You are invited to join in our community celebration of 350 years of stories at The Gables.
Over the course of the evening, you will be taken on a journey through 350 years of eclectic music and dance spanning not only the centuries but also the globe, paying homage to our settlement programming and the mission of Caroline Emmerton. In addition to the programming, there will also be food, drink, and surprises by-the-sea throughout the course of the celebration.
All proceeds benefit The Gables’ unique dual mission of preservation and education.
Our very special thanks to Creative Collective for their partnership on this event. Thanks to the power of their connections, we're excited to light up the night with Retonica and bring you amazing sound with Upside Media.
Mainstage performances by:
— DUNYA: An Eastern Turkish Renaissance Ensemble playing traditional Turkish music.
— Dhangsang Lughar/Music of Tibet: Tibetan Opera Dancers sharing the history of Tibet through their music and dance.
— The Craft Ensemble: an all-women's classical string trio
— The Immigrant Experience: A Cantata by John Kramer: “this timely piece reflects the issues surrounding immigration, and features texts by the Founding Fathers and others that established the United States as a welcoming place — a place, in the words of George Washington, “open to receive not only the opulent and respectable stranger but the oppressed and persecuted of all nations and religions.” Kramer’s cantata is composed in seven movements for choir, soloists, violin, clarinet, cello, and piano.
— John Keegan & Madhouse with plans to get everyone on their feet and dancing to cap off the night!
Mayor Kimberly Driscoll
Representative Paul Tucker
North Shore Music Theatre's Karen Nascembeni
Parking and transportation: August 4 will be a busy day in Salem! We would suggest public transportation via the MBTA or Salem Ferry. A ride-sharing service can do drop off and pick up right at 115 Derby Street. Parking is available at the Blaney Street Parking Lot/Salem Ferry Lot, the South Harbor Garage, and the Museum Place Mall Garage.
Seating: BYO seating! We suggest lightweight camp chairs or picnic blankets or just dance and enjoy the music!
Food and Drink: Available food and drink for this event is listed below. Gables staff will also have a small concession stand. Outside food and drink are not permitted. Re-entry to the event is permitted with your Gables Fest bracelet if you wish to explore other dining options in Salem.