A Brief History

In the spring of 2015, the members of the First Universalist Society of Salem, after a long and thoughtful process, voted to merge with the First Parish in Beverly and transform and repurpose their lovingly preserved building at 211 Bridge Street into a nonprofit organization. Although this new entity, named "The Bridge at 211," is separate from the church, its board is dedicated to honoring the church members' commitment to outreach and service as well as providing a community destination where people can gather for artistic, cultural, and social events.

The Bridge at 211 Board

Mark Stevens, Board Co-Chair
Dale E. Yale, Board Co-Chair
Stephen Benevento, Treasurer
Brenda Briana
Agnes Buchanan
Christine Weis
Lloyd Woodcock

Past Events

Night of 1,000 Paint Strokes
with Painting Under the Influence ©

Light House Enjoy an evening painting with friends at The Bridge at 211! 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. As our inspiration, we’ll all paint a familiar Salem landscape. An artist from Painting Under the Influence© will guide you step by step in creating your own unique masterpiece while enjoying a cocktail, conversation and upbeat music.

So join us on Friday, September 8 at The Bridge from 7 to 9 p.m. You’ll have a great time and perhaps find a new hobby in the process!

Tickets (available through Brown Paper 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 venue is not fully accessible.

Neverland Theatre Presents (in our Dickson Room):

Disney’s Alladin
Kids' Version

Neverland Theatre’s special kids edition of Alladin will be sure to delight audiences young and old. The show is based on the classic Disney animated film and just over an hour long, just right for the little ones!

Friday, August 18 - 7:00 PM

Sat, August 19 - 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM, & 7:00 PM

Sun, August 20 - 2:00 PM & 5:30 PM

Details and Tickets: www.neverlandtheatre.com

Repair Café August 5!

We’re partnering with SalemRecycles to host their first Repair Café in the Dickson Room on Saturday, August 5, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Repair Café is a free event where volunteers help repair and restore your broken items, keeping them out of the waste stream.

Bring your item to be repaired: knives or scissors to be sharpened, clothing to be mended, jewelry to be fixed, furniture for gluing, cameras and electronics to be repaired or rewired.

At 11:00 a.m., there will be a brief demonstration on how to prep and store your garden tools for winter. Learn steps you can take now to keep them in good shape and ready-to-go come next spring.

Limited preregistration is available to ensure a spot; walk-ins are welcome on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Julie Rose at jrose @ salem.com or 978-619-5679 to preregister or with questions.

Neverland Theatre Presents (in our Dickson Room):


Sat, July 15 - 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. Sun, July 16 - 3 p.m.

Thu, July 20 - 7 p.m.

Fri, July 21 - 7 p.m.

Sat, July 22 - 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Sun, July 23 - 3 p.m.

Tickets: www.neverlandtheatre.com

It’ll be practically perfect in every way!

Neverland Theatre is celebrating 25 years, with over 170 theatrical productions highlighting the talents of children and adults!

The Bridge at 211 and Jeff McBride present
The Jeff McBride Experience, June 10

The Bridge at 211 and Jeff McBride present The Jeff McBride Experience on June 10 at 7 p.m., an evening of mesmerizing entertainment with one of the foremost innovators and performers in contemporary magic. The general admission, 90-minute show in Bolles Hall will be followed by a two-hour lecture (separate admission).

McBride is a three-time award winner at the International Grand Prix of Magic in Monte Carlo, and has been named "Vegas' Best" magician by the Las Vegas Review Journal. For several years, he headlined at Caesars Magical Empire in Las Vegas, where he was voted critics' choice as Best Magician in Las Vegas. He is also a three-time Guinness World Record holder.

Check out our Facebook event page!

Tickets: http://jeffmcbridesalem.brownpapertickets.com/

Event Flyer

Concierto: A Latin American Voyage, May 7

We're thrilled to welcome Cantemus to Murray Hall on Sunday, May 7, and Boston’s exciting Latin-Baroque fusion ensemble, Rumbarroco, for "Concierto: A Latin American Voyage," a series of lively, festive and creative choral and instrumental concerts featuring the works of many of South America’s superstar composers.

When it comes to Latin American music, you cannot help but think of rhythm, tango and passion. This sets the mood for the program Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank has designed for the Cantemus 45-member chamber chorus. The program mixes the familiar with the obscure, highlighting extraordinary modern composers writing in their own "dioma" to transmit the culture, flavor and history of their homelands to the music and their listeners.

"Concierto: A Latin American Voyage" highlights contemporary music from Argentina, Puerto Rico and Venezuela, all of it performed in Spanish with special guests Rumbarroco, directed by Laury Gutiérrez.

Tickets may be purchased locally at Salem Wine Imports, at the door or online for no additional charge.

Click the concert's name for a PDF of their full concert poster.

Mass Poetry Festival, May 5-7

We're happy to again be one of the venues for the 9th Massachusetts Poetry Festival! The festival celebrates the state's lively contemporary poetry scene from Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7, in downtown Salem.

And for lovers of poetry and The Bridge at 211... we're offering two tickets to the festival (general admission) to five people who post reviews on our Facebook page (we'll have a drawing on Tuesday, May 2). Say something nice about The Bridge and you and a friend may get to enjoy a rare opportunity to hear the nation’s best poets read and discuss their work in intimate and engaging forums and to enjoy a literary fair, panels, poetry slams, and more... all on us! Check out this video from Creative Salem about why Salem and we love the Mass Poetry Festival and are thrilled to be hosting it for the 9th year!

The 2017 lineup is intriguing with nearly 100 poetry readings and workshops, a small press and literary fair, panels, poetry slams, and open-air readings. More than 150 poets will engage with thousands of New Englanders.

Tickets ("buttons") can be purchased online or on-site at the festival starting May 5 at 12:00 p.m. at the festival's headquarters (Old Town Hall), at info booths along the Essex Street pedestrian walkway, or in the lobby of the Hawthorne Hotel or Peabody Essex Museum while events are taking place in those venues.

Join us and our friends at the Salem Common Association for a free holiday concert in Murray Hall!

Sunday, Dec 18, 3:00 p.m.

Beautiful music in a beautiful setting! The Merrimack Valley Concert Band will entertain and delight with seasonal favorites. Please bring a non-perishable food donation to support The Salem Pantry!

Neverland Theatre Company presents:

The Woop Di "BOO" Revue

Friday, October 28 - 7 p.m., 9 p.m.
Saturday, October 29 - 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 30 - 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.

Tickets $12.50

Neverland Theatre has a fun, family-friendly show coming Halloween weekend to Bolles Hall ... get your tickets now!



Murray Hall Haunted Film Fest
October 22, 2016

On Saturday, October 22, we’ll be showing silent films in Murray Hall along with live organ accompaniment provided by the incomparable Peter Krasinski on our 1888 Hutchings Organ.

Feature Film at 7 p.m.: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) with Lon Chaney In fifteenth century Paris, the brother of the archdeacon plots with the gypsy king to incite a peasant revolt. Meanwhile, a freakish hunchback falls in love with the gypsy queen. (Appropriate for ages 10+)

Shorts (Appropriate for all ages)

The Electric House (1922) with Buster Keaton at 12 p.m.
Keaton plays a botany student who is accidentally awarded an electrical engineering degree. He then attempts to wire a home using many gadgets. The man to whom the degree should have been awarded then exacts revenge by rewiring those gadgets to cause mayhem.

The Rink (1916) with Charlie Chaplin at 2 p.m.
After causing restaurant chaos at work, a bumbling waiter tears up the local roller rink with his skating.

The Haunted House (1921) with Buster Keaton at 4 p.m.
Buster Keaton is a bank teller who becomes involved in a hold-up, counterfeiters, and a theatrical troupe posing as spooks in a haunted house. The film ends with a famous sequence of Keaton ascending to heaven, and then descending to Hades.

About Peter Krasinski
Mr. Krasinski is a conductor, organist and music educator who consistently delivers imaginative performances that elevate and inform diverse audiences. He is well respected in both the secular and sacred genres of his field and has taught the enchantment of music to both public and private institutions in the greater Boston area. His Bach playing has been hailed in the press as "sublimely spiritual" and his improvisations have been called "stunning" and "seamless."

About the Organ
The organ was built in 1888 by Salem organ builder George Hutchings, his opus 185. It has approximately 1,200 pipes. It was electrified in 1932 by William Laws.

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors for this fundraiser, we can continue to provide space for our programming along with a home for The Salem Pantry, Scottish Dancers and the other community support groups who meet in our building.

Haunted Harmonies
October 8, 2016

With Pitch Accapella Murray Hall will be the final destination for Haunted Harmonies, a one-day A Cappella Festival that will occur on Saturday, October 8, starting at 10 a.m. At 7 p.m., the festival concludes with a professional showcase in Murray Hall featuring Vox One and an awards ceremony.

Haunted Harmonies features high school and college singers, includes a small competition for participating groups, as well as the opportunity to attend workshops and perform on the busy streets of Salem, and concludes with a professional showcase and awards ceremony at Murray Hall.


Neverland Theatre Company presents:

Peter Pan

Murray Hall
Thursday, May 19 - 7 p.m.
Friday, May 20 - 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 21 - 12 p.m., 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 22 - 1 p.m., 5 p.m.

Tickets $10 on Opening Night - Thursday, May 19th

Tickets $13


Massachusetts Poetry Festival – April 30

On Saturday, April 30, The 8th Massachusetts Poetry Festival will be in Murray Hall as part of their festival. Nearly 100 poetry readings and workshops, a small press and literary fair, panels, poetry slams, visual arts, and open-air performances make up this weekend-long, multi-venue event (April 29-May 1). Panel topics range broadly from the state of poetry, poetry and gender, book publishing, and modernism in contemporary art to readings where contemporary poets with Massachusetts ties discuss their literary connections. More than 150 local and nationally known poets engage with thousands of New Englanders each year at this festival.

For more information, go to http://www.masspoetry.org

Neverland Theatre Company presents:

The Sound of Music

Murray Hall
Friday, April 1 - 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 2 - 1 and 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 3 - 1 and 5 p.m.
Friday, April 8 - 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 9 - 2 and 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 10 - 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Tickets $15

The Dr. Seuss Show!
Bolles Hall
Saturday, April 9 - 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Sunday, April 10 - 1 p.m.

Tickets $10

Long-time Swampscott resident Anne Driscoll is being honored for her contributions to the wrongful conviction effort.

March 20 in Murray Hall

3:00 p.m. Public Reception

4:00 p.m. Award Ceremony $15*

*Free to Salem residents and Salem State University students

The Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice was established in 1992, the tercentenary of the Salem Witch Trials.


Gay Men and The New Way Forward, Book Reading and Discussion

Join us as we welcome Raymond L. Rigoglioso on Saturday, March 12 from 2-4 p.m. when he'll read from and discuss his book, Gay Men and The New Way Forward. The book proposes a distinct vision for gay men, based on the gay spirituality literature and the lives, viewpoints, and experiences of gay men gathered through discussion groups and programs over the last four years.

Organized around 14 Distinct Gay Male Gifts, his book shows how gay men serve and heal humanity, reinvent manhood, and free and enrich the human spirit.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.gaymenofwisdom.com

Please join us for "Love Notes," featuring the love letters of Judith Sargent Murray and John Murray set to familiar romantic organ and harp music in beautiful Murray Hall, which is named for this early American power couple who were devoted friends for 14 years and then married for 27. John is known as the Father of Organized Universalism in America, and Judith is considered the most important American female essayist of the 18th-century and is a founding Universalist. The Murrays were equal partners who loved, respected, and supported each other and for that, theirs is truly a timeless love story!

Here's the "Love Notes" program .

Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Catie Canale, Harp
Patricia Clark, Organ
Bonnie Hurd Smith, Historian/Reader

Confections and (non-alcoholic) beverages provided
Suggested donation: $10 per person

Thanks to our friends at Harbor Sweets and Flowers by Darlene for their generous donations!

As part of Salem's So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival, our courtyard will be graced with one of the many ice sculptures that will appear around the city during the weekend festival. A map of sculptures and locations will be available on the Salem’s So Sweet website and on brochures distributed around town closer to the festival.

Download a brochure for a map of the ice sculptures and info on all that’s happening at the festival.

Check out our event page on Facebook!