Nov
20
Wed
Re-appraisal Reading Circle: Zane Grey
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

November’s meeting is about the works of Zane Gray (1872-1939).

Re-appraisal Reading Circle meets bi-monthly on Wednesdays
 at 7:00 PM

Open meeting discussing the works of a prolific, popular author of the past whose works are held in quantity by the Athenaeum.

2019-20 Discussions:
Sept. 18 Gilbert Parker (1862-1932)

Nov. 20   Zane Grey (1872-1939)

Jan. 15   Joseph Hergesheimer
(1880-1954)

Mar. 18   Dorothy Sayers
(1893-1957)

May 27   Ngaio Marsh (1895-1982)

Nov
22
Fri
Cosmos: Exhibit Opening
Nov 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Young children are curious about everything; they are constantly asking why. This exhibit celebrates people whose wonder was life-long and whose scientific discoveries extended human understanding, from sand dollars to the stars. Math and science volumes from the Athenaeum’s Historic Collection by Newton, Franklin, Darwin and others will be displayed.

Lecture by Hale Bradt on Sir Isaac Newton at 7:15 p.m.

Nov
26
Tue
La Tertulia
Nov 26 @ 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
Nov 26 @ 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.

Dec
4
Wed
Art in Bloom
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The MFA “Art in Bloom” roadshow makes a stop at the Salem Athenaeum to create a holiday floral arrangement inspired by a famous painting. The presentation is an hour long, featuring half PowerPoint, half live floral demo, and 100% stunning results.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, was the first museum in the United States to introduce the public to a show of art and flowers – Art in Bloom – over 40 years ago. During a four-day period every spring, about 50 of the Museum’s art objects are interpreted through floral arrangements. Many other events happen during Art in Bloom, including lectures and Master Classes led by world-renowned floral designers, ongoing demonstrations of flower arranging, activities for children, and more. Art in Bloom is free to members, and is the busiest week of the year for the Museum. This presentation will give you some of its background and many examples of AIB designs.

The flower arrangement made at this event will be raffled off to an audience member.

Samples of 2019 Art in Bloom installations at the MFA. What will they bring to the Athenaeum?

 

Dec
9
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Dec 9 @ 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!

Dec
10
Tue
La Tertulia
Dec 10 @ 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

Dec
11
Wed
Incessant Pipe: Contentions
Dec 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Philosophy, Science, and Ideas. Come sit around a medium-large table and discuss the big stuff.

2nd Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Dec
14
Sat
Book Group
Dec 14 @ 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.

Welcome Winter: Open House
Dec 14 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Celebrate the fellowship of the coming winter. Refreshments, seasonal music, and plenty of good cheer included!

Free.