Highlights of events in art, creative writing, dance, music, theatre and innovative collaborations happening on the North Shore of Boston.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Salem plans first Arts Festival
It's hard to imagine that Salem, a city with such creativity, so rich with artisans and performers, has never had an Arts Festival before. But this is the first year for what is bound to become a fantastic tradition-- the Salem Arts Festival, planned by a great group of volunteers with Salem Main Streets, takes place June 5-7 with venues throughout downtown, including Old Town Hall. The schedule looks fantastic, but I'm particularly looking forward to soprano Rebecca Hains presenting a charming set of silly Gilbert & Sullivan arias Friday night at 8 pm. On Saturday at noon, Joey Mirabile, choreographer for Summer Theatre at Salem, offers a sneak-peak of the choreography for Footloose, at Salem State College this summer. And, he'll even teach you the dance steps! The weekend includes interactive art workshops for children, a juried exhibit, folk and jazz performances, ballet, artisan demos in a variety of boutiques across downtown. So much to do!! Check out details on their website, and plan to be in Salem for the festival, and everything else this fantastic city has to offer.
Kathleen McDonald Murphy is the Director of the Center for Creative and Performing Arts at Salem State College, and an avid patron of the arts North of Boston. In addition to her college administrator position, Ms. Murphy is a freelance arts and non-profit publicist.