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Uke Performance Opp — Antique Car Show in Salem
August 12 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Open to uke lovers of all playing levels 🙂
Hey Folks! Start your engines and get ’em up to historic Salem, Massachusetts for the 17th annual Antique Car Meet on Sunday, August 12th, sponsored by the Phillips House Museum, where the UUOB and other area ukulele groups will be coming to play. While the Ice Cream Social didn’t happen this year, we have been invited by the museum to play for this fantastic event, which is one of the highlights on the museum calendar. For the annual Phillips House Antique Car Meet, the entire street gets lined with antique cars of various models and brands. And visitors can vote on their favorite car with the winning owner receiving a trophy.
Did you know that Augustus Caesar, whom the month was named after, played the ukulele??
That’s actually not true, but it IS true that Stephen Henry Phillips, who was born in Salem and lived in this home, agreed to become Attorney General for the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1866 by King Kamehameha V. His son, Stephen Willard Phillips and his wife, Anna, purchased the home in the early 1900s. They had live-in servants, including a coachman/groundsman and a chauffeur, who were needed for the horse-drawn carriages and the automobiles owned by the family. A rotating selection of these carriages and automobiles are on display in the carriage house in the back.
Located on historic Chestnut Street, the street itself is on the National Register Of Historic Landmarks due to what is considered to be one of the finest collections of Federal Period mansions in the United States. The Phillips House Museum, part of the stable of Historic New England Properties, is the only mansion open to the public on the street.
Ordinarily, adult admission to the house museum is $8, but for us that day, it’s free. The museum is open from 10-4pm. Afterward, we’ll traipse over to a watering hole for some liquid refreshment.
Bring a music stand. Music and chairs will be provided. Please come early to set up and be prepared to start by noon (and even take a tour of the museum). Feel free to take a break and wander to peruse the cars. Feel free to dress in Hawaiiana or period attire. A hat and sunscreen are advisable as it is outdoors. The museum will provide liquid refreshment for us (water and such).
The address: 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, MA.
Parking: While parking on the right side of Chestnut Street is free (it’s a one-way street), it can get tricky to park there during the Antique Car Meet with all of the car gawkers walking the street as well as the antique cars parking on the left side of the street.
My advice is to park on one of the streets parallel to Chestnut Street, such as Essex Street (I live at 396 Essex St, around the corner) or Broad Street. There should be plenty of street parking there (all free).