Salem Writers’ Group
Nov 15 @ 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.

Democracy in America: Election 2016—The Aftermath with R.D. Sahl
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

R.D. Sahl returns for another town hall discussion on the aftermath of the 2016 Election.
You won’t want to miss it!

Sahl_RDR.D. Sahl’s career in broadcast journalism spans more than 40 years. He was evening anchor at Boston-based NECN—the largest regional news network in the country. He has anchored and reported for television stations in Los Angeles and Hartford, Conn. He began his career in radio in his hometown of Boulder, Colo.

Sahl’s assignments have taken him to stories down the block and around the world. He’s reported from Haiti, Japan, Cuba, the Soviet Union, Poland, France, Germany, Italy and the Vatican.

His work has been honored with numerous regional Emmy awards. He’s a recipient of the Yankee Quill award and a member of the Silver Circle of New England NATAS.

He currently lectures at Boston University’s College of Communications.


The Plays of Arthur Miller
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

**Please note:  The original start date of the course was October 13.  It has been postponed one week and will now run from October 20 through December 1, excluding November 24.**

Sue Weaver Schopf, instructor

The centennial of Arthur Miller’s birth was celebrated in 2015 and continues through 2016. Often dubbed “America’s Shakespeare,” Miller plumbs the depths of the American psyche as no other playwright has. His works present unforgettable portraits of the common man, his hopes and desires, and the struggle to maintain dignity. The plays will be discussed in the following order:

All My Sons
Death of a Salesman

The Crucible
A View from the Bridge
After the Fall
Broken Glass

Sue Weaver Schopf, Ph.D. recently retired from her position as Associate Dean of the Master of Liberal Arts Program and Research Advisor in the Humanities at Harvard Extension School. Dr. Schopf continues to teach, lecture, write, and lead literary walking tours. Her expertise ranges from the literature of 19th­ and early 20th-­century to popular culture topics such as “The Vampire in Literature and Film.” She has appeared in The Times of London and the Boston Globe and has been a guest on national radio programs. Her courses have been featured in articles in various publications including The Huffington Post and

9th Annual Grand Wine Tasting
Nov 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Taste more than 100 wines at the Grand Ballroom of the Hawthorne Hotel in a lively atmosphere with Trent Austin’s jazz trumpet and piano duo serenading and light hors d’oeuvres on hand. Sample wines ranging from value picks to high end from many regions around the globe. Entry includes generous price discounts on all wines sampled with orders delivered to your doorstep. Uniworld River Cruises with Sensational Travel will also be featuring a French 2017 river cruise. Price is $40 or $35 for members of Historic Salem, Historic New England, The Salem Athenaeum and Hamilton Hall — all profits donated to these four organizations. Call the shop 978-741-9463, or stop in for ticket purchase. Tickets also available for a small fee at

Gail Mazur Poetry Reading
Nov 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Award-winning poet Gail Mazur will read from her latest book, Forbidden City published by

University of Chicago Press, 2016.

Writers’ Open Studio
Nov 22 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

The Athenaeum will be open exclusively for writers to work in a serene environment. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and leave the distractions at the door.

La Tertulia
Nov 22 @ 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.

Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon will meet on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm 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.

Writers’ Open Studio
Nov 29 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

The Athenaeum will be open exclusively for writers to work in a serene environment. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and leave the distractions at the door.

New Members Night
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member, this behind-the-scenes tour will orient you to the Salem Athenaeum building, include an overview of our history and mission, and outline our current services and the benefits of membership.