Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Oh! I'm so excited!! Tis' that time of year again, our annual trek to Salem, Massachusetts. In past years we have rented a huge bus to travel to the land of witches and all things magickal, but alas, the cost makes it prohibitive to do that, so we all caravan and meet up in Salem for our day. Would you like to come along? Here's the information.
We will be going to Salem on Saturday, September 10th and its important to know that the shop, Enchantments will be closed that day. This way everyone who helps out at the shop can go also. We will be meeting at 11 am at the Old Burying ground just a few blocks south of the Witch Dungeon. Another important note. I do not bring people to the Witch Dungeon, the Witch hunter's house or any of the 'touristy' expensive spots. Of course, any are free to go to any of the attractions they wish to go to. I focus on the real Salem. The Salem with real witches, real witch shops like Enchantments and you will meet real practicing witches.
At the Burying Ground, in front of the cemetery, is a memorial dedicated in 1992, 300 years after the witch trials and hangings of 1692. This is where my lecture of the events of that fateful summer of 1692 and the subsequent executions will take place.
After we conclude the memorial service continue hangin' with the witches by having lunch with us at The Beer Works Micro-Brewery, a fantastic place to eat in Salem or you can choose one of many great eateries in the small village by the sea.
Afterwards we recommend the oldest continually run candy factory in the United States, Ye' Ol' Pepper Company where you can buy all sorts of old fashioned, delicious candies and chocolates. I always stop by!! Stop by Michael & Theresa Pendragon's quaint little shop for an amazing tarot card reading and visit Pickering Wharf where you can visit many 'witch' shops run by real witches and magickal practitioners.
There's so much to do, from seeing the Elizabeth Montgomery Statue depicting her role as Samantha Stevens on the television show 'BeWitched', (great for taking pictures), to getting scared witless (if this is your thing!) at 'Dracula's Castle' at the Salem Mall, one of the best 'Haunted House' attractions in the country. So says this witch!! It's a personal favorite attraction of mine!!
We visit Salem in September rather than October simply because it makes sense. Over twenty years ago when I started going to Salem and learning my way around the village, the Salem Chamber of Commerce told me that the city of Salem would receive 40,000 tourists a year. That was twenty years ago.
A couple of years ago, I re-checked with the Chamber and was told that today Salem receives 400,000 (that's not a typo) tourists in the single month of October!!! Everyone wants to visit in October but it can be difficult to get into the shops, the eateries or . . . well .. . . anywhere! It's fun to go in October and I have myself been there, but if you opt for October bring plenty of patience! Better yet, come with me to Salem this September 10th. We'll have a great time!!
Peace and Happiness
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