PEM/PM Wassail! Offers Ultimate Holiday Party at Peabody Essex
Cocktails, Conversations, and Crafts
SALEM – The Peabody Essex Museum is proud to continue its monthly after-hours party series on Thursday, December 17, from 6 to 9 pm, with a festive program, PEM/PM Wassail!
Join in the Yuletide festivities, celebrating light during the darkest part of the year. Sample festive beverages and foods, decorate a yule log, enjoy traditional Scandinavian crafts and drive out the darkness with music and dance. In the time-honored traditions of Yuletide festivities, enjoy medieval spirits during mead tastings, listen to traditional English and Scandinavian carols and be captivated by stories of Viking legends.
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When? Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 6PM to 9PM
Where? The Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA
Cost? Members and Salem residents (with ID) free; Nonmembers $10 at the door; There will be a cash bar and a special small plates menu from the Hawthorne Hotel
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6-9 pm | Art Making | Studio 1, Create Space
Create traditional Scandinavian Yule crafts, including paper garlands and paper hearts.
Festive Fare | Atrium
Taste inventive yet classic small plates prepared by PEM Chef Rhiannon Nowak.
Live Music | Atrium
Enjoy festive folk tunes by the Clearwater Quintet.
Yule Log Decorating | Atrium
Join in the holiday spirit by helping us decorate our very own PEM/PM yule log.
6-8 pm | Mead Tasting | Atrium
In the medieval spirit, sample some of the House Bear Brewing award-winning meads. Sample tickets available at the table. Looking for something a little more traditional? Try our wassail at the bar!
6:30 and 7:30 pm | Viking Legends | Bartlett Gallery
Local storyteller Odds Bodkin shares popular legends and tales of the Vikings.
6:45 and 7:45 pm | Morris Dancing | Atrium
Watch the Newtowne Morris Men perform energetic traditional Morris dances from the rustic Cotswalds of England.
7 and 8 pm | Sword Dancing | Atrium
Enjoy the intricate figures of Still River Sword performing traditional English Longsword dances.
7:30 pm | Boar’s Head Carol | Atrium
Participate in this English and Scandinavian tradition. Carol will be followed by a group wassailing with carols available at the PEM/PM Welcome Table.
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PEM’s evening parties — with music and dance performances, food tastings, lectures and art-making stations — kicked off in the Asian Garden the summer of 2011 and have grown in popularity ever since. On the third Thursday of each month, activities have included a celebration of romance in PEM’s Chinese House, dancing with Nick Cave’s Soundsuits and lessons in Indian cooking techniques.
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The Peabody Essex Museum is one of the oldest and fastest growing museums in North America. At its heart is a mission to transform people’s lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions, programming and special events that emphasize cross-cultural connections and the vital importance of creative expression. Founded in 1799, the museum’s collection is among the finest of its kind boasting superlative works from around the globe and across time — including American art and architecture, Asian export art, photography, maritime art and history, as well as Native American, Oceanic and African art.
PEM’s campus affords a varied and unique visitor experience with hands-on creativity zones, interactive opportunities, performance spaces and historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House, a 200-year-old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10AM to 5PM and the third Thursday of every month until 9 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission varies with adults for $18, seniors for $15, and students for $10. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang is $5. Members, youth 17 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.