Historical Society Trip
Salem Historical Society members on tour
The Salem Historical Society is a very active group. Not only does it bring in excellent speakers monthly, but it can be seen meeting every Monday at the Historical Society Museum giving tours, logging in and rearranging artifacts, and talking to the public. This is a free museum open Mondays from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This month the members traveled to Quincy, Massachusetts, to view the birthplaces of John Adams and John Quincy Adams – the nation’s oldest presidential birthplaces. They are still standing on their original foundations at the foot of Penn’s Hill, 75 feet apart.
John Adams, the nation’s second president, grew up in this rural setting – seven miles south of Boston and less than a mile from the sea – where his father, Deacon John Adams, farmed in summer and made shoes in winter.
After graduating from Harvard College and being admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, John Adams married Abigail Smith on October 2, 1764. The couple moved into the farmhouse next to Deacon John’s. In this humble setting, the young lawyer cultivated his career in politics and law and drafted the Massachusetts Constitution. This “little cottage” was also the birthplace of their oldest son and sixth president of the United States, John Quincy Adams.
After touring these two modest homes, the group got back on the trolley to go to The Old House at Peace Field – the new residence of Abigail and John Adams. A beautiful place full of many original pieces of furniture, paintings, etc. On to the library which was very close – a place to behold in itself – full of very valuable books and paintings surrounded by a flower garden. As the day ended with the final trolley ride, a meal was enjoyed at a buffet restaurant in Malden. Full, happy and in awe of the discovered history, the society members came back to Salem to think about all they had learned.
Members riding the trolley
Field of Dreams Concert
Alanna singing the National Anthem
The Field of Dreams Summer Concert Series was performed again at the park’s amphitheater on Geremonty Drive. The concert featured a combination of three bands including Rockin Blues and 33K Street, plus Dave and Nate Clark with Mike Wojik. Because so many previous concerts had been rained out, this one was a jam of all three. A big crowd listened to everything from classical rock to contemporary and seemed to be totally enjoying the night. Snacks and drinks were donated by Bob Williams from Peach Tree Farms and all donations were given directly to Field of Dreams.
The free concerts go on throughout the summer.
Bob Williams from Peach Tree Farms, supplier of snacks donated for the concert
Salem Senior Artists
Richard Keyes works on his mountain scene.
The Salem Senior Center offers free to its members a painting class on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., but there is a waiting list. The degree of the talent shown is amazing. Some of these artists have been painting for many years while some are newcomers with only a few paintings behind them. Topics vary from mountain scenes, Mexican ladies and beautiful greeting card birds. The thing that stands out the most with this class is the friendship shown among all artists. Whether someone is being serious and concentrating, or just experiencing Angie’s careful instruction, the moments are often broken up with laughter and many words of encouragement. This class isn’t really about hard-core art, but about the friendship that has developed over the weeks. Everyone leaves with a good feeling and a positive attitude - a strong desire to keep trying and make their work more challenging and polished. Great job Angie!
Eunice watching instructor Angie give helpful pointers
Soule Elementary School this summer has been experimenting with keeping the library up and running Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for all students entering grades one through six. Virginia Waterman, assistant to the media specialist, said there were days with many kids checking books in and out to times of only a few visitors. Leaflets were passed out to the students with suggested reading lists of picture books, beginning reader series nonfiction, and chapter books.
This program was on a trial run in Soule. It seems to be a positive program for Soule and hopefully for other schools.