The holidays are officially here, and the festive season is marked in Salem at the end of this week by two major events: The Wild Turkey 5-Mile road race on Thanksgiving morning and the lighting of the city tree on Friday night.
The 9th annual Wild Turkey 5-Mile already has more than 1,300 participants registered to run the course that begins at Salem Common and ends at the Boys and Girls Club. More information, including how to register, can be found here.
The Salem Farmers' Market, which usually runs on Thursday afternoons, has been moved to Tuesday this week due to the holiday. Not all of the usual vendors are expected to be able to make it, and the ones that are expected to be present are listed here.
Also, football fans need not be reminded, but here it is anyways: Salem High and Beverly High kick off at 10 a.m. at Hurd Stadium in Beverly for the 114th Thanksgiving Day football game, one of the oldest Turkey Day rivalries in the country. Beverly leads the all time Thanksgiving series, 55-51, with the Witches and Panthers tying seven times.
Here is a snapshot of the rest of the week around Salem:
Salem State Art and Design Faculty Exhibition
Monday through Friday , 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Winfisky Gallery in the Ellison Campus Center (352 Lafayette Street).
The finale of the fall semester is a much-anticipated annual event showcasing the work of faculty from within Salem State's nationally accredited department of art and design. Works by both full- and part-time studio faculty in printmaking, painting, glass, design, sculpture, photography and various other media are exhibited.
Artist Friends and Neighbors at the Kensington-Stobart Gallery
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Hawthorne Hotel (18 Washington Square West).
An exhibition of work by Salem artists who are connected by neighborhood affiliation, personal relationships or both. Participating artists include Charlie Allen, Katy Bratun, David Decker, Julie Shaw Lutts, Barbara Burgess Maier, Trip Mason, and Racket Shreve. For more information call 978-825-0022 or visit kensingtonstobartgallery.com.
Salem Farmers' Market
Moved to Tuesday due to Thanksgiving, 3 - 7 p.m. inside Old Town Hall at Derby Square.
Hurricane Relief Fundraiser at Finz
Tuesday, November 20, 7 - 10 p.m. at Finz Seafood and Grill (76 Wharf Street, Pickering Wharf).
Finz, Victoria Station, Social Palates and more are throwing a gala fundraiser for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Featuring musical performances by Big Ol' Dirty Bucket, Ross Livermore Band and Friends, and tunes spun by DJ TONE. Lights and sound donated by A Curious Production. Tickets are $10 per person at the door. Admission includes appetizers, drink samples from local vendors, live and silent auctions, raffles and a cash bar. Donations will also be accepted all night! All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross.
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Peabody Essex Museum (161 Essex Street).
A fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities, designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers. Drop in and meet at information desk. For families with children up to age 5.
Wild Turkey 5-Mile Run
Thursday, November 22, 8 - 10 a.m., beginning at Salem Common.
For more information visit salemroadraces.com.
Thanksgiving at the Hawthorne Hotel
Thursday, November 22, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Hawthorne Hotel (18 Washington Square).
Enjoy this bountiful day with all the trimmings at the Hawthorne Hotel! Tickets are $40.95 for adults, $16.95 for children 12 and under, and children under 3 get in free. Call 978-744-4080 for more information, reservations are recommended.
Salem City Tree Lighting
Friday, November 23, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Lappin Park.
Join Mayor Driscoll in a holiday tradition of lighting the biggest tree in Salem!