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Celebrate #PEMPride

Join us as we celebrate Pride Month with a series of special programs scheduled throughout June.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Drop-in Art Making

10:30 am

Create your own Pride Bunting — a decorative flag banner in celebration of Pride Month. New activities created by PEM’s education team debut every other Saturday at 10:30 am. Check out for more.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

PEM Pals Story Hour

Tune in live at 10:30 am

Join Miss Bethany and special guest Mx. Doris for a special episode of PEM Pals! We will celebrate #PEMpride with songs, a reading of Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love and an art-making activity.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Create Night

7 pm
Members $10 | Nonmembers $20

Create Night

Grab a beverage, invite a friend and join a PEM educator in real time from the comfort of your home! Join artist Luis Martin (art engineer) and his husband and partner-in-art, Elvis Infante, to create a visual narrative through collage. Luis and Elvis will guide you to create a collage by exploring contrast, scale and symbolism to celebrate your unique stories. Participants will receive a specially curated Collage Kit with various papers and images for you to explore, play and trigger your curiosity.

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Forest Bathing Workshop in Ropes Mansion Garden

318 Essex Street, Salem
2–4 pm
This program is sold out

Ropes Garden

Join Tam Willey, founder of Toadstool Walks, on a guided sensory experience of the Ropes Mansion Garden. Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, Forest Bathing is part of a global effort to tend to the stressful conditions of living in modern industrialized civilization by supporting health and healing for all beings. Impacted by the nature of belonging, Willey creates a space that fosters inclusion and connection to each other, oneself, and our natural surroundings through a slow-paced, restorative sensory exploration. This space is held by and offered for LGBTQIA+ people and we encourage you to attend if you identify as LGBTQIA+ or an ally.

Tam Willey

Tam Willey is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Trainer, Mentor and Educator with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Willey’s training includes an understanding of the scientific framework of Forest Therapy as well as the cultural repair made possible by holding space to share and bear witness in community with the natural world. To learn more about Willey and their work, visit

This program is made possible by the Ropes Mansion Botanical Lecture Fund.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Historic House Talk with Renovation Husbands

7 pm

Stephen and David St. Russell are husbands with a passion for renovating and reimagining historic houses. Their current project and home, an 1893 Queen Anne Victorian in the heart of Dorchester, is the most recent example of this couple's talent to blend old and new. Join the St. Russell’s and Steven Mallory, PEM’s Manager of Historic Structures and Landscapes, live from the museum’s Gardner-Pingree House as they explore what it means to make a home in a house with history.

Historic House Talk with Renovation Husbands

Stephen St. Russell is a Virtual Preconstruction Manager and holds a BFA in Architecture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. David is a Salesforce Consultant and holds a BS and MS in Science from Springfield College. Follow their renovation, and the husbands behind it, via their blog and social media @RenovationHusbands.

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