Jan
18
Mon
Skip Finley: Whaling Captains of Color
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Whaling was the first American industry to exhibit any diversity, and the proportion of men of color people who participated was amazingly high. A man got to be captain not because he was white or well connected, but because he knew how to kill a whale. Along the way he would also learn navigation and how to read and write. Whaling presented a tantalizing alternative to mainland life. Working with archival records at whaling museums, in libraries, from private archives and studying hundreds of books and thesis, author and historian Skip Finley culls the best stories from the lives of over 50 whaling captains of color to share the story of America’s First Meritocracy.

Skip Finley is a retired broadcaster who has written for, been featured, or quoted in most media industry trade publications. A well-known executive and station owner, he served as Vice Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters and Chairman of the Radio Advertising Bureau. Skip’s career in media since 1971 included responsibility for 44 radio stations (5 that he owned) encompassing 18 markets.
Having attempted to retire since age 50, Skip keeps returning to communications, currently as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Vineyard Gazette Media Group on Martha’s Vineyard, where he has summered since 1955 and lived since 1999, when he decided to become a writer.
Skip has written articles for the Vineyard Gazette, Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, the Provincetown Banner, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum publications, The Intelligencer, MVM Quarterly, and Sea History Magazine, among others.
His book, Whaling Captains of Color – America’s First Meritocracy is available now, published by the Naval Institute Press.

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held online via Zoom.

Registration closes 45 minutes prior to the program start time.

The link for the event will be sent to all registered participants 20 minutes prior to program start time.

Jan
19
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Jan 19 @ 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
Jan 19 @ 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.

Jan
25
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Jan 25 @ 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!

Jan
26
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Jan 26 @ 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.

La Tertulia
Jan 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 5:00 to 7:00 PM (new time as of May 2020)

Incessant Pipe: Poetry Salon
Jan 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.

Jan
27
Wed
Reappraisal Reading Circle: Hamlin Garland
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The discussion at the September meeting will be about the works of Hamlin Garland (1860-1940). A Pulitzer-Prize winning American poet, novelist, essayist, and biographer with interest in psychic phenomena, Garland is known for his stories of hard-working American farmers.

Please register by clicking the green button above in order to receive the sign-in credentials to the Zoom meeting.

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

Upcoming Discussions:

Mar 17  Rumer Godden

May 19   Francis Brett Young

Feb
2
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Feb 2 @ 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
Feb 2 @ 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.