Wednesday, September 19, 2012
It is that time of year again, Halloween is just around the corner, and I'm planning my annual pilgrimage to Salem, Massachusetts, and you are cordially invited!
Our trip to Salem takes place this year on Sunday, October 7th and I plan on meeting everyone at noon at the 1692 Victim's memorial adjacent to the 'Old Burying Ground'. My lecture will cover the high points of the Summer and Fall of 1692 which consisted of the witch trials and hangings that took place.
I have personally studied and researched the witch trials of that fateful year for over 30 years now and I like to re-tell the story with interesting facts that bring this story to life over 300 years later.
After my lecture I conduct a small memorial ceremony where we remember those 20 victims who lost their lives in 1692. The Victim's Memorial park has benches, one for each victim that lost their lives with their respective names and dates of execution carved into the stone bench. During the ceremony we have one person stand before each bench and at the sound of a bell the name is read aloud and a flower is placed on the bench. It is a solemn ceremony that brings to life the tragedy of lives lost for very little reason save for hysteria, fear and ignorance.
After the lecture and ceremony at the Victim's Memorial we all go to a lovely restaurant for lunch and then many of us go to Pickering Wharf to shop the real witch shops run by real witches! It's a beautiful location and the day tends to be a beautiful one also.
I truly hope you can come on our trip with us. If you wish to, please meet me at the 1692 Victim's Memorial Park at noon on October 7th, 2012. For those with GPS punch in 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA. This is the Visitor's Center. You can park in the parking garage right next to the Visitor's Center. Be sure to stop at the Visitor's Center for a street map of Salem, and the Victim's memorial is just two blocks South from the Visitor's center. I look forward to seeing you there!
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