Monday Evening Conversations
Jul 8 @ 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!

La Tertulia
Jul 9 @ 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

Salon: Storytelling—Heat
Jul 12 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Summer Salon series kicks off this evening!

Join several storytellers who share true stories from their lives, told live without notes. The evening’s theme is “heat.” Among the storytellers will be Judy Bedell, Peter Eschauzier, Colleen Michaels, and Bill Scannell. J.D. Scrimgeour hosts.

Judy Wang Bedell came to the U.S. from Beijing, China for graduate school and then stayed in the US to live and work. She is a Salem resident and has lived in the city for 24 years.

Peter Eschauzier was born in 1940 in Modjokerto, Java, Indonesia. He grew up in the Netherlands, West Newton, MA, Roslyn, New York, and Switzerland. He served in the US Navy from 1963-68, and then worked as a pilot for many years. He served on the Board of Directors of Historic Salem and was the President of the Grey Eagles, representing the retired pilots of American Airlines.

Colleen Michaels writes poems and tells stories. She directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art, where she’s been hosting the Improbable Places Poetry Tour for 10 years. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, on the ceiling of the PEM and the stairs to Crane Beach, and on bar coasters under pints.

Bill Scannell grew up in Worcester, MA and attended school there. He graduated from Skidmore College, and, thereafter, Suffolk University Law School. He is married and the father of three children.

J.D. Scrimgeour is the Chair of the Athenaeum Writing Committee.


Please join us on Fridays in July and August for one or more of these special evenings!

July 12: Storytelling hosted by J.D. Scrimgeour

July 19: Dave Williams — Polling

July 26: Margie Lavender and Dean Lahikainen— Harmony Grove Cemetery

August 9: Boston Saxophone Quartet

August 16: James R. Scrimgeour and Carl Carlsen — Dogtown

August 23: Vicky Sirianni — Palladio

Book Group
Jul 13 @ 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.

Re-appraisal Reading Circle
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Re-appraisal Reading Circle will meet tonight to choose authors for next year.


Salon: Dave Williams—The Art and Science of Polling
Jul 19 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Dave Williams will present a retrospective of the history of survey research in political campaigns from FDR to today and how technology and procedural changes have impacted the reliability of modern polling.

Since the founding of Williams and Associates by David E. Williams in 1989 the company has consulted with both corporate and political clients including the campaign committee for Presidents Rupiah Banda (Zambia), Ali Bongo Ondimba (Gabon), Governor William F. Weld (R MA), GTE/Sylvania, Hydro-Quebec, the National Association of Government Employees, the Providence Journal-Bulletin, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University (Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study), the US Agency for International Development, and the United States Department of State.

La Tertulia
Jul 23 @ 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
Jul 23 @ 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.

Rebel Shakespeare presents “Twelfth Night”
Jul 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
“Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.”

Rebel Shakespeare returns to the Athenaeum garden for a delightful summer evening of the Bard as interpreted by local students with its presentation of Twelfth Night.

Bring a chair and a picnic—Sir Toby would approve.
Summer Concert: Boston Saxophone Quartet
Aug 9 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us on the lawn for a special Friday evening concert of Puccini, Mancini, and Duke by Boston Saxophone Quartet.

The Boston Saxophone Quartet is a unique blend of musicians who have performed with the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra and leading Broadway theaters throughout New England. Their repertoire ranges from Swing, Ragtime, Jazz, The Beatles … all the way back to the Renaissance.

This evening’s program will include:

1. Toccata – Girolamo Frescobaldi
2. Pink Panther – Henry Mancini
3. Mio Bambino Caro from Gianni Schicchi Giacomo Puccini
4. Satin Doll – Duke Ellington
5. I love You – Cole Porter
6.  Pan-Am Rag – Tom Turpin
7. Triste – Antonio Carlos Jobim
8. All that Jazz from Chicago – John Kander
9. Gershwin Medley from Porgy and Bess– arr. by Matt Marvuglio
10.  In the Mood – Glenn Miller