Welcome to The Bridge at 211

Upcoming Events

Seasonal Stemware Paint Night, Saturday, Nov. 18

Join us for another fun paint night with Painting Under the Influence© on Saturday, November 18 from 7 to 9 p.m.

We’ll be painting two wine glasses with a seasonal theme that will be a perfect addition to your own stemware collection, or to give as a hostess/holiday gift. Joe, our artist/instructor will guide you step by step in creating your own unique masterpiece while you and your friends enjoy a cocktail, conversation and upbeat music.

It doesn't matter if you’re a skilled painter or a first timer, you’ll be sure to relax, laugh and find your inner artist.

You’ll have a great time and perhaps find a new hobby in the process!

Tickets cover all materials you’ll need and are $40. Beer and wine (as well as water and San Pellegrino) will be available at our (cash only) bar.

Note Bolles Hall is not fully accessible.

Friday-Sunday, December 1-3

We’ll be the headquarters to Historic Salem's Christmas in Salem, considered the nation's longest running holiday house tour. The Bridge at 211 and homes on the tour in the Downtown and McIntire neighborhoods will be decorated for the holiday season and open to ticketholders throughout the weekend. Our beautiful Murray Hall will be filled with lights and music, the Salem Arts Association galleries and gift shop will be open for your enjoyment, and the Salem Garden Club will be selling greens in the Hill Room on December 2.

Tickets can be purchased online, by calling Historic Salem at 978.745.0799, or on the days of the tour:

Friday, December 1, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 2, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 3, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you’d like to volunteer for this event as a guide or musician, please call us at 978.744.3224 or email.

HOLIDAY CONCERT, Sunday, December 17

Co-sponsored with the Salem Common Neighborhood Association

Sunday, December 17, 3 to 5 p.m.

Enjoy a festive program of seasonal music with the Merrimack Valley Concert Band at this free concert in Murray Hall brought to you by our friends, the Salem Neighborhood Association.

We’ll be collecting nonperishable food items and contributions to the Salem Food Pantry. Come give back and revel in the music of the season!


Salem Arts Association will close its 2017 exhibition schedule with an exciting showcase of the diverse styles and artistic disciplines of its members. SAA galleries and shop are open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (and Monday holidays) and are located in a newly created space in our 1898 wing. (Use our Ash Street entrance.)

ART AND LIBATIONS NIGHT, Friday, January 12, 2018

Mark your calendar for an evening of creativity and fun, 7 to 9 p.m. Details coming soon!

Seeking a Ballroom Dance Instructor

The Ballroom Dance Instructor will create and teach a curriculum encompassing the fundamentals of the following Ballroom Dance Styles: Salsa, Foxtrot, Swing, Samba. Candidates must possess strong and flexible classroom management skills and a concrete understanding of each dance technique. Candidates should be able to create a fun and positive learning environment for the students participating. Candidates must be able to bring own music (sound system provided) to accompany students during class.

Seasonal sessions will run for 8 weeks on Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, January 10th to February 28th. Future sessions will be planned for Wednesdays after February 28th.

Essential Job Functions:
-Create and submit lesson plan outline for 8-week course.

-Engage students in a dynamic course while creating an environment for students to explore their artistic ability.

-Ensure open communication with Board of Directors and students about student experience, programming, etc.

-Maintain facilities/space ensuring that students are safe and space is returned to previous condition.

-Bachelors Degree

-Knowledge of various Dance techniques specifically: Salsa, Foxtrot, Swing Samba, etc.

-At least 3 years experience teaching dance or choreographing.

-Successful completion of criminal background check process.

Please send an email to office @ thebridge211.org with your cover letter, resume and sample lesson plan by December 13, 2017.

A New Beginning...

Left to right: Mark Stevens, Anthony Keck, JD, Dale Tufts Yale, Kathryn Baptista, and Beth Toolan

Early on the morning of December 16, two boards met at the Registry of Deeds in Salem to record a momentous, bittersweet event: the conveying of the building at 211 Bridge Street from the First Universalist Society of Salem to the 211 Bridge Street Corporation. This represents the end of an era, but we're looking forward to and excited about what comes next for this 19th century landmark as it evolves into a hub for artistic, cultural and social events.

A bit of history: Originally, the First Universalist Society of Salem was formally organized on December 24, 1805, 211 years ago. The building was supposed to be erected on land that had been donated on St. Peter Street, but it was considered too close to the prison. So that land was sold and the present land purchased for $1,500. The cornerstone to the building was laid in 1808 with the inscription on a silver plate: "August 17, 1808. This day the corner stone is placed by Brother Hosea Ballou of Vermont." The cost of the building itself was $16,742.

The First Universalist Society of Salem was incorporated by an act of the Mass General Court (legislature) on June 20, 1826, and the original deed to the building was filed the same day. The conveyance was the first time the ownership has been transferred.

The builder was Perley Putnam, who also built Salem’s Custom House in a similar Federal style.

Who are we?

We are a hub for artistic, cultural and social events in a 19th century landmark.

We are repurposing a former church to offer programming that will entertain, engage and enrich the community, in music and the arts, while honoring the building's rich heritage. We are a nonprofit organization providing a home to a number of community service groups, including The Salem Pantry.

Where to find us and parking

Our address is 211 Bridge Street, Salem, but the way to our front door is the courtyard entrance between 20 and 28 Federal Street. The most convenient parking is the municipal lot between Church and Federal Streets. Another option is the Museum Place Garage at 1 New Liberty Street.

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