The posts on this page are from a variety of Salem blogs and the views expressed are those of the individual blog author.

October 3rd, 2017

Marching Monsters Haunt Halloween Parade in Salem

Movie Monsters will flood the streets of Salem this Thursday, Oct. 5th as the 22nd annual Haunted Happenings Grand Parade officially kicks off THE Halloween season for tourists and residents alike. Twenty-two years. If you were a 10-year-old kid dresse…

August 20th, 2017

Volunteers Needed Now for Halloween Month-Long Info Booth

Do you wish to do some good for others in the community? If so, then you are part of the 62.8 million Americans who annually give of their time & skills volunteering. In our case, the community is Salem and we are Salem Main Streets in need of volunteers to help us staff the Visitors’ […]

February 12th, 2017

Salem 2026, What Should It Look Like?

The conversation has begun. Are you a part of it? Do you want to be? Mayor Kim Driscoll, in her State of the City address last month, announced a community visioning process known as Imagine Salem. All Salem residents and community members are invited …

January 3rd, 2017

Time to Thank Volunteers

Understandably, we’ve taken a little break. It’s been a busy last few months in Salem Ma. Halloween season was filled with creatures and creativity. That was followed by the Winter Holiday season, culminating with our double New Year’s Eve party extravaganza of LAUNCH and LAUNCH… Light It Up! And we could not have done any […]

August 23rd, 2016

Reflections on How Salem Is Seen by Visitors

Reflections are how we “see” ourselves. A mirror, a pool of water, the eyes of a loved one. But how does a city such as Salem see its reflection? In the comments of visitors. To test this point, we found this favorable review of Salem, as seen through the eyes of an Australian traveler. (Thanks […]

February 28th, 2016

See the Films, Meet the Filmmakers at Salem Film Fest

Define a Film Festival? Pictures, performers, people and passion. Now in its 9th year, the Salem Film Fest presents all that and more, running March 3-10. The “and more?” As in previous years, filmmakers are expected to be present for more than half of the screenings, providing audiences with a unique opportunity to learn more […]

February 14th, 2016

BONS Balloting: Give a Warm Vote to Your Fav Biz

On a brisk, minus degree feel-like day as we’re having, the options on activities could be limited. While there are still plenty of things to do and see in Salem, if you don’t want to go outside, but still wish to be in a “Salem state of mind” then may we suggest voting for 2016 […]

January 16th, 2016

You’re Invited – to Help Salem Main Streets Achieve Its Goals

What is ahead for Salem Main Streets and 2016? Please join us for a night of celebration and information Tuesday, January 26th as we conduct the Salem Main Streets Annual Meeting. Kylie Sullivan, SMS Executive Director says, “Come cheer with us over last year’s accomplishments and look ahead to see what’s coming in 2016. Learn […]

December 30th, 2015

Salem Urges Residents to Get in Step with the New Year

The City of Salem is telling residents to “take a hike” — literally, as in urging participation in First Day Hike, a national initiative established by America’s State Parks. Salem’s First Day Hike runs (walks) from noon to 2pm Friday, January 1, 2016, offering several courses with varying degrees of difficulty. As Salem is already […]

November 17th, 2015

Better to Give Than Receive: Volunteer for SMS

As many of you know — or may not know — Salem Main Streets is responsible for a fair share of the holiday fun and cheer to be found/experienced in downtown Salem in November & December. But, as you can well imagine, it is far too much for one person to orchestrate, and way more […]

September 8th, 2015

Enthusiastic Volunteers Wanted in Salem For October Information Booth

When visitors come to Salem MA in October, they do so armed not only with a printed map and an on-line set of references on cell phone or tablet, they also have direct, face to face contact with the Salem Main Streets (SMS) corps of volunteers whose go…

September 8th, 2015

Enthusiastic Volunteers Wanted in Salem For October Information Booth

When visitors come to Salem MA in October, they do so armed not only with a printed map and an on-line set of references on cell phone or tablet, they also have direct, face to face contact with the Salem Main Streets (SMS) corps of volunteers whose go…

July 25th, 2015

Largest Junior Sailing Regatta in US to Come to Salem

Let’s repeat three words. LARGEST. SAILING. SALEM. Our seaport community was a key player in the early days of this country’s maritime exploration and trading. And it’s nice to see that our connection to the water continues as more than 400 junior sailors from around the country are expected to participate in the 2015 United […]

July 25th, 2015

Largest Junior Sailing Regatta in US to Come to Salem

Let’s repeat three words. LARGEST. SAILING. SALEM. Our seaport community was a key player in the early days of this country’s maritime exploration and trading. And it’s nice to see that our connection to the water continues as more than 400 junior sailors from around the country are expected to participate in the 2015 United […]

July 20th, 2015

Creative Window Boxes To Be Honored For Helping Beautify Salem

Windows have an artistic value beyond the utilitarian of keeping cold out and letting fresh air in. Walk down any street in Salem and you’ll see windows as the backdrop and support for creative & colorful flowered window boxes. To honor the businesses and homes that go the extra mile to help beautify Salem, the […]

July 13th, 2015

Can Robots Trust Humans? PEM Offers You A Chance to Meet One!

If you’ve driven a vehicle for enough years or miles, then you’ve seen all kinds of hitchhikers. Young, old, attractive and scarey. One thing they had in common was that they were all human. But setting off across America soon will be hitch-Bot, a robot hitching its way across America (he made it through Canada […]

June 22nd, 2015

Tips (13) for Best Results at Farmers’ Markets – Especially in Salem Ma

We came across an interesting article in Reader’s Digest that advised on “13 Things You Should Know About Farmers’ Markets.” Thirteen, really? That’s so Salem, Ma! While we can’t list all 13 without infringing copyrights, a few are obvious no-brainers such as get there early for the freshest of the fresh, and it can’t hurt […]

June 21st, 2015

Proud of Our Pride Events & Participants

Dreary as today may be, Saturday was a day of sunshine and colors and an outpouring of support for the LGBT community with the 4th Annual North Shore Pride Parade and Festival. Accompanying photos are all courtesy of John Andrews at Social Palates Photography; go to  Creative Salem Flickr to see more. By all accounts […]

June 9th, 2015

Grab Your Shopping Baskets! Salem Farmers’ Market is Back!!!

No sooner does the energy of the Salem Arts Festival fade from Derby Square / Artist’s Row area than the Salem Farmers’ Market moves in with just as much fanfare, sounds, sights, colors and characters. This Thursday, from 3-7 pm you can get fresh with a veggie, fruit, etc. at Derby Sq on Front St. […]

June 7th, 2015

Salem Arts Festival: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Sights, sounds, colors, characters— the Salem Arts Festival this weekend was “art” and much, much more. Thank you to all the people displaying their work, the volunteers, our partners in this project, and most of all, you, the attendees. (Photo courtesy John Andrews of Social Palates Photography)

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