Celebrate the fabled Midsummer Night at the Peabody Essex Museum’s Midnight Sun party this Thursday, 18th, 6:30-9pm. While the Midsummer Night has meant a lot of things to a lot of cultures, the PEM’s event will celebrate with traditional Russian folk music, dance, and song. The Barynya Dance Ensemble of New York City will also be performing, offering you the sweet taste of belligerent jumping, clapping, and leg slapping you always wanted and The Nutcracker never seemed to give you enough of.
While the history of a Midsummer Night is the celebration of John the Baptist and the end of the summer solstice, I don’t believe the PEM will feature the traditional nude bathing and bonfire jumping…though they didn’t say that wasn’t a part of the event…so bring your flame retardant towels just in case.
Whatever the case, this is the perfect time to familiarize yourself with Midsummer Night festivities and drink enough vodka to challenge this dude to a traditional sailer dance-off.
WHAT: Midnight Sun
WHEN: Thursday, July 18th – 6:30-9pm
WHERE: Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970
COST: Free to Salem Residents and members, $10 non-members, CASH BAR
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