ART-Salem US Map & Phone & Address

ART-Salem US Map & Phone & Address

15 Hawthorne Blvd. Salem; (617) 744-6633

Stop into one of the few coffeehouses that actually remains open during the summer, and sip iced coffee while listening to some fine music. In fact this one closes up during the months of December and January. Shows take place every other Saturday night, with doors opening at 7 RM.; an hour-long open mike gets underway at 7:30. Around 9 p.mž the featured act takes the stage.

Refreshments are served. Admission is $5 a person, but members get a break at the door and pay only $3.

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There are actually two separate villages, Seahouses and North Sunderland, but because they are interlinked, most visitors think that they are one long village. In the Dark Ages, when the Norsemen and Vikings came from Scandinavia in their longships to pillage and plunder the Northumbrian coast, there were very few houses near what is now the main harbour. It was for this very reason that North Sunderland village is located about one mile inland, away from the coast; any approaching marauders would have been seen by the people overlooking the cliffs who acted as runners, warning the North Sunderland villagers of an impending attack. Today, while it is difficult to tell where one village starts and the other ends, the houses on both sides of the main road at North Sunderland look much older. The harbour was built to serve the fisherfolk living at North Sunderland but Seahouses village, as we know it today, developed only from the late 19th century. A must for all divers should be a visit to the Ship Inn, overlooking the harbour in Seahouses. Here, the bar area is crammed with hundreds of ship’s artefacts, leaving hardly a square inch of space on the walls and ceilings between steam horns, divers’ helmets, the top of a submarine periscope, ships’ wheels, the bell from the MV Yewglen, wrecked on Beadnell Point, and a steam whistle from the paddle steamer Pegasus, which was wrecked on the Goldstone off Holy Island in 1843. Incidentally, the whistle was donated to the Ship Inn by Brian Pouting, a former diver of the old school, who once owned The Lodge at North Sunderland and who sadly died in the early 1990s. Everything in this pub has been collected over the past 60 years or so by the landlord and owner, Alan Glenn, and his father before him. The bar is always full during the summer months and on Bank Holidays but it is worth squeezing in for a time just to sample the huge range of real ales on offer, some of them local to the area.

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