Salem is the place to be anytime near Halloween, and the Fountain Stage has been a part of Salem events for 18 years now. Today there was a meeting of some of the minds that make October in Salem the wonderful event that it is. Here is a little collection dating back to 1995 of Salem Halloween brochures.
October has passed. Over a dozen a cappella groups performed live on the streets. Salem saw it’s first late night outdoor Silent Disco. Purgatorium 1 brought Dicenso and Clarke Expedition into town. Mamadou rocked the final set of the year once again. Paul Duffy anchored a troupe of talented locals. Scores of Dream Interpreters, and Spiritual Reading teams from local churches, and places like North Carolina, Maine, Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, and the UK filled the Fountain Square with everything from Free Hugs to free spiritual counsel. Through it all, we all survived another 31 days of Halloween in the Halloween capitol of the world.
To everyone who helped make this month happen once again. Thanks! Special shout outs to Papy Fisher and the whole Desanka gang from Cary, North Carolina; BlacKat Productions with Sarah Blacker and Aaron Katz; Paul Duffy and Donna Landry of Boondock Sinners; Elena Rodgers and her Silent Disco dream; The Love Project; Global Outreach; Tina Jordan and the Haunted Harmonies A Cappella Festival Crew; The Bridge in Essex; Kozmo Hayes from Marblehead Party Rentals; and most notably – Paul Dodos of Dodo Bird Productions, the hardest working, kindest guy on the plant this Halloween.
To our sponsors who are scattered across the city and even the country – your dollars and even your pennies helped us create another year of magic in Salem. Eastern Bank, Dr. Gaddipatti, WAAF radio thank you. See you all soon! Halloween in Salem is never far away.
In the square around the fountain WAAF radio joined us, as did Global Outreach and Desanka. This was one of the most crowded weekends I have seen in years, and the Fountain Stage was alive with fun the entire time.
For more information on the coming two weeks of good events see our schedule page.
Be there or be square.
Less than two weeks to kick off!
For the hour by hour lineup on the Fountain Stage see our October Schedule.
Tent spaces for non-profits, and businesses sponsoring the Fountain Stage are available each weekend of October. Sponsorship costs are a mere $100, and your sponsorship helps bring live music and beauty to the streets of Salem.
At this time, we are only offering the few spaces we have available for sponsors and non-profit groups. See below for the pdfs on the Sponsorship forms and the Fountain Stage map layout. Minor adjustments will be occurring to map over the next few weeks.
To find out open times and spots call us at 978-744-8444, or email pastorphil (at) salemgathering.com
Dave Dicenso and Ken Clark are gonna be rippin’ up the stage on October 1st at 7:30pm. This is a no-miss show. Don’t miss the variety of wonders happening on the stage October 1st and 2nd with BlacKat Productions Purgatorium 1.
Saturday, October 1st: look for members of Strangefolk, Percy Hill, The Slip, Vitamin C, and the Nth Power
Sunday, October 2nd: Sarah Blacker, Mark Lipman, Ruby Rose Fox, The Promise is Hope, Box of Birds, Molly Pinto Madigan, Jay Psaros, Fil Pacino, Kevin William, Hayley Sabella and poet Diana Mercier
Saturday, October 8th: Haunted Harmonies A Cappella Festival, High School and Collegiate competition on the stage from 10am to Noon.
Sunday, October 9th:
2pm Amanda McCarthy
4pm Malibu Sands Beach Club
Saturday, October 15th: Salem Acoustic Air Fair led by the Boondock Sinners
1pm The Boondock Sinners
3pm Ted Solovicos and Rosemarie Rose
4pm Glenn French
5pm Jon Waterman
6pm Familiar Strangers (Todd Graham and Kenny Nestle)
7pm Boondock Sinners and friends acoustic experience
Sunday, October 16th: TBA
Saturday, October 22nd: Latin Music Day
Sunday, October 23rd: Ghost Stories and More
Friday, October 28th: Electric Ghost: Electronica Festival.
7pm Brianna Paquin
8pm Machine 475
9:30pm Machine 475 performs for Silent Disco
Saturday, October 29th: The Fountain Stage
Mike Hastings 4pm
DJ Kozmo 8pm
Silent Disco 9:30pm
Monday, Halloween, October 31st:
VEIN (Blues) 4pm
HIPSHOT BAND (R&B Dance band) 6pm
Mamadou Diop Band (Senegalese Rock) 8pm