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Spring Charity Battle Royale

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We were planning on running an article about Salem’s Spring Fling today however, we got a last minute email about another event that made us change this post a bit.  You might remember a post we did called “Wine Wars” discussing how some notable events in town sponsored by Pamplemousse or Salem Wine Imports always end up going head to head on the same day.  Basically the end result is that when two pricey events are pitted against each other neither event wins.  People just don’t have the money to attend both so they are forced to choose one or the other.  Well guess what?  They are at it again this time on March 21st.

The Main Event: Spring Fling vs. Spring Equinox Celebration

In this corner the veteran wearing the light green and white striped trunks, The Spring Fling!

Salem Spring Fling

Salem Spring Fling

On March 21st, Salem Massachusetts will host the second annual SPRING FLING: A GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS sponsored by Magic Hat at Old Town Hall in the center of this beautiful, historic seaport. The Festival, which is fashioned after the Bacchanalia – a religious festival in honor of the wine god Dionysus or, as the Romans called him, Bacchus – will kick New Englanders out of a long hibernation and jump start Spring by indulging in the finest wines, craft beers and mouth watering food from North Shore restaurateurs.

This modern day version – Spring Fling – will feature a tasting of over 50 fine wines and international and domestic craft beers from Magic Hat, Ipswich, Cape Ann, and Harpoon. Wine professionals will be on hand with an assortment of vino from the US, Europe, South Africa, South America and Down Under. Truly a party fit for Bacchus!

Salem Restaurants such as The Old Spot, Finz, Sixty2 on Wharf, Rockafellas, The Lobster Shanty, AJ King Artisan Bakers, Cafe Grazziani, The Upper Crust Pizzeria, Gulu Gulu and more will tickle and tantalize your palate with delectable culinary delights! North Shore Artists will be offering an eclectic variety of art to please your eye and warm your home! Local favorite, Machine 475 will be performing live. Free chair massages provided by Living Well.

The Spring Fling is on Saturday March 21st from 1-4 at The Old Town Hall, tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

And in this corner… the new comer Spring Equinox Celebration to benefit the new playground on Salem Common.

Parents United of Salem (we never hear of them either, but apparently they have been working for a new playground on the Common for about 2 years now) is inviting you to their upcoming Spring Equinox Celebration, to benefit the new Playground on Salem Common. Partygoers will gather at historical Hamilton Hall from 7 to 10 p.m. on the first Saturday of spring, March 21, to sample food and drink from local merchants and bid on an array of auction items. Local jazz trio Bob Kendall & Friends will provide a perfect musical backdrop for munching and mingling and making springtime merry.

Wine tastings from Salem Wine Imports and Market Wine & Spirits; and beer offerings from Boston’s Sam Adams, Salem Beer Works, and fellow North Shore brewers Cape Ann Brewing Company (Fisherman’s Brew) and Mercury Brewing Company, which will provide non-alcoholic Mercury Soda in addition to its celebrated Ipswich Ale. Steve’s Market will supply water. Food will be provided by Sixty2 on Wharf, New England Meat Market, New England Soup Factory, Rockafellas, Salem Beer Works, and Upper Crust. Ben & Jerry’s, Blue Ribbon Bakery, the Hawthorne Hotel, Jacqueline’s Gourmet Cookies, and Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie will offer sweets.

Next door to the ballroom, attendees will bid on everything from bakery tours to history tours, paintings to parties, and loads of lessons – Spanish, Italian, skating, home staging, and more. Big ticket items, including one week in a New Hampshire ski condo and box seats to a Red Sox/Yankees game at Fenway Park, will be auctioned in the ballroom by local parent Max Burbank. All proceeds from the auction and ticket sales will benefit the new  playground.

The Spring Equinox Celebration is on Saturday March 21st from 7-10pm at Hamilton Hall, tickets are $30 each or $50 per couple, PUS members get a 50% discount.

Let’s get ready to Rumble!

You will notice that some of the local restaurants are staying neutral or double dipping but our main factions are once again squaring off against each other.  I suppose if you were so inclined and wanted to drop $55 you could attend the Spring Fling in the afternoon and then the Spring Equinox Celebration in the evening.  Lets face it though, if these events were spaced out by a week or maybe two more people would go to both and it would be a win for us and a win for them.

Latest Line

Like every good Vegas price fight there has to be some betting odds.  What do you think, who will come out on top?  Where are you willing to spend your money, on our veteran the Spring Fling or the new kid Spring Equinox Celebration?

7 Responses

  1. This is a truly difficult decision.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Did it ever occur to you that the reason for the events being on the same day were due out of circumstances beyond the planners control? Like availability of space and musical acts? I just am curious because that is what I hear from one of the planners on why they fell on the same day and this planner is going to both events.

  3. admin says:

    Stephanie,

    It did occur to us that one possible reason for these two SPRING events to be on the same day was because the Vernal Equinox is on March 20th and the next weekend day happens to be Saturday the 21st.

  4. Diane says:

    Thanks for posting the events! I wanted to add that Spring Fling will also have bellydancers from PhoenixFire Bellydance. They teach classes in Salem. For anyone interested, Salem Access TV has been running footage from last year’s Spring Fling. Personally, I plan on going to both events. Sarah and Krishna from Parents United are great people and have worked hard on their project.

  5. Diane says:

    Thanks for posting the events! I wanted to add that Spring Fling will also have bellydancers from PhoenixFire Bellydance. They teach classes in Salem. For anyone interested, Salem Access TV has been running footage from last year’s Spring Fling. Personally, I plan on going to both events. Sarah and Krishna from Parents United are great people and have worked hard on their project. Should be a fun day for wine and beer lovers!

  6. Geoff says:

    Based on last year’s spring fling, I’ll be in no condition to attend a second event that day. Spring Fling was too much fun to not go again this year, so the playground misses out.

    Regina Flynn probably won’t allow it to be built, anyway.

  7. Penelope says:

    I’m just excited that there are so many wonderful events in Salem! Bring on the Spring!

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