TIME magazine on museums and historic homes during Covid-19 features Salem Massachusetts



Excerpt from ‘The Uncertain Future of Places That Preserve America’s Past’

“Thanks to the City’s infamous witch trials, the historic homes and gardens on the Salem, Mass., waterfront usually get about a third of their annual visitors in the Halloween season. But the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lock-downs have created a scary situation for these places: most of the rest of their visitors arrive in the spring and summer. Thanks to the pandemic, this year’s busy time has been a wash, and it’s not looking like the fall will be much different. At the site of Salem’s The House of the Seven Gables and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthplace…” Read the full article TIME magazine here

Peabody Essex Museum has reopened with a modified schedule:

“Thursdays through Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm. To allow for safe physical distancing, a limited number of visitors will be allowed inside the museum and its galleries at any time. Reserve your tickets in advance at pem.org/tickets or by calling 978-542-1511.”

In Gloucester, both Beauport Museum and Hammond Castle are open. While Cape Ann Museum is not open, its on line, virtual fare has increased. Check out “CAM connects”- the most recent July 23, 2020 Cape Ann Music

Hammond Castle-  Advance purchase of timed tickets is required to enter the museum. Purchase your tickets here. Guest are also welcome to explore the Museum grounds including the Bell Tower, Drawbridge, Look Out Point and our iconic archesThe grounds are open from 9:30 am to 4 pm daily. Face masks are required and social distancing should be maintained as recommended by the State of Massachusetts and the City of Gloucester.

Beauport Museum – Historic New England property details: “The tour has been altered to maximize social distancing, and each tour is limited to four guests. Please read the “Know Before You Go” section below for more information on safety requirements. Advance tickets are required, and admission is free for Historic New England members. Buy tickets now.”


Baseball is Back

Baseball is back and it has been so fun to watch the kids get back on an assortment of fields around town.  In both Gloucester and Rockport volunteers have been working steadily on fields, in dugouts, and online getting everything ready for these players to, well, Play Ball.   I’d be remiss to start naming people because I would absolutely leave some out, but thank you to Gloucester Little League, the Fishermen teams, and the Rockport folks (who also built really great new dugouts that will be awesome next season!).  Thank you also to all of the coaches and volunteers.  If you’ve been missing the sound of the crack of a bat drive by one of the local fields.  Please do keep in mind that they are being incredibly vigilant about Covid precautions!


A gorgeous Weber Performer for sale with heavy duty cover $220

Weber Performer only used a couple of times and always stored inside. New these are $399 plus tax. If you bought one new and used it twice it would look no different than this one. Also comes with heavy duty cover retail cost $60. $480 worth of product for $220!

If you want to grill with charcoal this is a hell of a way to get started for a fraction of the cost of a gas grill that will rust out in a couple of years.

There are Weber Performers over 30 years old that still look great.