Jun
21
Wed
New Members Night
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member, please join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Salem Athenaeum building.  The evening will include a reception and an overview of our history and mission, and outline our current services and the benefits of membership.

Jun
23
Fri
Salon: The Secret Concentration Camp Diary of Odd Nansen
Jun 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Timothy Boyce, editor of From Day to Day, a World War II concentration camp diary, will present the first Summer Salon for 2017.

Hailed by The New Yorker as “among the most compelling documents to come out of the war,” From Day to Day is one of only a handful of such diaries ever translated into English.

Secretly written by Odd Nansen, a Norwegian political prisoner, the diary entries brilliantly illuminate Nansen’s daily struggle, not only to survive, but to preserve his sanity and maintain his humanity in a world engulfed by fear and hate.

Timothy Boyce practiced law, specializing in real estate finance, for many years, most recently serving as the Managing Partner of the Charlotte, NC office of Dechert LLP, a global law firm with offices in 14 countries. He retired in 2014 to devote full time to writing. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Finance, and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He received a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
A resident of Tryon, North Carolina, Tim lives with his wife Tara, two horses, two barn cats, two dogs, and almost 5,000 books.

Jun
27
Tue
La Tertulia
Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice. They meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.

Jul
7
Fri
Salon: Total Solar Eclipse
Jul 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

A Total Solar Eclipse will traverse the entire USA on August 21. These are THE most dramatic, rare, celestial phenomena humans can experience with the unaided eye (i.e., no telescope). A partial solar eclipse, which Boston will experience, is interesting, but dull by comparison. The rising sun is similarly dramatic, but we are rather used to that! Hale’s lecture will illuminate the following points:

•    What are Total and Partial Solar Eclipses?
•    Why and when do they occur?
•    Why are they interesting historically and useful scientifically?
•    Why should one travel to see totality when I can stay home and see a partial eclipse?
•    What does one see/experience before during and after totality?
•    Eye Safety

Hale Bradt is Professor of Physics, Emeritus at MIT and a longtime eclipse fan. He has seen several total eclipses and has lectured on them to groups where they were taking place, including one tour group in Turkey in 2006.

Night Owls—Lucky 7!
Jul 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

On occasional First Fridays, the Night Owls will convene. On July 7, we invite you to bring games to share, a topic to discuss, or to just show up and join the fun. It’ll be a hoot!

 

Seven is the theme for the night.

Good Luck

Deadly Sins

Perfection

Black Jack (3×7=21)

Seven Wonders

What does seven mean to you?

Or forget about seven and just come have some fun with us!

 

Jul
8
Sat
Book Group
Jul 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.

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

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice. They meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.

Jul
12
Wed
Incessant Pipe: Contentions
Jul 12 @ 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.

Jul
14
Fri
Summer Salon: The Scarlet Letter(s): The Life and Loves of Nathaniel Hawthorne
Jul 14 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Upon his death, Salem’s Nathaniel Hawthorne asked his friends and family to destroy all personal letters between them. Many letters survived to this day, revealing the true nature of one of our greatest American authors. Written and performed by Bob Gautreau.

Jul
21
Fri
Summer Salon: Everest!
Jul 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

REGISTRATION HAS BEEN CLOSED AS OF 2:00 P.M.

WE ARE EXPECTING A LARGE AUDIENCE FOR THIS EVENT. PLEASE ARRIVE AHEAD OF TIME TO GET A SEAT.

 

On July 21, Martin Christensen will talk about his experiences climbing the highest peaks on 6 continents, including his spring 2017 summit of Mt. Everest, the highest in the world.

Chistensen is a civil engineer and has been a Salem resident since 2013.  He works for Footprint Power and assisted with the demolition of the old power plant and currently oversees all of the civil work and the construction of the administration building at the new natural gas powered facility on Salem’s waterfront.

A native of Danbury, Connecticut and Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, he received his civil engineering degree from the University of Pittsburgh while participating in ROTC.  Commissioned into the US Army as an Infantry Officer following graduation, he served for 6 years, including two tours in Iraq totaling 27 months.  He earned an MBA from Webster University while in the Army and is currently completing a Masters in Global Energy Management at the University of Colorado.

While at college, Christensen set 25 lifetime goals.  One of those goals was to “climb the seven summits,” the highest peaks on each continent.  With his latest climb in May, he has summited 6: Denali, Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Kosciuszko, Elbrus and Everest. If he completes his goal by climbing Vinson Massif in Antarctica, he will be one of approximately 400 people in the world to ever do so.

Please note that this Salon will be held indoors.