This Week’s Distractions: Feb. 9 to Feb. 15
By Mary Kate DePamphilis
If you are looking for something a little different this Valentine’s Day, other than your usual sit down 3-course dinner, Salem has just the event for you. The 10th Annual Salem’s So Sweet Festival kicks off on Friday the 10th and lasts through the actual holiday on the 14th.
If there was ever a perfect time for excess in chocolate and red wine, Valentine’s Day is it! Beginning on Friday, February 10, nearly twenty downtown Salem restaurants and shops will indulge you in samplings of chocolate and wine in historic Hamilton Hall.
But the excitement doesn’t end there. Over 15 dazzling ice sculptures will be on display in different areas of downtown Salem on Saturday and Sunday as well. The Salem Trolley will be offering rides throughout the festival route, free for children and only $1 for adults! Most shops will be offering special deals and discounts, chocolate samplings, and raffle prizes as well.
Date: Friday, February 10th-Tuesday, February 14th; Chocolate/Wine Tasting on Friday, February 10th only
Location: Downtown Salem and Hamilton Hall, 9 Chestnut Street for the Chocolate/Wine Tasting
Price: $25 per person for the tasting; all other events are free of charge unless otherwise specified
Is your child obsessed with Legos? Looking for that special event to make the weekend memorable? Head on over to the Wenham Museum where kids can check out a room-size Lego model train layout that features city skyscrapers, country cottages, a futuristic monorail, 700 feet of track, trains, tunnels, and a carnival with rides! The display was created by the New England Lego Users Group, and will be open for viewing this weekend along with the museum’s regular galleries. While likely intended for children, all ages welcome. For more information, please call 978-468-2377 or visit the museum’s website.
Date; Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12, 10AM to 4PM
Location: Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham
Price: Free with museum admission; $7.50/adults, $5.50/children ages 1 and over