Monday, October 4, 2010

Beyond Exit 17 - Local events off campus

October in Salem—The Grand Parade

October in Salem is a scary treat, and it all starts with their October Grand Parade sponsored by the Salem Chamber of Commerce this Thursday. It’s filled with music, costumes and the enthusiasm of thousands of Salem’s students from kindergarten to college. The parade starts at Shetland Park, near Pickering Wharf, at 6:30 p.m. The route follows Derby Street to Washington, and the last stretch includes the Essex Street pedestrian walkway.
The parade finishes with music and entertainment at the Salem Common.

HONK! Festival

A revolutionary street spectacle of never-before-seen proportions will converge for the fifth time in Davis Square, Somerville, October 8–10, 2010. Born out of a need for street bands to celebrate their social side. Honk! wraps up with a popular brass band street parade, October 10 at noon.

Edible Art Festival
The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem is hosting a festival of edible delights. Scratch-n-sniff painting, make your own musical gourde, films, traditional Australian didgeridoos performances, even current Food Network's Chocolate Landmarks Challenge winner Jorg Amsler will be on site teaching techniques and showcasing the art of sculpting for the chocolatier. The festival starts Saturday, October 9, 2010. Visit PEM for a full listing of scheduled events.

10/10/10 -

There is a global work project planned for October 10, 2010. This global day of service strives to bring attention to global warming through small group activism. To search for events near you, visit and click on Map of Action. Last year this event tabulated 5,200 demonstrations in 181 countries. (Photo: above)

Newburyport Fall Harvest Festival
Downtown Newburyport will come alive Columbus Day weekend. The fall harvest festival runs October 10–11 with live music, face painting, a Teddy Bear Parade, handmade crafts . . . even a scarecrow decorating contest.

Bus Stop
Written by William Inge and directed by Nicholas Martin, the Huntington Theatre presents Bus Stop, a classic comedy performance set in Kansas City when some unusual characters get stranded in a bus stop during a snowstorm. Performance runs through October 17. For information and tickets, click here.

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