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New Meetup: Ships, Sawdust, Sailors & Song with 17th Century Sat. & Salem Maritime Festival

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Sunday, July 19, 2009 10:54 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Ships, Sawdust, Sailors & Song with 17th Century Sat. & Salem Maritime Festival

When: August 1,[masked]:30 AM

Salem Maritime National Historic Site Orientation Center
193 Derby Street
Salem , MA 01970

Salem Heritage Days -- held from August 1st to August 10th -- kicks off with both the start of the Salem Maritime Festival (7/31/2009 and 8/1/2009) and August's 17th Century Saturdays in Salem (Sat 8/1/2009, 9/5/2009 & 10/8/2009), which means that many of the old houses will be open for free self-guided and ranger guided tours. Let's meet up at the Orientation Center on Central Wharf in Salem to see what we can sign up for. The Peabody Essex Museum house tour on Sunday 8/2/2009 might overlap a tiny bit with these house tours featured. After and between the tours we can soak up some of the festivities.

Go to to see the entire list of the activities for that Friday and Saturday. The theme of the Maritime Festival is 'Ships, Sawdust, Sailors & Song'.

Where to Meet:

Let's meet up at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site Orientation Center by at least 10:30 am, when we can all investigate which houses we can sign up to visit as a group. T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7, medium build, with bright blue eyes, short brown hair spiked in the front, a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag, and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag. He will be trying awfully hard not to look like a tour guide. Any house tours we can't go on, I'll see if I can set up a private tour later on for us.

From the Maritime Festival site:

"Salem Maritime's historic buildings, including the 1675 Narbonne House [11 AM to 3 PM], the 1762 Derby House, and the 1819 Custom House will be open for visiting either as a self-guided tour or a ranger-guided tour.

"Tours will be free, but are limited in size. You can sign up for the tours at the Orientation Center on Central Wharf.

"The 1800 West India Goods Store will be open all day. Spices, coffee, tea, and other trade goods from Salem's golden age will be for sale".

... we might not see the Narbonne House & Derby house on a ranger guided tour, since on the National Park Service site for Guided Tours, it mentions only eight people can fit on a tour. The Custom House tour appears to fit 20 people.

Other activities:

* Crafts and Games of the 17th Century: Demonstration in the beach next to Derby Wharf, via staff from Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site and the Witch House

* Friendship of Salem: "the replica tall ship that is berthed at Derby Wharf, will be open for free from 10 AM to 5 PM on August 1. National Park Rangers and National Park Service Volunteers will be stationed on board to talk about the history of the original Friendship, and tell the stories of her adventures on the high seas!"

* Kalmar Nyckel: "The crew of Kalmar Nyckel come to tell her story as one of America's pioneering colonial ships, whose historical significance rivals that of the Mayflower, though never been widely told. Her first voyage to the New World in 1638 World brought 24 settlers of Swedish, Finnish, German and Dutch descent to establish the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley. She made a total of four roundtrip crossings of the Atlantic?more than any other ship of the era".

* USS Constitution Master Gun Crew: "Every hour throughout the day on August 1, the master gun team of USS Constitution will make 'Old Ironsides? history come alive. The gun team will conduct full gun exercises with a replica 1812-era 5,600-lb. cast iron long gun, complete with simulated blast of the gun, and recount stories of her famous battles in the War of 1812".

* Storytellers: "Another new program is roving storytellers, who will help visitors to the festival walk in the steps of the merchants, shopkeepers, sailors, craftsmen, customs inspectors, slaves and mill workers, all to the traditional tunes of Salem in its early seaport heyday"

* To the Farthest Ports of the Rich East: "This 18 minute orientation film on the history of Salem's maritime trade and traditions is shown at the Orientation Center every half hour when the building is open"

Directions to the Salem Maritime Orientation Center:

... Personally, I am planning on parking at Salem MBTA commuter rail station at 252 Bridge St, pay the $4.00 to park there, and walk to the Salem Maritime Orientation Center at 193 Derby Street. According to Google Maps it is only a 15 minute walk,+Salem,+MA+01970&daddr=193+Derby+Street,+salem,+ma&geocode=FbfdiAIdqzDG-w%3B&hl=en&mra=ls&dirflg=w&sll=42.523704,-70.892737&sspn=0.011355,0.012896&ie=UTF8&ll=42.522487,-70.892758&spn=0.011355,0.012896&z=16 . Hopefully my car will not get towed.

Schedule for the Salem Commuter Rail: ... you might want to catch the 9:30 am from North Station and get to Salem by 10:00 am.

17th Century Saturdays in Salem (Sat 8/1/2009, 9/5/2009 & 10/8/2009) we probably might not have time for on this day, but we definately need to plan to do this in September:

From Wicked Local - Salem:

"Homes and buildings across Essex County dating from the nation?s ?First Period? [masked]) are once again opening their doors to the public as part of 17th Century Saturdays.

"The program, which encourages residents and visitors to explore the lives of early settlers in Essex County, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month from June to October. Now in its third year, 17th Century Saturdays has 29 sites participating with tours, special events, family programs and more on July 11, Aug. 1, Sept. 5 and Oct. 8.

"[...] Salem, with six destinations, has the most featured sites of any participating city or town:

- Gedney House, 1665, 21 High St.
- The House of the Seven Gables, 1668, 115 Derby St.
- Kalmar Nyckel, replica 1638 ship, docked at Central Wharf, August only;
- Narbonne House, 1675, 71 Essex St.
- Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St. [ Nerd Fun Sunday! ]
- John Ward House, ca. 1684; tour at 11:30 a.m.;
- The Witch House (Jonathan Corwin House), before 1675, 310 Essex St.

"17th Century Saturdays is part of the Escapes North program, led by the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Peabody Essex Museum, with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Historic New England. For more information on 17th Century Saturdays and Escapes North, visit ".

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