UPDATED Martha’s Family reunion program

Updated with Saturday afternoon memorial and guided trolley tour

Here are the details of the Carrier Family Reunion November 5th and 6th, 2010 in Salem, Mass.

Over 250 descendents of Martha Carrier arrive in Salem this weekend for talks, tours, and visits with cousins. There are Carrier descendants coming from all over the country; Washington state, Oregon, Florida, New England, and points in between.

Here is the new, updated schedule:

Friday, Nov 5th  8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Reception at the Salem Waterfront Hotel
225 Derby Street, Salem 978)740-8788
Hot & Cold hors d’oevres, coffee, tea, cold drinks
Cash bar for the adults. There will be a crowd of us at the Friday night reception, so I would ask for your patience while getting signed into the visitor’s book (a Red Book, of course) at the door.

There will be a giant “family tree” for signatures
to see where we all fit together
Copies of The Wolves of Andover will be
Provided by Little Brown & Co
(one copy per family)

Saturday, Nov. 6th  10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Kathleen Kent to talk about the research and writing of The Heretic’s Daughter and The Wolves
of Andover; Open to Carrier descendents
media, and press
Hawthorne Grand Ballroom, Hawthorne Hotel
18 Washington Square West, Salem

Saturday,  11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Free time to explore and have lunch. Packets will be provided with maps for a walking tour of Salem along the Destination Trail and places of interest from the book. Salem attractions may offer discounts if you identify yourself as a member of the Carrier Reunion. The Salem Witch Museum, for example, is offering discounted prices: $5.75 for adults and seniors and $4.25 for students 6-18.

Saturday 1-2 p.m. Witch Trials Memorial Gathering. You are invited to gather at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial to hear stories about Martha, the history of witchcraft, and how attitudes have changed in Salem. Alison D’Amario at the Salem Witch Museum, who chaired the memorial’s design competition will talk about the history of the memorial.

We will also share thoughts about why we came to the reunion, and what it means to be a descendant. We will lay flowers on Martha’s engraved “bench” and contemplate the legacy of witch-hunts to this day.

Saturday 2-3:30 p.m. Guided Trolley tour of Salem and Danvers, witch history and other sites. Cost $20 per person. We have capacity for 70 people and we appear to be SOLD OUT. Details will be announced Friday night and Saturday morning.

Saturday,  4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.    Author’s panel with K. Kent
First Church of Salem, 316 Essex Street

Brunonia Barry, The Lace Reader
Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
Alyssa East, Dogtown, Death and Enchantment In a New England Town

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