We are halfway through celebrating the 350th anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables and the party is just heating up as summer arrives. We have so many great ways to share 350 years of stories with you in the coming months.
The largest celebration planned will be held August 4 as The House of the Seven Gables and Creative Collaborative are teaming up to present Gables Fest: Celebrating 350 Years of Stories and Song. You don’t want to miss this community celebration that will feature performances from around the world paired up with local food, drinks, and fun. This event is also part of Salem’s Heritage Days Celebration which includes events around the community highlighting Salem’s rich and unique stories over the past four centuries.
In addition to Gables Fest, on June 2 and first Saturdays through October, we are partnering with North of Boston to offer 17th Century Saturdays. Around the region you’ll find a number of architectural gems with free and unique programming. At The Gables you can explore our grounds with a free garden pass on June 2. Visit www.northofboston.org to plan your visits.
It pays to be a Gables member. On June 2, take a tour with a talented guide from Essex Heritage and learn about where Nathaniel Hawthorne lived and worked in Salem and what inspired him to become a literary legend. On July 4, our members are exclusively invited to join us for a viewing of Salem’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration as well as a chance to meet Mr. Hawthorne himself. Both of these events are free and open to members only. Join today.
Have you ever had a chance to try a colonial trade such as carding wool? Do you know what sloid is? A sewing card? Our Living History Labs, offered every weekend from July – October, will give you the chance to enjoy hands-on history and learn about four centuries of activities. Think this is just for the kids? Wait until you write your name with a quill pen! (Activities vary by week.)
Not local? Share your favorite summer memory of The House of the Seven Gables. Did you visit as a kid? Were you are part of a camp program? Did you get married here? We’d love to have your story become an official part of our story. Click here to submitTags: 17th century saturday, fourth of july, Gables Fest, Salem, Summer
This post was written by Sarah Garriepy