Jan
21
Tue
Winter Warm-up at the Adriatic
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Chase away the winter blues with us at the Adriatic Restaurant in Salem.

Enjoy an evening of friends and complimentary hors d’oeuvres courtesy of the Adriatic. As you soak in the warmth and comfort of one of Salem’s premier eating and drinking establishments, we’re hoping to raise essential operating funds to help support our programs for 2020.

 

Jan
26
Sun
Adopt-a-Book: Conservation Event
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join us for our eighth annual Adopt-a-Book event, featuring some of the most important books and objects in our collections that are in need of conservation. This event is open to all and is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Athenaeum’s historical collections.

 

The event will include remarks by Kayla Malouin-Fletcher, curator of The Caproni Collection, and conservator Lisa Benson, who will talk about the Athenaeum’s plaster busts and their conservation plan. The Caproni Collection produces and sells plaster reproductions of famous sculptures. Every piece is made in-house and by-hand. They use many of the original castings made by P.P. Caproni and Brother over 100 years ago to create their reproductions. During his time, master craftsman Pietro Caproni was granted permission by museums in Europe such as the Louvre, the Accademia and the British Museum to make molds directly from the museums’ famous sculptures—an honor unheard of today. Using these molds, he was able to recreate the world’s finest masterpieces with unrivaled accuracy. The Caproni Collection continues this tradition today.

 

Kayla Malouin-Fletcher is the curator and an administrator of the Caproni Collection. She is cataloging the Collection’s casts for the first time in its history and shares interesting facts, history, and stories on the Caproni website and social media platforms. She holds a Master’s in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s in art history from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

 

Lisa Benson is a conservator and manager for the Caproni Collection. She has over ten years’ experience in sculpture restoration, conservation, and preservation. Projects include the cast collection at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Providence Athenaeum, and the Massachusetts State House Library. She holds a Master’s in Sculpture from New York Academy of Art and a Bachelor’s in fine arts from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

 

 

Jan
28
Tue
La Tertulia
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Incessant Pipe: Poetry Salon
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon will meet upstairs in the Salem Athenaeum. “The Pipe” is a space to read poetry, yours or others, and discuss everything from the price of tea in China to quantum particles (as long as it relates back to poetry). All styles of poetry are welcome. Meets 4th Tuesdays.

Feb
7
Fri
Fin de Siècle String Quartet
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Fin de Siècle Quartet takes its name from the French for “end of the century” as a reflection of its focus on repertoire from the decades before and after the end of the19th century. One way the group honors this time period is by performing on gut strings, which produce a gentler and richer sound than the steel strings that came into wide use after World War II. The Fin de Siècle Quartet is composed of violinists Katharina Radlberger and Sarah Ibbett, violist Karen McConomy, and cellist Jennifer Morsches.

 

 

Feb
8
Sat
Book Group
Feb 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Discussion group meets on the second Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m.

View the reading list.

Feb
10
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Monday Evening Conversations Group meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM. All members and other interested parties are invited.

It may be of interest to know that the The Social Library, predecessor of the Salem Athenæum, was founded by a similar discussion group, called the Monday Evening Club. Edward Augustus Holyoke, Rev. Thomas Barnard, Rev. Thomas Gilchrist, Benjamin Lynde, Nathaniel Ropes and others were among the Monday Evening Club founders, who gathered to discuss current events and topics of mutual interest.

Topics for discussion are wide open, but must be amenable to good conversation. Examples include:

  • The long ranging effects of the Civil War
  • The courage to be vulnerable
  • European architecture
  • The importance/non importance of art
  • Why have friends

Meetings will start with something to help frame the discussion for the evening, such as a:

  • brief talk
  • podcast
  • video
  • reading of prose or poetry
  • music

We look forward to talking with you!

Feb
11
Tue
La Tertulia
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Feb
15
Sat
Storytelling: “Bad Romance”
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Has your heart been mangled? Mashed? Have the pangs of unrequited love brought you humbly to your knees? On the day after Valentine’s, come to the Salem Athenaeum to hear seven local storytellers rehash their past loves with candid humor and lots of wisdom – the kind only love and disaster can teach. This fun and heartfelt evening of breakdowns and breakups will feature seven curated stories and live folk music, built around our theme of “bad romance.” So come join us this mid-winter for a cup of something warm, some delicious snacks, and lots of laughter.

Start time – 7:30pm on Saturday February 15th. Running time approximately 90 minutes.  

Feb
25
Tue
La Tertulia
Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM