The week in Salem takes a decidedly holiday-themed turn near the end, just in time for December.
While a number of non-holiday events that began this month continue running, such as the Salem State Art and Design Faculty Exhibition, the Artist Friends and Neighbors at the Kensington-Stobart Gallery at Hawthorne Hotel, and as always, the Salem Farmers' Market, a number of holiday events are starting to creep into Salem's events calendar.
Help bring some holiday cheer to downtown Salem, check out some of the events listed below, and don't forget to take a look when the sun sets at the city Christmas tree fully lit in all of it's glory.
Here is a snap shot of what's going on around town this week:
Salem State Art and Design Faculty Exhibition
Tuesday 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
Tuesday 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 www.kensingtonstobartgallery.com.
Artist Friends and Neighbors Gallery Talk
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7:30 - 9 p.m. at the Hawthorne Hotel (18 Washington Square West).
Local historian Jim McAllister talks about artists, friends and neighbors 100 years ago. For more information visit www.kensingtonstobartgallery.com.
Salem Farmers' Market
Thursday, Nov. 29, 3 - 7 p.m. at Old Town Hall (Derby Square).
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 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.
Harbor Sweets Open House
Thursday, Nov. 29, and Friday, Nov. 30, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Harbor Sweets (85 Leavitt Street).
Join Harbor Sweets for refreshments and chocolate samplings.
Salem Trolley presents "A Christmas Carol"
Thursday, Nov. 29, and Friday, Nov. 30, at Salemdipity (86 Wharf Street).
This humorous and whimsical interactive performance reanimates Charles Dickens' timeless holiday classic. This wildly popular event is in its 26th year and all weekend shows are already sold out! This week, tickets remain available for 6 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, and 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased online at salemtrolley.com.
Craig Lucas' "RECKLESS" at Salem Theatre
Thursday, Nov. 29, and Friday, Nov. 30, 7:30 - 9 p.m. at Salem Theatre Company (90 Lafayette Street).
Join Rachel on a crazy 10-year journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas in this richly inventive and often startling comedy filled with bizarre characters and events. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 978-790-8546, or visit salemtheatre.com to purchase tickets online.
"CABARET" by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Thursday, Nov. 29, and Friday, Nov. 30, 7:30 - 10 p.m. at Mainstage Theatre (352 Lafayette Street).
The show surrounds a seedy nightclub in Berlin as the 1920s are drawing to a close. The master of ceremonies promises us a powerful distraction from the outside world. For mature audiences only. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at salemstatetickets.com, or call 978-542-6365 for more information.
Rogue Holiday Open House
Friday, Nov. 30, 6 - 9 p.m. at Rouge Cosmetics (322 Derby Street).
Shop, Eat & Have Fun! Get some holiday shopping done and get a free gift for yourself! Dine on delicious food from Red Lulu and enjoy refreshments, makeup, fragrance and skincare tips, plus register to win a Rouge gift basket worth over $200. Get dolled up with us and come enjoy! Rouge appreciates a $5 donation for Girl's Inc. of Lynn.
Henry Derby House Holiday Boutique
Friday, November 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Derby House (47 Summer Street).
Join the Henry Derby House for this special event, earliest arrivals receive a door prize. Lang, primitive home decor, JD Logan, cross-stitches, candles, decorative boxes, linens, ornaments, angel wings and much, much more. Proceeds benefit the Peg Femino Camarda Memorial Foundation. Visit henryderby.com for more information.