Nov
29
Thu
Poets in the Round
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Host: Dawn Paul

Join us for Poets in the Round: a spontaneous, rapid-fire mix of verse, where poems are chosen not by preference, but based on a word or image in the poem read prior. You’ve never seen a reading quite like this!

The readers will be Carla Panciera, Kali Lightfoot, Colleen Michaels, MP Carver, Danielle Jones, and Dawn Paul (as reader and moderator).

Dec
4
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Dec 4 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

Salem Writers’ Group
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

All are welcome to bring work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback. The group is facilitated by J.D. Scrimgeour, Professor of English, Salem State University.

Dec
8
Sat
Book Group
Dec 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.

Welcome Winter: Open House
Dec 8 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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

Free.

CSEM: Hopkinson Smith plays “Mad Dog”—Elizabethan Music
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Cambridge Society for Early Music presents lutenist Hopkinson Smith for a concert of inventive music, which traverses realms of melancholy, solace and merriment, with works of Dowland, Holborne, Johnson, and Byrd.

Hopkinson Smith is a world-renowned performer on early lutes and guitars. A Harvard graduate, he studied in Catalonia and Switzerland, and in 1974 he was a co-founder of the famous ensemble Hespèrion XX in Basel. He has focused on solo music since the mid-1980s. His splendid series of more than 25 CDs, including lute arrangements of Bach’s works for solo strings, have been showered with praise.

His recent CD, fancifully entitled “Mad Dog,” is devoted to the Golden Age of Elizabethan lute music. The BBC called it “mesmerizing,” and it won a Diapason d’Or award.

$30 | $25 seniors & Athenaeum members | students free
Information: www.csem.org | 617-489-2062

Dec
9
Sun
Winter Poetry and Book Drive
Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Each holiday break, the Clothing Connection gifts a book to the children served during the winter season. These books, based on the students’ reading level and interests, are selected by the reading specialists at Carlton, Bates and Saltsonstall schools.

Please join the Clothing Connection for an afternoon of winter-themed poetry read by local writers at the Salem Athenaeum on Sunday, December 9 at 4 pm. Books will be available for “purchase” at the event. Alternatively, attendees can make a monetary donation to be put towards book costs.

Coffee and cocoa will be served.

Dec
10
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Dec 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!

Dec
11
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Dec 11 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

Dec
12
Wed
Incessant Pipe: Contentions
Dec 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.