Unleash Your Inner Mid/Mod Party Persona

Unleash Your Inner Mid/Mod Party Persona

SALEM, MA–Travel back to 1965 to celebrate all things mid-century modern as Historic Salem, Inc. hosts Mid/Mid–The Party on Saturday, September 26 at Ames Hall. Mid/Mod, which captures the free-wheeling spirit of 1965, will have it all from Thinkin’ Big, an 18-piece band, to themed-cocktails at a cash bar, dancing, raffles, a photo booth, and a costume contest for the best Mid/Mod look.

Along with the retro-themed cocktail party, Historic Salem is celebrating the local, legendary Ada Louise Huxtable and the 50th anniversary of her landmark New York Times article credited with saving historic Downtown Salem from the wrecking ball. 

On what to except at the party Mid/Mod party chairperson Giovanna Grinarml said, “Break out your cat eye glasses, dig out your go-go boots and brush up on your Watusi! We are going back to 1965 and celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ada Louise Huxtable's contributions to our wonderful city of Salem.”

Mid/Mod will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 8–11:30 pm at Ames Hall at YMCA Salem. Tickets are $45 in advance and can be purchased on the HSI website at historicsalem.org. Tickets the night of the event will be $55.

Mid/Mod will be the culmination of a busy weekend for Historic Salem, Inc. A September 25 symposium entitled “Mightier than a Wrecking Ball: How Ada Louise Saved Salem”, conceived by Historic Salem, Inc. and jointly sponsored by the Peabody Essex Museum, Historic Salem and Historic New England, will assemble prominent architecture critics, historians, and experts in the field. Christopher Hawthorne of the Los Angeles Times will give the keynote address at “Mightier than a Wrecking Ball”. A scholars panel, moderated by Carl Nold of Historic New England, will include Eric Gibson of the Wall Street Journal; Elizabeth Padjen, FAIA and former editor of Architecture Boston; and Donovan Rypkema, authority on the economics of preservation. 

Saturday morning HSI will host a walking tour of urban renewal in Salem, led by Jim McAllister, a part of Essex National Heritage Trails and Sails weekends. For more information, please contact info@historicsalem.org.

Casting Call for Ames Hall performance of Willy Wonka Jr.

Indulge in your sweet tooth and let your fantasies come to life! Join the North Shore YMCA Theatre Company for their fall production of Willy Wonka Jr. Auditions are open to actors ages 6 & up. All who audition will be cast! 


Auditions will be held in Ames Hall at the Salem YMCA onFriday, September 12th from 5-7pm and Saturday, September 13th from 10AM-1PM. Email Performing Arts Director Nicole Leotsakos at leotsakosn@northshoreymca.org to sign up for your audition slot.Performances will also be held in Ames Hall on November 21st-22nd. The production fee for this show is $235 for YMCA members of $295 for community members with financial assistance and payment plans available. 


Are you new to the theatre and not sure what to expect at your audition? Do you have some stage experience but would like feedback from the director about how to take your audition to the next level? Join us at our audition workshop on September 9th from 5-7PM in Ames Hall. You will receive personalized feedback from our performing arts staff and will have the opportunity to practice your audition before the "real deal." The workshop fee is $35 and you must sign up prior to September 5th.

Photo Gallery - Only Human: A Musical at Ames Hall

James Murphy, Dave Dicenso and Rich Redmond at Ames Hall (Salem YMCA)

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