Welcome to The Bridge at 211

Upcoming Events

Repair Café November 4!

We’re partnering with SalemRecycles for a second Repair Cafe!

Repair Cafe is a free event, run completely by volunteers, to help you repair and restore your broken items, keeping them out of the waste stream.

Join us Saturday, November 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. (Entrance to the Dickson Room is near the signboard.)

Repair services might include: blade sharpening, sewing, simple jewelry repair, furniture and wood repair/gluing, lamp rewiring, mechanical and electronic tinkering, camera diagnostics and repair (list to be finalized at a later date).

Seasonal Stemware Paint Night

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.

Neverland Presents Woop di Boo Revue

Neverland Theatre is presenting its one-hour Halloween-themed musical, the Woop di Boo Revue, in Bolles Hall from October 27 through the Halloween weekend, ending on the 30th. Check out their website for ticket information and info on opening night special pricing!


Salem Arts Association's Faint of Art Exhibit

Salem Arts Association's latest exhibit Faint of Art is a hit! Don't miss SAA's newest and most "horrible" exhibition yet. It's inspired by the Peabody Essex Museum’s "It's Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection." Come see how local artists have interpreted that theme. Free!

The SAA galleries in our 1898 wing are open weekends from 12-6. Faint of Art runs through October 29.

Seeking a Found Object/Sculpting Instructor

Our paint night was such a success, we're doing it again! We're seeking a Found Object/Sculpting Instructor to lead two program offerings for our Arts and Libations series. This series is in the vein of a "Paint Night" offering, substituting paint with found objects for one night and sculpture for the second. The individuals attending should be able to complete their art work in a 2-3 hour session.

Candidates should be able create a sample of the evening's artwork prior to the evening and a positive and fun working environment for individuals attending both gatherings. The candidates should also have extensive experience in teaching adults ages 21+.

Please send a brief cover letter and your resume to office @ thebridge211.org or for more information.

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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