was painted black during the second World War so that it would not be easily detected by any foreign fighters should they attack us on U.S. soil.

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Built in 1810 for the prominent Salem merchant Benjamin Crowninshied, The Home For Aged Women (it now operates as the Brookhouse Home) is another one of the more majestic buildings on Derby St.  The Brookhouse Home continues to offer assisted living and support to senior women

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There’s always a feeling of Halloween in the air in Salem as these doors and windows show.  After all, it’s never too early to count down the days until Halloween.

One of the more popular places in Salem, especially during Halloween, the Crow Haven Corner is Salem’s oldest witch shop.  Make sure to stop by the next time you’re in the area!

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The Salem Witch Museum from a different angle.  I love the angles and shapes of the wall and windows.

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These doors on an apartment complex on Derby St caught my attention.  They both seemed to keep the old style of Salem in their designs.

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One of the really cool things about Salem are the old buildings that have survived.  While the offices and stores are different than the what was originally housed there, the structures are still the same.

This building, where Rockafella’s restaurant is now located, was used as the first meeting house in Salem from 1634 to 1673.  Prior to that, as the sign suggests, it was used for worship in July and August of 1629.

The sign for Daniel Low & Co is a sign from a store which operated on Washington St.  It operated from 1874 until 1995.

Named after Aaron Waite and Jerathmiel Peirce, the Salem Maritime Museum store on Derby Street sells wares associated with your trip to Salem.  There are also helpful park rangers there to help you during your visit.

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Dogs weren’t afraid to venture out to Salem on the 13th either.

Luna is a 6 month old liver pepper mini Schnauzer.

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Bella is a 14 year old American Pitbull Terrier.

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10th Annual Salem Arts Festival – Part III (Salem, MA)

Dates Of Event: June 1-3, 2018 (event usually takes place the first weekend in June)

Location: Front St, Old Town Hall, Salem, MA

Cost: Free

Parking: Street parking, which is limited during festivals, costs .75 an hour (4 hour limit) and there are several parking lots and garages.  You can find more information about parking in Salem here.

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Dog Friendly: Yes

Location: Artist’s Row, Salem, MA

Fun Facts:

  • Salem (in Hebrew) means “peace”
  • If you do visit (and shop) in Salem, don’t forget your re-usable shopping bag (they ditched plastic bags earlier this year)

Related Posts: 10th Annual Salem Arts Festival – Part I

10th Annual Salem Arts Festival – Part II

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What would an arts festival be without…art?

Well,  in addition to the musical artists, acrobats, flamenco dancers and various other entertainers, there was also lots of art on display at the Old Salem Town Hall during the festival.

All of the artists featured at this display, with one exception, were from Massachusetts and overwhelming from Salem or in the Salem MA area.

The exhibit was free of charge and there was lots of different art to entertain even the harshest art critic.  In fact, there was everything from clocks and photographs to glass sculptures and a paper mache work of art in the exhibit.  Much like

This clock called The Slow Procession of Luna was made out of oil, wood and clay.  It was  created by Gardeneer, MA artist Melinda Goodhue.

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Grasshopper Junction, Arizona was painted by Lynn, MA, artist Heather Stewart.

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Salem resident Denny Tentindo painted VWII.  It is an oil on wood painting.

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Remembering Georgie by Heather M Morris of Belmont, MA, is an acrylic on canvas work.

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Urban 3,  a photograph on canvas, was made by Chrissa Markos, a Manchester (MA) resident.

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Urban 1, also by Chrissa Markos is a photograph on canvas.

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The Annunciation is an acrylic on board work of art by Lynn, MA, artist Daniel Parziale

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This creation, made out of recycled magazines by Betsy Silverman, is called Sister Act.

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Dancing With The Stars is an oil painting by Nancy Satin.

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This work, called Dragon: noun, was made out of a dictionary.  It was created by Jacob Crawford.  His work of art won the Deborah Greel Honrary Award

 

Edison & His Children is a digital collage by Edward Morneau.

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Engaged, by Daniel Breslin, was made out of found objects on wood.

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The Controler, by Jack Walsh, is made of found objects.

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Jacob Crawford created Rainbow Chameleon with paint swatches.

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Nathaniel Hare-Thorne was sculpted by Swampscott, MA, resident Diane McAlisterr

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Marie by Taylor Popek is made oout of acrylic yarn and polyfil.

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I love all of the Salem references in this Salem Cat sculpture (you may see the Bewitched statue, Old Town Hall, the Peabody Essex Museum and other attractions on Essex St) and the foliage on the trees puts me in the fall spirit.  This scupture is an acrylic painted ceramic piece by Salem resident Beki Ferrari.

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Salem Derby Cat by Beki Ferrari is another acrylic painted ceramic sculpture.  You may also see other Salem attraction from Derby St (The House of the Seven Gables) on this sculpture.  Of course, I would have to say this was my favorite.

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Through View is an oil painting by Boxford, MA, resident Tom Bailey.

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Emergence  is an encaustic (“hot wax” painting) mixed media work of art by Amesbury, MA. artist Deb E. Goldberg.

Diane McAlister sculpted this work called Bride of Frankenmummy.

 

 

 

 

Crow is a clay sculpture by Billie-Joe Gauley of Salem.

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Girabbit is another clay sculpture by by Billie-Joe Gauley.

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Great Egret by Racket Shreve is a watercolor painting.

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Brit Eating a Salad is an oil on wood painting by Salem artist Amanda Dunham.

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NorEaster is a glass work of art by Matthew Cronin.

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Autumn is another glass sculpture by Matthew Cronin.

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Ipswich artist Jen Boisvert carved sculpted this piece called Figure.

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This untitled work is a mixed media on wood work of art by Sara Ashodian.

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Deb E. Goldberg made this encaustic and mixed media work of art called Departure.

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Ocean V is an acrylic and refined linseed oil painting by Melissa Pasdon of Salem, MA.

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This untitled work is a painted wood sculpture by Heather Stewart.

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Blue Fish  by Elizabeth Visco of Lynnfield, MA, is a Raku (A type of Japanese pottery) stoneware work of art.

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Robert Crooker of Wakefield ,MA, made this acrylic painting.

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There was also fun for those who people and dogs who wanted to cool down and splash their friend or sister.

 

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While I was photographing all of these great works of art, I saw a dog that had similar markings to my mom’s new dog.  So, I knew I had to photograph her.  June (or “Junebug”) is a 15 month old mixed breed dog.

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During my walk back to my car I met Glenna who looked adorable resting on her rock.

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And, proving that I do indeed visit Salem frequently (one of the last times I visited someone say “Hi Nomad”), I saw Cookie who I had I photographed earlier this year and also again during the festival.

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10th Annual Salem Arts Festival – Part II (Salem, MA)

Location: Front St, Old Town Hall, Salem, MA

Dates Of Event: June 1-3, 2018 (event usually takes place the first weekend in June)

Cost: Free

Parking: Street parking, which is limited during festivals, costs .75 an hour (4 hour limit) and there are several parking lots and garages. You can find more information about parking in Salem here.

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Dog Friendly: Yes

Location: Artist’s Row, Salem, MA

Fun Fact: Salem (in Hebrew) means “peace”

Related Post: 10th Annual Salem Arts Festival – Part I

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Murals weren’t the only types of art on display at the Salem Arts Festival.

In addition to the amazing art on display and family friendly activities I highlighted in Part I of this series, there were several bands, dancers and other entertainers who set up on the stairs of the Old Town Hall on Front St.

All of the performers were very talented and entertaining (view the videos below to see for yourself)

All of the performers had some ties to New England, and in many cases the Salem area.

Liz Bills And The Change are from Haverhill, MA (about 40 minutes north of Salem), rocked the alley next tot he Coffee Brewhouse. Great presence and style.

Wellesley (MA) native and Berklee College of Music graduate, Sarah Blacker and the New England Groove Association was another great performer.

She even made a new young fan.

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One of the things I really enjoyed about the performers was the variety of music and entertainment. In fact, I actually heard and enjoyed some music from bands that I never thought I would be into. One of those bands was the Boston-based Outrageous Fortune Trio Jug Band mixed jazz and blues in their repertoire. I particularly enjoyed their version of “Come Together.” He actually used the cane in the photo below as an instrument.

I loved the Emma Sundvik & Hunter Burgamy Jazz Band.

I also had a surprise encounter with a friend from my gym. Anthony (“Antonio”) plays the Flamenco guitar for Boston Flamenco. Anastasia and Anna Maria joined him in his performance.

At the end of their performance, Anastasia gave some of the visitors a lesson in Flamenco dancing.

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The entertainment was not just limited to music, though. One of my favorite forms of entertainment was the dancing of the Salem YMCA Fly Kidz. These kids can dance!

And what would an arts festival in Salem be without a visit from Dark Follies?

Dark Follies incorporates stunts (a straitjacket escape artist), dancers and other magical entertainment into their acts.

The kids loved the Boston Opera Outreach Troupe. It was great seeing little children embracing this music.

If that was not enough, the Aerial Artistry of Baechtold & Abel (and their college understudy) took center stage on Front St. Their acrobatics were so graceful. But, what people may overlook is the strength these acrobats must have to be able to support their own and their partner’s body.

Speaking of Front St, there were “tiny dancers”, or more accurately a tiny stage with real life sized dancers performing.

There were also fairies who blew bubbles, read stories and danced with the children (and a few adults).

There was also a “Poets In The Round” poetry reading event.

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The street performers who you might usually see only during the Halloween season also came out to partake in the festivities and take photos with their fans. Or, just take in the scenes with a, uh….friend. It was like Halloween in June!

Of course, what would an art festival be without dogs?

Rocko looked cool rocking his bee wings with his doting humans.

Igor (the Hairless dog) was one of the more unique dogs I have photographed. You may notice his two different colored eyes.

Below are some videos of the performers from the art festival. Sorry for the “shaky cam” in some of the videos, particularly those taken at the end of the day.

And, believe it or not, there is at least one more installment of photos from the art festival coming soon!