AOPA Pilot Magazine - October 2020 - 46

PILOT BRIEFING
DESTINATIONS |

SALEM HARBOR in Salem, Massachu-

setts (above). The Gothic-style building and entrance lead into the Salem
Witch Museum, a popular tourist
attraction (left). The area is famous
for the so-called Salem witch trials
and this museum offers visitors
education and the history of the area.

Spooky stuff
Fly to Salem, Massachusetts
B Y J U L I E S U M M E R S WA L K E R

MY FAVORITE HALLOWEEN movie hands
down is the 1993 film Hocus Pocus. This Bette
Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker scary/silly fun
fest depicts Salem, Massachusetts, as being
over-the-top into Halloween, as the movie's
protagonist discovers when he moves here
with his family from California. Since he is
surfer-cool, he thinks the whole witches and
conjuring thing is silly and attempts to prove
it by...well, I won't ruin it for you. However,
the movie has always made me wonder if, in
fact, Salem is really that witchy this time of
year. Turns out it is.
The closest general aviation airport is in
Beverly, Mass (don't add the rest of the state's
pronunciation, as the locals don't bother-
it's Beverly, Mass or Salem, Mass or Boston,
Mass). Beverly Regional Airport (BVY) bills
itself as "the intelligent alternative to Boston"
but Boston's General Edward Lawrence
Logan International Airport (BOS) is close
to Salem, too (16 miles).

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Salem is, of course, famous for the Salem
witch trials, which took place between 1692
and 1693. It was the deadliest witch hunt
in this country's history. It seems a questionable thing to capitalize on, but Salem
has embraced its sad history and rounded
out the tragedy with the fun and frivolity
that is Halloween. Landmarks include the
seventeenth-century Witch House, Gallows
Hill, the Witch Trials Memorial, both a wax
and witch museum, and even a statue to the
television show Bewitched.
All year long these sites are open for
tours, but beginning in October, things
really get spooky-such as courses on
witchcraft, a psychic fair and witches' market, Ouija board Wednesdays, a costume
ball, a Haunted Happenings parade, and,
yes, a Hocus Pocus high tea.
salem.org
EMAIL julie.walker@aopa.org

GETTING THERE
Beverly Regional Airport
(BVY) is just 3 miles
north of Salem. It has two
5,000-foot runways. It's an
easy Massachusetts Bay
Transport Authority train
ride-or grab the courtesy
car.
46 L.P. Henderson Road
Beverly, Massachusetts
01915
978-921-6072
beverlyairport.com

WHY YOU SHOULD GO
If it's your first time visiting
one of these quintessential
New England towns-which
Salem is-you won't be disappointed. Tree-lined avenues
with brick and cobblestone
walkways, tall Victorian and
Colonial houses, quaint leafy
parks, and twinkling streetlights are the hallmarks of the
nation's oldest cities.


http://www.beverlyairport.com http://www.salem.org

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